When they heard that he was addressing them in the Hebrew language, they became even quieter.(A) He(B) continued, “I am a Jewish man, born in Tarsus of Cilicia but brought up in this city[a] at the feet of Gamaliel(C) and educated according to the strict view of our patriarchal law. Being zealous for God, just as all of you are today,(D) I persecuted this Way(E) to the death, binding and putting both men and women in jail,(F) as both the high priest and the whole council of elders can testify about me. After I received letters from them to the brothers, I traveled to Damascus to bring those who were prisoners there to be punished in Jerusalem.(G)

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Footnotes

  1. Acts 22:3 Probably Jerusalem, but others think Tarsus

In fact, I myself supposed it was necessary to do many things in opposition to the name of Jesus the Nazarene.(A) 10 I actually did this in Jerusalem, and I locked up many of the saints in prison, since I had received authority for that from the chief priests. When they were put to death, I cast my vote against them.(B) 11 In all the synagogues I often tried to make them blaspheme by punishing them.(C) I even pursued them to foreign cities since I was greatly enraged at them.

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For I am the least of the apostles,(A) unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted(B) the church of God.

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13 For you have heard about my former way of life(A) in Judaism:(B) I persecuted(C) God’s church to an extreme degree and tried to destroy it.

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13 one who was formerly a blasphemer,(A) a persecutor,(B) and an arrogant man.(C) But I received mercy because I acted out of ignorance in unbelief.

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12 In fact, all those who want to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.(A)

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