Acts 9:20

20 At once he began to preach in the synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God.

Acts 9:20 in Other Translations

KJV
20 And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God.
ESV
20 And immediately he proclaimed Jesus in the synagogues, saying, "He is the Son of God."
NLT
20 And immediately he began preaching about Jesus in the synagogues, saying, “He is indeed the Son of God!”
MSG
20 but then went right to work, wasting no time, preaching in the meeting places that this Jesus was the Son of God.
CSB
20 Immediately he began proclaiming Jesus in the synagogues: "He is the Son of God."

Acts 9:20 Meaning and Commentary

Acts 9:20

And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues
The Syriac version adds, "of the Jews"; that is, which were in Damascus, ( Acts 9:2 ) from whence it appears, that he was immediately, as soon as converted, qualified for the work of preaching the Gospel: nor did he confer with flesh and blood, or stand disputing and debating with himself and carnal reason, what was best for him to do; but as soon as he knew Christ himself, he preached him to others, and whom he always made the subject of his ministry; and particularly,

that he is the Son of God;
the only begotten of the Father, the eternal Son of God, truly and properly God, of the same nature and essence with God his Father, and equal to him. His design was to assert and maintain the dignity of his person, which is the foundation of his office, as Mediator, and of all the wonderful things he performed: had he meant no more than that he was the Messiah, the sense would only be, that he preached that Christ was the Christ; but the meaning is, that he preached that Jesus of Nazareth, the true Messiah, was not a mere man, but a divine person, even the Son of God: he set out in his ministry, with the principal and most fundamental article of the Christian religion, that which Christ asserted, and for which he suffered, and which all the apostles, and first Christians believed. The Alexandrian copy, the Vulgate Latin, Syriac, and Ethiopic versions read "Jesus", instead of "Christ".

Acts 9:20 In-Context

18 Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized,
19 and after taking some food, he regained his strength. Saul spent several days with the disciples in Damascus.
20 At once he began to preach in the synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God.
21 All those who heard him were astonished and asked, “Isn’t he the man who raised havoc in Jerusalem among those who call on this name? And hasn’t he come here to take them as prisoners to the chief priests?”
22 Yet Saul grew more and more powerful and baffled the Jews living in Damascus by proving that Jesus is the Messiah.

Cross References 2

  • 1. Acts 13:5,14; Acts 14:1; Acts 17:2,10,17; Acts 18:4,19; Acts 19:8
  • 2. S Matthew 4:3