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21 All[a] who heard him were amazed and were saying, “Is this not[b] the man who in Jerusalem was ravaging[c] those who call on this name, and who had come here to bring them as prisoners[d] to the chief priests?” 22 But Saul became more and more capable,[e] and was causing consternation[f] among the Jews who lived in Damascus by proving[g] that Jesus[h] is the Christ.[i]

Saul’s Escape from Damascus

23 Now after some days had passed, the Jews plotted[j] together to kill him,

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  1. Acts 9:21 tn Grk “And all.” Because of the difference between Greek style, which often begins sentences or clauses with “and,” and English style, which generally does not, καί (kai) has not been translated here.
  2. Acts 9:21 tn The Greek interrogative particle used in this verse (οὐχ, ouch) expects a positive reply. They all knew about Saul’s persecutions.
  3. Acts 9:21 tn Normally, “destroying,” but compare 4 Macc 4:23; 11:4 and MM 529 s.v. πορθέω for examples from Koine papyri. See also BDAG 853 s.v. πορθέω.
  4. Acts 9:21 tn Grk “bring them bound”; the translation “bring someone as prisoner” for δεδεμένον ἄγειν τινά (dedemenon agein tina) is given by BDAG 221 s.v. δέω 1.b.
  5. Acts 9:22 tn Grk “was becoming stronger,” but this could be understood in a physical sense, while the text refers to Saul’s growing ability to demonstrate to fellow Jews that Jesus was the Messiah. The translation “to become capable” for ἐνδυναμόω (endunamoō) is given in L&N 74.7, with this specific verse as an example.
  6. Acts 9:22 tn Or “was confounding.” For the translation “to cause consternation” for συγχέω (suncheō) see L&N 25.221.
  7. Acts 9:22 tn Or “by showing for certain.”
  8. Acts 9:22 tn Grk “that this one”; the referent (Jesus) has been specified in the translation for clarity.
  9. Acts 9:22 tn Or “Messiah”; both “Christ” (Greek) and “Messiah” (Hebrew and Aramaic) mean “one who has been anointed.” Note again the variation in the titles See the note on Christ in 2:31.
  10. Acts 9:23 sn Fitting the pattern emphasized earlier with Stephen and his speech in Acts 7, some Jews plotted to kill God’s messenger (cf. Luke 11:53-54).

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