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Acts 26

 

 

Introduction
1Paul, in the presence of Agrippa, declares his life from his childhood;
12and how miraculously he was converted, and called to his apostleship.
24Festus charges him with being mad, whereunto he answers modestly.
28Agrippa is almost persuaded to be a Christian.
31The whole company pronounce him innocent.

Verse 1
Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Thou art permitted to speak for thyself. Then Paul stretched forth the hand, and answered for himself:
Thou
25:16; Proverbs 18:13,17; John 7:51
stretched
Proverbs 1:24; Ezekiel 16:27; Romans 10:21
answered
2; 22:1

Verse 3
Especially because I know thee to be expert in all customs and questions which are among the Jews: wherefore I beseech thee to hear me patiently.
because
26; 6:14; 21:21; 24:10; 25:19,20,26; 28:17; Deuteronomy 17:18; 1 Corinthians 13:2
to hear
24:4

Verse 4
My manner of life from my youth, which was at the first among mine own nation at Jerusalem, know all the Jews;
manner
2 Timothy 3:10
which
22:3

Verse 5
Which knew me from the beginning, if they would testify, that after the most straitest sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee.
if
22:5
that
23:6; Philippians 3:5,6
sect
24:5,14

Verse 6
And now I stand and am judged for the hope of the promise made of God unto our fathers:
am
8; 23:6; 24:15,21; 28:20
the promise
3:24; 13:32,33; Genesis 3:15; 12:3; 22:18; 26:4; 49:10; Deuteronomy 18:15; 2 Samuel 7:12,13; Job 19:25-27; Psalms 2:6-12; 40:6-8; 98:2; 110:1-4; Psalms 132:11,17; Isaiah 4:2; 7:14; 9:6,7; 11:1-5; 40:9-11; 42:1-4; 53:10-12; Isaiah 61:1-3; Jeremiah 23:5,6; 33:14-17; Ezekiel 17:22-24; 21:27; 34:23-25; Ezekiel 37:24; Daniel 2:34,35,44,45; 7:13,14; 9:24-26; Hosea 3:5; Joel 2:32; Amos 9:11,12; Obadiah 1:21; Micah 5:2; 7:20; Zephaniah 3:14-17; Zechariah 2:10,11; 6:12; 9:9; Zechariah 13:1,7; Malachi 3:1; 4:2; Luke 1:69,70; Romans 15:8; Galatians 3:17,18; 4:4; Titus 2:13; 1 Peter 1:11,12

Verse 7
Unto which promise our twelve tribes, instantly serving God day and night, hope to come. For which hope's sake, king Agrippa, I am accused of the Jews.
our
Ezra 6:17; 8:35; Matthew 19:28; Luke 22:30; James 1:1; Revelation 7:4-8
instantly
20:31; Psalms 134:1,2; 135:2; Luke 2:36,37; 1 Thessalonians 3:10; 1 Timothy 5:5
day and night
Gr. night and day. hope.
Luke 2:25,38; 7:19,20; Philippians 3:11
For

Verse 8
Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you, that God should raise the dead?
4:2; 10:40-42; 13:30,31; 17:31,32; 25:19; Genesis 18:14; Matthew 22:29-32; Luke 1:37; 18:27; John 5:28,29; 1 Corinthians 15:12-20; Philippians 3:21

Verse 9
I verily thought with myself, that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth.
that
John 16:2,3; Romans 10:2; Galatians 1:13,14; Philippians 3:6; 1 Timothy 1:13
the name
3:6; 9:16; 21:13; 22:8; 24:5

Verse 10
Which thing I also did in Jerusalem: and many of the saints did I shut up in prison, having received authority from the chief priests; and when they were put to death, I gave my voice against them.
I also
7:58; 8:1,3; 9:13,26; 22:4,19,20; 1 Corinthians 15:9; Galatians 1:13
the saints
9:32,41; Psalms 16:3; Romans 15:25,26; Ephesians 1:1; Revelation 17:6
having
9:14,21; 22:5

Verse 11
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.
I punished
22:19; Matthew 10:17; Mark 13:9; Luke 21:12
compelled
13:45; 18:6; Mark 3:28; Hebrews 10:28,29; James 2:7
mad
24,25; Ecclesiastes 9:3; Luke 6:11; 15:17; 2 Peter 2:16

Verse 12
Whereupon as I went to Damascus with authority and commission from the chief priests,
as
9:1,2; 22:5
with
10; 1 Kings 21:8-10; Psalms 94:20,21; Isaiah 10:1; Jeremiah 26:8; 29:26,27; John 7:45-48; 11:57

