Acts 4:29
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New International Version
Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness.

New Living Translation
And now, O Lord, hear their threats, and give us, your servants, great boldness in preaching your word.

English Standard Version
And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness,

New American Standard Bible
"And now, Lord, take note of their threats, and grant that Your bond-servants may speak Your word with all confidence,

King James Bible
And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
And now, Lord, consider their threats, and grant that Your slaves may speak Your message with complete boldness,

International Standard Version
Lord, pay attention to their threats now, and allow your servants to speak your word boldly

NET Bible
And now, Lord, pay attention to their threats, and grant to your servants to speak your message with great courage,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“Also now LORD JEHOVAH, behold and see their threats, and grant to your Servants that they would be preaching your word openly.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Lord, pay attention to their threats now, and allow us to speak your word boldly.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And now, Lord, behold their threatenings and grant unto thy slaves that with all boldness they may speak thy word,

King James 2000 Bible
And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto your servants, that with all boldness they may speak your word,

American King James Version
And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant to your servants, that with all boldness they may speak your word,

American Standard Version
And now, Lord, look upon their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants to speak thy word with all boldness,

Douay-Rheims Bible
And now, Lord, behold their threatenings, and grant unto thy servants, that with all confidence they may speak thy word,

Darby Bible Translation
And now, Lord, look upon their threatenings, and give to thy bondmen with all boldness to speak thy word,

English Revised Version
And now, Lord, look upon their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants to speak thy word with all boldness,

Webster's Bible Translation
And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant to thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word,

Weymouth New Testament
And now, Lord, listen to their threats, and enable Thy servants to proclaim Thy Message with fearless courage,

World English Bible
Now, Lord, look at their threats, and grant to your servants to speak your word with all boldness,

Young's Literal Translation
'And now, Lord, look upon their threatenings, and grant to Thy servants with all freedom to speak Thy word,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew 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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 29. - Look upon for behold, A.V.; to speak thy word with all boldness for that with all boldness they may speak thy word, A.V. Lord. This time Κύριε (Kyrie), the word in the LXX. for Jehovah, and the special designation of Jesus Christ (Acts 2:36, etc.), but here applied to God the Father. Look upon; a more forcible rendering than the A.V. Look upon, for the purpose of frustrating and punishing. The only other place in the New Testament where the word (ἑπείδειν) occurs is in Luke 1:25, where the Lord "looked upon" Elisabeth to confer a blessing upon her. In 2 Chronicles 24:22, "The Lord look upon it and require it," the LXX have the simple verb ἴδοι instead of ἐπίδοι. It is beautiful to notice how, in the heat of the unjust persecutions, the Church hands over her quarrel to her Lord, and is only careful that she be not stopped in her work by the threatenings of her enemies. To speak thy word with all boldness (for the word "boldness," see ver. 13, note).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And now, Lord, behold their threatenings,.... Meaning not with his eye of omniscience, which he could not but do; but that he would so take notice of them, as in his providence to rebuke them for them, or restrain them, or make them fearless of them:

and grant unto thy servants; the apostles, and all the ministers of the word, who are the servants of the most high God, and who serve him in the Gospel of his Son, with great cheerfulness and faithfulness:

that with all boldness they may speak thy word; and not their own, or another's; the Gospel, which is God's speech, or a word, a message of grace and mercy from him to sinful creatures. The request of the whole church is, that the ministers of the word might not be intimidated by the menaces of the sanhedrim; but go on to declare it with all freedom of expression, with all boldness, courage, and intrepidity of mind, and all openness and faithfulness, and in the most public manner. And such a petition shows, that as it is gift of God to speak his word, or preach his Gospel, so it also is, to speak it freely, boldly, and faithfully, as it should be spoken.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

29. now, Lord, behold their threatenings—Recognizing in the threatenings of the Sanhedrim a declaration of war by the combined powers of the world against their infant cause, they seek not enthusiastically to hide from themselves its critical position, but calmly ask the Lord of heaven and earth to "look upon their threatenings."

that with all boldness they may speak thy word—Rising above self, they ask only fearless courage to testify for their Master, and divine attestation to their testimony by miracles of healing, &c., in His name.

Acts 4:29 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Believers' Prayer for Boldness
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, 30while You extend Your hand to heal, and signs and wonders take place through the name of Your holy servant Jesus."…
Cross References
Acts 4:13
When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.

Acts 4:31
After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.

Acts 9:27
But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles. He told them how Saul on his journey had seen the Lord and that the Lord had spoken to him, and how in Damascus he had preached fearlessly in the name of Jesus.

Acts 9:28
So Saul stayed with them and moved about freely in Jerusalem, speaking boldly in the name of the Lord.

Acts 14:3
So Paul and Barnabas spent considerable time there, speaking boldly for the Lord, who confirmed the message of his grace by enabling them to perform signs and wonders.

2 Corinthians 3:12
Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold.

Philippians 1:14
And because of my chains, most of the brothers and sisters have become confident in the Lord and dare all the more to proclaim the gospel without fear.
Treasury of Scripture

And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant to your servants, that with all boldness they may speak your word,

behold.

Acts 4:17,18,21 But that it spread no further among the people, let us straightly …

Isaiah 37:17-20 Incline your ear, O LORD, and hear; open your eyes, O LORD, and see: …

Isaiah 63:15 Look down from heaven, and behold from the habitation of your holiness …

Lamentations 3:50 Till the LORD look down, and behold from heaven.

Lamentations 5:1 Remember, O LORD, what is come on us: consider, and behold our reproach.

Daniel 9:18 O my God, incline your ear, and hear; open your eyes, and behold …

that.

Acts 4:13,31 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that …

Acts 9:27 But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles, and declared …

Acts 13:46 Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that …

Acts 14:3 Long time therefore stayed they speaking boldly in the Lord, which …

Acts 19:8 And he went into the synagogue, and spoke boldly for the space of …

Acts 20:26,27 Why I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men…

Acts 26:26 For the king knows of these things, before whom also I speak freely: …

Acts 28:31 Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern …

Isaiah 58:1 Cry aloud, spare not, lift up your voice like a trumpet, and show …

Ezekiel 2:6 And you, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of …

Micah 3:8 But truly I am full of power by the spirit of the LORD, and of judgment, …

Ephesians 6:18-20 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit…

Philippians 1:14 And many of the brothers in the Lord, waxing confident by my bonds, …

1 Thessalonians 2:2 But even after that we had suffered before, and were shamefully entreated, …

2 Timothy 1:7,8 For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of …

2 Timothy 4:17 Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that …

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