Persecute, Persecution See also Adversity To cause anguish or pain to others because of their beliefs or social status; to harass or oppress. Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, Matt. 5:10 (3 Ne. 12:10). Pray for them which despitefully use you and persecute you, Matt. 5:44 (3 Ne. 12:44). Because they are rich, they persecute the meek, 2 Ne. 9:30 (2 Ne. 28:12–13). The righteous that look forward to Christ notwithstanding all persecution shall not perish, 2 Ne. 26:8. All these things shall give thee experience, D&C 122:7.