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20 but I declared to those in Damascus first, and then to those in Jerusalem and in all Judea,[a] and to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God,[b] performing deeds consistent with[c] repentance.

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  1. Acts 26:20 tn BDAG 1093-94 s.v. χώρα 2.b states, “of the provincial name (1 Macc 8:3) ἡ χώρα τῆς ᾿Ιουδαίας Ac 26:20.”
  2. Acts 26:20 sn That they should repent and turn to God. This is the shortest summary of Paul’s message that he preached.
  3. Acts 26:20 tn BDAG 93 s.v. ἄξιος 1.b, “καρποὶ ἄ. τῆς μετανοίας fruits in keeping with your repentanceLk 3:8; Mt 3:8. For this . τῆς μετανοίας ἔργα Ac 26:20.” Note how Paul preached the gospel offer and the issue of response together, side by side.

20 First to those in Damascus,(A) then to those in Jerusalem(B) and in all Judea, and then to the Gentiles,(C) I preached that they should repent(D) and turn to God and demonstrate their repentance by their deeds.(E)

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