Acts 7:53
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English Standard Version
you who received the law as delivered by angels and did not keep it.”

King James Bible
Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it.

American Standard Version
ye who received the law as it was ordained by angels, and kept it not.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it.

English Revised Version
ye who received the law as it was ordained by angels, and kept it not.

Webster's Bible Translation
Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it.

Weymouth New Testament
you who received the Law given through angels, and yet have not obeyed it."

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Vincent's Word Studies

Who (οἵτινες)

Stronger than the simple relative who, and emphasizing their sin by contrast with their privileges: inasmuch as ye were those who received, etc.

By the disposition of angels (εἰς διαταγὰς ἀγγέλων)

Lit., unto ordinances of angels. Εἰς means with reference to. Disposition (διαταγή) is used by A. V. in the sense of arrangement, as we say a general disposed his trooPsalms The word occurs only here and Romans 13:2, where it is rendered ordinance. The kindred verb διατάσσω occurs often, and mostly in the sense of command or appoint. See Matthew 11:1; Luke 3:13. In 1 Corinthians 11:34, it is translated set in order. The reference is most probably to the Jewish tradition that the law was given through the agency of angels. See Deuteronomy 33:2. Compare Psalm 68:17. Paul expressly says that the law was administered by the medium of angels (Galatians 3:19). Compare the word spoken by angels (Hebrews 2:2). Render, therefore, as Rev., as it was ordained by angels.

Acts 7:53 Parallel Commentaries

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have received.

Exodus 19:1-20:26 In the third month, when the children of Israel were gone forth out of the land of Egypt...

Deuteronomy 33:2 And he said, The LORD came from Sinai, and rose up from Seir to them; he shined forth from mount Paran...

Psalm 68:17 The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of angels: the Lord is among them, as in Sinai, in the holy place.

Galatians 3:19 Why then serves the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made...

Hebrews 2:2 For if the word spoken by angels was steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense of reward;

and have.

Ezekiel 20:18-21 But I said to their children in the wilderness, Walk you not in the statutes of your fathers, neither observe their judgments...

John 7:19 Did not Moses give you the law, and yet none of you keeps the law? Why go you about to kill me?

Romans 2:23-25 You that make your boast of the law, through breaking the law dishonor you God...

Galatians 6:13 For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the law; but desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh.

Cross References
Deuteronomy 33:2
He said, "The LORD came from Sinai and dawned from Seir upon us; he shone forth from Mount Paran; he came from the ten thousands of holy ones, with flaming fire at his right hand.

Acts 7:38
This is the one who was in the congregation in the wilderness with the angel who spoke to him at Mount Sinai, and with our fathers. He received living oracles to give to us.

Galatians 3:19
Why then the law? It was added because of transgressions, until the offspring should come to whom the promise had been made, and it was put in place through angels by an intermediary.

Hebrews 2:2
For since the message declared by angels proved to be reliable, and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution,

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