Acts 9:15
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New International Version
But the Lord said to Ananias, "Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel.

New Living Translation
But the Lord said, "Go, for Saul is my chosen instrument to take my message to the Gentiles and to kings, as well as to the people of Israel.

English Standard Version
But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel.

Berean Study Bible
"Go!" said the Lord. "This man is My chosen instrument to carry My name before the Gentiles and their kings, and before the people of Israel.

Berean Literal Bible
But the Lord said to him, "Go, for this man is My vessel of choice to carry My name before the Gentiles, and also kings, and the sons of Israel.

New American Standard Bible
But the Lord said to him, "Go, for he is a chosen instrument of Mine, to bear My name before the Gentiles and kings and the sons of Israel;

King James Bible
But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But the Lord said to him, "Go! For this man is My chosen instrument to take My name to Gentiles, kings, and the Israelites.

International Standard Version
But the Lord told him, "Go, because he's my chosen instrument to carry my name to unbelievers, to their kings, and to the descendants of Israel.

NET Bible
But the Lord said to him, "Go, because this man is my chosen instrument to carry my name before Gentiles and kings and the people of Israel.

New Heart English Bible
But the Lord said to him, "Go your way, for he is my chosen vessel to bear my name before the nations and kings, and the sons of Israel.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And THE LORD JEHOVAH said to him, “Arise, go, because he is a chosen vessel to me to take my name to the Gentiles and Kings and among the children of Israel.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The Lord told Ananias, "Go! I've chosen this man to bring my name to nations, to kings, and to the people of Israel.

New American Standard 1977
But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of Mine, to bear My name before the Gentiles and kings and the sons of Israel;

Jubilee Bible 2000
But the Lord said unto him, Go; for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles and kings and the sons of Israel;

King James 2000 Bible
But the Lord said unto him, Go your way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:

American King James Version
But the Lord said to him, Go your way: for he is a chosen vessel to me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:

American Standard Version
But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles and kings, and the children of Israel:

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the Lord said to him: Go thy way; for this man is to me a vessel of election, to carry my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel.

Darby Bible Translation
And the Lord said to him, Go, for this [man] is an elect vessel to me, to bear my name before both nations and kings and [the] sons of Israel:

English Revised Version
But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles and kings, and the children of Israel:

Webster's Bible Translation
But the Lord said to him, Go, for he is a chosen vessel to me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel.

Weymouth New Testament
"Go," replied the Lord; "he is a chosen instrument of Mine to carry My name to the Gentiles and to kings and to the descendants of Israel.

World English Bible
But the Lord said to him, "Go your way, for he is my chosen vessel to bear my name before the nations and kings, and the children of Israel.

Young's Literal Translation
And the Lord said unto him, 'Be going on, because a choice vessel to Me is this one, to bear My name before nations and kings -- the sons also of Israel;
Study Bible
Ananias Baptizes Saul
14And now he is here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on Your name.” 15“Go! said the Lord. “- This man is My chosen instrument to carry My name before the Gentiles and their kings, and before the people of Israel. 16I will show him how much he must suffer for My name.”…
Cross References
Acts 13:2
While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, "Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them."

Acts 22:14
Then he said, 'The God of our fathers has appointed you to know His will, and to see the Righteous One, and to hear His voice.

Acts 22:21
Then He said to me, 'Go! I will send you far away to the Gentiles.'"

Acts 25:22
Then Agrippa said to Festus, "I would like to hear this man myself." "Tomorrow you will hear him," Festus declared.

Acts 26:1
Agrippa said to Paul, "You have permission to speak for yourself." Then Paul stretched out his hand and began his defense:

Acts 26:17
I will rescue you from your own people and from the Gentiles. I am sending you to them

Acts 26:20
First to those in Damascus and Jerusalem, then to everyone in the region of Judea, and then to the Gentiles, I declared that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds worthy of their repentance.

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

Acts 28:28
Be advised, therefore, that God's salvation has been sent to the Gentiles, and they will listen!"

Romans 1:1
Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, and set apart for the gospel of God,
Treasury of Scripture

But the Lord said to him, Go your way: for he is a chosen vessel to me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:

Go.

Exodus 4:12-14 Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth, and teach you what …

Jeremiah 1:7 But the LORD said to me, Say not, I am a child: for you shall go …

Jonah 3:1,2 And the word of the LORD came to Jonah the second time, saying…

a chosen.

Acts 13:2 As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said…

Jeremiah 1:5 Before I formed you in the belly I knew you; and before you came …

John 15:16 You have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, …

Romans 1:1 Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated …

Romans 9:21-24 Has not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make …

Galatians 1:1,15,16 Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, …

2 Timothy 1:11 Whereunto I am appointed a preacher, and an apostle, and a teacher …

2 Timothy 2:4,20,21 No man that wars entangles himself with the affairs of this life; …

Revelation 17:14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: …

to bear.

Acts 21:19 And when he had saluted them, he declared particularly what things …

Acts 22:21 And he said to me, Depart: for I will send you far hence to the Gentiles.

Acts 26:17-20 Delivering you from the people, and from the Gentiles, to whom now I send you…

Romans 1:5,13-15 By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to …

Romans 11:13 For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the …

Romans 15:15-21 Nevertheless, brothers, I have written the more boldly to you in …

1 Corinthians 15:10 But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed …

Galatians 2:7,8 But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision …

Ephesians 3:7,8 Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace …

Colossians 1:25-29 Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God …

1 Timothy 2:7 Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the …

and kings.

Acts 25:22-27 Then Agrippa said to Festus, I would also hear the man myself. To …

Acts 26:1 Then Agrippa said to Paul, You are permitted to speak for yourself. …

Acts 27:24 Saying, Fear not, Paul; you must be brought before Caesar: and, see, …

Matthew 10:18 And you shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, …

2 Timothy 4:16,17 At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: …

the children.

Acts 28:17 And it came to pass, that after three days Paul called the chief …

(15) He if a chosen vessel unto me.--Literally, a vessel of election. The term has nothing directly analogous to it in the Old Testament, but it is Hebrew in its form; the second noun being used as a genitive of the characteristic attribute, and so equivalent to an intensified adjective. So in Isaiah 22:7, we have in the LXX. "valleys of election" for the "choicest valleys" of the English version. The term "vessel" is used in the Old Testament of arms (Genesis 27:3), of garments (Deuteronomy 22:5), of household goods (Genesis 31:36-37). In the New Testament its range of meaning is yet wider, as in Matthew 12:29; Luke 8:16; John 19:29; Romans 9:22; 2Corinthians 4:7. Here our word "instrument" or "implement" comes, perhaps, nearest to its meaning. The persecutor had been chosen by the Lord as the "tool" with which He would work out His gracious will for him and for the Gentiles. In this sense it was used by classical writers of useful and trusty slaves, just as we speak of one man being the "tool" of another. Possibly, however, the words may be interpreted as containing the germ of the parable of the potter's vessel on which St. Paul dwells in Romans 9:21-23, and implied that the convert was not only chosen, but moulded, for his future work. The word "election," which occurs here for the first time in the New Testament, and is afterwards so prominent in the teaching of St. Paul (Romans 9:11; Romans 11:5; Romans 11:7-8; 1Thessalonians 1:4), affords yet another instance of the influence exercised on the Apostle by the thoughts and language of the instructor through whom alone he could have learnt what is here recorded.

To bear my name before the Gentiles.--The mission of the Apostle was thus revealed to Ananias in the first instance. He is one who welcomes that expansion of the kingdom on which even the chief of the Apostles would have entered, but for the voice from heaven, with doubt and hesitation (Acts 10:13; Acts 10:28). He is taught to see in the man of whom he had only heard as the persecutor, one who had been trained and chosen as fitter than all others for the work of that expansion.

And kings.--The words find their fulfilment in the speech before Agrippa (Acts 26:12); possibly in one before Nero (2Timothy 1:16).

Verse 15. - A chosen vessel (comp. Galatians 2:15; Romans 9:21, 22). To bear my name before the Gentiles (see Acts 22:21; Acts 26:17, 18; Romans 15:16; Galatians 2:7-9, etc.) and kings (Acts 25; Acts 26; 2 Timothy 4:16, 17, with reference to Nero), and the children of Israel. The Gentiles are named before the children of Israel, because St. Paul's special call was to be the apostle of the Gentiles. But we know that even St. Paul's practice was to preach Christ to the Jews first, in every city where there were Jews. But the Lord said unto him, go thy way,.... The Syriac version reads, "arise, go thy way"; make no delay, nor any excuse, there is no reason for it; nothing is to be feared from him:

for he is a chosen vessel unto me; a choice and excellent one, full of the heavenly treasure of the Gospel, full of the gifts and graces of the Spirit, and so very fit and richly qualified for the use and service of Christ; and was , "a vessel of desire", or a desirable one, as the Jews speak (n): or he was, to render the words literally, "a vessel of election"; both an instrument gathering in the election, or the elect of God, through the preaching of the Gospel; and was himself chosen of God, both to grace and glory, a vessel of mercy, and of honour prepared for glory; and was separated, predestinated, and appointed to the Gospel of God, to preach it among the Gentiles; which sense is confirmed by what follows:

to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel; by "the name" of Christ is meant his Gospel, which is a declaration of his person, perfections, glories, and excellencies, of his offices, grace, righteousness, and salvation; and to "bear" it, is to preach it, to carry it about, spread abroad, and propagate it; in allusion either to the prophets of old, whose prophecies are often called a "burden", which they bore and carried to the several nations to whom they were sent; or to the Levites bearing the tabernacle of the Lord, and its vessels, "be ye clean that bear the vessels of the Lord", Isaiah 52:11. Upon which Aben Ezra has this note,

"they are the Israelites, , "that bear the law";''

but Saul was a chosen vessel to bear the Gospel; or to the sower of seed, Psalm 126:6 "before the Gentiles", or nations of the world; and he was an apostle, and teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity; the Gospel of the uncircumcision was particularly committed to him: and before "kings", as he did before Agrippa, king of the Jews, and before Nero, emperor of Rome; and his bonds for the Gospel, and so the Gospel through his bonds became manifest in all the palace, or court of Caesar. And before

the children of Israel; the Jews, to whom he first preached it; but when they put it away he turned to the Gentiles, and afterwards, before the Jews, he bore a testimony for it.

(n) T. Bab. Megilla, fol. 6. 1.15. Go thy way—Do as thou art bidden, without gainsaying.

he is a chosen vessel—a word often used by Paul in illustrating God's sovereignty in election (Ro 9:21-23; 2Co 4:7; 2Ti 2:20, 21 [Alford]. Compare Zec 3:2).9:10-22 A good work was begun in Saul, when he was brought to Christ's feet with those words, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And never did Christ leave any who were brought to that. Behold, the proud Pharisee, the unmerciful oppressor, the daring blasphemer, prayeth! And thus it is even now, and with the proud infidel, or the abandoned sinner. What happy tidings are these to all who understand the nature and power of prayer, of such prayer as the humbled sinner presents for the blessings of free salvation! Now he began to pray after another manner than he had done; before, he said his prayers, now, he prayed them. Regenerating grace sets people on praying; you may as well find a living man without breath, as a living Christian without prayer. Yet even eminent disciples, like Ananias, sometimes stagger at the commands of the Lord. But it is the Lord's glory to surpass our scanty expectations, and show that those are vessels of his mercy whom we are apt to consider as objects of his vengeance. The teaching of the Holy Spirit takes away the scales of ignorance and pride from the understanding; then the sinner becomes a new creature, and endeavours to recommend the anointed Saviour, the Son of God, to his former companions.
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