Acts 16:21
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New International Version
by advocating customs unlawful for us Romans to accept or practice."

New Living Translation
"They are teaching customs that are illegal for us Romans to practice."

English Standard Version
They advocate customs that are not lawful for us as Romans to accept or practice.”

Berean Study Bible
by promoting customs that are unlawful for us Romans to adopt or practice."

Berean Literal Bible
and preach customs that it is not lawful for us, being Romans, to accept nor to practice."

New American Standard Bible
and are proclaiming customs which it is not lawful for us to accept or to observe, being Romans."

King James Bible
And teach customs, which are not lawful for us to receive, neither to observe, being Romans.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
and are promoting customs that are not legal for us as Romans to adopt or practice."

International Standard Version
and are advocating customs that we're not allowed to accept or practice as Romans."

NET Bible
and are advocating customs that are not lawful for us to accept or practice, since we are Romans."

New Heart English Bible
and set forth customs which it is not lawful for us to accept or to observe, being Romans."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“And they are preaching to us customs which are not allowable for us to receive and do, because we are Romans.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
and they're advocating customs that we can't accept or practice as Roman citizens."

New American Standard 1977
and are proclaiming customs which it is not lawful for us to accept or to observe, being Romans.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
and teach rites which are not lawful for us to receive neither to observe, being Romans.

King James 2000 Bible
And teach customs, which are not lawful for us to receive, neither to observe, being Romans.

American King James Version
And teach customs, which are not lawful for us to receive, neither to observe, being Romans.

American Standard Version
and set forth customs which it is not lawful for us to receive, or to observe, being Romans.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And preach a fashion which it is not lawful for us to receive nor observe, being Romans.

Darby Bible Translation
and announce customs which it is not lawful for us to receive nor practise, being Romans.

English Revised Version
and set forth customs which it is not lawful for us to receive, or to observe, being Romans.

Webster's Bible Translation
And teach customs which are not lawful for us to receive, neither to observe, being Romans.

Weymouth New Testament
They are Jews, and are teaching customs which we, as Romans, are not permitted to adopt or practise."

World English Bible
and set forth customs which it is not lawful for us to accept or to observe, being Romans."

Young's Literal Translation
and they proclaim customs that are not lawful for us to receive nor to do, being Romans.'
Study Bible
Paul and Silas Imprisoned
20They brought them to the magistrates and said, “These men are Jews and are throwing our city into turmoil 21by promoting customs that are unlawful for us Romans to adopt or practice.” 22The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered that they be stripped and beaten with rods.…
Cross References
Esther 3:8
Then Haman said to King Ahasuerus, "There is a certain people scattered and dispersed among the peoples in all the provinces of your kingdom; their laws are different from those of all other people and they do not observe the king's laws, so it is not in the king's interest to let them remain.

Matthew 12:2
When the Pharisees saw this, they said to Him, "Look, Your disciples are doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath."

Acts 16:12
From there, we went to the Roman colony of Philippi, the leading city of that district of Macedonia. And we stayed there several days.

Acts 16:20
They brought them to the magistrates and said, "These men are Jews and are throwing our city into turmoil
Treasury of Scripture

And teach customs, which are not lawful for us to receive, neither to observe, being Romans.

Acts 26:3 Especially because I know you to be expert in all customs and questions …

Jeremiah 10:3 For the customs of the people are vain: for one cuts a tree out of …

(21) And teach customs.--The word is used as including ritual as well as social habits, and seems to have been specially used of the whole system of Jewish life. (See Notes on Acts 6:14; Acts 15:1; Acts 21:21.)

Being Romans.--The people of Philippi, as a colonia, had a right to claim the title of Roman citizens, which could not have been claimed by those who were merely inhabitants of a Greek city, such as Thessalonica or Corinth. (See Note on Acts 16:12.)

Verse 21. - Set forth for teach, A.V.; it is for are, A.V.; or for neither, A.V. Romans; in a special sense, as members of a colony. And teach customs,.... The Vulgate Latin and Ethiopic versions read in the singular number, "custom or law"; referring to the doctrine of salvation by Christ, in whose name the spirit of divination was cast out of the maid, and whom they took for a new deity; and so concluded that the apostle and his company were introducing a new religious law or custom, the worship of another God:

which are not lawful for us to receive, neither to observe, being Romans; for the city of Philippi was a Roman colony, and so the inhabitants of it called themselves Romans; or these men might be strictly such, who were transplanted hither; and with the Romans, it was not lawful to receive, observe, and worship, a new or strange deity, without the decree of the senate (l).

(l) Tertull. Apolog. c. 5. Euseb. Eccl. Hist. l. 2. c. 2.21. And teach customs, which are not lawful for us to receive, neither to observe, being Romans—Here also there was a measure of truth; as the introduction of new gods was forbidden by the laws, and this might be thought to apply to any change of religion. But the whole charge was pure hypocrisy; for as these men would have let the missionaries preach what religion they pleased if they had not dried up the source of their gains, so they conceal the real cause of their rage under color of a zeal for religion, and law, and good order: so Ac 17:6, 7; 19:25, 27.16:16-24 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.
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