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Matthew 5:43, 44, 45 – “You have heard that it was said, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you…”

John 15:24, 25 (quoting Psalm 35:19; 69:4 below)  –  “…but now they have both seen and hated Me and My Father as well.  But they have done this to fulfill the word that is written in their Law, ‘THEY HATED ME WITHOUT A CAUSE.'”

Jude 1:22, 23  –  “…and on some have mercy with fear, hating even the garment polluted by the flesh.”


Joshua 20:5 “…they shall not deliver the manslayer into his hand, because he struck his neighbor without premeditation and did not hate him beforehand.”

2 Samuel 13:15  –  “Then Amnon hated her with a very great hatred; for the hatred with which he hated her was greater than the love with which he had loved her…”

2 Samuel 19:5, 6  –  “…’Today you have covered with shame the faces of all your servants, who today have saved your life and the lives of your sons and daughters, the lives of your wives, and the lives of your concubines, by loving those who hate you, and by hating those who love you…'”

Psalm 35:19 (quoted in John 15:25 above)  –  “Do not let those who are wrongfully my enemies rejoice over me; nor let those who hate me without cause wink maliciously.”

Psalm 55:12, 13, 14 – “For it is not an enemy who reproaches me, then I could bear it;
nor is it one who hates me who has exalted himself against me, then I could hide myself from him. But it is you, a man my equal, my companion and my familiar friend; we who had sweet fellowship together walked in the house of God in the throng.”

Psalm 69:4 (quoted in John 15:25 above)  – “Those who hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of my head; those who would destroy me are powerful, being wrongfully my enemies; what I did not steal, I then have to restore.”