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.

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;

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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

Jubilee Bible 2000
And God, who knows the hearts, bore them witness, giving them the Holy Spirit, even as he did unto us,

King James 2000 Bible
And God, who knows the hearts, bore them witness, giving them the Holy Spirit, even as he did unto us;

American King James Version
And God, which knows the hearts, bore them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he 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;

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

Darby Bible Translation
And the heart-knowing God bore them witness, giving [them] the Holy Spirit as to us also,

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

Webster's Bible Translation
And God, who knoweth the hearts, bore them witness, giving to them the Holy Spirit, even as 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,
Study Bible
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 all men.

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 on 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…







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

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

who
(ho)
Article - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 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 Greek 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 Greek 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 Greek 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 Greek 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 Greek 40: Set apart by (or for) God, holy, sacred. From hagos; sacred.

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

to them,
αὐτοῖς (autois)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Dative Neuter 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 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 Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

as
καθὼς (kathōs)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 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 Greek 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.
(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.). 15:7-21 We see from the words purifying their hearts by faith, and the address of St. Peter, that justification by faith, and sanctification by the Holy Ghost, cannot be separated; and that both are the gift of God. We have great cause to bless God that we have heard the gospel. May we have that faith which the great Searcher of hearts approves, and attests by the seal of the Holy Spirit. Then our hearts and consciences will be purified from the guilt of sin, and we shall be freed from the burdens some try to lay upon the disciples of Christ. Paul and Barnabas showed by plain matters of fact, that God owned the preaching of the pure gospel to the Gentiles without the law of Moses; therefore to press that law upon them, was to undo what God had done. The opinion of James was, that the Gentile converts ought not to be troubled about Jewish rites, but that they should abstain from meats offered to idols, so that they might show their hatred of idolatry. Also, that they should be cautioned against fornication, which was not abhorred by the Gentiles as it should be, and even formed a part of some of their rites. They were counselled to abstain from things strangled, and from eating blood; this was forbidden by the law of Moses, and also here, from reverence to the blood of the sacrifices, which being then still offered, it would needlessly grieve the Jewish converts, and further prejudice the unconverted Jews. But as the reason has long ceased, we are left free in this, as in the like matters. Let converts be warned to avoid all appearances of the evils which they formerly practised, or are likely to be tempted to; and caution them to use Christian liberty with moderation and prudence.
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