Acts 11:18
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New International Version
When they heard this, they had no further objections and praised God, saying, "So then, even to Gentiles God has granted repentance that leads to life."

New Living Translation
When the others heard this, they stopped objecting and began praising God. They said, "We can see that God has also given the Gentiles the privilege of repenting of their sins and receiving eternal life."

English Standard Version
When they heard these things they fell silent. And they glorified God, saying, “Then to the Gentiles also God has granted repentance that leads to life.”

Berean Study Bible
When they heard this, their objections were put to rest, and they glorified God, saying, "So then, God has granted even the Gentiles repentance unto life."

Berean Literal Bible
And having heard these things, they were silent and glorified God, saying, "Then indeed God has given also to the Gentiles repentance unto life."

New American Standard Bible
When they heard this, they quieted down and glorified God, saying, "Well then, God has granted to the Gentiles also the repentance that leads to life."

King James Bible
When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When they heard this they became silent. Then they glorified God, saying, "So God has granted repentance resulting in life even to the Gentiles!"

International Standard Version
When they heard this, they calmed down, and praised God by saying, "So God has given repentance that leads to life even to gentiles."

NET Bible
When they heard this, they ceased their objections and praised God, saying, "So then, God has granted the repentance that leads to life even to the Gentiles."

New Heart English Bible
When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, "Then God has also granted to the Gentiles repentance to life."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And when they heard these words, they were silent; and then they praised God and they were saying, “Perhaps God has given a restoration to life to the Gentiles also.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When the others heard this, they had no further objections. They praised God by saying, "Then God has also led people who are not Jewish to turn to him so that they can change the way they think and act and have eternal life."

New American Standard 1977
And when they heard this, they quieted down, and glorified God, saying, “Well then, God has granted to the Gentiles also the repentance that leads to life.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
When they heard these things, they were silent and glorified God, saying, Then God has also granted repentance unto life to the Gentiles.

King James 2000 Bible
When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then has God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life.

American King James Version
When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then has God also to the Gentiles granted repentance to life.

American Standard Version
And when they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then to the Gentiles also hath God granted repentance unto life.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Having heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying: God then hath also to the Gentiles given repentance unto life.

Darby Bible Translation
And when they heard these things they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then indeed God has to the nations also granted repentance to life.

English Revised Version
And when they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then to the Gentiles also hath God granted repentance unto life.

Webster's Bible Translation
When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance to life.

Weymouth New Testament
This statement of Peter's silenced his opponents. They extolled the goodness of God, and said, "So, then, to the Gentiles also God has given the repentance which leads to Life."

World English Bible
When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, "Then God has also granted to the Gentiles repentance to life!"

Young's Literal Translation
And they, having heard these things, were silent, and were glorifying God, saying, 'Then, indeed, also to the nations did God give the reformation to life.'
Study Bible
Peter's Report at Jerusalem
17So if God gave them the same gift as He gave us who believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I to hinder the work of God?” 18When they heard this, their objections were put to rest, and they glorified God, saying, “So then, God has granted even the Gentiles repentance unto life.” 19Meanwhile, those scattered by the persecution that began with Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch, speaking the message only to Jews.…
Cross References
Isaiah 11:10
Then in that day The nations will resort to the root of Jesse, Who will stand as a signal for the peoples; And His resting place will be glorious.

Ezekiel 47:22
"You shall divide it by lot for an inheritance among yourselves and among the aliens who stay in your midst, who bring forth sons in your midst. And they shall be to you as the native-born among the sons of Israel; they shall be allotted an inheritance with you among the tribes of Israel.

Matthew 9:8
When the crowds saw this, they were filled with awe and glorified God, who had given such authority to men.

Acts 20:21
testifying to Jews and Greeks alike about repentance to God and faith in our Lord Jesus.

2 Corinthians 7:10
Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation without regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.
Treasury of Scripture

When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then has God also to the Gentiles granted repentance to life.

they held.

Leviticus 10:19,20 And Aaron said to Moses, Behold, this day have they offered their …

Joshua 22:30 And when Phinehas the priest, and the princes of the congregation …

and glorified.

Acts 15:3 And being brought on their way by the church, they passed through …

Acts 21:20 And when they heard it, they glorified the Lord, and said to him, …

Isaiah 60:21 Your people also shall be all righteous: they shall inherit the land …

Isaiah 61:3 To appoint to them that mourn in Zion, to give to them beauty for …

2 Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the …

Galatians 1:24 And they glorified God in me.

hath. See on ver.

Acts 11:1 And the apostles and brothers that were in Judaea heard that the …

Acts 13:47,48 For so has the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set you to be a …

Acts 14:27 And when they were come, and had gathered the church together, they …

Acts 22:21,22 And he said to me, Depart: for I will send you far hence to the Gentiles…

Romans 3:29,30 Is he the God of the Jews only? is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, …

Romans 9:30 What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after …

Romans 10:12,13 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the …

Romans 15:9-16 And that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy; as it is written, …

Galatians 3:26,27 For you are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus…

Ephesians 2:11-18 Why remember, that you being in time past Gentiles in the flesh…

Ephesians 3:5-8 Which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it …

granted.

