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Abbott's Illustrated New Testament
Acts 3



Verse 1

Ninth hour; about three o'clock in the afternoon.

Verse 11

Held; detained.

Verse 12

Nothing can be more striking than the change which the day of Pentecost seems to have produced upon the traits of character manifested by the apostles. It seems to have inspired them with new intelligence, as well as with new energy. The courage, the decision, the moral dignity, and power, that mark the position which Peter now assumes, and which henceforth seem to characterize the measures and demeanor of all the apostles, are strongly contrasted with the timidity, the indecision, and the perpetual misconceptions, which had marked their conduct and conversation before.

Verse 17

I wot; I am aware. Observe the gentleness, as well as fidelity, with which Peter reproves this sin.

Verse 19

Refreshing; spiritual renewal.

Verse 21

Restitution, &c.; accomplishment of all things which, &c.

Verse 22

This passage is found in Deuteronomy 18:15-19.

Verse 26

To bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities. Here, for the first time, we have evidence that the apostles had arrived at a full understanding of the real nature of the redemption which Jesus Christ came to procure. Their erroneous ideas, which had continued even after the resurrection, (Acts 1:6,) seem to have been now forever removed.


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Abbott, John S. C. & Abbott, Jacob. "Commentary on Acts 3:4". "Abbott's Illustrated New Testament". 1878.

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Thursday, November 26th, 2020
the Week of Christ the King / Proper 29 / Ordinary 34
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