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Acts 13:40

    Acts 13:40 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Beware therefore, lest that come upon you, which is spoken of in the prophets;

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Beware therefore, lest that come on you, which is spoken of in the prophets;

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Beware therefore, lest that come upon you which is spoken in the prophets:

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    So take care that these words of the prophets do not come true for you;

    Webster's Revision

    Beware therefore, lest that come upon you which is spoken in the prophets:

    World English Bible

    Beware therefore, lest that come on you which is spoken in the prophets:

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Beware therefore, lest that come upon you, which is spoken in the prophets;

    Clarke's Commentary on Acts 13:40

    Beware - lest that come upon you, etc. - If you reject these benefits, now freely offered to you in this preaching of Christ crucified, you may expect such judgment from the hand of God as your forefathers experienced, when, for their rebellion and their contempt of his benefits, their city was taken, their temple destroyed, and themselves either slain by the sword, or carried into captivity. It is evident that St. Paul refers to Habakkuk 1:5-10; and in those verses the desolation by the Chaldeans is foretold. Never was there a prophecy more correctly and pointedly applied. These Jews did continue to slight the benefits offered to them by the Lord; and they persevered in their rebellion: what was the consequence? The Romans came, took their city, burnt their temple, slew upwards of a million of them, and either carried or sold the rest into captivity. How exactly was the prophecy in both cases fulfilled!

    Barnes' Notes on Acts 13:40

    Beware, therefore - Avoid what is threatened. It will come on some; and Paul exhorted his hearers to beware lest it should come on them. It was the more important to caution them against this danger, as the Jews held that they were safe.

    Lest that come - That calamity; that threatened punishment.

    In the prophets - In that part of the Scriptures called "the Prophets." The Jews divided the Old Testament into three parts, of which "the Book of the Prophets" was one. See the notes on Luke 24:44. The place where this is recorded is Habakkuk 1:5. It is not taken from the Hebrew, but substantially from the Septuagint. The original design of the threatening was to announce the destruction that would come upon the nation by the Chaldeans. The original threatening was fulfilled. But it was as applicable to the Jews in the time of Paul as in the time of Habakkuk. The principle of the passage is, that if they held in contempt the doings of God, they would perish. The work which God was to do by means of the Chaldeans was so fearful, so unusual, and so remarkable, that they would not believe it in time to avoid the calamity. In the same way, the manner in which God gave the Messiah was so little in accordance with their expectation, that they might see it, yet disbelieve it; that they might have the fullest proof, and yet despise it; that they might wonder, and be amazed and astonished, and yet refuse to believe it, and be destroyed.

    Wesley's Notes on Acts 13:40

    13:40 Beware - A weighty and seasonable admonition. No reproof is as yet added to it.