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.
And they, hearing it, were being convulsed with rage, and were taking counsel to slay them.
Now, while hearing these things, they were being cut to their hearts, and were gnashing their teeth over him.
It is enough for the disciple, that he become as his teacher, and the servant as his lord. If they called the Master of the house Beelzebub, how much more those of his house-hold?
and the rest, having laid hold on his servants, maltreated and slew them.
Therefore, behold, I send to you prophets and wise men and scribes; some of them ye will kill and crucify, and some ye will scourge in your synagogues, and persecute from city to city;
On this account also the wisdom of God said, 'I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of them will they slay, and some will they persecute;
Remember the word which I spake to you, 'A servant is not greater than his lord.' If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they kept My word, they will keep yours also.
They will put you out of the synagogues; yea, an hour is coming, that every one who kills you will think that he is offering service to God.
praising God, and having favor with all the people. And the Lord was adding to them daily those who were being saved.
This is he who was in the assembly in the wilderness with the angel who spake to him on mount Sinai, and with our fathers; who received living oracles to give to us:
And the report concerning them came to the ears of the assembly which was in Jerusalem; and they sent forth Barnabas as far as Antioch;
Now there were in Antioch, in the assembly which was there, prophets and teachers; both Barnabas and Symeon who is called Niger, and Lucius the Cyrenean, and Manaen, the foster-brother of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.
Those, therefore, who were dispersed, went about, proclaiming the good tidings of the word.
Those, therefore, who were dispersed by reason of the tribulation that arose about Stephen, traveled as far as Phoenicia, and Cyprus, and Antioch, speaking the word to none but Jews only.
"Ye are the salt of the earth; but, if the salt become tasteless, with what shall it be salted? It is henceforth good for nothing, except, when cast without, to be trodden under foot by men.
Now I wish you to know, brethren, that the things relating to me have resulted rather in the furtherance of the Gospel;
Now the apostles in Jerusalem, hearing that Samaria had received the word of God, sent to them Peter and John;
but ye shall receive power, the Holy Spirit having come upon you, and ye shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and Samaria, and to the utmost limit of the earth."
And many of the Samaritans from that city believed on Him because of the word of the woman, who testified, "He told me all that ever I did."