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Acts 15:12

    Acts 15:12 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Then all the multitude kept silence, and gave audience to Barnabas and Paul, declaring what miracles and wonders God had wrought among the Gentiles by them.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Then all the multitude kept silence, and gave audience to Barnabas and Paul, declaring what miracles and wonders God had worked among the Gentiles by them.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And all the multitude kept silence; and they hearkened unto Barnabas and Paul rehearsing what signs and wonders God had wrought among the Gentiles through them.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And all the people were quiet while Barnabas and Paul gave an account of the signs and wonders which God had done among the Gentiles by them.

    Webster's Revision

    And all the multitude kept silence; and they hearkened unto Barnabas and Paul rehearsing what signs and wonders God had wrought among the Gentiles through them.

    World English Bible

    All the multitude kept silence, and they listened to Barnabas and Paul reporting what signs and wonders God had done among the nations through them.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And all the multitude kept silence; and they hearkened unto Barnabas and Paul rehearsing what signs and wonders God had wrought among the Gentiles by them.

    Definitions for Acts 15:12

    Gentiles - A people; nations other than Israel.
    Wrought - Worked; made.

    Clarke's Commentary on Acts 15:12

    All the multitude kept silence - The strong facts stated by St. Peter could not be controverted. His speech may be thus analyzed:

    1. Circumcision is a sign of the purification of the heart.

    2. That purification can only be effected by the Holy Ghost.

    3. This Holy Spirit was hitherto supposed to be the portion of those only who had received circumcision.

    4. But the Gentiles, who were never circumcised, nor kept any part of the law of Moses, have had their hearts purified by faith in Christ Jesus.

    5. As God, therefore, has given them the thing signified, he evidently does not intend that the sign should be administered.

    6. Should we impose this burthensome rite, we should most evidently be provoking God, who plainly shows us that he intends no more to save in this way.

    7. Therefore it is evident that both Jews and Gentiles are to be saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ.

    Gave audience to Barnabas and Paul - These apostles came forward next, to corroborate what Peter had said, by showing the miracles and wonders which God had by them wrought among the Gentiles. Peter stated facts: Paul and Barnabas confirmed the statement.

    Barnes' Notes on Acts 15:12

    Then all the multitude - Evidently the multitude of private Christians who were assembled on this occasion. That it does not refer to a synod of ministers and elders merely is apparent:

    (1) Because the church, the brethren, are represented as having been present, and as concurring in the final opinion Acts 15:22-23; and,

    (2) Because the word "multitude" τὸ πλῆθος to plēthos would not have been used in describing the collection of apostles and elders merely. Compare Luke 1:10-11, Luke 1:13; Luke 5:6; Luke 6:17; Luke 19:37; John 5:3; John 21:6; Acts 4:32; Acts 6:2; Matthew 3:7.

    Gave audience - Heard, listened attentively to.

    Barnabas and Paul - They were deeply interested in it, and they were qualified to give a fair statement of the facts as they had occurred.

    Declaring what miracles and wonders ... - The argument here evidently is, that God had approved their work by miracles; that he gave evidence that what they did had his approbation; and that as all this was done without imposing on them the rites of the Jews, so it would follow that those were not now to be commanded.

    Wesley's Notes on Acts 15:12

    15:12 Miracles and wonders - By which also what St. Peter had said was confirmed.