Acts 4:19
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New International Version
But Peter and John replied, "Which is right in God's eyes: to listen to you, or to him? You be the judges!

New Living Translation
But Peter and John replied, "Do you think God wants us to obey you rather than him?

English Standard Version
But Peter and John answered them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge,

Berean Study Bible
But Peter and John replied, "Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God's sight to listen to you rather than God.

Berean Literal Bible
But Peter and John answering, said to them, "Whether it is right before God to listen to you, rather than God, you must judge.

New American Standard Bible
But Peter and John answered and said to them, "Whether it is right in the sight of God to give heed to you rather than to God, you be the judge;

King James Bible
But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But Peter and John answered them, "Whether it's right in the sight of God for us to listen to you rather than to God, you decide;

International Standard Version
But Peter and John answered them, "You must decide whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than God,

NET Bible
But Peter and John replied, "Whether it is right before God to obey you rather than God, you decide,

New Heart English Bible
But Peter and John answered them, "Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, judge for yourselves,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Shimeon Kaypha and Yohannan answered and they said to them, “If it is right before God that one should listen to you rather than to God, you judge.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Peter and John answered them, "Decide for yourselves whether God wants people to listen to you rather than to him.

New American Standard 1977
But Peter and John answered and said to them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to give heed to you rather than to God, you be the judge;

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then Peter and John answered and said unto them, Judge whether it is right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God.

King James 2000 Bible
But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge you.

American King James Version
But Peter and John answered and said to them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, judge you.

American Standard Version
But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it is right in the sight of God to hearken unto you rather than unto God, judge ye:

Douay-Rheims Bible
But Peter and John answering, said to them: If it be just in the sight of God, to hear you rather than God, judge ye.

Darby Bible Translation
But Peter and John answering said to them, If it be righteous before God to listen to you rather than to God, judge ye;

English Revised Version
But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you rather than unto God, judge ye:

Webster's Bible Translation
But Peter and John answered and said to them, Whether it is right in the sight of God to hearken to you rather than to God, judge ye.

Weymouth New Testament
But Peter and John replied, "Judge whether it is right in God's sight to listen to you instead of listening to God.

World English Bible
But Peter and John answered them, "Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, judge for yourselves,

Young's Literal Translation
and Peter and John answering unto them said, 'Whether it is righteous before God to hearken to you rather than to God, judge ye;
Study Bible
The Name Forbidden
18Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. 19But Peter and John replied, “Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God’s sight to listen to you rather than God. 20For we cannot stop speaking about what we have seen and heard.”…
Cross References
Jeremiah 26:12
Then Jeremiah spoke to all the officials and to all the people, saying, "The LORD sent me to prophesy against this house and against this city all the words that you have heard.

Luke 22:8
Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, "Go and prepare for us to eat the Passover."

Acts 4:13
When they saw the boldness of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and recognized that they had been with Jesus.

Acts 5:28
"We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name," he said. "Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and are determined to make us responsible for this man's blood."

Acts 5:29
But Peter and the other apostles replied, "We must obey God rather than men.
Treasury of Scripture

But Peter and John answered and said to them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, judge you.

Whether.

2 Corinthians 4:2 But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in …

Ephesians 6:1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.

1 Timothy 2:3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior;

to hearken.

Acts 5:29 Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to …

Exodus 1:17 But the midwives feared God, and did not as the king of Egypt commanded …

1 Kings 12:30 And this thing became a sin: for the people went to worship before …

1 Kings 14:16 And he shall give Israel up because of the sins of Jeroboam, who …

1 Kings 21:11 And the men of his city, even the elders and the nobles who were …

1 Kings 22:14 And Micaiah said, As the LORD lives, what the LORD said to me, that …

2 Kings 16:15 And king Ahaz commanded Urijah the priest, saying, On the great altar …

2 Chronicles 26:16-20 But when he was strong, his heart was lifted up to his destruction: …

Daniel 3:18 But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your …

Daniel 6:10 Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his …

Hosea 5:11 Ephraim is oppressed and broken in judgment, because he willingly …

Amos 7:16 Now therefore hear you the word of the LORD: You say, Prophesy not …

Micah 6:16 For the statutes of Omri are kept, and all the works of the house …

Matthew 22:21 They say to him, Caesar's. Then said he to them, Render therefore …

Hebrews 11:23 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, …

Revelation 13:3-10 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly …

Revelation 14:9-12 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any …

judge.

Psalm 58:1 Do you indeed speak righteousness, O congregation? do you judge uprightly, …

John 7:24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.

1 Corinthians 10:15 I speak as to wise men; judge you what I say.

James 2:4 Are you not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?

(19) Whether it be right in the sight of God . . .--The words assert the right of conscience, recognising a divine authority, to resist a human authority which opposes it. In theory, as the appeal "judge ye" showed even then, the right so claimed is of the nature of an axiom. In practice, the difficulty rises in the question, Is there the divine authority which is claimed? And the only practical answer is to be found in the rule, that men who believe they have the authority are bound to act as if they had it. If the Lord God hath spoken to them, they can but prophesy (Amos 3:8). In cases such as this, where the question is one of witness to facts, they must not tamper with the truth, if they believe themselves commissioned by God to declare the facts, for fear of offending men. When they pass from facts to doctrines inferred from facts, from doctrines to opinions, from opinions to conjectures, the duty of not saying that which they do not believe remains the same, but there is not the same obligation to proclaim what they thus hold in various stages of assent. There may be cases in which reticence is right as well as politic. And even in regard to facts, the publication--as law recognises in relation to libels--must not be gratuitous. There must be an adequate authority, or an adequate reason for disobedience to the human authority, which is binding until it is superseded by that which is higher than itself. And the onus probandi rests on the man who asserts the higher authority. Intensity of conviction may be enough for himself, but it cannot be expected that it will be so for others. In the absence of signs and wonders the question must be discussed on the wide ground of Reason and of Conscience, and the man who refuses to enter into debate on that ground because he is certain he is right is ipso facto convicted of an almost insane egotism. The words have clearly no bearing on the "froward retention" of a custom which God has not enjoined and a lawful authority has forbidden.

Verse 19. - Rather for more, A.V. But Peter and John answered and said unto them,.... With great boldness and courage, and without any fear of man, but in the true fear of God

whether it be right in the sight of God; who is omniscient, and sees, and knows all things, all the actions of men, and the springs of them; who is holy, just, and true, and sits and judges among the gods, that which is right:

to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye: it is not denied that magistrates are to be hearkened to, and obeyed: but not more than God, or in things that are contrary to his nature, will, law, honour, and glory: whatever is agreeable to the law and will of God, commanded by magistrates, should be attended to, and cheerfully obeyed; but what is not should be disregarded, whatever follows upon it: and this was so just and reasonable, that the apostles appeal to the sanhedrim, or council itself, to determine. 4:15-22 All the care of the rulers is, that the doctrine of Christ spread not among the people, yet they cannot say it is false or dangerous, or of any ill tendency; and they are ashamed to own the true reason; that it testifies against their hypocrisy, wickedness, and tyranny. Those who know how to put a just value upon Christ's promises, know how to put just contempt upon the world's threatenings. The apostles look with concern on perishing souls, and know they cannot escape eternal ruin but by Jesus Christ, therefore they are faithful in warning, and showing the right way. None will enjoy peace of mind, nor act uprightly, till they have learned to guide their conduct by the fixed standard of truth, and not by the shifting opinions and fancies of men. Especially beware of a vain attempt to serve two masters, God and the world; the end will be, you can serve neither fully.
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