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  • PARALLEL BIBLE - Acts 13:47


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    King James Bible - Acts 13:47

    For so hath the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set thee to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of the earth.

    World English Bible

    For so has the Lord commanded us, saying, 'I have set you as a
    light for the Gentiles, that you should bring salvation to the uttermost parts of the earth.'"

    Douay-Rheims - Acts 13:47

    For so the Lord hath commanded us: I have set thee to be the
    light of the Gentiles; that thou mayest be for salvation unto the utmost part of the earth.

    Webster's Bible Translation

    For so hath the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set thee to be a
    light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldst be for salvation to the ends of the earth.

    Greek Textus Receptus


    ουτως
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    VERSE (47) -
    Ac 1:8; 9:15; 22:21; 26:17,18 Mt 28:19 Mr 16:15 Lu 24:47

    SEV Biblia, Chapter 13:47

    Porque así nos mand el Seor, diciendo : Te he puesto para luz de los gentiles, para que seas por salud hasta lo postrero de la tierra.

    Clarke's Bible Commentary - Acts 13:47

    Verse 47. For so the
    Lord commanded us] The apostles could quote a pertinent scripture for every thing they did; because the outlines of the whole Gospel dispensation are founded in the law and the prophets; and they were now building the Church of God according to the pattern shown them in the Mount. In the things of God, no man nor minister should go farther than he can say, Thus it is written, and thus it behoves me to do; and let him see that his quotations are fairly made, and not a detached passage or member of a sentence produced, because it seems to look like the system he wishes to establish.

    I have set thee to be a light of the Gentiles] This quotation is from Isa. xlix. 6, and was most fully in point. The Jews could not resist the testimony of their own prophet; and the Gentiles rejoiced to find that the offers of salvation were to be made so specifically to them.

    For salvation unto the ends of the earth.] The very name of the Messiah, viz JESUS, announced the design and end of his mission. He is the saviour, and is to be proclaimed as such to the ends of the earth; to all mankind; to every nation, and people, and tongue; and, wherever the Gospel is preached, there is a free, full, and sincere offer of salvation to every soul that hears it. And the offer is proof sufficient, in itself, that there is a power to receive its blessings given to those to whom the offer is made; as it would be of no use to offer them a salvation which it was designed they either should not or could not receive. A son of Satan might be capable of such dissimulation and bad faith; but the holy God cannot.


    John Gill's Bible Commentary

    Ver. 47. For so hath the Lord commanded us , etc.] For though Christ in his first commission restrained his disciples from going into the Gentiles, and preaching to them, yet when he enlarged their commission after his resurrection, he bid them go into all nations, and preach the Gospel to every creature; and told them, that they should be his witnesses to the uttermost part of the earth; (see Matthew 28:19 Mark 16:15 Acts 1:8) unless this should rather be thought to refer to what follows: saying ; or as it is written, as the Syriac version supplies; or because so saith the Scripture, as the Ethiopic version, namely in ( Isaiah 49:6). I have set thee to be a light of the Gentiles ; to enlighten the Gentiles that sit in darkness, by the preaching of the Gospel to them, and the Spirit of God attending it: this supposes the Gentiles to have been in darkness; as they were about divine things, before the times of the Gospel: they had no true knowledge of God himself; for though they knew there was a God, they did not know, at least but few of them, that there was but one God; and none of them knew anything of him as in Christ; they had not a revelation of his will, they were without the written law, and were strangers to the true manner of worshipping the divine Being; they knew nothing at all of the Messiah, and of his righteousness and salvation by him; nor of the Spirit of God, and the operations of his grace, nor of the resurrection of the dead, and were very ignorant of a future state: it was therefore an unspeakable mercy to them, that Christ was appointed to be a light to them; not in a way of nature, as he is that light which lightens every man that comes into the world; but in a way of grace, through the ministration of the Gospel, and by the special illuminations of the divine Spirit; whereby they see there is a righteous judge, and that there will be a righteous judgment; and that sin is exceeding sinful, and cannot be atoned for by them, and therefore they are in themselves miserable and undone; and they further see, that pardon and righteousness are only by Christ, and that salvation is alone in him. The words are spoken by God the Father to his Son, and express the eternal decree of God, and the designation of Christ to be the light of his people; the mission of him in time as the light of the world, and the exhibition of him in the Gospel, for the illumination of men by his Spirit and grace. In the Hebrew text it is, I will give thee, etc. for all this springs from the free grace of God; Christ in all respects is the gift of God, as he is the head of the church, and the Saviour of the body, so as he is the light of men; and it is necessary that he should be light, in order to be salvation, as follows; for though men may go to hell in the dark, yet not to heaven; the way of the wicked is darkness, but the path of just is shining light: those whom God rives, he enlightens with the light of life: that thou shouldest be for salvation to the ends of the earth ; impetratively as the author of it, and applicatively by means of the Gospel, which publishes salvation by Christ; and is the power of God unto salvation, to Gentiles as well as Jews, even to all that believe, in what part of the world soever they live: thus what was decreed and resolved on by God the Father, and was declared by him to his Son, is applied to his ministers and ambassadors, who represented him; so that what they did, he may be said to do; and who by them was to go, and did go to the Gentiles, and enlighten them with the light of the Gospel, and became salvation to them; so that this prophecy is produced by the apostles, to vindicate their conduct, as well as to show the agreement between the command of Jesus Christ to his disciples, and the decree of God the Father; as also to illustrate and confirm the particular order, which the Apostle Paul had, to go to the Gentiles, and to which he may have a regard here; (see Acts 26:17). In the Hebrew text it is, my salvation: provided, promised, and sent by God, the Saviour of his people.

