Remember (mnhmoneuete). Present active imperative of mnhmoneuw, old verb from mnhmwn, in John again in 1 John 16:41 John 16:21 . See 1 John 13:16 for this word. If they persecuted me (ei eme ediwxan). Condition of first class. They certainly did persecute (first aorist active of diwkw, to chase like a wild beast like the Latin persequor, our "persecute") Jesus ( 1 John 5:16 ). They will persecute those like Jesus. Cf. 1 John 16:33 ; Mark 10:30 ; Luke 21:12 ; 1 Corinthians 4:12 ; 2 Corinthians 4:9 ; Galatians 4:29 ; 2 Timothy 3:12 for proof that this prophecy came true. But the alternative is true and is stated by Jesus with a like condition of the first class, "if they kept my word" (ei ton logon mou ethrhsan). The world does praise the word of Jesus, but dreads to follow it.