Acts 5:38
New International Version
Therefore, in the present case I advise you: Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail.

New Living Translation
“So my advice is, leave these men alone. Let them go. If they are planning and doing these things merely on their own, it will soon be overthrown.

English Standard Version
So in the present case I tell you, keep away from these men and let them alone, for if this plan or this undertaking is of man, it will fail;

Berean Study Bible
So in the present case I advise you: Leave these men alone. Let them go! For if their purpose or endeavor is of human origin, it will fail.

Berean Literal Bible
And now I say to you, withdraw from these men and let them alone, for if this plan or this work is from men, it will be overthrown.

King James Bible
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:

New King James Version
And now I say to you, keep away from these men and let them alone; for if this plan or this work is of men, it will come to nothing;

New American Standard Bible
And so in the present case, I say to you, stay away from these men and leave them alone, for if the source of this plan or movement is men, it will be overthrown;

NASB 1995
"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;

NASB 1977
“And so in the present case, I say to you, stay away from these men and let them alone, for if this plan or action should be of men, it will be overthrown;

Amplified Bible
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 [merely human in origin], it will fail and be destroyed;

Christian Standard Bible
So in the present case, I tell you, stay away from these men and leave them alone. For if this plan or this work is of human origin, it will fail;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
And now, I tell you, stay away from these men and leave them alone. For if this plan or this work is of men, it will be overthrown;

American Standard Version
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:

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“And I say to you, separate yourselves from these men and leave them, for if this counsel and work is from men, they will dissolve and pass away.”

Contemporary English Version
So I advise you to stay away from these men. Leave them alone. If what they are planning is something of their own doing, it will fail.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And now, therefore, I say to you, refrain from these men, and let them alone; for if this council or this work be of men, it will come to nought;

English Revised Version
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:

Good News Translation
And so in this case, I tell you, do not take any action against these men. Leave them alone! If what they have planned and done is of human origin, it will disappear,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"We should keep away from these men for now. We should leave them alone. I can guarantee that if the plan they put into action is of human origin, it will fail.

International Standard Version
"I'm telling you to keep away from these men for now. Leave them alone, because if this plan or movement is of human origin, it will fail.

Literal Standard Version
and now I say to you, refrain from these men, and leave them alone, because if this counsel or this work may be of men, it will be overthrown,

NET Bible
So in this case I say to you, stay away from these men and leave them alone, because if this plan or this undertaking originates with people, it will come to nothing,

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

Weymouth New Testament
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.

World English 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.

Young's Literal Translation
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,

Additional Translations ...
Context
Gamaliel's Advice
37After him, Judas the Galilean appeared in the days of the census and drew away people after him. He too perished, and all his followers were scattered. 38So in the present case I advise you: Leave these men alone. Let them go! For if their purpose or endeavor is of human origin, it will fail. 39But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop them. You may even find yourselves fighting against God.”…

Cross References
Proverbs 21:30
There is no wisdom, no understanding, no counsel that can prevail against the LORD.

Mark 11:30
John's baptism--was it from heaven or from men? Answer Me!"


Treasury of Scripture

And now I say to you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nothing:

Refrain.

Acts 5:35
And said unto them, Ye men of Israel, take heed to yourselves what ye intend to do as touching these men.

John 11:48
If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation.

for.

Nehemiah 4:15
And it came to pass, when our enemies heard that it was known unto us, and God had brought their counsel to nought, that we returned all of us to the wall, every one unto his work.

Job 5:12-14
He disappointeth the devices of the crafty, so that their hands cannot perform their enterprise…

Psalm 33:10,11
The LORD bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought: he maketh the devices of the people of none effect…









(38) Refrain from these men.--The advice implies something like a suppressed conviction not bold enough to utter itself. Gamaliel takes his place in the class, at all times numerous, of waiters upon Providence, who are neutral till a cause is successful, and then come forward with a tardy sympathy, but who, above all, shrink from committing themselves while there seems any possibility of failure. In 1Thessalonians 2:13, St. Paul seems almost to contrast the readiness of his disciples in receiving his gospel, not as "of man," but as "of God," with the timid caution of his Master. As a prudential dilemma, the argument was forcible enough. Resistance was either needless or it was hopeless. If needless, it was a waste of energy; if hopeless, it involved a fatal risk besides that of mere failure. We may legitimately think of the fiery disciple as listening impatiently to this temporising counsel, and as stirred by it to greater vehemence.

It will come to nought.--Better, it will be overthrown, so as to preserve the emphasis of the repetition of the same verb in the next clause of the dilemma.

Verse 38. - Be overthrown for come to nought, A.V.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
So
Καὶ (Kai)
Conjunction
Strong's 2532: And, even, also, namely.

in the present [case]
νῦν (nyn)
Adverb
Strong's 3568: A primary particle of present time; 'now'; also as noun or adjective present or immediate.

I advise
λέγω (legō)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 1st Person Singular
Strong's 3004: (a) I say, speak; I mean, mention, tell, (b) I call, name, especially in the pass., (c) I tell, command.

you:
ὑμῖν (hymin)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Dative 2nd Person Plural
Strong's 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

Leave
ἀπόστητε (apostēte)
Verb - Aorist Imperative Active - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's 868: From apo and histemi; to remove, i.e. instigate to revolt; usually to desist, desert, etc.

these
τούτων (toutōn)
Demonstrative Pronoun - Genitive Masculine Plural
Strong's 3778: This; he, she, it.

men {alone}.
ἀνθρώπων (anthrōpōn)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Plural
Strong's 444: A man, one of the human race. From aner and ops; man-faced, i.e. A human being.

Let them go!
ἄφετε (aphete)
Verb - Aorist Imperative Active - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's 863: From apo and hiemi; to send forth, in various applications.

For
ὅτι (hoti)
Conjunction
Strong's 3754: Neuter of hostis as conjunction; demonstrative, that; causative, because.

if
ἐὰν (ean)
Conjunction
Strong's 1437: If. From ei and an; a conditional particle; in case that, provided, etc.

[their]
αὕτη (hautē)
Demonstrative Pronoun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's 3778: This; he, she, it.

purpose
βουλὴ (boulē)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's 1012: Counsel, deliberate wisdom, decree. From boulomai; volition, i.e. advice, or purpose.

or
(ē)
Conjunction
Strong's 2228: Or, than. A primary particle of distinction between two connected terms; disjunctive, or; comparative, than.

endeavor
ἔργον (ergon)
Noun - Nominative Neuter Singular
Strong's 2041: From a primary ergo; toil; by implication, an act.

is
(ē)
Verb - Present Subjunctive Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

of
ἐξ (ex)
Preposition
Strong's 1537: From out, out from among, from, suggesting from the interior outwards. A primary preposition denoting origin, from, out.

human origin,
ἀνθρώπων (anthrōpōn)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Plural
Strong's 444: A man, one of the human race. From aner and ops; man-faced, i.e. A human being.

it will fail.
καταλυθήσεται (katalythēsetai)
Verb - Future Indicative Passive - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 2647: From kata and luo; to loosen down, i.e. to demolish; specially to halt for the night.


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