We cannot deny their miracle (Acts 4:16)

“The religious leaders said.

‘What shall we do

With them?

It is obvious to all,

Who live in Jerusalem,

That a notable sign

Has been performed

Through them.

We cannot deny it.’”

λέγοντες Τί ποιήσωμεν τοῖς ἀνθρώποις τούτοις; ὅτι μὲν γὰρ γνωστὸν σημεῖον γέγονεν δι’ αὐτῶν, πᾶσιν τοῖς κατοικοῦσιν Ἱερουσαλὴμ φανερόν, καὶ οὐ δυνάμεθα ἀρνεῖσθαι

The author of Acts indicated that these religious leaders said (λέγοντες) among themselves what were they going to do with these men (Τί ποιήσωμεν τοῖς ἀνθρώποις τούτοις), Peter and John.  It was obvious or evident (φανερόν) to all the people living in Jerusalem (πᾶσιν τοῖς κατοικοῦσιν Ἱερουσαλὴμ) that a notable sign (ὅτι μὲν γὰρ γνωστὸν σημεῖον) had been performed through them (γέγονεν δι’ αὐτῶν).  These Jewish religious leaders could not deny it (καὶ οὐ δυνάμεθα ἀρνεῖσθαι).  The high priests of Jerusalem and the others at this Sanhedrin meeting conferred together.  They did not know what to do with Peter and John, since they had performed a significant sign or miracle that everyone in Jerusalem knew all about.  They could not deny that it had not happened.  Are some things so clear that it is impossible to deny them?

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