They were silent (Acts 11:18)

“When they heard this,

They were silenced.

They praised God,


‘Then God has given

Even to the gentiles

The repentance

That leads to life.’”

ἀκούσαντες δὲ ταῦτα ἡσύχασαν, καὶ ἐδόξασαν τὸν Θεὸν λέγοντες Ἄρα καὶ τοῖς ἔθνεσιν ὁ Θεὸς τὴν μετάνοιαν εἰς ζωὴν ἔδωκεν.

The author of Acts indicated that when these circumcised Jewish Christians in Jerusalem heard these things (ἀκούσαντες δὲ ταῦτα) about Cornelius, they were silenced (ἡσύχασαν).  They praised God (καὶ ἐδόξασαν τὸν Θεὸν), saying (λέγοντες) that God (ὁ Θεὸς) has given (ἔδωκεν) even to the gentiles (Ἄρα καὶ τοῖς ἔθνεσιν) the repentance or metanoia (τὴν μετάνοιαν) behavior change that leads to life (εἰς ζωὴν).  This last statement of Peter put an end to this argument.  These circumcised Jewish Christians were silenced.  They praised God that even the gentiles could turn away from sin with a repentance metanoia that leads to belief in Jesus, baptism, and eternal life.  Now the Jewish Christian church at Jerusalem and its leaders were willing to accept gentiles into their community of believers.  One more problem was solved.  Did you ever think that you had to be Jewish to be a Christian?

They were silent (Lk 14:4-14:4)

“But they were silent.

Then Jesus

Took hold of him.

He healed him.

He sent him away.”


οἱ δὲ ἡσύχασαν. καὶ ἐπιλαβόμενος ἰάσατο αὐτὸν καὶ ἀπέλυσεν.


Luke uniquely stated that the lawyers and Pharisees were silent (οἱ δὲ ἡσύχασαν).  Then Jesus took hold of the man with dropsy (καὶ ἐπιλαβόμενος) and healed him (ἰάσατο αὐτὸν).  Then Jesus sent him away (καὶ ἀπέλυσεν).  Apparently, this was a perplexing problem for the Pharisees since helping people on the Sabbath was not unlawful as indicated in chapter 13:14-16 with the crippled woman.  Besides, it would be hard to tell if the fluid retention in the body of this person with dropsy had stopped.  Are you perplexed about anything?