New International Version
They only heard the report: "The man who formerly persecuted 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.
Darby Bible Translation
only they were hearing that he who persecuted us formerly now announces the glad tidings of the faith which formerly he ravaged:
World English Bible
but they only heard: "He who once persecuted us now preaches the faith that he once tried to destroy."
Young's Literal Translation
and only they were hearing, that 'he who is persecuting us then, doth now proclaim good news -- the faith that then he was wasting;'
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
They had heard only - As a persecutor of the Church of Christ, I was well known; and as a convert to Christ I was not less so. The fame of both was great, even where I was personally unknown.
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TO ME it is a pitiful sight to see Paul defending himself as an apostle; and doing this, not against the gainsaying world, but against cold-hearted members of the church. They said that he was not truly an apostle, for he had not seen the Lord; and they uttered a great many other things derogatory to him. To maintain his claim to the apostleship, he was driven to commence his epistles with "Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ," though his work was a self-evident proof of his call. If, after God has …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 37: 1891
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So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith.
All those who heard him were astonished and asked, "Isn't he the man who raised havoc in Jerusalem among those who call on this name? And hasn't he come here to take them as prisoners to the chief priests?"
Some Jews who went around driving out evil spirits tried to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who were demon-possessed. They would say, "In the name of the Jesus whom Paul preaches, I command you to come out."
Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
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