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Acts 5:38-39

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5:38 So in this case I say to you, stay away from these men and leave them alone, because if this plan or this undertaking originates with people, 1  it will come to nothing, 2  5:39 but if 3  it is from God, you will not be able to stop them, or you may even be found 4  fighting against God.” He convinced them, 5 

1 tn Here ἀνθρώπων (anqrwpwn) has been translated as a generic noun (“people”).

2 tn Or “it will be put to an end.”

3 tn This is expressed in a first class condition, in contrast to the condition in v. 38b, which is third class. As such, v. 39 is rhetorically presented as the more likely option.

4 tn According to L&N 39.32, the verb εὑρεθῆτε (Jeureqhte, an aorist passive subjunctive) may also be translated “find yourselves” – “lest you find yourselves fighting against God.” The Jewish leader Gamaliel is shown contemplating the other possible alternative about what is occurring.

5 tn Grk “They were convinced by him.” This passive construction was converted to an active one (“He convinced them”) in keeping with contemporary English style. The phrase “He convinced them” is traditionally placed in Acts 5:40 by most English translations; the standard Greek critical text (represented by NA27 and UBS4) places it at the end of v. 39.



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