Acts 25:19
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New International Version
Instead, they had some points of dispute with him about their own religion and about a dead man named Jesus who Paul claimed was alive.

New Living Translation
Instead, it was something about their religion and a dead man named Jesus, who Paul insists is alive.

English Standard Version
Rather they had certain points of dispute with him about their own religion and about a certain Jesus, who was dead, but whom Paul asserted to be alive.

Berean Study Bible
They only had some contentions with him regarding their own religion and a certain Jesus who had died, but whom Paul affirmed to be alive.

Berean Literal Bible
But they had certain questions against him concerning their own religion and concerning a certain Jesus having been dead, whom Paul was affirming to be alive.

New American Standard Bible
but they simply had some points of disagreement with him about their own religion and about a dead man, Jesus, whom Paul asserted to be alive.

King James Bible
But had certain questions against him of their own superstition, and of one Jesus, which was dead, whom Paul affirmed to be alive.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Instead they had some disagreements with him about their own religion and about a certain Jesus, a dead man Paul claimed to be alive.

International Standard Version
Instead, they had several arguments with him about their own religion and about a certain Jesus who had died—but Paul kept asserting he was alive.

NET Bible
Rather they had several points of disagreement with him about their own religion and about a man named Jesus who was dead, whom Paul claimed to be alive.

New Heart English Bible
but had certain questions against him about their own religion, and about one Jesus, who was dead, whom Paul affirmed to be alive.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“But they had inquiries of one thing or another about their religion and about Yeshua, a man who had died, who Paulus was saying is alive.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They were disputing with him about their own religion and about some man named Jesus who had died. But Paul claimed that Jesus is alive.

New American Standard 1977
but they simply had some points of disagreement with him about their own religion and about a certain dead man, Jesus, whom Paul asserted to be alive.

Jubilee Bible 2000
but had certain questions against him of their own superstition, and of one Jesus, who was dead, whom Paul affirmed to be alive.

King James 2000 Bible
But had certain questions against him of their own religion, and of one Jesus, who was dead, whom Paul affirmed to be alive.

American King James Version
But had certain questions against him of their own superstition, and of one Jesus, which was dead, whom Paul affirmed to be alive.

American Standard Version
but had certain questions against him of their own religion, and of one Jesus, who was dead, whom Paul affirmed to be alive.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But had certain questions of their own superstition against him, and of one Jesus deceased, whom Paul affirmed to be alive.

Darby Bible Translation
but had against him certain questions of their own system of worship, and concerning a certain Jesus who is dead, whom Paul affirmed to be living.

English Revised Version
but had certain questions against him of their own religion, and of one Jesus, who was dead, whom Paul affirmed to be alive.

Webster's Bible Translation
But had certain questions against him of their own superstition, and of one Jesus who was dead, whom Paul affirmed to be alive.

Weymouth New Testament
But they quarrelled with him about certain matters connected with their own religion, and about one Jesus who had died, but--so Paul persistently maintained--is now alive.

World English Bible
but had certain questions against him about their own religion, and about one Jesus, who was dead, whom Paul affirmed to be alive.

Young's Literal Translation
but certain questions concerning their own religion they had against him, and concerning a certain Jesus who was dead, whom Paul affirmed to be alive;
Study Bible
Festus Consults King Agrippa
18But when his accusers rose to speak, they did not charge him with any of the crimes I had expected. 19They only had some contentions with him regarding their own religion and a certain Jesus who had died, but whom Paul affirmed to be alive. 20Since I was at a loss as to how to investigate these matters, I asked if he was willing to go to Jerusalem and be tried there on these charges.…
Cross References
Acts 17:22
Then Paul stood up before the Areopagus and said, "Men of Athens, I see that in every way you are very religious.

Acts 18:15
But since it is a dispute about words and names and your own law, settle it yourselves. I refuse to be a judge of such things."

Acts 23:29
I found that the accusation involved questions about their own Law, but there was no charge worthy of death or imprisonment.

Acts 25:18
But when his accusers rose to speak, they did not charge him with any of the crimes I had expected.

Acts 26:3
especially since you are acquainted with all the Jewish customs and controversies. I beg you, therefore, to listen to me patiently.
Treasury of Scripture

But had certain questions against him of their own superstition, and of one Jesus, which was dead, whom Paul affirmed to be alive.

certain.

Acts 25:7 And when he was come, the Jews which came down from Jerusalem stood …

Acts 18:15,19 But if it be a question of words and names, and of your law, look …

Acts 23:29 Whom I perceived to be accused of questions of their law, but to …

superstition.

Acts 17:22,23 Then Paul stood in the middle of Mars' hill, and said, You men of …

which.

