Acts 16:22
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New International Version
The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten with rods.

New Living Translation
A mob quickly formed against Paul and Silas, and the city officials ordered them stripped and beaten with wooden rods.

English Standard Version
The crowd joined in attacking them, and the magistrates tore the garments off them and gave orders to beat them with rods.

New American Standard Bible
The crowd rose up together against them, and the chief magistrates tore their robes off them and proceeded to order them to be beaten with rods.

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

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then the mob joined in the attack against them, and the chief magistrates stripped off their clothes and ordered them to be beaten with rods.

International Standard Version
The crowd joined in the attack against them. Then the magistrates had Paul and Silas stripped of their clothes and ordered them beaten with rods.

NET Bible
The crowd joined the attack against them, and the magistrates tore the clothes off Paul and Silas and ordered them to be beaten with rods.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And great crowds were gathered against them and then the Magistrates tore their garments and commanded to scourge them.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas. Then the officials tore the clothes off Paul and Silas and ordered [the guards] to beat them with sticks.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the multitude rose up together against them, and the magistrates rent off their clothes and commanded to beat them.

King James 2000 Bible
And the multitude rose up together against them: and the magistrates tore off their clothes, and commanded to beat them.

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

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

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the people ran together against them; and the magistrates rending off their clothes, commanded them to be beaten with rods.

Darby Bible Translation
And the crowd rose up too against them; and the praetors, having torn off their clothes, commanded to scourge [them].

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

Webster's Bible Translation
And the multitude rose together against them: and the magistrates rent off their clothes, and commanded to beat them.

Weymouth New Testament
The crowd, too, joined in the outcry against them, till at length the praetors ordered them to be stripped and beaten 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.

Young's Literal Translation
And the multitude rose up together against them, and the magistrates having torn their garments from them, were commanding to beat them with rods,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

16:16-24 Satan, though the father of lies, will declare the most important truths, when he can thereby serve his purposes. But much mischief is done to the real servants of Christ, by unholy and false preachers of the gospel, who are confounded with them by careless observers. Those who do good by drawing men from sin, may expect to be reviled as troublers of the city. While they teach men to fear God, to believe in Christ, to forsake sin, and to live godly lives, they will be accused of teaching bad customs.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 22. - Rent their garments off them for rent off their clothes, A.V.; beat them with rods for beat them, A.V. Beat them; ῤαβδίζειν, marking that they were beaten by the lictors, or ῤαβδοῦχοι (see ver. 35). The phrase rent ... off (περιῥῤήξαντες) is only found here in the New Testament, but it is frequently used of stripping off garments, in classical Greek and in 2 Macc. 4:38; and by Josephus ('Ant. Jud.,' 6. 14:6) of David rending his garments - a circumstance not mentioned in the Bible narrative (1 Samuel 30:4).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And the multitude rose up together against them,.... The crowd of people that were gathered together in the court on this occasion; being no doubt spirited up by the proprietors of the maid, out of whom the spirit of divination was cast, and encouraged by the rulers, and being provoked at the hearing of unlawful customs being introduced among them;

and the magistrates rent off their clothes; not their own clothes, as did the high priest, Mark 14:63 but the clothes of Paul and Silas; and so reads the Arabic version, "and the rulers rent the garments of both of them"; which removes the ambiguity in the words; for at the whipping or beating of malefactors, they did not pluck off their garments, but rent and tore them off, and so whipped or beat them naked: this was the custom with the Jews (m); it is asked,

"how did they whip anyone? his hands are bound to a pillar here and there, and the minister of the synagogue (or the executioner) takes hold of his clothes; and if they are rent, they are rent, and if they are ripped, they are ripped, (be it as it will,) until he has made his breast bare, &c.''

And in like manner the Lectors, or executioners among the Romans, used to tear the garments of malefactors, when they beat them; this the magistrates themselves did here, unless they may be said to do it, because they ordered it to be done, as follows:

and commanded to beat them; that is, with rods: this was one of the three times the apostle was beat in this manner, 2 Corinthians 11:25 and of this shameful treatment at Philippi, he makes mention in 1 Thessalonians 2:2.

(m) Misn. Maccot, c. 3. sect. 12. & Maimon. Hilchot Sanhedrin c. 16. sect. 8.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

22. the multitude rose up together against them—so Ac 19:28, 34; 21:30; Lu 23:18.

the magistrates rent off their—Paul's and Silas'

clothes—that is, ordered the lictors, or rod-bearers, to tear them off, so as to expose their naked bodies (see on [2035]Ac 16:37). The word expresses the roughness with which this was done to prisoners preparatory to whipping.

and commanded to beat them—without any trial (Ac 16:37), to appease the popular rage. Thrice, it seems, Paul endured this indignity (2Co 11:25).

Acts 16:22 Additional Commentaries
Context
Paul and Silas in Prison
21and are proclaiming customs which it is not lawful for us to accept or to observe, being Romans." 22The crowd rose up together against them, and the chief magistrates tore their robes off them and proceeded to order them to be beaten with rods. 23When they had struck them with many blows, they threw them into prison, commanding the jailer to guard them securely;…
Cross References
Luke 12:11
"When you are brought before synagogues, rulers and authorities, do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say,

2 Corinthians 11:25
Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was pelted with stones, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea,

1 Thessalonians 2:2
We had previously suffered and been treated outrageously in Philippi, as you know, but with the help of our God we dared to tell you his gospel in the face of strong opposition.
Treasury of Scripture

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

the multitude.

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Acts 18:12 And when Gallio was the deputy of Achaia, the Jews made insurrection …

Acts 19:28 And when they heard these sayings, they were full of wrath, and cried …

Acts 21:30,31 And all the city was moved, and the people ran together: and they …

Acts 22:22,23 And they gave him audience to this word, and then lifted up their …

the magistrates.

Acts 16:37 But Paul said to them, They have beaten us openly uncondemned, being …

Acts 5:40 And to him they agreed: and when they had called the apostles, and …

Acts 22:24-26 The chief captain commanded him to be brought into the castle, and …

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Matthew 27:26 Then released he Barabbas to them: and when he had scourged Jesus, …

2 Corinthians 6:5 In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in watchings, in fastings;

2 Corinthians 11:23-25 Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labors …

1 Thessalonians 2:2 But even after that we had suffered before, and were shamefully entreated, …

Hebrews 11:36 And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yes, moreover …

1 Peter 2:24 Who his own self bore our sins in his own body on the tree, that …

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