Acts 6:10
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.

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

Contemporary English Version
But they were no match for Stephen, who spoke with the great wisdom that the Spirit gave him.

Good News Translation
But the Spirit gave Stephen such wisdom that when he spoke, they could not refute him.

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, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God.

Acts 7:51
Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.

Exodus 4:12
Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say.

the spirit.

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

Micah 3:8
But truly I am full of power by the spirit of the LORD, and of judgment, and of might, to declare unto Jacob his transgression, and to Israel his sin.

Luke 1:17
And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.







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

they could not
ἴσχυον (ischyon)
Verb - Imperfect Indicative Active - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 2480: To have strength, be strong, be in full health and vigor, be able; meton: I prevail. From ischus; to have force.

stand up to
ἀντιστῆναι (antistēnai)
Verb - Aorist Infinitive Active
Strong's Greek 436: To set against; I withstand, resist, oppose. From anti and histemi; to stand against, i.e. Oppose.

[his]
τῇ (tē)
Article - Dative Feminine 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.

wisdom
σοφίᾳ (sophia)
Noun - Dative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 4678: Wisdom, insight, skill (human or divine), intelligence. From sophos; wisdom.

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

the
τῷ (tō)
Article - Dative 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.

Spirit
Πνεύματι (Pneumati)
Noun - Dative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 4151: Wind, breath, spirit.

by whom
(hō)
Personal / Relative Pronoun - Dative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 3739: Who, which, what, that.

he spoke.
ἐλάλει (elalei)
Verb - Imperfect Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2980: A prolonged form of an otherwise obsolete verb; to talk, i.e. Utter words.
(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. 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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