Acts 11:29
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New International Version
The disciples, as each one was able, decided to provide help for the brothers and sisters living in Judea.

New Living Translation
So the believers in Antioch decided to send relief to the brothers and sisters in Judea, everyone giving as much as they could.

English Standard Version
So the disciples determined, every one according to his ability, to send relief to the brothers living in Judea.

Berean Study Bible
So the disciples, each according to his ability, decided to send relief to the brothers living in Judea.

Berean Literal Bible
And the disciples, as anyone was prospered, each of them determined to send for ministry to the brothers dwelling in Judea,

New American Standard Bible
And in the proportion that any of the disciples had means, each of them determined to send a contribution for the relief of the brethren living in Judea.

King James Bible
Then the disciples, every man according to his ability, determined to send relief unto the brethren which dwelt in Judaea:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So each of the disciples, according to his ability, determined to send relief to the brothers who lived in Judea.

International Standard Version
So all of the disciples decided they would send a contribution to the brothers living in Judea, as they were able,

NET Bible
So the disciples, each in accordance with his financial ability, decided to send relief to the brothers living in Judea.

New Heart English Bible
As any of the disciples had plenty, each determined to send relief to the brothers who lived in Judea;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But the disciples set aside, according to what each one of them had, to send for the service of the brethren who dwelt in Judea;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
All the disciples in Antioch decided to contribute whatever they could afford to help the believers living in Judea.

New American Standard 1977
And in the proportion that any of the disciples had means, each of them determined to send a contribution for the relief of the brethren living in Judea.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then the disciples, each one according to what he had, determined to send relief unto the brethren who dwelt in Judea,

King James 2000 Bible
Then the disciples, every man according to his ability, determined to send relief unto the brethren who dwelt in Judea:

American King James Version
Then the disciples, every man according to his ability, determined to send relief to the brothers which dwelled in Judaea:

American Standard Version
And the disciples, every man according to his ability, determined to send relief unto the brethren that dwelt in Judea:

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the disciples, every man according to his ability, purposed to send relief to the brethren who dwelt in Judea:

Darby Bible Translation
And they determined, according as any one of the disciples was well off, each of them to send to the brethren who dwelt in Judaea, to minister [to them];

English Revised Version
And the disciples, every man according to his ability, determined to send relief unto the brethren that dwelt in Judaea:

Webster's Bible Translation
Then the disciples, every man according to his ability, determined to send relief to the brethren who dwelt in Judea.

Weymouth New Testament
So the disciples decided to send relief, every one in proportion to his means, to the brethren living in Judaea.

World English Bible
As any of the disciples had plenty, each determined to send relief to the brothers who lived in Judea;

Young's Literal Translation
and the disciples, according as any one was prospering, determined each of them to send for ministration to the brethren dwelling in Judea,
Study Bible
The Church at Antioch
28One of them named Agabus stood up and predicted through the Spirit that a great famine would sweep across the entire Roman world. (This happened under Claudius.) 29So the disciples, each according to his ability, decided to send relief to the brothers living in Judea. 30This they did, sending their gifts to the elders with Barnabas and Saul.…
Cross References
John 2:2
and Jesus and His disciples had also been invited to the wedding.

Acts 1:15
In those days Peter stood up among the brothers (a gathering of about a hundred and twenty) and said,

Acts 6:1
In those days when the disciples were increasing in number, the Grecian Jews began to grumble against the Hebraic Jews, because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food.

Acts 9:19
and after taking some food, he regained his strength. And he spent several days with the disciples in Damascus.

Acts 9:25
One night, however, his disciples took him and lowered him in a basket through a window in the wall.

Acts 11:1
The apostles and brothers throughout Judea soon heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God.

Acts 11:26
and when he found him, he brought him back to Antioch. So for a full year they met together with the church and taught large numbers of people. The disciples were first called Christians at Antioch.

Acts 13:52
And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.

Acts 14:20
But after the disciples had gathered around him, he got up and went back into the city. And the next day he left with Barnabas for Derbe.

