Early Character. Saul's life previous to his conversion was distinguished on account of great wickedness. He declared that he was,
- a persecutor ( 1 Corinthians 15:9 );
- a blasphemer;
- an injurer;
- an unbeliever;
- the chief of sinners ( 1 Timothy 1:12-15 ).
In the face of this, he declares that he lived in all good conscience before God ( Acts 23:1 ) for he exercised himself to that end ( Acts 24:16 ).