Acts 16:21
New International Version
by advocating customs unlawful for us Romans to accept or practice.”

New Living Translation
“They are teaching customs that are illegal for us Romans to practice.”

English Standard Version
They advocate customs that are not lawful for us as Romans to accept or practice.”

Berean Study Bible
by promoting customs that are unlawful for us Romans to adopt or practice.”

Berean Literal Bible
and preach customs that it is not lawful for us, being Romans, to accept nor to practice."

King James Bible
And teach customs, which are not lawful for us to receive, neither to observe, being Romans.

New King James Version
and they teach customs which are not lawful for us, being Romans, to receive or observe.”

New American Standard Bible
and they are proclaiming customs that are not lawful for us to accept or to practice, since we are Romans.”

NASB 1995
and are proclaiming customs which it is not lawful for us to accept or to observe, being Romans.”

NASB 1977
and are proclaiming customs which it is not lawful for us to accept or to observe, being Romans.”

Amplified Bible
They are publicly teaching customs which are unlawful for us, as Romans, to accept or observe.”

Christian Standard Bible
and are promoting customs that are not legal for us as Romans to adopt or practice.”

Holman Christian Standard Bible
and are promoting customs that are not legal for us as Romans to adopt or practice.”

American Standard Version
and set forth customs which it is not lawful for us to receive, or to observe, being Romans.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“And they are preaching to us customs which are not allowable for us to receive and do, because we are Romans.”

Contemporary English Version
They are telling us to do things we Romans are not allowed to do."

Douay-Rheims Bible
And preach a fashion which it is not lawful for us to receive nor observe, being Romans.

English Revised Version
and set forth customs which it is not lawful for us to receive, or to observe, being Romans.

Good News Translation
They are teaching customs that are against our law; we are Roman citizens, and we cannot accept these customs or practice them."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
and they're advocating customs that we can't accept or practice as Roman citizens."

International Standard Version
and are advocating customs that we're not allowed to accept or practice as Romans."

Literal Standard Version
and they proclaim customs that are not lawful for us to receive nor to do, being Romans.”

NET Bible
and are advocating customs that are not lawful for us to accept or practice, since we are Romans."

New Heart English Bible
and set forth customs which it is not lawful for us to accept or to observe, being Romans."

Weymouth New Testament
They are Jews, and are teaching customs which we, as Romans, are not permitted to adopt or practise."

World English Bible
and set forth customs which it is not lawful for us to accept or to observe, being Romans."

Young's Literal Translation
and they proclaim customs that are not lawful for us to receive nor to do, being Romans.'

Additional Translations ...
Context
Paul and Silas Imprisoned
20They brought them to the magistrates and said, “These men are Jews and are throwing our city into turmoil 21by promoting customs that are unlawful for us Romans to adopt or practice.” 22The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered that they be stripped and beaten with rods.…

Cross References
Esther 3:8
Then Haman informed King Xerxes, "There is a certain people scattered and dispersed among the peoples of every province of your kingdom. Their laws are different from everyone else's, and they do not obey the king's laws. So it is not in the king's best interest to tolerate them.

Matthew 12:2
When the Pharisees saw this, they said to Him, "Look, Your disciples are doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath."

Acts 16:12
From there we went to the Roman colony of Philippi, the leading city of that district of Macedonia. And we stayed there several days.

Acts 16:20
They brought them to the magistrates and said, "These men are Jews and are throwing our city into turmoil


Treasury of Scripture

And teach customs, which are not lawful for us to receive, neither to observe, being Romans.

Acts 26:3
Especially because I know thee to be expert in all customs and questions which are among the Jews: wherefore I beseech thee to hear me patiently.

Jeremiah 10:3
For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe.









(21) And teach customs.--The word is used as including ritual as well as social habits, and seems to have been specially used of the whole system of Jewish life. (See Notes on Acts 6:14; Acts 15:1; Acts 21:21.)

Being Romans.--The people of Philippi, as a colonia, had a right to claim the title of Roman citizens, which could not have been claimed by those who were merely inhabitants of a Greek city, such as Thessalonica or Corinth. (See Note on Acts 16:12.)

Verse 21. - Set forth for teach, A.V.; it is for are, A.V.; or for neither, A.V. Romans; in a special sense, as members of a colony.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
[by]
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's 2532: And, even, also, namely.

promoting
καταγγέλλουσιν (katangellousin)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's 2605: To declare openly, proclaim, preach, laud, celebrate. From kata and the base of aggelos; to proclaim, promulgate.

customs
ἔθη (ethē)
Noun - Accusative Neuter Plural
Strong's 1485: A custom, habit; an institute, rite. From etho; a usage.

that
(ha)
Personal / Relative Pronoun - Accusative Neuter Plural
Strong's 3739: Who, which, what, that.

are unlawful
ἔξεστιν (exestin)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 1832: It is permitted, lawful, possible.

for us
ἡμῖν (hēmin)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Dative 1st Person Plural
Strong's 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.

Romans
Ῥωμαίοις (Rhōmaiois)
Adjective - Dative Masculine Plural
Strong's 4514: Roman; subst: a Roman citizen. From Rhome; Romaean, i.e. Roman.

to adopt
παραδέχεσθαι (paradechesthai)
Verb - Present Infinitive Middle or Passive
Strong's 3858: To receive, accept, acknowledge. From para and dechomai; to accept near, i.e. Admit or delight in.

[or]
οὐδὲ (oude)
Conjunction
Strong's 3761: Neither, nor, not even, and not. From ou and de; not however, i.e. Neither, nor, not even.

practice.”
ποιεῖν (poiein)
Verb - Present Infinitive Active
Strong's 4160: (a) I make, manufacture, construct, (b) I do, act, cause. Apparently a prolonged form of an obsolete primary; to make or do.


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