Acts 28:19
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New International Version
The Jews objected, so I was compelled to make an appeal to Caesar. I certainly did not intend to bring any charge against my own people.

New Living Translation
But when the Jewish leaders protested the decision, I felt it necessary to appeal to Caesar, even though I had no desire to press charges against my own people.

English Standard Version
But because the Jews objected, I was compelled to appeal to Caesar—though I had no charge to bring against my nation.

Berean Study Bible
But when the Jews objected, I was compelled to appeal to Caesar, even though I have no charge to bring against my nation.

Berean Literal Bible
But of the Jews objecting, I was compelled to appeal to Caesar, not as having anything to lay against my nation.

New American Standard Bible
"But when the Jews objected, I was forced to appeal to Caesar, not that I had any accusation against my nation.

King James Bible
But when the Jews spake against it, I was constrained to appeal unto Caesar; not that I had ought to accuse my nation of.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Because the Jews objected, I was compelled to appeal to Caesar; it was not as though I had any accusation against my nation.

International Standard Version
But the Jews objected and forced me to appeal to the emperor, even though I have no countercharge to bring against my own people.

NET Bible
But when the Jews objected, I was forced to appeal to Caesar--not that I had some charge to bring against my own people.

New Heart English Bible
But when the Jews spoke against it, I was forced to appeal to Caesar, not that I had anything about which to accuse my nation.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“And as the Jews were opposing me, I was compelled to call for an appeal to Caesar, not as if I had any accusation against the children of my people.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But when the Jews objected, I was forced to appeal my case to the emperor. That doesn't mean I have any charges to bring against my own people.

New American Standard 1977
“But when the Jews objected, I was forced to appeal to Caesar; not that I had any accusation against my nation.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But when the Jews spoke against it, I was constrained to appeal unto Caesar, not that I had anything to accuse my nation of.

King James 2000 Bible
But when the Jews spoke against it, I was constrained to appeal unto Caesar; not that I had anything to accuse my nation of.

American King James Version
But when the Jews spoke against it, I was constrained to appeal to Caesar; not that I had ought to accuse my nation of.

American Standard Version
But when the Jews spake against it, I was constrained to appeal unto Caesar; not that I had aught whereof to accuse my nation.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But the Jews contradicting it, I was constrained to appeal unto Caesar; not that I had any thing to accuse my nation of.

Darby Bible Translation
But the Jews speaking against it, I was compelled to appeal to Caesar, not as having anything to accuse my nation of.

English Revised Version
But when the Jews spake against it, I was constrained to appeal unto Caesar; not that I had aught to accuse my nation of.

Webster's Bible Translation
But when the Jews spoke against it, I was constrained to appeal to Cesar; not that I had aught to accuse my nation of.

Weymouth New Testament
But, at last, the opposition of the Jews compelled me to appeal to Caesar; not however that I had any charge to bring against my nation.

World English Bible
But when the Jews spoke against it, I was constrained to appeal to Caesar, not that I had anything about which to accuse my nation.

Young's Literal Translation
and the Jews having spoken against it, I was constrained to appeal unto Caesar -- not as having anything to accuse my nation of;
Study Bible
Paul Preaches at Rome
18They examined me and wanted to release me, because there was no basis for a death sentence against me. 19But when the Jews objected, I was compelled to appeal to Caesar, even though I have no charge to bring against my nation. 20So for this reason I have called to see you and speak with you. It is because of the hope of Israel that I am bound with this chain.”…
Cross References
Matthew 14:22
Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of Him to the other side, while He dismissed the crowds.

Acts 25:11
If, however, I am guilty of anything worthy of death, I do not refuse to die. But if there is no truth to their accusations against me, no one can hand me over to them. I appeal to Caesar!"

Acts 25:21
But when Paul appealed to be held over for the decision of the Emperor, I ordered him held until I could send him to Caesar."

Acts 26:32
And Agrippa said to Festus, "This man could have been released if he had not appealed to Caesar."
Treasury of Scripture

But when the Jews spoke against it, I was constrained to appeal to Caesar; not that I had ought to accuse my nation of.

I was.

Acts 25:10-12,21,25 Then said Paul, I stand at Caesar's judgment seat, where I ought …

Acts 26:32 Then said Agrippa to Festus, This man might have been set at liberty, …

not.

Romans 12:19-21 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place to wrath: …

1 Peter 2:22,23 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth…

Verse 19. - When the Jews spake against it. This is a detail not expressly mentioned in the direct narrative in Acts 25, but which makes that narrative clearer. It shows us that Festus's proposal in Acts 25:9 was made in consequence of the opposition of the Jews to the acquittal which he was disposed to pronounce. I was constrained to appeal. Nothing can be more delicate, more conciliatory, or more truly patriotic than Paul's manner of addressing the Jews. Himself a Hebrew of the Hebrews, devoted to his kinsmen according to the flesh, never even putting forward his own privilege as a Roman citizen till the last necessity, he shows himself the constant friend of his own people in spite of all their ill usage. Undazzled by the splendor of Rome and the power of the Roman people, his heart is with his own despised nation, "that they might be saved." He wishes to he well with them; he wants them to understand his position; he speaks to them as a kinsman and a brother. His appeal to Caesar had been of necessity - to save his life. But he was not going to accuse his brethren before the dominant race. His first desire was that they should be his friends, and share with him the hope of the gospel of Christ. But when the Jews spake against it,.... His being cleared and dismissed, and desired he might be sent back to Jerusalem, to be tried and judged there, to which Festus seemed inclined:

I was constrained to appeal to Caesar; to prevent the design of the Jews upon him, which was to way lay him and kill him, or by what ways they could, right or wrong, take away his life; and to provide for his own safety:

not that I had ought to accuse my nation of; meaning, that he had no ill design in this appeal against his country, to expose them, and bring them under reproach and censure, but to vindicate himself, defend his own innocence, and preserve his character and life; suggesting, that what he did was not of choice, but by constraint, and with reluctance; being no friend to Heathen tribunals, nor any enemy to the Jewish nation. 19. I was constrained to appeal … not that I had aught to accuse my nation of—"I am here not as their accuser, but as my own defender, and this not of choice but necessity." His object in alluding thus gently to the treatment he had received from the Jews was plainly to avoid whatever might irritate his visitors at the first; especially as he was not aware whether any or what information against him had reached their community.28:17-22 It was for the honour of Paul that those who examined his case, acquitted him. In his appeal he sought not to accuse his nation, but only to clear himself. True Christianity settles what is of common concern to all mankind, and is not built upon narrow opinions and private interests. It aims at no worldly benefit or advantage, but all its gains are spiritual and eternal. It is, and always has been, the lot of Christ's holy religion, to be every where spoken against. Look through every town and village where Christ is exalted as the only Saviour of mankind, and where the people are called to follow him in newness of life, and we see those who give themselves up to Christ, still called a sect, a party, and reproached. And this is the treatment they are sure to receive, so long as there shall continue an ungodly man upon earth.
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