Acts 9:22
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New International Version
Yet Saul grew more and more powerful and baffled the Jews living in Damascus by proving that Jesus is the Messiah.

New Living Translation
Saul's preaching became more and more powerful, and the Jews in Damascus couldn't refute his proofs that Jesus was indeed the Messiah.

English Standard Version
But Saul increased all the more in strength, and confounded the Jews who lived in Damascus by proving that Jesus was the Christ.

Berean Study Bible
But Saul was empowered all the more, and he confounded the Jews living in Damascus by proving that Jesus is the Christ.

Berean Literal Bible
But Saul was empowered all the more and kept confounding the Jews dwelling in Damascus, proving that this is the Christ.

New American Standard Bible
But Saul kept increasing in strength and confounding the Jews who lived at Damascus by proving that this Jesus is the Christ.

King James Bible
But Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded the Jews which dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is very Christ.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But Saul grew more capable and kept confounding the Jews who lived in Damascus by proving that this One is the Messiah.

International Standard Version
But Saul grew more and more persuasive, and continued to confound the Jews who lived in Damascus by proving that this man was the Messiah.

NET Bible
But Saul became more and more capable, and was causing consternation among the Jews who lived in Damascus by proving that Jesus is the Christ.

New Heart English Bible
But Saul increased more in strength, and confounded the Jews who lived at Damascus, proving that this is the Messiah.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But Shaul was strengthened even more and was agitating those Jews who were dwelling in Darmsuq as he was showing that This One is The Messiah.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Saul grew more powerful, and he confused the Jews living in Damascus by proving that Jesus was the Messiah.

New American Standard 1977
But Saul kept increasing in strength and confounding the Jews who lived at Damascus by proving that this Jesus is the Christ.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But Saul increased the more in strength and confounded the Jews who dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is the Christ.

King James 2000 Bible
But Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded the Jews who dwelt at Damascus, proving that this one is the very Christ.

American King James Version
But Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded the Jews which dwelled at Damascus, proving that this is very Christ.

American Standard Version
But Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded the Jews that dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is the Christ.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But Saul increased much more in strength, and confounded the Jews who dwelt at Damascus, affirming that this is the Christ.

Darby Bible Translation
But Saul increased the more in power, and confounded the Jews who dwelt in Damascus, proving that this is the Christ.

English Revised Version
But Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded the Jews which dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is the Christ.

Webster's Bible Translation
But Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded the Jews who dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is very Christ.

Weymouth New Testament
Saul, however, gained more and more influence, and as for the Jews living in Damascus, he bewildered them with his proofs that Jesus is the Christ.

World English Bible
But Saul increased more in strength, and confounded the Jews who lived at Damascus, proving that this is the Christ.

Young's Literal Translation
And Saul was still more strengthened, and he was confounding the Jews dwelling in Damascus, proving that this is the Christ.
Study Bible
Saul Preaches at Damascus
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?” 22But Saul was empowered all the more, and he confounded the Jews living in Damascus by proving that Jesus is the Christ. 23After many days had passed, the Jews conspired to kill him,…
Cross References
Psalm 51:13
Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, And sinners will be converted to You.

Acts 9:20
Saul promptly began to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues, declaring, "He is the Son of God."

Acts 9:21
All 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?"

Acts 9:23
After many days had passed, the Jews conspired to kill him,

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 17:3
explaining and proving that the Christ had to suffer and rise from the dead. "This Jesus I am proclaiming to you is the Christ," he declared.

Galatians 1:18
Only after three years did I go up to Jerusalem to confer with Cephas, and I stayed with him fifteen days.

1 Timothy 1:12
I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, that He considered me faithful and appointed me to service.
Treasury of Scripture

But Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded the Jews which dwelled at Damascus, proving that this is very Christ.

increased.

Genesis 49:24 But his bow stayed in strength, and the arms of his hands were made …

Job 17:9 The righteous also shall hold on his way, and he that has clean hands …

Psalm 84:7 They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appears before God.

Isaiah 40:29 He gives power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increases …

2 Corinthians 12:9,10 And he said to me, My grace is sufficient for you: for my strength …

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.

confounded.

Acts 6:9,10 Then there arose certain of the synagogue, which is called the synagogue …

Acts 18:27,28 And when he was disposed to pass into Achaia, the brothers wrote, …

Luke 21:15 For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries …

1 Corinthians 1:27 But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise…

proving.

Acts 17:3 Opening and alleging, that Christ must needs have suffered, and risen …

Acts 18:5 And when Silas and Timotheus were come from Macedonia, Paul was pressed …

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

Luke 24:44,45 And he said to them, These are the words which I spoke to you, while …

(22) But Saul increased the more in strength.--The tense implies a continuous growth in power, obviously in the spiritual power which enabled the Apostle to carry on his work. A comparison of dates suggests the connection of this growth with the special vision of 2Corinthians 12:8, when in answer to his prayer that the infirmity which he describes as "a thorn in his flesh, the minister of Satan to buffet him," he received the comforting assurance from the Lord whom he served--"My strength is made perfect in weakness." It is not without interest that in after years St. Paul once and again uses the same verb of himself--"I can do all things in Christ that strengthened me" (Philippians 4:13). It was Christ who "enabled him," or, made him strong, for his ministry (1Timothy 1:12); who "strengthened him" in the closing trials of his life (2Timothy 4:17). By some commentators the words are connected with the journey to Arabia as following on his first appearance as a preacher in the synagogues; but see Note on the previous verse.

Verse 22. - The Christ for very Christ, A.V. The repetition of the phrase ὅτι οῦτός ἐστιν (vers. 20 and 22) is remarkable. As already observed, it presupposes the mention of Jesus, of whom it is thus predicated that he is both "the Son of God" and "the Christ" (comp. Acts 2:32, 36; Acts 4:11, etc.). Observe the incidental proof of the general expectation of the Jews that Christ should come in this description of the apostolic preaching as directed to the one point that Jesus of Nazareth was the Christ. But Saul increased the more in strength,.... Not of body, but of mind; his gifts and graces, and spiritual light and knowledge increased; his abilities were greater; his fortitude of mind, boldness, and freedom of speech, every day increased: he got more, and new, and fresh arguments, by which he himself was confirmed, and he confirmed others in the truths of Christ. Some copies read, "he was more strengthened in the word"; either in the word of God, having a clearer understanding, and being more confirmed in the truth of it; or in speech, being more ready and powerful in speaking it.

And confounded the Jews which dwelt at Damascus; confuted them, and put them to silence, so that they had nothing to say for themselves, or against the truth:

proving that this is very Christ; by joining and knitting passages of Scripture in the Old Testament together, by producing and citing express testimonies from thence, and by comparing the prophecies and the characters of the Messiah in them, with Jesus of Nazareth, he proved to a demonstration that he must be the Messiah. 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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