Acts 5:23
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New International Version
"We found the jail securely locked, with the guards standing at the doors; but when we opened them, we found no one inside."

King James Bible
Saying, The prison truly found we shut with all safety, and the keepers standing without before the doors: but when we had opened, we found no man within.

Darby Bible Translation
saying, We found the prison shut with all security, and the keepers standing at the doors; but when we had opened [them], within we found no one.

World English Bible
"We found the prison shut and locked, and the guards standing before the doors, but when we opened them, we found no one inside!"

Young's Literal Translation
saying -- 'The prison indeed we found shut in all safety, and the keepers standing without before the doors, and having opened -- within we found no one.'

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

The prison truly found we shut - All the doors were properly bolted, and the keepers at their post; but when we had opened, for it appears they were alone in possession of the keys; how much must this have increased their astonishment when they found that the doors were not broken open, the guards properly posted, and every thing as they left it, for they themselves had put the apostles in prison; but, when they had opened, there was no man within!

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

The prison.

Acts 5:19 But the angel of the Lord by night opened the prison doors, and brought them forth, and said,

Psalm 2:4 He that sits in the heavens shall laugh: the LORD shall have them in derision.

Psalm 33:10 The LORD brings the counsel of the heathen to nothing: he makes the devices of the people of none effect.

Proverbs 21:30 There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the LORD.

Lamentations 3:37,55-58 Who is he that said, and it comes to pass, when the Lord commands it not...

Daniel 3:11-25 And whoever falls not down and worships, that he should be cast into the middle of a burning fiery furnace...

Daniel 6:22-24 My God has sent his angel, and has shut the lions' mouths, that they have not hurt me...

Matthew 27:63-66 Saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again...

Matthew 28:12-15 And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money to the soldiers...

John 8:59 Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the middle of them...

Library
December 28. "The Holy Ghost, whom God Hath Given to them that Obey Him" (Acts v. 32).
"The Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey Him" (Acts v. 32). We can only know and prove the fulness of the Spirit as we step out into the larger purposes and plans of Christ for the world. Perhaps the chief reason why the Holy Spirit has been so limited in His work in the hearts of Christians, is the shameful neglect of the unsaved and unevangelized world by the great majority of the professed followers of Christ. There are millions of professing Christians--and, perhaps, real Christians--in
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth

Gamaliel's Counsel
'Refrain from these men, and let them alone; for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought: 39. But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God.'--ACTS v. 38, 39. The little that is known of Gamaliel seems to indicate just such a man as would be likely to have given the advice in the text. His was a character which, on its good side and by its admirers, would be described as prudent, wise, cautious and calm, tolerant, opposed to fanaticism
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture: The Acts

Whether Whatever God Does Outside the Natural Order is Miraculous?
Objection 1: It would seem that not everything which God does outside the natural order of things, is miraculous. For the creation of the world, and of souls, and the justification of the unrighteous, are done by God outside the natural order; as not being accomplished by the action of any natural cause. Yet these things are not called miracles. Therefore not everything that God does outside the natural order is a miracle. Objection 2: Further, a miracle is "something difficult, which seldom occurs,
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica

Whether Subjects are Bound to Obey their Superiors in all Things?
Objection 1: It seems that subjects are bound to obey their superiors in all things. For the Apostle says (Col. 3:20): "Children, obey your parents in all things," and farther on (Col. 3:22): "Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh." Therefore in like manner other subjects are bound to obey their superiors in all things. Objection 2: Further, superiors stand between God and their subjects, according to Dt. 5:5, "I was the mediator and stood between the Lord and you at that
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica

Cross References
Acts 5:22
But on arriving at the jail, the officers did not find them there. So they went back and reported,

Acts 5:24
On hearing this report, the captain of the temple guard and the chief priests were at a loss, wondering what this might lead to.

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