Acts 15:8
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New International Version
God, who knows the heart, showed that he accepted them by giving the Holy Spirit to them, just as he did to us.

New Living Translation
God knows people's hearts, and he confirmed that he accepts Gentiles by giving them the Holy Spirit, just as he did to us.

English Standard Version
And God, who knows the heart, bore witness to them, by giving them the Holy Spirit just as he did to us,

New American Standard Bible
"And God, who knows the heart, testified to them giving them the Holy Spirit, just as He also did to us;

King James Bible
And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
And God, who knows the heart, testified to them by giving the Holy Spirit, just as He also did to us.

International Standard Version
God, who knows everyone's heart, showed them he approved by giving them the Holy Spirit, just as he did to us.

NET Bible
And God, who knows the heart, has testified to them by giving them the Holy Spirit just as he did to us,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“And God, who knows what is in the hearts, testified to them and gave them The Spirit of Holiness as to us.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
God, who knows everyone's thoughts, showed that he approved of people who aren't Jewish by giving them the Holy Spirit as he gave the Holy Spirit to us.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And God, who knows the hearts, bore them witness, giving them the Holy Spirit, even as he did unto us,

King James 2000 Bible
And God, who knows the hearts, bore them witness, giving them the Holy Spirit, even as he did unto us;

American King James Version
And God, which knows the hearts, bore them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did to us;

American Standard Version
And God, who knoweth the heart, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Spirit, even as he did unto us;

Douay-Rheims Bible
And God, who knoweth the hearts, gave testimony, giving unto them the Holy Ghost, as well as to us;

Darby Bible Translation
And the heart-knowing God bore them witness, giving [them] the Holy Spirit as to us also,

English Revised Version
And God, which knoweth the heart, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us;

Webster's Bible Translation
And God, who knoweth the hearts, bore them witness, giving to them the Holy Spirit, even as he did to us:

Weymouth New Testament
And God, who knows all hearts, gave His testimony in their favour by bestowing the Holy Spirit on them just as He did on us;

World English Bible
God, who knows the heart, testified about them, giving them the Holy Spirit, just like he did to us.

Young's Literal Translation
and the heart-knowing God did bare them testimony, having given to them the Holy Spirit, even as also to us,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

15:7-21 We see from the words purifying their hearts by faith, and the address of St. Peter, that justification by faith, and sanctification by the Holy Ghost, cannot be separated; and that both are the gift of God. We have great cause to bless God that we have heard the gospel. May we have that faith which the great Searcher of hearts approves, and attests by the seal of the Holy Spirit. Then our hearts and consciences will be purified from the guilt of sin, and we shall be freed from the burdens some try to lay upon the disciples of Christ. Paul and Barnabas showed by plain matters of fact, that God owned the preaching of the pure gospel to the Gentiles without the law of Moses; therefore to press that law upon them, was to undo what God had done. The opinion of James was, that the Gentile converts ought not to be troubled about Jewish rites, but that they should abstain from meats offered to idols, so that they might show their hatred of idolatry. Also, that they should be cautioned against fornication, which was not abhorred by the Gentiles as it should be, and even formed a part of some of their rites. They were counselled to abstain from things strangled, and from eating blood; this was forbidden by the law of Moses, and also here, from reverence to the blood of the sacrifices, which being then still offered, it would needlessly grieve the Jewish converts, and further prejudice the unconverted Jews. But as the reason has long ceased, we are left free in this, as in the like matters. Let converts be warned to avoid all appearances of the evils which they formerly practised, or are likely to be tempted to; and caution them to use Christian liberty with moderation and prudence.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 8. - Heart for hearts, A.V. (καρδιογνώστης). Bare them witness; i.e. set the mark of his approval upon them, vouched for their sincerity (see the use of the verb μαρτυρέω in Luke 4:22; John 3:26; Acts 6:3; Acts 10:22, etc.).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And God which knoweth the hearts,.... Of all men; he being omniscient, the searcher of the hearts, and the trier of the reins of the children of men, knew with what sincerity Cornelius sent for Peter; and with what vehement desire and longing expectation he and his family and friends waited for his coming; and with what earnestness, diligence, and affection they attended to what he said:

bore them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us; God bore a testimony, and showed his well pleasedness in the whole of this affair, by bestowing upon them not only the regenerating and sanctifying grace of the Spirit; but his extraordinary gifts, such as speaking with divers tongues, even in like manner as these were bestowed on the apostles themselves, on the day of Pentecost, though they were uncircumcised persons; for the drift of Peter's oration is to show, that circumcision was not necessary to salvation.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

8. God, which knoweth the hearts—implying that the real question for admission to full standing in the visible Church is the state of the heart. Hence, though that cannot be known by men, no principle of admission to church privileges which reverses this can be sound.

Acts 15:8 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Council at Jerusalem
7After there had been much debate, Peter stood up and said to them, "Brethren, you know that in the early days God made a choice among you, that by my mouth the Gentiles would hear the word of the gospel and believe. 8"And God, who knows the heart, testified to them giving them the Holy Spirit, just as He also did to us; 9and He made no distinction between us and them, cleansing their hearts by faith.…
Cross References
John 2:24
But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, for he knew all people.

Acts 1:24
Then they prayed, "Lord, you know everyone's heart. Show us which of these two you have chosen

Acts 2:4
All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.

Acts 10:44
While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message.

Acts 10:47
"Surely no one can stand in the way of their being baptized with water. They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have."

Acts 15:28
It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us not to burden you with anything beyond the following requirements:
Treasury of Scripture

And God, which knows the hearts, bore them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did to us;

which.

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1 Kings 8:39 Then hear you in heaven your dwelling place, and forgive, and do, …

1 Chronicles 28:9 And you, Solomon my son, know you the God of your father, and serve …

1 Chronicles 29:17 I know also, my God, that you try the heart, and have pleasure in …

Psalm 44:21 Shall not God search this out? for he knows the secrets of the heart.

Psalm 139:1,2 O lord, you have searched me, and known me…

Jeremiah 11:20 But, O LORD of hosts, that judge righteously, that try the reins …

Jeremiah 17:10 I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every …

Jeremiah 20:12 But, O LORD of hosts, that try the righteous, and see the reins and …

John 2:24,25 But Jesus did not commit himself to them, because he knew all men…

John 21:17 He said to him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, love you me? …

Hebrews 4:13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight…

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bare.

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John 5:37 And the Father himself, which has sent me, has borne witness of me. …

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giving.

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Acts 10:44,45 While Peter yet spoke these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them …

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