Acts 26:3
New International Version
and especially so because you are well acquainted with all the Jewish customs and controversies. Therefore, I beg you to listen to me patiently.

New Living Translation
for I know you are an expert on all Jewish customs and controversies. Now please listen to me patiently!

English Standard Version
especially because you are familiar with all the customs and controversies of the Jews. Therefore I beg you to listen to me patiently.

Berean Study Bible
especially since you are acquainted with all the Jewish customs and controversies. I beg you, therefore, to listen to me patiently.

Berean Literal Bible
you being especially acquainted with all the customs and also controversies of the Jews. Therefore I implore you to hear me patiently.

New American Standard Bible
especially because you are an expert in all customs and questions among the Jews; therefore I beg you to listen to me patiently.

King James Bible
Especially because I know thee to be expert in all customs and questions which are among the Jews: wherefore I beseech thee to hear me patiently.

Christian Standard Bible
especially since you are very knowledgeable about all the Jewish customs and controversies. Therefore I beg you to listen to me patiently.

Contemporary English Version
You know a lot about our religious customs and the beliefs that divide us. So I ask you to listen patiently to me.

Good News Translation
particularly since you know so well all the Jewish customs and disputes. I ask you, then, to listen to me with patience.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
especially since you are an expert in all the Jewish customs and controversies. Therefore I beg you to listen to me patiently."

International Standard Version
since you are especially familiar with all the Jewish customs and controversies. I beg you, therefore, to listen patiently to me.

NET Bible
because you are especially familiar with all the customs and controversial issues of the Jews. Therefore I ask you to listen to me patiently.

New Heart English Bible
especially because you are expert in all customs and questions which are among Jews. Therefore I beg you to hear me patiently.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“I especially know that you are capable in all inquiries of The Law of the Jews; I therefore ask of you that you will hear me patiently.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I say this since you are especially familiar with every custom and controversy in Judaism. So I ask you to listen patiently to me.

New American Standard 1977
especially because you are an expert in all customs and questions among the Jews; therefore I beg you to listen to me patiently.

Jubilee Bible 2000
especially because I know thee to be expert in all customs and questions which are among the Jews; therefore, I beseech thee to hear me patiently.

King James 2000 Bible
Especially because I know you to be expert in all customs and questions which are among the Jews: therefore I beseech you to hear me patiently.

American King James Version
Especially because I know you to be expert in all customs and questions which are among the Jews: why I beseech you to hear me patiently.

American Standard Version
especially because thou art expert in all customs and questions which are among the Jews: wherefore I beseech thee to hear me patiently.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Especially as thou knowest all, both customs and questions that are among the Jews: Wherefore I beseech thee to hear me patiently.

Darby Bible Translation
especially because thou art acquainted with all the customs and questions which are among the Jews; wherefore I beseech thee to hear me patiently.

English Revised Version
especially because thou art expert in all customs and questions which are among the Jews: wherefore I beseech thee to hear me patiently.

Webster's Bible Translation
Especially, because I know thee to be expert in all customs and questions which are among the Jews: wherefore I beseech thee to hear me patiently.

Weymouth New Testament
who are so familiar with all the customs and speculations that prevail among the Jews; and for this reason, I pray you, give me a patient hearing.

World English Bible
especially because you are expert in all customs and questions which are among the Jews. Therefore I beg you to hear me patiently.

Young's Literal Translation
especially knowing thee to be acquainted with all things -- both customs and questions -- among Jews; wherefore, I beseech thee, patiently to hear me.
Study Bible
Paul's Testimony to Agrippa
2“King Agrippa, I consider myself fortunate to stand before you today to defend myself against all the accusations of the Jews, 3especially since you are acquainted with all the Jewish customs and controversies. I beg you, therefore, to listen to me patiently. 4Surely all the Jews know how I have lived from the earliest days of my youth, among my own people and in Jerusalem.…
Cross References
Acts 6:14
For we have heard him say that Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place and change the customs that Moses handed down to us."

Acts 25:19
They only had some contentions with him regarding their own religion and a certain Jesus who had died, but whom Paul affirmed to be alive.

Acts 26:2
"King Agrippa, I consider myself fortunate to stand before you today to defend myself against all the accusations of the Jews,

Acts 26:7
the promise our twelve tribes are hoping to realize as they earnestly serve God day and night. It is because of this hope, O king, that I am accused by the Jews.

Acts 26:26
For the king knows about these matters, and I can speak freely to him. I am confident that none of this has escaped his notice, because it was not done in a corner.

Treasury of Scripture

Especially because I know you to be expert in all customs and questions which are among the Jews: why I beseech you to hear me patiently.

because.

Acts 26:26
For the king knoweth of these things, before whom also I speak freely: for I am persuaded that none of these things are hidden from him; for this thing was not done in a corner.

Acts 6:14
For we have heard him say, that this Jesus of Nazareth shall destroy this place, and shall change the customs which Moses delivered us.

Acts 21:21
And they are informed of thee, that thou teachest all the Jews which are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses, saying that they ought not to circumcise their children, neither to walk after the customs.

to hear.

Acts 24:4
Notwithstanding, that I be not further tedious unto thee, I pray thee that thou wouldest hear us of thy clemency a few words.







