4:3 So 1 they seized 2 them and put them in jail 3 until the next day (for it was already evening). 4:4 But many of those who had listened to 4 the message 5 believed, and the number of the men 6 came to about five thousand.
4:5 On the next day, 7 their rulers, elders, and experts in the law 8 came together 9 in Jerusalem. 10 4:6 Annas the high priest was there, and Caiaphas, John, Alexander, and others who were members of the high priest’s family. 11 4:7 After 12 making Peter and John 13 stand in their midst, they began to inquire, “By what power or by what name 14 did you do this?” 4:8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, 15 replied, 16 “Rulers of the people and elders, 17 4:9 if 18 we are being examined 19 today for a good deed 20 done to a sick man – by what means this man was healed 21 – 4:10 let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that by the name of Jesus Christ 22 the Nazarene whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, this man stands before you healthy. 4:11 This Jesus 23 is the stone that was rejected by you, 24 the builders, that has become the cornerstone. 25 4:12 And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among people 26 by which we must 27 be saved.”
4:13 When they saw the boldness 28 of Peter and John, and discovered 29 that they were uneducated 30 and ordinary 31 men, they were amazed and recognized these men had been with Jesus. 4:14 And because they saw the man who had been healed standing with them, they had nothing to say against this. 32 4:15 But when they had ordered them to go outside the council, 33 they began to confer with one another, 4:16 saying, “What should we do with these men? For it is plain 34 to all who live in Jerusalem that a notable miraculous sign 35 has come about through them, 36 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 37 to anyone in this name.” 4:18 And they called them in and ordered 38 them not to speak or teach at all in the name 39 of Jesus.
1 tn Grk “And” Here καί (kai) has been translated as “so” to indicate the logical sequence of events.
2 tn Or “they arrested”; Grk “they laid hands on.”
3 tn Or “prison,” “custody.”
4 tn Or “had heard.”
5 tn Or “word.”
6 tn In the historical setting it is likely that only men are referred to here. The Greek term ἀνήρ (anhr) usually refers to males or husbands rather than people in general. Thus to translate “of the people” would give a false impression of the number, since any women and children were apparently not included in the count.
7 tn Grk “It happened that on the next day.” The introductory phrase ἐγένετο (egeneto, “it happened that”), common in Luke (69 times) and Acts (54 times), is redundant in contemporary English and has not been translated.
8 tn Or “and scribes.” The traditional rendering of γραμματεύς (grammateu") as “scribe” does not communicate much to the modern English reader, for whom the term might mean “professional copyist,” if it means anything at all. The people referred to here were recognized experts in the law of Moses and in traditional laws and regulations. Thus “expert in the law” comes closer to the meaning for the modern reader.
sn Experts in the law would have been mostly like the Pharisees in approach. Thus various sects of Judaism were coming together against Jesus.
9 tn Or “law assembled,” “law met together.”
11 sn The high priest’s family. This family controlled the high priesthood as far back as
13 tn Grk “making them”; the referents (Peter and John) have been specified in the translation for clarity.
16 tn Grk “Spirit, said to them.”
17 tc The Western and Byzantine texts, as well as one or two Alexandrian witnesses, read τοῦ ᾿Ισραήλ (tou Israhl, “of Israel”) after πρεσβύτεροι (presbuteroi, “elders”; so D E Ψ 33 1739 Ï it), while most of the better witnesses, chiefly Alexandrian (Ì74 א A B 0165 1175 vg sa bo), lack this modifier. The longer reading was most likely added by scribes to give literary balance to the addressees in that “Rulers” already had an adjunct while “elders” was left absolute.
18 tn This clause is a first class condition. It assumes for the sake of argument that this is what they were being questioned about.
19 tn Or “questioned.” The Greek term ἀνακρίνω (anakrinw) points to an examination similar to a legal one.
20 tn Or “for an act of kindness.”
22 tn Or “Messiah”; both “Christ” (Greek) and “Messiah” (Hebrew and Aramaic) mean “one who has been anointed.”
23 tn Grk “This one”; the referent (Jesus) has been specified in the translation for clarity.
24 tn The word “you” is inserted into the quotation because Peter is making a direct application of Ps 118:22 to his hearers. Because it is not in the OT, it has been left as normal type (rather than bold italic). The remarks are like Acts 2:22-24 and 3:12-15.
26 tn Here ἀνθρώποις (anqrwpoi") has been translated as a generic noun (“people”).
27 sn Must be saved. The term used here (δεῖ, dei, “it is necessary”) reflects the necessity set up by God’s directive plan.
28 tn Or “courage.”
29 tn Or “and found out.”
30 sn Uneducated does not mean “illiterate,” that is, unable to read or write. Among Jews in NT times there was almost universal literacy, especially as the result of widespread synagogue schools. The term refers to the fact that Peter and John had no formal rabbinic training and thus, in the view of their accusers, were not qualified to expound the law or teach publicly. The objection is like Acts 2:7.
31 tn For the translation of ἰδιῶται (idiwtai) as “ordinary men” see L&N 27.26.
32 tn Or “nothing to say in opposition.”
33 tn Or “the Sanhedrin” (the highest legal, legislative, and judicial body among the Jews).
34 tn Or “evident.”
35 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.
36 tn Or “has been done by them.”
37 tn Or “speak no longer.”
38 tn Or “commanded.”
39 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.