Acts 3:14

14 You disowned the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a murderer be released to you.

Acts 3:14 in Other Translations

KJV
14 But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you;
ESV
14 But you denied the Holy and Righteous One, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you,
NLT
14 You rejected this holy, righteous one and instead demanded the release of a murderer.
MSG
14 You repudiated the Holy One, the Just One, and asked for a murderer in his place.
CSB
14 But you denied the Holy and Righteous One, and asked to have a murderer given to you.

Acts 3:14 Meaning and Commentary

Acts 3:14

But ye denied the Holy One, and the just
Who is "holy" both in his divine and human nature, and the fountain of holiness to his people; see ( Psalms 16:10 ) and who is "just" or "righteous", both in his person, and in the discharge of his office, and has wrought a righteousness for his people, which is imputed to them. These characters may have a particular regard to the purity of Christ, as man, and to the innocence of his life, and the harmlessness of his actions, in opposition to the unjust charges of his enemies, and the base treatment he met with from them who denied him to be the Christ, the Redeemer and Saviour: and desired a murderer to be granted unto you;
when it was put to their choice, who they would have released, Christ or Barabbas; they requested it as a favour, and desired they might be gratified in having Barabbas, a thief, and a robber, who, with others, had raised an insurrection, and committed murder in it, released, and Christ crucified. They desired an act of grace for him, and a sentence of condemnation to a most shameful and painful death on Christ.

Acts 3:14 In-Context

12 When Peter saw this, he said to them: “Fellow Israelites, why does this surprise you? Why do you stare at us as if by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk?
13 The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus. You handed him over to be killed, and you disowned him before Pilate, though he had decided to let him go.
14 You disowned the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a murderer be released to you.
15 You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. We are witnesses of this.
16 By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that has completely healed him, as you can all see.

Cross References 3

  • 1. S Mark 1:24; Acts 4:27
  • 2. Acts 7:52
  • 3. Mark 15:11; Luke 23:18-25