Acts 5:29
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English Standard Version
But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men.

King James Bible
Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.

American Standard Version
But Peter and the apostles answered and said, We must obey God rather than men.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But Peter and the apostles answering, said: We ought to obey God, rather than men.

English Revised Version
But Peter and the apostles answered and said, We must obey God rather than men.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.

Weymouth New Testament
Peter and the other Apostles replied, "We must obey God rather than man.

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Vincent's Word Studies

We ought (δεῖ)

Stronger, we must.

To obey (πειθαρχεῖν)

Not often used in the New Testament to express obedience, the most common word being ὑπακούω. Sometimes πείθω is used. But this word, in itself, is the only one of the several in use which expresses the conception of obedience exclusively. Ὑπακούνειν is to obey as the result of listening to another: πείθεσθαι is to obey as the result of persuasion. This is the special term for the obedience which one owes to authority (ἀρχή): It occurs four times in the New Testament: Acts 5:29, Acts 5:32; Acts 27:21; Titus 3:1; and in every case, of obedience to established authority, either of God or of magistrates. In Acts 27:21, where it is used of the ship's officers hearkening to Paul's admonition not to loose from Crete, Paul speaks of his admonition as divinely inspired; compare Acts 27:10. In Acts 4:19, Peter and John say hearken (ἀκούειν). That is a mere listening to or considering the proposition made to them. This is a deliberate course of action.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

We. See on ch.

Acts 4:19 But Peter and John answered and said to them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, judge you.

Genesis 3:17 And to Adam he said, Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten of the tree, of which I commanded you, saying...

1 Samuel 15:24 And Saul said to Samuel, I have sinned: for I have transgressed the commandment of the LORD, and your words...

Mark 7:7-9 However, in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men...

Revelation 14:8-12 And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city...

Cross References
Exodus 1:17
But the midwives feared God and did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but let the male children live.

Jeremiah 26:12
Then Jeremiah spoke to all the officials and all the people, saying, "The LORD sent me to prophesy against this house and this city all the words you have heard.

Daniel 6:13
Then they answered and said before the king, "Daniel, who is one of the exiles from Judah, pays no attention to you, O king, or the injunction you have signed, but makes his petition three times a day."

Acts 4:19
But Peter and John answered them, "Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge,

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