New American Standard Bible
rescuing you from the Jewish people and from the Gentiles, to whom I am sending you,
King James Bible
Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee,
Darby Bible Translation
taking thee out from among the people, and the nations, to whom I send thee,
World English Bible
delivering you from the people, and from the Gentiles, to whom I send you,
Young's Literal Translation
delivering thee from the people, and the nations, to whom now I send thee,
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Delivering thee from the people - From the Jewish people. This implied that he would be persecuted by them, and that the Lord Jesus would interpose to rescue him.
And from the Gentiles - This also implied that he would be persecuted and opposed by them - a prospect which was verified by the whole course of his ministry. Yet in all he experienced, according to the promise, the support and the protection of the Lord Jesus. This was expressed in a summary manner in Luke 9:16.
Unto whom now I send thee - Acts 22:21. As the opposition of the Jews arose mainly from the fact that he had gone among the Gentiles, it was important to bring this part of his commission into full view before Agrippa, and to show that the same Saviour who had miraculously converted him had commanded him to go and preach to them.
'And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why perseoutest thou Me! it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.'--ACTS xxvi. 14. 'Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots?' No. But God can change the skin, because He can change the nature. In this story of the conversion of the Apostle Paul--the most important thing that happened that day--we have an instance how brambles may become vines; tares …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture: The Acts
'Me a Christian!'
The Advanced Christian Reminded of the Mercies of God, and Exhorted to the Exercise of Habitual Love to Him, and Joy in Him.
1 Chronicles 16:35
Then say, "Save us, O God of our salvation, And gather us and deliver us from the nations, To give thanks to Your holy name, And glory in Your praise."
"Do not be afraid of them, For I am with you to deliver you," declares the LORD.
"They will fight against you, but they will not overcome you, for I am with you to deliver you," declares the LORD.
"For you are not being sent to a people of unintelligible speech or difficult language, but to the house of Israel,
But the Lord said to him, "Go, for he is a chosen instrument of Mine, to bear My name before the Gentiles and kings and the sons of Israel;
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