New International Version
God, who knows the heart, showed that he accepted them by giving the Holy Spirit to them, just as he did to us.
King James Bible
And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us;
Darby Bible Translation
And the heart-knowing God bore them witness, giving [them] the Holy Spirit as to us also,
World English Bible
God, who knows the heart, testified about them, giving them the Holy Spirit, just like he did to us.
Young's Literal Translation
and the heart-knowing God did bare them testimony, having given to them the Holy Spirit, even as also to us,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
And God which knoweth the hearts - Ο καρδιογνωϚης Θεος. We had this epithet of the Divine Being once before; see Acts 1:24, and the note there: it occurs no where else in the New Testament.
Bare them witness - Considered them as proper or fit to receive the Gospel of Christ. It is properly remarked by learned men, that μαρτυρειν τινι, to bear witness to any person, signifies to approve, to testify in behalf of. Here it signifies that, as God evidently sent the Gospel to the Gentiles, and, by the preaching of it, conveyed the Holy Spirit to them who believed, and as he can make no improper judgment of any who knows all hearts and their secrets, therefore what he had done was right: he saw that it was time for them to receive the Gospel; and he saw that they might be safely trusted with this heavenly deposit; and the experience of eighteen hundred years has justified the conduct of God.
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'And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brethren, and said, Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved. 2. When therefore Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and disputation with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas, and certain other of them, should go up to Jerusalem unto the apostles and elders about this question. 3. And being brought on their way by the church, they passed through Phenice and Samaria, declaring the conversion of the Gentiles: …
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The Figurative Language of Scripture.
The Council at Jerusalem.
But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, for he knew all people.
Then they prayed, "Lord, you know everyone's heart. Show us which of these two you have chosen
All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message.
"Surely no one can stand in the way of their being baptized with water. They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have."
It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us not to burden you with anything beyond the following requirements:
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