Acts 15:8
New International Version
God, who knows the heart, showed that he accepted them by giving the Holy Spirit to them, just as he did to us.

New Living Translation
God knows people’s hearts, and he confirmed that he accepts Gentiles by giving them the Holy Spirit, just as he did to us.

English Standard Version
And God, who knows the heart, bore witness to them, by giving them the Holy Spirit just as he did to us,

Berean Study Bible
And God, who knows the heart, showed His approval by giving the Holy Spirit to them, just as He did to us.

Berean Literal Bible
And the heart-knowing God bore witness to them, having given them the Holy Spirit, as also to us.

King James Bible
And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us;

New King James Version
So God, who knows the heart, acknowledged them by giving them the Holy Spirit, just as He did to us,

New American Standard Bible
And God, who knows the heart, testified to them giving them the Holy Spirit, just as He also did to us;

NASB 1995
"And God, who knows the heart, testified to them giving them the Holy Spirit, just as He also did to us;

NASB 1977
“And God, who knows the heart, bore witness to them, giving them the Holy Spirit, just as He also did to us;

Amplified Bible
And God, who knows and understands the heart, testified to them, giving them the Holy Spirit, just as He also did to us;

Christian Standard Bible
And God, who knows the heart, bore witness to them by giving them the Holy Spirit, just as he also did to us.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
And God, who knows the heart, testified to them by giving the Holy Spirit, just as He also did to us.

American Standard Version
And God, who knoweth the heart, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Spirit, even as he did unto us;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“And God, who knows what is in the hearts, testified to them and gave them The Spirit of Holiness as to us.”

Contemporary English Version
He knows what is in everyone's heart. And he showed he had chosen the Gentiles, when he gave them the Holy Spirit, just as he had given his Spirit to us.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And God, who knoweth the hearts, gave testimony, giving unto them the Holy Ghost, as well as to us;

English Revised Version
And God, which knoweth the heart, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us;

Good News Translation
And God, who knows the thoughts of everyone, showed his approval of the Gentiles by giving the Holy Spirit to them, just as he had to us.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
God, who knows everyone's thoughts, showed that he approved of people who aren't Jewish by giving them the Holy Spirit as he gave the Holy Spirit to us.

International Standard Version
God, who knows everyone's heart, showed them he approved by giving them the Holy Spirit, just as he did to us.

Literal Standard Version
and the heart-knowing God bore them testimony, having given to them the Holy Spirit, even as also to us,

NET Bible
And God, who knows the heart, has testified to them by giving them the Holy Spirit just as he did to us,

New Heart English Bible
God, who knows the heart, testified about them, giving them the Holy Spirit, just like he did to us.

Weymouth New Testament
And God, who knows all hearts, gave His testimony in their favour by bestowing the Holy Spirit on them just as He did on us;

World English Bible
God, who knows the heart, testified about them, giving them the Holy Spirit, just like he did to us.

Young's Literal Translation
and the heart-knowing God did bare them testimony, having given to them the Holy Spirit, even as also to us,

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Council at Jerusalem
7After much discussion, Peter got up and said to them, “Brothers, you know that in the early days God made a choice among you that the Gentiles would hear from my lips the message of the gospel and believe. 8And God, who knows the heart, showed His approval by giving the Holy Spirit to them, just as He did to us. 9He made no distinction between us and them, for He cleansed their hearts by faith.…

Cross References
John 2:24
But Jesus did not entrust Himself to them, for He knew them all.

Acts 1:24
And they prayed, "Lord, You know everyone's heart. Show us which of these two You have chosen

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 10:44
While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all who heard his message.

Acts 10:47
"Can anyone withhold the water to baptize these people? They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have!"

Acts 15:28
It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us not to burden you with anything beyond these essential requirements:


Treasury of Scripture

And God, which knows the hearts, bore them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did to us;

which.

Acts 1:24
And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen,

1 Samuel 16:7
But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.

1 Kings 8:39
Then hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place, and forgive, and do, and give to every man according to his ways, whose heart thou knowest; (for thou, even thou only, knowest the hearts of all the children of men;)

bare.

Acts 14:3
Long time therefore abode they speaking boldly in the Lord, which gave testimony unto the word of his grace, and granted signs and wonders to be done by their hands.

John 5:37
And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape.

Hebrews 2:4
God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?

giving.

Acts 2:4
And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

Acts 4:31
And 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 10:44,45
While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word…









(8) God which knoweth the hearts.--We note the recurrence of the epithet as characteristic of St. Peter. (See Note on Acts 1:24.)

Verse 8. - Heart for hearts, A.V. (καρδιογνώστης). Bare them witness; i.e. set the mark of his approval upon them, vouched for their sincerity (see the use of the verb μαρτυρέω in Luke 4:22; John 3:26; Acts 6:3; Acts 10:22, etc.).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
And
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's 2532: And, even, also, namely.

God,
Θεὸς (Theos)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's 2316: A deity, especially the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; by Hebraism, very.

who
(ho)
Article - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

knows the heart,
καρδιογνώστης (kardiognōstēs)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's 2589: A knower of the inner life (character, hearts). From kardia and ginosko; a heart-knower.

showed His approval
ἐμαρτύρησεν (emartyrēsen)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 3140: To witness, bear witness, give evidence, testify, give a good report. From martus; to be a witness, i.e. Testify.

by giving
δοὺς (dous)
Verb - Aorist Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's 1325: To offer, give; I put, place. A prolonged form of a primary verb; to give.

the
τὸ (to)
Article - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

Holy
Ἅγιον (Hagion)
Adjective - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's 40: Set apart by (or for) God, holy, sacred. From hagos; sacred.

Spirit
Πνεῦμα (Pneuma)
Noun - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's 4151: Wind, breath, spirit.

to them,
αὐτοῖς (autois)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Dative Neuter 3rd Person Plural
Strong's 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

just
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's 2532: And, even, also, namely.

as
καθὼς (kathōs)
Adverb
Strong's 2531: According to the manner in which, in the degree that, just as, as. From kata and hos; just as, that.

[He did] to us.
ἡμῖν (hēmin)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Dative 1st Person Plural
Strong's 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.


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