Acts 21:23
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New International Version
so do what we tell you. There are four men with us who have made a vow.

New Living Translation
"Here's what we want you to do. We have four men here who have completed their vow.

English Standard Version
Do therefore what we tell you. We have four men who are under a vow;

Berean Study Bible
Therefore do what we advise you. There are four men with us who have taken a vow.

Berean Literal Bible
Therefore do this that we say to you. With us there are four men, having a vow on themselves.

New American Standard Bible
"Therefore do this that we tell you. We have four men who are under a vow;

King James Bible
Do therefore this that we say to thee: We have four men which have a vow on them;

Christian Standard Bible
Therefore do what we tell you: We have four men who have made a vow.

Contemporary English Version
Please do what we ask, because four of our men have made special promises to God.

Good News Translation
This is what we want you to do. There are four men here who have taken a vow.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Therefore do what we tell you: We have four men who have obligated themselves with a vow.

International Standard Version
So do what we tell you. We have four men who are under a vow.

NET Bible
So do what we tell you: We have four men who have taken a vow;

New Heart English Bible
Therefore do what we tell you. We have four men who have taken a vow.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“Do what we tell you; we have four men who have vowed to purify themselves.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So follow our advice. We have four men who have made a vow to God.

New American Standard 1977
“Therefore do this that we tell you. We have four men who are under a vow;

Jubilee Bible 2000
Do therefore this that we say to thee: We have four men among us who have a vow on them;

King James 2000 Bible
Do therefore this that we say to you: We have four men who have a vow on themselves;

American King James Version
Do therefore this that we say to you: We have four men which have a vow on them;

American Standard Version
Do therefore this that we say to thee: We have four men that have a vow on them;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Do therefore this that we say to thee. We have four men, who have a vow on them.

Darby Bible Translation
This do therefore that we say to thee: We have four men who have a vow on them;

English Revised Version
Do therefore this that we say to thee: We have four men which have a vow on them;

Webster's Bible Translation
Do therefore this that we say to thee: we have four men who have a vow on them;

Weymouth New Testament
so do this which we now tell you. We have four men here who have a vow resting on them.

World English Bible
Therefore do what we tell you. We have four men who have taken a vow.

Young's Literal Translation
'This, therefore, do that we say to thee: We have four men having a vow on themselves,
Study Bible
Paul's Arrival at Jerusalem
22What then should we do? They will certainly hear that you have come. 23Therefore do what we advise you. There are four men with us who have taken a vow. 24Take these men, purify yourself along with them, and pay their expenses so they can have their heads shaved. Then everyone will know that there is no truth to these rumors about you, but that you also live in obedience to the Law.…
Cross References
Numbers 6:13
'Now this is the law of the Nazirite when the days of his separation are fulfilled, he shall bring the offering to the doorway of the tent of meeting.

Numbers 6:18
The Nazirite shall then shave his dedicated head of hair at the doorway of the tent of meeting, and take the dedicated hair of his head and put it on the fire which is under the sacrifice of peace offerings.

Acts 18:18
Paul remained in Corinth for quite some time before saying goodbye to the brothers. He had his head shaved in Cenchrea to keep a vow he had made, and then he sailed for Syria, accompanied by Priscilla and Aquila.

Acts 21:22
What then should we do? They will certainly hear that you have come.

1 Corinthians 9:20
To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the Law I became like one under the Law (though I myself am not under the Law), to win those under the Law.
Treasury of Scripture

Do therefore this that we say to you: We have four men which have a vow on them;

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(23) We have four men which have a vow on them.--The advice was eminently characteristic. (1) It came from one who himself lived as bound by the Nazarite vow. "No razor came upon his head, and he drank neither wine nor strong drink" (Hegesippus in Euseb. Hist. ii. 23). By connecting himself with such a vow St. Paul would show that he was content in these matters to follow in the footsteps of St. James, that he looked upon the observance of the Nazarite vow, if not as binding, at any rate as right and praise worthy. (2) It is obvious that St. Paul's conduct on his last visit to Jerusalem had furnished a precedent for the line of action now recommended. He had then come as a Nazarite himself; had in that character burnt the hair which he had cut off at Cenchreae (see Note on Acts 18:18), and had offered the accustomed sacrifices. Why should he not repeat the process now? There was, however, this difficulty: the minimum period of the Nazarite vow was for thirty days, and as St. Paul had not taken the vow previous to the advice, and probably wished to leave Jerusalem soon after the feast was over (Acts 19:21), it was out of his power to fulfil it now in its completeness. Jewish usage, however, made an intermediate course feasible. A man might attach himself to a Nazarite, or company of Nazarites, join in the final process of purification, which lasted, probably, for seven days (Numbers 6:9), shaving his head, and offering sacrifices with them. This was considered in itself a devout act, especially if the new comer defrayed the cost of the sacrifices. Agrippa I., for instance, had in this way gained credit with the Jews, as showing his reverence for the Law (Jos. Wars, ii. 15, ? 1). It is clear that the four men were members of the Church of Jerusalem, and the fact is interesting as showing how intensely Jewish that church still was in its observances.

Verse 23. - Which have a vow; meaning emphatically the vow of a Nazarite. Do therefore this that we say to thee,.... This is said not as commanding, but as advising; and not to what was a duty, and necessary to be done as such, but as a point of prudence:

we have four men which have a vow on them; that is, there were four men who were of the church at Jerusalem, believers in Christ, but weak ones, who were zealous of the law, and bigots to it, and who had voluntarily vowed a vow of the Nazarites; see Numbers 6:2. 23. we have four men—Christian Jews, no doubt.

which have a vow—perhaps kept ready on purpose.21:19-26 Paul ascribed all his success to God, and to God they gave the praise. God had honoured him more than any of the apostles, yet they did not envy him; but on the contrary, glorified the Lord. They could not do more to encourage Paul to go on cheerfully in his work. James and the elders of the church at Jerusalem, asked Paul to gratify the believing Jews, by some compliance with the ceremonial law. They thought it was prudent in him to conform thus far. It was great weakness to be so fond of the shadows, when the substance was come. The religion Paul preached, tended not to destroy the law, but to fulfil it. He preached Christ, the end of the law for righteousness, and repentance and faith, in which we are to make great use of the law. The weakness and evil of the human heart strongly appear, when we consider how many, even of the disciples of Christ, had not due regard to the most eminent minister that even lived. Not the excellence of his character, nor the success with which God blessed his labours, could gain their esteem and affection, seeing that he did not render the same respect as themselves to mere ceremonial observances. How watchful should we be against prejudices! The apostles were not free from blame in all they did; and it would be hard to defend Paul from the charge of giving way too much in this matter. It is vain to attempt to court the favour of zealots, or bigots to a party. This compliance of Paul did not answer, for the very thing by which he hoped to pacify the Jews, provoked them, and brought him into trouble. But the all-wise God overruled both their advice and Paul's compliance with it, to serve a better purpose than was intended. It was in vain to think of pleasing men who would be pleased with nothing but the rooting out of Christianity. Integrity and uprightness will be more likely to preserve us than insincere compliances. And it should warn us not to press men to doing what is contrary to their own judgment to oblige us.
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