26:11 I punished 1 them often in all the synagogues 2 and tried to force 3 them to blaspheme. Because I was so furiously enraged 4 at them, I went to persecute 5 them even in foreign cities.
26:24 As Paul 6 was saying these things in his defense, Festus 7 exclaimed loudly, “You have lost your mind, 8 Paul! Your great learning is driving you insane!” 26:25 But Paul replied, 9 “I have not lost my mind, most excellent Festus, 10 but am speaking 11 true and rational 12 words.
1 tn Grk “and punishing…I tried.” The participle τιμωρῶν (timwrwn) has been translated as a finite verb due to requirements of contemporary English style. 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.
4 tn Or “was so insanely angry with them.” BDAG 322 s.v. ἐμμαίνομαι states, “to be filled with such anger that one appears to be mad, be enraged…περισσῶς ἐμμαινόμενος αὐτοῖς being furiously enraged at them Ac 26:11”; L&N 88.182 s.v. ἐμμαίνομαι, “to be so furiously angry with someone as to be almost out of one’s mind – ‘to be enraged, to be infuriated, to be insanely angry’ …‘I was so infuriated with them that I even went to foreign cities to persecute them’ Ac 26:11.”
5 tn Or “I pursued them even as far as foreign cities.”
6 tn Grk “he”; the referent (Paul) has been specified in the translation for clarity.
sn The expression “You have lost your mind” would be said to someone who speaks incredible things, in the opinion of the hearer. Paul’s mention of the resurrection (v. 23) was probably what prompted Festus to say this.
9 tn Grk “said.”