Acts 23:24
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New International Version
Provide horses for Paul so that he may be taken safely to Governor Felix."

New Living Translation
Provide horses for Paul to ride, and get him safely to Governor Felix."

English Standard Version
Also provide mounts for Paul to ride and bring him safely to Felix the governor.”

Berean Study Bible
Provide mounts for Paul to take him safely to Governor Felix."

Berean Literal Bible
and provide mounts, so that having set Paul upon them, they might bring him safely to Felix the governor,"

New American Standard Bible
They were also to provide mounts to put Paul on and bring him safely to Felix the governor.

King James Bible
And provide them beasts, that they may set Paul on, and bring him safe unto Felix the governor.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Also provide mounts so they can put Paul on them and bring him safely to Felix the governor."

International Standard Version
Provide a mount for Paul to ride, and take him safely to Governor Felix."

NET Bible
and provide mounts for Paul to ride so that he may be brought safely to Felix the governor."

New Heart English Bible
He asked them to provide animals, that they might set Paul on one, and bring him safely to Felix the governor.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“But prepare also beasts of burden so that they may mount Paulus and let him escape to Felix, the Governor.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Provide an animal for Paul to ride, and take him safely to Governor Felix."

New American Standard 1977
They were also to provide mounts to put Paul on and bring him safely to Felix the governor.

Jubilee Bible 2000
and provide them beasts that they may set Paul on and bring him safe unto Felix the governor.

King James 2000 Bible
And provide them mounts, that they may set Paul on, and bring him safe unto Felix the governor.

American King James Version
And provide them beasts, that they may set Paul on, and bring him safe to Felix the governor.

American Standard Version
and he bade them provide beasts, that they might set Paul thereon, and bring him safe unto Felix the governor.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And provide beasts, that they may set Paul on, and bring him safe to Felix the governor.

Darby Bible Translation
And [he ordered them] to provide beasts, that they might set Paul on them and carry [him] safe through to Felix the governor,

English Revised Version
and he bade them provide beasts, that they might set Paul thereon, and bring him safe unto Felix the governor.

Webster's Bible Translation
And provide for them beasts, that they may set Paul on, and bring him safe to Felix the governor.

Weymouth New Testament
He further told them to provide horses to mount Paul on, so as to bring him safely to Felix the Governor.

World English Bible
He asked them to provide animals, that they might set Paul on one, and bring him safely to Felix the governor.

Young's Literal Translation
beasts also provide, that, having set Paul on, they may bring him safe unto Felix the governor;'
Study Bible
Paul Sent to Felix
23Then he called two of his centurions and said, “Prepare two hundred soldiers, seventy horsemen, and two hundred spearmen to go to Caesarea in the third hour of the night. 24Provide mounts for Paul to take him safely to Governor” Felix. 25And he wrote the following letter:…
Cross References
Acts 23:25
And he wrote the following letter:

Acts 23:26
"Claudius Lysias, To His Excellency, Governor Felix: Greetings.

Acts 23:33
When the horsemen arrived in Caesarea, they delivered the letter to the governor and presented Paul to him.

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.

Acts 24:3
In every way and everywhere, most excellent Felix, we acknowledge this with all gratitude.

Acts 24:10
When the governor motioned for Paul to speak, he began his response: "Knowing that you have been a judge over this nation for many years, I gladly make my defense.

Acts 25:14
Since they were staying several days, Festus laid out Paul's case before the king: "There is a certain man whom Felix left in prison.
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And provide them beasts, that they may set Paul on, and bring him safe to Felix the governor.

beast.

Nehemiah 2:12 And I arose in the night, I and some few men with me; neither told …

Esther 8:12 On one day in all the provinces of king Ahasuerus, namely, on the …

Luke 10:34 And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, …

Felix.

Acts 23:26,33-35 Claudius Lysias to the most excellent governor Felix sends greeting…

Acts 24:3,10,22-27 We accept it always, and in all places, most noble Felix, with all …

Acts 25:14 And when they had been there many days, Festus declared Paul's cause …

the governor.

