Acts 9:29
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New International Version
He talked and debated with the Hellenistic Jews, but they tried to kill him.

New Living Translation
He debated with some Greek-speaking Jews, but they tried to murder him.

English Standard Version
And he spoke and disputed against the Hellenists. But they were seeking to kill him.

New American Standard Bible
And he was talking and arguing with the Hellenistic Jews; but they were attempting to put him to death.

King James Bible
And he spake boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus, and disputed against the Grecians: but they went about to slay him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He conversed and debated with the Hellenistic Jews, but they attempted to kill him.

International Standard Version
He kept talking and arguing with the Hellenistic Jews, but they were bent on murdering him.

NET Bible
He was speaking and debating with the Greek-speaking Jews, but they were trying to kill him.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he was speaking in the name of Yeshua openly and disputing with the Jews who knew Greek, but they were seeking to kill him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He talked and argued with Greek-speaking Jews, but they tried to murder him.

Jubilee Bible 2000
and he spoke boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus and disputed against the Greeks; but they went about to slay him,

King James 2000 Bible
And he spoke boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus, and disputed against the Hellenists: but they went about to slay him.

American King James Version
And he spoke boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus, and disputed against the Grecians: but they went about to slay him.

American Standard Version
preaching boldly in the name of the Lord: and he spake and disputed against the Grecian Jews; but they were seeking to kill him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He spoke also to the Gentiles, and disputed with the Greeks; but they sought to kill him.

Darby Bible Translation
and speaking boldly in the name of the Lord. And he spoke and discussed with the Hellenists; but they sought to kill him.

English Revised Version
preaching boldly in the name of the Lord: and he spake and disputed against the Grecian Jews; but they went about to kill him.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he spoke boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus, and disputed against the Grecians: but they went about to slay him.

Weymouth New Testament
and speaking fearlessly in the name of the Lord. And he often talked with the Hellenists and had discussions with them.

World English Bible
preaching boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus. He spoke and disputed against the Hellenists, but they were seeking to kill him.

Young's Literal Translation
and speaking boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus, he was both speaking and disputing with the Hellenists, and they were taking in hand to kill him,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

9:23-31 When we enter into the way of God, we must look for trials; but the Lord knows how to deliver the godly, and will, with the temptation, also make a way to escape. Though Saul's conversion was and is a proof of the truth of Christianity, yet it could not, of itself, convert one soul at enmity with the truth; for nothing can produce true faith, but that power which new-creates the heart. Believers are apt to be too suspicious of those against whom they have prejudices. The world is full of deceit, and it is necessary to be cautious, but we must exercise charity, 1Co 13:5. The Lord will clear up the characters of true believers; and he will bring them to his people, and often gives them opportunities of bearing testimony to his truth, before those who once witnessed their hatred to it. Christ now appeared to Saul, and ordered him to go quickly out of Jerusalem, for he must be sent to the Gentiles: see ch. 22:21. Christ's witnesses cannot be slain till they have finished their testimony. The persecutions were stayed. The professors of the gospel walked uprightly, and enjoyed much comfort from the Holy Ghost, in the hope and peace of the gospel, and others were won over to them. They lived upon the comfort of the Holy Ghost, not only in the days of trouble and affliction, but in days of rest and prosperity. Those are most likely to walk cheerfully, who walk circumspectly.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 29. - Preaching boldly, etc, the and of the T.R. is omitted, and this clause connected with the preceding one; the Lord for the Lord Jesus, A.V. and T.R.; he spake for he spake boldly, A.V. (The παῥῤησιαζόμενος (translated preaching boldly) ἐν τῷ ὀνόματι Κυρίου, is in the R.T. separated from ἐλάλει); the Grecian Jews for the Grecians, A.V., as in Acts 6:1; to kill for to slay, A.V. The Grecian Jews; or, Hellenists (margin). St. Stephen was a Hellenist, and it was among the Hellenists that his evangelical labors elderly lay and from whose enmity he met his death. Saul showed his dauntless spirit, and perhaps his deep compunction at the part he had taken in Stephen's death, by thus encountering their bitter and unrelenting enmity.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And he spake boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus,.... He spoke the Gospel of Christ boldly, as it ought to be spoken; he spoke it openly, publicly, freely, and faithfully, not fearing the faces or revilings of any: the Vulgate Latin and Ethiopic versions add, "to the Gentiles"; but this is not in any of the Greek copies: and disputed against the Grecians; or Hellenists, that is, the Hellenistical Jews; by whom are meant, not Greeks proselyted to the Jewish religion, but Jews who had been born and brought up in Greece, or at least had learned the Greek language, and used the Greek Bible; and so the Syriac version renders it, "he disputed with the Jews that knew Greek"; perhaps the same persons, of the synagogue of the Libertines, Alexandrians, Cyrenians, and of Cilicia and Asia, who disputed with Stephen, with whom he had before joined, Acts 6:9

but they went about to slay him; he being an over match for them; and they not being able to resist him, but being confuted, and confounded, and put to silence, they were filled with indignation; and since they could not conquer him by arguments, they were for slaying him with the sword.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

29. disputed against the Grecians—(See on [1975]Ac 6:1); addressing himself specially to them, perhaps, as being of his own class, and that against which he had in the days of his ignorance been the fiercest.

they went about to slay him—Thus was he made to feel, throughout his whole course, what he himself had made others so cruelly to feel, the cost of discipleship.

Acts 9:29 Additional Commentaries
Context
Saul in Jerusalem
28And he was with them, moving about freely in Jerusalem, speaking out boldly in the name of the Lord. 29And he was talking and arguing with the Hellenistic Jews; but they were attempting to put him to death. 30But when the brethren learned of it, they brought him down to Caesarea and sent him away to Tarsus.…
Cross References
Acts 6:1
In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Hellenistic Jews among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food.

Acts 9:27
But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles. He told them how Saul on his journey had seen the Lord and that the Lord had spoken to him, and how in Damascus he had preached fearlessly in the name of Jesus.

Acts 9:28
So Saul stayed with them and moved about freely in Jerusalem, speaking boldly in the name of the Lord.

Acts 22:18
and saw the Lord speaking to me. 'Quick!' he said. 'Leave Jerusalem immediately, because the people here will not accept your testimony about me.'
Treasury of Scripture

And he spoke boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus, and disputed against the Grecians: but they went about to slay him.

he spake.

Acts 9:20-22,27 And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is …

disputed.

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

Acts 17:17 Therefore disputed he in the synagogue with the Jews, and with the …

Acts 18:19 And he came to Ephesus, and left them there: but he himself entered …

Acts 19:8 And he went into the synagogue, and spoke boldly for the space of …

Jude 1:3,9 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write to you of the common …

Grecians.

Acts 6:1 And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, …

Acts 11:20 And some of them were men of Cyprus and Cyrene, which, when they …

but.

Acts 9:23 And after that many days were fulfilled, the Jews took counsel to kill him:

2 Corinthians 11:26 In journeys often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in …

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