Acts 4:23
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New International Version
On their release, Peter and John went back to their own people and reported all that the chief priests and the elders had said to them.

King James Bible
And being let go, they went to their own company, and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said unto them.

Darby Bible Translation
And having been let go, they came to their own [company], and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said to them.

World English Bible
Being let go, they came to their own company, and reported all that the chief priests and the elders had said to them.

Young's Literal Translation
And being let go, they went unto their own friends, and declared whatever the chief priests and the elders said unto them,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

They went to their own company - This was properly the first persecution that had been raised up against the Church since the resurrection of Christ; and as the rest of the disciples must have known that Peter and John had been cast into prison, and that they were to be examined before the sanhedrin, and knowing the evil disposition of the rulers toward their brethren, they doubtless made joint supplication to God for their safety. In this employment it is likely Peter and John found them on their return from the council, and repeated to them all their treatment, with the threats of the chief priests and elders.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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Acts 1:13,14 And when they were come in, they went up into an upper room, where stayed both Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew, Philip...

Acts 2:44-46 And all that believed were together, and had all things common...

Acts 12:11,12 And when Peter was come to himself, he said, Now I know of a surety, that the LORD has sent his angel...

Acts 16:40 And they went out of the prison, and entered into the house of Lydia: and when they had seen the brothers, they comforted them...

Psalm 16:3 But to the saints that are in the earth, and to the excellent, in whom is all my delight.

Psalm 42:4 When I remember these things, I pour out my soul in me: for I had gone with the multitude, I went with them to the house of God...

Psalm 119:63 I am a companion of all them that fear you, and of them that keep your precepts.

Proverbs 13:20 He that walks with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.

Malachi 3:16 Then they that feared the LORD spoke often one to another: and the LORD listened, and heard it...

2 Corinthians 6:14-17 Be you not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship has righteousness with unrighteousness...

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Courage
Chester Cathedral, 1871. Acts iv. 13, 18-20. "Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus. . . . And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. For we cannot but speak
Charles Kingsley—All Saints' Day and Other Sermons

Impossible Silence
'We cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.' --ACTS iv. 20. The context tells us that the Jewish Council were surprised, as they well might be, at the boldness of Peter and John, and traced it to their having been with Jesus. But do you remember that they were by no means bold when they were with Jesus, and that the bravery came after what, in ordinary circumstances, would have destroyed any of it in a man? A leader's execution is not a usual recipe for heartening his followers,
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture: The Acts

A Manifestation of God in Answer to Prayer
A MANIFESTATION OF GOD IN ANSWER TO PRAYER ". . . 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 4:31. This remarkable manifestation of God reveals the effectiveness of prevailing prayer. It vividly discloses the fact that prayer can accomplish much. It is apparent that neither the apostles, nor the assembled company of devout believers were astonished at the marvelous
T. M. Anderson—Prayer Availeth Much

Against the Modern Free-Thinkers.
Sir, THERE arrived in this neighbourhood, two days ago, one of your gay gentlemen of the town, who being attended at his entry with a servant of his own, besides a countryman he had taken up for a guide, excited the curiosity of the village to learn whence and what he might be. The countryman (to whom they applied as most easy of access) knew little more than that the gentleman came from London to travel and see fashions, and was, as he heard say, a Free-thinker; what religion that might be he could
Joseph Addison—The Evidences of the Christian Religion, with Additional Discourses

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Acts 4:22
For the man who was miraculously healed was over forty years old.

Acts 4:24
When they heard this, they raised their voices together in prayer to God. "Sovereign Lord," they said, "you made the heavens and the earth and the sea, and everything in them.

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