Acts 8:3
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English Standard Version
But Saul was ravaging the church, and entering house after house, he dragged off men and women and committed them to prison.

King James Bible
As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison.

American Standard Version
But Saul laid waste the church, entering into every house, and dragging men and women committed them to prison.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But Saul made havock of the church, entering in from house to house, and dragging away men and women, committed them to prison.

English Revised Version
But Saul laid waste the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison.

Webster's Bible Translation
As for Saul, he made havoc of the church, entering into every house, and hauling men and women committed them to prison.

Weymouth New Testament
But Saul cruelly harassed the Church. He went into house after house, and, dragging off both men and women, threw them into prison.

Acts 8:3 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

Made havoc (ἐλυμαίνετο)

Only here in New Testament. In Septuagint, Psalm 79:13, it is used of the laying waste of a vineyard by the wild boar. Compare Acts 9:21, where the A. V. has destroyed, but where the Greek is πορθήσας, devastated. Canon Farrar observes: "The part which he played at this time in the horrid work of persecution has, I fear, been always underrated. It is only when we collect the separate passages - they are no less than eight in number - in which allusion is made to this sad period, it is only when we weigh the terrible significance of the expressions used that we feel the load of remorse which must have lain upon him, and the taunts to which he was liable from malignant enemies" ("Life and Work of St. Paul"). Note the imperfect, of continued action.

Acts 8:3 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Acts 7:58 And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man's feet, whose name was Saul.

Acts 9:1-13,21 And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest...

Acts 22:3,4 I am truly a man which am a Jew, born in Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, yet brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel...

Acts 26:9-11 I truly thought with myself, that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth...

1 Corinthians 15:9 For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.

Galatians 1:13 For you have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews' religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God...

Philippians 3:6 Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.

1 Timothy 1:13 Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.

Cross References
Acts 8:2
Devout men buried Stephen and made great lamentation over him.

Acts 9:1
But Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest

Acts 9:13
But Ananias answered, "Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much evil he has done to your saints at Jerusalem.

Acts 9:21
And all who heard him were amazed and said, "Is not this the man who made havoc in Jerusalem of those who called upon this name? And has he not come here for this purpose, to bring them bound before the chief priests?"

Acts 16:19
But when her owners saw that their hope of gain was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace before the rulers.

Acts 22:4
I persecuted this Way to the death, binding and delivering to prison both men and women,

Acts 22:19
And I said, 'Lord, they themselves know that in one synagogue after another I imprisoned and beat those who believed in you.

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