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Acts 9:21

    Acts 9:21 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    But all that heard him were amazed, and said; Is not this he that destroyed them which called on this name in Jerusalem, and came hither for that intent, that he might bring them bound unto the chief priests?

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    But all that heard him were amazed, and said; Is not this he that destroyed them which called on this name in Jerusalem, and came here for that intent, that he might bring them bound to the chief priests?

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And all that heard him were amazed, and said, Is not this he that in Jerusalem made havoc of them that called on this name? and he had come hither for this intent, that he might bring them bound before the chief priests.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And all those hearing him were full of wonder and said, Is not this the man who in Jerusalem was attacking all the worshippers of this name? and he had come here so that he might take them as prisoners before the chief priests.

    Webster's Revision

    And all that heard him were amazed, and said, Is not this he that in Jerusalem made havoc of them that called on this name? and he had come hither for this intent, that he might bring them bound before the chief priests.

    World English Bible

    All who heard him were amazed, and said, "Isn't this he who in Jerusalem made havoc of those who called on this name? And he had come here intending to bring them bound before the chief priests!"

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And all that heard him were amazed, and said, Is not this he that in Jerusalem made havock of them which called on this name? and he had come hither for this intent, that he might bring them bound before the chief priests.

    Definitions for Acts 9:21

    Bound - Landmark.

    Clarke's Commentary on Acts 9:21

    Is not this he that destroyed them - Ὁ πορθησας. The verb πορθειν has three acceptations in the Greek writers:

    1. To treat one as an enemy, to spoil him of his goods.

    2. To lead away captive, to imprison.

    3. To slay.

    Paul was properly πορθων, a destroyer, in all these senses.

    1. He acted as the most determined enemy of the Christians: Being exceedingly mad against them, he persecuted them to strange cities, Acts 26:11.

    2. He shut up many of the saints in prison, Acts 8:3; Acts 9:14; Acts 26:10.

    3. He persecuted them unto death - gave his voice against them that they might be destroyed, and was a principal instrument in the martyrdom of Stephen. He breathed threatenings and slaughter. See Acts 7:58; Acts 8:1; Acts 9:1; Acts 26:10, Acts 26:11.

    Therefore these three meanings of the original word are all exemplified in the conduct of Saul.

    Barnes' Notes on Acts 9:21

    Were amazed - Amazed at his sudden and remarkable change.

    That destroyed - That opposed; laid waste; persecuted. Compare Galatians 1:13.

    For that intent - With that design, that he might destroy the church at Damascus.