Acts 5:38
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New International Version
Therefore, in the present case I advise you: Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail.

New Living Translation
"So my advice is, leave these men alone. Let them go. If they are planning and doing these things merely on their own, it will soon be overthrown.

English Standard Version
So in the present case I tell you, keep away from these men and let them alone, for if this plan or this undertaking is of man, it will fail;

New American Standard Bible
"So in the present case, I say to you, stay away from these men and let them alone, for if this plan or action is of men, it will be overthrown;

King James Bible
And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
And now, I tell you, stay away from these men and leave them alone. For if this plan or this work is of men, it will be overthrown;

International Standard Version
"I'm telling you to keep away from these men for now. Leave them alone, because if this plan or movement is of human origin, it will fail.

NET Bible
So in this case I say to you, stay away from these men and leave them alone, because if this plan or this undertaking originates with people, it will come to nothing,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“And I say to you, separate yourselves from these men and leave them, for if this counsel and work is from men, they will dissolve and pass away.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"We should keep away from these men for now. We should leave them alone. I can guarantee that if the plan they put into action is of human origin, it will fail.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men and let them alone; for if this counsellor or this work is of men, it will come to nought,

King James 2000 Bible
And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nothing:

American King James Version
And now I say to you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nothing:

American Standard Version
And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will be overthrown:

Douay-Rheims Bible
And now, therefore, I say to you, refrain from these men, and let them alone; for if this council or this work be of men, it will come to nought;

Darby Bible Translation
And now I say to you, Withdraw from these men and let them alone, for if this counsel or this work have its origin from men, it will be destroyed;

English Revised Version
And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will be overthrown:

Webster's Bible Translation
And now I say to you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work is from men, it will come to naught:

Weymouth New Testament
And now I tell you to hold aloof from these men and leave them alone--for if this scheme or work is of human origin, it will come to nothing.

World English Bible
Now I tell you, withdraw from these men, and leave them alone. For if this counsel or this work is of men, it will be overthrown.

Young's Literal Translation
and now I say to you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone, because if this counsel or this work may be of men, it will be overthrown,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

5:34-42 The Lord still has all hearts in his hands, and sometimes directs the prudence of the worldly wise, so as to restrain the persecutors. Common sense tells us to be cautious, while experience and observation show that the success of frauds in matters of religion has been very short. Reproach for Christ is true preferment, as it makes us conformable to his pattern, and serviceable to his interest. They rejoiced in it. If we suffer ill for doing well, provided we suffer it well, and as we should, we ought to rejoice in that grace which enabled us so to do. The apostles did not preach themselves, but Christ. This was the preaching that most offended the priests. But it ought to be the constant business of gospel ministers to preach Christ: Christ, and him crucified; Christ, and him glorified; nothing beside this, but what has reference to it. And whatever is our station or rank in life, we should seek to make Him known, and to glorify his name.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 38. - Be overthrown for come to nought, A.V.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And now I say unto you,.... This is the sum of my advice upon the observation of these and other instances:

refrain from these men, and let them alone; keep your hands off of them, do not attempt to take away their lives, but dismiss them quietly, nor go about to hinder them, in what they are concerned:

for if this counsel, or this work be of men; if the doctrine these men preach is an human device; or this business they are engaged in is only an human affair, projected by men, and carried on upon selfish principles, and worldly views, seeking only themselves, and their secular interests, and not the glory of God:

it will come to nought; as did the designs of Theudas and Judas.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

38. if … of men, it will come to naught—This neutral policy was true wisdom, in the then temper of the council. But individual neutrality is hostility to Christ, as He Himself teaches (Lu 11:23).

Acts 5:38 Additional Commentaries
Context
Gamaliel's Counsel
37"After this man, Judas of Galilee rose up in the days of the census and drew away some people after him; he too perished, and all those who followed him were scattered. 38"So in the present case, I say to you, stay away from these men and let them alone, for if this plan or action is of men, it will be overthrown; 39but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them; or else you may even be found fighting against God."…
Cross References
Proverbs 21:30
There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the LORD.

Mark 11:30
John's baptism--was it from heaven, or of human origin? Tell me!"
Treasury of Scripture

And now I say to you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nothing:

Refrain.

Acts 5:35 And said to them, You men of Israel, take heed to yourselves what …

John 11:48 If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him: and the Romans …

for.

Nehemiah 4:15 And it came to pass, when our enemies heard that it was known to …

Job 5:12-14 He disappoints the devices of the crafty, so that their hands cannot …

Psalm 33:10,11 The LORD brings the counsel of the heathen to nothing: he makes the …

Proverbs 21:30 There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the LORD.

Isaiah 7:5-7 Because Syria, Ephraim, and the son of Remaliah, have taken evil …

Isaiah 8:9,10 Associate yourselves, O you people, and you shall be broken in pieces; …

Isaiah 14:25 That I will break the Assyrian in my land, and on my mountains tread …

Lamentations 3:37 Who is he that said, and it comes to pass, when the Lord commands it not?

Matthew 15:13 But he answered and said, Every plant, which my heavenly Father has …

1 Corinthians 1:26-28 For you see your calling, brothers, how that not many wise men after …

1 Corinthians 3:19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, …

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