Acts 26:6
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New International Version
And now it is because of my hope in what God has promised our ancestors that I am on trial today.

New Living Translation
Now I am on trial because of my hope in the fulfillment of God's promise made to our ancestors.

English Standard Version
And now I stand here on trial because of my hope in the promise made by God to our fathers,

New American Standard Bible
"And now I am standing trial for the hope of the promise made by God to our fathers;

King James Bible
And now I stand and am judged for the hope of the promise made of God unto our fathers:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
And now I stand on trial for the hope of the promise made by God to our fathers,

International Standard Version
"And now I stand here on trial for the hope of the promise made by God to our ancestors.

NET Bible
And now I stand here on trial because of my hope in the promise made by God to our ancestors,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“Now for the hope of The Promise which our fathers had from God, I stand and I am judged.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"I'm on trial now because I expect God to keep the promise that he made to our ancestors.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And now I stand and am judged for the hope of the promise made of God unto our fathers;

King James 2000 Bible
And now I stand and am judged for the hope of the promise made of God unto our fathers:

American King James Version
And now I stand and am judged for the hope of the promise made of God, to our fathers:

American Standard Version
And now I stand here to be judged for the hope of the promise made of God unto our fathers;

Douay-Rheims Bible
And now for the hope of the promise that was made by God to the fathers, do I stand subject to judgment:

Darby Bible Translation
And now I stand to be judged because of the hope of the promise made by God to our fathers,

English Revised Version
And now I stand here to be judged for the hope of the promise made of God unto our fathers;

Webster's Bible Translation
And now I stand, and am judged for the hope of the promise made by God to our fathers:

Weymouth New Testament
And now I stand here impeached because of my hope in the fulfilment of the promise made by God to our forefathers--

World English Bible
Now I stand here to be judged for the hope of the promise made by God to our fathers,

Young's Literal Translation
and now for the hope of the promise made to the fathers by God, I have stood judged,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 6. - Here to be judged for and am judged, A.V. To be judged (ἕστηκα κρινόμενος); rather, I stand on my trial. The A.V. seems to give the sense well. The hope of the promise. The hope of the kingdom of Christ, which necessarily implies the resurrection of the dead. This hope, which rested upon God's promise to the fathers, Paul clung to; this hope his Sadducean persecutors denied. He, then, was the true Jew; he was faithful to Moses and the prophets; he claimed the sympathy and support of all true Israelites, and specially of King Agrippa.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And now I stand, and am judged,.... Before the Roman governor, and in the presence of Agrippa:

for the hope of the promise made of God unto our fathers; either for the hope of righteousness, life, and salvation, by the Messiah; who was promised to the Jewish fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and others; see Genesis 22:18 or for the hope of the resurrection of the dead, and eternal life; of which there are various testimonies in the writings of the Old Testament, committed to the people of the Jews. Job 19:26 and others; and both these senses may be very well joined together, for it was for asserting that the promised Messiah was come, and that Jesus of Nazareth was he; that he was risen from the dead, and that all the dead will be raised by him; and that life and righteousness, salvation, and everlasting glory and happiness, are only by him; for asserting these things, I say, the apostle was now a prisoner, and stood at the bar of a Roman judge, being accused by the Jews.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

6, 7. I … am judged for the hope of the promise made … to our fathers—"for believing that the promise of Messiah, the Hope of the Church (Ac 13:32; 28:20) has been fulfilled in Jesus of Nazareth risen from the dead."

Acts 26:6 Additional Commentaries
Context
Paul's Testimony to Agrippa
5since they have known about me for a long time, if they are willing to testify, that I lived as a Pharisee according to the strictest sect of our religion. 6"And now I am standing trial for the hope of the promise made by God to our fathers; 7the promise to which our twelve tribes hope to attain, as they earnestly serve God night and day. And for this hope, O King, I am being accused by Jews.…
Cross References
Acts 13:32
"We tell you the good news: What God promised our ancestors

Acts 24:15
and I have the same hope in God as these men themselves have, that there will be a resurrection of both the righteous and the wicked.