Acts 14:22
strengthening the souls of the disciples and encouraging them to continue in the faith. "We must endure many hardships to enter the kingdom of God," they said.
Treasury of Scripture

Then the disciples, every man according to his ability, determined to send relief to the brothers which dwelled in Judaea:

every.

Ezra 2:69 They gave after their ability to the treasure of the work three score …

Nehemiah 5:8 And I said to them, We after our ability have redeemed our brothers …

1 Corinthians 16:2 On the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, …

2 Corinthians 8:2-4,12-14 How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy …

1 Peter 4:9-11 Use hospitality one to another without grudging…

to send.

Acts 2:44,45 And all that believed were together, and had all things common…

Acts 4:34 Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were …

Ecclesiastes 11:1,2 Cast your bread on the waters: for you shall find it after many days…

Luke 12:29-33 And seek not you what you shall eat, or what you shall drink, neither …

Romans 15:25-27 But now I go to Jerusalem to minister to the saints…

1 Corinthians 13:5 Does not behave itself unseemly, seeks not her own, is not easily …

1 Corinthians 16:1 Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order …

2 Corinthians 9:1,2 For as touching the ministering to the saints, it is superfluous …

Galatians 2:10 Only they would that we should remember the poor; the same which …

Hebrews 13:5,6 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with …

(29) Then the disciples, every man according to his ability.--Literally, as each man prospered. It is obviously implied that the collection was made at once, as a provision against the famine, in consequence of the prophecy, before the famine itself came. We may well believe that Saul and Barnabas were active in stirring up the Gentiles to this work of charity. It was the beginning of that collection for the "poor saints at Jerusalem" which was afterwards so prominent in the Apostle's labours (Acts 24:17; Romans 15:25-26; 1Corinthians 16:1; 2Corinthians 9:1-15; Galatians 2:10), and which he regarded as a bond of union between the Jewish and Gentile sections of the Church. It is probable that the generous devotion and liberality of the converts of Jerusalem in the glow of their first love had left them more exposed than most others to the pressure of poverty, and that when the famine came it found them to a great extent dependent on the help of other churches.

Determined to send relief.--The Greek gives the more specific to send as a ministration, the half-technical word which St. Paul uses in Romans 15:31; 2Corinthians 9:1.

Verse 29. - And for then, A.V.; that for which, A.V. This is the first example of the practice, so much encouraged by St. Paul, of the Gentile Churches contributing to the wants of the poor Christians of the mother Church of Jerusalem (Romans 15:25-27; 1 Corinthians 16:1; 2 Corinthians 9; Galatians 2:10, etc.). Then the disciples,.... That were at Antioch,

every man according to his ability; whether rich or poor, master or servant, everyone according to the substance he was possessed of; whether more or less, which was a good rule to go by:

determined to send relief to the brethren which dwelt in Judea; either because that Agabus might have suggested, that the famine would be the severest in those parts; or because that the Christians there had parted with their substance already, in the support of one another, and for the spread of the Gospel in other parts; and therefore the Christians at Antioch, in gratitude to them for having received the Gospel, and Gospel ministers from them, resolved to help them with their temporal things, when in distress. 29. Then the disciples, every man according to his ability, determined to send relief, etc.—This was the pure prompting of Christian love, which shone so bright in those earliest days of the Gospel.11:25-30 Hitherto the followers of Christ were called disciples, that is, learners, scholars; but from that time they were called Christians. The proper meaning of this name is, a follower of Christ; it denotes one who, from serious thought, embraces the religion of Christ, believes his promises, and makes it his chief care to shape his life by Christ's precepts and example. Hence it is plain that multitudes take the name of Christian to whom it does not rightly belong. But the name without the reality will only add to our guilt. While the bare profession will bestow neither profit nor delight, the possession of it will give both the promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come. Grant, Lord, that Christians may forget other names and distinctions, and love one another as the followers of Christ ought to do. True Christians will feel for their brethren under afflictions. Thus will fruit be brought forth to the praise and glory of God. If all mankind were true Christians, how cheerfully would they help one another! The whole earth would be like one large family, every member of which would strive to be dutiful and kind.
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