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  • PARALLEL BIBLE - Acts 6:6


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    King James Bible - Acts 6:6

    Whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid their hands on them.

    World English Bible

    whom they set before the apostles. When they had prayed, they laid their hands on them.

    Douay-Rheims - Acts 6:6

    These they set before the apostles; and they praying, imposed hands upon them.

    Webster's Bible Translation

    Whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid their hands on them.

    Greek Textus Receptus


    ους
    3739 R-APM εστησαν 2476 5627 V-2AAI-3P ενωπιον 1799 ADV των 3588 T-GPM αποστολων 652 N-GPM και 2532 CONJ προσευξαμενοι 4336 5666 V-ADP-NPM επεθηκαν 2007 5656 V-AAI-3P αυτοις 846 P-DPM τας 3588 T-APF χειρας 5495 N-APF

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    VERSE (6) -
    Ac 1:24; 8:17; 9:17; 13:3 1Ti 4:14; 5:22 2Ti 1:6

    SEV Biblia, Chapter 6:6

    a stos presentaron delante de los apstoles, los cuales orando les pusieron las manos encima.

    Clarke's Bible Commentary - Acts 6:6

    Verse 6. And when they had
    prayed] Instead of kai, and, the Codex Bezae reads oitinev, who, referring the act of praying to the apostles, which removes a sort of ambiguity. The apostles prayed for these persons, that they might in every respect be qualified for their office, and be made successful in it. And, when they had done this, they laid their hands upon them, and by this rite appointed them to their office. So then, it plainly appears that the choice of the Church was not sufficient: nor did the Church think it sufficient; but, as they knew their own members best, the apostles directed them, ver. 3, to choose those persons whom they deemed best qualified, according to the criterion laid down by the apostles themselves, that they should be of honest report, and full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom. Let us examine the process of this business: 1. There was an evident necessity that there should be more helpers in this blessed work 2. The apostles called the disciples together, that they might consider of this necessity and provide for it, ver. 3. They directed the disciples to choose out from among themselves such persons as they judged the most proper for the work. 4. They gave them the criterion by which their choice should be directed; not any man, not every man, not their nearest relative, or best beloved friend; but such as were of honest report, whose public character was known to be unblemished; and men who were full of the Holy Ghost, the influence of which would keep all right within, and direct their hearts into all truth; and men who were known to be men of prudence and economy, for not every good and pious man may be proper for such a work. 5. Seven persons being chosen by the disciples, according to this criterion, are presented to the apostles for their approbation and confirmation. The apostles, receiving them from the hands of the Church, consecrated them to God by prayer, imploring his blessing on them and their labour. 7. When this was done, they laid their hands upon them in the presence of the disciples, and thus appointed them to this sacred and important work; for it is evident they did not get their commission merely to serve tables, but to proclaim, in connection with and under the direction of the apostles, the word of life. Let no man say that any of the things here enumerated was unnecessary, and let no Church pretend or affect to do without them. 1. No preacher or minister should be provided till there is a place for him to labour in, and necessity for his labour. 2. Let none be imposed upon the Church of Christ who is not of that Church, well known and fully approved by that branch of it with which he was connected. 3.

    Let none be sent to publish salvation from sin, and the necessity of a holy life, whose moral character cannot bear the strictest scrutiny among his neighbours and acquaintance. 4. Let none, however moral, or well reported of, be sent to convert souls, who has not the most solid reason to believe that he is moved thereto by the Holy Ghost. 5. Let those who have the power to appoint see that the person be a man of wisdom, i.e. sound understanding-for a witling or a blockhead, however upright, will never make a Christian minister; and that he be a man of prudence, knowing how to direct his own concerns, and those of the Church of God, with discretion. 6. Let no private person, nor number of private members in a Church, presume to authorize such a person, though in every way qualified to preach the Gospel; for even the one hundred and twenty primitive disciples did not arrogate this to themselves. 7. Let the person be brought to those to whom God has given authority in the Church, and let them, after most solemnly invoking God, lay their hands upon him, according to the primitive and apostolic plan, and thus devote him to the work of the ministry. 8. Let such a one from that moment consider himself the property of God and his Church, and devote all his time, talents, and powers, to convert sinners, and build up believers in their most holy faith.

    9. And let the Church of God consider such a person as legitimately and divinely sent, and receive him as the ambassador of Christ.


    John Gill's Bible Commentary

    Ver. 6. Whom they set before the apostles , etc.] They did not barely nominate and propose them to them, but they brought them into their presence, and placed them before them, as the persons whom they had chosen, in order to be ordained by them. And when they had prayed ; for these seven men set before them, that they might appear to be richly qualified for this office, and might honourably and faithfully discharge it, to the peace of themselves, the advantage of the church, and the glory of God: they laid their hands on them ; that is, they ordained them, they installed them into their office, and invested them with it, using the rite or ceremony of laying on of hands, which was used by the apostles for the conferring of gifts, and in benedictions, and at the ordination of officers; and seems to be borrowed from the Jews, who used, it at the creation of doctors among them, and at the promotion of them to that dignity; and which they call hkyms , or ordination by imposition of hands; though that rite was not looked upon to be essentially necessary: for so they say f245 , ordination or promotion to doctorship is not necessarily done, dyb , by the hand, as Moses did to Joshua, but even rwbydb , by word only; it was enough to say, I ordain thee, or be thou ordained or promoted.

    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


    ους
    3739 R-APM εστησαν 2476 5627 V-2AAI-3P ενωπιον 1799 ADV των 3588 T-GPM αποστολων 652 N-GPM και 2532 CONJ προσευξαμενοι 4336 5666 V-ADP-NPM επεθηκαν 2007 5656 V-AAI-3P αυτοις 846 P-DPM τας 3588 T-APF χειρας 5495 N-APF

    Robertson's NT Word Studies

    6:6 {They laid their
    hands on them} (epeqekan autois tas ceiras). First aorist active indicative of epitiqemi. Probably by the apostles who ratified the choice (verse #3). The laying on of hands "was a symbol of the impartation of the gifts and graces which they needed to qualify them for the office. It was of the nature of a prayer that God would bestow the necessary gifts, rather than a pledge that they were actually conferred" (Hackett).


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