Do not speak in the name of Jesus (Acts 4:18)


They called Peter and John.

They ordered them

Not to speak

Or teach at all

In the name of Jesus.”

καὶ καλέσαντες αὐτοὺς παρήγγειλαν καθόλου μὴ φθέγγεσθαι μηδὲ διδάσκειν ἐπὶ τῷ ὀνόματι τοῦ Ἰησοῦ.

The author of Acts indicated that the Jerusalem Jewish leaders called Peter and John (καὶ καλέσαντες αὐτοὺς).  They ordered them (παρήγγειλαν) not to speak (μὴ φθέγγεσθαι) or teach (μηδὲ διδάσκειν) at all (καθόλου) in the name of Jesus (ἐπὶ τῷ ὀνόματι τοῦ Ἰησοῦ).  Acts was the only Greek biblical writing that used this word καθόλου, that means in general or altogether.  The high priests of the Jerusalem Sanhedrin ordered Peter and John not speak or teach in any way about the name of Jesus.  That was going to be a tough order to fulfill.  Have you ever been given an order?

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