The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleActs 5:3
But Peter said, Ananias…
Peter, by divine revelation,
or by a spirit of discerning, such as Elisha had, who knew what his
servant Gehazi had done, knowing what a reserve Ananias had made,
calls him by his name, and says to him,
why hath Satan filled thine heart?
or emboldened thee, given thee so
much spirit and courage to act in such an impudent and audacious
manner; so the phrase is used in (Esther 7:5) (Ecclesiastes 8:11) see the
Septuagint there, and often in Talmudic writings.
``Says R. Joshua, I never (ybl ynalm) , "filled my heart"; or
my heart never filled me to say to a man, go and take the
change of these three things… F4.''
And says another Rabbi F5,
``though I say so, (ybl ynalm al) , "I never filled my heart",
or my heart never filled me to transgress the words of the
that is, I never durst do so. And again F6, it being observed, that
Isaiah should say, "hear, O heavens!" it is said,
``who, or what is this, who (wbl walm) , "hath filled his
heart", or whose heart has filled him to call to the
heavens to hear.''
But this instance of Ananias was such, that none but Satan could
have put him upon, or emboldened him to have done; who from hence
appeared to have the power over him, and to have possessed him, to
have great access to him, even to his heart, and great influence
upon it, so as to prompt him
to lie to the Holy Ghost;
who was in the apostles, and by whom they
were acted, and to whom he had given a discerning of spirits; so
that it was a daring action, and downright madness, to go about to
deceive them: or he pretended he had an impulse from the Spirit of
God to sell his estate, and give the whole price of it to the
apostles, and yet kept back part of it; which was acting contrary to
that Spirit he pretended to be influenced by.
And to keep back part of the price of the land:
that is, he lied
against the Holy Ghost, by keeping back part of the price the land
was sold for; when he had declared he sold it with this view, to
give the whole for charitable uses, and affirmed that what he
brought was the whole.
F4 T. Hieros. Maaserot, fol. 48. 4.
F5 Sabbat, fol. 14. 3.
F6 Tzeror Hammor, fol. 160. 1. Vid. Shaare ora, fol. 2. 1.
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