Acts 5:41

41 The apostles left the Sanhedrin, rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name.

Read Acts 5:41 Using Other Translations

And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.
Then they left the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for the name.
The apostles left the high council rejoicing that God had counted them worthy to suffer disgrace for the name of Jesus.

What does Acts 5:41 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Acts 5:41

And they departed from the presence of the council
Having been threatened and beaten by them:

rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his
name;
Beza's ancient copy, and others; the Vulgate Latin, and Arabic versions read, "for the name of Jesus"; in which name they were forbid to speak, and for speaking in it they were beaten; the Alexandrian copy, and the Syriac version read, "for the name": that is, for God, for the glory of God, and in the cause of God; (Mvh) , "the name", is often used in Jewish writings for God: the shame they suffered for him was by being scourged with forty stripes save one; which was reckoned an infamous and ignominious punishment, and which was inflicted on persons guilty of very scandalous crimes F25: but this gave the innocent minds of the apostles no uneasiness; they accounted it an honour conferred on them to be called to suffering for the sake of God and Christ, and in so good a cause; they did what Christ exhorted them to, ( Matthew 5:11 ) which shows they had much of the presence of God, and large measures of grace communicated to them, by which they were supported; and thus cheerfully bore all indignity and reproach, for the name of Christ, which was exceeding dear and precious to them.


FOOTNOTES:

F25 Misn. Maccot, c. 3. sect. 1-10.
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