Acts 23:35
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New International Version
he said, "I will hear your case when your accusers get here." Then he ordered that Paul be kept under guard in Herod's palace.

New Living Translation
"I will hear your case myself when your accusers arrive," the governor told him. Then the governor ordered him kept in the prison at Herod's headquarters.

English Standard Version
he said, “I will give you a hearing when your accusers arrive.” And he commanded him to be guarded in Herod’s praetorium.

Berean Study Bible
he said, "I will hear your case when your accusers arrive." Then he ordered that Paul be kept under guard in Herod's Praetorium.

Berean Literal Bible
he was saying "I will hear you fully when your accusers may have arrived also," having commanded him to be guarded in the Praetorium of Herod.

New American Standard Bible
he said, "I will give you a hearing after your accusers arrive also," giving orders for him to be kept in Herod's Praetorium.

King James Bible
I will hear thee, said he, when thine accusers are also come. And he commanded him to be kept in Herod's judgment hall.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
he said, "I will give you a hearing whenever your accusers get here too." And he ordered that he be kept under guard in Herod's palace.

International Standard Version
he said, "I will hear your case when your accusers arrive." Then he ordered Paul to be kept in custody in Herod's palace.

NET Bible
he said, "I will give you a hearing when your accusers arrive too." Then he ordered that Paul be kept under guard in Herod's palace.

New Heart English Bible
"I will hear you fully when your accusers also arrive." He commanded that he be kept in Herod's palace.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He said to him, “I shall hear you whenever your accusers have come.” And he commanded to keep him in the Praetorium of Herodus.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
he said, "I'll hear your case when your accusers arrive." Then the governor gave orders to keep Paul under guard in Herod's palace.

New American Standard 1977
he said, “I will give you a hearing after your accusers arrive also,” giving orders for him to be kept in Herod’s Praetorium.

Jubilee Bible 2000
I will hear thee, said he, when thine accusers are also come. And he commanded him to be kept in Herod's judgment hall.

King James 2000 Bible
I will hear you when your accusers are also come. And he commanded him to be kept in Herod's judgment hall.

American King James Version
I will hear you, said he, when your accusers are also come. And he commanded him to be kept in Herod's judgment hall.

American Standard Version
I will hear thee fully, said he, when thine accusers also are come: and he commanded him to be kept in Herod's palace.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I will hear thee, said he, when thy accusers come. And he commanded him to be kept in Herod's judgment hall.

Darby Bible Translation
he said, I will hear thee fully when thine accusers also are arrived. And he commanded him to be kept in Herod's praetorium.

English Revised Version
I will hear thy cause, said he, when thine accusers also are come: and he commanded him to be kept in Herod's palace.

Webster's Bible Translation
I will hear thee, said he, when thy accusers also have come. And he commanded him to be kept in Herod's judgment-hall.

Weymouth New Testament
he said, "I will hear all you have to say, when your accusers also have come." And he ordered him to be detained in custody in Herod's Palace.

World English Bible
"I will hear you fully when your accusers also arrive." He commanded that he be kept in Herod's palace.

Young's Literal Translation
'I will hear thee -- said he -- when thine accusers also may have come;' he also commanded him to be kept in the praetorium of Herod.
Study Bible
Paul Sent to Felix
34The governor read the letter and asked what province Paul was from. Learning that he was from Cilicia, 35he said, “I will hear your case when your accusers arrive.” Then he ordered that Paul be kept under guard in Herod’s Praetorium.
Cross References
Jeremiah 38:13
So they pulled Jeremiah up with the ropes and lifted him out of the cistern, and Jeremiah stayed in the court of the guardhouse.

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 24:19
who ought to appear before you and bring charges, if they have anything against me.

Acts 24:23
He ordered the centurion to keep Paul under guard, but to allow him some freedom and permit his friends to minister to his needs.

Acts 24:27
After two years had passed, Felix was succeeded by Porcius Festus. And wishing to do the Jews a favor, Felix left Paul in prison.