Acts 3:19,26 Repent you therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out…

Acts 5:31 Him has God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Savior, …

Acts 20:21 Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward …

Acts 26:17-20 Delivering you from the people, and from the Gentiles, to whom now I send you…

Jeremiah 31:18-20 I have surely heard Ephraim bemoaning himself thus; You have chastised …

Ezekiel 36:26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within …

Zechariah 12:10 And I will pour on the house of David, and on the inhabitants of …

Romans 10:12,13 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the …

Romans 15:9,16 And that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy; as it is written, …

2 Corinthians 7:10 For godly sorrow works repentance to salvation not to be repented …

2 Timothy 2:25,26 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure …

James 1:16,17 Do not err, my beloved brothers…

(18) They held their peace, and glorified God.--The difference of tenses in the two Greek verbs implies that they first held their peace, and then began a continuous utterance of praise. The fact was obviously one of immense importance in its bearing on the question at issue between St. Paul and the Judaisers, of which St. Luke had seen so much and which he sought, by his narrative, to settle. Not only had the first step in the free admission of the Gentiles been taken by the chief of the Apostles, and under direct guidance from above, but it had received the formal approval of the Apostles and other members of the Church of the Circumcision at Jerusalem. The Judaisers, in opposing St. Paul, were acting against the Church from which they pretended to derive their authority.

Verse 18. - And when for when, A.V.; then to the Gentiles also hath God granted for then hath God also to the Gentiles granted, A.V. The fitness of the method adopted by the Divine wisdom for effecting this first reception of Gentiles into the Church upon an equal footing with the Jews is apparent from its success in quieting the jealous prejudices of the Jews, and preserving the peace of the Church. It was still, however, long before the exclusive spirit of Judaism was quenched (see Acts 15. and Galatians 1:6, 7; Galatians 2:4, 11, 12, 13; Galatians 5:2-12; Philippians 3:2, etc.). When they heard these things,.... Peter's vision at Joppa, and Cornelius's at Caesarea, and the wonderful pouring forth of the Spirit upon these Gentiles under Peter's sermon:

they held their peace; and ceased contending and disputing with Peter, or blaming him for his conduct; for otherwise they were not silent, but made use of their tongues:

and glorified God; praised his name, adored his rich grace, and gave him the glory of all the wonderful things related to them:

saying, then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life. The phrase "unto life", is left out in the Ethiopic version, which only reads, "God hath also given to the Gentiles that they should repent"; but it ought not to be omitted, being in the Greek copies in general, and of considerable moment, rightly understood; the Arabic version directs to a wrong sense of it, "perhaps God hath given also to the Gentiles repentance, that they may live by it"; the word "perhaps", is very wrongly put instead of "then", which affirms that God had given them repentance, whereas this makes a doubt of it; and upon a supposition of it, the version ascribes too much to it; for it is not by repentance that men live spiritually, but by faith in Christ Jesus; nor do they obtain eternal life by it, but by Christ; though true repentance is an evidence of spiritual life, and it begins with it, for as soon as ever God quickens a sinner, he shows him the evil of sin, and gives him repentance for it: "repentance" here designs the grace of evangelical repentance, which is attended with faith in Christ, as it was in these Gentiles, and with views of pardon in Christ, and which springs from the love of God, and this is "unto life"; is a repentance from dead works, and is attended with a life of faith, and issues in eternal life: and it is also a "grant" from God; it is not in the power of man's free will, who though he may have time and means, yet if he has not grace given him to repent, he never will; his heart is hard and obdurate, and no means will do without an almighty power; not the most severe judgments, nor the greatest mercies, nor the most powerful ministry; it is a pure gift of God's free grace, and a blessing of the covenant of grace: and this being given to Gentiles, shows that the covenant of grace belongs to them, as well as to the Jews; and discovers a false opinion of the Jews, that the Gentiles should not be saved; and answers the design of the Gospel being sent among them, whereby the doctrines both of repentance and remission are preached unto them; and opens the glorious mystery of the calling of them, and may encourage sinners of the Gentiles to hope for this grace, and apply to Christ for it, who is exalted to give it. 18. held their peace and glorified God—Well had it been if, when Paul afterwards adduced equally resistless evidence in justification of the same line of procedure, this Jewish party had shown the same reverential and glad submission!

Then hath God also granted to the Gentiles, etc.—rather, "granted to the Gentiles also." (See a similar misplacement of "also" in Heb 12:1). To "grant repentance unto life"—that is, "such as issues in life" (compare 2Co 7:10, "repentance unto salvation")—is more than to be willing to pardon upon repentance [Grotius]. The case of Cornelius is so manifestly one of grace reigning in every stage of his religious history, that we can hardly doubt that this was just the feature of it which they meant here to express. And this is the grace that reigns in every conversion.11:1-18 The imperfect state of human nature strongly appears, when godly persons are displeased even to hear that the word of God has been received, because their own system has not been attended to. And we are too apt to despair of doing good to those who yet, when tried, prove very teachable. It is the bane and damage of the church, to shut out those from it, and from the benefit of the means of grace, who are not in every thing as we are. Peter stated the whole affair. We should at all times bear with the infirmities of our brethren; and instead of taking offence, or answering with warmth, we should explain our motives, and show the nature of our proceedings. That preaching is certainly right, with which the Holy Ghost is given. While men are very zealous for their own regulations, they should take care that they do not withstand God; and those who love the Lord will glorify him, when made sure that he has given repentance to life to any fellow-sinners. Repentance is God's gift; not only his free grace accepts it, but his mighty grace works it in us, grace takes away the heart of stone, and gives us a heart of flesh. The sacrifice of God is a broken spirit.
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