Acts 21:20
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New International Version
When they heard this, they praised God. Then they said to Paul: "You see, brother, how many thousands of Jews have believed, and all of them are zealous for the law.

King James Bible
And when they heard it, they glorified the Lord, and said unto him, Thou seest, brother, how many thousands of Jews there are which believe; and they are all zealous of the law:

Darby Bible Translation
And they having heard [it] glorified God, and said to him, Thou seest, brother, how many myriads there are of the Jews who have believed, and all are zealous of the law.

World English Bible
They, when they heard it, glorified God. They said to him, "You see, brother, how many thousands there are among the Jews of those who have believed, and they are all zealous for the law.

Young's Literal Translation
and they having heard, were glorifying the Lord. They said also to him, 'Thou seest, brother, how many myriads there are of Jews who have believed, and all are zealous of the law,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

How many thousands - Ποσαι μυριαδες; How many myriads, how many times 10,000. This intimates that there had been a most extraordinary and rapid work even among the Jews; but what is here spoken is not to be confined to the Jews of Jerusalem, but to all that had come from different parts of the land to be present at this pentecost.

They are all zealous of the law - The Jewish economy was not yet destroyed; nor had God as yet signified that the whole of its observances were done away. He continued to tolerate that dispensation, which was to be in a certain measure in force till the destruction of Jerusalem; and from that period it was impossible for them to observe their own ritual. Thus God abolished the Mosaic dispensation, by rendering, in the course of his providence, the observance of it impossible.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

they glorified.

Acts 4:21 So when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding nothing how they might punish them, because of the people...

Acts 11:18 When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying...

Psalm 22:23,27 You that fear the LORD, praise him; all you the seed of Jacob, glorify him; and fear him, all you the seed of Israel...

Psalm 72:17-19 His name shall endure for ever: his name shall be continued as long as the sun: and men shall be blessed in him...

Psalm 98:1-3 O sing to the LORD a new song; for he has done marvelous things: his right hand, and his holy arm, has gotten him the victory...

Isaiah 55:10-13 For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and returns not thither, but waters the earth, and makes it bring forth and bud...

Isaiah 66:9-14 Shall I bring to the birth, and not cause to bring forth? said the LORD: shall I cause to bring forth, and shut the womb...

Luke 15:3-10,32 And he spoke this parable to them, saying...

Romans 15:6,7,9-13 That you may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ...

Galatians 1:24 And they glorified God in me.

2 Thessalonians 1:10 When he shall come to be glorified in his saints...

Revelation 19:6,7 And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunder, saying...

how.

Acts 2:41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added to them about three thousand souls.

Acts 4:4 However, many of them which heard the word believed; and the number of the men was about five thousand.

Acts 6:7 And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly...

Matthew 13:31-33 Another parable put he forth to them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took...

John 12:24 Truly, truly, I say to you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it stays alone: but if it die...

thousands.

Luke 12:1 In the mean time, when there were gathered together an innumerable multitude of people, so that they stepped one on another...

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and they.

Acts 15:1,5,24 And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brothers, and said, Except you be circumcised after the manner of Moses...

Acts 22:3 I am truly a man which am a Jew, born in Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, yet brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel...

Romans 10:2 For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.

Galatians 1:14 And profited in the Jews' religion above many my equals in my own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers...

Library
An Old Disciple
'... One Mnason of Cyprus, an old disciple, with whom we should lodge.'--ACTS xxi. 16. There is something that stimulates the imagination in these mere shadows of men that we meet in the New Testament story. What a strange fate that is to be made immortal by a line in this book-- immortal and yet so unknown! We do not hear another word about this host of Paul's, but his name will be familiar to men's ears till the world's end. This figure is drawn in the slightest possible outline, with a couple
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture: The Acts

Paul in the Temple
'And when the seven days were almost ended, the Jews which were of Asia when they saw him in the temple, stirred up all the people, and laid hands on him. 28. Crying out, Men of Israel, help: This is the man, that teacheth all men everywhere against the people, and the law, and this place: and further brought Greeks also into the temple, and hath polluted this holy place. 29. (For they had seen before with him in the city Trophimus an Ephesian, whom they supposed that Paul had brought into the temple.)
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture: The Acts

Matthew.
Critical. Bernh. Weiss: Das Matthäusevangelium und seine Lucas-Parallelen erklärt. Halle, 1876. Exceedingly elaborate. Edw. Byron Nicholson: The Gospel according to the Hebrews. Its Fragments translated and annotated. Lond., 1879. Exegetical Commentaries on Matthew by Origen, Jerome, Chrysostom, Melanchthon (1523), Fritzsche, De Wette, Alford, Wordsworth, Schegg (R. Cath., 1856-58, 3 vols.), J. A. Alexander, Lange (trsl. and enlarged by Schaff, N. Y., 1864, etc.), James Morison (of Glasgow,
Philip Schaff—History of the Christian Church, Volume I

Knox in Scotland: Lethington: Mary of Guise: 1555-1556
Meanwhile the Reformer returned to Geneva (April 1555), where Calvin was now supreme. From Geneva, "the den of mine own ease, the rest of quiet study," Knox was dragged, "maist contrarious to mine own judgement," by a summons from Mrs. Bowes. He did not like leaving his "den" to rejoin his betrothed; the lover was not so fervent as the evangelist was cautious. Knox had at that time probably little correspondence with Scotland. He knew that there was no refuge for him in England under Mary Tudor,
Andrew Lang—John Knox and the Reformation

Cross References
Matthew 9:8
When the crowd saw this, they were filled with awe; and they praised God, who had given such authority to man.

Acts 15:1
Certain people came down from Judea to Antioch and were teaching the believers: "Unless you are circumcised, according to the custom taught by Moses, you cannot be saved."

Acts 22:3
"I am a Jew, born in Tarsus of Cilicia, but brought up in this city. I studied under Gamaliel and was thoroughly trained in the law of our ancestors. I was just as zealous for God as any of you are today.

Romans 10:2
For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge.

Galatians 1:14
I was advancing in Judaism beyond many of my own age among my people and was extremely zealous for the traditions of my fathers.

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