And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry you in the city of Jerusalem, until you are endued with power from on high.
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Cornelius a Lapide
And behold, I send the promise of My Father upon you, i.e, after a few days, when the Feast of Pentecost is come, I will send you the Holy Spirit, who will teach you clearly many things besides these, and enable you to preach the gospel to all nations.
But tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem until ye be endued with power from on high. Î´Ï…Î½Î¬Î¼Î¹Î½, i.e, with the gifts of the Holy Spirit, for "as a general does not permit his soldiers who are about to meet a large number, to go out until they are armed, so also the Lord did not permit His disciples to go forth to the conflict before the descent of the Spirit." S. Chrysostom in Catena.
Tropologically. S. Gregory (Past. iii26) says, "We abide in a city when we keep ourselves close within the gates of our minds, lest by speaking we wander beyong them; that when we are perfectly endued with divine power we may then as it were go out beyond ourselves to instruct others." ...