Acts 16:21
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English Standard Version
They advocate customs that are not lawful for us as Romans to accept or practice.”

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

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

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.

Webster's Bible Translation
And teach customs which are not lawful for us to receive, neither 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."

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Vincent's Word Studies

Being Romans

The Romans granted absolute toleration to conquered nations to follow their own religious customs, and took the gods of these countries under their protection. Otho, Domitian, Commodus, and Caracalla were zealous partisans of the worship of Isis; Serapis and Cybele were patronized at Rome; and in the reign of Nero the religious dilettanti at Rome affected Judaism, and professed to honor the name of Moses and the sacred books. Poppaea, Nero's consort, was their patroness, and Seneca said, "the Jewish faith is now received on every hand. The conquered have given laws to the conquerors." On the other hand, there were laws which forbade the introduction of strange deities among the Romans themselves. In 186 b.c., when stringent measures were taken by the government for the repression of Bacchanalian orgies in Rome, one of the consuls, addressing an assembly of the people, said: "How often in the ages of our fathers was it given in charge to the magistrates to prohibit the performance of any foreign religious rites; to banish strolling sacrificers and soothsayers from the forum, the circus, and the city; to search for and burn books of divination; and to abolish every mode of sacrificing that was not conformable to the Roman practice" (Livy, xxxix., 16). It was contrary to strict Roman law for the Jews to propagate their opinions among the Romans, though they might make proselytes of other nations.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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

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

Cross References
Esther 3:8
Then Haman said to King Ahasuerus, "There is a certain people scattered abroad and dispersed among the peoples in all the provinces of your kingdom. Their laws are different from those of every other people, and they do not keep the king's laws, so that it is not to the king's profit to tolerate them.

Matthew 12:2
But when the Pharisees saw it, they said to him, "Look, your disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath."

Acts 16:12
and from there to Philippi, which is a leading city of the district of Macedonia and a Roman colony. We remained in this city some days.

Acts 16:20
And when they had brought them to the magistrates, they said, "These men are Jews, and they are disturbing our city.

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