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.
Darby Bible Translation
And they were not able 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;
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
To resist - That is, they were not able to "answer" his arguments.
The wisdom - This properly refers to his knowledge of the Scriptures; his skill in what "the Jews" esteemed to be wisdom - acquaintance with their sacred writings, opinions, etc.
And the spirit - This has been commonly understood of the Holy Spirit, by which he was aided; but it rather means the "energy, power," or "ardor" of Stephen. He "evinced" a spirit of zeal and sincerity which they could not withstand; which served, more than mere argument could have done, to convince them that he was right. The evidence of sincerity, honesty, and zeal in a public speaker will often go further to convince the great mass of mankind, than the most able argument if delivered in a cold and indifferent manner.
LibraryFilled with the Spirit
'Men ... full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom.' ... 'A man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost....' 'Stephen, full of faith and power.'--ACTS vi. 3, 5, 8. I have taken the liberty of wrenching these three fragments from their context, because of their remarkable parallelism, which is evidently intended to set us thinking of the connection of the various characteristics which they set forth. The first of them is a description, given by the Apostles, of the sort of man whom they conceived to be fit to …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture: The Acts
The Acts of the Apostles
The Seven Deacons
But some men from what was called the Synagogue of the Freedmen, including both Cyrenians and Alexandrians, and some from Cilicia and Asia, rose up and argued with Stephen.
Then they secretly induced men to say, "We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses and against God."
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