“Howbeit many of them which heard the word believed; and the number of the men was about five thousand.”
King James Version (KJV)
4:4 The number of the men - Beside women and children, were about five thousand - So many did our Lord now feed at once with the bread from heaven!
Ac 4:4 Howbeit many of them which heard the word believed. Became converts. This ("believed") is a usual scriptural expression for the whole change wrought by belief. "Faith comes by hearing . . . the word of God" (Ro 10:17), and faith leads to obedience. The number of the men was about five thousand. It is probable that the meaning is that the number of men was now increased to five thousand. The term in the Greek ("andres") does not properly include women, so that this is the number of male believers. It is probable that most of the converts of Pentecost and of this occasion were men. Oriental women were not likely to attend in large numbers on such public occasions.