Saul finds out (Acts 9:24)

“Their plot became known

To Saul.

They were watching

The gates


And night

To kill him.”

ἐγνώσθη δὲ τῷ Σαύλῳ ἡ ἐπιβουλὴ αὐτῶν. παρετηροῦντο δὲ καὶ τὰς πύλας ἡμέρας τε καὶ νυκτὸς ὅπως αὐτὸν ἀνέλωσιν·

The author of Acts indicated that their plot (ἡ ἐπιβουλὴ αὐτῶν) became known to Saul (ἐγνώσθη δὲ τῷ Σαύλῳ).  They were watching (παρετηροῦντο) the gates (καὶ τὰς πύλας) day and night (ἡμέρας τε καὶ νυκτὸς), to kill him (ὅπως αὐτὸν ἀνέλωσιν).  Acts was the only Greek biblical writing that used this word ἐπιβουλὴ, that means to plan against or to plot.  Either some Jews in Damascus or the army of the Nabateans around Damascus were constantly guarding the gates to the city, where people came in and out, since they planned to kill Saul.  How did Saul find out?  Was this plot so obvious?  Has anyone ever plotted against you?

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