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Acts 8:4

    Acts 8:4 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    They therefore that were scattered abroad, went about preaching the word.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    But those who had gone in flight went everywhere preaching the word.

    Webster's Revision

    They therefore that were scattered abroad, went about preaching the word.

    World English Bible

    Therefore those who were scattered abroad went around preaching the word.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    They therefore that were scattered abroad went about preaching the word.

    Clarke's Commentary on Acts 8:4

    They that were scattered - went every where preaching - Thus the very means devised by Satan to destroy the Church became the very instruments of its diffusion and establishment. What are counsel, or might, or cunning, or rage, or malice, against the Lord, whether they are excited by men or devils!

    Barnes' Notes on Acts 8:4

    Went everywhere - That is, they traveled through the various regions where they were scattered. In all places to which they came, they preached the Word.

    Preaching the word - Greek: "evangelizing," or announcing the good news of the message of mercy, or the Word of God. This is not the usual word which is rendered "preach," but it means simply announcing the good news of salvation. There is no evidence, nor is there any probability, that all these persons were "ordained" to preach. They were manifestly common Christians who were scattered by the persecution; and the meaning is, that they communicated to their fellow-men in conversation wherever they met them, and probably in the synagogues, where all Jews had a right to speak, the glad tidings that the Messiah had come. It is not said that they set themselves up for public teachers, or that they administered baptism, or that they founded churches, but they proclaimed everywhere the news that a Saviour had come. Their hearts were full of it. Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks; and they made the truth known to "all" whom they met. We may learn from this:

    (1) That persecution tends to promote the very thing which it would destroy.

    (2) that one of the best means to make Christians active and zealous is to persecute them.

    (3) that it is right for all Christians to make known the truths of the gospel. When the heart is full the lips will speak, and there is no more impropriety in their speaking of redemption than of anything else.

    (4) it should be the great object of all Christians to make the Saviour known "everywhere." By their lives, their conversation, and their pious exhortations and entreaties, they should beseech dying sinners to be reconciled to God. And especially should this be done when they "are traveling." Christians when away from home seem almost to imagine that they lay aside the obligations of religion. But the example of Christ and his early disciples has taught us that this is the very time to attempt to do good.

    Wesley's Notes on Acts 8:4

    8:4 Therefore they that were dispersed went every where - These very words are reassumed, after as it were a long parenthesis, chap. xi, 19, Ac 11:19 and the thread of the story continued.
    Book: Acts