Internet Verse Search Commentaries Word Analysis ITL - draft

Acts 16:17

Context
NET ©

She followed behind Paul and us and kept crying out, 1  “These men are servants 2  of the Most High God, who are proclaiming to you the way 3  of salvation.” 4 

NIV ©

This girl followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, "These men are servants of the Most High God, who are telling you the way to be saved."

NASB ©

Following after Paul and us, she kept crying out, saying, "These men are bond-servants of the Most High God, who are proclaiming to you the way of salvation."

NLT ©

She followed along behind us shouting, "These men are servants of the Most High God, and they have come to tell you how to be saved."

MSG ©

She started following Paul around, calling everyone's attention to us by yelling out, "These men are working for the Most High God. They're laying out the road of salvation for you!"

BBE ©

She came after Paul and us, crying out and saying, These men are the servants of the Most High God, who are giving you news of the way of salvation.

NRSV ©

While she followed Paul and us, she would cry out, "These men are slaves of the Most High God, who proclaim to you a way of salvation."

NKJV ©

This girl followed Paul and us, and cried out, saying, "These men are the servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us the way of salvation."


KJV
The same
<3778>
followed
<2628> (5660)
Paul
<3972>
and
<2532>
us
<2254>_,
and cried
<2896> (5707)_,
saying
<3004> (5723)_,
These
<3778>
men
<444>
are
<1526> (5748)
the servants
<1401>
of the most high
<5310>
God
<2316>_,
which
<3748>
shew
<2605> (5719)
unto us
<2254>
the way
<3598>
of salvation
<4991>_.
NASB ©
Following
<2628>
after
<2628>
Paul
<3972>
and us, she kept crying
<2896>
out, saying
<3004>
, "These
<3778>
men
<444>
are bond-servants
<1401>
of the Most
<5310>
High
<5310>
God
<2316>
, who
<3748>
are proclaiming
<2605>
to you the way
<3598>
of salvation
<4991>
."
GREEK
auth
<3778>
D-NSF
katakolouyousa
<2628> (5660)
V-AAP-NSF
[tw]
<3588>
T-DSM
paulw
<3972>
N-DSM
kai
<2532>
CONJ
hmin
<2254>
P-1DP
ekrazen
<2896> (5707)
V-IAI-3S
legousa
<3004> (5723)
V-PAP-NSF
outoi
<3778>
D-NPM
oi
<3588>
T-NPM
anyrwpoi
<444>
N-NPM
douloi
<1401>
N-NPM
tou
<3588>
T-GSM
yeou
<2316>
N-GSM
tou
<3588>
T-GSM
uqistou
<5310>
A-GSM
eisin
<1510> (5748)
V-PXI-3P
oitinev
<3748>
R-NPM
kataggellousin
<2605> (5719)
V-PAI-3P
umin
<5213>
P-2DP
odon
<3598>
N-ASF
swthriav
<4991>
N-GSF
NET © [draft] ITL
She
<3778>
followed behind
<2628>
Paul
<3972>
and
<2532>
us
<2254>
and kept crying out
<2896>
, “These
<3778>
men
<444>
are
<1510>
servants
<1401>
of the Most High
<5310>
God
<2316>
, who
<3748>
are proclaiming
<2605>
to you
<5213>
the way
<3598>
of salvation
<4991>
.”
NET ©

She followed behind Paul and us and kept crying out, 1  “These men are servants 2  of the Most High God, who are proclaiming to you the way 3  of salvation.” 4 

NET © Notes

tn Grk “crying out, saying”; the participle λέγουσα (legousa) is redundant in English and has not been translated. The imperfect verb ἔκραζεν (ekrazen) has been translated as a progressive imperfect.

tn Grk “slaves.” See the note on the word “servants” in 2:18. The translation “servants” was used here because in this context there appears to be more emphasis on the activity of Paul and his companions (“proclaiming to you the way of salvation”) than on their status as “slaves of the Most High God.”

tn Or “a way.” The grammar of this phrase is a bit ambiguous. The phrase in Greek is ὁδὸν σωτηρίας (Jodon swthria"). Neither the head noun nor the genitive noun has the article; this is in keeping with Apollonius’ Canon (see ExSyn 239-40). Since both nouns are anarthrous, this construction also fits Apollonius’ Corollary (see ExSyn 250-54); since the genitive noun is abstract it is most naturally qualitative, so the head noun could either be definite or indefinite without being unusual as far as the grammar is concerned. Luke’s usage of ὁδός elsewhere is indecisive as far as this passage is concerned. However, when one looks at the historical background it is clear that (1) the woman is shut up (via exorcism) not because her testimony is false but because of its source (analogous to Jesus’ treatment of demons perhaps), and (b) “the way” is a par excellence description of the new faith throughout Acts. It thus seems that at least in Luke’s presentation “the way of salvation” is the preferred translation.

sn Proclaiming to you the way of salvation. The remarks were an ironic recognition of Paul’s authority, but he did not desire such a witness, possibly for fear of confusion. Her expression the Most High God might have been understood as Zeus by the audience.



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