I beat up people who believed in the Lord (Acts 22:19)

“I said.


They themselves know

That in every synagogue

I imprisoned

And beat

Those who believed in you.’”

κἀγὼ εἶπον Κύριε, αὐτοὶ ἐπίστανται ὅτι ἐγὼ ἤμην φυλακίζων καὶ δέρων κατὰ τὰς συναγωγὰς τοὺς πιστεύοντας ἐπὶ σέ·

The author of Acts indicated that Paul said to the Lord (κἀγὼ εἶπον Κύριε) that they themselves know (αὐτοὶ ἐπίστανται) that in every synagogue (κατὰ τὰς συναγωγὰς) that he had imprisoned (ὅτι ἐγὼ ἤμην φυλακίζων) and beat (καὶ δέρων) those who believed in Jesus (τοὺς πιστεύοντας ἐπὶ σέ).  This is a reference to chapter 8:3.  “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, Paul was not just against the early Christians, he conscientiously persecuted them in Jerusalem.  Since, these followers of Jesus did not have a church, Paul followed them to their homes and dragged them out to prison, both men and women.  It is not clear where the prison was located or the kind of prison.  However, there was clear evidence that Paul had been a persecutor of the early primitive Christian community and its individual members.  Have you ever hated a group of people and then found out that you actually liked them?

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