Acts 4:20
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New International Version
As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard."

New Living Translation
We cannot stop telling about everything we have seen and heard."

English Standard Version
for we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard.”

New American Standard Bible
for we cannot stop speaking about what we have seen and heard."

King James Bible
For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
for we are unable to stop speaking about what we have seen and heard."

International Standard Version
for we cannot stop talking about what we've seen and heard."

NET Bible
for it is impossible for us not to speak about what we have seen and heard."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“For we are unable not to speak whatever we see and hear.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
We cannot stop talking about what we've seen and heard."

Jubilee Bible 2000
For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.

King James 2000 Bible
For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.

American King James Version
For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.

American Standard Version
for we cannot but speak the things which we saw and heard.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.

Darby Bible Translation
for as for us *we* cannot refrain from speaking of the things which we have seen and heard.

English Revised Version
for we cannot but speak the things which we saw and heard.

Webster's Bible Translation
For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.

Weymouth New Testament
As for us, what we have seen and heard we cannot help speaking about."

World English Bible
for we can't help telling the things which we saw and heard."

Young's Literal Translation
for we cannot but speak what we did see and hear.'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 20. - Saw and heard for have seen and heard, A.V. We cannot but speak, etc. We have here another instance of Peter's boldness of speech under the influence of the Holy Ghost.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For we cannot but speak,.... It was not physically, but morally impossible; or it was not lawful, and therefore they would not speak any other, and they could not avoid speaking, say they,

the things which we have seen and heard; as the miracles and doctrines of Christ, his resurrection from the dead, of which they were eye and ear witnesses. This shows their great fidelity and integrity, their inviolable attachment to Christ, and their fearlessness of the displeasure and wrath of men.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

20. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard—There is here a wonderful union of sober, respectful appeal to the better reason of their judges, and calm, deep determination to abide the consequences of a constrained testimony, which betokens a power above their own resting upon them, according to promise.

Acts 4:20 Additional Commentaries
Context
Peter and John Threatened, Released
19But 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; 20for we cannot stop speaking about what we have seen and heard." 21When they had threatened them further, they let them go (finding no basis on which to punish them) on account of the people, because they were all glorifying God for what had happened;…
Cross References
Jeremiah 20:9
But if I say, "I will not mention his word or speak anymore in his name," his word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot.

Amos 3:8
The lion has roared-- who will not fear? The Sovereign LORD has spoken-- who can but prophesy?

1 Corinthians 9:16
For when I preach the gospel, I cannot boast, since I am compelled to preach. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!

1 John 1:1
That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched--this we proclaim concerning the Word of life.

1 John 1:3
We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.
Treasury of Scripture

For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.

we cannot.

Acts 2:4,32 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak …

Acts 17:16,17 Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was stirred …

Acts 18:5 And when Silas and Timotheus were come from Macedonia, Paul was pressed …

Numbers 22:38 And Balaam said to Balak, See, I am come to you: have I now any power …

Numbers 23:20 Behold, I have received commandment to bless: and he has blessed; …

2 Samuel 23:2 The Spirit of the LORD spoke by me, and his word was in my tongue.

Job 32:18-20 For I am full of matter, the spirit within me constrains me…

Jeremiah 1:7,17-19 But the LORD said to me, Say not, I am a child: for you shall go …

Jeremiah 4:19 My bowels, my bowels! I am pained at my very heart; my heart makes …

Jeremiah 6:11 Therefore I am full of the fury of the LORD; I am weary with holding …

Jeremiah 20:9 Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name…

Ezekiel 3:11,14-21 And go, get you to them of the captivity, to the children of your …

Micah 3:8 But truly I am full of power by the spirit of the LORD, and of judgment, …

1 Corinthians 9:16,17 For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity …

the things.

Acts 1:8,22 But you shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come on …

Acts 3:15 And killed the Prince of life, whom God has raised from the dead; …

Acts 5:32 And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy …

Acts 10:39-41 And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land …

Acts 22:15 For you shall be his witness to all men of what you have seen and heard.

Luke 1:2 Even as they delivered them to us, which from the beginning were …

Hebrews 2:3,4 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the …

1 John 1:1-3 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we …

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