21:20 When they heard this, they praised 1 God. Then they said to him, “You see, brother, how many thousands of Jews 2 there are who have believed, and they are all ardent observers 3 of the law. 4 21:21 They have been informed about you – that you teach all the Jews now living 5 among the Gentiles to abandon 6 Moses, telling them not to circumcise their children 7 or live 8 according to our customs.
1 tn Or “glorified.”
2 tn Grk “how many thousands there are among the Jews.”
5 tn BDAG 511 s.v. κατά B.1.a has “τοὺς κ. τὰ ἔθνη ᾿Ιουδαίους the Judeans (dispersed) throughout the nations 21:21.” The Jews in view are not those in Palestine, but those who are scattered throughout the Gentile world.
sn The charge that Paul was teaching Jews in the Diaspora to abandon Moses was different from the issue faced in Acts 15, where the question was whether Gentiles needed to become like Jews first in order to become Christians. The issue also appears in Acts 24:5-6, 13-21; 25:8.
7 sn That is, not to circumcise their male children. Biblical references to circumcision always refer to male circumcision.
8 tn Grk “or walk.”