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23they only heard it said, “The one who formerly was persecuting us is now proclaiming the faith he once tried to destroy.”

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23. Translate as Greek, "They were hearing": tidings were brought them from time to time [Conybeare and Howson].

he which persecuted us in times past—"our former persecutor" [Alford]. The designation by which he was known among Christians still better than by his name "Saul."

destroyedGreek, "was destroying."