Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marveled…
Mr. Moody told of a young man who attended his meetings at the Hippodrome in New York. He was long before he would confess to this belief in Christ, and when at length he did so, Mr. Moody asked him what had kept him back. He replied that he knew he had to make a clean breast of his profession to his room-mate, and he was deterred by the fear of being laughed at. Eventually he summoned up courage. He sat in his room reading the Bible, and presently he heard his mate coming up the stair. His first impulse was to shut the Bible and put it away in his trunk. His second thought restrained him, however, and he continued his reading. His bed-fellow came in and saw him with the Bible before him, and going up to him, said, "Are you interested in such things?" "Yes, I am." "How long have you been so?" "Since Mr. Moody preached on such and such a text at the Hippodrome." "Well now, that is strange, I was impressed with the same address, and all these nights I have been trying to screw up my courage to read my Bible before you." "And I have only succeeded to-night in getting my courage up to read mine before you." Mr. Moody remarked, "We want men who have got boldness and courage. If it is right to serve God, then let them serve Him with boldness, without regard to what man will think."
Parallel VersesKJV: 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.