Acts 28:22
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New International Version
But we want to hear what your views are, for we know that people everywhere are talking against this sect."

New Living Translation
But we want to hear what you believe, for the only thing we know about this movement is that it is denounced everywhere."

English Standard Version
But we desire to hear from you what your views are, for with regard to this sect we know that everywhere it is spoken against.”

Berean Study Bible
But we consider your views worth hearing, because we know that people everywhere are speaking against this sect."

Berean Literal Bible
But we deem it worthy to hear from you what you think, for truly concerning this sect, it is known to us that it is spoken against everywhere."

New American Standard Bible
"But we desire to hear from you what your views are; for concerning this sect, it is known to us that it is spoken against everywhere."

King James Bible
But we desire to hear of thee what thou thinkest: for as concerning this sect, we know that every where it is spoken against.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But we would like to hear from you what you think. For concerning this sect, we are aware that it is spoken against everywhere."

International Standard Version
However, we'd like to hear from you what you believe, because people are talking against this sect everywhere."

NET Bible
But we would like to hear from you what you think, for regarding this sect we know that people everywhere speak against it."

New Heart English Bible
But we desire to hear from you what you think. For, as concerning this sect, it is known to us that everywhere it is spoken against."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“But we desire to hear from you what you think, because we know this teaching is not accepted by anyone.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
However, we would like to hear what you think. We know that everywhere people are talking against this sect."

New American Standard 1977
“But we desire to hear from you what your views are; for concerning this sect, it is known to us that it is spoken against everywhere.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
But we desire to hear of thee what thou thinkest; for as concerning this sect, we know that everywhere it is spoken against.

King James 2000 Bible
But we desire to hear of you what you think: for as concerning this sect, we know that everywhere it is spoken against.

American King James Version
But we desire to hear of you what you think: for as concerning this sect, we know that every where it is spoken against.

American Standard Version
But we desire to hear of thee what thou thinkest: for as concerning this sect, it is known to us that everywhere it is spoken against.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But we desire to hear of thee what thou thinkest; for as concerning this sect, we know that it is every where contradicted.

Darby Bible Translation
But we beg to hear of thee what thou thinkest, for as concerning this sect it is known to us that it is everywhere spoken against.

English Revised Version
But we desire to hear of thee what thou thinkest: for as concerning this sect, it is known to us that everywhere it is spoken against.

Webster's Bible Translation
But we desire to hear from thee, what thou thinkest: for as concerning this sect, we know that every where it is spoken against.

Weymouth New Testament
But we should be glad to hear from you what it is that you believe; for as for this sect all we know is that it is everywhere spoken against."

World English Bible
But we desire to hear from you what you think. For, as concerning this sect, it is known to us that everywhere it is spoken against."

Young's Literal Translation
and we think it good from thee to hear what thou dost think, for, indeed, concerning this sect it is known to us that everywhere it is spoken against;'
Study Bible
Paul Preaches at Rome
21The leaders replied, “We have not received any letters about you from Judea, nor have any of the brothers from there reported or even mentioned anything bad about you. 22But we consider your views worth hearing, because we know that people everywhere” are speaking against this sect. 23So they set a day to meet with Paul, and many people came to the place he was staying. He expounded to them from morning to evening, testifying about the kingdom of God and persuading them about Jesus from the Law of Moses and the Prophets.…
Cross References
Acts 15:5
But some believers from the party of the Pharisees stood up and declared, "The Gentiles must be circumcised and required to obey the Law of Moses."

Acts 24:14
I do confess to you, however, that I worship the God of our fathers according to the Way, which they call a sect. I believe everything that is laid down by the Law and written in the Prophets,

Romans 1:8
First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being proclaimed all over the world.

1 Peter 2:12
Conduct yourselves with such honor among the Gentiles that, though they slander you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day He visits us.

1 Peter 3:16
keeping a clear conscience, so that those who slander you will be put to shame by your good behavior in Christ.

