Acts 3:17
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New International Version
"Now, fellow Israelites, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did your leaders.

New Living Translation
"Friends, I realize that what you and your leaders did to Jesus was done in ignorance.

English Standard Version
“And now, brothers, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers.

Berean Study Bible
And now, brothers, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did your leaders.

Berean Literal Bible
And now, brothers, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did your rulers also.

New American Standard Bible
"And now, brethren, I know that you acted in ignorance, just as your rulers did also.

King James Bible
And now, brethren, I wot that through ignorance ye did it, as did also your rulers.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
And now, brothers, I know that you did it in ignorance, just as your leaders also did.

International Standard Version
"And now, brothers, I know that you acted in ignorance like your leaders.

NET Bible
And now, brothers, I know you acted in ignorance, as your rulers did too.

New Heart English Bible
"Now, brothers, I know that you did this in ignorance, as did also your rulers.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“But now my brothers, I know that because of deception you did this as your Rulers did.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"And now, brothers, I know that like your rulers you didn't know what you were doing.

New American Standard 1977
“And now, brethren, I know that you acted in ignorance, just as your rulers did also.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And now, brethren, I know that through ignorance ye did it as did also your princes.

King James 2000 Bible
And now, brethren, I know that through ignorance you did it, as did also your rulers.

American King James Version
And now, brothers, I know that through ignorance you did it, as did also your rulers.

American Standard Version
And now, brethren, I know that in ignorance ye did it, as did also your rulers.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And now, brethren, I know that you did it through ignorance, as did also your rulers.

Darby Bible Translation
And now, brethren, I know that ye did it in ignorance, as also your rulers;

English Revised Version
And now, brethren, I wot that in ignorance ye did it, as did also your rulers.

Webster's Bible Translation
And now, brethren, I know that through ignorance ye did it, as did also your rulers.

Weymouth New Testament
"And now, brethren, I know that it was in ignorance that you did it, as was the case with your rulers also.

World English Bible
"Now, brothers, I know that you did this in ignorance, as did also your rulers.

Young's Literal Translation
And now, brethren, I have known that through ignorance ye did it, as also your rulers;
Study Bible
Peter Speaks in Solomon's Colonnade
16By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know has been made strong. It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through Him that has given him this complete healing in your presence. 17And now, brothers, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did your leaders. 18But in this way God has fulfilled what He foretold through all the prophets, saying that His Christ would suffer.…
Cross References
Luke 23:13
Then Pilate called together the chief priests, the rulers, and the people,

Luke 23:34
Then Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing." And they divided up His garments by casting lots.

John 15:21
But they will treat you like this on account of My name, because they do not know the One who sent Me.

John 16:3
They will do these things because they have not known the Father or Me.

Acts 13:27
The people of Jerusalem and their rulers did not recognize Jesus, yet in condemning Him they fulfilled the words of the prophets that are read every Sabbath.

Acts 22:5
as the high priest and the whole Council can testify about me. I even obtained letters from them to their brothers in Damascus, and I was on my way to apprehend these people and bring them to Jerusalem to be punished.

Acts 26:9
So then, I too was convinced that I ought to do all I could to oppose the name of Jesus of Nazareth.

Acts 28:21
The leaders replied, "We have not received any letters about you from Judea, nor have any of the brothers from there reported or even mentioned anything bad about you.

Ephesians 4:18
They are darkened in their understanding and alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardness of their hearts.
Treasury of Scripture

And now, brothers, I know that through ignorance you did it, as did also your rulers.

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Acts 7:40 Saying to Aaron, Make us gods to go before us: for as for this Moses, …

Genesis 21:26 And Abimelech said, I know not who has done this thing; neither did …

Genesis 39:8 But he refused, and said to his master's wife, Behold, my master …

Genesis 44:15 And Joseph said to them, What deed is this that you have done? know …

Exodus 32:1 And when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down out of the …

Numbers 22:6 Come now therefore, I pray you, curse me this people; for they are …

Romans 11:2 God has not cast away his people which he foreknew. Know you not …

Philippians 1:22 But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labor: yet what …

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Acts 13:27 For they that dwell at Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they knew him not…

Numbers 15:24-31 Then it shall be, if ought be committed by ignorance without the …

Luke 23:34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they …

John 7:26,27,52 But, see, he speaks boldly, and they say nothing to him. Do the rulers …

John 16:3 And these things will they do to you, because they have not known …

1 Corinthians 2:8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known …

2 Corinthians 3:14 But their minds were blinded: for until this day remains the same …

1 Timothy 1:13 Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but …

(17) I wot that through ignorance ye did it.--The Rhemish is the only version which substitutes "I know" for the now obsolete "I wot." St. Peter's treatment of the relation of "ignorance" to "guilt" is in exact agreement with St. Paul's, both in his judgment of his own past offences (1Timothy 6:13) and in that which he passed on the Gentile world (Acts xvii 30). Men were ignorant where they might have known, if they had not allowed prejudice and passion to over-power the witness borne by reason and conscience. Their ignorance was not invincible, and therefore they needed to repent of what they had done in the times of that ignorance. But because it was ignorance, repentance was not impossible. Even the people and rulers of Israel, though their sin was greater, came within the range of the prayer, offered in the first instance for the Roman soldiers: "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do." (See Note on Luke 23:34.)

Verse 17. - In for through, A.V. I wot that in ignorance, etc. Mark the inimitable skill and tenderness with which he who had just wounded by his sharp rebuke now binds up the wound. All sternness and uncompromising severity before, he is all gentleness and indulgence now. They were only "men of Israel" in ver. 12, now they are "brethren." He has an excuse for their grievous sin. They did it in ignorance (comp. Luke 23:33; 1 Timothy 1:13). Only let them see their error and repent of what they had done, and their forgiveness was sure. And now, brethren,.... He calls them brethren, because they were so according to the flesh; and to testify his cordial love and affection for them.

I wot, or "I know",

that through ignorance ye did it; delivered up Jesus into the hands of Pilate; denied him to be the Messiah before him; preferred a murderer to him, and put him to death.

As did also your rulers; the members of the sanhedrim, some of them; see 1 Corinthians 2:8 for others of them knew him to be the Messiah, to be sent of God, by the miracles he did, and yet blasphemously ascribed them to Satan; and so sinning against light and knowledge, in such a malicious manner, sinned the sin against the Holy Ghost, to which ignorance is here opposed; and which did not excuse from sin: nor was it itself without sin; nor is it opposed to any sin, but to this now mentioned. 17-21. And now, brethren—Our preacher, like his Master, "will not break the bruised reed." His heaviest charges are prompted by love, which now hastens to assuage the wounds it was necessary to inflict.

I wot—"know."

through ignorance ye did it—(See marginal references, Lu 23:34; Ac 13:27; 26:9).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.
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