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Acts 2:32

    Acts 2:32 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    This Jesus has God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    This Jesus did God raise up, whereof we all are witnesses.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    This Jesus God has given back to life, of which we all are witnesses.

    Webster's Revision

    This Jesus did God raise up, whereof we all are witnesses.

    World English Bible

    This Jesus God raised up, to which we all are witnesses.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    This Jesus did God raise up, whereof we all are witnesses.

    Clarke's Commentary on Acts 2:32

    Whereof we all are witnesses - That is, the whole 120 saw him after he rose from the dead, and were all ready, in the face of persecution and death, to attest this great truth.

    Barnes' Notes on Acts 2:32

    This Jesus - Peter, having shown that it was predicted that the Messiah would rise, now affirms that such a resurrection occurred in the case of Jesus. If it was a matter of prophecy, all objection to the truth of the doctrine was taken away, and the only question was whether there was evidence that this had been done. The proof of this Peter now alleges, and offers his own testimony, and that of his brethren, to the truth of this great and glorious fact.

    We are all witnesses - It seems probable that Peter refers here to the whole 120 who were present, and who were ready to attest it in any manner. The matter which was to be proved was that Jesus was seen alive after he had been put to death. The apostles were appointed to bear witness of this. We are told by Paul 1 Corinthians 15:6 that he was seen by more than five hundred brethren, that is, Christians, at one time. The 120 assembled on this occasion were doubtless part of the number, and were ready to attest this. This was the proof that Peter alleged; and the strength of this proof was, and should have been, perfectly irresistible:

    (1) They had seen him themselves. They did not conjecture it or reason about it; but they had the evidence on which people act every day, and which must be regarded as satisfactory the evidence of their own senses.

    (2) the number was such they could not be imposed on. If 120 persons could not prove a plain matter of fact, nothing could be established by testimony; there could be no way of arriving at any facts.

    (3) the thing to be established was a plain matter. It was not that they "saw him rise." That they never pretended: Impostors would have done this. But it was that they saw him, talked, walked, ate, drank with him, being alive, after, he had been crucified. The fact of his death was matter of Jewish record, and no one called it in question. The only fact for Christianity to make out was that he was seen alive afterward, and this was attested by many witnesses.

    (4) they had no interest in deceiving the world in this thing. There was no prospect of pleasure, wealth, or honor in doing it.

    (5) they offered themselves now as ready to endure any sufferings, or to die, in attestation of the truth of this event.