Acts 19:30
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New International Version
Paul wanted to appear before the crowd, but the disciples would not let him.

New Living Translation
Paul wanted to go in, too, but the believers wouldn't let him.

English Standard Version
But when Paul wished to go in among the crowd, the disciples would not let him.

Berean Study Bible
Paul wanted to go before the assembly, but the disciples would not allow him.

Berean Literal Bible
But of Paul intending to go in to the people, the disciples would not allow him.

New American Standard Bible
And when Paul wanted to go into the assembly, the disciples would not let him.

King James Bible
And when Paul would have entered in unto the people, the disciples suffered him not.

Christian Standard Bible
Although Paul wanted to go in before the people, the disciples did not let him.

Contemporary English Version
Paul wanted to go out and speak to the people, but the Lord's followers would not let him.

Good News Translation
Paul himself wanted to go before the crowd, but the believers would not let him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Though Paul wanted to go in before the people, the disciples did not let him.

International Standard Version
Paul wanted to go into the crowd, but the disciples wouldn't let him.

NET Bible
But when Paul wanted to enter the public assembly, the disciples would not let him.

New Heart English Bible
When Paul wanted to enter in to the people, the disciples did not allow him.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And Paulus had wanted to enter the theater and the disciples restrained him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Paul wanted to go into the crowd, but his disciples wouldn't let him.

New American Standard 1977
And when Paul wanted to go into the assembly, the disciples would not let him.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And when Paul would have entered in unto the people, the disciples suffered him not.

King James 2000 Bible
And when Paul would have entered in unto the people, the disciples allowed him not.

American King James Version
And when Paul would have entered in to the people, the disciples suffered him not.

American Standard Version
And when Paul was minded to enter in unto the people, the disciples suffered him not.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And when Paul would have entered in unto the people, the disciples suffered him not.

Darby Bible Translation
But Paul intending to go in to the people, the disciples suffered him not;

English Revised Version
And when Paul was minded to enter in unto the people, the disciples suffered him not.

Webster's Bible Translation
And when Paul would have entered in to the people, the disciples suffered him not.

Weymouth New Testament
Then Paul would have liked to go in and address the people, but the disciples would not let him do so.

World English Bible
When Paul wanted to enter in to the people, the disciples didn't allow him.

Young's Literal Translation
And on Paul's purposing to enter in unto the populace, the disciples were not suffering him,
Study Bible
The Riot in Ephesus
29Soon the whole city was in disarray. They rushed together into the theatre, dragging with them Gaius and Aristarchus, Paul’s traveling companions from Macedonia. 30Paul wanted to go before the assembly, but the disciples would not allow him. 31Even some of Paul’s friends who were officials of the province of Asia sent word to him, begging him not to venture into the theatre.…
Cross References
Acts 19:9
But when some of them stubbornly refused to believe and publicly maligned the Way, Paul took his disciples and left the synagogue to conduct daily discussions in the lecture hall of Tyrannus.

Acts 19:31
Even some of Paul's friends who were officials of the province of Asia sent word to him, begging him not to venture into the theatre.

Treasury of Scripture

And when Paul would have entered in to the people, the disciples suffered him not.

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(30) When Paul would have entered in . . .--We almost see the impetuous zeal which urged the Apostle not to leave his companions to bear the brunt of the attack alone, and the anxious fear which made his friends eager to prevent a step which would probably endanger his own life without helping his friends. He refers probably to this when he speaks of having, as far as man was concerned, "fought with beasts at Ephesus" (1Corinthians 15:32); not that there was any actual danger of martyrdom in that form, but that the multitude in their fanatic rage presented as formidable an ordeal. So Ignatius (Ep. ad Rom. c. 3) speaks of himself as "fighting with wild beasts" (using the same word as St. Paul), and describes the soldiers who kept guard over him in his journey from Antioch to Rome as the "ten leopards" who were his companions.

Verse 30. - Was minded to enter for would have entered, A.V. With the courage of a pure conscience, conscious of no wrong, and therefore fearing no wrong, Paul would have gone straight to the theatre, and cast in his lot with Gaius and Aristarchus; but the disciples, knowing the savage temper of the multitude, dissuaded him; and when their entreaties were backed by the magistrates, Paul thought it his duty to yield. To enter in unto the people. Αἰσελθεῖν, or προσελθεῖν εἰς ἐπὶ τὸν δῆμον or τῷ δήμῳ are phrases implying the intention of pleading his cause before them (see Schleusner and Kuinoel, on Acts 19:30). And when Paul would have entered in unto the people,.... In the theatre, in order to have preached to the people, and to have removed their prejudices against him, and the Gospel preached by him, and to have shown them the error and evil of their idolatrous ways and worship, and to have reconciled them to him, and his friends, and to have persuaded them to do them no hurt; which shows the apostle's greatness of soul, his firmness, constancy, and intrepidity, and his great concern and affection for his companions, to risk his life in this manner: but

the disciples suffered him not; the believers, the members of the church at Ephesus would by no means agree to it, but dissuaded him from it; who hereby, on their part, showed great love to him, and what a value they had for him, and how much they esteemed the life of so great an apostle, and faithful preacher of the Gospel. The Ethiopic version renders it, "the apostles prohibited him"; but there were none of that office with him. 30-34. when Paul would have entered in—with noble forgetfulness of self.

unto the people—the demos, that is, the people met in public assembly.

the disciples suffered him not—The tense used implies only that they were using their efforts to restrain him; which might have been unavailing but for what follows.19:21-31 Persons who came from afar to pay their devotions at the temple of Ephesus, bought little silver shrines, or models of the temple, to carry home with them. See how craftsmen make advantage to themselves of people's superstition, and serve their worldly ends by it. Men are jealous for that by which they get their wealth; and many set themselves against the gospel of Christ, because it calls men from all unlawful crafts, however much wealth is to be gotten by them. There are persons who will stickle for what is most grossly absurd, unreasonable, and false; as this, that those are gods which are made with hands, if it has but worldly interest on its side. The whole city was full of confusion, the common and natural effect of zeal for false religion. Zeal for the honour of Christ, and love to the brethren, encourage zealous believers to venture into danger. Friends will often be raised up among those who are strangers to true religion, but have observed the honest and consistent behaviour of Christians.
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