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Acts 26:8

    Acts 26:8 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you, that God should raise the dead?

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you, that God should raise the dead?

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Why is it judged incredible with you, if God doth raise the dead?

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Why, in your opinion, is it outside belief for God to make the dead come to life again?

    Webster's Revision

    Why is it judged incredible with you, if God doth raise the dead?

    World English Bible

    Why is it judged incredible with you, if God does raise the dead?

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Why is it judged incredible with you, if God doth raise the dead?

    Clarke's Commentary on Acts 26:8

    That God should raise the dead? - As Agrippa believed in the true God, and knew that one of his attributes was omnipotence, he could not believe that the resurrection of the dead was an impossible thing; and to this belief of his the apostle appeals; and the more especially, because the Sadducees denied the doctrine of the resurrection, though they professed to believe in the same God. Two attributes of God stood pledged to produce this resurrection: his truth, on which his promise was founded; and his power, by which the thing could be easily affected, as that power is unlimited.

    Some of the best critics think this verse should be read thus: What! should it be thought a thing incredible with you, if God should raise the dead?

    Barnes' Notes on Acts 26:8

    Why should it be thought ... - The force of this question will be better seen by an exclamation point after why τί ti. "What! is it to be thought a thing incredible?" etc. It intimates surprise that it should be thought incredible, or implies that no reason could be given why such a doctrine should be unworthy of belief.

    A thing incredible - A doctrine which cannot be credited or believed. Why should it be regarded as absurd?

    With you - This is in the plural number, and it is evident that Paul here addressed, not Agrippa alone, but those who sat with him. There is no evidence that Agrippa doubled that the dead could be raised, but Festus, and those who were with him, probably did, and Paul, in the ardor of his speech, turned and addressed the entire assembly. It is very evident that we have only an outline of this argument, and there is every reason to suppose that Paul would dwell on each part of the subject at greater length than is here recorded.

    That God should raise the dead - Why should it be regarded as absurd that God - who has all power, who is the creator of all, who is the author of the human frame should again restore man to life and continue his future existence? The resurrection is no more incredible than the original creation of the body, and it is attended with no greater difficulties. And as the perfections of God will be illustrated by his raising up the dead; as the future state is necessary to the purposes of justice in vindicating the just and punishing the unjust, and as God is a righteous moral governor, it should not be regarded as an absurdity that he will raise up those who have died, and bring them to judgment.

    Wesley's Notes on Acts 26:8

    26:8 Is it judged by you an incredible thing - It was by Festus, Acts 25:19, to whom Paul answers as if he had heard him discourse.