Acts 26:12

12 “On one of these journeys I was going to Damascus with the authority and commission of the chief priests.

Acts 26:12 in Other Translations

KJV
12 Whereupon as I went to Damascus with authority and commission from the chief priests,
ESV
12 "In this connection I journeyed to Damascus with the authority and commission of the chief priests.
NLT
12 “One day I was on such a mission to Damascus, armed with the authority and commission of the leading priests.
MSG
12 "One day on my way to Damascus, armed as always with papers from the high priests authorizing my action,
CSB
12 "Under these circumstances I was traveling to Damascus with authority and a commission from the chief priests.

Acts 26:12 Meaning and Commentary

Acts 26:12

Whereupon as I went to Damascus
Being intent, upon the above said things, to punish the saints, compel them to blaspheme, imprison them, and even put them to death on account of these things; upon this errand and business he went to Damascus, the chief city of Syria, where he knew there were many that believed in Christ, who had removed from Jerusalem thither, on account of the persecution, or were settled there before:

with authority and commission from the chief priests;
the Jewish sanhedrim, to bring those of them at Damascus bound to Jerusalem, in order to be punished, as in ( Acts 9:2 ) ( 22:5 ) and which the Ethiopic version adds here.

Acts 26:12 In-Context

10 And that is just what I did in Jerusalem. On the authority of the chief priests I put many of the Lord’s people in prison, and when they were put to death, I cast my vote against them.
11 Many a time I went from one synagogue to another to have them punished, and I tried to force them to blaspheme. I was so obsessed with persecuting them that I even hunted them down in foreign cities.
12 “On one of these journeys I was going to Damascus with the authority and commission of the chief priests.
13 About noon, King Agrippa, as I was on the road, I saw a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, blazing around me and my companions.
14 We all fell to the ground, and I heard a voice saying to me in Aramaic,‘Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.’