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Acts 9:29

29 He talked and debated with the Hellenistic Jews,a but they tried to kill him.

Read Acts 9:29 Using Other Translations

And he spake boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus, and disputed against the Grecians: but they went about to slay him.
And he spoke and disputed against the Hellenists. But they were seeking to kill him.
He debated with some Greek-speaking Jews, but they tried to murder him.

What does Acts 9:29 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Acts 9:29

And he spake boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus
He spoke the Gospel of Christ boldly, as it ought to be spoken; he spoke it openly, publicly, freely, and faithfully, not fearing the faces or revilings of any: the Vulgate Latin and Ethiopic versions add, "to the Gentiles"; but this is not in any of the Greek copies: and disputed against the Grecians; or Hellenists, that is, the Hellenistical Jews; by whom are meant, not Greeks proselyted to the Jewish religion, but Jews who had been born and brought up in Greece, or at least had learned the Greek language, and used the Greek Bible; and so the Syriac version renders it, "he disputed with the Jews that knew Greek"; perhaps the same persons, of the synagogue of the Libertines, Alexandrians, Cyrenians, and of Cilicia and Asia, who disputed with Stephen, with whom he had before joined, ( Acts 6:9 Acts 6:10 )

but they went about to slay him;
he being an over match for them; and they not being able to resist him, but being confuted, and confounded, and put to silence, they were filled with indignation; and since they could not conquer him by arguments, they were for slaying him with the sword.

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