New English Translation
27 “For indeed both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel, assembled together in this city against[a] your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed,[b] 28 to do as much as your power[c] and your plan[d] had decided beforehand[e] would happen. 29 And now, Lord, pay attention to[f] their threats, and grant[g] to your servants[h] to speak your message[i] with great courage,[j]Read full chapter
- Acts 4:27 sn The application of Ps 2:1-2 is that Jews and Gentiles are opposing Jesus. The surprise of the application is that Jews are now found among the enemies of God’s plan.
- Acts 4:27 sn A wordplay on “Christ,” v. 26, which means “one who has been anointed.”
- Acts 4:28 tn Grk “hand,” here a metaphor for God’s strength or power or authority.
- Acts 4:28 tn Or “purpose,” “will.”
- Acts 4:28 tn Or “had predestined.” Since the term “predestine” is something of a technical theological term, not in wide usage in contemporary English, the translation “decide beforehand” was used instead (see L&N 30.84). God’s direction remains as the major theme.
- Acts 4:29 tn Or “Lord, take notice of.”
- Acts 4:29 sn Grant to your servants to speak your message with great courage. The request is not for a stop to persecution or revenge on the opponents, but for boldness (great courage) to carry out the mission of proclaiming the message of what God is doing through Jesus.
- Acts 4:29 tn Grk “slaves.” See the note on the word “servants” in 2:18.
- Acts 4:29 tn Grk “word.”
- Acts 4:29 tn Or “with all boldness.”