Acts 1:22 Beginning from the baptism of John, to that same day that he was …

Acts 2:32 This Jesus has God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.

Acts 17:31 Because he has appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world …

Acts 26:22,23 Having therefore obtained help of God, I continue to this day, witnessing …

1 Corinthians 15:3,4,14-20 For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received, how …

Revelation 1:18 I am he that lives, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for ever …

(19) Certain questions against him of their own superstition.--The word is of the same import as that used by St. Paul in Acts 17:22 (where see Note), and the use here shows its comparatively neutral character. Festus was speaking to a Jewish king, and would not knowingly have used an offensive term. He falls back, accordingly, upon one which an outsider might use of any local religion which he did not himself accept. What follows shows that he looked on St. Paul as not merely affirming, with other Pharisees, the general doctrine of a resurrection, but as connecting it with the specific witness that Jesus had risen from the dead.

Verse 19. - Religion for superstition, A.V.; who for which, A.V. Certain questions ζήτηματα); Acts 15:2; Acts 18:15; Acts 23:29, etc. Religion (δεισιδαιμονία); see Acts 17:22, δεισιδαιμονεστέρους, where there is the same doubt as here whether to take it in a good sense or a bad one. Here, as Festus, a man of the world, was speaking to a king who was a Jew, he is not likely to have intended to use an offensive phrase. So it is best to render it "religion," as the R.V. does. But Bishop Wordsworth renders τῆς ἰδίας δεισιδαιμονίας his own superstition, Paul's, which agrees with the context. These details must have been among those "complaints" spoken of in ver. 7. Whom Paul affirmed to be alive. Notice the stress constantly laid by the apostle upon the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. If his own superstition is the right rendering, we have here the nature of it, in Festus's view, belief in the resurrection of Jesus. But had certain questions against him of their own superstition,.... Or religion; as about their law, which they said Paul had spoke against; and about their temple, which they pretended he had polluted; and about the resurrection of the dead, which he asserted, and some denied:

and of one Jesus which was dead, whom Paul affirmed to be alive; for it seems more was said on each side, than is recorded by Luke: the Jews objected to him among other things, his belief in Jesus of Nazareth, whom they traduced as an impostor and deceiver; Paul on the other hand argued, that he was the true Messiah; and in proof of it, affirmed that though they had put him to death, he was risen from the dead, and so was declared to be the Son of God with power: Festus, it is very likely, had never heard of Jesus before, and therefore speaks of him in this manner; or if he had, he had entertained a contemptible opinion of him, as well as of the Jewish religion; and which he expresses, even in the presence of the king, who had outwardly at least embraced it. 19. questions … of their own superstition—rather, "religion" (see on [2112]Ac 17:22). It cannot be supposed that Festus would use the word in any discourteous sense in addressing his Jewish guest.

one Jesus—"Thus speaks this miserable Festus of Him to whom every knee shall bow" [Bengel].

whom Paul affirmed—"kept affirming."

to be alive—showing that the resurrection of the Crucified One had been the burden, as usual, of Paul's pleading. The insignificance of the whole affair in the eyes of Festus is manifest.25:13-27 Agrippa had the government of Galilee. How many unjust and hasty judgments the Roman maxim, ver. 16, condemn! This heathen, guided only by the light of nature, followed law and custom exactly, yet how many Christians will not follow the rules of truth, justice, and charity, in judging their brethren! The questions about God's worship, the way of salvation, and the truths of the gospel, may appear doubtful and without interest, to worldly men and mere politicians. See how slightly this Roman speaks of Christ, and of the great controversy between the Jews and the Christians. But the day is at hand when Festus and the whole world will see, that all the concerns of the Roman empire were but trifles and of no consequence, compared with this question of Christ's resurrection. Those who have had means of instruction, and have despised them, will be awfully convinced of their sin and folly. Here was a noble assembly brought together to hear the truths of the gospel, though they only meant to gratify their curiosity by attending to the defence of a prisoner. Many, even now, attend at the places of hearing the word of God with great pomp, and too often with no better motive than curiosity. And though ministers do not now stand as prisoners to make a defence for their lives, yet numbers affect to sit in judgment upon them, desirous to make them offenders for a word, rather than to learn from them the truth and will of God, for the salvation of their souls But the pomp of this appearance was outshone by the real glory of the poor prisoner at the bar. What was the honour of their fine appearance, compared with that of Paul's wisdom, and grace, and holiness; his courage and constancy in suffering for Christ! It is no small mercy to have God clear up our righteousness as the light, and our just dealing as the noon-day; to have nothing certain laid to our charge. And God makes even the enemies of his people to do them right.
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