Acts 23:31
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New International Version
So the soldiers, carrying out their orders, took Paul with them during the night and brought him as far as Antipatris.

New Living Translation
So that night, as ordered, the soldiers took Paul as far as Antipatris.

English Standard Version
So the soldiers, according to their instructions, took Paul and brought him by night to Antipatris.

Berean Study Bible
So the soldiers followed their orders and brought Paul by night to Antipatris.

Berean Literal Bible
Therefore indeed the soldiers, according to that having been ordered them, having taken Paul, brought him to Antipatris by night.

New American Standard Bible
So the soldiers, in accordance with their orders, took Paul and brought him by night to Antipatris.

King James Bible
Then the soldiers, as it was commanded them, took Paul, and brought him by night to Antipatris.

Christian Standard Bible
So the soldiers took Paul during the night and brought him to Antipatris as they were ordered.

Contemporary English Version
The soldiers obeyed the commander's orders, and that same night they took Paul to the city of Antipatris.

Good News Translation
The soldiers carried out their orders. They got Paul and took him that night as far as Antipatris.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Therefore, the soldiers took Paul during the night and brought him to Antipatris as they were ordered.

International Standard Version
So the soldiers, in keeping with their orders, took Paul and brought him by night to Antipatris.

NET Bible
So the soldiers, in accordance with their orders, took Paul and brought him to Antipatris during the night.

New Heart English Bible
So the soldiers, carrying out their orders, took Paul and brought him by night to Antipatris.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Then the Romans brought Paulus in the night, as they were ordered, and brought him to the city AntiPatris.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So the infantrymen did as they had been ordered. They took Paul to the city of Antipatris during the night.

New American Standard 1977
So the soldiers, in accordance with their orders, took Paul and brought him by night to Antipatris.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then the soldiers, as it was commanded them, took Paul and brought him by night to Antipatris.

King James 2000 Bible
Then the soldiers, as it was commanded them, took Paul, and brought him by night to Antipatris.

American King James Version
Then the soldiers, as it was commanded them, took Paul, and brought him by night to Antipatris.

American Standard Version
So the soldiers, as it was commanded them, took Paul and brought him by night to Antipatris.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Then the soldiers, according as it was commanded them, taking Paul, brought him by night to Antipatris.

Darby Bible Translation
The soldiers therefore, according to what was ordered them, took Paul and brought him by night to Antipatris,

English Revised Version
So the soldiers, as it was commanded them, took Paul, and brought him by night to Antipatris.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then the soldiers, as it was commanded them, took Paul, and brought him by night to Antipatris.

Weymouth New Testament
So, in obedience to their orders, the soldiers took Paul and brought him by night as far as Antipatris.

World English Bible
So the soldiers, carrying out their orders, took Paul and brought him by night to Antipatris.

Young's Literal Translation
Then, indeed, the soldiers according to that directed them, having taken up Paul, brought him through the night to Antipatris,
Study Bible
Paul Sent to Felix
30When I was informed that there was a plot against the man, I sent him to you at once. I also instructed his accusers to present their case against him before you.” 31So the soldiers followed their orders and brought Paul by night to Antipatris. 32The next day they returned to the barracks and let the horsemen go on with him.…
Cross References
Acts 23:30
When I was informed that there was a plot against the man, I sent him to you at once. I also instructed his accusers to present their case against him before you.”

Acts 23:32
The next day they returned to the barracks and let the horsemen go on with him.

Treasury of Scripture

Then the soldiers, as it was commanded them, took Paul, and brought him by night to Antipatris.

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Acts 23:23,24 And he called to him two centurions, saying, Make ready two hundred …

Luke 7:8 For I also am a man set under authority, having under me soldiers, …

2 Timothy 2:3,4 You therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ…







(31) Antipatris.--The town, built by Herod the Great, and named after his father, is represented by the modern Kefr-Saba, answering to the Caphar Saba of Josephus (Ant. xvi. 5, ? 2). It was about forty-two miles from Jerusalem and twenty-six from Caesarea. Traces of a Roman road have been discovered between it and Jerusalem, more direct by some miles than the better known route through the pass of Beth-horon. Having started probably at or about midnight, they would reach this town about six or seven A.M. They would then be practically beyond all danger of pursuit or attack, and the foot-soldiers therefore returned, as no longer needed, to their barracks in the Tower Antonia, leaving the horsemen to go on with him.

Verse 31. - So for then, A.V. Antipatris; "forty-two Roman miles from Jerusalem, and twenty-six from Caesarea, built (on the site of Kaphor Saba) by Herod the Great, and named in honor of Antipater, his father" (Alford). According to Howson, following the American traveller, the Rev. Eli Smith, the route lay from Jerusalem to Gophna, on the road to Nablous, and from Gophna, leaving the great north road by a Roman road of which many distinct traces remain, to Antipatris, avoiding Lydda or Diospolis altogether. Gophna is three hours from Jerusalem, and, as they started at 9 p.m., would be reached by midnight. Five or six hours more would bring them to Antipatris, most of the way being downhill from the hill country of Ephraim to the plain of Sharon. Attera halt of two or three hours, a march of six hours would bring them to Caesarea, which they may have reached in the afternoon. Then the soldiers, as it was commanded them, took Paul,.... Out of the castle, and put him upon a beast, as the chief captain had ordered the centurions, and they had directed the soldiers to do:

