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Acts 26

Acts 26:28 KJV (With Strong’s)

ho (Greek #3588)
the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom)
KJV usage: the, this, that, one, he, she, it, etc.
Pronounce: ho
Origin: ἡ (hay), and the neuter τό (to) in all their inflections
de (Greek #1161)
but, and, etc.
KJV usage: also, and, but, moreover, now (often unexpressed in English).
Pronounce: deh
Origin: a primary particle (adversative or continuative)
Agrippas (Greek #67)
wild-horse tamer; Agrippas, one of the Herods
KJV usage: Agrippa.
Pronounce: ag-rip'-pas
Origin: apparently from 66 and 2462
phemi (Greek #5346)
to show or make known one's thoughts, i.e. speak or say
KJV usage: affirm, say. Compare 3004.
Pronounce: fay-mee'
Origin: properly, the same as the base of 5457 and 5316
pros (Greek #4314)
a preposition of direction; forward to, i.e. toward (with the genitive case, the side of, i.e. pertaining to; with the dative case, by the side of, i.e. near to; usually with the accusative case, the place, time, occasion, or respect, which is the destination of the relation, i.e. whither or for which it is predicated)
KJV usage: about, according to , against, among, at, because of, before, between, (where-)by, for, X at thy house, in, for intent, nigh unto, of, which pertain to, that, to (the end that), X together, to (you) -ward, unto, with(-in). In the comparative case, it denotes essentially the same applications, namely, motion towards, accession to, or nearness at.
Pronounce: pros
Origin: a strengthened form of 4253
ho (Greek #3588)
the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom)
KJV usage: the, this, that, one, he, she, it, etc.
Pronounce: ho
Origin: ἡ (hay), and the neuter τό (to) in all their inflections
Paulos (Greek #3972)
(little; but remotely from a derivative of 3973, meaning the same); Paulus, the name of a Roman and of an apostle
KJV usage: Paul, Paulus.
Pronounce: pow'-los
Origin: of Latin origin
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en (Greek #1722)
"in," at, (up-)on, by, etc.
KJV usage: about, after, against, + almost, X altogether, among, X as, at, before, between, (here-)by (+ all means), for (... sake of), + give self wholly to, (here-)in(-to, -wardly), X mightily, (because) of, (up-)on, (open-)ly, X outwardly, one, X quickly, X shortly, (speedi-)ly, X that, X there(-in, -on), through(-out), (un-)to(-ward), under, when, where(-with), while, with(-in). Often used in compounds, with substantially the same import; rarely with verbs of motion, and then not to indicate direction, except (elliptically) by a separate (and different) preposition.
Pronounce: en
Origin: a primary preposition denoting (fixed) position (in place, time or state), and (by implication) instrumentality (medially or constructively), i.e. a relation of rest (intermediate between 1519 and 1537)
oligos (Greek #3641)
puny (in extent, degree, number, duration or value); especially neuter (adverbially) somewhat
KJV usage: + almost, brief(-ly), few, (a) little, + long, a season, short, small, a while.
Pronounce: ol-ee'-gos
Origin: of uncertain affinity
thoug persuadest
peitho (Greek #3982)
to convince (by argument, true or false); by analogy, to pacify or conciliate (by other fair means); reflexively or passively, to assent (to evidence or authority), to rely (by inward certainty)
KJV usage: agree, assure, believe, have confidence, be (wax) conflent, make friend, obey, persuade, trust, yield.
Pronounce: pi'-tho
Origin: a primary verb
me (Greek #3165)
KJV usage: I, me, my.
Pronounce: meh
Origin: a shorter (and probably originally) form of 1691
to be
ginomai (Greek #1096)
to cause to be ("gen"-erate), i.e. (reflexively) to become (come into being), used with great latitude (literal, figurative, intensive, etc.)
KJV usage: arise, be assembled, be(-come, -fall, -have self), be brought (to pass), (be) come (to pass), continue, be divided, draw, be ended, fall, be finished, follow, be found, be fulfilled, + God forbid, grow, happen, have, be kept, be made, be married, be ordained to be, partake, pass, be performed, be published, require, seem, be showed, X soon as it was, sound, be taken, be turned, use, wax, will, would, be wrought.
Pronounce: ghin'-om-ahee
Origin: a prolongation and middle voice form of a primary verb
a Christian
Christianos (Greek #5546)
a Christian, i.e. follower of Christ
KJV usage: Christian.
Pronounce: khris-tee-an-os'
Origin: from 5547

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Ministry on This Verse

Acts 26:29• 29And Paul said, I would to God, that not only thou, but also all that hear me this day, were both almost, and altogether such as I am, except these bonds. (Acts 26:29)
Acts 24:25• 25And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come, Felix trembled, and answered, Go thy way for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee. (Acts 24:25)
Ezek. 33:31• 31And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee as my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they show much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness. (Ezek. 33:31)
Matt. 10:18• 18And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles. (Matt. 10:18)
Mark 6:20• 20For Herod feared John, knowing that he was a just man and an holy, and observed him; and when he heard him, he did many things, and heard him gladly. (Mark 6:20)
Mark 10:17‑22• 17And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?
18And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.
19Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honor thy father and mother.
20And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth.
21Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.
22And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions.
(Mark 10:17‑22)
2 Cor. 4:2• 2But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God. (2 Cor. 4:2)
James 1:23‑24• 23For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:
24For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.
(James 1:23‑24)
 “In a little you are going to make a Christian of me,” covering his uneasiness at the appeal to his professed Judaism before Festus, by an affected and slighting remark. (Acts 26 by J.N. Darby)
 The dignity of Paul’s manner before all these governors is perfect. He addresses himself to the conscience with a forgetfulness of self that showed a man in whom communion with God, and the sense of his relationship with God, carried the mind above all effect of circumstances. (Acts 26 by J.N. Darby)
 Agrippa was not far from being convinced; but his heart was unchanged. (Acts 26 by J.N. Darby)
 Surprised out of his imperturbable self-complacency, and endeavoring to cover his confusion by a jest, the king replies, for it is no answer. (Acts 26:24-32 by W. Kelly)
 It is plain that Agrippa had no answer to what had been shown from scripture and the gospel facts. It is equally plain that the conclusion was irresistible, which he strove to parry. The truth is no question of reasoning but of faith in the testimony of God. (Acts 26:24-32 by W. Kelly)

