English Standard Version
They only were hearing it said, “He who used to persecute us is now preaching the faith he once tried to destroy.”
King James Bible
But they had heard only, That he which persecuted us in times past now preacheth the faith which once he destroyed.
American Standard Version
but they only heard say, He that once persecuted us now preacheth the faith of which he once made havoc;
But they had heard only: He, who persecuted us in times past, doth now preach the faith which once he impugned:
English Revised Version
but they only heard say, He that once persecuted us now preacheth the faith of which he once made havock;
Webster's Bible Translation
But they had heard only, That he who persecuted us in times past, now preacheth the faith which once he destroyed.
Weymouth New Testament
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."
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CommentaryVincent's Word Studies
They had heard (ἀκούοντες ἧσαν)
Correlative with I was unknown, Galatians 1:22. Note the periphrasis of the participle with the substantive verb, expressing duration. They were hearing all the time that I was thus unknown to them in person.
See on Acts 6:7, and comp. 2 Thessalonians 3:2. The subjective conception of faith as trustful and assured acceptance of Jesus Christ as Savior, tends to become objective, so that the subjective principle is sometimes regarded objectively. This is very striking in the Pastoral Epistles.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
And the word of God continued to increase, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests became obedient to the faith.
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?"
Then some of the itinerant Jewish exorcists undertook to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, "I adjure you by the Jesus whom Paul proclaims."
So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.
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