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Bible Commentaries

Darby's Synopsis of the New Testament

Acts 13

Introduction

1:2 up; (a-21) The word means 'receiving,' but with the prefix ( ana ) 'up,' as here, it has the active sense of 'taking up.' It is so translated except in 1 Timothy 3:16 . The more passive reception is seen in Acts 3:21 , where another word is used.

Verse 1

13:1 Niger, (b-21) Or 'black.'

Verse 5

13:5 attendant. (a-24) Huperetes , as Luke 1:2 , see Note, 1 Corinthians 4:1 .

Verse 10

13:10 Lord? (b-28) Possibly 'Jehovah.'

Verse 11

13:11 Lord's (b-5) Possibly 'Jehovah.'

Verse 15

13:15 Brethren, (c-20) Lit. 'men brethren,' as ch. 1.16.

Verse 16

13:16 Israelites, (d-13) Lit. 'men Israelites.'

Verse 20

13:20 about (e-17) Where the computation begins is not stated. The judges were given after the land's being given by lot, and that order of things reached up to Samuel, to four hundred and fifty years, whenever that four hundred and fifty years began. It might be at the Exodus, and very probably so. But it is not that there were judges during all that time. Indeed, they were only raised up occasionally. I have no difficulty myself as to the chronology, notwithstanding the dicta of some. The main blunder of their computations lies in this. they have taken Eli and Samson as distinct periods from the Philistine oppression, whereas it is perfectly clear the Philistine oppression included both. We have to go on to Mizpeh for the close.

Verse 22

13:22 said, (a-19) See Psalms 89:20 . 1 Samuel 13:14 .

Verse 29

13:29 cross (b-17) As ch. 5.30.

Verse 31

13:31 who (c-18) Lit. 'who indeed.'

Verse 33

13:33 second (d-21) See Psalms 2:7 .

Verse 34

13:34 thus. (e-18) See Isaiah 55:3 . mercies (f-26) 'Mercies' and 'gracious one' ( Hosios ) are the same word, only singular and plural. It may, and sometimes does, mean 'holy,' but is not the regular word for it, which is Hagios . here it answers to chasid in Hebrew, which is contrasted in Psalms 89:19 with 'holy' ( kadosh ), which is applied to Jehovah (ver. 18). The beginning of the psalm speaks of the mercies ( chasadim ) or gracious ways of the Lord, and then in ver. 19 of that One in whom these graces or mercies are centred and conveyed, the Christ, to whom the apostle here applies it. The word chesed is generally 'grace' and 'loving-kindness' in God; chasid , 'pious,' 'gracious' applied to men, and 'merciful,' 'holy' to God. see Hebrews 7:26 .

Verse 35

13:35 one (f-13) 'Mercies' and 'gracious one' ( Hosios ) are the same word, only singular and plural. It may, and sometimes does, mean 'holy,' but is not the regular word for it, which is Hagios . here it answers to chasid in Hebrew, which is contrasted in Psalms 89:19 with 'holy' ( kadosh ), which is applied to Jehovah (ver. 18). The beginning of the psalm speaks of the mercies ( chasadim ) or gracious ways of the Lord, and then in ver. 19 of that One in whom these graces or mercies are centred and conveyed, the Christ, to whom the apostle here applies it. The word chesed is generally 'grace' and 'loving-kindness' in God; chasid , 'pious,' 'gracious' applied to men, and 'merciful,' 'holy' to God. see Hebrews 7:26 . another, (g-6) See Psalms 16:10 .

Verse 36

13:36 God, (h-14) Or 'having served his own generation by the will of God.'

Verse 38

13:38 brethren, (i-7) Lit. 'men brethren,' as ch 1.16.

Verse 40

13:40 [you], (k-15) See Habakkuk 1:5 .

Verse 43

13:43 worshipping (a-17) The word translated 'worshipping,' 'worshippers,' and 'worshipped' at verses 43 and 50, also at chs. 16.14; 17.4 and 17, and 18.7, signified a numerous class of Gentiles who, acknowledging the vanity of idolatry and detesting its disorders, attended the Jewish worship.

Verse 47

13:47 earth. (b-29) See Isaiah 49:6 .

Verse 50

13:50 worshippers, (a-13) The word translated 'worshipping,' 'worshippers,' and 'worshipped' at verses 43 and 50, also at chs. 16.14; 17.4 and 17, and 18.7, signified a numerous class of Gentiles who, acknowledging the vanity of idolatry and detesting its disorders, attended the Jewish worship.

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Darby, John. "Commentary on Acts 13". "John Darby's Synopsis of the New Testament". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/dsn/acts-13.html. 1857-67.