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  • PARALLEL BIBLE - Acts 2:46


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    King James Bible - Acts 2:46

    And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,

    World English Bible

    Day by day, continuing steadfastly with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread at home, they took their food with gladness and singleness of heart,

    Douay-Rheims - Acts 2:46

    And continuing
    daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they took their meat with gladness and simplicity of heart;

    Webster's Bible Translation

    And they, continuing
    daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, ate their food with gladness and singleness of heart,

    Greek Textus Receptus


    καθ
    2596 PREP ημεραν 2250 N-ASF τε 5037 PRT προσκαρτερουντες 4342 5723 V-PAP-NPM ομοθυμαδον 3661 ADV εν 1722 PREP τω 3588 T-DSN ιερω 2411 N-DSN κλωντες 2806 5723 V-PAP-NPM τε 5037 PRT κατ 2596 PREP οικον 3624 N-ASM αρτον 740 N-ASM μετελαμβανον 3335 5707 V-IAI-3P τροφης 5160 N-GSF εν 1722 PREP αγαλλιασει 20 N-DSF και 2532 CONJ αφελοτητι 858 N-DSF καρδιας 2588 N-GSF

    Treasury of Scriptural Knowledge

    VERSE (46) -
    Ac 1:14; 3:1; 5:42 Lu 24:53

    SEV Biblia, Chapter 2:46

    Y perseverando unnimes cada día en el Templo, y partiendo el pan en las casas, comían juntos con alegría y con sencillez de corazn,

    Clarke's Bible Commentary - Acts 2:46

    Verse 46. They, continuing
    daily with one accord in the temple] They were present at all the times of public worship, and joined together in prayers and praises to God; for it in not to be supposed that they continued to offer any of the sacrifices prescribed by the law.

    Breaking bread from house to house] This may signify, that select companies, who were contiguous to each other, frequently ate together at their respective lodgings on their return from public worship. But kat oikon, which we translate from house to house, is repeatedly used by the Greek writers for home, at home, (see margin,) for though they had all things in common, each person lived at his own table. Breaking bread is used to express the act of taking their meals. The bread of the Jews was thin, hard, and dry, and was never cut with the knife as ours is, but was simply broken by the hand.

    With gladness and singleness of heart] A true picture of genuine Christian fellowship. They ate their bread: they had no severe fasts; the Holy Spirit had done in their souls, by his refining influence, what others vainly expect from bodily austerities. It may be said also, that, if they had no severe fasts, they had no splendid feasts: all was moderation, and all was contentment. They were full of gladness, spiritual joy and happiness; and singleness of heart, every man worthy of the confidence of his neighbour; and all walking by the same rule, and minding the same thing.


    John Gill's Bible Commentary

    Ver. 46. And they continued daily with one accord in the temple , etc.] Every day they went up to the temple, at the time of prayer, or whenever any religious service was to be performed; this was their constant practice, and in this they agreed: and breaking bread from house to house ; either administering the Lords supper in private houses, as the Jews kept their passover, sometimes administering it at one house, and sometimes at another; or because their number was so large, that one house could not hold them, they divided themselves into lesser bodies; and some met, and had the ordinance administered to them in one house, and some in another: or this may be understood of their common meals, which they ate together at one anothers houses in great love and friendship; for they did eat their meat with gladness ; with great thankfulness to the God of their mercies for their daily food, acknowledging that all came from him, and that they were undeserving of it, and with much cheerfulness and affability one among another, without murmuring and repining at their lot, or envying each other, or grudging what each other partook of: and singleness of heart ; without deceit and hypocrisy; either in their thanksgivings to God, or in their welcome and entertainment of each other; and with great sincerity, openness, and frankness before God, and one another. The Syriac version joins this clause with the beginning of the next verse, with singleness of heart, praising God.

    Matthew Henry Commentary

    Verses 42-47 - In these verses we have the
    history of the truly primitive church, or the first days of it; its state of infancy indeed, but, like that, the state of its greatest innocence. They kept close to holy ordinances and abounded in piety and devotion; for Christianity, when admitted is the power of it, will dispose the soul to communion with God in all those ways wherein he has appointed us to meet him, and has promised to meet us. The greatness of the event raised them above the world, an the Holy Ghost filled them with such love, as made every one to be to another as to himself, and so made all things common, not by destroying property, but doing away selfishness, and causing charity. And God wh moved them to it, knew that they were quickly to be driven from their possessions in Judea. The Lord, from day to day, inclined the hearts of more to embrace the gospel; not merely professors, but such as wer actually brought into a state of acceptance with God, being mad partakers of regenerating grace. Those whom God has designed for eternal salvation, shall be effectually brought to Christ, till the earth is filled with the knowledge of his glory __________________________________________________________________


    Greek Textus Receptus


    καθ
    2596 PREP ημεραν 2250 N-ASF τε 5037 PRT προσκαρτερουντες 4342 5723 V-PAP-NPM ομοθυμαδον 3661 ADV εν 1722 PREP τω 3588 T-DSN ιερω 2411 N-DSN κλωντες 2806 5723 V-PAP-NPM τε 5037 PRT κατ 2596 PREP οικον 3624 N-ASM αρτον 740 N-ASM μετελαμβανον 3335 5707 V-IAI-3P τροφης 5160 N-GSF εν 1722 PREP αγαλλιασει 20 N-DSF και 2532 CONJ αφελοτητι 858 N-DSF καρδιας 2588 N-GSF

    Vincent's NT Word Studies

    46. With one
    accord (omoqumadon). See on Matt. xviii. 19.

    From house to house (kat oikon). Better, as Rev., at home, contrasted with in the temple. Compare Philemon 2; Col. iv. 15; 1 Corinthians xvi. 19.

    Did eat their meat (metelambanon trofhv). Rev., take their food. Partake would be better, giving the force of meta, with. Note the imperfect: "continued to partake."

    Singleness (afelothti). Only here in New Testament. Derived from aj, not, and felleuv, stony ground. Hence of something simple or plain.


    Robertson's NT Word Studies

    2:46 {With one accord in the temple} (homoqumadon en twi hierwi). See on 1:14 for homoqumadon. They were still worshipping in the temple for no breach had yet come between Christians and Jews. Daily they were here and daily breaking bread at home (kat' oikon) which looks like the regular meal. {They did take their food} (metelambanon trofes). Imperfect tense again and clearly referring to the regular meals at home. Does it refer also to the possible agapai or to the Lord's Supper afterwards as they had common meals "from house to house" (kat' oikon)? We know there were local churches in the homes where they had "worship rooms," the church in the house. At any rate it was "with singleness" (afeloteti) of heart. The word occurs only here in the N.T., though a late _Koin_ word (papyri). It comes from afeles, free from rock (felleus is stony ground), smooth. The old form was afeleia.


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