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E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes
Acts 5



Verse 1

certain. App-123.

man. App-123.

named = by name.

Ananias. Ananias and Sapphira, names of grace and beauty attached to persons whose principles were bad.

Verse 2

kept back. Greek. noaphizomai. Only here, Acts 5:3. Titus 9:10.

of = from. App-104.

being privy to = being conscious of. Greek. suneidon. Only here, Acts 12:12; Acts 14:6. 1 Corinthians 4:4.

at. App-104.

apostles". App-189.

Verse 3

the Holy Ghost. Two arts. App-101.: Compare Acts 1:16.

land. Greek. chorion, as in Acts 1:18, Acts 1:19; Acts 4:31, not ktema possession, as in Acts 5:1; Acts 2:45. Matthew 19:22.

Verse 4

Whiles . . . power? Literally Is it not (Greek. ouchi) that, remaining, it remained to thee, and sold, it belonged to thy right?

was = belonged. Greek. huparcho. See Luke 9:48.

power. App-172.

why = why is it that.

hast. . . conceived = didst put, implying careful deliberation, not sudden temptation.

unto = to.

men. App-123.

God. App-98.

Verse 5

And = Now, or But.

words. App-121.

gave up tho ghost = expired. Only here, Acts 5:10; Acts 12:23. A medical word. Compare ekpneo. Mark 15:37.

great fear. Compare "great grace", "great power", in Acts 4:33.

on = upon. App-104.

these things. The texts omit.

Verse 6

young men = younger (men).

arose. App-178.

wound . . . up. Greek. sustello. Only here and 1 Corinthians 7:29.

Verse 7

about the space. after = as it were an interval. Greek. diastema. Only here. A medical word.

when = and. not. App-105.

knowing. App-132.

Verse 8

answered. App-122.

whether = if. App-118.

Verse 9

unto. Greek. pros. App-104. How = Why.

have agreed together = were agreed together. Greek. sumphoneo. Here, Acts 15:15, and four times in the Gospels. Compare Engl, "symphony".

Spirit. App-101.

behold. App-133. Figure of speech Asterismos. App-6.

husband. App-123.

at. App-104.

shall = they shall.

Verse 10

straightway. Greek. parachrema. See note on Acts 3:7.

at. Greek. para, as in Acts 5:2, but the texts read pros.

yielded up the ghost. Same as in Acts 5:5.

young men. App-108.

dead. App-139.

by. App-104.

Verse 11

upon. Greek. epi.

church. App-180.

as many as = all those who.

Verse 12

signs. App-176.

wonders. App-176.

wrought = being wrought. Compare Mark 16:17, Mark 16:18.

among. App-104.

people. Greek. laoa. See note on Acts 2:47.

with one accord. See note on Acts 1:14

Solomon"s porch. See note on John 10:23.

Verse 13

no man = no one. Greek. oudeis.

join himself. Greek. kollaomai. See note on Luke 15:15.

magnified. Greek. megaluno. Compare Luke 1:46, Luke 1:58.

Verse 14

believers = believing (ones). App-150.

multitudes. Greek. ptethos.

women. Compare Acts 1:14.

Verse 15

Insomuch that = So that. This depends upon the first clause of Acts 5:1, Acts 5:2, all that intervenes being in a parenthesis.

sick. See note on John 11:1.

into = along.

on = upon. App-104.

couches. Greek. krabbatos. See note on Mark 2:4.

that = in order that. Greek. hina.

at the least = even if (it might be).

overshadow. Greek. episkiazo. See note on Luke 9:34.

some = some one. App-123.

Verse 16

also, &c. = a multitude also.

round about. Greek. perix. Only here.

unto. App-104.

vexed = beset. Greek. ochleo, to crowd. Only here and Luke 6:18. A medical word.

with = by. App-104.

spirits. App-101.

healed. Greek. therapeuo. See note on Luke 6:17, Luke 6:18.

every one = all of them,

Verse 17

Then = But.

high priest. Greek. archiereus.

rose up. App-178. See Acts 5:6.

sect. Greek. hairesis = a choosing, hence "heresy". Occurs here Acts 15:5; Acts 24:5, Acts 24:14; Acts 26:5; Acts 28:22. 1 Corinthians 11:19. Galatians 1:5, Galatians 1:20. 2 Peter 2:1.

Sadducees. App-120. Compare Acts 4:1.

indignation. Greek. zelos. Only other occurance in Acts in Acts 13:45. Used in a good sense in John 2:17. 2 Corinthians 11:2, &c.

Verse 18

common = public. Greek. demosios. Only here, Acts 16:37; Acts 18:28; Acts 20:20.

prison. Same as "hold" in Acts 4:3.

Verse 19

prison. Greek. phulake, the common word for "prison".

Verse 20

speak. App-121.

temple. See Acts 2:46.

the words, &c. = these words of life. Figure of speech Hypallage. App-6.

words. Greek. rhema. See note on Mark 9:32.

life. App-170. The life through resurrection so bitterly opposed by the Sadducees. Compare Acts 13:26.

Verse 21

into. Greek. eis. App-104.

early in the morning = towards (App-104) daybreak. Greek. tou orthrou. Compare Luke 24:1. John 8:2.

taught = were teaching.

senate = assembly of the elders. Only here in NT but frequent in Septuagint for "elders".

children = sons. App-108.

sent. App-174.

to = unto App-104.

prison = place of bonds. Only here, Acts 5:23; Acts 16:26, Matthew 11:2. Used in Septuagint in Genesis 39:22, &c

Verse 22

officers. App-190. See note on Luke 1:2. John 7:32; John 18:3.

told. Same as "reported", Acts 4:23.

