“If the world
It has hated me
It hated you.”
Εἰ ὁ κόσμος ὑμᾶς μισεῖ, γινώσκετε ὅτι ἐμὲ πρῶτον ὑμῶν μεμίσηκεν.
John uniquely indicated that Jesus said that if the world (Εἰ ὁ κόσμος) hated them (ὑμᾶς μισεῖ), they were to be aware or know (γινώσκετε) that the world had hated (μεμίσηκεν) Jesus (ὅτι ἐμὲ) also, before (πρῶτον) it hated them (ὑμῶν). Jesus warned his followers that they would run into a lot of hatred. The world, either the gentiles or non-believing Jews, would hate them, just as they had hated Jesus before them. Jesus was offering consolation to his followers if they ran into trouble. Just as Jesus had faced hostility, they, too, as his followers, would run into this worldly hostility. Has anyone hated you for being a Christian?