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Acts 4:15-18

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4:15 But when they had ordered them to go outside the council, 1  they began to confer with one another, 4:16 saying, “What should we do with these men? For it is plain 2  to all who live in Jerusalem that a notable miraculous sign 3  has come about through them, 4  and we cannot deny it. 4:17 But to keep this matter from spreading any further among the people, let us warn them to speak no more 5  to anyone in this name.” 4:18 And they called them in and ordered 6  them not to speak or teach at all in the name 7  of Jesus.

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

2 tn Or “evident.”

3 tn Here σημεῖον (shmeion) has been translated as “miraculous sign” rather than simply “sign” or “miracle” since both components appear to be present in the context. It is clear that the healing of the lame man was a miracle, but for the Sanhedrin it was the value of the miraculous healing as a sign that concerned them because it gave attestation to the message of Peter and John. The sign “speaks” as Peter claimed in 3:11-16.

4 tn Or “has been done by them.”

5 tn Or “speak no longer.”

6 tn Or “commanded.”

7 sn In the name of Jesus. Once again, the “name” reflects the person. The person of Jesus and his authority is the “troubling” topic that, as far as the Jewish leadership is concerned, needs controlling.



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