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Acts 8:25


8:25 So after Peter and John 1  had solemnly testified 2  and spoken the word of the Lord, 3  they started back to Jerusalem, proclaiming 4  the good news to many Samaritan villages 5  as they went. 6 

Acts 9:31


9:31 Then 7  the church throughout Judea, Galilee, 8  and Samaria experienced 9  peace and thus was strengthened. 10  Living 11  in the fear of the Lord and in the encouragement of the Holy Spirit, the church 12  increased in numbers.

Acts 15:3

15:3 So they were sent on their way by the church, and as they passed through both Phoenicia 13  and Samaria, they were relating at length 14  the conversion of the Gentiles and bringing great joy 15  to all the brothers.

1 tn Grk “after they”; the referents (Peter and John) have been specified in the translation for clarity.

2 tn The verb διαμαρτύρομαι (diamarturomai) can mean “warn,” and could be taken to refer specifically to the warning given to Simon in the preceding verses. However, a more general reference is more likely, referring to parting exhortations from Peter and John to the entire group of believers.

3 sn The word of the Lord is a technical expression in OT literature, often referring to a divine prophetic utterance (e.g., Gen 15:1, Isa 1:10, Jonah 1:1). In the NT it occurs 15 times: 3 times as ῥῆμα τοῦ κυρίου (rJhma tou kuriou; Luke 22:61, Acts 11:16, 1 Pet 1:25) and 12 times as λόγος τοῦ κυρίου (logo" tou kuriou; here and in Acts 13:44, 48, 49; 15:35, 36; 16:32; 19:10, 20; 1 Thess 1:8, 4:15; 2 Thess 3:1). As in the OT, this phrase focuses on the prophetic nature and divine origin of what has been said.

4 tn Grk “they were returning to Jerusalem and were proclaiming.” The first imperfect is taken ingressively and the second is viewed iteratively (“proclaiming…as they went”).

5 sn By proclaiming the good news to many Samaritan villages, the apostles now actively share in the broader ministry the Hellenists had started.

6 tn “As they went” is not in the Greek text, but is implied by the imperfect tense (see tn above).

7 tn Or “Therefore.” This verse is another summary text in Acts (cf. 2:41-47; 4:32-37; 5:12-16; 6:7).

8 tn Grk “and Galilee,” but καί (kai) has not been translated since English normally uses a coordinating conjunction only between the last two elements in a series of three or more.

9 tn Grk “had.”

10 tn Or “Built up.” The participle οἰκοδομουμένη (oikodomoumenh) has been translated as a participle of result related to εἶχεν (eicen). It could also be understood as adverbial to ἐπληθύνετο (eplhquneto): “Then the church throughout Judea, Galilee, and Samaria experienced peace. Strengthened and living in the fear of the Lord and in the encouragement of the Holy Spirit, it increased in numbers.” Although some scholars do not regard the participle of result as a legitimate category, it is actually fairly common (see ExSyn 637-39).

11 tn Grk “And living.” Because of the difference between Greek style, which often begins sentences or clauses with “and,” and English style, which generally does not, καί (kai) has not been translated here.

12 tn Grk “it”; the referent (the church) has been specified in the translation for clarity.

13 sn Phoenicia was an area along the Mediterranean coast north of Palestine in ancient Syria.

14 tn L&N 33.201 indicates that ἐκδιηγέομαι (ekdihgeomai) means to provide detailed information in a systematic manner, “to inform, to relate, to tell fully.” “Relating at length” conveys this effectively in the present context.

15 tn For ἐποίουν (epoioun) in this verse BDAG 839 s.v. ποιέω 2.c has “they brought joy to the members.”

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