Acts 26:11

11 And 1I punished them often in all the synagogues and tried to make them 2blaspheme, and 3in raging fury against them I 4persecuted them even to foreign cities.

Acts 26:11 Meaning and Commentary

Acts 26:11

And I punished them oft in every synagogue
In Jerusalem, where there were many; (See Gill on Acts 24:12); by beating and scourging them there, as the manner was; see ( Matthew 10:17 ) .

and compelled them to blaspheme;
the Lord Jesus Christ, both to deny him to be the Messiah, and to call him accursed; as the Jews and Heathens obliged some professors of Christianity to do, who were only nominal ones, and had not grace and strength to stand against their threatenings, and to endure their persecutions:

and being exceeding mad against them;
full of malice, envy, and hatred:

I persecuted them even to strange cities;
particularly Damascus; and of his journey thither, he gives an account in the following verse; or through the violence of his persecution he obliged them to fly to strange cities, where they were foreigners and strangers; though he himself might not follow them there, since we do not read of his going anywhere but to Damascus; whereas they that were scattered by the persecution, in which he was concerned, travelled as far as Phenice, Cyprus, and Antioch, ( Acts 9:19 ) . The phrase may be rendered, "even to cities without"; i.e. without the land of Israel: frequent mention is made in Jewish writings of such and such cities being (Ural huwx) , "without the land".

Acts 26:11 In-Context

9 "I myself was convinced that I ought to do many things in opposing the name of Jesus of Nazareth.
10 And I did so in Jerusalem. I not only locked up many of the saints in prison after receiving authority from the chief priests, but when they were put to death I cast my vote against them.
11 And I punished them often in all the synagogues and tried to make them blaspheme, and in raging fury against them I persecuted them even to foreign cities.
12 "In this connection I journeyed to Damascus with the authority and commission of the chief priests.
13 At midday, O king, I saw on the way a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, that shone around me and those who journeyed with me.

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