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16 Even those closest to you—your parents, brothers, relatives, and friends—will betray you. They will even kill some of you.

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53 ‘Father will be divided against son
    and son against father;
mother against daughter
    and daughter against mother;
and mother-in-law against daughter-in-law
    and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.’[a]

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Footnotes

  1. 12:53 Mic 7:6.

When the Lamb broke the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of all who had been martyred for the word of God and for being faithful in their testimony.

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11 And they have defeated him by the blood of the Lamb
    and by their testimony.
And they did not love their lives so much
    that they were afraid to die.

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13 “I know that you live in the city where Satan has his throne, yet you have remained loyal to me. You refused to deny me even when Antipas, my faithful witness, was martyred among you there in Satan’s city.

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He had the apostle James (John’s brother) killed with a sword.

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59 As they stoned him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.”

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12 “A brother will betray his brother to death, a father will betray his own child, and children will rebel against their parents and cause them to be killed.

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21 “A brother will betray his brother to death, a father will betray his own child, and children will rebel against their parents and cause them to be killed.

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Don’t trust anyone—
    not your best friend or even your wife!
For the son despises his father.
    The daughter defies her mother.
The daughter-in-law defies her mother-in-law.
    Your enemies are right in your own household!

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Even your brothers, members of your own family,
    have turned against you.
    They plot and raise complaints against you.
Do not trust them,
    no matter how pleasantly they speak.

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“Beware of your neighbor!
    Don’t even trust your brother!
For brother takes advantage of brother,
    and friend slanders friend.

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10 Indeed, I did just that in Jerusalem. Authorized by the leading priests, I caused many believers[a] there to be sent to prison. And I cast my vote against them when they were condemned to death. 11 Many times I had them punished in the synagogues to get them to curse Jesus.[b] I was so violently opposed to them that I even chased them down in foreign cities.

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Footnotes

  1. 26:10 Greek many of God’s holy people.
  2. 26:11 Greek to blaspheme.

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