Verse 23

truly = indeed.

shut = locked. Greek. kleio.

keepers = guards. Greek. phulax. Only here and Acts 12:6, Acts 12:19.

without. The texts omit.

before. App-104.

Verse 24

the high priest and. The texts omit.

captain. See note on Acts 4:1.

things = words. App-121.

doubted = were doubting Greek. diaporeo. See note on Luke 9:7.

whereunto, &c. = what this might come to be.

Verse 25

one. App-123.

Verse 26

without. Literally not (App-105.) with (App-104.) violence (Greek. bia; here, 21, 35; Acts 24:7; Acts 27:41).

lest = in order that (Greek. hina).

Verse 27

before = In. App-104.

asked. See note on Acts 1:6.

Verse 28

straitly command. Literally command with a command. Figure of speech Polyptoton. App-6. A Hebraism.

name. See note on Acts 2:38.

intend. Greek. boulomai. App-102.

bring Greek. epago. Only here and 2 Peter 2:1, 2 Peter 2:5. Compare their own invocation in Matthew 27:25.

this, &c. = the blood of this Man (Emph.)

Verse 29

obey. Greek. peitharcheo. Only here, Acts 5:32; Acts 27:21. Titus 3:1.

Verse 30

raised up. Greek. egeiro. App-178.

Jesus. App-98.

slew = laid hands on. Greek. diacheirizomai. Only here and Acts 26:21.

and = having.

tree. App-162.

Verse 31

him = This One. It is emphatic, and so placed first in the sentence.

hath. Omit.

exalted. Greek. hupsoo. See note on John 12:32.

with = at, or to. See Acts 2:33.

Prince. Greek. archegos. See note on Acts 3:15.

Saviour. Greek. Soter. Occurs twenty-four times. First occurance Luke 1:47.

repentance. App-111.

forgiveness. Greek. aphesis. More frequently translated "remission". See Acts 2:38. Luke 4:18; Luke 24:47. Compare App-174.

sins. Greek. hamartia. App-128.

Verse 32

His. Omit.

witnesses. See note on Acts 1:8.

things = words. Greek. rhema, as in Acts 5:20.

the Holy Ghost. App-101.

hath given = gave.

Verse 33

When, &c. = Now they having heard.

cut to the heart. Greek. diapriomai. Only here and Acts 7:54.

took counsels = were consulting. Greek. bouleuo.

slay. Greek. anaireo. See note on Acts 2:23.

Verse 34

stood there up = rose up. Greek. anistemi. App-178. 1, as in verses: Acts 6:17.

Pharisee. App-120.

Gamaliel. The grandson of the famous Hillel. He was Saul"s instructor (Acts 22:3), and is said to have died about 52 A.D.

a doctor of the law. See note on Luke 5:17.

had in reputation = honoured. Greek. timios. Generally translated "precious".

among = by (dative case).

put . . . forth. Literally make . . . outside, i.e. put out of court.

Verse 35

Ye men of Israel = Men, Israelites. See note on Acts 1:11.

intend = are about.

as touching = upon, or in the case of. App-104.

Verse 36

Theudas. The name is not uncommon in the Talmud.

boasting, &c. = saying that he was.

somebody. Greek. tis. App-123. Figure of speech Tapeinosis. App-6.

joined themselves. Greek. proskollaomai. Only here, Matthew 19:5. Mark 10:7. Ephesians 5:31. Compare Acts 5:13.

obeyed. App-150.

scattered. Greek. dialuo Only here. A medical word.

brought. Literally came to be.

Verse 37

After. Greek. meta. App-104.

this man = this one.

Judas of Galilee. His revolt is recorded by Josephus, Antiquities xviii. 1,1.

taxing. Greek. apographe. Only here and Luke 2:2, which see.

drew away = caused to revolt or apostatize.

after. Greek. opiso.

he also. App-124.

perished Greek. apollumi. Only here in Acts. See note on John 17:12.

Verse 38

Refrain = Stand away. Greek. Mid. of aphistemi (Acts 5:37).

if. App-118.

counsel. Greek. boule. App-102.

of = out of. Greek. ek. App-104.

will come to nought = will be overthrown. Greek. kataluo, translated "dissolve" in 2 Corinthians 5:1.

Verse 39

if. Greek. ei. App-118.

cannot = are not (App-105.) able to.

overthrow. Greek. kataluo, as in Acts 5:38.

lest haply. Greek. mepote, compound of me. App-105.

to fight against God = God-fighters. Greek. Theomachos.

Verse 40

agreed, as Acts 5:36.

beaten. Compare Deuteronomy 25:1-3. Mark 13:9.

let them go. See on Acts 4:21.

Verse 41

And they = They indeed therefore.

counted worthy. Greek. kataxioomai. Here, Luke 20:35; Luke 21:36. 2 Thessalonians 1:5.

suffer shame = be dishonoured or counted unworthy. Greek. atimazo. Here, Luke 20:11. John 8:49. Romans 1:24; Romans 2:23. James 2:6. Figure of speech Oxymoron. App-6.

His = the.

Verse 42

in every house. Greek. kat" (App-104.) oikon = at home. See on Acts 2:46.

preach. App-121.

Jesus Christ = Jesus as the Christ (App-98), the name of Acts 5:41.


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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Acts 5:4". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". 1909-1922.

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