New American Standard Bible
And these they brought before the apostles; and after praying, they laid their hands on them.
King James Bible
Whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid their hands on them.
Darby Bible Translation
whom they set before the apostles; and, having prayed, they laid their hands on them.
World English Bible
whom they set before the apostles. When they had prayed, they laid their hands on them.
Young's Literal Translation
whom they did set before the apostles, and they, having prayed, laid on them their hands.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
And when they had prayed - Invoking in this manner the blessing of God to attend them in the discharge of the duties of their office.
They laid their hands ... - Among the Jews it was customary to lay hands on the head of a person who was set apart to any particular office, Numbers 27:18; Compare Acts 8:19. This was done, not to impart any power or ability, but to "designate" that they received their authority or commission from those who thus laid their hands on them, as the act of laying hands on the sick by the Saviour was an act signifying that the power of healing came from him, Matthew 9:18; compare Mark 16:18. In such cases the laying on of the hands conveyed of itself no healing power, but was a sign or token that the power came from the Lord Jesus. Ordination has been uniformly performed in this way. See 1 Timothy 5:22. Though the seven deacons had been chosen by the church to this work, yet they derived their immediate commission and authority from the apostles.
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
and present the Levites before the LORD; and the sons of Israel shall lay their hands on the Levites.
So the LORD said to Moses, "Take Joshua the son of Nun, a man in whom is the Spirit, and lay your hand on him;
Now Joshua the son of Nun was filled with the spirit of wisdom, for Moses had laid his hands on him; and the sons of Israel listened to him and did as the LORD had commanded Moses.
and implored Him earnestly, saying, "My little daughter is at the point of death; please come and lay Your hands on her, so that she will get well and live."
And they prayed and said, "You, Lord, who know the hearts of all men, show which one of these two You have chosen
Then they began laying their hands on them, and they were receiving the Holy Spirit.
and he has seen in a vision a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him, so that he might regain his sight."
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