Acts 4:19

“But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But Peter and Iohn answered, and said vnto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God, to hearken vnto you more then vnto God, iudge ye.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

But Peter and John answered and said to them, "Whether it is right in the sight of God to give heed to you rather than to God, you be the judge;
- New American Standard Version (1995)

But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it is right in the sight of God to hearken unto you rather than unto God, judge ye:
- American Standard Version (1901)

But Peter and John in answer said to them, It is for you to say if it is right in the eyes of God to give attention to you more than to God:
- Basic English Bible

But Peter and John answering said to them, If it be righteous before God to listen to you rather than to God, judge ye;
- Darby Bible

But Peter and John answered and said to them, Whether it is right in the sight of God to hearken to you rather than to God, judge ye.
- Webster's Bible

But Peter and John replied, "Judge whether it is right in God's sight to listen to you instead of listening to God.
- Weymouth Bible

But Peter and John answered them, "Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, judge for yourselves,
- World English Bible

But Petre and Joon answeriden, and seiden to hem, If it be riytful in the siyt of God to here you rather than God, deme ye.
- Wycliffe Bible

and Peter and John answering unto them said, `Whether it is righteous before God to hearken to you rather than to God, judge ye;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Acts 4:19


4:19 Whether it be just to obey you rather than God, judge ye - Was it not by the same spirit, that Socrates, when they were condemning him to death, for teaching the people, said, O ye Athenians, I embrace and love you; but I will obey God rather than you. And if you would spare my life on condition I should cease to teach my fellow citizens, I would die a thousand times rather than accept the proposal.


People's Bible Notes for Acts 4:19


Ac 4:19 Whether it be right in the sight of God. They appeal to the higher law. Their earthly government commanded them not to do what God had directed them to do. In a conflict of this kind there is only one course, that is, to obey God.

Discussion for Acts 4

  • Steve morrow
    ACTS 4:34 NEITHER WAS THERE ANY AMONG THEM THAT LACKED FOR AS MANY AS WERE POSSESSORS OF LANDS OR HOUSES SOLD THEM AND BROUGHT THE PRICES OF THE THINGS THAT WERE SOLD --35-- AND LAID THEM DOWN AT THE APOSTLES FEET AND DISTRIBUTION WAS MADE UNTO EVERY MAN ACCORDING AS HE HAD NEED
  • Ray321
    Matthew 16:21 From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day. All of the disciples were sleeping or somewhere else, but Mary and Mary was there with Jesus. Matthew 27:61 Was Peter waiting for Jesus, did he forget the resurrection.
  • A disciple
    Ray; don't you know that Peter was the first chosen Apostle, and of the Twelve? None of them understood before His resurrection, except Mary of Bethany and maybe a few others. Peter was filled with the Holy Spirit and preaches to the Jews WHAT THEY NEED TO HEAR! that they were guilty of betraying the Lord Jesus Christ, and let Him be put to death without a cause. They were guilty, and still are!
  • Ray321
    Acts 4:10 Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. Here we go again, Peter is letting the Jews know how they crucified Jesus. Remember Peter did not believe that Jesus was going to be raised from dead, he wasn't there to see.
  • Peter A. Okebukola
    The Holy Spirit has emboldened the Apostles. They are now on fire for Christ and endued with healing power. They shared and lived communally. What a glorious beginning in was with the Apostles! Today, we should strive to have the Holy Spirit with us permanently so we can be so empowered and overcome sin and the devil.
  • A disciple
    Is there any doubt that the beast who ascends out of the pit is going about in a furious rage against the LORD and against His Anointed, to make war on the Saints? or that the devil has come down in great anger because he knows he only has a short time, to pursue and persecute us and to devour us? Why then do so many Christians still think that they can reason by truth with the unreasonable?

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