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Acts 14:26

    Acts 14:26 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And thence sailed to Antioch, from whence they had been recommended to the grace of God for the work which they fulfilled.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And there sailed to Antioch, from where they had been recommended to the grace of God for the work which they fulfilled.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    and thence they sailed to Antioch, from whence they had been committed to the grace of God for the work which they had fulfilled.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And from there they went by ship to Antioch, where they had been handed over to the grace of God for the work which they had not done.

    Webster's Revision

    and thence they sailed to Antioch, from whence they had been committed to the grace of God for the work which they had fulfilled.

    World English Bible

    From there they sailed to Antioch, from where they had been committed to the grace of God for the work which they had fulfilled.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    and thence they sailed to Antioch, from whence they had been committed to the grace of God for the work which they had fulfilled.

    Definitions for Acts 14:26

    Grace - Kindness; favor.
    Thence - There; that place.
    Whence - From where.

    Clarke's Commentary on Acts 14:26

    And thence sailed to Antioch - This was Antioch in Syria; and to reach which, by sea, they were obliged to coast a part of the Mediterranean Sea, steering between Cyprus and Cilicia; though they might have gone the whole journey by land.

    Whence they had been recommended - for the work which they fulfilled - The reader will recollect that it was from this Antioch they had been sent to preach the Gospel to the heathen in Asia Minor: see Acts 13:1, Acts 13:2; and that they fulfilled that work: see in the same chapter, Acts 13:48; and the circumstantial account of their travels and preaching given in this chapter.

    Barnes' Notes on Acts 14:26

    And thence sailed to Antioch - See the note at Acts 11:19.

    From whence they had been recommended ... - Where they had been appointed to this missionary tour by the church, Acts 13:1-4.

    To the grace of God - His favor and protection had been implored for them in their perilous undertaking.

    For the work which they fulfilled - This shows conclusively:

    (1) That they had accomplished fully the work which was originally contemplated. It was strictly a missionary tour among the Gentiles. It was an important and hazardous enterprise, and was the first in which the church formally engaged. Hence, so much importance is attached to it, and so faithful a record of it is preserved.

    (2) it shows that the act by which they were set apart to this Acts 13:1-3 was not an ordination to the ministerial office. It was an appointment to a missionary tour.

    (3) it shows that the act was not an appointment to the apostleship. Paul was an apostle before by the express appointment of the Saviour; and Barnabas was never an apostle in the original and proper sense of the term. It was a designation to a temporary work, which was now fulfilled.

    We may remark, also, in regard to this missionary tour:

    (1) That the work of missions is one which early engaged the attention of Christians.

    (2) it entered into their plans, and was one in which the church was deeply interested.

    (3) the work of missions is attended with danger. People are now no less hostile to the gospel than they were in Lystra and Iconium.

    (4) Missionaries should be sustained by the prayers of the church. And,

    (5) In the conduct of Paul and Barnabas we have an example for missionaries in founding churches, and in regard to their own trials and persecutions. If they were persecuted, missionaries may be now; and if the grace of Christ was sufficient to sustain them, it is not the less sufficient to sustain those of our own times amidst all the dangers attending the preaching of the cross in pagan lands.

    Wesley's Notes on Acts 14:26

    14:26 Recommended to the grace - Or favour, of God, for the work which they had fulfilled - This shows the nature and design of that laying on of hands, which was mentioned Acts 13:3.