Verse 13
At midday, O king, I saw in the way a light from heaven, above the brightness of the sun, shining round about me and them which journeyed with me.
mid-day
9:3; 22:6
above
Isaiah 24:23; 30:26; Matthew 17:2; Revelation 1:16; 21:23

Verse 14
And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.
in
21:40; 22:2
Saul
9:4,5; 22:7-9
hard
Proverbs 13:15; Zechariah 2:8; 12:2; 1 Corinthians 10:22

Verse 15
And I said, Who art thou, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest.
I am
Exodus 16:8; Matthew 25:40,45; John 15:20,21

Verse 16
But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee;
rise
9:6-9; 22:10
to make
9:15,16; 13:1-4; 22:14,15
a minister
1:17,25; 6:4; 20:24; 21:19; Romans 1:5; 15:16; 2 Corinthians 4:1; 5:18; Ephesians 3:7,8; Colossians 1:7,23,25; 1 Thessalonians 3:2; 1 Timothy 1:12; 4:6; 2 Timothy 4:5
in the
18:9,10; 22:17-21; 23:11; 27:23,24; 2 Corinthians 12:1-7; Galatians 1:12; 2:2

Verse 17
Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee,
Delivering
9:23-25,29,30; 13:50; 14:5,6,19,20; 16:39; 17:10,14; 18:10,12-16; Acts 19:28-41; 21:28-36; 22:21,22; 23:10-24; 25:3,9-11; 27:42-44; Psalms 34:19; 37:32,33; 2 Corinthians 1:8-10; 4:8-10; 11:23-26; 2 Timothy 3:11; 4:16,17
the Gentiles
9:15; 22:21; 28:28; Romans 11:13; 15:16; Galatians 2:9; Ephesians 3:7,8; 1 Timothy 2:7; 2 Timothy 1:11; 4:17

Verse 18
To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.
open
9:17,18; Psalms 119:18; 146:8; Isaiah 29:18; 32:3; 35:5; 42:7; 43:8; Luke 4:18; Luke 24:45; John 9:39; 2 Corinthians 4:4,6; Ephesians 1:18
and to
23; 13:47; Isaiah 9:2; 49:6; 60:1-3; Malachi 4:2; Matthew 4:16; 6:22,23; Luke 1:79; Luke 2:32; John 1:4-9; 3:19; 8:12; 9:5; 12:35,36; 2 Corinthians 4:6; 6:14; Ephesians 1:18; Ephesians 4:18; 5:8,14; 1 Thessalonians 5:4-8; 1 Peter 2:9,25; 1 John 2:8,9
and from
Isaiah 49:24,25; 53:8-12; Luke 11:21,22; Colossians 1:13; 2 Timothy 2:26; Hebrews 2:14,15; 1 John 3:8; 5:19; 1 Peter 2:9; Revelation 20:2,3
that they
2:38; 3:19; 5:31; 10:43; 13:38,39; Psalms 32:1,2; Luke 1:77; 24:47; Romans 4:6-9; 1 Corinthians 6:10,11; Ephesians 1:7; Colossians 1:14; 1 John 1:9; 2:12
inheritance
20:32; Romans 8:17; Ephesians 1:11,14; Colossians 1:12; Hebrews 9:15; James 2:5; 1 Peter 1:4
sanctified
20:32; John 17:17; 1 Corinthians 1:2,30; 6:11; Titus 3:5,6; Hebrews 10:10,14; Jude 1:1; Revelation 21:27
faith
15:9; John 4:10,14; 7:38,39; Romans 5:1,2; Galatians 2:20; 3:2,14; Ephesians 2:8; Hebrews 11:6

Verse 19
Whereupon, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision:
O king
2,26,27
I was not
Exodus 4:13,14; Isaiah 50:5; Jeremiah 20:9; Ezekiel 2:7,8; 3:14; Jonah 1:3; Galatians 1:16

Verse 20
But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.
first
9:19-22; 11:26-30
and at
9:28,29; 22:17,18
and then
17; 13:46-48; 14:16-21; 22:21,22; Romans 11:18-20
repent
2:38; 3:19; 11:18; 17:30; 20:21; Jeremiah 31:19,20; Ezekiel 18:30-32; Matthew 3:2; Matthew 4:17; 9:13; 21:30-32; Mark 6:12; Luke 13:3,5; 15:7,10; 24:46,47; Romans 2:4; 2 Corinthians 7:10; 2 Timothy 2:25,26; Revelation 2:5,21; 3:3; 16:11
turn
9:35; 14:15; 15:19; Psalms 22:27; Lamentations 3:40; Hosea 12:6; 14:2; Luke 1:16; 2 Corinthians 3:16; 1 Thessalonians 1:9
and do
Isaiah 55:7; Matthew 3:8; Luke 3:8-14; 19:8,9; Ephesians 4:17-32; 5:1-25; 6:1-9; Titus 2:2-13; 1 Peter 1:14-16; 2:9-12; 4:2-5; 2 Peter 1:5-8

