Acts 4:4

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

Acts 4:4 in Other Translations

KJV
4 Howbeit many of them which heard the word believed; and the number of the men was about five thousand.
ESV
4 But many of those who had heard the word believed, and the number of the men came to about five thousand.
NLT
4 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.
MSG
4 But many of those who listened had already believed the Message - in round numbers about five thousand!
CSB
4 But many of those who heard the message believed, and the number of the men came to about 5,000.

Acts 4:4 Meaning and Commentary

Acts 4:4

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

believed;
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.

Acts 4:4 In-Context

2 They were greatly disturbed because the apostles were teaching the people, proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection of the dead.
3 They seized Peter and John and, because it was evening, they put them in jail until the next day.
4 But many who heard the message believed; so the number of men who believed grew to about five thousand.
5 The next day the rulers, the elders and the teachers of the law met in Jerusalem.
6 Annas the high priest was there, and so were Caiaphas, John, Alexander and others of the high priest’s family.

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