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Acts 4:26-28

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4:26 The kings of the earth stood together, 1 

and the rulers assembled together,

against the Lord and against his 2  Christ. 3 

4:27 “For indeed both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel, assembled together in this city against 4  your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, 5  4:28 to do as much as your power 6  and your plan 7  had decided beforehand 8  would happen.

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

2 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.

3 sn A quotation from Ps 2:1-2.

4 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.

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

6 tn Grk “hand,” here a metaphor for God’s strength or power or authority.

7 tn Or “purpose,” “will.”

8 tn Or “had predestined.” Since the term “predestine” is something of a technical theological term, not in wide usage in contemporary English, the translation “decide beforehand” was used instead (see L&N 30.84). God’s direction remains as the major theme.



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