Acts 5:29
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New International Version
Peter and the other apostles replied: "We must obey God rather than human beings!

New Living Translation
But Peter and the apostles replied, "We must obey God rather than any human authority.

English Standard Version
But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men.

New American Standard Bible
But Peter and the apostles answered, "We must obey God rather than men.

King James Bible
Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But Peter and the apostles replied, "We must obey God rather than men.

International Standard Version
But Peter and the apostles answered, "We must obey God rather than men!

NET Bible
But Peter and the apostles replied, "We must obey God rather than people.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Shimeon answered with the Apostles and said to them, “God ought to be obeyed more than men.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Peter and the other apostles answered, "We must obey God rather than people.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We must persuade God rather than men.

King James 2000 Bible
Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.

American King James Version
Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.

American Standard Version
But Peter and the apostles answered and said, We must obey God rather than men.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But Peter and the apostles answering, said: We ought to obey God, rather than men.

Darby Bible Translation
But Peter answering, and the apostles, said, God must be obeyed rather than men.

English Revised Version
But Peter and the apostles answered and said, We must obey God rather than men.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.

Weymouth New Testament
Peter and the other Apostles replied, "We must obey God rather than man.

World English Bible
But Peter and the apostles answered, "We must obey God rather than men.

Young's Literal Translation
And Peter and the apostles answering, said, 'To obey God it behoveth, rather than men;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

5:26-33 Many will do an evil thing with daring, yet cannot bear to hear of it afterward, or to have it charged upon them. We cannot expect to be redeemed and healed by Christ, unless we give up ourselves to be ruled by him. Faith takes the Saviour in all his offices, who came, not to save us in our sins, but to save us from our sins. Had Christ been exalted to give dominion to Israel, the chief priests would have welcomed him. But repentance and remission of sins are blessings they neither valued nor saw their need of; therefore they, by no means, admitted his doctrine. Wherever repentance is wrought, remission is granted without fail. None are freed from the guilt and punishment of sin, but those who are freed from the power and dominion of sin; who are turned from it, and turned against it. Christ gives repentance, by his Spirit working with the word, to awaken the conscience, to work sorrow for sin, and an effectual change in the heart and life. The giving of the Holy Ghost, is plain evidence that it is the will of God that Christ should be obeyed. And He will surely destroy those who will not have Him to reign over them.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 29. - But for then, A.V.; the apostles for the other apostles, A.V.; must for ought to, A.V. Peter is the spokesman, the sentiment is that of the united apostolate. Must obey God, etc. The rule is a golden one for all men, all circumstances, and all time (comp. Acts 4:19). Peter does not deny having received the prohibition, but pleads the superior force of the command of God, as set forth in the following verses.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Then Peter, and the other apostles, answered and said,.... Peter began, as the mouth of the apostles, being the eldest man, and very bold and zealous; and the rest followed, or joined, with him in what he said:

we ought to obey God rather than men; this is said in answer to the charge of disobedience to the orders and commands of the council: men, civil magistrates, and ecclesiastical rulers, are to be obeyed in things which are not repugnant to the will of God; but in things that are, God is to be obeyed, and not men. God had commanded by an angel, that the apostles should go to the temple, and there preach the doctrines of the Gospel; the sanhedrim had forbid them to speak and teach in the name of Christ; who were now to be obeyed? God, and not men: from whence it appears that the apostles were to be justified in disregarding the council, and neglecting its orders; and which is no ways contrary to that obedience and submission, that is to be yielded to those that are in authority, in things civil and lawful.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

29, 30. Then Peter, &c.—(See on [1954]Ac 2:22, and [1955]Ac 3:13, &c.).

Acts 5:29 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Apostles Before the Council
28saying, "We gave you strict orders not to continue teaching in this name, and yet, you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and intend to bring this man's blood upon us." 29But Peter and the apostles answered, "We must obey God rather than men. 30"The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom you had put to death by hanging Him on a cross.…
Cross References
Exodus 1:17
The midwives, however, feared God and did not do what the king of Egypt had told them to do; they let the boys live.

Jeremiah 26:12
Then Jeremiah said to all the officials and all the people: "The LORD sent me to prophesy against this house and this city all the things you have heard.

Daniel 6:13
Then they said to the king, "Daniel, who is one of the exiles from Judah, pays no attention to you, Your Majesty, or to the decree you put in writing. He still prays three times a day."

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