Acts 4:13

“Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Now when they sawe the boldnesse of Peter and Iohn, and perceiued that they were vnlearned and ignorant men, they marueiled, and they tooke knowledge of them, that they had bene with Iesus.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Now as they observed the confidence of Peter and John and understood that they were uneducated and untrained men, they were amazed, and {began} to recognize them as having been with Jesus.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Now when they beheld the boldness of Peter and John, and had perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Now when they saw that Peter and John were without fear, though they were men of no education or learning, they were greatly surprised; and they took note of them that they had been with Jesus.
- Basic English Bible

But seeing the boldness of Peter and John, and perceiving that they were unlettered and uninstructed men, they wondered; and they recognised them that they were with Jesus.
- Darby Bible

Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marveled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.
- Webster's Bible

As they looked on Peter and John so fearlessly outspoken--and also discovered that they were illiterate persons, untrained in the schools--they were surprised; and now they recognized them as having been with Jesus.
- Weymouth Bible

Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and had perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marveled. They recognized that they had been with Jesus.
- World English Bible

And thei siyen the stidfastnesse of Petre and of Joon, for it was foundun that thei weren men vnlettrid, and lewid men, and thei wondriden, and knewen hem that thei weren with Jhesu.
- Wycliffe Bible

And beholding the openness of Peter and John, and having perceived that they are men unlettered and plebeian, they were wondering -- they were taking knowledge also of them that with Jesus they had been --
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Acts 4:13


4:13 Illiterate and uneducated men - Even by such men (though not by such only) hath God in all ages caused his word to be preached before the world.


People's Bible Notes for Acts 4:13


Ac 4:13 Perceived that they were unlearned. Not educated in the schools of the rabbis. They had, however, a better learning. They had been with Jesus. In them the crucified Jesus stands before them, fearless as their Master.

Discussion for Acts 4:13

  • Brianna for verse 13
    By saying they were unlearned and ignorant, it means they didn 't have the rabbinic training a man of God was expected to have. The Pharisees and Sadducees were educated at the temple, considering that to be what qualified them to be men of God. However, Peter and John learned directly from Jesus, and even these so called educated men at the temple marveled at their boldness and knowledge. So no theocratic college can you give you the credentials to be a preacher, only a bile education and Jehovah 's Holy Spirit can appoint someone.
  • Jodelle for verse 13
    how? answer: "and they TOOK NOTE they had been with JESUS". Another proof toward inspired Word vrs man-made philosophy
  • How could Peter and John have written the books attributed to them if they were "unlearned and ignorant men"?

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