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Acts 9 so many blessings in here

Act 9:1 And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest, Act 9:1 - Breathing out (ἐμπνέων) Lit., breathing upon or at, and so corresponding to against the disciples. Threatenings and slaughter (ἀπειλῆς καὶ φόνου) Lit., threatening; so Rev. In the Greek construction, the case in which these words are marks them as the cause or source of the “breathing;” breathing hard out of threatening, and murderous desire. Act 9:1 - Cir am 4039, ad 35 Saul: Act_9:11-13, Act_9:19-21, Act_7:58, Act_8:3, Act_22:3, Act_22:4, Act_26:9-11; 1Co_15:9; Gal_1:13; Phi_3:6; 1Ti_1:13 breathing: Psa_27:12 Act 9:2 And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem. Act 9:2 - Of this way (τῆς ὁδοῦ) Rev., more correctly, “the way.” A common expression in the Acts for the Christian religion: “the characteristic direction of life as determined by faith on Jesus Christ” (Meyer). See Act_19:9; Act_22:4; Act_24:22. For the fuller expression of the idea, see Act_16:17; Act_18:25. Women Paul three times alludes to his persecution of women as an aggravation of his cruelty (Act_8:3; Act_9:2; Act_22:4). Act 9:2 - desired: Act_9:14, Act_7:19, Act_22:5, Act_26:12; Est_3:8-13; Psa_82:2-4 the synagogues: Act_6:9, Act_13:14, Act_13:15, Act_28:17-21 of this way: Gr. of the way, Act_19:9, Act_19:23, Act_22:5, Act_28:22 Act 9:3 And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: Act 9:3 - There shined round about (περιήστραψεν) Only here and Act_22:6. Flashed. See on Luk_11:36; Luk_24:4. A light Compare Act_22:6; Act_26:13. Act 9:3 - as: Act_9:17, Act_22:6, Act_26:12, Act_26:13; 1Co_15:8 a light: Psa_104:2; 1Ti_6:16; Rev_21:23, Rev_22:5 Act 9:1 - Act_22:3, &c; Act_26:9, &c. Act 9:2 - Bound - By the connivance, if not authority, of the governor, under Aretas the king. See Act_9:14, Act_9:24. Act 9:3 - And suddenly - When God suddenly and vehemently attacks a sinner, it is the highest act of mercy. So Saul, when his rage was come to the height, is taught not to breathe slaughter. And what was wanting in time to confirm him in his discipleship, is compensated by the inexpressible terror he sustained. By his also the suddenly constituted apostle was guarded against the grand snare into which novices are apt to fall.
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