But Saul began ravaging the church, entering house after house, and dragging off men and women, he would put them in prison.
For I am the least of the apostles, and not fit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
For you have heard of my former manner of life in Judaism, how I used to persecute the church of God beyond measure and tried to destroy it;
as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to the righteousness which is in the Law, found blameless.
even though I was formerly a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent aggressor. Yet I was shown mercy because I acted ignorantly in unbelief;
All those hearing him continued to be amazed, and were saying, “Is this not he who in Jerusalem destroyed those who called on this name, and who had come here for the purpose of bringing them bound before the chief priests?”
When they had driven him out of the city, they began stoning him; and the witnesses laid aside their robes at the feet of a young man named Saul.
And I said, ‘Lord, they themselves understand that in one synagogue after another I used to imprison and beat those who believed in You.
Now Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest,
“ I am a Jew, born in Tarsus of Cilicia, but brought up in this city, educated under Gamaliel, strictly according to the law of our fathers, being zealous for God just as you all are today.
“So then, I thought to myself that I had to do many things hostile to the name of Jesus of Nazareth.
But you have dishonored the poor man. Is it not the rich who oppress you and personally drag you into court?