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Acts 21:23

    Acts 21:23 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Do therefore this that we say to thee: We have four men which have a vow on them;

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Do therefore this that we say to you: We have four men which have a vow on them;

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Do therefore this that we say to thee: We have four men that have a vow on them;

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Do this, then, which we say to you: We have four men who have taken an oath;

    Webster's Revision

    Do therefore this that we say to thee: We have four men that have a vow on them;

    World English Bible

    Therefore do what we tell you. We have four men who have taken a vow.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Do therefore this that we say to thee: We have four men which have a vow on them;

    Clarke's Commentary on Acts 21:23

    We have four men which have a vow - From the shaving of the head, mentioned immediately after, it is evident that the four men in question were under the vow of Nazariteship; and that the days of their vow were nearly at an end, as they were about to shave their heads; for, during the time of the Nazariteship, the hair was permitted to grow, and only shaven off at the termination of the vow. Among the Jews, it was common to make vows to God on extraordinary occasions; and that of the Nazarite appears to have been one of the most common; and it was permitted by their law for any person to perform this vow by proxy. See the law produced in my note on Numbers 6:21 (note). "It was also customary for the richer sort to bestow their charity on the poorer sort for this purpose; for Josephus, Ant. lib. xix. cap. 6, sec. 1, observes that Agrippa, on his being advanced from a prison to a throne, by the Emperor Claudius, came to Jerusalem; and there, among other instances of his religious thankfulness shown in the temple, Ναζαραιων ξυρασθαι διεταξε μαλα συχνους, he ordered very many Nazarites to be shaven, he furnishing them with money for the expenses of that, and of the sacrifices necessarily attending it." See Bp. Pearce.

    Barnes' Notes on Acts 21:23

    We have four men - There are with us four men. It is evident that James and the elders meant to say that these men were connected with them in the Christian church; and the fact shows that the Christians at Jerusalem did not disregard the institutions of Moses, and had not been so far enlightened in the doctrines of Christianity as to forsake yet the ceremonial rites of the Jews.

    Which have a vow on them - Which have made a vow. See the notes on Acts 18:18. From the mention of shaving the head (in Acts 21:24), it is evident that the vow which they had taken was that of the Nazarite; and that as the time of their vow was about expiring, they were about to be shaven, in accordance with the custom usual on such occasions. See the notes on Acts 18:18. These persons Paul could join, and thus show decisively that he did not intend to undervalue or disparage the laws of Moses when those laws were understood as mere ceremonial observances.

    Wesley's Notes on Acts 21:23

    21:23 Therefore - To obviate their prejudice against thee: do this that we say to thee - Doubtless they meant this advice well: but could Paul follow it in godly sincerity? Was not the yielding so far to the judgment of others too great a deference to be paid to any mere men?