Acts 24:16
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New International Version
So I strive always to keep my conscience clear before God and man.

New Living Translation
Because of this, I always try to maintain a clear conscience before God and all people.

English Standard Version
So I always take pains to have a clear conscience toward both God and man.

Berean Study Bible
In this hope, I strive always to maintain a clear conscience before God and man.

Berean Literal Bible
In this also I myself strive to have a conscience without offense toward God and men through everything.

New American Standard Bible
"In view of this, I also do my best to maintain always a blameless conscience both before God and before men.

King James Bible
And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I always do my best to have a clear conscience toward God and men.

International Standard Version
Therefore, I always do my best to have a clear conscience before God and people.

NET Bible
This is the reason I do my best to always have a clear conscience toward God and toward people.

New Heart English Bible
Herein I also practice always having a conscience void of offense toward God and men.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“Because of this, I also labor that my conscience may always be pure before God and before all people.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
With this belief I always do my best to have a clear conscience in the sight of God and people.

New American Standard 1977
“In view of this, I also do my best to maintain always a blameless conscience both before God and before men.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And for this reason do I exercise myself to have always a conscience void of offense toward God and toward men.

King James 2000 Bible
And in this do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offense toward God, and toward men.

American King James Version
And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void to offense toward God, and toward men.

American Standard Version
Herein I also exercise myself to have a conscience void of offence toward God and men always.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And herein do I endeavour to have always a conscience without offence toward God, and towards men.

Darby Bible Translation
For this cause I also exercise [myself] to have in everything a conscience without offence towards God and men.

English Revised Version
Herein do I also exercise myself to have a conscience void of offence toward God and men alway.

Webster's Bible Translation
And in this I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offense towards God, and towards men.

Weymouth New Testament
This too is my own earnest endeavour--always to have a clear conscience in relation to God and man.

World English Bible
Herein I also practice always having a conscience void of offense toward God and men.

Young's Literal Translation
and in this I do exercise myself, to have a conscience void of offence toward God and men always.
Study Bible
Paul's Defense to Felix
15and I have the same hope in God that they themselves cherish, that there will be a resurrection of both the righteous and the wicked. 16In this hope, I strive always to maintain a clear conscience before God and man. 17After several years, then, I returned to Jerusalem to bring alms to my people and to present offerings.…
Cross References
Acts 23:1
Paul looked directly at the Sanhedrin and said, "Brothers, I have conducted myself before God in all good conscience to this day."

1 Corinthians 10:32
Do not become a stumbling block, whether to Jews or Greeks or the church of God,

2 Timothy 1:3
I thank God, whom I serve with a clear conscience as did my forefathers, as I constantly remember you night and day in my prayers.

Hebrews 13:18
Pray for us; we are convinced that we have a clear conscience and desire to live honorably in every way.
Treasury of Scripture

And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void to offense toward God, and toward men.

Acts 23:1 And Paul, earnestly beholding the council, said, Men and brothers, …

Romans 2:15 Which show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience …

Romans 9:1 I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing …

1 Corinthians 4:4 For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but …

2 Corinthians 1:12 For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that …

2 Corinthians 4:2 But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in …

1 Thessalonians 2:10 You are witnesses, and God also, how piously and justly and blamelessly …

1 Timothy 1:5,19 Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and …

1 Timothy 3:9 Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.

2 Timothy 1:3 I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers with pure conscience…

Titus 1:15 To the pure all things are pure: but to them that are defiled and …

Titus 2:11-13 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men…

Hebrews 9:14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal …

Hebrews 10:22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having …

Hebrews 13:18 Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things …

1 Peter 2:19 For this is thank worthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure …

1 Peter 3:16,21 Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as …

(16) And herein do I exercise myself . . .--The "herein" seems equivalent to "in this belief." Because he held that doctrine of a resurrection as a stern and solemn reality, the one law of his life was to keep his conscience clear from wilful sin. (See Note on Acts 23:1.) The words must have been almost as bitter to Felix as to Ananias; but he has, at all events, the decency to listen in silence.

Verse 16. - Herein... also for and hereby, A.V. and T.R.; to have a conscience... always for to have always, etc., A.V.; and men for and toward men, A.V. (For the sentiment, comp. Acts 23:1.) Herein (ἐν τόυτῳ); i.e. on this account, under these circumstances supplying the ground and cause of my action (comp. John 16:30). So, too, Matthew 6:7, Ἐν τῇ πολυλογίᾳ αὐτῶν means "On account of their much speaking." I exercise myself; ἀσκῶ, here only in the New Testament, but frequent in medical writers for "to practice" the medical art. And herein do I exercise myself,.... Or because of this; on account of this doctrine of the resurrection of the dead, which is a doctrine according to godliness, and promotes and engages to a holy life and conversation, as the contrary tends to encourage a dissolute and sinful manner of living; see 1 Corinthians 15:32 The apostle studied, and laboured, and bent himself, and employed his thought, care, and time,

to have always a conscience void of offence toward God and toward man; that is, to discharge every duty which God requires, and to give to every man what is due to him; so as to please God, and not offend men, neither Jew nor Gentile, nor the church of God; and so as that conscience may be clear of guilt, and may not be defiled with sin, being purged and purified by the blood of Christ. By a "conscience void of offence", is meant a good conversation; which as it respects God, lies in a carefulness not to offend him, but to do his will; and as it respects men, a shunning what may give offence, or be a stumbling to them; and though this cannot be perfectly attained to in each of its branches, yet there is in every good man a concern to have such a conscience; and the consideration of the resurrection of the dead, the general judgment, and a future state, induce him to it. 16. And herein—On this account, accordingly; that is, looking forward to that awful day (compare 2Co 5:10).

I exercise myself—The "I" here is emphatic; "Whatever they do, this is my study."

to have always a conscience void of offence, etc.—See Ac 23:1; 2Co 1:12; 2:17, etc.; that is, "These are the great principles of my life and conduct—how different from turbulence and sectarianism!"24:10-21 Paul gives a just account of himself, which clears him from crime, and likewise shows the true reason of the violence against him. Let us never be driven from any good way by its having an ill name. It is very comfortable, in worshipping God, to look to him as the God of our fathers, and to set up no other rule of faith or practice but the Scriptures. This shows there will be a resurrection to a final judgment. Prophets and their doctrines were to be tried by their fruits. Paul's aim was to have a conscience void of offence. His care and endeavour was to abstain from many things, and to abound in the exercises of religion at all times; both towards God. and towards man. If blamed for being more earnest in the things of God than our neighbours, what is our reply? Do we shrink from the accusation? How many in the world would rather be accused of any weakness, nay, even of wickedness, than of an earnest, fervent feeling of love to the Lord Jesus Christ, and of devotedness to his service! Can such think that He will confess them when he comes in his glory, and before the angels of God? If there is any sight pleasing to the God of our salvation, and a sight at which the angels rejoice, it is, to behold a devoted follower of the Lord, here upon earth, acknowledging that he is guilty, if it be a crime, of loving the Lord who died for him, with all his heart, and soul, and mind, and strength. And that he will not in silence see God's word despised, or hear his name profaned; he will rather risk the ridicule and the hatred of the world, than one frown from that gracious Being whose love is better than life.
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