Saul Ravages the Church
Now Saul was consenting to his death. At that time a great persecution arose against the church which was at Jerusalem; and a they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles.
And devout men carried Stephen to his burial, and b made great lamentation over him.
As for Saul, c he made havoc of the church, entering every house, and dragging off men and women, committing them to prison.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
They will put you out of the synagogues; yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service.
Therefore those who were scattered went everywhere preaching the word.
Now those who were scattered after the persecution that arose over Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word to no one but the Jews only.
So Sarah died in Kirjath Arba (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan, and Abraham came to mourn for Sarah and to weep for her.
And they cast him out of the city and stoned him. And the witnesses laid down their clothes at the feet of a young man named Saul.
1 Corinthians 15:9
For I am the least of the apostles, who am not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
For you have heard of my former conduct in Judaism, how I persecuted the church of God beyond measure and tried to destroy it.
Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; concerning the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.
1 Timothy 1:13
Although I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an insolent man; but I obtained mercy because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.