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  • PARALLEL BIBLE - Acts 6:15


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    King James Bible - Acts 6:15

    And all that sat in the council, looking stedfastly on him, saw his face as it had been the face of an angel.

    World English Bible

    All who sat in the council, fastening their
    eyes on him, saw his face like it was the face of an angel.

    Douay-Rheims - Acts 6:15

    And all that sat in the council, looking on him, saw his face as if it had been the face of an angel.

    Webster's Bible Translation

    And all that sat in the council, looking steadfastly on him, saw his face as it had been the face of an angel.

    Greek Textus Receptus


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    Treasury of Scriptural Knowledge

    VERSE (15) -
    Ex 34:29-35 Ec 8:1 Mt 13:43; 17:2 2Co 3:7,8,18

    SEV Biblia, Chapter 6:15

    Entonces todos los que estaban sentados en el concilio, puestos los ojos en l, vieron su rostro como el rostro de un ngel.

    Clarke's Bible Commentary - Acts 6:15

    Verse 15. Saw his face, as it had been the face of an
    angel.] Sayings like this are frequent among the Jewish writers, who represent God as distinguishing eminent men by causing a glory to shine from their faces.

    Rabbi Gedalia said that, "when Moses and Aaron came before Pharaoh, they appeared like those angels which minister before the face of the Lord; for their stature appeared greater, and the splendour of their faces was like the sun, and their eyes like the wheels of the sun; their beard like clusters of grapes, and their words like thunder and lightning; and that, through fear of them, those who were present fell to the earth." The like is said of Moses, in Debarim Rabba, fol. 75. that "when Sammael (Satan) came to Moses, the splendour of his face was like the sun, and himself resembled an angel of God." The reader may find several similar sayings in Schoettgen.

    It appears that the light and power of God which dwelt in his soul shone through his face, and God gave them this proof of the falsity of the testimony which was now before them; for, as the face of Stephen now shone as the face of Moses did when he came down from the mount, it was the fullest proof that he had not spoken blasphemous words either against Moses or God, else this splendour of heaven had not rested upon him.

    The history of the apostolic Church is a series of wonders. Every thing that could prevent such a Church from being established, or could overthrow it when established, is brought to bear against it. The instruments employed in its erection and defense had neither might nor power, but what came immediately from God. They work, and God works with them; the Church is founded and built up; and its adversaries, with every advantage in their favour, cannot overthrow it. Is it possible to look at this, without seeing the mighty hand of God in the whole? He permits devils and wicked men to work-to avail themselves of all their advantages, yet counterworks all their plots and designs, turns their weapons against themselves, and promotes his cause by the very means that were used to destroy it. How true is the saying, There is neither might nor counsel against the Lord!


    John Gill's Bible Commentary

    Ver. 15. And all that sat in the council , etc.] The whole sanhedrim, looking steadfastly on him ; to observe whether his countenance altered, his tongue stammered, or he trembled in any part of his body, neither of which appeared; but on the contrary, they saw his face, as if it had been the face of an angel . The Ethiopic version adds, of God; there was such a calmness and serenity in it, which showed his innocence and unconsciousness of guilt; and such a beauty and glory upon it, that he looked as lovely and amiable as the angels of God, who when they appeared to men, it was in very glorious and splendid forms: his face might shine as Mosess did, when he came down from the mount; or in some degree as Christs did at his transfiguration; and this might, as it ought to have been, taken as an acquittance of him by God, from the charge of blasphemy, either against God or Moses: the Jews say of Phinehas, that when the Holy Ghost was upon him, his face burned or shone like lamps, and Stephen was now full of the Holy Ghost, ( Acts 6:5,8).

    Matthew Henry Commentary

    Verses 8-15 - When they could not answer
    Stephen's arguments as a disputant, the prosecuted him as a criminal, and brought false witnesses against him And it is next to a miracle of providence, that no greater number of religious persons have been murdered in the world, by the way of perjury and pretence of law, when so many thousands hate them, who make no conscience of false oaths. Wisdom and holiness make a man's face to shine, yet will not secure men from being treated badly. What shall we say of man, a rational being, yet attempting to uphold a religiou system by false witness and murder! And this has been done i numberless instances. But the blame rests not so much upon the understanding, as upon the heart of a fallen creature, which i deceitful above all things and desperately wicked. Yet the servant of the Lord, possessing a clear conscience, cheerful hope, and Divin consolations, may smile in the midst of danger and death __________________________________________________________________


    Greek Textus Receptus


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    Robertson's NT Word Studies

    6:15 {As if the face of an
    angel} (hwsei proswpon aggelou). Even his enemies saw that, wicked as they were. See #Ex 34:30 for the face of Moses when he came down from Sinai (#2Co 3:7). Page quotes Tennyson: "God's glory smote him on the face." Where were Peter and John at this crisis? Apparently Stephen stands alone before the Sanhedrin as Jesus did. But he was not alone for he saw Jesus standing at the right hand of God (#Ac 7:56). There was little that Peter and John could have done if they had been present. Gamaliel did not interpose this time for the Pharisees were behind the charges against Stephen, false though they were as Gamaliel could have found out.


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