Acts 7:53
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New International Version
you who have received the law that was given through angels but have not obeyed it."

New Living Translation
You deliberately disobeyed God's law, even though you received it from the hands of angels."

English Standard Version
you who received the law as delivered by angels and did not keep it.”

Berean Study Bible
you who have received the Law ordained by angels, yet have not kept it."

Berean Literal Bible
you who received the Law by the ordination of angels, and have not kept it."

New American Standard Bible
you who received the law as ordained by angels, and yet did not keep it."

King James Bible
Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You received the law under the direction of angels and yet have not kept it."

International Standard Version
You received the Law as ordained by angels, and yet you haven't obeyed it!"

NET Bible
You received the law by decrees given by angels, but you did not obey it."

New Heart English Bible
You received the Law as it was ordained by angels, and did not keep it."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
You have received The Law by the visitation of Angels and have not kept it.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You are the people who received Moses' Teachings, which were put into effect by angels. But you haven't obeyed those teachings."

New American Standard 1977
you who received the law as ordained by angels, and yet did not keep it.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
who have received the law by the disposition of angels and have not kept it.

King James 2000 Bible
Who have received the law as delivered by angels, and have not kept it.

American King James Version
Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it.

American Standard Version
ye who received the law as it was ordained by angels, and kept it not.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it.

Darby Bible Translation
who have received the law as ordained by [the] ministry of angels, and have not kept [it].

English Revised Version
ye who received the law as it was ordained by angels, and kept it not.

Webster's Bible Translation
Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it.

Weymouth New Testament
you who received the Law given through angels, and yet have not obeyed it."

World English Bible
You received the law as it was ordained by angels, and didn't keep it!"

Young's Literal Translation
who received the law by arrangement of messengers, and did not keep it.'
Study Bible
Stephen's Address to the Sanhedrin
52Which of the prophets did your fathers fail to persecute? They even killed those who foretold the coming of the Righteous One. And now you are His betrayers and murderers— 53you who have received the Law ordained by angels, yet have not kept it.” 54On hearing this, the members of the Sanhedrin were enraged, and they gnashed their teeth at him.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 33:2
He said, "The LORD came from Sinai, And dawned on them from Seir; He shone forth from Mount Paran, And He came from the midst of ten thousand holy ones; At His right hand there was flashing lightning for them.

Acts 7:38
He was in the assembly in the wilderness with the angel who spoke to him on Mount Sinai, and with our fathers. And he received living words to pass on to us.

Galatians 3:19
Why then was the Law given? It was added because of transgressions, until the arrival of the seed to whom the promise referred. It was administered through angels by a mediator.

Hebrews 2:2
For if the message spoken by angels was binding, and every transgression and disobedience received its just punishment,
Treasury of Scripture

Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it.

have received.

Exodus 19:1-20:26 In the third month, when the children of Israel were gone forth out …

Deuteronomy 33:2 And he said, The LORD came from Sinai, and rose up from Seir to them; …

Psalm 68:17 The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of angels: …

Galatians 3:19 Why then serves the law? It was added because of transgressions, …

Hebrews 2:2 For if the word spoken by angels was steadfast, and every transgression …

and have.

Ezekiel 20:18-21 But I said to their children in the wilderness, Walk you not in the …

John 7:19 Did not Moses give you the law, and yet none of you keeps the law? …

Romans 2:23-25 You that make your boast of the law, through breaking the law dishonor …

Galatians 6:13 For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the law; but …

(53) Who have received . . .--More accurately, who received.

By the disposition of angels.--Better, as ordained of angels; or, more literally, as ordinances of angels. The Greek preposition cannot possibly have the meaning of "by." The phrase expressed the current Jewish belief that angels were the intermediate agents through whom Israel received the Law; that it was their voice that was heard on Sinai. Here also St. Paul, in speaking of the Law as "ordained by angels" (Galatians 3:19), reproduced St. Stephen. Comp. also Hebrews 2:2 and Jos. Ant. xv. 4, 3, for like statements. The idea rested mainly on the LXX. version of Deuteronomy 33:2, "on His right hand were angels with Him" and "the thousands of angels" as connected with Sinai in Psalm 68:17.

