And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest,…
In one sense, if not in the common understanding of that phrase. If hatred is in a man's heart, hatred will show itself in a man's words and acts; for "out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh." And if hatred does show itself in a man's words and acts, it is because hatred is in his heart. It is of no use for a man to say that his harsh and bitter words don't mean anything; that they are only on the surface. They do mean a great deal; they mean that under the surface he is fully as bad as he shows himself above the surface. And as it is with men so it is with children. When a child stamps and screams with anger, and "just wishes nurse or teacher was dead," that little one is breathing out the threatenings and slaughter which are in that little one's heart. Parents and guardians ought to have this truth in mind in dealing with the children of their charge.
(H. C. Trumbull, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest,