Acts 9:20
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New International Version
At once he began to preach in the synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God.

New Living Translation
And immediately he began preaching about Jesus in the synagogues, saying, "He is indeed the Son of God!"

English Standard Version
And immediately he proclaimed Jesus in the synagogues, saying, “He is the Son of God.”

Berean Study Bible
Saul promptly began to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues, declaring, "He is the Son of God."

Berean Literal Bible
And immediately he began proclaiming Jesus in the synagogues, that He is the Son of God.

New American Standard Bible
and immediately he began to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues, saying, "He is the Son of God."

King James Bible
And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Immediately he began proclaiming Jesus in the synagogues: "He is the Son of God."

International Standard Version
He immediately started to preach about Jesus in the synagogues, saying, "This is the Son of God."

NET Bible
and immediately he began to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues, saying, "This man is the Son of God."

New Heart English Bible
Immediately in the synagogues he proclaimed Jesus, that he is the Son of God.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And within an hour he was preaching in the synagogue of the Jews about Yeshua, that he is The Son of God.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He immediately began to spread the word in their synagogues that Jesus was the Son of God.

New American Standard 1977
and immediately he began to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues, saying, “He is the Son of God.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God.

King James 2000 Bible
And immediately he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God.

American King James Version
And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God.

American Standard Version
And straightway in the synagogues he proclaimed Jesus, that he is the Son of God.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And immediately he preached Jesus in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God.

Darby Bible Translation
And straightway in the synagogues he preached Jesus that he is the Son of God.

English Revised Version
And straightway in the synagogues he proclaimed Jesus, that he is the Son of God.

Webster's Bible Translation
And immediately he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God.

Weymouth New Testament
And in the synagogues he began at once to proclaim Jesus as the Son of God;

World English Bible
Immediately in the synagogues he proclaimed the Christ, that he is the Son of God.

Young's Literal Translation
and immediately in the synagogues he was preaching the Christ, that he is the Son of God.
Study Bible
Saul Preaches at Damascus
19and after taking some food, he regained his strength. And he spent several days with the disciples in Damascus. 20Saul promptly began to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues, declaring, “He is the Son of God. 21All who heard him were amazed and asked, “Isn’t this the man who wreaked havoc in Jerusalem on those who call on this name? And hasn’t he come here to take them as prisoners to the chief priests?”…
Cross References
Matthew 4:3
The tempter came to Him and said, "If You are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread."

Acts 9:22
But Saul was empowered all the more, and he confounded the Jews living in Damascus by proving that Jesus is the Christ.

Acts 9:27
Then Barnabas brought him to the apostles and described how Saul had seen the Lord, who spoke to him on the road to Damascus, and how Saul had spoken boldly in that city in the name of Jesus.

Acts 13:5
When they arrived at Salamis, they proclaimed the word of God in the Jewish synagogues. And John was with them as their helper.

Acts 13:14
And from Perga, they traveled inland to Pisidian Antioch, where they entered the synagogue on the Sabbath and sat down.

Acts 13:33
He has fulfilled for us, their children, by raising up Jesus. As it is written in the second Psalm: 'You are My Son, today I have become Your Father.'

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

Acts 14:1
At Iconium, Paul and Barnabas entered the Jewish synagogue as usual, and they spoke so well that a great number of Jews and Greeks believed.

Acts 16:13
On the Sabbath we went outside the city gate along the river, where it was customary to find a place of prayer. After sitting down, we spoke to the women who had gathered there.

Acts 17:2
As was his custom, Paul went into the synagogue, and on three Sabbaths he reasoned with them from the Scriptures,
Treasury of Scripture

And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God.

straightway.

Acts 9:27,28 But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles, and declared …

Galatians 1:23,24 But they had heard only, That he which persecuted us in times past …

that.

