Acts 5:39
New International Version
But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God."

New Living Translation
But if it is from God, you will not be able to overthrow them. You may even find yourselves fighting against God!"

English Standard Version
but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them. You might even be found opposing God!” So they took his advice,

Berean Study Bible
But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop them. You may even find yourselves fighting against God.”

Berean Literal Bible
But if it is from God, you will not be able to overthrow it, lest ever also you would be found fighting against God."

New American Standard Bible
but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them; or else you may even be found fighting against God."

King James Bible
But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God.

Christian Standard Bible
but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them. You may even be found fighting against God." They were persuaded by him.

Contemporary English Version
But if God is behind it, you cannot stop it anyway, unless you want to fight against God. The council members agreed with what he said,

Good News Translation
but if it comes from God, you cannot possibly defeat them. You could find yourselves fighting against God!" The Council followed Gamaliel's advice.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them. You may even be found fighting against God." So they were persuaded by him.

International Standard Version
However, if it's from God, you won't be able to stop them, and you may even discover that you are fighting against God!" So they were convinced by him.

NET Bible
but if it is from God, you will not be able to stop them, or you may even be found fighting against God." He convinced them,

New Heart English Bible
But if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them, and you would be found even to be fighting against God."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“But if it is from God, you have no power to destroy it, lest you be found opposing God.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
However, if it's from God, you won't be able to stop them. You may even discover that you're fighting against God."

New American Standard 1977
but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them; or else you may even be found fighting against God.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
but if it is of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest ye be found fighting against God.

King James 2000 Bible
But if it be of God, you cannot overthrow it; lest perhaps you be found even to fight against God.

American King James Version
But if it be of God, you cannot overthrow it; lest haply you be found even to fight against God.

American Standard Version
but if it is of God, ye will not be able to overthrow them; lest haply ye be found even to be fighting against God.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But if it be of God, you cannot overthrow it, lest perhaps you be found even to fight against God. And they consented to him.

Darby Bible Translation
but if it be from God, ye will not be able to put them down, lest ye be found also fighters against God.

English Revised Version
but if it is of God, ye will not be able to overthrow them; lest haply ye be found even to be fighting against God.

Webster's Bible Translation
But if it is from God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God.

Weymouth New Testament
But if it is really from God, you will be powerless to put them down--lest perhaps you find yourselves to be actually fighting against God."

World English Bible
But if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow it, and you would be found even to be fighting against God!"

Young's Literal Translation
and if it be of God, ye are not able to overthrow it, lest perhaps also ye be found fighting against God.'
Study Bible
Gamaliel's Advice
38So in the present case I advise you: Leave these men alone. Let them go! For if their purpose or endeavor is of human origin, it will fail. 39But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop them. You may even find yourselves fighting against God.” 40At this, they yielded to Gamaliel. They called the apostles in and had them flogged. Then they ordered them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and released them.…
Cross References
Proverbs 21:30
No wisdom, no understanding, and no counsel can prevail against the LORD.

Isaiah 46:10
I distinguish the end from the beginning, and ancient times from what is still to come, saying: 'My purpose will be established, and I will accomplish all My good pleasure.'

Acts 11:17
So if God gave them the same gift as He gave us who believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I to hinder the work of God?"

Treasury of Scripture

But if it be of God, you cannot overthrow it; lest haply you be found even to fight against God.

if.

Acts 6:10
And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit by which he spake.

Genesis 24:50
Then Laban and Bethuel answered and said, The thing proceedeth from the LORD: we cannot speak unto thee bad or good.

2 Samuel 5:2
Also in time past, when Saul was king over us, thou wast he that leddest out and broughtest in Israel: and the LORD said to thee, Thou shalt feed my people Israel, and thou shalt be a captain over Israel.

to fight.

Acts 7:51
Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.

Acts 9:5
And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.

Acts 23:9
And there arose a great cry: and the scribes that were of the Pharisees' part arose, and strove, saying, We find no evil in this man: but if a spirit or an angel hath spoken to him, let us not fight against God.







Lexicon
But
δὲ (de)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1161: A primary particle; but, and, etc.

if
εἰ (ei)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1487: If. A primary particle of conditionality; if, whether, that, etc.

it is
ἐστιν (estin)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

from
ἐκ (ek)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1537: From out, out from among, from, suggesting from the interior outwards. A primary preposition denoting origin, from, out.

God,
Θεοῦ (Theou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2316: A deity, especially the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; by Hebraism, very.

you will not be able
δυνήσεσθε (dynēsesthe)
Verb - Future Indicative Middle - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 1410: (a) I am powerful, have (the) power, (b) I am able, I can. Of uncertain affinity; to be able or possible.

to stop
καταλῦσαι (katalysai)
Verb - Aorist Infinitive Active
Strong's Greek 2647: From kata and luo; to loosen down, i.e. to demolish; specially to halt for the night.

them.
αὐτούς (autous)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Accusative Masculine 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

You may even find yourselves
εὑρεθῆτε (heurethēte)
Verb - Aorist Subjunctive Passive - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 2147: A prolonged form of a primary heuro, which heureo is used for it in all the tenses except the present and imperfect to find.

fighting against God.”
θεομάχοι (theomachoi)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 2314: Fighting against God. From theos and machomai; an opponent of deity.
(39) Fighters against God.--It is interesting to note the recurrence of the same phrase in the reasoning of the Pharisees who took St. Paul's part in Acts 23:9.

Verse 39. - Is for be, A.V.; will not be able to for cannot, A.V.; them for it, A.V. and T.R.; to be fighting for to fight, A.V. 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.
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