Mark 13:13

And you shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
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Augustine of Hippo

AD 430
De Con. Evan., ii, 77: Matthew adds, “And then shall the end come.”


AD 735
The Lords shows how Jerusalem and the province of Judaea merited the infliction of such calamities, in the following words: “But take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten. "For the greatest cause of destruction to the Jewish people was, that after slaying the Saviour, they also tormented the heralds of His name and faith with wicked cruelty. For when we are led before judges for Christ’s sake, all our duty is to offer up our will for Christ. As for therest, Christ Himself who dwells in us speaks for us, and the grace of the Holy Ghost shall be given us, when we answer. Wherefore it goes on: “For it is not yet hat shall speak, but the Holy Spirit.”. This has often been seen in time of persecution, nor can there be any firm affection amongst men who differ in faith.

Glossa Ordinaria

AD 1480
Another anxiety might also arise in the breasts of the disciples. Lest therefore after hearing that they were to be brought before kings and rulers, they should fear that their want of science and eloquence should render them unable to answer, our Lord consoles them by saying, “But when they shall lead you and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye.”

Hilary of Poitiers

AD 368
Therefore the Lord exhorts us to wait with patient and reverent faith until the end comes, for “Blessed is he that endures to the end.” It is neither a blessed nothingness that awaits us, nor is nonexistence the fruit, nor annihilation the appointed reward of faith. Rather the end is the final attainment of the promised blessedness. They are blessed who endure until the goal of perfect happiness is reached, when the expectation of faith reaches toward complete fulfillment. Their end is to abide with unbroken rest in that condition toward which they are presently pressing.

Theophylact of Ochrid

AD 1107
Fitly also did He premise arecital of those things which concerned the Apostles, that in their own tribulations they might find some consolation in the community of troubles and sufferings. There follows: “And ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for My sake, for a testimony against them. "He says “kings and rulers,” as, for instance, Agrippa, Nero and Herod. Again, His saying, “for My sake,” gave them no small consolation, in that they were about to suffer for His sake. “For a testimony against them,” means, as a judgment beforehand against them, that they might be inexcusable, in that though the Apostles were labouring for the truth, they would not join themselves to it. Then, that they might not think that their preaching should be impeded by troubles and dangers, He adds: “And the Gospel must first be published among all nations.”. He also foretells to them a worse evil, that they should suffer persecution from their relations. Wherefore there follows: “Now the brother shall...

Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation - 2 Peter 1:20

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