Galatians 1:21
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New International Version
Then I went to Syria and Cilicia.

New Living Translation
After that visit I went north into the provinces of Syria and Cilicia.

English Standard Version
Then I went into the regions of Syria and Cilicia.

Berean Study Bible
Later I went to the regions of Syria and Cilicia.

Berean Literal Bible
Then I went into the regions of Syria and Cilicia.

New American Standard Bible
Then I went into the regions of Syria and Cilicia.

King James Bible
Afterwards I came into the regions of Syria and Cilicia;

Christian Standard Bible
Afterward, I went to the regions of Syria and Cilicia.

Contemporary English Version
Later, I went to the regions of Syria and Cilicia.

Good News Translation
Afterward I went to places in Syria and Cilicia.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Afterward, I went to the regions of Syria and Cilicia.

International Standard Version
Then I went to the regions of Syria and Cilicia.

NET Bible
Afterward I went to the regions of Syria and Cilicia.

New Heart English Bible
Then I came to the regions of Syria and Cilicia.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
After these things I came to the regions of Syria and Qiliqia.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then I went to the regions of Syria and Cilicia.

New American Standard 1977
Then I went into the regions of Syria and Cilicia.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Afterwards I came into the regions of Syria and Cilicia

King James 2000 Bible
Afterwards I came into the regions of Syria and Cilicia;

American King James Version
Afterwards I came into the regions of Syria and Cilicia;

American Standard Version
Then I came unto the regions of Syria and Cilicia.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Afterwards I came into the regions of Syria and Cilicia.

Darby Bible Translation
Then I came into the regions of Syria and Cilicia.

English Revised Version
Then I came into the regions of Syria and Cilicia.

Webster's Bible Translation
Afterwards I came into the regions of Syria and Cilicia;

Weymouth New Testament
Afterwards I visited Syria and Cilicia.

World English Bible
Then I came to the regions of Syria and Cilicia.

Young's Literal Translation
then I came to the regions of Syria and of Cilicia,
Study Bible
Paul Preaches the Gospel
20I assure you before God that what I am writing to you is no lie. 21Later I went to the regions of Syria and Cilicia. 22I was personally unknown, however, to the churches of Judea that are in Christ.…
Cross References
Matthew 4:24
News about Him spread all over Syria, and people brought to Him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering acute pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed--and He healed them.

Acts 6:9
But resistance arose from what was known as the Synagogue of the Freedmen, including Cyrenians, Alexandrians, and men from the provinces of Cilicia and Asia. They began to argue with Stephen,

Acts 9:30
When the brothers learned of this, they took him down to Caesarea and sent him off to Tarsus.

Acts 15:23
and sent them with this letter: "The apostles and the elders, your brothers, To the brothers among the Gentiles in Antioch, Syria, and Cilicia: Greetings.

Acts 15:41
And he traveled through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches.

Treasury of Scripture

Afterwards I came into the regions of Syria and Cilicia;

I came.

Acts 9:30 Which when the brothers knew, they brought him down to Caesarea, …

Acts 11:25,26 Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus, for to seek Saul…

Acts 13:1 Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets …

Acts 15:23,41 And they wrote letters by them after this manner…

Acts 18:18 And Paul after this tarried there yet a good while, and then took …

Acts 21:3 Now when we had discovered Cyprus, we left it on the left hand, and …

Cilicia.

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

Acts 21:39 But Paul said, I am a man which am a Jew of Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, …

Acts 22:3 I am truly a man which am a Jew, born in Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, …

Acts 23:34 And when the governor had read the letter, he asked of what province …







(21) Afterwards I came into the regions of Syria and Cilicia.--We gather from the parallel narrative in Acts 9:30; Acts 11:25-26, that the course which the Apostle followed was this:--He was first conveyed secretly by the disciples to the sea-port Caesarea Stratonis; there he took ship and sailed for Tarsus. Here he was found, somewhat later, by Barnabas, and taken to Antioch, where he remained a year. It would thus appear that the order in which the two names, Syria and Cilicia, occur does not represent the order in which the two provinces were visited. The Apostle, reviewing his past career at a distance of time, and with a certain special object in view, which is not affected by the geographical direction of his movements, speaks in this general way. It hardly seems necessary to suppose an unrecorded visit to Syria on the way to Tarsus, though that, of course, is possible. Still more gratuitous is the supposition that there is any contradiction between the historical narrative and our Epistle, for such generalities of expression are what most persons may constantly detect themselves in using. The accuracy of the pedant neither belongs to St. Paul's Epistles nor to real life.

Regions.--The Greek word here is the same as that which is translated "parts" in Romans 15:23, where see the Note.

