18 “If the world hates you [and it does], know that it has hated Me before it hated you.19 If you belonged to the world, the world would love [you as] its own and would treat you with affection. But you are not of the world [you no longer belong to it], but I have chosen you out of the world. And because of this the world hates you.20 Remember [and continue to remember] that I told you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also.21 But they will do all these [hurtful] things to you for My name’s sake [because you bear My name and are identified with Me], for they do not know the One who sent Me.22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have [the guilt of their] sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin.23 The one who hates Me also hates My Father.24 If I had not done among them the works (attesting miracles) which no one else [ever] did, they would not have [the guilt of their] sin; but now [the fact is that] they have both seen [these works] and have hated Me [and continue to hate Me] and My Father as well.25 But [this is so] that the word which has been written in their Law would be fulfilled, ‘They hated Me without a cause.’
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