If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
The disciples were not to be surprised or disheartened if the world hated them. The world hated the Lord, and it will hate all who resemble Him. The people of the world love those who live as they do – individuals who use vile language, indulge in the lusts of the flesh, or live for themselves. Christians condemn them by their holy lives, therefore the world hates them.