To bother, hurt, punish,
or kill someone
unjustly; particularly because the person believes in a certain religion
or style of worship.
have heard that it hath been said,
Thou shalt love thy neighbor, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you,
Love your enemies, bless them that curse you,
do good to them that hate you,
and pray for them which
despitefully use you,
and persecute you.
and all that will live godly in Christ
Jesus shall suffer persecution.
11 Tim 3:12