New International Version
But since it involves questions about words and names and your own law--settle the matter yourselves. I will not be a judge of such things."
King James Bible
But if it be a question of words and names, and of your law, look ye to it; for I will be no judge of such matters.
Darby Bible Translation
but if it be questions about words, and names, and the law that ye have, see to it yourselves; [for] *I* do not intend to be judge of these things.
World English Bible
but if they are questions about words and names and your own law, look to it yourselves. For I don't want to be a judge of these matters."
Young's Literal Translation
but if it is a question concerning words and names, and of your law, look ye yourselves to it, for a judge of these things I do not wish to be,'
Acts 18:15 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
But if it be a question of words - Περι λογου, Concerning doctrine and names - whether the person called Jesus be the person you call the Messiah. And of your law - any particular nicety, concerning that law which is peculiar to yourselves: Look ye to it - settle the business among yourselves; the Roman government does not meddle with such matters, and I will not take upon me to - decide in a case that does not concern my office. As if he had said: "The Roman laws give religious liberty to Jews and Greeks; but, if controversies arise among you on these subjects, decide them among yourselves, or dispute about them as much as you please." A better answer could not be given by man; and it was highly becoming the acknowledged meekness, gentleness, and benevolence of this amiable man. He concluded that the state had no right to control any man's religious opinion; that was between the object of his worship and his own conscience; and therefore he was not authorized to intermeddle with subjects of this nature, which the law left to every man's private judgment. Had all the rulers of the people in every country acted as this sensible and benevolent Roman, laws against liberty of conscience, concerning religious persecution, would not be found to be, as they not are, blots and disgraces on the statute books of almost all the civilized nations of Europe.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Library'Constrained by the Word'
'And when Silas and Timotheus were come from Macedonia, Paul was pressed in the spirit, and testified.'--ACTS xviii. 5. The Revised Version, in concurrence with most recent authorities, reads, instead of 'pressed in the spirit,' 'constrained by the word.' One of these alterations depends on a diversity of reading, the other on a difference of translation. The one introduces a significant difference of meaning; the other is rather a change of expression. The word rendered here 'pressed,' and by the …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture: The Acts
The Civil Trial
The Kingdom Conquering the World
Sources and Literature on St. Paul and his Work.
"This man," they charged, "is persuading the people to worship God in ways contrary to the law."
I found that the accusation had to do with questions about their law, but there was no charge against him that deserved death or imprisonment.
Instead, they had some points of dispute with him about their own religion and about a dead man named Jesus who Paul claimed was alive.
1 Timothy 6:4
they are conceited and understand nothing. They have an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions
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