Acts 16:17
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New International Version
She followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, "These men are servants of the Most High God, who are telling you the way to be saved."

New Living Translation
She followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, "These men are servants of the Most High God, and they have come to tell you how to be saved."

English Standard Version
She followed Paul and us, crying out, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to you the way of salvation.”

New American Standard Bible
Following after Paul and us, she kept crying out, saying, "These men are bond-servants of the Most High God, who are proclaiming to you the way of salvation."

King James Bible
The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
As she followed Paul and us she cried out, "These men, who are proclaiming to you the way of salvation, are the slaves of the Most High God."

International Standard Version
She would follow Paul and us and shout, "These men are servants of the Most High God and are proclaiming to you a way of salvation!"

NET Bible
She followed behind Paul and us and kept crying out, "These men are servants of the Most High God, who are proclaiming to you the way of salvation."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
She was coming after Paulus and after us, crying and saying, “These men are Servants of the highest God, and they are evangelizing to you the way of life.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
She used to follow Paul and shout, "These men are servants of the Most High God. They're telling you how you can be saved."

Jubilee Bible 2000
she followed Paul and us and cried out, saying, These men are the slaves of the most high God, who announce unto us the way of deliverance.

King James 2000 Bible
The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, who show unto us the way of salvation.

American King James Version
The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which show to us the way of salvation.

American Standard Version
The same following after Paul and us cried out, saying, These men are servants of the Most High God, who proclaim unto you the way of salvation.

Douay-Rheims Bible
This same following Paul and us, cried out, saying: These men are the servants of the most high God, who preach unto you the way of salvation.

Darby Bible Translation
She, having followed Paul and us, cried saying, These men are bondmen of the Most High God, who announce to you [the] way of salvation.

English Revised Version
The same following after Paul and us cried out, saying, These men are servants of the Most High God, which proclaim unto you the way of salvation.

Webster's Bible Translation
The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, who show to us the way of salvation.

Weymouth New Testament
She kept following close behind Paul and the rest of us, crying aloud, "These men are the bondservants of the Most High God, and are proclaiming to you the way of salvation."

World English Bible
Following Paul and us, she cried out, "These men are servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us a way of salvation!"

Young's Literal Translation
she having followed Paul and us, was crying, saying, 'These men are servants of the Most High God, who declare to us a way of salvation;'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

16:16-24 Satan, though the father of lies, will declare the most important truths, when he can thereby serve his purposes. But much mischief is done to the real servants of Christ, by unholy and false preachers of the gospel, who are confounded with them by careless observers. Those who do good by drawing men from sin, may expect to be reviled as troublers of the city. While they teach men to fear God, to believe in Christ, to forsake sin, and to live godly lives, they will be accused of teaching bad customs.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 17. - Following after... cried out for followed... and cried, A.V.; servants for the servants, A.V.; proclaim unto you for show unto us, A.V. and T.R. This testimony of the spirit of divination to the doctrine of St. Paul is analogous to that of the unclean spirits who cried out to Jesus, "Thou art the Son of God" (Mark 1:23-26; Mark 3:11; Luke 4:34, 35); and St. Paul's dealing with the spirit of divination was similar to that of our Lord's with the evil spirits in the cases referred to. What was the motive of the damsel, or the spirit by which she was possessed, for so crying out, or St. Paul's for so silencing her, we are not told. Perhaps she interrupted him, and diverted the minds of those to whom he was preaching. And he did not like the mixture of lies with truth. The motive of secrecy which was one cause of our Lord's rebuke to the spirits would not apply in the case of St. Paul.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The same followed Paul and us,.... Silas, Luke, and Timothy; the Arabic version reads, "the same followed Paul and Silas"; as they were going to the oratory:

and cried, saying, these men are the servants of the most high God; not of Python, or Apollo, as she and her masters were; or of any of the deities of the Gentiles; nor of sin, nor of Satan, nor of men, but of the one only true and living God, one of whose titles is "Elion", the "Most High", Genesis 14:22 and these men were his servants, not merely by right of creation, as all men are, or should be; nor only through the power of divine grace upon their souls, bringing them into a willing obedience to him, as all the saints are; but by office, being ministers of the word: wherefore it follows,

