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Acts 4:1

    Acts 4:1 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And as they spake unto the people, the priests, and the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees, came upon them,

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And as they spoke to the people, the priests, and the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees, came on them,

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And as they spake unto the people, the priests and the captain of the temple and the Sadducees came upon them,

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And while they were talking to the people, the priests and the captain of the Temple and the Sadducees came up to them,

    Webster's Revision

    And as they spake unto the people, the priests and the captain of the temple and the Sadducees came upon them,

    World English Bible

    As they spoke to the people, the priests and the captain of the temple and the Sadducees came to them,

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And as they spake unto the people, the priests and the captain of the temple and the Sadducees came upon them,

    Clarke's Commentary on Acts 4:1

    The priests - These persons had evidenced the most implacable enmity against Christ from the beginning.

    The captain of the temple - See this office particularly explained in the note on Luke 22:4 (note).

    The Sadducees - Whose whole system was now in danger by the preaching of the resurrection of Christ; for they believed not in the immortality of the soul, nor in any future world. These made a common cause with the priests, etc., to suppress the evidence of Christ's resurrection, and silence the apostles.

    Barnes' Notes on Acts 4:1

    The priests - It is probable that these priests were a part of the Sanhedrin, or Great Council of the nation. It is evident that they claimed some authority for preventing the preaching of the apostles.

    The captain of the temple - See the Matthew 26:47; Luke 22:4 note. This was the commander of the guard stationed chiefly in the tower Antonia, especially during the great feasts; and it was his duty to preserve order and prevent any tumult. He came at this time to prevent a tumult or suppress a riot, as it was sup posed that the teaching of the apostles and the crowd collected by the healing of the lame man would lead to a tumult.

    And the Sadducees - See the notes on Matthew 3:7. One of the doctrines which the Sadducees maintained was, that there was no resurrection of the dead. Hence, they were particularly opposed to the apostles for preaching it, because they gave so clear proof that Jesus had risen, and were thus spreading the doctrine of the resurrection among the people.

    Came upon them - This expression implies that they came in a sudden and violent manner. See Luke 20:1.

    Wesley's Notes on Acts 4:1

    4:1 And as they were speaking to the people, the priests - came upon them - So wisely did God order, that they should first bear a full testimony to the truth in the temple, and then in the great council; to which they could have had no access, had they not been brought before it as criminals.
    Book: Acts