Biblical Concept: Dioko




diw,kw  / dioko - to put to flight, to pursue, by implication to persecute.




“persecuted for the sake of righteousness”

Persecuted then rewarded.

In Christ = persecution.

Persecution perspective.

Religious persecution.

Paul: Persecuted the Church.

pursue righteousness

“pursue the things which make for peace”

“when we are persecuted, we endure”

Relationship: Persecute, endure.

“Pursue love”

“persecuted, but not forsaken”

Flesh persecutes Spirit.

Press on in Christ.

Persecution compromise.

Seek good for one another. (Seek - imperative present active – Strong exhortation to keep-on seeking.)

Pursue righteousness.

Religious pursuit.

Bless those who persecute you (Insult not injury.)

2 Timothy 3:12 And indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.

Pursue peace with all men.

“seek peace and pursue it”

Tribulation: Satan persecutes Israel.



NAS Matthew 5:10 "Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (“persecuted for the sake of righteousness”) (Persecuted then rewarded.)

 11 "Blessed are you when men cast insults at you, and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely, on account of Me. (In Christ = persecution.)

 12 "Rejoice, and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. (Persecution perspective.) (1 Peter 4:12-14 12 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you; 13 but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing; so that also at the revelation of His glory, you may rejoice with exultation. 14 If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.)

 44 "But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you (Insult not injury.)

NAS Matthew 10:23 "But whenever they persecute you in this city, flee to the next; for truly I say to you, you shall not finish going through the cities of Israel, until the Son of Man comes. (In Christ = persecution.)

NAS Matthew 23:34 "Therefore, behold, I am sending you prophets and wise men and scribes; some of them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will scourge in your synagogues, and persecute from city to city, (In Christ = persecution.)

NAS Luke 11:49 "For this reason also the wisdom of God said, 'I will send to them prophets and apostles, and some of them they will kill and some they will persecute, (In Christ = persecution.)

NAS Luke 17:23 "And they will say to you, 'Look there! Look here!' Do not go away, and do not run after them.(Run after = dioko)

NAS Luke 21:12 "But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and will persecute you, delivering you to the synagogues and prisons, bringing you before kings and governors for My name's sake. (In Christ = persecution.)

NAS John 5:16 And for this reason the Jews were persecuting Jesus, because He was doing these things on the Sabbath. (Religious persecution.)

NAS John 15:20 "Remember the word that I said to you, 'A slave is not greater than his master.' If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they kept My word, they will keep yours also. (In Christ = persecution.)

NAS Acts 7:52 "Which one of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? And they killed those who had previously announced the coming of the Righteous One, whose betrayers and murderers you have now become; (Religious persecution.)

NAS Acts 9:4 and he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?" (Paul: Persecuted the Church.)

 5 And he said, "Who art Thou, Lord?" And He said, "I am Jesus whom you are persecuting, (Paul: Persecuted the Church.)

NAS Acts 22:4 "And I persecuted this Way to the death, binding and putting both men and women into prisons, (Paul: Persecuted the Church.)

 7 and I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, 'Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?'(Paul: Persecuted the Church.)

 8 "And I answered, 'Who art Thou, Lord?' And He said to me, 'I am Jesus the Nazarene, whom you are persecuting.'(Paul: Persecuted the Church.)

NAS Acts 26:11 "And as I punished them often in all the synagogues, I tried to force them to blaspheme; and being furiously enraged at them, I kept pursuing them even to foreign cities. (Paul: Persecuted the Church.)

 14 "And when we had all fallen to the ground, I heard a voice saying to me in the Hebrew dialect, 'Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.'(Paul: Persecuted the Church.)

 15 "And I said, 'Who art Thou, Lord?' And the Lord said, 'I am Jesus whom you are persecuting. (Paul: Persecuted the Church.)

NAS Romans 9:30 What shall we say then? That Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, attained righteousness, even the righteousness which is by faith; (pursue righteousness)

 31 but Israel, pursuing a law of righteousness, did not arrive at that law. (Religious pursuit.)

NAS Romans 12:13 contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality. (practicing = dioko)

 14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and curse not. (Insult not injury.)

NAS Romans 14:19 So then let us pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another. (“pursue the things which make for peace”)

NAS 1 Corinthians 4:12 and we toil, working with our own hands; when we are reviled, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure; (“when we are persecuted, we endure”) (Relationship: Persecute, endure.)

NAS 1 Corinthians 14:1 Pursue love, yet desire earnestly spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy. (“Pursue love”)

NAS 1 Corinthians 15:9 For I am the least of the apostles, who am not fit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. (Paul: Persecuted the Church.)

NAS 2 Corinthians 4:9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; (“persecuted, but not forsaken”)

NAS Galatians 1:13 For you have heard of my former manner of life in Judaism, how I used to persecute the church of God beyond measure, and tried to destroy it; (Paul: Persecuted the Church.)

 23 but only, they kept hearing, "He who once persecuted us is now preaching the faith which he once tried to destroy." (Paul: Persecuted the Church.)

NAS Galatians 4:29 But as at that time he who was born according to the flesh persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, so it is now also. (Flesh persecutes Spirit.)

NAS Galatians 5:11 But I, brethren, if I still preach circumcision, why am I still persecuted? Then the stumbling block of the cross has been abolished. (Religious persecution.)

NAS Galatians 6:12 Those who desire to make a good showing in the flesh try to compel you to be circumcised, simply that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ. (Persecution compromise.)

NAS Philippians 3:6 as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to the righteousness which is in the Law, found blameless. (Paul: Persecuted the Church.)

 12 Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. (Press on in Christ.)

 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. (Press on in Christ.)

NAS 1 Thessalonians 5:15 See that no one repays another with evil for evil, but always seek after that which is good for one another and for all men. (Seek good for one another.) (Seek - imperative present active – Strong exhortation to keep-on seeking.)

NAS 1 Timothy 6:11 But flee from these things, you man of God; and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness. (Pursue righteousness.)

NAS 2 Timothy 2:22 Now flee from youthful lusts, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. (Pursue righteousness.)

NAS 2 Timothy 3:12 And indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. (All)

NAS Hebrews 12:14 Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord. (Pursue peace with all men.)

NAS 1 Peter 3:11 "And let him turn away from evil and do good; Let him seek peace and pursue it. (“seek peace and pursue it”)

NAS Revelation 12:13 And when the dragon saw that he was thrown down to the earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male child. (Tribulation: Satan persecutes Israel.)