Acts 26:20
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New International Version
First to those in Damascus, then to those in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and then to the Gentiles, I preached that they should repent and turn to God and demonstrate their repentance by their deeds.

New Living Translation
I preached first to those in Damascus, then in Jerusalem and throughout all Judea, and also to the Gentiles, that all must repent of their sins and turn to God--and prove they have changed by the good things they do.

English Standard Version
but declared first to those in Damascus, then in Jerusalem and throughout all the region of Judea, and also to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds in keeping with their repentance.

Berean Study Bible
First to those in Damascus and Jerusalem, then to everyone in the region of Judea, and then to the Gentiles, I declared that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds worthy of their repentance.

Berean Literal Bible
but both first to those in Damascus and Jerusalem, and all the region of Judea, and to the Gentiles, I kept declaring to repent and to turn to God, doing works worthy of repentance.

New American Standard Bible
but kept declaring both to those of Damascus first, and also at Jerusalem and then throughout all the region of Judea, and even to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds appropriate to repentance.

King James Bible
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.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Instead, I preached to those in Damascus first, and to those in Jerusalem and in all the region of Judea, and to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works worthy of repentance.

International Standard Version
Instead, I first told the people in Damascus and Jerusalem, then all the people in Judea—and after that the gentiles—to repent, turn to God, and perform deeds that are consistent with such repentance.

NET Bible
but I declared to those in Damascus first, and then to those in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds consistent with repentance.

New Heart English Bible
but declared first to them of Damascus, at Jerusalem, and throughout all the country of Judea, and also to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, doing works worthy of repentance.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“But from the first I preached to those in Darmsuq, and to those in Jerusalem and those in all the villages of Judea, and I preached also to the Gentiles that they repent and be converted to God and to do deeds worthy of a return to God.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Instead, I spread the message that I first told to the [Jewish] people in Damascus and Jerusalem and throughout the whole country of Judea. I spread the same message to non-Jewish people. Both groups were expected to change the way they thought and acted and to turn to God. I told them to do things that prove they had changed their lives.

New American Standard 1977
but kept declaring both to those of Damascus first, and also at Jerusalem and then throughout all the region of Judea, and even to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds appropriate to repentance.

Jubilee Bible 2000
but I announced first unto those 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, doing works worthy of repentance.

King James 2000 Bible
But showed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the country of Judea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works befitting repentance.

American King James Version
But showed first to 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.

American Standard Version
but declared both to them of Damascus first and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the country of Judaea, and also to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, doing works worthy of repentance.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But to them first that are at Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and unto all the country of Judea, and to the Gentiles did I preach, that they should do penance, and turn to God, doing works worthy of penance.

Darby Bible Translation
but have, first to those both in Damascus and Jerusalem, and to all the region of Judaea, and to the nations, announced that they should repent and turn to God, doing works worthy of repentance.

English Revised Version
but declared both to them of Damascus first, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the country of Judaea, and also to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, doing works worthy of repentance.

Webster's Bible Translation
But showed first to them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the region of Judea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.

Weymouth New Testament
but I proceeded to preach first to the people in Damascus, and then to those in Jerusalem and in all Judaea, and to the Gentiles, that they must repent and turn to God, and live lives consistent with such repentance.

World English Bible
but declared first to them of Damascus, at Jerusalem, and throughout all the country of Judea, and also to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, doing works worthy of repentance.

Young's Literal Translation
but to those in Damascus first, and to those in Jerusalem, to all the region also of Judea, and to the nations, I was preaching to reform, and to turn back unto God, doing works worthy of reformation;
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
26:12-23 Paul was made a Christian by Divine power; by a revelation of Christ both to him and in him; when in the full career of his sin. He was made a minister by Divine authority: the same Jesus who appeared to him in that glorious light, ordered him to preach the gospel to the Gentiles. A world that sits in darkness must be enlightened; those must be brought to know the things that belong to their everlasting peace, who are yet ignorant of them. A world that lies in wickedness must be sanctified and reformed; it is not enough for them to have their eyes opened, they must have their hearts renewed; not enough to be turned from darkness to light, but they must be turned from the power of Satan unto God. All who are turned from sin to God, are not only pardoned, but have a grant of a rich inheritance. The forgiveness of sins makes way for this. None can be happy who are not holy; and to be saints in heaven we must be first saints on earth. We are made holy, and saved by faith in Christ; by which we rely upon Christ as the Lord our Righteousness, and give up ourselves to him as the Lord our Ruler; by this we receive the remission of sins, the gift of the Holy Ghost, and eternal life. The cross of Christ was a stumbling-block to the Jews, and they were in a rage at Paul's preaching the fulfilling of the Old Testament predictions. Christ should be the first that should rise from the dead; the Head or principal One. Also, it was foretold by the prophets, that the Gentiles should be brought to the knowledge of God by the Messiah; and what in this could the Jews justly be displeased at? Thus the true convert can give a reason of his hope, and a good account of the change manifest in him. Yet for going about and calling on men thus to repent and to be converted, vast numbers have been blamed and persecuted.
Study Bible
Paul's Testimony to Agrippa
19So then, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision. 20First to those in Damascus and Jerusalem, then to everyone in the region of Judea, and then to the Gentiles, I declared that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds worthy of their repentance. 21For this reason the Jews seized me in the temple courts and tried to kill me.…
Cross References
Jeremiah 18:11
"So now then, speak to the men of Judah and against the inhabitants of Jerusalem saying, 'Thus says the LORD, "Behold, I am fashioning calamity against you and devising a plan against you. Oh turn back, each of you from his evil way, and reform your ways and your deeds."'

