The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleActs 12:13
And as Peter knocked at the door of the gate…
lesser door in the great gate, or the door of the porch through
which they entered into the house. So the Jews distinguish between
(xtp) , "the door", and (rev) , "the gate"; see (Judges 18:16,17)
(Ezekiel 40:11) where the Septuagint use the same words as here. Kimchi
``(xtp) , "the door" is what is of the gate, without the
folding doors; for all is called (rev) , "the gate", whether
within or without, with the folding doors, and the outward
threshold, as that is joined to the side posts and lintel.''
The door was kept shut, for fear of the Jews, lest they should be
disturbed: here Peter stood and knocked:
a damsel came to hearken;
hearing a knocking, she came out to the
door, and listened, to try if she could know who it was, a friend or
a foe, before she opened; or she came "to answer", as the Syriac
version renders it, to know who was there, and what he or she
wanted, and to give an answer. And the damsel was
which signifies a rose in the Greek language: so the
Jewish women often had their names, in the Hebrew tongue, from
flowers and trees, as Susanna from a lily, or rose: and which,
perhaps, was the Hebrew name of this damsel; and Esther was called
Hadassah, from the myrtle tree.
F8 Sepher Shorash. rad. (xtp)
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Gill, John. "Commentary on Acts 12:13". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=ac&chapter=012&verse=013>. 1999.