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Acts 26:5 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— having knowledge of me from the first, if they be willing to testify, that after the straitest sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Which knew me from the beginning, if they would testify, that after the most straitest sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— since they have known about me for a long time, if they are willing to testify, that I lived [as] a Pharisee according to the strictest sect of our religion.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Who knew me from the beginning, (if they would testify) that after the strictest sect of our religion, I lived a Pharisee.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— who knew me before from the outset [of my life], if they would bear witness, that according to the strictest sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— inasmuch as they were aforetime observing me, from the outset,—if they please to bear witness,—that, according to the strictest sect of our own religion, I lived, a Pharisee.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— knowing me before from the first, (if they may be willing to testify,) that after the most exact sect of our worship, I lived a Pharisee;
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Having known me from the beginning (if they will give testimony) that according to the most sure sect of our religion I lived, a Pharisee.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Which knew me from the beginning, (if they would testifie) that after the most straitest sect of our religion, I liued a Pharisee.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— because they of a long time were assured of me, and they know that in the high doctrine of the Pharishee I lived.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— For they have long been persuaded of me, and have known, that I lived in the princely doctrine of the Pharisees.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Which knew 4267
{4267} Prime
προγινώσκω
proginosko
{prog-in-oce'-ko}
From G4253 and G1097; to know beforehand, that is, foresee.
z5723
<5723> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 2549
me 3165
{3165} Prime
μέ
me
{meh}
A shorter (and probably original) form of G1691; me.
from the beginning, 509
{0509} Prime
ἄνωθεν
anothen
{an'-o-then}
From G0507; from above; by analogy from the first; by implication anew.
if 1437
{1437} Prime
ἐάν
ean
{eh-an'}
From G1487 and G0302; a conditional particle; in case that, provided, etc.; often used in connection with other particles to denote indefiniteness or uncertainty.
they would 2309
{2309} Prime
θέλω
thelo
{thel'-o}
In certain tenses θελέω [[theleo]], {thel-eh'-o}; and ἐθέλέω [[etheleo]], {eth-el-eh'-o}, which are otherwise obsolete; apparently strengthened from the alternate form of G0138; to determine (as an active voice option from subjective impulse; whereas G1014 properly denotes rather a passive voice acquiescence in objective considerations), that is, choose or prefer (literally or figuratively); by implication to wish, that is, be inclined to (sometimes adverbially gladly); impersonally for the future tense, to be about to; by Hebraism to delight in.
z5725
<5725> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Subjunctive (See G5792)
Count - 352
testify, 3140
{3140} Prime
μαρτυρέω
martureo
{mar-too-reh'-o}
From G3144; to be a witness, that is, testify (literally or figuratively).
z5721
<5721> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Infinitive (See G5795)
Count - 647
that 3754
{3754} Prime
ὅτι
hoti
{hot'-ee}
Neuter of G3748 as conjugation; demonstrative that (sometimes redundant); causatively because.
after 2596
{2596} Prime
κατά
kata
{kat-ah'}
A primary particle; (preposition) down (in place or time), in varied relations (according to the case [genitive, dative or accusative] with which it is joined).
the x3588
(3588) Complement

ho
{ho}
The masculine, feminine (second) and neuter (third) forms, in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom).
most straitest 196
{0196} Prime
ἀκριβέστατος
akribestatos
{ak-ree-bes'-ta-tos}
Superlative of ἀκριβης [[akribes]] (a derivative of the same as G0206); most exact.
sect 139
{0139} Prime
αἵρεσις
hairesis
{hah'-ee-res-is}
From G0138; properly a choice, that is, (specifically) a party or (abstractly) disunion. ('heresy' is the Greek word itself.).
of our 2251
{2251} Prime
ἡμέτερος
hemeteros
{hay-met'-er-os}
From G2349; our. (Or your by a different reading.).
religion 2356
{2356} Prime
θρησκεία
threskeia
{thrace-ki'-ah}
From a derivative of G2357; ceremonial observance.
I lived 2198
{2198} Prime
ζάω
zao
{dzah'-o}
A primary verb; to live (literally or figuratively).
z5656
<5656> Grammar
Tense - Aorist (See G5777)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 2319
a Pharisee. 5330
{5330} Prime
Φαρισαῖος
Pharisaios
{far-is-ah'-yos}
Of Hebrew origin (compare [H6567]); a separatist, that is, exclusively religious; a Pharisaean, that is, Jewish sectary.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

See commentary on Acts 26:4-5.


Acts 26:5

_ _ if they would — “were willing to”

_ _ testify — but this, of course, they were not, it being a strong point in his favor.

_ _ after the most straitest — “the strictest.”

_ _ sect — as the Pharisees confessedly were. This was said to meet the charge, that as a Hellenistic Jew he had contracted among the heathen lax ideas of Jewish peculiarities.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Acts 26:1-11.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Acts 26:5

If they would testify — But they would not, for they well knew what weight his former life must add to his present testimony.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Acts 26:5

Which (a) knew me from (b) the beginning, if they would testify, that after the (c) most straitest sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee.

(a) That I was, and where, and how I lived.

(b) That my parents were Pharisees.

(c) The sect of the Pharisees was the most exquisite amongst all the sects of the Jews, for it was better than all the rest.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
if:

Acts 22:5 As also the high priest doth bear me witness, and all the estate of the elders: from whom also I received letters unto the brethren, and went to Damascus, to bring them which were there bound unto Jerusalem, for to be punished.

that:

Acts 23:6 But when Paul perceived that the one part were Sadducees, and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, Men [and] brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee: of the hope and resurrection of the dead I am called in question.
Philippians 3:5-6 Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, [of] the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee; ... Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.

sect:

Acts 24:5 For we have found this man [a] pestilent [fellow], and a mover of sedition among all the Jews throughout the world, and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes:
Acts 24:14 But this I confess unto thee, that after the way which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets:
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Ac 22:5; 23:6; 24:5, 14. Php 3:5.

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