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Acts 16:40

    Acts 16:40 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And they went out of the prison, and entered into the house of Lydia: and when they had seen the brethren, they comforted them, and departed.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And they went out of the prison, and entered into the house of Lydia: and when they had seen the brothers, they comforted them, and departed.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And they went out of the prison, and entered into the house of Lydia: and when they had seen the brethren, they comforted them, and departed.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And they came out of the prison and went to the house of Lydia: and when they had seen the brothers they gave them comfort and went away.

    Webster's Revision

    And they went out of the prison, and entered into the house of Lydia: and when they had seen the brethren, they comforted them, and departed.

    World English Bible

    They went out of the prison, and entered into Lydia's house. When they had seen the brothers, they encouraged them, and departed.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And they went out of the prison, and entered into the house of Lydia: and when they had seen the brethren, they comforted them, and departed.

    Clarke's Commentary on Acts 16:40

    Entered into the house of Lydia - This was the place of their residence while at Philippi: see Acts 16:15.

    They comforted them, and departed - The magistrates were sufficiently humbled, and the public at large, hearing of this circumstance, must be satisfied of the innocency of the apostles. They, therefore, after staying a reasonable time at the house of Lydia, and exhorting the brethren, departed; having as yet to go farther into Macedonia, and to preach the Gospel in the most polished city in the world, the city of Athens. See the succeeding chapter.

    Great and lasting good was done by this visit to Philippi: a Church was there founded, and the members of it did credit to their profession. To them the apostle, who had suffered so much for their sakes, was exceedingly dear; and they evidenced this by their contributions to his support in the times of his necessity. They sent him money twice to Thessalonica, Philippians 4:16, and once to Corinth, 2 Corinthians 11:9, and long afterwards, when he was prisoner in Rome, Philippians 4:9, Philippians 4:14, Philippians 4:18. About five or six years after this, St. Paul visited Philippi on his way to Jerusalem, and he wrote his epistle to them about ten years after his first journey thither. The first members of the Church of Christ in this place were Lydia and her family; and the next in all probability were the jailor and his family. These doubtless became the instruments of bringing many more to the faith; for the false imprisonment and public acquittal of the apostles by the magistrates must have made their cause popular; and thus the means which were used to prevent the sowing of the seed of life in this city became the means by which it was sown and established. Thus the wrath of man praised God; and the remainder of it he did restrain. Never were these words more exactly fulfilled than on this occasion.

    Barnes' Notes on Acts 16:40

    They comforted them - They exhorted them, and encouraged them to persevere, notwithstanding the opposition and persecution which they might meet with.

    And departed - That is, Paul and Silas departed. It would appear probable that Luke and Timothy remained in Philippi, or, at least, did not attend Paul and Silas. For Luke, who, in Acts 16:10, uses the first person, and speaks of himself as with Paul and Silas, speaks of them now in the third person, implying that he was not with them until Paul had arrived at Troas, where Luke joined him from Philippi, Acts 20:5-6. In Acts 17:14, also, Timothy is mentioned as being at Berea in company with Silas, from which it appears that he did not accompany Paul and Silas to Thessalonica. Compare Acts 17:1, Acts 17:4. Paul and Silas, when they departed from Philippi, went to Thessalonica, Acts 17:1.

    Wesley's Notes on Acts 16:40

    16:40 When they had seen the brethren, they comforted them and departed - Though many circumstances now invited their stay, yet they wisely complied with the request of the magistrates, that they might not seem to express any degree of obstinacy or revenge, or give any suspicion of a design to stir up the people.