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Acts 5:20-21

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5:20 “Go and stand in the temple courts 1  and proclaim 2  to the people all the words of this life.” 5:21 When they heard this, they entered the temple courts 3  at daybreak and began teaching. 4 

Now when the high priest and those who were with him arrived, they summoned the Sanhedrin 5  – that is, the whole high council 6  of the Israelites 7  – and sent to the jail to have the apostles 8  brought before them. 9 

1 tn Grk “the temple.” This is actually a reference to the courts surrounding the temple proper, and has been translated accordingly.

2 tn Or “speak.”

3 tn Grk “the temple.” See the note on the same phrase in the preceding verse.

4 tn The imperfect verb ἐδίδασκον (edidaskon) has been translated as an ingressive imperfect.

5 tn Or “the council” (the highest legal, legislative, and judicial body among the Jews).

6 tn A hendiadys (two different terms referring to a single thing) is likely here (a reference to a single legislative body rather than two separate ones) because the term γερουσίαν (gerousian) is used in both 1 Macc 12:6 and Josephus, Ant. 13.5.8 (13.166) to refer to the Sanhedrin.

7 tn Grk “sons of Israel.”

8 tn Grk “have them”; the referent (the apostles) has been specified in the translation for clarity.

9 tn The words “before them” are not in the Greek text but are implied.



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