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Acts 7:22

    Acts 7:22 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and in deeds.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and in deeds.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And Moses was instructed in all the wisdom of the Egyptians; and he was mighty in his words and works.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And Moses was trained in all the wisdom of Egypt, and was great in his words and works.

    Webster's Revision

    And Moses was instructed in all the wisdom of the Egyptians; and he was mighty in his words and works.

    World English Bible

    Moses was instructed in all the wisdom of the Egyptians. He was mighty in his words and works.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And Moses was instructed in all the wisdom of the Egyptians; and he was mighty in his words and works.

    Clarke's Commentary on Acts 7:22

    In all the wisdom of the Egyptians - Who were, at that time, the most intelligent and best instructed people in the universe. Philo says, Moses was taught arithmetic, geometry, poetry, music, medicine, and the knowledge of hieroglyphics. In Sohar Cadash, fol. 46, it is said, "that, of the ten portions of wisdom which came into the world, the Egyptians had nine, and that all the inhabitants of the earth had only the remaining portion." Much of the same nature may be seen in the rabbins, though they apply the term wisdom here to magic.

    Was mighty in words and in deeds - This may refer to the glorious doctrines he taught, and the miracles he wrought in Egypt. Josephus Ant. lib. ii. cap. 10, sect. 1, gives an account of his being general of an Egyptian army, defeating the Ethiopians, who had invaded Egypt, driving them back into their own country, and taking Saba their capital, which was afterwards called Meroe. But this, like many other tales of the same writer, is worthy of little credit.

    Phoenix says the same of Achilles: -

    Μυθων τε ῥητηρ' εμεναι, πρηκτηρα τε εργων.

    Il. ix. v. 443.

    Not only an orator of words, but a performer of deeds.

    Barnes' Notes on Acts 7:22

    Moses was learned - Or, was "instructed." It does not mean that he had that learning, but that he was carefully "trained" or educated in that wisdom. The passage does not express the fact that Moses was distinguished for "learning," but that he was carefully "educated," or that pains were taken to make him learned.

    In all the wisdom ... - The learning of the Egyptians was confined chiefly to astrology, to the interpretation of dreams, to medicine, to mathematics, and to their sacred science or traditionary doctrines about religion, which were concealed chiefly under their hieroglyphics. Their learning is not infrequently spoken of in the Scriptures, 1 Kings 4:30; compare Isaiah 19:11-12. Their knowledge is equally celebrated in the pagan world. It is known that science was carried from Egypt to Phoenicia, and thence to Greece; and not a few of the Grecian philosophers traveled to Egypt in pursuit of knowledge. Herodotus himself frankly concedes that the Greeks derived very much of their knowledge from Egypt. (See Rawlinson's Herodotus, vol. 2, pp. 80, 81; Herodotus, bk. 2, pp. 50, 51.)

    And was mighty - Was powerful, or was distinguished. This means that he was eminent in Egypt before he conducted the children of Israel forth. It refers to his addresses to Pharaoh, and to the miracles which he performed "before" their departure.

    In words - From Exodus 4:10, it seems that Moses was "slow of speech, and of a slow tongue." When it is said that he was mighty in words, it means that he was mighty in his communications to Pharaoh, though they were spoken by his brother Aaron. Aaron was in his place, and "Moses" addressed Pharaoh through him, who was appointed to deliver the message, Exodus 4:11-16.

    Deeds - Miracles, Exodus 7, etc.

    Wesley's Notes on Acts 7:22

    7:22 In all the wisdom of the Egyptians - Which was then celebrated in all the world, and for many ages after. And mighty in words - Deep, solid, weighty, though not of a ready utterance.