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Acts 13:38-39 New English Translation (NET Bible)

38 Therefore let it be known to you, brothers, that through this one[a] forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, 39 and by this one[b] everyone who believes is justified[c] from everything from which the law of Moses could not justify[d] you.[e]


  1. Acts 13:38 tn That is, Jesus. This pronoun is in emphatic position in the Greek text. Following this phrase in the Greek text is the pronoun ὑμῖν (humin, “to you”), so that the emphasis for the audience is that “through Jesus to you” these promises have come.
  2. Acts 13:39 sn This one refers here to Jesus.
  3. Acts 13:39 tn Or “is freed.” The translation of δικαιωθῆναι (dikaiōthēnai) and δικαιοῦται (dikaioutai) in Acts 13:38-39 is difficult. BDAG 249 s.v. δικαιόω 3 categorizes δικαιωθῆναι in 13:38 (Greek text) under the meaning “make free/pure” but categorizes δικαιοῦται in Acts 13:39 as “be found in the right, be free of charges” (BDAG 249 s.v. δικαιόω 2.b.β). In the interest of consistency both verbs are rendered as “justified” in this translation.
  4. Acts 13:39 tn Or “could not free.”
  5. Acts 13:39 tn Grk “from everything from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses.” The passive construction has been converted to an active one in the translation, with “by the law of Moses” becoming the subject of the final clause. The words “from everything from which the law of Moses could not justify you” are part of v. 38 in the Greek text, but due to English style and word order must be placed in v. 39 in the translation.
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