New American Standard Bible
When they had placed them in the center, they began to inquire, "By what power, or in what name, have you done this?"
King James Bible
And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, By what power, or by what name, have ye done this?
Darby Bible Translation
and having placed them in the midst they inquired, In what power or in what name have ye done this?
World English Bible
When they had stood them in the middle of them, they inquired, "By what power, or in what name, have you done this?"
Young's Literal Translation
and having set them in the midst, they were inquiring, 'In what power, or in what name did ye do this?'
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
In the midst - In the presence of the Great Council.
By what power ... - A similar question was put to Christ in the temple, Matthew 21:23.
By what name - That is, by whose authority. It is very probable that they expected to intimidate the apostles by this question. They claimed the right of regulating the religious affairs of the nation. They had vast power with the people. They assumed that all power to instruct the people should originate with them; and they expected that the apostles would be confounded, as having violated the established usage of the nation. It did not seem to occur to them to enter into an investigation of the question whether this acknowledged miracle did not prove that they were sent by God, but they assumed that they were impostors, and attempted to silence them by authority. It has been usual with the enemies of religion to attempt to intimidate its friends, and when argument fails, to attempt to silence Christians by appealing to their fears.
LibraryWith and Like Christ
'Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.' --ACTS iv. 13. Two young Galilean fishermen, before the same formidable tribunal which a few weeks before had condemned their Master, might well have quailed. And evidently 'Annas, the high priest, and Caiaphas, and John, and Alexander, and as many as were of the kindred of the high priest,' were very much astonished …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture: The Acts
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"And all that Believed were Together. " Acts 4:44.
Ananias and Sapphira
The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman caught in adultery, and having set her in the center of the court,
and Annas the high priest was there, and Caiaphas and John and Alexander, and all who were of high-priestly descent.
Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, "Rulers and elders of the people,
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