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Acts 24:16

    Acts 24:16 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void to offense toward God, and toward men.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Herein I also exercise myself to have a conscience void of offence toward God and men always.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And in this, I do my best at all times to have no reason for shame before God or men.

    Webster's Revision

    Herein I also exercise myself to have a conscience void of offence toward God and men always.

    World English Bible

    Herein I also practice always having a conscience void of offense toward God and men.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Herein do I also exercise myself to have a conscience void of offence toward God and men alway.

    Clarke's Commentary on Acts 24:16

    And herein do I exercise myself - And this very tenet is a pledge for my good behavior; for as I believe there will be a resurrection, both of the just and unjust, and that every man shall be judged for the deeds done in the body, so I exercise myself day and night, that I may have a conscience void of offense toward God and toward men.

    Toward God - In entertaining no opinion contrary to his truth; and in offering no worship contrary to his dignity, purity, and excellence.

    Toward men - In doing nothing to them that I would not, on a change of circumstances, they should do to me; and in withholding nothing by which I might comfort and serve them.

    Barnes' Notes on Acts 24:16

    And herein - In this, or for this purpose.

    Do I exercise myself - ἀσκῶ askō. I accustom or employ myself; I make it my constant aim. Paul often appeals to his conscientiousness as the leading habit of his life. Even before his conversion he endeavored to act according to the dictates of conscience. See Acts 26:9; compare Philippians 3:5-6.

    To have always a conscience ... - To do what is right, so that my conscience shall never reproach me.

    Void of offence - ἀπρόσκοπον aproskopon. That which is inoffensive, or which does not cause one to stumble or fall. He means that he endeavored to keep his conscience so enlightened and pure in regard to duty, and that he acted according to its dictates in such a way that his conduct should not be displeasing to God or injurious to man. To have such a conscience implies two things:

    (1) That it be enlightened or properly informed in regard to truth and duty; and,

    (2) That what is made known to be right should be honestly and faithfully performed. Without these two things no man can have a conscience that will be inoffensive and harmless.

    Toward God - In an honest endearour to discharge the duties of public and private worship, and to do constantly what he requires believing all that he has spoken; doing all that he requires; and offering to him the service which he approves.

    Toward men - In endeavoring to meet all the demands of justice and mercy; to advance their knowledge, happiness, and salvation; living so that I may look back on my life with the reflection that I have done all that I ought to have done, and all that I could do to promote the welfare of the whole human family. What a noble principle of conduct was this! How elevated and how pure! How unlike the conduct of those who live to gratify debasing sensual appetites, or for gold or honor; of those who pass their lives in such a manner as to offer the grossest offence to God and to do the most injury to man. The great and noble aim of Paul was to be pure; and no slander of his enemies, no trials, persecutions, perils, or pains of dying could take away the approving voice of conscience. Alike in his travels and in his persecutions; among friends and foes; when preaching in the synal gogue, the city, or the desert; or when defending himself before governors and kings, he had this testimony of a self-approving mind. Happy they who thus frame their lives. And happy will be the end of a life where this has been the grand object of the journey through this world.

    Wesley's Notes on Acts 24:16

    24:16 For this cause - With a view to this, I also exercise myself - As well as they.