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Acts 13:26

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13:26 Brothers, 1  descendants 2  of Abraham’s family, 3  and those Gentiles among you who fear God, 4  the message 5  of this salvation has been sent to us.

Acts 13:32-33

Context
13:32 And we proclaim to you the good news about the promise to our ancestors, 6  13:33 that this promise 7  God has fulfilled to us, their children, by raising 8  Jesus, as also it is written in the second psalm, ‘You are my Son; 9  today I have fathered you.’ 10 

Acts 13:46-47

Context
13:46 Both Paul and Barnabas replied courageously, 11  “It was necessary to speak the word of God 12  to you first. Since you reject it and do not consider yourselves worthy 13  of eternal life, we 14  are turning to the Gentiles. 15  13:47 For this 16  is what the Lord has commanded us: ‘I have appointed 17  you to be a light 18  for the Gentiles, to bring salvation 19  to the ends of the earth.’” 20 

1 tn Grk “Men brothers,” but this is both awkward and unnecessary in English.

2 tn Grk “sons”

3 tn Or “race.”

4 tn Grk “and those among you who fear God,” but this is practically a technical term for the category called God-fearers, Gentiles who worshiped the God of Israel and in many cases kept the Mosaic law, but did not take the final step of circumcision necessary to become a proselyte to Judaism. See further K. G. Kuhn, TDNT 6:732-34, 743-44. Note how Paul includes God-fearing Gentiles as recipients of this promise.

5 tn Grk “word.”

6 tn Or “to our forefathers”; Grk “the fathers.”

7 tn Grk “that this”; the referent (the promise mentioned in the previous verse) has been specified in the translation for clarity.

sn This promise refers to the promise of a Savior through the seed (descendants) of David that is proclaimed as fulfilled (Rom 1:1-7).

8 tn Or “by resurrecting.” The participle ἀναστήσας (anasthsa") is taken as instrumental here.

sn By raising (i.e., by resurrection) tells how this promise came to be realized, though again the wordplay also points to his presence in history through this event (see the note on “raised up” in v. 22).

9 sn You are my Son. The key to how the quotation is used is the naming of Jesus as “Son” to the Father. The language is that of kingship, as Ps 2 indicates. Here is the promise about what the ultimate Davidic heir would be.

10 tn Grk “I have begotten you.” The traditional translation for γεγέννηκα (gegennhka, “begotten”) is misleading to the modern English reader because it is no longer in common use. Today one speaks of “fathering” a child in much the same way speakers of English formerly spoke of “begetting a child.”

sn A quotation from Ps 2:7.

11 tn Grk “Both Paul and Barnabas spoke out courageously and said.” The redundancy is removed in the translation and the verb “replied” is used in keeping with the logical sequence of events. The theme of boldness reappears: Acts 4:24-30; 9:27-28.

12 tn Grk “It was necessary that the word of God be spoken.” For smoothness and simplicity of English style, the passive construction has been converted to active voice in the translation.

13 tn Or “and consider yourselves unworthy.”

14 tn Grk “behold, we.” In this context ἰδού (idou) is not easily translated into English.

15 sn This turning to the Gentiles would be a shocking rebuke to 1st century Jews who thought they alone were the recipients of the promise.

16 tn Here οὕτως (Joutws) is taken to refer to what follows, the content of the quotation, as given for this verse by BDAG 742 s.v. οὕτω/οὕτως 2.

17 tn BDAG 1004 s.v. τίθημι 3.a has “τιθέναι τινὰ εἴς τι place/appoint someone to or for (to function as) someth….Ac 13:47.” This is a double accusative construction of object (“you”) and complement (“a light”).

18 sn Paul alludes here to the language of the Servant in Isaiah, pointing to Isa 42:6; 49:6. He and Barnabas do the work of the Servant in Isaiah.

19 tn Grk “that you should be for salvation,” but more simply “to bring salvation.”

20 sn An allusion to Isa 42:6 and 49:6. The expression the ends of the earth recalls Luke 3:6 and Acts 1:8. Paul sees himself and Barnabas as carrying out the commission of Luke 24:27. (See 2 Cor 6:2, where servant imagery also appears concerning Paul’s message.)



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