Robertson Word Pictures - Acts 13:45 - 13:45

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Robertson Word Pictures - Acts 13:45 - 13:45

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The Jews (hoi Ioudaioi). Certainly not the proselytes of Act 13:43. Probably many of the Jews that were then favourably disposed to Paul’s message had reacted against him under the influence of the rabbis during the week and evidently on this Sabbath very many Gentiles (“almost the whole city,” “the multitudes” tous ochlous) had gathered, to the disgust of the stricter Jews. Nothing is specifically stated here about the rabbis, but they were beyond doubt the instigators of, and the ringleaders in, the opposition as in Thessalonica (Act 17:5). No such crowds (ochlous) came to the synagogue when they were the speakers.

With jealousy (zēlou). Genitive case of zēlos (from zeō, to boil) after eplēsthēsan (effective first aorist passive indicative of pimplēmi). Envy and jealousy arise between people of the same calling (doctors towards doctors, lawyers towards lawyers, preachers towards preachers). So these rabbis boiled with jealousy when they saw the crowds gathered to hear Paul and Barnabas.

Contradicted (antelegon). Imperfect active of antilegō, old verb to speak against, to say a word in opposition to (anti, face to face). It was interruption of the service and open opposition in the public meeting. Paul and Barnabas were guests by courtesy and, of course, could not proceed further, when denied that privilege.

Blasphemed (blasphēmountes). Blaspheming. So the correct text without the addition antilegontes (repeated from antelegon above). Common verb in the Gospels for saying injurious and harmful things. Doubtless these rabbis indulged in unkind personalities and made it plain that Paul and Barnabas were going beyond the limitations of pure Judaism in their contacts with Gentiles.