Acts 4:4

4 But many who heard the message believed; so the number of men who believed grew to about five thousand.

Read Acts 4:4 Using Other Translations

Howbeit many of them which heard the word believed; and the number of the men was about five thousand.
But many of those who had heard the word believed, and the number of the men came to about five thousand.
But many of the people who heard their message believed it, so the number of believers now totaled about 5,000 men, not counting women and children.

What does Acts 4:4 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Acts 4:4

Howbeit, many of them which heard the word
The doctrine of the Gospel, preached by Peter and John:

the report of it, and in Christ, as risen from the dead, which was the sum and substance of it: and this they did, notwithstanding the opposition made by the priests, the captain of the temple, and the Sadducces, and the violence they used to the apostles; for though they kept their persons in hold, they could not stop the free course of the word, which ran and was glorified:

and the number of the men was about five thousand;
or "was five thousand", as the Alexandrian copy, the Vulgate Latin, and Ethiopic versions read; that is the number, not of the hearers, but "of them that believed", was so many; and so read the Arabic and Ethiopic versions: there were so many persons converted at this time; for this number does not include the three thousand that were converted under the first sermon, but regards those who now became true believers, and were added to the church; so that there were now eight thousand persons added to it; a great increase indeed! now had Christ the dew of his youth, and now were these fishermen fishers of men indeed: that our Lord's feeding five thousand men with five barley loaves and two fishes, should have any regard to the conversion of these five thousand men, is but a conceit.

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