Acts 28:20
For this reason I have asked to see you and talk with you. It is because of the hope of Israel that I am bound with this chain."
Treasury of Scripture

And now I stand and am judged for the hope of the promise made of God, to our fathers:

am.

Acts 26:8 Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you, that God should …

Acts 23:6 But when Paul perceived that the one part were Sadducees, and the …

Acts 24:15,21 And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that …

Acts 28:20 For this cause therefore have I called for you, to see you, and to …

the promise.

Acts 3:24 Yes, and all the prophets from Samuel and those that follow after, …

Acts 13:32,33 And we declare to you glad tidings, how that the promise which was …

Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your …

Genesis 12:3 And I will bless them that bless you, and curse him that curses you: …

Genesis 22:18 And in your seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because …

Genesis 26:4 And I will make your seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and …

Genesis 49:10 The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between …

Deuteronomy 18:15 The LORD your God will raise up to you a Prophet from the middle …

2 Samuel 7:12,13 And when your days be fulfilled, and you shall sleep with your fathers, …

Job 19:25-27 For I know that my redeemer lives, and that he shall stand at the …

Psalm 2:6-12 Yet have I set my king on my holy hill of Zion…

Psalm 40:6-8 Sacrifice and offering you did not desire; my ears have you opened: …

Psalm 98:2 The LORD has made known his salvation: his righteousness has he openly …

Psalm 110:1-4 The LORD said to my Lord, Sit you at my right hand, until I make …

Psalm 132:11,17 The LORD has sworn in truth to David; he will not turn from it; Of …

Isaiah 4:2 In that day shall the branch of the LORD be beautiful and glorious…

Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin …

Isaiah 9:6,7 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given: and the government …

Isaiah 11:1-5 And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a …

Isaiah 40:9-11 O Zion, that bring good tidings, get you up into the high mountain; …

Isaiah 42:1-4 Behold my servant, whom I uphold; my elect, in whom my soul delights; …

Isaiah 53:10-12 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he has put him to grief: when …

Isaiah 61:1-3 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is on me; because the LORD has anointed …

Jeremiah 23:5,6 Behold, the days come, said the LORD, that I will raise to David …

Jeremiah 33:14-17 Behold, the days come, said the LORD…

Ezekiel 17:22-24 Thus said the Lord GOD; I will also take of the highest branch of …

Ezekiel 21:27 I will overturn, overturn, overturn, it: and it shall be no more, …

Ezekiel 34:23-25 And I will set up one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them, …

Ezekiel 37:24 And David my servant shall be king over them; and they all shall …

Daniel 2:34,35,44,45 You saw till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote …

Daniel 7:13,14 I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man …

Daniel 9:24-26 Seventy weeks are determined on your people and on your holy city, …

Hosea 3:5 Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek the LORD …

Joel 2:32 And it shall come to pass, that whoever shall call on the name of …

Amos 9:11,12 In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, …

Obadiah 1:21 And saviors shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; …

Micah 5:2 But you, Bethlehem Ephratah, though you be little among the thousands …

Micah 7:20 You will perform the truth to Jacob, and the mercy to Abraham, which …

Zephaniah 3:14-17 Sing, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel; be glad and rejoice with …

Zechariah 2:10,11 Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion: for, see, I come, and I will …

Zechariah 6:12 And speak to him, saying, Thus speaks the LORD of hosts, saying, …

Zechariah 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: …

Zechariah 13:1,7 In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David …

Malachi 3:1 Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before …

Malachi 4:2 But to you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise …

Luke 1:69,70 And has raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his …

Romans 15:8 Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for …

Galatians 3:17,18 And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God …

Galatians 4:4 But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, …

Titus 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the …

1 Peter 1:11,12 Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which …

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