Acts 26:7

ESV to which our twelve tribes hope to attain, as they earnestly worship night and day. And for this hope I am accused by Jews, O king!
NIV This is the promise our twelve tribes are hoping to see fulfilled as they earnestly serve God day and night. King Agrippa, it is because of this hope that these Jews are accusing me.
NASB the promise to which our twelve tribes hope to attain, as they earnestly serve God night and day. For this hope, O king, I am being accused by Jews.
CSB the promise our twelve tribes hope to reach as they earnestly serve him night and day. King Agrippa, I am being accused by the Jews because of this hope.
NLT In fact, that is why the twelve tribes of Israel zealously worship God night and day, and they share the same hope I have. Yet, Your Majesty, they accuse me for having this hope!
KJV Unto which promise our twelve tribes, instantly serving God day and night, hope to come. For which hope's sake, king Agrippa, I am accused of the Jews.
NKJV To this promise our twelve tribes, earnestly serving God night and day, hope to attain. For this hope’s sake, King Agrippa, I am accused by the Jews.

What does Acts 26:7 mean?

Paul is explaining to King Agrippa II and others why the Sanhedrin dislikes him. They have tried to murder him (Acts 23:12–15), twice (Acts 25:2–3), and charged him with capital offenses they cannot prove (Acts 24:5–6), also twice (Acts 25:7).

Speaking in his own defense, Paul explains this animosity is not because of his background. He was trained as a devout Pharisee (Acts 26:5). Pharisees follow not only the Mosaic law, but the Oral Law: extra regulations designed to keep people from even approaching the Mosaic restrictions.

Rather, the Sanhedrin hates Paul because he believes the resurrection of Jesus brings fulfilment of the promises God made to the nation of Israel. Where the Jews wanted freedom from Roman rule, however, Jesus brought freedom from sin. Where the Sanhedrin wanted recognition for their spiritual leadership and devotion, Jesus explained that He is King and reconciliation is found only in Him (John 14:6).

The Pharisees make up a minority of the Sanhedrin, yet they have greater popularity among the people. They strongly believe the dead will be raised at the judgment of God. Many, however, cannot accept that Jesus already rose from the dead. Paul does. That makes him the enemy.
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