Acts 26:3
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New International Version
and especially so because you are well acquainted with all the Jewish customs and controversies. Therefore, I beg you to listen to me patiently.

New Living Translation
for I know you are an expert on all Jewish customs and controversies. Now please listen to me patiently!

English Standard Version
especially because you are familiar with all the customs and controversies of the Jews. Therefore I beg you to listen to me patiently.

Berean Study Bible
especially since you are acquainted with all the Jewish customs and controversies. I beg you, therefore, to listen to me patiently.

Berean Literal Bible
you being especially acquainted with all the customs and also controversies of the Jews. Therefore I implore you to hear me patiently.

New American Standard Bible
especially because you are an expert in all customs and questions among the Jews; therefore I beg you to listen to me patiently.

King James Bible
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.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
especially since you are an expert in all the Jewish customs and controversies. Therefore I beg you to listen to me patiently."

International Standard Version
since you are especially familiar with all the Jewish customs and controversies. I beg you, therefore, to listen patiently to me.

NET Bible
because you are especially familiar with all the customs and controversial issues of the Jews. Therefore I ask you to listen to me patiently.

New Heart English Bible
especially because you are expert in all customs and questions which are among Jews. Therefore I beg you to hear me patiently.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“I especially know that you are capable in all inquiries of The Law of the Jews; I therefore ask of you that you will hear me patiently.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I say this since you are especially familiar with every custom and controversy in Judaism. So I ask you to listen patiently to me.

New American Standard 1977
especially because you are an expert in all customs and questions among the Jews; therefore I beg you to listen to me patiently.

Jubilee Bible 2000
especially because I know thee to be expert in all customs and questions which are among the Jews; therefore, I beseech thee to hear me patiently.

King James 2000 Bible
Especially because I know you to be expert in all customs and questions which are among the Jews: therefore I beseech you to hear me patiently.

American King James Version
Especially because I know you to be expert in all customs and questions which are among the Jews: why I beseech you to hear me patiently.

American Standard Version
especially because thou art expert in all customs and questions which are among the Jews: wherefore I beseech thee to hear me patiently.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Especially as thou knowest all, both customs and questions that are among the Jews: Wherefore I beseech thee to hear me patiently.

Darby Bible Translation
especially because thou art acquainted with all the customs and questions which are among the Jews; wherefore I beseech thee to hear me patiently.

English Revised Version
especially because thou art expert in all customs and questions which are among the Jews: wherefore I beseech thee to hear me patiently.

Webster's Bible Translation
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.

Weymouth New Testament
who are so familiar with all the customs and speculations that prevail among the Jews; and for this reason, I pray you, give me a patient hearing.

World English Bible
especially because you are expert in all customs and questions which are among the Jews. Therefore I beg you to hear me patiently.

Young's Literal Translation
especially knowing thee to be acquainted with all things -- both customs and questions -- among Jews; wherefore, I beseech thee, patiently to hear me.
Study Bible
Paul's Testimony to Agrippa
2“King Agrippa, I consider myself fortunate to stand before you today to defend myself against all the accusations of the Jews, 3especially since you are acquainted with all the Jewish customs and controversies. I beg you, therefore, to listen to me patiently. 4Surely all the Jews know how I have lived from the earliest days of my youth, among my own people and in Jerusalem.…
Cross References
Acts 6:14
For we have heard him say that Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place and change the customs that Moses handed down to us."

Acts 25:19
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.

Acts 26:2
"King Agrippa, I consider myself fortunate to stand before you today to defend myself against all the accusations of the Jews,

Acts 26:7
the promise our twelve tribes are hoping to realize as they earnestly serve God day and night. It is because of this hope, O king, that I am accused by the Jews.

Acts 26:26
For the king knows about these matters, and I can speak freely to him. I am confident that none of this has escaped his notice, because it was not done in a corner.
Treasury of Scripture

Especially because I know you to be expert in all customs and questions which are among the Jews: why I beseech you to hear me patiently.

because.

Acts 26:26 For the king knows of these things, before whom also I speak freely: …

Acts 6:14 For we have heard him say, that this Jesus of Nazareth shall destroy …

Acts 21:21 And they are informed of you, that you teach all the Jews which are …

Acts 24:10 Then Paul, after that the governor had beckoned to him to speak, answered…

Acts 25:19,20,26 But had certain questions against him of their own superstition, …

Acts 28:17 And it came to pass, that after three days Paul called the chief …

Deuteronomy 17:18 And it shall be, when he sits on the throne of his kingdom…

1 Corinthians 13:2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, …

to hear.

Acts 24:4 Notwithstanding, that I be not further tedious to you, I pray you …

(3) Expert in all customs and questions.--The former word is used in its half-technical sense, as including all the precepts of the Law of Moses. (See Notes on Acts 6:14; Acts 21:21.)