1 Peter 4:14
If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.

1 Peter 4:16
But if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but glorify God that you bear this name.
Treasury of Scripture

But we desire to hear of you what you think: for as concerning this sect, we know that every where it is spoken against.

for.

Acts 16:20,21 And brought them to the magistrates, saying, These men, being Jews, …

Acts 17:6,7 And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain brothers …

Acts 24:5,6,14 For we have found this man a pestilent fellow, and a mover of sedition …

Luke 2:34 And Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary his mother, Behold, this …

1 Peter 2:12 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas …

1 Peter 3:16 Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as …

1 Peter 4:14-16 If you be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are you; for the …

sect.

Acts 5:17 Then the high priest rose up, and all they that were with him, (which …

Acts 15:5 But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, …

Acts 26:5 Which knew me from the beginning, if they would testify, that after …

1 Corinthians 11:19 For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved …

(22) We desire . . . as concerning this sect . . .--Better, we request of thee. The term is that which had been used by Tertullus when he spoke of the "sect of the Nazarenes" (Acts 24:5). The speakers had clearly heard enough of the prisoner to identify him with that sect, but they treat him personally with respect, probably due in part to the favour which the authorities had shown him, and wish for an authoritative exposition of his views. The Christians of Rome had obviously, even if they were Jews, withdrawn from the Jewish quarter, and the residents in that quarter knew of them only by reports. What was the nature of those reports we can only conjecture. They were, as the speakers say, "everywhere spoken against." The darker calumnies which were propagated afterwards--stories of Thyestean (i.e., cannibal) banquets and licentious orgies--may possibly have been even then whispered from ear to ear. In any case the Christians of the empire would be known as abandoning circumcision and other Jewish ordinances, leading a separate life, holding meetings which were more or less secret, worshipping One who had been crucified as a malefactor. They were already, as Tacitus describes them, speaking of their sufferings under Nero, known as holding an exitiabilis superstitio ("a detestable superstition"), guilty of atrocia et pudenda, odio humani generis convicti ("atrocious and shameful crimes, convicted by the hatred of mankind") (Ann. xv. 44), or as Suetonius writes (Nero, c. 16), as a genus hominum superstitionis nov et malefic ("a race of men holding a new and criminal superstition"). It is conceivable, looking to the early date at which such rumours were current, that even then there may have been caricatures like that which was found among the graffiti of the Palace of the Csars (now in the Collegio Romano), representing Alexamenos, a Christian convert, worshipping his god, in the form of a crucified human figure with an ass's head. Tertullian (A.D. 160-240) mentions such caricatures as current in his time (Apol. c. 16), and the story that the Jews worshipped an ass's head, which we know to have been accepted at this very time (Jos. cont. Apion. ii. 7; Tacit Hist. v. 4), would naturally be transferred to the Christians, who were regarded as a sect of Jews. In Tertullian's time Asinarii ("ass-worshippers") was a common term of abuse for them.

Verse 22. - It is known to us for we know, A.V. We desire (ἀξιοῦμεν); or, we are willing; literally, think it right (so Acts 16:38). Ηξίου, followed by a negative, means "was unwilling." It has this sense frequently in Xenophon, AElian, Josephus, and other Greek writers (see Kuinoel, on Acts 16:30). This sect (τῆς αἱρέσεως ταύτης); see Acts 24:5, 14, notes. It is known to us; i.e. though we have heard nothing against you Paul, we have heard of the sect of the Nazarenes and have heard nothing but harm concerning it. Spoken against (ἀντιλέγεται); see Acts 13:45; ver. 19; Romans 10:21; Titus 1:9. It is called a "superstitio prava, malefica, exitiabilis" (Pliny, 'Ep.,' 10:96; Suetonius, 'Nero,' 16; Tacitus, 'Annal.,' 15:44; 'Speaker's Commentary'). But we desire to hear of thee what thou thinkest,.... What was his opinion and judgment, concerning the Messiah, whether he was come or not, and whether Jesus of Nazareth was he; and concerning other principles relating to him, embraced by the Christians; and what he had to say for the clearing up, proving, and confirming his sentiments about these things:

