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Acts 25:2

    Acts 25:2 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Then the high priest and the chief of the Jews informed him against Paul, and besought him,

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Then the high priest and the chief of the Jews informed him against Paul, and sought him,

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And the chief priests and the principal men of the Jews informed him against Paul; and they besought him,

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And the chief priests and the chief men of the Jews made statements against Paul,

    Webster's Revision

    And the chief priests and the principal men of the Jews informed him against Paul; and they besought him,

    World English Bible

    Then the high priest and the principal men of the Jews informed him against Paul, and they begged him,

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And the chief priests and the principal men of the Jews informed him against Paul; and they besought him,

    Definitions for Acts 25:2

    Besought - Entreated; asked; called.

    Clarke's Commentary on Acts 25:2

    The high priest - informed him against Paul - They supposed that as Felix, to please them, on the resignation of his government, had left Paul bound, so Festus, on the assumption of it, would, to please them, deliver him into their hand; but, as they wished this to be done under the color of justice, they exhibited a number of charges against Paul, which they hoped would appear to Festus a sufficient reason why a new trial should be granted; and he be sent to Jerusalem to take this trial. Their motive is mentioned in the succeeding verse.

    Barnes' Notes on Acts 25:2

    Then the high priest - The high priest at this time was Ismael, the son of Fabi. He had been promoted to that office by Agrippa (Josephus, Antiq., book 20, chapter 8, section 8). It is probable, however, that the person here intended was Ananias, who had been high priest, and who would retain the name. See the notes on Acts 23:2. Some mss. read "high priests" here in the plural number, and this reading is approved by Mill and Griesbach. There is, however, no improbability in supposing that the high priest Ismael might have been also as much enraged against Paul as the others.

    Informed him against Paul - Informed him of the accusation against him, and doubtless endeavored to prejudice the mind of Festus against him. They thus showed their unrelenting disposition. It might have been supposed that after two years this unjust prosecution would be abandoned and forgotten. But malice does not thus forget its object, and the spirit of persecution is not thus satisfied. It is evident that there was here every probability that injustice would be done to Paul, and that the mind of Festus would be biased against him. He was a stranger to Paul, and to the embittered feelings of the Jewish character. He would wish to conciliate their favor upon entering into the duties of his office. A strong representation, therefore, made by the chief men of the nation, would be likely to prejudice him violently against Paul, and to unfit him for the exercise of impartial justice.

    Wesley's Notes on Acts 25:2

    25:2 Then the high priest and the chief of the Jews appeared against Paul - In so long a time their rage was not cooled. So much louder a call had Paul to the Gentiles.