Acts 3:15
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New International Version
You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. We are witnesses of this.

New Living Translation
You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. And we are witnesses of this fact!

English Standard Version
and you killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses.

New American Standard Bible
but put to death the Prince of life, the one whom God raised from the dead, a fact to which we are witnesses.

King James Bible
And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You killed the source of life, whom God raised from the dead; we are witnesses of this.

International Standard Version
and you killed the source of life, whom God raised from the dead. We are witnesses to that.

NET Bible
You killed the Originator of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this fact we are witnesses!

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“And you killed him, The Ruler of Life, whom God raised from among the dead, and we are all his witnesses.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
and you killed the source of life. But God brought him back to life, and we are witnesses to that.

Jubilee Bible 2000
and killed the Author of life, whom God has raised from the dead, of which we are witnesses.

King James 2000 Bible
And killed the Prince of life, whom God has raised from the dead; of which we are witnesses.

American King James Version
And killed the Prince of life, whom God has raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.

American Standard Version
and killed the Prince of life; whom God raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But the author of life you killed, whom God hath raised from the dead, of which we are witnesses.

Darby Bible Translation
but the originator of life ye slew, whom God raised from among [the] dead, whereof *we* are witnesses.

English Revised Version
and killed the Prince of life; whom God raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.

Webster's Bible Translation
And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; of which we are witnesses.

Weymouth New Testament
The Prince of Life you put to death; but God has raised Him from the dead, and we are witnesses as to that.

World English Bible
and killed the Prince of life, whom God raised from the dead, to which we are witnesses.

Young's Literal Translation
and the Prince of the life ye did kill, whom God did raise out of the dead, of which we are witnesses;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

3:12-18 Observe the difference in the manner of working the miracles. Our Lord always spoke as having Almighty power, never hesitated to receive the greatest honour that was given to him on account of his Divine miracles. But the apostles referred all to their Lord, and refused to receive any honour, except as his undeserving instruments. This shows that Jesus was one with the Father, and co-equal with Him; while the apostles knew that they were weak, sinful men, and dependent for every thing on Jesus, whose power effected the cure. Useful men must be very humble. Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but to thy name, give glory. Every crown must be cast at the feet of Christ. The apostle showed the Jews the greatness of their crime, but would not anger or drive them to despair. Assuredly, those who reject, refuse, or deny Christ, do it through ignorance; but this can in no case be an excuse.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 15. - Raised for bath raised, A.V. The Prince of life; a remarkable title here given to our Lord, to bring out the contrast between him whom they preferred and him whom they rejected. Barabbas was a murderer, one who took away human life for his own base ends; the other was the Prince and Author of life, who was come into the world, not to destroy men's lives, but to save them. This title, taken in connection with the preceding declaration, "God hath glorified his Servant Jesus," seems almost to be a reminiscence of our Savior's prayer," Father,... glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: as thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him" (John 17:1, 2). Jesus himself in very many places dwells upon his own great prerogative of giving life: "I am come that they might have life, and.., have it more abundantly" (John 10:10); "I am that Bread of life;" "I am the living Bread ... if any man cat of this bread, he shall live for ever;" "I give... my flesh for the life of the world;" "Ye will not come unto me that ye might have life;" "They that hear shall live;" "As the Father hath life in himself, so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;" "The Son of man be lifted up: that whosoever believeth in him should... have eternal life;" "The water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life." The word ἀρχηγός applied to Christ is found also in Acts 5:31, and in Hebrews 2:10; Hebrews 12:2, rendered the "Author or Captain of their salvation," "of our faith." Whereof we are witnesses (see Acts 2:22, note). The marginal rendering of whom is equally literal, and may be defended by reference to Acts 1:8; Acts 13:31; but the rendering whereof is in accordance with the more frequent phrases (Acts 5:32; Acts 10:39, etc.). The meaning is practically the same.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And killed the Prince of life,.... Or author of life, natural, spiritual, and eternal; who not only is the living God, and has life in himself; and as man, had such a power over his own life, as no man ever had; but he is the author of a spiritual resurrection from the death of sin, to a life of grace, and has procured eternal life for his people, and gives it to them. Now this Lord of life and glory they crucified. His death is laid to them because it was at their request, and through their instigation, and at their earnest solicitations, that Pilate condemned him, and delivered, him to his soldiers to crucify him.

Whom God hath raised from the dead; notwithstanding all their spite and malice; so that they had not their whole will, and all their end, not being able to retain him under the power of death, and under the shame and reproach of the cross; and this the apostle the rather mentions, as being the reason why such gifts, and such power were bestowed on them to do the miracles they did.

Whereof we are witnesses; either of Christ, for it may be rendered, "whose witnesses we are"; they testifying of his person, office, grace, and righteousness; or of the resurrection of Christ, of which they were eyewitnesses; and of which they had the fullest proof, and were capable of bearing a sufficient testimony, and for which they were chosen and appointed.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

15. killed the Prince of life—Glorious paradox, but how piercing to the conscience of the auditors.

Acts 3:15 Additional Commentaries
Context
Peter Speaks in Solomon's Colonnade
14"But you disowned the Holy and Righteous One and asked for a murderer to be granted to you, 15but put to death the Prince of life, the one whom God raised from the dead, a fact to which we are witnesses. 16"And on the basis of faith in His name, it is the name of Jesus which has strengthened this man whom you see and know; and the faith which comes through Him has given him this perfect health in the presence of you all.…
Cross References
Luke 24:48
You are witnesses of these things.

Acts 2:24
But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him.

Acts 2:32
God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of it.

Acts 4:2
They were greatly disturbed because the apostles were teaching the people, proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection of the dead.

Acts 5:31
God exalted him to his own right hand as Prince and Savior that he might bring Israel to repentance and forgive their sins.

Hebrews 2:10
In bringing many sons and daughters to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through what he suffered.

Hebrews 12:2
fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Treasury of Scripture

And killed the Prince of life, whom God has raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.

Prince. or, Author.

John 1:4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

John 4:10,14 Jesus answered and said to her, If you knew the gift of God, and …

John 5:26 For as the Father has life in himself; so has he given to the Son …

John 10:28 And I give to them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither …

John 11:25,26 Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believes …

John 14:6 Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man …

John 17:2 As you have given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal …

Romans 8:1,2 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ …

1 Corinthians 15:45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; …

Colossians 3:3,4 For you are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God…

Hebrews 2:10 For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, …

Hebrews 5:9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation …

1 John 5:11,12,20 And this is the record, that God has given to us eternal life, and …

Revelation 21:6 And he said to me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning …

Revelation 22:1,17 And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, …

whom. See on ch.

Acts 2:24,32 Whom God has raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because …

Matthew 28:2-5 And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord …

Ephesians 1:20 Which he worked in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and …

whereof.

Acts 1:22 Beginning from the baptism of John, to that same day that he was …

Acts 2:32 This Jesus has God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.

Acts 10:40,41 Him God raised up the third day, and showed him openly…

Acts 13:30-32 But God raised him from the dead…

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