Acts 25:16
I told them it was not the Roman custom to hand a man over before he has an opportunity to face his accusers and defend himself against their charges.
Treasury of Scripture

I will hear you, said he, when your accusers are also come. And he commanded him to be kept in Herod's judgment hall.

when.

Acts 23:30 And when it was told me how that the Jews laid wait for the man, …

Acts 24:1,10,22,24-27 And after five days Ananias the high priest descended with the elders, …

Acts 25:16 To whom I answered, It is not the manner of the Romans to deliver …

in.

Matthew 2:1,3,16 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod …

judgment.

Matthew 27:27 Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, …

John 18:28 Then led they Jesus from Caiaphas to the hall of judgment: and it …

(35) I will hear thee.--The Greek verb expresses the idea of a thorough hearing.

He commanded him to be kept in Herod's judgment hall.--The Greek word is prtorium, a word somewhat elastic in its application, and ranging from a palace to a barrack. "Judgment hall" hardly gives the meaning here. The building had probably been intended by Herod for use as a royal residence, and was now used by the Roman procurator for himself and his troops. The Apostle had there a second experience of the life of a prtorium. At Rome he does not appear to have been in the prtorium, though the circumstances of his imprisonment brought him into contact with the soldiers who were quartered there. (Comp. Notes on Matthew 27:27; Philippians 1:13.)

Verse 35. - Thy cause for thee, A.V.; also are for are also, A.V.; palace for judgment hall, A.V. I will hear thy cause; διακούσομαί σου, found only here in the New Testament; but used in the same sense as here for "hearing a cause," in Deuteronomy 1:16, Διακούσατε... καὶ κρίνετε, "Hear the causes between your brethren, and judge righteously," A.V. See also Job 9:33, Διακούων ἀναμέσον ἀμφοτέρων, "That might lay his hand upon us both," A.V., i.e. judge between us. Palace (ἐν τῷ πραιτωρίῳ). The praetorium - for it is a Latin word - was originally the proctor's tent in a Roman camp. Thence it came to signify the abode of the chief magistrate in a province, or a king's palace. Herod's palace seems to have been a palace originally built by King Herod, and now used, either as the residence of the procurator or, as the mode of speaking rather indicates, for some public office. (For the use of the word πραιτώριον, see Matthew 27:27; John 18:28, 33; John 19:9; Philippians 1:13.)



I will hear thee, said he,.... The Arabic and Ethiopic versions read, "we will hear", which is a grand courtly way of speaking:

when thine accusers are come; which Lysias, in his letter, informed him that he had ordered them to come; which shows the governor to have some sense of justice and integrity, being desirous to hear both sides before he judged of the affair, though there was so much said in the chief captain's letter in favour of Paul's innocence, and against his enemies.

And he commanded him to be kept in Herod's judgment hall; or palace: this was a place built by Herod the great at Caesarea, of whose magnificent buildings here Josephus gives a large account. For besides the famous haven or port which he made here, he adorned the place with splendid palaces, he built a theatre, and an amphitheatre, and a "forum" (h), which was either a market place, or a court of judicature; and if the latter, perhaps the same that is here meant, in a part of which, or in a place adjoining to it, the apostle was put. Here he was kept by a guard of soldiers, but not in close confinement; he had much liberty, and his friends and acquaintance had leave to come to him; see Acts 24:23. We read (i) of , which some interpret "the chamber of the judges of Caesarea"; or the place where they sat in judgment, and may be the same that is here meant; though others interpret it a prison; and so it seems was this judgment hall of Herod's.

(h) Joseph. de Bello Jud. l. 1. c. 21. sect. 5, 8. (i) Megillat Esther, fol. 85. 1.35. I will hear thee—The word means, "give thee a full hearing."

to be kept in Herod's judgment hall—"prætorium," the palace built at Cæsarea by Herod, and now occupied by the Roman procurators; in one of the buildings attached to which Paul was ordered to be kept. 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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