Acts 8:37 And Philip said, If you believe with all your heart, you may. And …

Psalm 2:7,12 I will declare the decree: the LORD has said to me, You are my Son; …

Matthew 26:63-66 But Jesus held his peace, And the high priest answered and said to …

Matthew 27:43,54 He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: …

John 1:49 Nathanael answered and said to him, Rabbi, you are the Son of God; …

John 19:7 The Jews answered him, We have a law, and by our law he ought to …

John 20:28,31 And Thomas answered and said to him, My LORD and my God…

Romans 1:4 And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit …

Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ …

1 John 4:14,15 And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be …

Revelation 2:18 And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things said …

(20) And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues.--The "straightway" as interpreted by the inference drawn in the previous Note, must be taken to refer to the Apostle's first public appearance in the synagogues of Damascus after his return from Arabia. The tense of the verb implies that the work was continued for some length of time. What he had to proclaim was, first, that the Christ was actually and verily the Son of God no less than the Son of David; and, secondly, that Jesus of Nazareth had been shown to be the Christ. The better MSS., however, give the reading, preached Jesus. The line of reasoning we may assume to have been identical with that of Acts 13:16-41. It is not without interest to remember here also that the Samaritans had a synagogue of their own at Damascus, and that he may thus have preached to them, so following in the footprints of Philip and taking his first step in the great work of breaking down the barriers that divided Israel from the world.

Verse 20. - In the synagogues he proclaimed Jesus for he preached Christ in the synagogues, A.V. and T.R. The preponderance of manuscript authority, and the ὄνομα of ver. 21, and the ὅτι οϋτός ἐστιν ὁ Ξριστός of ver. 22, seem conclusive in favor of Jesus rather than Christ. As regards the expression straightway, we must understand it as descriptive of Saul's action upon his return from Arabia. Is it possible that St. Luke uses it with the same meaning as he may have heard St. Paul use it in when speaking of his Damascus preaching, in the same sense as St. Paul actually does speak in Galatians 1:17, viz. as expressing that he did not wait for authority from the apostles, but at once, fresh from the Divine call, and having a direct commission from Christ himself, entered upon his apostolic ministry? If the Epistle to the Galatians was written A.D. , it would be just about the time that St. Luke joined St. Paul, and might be commencing to collect materials for his history. So that the phrase in the Galatians and the phrase in this twentieth verse might really be the expression of one thought committed to paper by St. Paul on the one hand, and uttered in the ear of Luke on the other. It is a confirmation of this view that in 2 Corinthians, written about the same time, there is also an account of Saul's escape from Damascus. In the synagogues; the very synagogues (ver. 2) to which the letters of the high priest were addressed, empowering him to arrest either man or woman who called upon the Name of Jesus, and bring them as prisoners to Jerusalem to be tried before the Sanhedrim. No wonder they were amazed. And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues,.... The Syriac version adds, "of the Jews"; that is, which were in Damascus, Acts 9:2 from whence it appears, that he was immediately, as soon as converted, qualified for the work of preaching the Gospel: nor did he confer with flesh and blood, or stand disputing and debating with himself and carnal reason, what was best for him to do; but as soon as he knew Christ himself, he preached him to others, and whom he always made the subject of his ministry; and particularly,

that he is the Son of God; the only begotten of the Father, the eternal Son of God, truly and properly God, of the same nature and essence with God his Father, and equal to him. His design was to assert and maintain the dignity of his person, which is the foundation of his office, as Mediator, and of all the wonderful things he performed: had he meant no more than that he was the Messiah, the sense would only be, that he preached that Christ was the Christ; but the meaning is, that he preached that Jesus of Nazareth, the true Messiah, was not a mere man, but a divine person, even the Son of God: he set out in his ministry, with the principal and most fundamental article of the Christian religion, that which Christ asserted, and for which he suffered, and which all the apostles, and first Christians believed. The Alexandrian copy, the Vulgate Latin, Syriac, and Ethiopic versions read "Jesus", instead of "Christ". 20-22. preached Christ … that he is the Son of God—rather, "preached Jesus," according to all the most ancient manuscripts and versions of the New Testament (so Ac 9:21, "all that call on this name," that is, Jesus; and Ac 9:22, "proving that this Jesus is very Christ").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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