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Acts 9:36

Context
Peter Raises Dorcas

9:36 Now in Joppa 1  there was a disciple named Tabitha (which in translation means 2  Dorcas). 3  She was continually doing good deeds and acts of charity. 4 

Acts 10:2

Context
10:2 He 5  was a devout, God-fearing man, 6  as was all his household; he did many acts of charity for the people 7  and prayed to God regularly.

Acts 10:4

Context
10:4 Staring at him and becoming greatly afraid, Cornelius 8  replied, 9  “What is it, Lord?” The angel 10  said to him, “Your prayers and your acts of charity 11  have gone up as a memorial 12  before God.

Acts 10:31

Context
10:31 and said, ‘Cornelius, your prayer has been heard and your acts of charity 13  have been remembered before God. 14 

Acts 24:17

Context
24:17 After several years 15  I came to bring to my people gifts for the poor 16  and to present offerings, 17 

1 sn Joppa was a seaport on the Philistine coast, in the same location as modern Jaffa. “Though Joppa never became a major seaport, it was of some importance as a logistical base and an outlet to the Mediterranean” (A. F. Rainey, ISBE 2:1118-19).

2 tn Grk “which being translated is called.” In English this would normally be expressed “which is translated as” or “which in translation means.” The second option is given by L&N 33.145.

3 sn This is a parenthetical note by the author. Dorcas is the Greek translation of the Aramaic name Tabitha. Dorcas in Greek means “gazelle” or “deer.”

4 tn Or “and helping the poor.” Grk “She was full of good deeds and acts of charity which she was continually doing.” Since it is somewhat redundant in English to say “she was full of good deeds…which she was continually doing,” the translation has been simplified to “she was continually doing good deeds and acts of charity.” The imperfect verb ἐποίει (epoiei) has been translated as a progressive imperfect (“was continually doing”).

5 tn In the Greek text this represents a continuation of the previous sentence. Because of the tendency of contemporary English to use shorter sentences, a new sentence was begun here in the translation.

6 sn The description of Cornelius as a devout, God-fearing man probably means that he belonged to the category called “God-fearers,” Gentiles who worshiped the God of Israel and in many cases kept the Mosaic law, but did not take the final step of circumcision necessary to become a proselyte to Judaism. See further K. G. Kuhn, TDNT 6:732-34, 43-44, and Sir 11:17; 27:11; 39:27.

7 tn Or “gave many gifts to the poor.” This was known as “giving alms,” or acts of mercy (Sir 7:10; BDAG 315-16 s.v. ἐλεημοσύνη).

8 tn Grk “he”; the referent (Cornelius) has been specified in the translation for clarity.

9 tn Grk “said,” but in response to the angel’s address, “replied” is better English style.

10 tn Grk “he”; the referent (the angel) has been specified in the translation for clarity.

11 tn Or “your gifts to the needy.”

12 sn The language used in the expression gone up as a memorial before God parallels what one would say of acceptable sacrifices (Ps 141:2; Sir 35:6; 50:16).

13 tn Or “your gifts to the needy.”

14 sn This statement is a paraphrase rather than an exact quotation of Acts 10:4.

15 tn BDAG 401 s.v. ἔτος has “δι᾿ ἐ. πλειόνων after several years 24:17.”

16 tn Grk “to bring alms,” but the term “alms” is not in common use today, so the closest modern equivalent, “gifts for the poor,” is used instead.

17 tn Or “sacrifices.” BDAG 887 s.v. προσφορά 1 has “προσφοράς ποιεῖν have sacrifices made Ac 24:17,” but this may be overly specific. It is not clear from the immediate context whether the offering of sacrificial animals (so BDAG assumes) or offerings of some other sort (such as financial gifts) are in view. The combination with ἐλεημοσύνας (elehmosuna") in the preceding clause may suggest monetary offerings. Some have suggested this is an allusion to the payments made by Paul on behalf of the four other men mentioned in Acts 21:23-26, but the text here seems to suggest something Paul had planned to do before he came, while the decision to pay for the expenses of the men in 21:23ff. was made at the suggestion of the Jerusalem leadership after he arrived. In either case, Paul was portraying himself as a pious worshiper of his God.



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