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Abbott's Illustrated New Testament
Acts 5



Verse 1

Verse 2

Brought a certain part; pretending that it was the whole.

Verse 3

To lie to the Holy Ghost; by attempting a fraud upon those who were under the special influences of the Holy Spirit.

Verse 4

While it remained, &c. These questions imply that whatever sacrifices of property were thus made were entirely voluntary.

Verse 6

Wound him up; in preparation for burial.

Verse 13

Of the rest; that is, besides the common people mentioned in the last clause of the verse. The meaning is, the common people magnified him, but of the rest, that is, of the higher classes, durst no man, &c.

Verse 17

They that were with him; his associates and partisans.

Verse 20

Of this life; of this salvation; that is, salvation from sin by Jesus Christ.

Verse 26

Feared the people. We are often reminded, by such expressions as this, of the veneration and regard which the people entertained for the apostles.

Verse 28

This man's blood. This contemptuous mode of designating the Savior shows that their feelings towards him remained unchanged.

Verse 31

With his right hand; by his supreme power.

Verse 34

Gamaliel. One or two prominent men of this name appear in the secular history of those times. Gamaliel was the name of the early instructor of Paul. (Acts 22:3.)

Verse 37

Drew away, &c.; in an attempt, probably, to resist the tax.

Verse 40

To him they agreed; that is, so far as to spare the lives of their prisoners.


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Abbott, John S. C. & Abbott, Jacob. "Commentary on Acts 5:4". "Abbott's Illustrated New Testament". 1878.

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Thursday, October 22nd, 2020
the Week of Proper 24 / Ordinary 29
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