Acts 5:38

“And now I say vnto you, refraine from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsell or this worke be of men, it will come to nought.”

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Other Translations

And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought:
- King James Version

"So in the present case, I say to you, stay away from these men and let them alone, for if this plan or action is of men, it will be overthrown;
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will be overthrown:
- American Standard Version (1901)

And now I say to you, Do nothing to these men, but let them be: for if this teaching or this work is of men, it will come to nothing:
- Basic English Bible

And now I say to you, Withdraw from these men and let them alone, for if this counsel or this work have its origin from men, it will be destroyed;
- Darby Bible

And now I say to you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work is from men, it will come to naught:
- Webster's Bible

And now I tell you to hold aloof from these men and leave them alone--for if this scheme or work is of human origin, it will come to nothing.
- Weymouth Bible

Now I tell you, withdraw from these men, and leave them alone. For if this counsel or this work is of men, it will be overthrown.
- World English Bible

And now therfor Y seie to you, departe ye fro these men, and suffre ye hem; for if this counsel ether werk is of men, it schal be vndon;
- Wycliffe Bible

and now I say to you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone, because if this counsel or this work may be of men, it will be overthrown,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Acts 5:38


5:38 Let them alone - In a cause which is manifestly good, we should immediately join. In a cause, on the other hand, which is manifestly evil, we should immediately oppose. But in a sudden, new, doubtful occurrence, this advice is eminently useful. If this counsel or this work - He seems to correct himself, as if it were some sudden work, rather than a counsel or design. And so it was. For the apostles had no counsel, plan, or design of their own; but were mere instruments in the hand of God, working just as he led them from day to day.


Discussion for Acts 5

  • Patty Tozi
    God is Total Love. His Compassion is so Strong-- it helps us to take His Strength when we need it to move any mountain -and stand as a rock when we ask for His help. Evilness stands close..But your Father in Heaven gives us His Blessed Light of His Love to keeo us Safe!!!
  • Gladfys Free
    after I read your commentary. I could see things I had never seen before.loved it.
  • Peter Karanja
    The apostles could not deny what they had seen and witnessed being done by the power of GOD. Even us today we cannot deny what JESUS is doing in our times The sick are healed, people are saved through the same NAME OF JESUS CHRIST.
  • Jerry
    these bold disciples, who just weeks before were cowering in a secret hideout because of their fear of getting arrested and murdered like the Christ, were now proclaiming the gospel, tells me their testimony was indeed real. Once the Holy Spirit came and filled them, they had no more fear, because they KNEW Jesus was God...awesome!!
  • Cowboy 🐄
    History repeats itself when we act beyond reason before consulting God
  • BSP
    Verse 37~There have always been those who rise up in revolt and gain a number of follower. Eventually these people pass away and their follower are scattered. The only real solution to the problems we see today is the coming of God's Kingdom.

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