Acts 13:26 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Acts 13:26, NIV: "Fellow children of Abraham and you God-fearing Gentiles, it is to us that this message of salvation has been sent."

Acts 13:26, ESV: "“Brothers, sons of the family of Abraham, and those among you who fear God, to us has been sent the message of this salvation."

Acts 13:26, KJV: "Men and brethren, children of the stock of Abraham, and whosoever among you feareth God, to you is the word of this salvation sent."

Acts 13:26, NASB: "'Brothers, sons of Abraham’s family, and those among you who fear God, to us the message of this salvation has been sent."

Acts 13:26, NLT: "'Brothers--you sons of Abraham, and also you God-fearing Gentiles--this message of salvation has been sent to us!"

Acts 13:26, CSB: ""Brothers and sisters, children of Abraham's race, and those among you who fear God, it is to us that the word of this salvation has been sent."

What does Acts 13:26 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

This begins the second of five parts of Paul's message to the synagogue in Pisidian Antioch (Acts 13:26–31). In each section, Paul reveals God's on-going work of salvation. As in Acts 13:16, this section starts by Paul breaking into the narrative to directly address his audience to get their attention.

Paul's audience of Jews and God-fearing Gentiles may well have been confused. Paul speaks of how God delivered the Israelites in the time of Moses and gave them a homeland (Acts 13:17–19). Then he speaks of how they grew from an alliance occasionally governed by judges to a proper kingdom (Acts 13:20–21). He reminds them how God chose David, not only to be king but to father the line of Israel's kings, culminating in the promised Messiah (Acts 13:22–23). Finally, he reminds them of the message of John the Baptist who promised that the Messiah was imminent (Acts 13:24–25).

The problem, as even John the Baptist saw it (Matthew 11:3), is that there is no immediate, earthly rescue. John is long dead, Israel is still under Roman rule, and although the synagogue members far in the middle of modern-day Asia Minor know of John (Acts 18:25; 19:3–4), they know nothing of the man he promised would follow him.

Paul must explain what this "salvation" really is. Even the Jewish leaders and residents of Jerusalem "did not recognize him nor understand the utterances of the prophets" (Acts 13:27). The Messiah will free Israel and sit on the throne, but not yet. First, Paul explains, He offers "forgiveness of sins" and true freedom that is impossible under the Mosaic law (Acts 13:38–39).

But before Paul gives Jesus' promise, he must prove who Jesus is and what happened to Him (Acts 13:27–37).