for as concerning this sect; or heresy, meaning the Christian religion: in saying so, they reproached it; for the Gospel, or Christian religion, is not an human device, the choice and option of man's free will, and what he pleases himself with, as an opinion and invention of his own, or of other men, as "heresy" signifies; but it is of God, and by revelation of Jesus Christ, and is a doctrine of the highest wisdom: nor does it deny or take away any fundamental article of true religion; either natural, as known by the Gentiles, or as revealed, with which the Jews were made acquainted, under the former dispensation; but establishes every such article, as the unity of the divine Being; the worship of the one only and true God of Israel, in a spiritual manner; the doctrine of the Messiah, his person, office, and grace; the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment; and therefore could not be chargeable with heresy: nor was it set up for any worldly gain, or popular applause, which are the things that authors and abettors of heresy have in view; nor was it designed to divide and separate persons from the true church of God, but to bring them to it, and unite them together in it; see Acts 24:14.

We know that everywhere it is spoken against; this they knew, both by letters they received, and by persons who came from different parts of the world; and which was fact, and was no other than what was foretold concerning Christ, that he should be a sign that should be spoken against, Luke 2:34; and which the apostle found true of the Gospel preached by him, both among Jews and Greeks; it being to the one a stumblingblock, and to the other foolishness, 1 Corinthians 1:23, and especially it was contradicted and blasphemed everywhere by the Jews; these in all places opposed themselves to it, and spoke evil of it, and of its preachers and professors: Christ, the author, sum, and subject of the Christian religion, was spoken against in his person; his deity and divine sonship were denied, as they still are; and his offices, as prophet, priest, and King; yea, his actions, even his works of mercy to the bodies of men, by healing their diseases, his conversing with sinners for the good of their souls, the several miracles he wrought, and the whole series of his life and conversation, were blasphemed and evil spoken of: the doctrines of the Gospel in general were contradicted, as they now are by many, as absurd and irrational, and as tending to licentiousness; and in particular those which respect the Father of Christ, as being the Father of Christ, his everlasting love to the elect in him, and his distinguishing grace in the choice of them; and those which relate to Christ, as that he is truly God, and the Son of God, and to his sacrifice, satisfaction, and imputed righteousness; and also which concern the Spirit of God, as his deity and personality, and his operations on the souls of men; and such as relate to a future state, the resurrection of all the dead, and judgment to come: likewise the ordinances of the Christian religion, baptism and the Lord's supper, were despised and spoken against, and the professors of it treated as fools and wicked men; the reasons of all this are, because the Christian religion, and the doctrines of it, are not of men, are contrary to the lusts of men, and particularly to the pride of men; they subject them to reproach and persecution, and gather men out from among them. 22. we desire—"deem it proper"

to hear of thee what thou thinkest—what are thy sentiments, views, etc. The apparent freedom from prejudice here expressed may have arisen from a prudent desire to avoid endangering a repetition of those dissensions about Christianity to which, probably, Suetonius alludes, and which had led to the expulsion of the Jews under Claudius [Humphry]. See on [2145]Ac 18:2.28:17-22 It was for the honour of Paul that those who examined his case, acquitted him. In his appeal he sought not to accuse his nation, but only to clear himself. True Christianity settles what is of common concern to all mankind, and is not built upon narrow opinions and private interests. It aims at no worldly benefit or advantage, but all its gains are spiritual and eternal. It is, and always has been, the lot of Christ's holy religion, to be every where spoken against. Look through every town and village where Christ is exalted as the only Saviour of mankind, and where the people are called to follow him in newness of life, and we see those who give themselves up to Christ, still called a sect, a party, and reproached. And this is the treatment they are sure to receive, so long as there shall continue an ungodly man upon earth.
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