Acts 4:17
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New International Version
But to stop this thing from spreading any further among the people, we must warn them to speak no longer to anyone in this name."

King James Bible
But that it spread no further among the people, let us straitly threaten them, that they speak henceforth to no man in this name.

Darby Bible Translation
But that it be not further spread among the people, let us threaten them severely no longer to speak to any man in this name.

World English Bible
But so that this spreads no further among the people, let's threaten them, that from now on they don't speak to anyone in this name."

Young's Literal Translation
but that it may spread no further toward the people, let us strictly threaten them no more to speak in this name to any man.'

Acts 4:17 Parallel
Commentary
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

But that it spread no farther - Not the news of the miraculous healing of the lame man, but the doctrine and influence which these men preach and exert. More than a thousand people had already professed faith in Christ in consequence of this miracle, (see Acts 4:4), and if this teaching should be permitted to go on, probably accompanied with similar miracles, they had reason to believe that all Jerusalem (themselves excepted, who had steeled their hearts against all good) should be converted to the religion of him whom they had lately crucified.

Let us straitly threaten them - Απειλῃ απειλησωμεθα, Let us threaten them with threatening, a Hebraism, and a proof that St. Luke has translated the words of the council into Greek, just as they were spoken.

That they speak ...to no man in this name - Nothing so ominous to them as the name of Christ crucified, because they themselves had been his crucifiers. On this account they could not bear to hear salvation preached to mankind through him of whom they had been the betrayers and murderers, and who was soon likely to have no enemies but themselves.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

that it.

Acts 5:39 But if it be of God, you cannot overthrow it; lest haply you be found even to fight against God.

Psalm 2:1-4 Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing...

Daniel 2:34,35 You saw till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image on his feet that were of iron and clay...

Romans 10:16-18 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias said, Lord, who has believed our report...

Romans 15:18-22 For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ has not worked by me, to make the Gentiles obedient, by word and deed...

1 Thessalonians 1:8 For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia...

let.

Acts 4:21,29,30 So when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding nothing how they might punish them, because of the people...

Acts 5:24,28,40 Now when the high priest and the captain of the temple and the chief priests heard these things...

2 Chronicles 25:15,16 Why the anger of the LORD was kindled against Amaziah, and he sent to him a prophet, which said to him...

Isaiah 30:8-11 Now go, write it before them in a table, and note it in a book, that it may be for the time to come for ever and ever...

Jeremiah 20:1-3 Now Pashur the son of Immer the priest, who was also chief governor in the house of the LORD...

Jeremiah 29:25-32 Thus speaks the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, saying...

Jeremiah 38:4 Therefore the princes said to the king, We beseech you, let this man be put to death...

Amos 2:12 But you gave the Nazarites wine to drink; and commanded the prophets, saying, Prophesy not.

Amos 7:12-17 Also Amaziah said to Amos, O you seer, go, flee you away into the land of Judah, and there eat bread, and prophesy there...

Micah 2:6,7 Prophesy you not, say they to them that prophesy: they shall not prophesy to them, that they shall not take shame...

Matthew 27:64 Command therefore that the sepulcher be made sure until the third day, lest his disciples come by night, and steal him away...

John 11:47,48 Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and said, What do we? for this man does many miracles...

1 Thessalonians 2:15,16 Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they please not God, and are contrary to all men...

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Courage
Chester Cathedral, 1871. Acts iv. 13, 18-20. "Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus. . . . And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. For we cannot but speak
Charles Kingsley—All Saints' Day and Other Sermons

Impossible Silence
'We cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.' --ACTS iv. 20. The context tells us that the Jewish Council were surprised, as they well might be, at the boldness of Peter and John, and traced it to their having been with Jesus. But do you remember that they were by no means bold when they were with Jesus, and that the bravery came after what, in ordinary circumstances, would have destroyed any of it in a man? A leader's execution is not a usual recipe for heartening his followers,
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture: The Acts

A Manifestation of God in Answer to Prayer
A MANIFESTATION OF GOD IN ANSWER TO PRAYER ". . . When they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness." -- Acts 4:31. This remarkable manifestation of God reveals the effectiveness of prevailing prayer. It vividly discloses the fact that prayer can accomplish much. It is apparent that neither the apostles, nor the assembled company of devout believers were astonished at the marvelous
T. M. Anderson—Prayer Availeth Much

Against the Modern Free-Thinkers.
Sir, THERE arrived in this neighbourhood, two days ago, one of your gay gentlemen of the town, who being attended at his entry with a servant of his own, besides a countryman he had taken up for a guide, excited the curiosity of the village to learn whence and what he might be. The countryman (to whom they applied as most easy of access) knew little more than that the gentleman came from London to travel and see fashions, and was, as he heard say, a Free-thinker; what religion that might be he could
Joseph Addison—The Evidences of the Christian Religion, with Additional Discourses

Cross References
Matthew 9:30
and their sight was restored. Jesus warned them sternly, "See that no one knows about this."

John 15:21
They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the one who sent me.

Ephesians 6:9
And masters, treat your slaves in the same way. Do not threaten them, since you know that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no favoritism with him.

1 Peter 2:23
When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly.

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