Acts 5:38

38 Therefore, in the present case I advise you: Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail.

Read Acts 5:38 Using Other Translations

And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought:
So in the present case I tell you, keep away from these men and let them alone, for if this plan or this undertaking is of man, it will fail;
“So my advice is, leave these men alone. Let them go. If they are planning and doing these things merely on their own, it will soon be overthrown.

What does Acts 5:38 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Acts 5:38

And now I say unto you
This is the sum of my advice upon the observation of these and other instances:

refrain from these men, and let them alone;
keep your hands off of them, do not attempt to take away their lives, but dismiss them quietly, nor go about to hinder them, in what they are concerned:

for if this counsel, or this work be of men;
if the doctrine these men preach is an human device; or this business they are engaged in is only an human affair, projected by men, and carried on upon selfish principles, and worldly views, seeking only themselves, and their secular interests, and not the glory of God:

it will come to nought;
as did the designs of Theudas and Judas.

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