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  • PARALLEL BIBLE - Acts 6:4


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    King James Bible - Acts 6:4

    But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.

    World English Bible

    But we will continue steadfastly in prayer and in the
    ministry of the word."

    Douay-Rheims - Acts 6:4

    But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the
    ministry of the word.

    Webster's Bible Translation

    But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the
    ministry of the word.

    Greek Textus Receptus


    ημεις
    2249 P-1NP δε 1161 CONJ τη 3588 T-DSF προσευχη 4335 N-DSF και 2532 CONJ τη 3588 T-DSF διακονια 1248 N-DSF του 3588 T-GSM λογου 3056 N-GSM προσκαρτερησομεν 4342 5692 V-FAI-1P

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    Ac 2:42; 20:19-31 Ro 12:6-8 1Co 9:16 Col 4:17 1Ti 4:13-16 2Ti 4:2

    SEV Biblia, Chapter 6:4

    Y nosotros persistiremos en la oracin, y en el ministerio de la palabra.

    Clarke's Bible Commentary - Acts 6:4

    Verse 4. We will give ourselves continually to prayer] proskarterhsomen,, We will steadfastly and invariably attend, we will carefully keep our
    hearts to this work. The word is very emphatic.

    To prayer.-See this defined, Matt. vi. 5. Even apostles could not live without prayer; they had no independent graces; what they had could not be retained without an increase; and for this increase they must make prayer and supplication, depending continually on their God.

    Ministry of the word.] diakonia tou logou, The deaconship of the word. The continual proclamation of the Gospel of their Lord; and, to make this effectual to the souls of the hearers, they must continue in prayer: a minister who does not pray much, studies in vain.

    The office of deacon, diakonov, came to the Christian from the Jewish Church. Every synagogue had at least three deacons, which were called yonrp parnasim, from onrp parnes, to feed, nourish, support, govern. The nrp parnas, or deacon, was a sort of judge in the synagogue; and, in each, doctrine and wisdom were required, that they might be able to discern and give right judgment in things both sacred and civil. The zj chazan, and m shamash, were also a sort of deacons. The first was the priest's deputy; and the last was, in some cases, the deputy of this deputy, or the sub-deacon. In the New Testament the apostles are called deacons, 2 Cor. vi. 4; Eph. iii. 7; Col. i. 23: see also 2 Cor. xi. 15. Christ himself, the Shepherd and Bishop of souls, is called the deacon of the circumcision, legw de criston ihsoun diakonon gegenhsqai peritomhv, Rom. xv. 8. As the word implies to minister or serve, it was variously applied, and pointed out all those who were employed in helping the bodies or souls of men; whether apostles, bishops, or those whom we call deacons. Some remark that there were two orders of deacons: 1. diakonoi thv trapizhv, deacons of the TABLE, whose business it was to take care of the alms collected in the Church, and distribute them among the poor, widows, &c. 2. diakonoi tou logou, deacons of the WORD, whose business it was to preach, and variously instruct the people. It seems that after the persecution raised against the apostolic Church, in consequence of which they became dispersed, the deaconship of tables ceased, as did also the community of goods; and Philip, who was one of these deacons, who at first served tables, betook himself entirely to preaching of the word: see chap. viii. 4, &c. In the primitive Church, it is sufficiently evident that the deacons gave the bread and wine in the Eucharist to the believers in the Church, and carried it to those who were absent, Just. Mar. Apol. ii. p. 162; they also preached, and in some cases administered baptism. See Suicer on the words diakonov, khrussw, and baptisma. But it appears they did the two last by the special authority of the bishop. In the ancient Roman Church, and in the Romish Church, the number of seven deacons, in imitation of those appointed by the apostles, was kept up; and in the council of Neocaesarea it was decreed that this number should never be exceeded, even in the largest cities: vide Concil. Neocaesar. Canon. xiv. other Churches varied this number; and the Church of Constantinople had not less than one hundred. Deacons were ordained by the bishops, by imposition of hands.

    None was ordained deacon till he was twenty-five years of age, and we find that it was lawful for them to have wives. See Suicer under the word diakonov, and see the note on Matt. xx. 26.

    In the Church of England, (the purest and nearest to the apostolical model in doctrine and discipline of all national Churches,) a deacon receives ordination by the imposition of the hands of a bishop, in consequence of which he can preach, assist in the sacrament of the Lord's Supper, and in general perform any sacred office, except consecrating the elements, and pronouncing the absolution. No person in this Church can be ordained deacon till he be twenty-three years of age, unless by dispensation from the Abp. of Canterbury. There were deaconesses, both in the apostolic and primitive Church, who had principally the care of the women, and visited and ministered to them in those circumstances in which it would have been improper for a deacon to attend. They also assisted in preparing the female candidates for baptism.

    At present, the office for which the seven deacons were appointed is, in the Church of England, filled by the churchwardens and overseers of the poor; in other Churches and religious societies, by elders, stewards, &c., chosen by the people, and appointed by the minister.


    John Gill's Bible Commentary

    Ver. 4. But we will give ourselves continually to prayer , etc.] Both in private for themselves, and the church; and in the houses and families of the saints, with the sick and distressed;. and in public, in the temple, or in whatsoever place they met for public worship: and to the ministry of the word ; the preaching of the Gospel, to which prayer is absolutely prerequisite, and with which it is always to be joined.

    These two, prayer and preaching, are the principal employment of a Gospel minister, and are what he ought to be concerned in, not only now and then, but what he should give himself up unto wholly, that his profiting might appear; and what he should be continually exercised and employed in: and if parting with that branch of the ministerial function, the care of the secular affairs of the church, and of the poor of it, was necessary in the apostles, that they might be more at leisure to attend to the more important and useful duties of prayer and preaching; it therefore seems necessary that those who are called to labour in the word and doctrine, if possible, should be exempt from all worldly business and employment; that of the ministry being sufficient to engross all a mans time and thoughts.


    Matthew Henry Commentary

    Verses 1-7 - Hitherto the disciples had been of one accord; this often had bee noticed to their honour; but now they were multiplied, they began to murmur. The word of God was enough to take up all the thoughts, cares and time of the apostles. The persons chosen to serve tables must be duly qualified. They must be filled with gifts and graces of the Holy Ghost, necessary to rightly managing this trust; men of truth, an hating covetousness. All who are employed in the service of the church ought to be commended to the Divine grace by the prayers of the church They blessed them in the name of the Lord. The word and grace of God are greatly magnified, when those are wrought upon by it, who wer least likely.


    Greek Textus Receptus


    ημεις
    2249 P-1NP δε 1161 CONJ τη 3588 T-DSF προσευχη 4335 N-DSF και 2532 CONJ τη 3588 T-DSF διακονια 1248 N-DSF του 3588 T-GSM λογου 3056 N-GSM προσκαρτερησομεν 4342 5692 V-FAI-1P

    Vincent's NT Word Studies

    4. We will give ourselves continually (proskarterhsomen). See on ch. i. 14. Rev., continue steadfastly.

    Robertson's NT Word Studies

    6:4 {But we} (hemeis de). In contrast to the
    work given the seven. {The ministry of the word} (tei diakoniai tou logou). The same word diakoniai employed in verse #1, but here about preaching as the special ministry with which the apostles were concerned. For "continue steadfastly" (proskarteresomen) see on 2:42.


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