Acts 4:23-31

Prayer for Boldness

23 After they were released, they went to their own fellowship[a] and reported all that the chief priests and the elders had said to them.
24 When they heard this, they raised their voices to God unanimously and said, "Master, You are the One who made the heaven, the earth, and the sea, and everything in them.
25 You said through the Holy Spirit, by the mouth of our father David Your servant:[b] Why did the Gentiles rage, and the peoples plot futile things?
26 The kings of the earth took their stand, and the rulers assembled together against the Lord and against His Messiah. [c]
27 "For, in fact, in this city both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, assembled together against Your holy Servant Jesus, whom You anointed,
28 to do whatever Your hand and Your plan had predestined to take place.
29 And now, Lord, consider their threats, and grant that Your slaves may speak Your message with complete boldness,
30 while You stretch out Your hand for healing, signs, and wonders to be performed through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus."
31 When they had prayed, the place where they were assembled was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak God's message with boldness.

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Acts 4:23-31 In-Context

21 After threatening them further, they released them. They found no way to punish them, because the people were all giving glory to God over what had been done;
22 for the man was over 40 years old on whom this sign of healing had been performed.
23 After they were released, they went to their own fellowship and reported all that the chief priests and the elders had said to them.
24 When they heard this, they raised their voices to God unanimously and said, "Master, You are the One who made the heaven, the earth, and the sea, and everything in them.
25 You said through the Holy Spirit, by the mouth of our father David Your servant: Why did the Gentiles rage, and the peoples plot futile things?
26 The kings of the earth took their stand, and the rulers assembled together against the Lord and against His Messiah.
27 "For, in fact, in this city both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, assembled together against Your holy Servant Jesus, whom You anointed,
28 to do whatever Your hand and Your plan had predestined to take place.
29 And now, Lord, consider their threats, and grant that Your slaves may speak Your message with complete boldness,
30 while You stretch out Your hand for healing, signs, and wonders to be performed through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus."
31 When they had prayed, the place where they were assembled was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak God's message with boldness.
32 Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of his possessions was his own, but instead they held everything in common.
33 And with great power the apostles were giving testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was on all of them.

Footnotes 3

  • [a]. Or friends, or companions
  • [b]. Other mss read through the mouth of David Your servant
  • [c]. Ps 2:1-2
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