Verse 53. - Ye who received for who have received, A.V. ; as it was ordained by angels for by the disposition of angels, A.V.; kept it not for hove not kept it, A.V. Ordained by angels. This phrase, thus differently rendered (εἰς διαταγὰς ἀγγέλων), is one of extreme difficulty: διαταγή means properly appointment," or "ordinance," as in Romans 13:2; and εἰς, which has a great variety of uses in the Greek of the New Testament, means "at," or "upon," or "on the occasion of," as Matthew 12:41, "At the preaching of Jonah." So here they received the Law "at" or "on the occasion of," the "ordering" or "appointing" of angels. When the angels, who were commissioned by God and spoke in his Name, gave the Law, the Israelites so received it. The A.V., "by the disposition of angels" very nearly ex- presses the true sense. Another sense of εἰς - "in view of" - comes to nearly the same thing. St. Paul speaks of the part taken by the angels in the giving of the Law, and in language strikingly resembling the text. He says of it, that it was "ordained through ['by,' A V] angels" God ordained or appointed the Law, but the angels were the instruments or ministers of its promulgation. And it is also distinctly referred to in Deuteronomy 33:2, where the LXX. read, "On his right hand the angels were with him." In the foregoing verses the application which Stephen had all through been contemplating is hurled with accumulated force at the consciences of his hearers, and cuts them to the heart, but does not bring them to repentance. Who have received the law, by the disposition of angels,.... Who attended the angel that spake to Moses on Mount Sinai, Acts 7:38 who is the head of all principality and power, and whom he might make use of in giving the law to Moses: hence the law is said to be ordained by angels, in the hand of a Mediator, and is called the word spoken by angels, Galatians 3:19 and certain it is, that there were great numbers of angels on Mount Sinai, when the law was given, Deuteronomy 33:2 And so the Jews say (m), that

"when the holy blessed God descended on Mount Sinai, there came down with him many companies of angels, Michael and his company, and Gabriel and his company''

Indeed they often say (n),

"the law was not given to the ministering angels:''

their meaning is, it was not given to them to observe and keep, because there are some things in it, which do not concern angels; but then it might be given to them to deliver to Moses, who gave it to the Israelites, and so may be said to receive it by the ministration of angels, through the hands of Moses. And now the law being given and received in so grand a manner, was an aggravation of the sin of the Jews in violating it, as it follows:

and have not kept it; but broke it in innumerable instances, and scarce kept it in any; for no man can keep it perfectly.

(m) Debarim Rabba, sect. 2. fol. 237. 3.((n) T. Bab. Beracot, fol. 25. 2. Yoma. fol. 30. 1. Kiddushin, fol. 54. 1.53. Who have received the law by the disposition—"at the appointment" or "ordination," that is, by the ministry.

of angels, and have not kept it—This closing word is designed to shut up those idolizers of the law under the guilt of high disobedience to it, aggravated by the august manner in which they had received it.7:51-53 Stephen was going on, it seems, to show that the temple and the temple service must come to an end, and it would be the glory of both to give way to the worship of the Father in spirit and in truth; but he perceived they would not bear it. Therefore he broke off, and by the Spirit of wisdom, courage, and power, sharply rebuked his persecutors. When plain arguments and truths provoke the opposers of the gospel, they should be shown their guilt and danger. They, like their fathers, were stubborn and wilful. There is that in our sinful hearts, which always resists the Holy Ghost, a flesh that lusts against the Spirit, and wars against his motions; but in the hearts of God's elect, when the fulness of time comes, this resistance is overcome. The gospel was offered now, not by angels, but from the Holy Ghost; yet they did not embrace it, for they were resolved not to comply with God, either in his law or in his gospel. Their guilt stung them to the heart, and they sought relief in murdering their reprover, instead of sorrow and supplication for mercy.
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