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Persecution
        The first great persecution for religious opinion of which we
        have any record was that which broke out against the worshippers
        of God among the Jews in the days of Ahab, when that king, at
        the instigation of his wife Jezebel, "a woman in whom, with the
        reckless and licentious habits of an Oriental queen, were united
        the fiercest and sternest qualities inherent in the old Semitic
        race", sought in the most relentless manner to extirpate the
        worship of Jehovah and substitute in its place the worship of
        Ashtoreth and Baal. Ahab's example in this respect was followed
        by Manasseh, who "shed innocent blood very much, till he had
        filled Jerusalem from one end to another" (2 Kings 21:16; compare
        24:4). In all ages, in one form or another, the people of God
        have had to suffer persecution. In its earliest history the
        Christian church passed through many bloody persecutions. Of
        subsequent centuries in our own and in other lands the same sad
        record may be made.
        Christians are forbidden to seek the propagation of the gospel
        by force (Matt. 7:1; Luke 9:54-56; Rom. 14:4; James 4:11, 12).
        The words of Ps. 7:13, "He ordaineth his arrows against the
        persecutors," ought rather to be, as in the Revised Version, "He
        maketh his arrows fiery [shafts]."
Bibliography Information
Easton, Matthew George. M.A., D.D., "Biblical Meaning for 'Persecution' Eastons Bible Dictionary".
bible-history.com - Eastons; 1897.

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