Acts 26:5

“Which knew me from the beginning, (if they would testifie) that after the most straitest sect of our religion, I liued a Pharisee.”

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Other Translations

Which knew me from the beginning, if they would testify, that after the most straitest sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee.
- King James Version

since they have known about me for a long time, if they are willing to testify, that I lived {as} a Pharisee according to the strictest sect of our religion.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

having knowledge of me from the first, if they be willing to testify, that after the straitest sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And they are able to say, if they would give witness, that I was living as a Pharisee, in that division of our religion which is most regular in the keeping of the law.
- Basic English Bible

who knew me before from the outset [of my life], if they would bear witness, that according to the strictest sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee.
- Darby Bible

Who knew me from the beginning, (if they would testify) that after the strictest sect of our religion, I lived a Pharisee.
- Webster's Bible

For they all know me of old--if they would but testify to the fact--how, being an adherent of the strictest sect of our religion, my life was that of a Pharisee.
- Weymouth Bible

having known me from the first, if they are willing to testify, that after the strictest sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee.
- World English Bible

if thei wolen bere witnessing, that bi the moost certeyn sect of oure religioun, Y lyuede a Farisee.
- Wycliffe Bible

knowing me before from the first, (if they may be willing to testify,) that after the most exact sect of our worship, I lived a Pharisee;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Acts 26:5


26:5 If they would testify - But they would not, for they well knew what weight his former life must add to his present testimony.


People's Bible Notes for Acts 26:5


Ac 26:5 I lived a Pharisee. The Jews all knew that he had been educated and had lived a Pharisee, the strictest of Jewish sects.

Discussion for Acts 26

  • Steve morrow
    ACTS 26:19 whereupon o king Agrippa I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision --26:20-- but showed first unto them of Damascus and at Jerusalem and throughout all the coasts of Judea and then to the gentiles that they should repent and turn to GOD and do works meet for repentance
  • Steve morrow
    ACTS 26:25 but he said I am not mad most noble festus but speak forth the words of truth and soberness PROVERBS 8:20 I LEAD IN THE WAY OF RIGHTEOUSNESS IN THE MIDST OF THE PATHS OF JUDGEMENT PROVERBS 12:17 he that speaketh truth showeth forth righteousness but a false witness deceit PSALM 119:144 the righteousness of thy testimonies is everlasting give me understanding and I shall live
  • A disciple
    Anne; you say it! Whatever is in our heart, whatever grace, whatever truth, whatever real knowledge and experience in God; will be reflected clearly for all to see: and so the Holy Spirit in us will THEN indeed be able to convict and convince men, by the truth in us. Lip service and salesmanship doesn't fool anyone but those who have no discernment. Stage-playing is a cunning art of the devil.
  • Anne
    Paul took this opportunity to give his testimony about his salvation and ministry. This he did with such conviction that King Agrippa confessed that he almost persuaded him to become a Christian. We should take every opportunity to testify of our salvation and the goodness of God.
  • Bruce
    Barbara:Yes,They were sticks with points on him to keep the cattle going in the right direction. That's what the Spirit does, like Irene said .
  • Irene123
    "It is hard for thee to kick against the pricks". Means God's convicting 'darts' in your heart for wrong doing

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