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Acts 26:5

    Acts 26:5 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Which knew me from the beginning, if they would testify, that after the most straitest sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Which knew me from the beginning, if they would testify, that after the most strait sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    having knowledge of me from the first, if they be willing to testify, that after the straitest sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And they are able to say, if they would give witness, that I was living as a Pharisee, in that division of our religion which is most regular in the keeping of the law.

    Webster's Revision

    having knowledge of me from the first, if they be willing to testify, that after the straitest sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee.

    World English Bible

    having known me from the first, if they are willing to testify, that after the strictest sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    having knowledge of me from the first, if they be willing to testify, how that after the straitest sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee.

    Definitions for Acts 26:5

    Sect - A group or division; a party.

    Clarke's Commentary on Acts 26:5

    After the most straitest sect - That is, the Pharisees; who were reputed the strictest in their doctrines, and in their moral practices, of all the sects then among the Jews. The sects were the Pharisees, Sadducees, and Essenes.

    Barnes' Notes on Acts 26:5

    Which knew me - Who were well acquainted with me.

    From the beginning - ἄνωθεν anōthen. Formerly; or from the very commencement of my career. Who were perfectly apprised of my whole course.

    If they would testify - If they would bear witness to what they know.

    That after the most straitest - The most rigid; the most strict, not only in regard to the written Law of God, but to the traditions of the elders. Paul himself elsewhere testifies Philippians 3:4-6 that he had enjoyed all the advantages of birth and training in the Jewish religion, and that he had early distinguished himself by his observance of its rites and customs.

    Sect - Division or party.

    I lived a Pharisee - I lived in accordance with the rules and doctrines of the Pharisees. See the notes on Matthew 3:7. The reasons why Paul here refers to his early life are:

    (1) As he had lived during the early period of his life without crime; as his principles had been settled by the instruction of the most able of their teachers, it was to be presumed that his subsequent life had been of a similar character.

    (2) as he, at that period of his life, evinced the utmost zeal for the laws and customs of his country, it was to be presumed that he would not be found opposing or reviling them at any subsequent period. From the strictness and conscientiousness of his past life, he supposed that Agrippa might argue favorably respecting his subsequent conduct. A virtuous and religious course in early life is usually a sure pledge of virtue and integrity in subsequent years.

    Wesley's Notes on Acts 26:5

    26:5 If they would testify - But they would not, for they well knew what weight his former life must add to his present testimony.