18And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles.
18 Verse 18. Ye shall be brought before governors, &c.] "This
affords a striking proof of the prescience of Christ. Who could
have thought, at that time, that these despised and illiterate
men could excite so much attention, and be called upon to
apologize for the profession of their faith before the tribunals
of the most illustrious personages of the earth ?" Wakefield.
By governors and kings we may understand, the Roman proconsuls,
governors of provinces, and the kings who were tributary to the
Roman government, and the emperors themselves, before whom many of
the primitive Christians were brought.
For a testimony against them and the Gentiles.] That is, to
render testimony, both to Jews and Gentiles, of the truth and
power of my Gospel.