Acts 4:37
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New International Version
sold a field he owned and brought the money and put it at the apostles' feet.

New Living Translation
He sold a field he owned and brought the money to the apostles.

English Standard Version
sold a field that belonged to him and brought the money and laid it at the apostles’ feet.

Berean Study Bible
sold a field he owned, brought the money, and laid it at the apostles' feet.

Berean Literal Bible
having sold a field he owns, brought the money and laid it at the feet of the apostles.

New American Standard Bible
and who owned a tract of land, sold it and brought the money and laid it at the apostles' feet.

King James Bible
Having land, sold it, and brought the money, and laid it at the apostles' feet.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
sold a field he owned, brought the money, and laid it at the apostles' feet.

International Standard Version
sold a field that belonged to him, brought the money, and laid it at the apostles' feet.

NET Bible
sold a field that belonged to him and brought the money and placed it at the apostles' feet.

New Heart English Bible
having a field, sold it, and brought the money and put it at the apostles' feet.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Had a field, and he sold it and brought its price and laid it before the Apostles' feet.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He had some land. He sold it and turned the money over to the apostles.

New American Standard 1977
and who owned a tract of land, sold it and brought the money and laid it at the apostles’ feet.

Jubilee Bible 2000
having land, sold it and brought the money and laid it at the apostles' feet.

King James 2000 Bible
Having land, sold it, and brought the money, and laid it at the apostles' feet.

American King James Version
Having land, sold it, and brought the money, and laid it at the apostles' feet.

American Standard Version
having a field, sold it, and brought the money and laid it at the apostles feet.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Having land, sold it, and brought the price, and laid it at the feet of the apostles.

Darby Bible Translation
being possessed of land, having sold [it], brought the money and laid it at the feet of the apostles.

English Revised Version
having a field, sold it, and brought the money, and laid it at the apostles' feet.

Webster's Bible Translation
Having land, sold it, and brought the money, and laid it at the apostles' feet.

Weymouth New Testament
sold a farm which he had, and brought the money and gave it to the Apostles.

World English Bible
having a field, sold it, and brought the money and laid it at the apostles' feet.

Young's Literal Translation
a field being his, having sold it, brought the money and laid it at the feet of the apostles.
Study Bible
Sharing among Believers
36Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (meaning Son of Encouragement), 37sold a field he owned, brought the money, and laid it at the apostles’ feet.
Cross References
Acts 2:44
All the believers were together and had everything in common.

Acts 4:35
and lay them at the apostles' feet for distribution to anyone as he had need.

Acts 5:1
Now a man named Ananias, together with his wife Sapphira, also sold a piece of property.

Acts 5:2
With his wife's full knowledge, he kept back some of the proceeds for himself, but brought a portion and laid it at the apostles' feet.
Treasury of Scripture

Having land, sold it, and brought the money, and laid it at the apostles' feet.

sold.

Acts 4:34,35 Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were …

Acts 5:1,2 But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession…

Matthew 19:29 And every one that has forsaken houses, or brothers, or sisters, …

(37) Having land, sold it.--Better, perhaps, having a farm. (See Notes on Mark 5:14; Mark 6:36; Mark 6:56.) In the original polity of Israel the Levites had cities and land in common, but no private property (Numbers 18:20-21; Deuteronomy 10:8-9, et al.), and depended for their support upon the tithes paid by the people. The case of Jeremiah, however (Jeremiah 32:7-12), shows that there was nothing to hinder priest or Levite from becoming the possessor of land by purchase or inheritance. The position of Barnabas's sister Mary shows that she, also, was wealthy, and, though she did not sell her house, she, too, did not call it her own, but gave it up for the public use of the community. The self-chosen poverty of Barnabas led him afterwards to act as St. Paul did in working for his livelihood (1Corinthians 9:6). It will not be out of place on this first mention of the name of a new disciple to note a few others whose membership of the Church dated probably from this period; Mnason, the "old disciple" of Acts 21:16, of Cyprus, and probably, therefore, a friend of Barnabas; Andronicus and Junia (or, more probably, Junias, as a man's name), in some sense kinsmen of St. Paul, who were "in Christ" before him (Romans 16:7), and whom we find afterwards at Rome; the seven who in Acts 6:5 are prominent enough to be chosen as representatives of the Hellenistic members of the Church; Agabus (Acts 11:28), Judas, and Silas (Acts 15:32). The last three, however, as being "prophets," may have been among the number of the Seventy; and, possibly, if we follow a fairly early tradition, Stephen and Philip among the Seven. (See Note on Luke 10:1.) We again note the absence of any measure of the interval between the events of this chapter and the history that follows. The picture of the peaceful expansion of the Church's life implies, probably, as in Acts 2:41-47, one of several months.

