Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.
And do not be afraid of those who can kill your body but not your soul. Instead, fear Him [i.e., God] who is able to destroy both your soul and body in hell. [See note on 5:29].
At that time people will turn you over [to the authorities] for persecution and will [even] kill you. And people from all countries will hate you for being loyal to me.
But when the Jewish officials heard this, they were deeply convicted in their hearts and determined to kill the apostles.
They had arranged for the false witnesses to say, "This man will not stop speaking against the Temple and the law of Moses,
He said, "Look, I see heaven opened up and the Son of man standing at the right side of God."
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
"I am a Jew, born in Tarsus, in Cilicia, but raised [here] in this city [i.e., Jerusalem]. [I was] instructed by Gamaliel [i.e., a renowned Jewish rabbi of the time] according to the strictest methods of observing the law of our forefathers. [I was very] eager to serve God, just as all of you are here today.
I truly thought within myself [that it was right] to do many things which were opposed to the name of Jesus from Nazareth.
For I can testify that they have an enthusiasm for God, but it is without [true] knowledge.
For you have heard about the way I lived in the past, when I was in the Jewish religion, [that is], how I mercilessly persecuted the church of God, making havoc of it.
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.
For from now on there will be a household of five persons divided [against one another], three against two and two against three.