Robertson Word Pictures - Acts 1:17 - 1:17

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Robertson Word Pictures - Acts 1:17 - 1:17

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Was numbered (katērithmenos ēn). Periphrastic past perfect passive indicative of katarithmeō, old verb, but here only in the N.T. (perfective use of kata).

Received his portion (elachen ton klēron). Second aorist active indicative of lagchanō, old verb, to obtain by lot as in Luk 1:9; Joh 19:24, especially by divine appointment as here and 2Pe 2:1. Klēros also means lot, an object used in casting lots (Act 1:26), or what is obtained by lot as here and Act 8:21, of eternal salvation (Act 26:18; Col 1:12), of persons chosen by divine appointment (1Pe 5:3). From this latter usage the Latin cleros, clericus, our clergy, one chosen by divine lot. So Peter says that Judas “obtained by lot the lot of this ministry” (diakonias) which he had when he betrayed Jesus. The Master chose him and gave him his opportunity.