Meanwhile Saul, still breathing out threats to murder the Lord's disciples, went to the high priest
But Saul was trying to destroy the church; entering one house after another, he dragged off both men and women and put them in prison.
Do not turn me over to my enemies, for false witnesses who want to destroy me testify against me.
Then the Lord told him, "Get up and go to the street called 'Straight,' and at Judas' house look for a man from Tarsus named Saul. For he is praying,
Of course, I myself was convinced that it was necessary to do many things hostile to the name of Jesus the Nazarene.
When they had driven him out of the city, they began to stone him, and the witnesses laid their cloaks at the feet of a young man named Saul.
"I am a Jew, born in Tarsus in Cilicia, but brought up in this city, educated with strictness under Gamaliel according to the law of our ancestors, and was zealous for God just as all of you are today.
For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
For you have heard of my former way of life in Judaism, how I was savagely persecuting the church of God and trying to destroy it.
In my zeal for God I persecuted the church. According to the righteousness stipulated in the law I was blameless.