Acts 22:23
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New International Version
As they were shouting and throwing off their cloaks and flinging dust into the air,

New Living Translation
They yelled, threw off their coats, and tossed handfuls of dust into the air.

English Standard Version
And as they were shouting and throwing off their cloaks and flinging dust into the air,

Berean Study Bible
As they were shouting and throwing off their cloaks and tossing dust into the air,

Berean Literal Bible
And they were crying out and casting off the garments and throwing dust into the air.

New American Standard Bible
And as they were crying out and throwing off their cloaks and tossing dust into the air,

King James Bible
And as they cried out, and cast off their clothes, and threw dust into the air,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
As they were yelling and flinging aside their robes and throwing dust into the air,

International Standard Version
While they were yelling, tossing their coats around, and throwing dirt into the air,

NET Bible
While they were screaming and throwing off their cloaks and tossing dust in the air,

New Heart English Bible
As they yelled, and threw off their cloaks, and threw dust into the air,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And as they were yelling and throwing off their garments and were casting up dust toward the sky,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The mob was yelling, taking off their coats, and throwing dirt into the air.

New American Standard 1977
And as they were crying out and throwing off their cloaks and tossing dust into the air,

Jubilee Bible 2000
And as they cried out and cast off their clothes and threw dust into the air,

King James 2000 Bible
And as they cried out, and cast off their clothes, and threw dust into the air,

American King James Version
And as they cried out, and cast off their clothes, and threw dust into the air,

American Standard Version
And as they cried out, and threw off their garments, and cast dust into the air,

Douay-Rheims Bible
And as they cried out and threw off their garments, and cast dust into the air,

Darby Bible Translation
And as they were crying, and throwing away their clothes, and casting dust into the air,

English Revised Version
And as they cried out, and threw off their garments, and cast dust into the air,

Webster's Bible Translation
And as they cried out, and cast off their clothes, and threw dust into the air,

Weymouth New Testament
And when they continued their furious shouts, throwing their clothes into the air and flinging dust about,

World English Bible
As they cried out, and threw off their cloaks, and threw dust into the air,

Young's Literal Translation
And they crying out and casting up their garments, and throwing dust into the air,
Study Bible
Paul the Roman Citizen
22The crowd listened to Paul until he made this statement. Then they lifted up their voices and shouted, “Rid the earth of him! He is not fit to live!” 23As they were shouting and throwing off their cloaks and tossing dust into the air, 24the commander ordered that Paul be brought into the barracks. He directed that Paul be flogged and interrogated to determine the reason for this outcry against him.…
Cross References
2 Samuel 16:13
So David and his men went on the way; and Shimei went along on the hillside parallel with him and as he went he cursed and cast stones and threw dust at him.

Matthew 4:18
As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen.

Acts 7:58
They dragged him out of the city and began to stone him. Meanwhile, the witnesses laid their garments at the feet of a young man named Saul.
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And as they cried out, and cast off their clothes, and threw dust into the air,

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Acts 7:53 Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it.

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Ecclesiastes 10:3 Yes also, when he that is a fool walks by the way, his wisdom fails …

(23) Cast off their clothes, and threw dust into the air.--The latter gesture would seem to have been a natural relief, as with other Oriental nations, to the violence of uncontrolled passion. It may be, however, that the handfuls of dust were aimed at the Apostle as a sign of loathing (comp. Notes on Acts 18:6; Matthew 10:14); and if we take the English version, the "casting off" their outer garments looked very much like preparing for the act of stoning, as in Acts 7:58. The verb may, however, mean only that they "shook their garments," as St. Paul had done in Acts 18:6, and so the two gestures might be parts of the same act. On the whole, the latter view seems the more probable.

Verse 23. - Threw off their garments for east off their clothes, A.V.; east for threw, A.V. Threw off their garments. Either "wild signs of fury, gestures by which they gave to understand that they would gladly accomplish the cry, 'Away with him from the earth!'" (Lunge), tokens of applause and consent at the sentiment of the cry (see the passages quoted by Kuinoel, Τὴν ἐσθῆτα ἀνασείων ἐκρότει τὸν Προαιρέσιον "The proconsul applauded Proairesius the rhetorician by shaking his purple robe," Eunapius, 'Life of the Emperor Julian;' "The whole theatre raved together, and leaped, and shouted, and threw off their garments (τὰς ἐσθῆτας ἀπεῥῤίπτουν)," Lucian, ' De Salt,'); or (so Meyer) signifying that they were ready to stone the culprit (see ver. 20). And as they cried out,.... In this furious manner:

and cast off their clothes; either like madmen, that knew not what they did, or in order to stone him; see Acts 7:57.

and threw dust into the air either with their hands, or by striking the earth, and scraping it with their feet, through indignation and wrath, like persons possessed, or mad. 22:22-30 The Jews listened to Paul's account of his conversion, but the mention of his being sent to the Gentiles, was so contrary to all their national prejudices, that they would hear no more. Their frantic conduct astonished the Roman officer, who supposed that Paul must have committed some great crime. Paul pleaded his privilege as a Roman citizen, by which he was exempted from all trials and punishments which might force him to confess himself guilty. The manner of his speaking plainly shows what holy security and serenity of mind he enjoyed. As Paul was a Jew, in low circumstances, the Roman officer questioned how he obtained so valuable a distinction; but the apostle told him he was free born. Let us value that freedom to which all the children of God are born; which no sum of money, however large, can purchase for those who remain unregenerate. This at once put a stop to his trouble. Thus many are kept from evil practices by the fear of man, who would not be held back from them by the fear of God. The apostle asks, simply, Is it lawful? He knew that the God whom he served would support him under all sufferings for his name's sake. But if it were not lawful, the apostle's religion directed him, if possible, to avoid it. He never shrunk from a cross which his Divine Master laid upon his onward road; and he never stept aside out of that road to take one up.
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