New International Version
He did not discriminate between us and them, for he purified their hearts by faith.
King James Bible
And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.
Darby Bible Translation
and put no difference between us and them, having purified their hearts by faith.
World English Bible
He made no distinction between us and them, cleansing their hearts by faith.
Young's Literal Translation
and did put no difference also between us and them, by the faith having purified their hearts;
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Put no difference between us and them - Giving them the Holy Spirit, though uncircumcised, just as he had given it to us who were circumcised: an evident proof that, in the judgment of God, circumcision was no preparation to receive the Gospel of Christ. And as the purification of the heart by the Holy Spirit was the grand object of the religion of God, and that alone by which the soul could be prepared for a blessed immortality, and the Gentiles had received that without circumcision, consequently, the shadow could not be considered of any worth, now the substance was communicated.
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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: …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture: The Acts
A Message from the Crowned Christ
The Figurative Language of Scripture.
The Council at Jerusalem.
Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
You are to allot it as an inheritance for yourselves and for the foreigners residing among you and who have children. You are to consider them as native-born Israelites; along with you they are to be allotted an inheritance among the tribes of Israel.
He said to them: "You are well aware that it is against our law for a Jew to associate with or visit a Gentile. But God has shown me that I should not call anyone impure or unclean.
Then Peter began to speak: "I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism
All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name."
The Spirit told me to have no hesitation about going with them. These six brothers also went with me, and we entered the man's house.
How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!
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