    Matthew Henry Commentary

    Verses 42-52 - The
    Jews opposed the doctrine the apostles preached; and when the could find no objection, they blasphemed Christ and his gospel Commonly those who begin with contradicting, end with blaspheming. But when adversaries of Christ's cause are daring, its advocates should be the bolder. And while many judge themselves unworthy of eternal life others, who appear less likely, desire to hear more of the glad tiding of salvation. This is according to what was foretold in the Ol Testament. What light, what power, what a treasure does this gospe bring with it! How excellent are its truths, its precepts, it promises! Those came to Christ whom the Father drew, and to whom the Spirit made the gospel call effectual, Ro 8:30. As many as wer disposed to eternal life, as many as had concern about their eterna state, and aimed to make sure of eternal life, believed in Christ, i whom God has treasured up that life, and who is the only Way to it; an it was the grace of God that wrought it in them. It is good to se honourable women devout; the less they have to do in the world, the more they should do for their own souls, and the souls of others: but it is sad, when, under colour of devotion to God, they try to sho hatred to Christ. And the more we relish the comforts an encouragements we meet with in the power of godliness, and the fulle our hearts are of them, the better prepared we are to face difficultie in the profession of godliness __________________________________________________________________


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    ουτως
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    Robertson's NT Word Studies

    13:47 {For so hath the
    Lord commanded us} (houtws gar entetaltai hemin ho kurios). Perfect middle indicative of entellw, poetic (Pindar) and late verb to enjoin (#1:2). The command of the Lord Paul finds in #Isa 49:6 quoted by Simeon also (#Lu 2:32). The conviction of Paul's mind was now made clear by the fact of the rejection by the Jews. He could now see more clearly the words of the prophet about the Gentiles: The Messiah is declared by God in Isaiah to be "a light to the Gentiles" (eqnwn, objective genitive), "a light for revelation to the Gentiles" (fws eis apokaluyin eqnwn, #Lu 2:32). So Paul is carrying out the will of God in turning to the Gentiles. He will still appeal to the Jews elsewhere as they allow him to do so, but not here. {That thou shouldest be} (tou einai se). Genitive articular infinitive of purpose with the accusative of general reference. this is all according to God's fixed purpose (teqeika, perfect active indicative of tiqemi). {Unto the uttermost part of the earth} (hews escatou tes ges). Unto the last portion (genitive neuter, not feminine) of the earth. It is a long time from Paul to now, not to say from Isaiah to now, and not yet has the gospel been carried to half of the people of earth. God's people are slow in carrying out God's plans for salvation.


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