Verse 3. - Thou art expert for I know thee to be expert, A.V. and T.R. Expert; γνώστην, here only in the New Testament, but found in the LXX. (Daniel, i.e. Hist. of Susanna 42) applied to God, ὁ τῶν κρυπτῶν γνώστης: and 1 Samuel 28:3 and 2 Kings 21:6, as the rendering of יִדֹּעְנִי, a wizard. It is seldom found in classical Greek. According to the R.T., which is that generally adopted (Meyer, Kuinoel, Wordsworth, Alford, etc.), the accusative γνώστην ὄντα σέ is put, by a not uncommon construction, for the genitive absolute, as in Ephesians 1:18. The marginal rendering, because thou art especially expert, seems preferable to that in the text. Customs and questions. For the use of ἔθη and ζητήματα applied to Jewish customs and controversies, see Acts 6:14; Acts 16:21; Acts 21:21, etc.; and Acts 25:19, note. Especially, because I know thee to be expert in all customs,.... Rites and ceremonies of the Jews, whether enjoined by the law of Moses, or by the elders, fathers, and wise men:

and questions which are among the Jews; concerning angels, spirits, and the resurrection of the dead; which were moved and agitated between the Sadducees and Pharisees; and a multitude of others, which were disputed between the schools of Hillell and Shammai, of which their Misna and Talmud are full, and with these Agrippa was well acquainted; and to their rites and customs he conformed, of which we have some instances recorded in their writings: when they went with their firstfruits to Jerusalem (w),

"a pipe sounded before them till they came to the mountain of the house, and when they came to the mountain of the house (the temple), even King Agrippa carried the basket upon his shoulder, and went in till he came to the court.''

So concerning the reading of the law by a king, they give this following account (x):

"a king stands and takes (the book of the law), and reads sitting; King Agrippa stood and took it, and read standing, and the wise men praised him; and when he came to that passage, Deuteronomy 17:15 "Thou mayest not set a stranger over thee", his eyes flowed with tears; they said unto him, fear not, Agrippa, thou art our brother.''

Some of their writers say (y), this was a piece of flattery in them: they also elsewhere commend him for his modesty and humility (z);

"according to the tradition of the doctors, when persons attending a funeral met a bride (with her retinue), the former gave way, and both to a king of Israel, when they met him; but they say concerning King Agrippa, that he met a bride, and gave way, and they praised him.''

And whereas it was forbidden to eat on the eve of the passover, before the Minchah, though ever so little, that they might eat the unleavened bread with appetite (a); it is observed, that even King Agrippa, who was used to eat at the ninth hour, that day did not eat till it was dark (b): so that from hence it appears, that King Agrippa was famous for his exact knowledge and observance of the customs and manners of the Jews, and which was well known, and was by the apostle:

wherefore I beseech thee to hear me patiently; since he was charged with a breach of the laws and customs of the Jews; and his defence would proceed upon things which Agrippa was not altogether ignorant of.

(w) Misn. Biccurim, c. 3. sect. 4. (x) Misn. Sota, c. 7. sect. 8. (y) Maimon. in ib. & Moses Kotsensis Mitzvot Tora, pr. neg. 221. (z) T. Bab. Cetubot, fol. 17. 1.((a) Maimon. Chametz Umetza, c. 6. sect. 12. (b) T. Bab. Pesachim, fol. 107. 2.3. I know thee to be expert, etc.—His father was zealous for the law, and he himself had the office of president of the temple and its treasures, and the appointment of the high priest [Josephus, Antiquities, 20.1.3].

hear me patiently—The idea of "indulgently" is also conveyed.26:1-11 Christianity teaches us to give a reason of the hope that is in us, and also to give honour to whom honour is due, without flattery or fear of man. Agrippa was well versed in the Scriptures of the Old Testament, therefore could the better judge as to the controversy about Jesus being the Messiah. Surely ministers may expect, when they preach the faith of Christ, to be heard patiently. Paul professes that he still kept to all the good in which he was first educated and trained up. See here what his religion was. He was a moralist, a man of virtue, and had not learned the arts of the crafty, covetous Pharisees; he was not chargeable with any open vice and profaneness. He was sound in the faith. He always had a holy regard for the ancient promise made of God unto the fathers, and built his hope upon it. The apostle knew very well that all this would not justify him before God, yet he knew it was for his reputation among the Jews, and an argument that he was not such a man as they represented him to be. Though he counted this but loss, that he might win Christ, yet he mentioned it when it might serve to honour Christ. See here what Paul's religion is; he has not such zeal for the ceremonial law as he had in his youth; the sacrifices and offerings appointed by that, are done away by the great Sacrifice which they typified. Of the ceremonial cleansings he makes no conscience, and thinks the Levitical priesthood is done away in the priesthood of Christ; but, as to the main principles of his religion, he is as zealous as ever. Christ and heaven, are the two great doctrines of the gospel; that God has given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. These are the matter of the promise made unto the fathers. The temple service, or continual course of religious duties, day and night, was kept up as the profession of faith in the promise of eternal life, and in expectation of it. The prospect of eternal life should engage us to be diligent and stedfast in all religious exercises. Yet the Sadducees hated Paul for preaching the resurrection; and the other Jews joined them, because he testified that Jesus was risen, and was the promised Redeemer of Israel. Many things are thought to be beyond belief, only because the infinite nature and perfections of Him that has revealed, performed, or promised them, are overlooked. Paul acknowledged, that while he continued a Pharisee, he was a bitter enemy to Christianity. This was his character and manner of life in the beginning of his time; and there was every thing to hinder his being a Christian. Those who have been most strict in their conduct before conversion, will afterwards see abundant reason for humbling themselves, even on account of things which they then thought ought to have been done.
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