Acts 4:7

“And when they had set them in the middest, they asked, By what power, or by what name haue ye done this?”

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Other Translations

And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, By what power, or by what name, have ye done this?
- King James Version

When they had placed them in the center, they {began to} inquire, "By what power, or in what name, have you done this?"
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And when they had set them in the midst, they inquired, By what power, or in what name, have ye done this?
- American Standard Version (1901)

Then sending for Peter and John, they said, By what power and in whose name have you done this?
- Basic English Bible

and having placed them in the midst they inquired, In what power or in what name have *ye* done this?
- Darby Bible

And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, By what power, or by what name have ye done this?
- Webster's Bible

So they made the Apostles stand in the centre, and demanded of them, "By what power or in what name have you done this?"
- Weymouth Bible

When they had stood them in the middle of them, they inquired, "By what power, or in what name, have you done this?"
- World English Bible

And thei settiden hem in the myddil, and axiden, In what vertue, ether in what name, han ye don this thing?
- Wycliffe Bible

and having set them in the midst, they were inquiring, `In what power, or in what name did ye do this?'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Acts 4:7


4:7 By what name - By what authority, have ye done this? - They seem to speak ambiguously on purpose.


People's Bible Notes for Acts 4:7


Ac 4:7 Set them in the midst. The high priest acted as president, and the members were arranged in a semi-circle around him, with the prisoners in front. By what power, or by what name? They could not deny the miracle, but they thought that it had been done by some incantation. They ask an explanation.

Discussion for Acts 4

  • Barbara
    KJ version is only translation that uses the phrase Acts 4:30 By the Name of Jesus not through the Name of Jesus. This gives two different meanings to me. Am I missing something here or am I misunderstanding
  • BSP
    Verse 13~They were outspoken because they had the holy spirit which gave them the boldness to be fearlessly outspoken.
  • Lilian
    There are no other name given under the heaven its only Jesus Its only Jesus died on the cross and shed his blood for us so that you and me will be saved the stone has turn away and this is symbolises that Jesus resurrection and was raised from the dead thanks to your blood Lord Jesus my Jehova Shalom
  • BSP
    Verse 12- there is no salvation in anyone else but Jesus and their is no other true path to follow.
  • BSP
    Verse 3~Persecution arose soon after holy spirit was poured out. Satan uses his earthly agents to try and stop the progress of the true Christian congregation.
  • Freddieo
    I remember my baptism at 20 years old. It truly was an unforgettable experience. The p0wer of the holy ghost can truly have an immediate impact upon you. I like to compare it to hitting a home run. I pray that same power would continue with me forever, and the Love of Jesus and the power of the holy ghost. Peter, like me, started out good, he did deny Christ. This is the journey that is ahead.

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