Acts 2:45

45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need.

Acts 2:45 in Other Translations

45 And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.
45 And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need.
45 They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need.
45 They sold whatever they owned and pooled their resources so that each person's need was met.
45 So they sold their possessions and property and distributed the proceeds to all, as anyone had a need.

Acts 2:45 Meaning and Commentary

Acts 2:45

And sold their possessions and goods.
&c.] Their houses and lands, their fields and vineyards, their goods, moveable or immoveable:

and parted them to all men;
that were of their society, not to others:

as every man had need:
the rich sold their estates, and divided them among the poor, or gave them such a portion thereof as their present exigencies required. This was done by Jews, and by Jews only; who, when they embraced the Gospel of Christ, were informed that the destruction of their city, and nation, was at hand; and therefore they sold their estates before hand, and put them to this use; which was necessary to be done, both for the support of the Gospel in Judea, and for the carrying and spreading of it among the Gentiles: but is not to be drawn into a precedent, or an example in after times; nor is ever any such thing proposed to the Christian churches, or exhorted to by any of the apostles.

Acts 2:45 In-Context

43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles.
44 All the believers were together and had everything in common.
45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need.
46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts,
47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

Cross References 1

  • 1. Matthew 19:21; Luke 12:33; Luke 18:22; Acts 4:34,35; Acts 6:1
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