Acts 23:2
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New International Version
At this the high priest Ananias ordered those standing near Paul to strike him on the mouth.

New Living Translation
Instantly Ananias the high priest commanded those close to Paul to slap him on the mouth.

English Standard Version
And the high priest Ananias commanded those who stood by him to strike him on the mouth.

Berean Study Bible
At this, the high priest Ananias ordered those standing near Paul to strike him on the mouth.

Berean Literal Bible
Then the high priest Ananias commanded those standing by him to strike his mouth.

New American Standard Bible
The high priest Ananias commanded those standing beside him to strike him on the mouth.

King James Bible
And the high priest Ananias commanded them that stood by him to smite him on the mouth.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But the high priest Ananias ordered those who were standing next to him to strike him on the mouth.

International Standard Version
Then the high priest Ananias ordered the men standing near him to strike him on the mouth.

NET Bible
At that the high priest Ananias ordered those standing near Paul to strike him on the mouth.

New Heart English Bible
The high priest, Ananias, commanded those who stood by him to strike him on the mouth.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And Khanan-Yah The Priest commanded those who stood on the side to hit Paulus on his mouth.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The chief priest Ananias ordered the men standing near Paul to strike him on the mouth.

New American Standard 1977
And the high priest Ananias commanded those standing beside him to strike him on the mouth.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the prince of the priests, Ananias, commanded those that stood by him to smite him on the mouth.

King James 2000 Bible
And the high priest Ananias commanded them that stood by him to smite him on the mouth.

American King James Version
And the high priest Ananias commanded them that stood by him to smite him on the mouth.

American Standard Version
And the high priest Ananias commanded them that stood by him to smite him on the mouth.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the high priest Ananias commanded them that stood by him to strike him on the mouth.

Darby Bible Translation
But the high priest Ananias ordered those standing by him to smite his mouth.

English Revised Version
And the high priest Ananias commanded them that stood by him to smite him on the mouth.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the high priest Ananias commanded them that stood by him, to strike him on the mouth.

Weymouth New Testament
On hearing this the High Priest Ananias ordered those who were standing near Paul to strike him on the mouth.

World English Bible
The high priest, Ananias, commanded those who stood by him to strike him on the mouth.

Young's Literal Translation
and the chief priest Ananias commanded those standing by him to smite him on the mouth,
Study Bible
Paul Before the Sanhedrin
1Paul looked directly at the Sanhedrin and said, “Brothers, I have conducted myself before God in all good conscience to this day.” 2At this, the high priest Ananias ordered those standing near Paul to strike him on the mouth. 3Then Paul said to him, “God will strike you, you whitewashed wall! You sit here to judge me according to the Law, yet you yourself violate the law by commanding that I be struck.”…
Cross References
1 Kings 22:24
Then Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah came near and struck Micaiah on the cheek and said, "How did the Spirit of the LORD pass from me to speak to you?"

2 Chronicles 18:23
Then Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah came near and struck Micaiah on the cheek and said, "How did the Spirit of the LORD pass from me to speak to you?"

Job 16:10
"They have gaped at me with their mouth, They have slapped me on the cheek with contempt; They have massed themselves against me.

John 18:22
When Jesus had said this, one of the officers standing nearby slapped Him in the face and said, "Is this how You answer the high priest?"

John 18:23
Jesus replied, "If I said something wrong, testify to what was wrong. But if I spoke correctly, why did you strike Me?"

Acts 24:1
Five days later, the high priest Ananias came down with some elders and a lawyer named Tertullus, who presented to the governor their case against Paul.
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And the high priest Ananias commanded them that stood by him to smite him on the mouth.

Ananias.

Acts 24:1 And after five days Ananias the high priest descended with the elders, …

to smite.

