Acts 3:26
Parallel Verses
New International Version
When God raised up his servant, he sent him first to you to bless you by turning each of you from your wicked ways."

New Living Translation
When God raised up his servant, Jesus, he sent him first to you people of Israel, to bless you by turning each of you back from your sinful ways."

English Standard Version
God, having raised up his servant, sent him to you first, to bless you by turning every one of you from your wickedness.”

New American Standard Bible
"For you first, God raised up His Servant and sent Him to bless you by turning every one of you from your wicked ways."

King James Bible
Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
God raised up His Servant and sent Him first to you to bless you by turning each of you from your evil ways."

International Standard Version
When God raised up his servant, he sent him first to you to bless you by turning every one of you from your evil ways."

NET Bible
God raised up his servant and sent him first to you, to bless you by turning each one of you from your iniquities."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“God appointed to you from the first and sent his Son to bless you, if you are converted, and you return from your evils.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
God has brought his servant back to life and has sent him to you first. God did this to bless you by turning every one of you from your evil ways."

Jubilee Bible 2000
Unto you first, God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, that each one of you might turn from his iniquities.

King James 2000 Bible
Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.

American King James Version
To you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.

American Standard Version
Unto you first God, having raised up his Servant, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from your iniquities.

Douay-Rheims Bible
To you first God, raising up his Son, hath sent him to bless you; that every one may convert himself from his wickedness.

Darby Bible Translation
To you first God, having raised up his servant, has sent him, blessing you in turning each one [of you] from your wickedness.

English Revised Version
Unto you first God, having raised up his Servant, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from your iniquities.

Webster's Bible Translation
To you first, God having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.

Weymouth New Testament
It is to you first that God, after raising His Servant from the grave, has sent Him to bless you, by causing every one of you to turn from your wickedness."

World English Bible
God, having raised up his servant, Jesus, sent him to you first, to bless you, in turning away everyone of you from your wickedness."

Young's Literal Translation
to you first, God, having raised up His child Jesus, did send him, blessing you, in the turning away of each one from your evil ways.'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

3:22-26 Here is a powerful address to warn the Jews of the dreadful consequences of their unbelief, in the very words of Moses, their favourite prophet, out of pretended zeal for whom they were ready to reject Christianity, and to try to destroy it. Christ came into the world to bring a blessing with him. And he sent his Spirit to be the great blessing. Christ came to bless us, by turning us from our iniquities, and saving us from our sins. We, by nature cleave to sin; the design of Divine grace is to turn us from it, that we may not only forsake, but hate it. Let none think that they can be happy by continuing in sin, when God declares that the blessing is in being turned from all iniquity. Let none think that they understand or believe the gospel, who only seek deliverance from the punishment of sin, but do not expect happiness in being delivered from sin itself. And let none expect to be turned from their sin, except by believing in, and receiving Christ the Son of God, as their wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 26. - Servant for Son Jesus, A.V. and T.R.; your for his, A.V. Unto you first. In virtue of the covenant, the first offer of salvation was made to the Jews (see Acts 1:8; Acts 13:26, 46; Luke 24:47; Romans 2:10, etc.; comp. Matthew 15:24). His Servant (as in ver. 13). As regards the phrase, "having raised up," however natural it is at first sight to understand it of the raising from the dead, the tenses make it impossible to do so. Nor could it be said that God sent Jesus to bless them after his resurrection. We must, therefore, understand ἀναστήσας as to be equivalent to ἐξαγείρας, and to mean "having appointed," set up, raised up (as the English word is used, Luke 1:69; Romans 9:17). In this sense God raised up his Servant by the incarnation, birth, anointing, and mission to be the Savior. To bless you; to fulfill to you the blessing promised to Abraham's seed. In turning away, etc., deliverance from sin being the chief blessing which Christ bestows upon his people (so Acts 5:31, repentance is spoken of as Christ's great gift to Israel). So closed the second great apostolic sermon.





Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Unto you first, God having raised his Son Jesus,.... Which may be understood, either of the incarnation of Christ, and his exhibition in the flesh; which is sometimes expressed by raising him up, and is no other than the mission, or manifestation of him in human nature, as in Luke 1:69. Or of the resurrection of him from the dead, and the exaltation of him at the right hand of God:

sent him to bless you; in person, according to the former sense; for he was indeed sent only to the people of Israel, and to them he preached; many of whom were blessed with converting grace under his ministry; but according to the latter sense, and which seems most agreeable, he was sent in the ministry of the word, and came by his Spirit, first to the Jews, among whom the Gospel was first preached for a while, and was blessed to the conversion of many thousands among them, both in Judea, and in the nations of the world, where they were dispersed:

in turning away everyone of you from his iniquities; in this the blessing lay, and is rightly in our version ascribed to Christ, and to the power of his grace, in the ministration of the Gospel and not to themselves, as in many other versions; as the Syriac version, "if ye convert yourselves, and turn from your evils"; making it both their own act, and the condition of their being blessed; and the Arabic version likewise, "so that everyone of you departs from his wickedness"; but that work is Christ's, and this is the blessing of grace he himself bestows, and is a fruit of redemption by his blood, Titus 2:14.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

26. God, having raised up—not from the dead, but having provided, prepared, and given.

his Son Jesus—"His Servant Jesus" (see on [1945]Ac 3:13).

sent him to bless you—literally, "sent Him blessing you," as if laden with blessing.

in turning away every one of you from his iniquities—that is, "Hitherto we have all been looking too much for a Messiah who should shed outward blessings upon the nation generally, and through it upon the world. But we have learned other things, and now announce to you that the great blessing with which Messiah has come laden is the turning away of every one of you from his iniquities." With what divine skill does the apostle, founding on resistless facts, here drive home to the conscience of his auditors their guilt in crucifying the Lord of Glory; then soothe their awakened minds by assurances of forgiveness on turning to the Lord, and a glorious future as soon as this shall come to pass, to terminate with the Personal Return of Christ from the heavens whither He has ascended; ending all with warnings, from their own Scriptures, to submit to Him if they would not perish, and calls to receive from Him the blessings of salvation.

Acts 3:26 Additional Commentaries
Context
Peter Speaks in Solomon's Colonnade
25"It is you who are the sons of the prophets and of the covenant which God made with your fathers, saying to Abraham, 'AND IN YOUR SEED ALL THE FAMILIES OF THE EARTH SHALL BE BLESSED.' 26"For you first, God raised up His Servant and sent Him to bless you by turning every one of you from your wicked ways."
Cross References
Jeremiah 31:18
"I have surely heard Ephraim's moaning: 'You disciplined me like an unruly calf, and I have been disciplined. Restore me, and I will return, because you are the LORD my God.

Matthew 15:24
He answered, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel."

John 4:22
You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews.

Acts 2:24
But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him.

Acts 2:32
God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of it.

Acts 3:13
The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus. You handed him over to be killed, and you disowned him before Pilate, though he had decided to let him go.

Acts 13:46
Then Paul and Barnabas answered them boldly: "We had to speak the word of God to you first. Since you reject it and do not consider yourselves worthy of eternal life, we now turn to the Gentiles.

Romans 1:16
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.

Romans 2:9
There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile;

Romans 15:8
For I tell you that Christ has become a servant of the Jews on behalf of God's truth, so that the promises made to the patriarchs might be confirmed
Treasury of Scripture

To you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.

first.

Acts 1:8 But you shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come on …

Acts 13:26,32,33,46,47 Men and brothers, children of the stock of Abraham, and whoever among …

Acts 18:4-6 And he reasoned in the synagogue every sabbath, and persuaded the …

Acts 26:20 But showed first to them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout …

Acts 28:23-28 And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into …

Matthew 10:5,6 These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not …

Luke 24:47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his …

Romans 2:9,10 Tribulation and anguish, on every soul of man that does evil, of …

Revelation 7:4-9 And I heard the number of them which were sealed…

having.

Acts 3:15,22 And killed the Prince of life, whom God has raised from the dead; …

sent.

Acts 3:20,25 And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached to you…

Psalm 67:6,7 Then shall the earth yield her increase; and God, even our own God, …

Psalm 72:17 His name shall endure for ever: his name shall be continued as long …

Luke 2:10,11 And the angel said to them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good …

Romans 15:29 And I am sure that, when I come to you, I shall come in the fullness …

Galatians 3:9-14 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham…

Ephesians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed …

1 Peter 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ…

1 Peter 3:9 Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise …

in.

Isaiah 59:20,21 And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and to them that turn from transgression …

Jeremiah 32:38-41 And they shall be my people, and I will be their God…

Jeremiah 33:8,9 And I will cleanse them from all their iniquity, whereby they have …

Ezekiel 11:19,20 And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within …

Ezekiel 36:25-29 Then will I sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean: …

Matthew 1:21 And she shall bring forth a son, and you shall call his name JESUS: …

Ephesians 5:26,27 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word…

Titus 2:11-14 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men…

1 John 3:5-8 And you know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in …

Jude 1:24 Now to him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present …

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