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The Relationship of Believers to the World

18 w“If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. 19 xIf you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet ybecause you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. 20 Remember the word that I said to you, z‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. aIf they kept My word, they will keep yours also. 21 But ball these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know Him who sent Me. 22 cIf I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin, dbut now they have no excuse for their sin. 23 eHe who hates Me hates My Father also. 24 If I had not done among them fthe works which no one else did, they would have no sin; but now they have gseen and also hated both Me and My Father. 25 But this happened that the word might be fulfilled which is written in their law, hThey hated Me without a cause.’


About The New King James Version

The New King James Version is a total update of the 1611 King James Version, also known as the "Authorized Version." Every attempt has been made to maintain the beauty of the original version while updating the English grammar to contemporary style and usage. The result is much better "readability." It is noteworthy that the NKJV is one of the few modern translations still based on the "Western" or "Byzantine" manuscript tradition. This makes the New King James Version an invaluable aid to comparative English Bible study.


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