New International Version
They did what your power and will had decided beforehand should happen.
New Living Translation
But everything they did was determined beforehand according to your will.
English Standard Version
to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place.
New American Standard Bible
to do whatever Your hand and Your purpose predestined to occur.
King James Bible
For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done.
Holman Christian Standard Bible
to do whatever Your hand and Your plan had predestined to take place.
International Standard Version
to carry out everything that your hand and will had predetermined to take place.
to do as much as your power and your plan had decided beforehand would happen.
Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“To do all whatsoever your hand and your will had ordained beforehand to happen.”
GOD'S WORD® Translation
Through your will and power, they did everything that you had already decided should be done.
Jubilee Bible 2000
to do that which thy hand and thy counsel had determined beforehand must be done.
King James 2000 Bible
To do whatsoever your hand and your counsel determined before to be done.
American King James Version
For to do whatever your hand and your counsel determined before to be done.
American Standard Version
to do whatsoever thy hand and thy council foreordained to come to pass.
To do what thy hand and thy counsel decreed to be done.
Darby Bible Translation
to do whatever thy hand and thy counsel had determined before should come to pass.
English Revised Version
to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel foreordained to come to pass.
Webster's Bible Translation
To do whatever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done.
Weymouth New Testament
to do all that Thy power and Thy will had predetermined should be done.
World English Bible
to do whatever your hand and your council foreordained to happen.
Young's Literal Translation
to do whatever Thy hand and Thy counsel did determine before to come to pass.
Parallel CommentariesMatthew Henry's Concise Commentary
4:23-31 Christ's followers do best in company, provided it is their own company. It encourages God's servants, both in doing work, and suffering work, that they serve the God who made all things, and therefore has the disposal of all events; and the Scriptures must be fulfilled. Jesus was anointed to be a Saviour, therefore it was determined he should be a sacrifice, to make atonement for sin. But sin is not the less evil for God's bringing good out of it. In threatening times, our care should not be so much that troubles may be prevented, as that we may go on with cheerfulness and courage in our work and duty. They do not pray, Lord let us go away from our work, now that it is become dangerous, but, Lord, give us thy grace to go on stedfastly in our work, and not to fear the face of man. Those who desire Divine aid and encouragement, may depend upon having them, and they ought to go forth, and go on, in the strength of the Lord God. God gave a sign of acceptance of their prayers. The place was shaken, that their faith might be established and unshaken. God gave them greater degrees of his Spirit; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, more than ever; by which they were not only encouraged, but enabled to speak the word of God with boldness. When they find the Lord God help them by his Spirit, they know they shall not be confounded, Isa 1.7.
Verse 28. - To do for for to do, A.V.; foreordained to come to pass for determined before to be done, A.V. To do (for the sentiment, comp. Acts 2:23; Acts 3:18). They were gathered together for the purpose of executing, their own will, as they thought, but really to fulfil the purpose of God (see also Isaiah 10:5-15; Isaiah 37:26, 27). See here the comfort to the Church of looking upon God as the δεσπότης of the whole earth.
Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible
For to do whatsoever thy hand,.... It was not the end of their gathering together against Christ, or it was not their intention and design, to fulfil the purposes and decrees of God, but to fulfil their own lusts, and satiate their rage and malice against him; but it was so in the event, according to the wise disposal of providence, that by their gathering together, by their consultations and conspiracies, they brought about what God in his everlasting council had decreed. By "the hand" of the Lord here is not meant, the grace and favour of God; or the power and providence of God; or his word of precept, his revealed will; but his secret will, the counsel of his will, the hidden purpose of his heart, the wise consultation of his mind, which is formed according to his infinite wisdom: so in 2 Samuel 14:19 it is said, "is not the hand of Joab with thee in all this?" that is, the head of Joab, the wise counsel of Joab; and so the Jewish writers interpret it, "his counsel" (o): and so the word is explained here immediately; for it follows,
and thy counsel determined before to be done: God's decrees are from eternity; there is nothing comes to pass in time but what he has beforetime determined should be done, either by effecting it himself, or doing it by others, or suffering it to be done, as in the case here. Whatever was done to Christ, either by Jews or Gentiles, by Herod or Pontius Pilate, was according to the secret will of God, the covenant he made with Christ, and the council of peace that was between them both: what they wickedly did, God designed for good, and hereby brought about the redemption and salvation of his people: this neither makes God the author of sin, nor excuses the sinful actions of men, or infringes the liberty of their wills in acting.
(o) Kimchi in loc. & R. Sol. Urbin. Ohel Moed, fol. 36. 2.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary
28. thy hand and thy counsel determined … to be done—that is, "Thy counsel" determined to be done by "Thy hand."
Acts 4:28 Additional Commentaries
The Believers' Prayer for Boldness
…27"For truly in this city there were gathered together against Your holy servant Jesus, whom You anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, 28to do whatever Your hand and Your purpose predestined to occur. 29"And now, Lord, take note of their threats, and grant that Your bond-servants may speak Your word with all confidence,…
The LORD Almighty has sworn, "Surely, as I have planned, so it will be, and as I have purposed, so it will happen.
"Have you not heard? Long ago I ordained it. In days of old I planned it; now I have brought it to pass, that you have turned fortified cities into piles of stone.
The Son of Man will go as it has been decreed. But woe to that man who betrays him!"
This man was handed over to you by God's deliberate plan and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross.
Treasury of Scripture
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