Acts 11:2
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New International Version
So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers criticized him

New Living Translation
But when Peter arrived back in Jerusalem, the Jewish believers criticized him.

English Standard Version
So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcision party criticized him, saying,

Berean Study Bible
So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers took issue with him

Berean Literal Bible
And when Peter went up to Jerusalem, those of the circumcision began contending with him,

New American Standard Bible
And when Peter came up to Jerusalem, those who were circumcised took issue with him,

King James Bible
And when Peter was come up to Jerusalem, they that were of the circumcision contended with him,

Christian Standard Bible
When Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcision party criticized him,

Contemporary English Version
So when Peter came to Jerusalem, some of the Jewish followers started arguing with him. They wanted Gentile followers to be circumcised, and

Good News Translation
When Peter went to Jerusalem, those who were in favor of circumcising Gentiles criticized him, saying,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When Peter went up to Jerusalem, those who stressed circumcision argued with him,

International Standard Version
But when Peter went up to Jerusalem, those who emphasized circumcision disagreed with him.

NET Bible
So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers took issue with him,

New Heart English Bible
When Peter had come up to Jerusalem, those who were of the circumcision contended with him,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And when Shimeon came up to Jerusalem, those who were of the circumcision were contending with him,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
However, when Peter went to Jerusalem, the believers who insisted on circumcision began to argue with him.

New American Standard 1977
And when Peter came up to Jerusalem, those who were circumcised took issue with him,

Jubilee Bible 2000
When Peter was come up to Jerusalem, those that were of the circumcision contended with him,

King James 2000 Bible
And when Peter was come up to Jerusalem, they that were of the circumcision contended with him,

American King James Version
And when Peter was come up to Jerusalem, they that were of the circumcision contended with him,

American Standard Version
And when Peter was come up to Jerusalem, they that were of the circumcision contended with him,

Douay-Rheims Bible
And when Peter was come up to Jerusalem, they that were of the circumcision contended with him,

Darby Bible Translation
and when Peter went up to Jerusalem, they of the circumcision contended with him,

English Revised Version
And when Peter was come up to Jerusalem, they that were of the circumcision contended with him,

Webster's Bible Translation
And when Peter had come to Jerusalem, they that were of the circumcision contended with him,

Weymouth New Testament
and, when Peter returned to Jerusalem, the champions of circumcision found fault with him.

World English Bible
When Peter had come up to Jerusalem, those who were of the circumcision contended with him,

Young's Literal Translation
and when Peter came up to Jerusalem, those of the circumcision were contending with him,
Study Bible
Peter's Report at Jerusalem
1The apostles and brothers throughout Judea soon heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God. 2So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers took issue with him 3and said, “You visited uncircumcised men and ate with them.”…
Cross References
Acts 10:45
All the circumcised believers who had accompanied Peter were amazed that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles.

Galatians 2:12
For before certain men came from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles. But when they arrived, he began to draw back and separate himself, for fear of those in the circumcision group.

Colossians 4:11
Jesus, who is called Justus, also sends greetings. These are the only Jews among my fellow workers for the kingdom of God, and they have been a comfort to me.

Titus 1:10
For many are rebellious and full of empty talk and deception, especially those of the circumcision,

Treasury of Scripture

And when Peter was come up to Jerusalem, they that were of the circumcision contended with him,

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Acts 10:9,45 On the morrow, as they went on their journey, and drew near to the …

Acts 15:1,5 And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brothers, …

Acts 21:20-23 And when they heard it, they glorified the Lord, and said to him, …

Galatians 2:12-14 For before that certain came from James, he did eat with the Gentiles: …







(2) They that were of the circumcision contended with him.--The conversion of the Gentiles at Caesarea had given a new significance to the name of "those of the circumcision." From this time forth they are a distinct section, often a distinct party, in the Church, and here we have the first symptom of the line which they were about to take. They contended with Peter (the tense implies continuous or repeated discussion) because he had eaten with those who were uncircumcised, and therefore, from the Jewish point of view, unclean.

Verse 2. - They that were of the circumcision. At first sight this phrase, which was natural enough in Acts 10:45, seems an unnatural one in the then condition of the Church, when all the members of it were "of the circumcision," and there were no Gentile converts at all. But the explanation of it is to be found in the circumstance of St. Luke himself being a Gentile; perhaps also, as Alford suggests, in his use of language suited to the time when he wrote. It is an indication, too, of the purpose of St. Luke in writing his history, viz. to chronicle the progress of Gentile Christianity. Peter, having completed his rounds (Acts 9:32), returned to Jerusalem, which was still the abode of the apostles. He was, no doubt, anxious to commune with his brother apostles upon the momentous matter of the Gentile converts; but he was at once attacked by the bigotry of the zealous Jews. And when Peter was come up to Jerusalem,.... From Caesarea, after he had stayed some certain days in Cornelius's house; so a journey from Caesarea to Jerusalem is called an ascending from the one to the other, Acts 25:1 because Jerusalem stood on higher ground, as well as was the metropolis of the country; and this was a journey of six hundred furlongs, or seventy five miles, for so far, according to Josephus (t), was Caesarea distant from Jerusalem:

they that were of the circumcision, which phrase designs not only the circumcised Jews that believed in Christ, for such were all they of the church at Jerusalem, or at least proselytes that had been circumcised, for as yet there were no uncircumcised Gentiles among them; but those of them, who were most strenuous for circumcision, and made it not only a bar of church communion, but even of civil conversation:

these contended with him; litigated the point, disputed the matter with him, complained against him, and quarrelled with him. Epiphanius says (u), that Cerinthus, that arch-heretic, was at the head of this contention.

(t) De Bello Jud. l. 1. c. 3. sect. 5. (u) Contr. Haeres. l. 1. Haeres. 28. 2. they … of the circumcision—not the Jewish Christians generally, for here there were no other, but such as, from their jealousy for "the middle wall of partition" which circumcision raised between Jew and Gentile, were afterwards known as "they of the circumcision." They doubtless embraced apostles as well as others.11:1-18 The imperfect state of human nature strongly appears, when godly persons are displeased even to hear that the word of God has been received, because their own system has not been attended to. And we are too apt to despair of doing good to those who yet, when tried, prove very teachable. It is the bane and damage of the church, to shut out those from it, and from the benefit of the means of grace, who are not in every thing as we are. Peter stated the whole affair. We should at all times bear with the infirmities of our brethren; and instead of taking offence, or answering with warmth, we should explain our motives, and show the nature of our proceedings. That preaching is certainly right, with which the Holy Ghost is given. While men are very zealous for their own regulations, they should take care that they do not withstand God; and those who love the Lord will glorify him, when made sure that he has given repentance to life to any fellow-sinners. Repentance is God's gift; not only his free grace accepts it, but his mighty grace works it in us, grace takes away the heart of stone, and gives us a heart of flesh. The sacrifice of God is a broken spirit.
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