Acts 16:39
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New International Version
They came to appease them and escorted them from the prison, requesting them to leave the city.

New Living Translation
So they came to the jail and apologized to them. Then they brought them out and begged them to leave the city.

English Standard Version
So they came and apologized to them. And they took them out and asked them to leave the city.

Berean Study Bible
They came to appease them and led them out, requesting that they leave the city.

Berean Literal Bible
And having come, they appealed to them, and having brought them out, they were asking them to go out of the city.

New American Standard Bible
and they came and appealed to them, and when they had brought them out, they kept begging them to leave the city.

King James Bible
And they came and besought them, and brought them out, and desired them to depart out of the city.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So they came and apologized to them, and escorting them out, they urged them to leave town.

International Standard Version
So the magistrates came, apologized to them, and escorted them out. Then they asked them to leave the city.

NET Bible
and came and apologized to them. After they brought them out, they asked them repeatedly to leave the city.

New Heart English Bible
and they came and begged them. When they had brought them out, they asked them to depart from the city.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And they came to them and they begged them to go out and depart from the city.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So the officials went to the jail and apologized to Paul and Silas. As the officials escorted Paul and Silas out of the jail, they asked them to leave the city.

New American Standard 1977
and they came and appealed to them, and when they had brought them out, they kept begging them to leave the city.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And they came and besought them, and bringing them out, asked them to depart out of the city.

King James 2000 Bible
And they came and besought them, and brought them out, and desired them to depart out of the city.

American King James Version
And they came and sought them, and brought them out, and desired them to depart out of the city.

American Standard Version
and they came and besought them; and when they had brought them out, they asked them to go away from the city.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And coming, they besought them; and bringing them out, they desired them to depart out of the city.

Darby Bible Translation
And they came and besought them, and having brought them out, asked them to go out of the city.

English Revised Version
and they came and besought them; and when they had brought them out, they asked them to go away from the city.

Webster's Bible Translation
And they came and besought them, and brought them out, and desired them to depart out of the city.

Weymouth New Testament
Accordingly they came and apologized to them; and, bringing them out, asked them to leave the city.

World English Bible
and they came and begged them. When they had brought them out, they asked them to depart from the city.

Young's Literal Translation
and having come, they besought them, and having brought them forth, they were asking them to go forth from the city;
Study Bible
An Official Apology
38So the officers relayed this message to the magistrates, who were alarmed to hear that Paul and Silas were Roman citizens. 39They came to appease them and led them out, requesting that they leave the city. 40After Paul and Silas came out of the prison, they went to Lydia’s house to see the brothers and encourage them. Then they left the city.…
Cross References
Matthew 8:34
Then the whole town went out to meet Jesus. And when they saw Him, they begged Him to leave their region.

Mark 5:17
And the people began to plead with Jesus to leave their region.
Treasury of Scripture

And they came and sought them, and brought them out, and desired them to depart out of the city.

came.

Exodus 11:8 And all these your servants shall come down to me, and bow down themselves …

Isaiah 45:14 Thus said the LORD, The labor of Egypt, and merchandise of Ethiopia …

Isaiah 49:23 And kings shall be your nursing fathers, and their queens your nursing …

Isaiah 60:14 The sons also of them that afflicted you shall come bending to you…

Micah 7:9,10 I will bear the indignation of the LORD, because I have sinned against …

Revelation 3:9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they …

and brought.

Daniel 6:16,23 Then the king commanded, and they brought Daniel, and cast him into …

and desired.

Matthew 8:34 And, behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus: and when they …

Mark 5:17 And they began to pray him to depart out of their coasts.

Verse 39. - When they had brought them out they asked for brought them out and desired, A.V.; to go away from for to depart out of, A.V. And they came,.... To the prison in person, as Paul had insisted on they should:

and besought them; that they would put up the injury that had been done them, and quietly depart out of prison:

and brought them out; that is, out of prison; took them by the arms, and led them out, as they had put them in, which was what the apostle required:

and desired them to depart out of the city; lest there should be any further disturbance about them: in Beza's most ancient copy, and in another manuscript copy, this verse is read thus, and which more clearly explains the passage;

"and they came with many friends unto the prison, and desired them to go out, saying, we are not ignorant of your case, that you are righteous men; and bringing them out they besought them, saying, go out of this city, lest they (the people) should turn again upon you, crying against you;''

which looks as if they took along with them some persons, who were friends to the apostles as well as to them, to prevail upon them to depart quietly; and they excuse themselves by attributing what had passed to popular rage and fury, and pretend they consulted the safety of the apostles, by desiring them to go out of the city. 39, 40. And they came—in person.

and besought them—not to complain of them. What a contrast this suppliant attitude of the preachers of Philippi to the tyrannical air with which they had the day before treated the preachers! (See Isa 60:14; Re 3:9).

brought them out—conducted them forth from the prison into the street, as insisted on.

and desired—"requested."

them to depart out of the city—perhaps fearing again to excite the populace.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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