Lexicon
especially
μάλιστα (malista)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 3122: Most of all, especially. Neuter plural of the superlative of an apparently primary adverb mala; most or particularly.

[since] you
σε (se)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Accusative 2nd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

are
ὄντα (onta)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

acquainted
γνώστην (gnōstēn)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 1109: One who knows, an expert. From ginosko; a knower.

with all
πάντων (pantōn)
Adjective - Genitive Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 3956: All, the whole, every kind of. Including all the forms of declension; apparently a primary word; all, any, every, the whole.

the
τῶν (tōn)
Article - Genitive Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

Jewish
Ἰουδαίους (Ioudaious)
Adjective - Accusative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 2453: Jewish. From Iouda; Judaean, i.e. Belonging to Jehudah.

customs
ἐθῶν (ethōn)
Noun - Genitive Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 1485: A custom, habit; an institute, rite. From etho; a usage.

and
τε (te)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 5037: And, both. A primary particle of connection or addition; both or also.

controversies.
ζητημάτων (zētēmatōn)
Noun - Genitive Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 2213: A question, subject of inquiry, dispute. From zeteo; a search, i.e. a debate.

I beg [you],
δέομαι (deomai)
Verb - Present Indicative Middle or Passive - 1st Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1189: To want for myself; I want, need; I beg, request, beseech, pray. Middle voice of deo; to beg, i.e. Petition.

therefore,
διὸ (dio)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1352: Wherefore, on which account, therefore. From dia and hos; through which thing, i.e. Consequently.

to listen to
ἀκοῦσαί (akousai)
Verb - Aorist Infinitive Active
Strong's Greek 191: To hear, listen, comprehend by hearing; pass: is heard, reported. A primary verb; to hear.

me
μου (mou)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive 1st Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.

patiently.
μακροθύμως (makrothymōs)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 3116: With longsuffering, patiently. Adverb of a compound of makros and thumos; with long temper, i.e. Leniently.
(3) Expert in all customs and questions.--The former word is used in its half-technical sense, as including all the precepts of the Law of Moses. (See Notes on Acts 6:14; Acts 21:21.)

Verse 3. - Thou art expert for I know thee to be expert, A.V. and T.R. Expert; γνώστην, here only in the New Testament, but found in the LXX. (Daniel, i.e. Hist. of Susanna 42) applied to God, ὁ τῶν κρυπτῶν γνώστης: and 1 Samuel 28:3 and 2 Kings 21:6, as the rendering of יִדֹּעְנִי, a wizard. It is seldom found in classical Greek. According to the R.T., which is that generally adopted (Meyer, Kuinoel, Wordsworth, Alford, etc.), the accusative γνώστην ὄντα σέ is put, by a not uncommon construction, for the genitive absolute, as in Ephesians 1:18. The marginal rendering, because thou art especially expert, seems preferable to that in the text. Customs and questions. For the use of ἔθη and ζητήματα applied to Jewish customs and controversies, see Acts 6:14; Acts 16:21; Acts 21:21, etc.; and Acts 25:19, note. 26:1-11 Christianity teaches us to give a reason of the hope that is in us, and also to give honour to whom honour is due, without flattery or fear of man. Agrippa was well versed in the Scriptures of the Old Testament, therefore could the better judge as to the controversy about Jesus being the Messiah. Surely ministers may expect, when they preach the faith of Christ, to be heard patiently. Paul professes that he still kept to all the good in which he was first educated and trained up. See here what his religion was. He was a moralist, a man of virtue, and had not learned the arts of the crafty, covetous Pharisees; he was not chargeable with any open vice and profaneness. He was sound in the faith. He always had a holy regard for the ancient promise made of God unto the fathers, and built his hope upon it. The apostle knew very well that all this would not justify him before God, yet he knew it was for his reputation among the Jews, and an argument that he was not such a man as they represented him to be. Though he counted this but loss, that he might win Christ, yet he mentioned it when it might serve to honour Christ. See here what Paul's religion is; he has not such zeal for the ceremonial law as he had in his youth; the sacrifices and offerings appointed by that, are done away by the great Sacrifice which they typified. Of the ceremonial cleansings he makes no conscience, and thinks the Levitical priesthood is done away in the priesthood of Christ; but, as to the main principles of his religion, he is as zealous as ever. Christ and heaven, are the two great doctrines of the gospel; that God has given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. These are the matter of the promise made unto the fathers. The temple service, or continual course of religious duties, day and night, was kept up as the profession of faith in the promise of eternal life, and in expectation of it. The prospect of eternal life should engage us to be diligent and stedfast in all religious exercises. Yet the Sadducees hated Paul for preaching the resurrection; and the other Jews joined them, because he testified that Jesus was risen, and was the promised Redeemer of Israel. Many things are thought to be beyond belief, only because the infinite nature and perfections of Him that has revealed, performed, or promised them, are overlooked. Paul acknowledged, that while he continued a Pharisee, he was a bitter enemy to Christianity. This was his character and manner of life in the beginning of his time; and there was every thing to hinder his being a Christian. Those who have been most strict in their conduct before conversion, will afterwards see abundant reason for humbling themselves, even on account of things which they then thought ought to have been done.
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