Acts 16:35
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New International Version
When it was daylight, the magistrates sent their officers to the jailer with the order: "Release those men."

New Living Translation
The next morning the city officials sent the police to tell the jailer, "Let those men go!"

English Standard Version
But when it was day, the magistrates sent the police, saying, “Let those men go.”

Berean Study Bible
When daylight came, the magistrates sent their officers with the order: "Release those men."

Berean Literal Bible
And day having come, the magistrates sent the officers, saying, "Release those men."

New American Standard Bible
Now when day came, the chief magistrates sent their policemen, saying, "Release those men."

King James Bible
And when it was day, the magistrates sent the serjeants, saying, Let those men go.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When daylight came, the chief magistrates sent the police to say, "Release those men!"

International Standard Version
When day came, the magistrates sent guards, who commanded, "Release those men."

NET Bible
At daybreak the magistrates sent their police officers, saying, "Release those men."

New Heart English Bible
But when it was day, the magistrates sent the sergeants, saying, "Let those men go."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And when it was dawn, the Magistrates sent the Rod Bearers to say to The Warden of the prison, “Release these men.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
In the morning the Roman officials sent guards who told the jailer, "You can release those men now."

New American Standard 1977
Now when day came, the chief magistrates sent their policemen, saying, “Release those men.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And when it was day, the magistrates sent the sergeants, saying, Let those men go.

King James 2000 Bible
And when it was day, the magistrates sent the officers, saying, Let those men go.

American King James Version
And when it was day, the magistrates sent the sergeants, saying, Let those men go.

American Standard Version
But when it was day, the magistrates sent the sergeants, saying, Let those men go.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And when the day was come, the magistrates sent the serjeants, saying, Let those men go.

Darby Bible Translation
And when it was day, the praetors sent the lictors, saying, Let those men go.

English Revised Version
But when it was day, the magistrates sent the serjeants, saying, Let those men go.

Webster's Bible Translation
And when it was day, the magistrates sent the sergeants, saying, Let those men go.

Weymouth New Testament
In the morning the praetors sent their lictors with the order, "Release those men."

World English Bible
But when it was day, the magistrates sent the sergeants, saying, "Let those men go."

Young's Literal Translation
And day having come, the magistrates sent the rod-bearers, saying, 'Let those men go;'
Study Bible
An Official Apology
34Then he brought them into his home and set a meal before them. So he and all his household rejoiced that they had come to believe in God. 35When daylight came, the magistrates sent their officers with the order: “Release those men.” 36The jailer informed Paul: “The magistrates have sent orders to release you. Now you may go on your way in peace.”…
Cross References
Luke 12:11
When you are brought before the synagogues, rulers, and authorities, do not worry about how to defend yourselves or what to say.

Acts 16:34
Then he brought them into his home and set a meal before them. So he and all his household rejoiced that they had come to believe in God.

Acts 16:36
The jailer informed Paul: "The magistrates have sent orders to release you. Now you may go on your way in peace."

Acts 16:38
So the officers relayed this message to the magistrates, who were alarmed to hear that Paul and Silas were Roman citizens.
Treasury of Scripture

And when it was day, the magistrates sent the sergeants, saying, Let those men go.

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(35) The magistrates sent the serjeants.--Literally, the rod-bearers, or lictors. They would probably be the very officers who had inflicted the stripes. We are not told what led to this sudden change of action. Possibly, as has been suggested, the earthquake had alarmed the strategi; more probably they felt that they had acted hastily in ordering the accused to be punished with no regular trial, and without even any inquiry as to their antecedents. They had an uneasy sense of having done wrong, and they wanted to wash their hands of the business as quietly as possible.

Verse 35. - But for and, A.V. The magistrates; i.e. the printers or duumviri, as in ver. 22 (where see note). The sergeants; i.e. the lictors (ver. 22, note). And when it was day,.... In one copy Beza says, these words are added,

"the magistrates came together in one place in the court, and remembering the earthquake that was made, they were afraid, and sent the sergeants;''

but they seem to be no other than a gloss, which crept into the text; however, it seems reasonable to suppose, that in the morning the magistrates met together, to consider what was further to be done with Paul and Silas; when upon cooler thoughts, they judged it best to be content with what punishment they had inflicted on them, and dismiss them; and if they had felt anything of the earthquake, or had heard of it in the prison, and of the converts that had been made there, they might be the more induced to let them go:

the magistrates sent the sergeants, saying, let these men go; the Arabic version reads, "these two men"; that is, Paul and Silas: who these sergeants were, is not very certain; they seem to be so called in the Greek language, from their carrying rods, or little staves in their hands, and were a sort of apparitors; by these the magistrates sent orders, either by word of mouth, or in writing, to the jailer, to let Paul and Silas out of prison, and set them at liberty, to go where they would; the same power that shook the foundations of the prison, and loosed the bands of the prisoners, wrought upon the hearts of the magistrates, to let the apostles go free. 35, 36. when it was day, the magistrates sent the sergeants, saying, Let those men go—The cause of this change can only be conjectured. When the commotion ceased, reflection would soon convince them of the injustice they had done, even supposing the prisoners had been entitled to no special privileges; and if rumor reached them that the prisoners were somehow under supernatural protection, they might be the more awed into a desire to get rid of them.16:35-40 Paul, though willing to suffer for the cause of Christ, and without any desire to avenge himself, did not choose to depart under the charge of having deserved wrongful punishment, and therefore required to be dismissed in an honourable manner. It was not a mere point of honour that the apostle stood upon, but justice, and not to himself so much as to his cause. And when proper apology is made, Christians should never express personal anger, nor insist too strictly upon personal amends. The Lord will make them more than conquerors in every conflict; instead of being cast down by their sufferings, they will become comforters of their brethren.
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