and brought him by night to Antipatris: they set out from Jerusalem at the third hour, or about nine o'clock at night, and travelled all night, and by break of day came to Antipatris; a city which lay in the road from Jerusalem to Caesarea: it was built by Herod the great, in the best soil of his kingdom, enriched with rivers and woods (t); and was so called by him, in memory of his father Antipater; it before went by the name of Chabar Zaba (u), or Capharsaba; the Jewish writers place it in the utmost borders of the land of Judea (w); hence that phrase so often used by them, from Gebath to Antipatris (x), in like sense as from Dan to Beersheba, these two places being the utmost borders of the land; here it was that Simon the just, with some of the principal inhabitants of Jerusalem, met Alexander the great, who travelled all night, as these soldiers with Paul did, and came to Antipatris at sun rising (y). It was forty two miles from Jerusalem. It was in the road from Judea to Galilee, as appears from the following canon of the Jews, concerning divorces (z);

"if a husband says to his wife, lo, this is thy divorce, if I do not come thirty days hence, and he goes from Judea to Galilee, and comes to Antipatris and returns, it becomes void:''

the way from Jerusalem to Caesarea lay through Nicopolis, Lydda, Antipatris, and Betthar; from Jerusalem to Nicopolis, according to the old Jerusalem Itinerary (a), were twenty two miles; from thence to Lydda, ten miles; and from Lydda to Antipatris ten more (which make forty two miles, as before observed); and from Antipatris to Betthar ten miles, and from thence to Caesarea, sixteen more: so that when the apostle was at Antipatris, he had twenty six miles more to go to Caesarea; and hence it appears, that the length of the journey from Jerusalem to Caesarea was sixty eight miles; though Josephus (b) makes the distance to be six hundred furlongs, or seventy five miles: and that the way from the one to the other lay through the places before mentioned, may be illustrated from what the same writer says, of some persons travelling from Caesarea to Jerusalem; so he relates (c), concerning Quadratus governor of Syria, that from Tyre he came to Caesarea, from Caesarea to Lydda, and from Lydda to Jerusalem; and of Cestius the Roman general, he says (d), that from Caesarea he came to Antipatris, and from Antipatris to Lydda, and from Lydda to Jerusalem, which clearly seems to be the same road the apostle went; and so Jerom (e), in the account he gives of the journey of Paula, says, that she came to Caesarea, where she saw the house of Cornelius, the cottage of Philip, and the beds of the four virgin prophetesses; and from thence to Antipatris, a little town half pulled down, which Herod called after his father's name; and from thence to Lydda, now Diospolis, famous for the resurrection of Dorcas, and the healing of Aeneas. Antipatris is, by Ptolomy (f), placed at the west of Jordan, and is mentioned along with Gaza, Lydda, and Emmaus; some take it to be the same with Capharsalama, mentioned in:

"Nicanor also, when he saw that his counsel was discovered, went out to fight against Judas beside Capharsalama:'' (1 Maccabees 7:31)

and others say, it is the same that is since called Assur or Arsuf, a town on the sea coast, which is not likely, since it does not appear that Antipatris was a maritime city. The apostle could not now stay to preach the Gospel in this place, nor do we elsewhere read or hear of a Gospel church state in it, until the "fifth" century; when it appears (g) there was a church here, and Polychronius was bishop of it, who was present at the council of Chalcedon, held in the year 451; and in the "eighth" century there were many Christians dwelt here, for in the year 744 there were many of them killed by the Arabians.

(t) Josephus De Bello Jud. l. 1. c. 21. sect 9. (u) Ib. Antiqu. l. 13. c. 15. sect. 1. & l. 16. c. 5. sect. 2.((w) Bartenora in Misn. Gittin, c. 7. sect. 7. (x) T. Hieros. Taanioth, fol. 69. 2. & Megilia, fol. 70. 1. & T. Bab. Yebamot, fol. 62. 2. & Sanhedrin, fol. 94. 2. Shirhashirim Rabba, fol. 18. 2. & Juchasin, fol. 108. 1. & Jarchi in Eccl. xi. 6. (y) T. Bab. Yoma, fol. 69. 1.((z) Misn. Gittin, c. 7. sect. 7. (a) Apud Reland. Palestina Illustrata, l. 2. c. 4. p. 417. (b) De Bello Jud. l. 1. c. 3. sect. 5. (c) Ib. l. 2. c. 12. sect. 5, 6. (d) Ib. c. 19. sect. 1.((e) Epitaph. Paulae, fol. 59. A. (f) Geograph. l. 5. c. 16. (g) Vid. Reland. Palestina Ilustrata, l. 3. p. 569, 570. 31, 32. brought him … to Antipatris—nearly forty miles from Jerusalem, on the way to Cæsarea; so named by Herod in honor of his father, Antipater.23:25-35 God has instruments for every work. The natural abilities and moral virtues of the heathens often have been employed to protect his persecuted servants. Even the men of the world can discern between the conscientious conduct of upright believers, and the zeal of false professors, though they disregard or understand not their doctrinal principles. All hearts are in God's hand, and those are blessed who put their trust in him, and commit their ways unto him.
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