New American Standard Bible
persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed;
King James Bible
Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;
Darby Bible Translation
persecuted, but not abandoned; cast down, but not destroyed;
World English Bible
pursued, yet not forsaken; struck down, yet not destroyed;
Young's Literal Translation
persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Persecuted - Often persecuted, persecuted in all places. The Book of Acts shows how true this was.
But not forsaken - Not deserted; nor left by God Though persecuted by people, yet they experi enced the fulfillment of the divine promise that he would never leave nor forsake them. God always interposed to aid them; always saved them from the power of their enemies; always sustained them in the time of persecution. It is still true. His people have been often persecuted. Yet God has often interposed to save them from the hands of their enemies; and where he has not saved them from their hands, and preserved their lives, yet he has never left them, but has sustained, upheld, and comforted them even in the dreadful agonies of death.
Cast down - Thrown down by our enemies, perhaps in allusion to the contests of wrestlers, or of gladiators.
But not destroyed - Not killed. They rose again; they recovered their strength; they were prepared for new conflicts. They surmounted every difficulty, and were ready to engage in new strifes, and to meet new trials and persecutions.
LibraryThe Heart of the Gospel
Let me give you a parable. In the days of Nero there was great shortness of food in the city of Rome, although there was abundance of corn to be purchased at Alexandria. A certain man who owned a vessel went down to the sea coast, and there he noticed many hungry people straining their eyes toward the sea, watching for the vessels that were to come from Egypt with corn. When these vessels came to the shore, one by one, the poor people wrung their hands in bitter disappointment, for on board the galleys …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 32: 1886
The Patience of Man, which is Right and Laudable and Worthy of the Name...
Edwards -- Spiritual Light
When he falls, he will not be hurled headlong, Because the LORD is the One who holds his hand.
"Many times they have persecuted me from my youth up; Yet they have not prevailed against me.
For a righteous man falls seven times, and rises again, But the wicked stumble in time of calamity.
Do not rejoice over me, O my enemy. Though I fall I will rise; Though I dwell in darkness, the LORD is a light for me.
Though the fig tree should not blossom And there be no fruit on the vines, Though the yield of the olive should fail And the fields produce no food, Though the flock should be cut off from the fold And there be no cattle in the stalls,
"Remember the word that I said to you, 'A slave 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.
Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
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