Matthew 27:2 And when they had bound him, they led him away, and delivered him …

Luke 3:1 Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius …

(24) Felix the governor.--The career of the procurator so named is not without interest as an illustration of the manner in which the Roman empire was at this time governed. In the household of Antonia, the mother of the Emperor Claudius, there were two brothers, first slaves, then freed-men, Antonius Felix and Pallas. The latter became the chosen companion and favourite minister of the emperor, and through his influence Felix obtained the procuratorship of Juda. There, in the terse epigrammatic language of Tacitus, he governed as one who thought, in his reliance on his brother's power, that he could commit any crime with impunity, and wielded "the power of a tyrant in the temper of a slave" (Tacit. Ann. xii. 54; Hist. v. 9). His career was infamous alike for lust and cruelty. Another historian, Suetonius (Claud. c. 28), describes him as the husband of three queens, whom he had married in succession:--(1) Drusilla, the daughter of Juba, King of Mauritania and Selene, the daughter of Autonius and Cleopatra. (2) Drusilla, the daughter of Agrippa I. and sister of Agrippa II. (See Acts 23:24.) She had left her first husband, Azizus, King of Emesa, to marry Felix (Jos. Ant. xx. 7. 1). Their son, also an Agrippa, died in an eruption of Vesuvius in A.D. 79 (Jos. Ant. xx. 7, 2). The name of the third princess is unknown.

Verse 24. - He bade them provide for provide, A.V, (the infinitive παραστῆσαι); might for may, A.V.; thereon for on, A.V. Beasts (κτήνη); here "riding-horses," as Luke 10:34. In Revelation 18:13 it is applied to "cattle;" in 1 Corinthians 15:39 it means "beasts" generally. In the LXX. it is used for all kinds of beasts - cattle, sheep, beasts of burden, etc. Beasts is in the plural, because one or more would be required for those who guarded Paul. And provide them beasts,.... Horses or mules; the Syriac version reads in the singular number, "a beast": and one being sufficient for Paul, here may be a change of number; the Arabic and Ethiopic versions leave out these words, but the following clause makes them necessary:

that they may set Paul on; on the beast, or on one of the beasts provided; if more than one were provided, they might be for his companions, to go along with him:

and bring him safe unto Felix the governor; this man, of a servant, was made a freed man by Claudius Caesar (g), and by him appointed in the room of Cumanus governor of Judea (h); he was the brother of Pallas, who had the chief management of affairs under the emperor; and this Felix married three persons successively, that were of royal families; hence Suetonius (i) calls him the husband of three queens; one of these was Drusilla, afterwards mentioned in Acts 24:24 who was sister to King Agrippa. Tacitus calls him Antonius Felix (k) which name he had from Antonia the mother of Claudius', whose servant he was; Josephus (l) calls him Claudius Felix, which name he took from the Emperor Claudius, who from so low and mean condition raised him to such honour and dignity; his name Felix signifies "happy": according to Tacitus (m), when Felix was first sent into Judea, the government was divided between him and Cumanus; Felix had Samaria, and Cumanus the other part, which was called the nation of the Galilaeans; but Josephus takes no notice of any such division, he says (n), that Cumanus was banished; and after that Felix was sent by Caesar, governor of Judea, of Galilee, Samaria, and Peraea; and so he seems to be governor of the whole country at this time; he was now at Caesarea, and it is plain that Judea was under his government, since Paul, a prisoner at Jerusalem, is sent down unto him; and in this his government he continued during the life of Claudius; and when Nero became emperor, and added four cities to the kingdom of Agrippa, he constituted Felix governor of the rest of Judea (o); which character he bore till he thought fit to remove him, and put Festus in his room, of whom mention is made hereafter: after these words the following ones are added, in the Vulgate Latin version, "for he was afraid lest perhaps the Jews should take him by force and kill him, and afterwards he should bear the reproach, as if he had took money"; but they are not to be found in any Greek copies.

(g) Aurel. Victor. Epitome Imper. Rom. p. 324. Sueton. Vita Claudii, sect. 29. (h) Joseph. de Bello Jud. l. 2. c. 12. sect. 8. (i) Ut supra. ((g)) (k) Hist. 1. 5. (l) Antiqu. l. 20. c. 6. sect. 1.((m) Hist. l. 12. & 21. (n) Antiqu. l. 20. c. 5. sect. 3. & c. 6. sect. 1. De Bello Jud. l. 2. c. 12. sect. 7, 8. (o) De Bello Jud. l. 2. c. 13. sect. 2.24. beasts … set Paul on—as relays, and to carry baggage.

unto Felix, the governor—the procurator. See on [2103]Ac 24:24, 25.23:12-24 False religious principles, adopted by carnal men, urge on to such wickedness, as human nature would hardly be supposed capable of. Yet the Lord readily disappoints the best concerted schemes of iniquity. Paul knew that the Divine providence acts by reasonable and prudent means; and that, if he neglected to use the means in his power, he could not expect God's providence to work on his behalf. He who will not help himself according to his means and power, has neither reason nor revelation to assure him that he shall receive help from God. Believing in the Lord, we and ours shall be kept from every evil work, and kept to his kingdom. Heavenly Father, give us by thy Holy Spirit, for Christ's sake, this precious faith.
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