Acts 6:10
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New International Version
But they could not stand up against the wisdom the Spirit gave him as he spoke.

New Living Translation
None of them could stand against the wisdom and the Spirit with which Stephen spoke.

English Standard Version
But they could not withstand the wisdom and the Spirit with which he was speaking.

Berean Study Bible
but they could not stand up to his wisdom or the Spirit by whom he spoke.

Berean Literal Bible
And they were not able to withstand the wisdom and the Spirit by whom he was speaking.

New American Standard Bible
But they were unable to cope with the wisdom and the Spirit with which he was speaking.

King James Bible
And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit by which he spake.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But they were unable to stand up against his wisdom and the Spirit by whom he was speaking.

International Standard Version
But they could neither refute the wisdom nor withstand the Spirit by which he kept speaking.

NET Bible
Yet they were not able to resist the wisdom and the Spirit with which he spoke.

New Heart English Bible
They weren't able to withstand the wisdom and the Spirit by which he spoke.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And they were not able to withstand the wisdom and The Spirit who was speaking in him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They couldn't argue with Stephen because he spoke with the wisdom that the Spirit had given him.

New American Standard 1977
And yet they were unable to cope with the wisdom and the Spirit with which he was speaking.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the Spirit by which he spoke.

King James 2000 Bible
And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit by which he spoke.

American King James Version
And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit by which he spoke.

American Standard Version
And they were not able to withstand the wisdom and the Spirit by which he spake.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit that spoke.

Darby Bible Translation
And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the Spirit with which he spoke.

English Revised Version
And they were not able to withstand the wisdom and the Spirit by which he spake.

Webster's Bible Translation
And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit by which he spoke.

Weymouth New Testament
They were quite unable, however, to resist the wisdom and the Spirit with which he spoke.

World English Bible
They weren't able to withstand the wisdom and the Spirit by which he spoke.

Young's Literal Translation
and they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit with which he was speaking;
Study Bible
The Arrest of Stephen
9But resistance arose from what was known as the Synagogue of the Freedmen, including Cyrenians, Alexandrians, and men from the provinces of Cilicia and Asia. They began to argue with Stephen, 10but they could not stand up to his wisdom or the Spirit by whom he spoke. 11Then they prompted some men to say, “We heard Stephen speak words of blasphemy against Moses and against God.”…
Cross References
Acts 6:9
But resistance arose from what was known as the Synagogue of the Freedmen, including Cyrenians, Alexandrians, and men from the provinces of Cilicia and Asia. They began to argue with Stephen,

Acts 6:11
Then they prompted some men to say, "We heard Stephen speak words of blasphemy against Moses and against God."
Treasury of Scripture

And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit by which he spoke.

able.

Acts 5:39 But if it be of God, you cannot overthrow it; lest haply you be found …

Acts 7:51 You stiff necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, you do always …

Exodus 4:12 Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth, and teach you what …

Isaiah 54:17 No weapon that is formed against you shall prosper; and every tongue …

Jeremiah 1:18,19 For, behold, I have made you this day a defended city, and an iron …

Jeremiah 15:20 And I will make you to this people a fenced brazen wall: and they …

Ezekiel 3:27 But when I speak with you, I will open your mouth, and you shall …

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 21:15 For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries …

John 7:46 The officers answered, Never man spoke like this man.

the spirit.

Job 32:8,18 But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty …

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

Luke 1:17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn …

1 Corinthians 2:4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's …

(10) They were not able.--Better, had no strength; the verb being somewhat more forcible than that commonly translated "to be able."

To resist the wisdom and the spirit with which he spake.--It is remarkable that Stephen is the first Christian teacher of whom "wisdom" is thus specially predicted. In the Gospels it is ascribed to our Lord (Matthew 13:54; Luke 2:40; Luke 2:52); and we read of "the wisdom of Solomon" (Matthew 12:42). In a writer like St. Luke, it implies something higher even than the "consolation" or "prophecy" from which Barnabas took his name--wider thoughts, a clearer vision of the truth, the development of what had been before latent in hints and parables and dark sayings. The speech that follows in the next chapter, may be accepted as an example, as far as circumstances allowed, of the method and power of his general teaching.

Verse 10. - Withstand for resist, A.V. This was a part of the "power" mentioned in ver. 8. And they were not able to resist the wisdom,.... In Beza's most ancient copy, and in another manuscript it is added, "which was in him"; that divine wisdom, which the Spirit of wisdom gave him; they were not a match for him with respect to the knowledge of divine things; they could not answer the wise arguments he made use of, fetched out of the Scriptures of truth, in which he was well versed, and had a large knowledge of:

and the Spirit by which he spake; that is, the Holy Spirit, as the above exemplars of Beza, and the Ethiopic version read; the meaning is, they could not resist the Holy Spirit, by which Stephen spake, so as to overcome him, or put Stephen to silence, or confute him; otherwise they did resist him, or oppose themselves to him, but in vain, and without success; for they always resisted the Holy Ghost in Christ and in his apostles, as their fathers before them resisted him in the prophets, as Stephen observes to them, Acts 7:51 hereby was fulfilled what our Lord promised to his disciples, Matthew 10:19. 10. not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit by which he spake—What he said, and the power with which he spake it, were alike resistless.6:8-15 When they could not answer Stephen's arguments as a disputant, they prosecuted him as a criminal, and brought false witnesses against him. And it is next to a miracle of providence, that no greater number of religious persons have been murdered in the world, by the way of perjury and pretence of law, when so many thousands hate them, who make no conscience of false oaths. Wisdom and holiness make a man's face to shine, yet will not secure men from being treated badly. What shall we say of man, a rational being, yet attempting to uphold a religious system by false witness and murder! And this has been done in numberless instances. But the blame rests not so much upon the understanding, as upon the heart of a fallen creature, which is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked. Yet the servant of the Lord, possessing a clear conscience, cheerful hope, and Divine consolations, may smile in the midst of danger and death.
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