Acts 9:20
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.

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

Contemporary English Version
Soon he went to the synagogues and started telling people that Jesus is the Son of God.

Good News Translation
He went straight to the synagogues and began to preach that Jesus was 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,

Acts 17:10
As soon as night had fallen, the brothers sent Paul and Silas away to Berea. On arriving there, they went into the Jewish synagogue.

Acts 17:17
So he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and God-fearing Gentiles, and in the marketplace with those he met each day.

Acts 18:4
Every Sabbath he reasoned in the synagogue, trying to persuade Jews and Greeks alike.

Acts 18:19
When they reached Ephesus, Paul parted ways with Priscilla and Aquila. He himself went into the synagogue there and reasoned with the Jews.

Acts 19:8
Then Paul went into the synagogue and spoke boldly there for three months, arguing persuasively about the kingdom of God.

Galatians 1:16
to reveal His Son in me so that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not rush to consult with flesh and blood,

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 unto them how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus…

Galatians 1:23,24
But they had heard only, That he which persecuted us in times past now preacheth the faith which once he destroyed…

that.

Acts 8:37
And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.

Psalm 2:7,12
I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee…

Matthew 26:63-66
But Jesus held his peace. And the high priest answered and said unto him, I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ, the Son of God…







Lexicon
[Saul] promptly began to proclaim
ἐκήρυσσεν (ekēryssen)
Verb - Imperfect Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2784: To proclaim, herald, preach. Of uncertain affinity; to herald, especially divine truth.

Jesus
Ἰησοῦν (Iēsoun)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2424: Of Hebrew origin; Jesus, the name of our Lord and two other Israelites.

in
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.

the
ταῖς (tais)
Article - Dative Feminine 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.

synagogues,
συναγωγαῖς (synagōgais)
Noun - Dative Feminine Plural
Strong's Greek 4864: From sunago; an assemblage of persons; specially, a Jewish 'synagogue'; by analogy, a Christian church.

[ declaring ],
ὅτι (hoti)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 3754: Neuter of hostis as conjunction; demonstrative, that; causative, because.

“He
οὗτός (houtos)
Demonstrative Pronoun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3778: This; he, she, it.

is
ἐστιν (estin)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person 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.

the
(ho)
Article - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

Son
Υἱὸς (Huios)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 5207: A son, descendent. Apparently a primary word; a 'son', used very widely of immediate, remote or figuratively, kinship.

of God.”
Θεοῦ (Theou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2316: A deity, especially the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; by Hebraism, very.
(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. 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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