Acts 26:29
Parallel Verses
New International Version
Paul replied, "Short time or long--I pray to God that not only you but all who are listening to me today may become what I am, except for these chains."

New Living Translation
Paul replied, "Whether quickly or not, I pray to God that both you and everyone here in this audience might become the same as I am, except for these chains."

English Standard Version
And Paul said, “Whether short or long, I would to God that not only you but also all who hear me this day might become such as I am—except for these chains.”

New American Standard Bible
And Paul said, "I would wish to God, that whether in a short or long time, not only you, but also all who hear me this day, might become such as I am, except for these chains."

King James Bible
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.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I wish before God," replied Paul, "that whether easily or with difficulty, not only you but all who listen to me today might become as I am--except for these chains."

International Standard Version
Paul replied, "Whether quickly or not, I wish to God that not only you but everyone listening to me today would become what I am—except for these chains!"

NET Bible
Paul replied, "I pray to God that whether in a short or a long time not only you but also all those who are listening to me today could become such as I am, except for these chains."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Paulus said, “I have desired from God in a little and in much, not for you only, but also for all those who are hearing me now to be like me, except for these chains.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Paul replied, "I wish to God that you and everyone listening to me today would quickly and completely become as I am (except for being a prisoner)."

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Paul said, I desire before God that by little or by much, not only thou, but also all that hear me this day, were such as I am, except these bonds.

King James 2000 Bible
And Paul said, I would to God, that not only you, but also all that hear me this day, were both almost, and altogether such as I am, except these bonds.

American King James Version
And Paul said, I would to God, that not only you, but also all that hear me this day, were both almost, and altogether such as I am, except these bonds.

American Standard Version
And Paul'said , I would to God, that whether with little or with much, not thou only, but also all that hear me this day, might become such as I am, except these bonds.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Paul said: I would to God, that both in a little and in much, not only thou, but also all that hear me, this day, should become such as I also am, except these bands.

Darby Bible Translation
And Paul [said], I would to God, both in little and in much, that not only thou, but all who have heard me this day, should become such as *I* also am, except these bonds.

English Revised Version
And Paul said, I would to God, that whether with little or with much, not thou only, but also all that hear me this day, might become such as I am, except these bonds.

Webster's Bible Translation
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.

Weymouth New Testament
"My prayer to God, whether briefly or at length," replied Paul, "would be that not only you but all who are my hearers to-day, might become such as I am--except these chains."

World English Bible
Paul said, "I pray to God, that whether with little or with much, not only you, but also all that hear me this day, might become such as I am, except for these bonds."

Young's Literal Translation
and Paul said, 'I would have wished to God, both in a little, and in much, not only thee, but also all those hearing me to-day, to become such as I also am -- except these bonds.'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

26:24-32 It becomes us, on all occasions, to speak the words of truth and soberness, and then we need not be troubled at the unjust censures of men. Active and laborious followers of the gospel often have been despised as dreamers or madmen, for believing such doctrines and such wonderful facts; and for attesting that the same faith and diligence, and an experience like their own, are necessary to all men, whatever their rank, in order to their salvation. But apostles and prophets, and the Son of God himself, were exposed to this charge; and none need be moved thereby, when Divine grace has made them wise unto salvation. Agrippa saw a great deal of reason for Christianity. His understanding and judgment were for the time convinced, but his heart was not changed. And his conduct and temper were widely different from the humility and spirituality of the gospel. Many are almost persuaded to be religious, who are not quite persuaded; they are under strong convictions of their duty, and of the excellence of the ways of God, yet do not pursue their convictions. Paul urged that it was the concern of every one to become a true Christian; that there is grace enough in Christ for all. He expressed his full conviction of the truth of the gospel, the absolute necessity of faith in Christ in order to salvation. Such salvation from such bondage, the gospel of Christ offers to the Gentiles; to a lost world. Yet it is with much difficulty that any person can be persuaded he needs a work of grace on his heart, like that which was needful for the conversion of the Gentiles. Let us beware of fatal hesitation in our own conduct; and recollect how far the being almost persuaded to be a Christian, is from being altogether such a one as every true believer is.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 29. - Whether with little or with much for both almost, and altogether, A.V.; might become for were, A.V. (the order of the words is also changed). I would to God; literally, I would pray to God. It is not very different from the ηὐχόμην of Romans 9:3. All acknowledge the extreme beauty and taste of this reply, combining the firmness of the martyr with the courtesy of the gentleman. "Loquitur Paulus ex sensu suae beatitudinis, cum amore latissimo" (Bengel).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And Paul said, I would to God,.... This prayer of the apostle's shows his affection for the souls of men, and his great desire for their conversion, and also his sense of the power and grace of God, as necessary to it:

that not only thou, but also all that hear me this day, were both almost and altogether such as I am; that is, his wish was that not only Agrippa, but that all that were present, were not only within a little, or in some low degree, but entirely, in the highest and fullest sense, Christians, as he was; that they knew as much of Christ, and had as much faith in him, and love to him, as he had, and were as ready to serve and obey him: he does not wish that Agrippa and the rest that heard him were as he had been, a bigot for traditions and ceremonies, that trusted in his own righteousness, did many things contrary to the name of Jesus, was a blasphemer of him, a persecutor of his saints, and an injurious person; but as he now was, not meaning with respect to his civil circumstances, as a mean poor man, and a tent maker, or with respect to his single state of life, which he elsewhere advises to, 1 Corinthians 9:5 or with respect to his ministerial capacity, as an apostle of Christ, and a preacher of the Gospel; but as a Christian, and in a private capacity: his sense is, he wished that they were as he, regenerated by the Spirit of God, new creatures in Christ, called by the grace of God with an holy calling, believers in Christ, lovers of him, pardoned by his blood, justified by his righteousness, sanctified by his grace, children of God, and heirs of eternal life: and all this he wishes for of God, saying, "would to God", &c. knowing that the whole of this is not of men, but of God; all grace, and every blessing of it, which make or show a man to be a Christian indeed, are from him. And this wish is expressive of true grace, which desires the good of others, and also of a spirit truly generous, that is not selfish and monopolizing; and which is concerned for the glory of God, the interest of Christ, and the weakening of Satan's kingdom: and from the whole of this it appears, that a person may arrive to true satisfaction of his own state; and that it is an evidence of grace, when the heart is drawn out in desires, after the salvation of others; and that altogether Christians are the only desirable ones; and that to be made a real Christian is the work of God, and to be ascribed to him. This the apostle wished for, for Agrippa and all that heard him; as does every Gospel minister for their hearers, the hearing of the word being the ordinary means of believing; and the rather it is desired by them, because the condemnation of those that hear the word is otherwise thereby aggravated: the apostle adds,

except these bonds; which were both troublesome and reproachful: not but that he cheerfully endured them himself, and thought it the duty of Christians to bear them patiently, when called to it, but then they were not things to be desired and wished for; the exception is not only Christian like, but humane and genteel.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

29. I would to God, &c.—What unequalled magnanimity does this speech breathe! Only his Master ever towered above this.

not only … almost … but altogether—or, "whether soon or late," or "with little or much difficulty."

except these bonds—doubtless holding up his two chained hands (see on [2122]Ac 12:6): which in closing such a noble utterance must have had an electrical effect.

Acts 26:29 Additional Commentaries
Context
Festus Interrupts Paul's Defense
28Agrippa replied to Paul, "In a short time you will persuade me to become a Christian." 29And Paul said, "I would wish to God, that whether in a short or long time, not only you, but also all who hear me this day, might become such as I am, except for these chains." 30The king stood up and the governor and Bernice, and those who were sitting with them,…
Cross References
Jeremiah 38:20
"They will not hand you over," Jeremiah replied. "Obey the LORD by doing what I tell you. Then it will go well with you, and your life will be spared.

Acts 21:33
The commander came up and arrested him and ordered him to be bound with two chains. Then he asked who he was and what he had done.
Treasury of Scripture

And Paul said, I would to God, that not only you, 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 And the children of Israel said to them, Would to God we had died …

Numbers 11:29 And Moses said to him, Envy you for my sake? would God that all the …

2 Samuel 18:33 And the king was much moved, and went up to the chamber over the …

2 Kings 5:3 And she said to her mistress, Would God my lord were with the prophet …

1 Corinthians 4:8 Now you are full, now you are rich, you have reigned as kings without …

1 Corinthians 7:7 For I would that all men were even as I myself. But every man has …

2 Corinthians 11:1 Would to God you could bear with me a little in my folly: and indeed …

that not.

Jeremiah 13:17 But if you will not hear it, my soul shall weep in secret places …

Luke 19:41,42 And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it…

John 5:34 But I receive not testimony from man: but these things I say, that …

Romans 9:1-3 I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing …

Romans 10:1 Brothers, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that …

Colossians 1:28 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all …

except.

Acts 12:6 And when Herod would have brought him forth, the same night Peter …

Acts 25:14 And when they had been there many days, Festus declared Paul's cause …

Ephesians 6:20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, …

Jump to Previous
Almost Altogether Bonds Briefly Chains Except God Great Hear Hearers Hearing Little Measure Paul Prayer Short To-Day Whether Wish Wished
Jump to Next
Almost Altogether Bonds Briefly Chains Except God Great Hear Hearers Hearing Little Measure Paul Prayer Short To-Day Whether Wish Wished
Links
Acts 26:29 NIV
Acts 26:29 NLT
Acts 26:29 ESV
Acts 26:29 NASB
Acts 26:29 KJV

Acts 26:29 Bible Apps
Acts 26:29 Bible Suite
Acts 26:29 Biblia Paralela
Acts 26:29 Chinese Bible
Acts 26:29 French Bible
Acts 26:29 German Bible

Alphabetical: a all also am And are as become but chains day except for God hear I in listening long may me might not only or Paul pray replied said Short such that these this time to today what whether who wish would you

NT Apostles: Acts 26:29 Paul said I pray to God that (Acts of the Apostles Ac) Christian Bible Study Resources, Dictionary, Concordance and Search Tools

Bible Hub
Acts 26:28
Top of Page
Top of Page