New International Version
You have brought these men here, though they have neither robbed temples nor blasphemed our goddess.
King James Bible
For ye have brought hither these men, which are neither robbers of churches, nor yet blasphemers of your goddess.
Darby Bible Translation
For ye have brought these men, [who are] neither temple-plunderers, nor speak injuriously of your goddess.
World English Bible
For you have brought these men here, who are neither robbers of temples nor blasphemers of your goddess.
Young's Literal Translation
'For ye brought these men, who are neither temple-robbers nor speaking evil of your goddess;
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
These men - are neither robbers of churches - Ἱρεσυλους; Spoilers of sacred places. As his design evidently was to appease and conciliate the people, he fixed first on a most incontrovertible fact: These men have not spoiled your temples; nor is there any evidence that they have even blasphemed your goddess. The apostles acted as prudent men should: they endeavored to enlighten the minds of the multitude, that the absurdity of their gross errors might be the more apparent; for, when they should know the truth, it was likely that they would at once abandon such gross falsehood.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
'...Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?' --ACTS xix. 15. These exorcists had no personal union with Jesus. To them He was only 'Jesus whom Paul preached.' They spoke His name tentatively, as an experiment, and imitatively. To command 'in the name of Jesus' was an appeal to Jesus to glorify His name and exert His power, and so when the speaker had no real faith in the name or the power, there was no answer, because there was really no appeal. I. The only power which can cast out the evil …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture: The Acts
Therefore, since these facts are undeniable, you ought to calm down and not do anything rash.
You who say that people should not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples?
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