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  • PARALLEL BIBLE - Acts 10:11


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    King James Bible - Acts 10:11

    And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending unto him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth:

    World English Bible

    He saw heaven opened and a certain container descending to him, like a great
    sheet let down by four corners on the earth,

    Douay-Rheims - Acts 10:11

    And he saw the heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending, as it were a great linen
    sheet let down by the four corners from heaven to the earth:

    Webster's Bible Translation

    And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending to him, as it had been a great
    sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth:

    Greek Textus Receptus


    και
    2532 CONJ θεωρει 2334 5719 V-PAI-3S τον 3588 T-ASM ουρανον 3772 N-ASM ανεωγμενον 455 5772 V-RPP-ASM και 2532 CONJ καταβαινον 2597 5723 V-PAP-ASN επ 1909 PREP αυτον 846 P-ASM σκευος 4632 N-ASN τι 5100 X-ASN ως 5613 ADV οθονην 3607 N-ASF μεγαλην 3173 A-ASF τεσσαρσιν 5064 A-DPF αρχαις 746 N-DPF δεδεμενον 1210 5772 V-RPP-ASM και 2532 CONJ καθιεμενον 2524 5746 V-PPP-ASN επι 1909 PREP της 3588 T-GSF γης 1093 N-GSF

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    VERSE (11) -
    Ac 7:56 Eze 1:1 Lu 3:21 Joh 1:51 Re 4:1; 11:19; 19:11

    SEV Biblia, Chapter 10:11

    y vio el cielo abierto, y que descendía un vaso, como un gran lienzo, que atado de los cuatro cabos era bajado del cielo a la tierra;

    Clarke's Bible Commentary - Acts 10:11

    Verse 11. And saw
    heaven opened] His mind now entirely spiritualized, and absorbed in heavenly contemplation, was capable of discoveries of the spiritual world; a world which, with its plhrwma, or plenitude of inhabitants, surrounds us at all times; but which we are incapable of seeing through the dense medium of flesh and blood, and their necessarily concomitant earthly passions. Much, however, of such a world and its economy may be apprehended by him who is purified from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, and who has perfected holiness in the fear of God. But this is a subject to which the enthusiast in vain attempts to ascend. The turbulent working of his imagination, and the gross earthly crudities which he wishes to obtrude on the world as revelations from God, afford a sufficient refutation of their own blasphemous pretensions.

    A great sheet, knit at the four corners] Perhaps intended to be an emblem of the universe, and its various nations, to the four corners of which the Gospel was to extend, and to offer its blessings to all the inhabitants, without distinction of nation, &c.


    John Gill's Bible Commentary

    Ver. 11. And saw heaven opened , etc.] Not literally, as at the baptism of Christ, and the stoning of Stephen; but in a visionary way, and which was an emblem of the opening and revealing the mystery of the calling of the Gentiles, which in other ages was not made known, as it now and afterwards was: and a certain vessel descending unto him, as it had been a great sheet : which seems to represent the church of God, whose original is from heaven, and consists of persons born from above, who have their conversation in heaven, and were designed for it; and especially as under the Gospel dispensation, which Peter had a vision of in this emblematic way; the doctrines and ordinances of which are from heaven: and which may be compared to a linen sheet for its purity and holiness; through the blood and righteousness of Christ, and the grace of his Spirit, and with respect to its discipline and conversation; and so to a great one for its largeness; for though the number of its members, when compared with the world, are few, yet in themselves are a number which no man can number; and though it was but small at first, yet the Gospel being carried among the Gentiles it increased, and in the last times will be large: knit at the four corners ; which may denote the preaching of the Gospel, and the spread of it, and the planting of churches by it in the four parts of the world; and also the church being knit to Christ, and the members of it one to another: and let down to the earth ; for Peter to see it, and where it was to continue for a while, even to the second coming of Christ, and when the whole church of the firstborn will be let down to earth again; (see Revelation 21:2).

