Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
And Saul was consenting unto his death. And at that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria, except the apostles.
When they heard this, they were furious, and wanted to kill them.
When they heard that, they were enraged and ground their teeth at him.
A pupil should be satisfied to come to be like his teacher, or a slave, to come to be like his master. If men have called the head of the house Beelzebub, how much worse names will they give to the members of his household!
and the rest seized his slaves, and ill treated them and killed them.
This is why I am going to send you prophets, wise men and scribes, some of whom you will kill and crucify, and some you will flog in your synagogues and hunt from one town to another;
This is why the Wisdom of God said, 'I will send prophets and apostles to them, and some of them they will kill and some they will persecute'??50 so that this age may be charged with the blood of all the prophets that has been shed since the creation of the world,
Remember what I said to you: No slave is greater than his master. If they have persecuted me they will persecute you too. If they have observed my teaching, they will observe yours too.
They will exclude you from their synagogues; why, the time is coming when anyone who kills you will think he is doing religious service to God.
constantly praising God and respected by all the people. And every day the Lord added people who were saved to their number.
It was he who with the congregation in the desert went between the angel who spoke to him on Mount Sinai and our forefathers, and received and communicated to you utterances that still live.
The news about them came to the ears of the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas all the way to Antioch.
There were at Antioch in the church there a number of prophets and teachers??arnabas, Symeon who was called Niger, Lucius the Cyrenian, Manaen, who had been brought up with Herod the governor, and Saul.
Those who were scattered went from place to place preaching the good news of the message.
The fugitives from the persecution that had broken out over Stephen went all the way to Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch, but they told the message to none but Jews.
"You are the salt of the earth! But if salt loses its strength, how can it be made salt again? It is good for nothing but to be thrown away and trodden underfoot.
Now I want to assure you, brothers, that what has happened to me has actually resulted in furthering the preaching of the good news.
When the apostles at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted God's message, they sent Peter and John there.
but you will be given power when the holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be witnesses for me in Jerusalem and all over Judea and Samaria and to the very ends of the earth."
Many of the Samaritans in that town came to believe in him because of the testimony the woman gave when she said, "He has told me everything I ever did!"