Acts 16:20
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English Standard Version
And when they had brought them to the magistrates, they said, “These men are Jews, and they are disturbing our city.

King James Bible
And brought them to the magistrates, saying, These men, being Jews, do exceedingly trouble our city,

American Standard Version
and when they had brought them unto the magistrates, they said, These men, being Jews, do exceedingly trouble our city,

Douay-Rheims Bible
And presenting them to the magistrates, they said: These men disturb our city, being Jews;

English Revised Version
and when they had brought them unto the magistrates, they said, These men, being Jews, do exceedingly trouble our city,

Webster's Bible Translation
And brought them to the magistrates, saying, These men, being Jews, do exceedingly trouble our city,

Weymouth New Testament
Then they brought them before the praetors. "These men," they said, "are creating a great disturbance in our city.

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Vincent's Word Studies

Magistrates (στρατηγοῖς)

Their usual name was duumviri, answering to the consuls of Rome; but they took pride in calling themselves στρατηγοί, or praetors, as being a more honorable title. This is the only place in the Acts where Luke applies the term to the rulers of a city. See Introduction to Luke.

Jews

Who at this time were in special disgrace, having been lately banished from Rome by Claudius (see Acts 18:2). The Philippians do not appear to have recognized the distinction between Christians and Jews.

Acts 16:20 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

being.

Acts 18:2 And found a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, lately come from Italy, with his wife Priscilla...

Acts 19:34 But when they knew that he was a Jew, all with one voice about the space of two hours cried out, Great is Diana of the Ephesians.

Ezra 4:12-15 Be it known to the king, that the Jews which came up from you to us are come to Jerusalem, building the rebellious and the bad city...

Esther 3:8,9 And Haman said to king Ahasuerus...

do.

Acts 17:6-8 And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain brothers to the rulers of the city, crying...

Acts 28:22 But we desire to hear of you what you think: for as concerning this sect, we know that every where it is spoken against.

1 Kings 18:17,18 And it came to pass, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said to him, Are you he that troubles Israel...

Matthew 2:3 When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.

John 15:18-20 If the world hate you, you know that it hated me before it hated you...

Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be you transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good...

James 4:4 You adulterers and adulteresses, know you not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God?...

Cross References
Esther 3:8
Then Haman said to King Ahasuerus, "There is a certain people scattered abroad and dispersed among the peoples in all the provinces of your kingdom. Their laws are different from those of every other people, and they do not keep the king's laws, so that it is not to the king's profit to tolerate them.

Jeremiah 38:4
Then the officials said to the king, "Let this man be put to death, for he is weakening the hands of the soldiers who are left in this city, and the hands of all the people, by speaking such words to them. For this man is not seeking the welfare of this people, but their harm."

Acts 16:19
But when her owners saw that their hope of gain was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace before the rulers.

Acts 16:21
They advocate customs that are not lawful for us as Romans to accept or practice."

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