Verse 37. - A field for land, A.V.



Having land, sold it,.... Whether this was in Cyprus, or in Judea, is not certain; nor how he came by it, whether he had bought it, as the priests and Levites might, and as Jeremiah, who was of the priests, bought a field at Anathoth, Jeremiah 32:9 or, whether it was his wife's dowry; for the Levites had nothing by inheritance: they had forty two cities, and the six cities of refuge to dwell in, and the field of the suburbs of these cities; which field or land was never to be sold, but to be a perpetual possession, Leviticus 25:34 but now the ceremonial law was abolished, and this precept was not attended to, if the land was of this sort. Moreover, the Jewish doctors interpret the above law otherwise; and understand it only of changing, and not of selling, which they allow of; one of their canons runs thus (y),

"the priests and Levites, "sell" always, and redeem always, as it is said, Leviticus 25:32, "the Levites may redeem at any time".''

Upon which canon, one of their commentators (z) says,

"they sell always; and not as an Israelite, who cannot sell less than two years before the jubilee;--but these "sell" even near the jubilee; "and they redeem always": if they sell houses in walled towns, they are not confirmed at the end of the year, as the houses in the walled towns of Israelites; and if "they sell fields", it is not necessary that they should remain in the hands of the buyer two years, but they may redeem them immediately, if they will.''

And another of them (a) has this observation,

"all agree that the Levites may not change a city, or suburb, or field, which are theirs, because it is said, Leviticus 25:34 "but the field of the suburbs of their cities may not be sold"; and the wise men of blessed memory say, the meaning of it is, it shall not be changed, for they do not change anything from what it was before.''

And agreeably to this is what Maimonides (b) elsewhere says,

"they do not make in the cities of the Levites a city a suburb, or a suburb a city, or a suburb a field, or a field a suburb, as it is said, Leviticus 25:34 "but the field of the suburbs of their cities shall not be sold"; from report (or tradition) we learn, that that is said, "shall not be sold", means, shall not be changed; but the field, suburbs, and city, everyone of these three shall be as they are for ever. Priests and Levites who "sell" a field, of the fields of their cities, or an house of any of the houses of their walled towns, do not redeem according to this order (i.e. as the other Israelites), but "they sell fields"; and even near to the jubilee, and redeem them immediately.''

So that if this land of Barnabas lay in Judea, as is most likely, it might be sold, and much more, if in Cyprus. But, be it what and where it will, he sold it:

and brought the money; from Cyprus or Judea, or that part of the land of Canaan where it lay, and where he had sold it:

and laid it at the apostles' feet; perhaps he might be the first person that did so, and set an example which was universally followed; however, he is particularly mentioned, being a man of note among the apostles, and of great usefulness in after times, and of whom frequent mention is made in other places.

(y) Misn. Eracin, c. 9. sect. 8. (z) Bartenora in Misn. Eracin. (a) Mainton. in ib. (b) Hilchot Shemitta Veyobel, c. 13. sect. 4, 5, 7. 4:32-37 The disciples loved one another. This was the blessed fruit of Christ's dying precept to his disciples, and his dying prayer for them. Thus it was then, and it will be so again, when the Spirit shall be poured upon us from on high. The doctrine preached was the resurrection of Christ; a matter of fact, which being duly explained, was a summary of all the duties, privileges, and comforts of Christians. There were evident fruits of Christ's grace in all they said and did. They were dead to this world. This was a great evidence of the grace of God in them. They did not take away others' property, but they were indifferent to it. They did not call it their own; because they had, in affection, forsaken all for Christ, and were expecting to be stripped of all for cleaving to him. No marvel that they were of one heart and soul, when they sat so loose to the wealth of this world. In effect, they had all things common; for there was not any among them who lacked, care was taken for their supply. The money was laid at the apostles' feet. Great care ought to be taken in the distribution of public charity, that it be given to such as have need, such as are not able to procure a maintenance for themselves; those who are reduced to want for well-doing, and for the testimony of a good conscience, ought to be provided for. Here is one in particular mentioned, remarkable for this generous charity; it was Barnabas. As one designed to be a preacher of the gospel, he disentangled himself from the affairs of this life. When such dispositions prevail, and are exercised according to the circumstances of the times, the testimony will have very great power upon others.
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