“And I punished them oft in every synagogue, and compelled them to blaspheme; and being exceedingly mad against them, I persecuted them even unto strange cities.”
King James Version (KJV)
26:11 I compelled them - That is, some of them; to blaspheme - This is the most dreadful of all! Repent, ye enemies of the Gospel. If Spira, who was compelled, suffered so terribly, what will become of those who compel, like Saul, but do not repent like him.
Ac 26:11 I punished them oft in every synagogue. "In all the synagogues" (Revised Version). Scourging was a not uncommon punishment in the synagogue (Mt 10:17 23:34). Compelled [them] to blaspheme. Terrified them into denying Jesus. Exceedingly mad. Raging, even fanatical. That he was a terrible persecutor cannot be doubted from his own account. Even unto foreign cities. Of these Damascus was one (Ac 9:2).