Acts 28:29

29 After he said these things, the Jews departed, while engaging in a prolonged debate among themselves.][a]

Acts 28:29 Meaning and Commentary

Acts 28:29

And when he had said these words
Cited the prophecy of Isaiah, and declared the mission of the Gospel to the Gentiles, and their calling by it; both which must greatly gravel and disturb the unbelieving part of his audience:

the Jews departed;
much displeased and uneasy:

and had great reasoning among themselves;
not only with them that believed, but with others, that seemed to incline towards the apostle, and who espoused and undertook to defend some principles of his, against the rest, as the doctrine of the resurrection; and particularly they might take into consideration the passage in Isaiah, the apostle had recited to them at parting, and which was so appropriate to them; as well as the account he gave them of the preaching of the Gospel, and the success of it among the Gentiles, things which must be very grating to them: this whole verse is wanting in the Alexandrian copy, and in the Syriac version.

Acts 28:29 In-Context

27 For this people's heart has grown callous, their ears are hard of hearing, and they have shut their eyes; otherwise they might see with their eyes and hear with their ears, understand with their heart, and be converted-and I would heal them.'
28 Therefore, let it be known to you that this saving work of God has been sent to the Gentiles; they will listen!" [
29 After he said these things, the Jews departed, while engaging in a prolonged debate among themselves.]
30 Then he stayed two whole years in his own rented house. And he welcomed all who visited him,
31 proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching the things concerning the Lord Jesus Christ with full boldness and without hindrance.

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Other mss omit bracketed text
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