Acts 26:17

17 I will rescue you from your own people and from the Gentiles. I am sending you to them

Acts 26:17 in Other Translations

KJV
17 Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee,
ESV
17 elivering you from your people and from the Gentiles--to whom I am sending you
NLT
17 And I will rescue you from both your own people and the Gentiles. Yes, I am sending you to the Gentiles
MSG
17 "'I'm sending you off
CSB
17 I will rescue you from the people and from the Gentiles, to whom I now send you,

Acts 26:17 Meaning and Commentary

Acts 26:17

Delivering thee from the people
That is, the people of the Jews, as they are distinguished from the Gentiles; and so the Syriac version, and two of Beza's copies, and two of Stephens's, read; for the Lord knew, that as soon as ever Saul was converted and professed his name, and preached his Gospel, the people of the Jews would immediately become his implacable enemies, and seek to destroy him; wherefore he promises him before hand deliverance, and security from them:

and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee;
to both Jews and Gentiles; to the Jews first, and then to the Gentiles; which method the apostle observed, and which course he steered, until the Jews put away the Gospel from them; and then he turned to the Gentiles, to whom he chiefly preached, as their apostle, and was saved from many dangers among them, as is here promised.

Acts 26:17 In-Context

15 “Then I asked, ‘Who are you, Lord?’ “ ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,’ the Lord replied.
16 ‘Now get up and stand on your feet. I have appeared to you to appoint you as a servant and as a witness of what you have seen and will see of me.
17 I will rescue you from your own people and from the Gentiles. I am sending you to them
18 to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’
19 “So then, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the vision from heaven.

Cross References 2

  • 1. Jeremiah 1:8,19
  • 2. S Acts 9:15; S Acts 13:46