    Matthew Henry Commentary

    Verses 9-18 - The prejudices of Peter against the Gentiles, would have prevented his going to
    Cornelius, unless the Lord had prepared him for this service To tell a Jew that God had directed those animals to be reckoned clea which were hitherto deemed unclean, was in effect saying, that the la of Moses was done away. Peter was soon made to know the meaning of it God knows what services are before us, and how to prepare us; and we know the meaning of what he has taught us, when we find what occasio we have to make use of it.


    Greek Textus Receptus


    και
    2532 CONJ θεωρει 2334 5719 V-PAI-3S τον 3588 T-ASM ουρανον 3772 N-ASM ανεωγμενον 455 5772 V-RPP-ASM και 2532 CONJ καταβαινον 2597 5723 V-PAP-ASN επ 1909 PREP αυτον 846 P-ASM σκευος 4632 N-ASN τι 5100 X-ASN ως 5613 ADV οθονην 3607 N-ASF μεγαλην 3173 A-ASF τεσσαρσιν 5064 A-DPF αρχαις 746 N-DPF δεδεμενον 1210 5772 V-RPP-ASM και 2532 CONJ καθιεμενον 2524 5746 V-PPP-ASN επι 1909 PREP της 3588 T-GSF γης 1093 N-GSF

    Vincent's NT Word Studies

    11. Saw (qewrei). Rev., better, and more literally, beholdeth. See on
    Luke x. 18. The present tense is graphically introduced into the narrative. Unto him. The best texts omit.

    Sheet (oqonhn). Only here and ch. xi. 5. Originally fine linen; later, sail-cloth or a sail. Dr. J. Rawson Lumby suggests that the word, "applied to loose, bellying sails of ships," may indicate that the form of vessel which appeared to Peter "recalled an image most familiar to his previous life - the wind-stretched canvas of the craft on the Lake of Galilee" ("Expositor," iii, 272).

    Knit (dedemenon). If this is retained, we must render bound, or attached; but the best texts omit, together with the following and. Render, as Rev., let down by four corners. Compare ch. xi. 5.

    Corners (arcaiv). Lit., beginnings; the extremity or corner, marking a beginning of the sheet. "We are to imagine the vessel, looking like a colossal four-cornered linen cloth, letting itself down, while the corners attached to heaven to support the whole." The word is used in this sense by Herodotus, describing the sacrifices of the Scythians. The victim's forefeet are bound with a cord, "and the person who is about to offer, taking his station behind the victim, pulls the end (archn) of the rope, and thereby throws the animal down" (4, 60). The suggestion of ropes holding the corners of the sheet (Alford, and, cautiously, Farrar) is unwarranted by the usage of the word. It was the technical expression in medical language for the ends of bandages. The word for sheet in this passage was also the technical term for a bandage, as was the kindred word ojqonion, used of the linen bandages in which the Lord's body was swathed. See Luke 2412; John xix. 40; xx. 5, 6, 7. Mr. Hobart says: "We have thus in this passage a technical medical phrase - the ends of a bandage - used for the ends of a sheet, which hardly any one except a medical man would think of employing" ("Medical Language of St. Luke").


    Robertson's NT Word Studies

    10:11 {Beholdeth} (qewrei). Vivid historical present and change from past time. {Opened} (anewigmenon, perfect passive participle with double reduplication, state of completion). {Descending} (katabainon). Present active participle describing the process. {Sheet} (oqonen). Old word for linen cloth and only here in the N.T. Accusative case in apposition with skeuos (vessel). {Let down} (kaqiemenon). Present passive participle of kaqiemi. Old verb, but in the N.T. only here and #Lu 5:19; Ac 9:25. Linear action here picturing the process, "being let down." {By four corners} (tessarsin arcais). Instrumental case of arce, beginning. We say "end" or extremity for this use of the word. The picture is the sheet held up by four cords to which the sheet is fastened. #Isa 11:12 had said that Israel would be gathered from the four corners of the earth. Knowling follows Hobart in taking the four corners of the sheet to be a medical phrase for bandage (the end of a bandage).


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