Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell down before Him, and said in a loud voice, "What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of God Most High? Do not torture me, I beseech you."
As He was embarking, the man who had been possessed asked permission to accompany Him.
I am in a dilemma, my earnest desire being to depart and be with Christ, for that is far, far better.
But He would not allow it. "Go home to your family," He said, "and report to them all that the Lord has done for you, and the mercy He has shown you."
"Lord," answered Ananias, "I have heard about that man from many, and I have heard of the great mischief he has done to Thy people in Jerusalem;
They only heard it said, "He who was once our persecutor is now telling the Good News of the faith of which he formerly made havoc."
1 Timothy 1:13
though I was previously a blasphemer and a persecutor and had been insolent in outrage. Yet mercy was shown me, because I had acted ignorantly, not having as yet believed;