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Acts 13:17

13:17 The God of this people Israel 1  chose our ancestors 2  and made the people great 3  during their stay as foreigners 4  in the country 5  of Egypt, and with uplifted arm 6  he led them out of it.

1 tn Or “people of Israel.”

2 tn Or “forefathers”; Grk “fathers.”

sn Note how Paul identifies with his audience by referring to our ancestors. He speaks as a Jew. God’s design in history is the theme of the speech. The speech is like Stephen’s, only here the focus is on a promised Son of David.

3 tn That is, in both numbers and in power. The implication of greatness in both numbers and in power is found in BDAG 1046 s.v. ὑψόω 2.

4 tn Or “as resident aliens.”

5 tn Or “land.”

6 sn Here uplifted arm is a metaphor for God’s power by which he delivered the Israelites from Egypt. See Exod 6:1, 6; 32:11; Deut 3:24; 4:34; Ps 136:11-12.

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