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Acts 5:26

    Acts 5:26 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Then went the captain with the officers, and brought them without violence: for they feared the people, lest they should have been stoned.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Then went the captain with the officers, and brought them without violence: for they feared the people, lest they should have been stoned.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Then went the captain with the officers, and brought them, but without violence; for they feared the people, lest they should be stoned.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Then the captain and some of the police went and took them, but not violently, for fear that they might be stoned by the people.

    Webster's Revision

    Then went the captain with the officers, and brought them, but without violence; for they feared the people, lest they should be stoned.

    World English Bible

    Then the captain went with the officers, and brought them without violence, for they were afraid that the people might stone them.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Then went the captain with the officers, and brought them, but without violence; for they feared the people, lest they should be stoned.

    Definitions for Acts 5:26

    Without - Outside.

    Clarke's Commentary on Acts 5:26

    Brought them without violence - On receiving the information mentioned above, proper officers were sent to seize and bring them before the council. The officers, on reaching the temple, found the multitude gladly receiving the doctrine of the apostles, and so intent on hearing all the words of this life that they were afraid to show any hostility to the apostles, lest the people should stone them; we may therefore conclude that the officers entreated them to accompany them to the council; and that they felt it their duty to obey every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake, and so cheerfully went with them, trusting in the Lord their God.

    Barnes' Notes on Acts 5:26

    Without violence - Not by force; not by "binding" them. Compare Matthew 27:2. The command of the Sanhedrin was sufficient to secure their presence, as they did not intend to refuse to answer for any alleged violation of the laws. Besides, their going before the council would give them another noble opportunity to bear witness to the truth of the gospel. Christians, when charged with a violation of the laws of the land, should not refuse to answer, Acts 25:11, "If I be an offender, or have committed anything worthy of death, I refuse not to die." It is a part of our religion to yield obedience to all the just laws of the land, and to evince respect for all that are in authority, Romans 13:1-7.

    For they feared the people - The people were favorable to the apostles. If violence had been attempted, or they had been taken in a cruel and forcible manner, the consequence would have been tumults and bloodshed. In this way, also, the apostles showed that they were not disposed to excite tumult. Opposition by them would have excited commotion; and though "they" would have been rescued, yet they resolved to show that they were not obstinate, contumacious, or rebellious, but were disposed, as far as it could be done with a clear conscience, to yield obedience to the laws of the land,