J. N. Darby Translation

And Agrippa said to Paul, In a little thou persuadest me to become a Christian.

W. Kelly Translation

And Agrippa [said] unto Paul, With little [pains] thou art persuading to make me a Christian1.

WK Translation Notes

[pains] ... great [pains]: May I be permitted to examine the criticism which has been rather confidently applied to this passage? It will be seen that the usual view, with a slight modification, has little to fear from its rivals. Far from being "philologically" or "exegetically" impossible, it seems to be a legitimate and even a necessary construction.
It is a mistake if it be supposed that we are restricted to ὀλίγου for the meaning "almost." The Dean of Christ Church and Dr. Scott are no mean witnesses as to such a point; and they give ὀλίγου or ὁξίγῳ as so far equivalent, though doubtless the former is the more common; while παρ ὀλίγον is not infrequent in the Septuagint, and Aquila (in Ps. 71:2) has ὠς ὀλίγον in the same sense. Whatever may be thought of the spirituality of "most of the ancient commentators," it would be strange if Greek fathers, able and eloquent, like Chrysostom for instance, perpetrated the alleged blunder as to their own mother tongue. Who, again, can doubt Theodoret’s idea, after reading the following allusion to our text, παρ’ολίγον με πείφεις ὀμοονσιαστὴν γενέσθαι (v.930, ed. Schulz.) I infer from such circumstances that the phrase was capable of the meaning ’almost," in the judgment of those who ought to be eminently competent to treat of the question.
It is agreed that χρόνῳ though often supplying the sense where ἐν ὀλιγῳ occurs in ordinary Greek, is inadmissible here from contextual reasons. What Dr. Davidson says (Introd. N.T. vol.ii.p.95) after Hemsen and De Wette, is quite unsatisfactory; but I need not dwell on it, as Mr. Alford also rejects it.
If any word is to be supplied to the phrase, μέτρῳ μέρει, or some such noun, would make good sense, but it is better left general. The old English word "lightly" (i.e. with little pains) is as unsuitable to Ephes. 3:3, as to our text, and these are the only occurrences in the New Testament. For, in the Epistle, the Apostle does not want to imply that he had written before with little pains; which I must be forgiven for pronouncing an absurd interpretation. He alludes to the previous scanty or brief notice, as compared with the fuller development the subject was now receiving at his hands. The idea of little pains, or ease, is out of the question, and it is wrong to slur it over as equivalent to "few words." On the other hand, the sense "in a little (measure)" is clear in itself, and evidently consistent with the purport of the verse and the context. It is equally in keeping with Acts 26:28-29...Thus the present tense is no difficulty whatever, nor the appellation; for his mind might easily allow the propriety of that which contrasted strangely with his worldly position, and the verb expresses the actual effect on the King, not his intentions. Whether one looks at verse 27, or at verses 31, 32, it is an incongruous notion that Agrippa was so insensible to the solemn appeal as to answer ironically. Besides, as I have already pointed out, to make ἐν ὀλίγῳ mean "lightly," "with little pains," or ’with ease," is to put an intolerable sense on Ephes. 3:3; and it is not pretended that it has a different meaning there and in Acts. What is more, that construction, no less than De Wette’s, compels us to take the copulative in a disjunctive sense, which, I am bold to say, is unjustifiable, especially where two occur, as here, together. It is manifest that Matt. 7:10, James 4:13, are not parallel, even if the readings were indisputable. I have no hesitation, therefore, in stating my conviction that Mr. Alford’s rendering (i.e. "lightly," in verse 28, and "whether with ease or with difficulty," in verse 29, which, I presume, would require εἴτε or the like) upsets the grammar of the last verse, affords a jejune meaning which coheres with the context neither before nor after, and reduces Ephes. 3:3, to nonsense, if the same phrase be supposed to carry the same force, which is intimated. The Syriac, Vulgate, Diodati, Martin, Ostervald, De Genoude, the Lausanne version, etc. maintain in substance the old and truer view. (Christian Annotator 2:395-396)
[pains]... great [pains]: Verses 28-29 [in the RV] are given correctly in the main. "In a little thou art persuading me to become a Christian. And Paul, I would to God, both in a little and in much that not thou only but also," etc. (Bible Treasury 13:336)
[pains]... great [pains]: I doubt that either Revisers or Americans have hit the mark in 26:28-29. "In a little thou art persuading" etc. "Both in a little and in a great" [degree] etc. (Bible Treasury 14:351)
persuading ^: A reads ‘πείθῃ ‘thou art persuading thyself’, which Alford adopts; but א B E H L P, et ed., support πεἰθεις as in the Text. Rec. Only instead of γενέσθαι א A B and four cursives with several ancient versions sustain ποιῆσαι. (Exp. of Acts, p.375)