Acts 5:33

Gamaliel's Advice

33 When they heard this, they were enraged and wanted to kill them.

Acts 5:33 Meaning and Commentary

Acts 5:33

When they heard that
This defence of the apostles, in which they still insisted upon it, that they had been the crucifiers of Christ, and yet that he was raised from the dead, and exalted in heaven, and was a spiritual Saviour of men:

they were cut; to the heart,
as if they had been cut asunder with a saw; the Ethiopic version renders it, "they were angry", and "gnashed with their teeth", as if a saw was drawn to and fro; they were filled with rage and madness:

and took counsel to slay them;
not in a legal and judicial way, but in a private manner, or by force; stirring up the zealots to rise up against them, and dispatch them at once, as blasphemers and heretics.

Acts 5:33 In-Context

31 God exalted this man to His right hand as ruler and Savior, to grant repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.
32 We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey Him."
33 When they heard this, they were enraged and wanted to kill them.
34 A Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law who was respected by all the people, stood up in the Sanhedrin and ordered the men to be taken outside for a little while.
35 He said to them, "Men of Israel, be careful about what you're going to do to these men.