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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Acts 13:42-52

The design of this story being to vindicate the apostles, especially Paul (as he doth himself at large, Rom. 11:1-36), from the reflections of the Jews upon him for preaching the gospel to the Gentiles, it is here observed that he proceeded therein with all the caution imaginable, and upon due consideration, of which we have here an instance. I. There were some of the Jews that were so incensed against the preaching of the gospel, not to the Gentiles, but to themselves, that they would not... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - Acts 13:42-52

13:42-52 As they were going out, they kept asking that these things should be spoken to them on the next Sabbath. When the synagogue service had broken up many of the Jews and worshipping proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas. They talked with them and tried to persuade them to abide in the grace of God. On the next Sabbath nearly the whole city assembled to hear the word of God. When the Jews saw the crowds they were filled with envy and they argued against what Paul said, making... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Acts 13:45

But when the Jews saw the multitudes ,.... The vast number of people, the inhabitants of the city, the Gentiles, that were assembled together to hear the word. This must be understood of the unbelieving Jews, who came with no good design: they were filled with envy ; at the Gentiles, that they should have the word equally preached to them, as to themselves, to whom the oracles of God were committed; or at the popularity of the apostles, that such numbers should follow them; and they... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Acts 13:46

Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold ,.... They were not at all daunted at the opposition they met with, but rather grew more courageous, and used great liberty of speech, and spoke out freely, plainly, and openly: and said, it was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you ; as it was by Christ and his apostles, whilst he was on earth; and though, after his resurrection, the commission to his apostles ran, to preach the Gospel to all nations, yet they were ordered... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Acts 13:45

The Jews - were filled with envy - See on Acts 5:17 ; (note). These could not bear the Gentiles, who believed in Christ, to be equal with them; and yet; according to the Gospel, it was really the case. Contradicting - The arguments and statements brought forward by the disciples; and blaspheming, speaking impiously and injuriously of Jesus Christ. This is probably what is meant. read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Acts 13:46

Waxed bold - Παρῥησιασαμενοι ; Having great liberty of speech; a strong, persuasive, and overpowering eloquence. They had eternal truth for the basis of this discourse; a multitude of incontestable facts to support it; an all-persuading eloquence to illustrate and maintain what they had asserted. Should first have been spoken to you - When our Lord gave his apostles their commission to go into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature, he told them they must begin first... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Acts 13:45

Verse 45 45.They were filled. It is no new matter for the rage of the wicked to be inflamed when the light of the gospel is set somewhat nearer; especially when they see the increase of sound doctrine, they break out with greater violence to resist. And it is to be doubted whether Luke do mean, by the word zeal, that they were moved with a certain wicked indignation, to set themselves against Paul and Barnabas, as ambition is the mother as well of envy as of all contention; or he take zeal... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Acts 13:46

Verse 46 46.When they had taken liberty. Luke showeth that the servants of Christ were so far from being discouraged with the stubbornness of the enemies, that they began, therefore, to inveigh against them afresh more freely. For though they had sharply pricked them, yet they did yet spare them a little; but now, when they see Christ obstinately rejected by them, they (832) excommunicate them and deprive them of the kingdom of God. And by this example are we taught that we must not use extreme... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Acts 13:13-52

Paul's missionary discourse at Antioch in Pisidia. We are introduced to one of those synagogue scenes which are of so much interest in connection with the early progress of Christianity. Here the gospel fought its foes and triumphed by the logic of love; here the seeds were sown which sprang up to cover the world with fruit. According to the ordinary practice, the officers of the synagogue invite the strangers to address the congregation. Paul rises. His address falls naturally into parts.... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Acts 13:42-52

The savor of death and of life. We have here a memorable example of the same gospel being a savor of life to some and of death to others, according to the reception given to it in the heart of the hearers. Here was a mixed congregation of Jews and proselytes and Gentiles. They had all the same advantages; they all heard the same gospel at the mouth of the same preacher. Some, when they heard, believed; a hunger sprang up in their souls to hear and to know more of the salvation of God. They... read more

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