Ananias had heard bad things about Saul (Acts 9:13)

“But Ananias answered.


I have heard

From many people

About this man.

How much evil

He has done

To your saints

In Jerusalem.’”

ἀπεκρίθη δὲ Ἀνανίας Κύριε, ἤκουσα ἀπὸ πολλῶν περὶ τοῦ ἀνδρὸς τούτου, ὅσα κακὰ τοῖς ἁγίοις σου ἐποίησεν ἐν Ἱερουσαλήμ·

However, the author of Acts indicated that Ananias (δὲ Ἀνανίας) answered (ἀπεκρίθη) by saying to the Lord (Κύριε) that he had heard (ἤκουσα) from many people (ἀπὸ πολλῶν) about this man (περὶ τοῦ ἀνδρὸς τούτου) Saul. He had done (ἐποίησεν) much evil (ὅσα κακὰ) to the Lord’s holy ones or saints (τοῖς ἁγίοις σου) in Jerusalem (ἐν Ἱερουσαλήμ).  Once again, this vision of Ananias is only found here and not in the later personal speeches of Saul about his conversion in chapters 22 and 26.  Ananias was referring to the incidents in chapter 8:3, where Saul (Σαῦλος δὲ) was ravaging (ἐλυμαίνετο) the church or assembly (τὴν ἐκκλησίαν).  He entered (εἰσπορευόμενος) house after house (κατὰ τοὺς οἴκους) and dragged off (σύρων) both men (τε ἄνδρας) and women (καὶ γυναῖκας).  He committed or sent them (παρεδίδου) to prison (εἰς φυλακήν).  Clearly, Saul was not just against the early Christians, he conscientiously persecuted them in Jerusalem.  Since, these followers of Jesus did not have a physical church building, Saul followed them to their homes and dragged them out to prison, both men and women.  Ananias was rightly concerned about Saul, since he had such a bad reputation from his time in Jerusalem.  He wanted the Lord to know the background of Saul, as he understood it.  Are you concerned about a person’s background?

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