Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
And Saul was in full agreement with Stephen being put to death. And a great persecution broke out against the Jerusalem church, and all the disciples, except the apostles, were scattered throughout the districts of Judea and Samaria.
With every breath [it seemed], Saul [expressed his desire to] threaten and murder the Lord's disciples and [even] went to the head priest
And I persecuted this 'Way' [even to the point of] putting people to death. [I had] both men and women bound [in chains] and locked up in prisons.
I truly thought within myself [that it was right] to do many things which were opposed to the name of Jesus from Nazareth.
1 Corinthians 15:9
For I am the least [significant] of the apostles, and am not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
As far as enthusiasm is concerned, I persecuted the church; as far as being righteous according to the law of Moses is concerned, I was without just blame.
1 Timothy 1:13
[even] though I had previously spoken against Christ, and persecuted [Christians] and acted outrageously. However, I obtained mercy because I acted out of ignorance, not believing [in Christ].
But Saul brought devastation to the church by entering everyone's house and dragging men and women off to jail.