Acts 26:8
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New International Version
Why should any of you consider it incredible that God raises the dead?

New Living Translation
Why does it seem incredible to any of you that God can raise the dead?

English Standard Version
Why is it thought incredible by any of you that God raises the dead?

Berean Study Bible
Why would any of you consider it incredible that God raises the dead?

Berean Literal Bible
Why is it judged incredible by you if God raises the dead?

New American Standard Bible
"Why is it considered incredible among you people if God does raise the dead?

King James Bible
Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you, that God should raise the dead?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Why is it considered incredible by any of you that God raises the dead?

International Standard Version
Why is it thought incredible by all of you that God should raise the dead?

NET Bible
Why do you people think it is unbelievable that God raises the dead?

New Heart English Bible
Why is it judged incredible with you, if God does raise the dead?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“How do you judge? Ought we not believe that God raises the dead?”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Why do all of you refuse to believe that God can bring dead people back to life?

New American Standard 1977
“Why is it considered incredible among you people if God does raise the dead?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you that God should raise the dead?

King James 2000 Bible
Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you, that God should raise the dead?

American King James Version
Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you, that God should raise the dead?

American Standard Version
Why is it judged incredible with you, if God doth raise the dead?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Why should it be thought a thing incredible, that God should raise the dead?

Darby Bible Translation
Why should it be judged a thing incredible in your sight if God raises the dead?

English Revised Version
Why is it judged incredible with you, if God doth raise the dead?

Webster's Bible Translation
Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you, that God should raise the dead?

Weymouth New Testament
Why is it deemed with all of you a thing past belief if God raises the dead to life?

World English Bible
Why is it judged incredible with you, if God does raise the dead?

Young's Literal Translation
why is it judged incredible with you, if God doth raise the dead?
Study Bible
Paul's Testimony to Agrippa
7the 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. 8Why would any of you consider it incredible that God raises the dead? 9So then, I too was convinced that I ought to do all I could to oppose the name of Jesus of Nazareth.…
Cross References
Acts 23:6
Then Paul, knowing that some of them were Sadducees and others Pharisees, called out in the Sanhedrin, "Brothers, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee. It is because of my hope in the resurrection of the dead that I am on trial."

1 Corinthians 15:34
Sober up as you ought, and stop sinning; for some of you are ignorant of God. I say this to your shame.
Treasury of Scripture

Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you, that God should raise the dead?

Acts 4:2 Being grieved that they taught the people, and preached through Jesus …

Acts 10:40-42 Him God raised up the third day, and showed him openly…

Acts 13:30,31 But God raised him from the dead…

Acts 17:31,32 Because he has appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world …

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

Genesis 18:14 Is any thing too hard for the LORD? At the time appointed I will …

Matthew 22:29-32 Jesus answered and said to them, You do err, not knowing the scriptures, …

Luke 1:37 For with God nothing shall be impossible.

Luke 18:27 And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.

John 5:28,29 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that …

1 Corinthians 15:12-20 Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some …

Philippians 3:21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like to …

(8) Why should it be thought a thing incredible . . .?--Some MSS. give a punctuation which alters the structure of the sentence: What! is it thought a thing incredible . . . ? The appeal is made to Agrippa as accepting the sacred books of Israel, in which instances of a resurrection were recorded (1Kings 17:17-23; 2Kings 4:18-37), and which ought to have hindered him from postulating the incredibility of the truth which St. Paul preached, and which included (1) the doctrine of a general resurrection, and (2) the fact that Christ had risen. The Greek use of the present tense, that God raiseth the dead, gives prominence to the first thought rather than the second. Agrippa, as probably allied, as the rest of his kindred had been, with the Sadducean high priests, not a few of whom he had himself nominated, was likely to reject both.

Verse 8. - Why is it judged incredible with you, if for why should it be thought a thing incredible with you, that, A.V.; doth for should, A.V. Why is it judged, etc. The use of d is somewhat peculiar. It cannot stand for ὅτι, but it is nearly equivalent to "whether," as in ver. 23. The question proposed to the mind is here whether God has raised the dead; and in ver. 23 whether Christ has suffered, whether he is the first to rise. In the latter case St. Paul gives the answer by his witness to the truth, affirming that it is so. In the former case he chides his hearers for giving the answer of unbelief, and saying that it is not so. Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you,.... You Heathens and Sadducees; for the doctrine of the resurrection of the dead was thought an incredible doctrine by the Heathens in general, and therefore was laughed at by the Stoic and Epicurean philosophers at Athens, when preached by the apostle there; and by a particular sect among the Jews, the Sadducees; and the apostle may be thought either to address himself to Festus, the Roman governor, and to the chief captains, who were present, and, being Heathens, disbelieved this doctrine; or else to King Agrippa, who might be a Sadducee, and to such of the Sadducees as were in court, and expostulate with them, why it should be looked upon as a thing by no means to be credited,

that God should raise the dead; which may be understood both of the particular resurrection of Christ from the dead, which was not believed, neither by the Romans nor by the Jews, and neither by Pharisees nor Sadducees; or of the general resurrection of the dead, which was judged from the nature of things to be impracticable, and impossible by the latter, as well as by the Heathens: but since God is omniscient and omnipotent, and just and true, knows where every particle of a dead body lies, and can gather all together, and inspire with life; which he can as easily do, as to form all things out of nothing, as he did; and his justice and veracity seem to require, that the same bodies which have been partners with their souls in sinning, or in sufferings should share with them in woe or in happiness; it can neither be absurd, unreasonable, nor incredible, to suppose that God will raise them from the dead. 8. Why should it be thought a thing incredible … that God should raise the dead?—rather, "Why is it judged a thing incredible if God raises the dead?" the case being viewed as an accomplished fact. No one dared to call in question the overwhelming evidence of the resurrection of Jesus, which proclaimed Him to be the Christ, the Son of God; the only way of getting rid of it, therefore, was to pronounce it incredible. But why, asks the apostle, is it so judged? Leaving this pregnant question to find its answer in the breasts of his audience, he now passes to his personal history.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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