New American Standard Bible
But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the gates of the prison, and taking them out he said,
King James Bible
But the angel of the Lord by night opened the prison doors, and brought them forth, and said,
Darby Bible Translation
But an angel of the Lord during the night opened the doors of the prison, and leading them out, said,
World English Bible
But an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors by night, and brought them out, and said,
Young's Literal Translation
and a messenger of the Lord through the night opened the doors of the prison, having also brought them forth, he said,
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
But the angel of the Lord - This does not denote any "particular" angel, but simply an angel. The "article" is not used in the original. The word "angel" denotes properly a "messenger," and particularly it is applied to the pure spirits that are sent to this world on errands of mercy. See the notes on Matthew 1:20. The case here was evidently "a miracle." An angel was employed for this special purpose, and the design might have been:
(1) To reprove the Jewish rulers, and to convince them of their guilt in resisting the gospel of God;
(2) To convince the apostles more firmly of the protection and approbation of God;
(3) To encourage them more and more in their work, and in the faithful discharge of their high duty; and,
(4) To give the people a new and impressive proof of the truth of the message which they bore. That they were "imprisoned" would be known to the people. That they were made as secure as possible was also known. When, therefore, the next morning, before they could have been tried or acquitted, they were found again in the temple, delivering the same message still, it was a new and striking proof that they were sent by God.
LibraryWhom to Obey, --Annas or Angel?
'Then the high priest rose up, and all they that were with him, (which is the sect of the Sadducees,) and were filled with indignation, 18. And laid their hands on the apostles, and put them in the common prison. 19. But the angel of the Lord by night opened the prison doors, and brought them forth, and said, 20. Go, stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life. 21. And when they heard that, they entered into the temple early in the morning, and taught. But the high priest …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture: The Acts
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Nebuchadnezzar responded and said, "Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego, who has sent His angel and delivered His servants who put their trust in Him, violating the king's command, and yielded up their bodies so as not to serve or worship any god except their own God.
But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.
And Joseph awoke from his sleep and did as the angel of the Lord commanded him, and took Mary as his wife,
Now when they had gone, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, "Get up! Take the Child and His mother and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is going to search for the Child to destroy Him."
But when Herod died, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, and said,
And behold, a severe earthquake had occurred, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled away the stone and sat upon it.
And an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing to the right of the altar of incense.
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