Acts 4:8
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New International Version
Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: "Rulers and elders of the people!

New Living Translation
Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, "Rulers and elders of our people,

English Standard Version
Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders,

Berean Study Bible
Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, "Rulers and elders of the people!

Berean Literal Bible
Then Peter, having been filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, "Rulers of the people and elders,

New American Standard Bible
Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, "Rulers and elders of the people,

King James Bible
Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then Peter was filled with the Holy Spirit and said to them, "Rulers of the people and elders:

International Standard Version
Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, told them, "Rulers and elders of the people!

NET Bible
Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, replied, "Rulers of the people and elders,

New Heart English Bible
Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, "Rulers of the people, and elders,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Then Shimeon Kaypha was filled by The Spirit of Holiness, and he said to them, “Rulers of the people and Elders of the house of Israel, listen.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then Peter, because he was filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, "Rulers and leaders of the people,

New American Standard 1977
Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers and elders of the people,

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said unto them, Ye princes of the people and elders of Israel,

King James 2000 Bible
Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said unto them, You rulers of the people, and elders of Israel,

American King James Version
Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said to them, You rulers of the people, and elders of Israel,

American Standard Version
Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders,

Douay-Rheims Bible
Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said to them: Ye princes of the people, and ancients, hear:

Darby Bible Translation
Then Peter, filled with [the] Holy Spirit, said to them, Rulers of the people and elders [of Israel],

English Revised Version
Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders,

Webster's Bible Translation
Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel,

Weymouth New Testament
Then Peter was filled with the Holy Spirit, and he replied, "Rulers and Elders of the people,

World English Bible
Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, "You rulers of the people, and elders of Israel,

Young's Literal Translation
Then Peter, having been filled with the Holy Spirit, said unto them: 'Rulers of the people, and elders of Israel,
Study Bible
Peter and John Before the Council
7They had Peter and John brought in and began to question them: “By what power or what name did you do this?” 8Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers and elders of the people! 9If we are being examined today about a kind service to a man who was lame, to determine how he was healed,…
Cross References
Matthew 10:20
For it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.

Luke 1:41
When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.

Luke 23:13
Then Pilate called together the chief priests, the rulers, and the people,

Acts 2:4
And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.

Acts 4:5
The next day the rulers, elders, and scribes assembled in Jerusalem,

Acts 4:7
They had Peter and John brought in and began to question them: "By what power or what name did you do this?"

Acts 13:9
Then Saul, who was also called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked directly at Elymas
Treasury of Scripture

Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said to them, You rulers of the people, and elders of Israel,

filled.

Acts 4:31 And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled …

Acts 2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak …

Acts 7:55 But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up steadfastly into …

Matthew 10:19,20 But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what you shall speak…

Luke 12:11,12 And when they bring you to the synagogues, and to magistrates, and …

Luke 21:14,15 Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what you …

(8) Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost.--The tense implies an immediate sudden inspiration, giving the wisdom and courage and words which were needed at the time. The promises of Matthew 10:19-20, Luke 21:14-15, were abundantly fulfilled. The coincidence of names in the juxtaposition of the representatives of the new and the older Israel is striking. On each side there was a John; on each a Cephas, or Caiaphas, the two names possibly coming from the same root, or, at any rate, closely alike in sound. A few weeks back Peter had quailed before the soldiers and servants in the high priest's palace. Now he stands before the Sanhedrin and speaks, in the language of respect, it is true, but also in that of unflinching boldness. We may, perhaps, trace a greater deference in the language of the Galilean fisherman, "Ye rulers of the people," than in the "Men and brethren" of St. Paul (Acts 23:1; Acts 23:6), who was more familiar with the members of the court, and stood in less awe of them.

Verse 8. - Elders for elders of Israel, A.V. and T.R. Filled with the Holy Ghost; in direct fulfillment of the promise (Mark 13:11; Luke 12:12; Luke 21:14, 15; comp. Acts 7:55). St. Peter addresses them with all respect (see Matthew 23:2). Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost,.... At that very instant, having received a fresh measure of the gifts and graces of the Spirit, besides what he had poured forth upon him at the day of Pentecost; so that he had great courage and presence of mind, and freedom of speech, as Christ had promised his disciples they should have, when they were brought before governors and magistrates, Matthew 10:18. The case was much altered with Peter, he who but a little while ago was frightened by a servant maid, now stands before the Jewish sanhedrim, with undaunted courage and resolution:

and said unto them, ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel; he addresses them in a very handsome manner, and gives them their proper titles as magistrates; which ought to be done by men and Christians; honour should be given, to whom honour is due: the Vulgate Latin, Syriac, and Ethiopic versions, and some copies, add "hear", which seems very necessary; he called for audience, or desired to be heard a few words, in the defence of himself and fellow apostle, and in answer to their questions. 8. Then, filled with the Holy Ghost, said—(See Mr 13:11; Lu 21:15).4:5-14 Peter being filled with the Holy Ghost, would have all to understand, that the miracle had been wrought by the name, or power, of Jesus of Nazareth, the Messiah, whom they had crucified; and this confirmed their testimony to his resurrection from the dead, which proved him to be the Messiah. These rulers must either be saved by that Jesus whom they had crucified, or they must perish for ever. The name of Jesus is given to men of every age and nation, as that whereby alone believers are saved from the wrath to come. But when covetousness, pride, or any corrupt passion, rules within, men shut their eyes, and close their hearts, in enmity against the light; considering all as ignorant and unlearned, who desire to know nothing in comparison with Christ crucified. And the followers of Christ should act so that all who converse with them, may take knowledge that they have been with Jesus. That makes them holy, heavenly, spiritual, and cheerful, and raises them above this world.
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