Verse 21. - Afterwards I came into the regions of Syria and Cilicia (ἔπειτα η΅λθον εἰς τὰ κλίματα τῆς Συρίας καὶ τῆς Κιλικίας); then I came into the regions of Syria and Cilicia. St. Luke tells us (Acts 9:30) that "the brethren brought him down to Caesarea, and sent him forth to Tarsus." The verb "brought down" of itself indicates that the Caesarea here mentioned was Caesarea Stratonis, the seaport of Jerusalem, and not Caesarea Philippi towards Damascus (see Bishop Lightfoot on Galatians 1:21). When, later, Barnabas required Saul's help at Antioch, it was to Tarsus that he went to seek him. It is, therefore, probable that, in mentioning "Syria" with "Cilicia" as containing "regions" (cf. Romans 15:23; 2 Corinthians 11:10) in which, after this departure from Jerusalem, he was actively engaged in ministerial work, he is thinking of the northern part of Syria, as in "Cilicia" he is thinking of the eastern portion of Cilicia about Tarsus; northern Syria and eastern Cilicia having a great geographical affinity (see Conybeare and Howson, vol. 1. pp. 26, 130). It thus appears that the Epistle is in perfect harmony with the Acts. To the apostle's labours during this period that he was making Tarsus his head-quarters, was most probably due in no small measure the founding of the Churches in Syria, and especially in Cilicia, which are referred to in Acts 15:23, 41. Afterwards I came into the regions of Syria and Cilicia. For having disputed against the Grecians at Jerusalem, and being too hard for them, it so irritated them, that they were going to murder him; which being known to the brethren there, they got him out of the way, and had him down to Caesarea, and so to Tarsus, a city in Cilicia; where he was born; in which places and in the countries about he preached the Gospel of Christ; to Tarsus, Barnabas went for him seeking him, and finding him brought him to Antioch in Syria; and both in Syria and Cilicia he preached, no doubt with success, since we read of believing Gentiles and churches in those parts he afterwards visited; being sent along with others, with the letter and decrees of the synod at Jerusalem to them, and whom he confirmed; See Gill on Acts 15:23,

See Gill on Acts 15:41, in the Greek text these countries are called "climates"; a climate in geography is said (y) to be a part of the surface of the earth, bounded by two circles parallel to the equator, and of such a breadth as that the longest day in the parallel nearer the pole, exceeds the longest day in that next the equator, by some certain space, viz. half an hour--. The beginning of the climate is the parallel circle wherein the day is the shortest, the end of the climate is that wherein the day is the longest;--each climate only differs from its contiguous ones, in that the longest day in summer is longer or shorter by half an hour in the one place than in the other:--vulgarly the term climate is bestowed on any country or region differing from another, either in respect of the seasons, the quality of the soil, or even the manners of the inhabitants, without any regard to the length of the longest day; in which sense it seems to be used here, as also in Romans 15:23. Of the country of Syria; see Gill on Matthew 4:24. Cilicia is a country of Asia Minor, now called Caramania; it had its name of Cilicia, as Herodotus says (z), from Cilix, the son of Agenor, a Phoenician: though Bochart (a) derives it from Challekim or Challukim, which signifies stones, it being a stony country; and so Herodotus (b) calls it "mountainous" Cilicia; it is said to have Pamphilia on the west, the tops of Mount Taurus on the north, Mount Amanus on the east, and the Cilician sea on the south; Jerom says (c), Cilicia is a province of Asia, which the river Cydnus cuts in the middle, and Mount Amanus, of which Solomon makes mention, separates it from Syria-Coele.

(y) Chambers's Cyclopaedia in the word "Climate". (z) L. 7. Polymnia, c. 91. Solinus, c. 51. (a) Canaan, p. 376. (b) L. 2. Euterpe, c. 34. (c) De locis Hebraicis, fol. 95. M. 21. I came into … Syria and Cilicia—"preaching the faith" (Ga 1:23), and so, no doubt, founding the churches in Syria and Cilicia, which he subsequently confirmed in the faith (Ac 15:23, 41). He probably went first to Cæsarea, the main seaport, and thence by sea to Tarsus of Cilicia, his native place (Ac 9:30), and thence to Syria; Cilicia having its geographical affinities with Syria, rather than with Asia Minor, as the Tarsus mountains separate it from the latter. His placing "Syria" in the order of words before "Cilicia," is due to Antioch being a more important city than Tarsus, as also to his longer stay in the former city. Also "Syria and Cilicia," from their close geographical connection, became a generic geographical phrase, the more important district being placed first [Conybeare and Howson]. This sea journey accounts for his being "unknown by face to the churches of Judea" (Ga 1:22). He passes by in silence his second visit, with alms, to Judea and Jerusalem (Ac 11:30); doubtless because it was for a limited and special object, and would occupy but a few days (Ac 12:25), as there raged at Jerusalem at the time a persecution in which James, the brother of John, was martyred, and Peter was m prison, and James seems to have been the only apostle present (Ac 12:17); so it was needless to mention this visit, seeing that he could not at such a time have received the instructions which the Galatians alleged he had derived from the primary fountains of authority, the apostles.1:15-24 St. Paul was wonderfully brought to the knowledge and faith of Christ. All who are savingly converted, are called by the grace of God; their conversion is wrought by his power and grace working in them. It will but little avail us to have Christ revealed to us, if he is not also revealed in us. He instantly prepared to obey, without hesitating as to his worldly interest, credit, ease, or life itself. And what matter of thanksgiving and joy is it to the churches of Christ, when they hear of such instances to the praise of the glory of his grace, whether they have ever seen them or not! They glorify God for his power and mercy in saving such persons, and for all the service to his people and cause that is done, and may be further expected from them.
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