Acts 26:9
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New International Version
"I too was convinced that I ought to do all that was possible to oppose the name of Jesus of Nazareth.

New Living Translation
"I used to believe that I ought to do everything I could to oppose the very name of Jesus the Nazarene.

English Standard Version
“I myself was convinced that I ought to do many things in opposing the name of Jesus of Nazareth.

Berean Study Bible
So then, I too was convinced that I ought to do all I could to oppose the name of Jesus of Nazareth.

Berean Literal Bible
Therefore I indeed in myself thought I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth,

New American Standard Bible
"So then, I thought to myself that I had to do many things hostile to the name of Jesus of Nazareth.

King James Bible
I verily thought with myself, that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
In fact, I myself supposed it was necessary to do many things in opposition to the name of Jesus the Nazarene.

International Standard Version
Indeed, I myself thought it my duty to take extreme measures against the name of Jesus from Nazareth.

NET Bible
Of course, I myself was convinced that it was necessary to do many things hostile to the name of Jesus the Nazarene.

New Heart English Bible
"I myself most certainly thought that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“For I had previously set my mind that I would commit many things contrary to the name of Yeshua the Nazarene.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"I used to think that I had to do a lot of things to oppose the one named Jesus of Nazareth.

New American Standard 1977
“So then, I thought to myself that I had to do many things hostile to the name of Jesus of Nazareth.

Jubilee Bible 2000
I verily had thought that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth.

King James 2000 Bible
I verily thought with myself, that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth.

American King James Version
I truly thought with myself, that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth.

American Standard Version
I verily thought with myself that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And I indeed did formerly think, that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth.

Darby Bible Translation
I indeed myself thought that I ought to do much against the name of Jesus the Nazaraean.

English Revised Version
I verily thought with myself, that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth.

Webster's Bible Translation
I verily thought with myself, that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth.

Weymouth New Testament
"I myself, however, thought it a duty to do many things in hostility to the name of Jesus, the Nazarene.

World English Bible
"I myself most certainly thought that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth.

Young's Literal Translation
I, indeed, therefore, thought with myself, that against the name of Jesus of Nazareth it behoved me many things to do,
Study Bible
Paul's Testimony to Agrippa
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. 10And that is what I did in Jerusalem. With authority from the chief priests I put many of the saints in prison, and when they were condemned to death, I cast my vote against them.…
Cross References
John 15:21
But they will treat you like this on account of My name, because they do not know the One who sent Me.

John 16:2
They will put you out of the synagogues. In fact, a time is coming when anyone who kills you will think he is offering a service to God.

Acts 3:17
And now, brothers, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did your leaders.

Acts 9:1
Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out threats of murder against the Lord's disciples. He went to the high priest

Acts 22:3
"I am a Jew, born in Tarsus of Cilicia, but raised in this city. I was educated at the feet of Gamaliel in strict conformity to the Law of our Fathers. I am just as zealous for God as any of you here today.

Acts 22:4
I persecuted this Way even to the death, detaining both men and women and throwing them into prison,

Acts 22:8
Who are You, Lord?' I asked. 'I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom you are persecuting,' He replied.

Philippians 3:6
as to zeal, persecuting the church; as to righteousness under the Law, faultless.

1 Timothy 1:13
I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and a violent man; yet because I had acted in ignorance and unbelief, I was shown mercy.
Treasury of Scripture

I truly thought with myself, that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth.

that.

John 16:2,3 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yes, the time comes, that …

Romans 10:2 For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according …

Galatians 1:13,14 For you have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews' religion, …

Philippians 3:6 Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness …

1 Timothy 1:13 Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but …

the name.

Acts 3:6 Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have …

Acts 9:16 For I will show him how great things he must suffer for my name's sake.

Acts 21:13 Then Paul answered, What mean you to weep and to break my heart? …

Acts 22:8 And I answered, Who are you, Lord? And he said to me, I am Jesus …

Acts 24:5 For we have found this man a pestilent fellow, and a mover of sedition …

(9) I verily thought with myself . . .--The words have a tone of considerate sympathy and hope. He himself had been led from unbelief to faith; he will not despair of a like transition for others, even for Agrippa. (Comp. 1Timothy 1:12-17.) On the relation of this account of the Apostle's conversion to previous narratives, see Notes on Acts 9:1-20.

Verse 9. - I verily. He gently excuses their unbelief by confessing that he himself had once felt like them, and insinuates the hope that they would change their minds as he had, and proceeds to give them good reason for doing so. Contrary to the Name (Galatians 1:13; 1 Timothy 1:13). Jesus of Nazareth. By so designating the Lord of glory, he avows himself a member of "the sect of the Nazarenes" (see Acts 2:22; Acts 3:6; Acts 4:10; Acts 10:33, etc.). I verily thought with myself,.... This seems to be a correction of himself, why he should wonder at their ignorance and unbelief, particularly with respect to Jesus being the Messiah, and his resurrection from the dead, and expostulate with them about it; when this was once his own case, it was the real sentiments of his mind, what in his conscience he believed to be right and just; namely,

that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth; to him himself, to his religion, to his Gospel, and ordinances, and people; by blaspheming his name, by denying him to be the Messiah, by condemning his religion as heresy, by disputing against his doctrines, and manner of worship, and by persecuting his followers. 9-15. (See on [2119]Ac 9:1, etc.; and compare Ac 22:4, etc.)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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