Jeremiah 35:15
"Also I have sent to you all My servants the prophets, sending them again and again, saying: 'Turn now every man from his evil way and amend your deeds, and do not go after other gods to worship them. Then you will dwell in the land which I have given to you and to your forefathers; but you have not inclined your ear or listened to Me.

Matthew 3:8
Produce fruit worthy of repentance.

Luke 3:8
Therefore produce fruit worthy of repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father.' For I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham.

Acts 3:19
Repent, then, and turn back, so that your sins may be wiped away,

Acts 9:15
"Go!" said the Lord. "This man is My chosen instrument to carry My name before the Gentiles and their kings, and before the people of Israel.

Acts 9:19
and after taking some food, he regained his strength. And he spent several days with the disciples in Damascus.

Acts 9:26
When Saul arrived in Jerusalem, he tried to join the disciples, but they were all afraid of him, not believing that he was a disciple.

Acts 13:46
Then Paul and Barnabas answered them boldly: "It was necessary to speak the word of God to you first. But since you reject it and do not consider yourselves worthy of eternal life, we now turn to the Gentiles.

Acts 17:30
Although God overlooked the ignorance of earlier times, He now commands all men everywhere to repent.
Treasury of Scripture

But showed first to 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.

Acts 9:19-22 And when he had received meat, he was strengthened. Then was Saul …

Acts 11:26 And when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. And it came …

and at.

Acts 9:28,29 And he was with them coming in and going out at Jerusalem…

Acts 22:17,18 And it came to pass, that, when I was come again to Jerusalem, even …

and then.

Acts 26:17 Delivering you from the people, and from the Gentiles, to whom now I send you,

Acts 13:46-48 Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that …

Acts 14:16-21 Who in times past suffered all nations to walk in their own ways…

Acts 22:21,22 And he said to me, Depart: for I will send you far hence to the Gentiles…

Romans 11:18-20 Boast not against the branches. But if you boast, you bore not the …

repent.

Acts 2:38 Then Peter said to them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you …

Acts 3:19 Repent you therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out…

Acts 11:18 When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified …

Acts 17:30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commands all …

Acts 20:21 Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward …

Jeremiah 31:19,20 Surely after that I was turned, I repented; and after that I was …

Ezekiel 18:30-32 Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according …

Matthew 3:2 And saying, Repent you: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Matthew 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the …

Matthew 9:13 But go you and learn what that means, I will have mercy, and not …

Matthew 21:30-32 And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and …

Mark 6:12 And they went out, and preached that men should repent.

Luke 13:3,5 I tell you, No: but, except you repent, you shall all likewise perish…

Luke 15:7,10 I say to you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner …

Luke 24:46,47 And said to them, Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ …

Romans 2:4 Or despise you the riches of his goodness and forbearance and long-suffering…

2 Corinthians 7:10 For godly sorrow works repentance to salvation not to be repented …

2 Timothy 2:25,26 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure …

Revelation 2:5,21 Remember therefore from where you are fallen, and repent, and do …

Revelation 3:3 Remember therefore how you have received and heard, and hold fast, …

Revelation 16:11 And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their …

turn.

Acts 9:35 And all that dwelled at Lydda and Saron saw him, and turned to the Lord.

Acts 14:15 And saying, Sirs, why do you these things? We also are men of like …

Acts 15:19 Why my sentence is, that we trouble not them, which from among the …

Psalm 22:27 All the ends of the world shall remember and turn to the LORD: and …

Lamentations 3:40 Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the LORD.

Hosea 12:6 Therefore turn you to your God: keep mercy and judgment and wait …

Hosea 14:2 Take with you words, and turn to the LORD: say to him, Take away …

Luke 1:16 And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God.

2 Corinthians 3:16 Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the veil shall be taken away.

1 Thessalonians 1:9 For they themselves show of us what manner of entering in we had to you…

and do.

Isaiah 55:7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: …

Matthew 3:8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:

Luke 3:8-14 Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not …

Luke 19:8,9 And Zacchaeus stood, and said to the Lord: Behold, Lord, the half …

Ephesians 4:17-32 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you from now …

Ephesians 5:1-25 Be you therefore followers of God, as dear children…

Ephesians 6:1-9 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right…

Titus 2:2-13 That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in …

1 Peter 1:14-16 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the …

1 Peter 2:9-12 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, …

1 Peter 4:2-5 That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to …

2 Peter 1:5-8 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; …

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