Verse 21
For these causes the Jews caught me in the temple, and went about to kill me.
the Jews
21:30,31; 22:22; 23:12-15; 25:3

Verse 22
Having therefore obtained help of God, I continue unto this day, witnessing both to small and great, saying none other things than those which the prophets and Moses did say should come:
obtained
17; 14:19,20; 16:25,26; 18:9,10; 21:31-33; 23:10,11,16-22; 1 Samuel 7:12; Ezra 8:31; Psalms 18:47; 66:12; 118:10-13; 124:1-3,8; 2 Corinthians 1:8-10; 2 Timothy 3:11; 4:17,18
witnessing
20:20-27; Revelation 11:18; 20:12
none
6; 3:21-24; Luke 24:27,44,46
the prophets
24:14; 28:23; Matthew 17:4,5; Luke 16:29-31; John 1:17,45; 3:14,15; 5:39,46; Romans 3:21; Revelation 15:3

Verse 23
That Christ should suffer, and that he should be the first that should rise from the dead, and should shew light unto the people, and to the Gentiles.
Christ
Genesis 3:15; Psalms 22:1-69; Isaiah 53:1-12; Daniel 9:24-26; Zechariah 12:10; 13:7; Luke 18:31-33; 24:26,46; 1 Corinthians 15:3
the first
8; 2:23-32; 13:34; Psalms 16:8-11; Isaiah 53:10-12; Matthew 27:53; John 10:18; John 11:25; 1 Corinthians 15:20-23; Colossians 1:18; Revelation 1:5
and should
18; Luke 2:32

Verse 24
And as he thus spake for himself, Festus said with a loud voice, Paul, thou art beside thyself; much learning doth make thee mad.
spake
22:1
Festus
17:32; 24:25; 25:19,20
Paul
11; 2 Kings 9:11; Jeremiah 29:26; Hosea 9:7; Mark 3:21; John 8:48,52; 10:20,21; 1 Corinthians 1:23; 2:13,14; 4:10; 2 Corinthians 5:13

Verse 25
But he said, I am not mad, most noble Festus; but speak forth the words of truth and soberness.
I am not
John 8:49; 1 Peter 2:21-23; 3:9,15
most
23:26; *Gr:; 24:3; Luke 1:3; *Gr:
words
Titus 1:9; 2:7,8

Verse 26
For the king knoweth of these things, before whom also I speak freely: for I am persuaded that none of these things are hidden from him; for this thing was not done in a corner.
the king
2,3; 25:22
this thing
2:1-12; 4:16-21; 5:18-42; Isaiah 30:20; Matthew 26:5; 27:29-54

Verse 27
King Agrippa, believest thou the prophets? I know that thou believest.
believest
22,23

Verse 28
Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.
Almost
29; 24:25; Ezekiel 33:31; Matthew 10:18; Mark 6:20; 10:17-22; 2 Corinthians 4:2; James 1:23,24

Verse 29
And Paul said, I would to God, that not only thou, but also all that hear me this day, were both almost, and altogether such as I am, except these bonds.
I would
Exodus 16:3; Numbers 11:29; 2 Samuel 18:33; 2 Kings 5:3; 1 Corinthians 4:8; 7:7; 2 Corinthians 11:1
that not
Jeremiah 13:17; Luke 19:41,42; John 5:34; Romans 9:1-3; 10:1; Colossians 1:28
except
12:6; 25:14; Ephesians 6:20

Verse 30
And when he had thus spoken, the king rose up, and the governor, and Bernice, and they that sat with them:
the king
18:15; 28:22

Verse 31
And when they were gone aside, they talked between themselves, saying, This man doeth nothing worthy of death or of bonds.
This man
23:9,29; 25:25; 28:18; 2 Samuel 24:17; Luke 23:4,14,15; 1 Peter 3:16; 4:14-16

Verse 32
Then said Agrippa unto Festus, This man might have been set at liberty, if he had not appealed unto Caesar.
appealed
25:11,12,25; 28:18

 


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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Acts 26:4". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/acts-26.html.

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