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Acts 16:22

    Acts 16:22 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And the multitude rose up together against them: and the magistrates rent off their clothes, and commanded to beat them.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And the multitude rose up together against them: and the magistrates rent off their clothes, and commanded to beat them.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And the multitude rose up together against them: and the magistrates rent their garments off them, and commanded to beat them with rods.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And the people made an attack on them all together: and the authorities took their clothing off them, and gave orders for them to be whipped.

    Webster's Revision

    And the multitude rose up together against them: and the magistrates rent their garments off them, and commanded to beat them with rods.

    World English Bible

    The multitude rose up together against them, and the magistrates tore their clothes off of them, and commanded them to be beaten with rods.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And the multitude rose up together against them: and the magistrates rent their garments off them, and commanded to beat them with rods.

    Definitions for Acts 16:22

    Rent - Divided; broke or tore apart.

    Clarke's Commentary on Acts 16:22

    The multitude rose up together - There was a general outcry against them; and the magistrates tore off their clothes, and delivered them to the mob, commanding the lictors, or beadles, to beat them with rods, ῥαβδιζειν. This was the Roman custom of treating criminals, as Grotius has well remarked.

    Barnes' Notes on Acts 16:22

    And the multitude ... - It is evident that this was done in a popular tumult, and without even the form of law. Of this Paul afterward justly complained, as it was a violation of the privileges of a Roman citizen, and contrary to the laws. See the notes on Acts 16:37. It was one instance in which people affect great zeal for the honor of the Law, and yet are among the first to disregard it.

    And the magistrates - Acts 16:20. They who should have been their protectors until they had had a fair trial according to law.

    Rent off their clothes - This was always done when one was to be scourged or whipped. The criminal was usually stripped entirely naked. Livy says (ii. 5), "The lictors, being sent to inflict punishment, beat them with rods, being naked." Cicero, against Verres, says, "He commanded the man to be seized, and to be stripped naked in the midst of the forum, and to be bound, and rods to be brought."

    And commanded to beat them - ῥαβδίζειν rabdizein. To beat them with rods. This was done by lictors, whose office it was, and was a common mode of punishment among the Romans. Probably Paul alludes to this as one of the instances which occurred in his life of his being publicly scourged, when he says 2 Corinthians 11:25, "Thrice was I beaten with rods."