5:28 saying, “We gave 1 you strict orders 2 not to teach in this name. 3 Look, 4 you have filled Jerusalem 5 with your teaching, and you intend to bring this man’s blood 6 on us!”
5:40 and they summoned the apostles and had them beaten. 7 Then 8 they ordered them not to speak in the name of Jesus and released them.
1 tc ‡ The majority of
2 tn Grk “We commanded you with a commandment” (a Semitic idiom that is emphatic).
3 sn The name (i.e., person) of Jesus is the constant issue of debate.
4 tn Grk “And behold.” Because of the length of the Greek sentence and the tendency of contemporary English style to use shorter sentences, καί (kai) has not been translated here.
6 sn To bring this man’s blood on us is an idiom meaning “you intend to make us guilty of this man’s death.”
7 sn Had them beaten. The punishment was the “forty lashes minus one,” see also Acts 22:19; 2 Cor 11:24; Mark 13:9. The apostles had disobeyed the religious authorities and took their punishment for their “disobedience” (Deut 25:2-3; m. Makkot 3:10-14). In Acts 4:18 they were warned. Now they are beaten. The hostility is rising as the narrative unfolds.
8 tn The word “Then” is supplied as the beginning of a new sentence in the translation. The construction in Greek has so many clauses (most of them made up of participles) that a continuous English sentence would be very awkward.