Acts 11:24
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New International Version
He was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith, and a great number of people were brought to the Lord.

New Living Translation
Barnabas was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and strong in faith. And many people were brought to the Lord.

English Standard Version
for he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a great many people were added to the Lord.

Berean Study Bible
Barnabas was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith, and a great number of people were brought to the Lord.

Berean Literal Bible
For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a large crowd was added to the Lord.

New American Standard Bible
for he was a good man, and full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And considerable numbers were brought to the Lord.

King James Bible
For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith: and much people was added unto the Lord.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
for he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And large numbers of people were added to the Lord.

International Standard Version
because he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith. And so a large number of people was brought to the Lord.

NET Bible
because he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith, and a significant number of people were brought to the Lord.

New Heart English Bible
For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Spirit and of faith, and many people were added to the Lord.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For he was a good man, and he was filled with The Spirit of Holiness and with faith, and many people were added to Our Lord.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Barnabas was a dependable man, and he was full of the Holy Spirit and faith. A large crowd believed in the Lord.

New American Standard 1977
for he was a good man, and full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And considerable numbers were brought to the Lord.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For he was a good man and full of the Holy Spirit and of faith, and many people were added unto the Lord.

King James 2000 Bible
For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Spirit and of faith: and many people were added unto the Lord.

American King James Version
For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith: and much people was added to the Lord.

American Standard Version
for he was a good man, and full of the Holy Spirit and of faith: and much people was added unto the Lord.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith. And a great multitude was added to the Lord.

Darby Bible Translation
for he was a good man and full of [the] Holy Spirit and of faith; and a large crowd [of people] were added to the Lord.

English Revised Version
for he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith: and much people was added unto the Lord.

Webster's Bible Translation
For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Spirit, and of faith: and many people were added to the Lord.

Weymouth New Testament
For he was a good man, and was full of the Holy Spirit and of faith; and the number of believers in the Lord greatly increased.

World English Bible
For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Spirit and of faith, and many people were added to the Lord.

Young's Literal Translation
because he was a good man, and full of the Holy Spirit, and of faith, and a great multitude was added to the Lord.
Study Bible
The Church at Antioch
23When he arrived and saw the grace of God, he rejoiced and encouraged them all to abide in the Lord with all their hearts. 24Barnabas was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith, and a great number of people were brought to the Lord. 25Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul,…
Cross References
Acts 2:4
And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.

Acts 2:47
praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

Acts 5:14
Yet more and more believers were brought to the Lord--large numbers of both men and women.

Acts 6:5
This proposal pleased the whole group. They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, as well as Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas from Antioch, a convert to Judaism.

Acts 11:21
The hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord.
Treasury of Scripture

For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith: and much people was added to the Lord.

he was.

Acts 24:16 And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void …

2 Samuel 18:27 And the watchman said, Me thinks the running of the foremost is like …

Psalm 37:23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delights in his way.

Psalm 112:5 A good man shows favor, and lends: he will guide his affairs with discretion.

Proverbs 12:2 A good man obtains favor of the LORD: but a man of wicked devices …

Proverbs 13:22 A good man leaves an inheritance to his children's children: and …

Proverbs 14:14 The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways: and a …

Matthew 12:35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart brings forth good things…

Matthew 19:17 And he said to him, Why call you me good? there is none good but …

Luke 23:50 And, behold, there was a man named Joseph, a counselor; and he was …

John 7:12 And there was much murmuring among the people concerning him: for …

Romans 5:7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for …

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Romans 15:15 Nevertheless, brothers, I have written the more boldly to you in …

and much.

Acts 11:21 And the hand of the Lord was with them: and a great number believed, …

Acts 5:14 And believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of …

Acts 9:31 Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and …

(24) For he was a good man.--Words of praise of this kind are comparatively rare in this history, and we may, perhaps, think of them here as expressing St. Luke's personal estimate of the character of the preacher, which he was all the more anxious to place on record because he had to narrate before long the sad contention which separated him from his friend and fellow-worker (Acts 15:39). The word "good" is probably to be taken as presenting the more winning and persuasive form of holiness, as contrasted with the severer forms of simple justice. (Comp. Romans 5:7.)

Full of the Holy Ghost.--This was implied in his very name as "the Son of Prophecy" (see Note on Acts 4:31); but it is interesting to note that the words are identical with those in which the historian had previously described Stephen (Acts 6:5). Barnabas appeared to him to reproduce the mind and character of the martyr.

Much people.--Literally, a great multitude, implying a large increase upon the work related in Acts 11:21.

Verse 24. - A good man. The predominant idea in ἀγαθός is simply "goodness," moral excellence. So in Matthew 19:16, "Good Master." To which our Lord answers, "There is none good but One." In Luke 23:50 Joseph of Arimathaea is ἀνὴρ ἀγαθὸς καὶ δίκαιος, "a good man and a righteous." In Matthew 5:45 πονηροὶ καὶ ἀγαθοί, "the evil and the good," are contrasted. In classical Greek the common phrase, καλὸς κἀγαθός, describes an honorable and good man. It is pleasing to read this testimony from Luke, Paul's companion and friend, Full of the Holy Ghost and of faith. So Stephen is described (Acts 6:5) as "full of faith and of the Holy Spirit." The Holy Spirit is spoken of in both places as a Spirit of power and demonstration in preaching the Word. No reason is apparent why the R.T., having altered Ghost to Spirit in Acts 6:5, retains Ghost here. Much people, etc.; the direct consequence of the energy of the Holy Ghost in Barnabas's ministry. For he was a good man,.... He had the grace of God wrought in his soul, and did good works; he was very kind, and generous, and charitable; he sold what land he had, and gave the money to the apostles, for the use of the community, Acts 4:37

and full of the Holy Ghost, and of faith; he was full of the several graces of the Spirit, and particularly of faith; and he was full of the extraordinary gifts of the Spirit, and of the faith of miracles; he was full of the doctrine of faith, and of spiritual gifts for the preaching of it: the same character is given of Stephen, Acts 6:5

and much people was added unto the Lord; by the means of Barnabas, through his ministry, and the exercise of those gifts he was full of; so the Arabic version, "and he drew a large multitude to the Lord". 24. For he was a good man—The sense of "good" here is plainly "large-hearted," "liberal-minded," rising above narrow Jewish sectarianism, and that because, as the historian adds, he was "full of the Holy Ghost and of faith."

and much people were added unto the Lord—This proceeding of Barnabas, so full of wisdom, love, and zeal, was blessed to the great increase of the Christian community in that important city.11:19-24 The first preachers of the gospel at Antioch, were dispersed from Jerusalem by persecution; thus what was meant to hurt the church, was made to work for its good. The wrath of man is made to praise God. What should the ministers of Christ preach, but Christ? Christ, and him crucified? Christ, and him glorified? And their preaching was accompanied with the Divine power. The hand of the Lord was with them, to bring that home to the hearts and consciences of men, which they could but speak to the outward ear. They believed; they were convinced of the truth of the gospel. They turned from a careless, carnal way of living, to live a holy, heavenly, spiritual life. They turned from worshipping God in show and ceremony, to worship him in the Spirit and in truth. They turned to the Lord Jesus, and he became all in all with them. This was the work of conversion wrought upon them, and it must be wrought upon every one of us. It was the fruit of their faith; all who sincerely believe, will turn to the Lord, When the Lord Jesus is preached in simplicity, and according to the Scriptures, he will give success; and when sinners are thus brought to the Lord, really good men, who are full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, will admire and rejoice in the grace of God bestowed on them. Barnabas was full of faith; full of the grace of faith, and full of the fruits of the faith that works by love.
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