which show unto us the way of salvation; which is not by the works of men; for by them the justice of God cannot be satisfied, nor his law fulfilled; God has declared against this way of salvation; it would make void the death of Christ, and frustrate the design of God in it; which is to magnify his grace, and exclude boasting in man: to which may be added, that the best works of men being imperfect, and attended with much sin, would rather damn than save; wherefore it is sinful, dangerous, and vain, to attempt salvation in this way. The only way of salvation is by the Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the law is fulfilled, satisfaction is made for sin, peace and pardon are procured, an everlasting righteousness is brought in, and through whom grace and glory are given: and this is a way of salvation, agreeable to all the perfections of God; in which the vilest sinner made sensible of his sins, and of his need of this, has no reason to despair; it is exceeding suitable to his case, and is a way in which none ever perish, that are directed to it: and now this way of salvation is only shown in the Gospel, by the ministers of it; not by the light of nature, for to men who only have that, it is foolishness; nor by the law of Moses, for to such who are under that, it is a stumbling block; nor by the carnal reason of men, it is not of men, nor after men, but by divine revelation: and therefore the natural man receives it not, it is hid from such; and therefore they project various ways of salvation, which are pleasing in their own eyes, but the end of them are the ways of death; the way to life and immortality, is only brought to light in the Gospel: whether she said this of her own accord, or was obliged to it by divine impulse; and whether it was through fear of Paul, and in flattery to him, or was with a good or bad design, is not easy to determine: however, certain it is, what she said was truth; and sometimes the devil himself, the father of lies, is obliged to speak it.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

17. These men are servants of the most high God, &c.—Glorious testimony! But see on [2034]Lu 4:41.

this did she many days—that is, on many successive occasions when on their way to their usual place of meeting, or when engaged in religious services.

Acts 16:17 Additional Commentaries
Context
Paul and Silas in Prison
16It happened that as we were going to the place of prayer, a slave-girl having a spirit of divination met us, who was bringing her masters much profit by fortune-telling. 17Following after Paul and us, she kept crying out, saying, "These men are bond-servants of the Most High God, who are proclaiming to you the way of salvation." 18She continued doing this for many days. But Paul was greatly annoyed, and turned and said to the spirit, "I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her!" And it came out at that very moment.…
Cross References
Mark 5:7
He shouted at the top of his voice, "What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? In God's name don't torture me!"

2 Peter 2:2
Many will follow their depraved conduct and will bring the way of truth into disrepute.
Treasury of Scripture

The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which show to us the way of salvation.

These.

Acts 19:13 Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took on them to call …

Matthew 8:29 And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with you, …

Mark 1:24 Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with you, you Jesus of Nazareth? …

Luke 4:34,41 Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with you, you Jesus of Nazareth? …

the servants.

Daniel 3:26,28 Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace, …

Daniel 6:16,20 Then the king commanded, and they brought Daniel, and cast him into …

Jonah 1:9 And he said to them, I am an Hebrew; and I fear the LORD, the God …

1 Peter 2:16 As free, and not using your liberty for a cloak of maliciousness, …

the most.

Genesis 14:18-22 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he …

Psalm 57:2 I will cry to God most high; to God that performes all things for me.

Psalm 78:35 And they remembered that God was their rock, and the high God their redeemer.

Daniel 4:2 I thought it good to show the signs and wonders that the high God …

Daniel 5:18,21 O you king, the most high God gave Nebuchadnezzar your father a kingdom, …

Micah 6:6 With which shall I come before the LORD, and bow myself before the …

Mark 5:7 And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with you, …

Luke 8:28 When he saw Jesus, he cried out, and fell down before him, and with …

the way.

Acts 16:30,31 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved…

Acts 18:26 And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and …

Matthew 7:13,14 Enter you in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad …

Matthew 22:16 And they sent out to him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, …

Mark 12:14 And when they were come, they say to him, Master, we know that you …

Luke 1:77,79 To give knowledge of salvation to his people by the remission of their sins…

Luke 20:21 And they asked him, saying, Master, we know that you say and teach …

John 14:6 Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man …

Hebrews 10:19-22 Having therefore, brothers, boldness to enter into the holiest by …

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