1 Kings 22:24 But Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah went near, and smote Micaiah on …

Jeremiah 20:2 Then Pashur smote Jeremiah the prophet, and put him in the stocks …

Micah 5:1 Now gather yourself in troops, O daughter of troops: he has laid …

Matthew 26:67 Then did they spit in his face, and buffeted him; and others smote …

John 18:22 And when he had thus spoken, one of the officers which stood by struck …

(2) The high priest Ananias.--See Note on Acts 22:5. The son of Nebedus was conspicuous for his cruelty and injustice, and had been sent to Rome as a prisoner to take his trial before Claudius (A.D. 52). He had been acquitted, or at least released, and had returned to Juda. To him this assertion of a life so utterly unlike his own seemed almost like a personal insult. He fitted the cap, and raged with a brutal cruelty which reminds us of Jeffreys' treatment of Baxter.

Verse 2. - Ananias, the son of Nebedaeus, successor of Joseph the son of Camel, or Camydus ('Ant. Jud.,' 20. 1:3; 5:2), appears to have been actually high priest at this time. He was a violent, haughty, gluttonous, and rapacious man, and vet looked up to by the Jews ("tres considere," Renan). He had probably lately returned from Rome, having been confirmed, as it seems, in his office by Claudius, to whom Quadratus, the predecessor of Felix, has sent him as a prisoner, to answer certain charges of sedition against him. He seems to have been high priest for the unusually long period of over ten years - from A.D. to A.D. (see Josephus, 'Ant. Jud.,' 20. 5:2; 6:2, 3; 8:8). But, on the other hand, Josephus ('Ant. Jud.,' 20. 8:5) speaks of a certain Jonathan being high priest during the government of Felix, and being murdered by the Sicarii at his instigation; which looks as if Ananias's high priesthood had been interrupt el. It would appear, too, from 20. 8:8, that Ismael the son of Fabi succeeded to Jonathan, net to Ananias, as is usually supposed. But the question is involved in great obscurity. And the high priest Ananias,.... This could not be the same with Annas, the father-in-law of Caiaphas, but rather Ananus his son; though this is more generally thought to be Ananias the son of Nebedaeus, whom Josephus (m) speaks of. There is one R. Ananias, the sagan of the priests, often spoken of in the Jewish writings (n), who lived about these times, and was killed at the destruction of Jerusalem; and in the times of King Agrippa, there was one Chanina, or Ananias the priest, who was a Sadducee (o); and from the number of Sadducees in this sanhedrim, who very likely were the creatures of the high priest, one would be tempted to think he might be the same with this: who

commanded them that stood by him: that is, by Paul, who were nearest to him, some of the members of the sanhedrim; unless they should be thought to be some of the high priest's officers, or servants, as in John 18:22 though if they were, one would think they would be so called: these he ordered

to smite him on the mouth: or give him a slap on the face, by way of contempt, and as if he had spoken what ought not to be said, and in order to silence him; the reason of which might be, either because Paul did not directly address him, and give him such flattering titles as he expected, or because he set out with such declarations of his innocence, and spotless behaviour, and with so much courage and boldness.

(m) Antiqu. l. 18. c. 2. sect. 1. & l. 20. c. 8. sect. 1.((n) Misna Shekalim, c. 4. sect. 4. & 6. 1. & Pesachim, c. 1. sect. 6. T. Bab. Yoma, fol. 8. 1. & 21. 2. & Juchasin, fol. 24. 2.((o) Juchasin, fol. 142. 2.2. the high priest … commanded … to smite him on the mouth—a method of silencing a speaker common in the East to this day [Hacket]. But for a judge thus to treat a prisoner on his "trial," for merely prefacing his defense by a protestation of his integrity, was infamous.23:1-5 See here the character of an honest man. He sets God before him, and lives as in his sight. He makes conscience of what he says and does, and, according to the best of his knowledge, he keeps from whatever is evil, and cleaves to what is good. He is conscientious in all his words and conduct. Those who thus live before God, may, like Paul, have confidence both toward God and man. Though the answer of Paul contained a just rebuke and prediction, he seems to have been too angry at the treatment he received in uttering them. Great men may be told of their faults, and public complaints may be made in a proper manner; but the law of God requires respect for those in authority.
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