New International Version
They had Peter and John brought before them and began to question them: "By what power or what name did you do this?"
King James Bible
And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, By what power, or by what name, have ye done this?
Darby Bible Translation
and having placed them in the midst they inquired, In what power or in what name have *ye* done this?
World English Bible
When they had stood them in the middle of them, they inquired, "By what power, or in what name, have you done this?"
Young's Literal Translation
and having set them in the midst, they were inquiring, 'In what power, or in what name did ye do this?'
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
By what power, or by what name, have ye done this? - It seems that this council were convinced that the lame man was miraculously healed; but it is very likely that they believed the whole to be the effect of magic; and, as all intercourse with familiar spirits, and all spells, charms, etc., were unlawful, they probably hoped that, on the examination, this business would come out, and that then these disturbers of their peace would be put to death. Hence they inquired by what power, εν ποιᾳ δυναμει, by what supernatural energy; or in what name, by what mode of incantation; and who is the spirit you invoke, in order to do these things? False prophets, reputed witches, wizards, etc., were to be brought before the sanhedrin, to be by them judged, acquitted, or condemned, according to the evidence. Some think the words should be thus understood: Who gave you authority to teach publicly! This belongs to the sanhedrin. What, therefore, is your authority, and who is he who gave it to you?
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
By what power.
by what name.
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
A Manifestation of God in Answer to Prayer
Against the Modern Free-Thinkers.
The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group
Annas the high priest was there, and so were Caiaphas, John, Alexander and others of the high priest's family.
Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: "Rulers and elders of the people!
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