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Acts 16:20 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— and when they had brought them unto the magistrates, they said, These men, being Jews, do exceedingly trouble our city,
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— And brought them to the magistrates, saying, These men, being Jews, do exceedingly trouble our city,
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— and when they had brought them to the chief magistrates, they said, “These men are throwing our city into confusion, being Jews,
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— And brought them to the magistrates, saying, These men, being Jews, do exceedingly trouble our city,
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— and having brought them up to the praetors, said, These men utterly trouble our city, being Jews,
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— and, leading them forward unto the magistrates, said—These men, are exceedingly troubling our city, they, being Jews,
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— and having brought them to the magistrates, they said, 'These men do exceedingly trouble our city, being Jews;
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— And presenting them to the magistrates, they said: These men disturb our city, being Jews:
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— And brought them to the Magistrates, saying, These men being Iewes, do exceedingly trouble our city,
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— and brought them unto the prefects and to the chiefs of the city, and said, These men are troubling our city, because they are Jihudoyee,
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— and set them before the prefects and chiefs of the city, and said: These men disturb our city; for they are Jews,

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
And 2532
{2532} Prime
Apparently a primary particle, having a copulative and sometimes also a cumulative force; and, also, even, so, then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words.
brought 4317
{4317} Prime
From G4314 and G0071; to lead towards, that is, (transitively) to conduct near (summon, present), or (intransitively) to approach.
<5631> Grammar
Tense - Second Aorist (See G5780)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 889
them 846
{0846} Prime
From the particle αὖ [[au]] (perhaps akin to the base of G0109 through the idea of a baffling wind; backward); the reflexive pronoun self, used (alone or in the compound of G1438) of the third person, and (with the proper personal pronoun) of the other persons.
to the x3588
(3588) Complement

The masculine, feminine (second) and neuter (third) forms, in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom).
magistrates, 4755
{4755} Prime
From the base of G4756 and G0071 or G2233; a general, that is, (by implication or analogy) a (military) governor (praetor), the chief (praefect) of the (Levitical) temple wardens.
saying, 2036
{2036} Prime
A primary verb (used only in the definite past tense, the others being borrowed from G2046, G4483 and G5346); to speak or say (by word or writting).
<5627> Grammar
Tense - Second Aorist (See G5780)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 2138 plus 1 in a variant reading in a footnote
These 3778
{3778} Prime
Including the nominative masculine plural (second form), nominative feminine signular (third form), and the nominate feminine plural, (fourth form). From the article G3588 and G0846; the he (she or it), that is, this or that (often with the article repeated).
men, 444
{0444} Prime
From G0435 and ὤψ [[ops]] (the countenance; from G3700); manfaced, that is, a human being.
being 5225
{5225} Prime
From G5259 and G0756; to begin under (quietly), that is, come into existence (be present or at hand); expletively, to exist (as copula or subordinate to an adjective, participle, adverb or preposition, or as auxilliary to principal verb).
<5723> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 2549
Jews, 2453
{2453} Prime
From G2448 (in the sense of G2455 as a country); Judaean, that is, belonging to Jehudah.
do exceedingly trouble 1613
{1613} Prime
From G1537 and G5015; to disturb wholly.
<5719> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 3019
our 2257
{2257} Prime
Genitive plural of G1473; of (or from) us.
city, 4172
{4172} Prime
Probably from the same as G4171, or perhaps from G4183; a town (properly with walls, of greater or less size).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Acts 16:20

_ _ These men, being Jews — objects of dislike, contempt, and suspicion by the Romans, and at this time of more than usual prejudice.

_ _ do exceedingly trouble our city — See similar charges, Acts 17:6; Acts 24:5; 1 Kings 18:17. There is some color of truth in all such accusations, in so far as the Gospel, and generally the fear of God, as a reigning principle of human action, is in a godless world a thoroughly revolutionary principle ... How far external commotion and change will in any case attend the triumph of this principle depends on the breadth and obstinacy of the resistance it meets with.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Acts 16:16-24.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Acts 16:20

Being Jews — A nation peculiarly despised by the Romans.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Acts 16:20

(12) And brought them to the magistrates, saying, These men, being Jews, do exceedingly trouble our city,

(12) Covetousness pretends a desire for common peace and godliness.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Acts 18:2 And found a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, lately come from Italy, with his wife Priscilla; (because that Claudius had commanded all Jews to depart from Rome:) and came unto them.
Acts 19:34 But when they knew that he was a Jew, all with one voice about the space of two hours cried out, Great [is] Diana of the Ephesians.
Ezra 4:12-15 Be it known unto the king, that the Jews which came up from thee to us are come unto Jerusalem, building the rebellious and the bad city, and have set up the walls [thereof], and joined the foundations. ... That search may be made in the book of the records of thy fathers: so shalt thou find in the book of the records, and know that this city [is] a rebellious city, and hurtful unto kings and provinces, and that they have moved sedition within the same of old time: for which cause was this city destroyed.
Esther 3:8-9 And Haman said unto king Ahasuerus, There is a certain people scattered abroad and dispersed among the people in all the provinces of thy kingdom; and their laws [are] diverse from all people; neither keep they the king's laws: therefore it [is] not for the king's profit to suffer them. ... If it please the king, let it be written that they may be destroyed: and I will pay ten thousand talents of silver to the hands of those that have the charge of the business, to bring [it] into the king's treasuries.


Acts 17:6-8 And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also; ... And they troubled the people and the rulers of the city, when they heard these things.
Acts 28:22 But we desire to hear of thee what thou thinkest: for as concerning this sect, we know that every where it is spoken against.
1 Kings 18:17-18 And it came to pass, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said unto him, [Art] thou he that troubleth Israel? ... And he answered, I have not troubled Israel; but thou, and thy father's house, in that ye have forsaken the commandments of the LORD, and thou hast followed Baalim.
Matthew 2:3 When Herod the king had heard [these things], he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.
John 15:18-20 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before [it hated] you. ... Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.
Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
James 4:4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
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