Peace among the increasing early Christians (Acts 9:31)

“Meanwhile,

The church

Throughout Judea,

Galilee,

And Samaria

Had peace.

They were built up.

They lived

In the fear of the Lord

And in the comfort

Of the Holy Spirit,

As they increased

In numbers.”

Ἡ μὲν οὖν ἐκκλησία καθ’ ὅλης τῆς Ἰουδαίας καὶ Γαλιλαίας καὶ Σαμαρίας εἶχεν εἰρήνην οἰκοδομουμένη καὶ πορευομένη τῷ φόβῳ τοῦ Κυρίου, καὶ τῇ παρακλήσει τοῦ Ἁγίου Πνεύματος ἐπληθύνετο.

The author of Acts indicated that meanwhile, the Christian communities, assemblies, or the church (Ἡ μὲν οὖν ἐκκλησία) throughout Judea (ὅλης τῆς Ἰουδαίας), Galilee (καὶ Γαλιλαίας), and Samaria (καὶ Σαμαρίας) had peace (εἶχεν εἰρήνην).  They were built up (οἰκοδομουμένη).  They lived in the fear of the Lord (καὶ πορευομένη τῷ φόβῳ τοῦ Κυρίου) and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit (καὶ τῇ παρακλήσει τοῦ Ἁγίου Πνεύματος), as they increased in numbers (ἐπληθύνετο).  This was another good update on the progress of the early Christian followers of Jesus.  There was peace among the various Christian communities in Judea, Galilee, and Samaria, as they continued to grow with fear of the Lord and the comfort of the Holy Spirit, just as the earlier reports indicated.  This was the good side of the early Christian development in Judea, Galilee, and Samaria.  Is your Christian community growing?

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