Acts 4:24 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Acts 4:24, NIV: When they heard this, they raised their voices together in prayer to God. 'Sovereign Lord,' they said, 'you made the heavens and the earth and the sea, and everything in them.

Acts 4:24, ESV: And when they heard it, they lifted their voices together to God and said, “Sovereign Lord, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and everything in them,

Acts 4:24, KJV: And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is:

Acts 4:24, NASB: And when they heard this, they raised their voices to God with one mind and said, 'Lord, it is You who MADE THE HEAVEN AND THE EARTH AND THE SEA, AND EVERYTHING THAT IS IN THEM,

Acts 4:24, NLT: When they heard the report, all the believers lifted their voices together in prayer to God: 'O Sovereign Lord, Creator of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them--

Acts 4:24, CSB: When they heard this, they raised their voices together to God and said, "Master, you are the one who made the heaven, the earth, and the sea, and everything in them.

What does Acts 4:24 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Peter and John have been released by the Sanhedrin after being commanded to stop preaching in Jesus' name. They've rejoined their close-knit group and explained what happened. The group is probably comprised of the other apostles, Jesus' family, and a few others in the initial group that stayed together after Jesus' ascension (Acts 1:13–15; 2:46–47). It may include people like Barnabas, Philip, and Stephen. Their initial response is to pray, first by affirming God's sovereignty over the Jewish leaders.

When faced with persecution, they put the situation into context. Because they had dedicated themselves to the truth of the apostles' teaching and the empowerment of prayer (Acts 2:42), they can rightly interpret what is happening and determine the correct response. They understand that Jesus has authority over any worldly leader who would try to stop them from telling people about Him (John 19:10–11; Job 12:17–25). In large part, His sovereignty is due to the fact He created the earth (John 1:1–3; Genesis 1).

Their prayer includes the text from Psalm 146:6, but Psalm 146:1–5 directly relate as well. The psalm starts by praising God, then gives the admonition to not trust in princes or other men. God blesses those whose help and hope are found in Him.