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E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes
Acts 6



Verse 1

murmuring. Greek. gongusmos An onomatopoeic word. Here, John 7:12. Philippians 2:14; 1 Peter 4:9.

Grecians = Greek-speaking Jews. Greek. Hellenistes.

neglected = being overlooked. Greek. paratheoreo. Compare App-133. Only here.

daily. Greek. kathemerinos. Only here.

ministration = ministering. App-190. It was the relief of Acts 2:44, Acts 2:45.

Verse 2

reason pleasing. Greek. arestos. Occurs also Acts 12:3. John 8:29. 1 John 3:22.

word. App-121.

God. App-98.

serve. App-190.

tables. i.e. the business of distribution. Figure of speech Idioma. App-6.

Verse 3

look ye out. App-133.

among = from. App-104.

seven. App-10.

men. Greek. aner. App-123.

of honest report. Literally witnessed to, or attested. Greek. martureo. Compare Hebrews 11:2, Hebrews 11:4, Hebrews 11:5, Hebrews 11:39, Revised Version.

the Holy Ghost. App-101. The texts omit "Holy". Compare Acts 6:10.

over. App-104.

business = need. Greek. chreia, as in Acts 2:45; Acts 4:35.

Verse 4

give ourselves continually. Greek. proskartereo, as in Acts 1:14.

prayer. App-134.

ministry. App-190.

Verse 5

saying. Greek. logos, as in Acts 6:2.

Stephen. Greek. Stephanos = a crown. All the names are Greek. These are called the seven deacons, but the word diakonos is not used in the Acts. See App-190. Besides Stephen, Philip is the only one of whom anything is recorded (Acts 8:5; Acts 21:8).

faith. App-150.

proselyte. See note on Matthew 23:15.

Antioch. In Syria.

Verse 6

before = in the presence of apostles. App-189.

prayed. App-131.

laid, &c. Compare Numbers 27:18-23.

Verse 7

company = crowd. Greek. ochlos.

the faith, i.e. in the Name. Compare Acts 3:16.

Verse 8

faith. The texts read "grace". App-184.

power. App-172.

wonders. App-176.

miracles = signs. App-176.

people. See note on Acts 2:47.

Verse 9

arose. App-178.

certain. App-123.

of = out of. App-104.

synagogue. App-120.

Libertines. During the Civil Wars many Jews had been enslaved, and afterwards set free by their masters. A manumitted slave was called libertinus. These were probably the descendants of such freedmen who had returned to Jerusalem, after the decree of Tiberius expelling the Jews from Rome about 20 A.D.

of = from. App-104.

Cilicia. A province of Asia Minor, of which Tarsus was the capital. See Acts 21:39. Probably Saul was one of these disputers.

disputing. Greek. suzeteo, generally translated "question". Compare Mark 1:27; Mark 8:11; Mark 9:10, Mark 9:14, Mark 9:16.

Verse 10

able = strong enough See Acts 15:10.

resist. Greek. anthistemi. Compare Luke 21:15.

spirit. See note on Acts 6:3.

spake. App-121.

Verse 11

suborned. Greek. hupoballo. Only here.

blasphemous. Greek. blasphemos. Here, Acts 6:13. 1 Timothy 1:13. 2 Timothy 3:2. 2 Peter 2:11.

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

Moses. See note on Acts 3:22. Here meaning the Law.

Verse 12

stirred up. Greek. sunkineo. Only here. Frequent in medical works.

elders, &c. See note on Acts 4:5, and App-189.

caught = violently seized. Greek. sunarpazo. Only here, Acts 19:29; Acts 27:15, and Luke 8:29.

council. See note on Acts 4:15.

Verse 13

witnesses. Greek. martur. See Acts 1:8.

man. App-123.

Verse 14

Jesus. App-98.

of Nazareth = the Nazarene. Compare Acts 2:22; Acts 3:6; Acts 4:10.

shall = will.

destroy. Greek. kataluo. Compare Acts 5:38, Acts 5:39.

this place, i.e. the temple, in one of the courts of which the Sanhedrin was sitting.

change. Greek. allasso. Here; Romans 1:23. 1 Corinthians 15:51, 1 Corinthians 15:52. Galatians 1:4, Galatians 1:20. Hebrews 1:12.

customs. Greek. ethos. Hence Engl, "ethics". Occurs twelve times. All in Luke and Acts, except John 19:40. Hebrews 10:25.

Verse 15

looking stedfastly = fastening their eyes. App-133. Compare Acts 1:10.

saw. App-133.

as it had been = as if.


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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Acts 6:4". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". 1909-1922.

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