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Acts 4:2

Context
4:2 angry 1  because they were teaching the people and announcing 2  in Jesus the resurrection of the dead.

Acts 4:24-27

Context
4:24 When they heard this, they raised their voices to God with one mind 3  and said, “Master of all, 4  you who made the heaven, the earth, 5  the sea, and everything that is in them, 4:25 who said by the Holy Spirit through 6  your servant David our forefather, 7 

Why do the nations 8  rage, 9 

and the peoples plot foolish 10  things?

4:26 The kings of the earth stood together, 11 

and the rulers assembled together,

against the Lord and against his 12  Christ. 13 

4:27 “For indeed both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel, assembled together in this city against 14  your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, 15 

1 tn Or “greatly annoyed,” “provoked.”

2 tn Or “proclaiming.”

3 sn With one mind. Compare Acts 1:14.

4 tn Or “Lord of all.”

sn The use of the title Master of all (δεσπότης, despoths) emphasizes that there is a sovereign God who is directing what is taking place.

5 tn Grk “and the earth, and the sea,” but καί (kai) has not been translated before “the earth” and “the sea” since contemporary English normally uses a coordinating conjunction only between the last two elements in a series of three or more.

6 tn Grk “by the mouth of” (an idiom).

7 tn Or “ancestor”; Grk “father.”

8 tn Or “Gentiles.”

9 sn The Greek word translated rage includes not only anger but opposition, both verbal and nonverbal. See L&N 88.185.

10 tn Or “futile”; traditionally, “vain.”

11 tn Traditionally, “The kings of the earth took their stand.”

12 tn Or “Messiah”; both “Christ” (Greek) and “Messiah” (Hebrew and Aramaic) mean “one who has been anointed.”

sn See the note on Christ in 2:31.

13 sn A quotation from Ps 2:1-2.

14 sn The application of Ps 2:1-2 is that Jews and Gentiles are opposing Jesus. The surprise of the application is that Jews are now found among the enemies of God’s plan.

15 sn A wordplay on “Christ,” v. 26, which means “one who has been anointed.”



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