Acts 9:25
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New International Version
But his followers took him by night and lowered him in a basket through an opening in the wall.

New Living Translation
So during the night, some of the other believers lowered him in a large basket through an opening in the city wall.

English Standard Version
but his disciples took him by night and let him down through an opening in the wall, lowering him in a basket.

Berean Study Bible
One night, however, his disciples took him and lowered him in a basket through a window in the wall.

Berean Literal Bible
But having taken him by night, his disciples let him down through the wall, having lowered him in a basket.

New American Standard Bible
but his disciples took him by night and let him down through an opening in the wall, lowering him in a large basket.

King James Bible
Then the disciples took him by night, and let him down by the wall in a basket.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
but his disciples took him by night and lowered him in a large basket through an opening in the wall.

International Standard Version
but his disciples took him one night and let him down through the city wall by lowering him in a basket.

NET Bible
But his disciples took him at night and let him down through an opening in the wall by lowering him in a basket.

New Heart English Bible
but his disciples took him by night, and let him down through the wall, lowering him in a basket.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Then the disciples put him in a basket and let him down from the wall by night.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
However, Saul's disciples lowered him in a large basket through an opening in the wall one night.

New American Standard 1977
but his disciples took him by night, and let him down through an opening in the wall, lowering him in a large basket.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then the disciples took him by night and let him down by the wall in a basket.

King James 2000 Bible
Then the disciples took him by night, and let him down through the wall in a basket.

American King James Version
Then the disciples took him by night, and let him down by the wall in a basket.

American Standard Version
but his disciples took him by night, and let him down through the wall, lowering him in a basket.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But the disciples taking him in the night, conveyed him away by the wall, letting him down in a basket.

Darby Bible Translation
but the disciples took him by night and let him down through the wall, lowering him in a basket.

English Revised Version
but his disciples took him by night, and let him down through the wall, lowering him in a basket.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then the disciples took him by night, and let him down by the wall in a basket.

Weymouth New Testament
but his disciples took him by night and let him down through the wall, lowering him in a hamper.

World English Bible
but his disciples took him by night, and let him down through the wall, lowering him in a basket.

Young's Literal Translation
and the disciples having taken him, by night did let him down by the wall, letting down in a basket.
Study Bible
The Escape from Damascus
24but Saul learned of their plot. Day and night they watched the city gates in order to kill him. 25One night, however, his disciples took him and lowered him in a basket through a window in the wall. 26When Saul arrived in Jerusalem, he tried to join the disciples, but they were all afraid of him, not believing that he was a disciple.…
Cross References
1 Samuel 19:12
So Michal let David down through a window, and he went out and fled and escaped.

Matthew 15:37
They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up seven basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.

Acts 9:24
but Saul learned of their plot. Day and night they watched the city gates in order to kill him.

Acts 9:26
When Saul arrived in Jerusalem, he tried to join the disciples, but they were all afraid of him, not believing that he was a disciple.

Acts 11:29
So the disciples, each according to his ability, decided to send relief to the brothers living in Judea.

2 Corinthians 11:33
But I was lowered in a basket through a window in the wall and escaped his grasp.
Treasury of Scripture

Then the disciples took him by night, and let him down by the wall in a basket.

the disciples. Maundrell states that after visiting the place of vision, 'about half a mile distant from the city eastward,' they returned to the city, and 'were shown the gate where Paul was let down in a basket. This gate is at present walled up, by reason of its vicinity to the east gate, which renders it of little use.'

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Joshua 2:15 Then she let them down by a cord through the window: for her house …

1 Samuel 19:11,12 Saul also sent messengers to David's house, to watch him, and to …

2 Corinthians 11:33 And through a window in a basket was I let down by the wall, and …

(25) Let him down by the wall in a basket.--The basket is the spuris of Matthew 15:37, where see Note. In 2Corinthians 11:33 St. Paul describes it by another word (sargan), which gives the idea of a wicker or rope-work hamper. It seems to follow, from the tone in which the Apostle there speaks of this adventure, that it had been made matter of ridicule. It is connected in his thoughts with the "infirmities" (probably with his smallness of stature) of which he was content to boast. The escape was effected, like that of the spies from the house of Rahab (Joshua 2:15) and of David from his own house (1Samuel 19:11), through an opening or "window" in the town wall. Such a window is still shown in the wall of Damascus as the traditional scene of the escape.

Verse 25. - But for then, A.V.; his disciples for the disciples, A.V. and T.R.; through for by, A.V; lowering him in for in, A.V. Lowering him, etc. The A.V. gives the sense freely; and combining the verb καθῆκαν with the participle χαλάσαντες, translates both by the one word "let him down." The by of the A.V. seems preferable to the through of the R.V., as through suggests the idea, which cannot be intended, of making a hole in the wall. The escape of the spies from Jericho, as described in Joshua 2:15, was exactly in the same way, except that they had only a rope to descend by, whereas St. Paul had a rope-basket. In the description of his escape given by St. Paul to the Corinthians (2 Corinthians 11:33), he uses the same word for "let down" (ἐχαλάσθην), tells us he was let down "by the wall," R.V. διὰ τοῦ τείχους, with the additional particular that he got out through the window, διὰ θυρίδος, and that it was a σαργάνη, a basket made of ropes (which describes the kind of basket somewhat more accurately than the σπυρίς here used) in which he was let down (see note on ver. 20). The passage in 2 Corinthians gives us a further interesting account of how the Jews went about to accomplish their purpose of killing Paul. It seems that at this time, either in revolt against the Romans or by permission of Caligula (it is not known certainly which), a certain Aretas, or Hareth, King of Arabia Petrea, included Damascus in his dominions for a time, i.e. through the reigns of Caligula and Claudius. He appointed an ethnarch, who was doubtless a Jew, to rule the large Jewish population according to their Law, and who was the ready tool of the unbelieving Jews, using his power as governor to have the gates kept day and night so as to prevent Saul's escape. But he that keepeth Israel neither slumbered nor slept, and by his watchful providence Saul escaped from their hands. As regards the R.Y., his disciples for the disciples, Alford adopts the reading λαβόντες δὲ οἱ μαθηταὶ αὐτόν, and holds αὐτοῦ of the R.T. to be simply a mistake for αὐτόν, caused by the situation of αὐτόν after λαβόντες. The R.T. cannot be right. "The disciples" is St. Luke's regular expression for "Christians" (Acts 6:1, 2, 7; Acts 9:10, 19, 26; Acts 14:22; Acts 21:16), and is our Lord's name for his followers, but is never used by an apostle of his own followers (see 1 Corinthians 1:12, 13; 1 Corinthians 3:4-7). Then the disciples took him by night,.... The Alexandrian copy reads, "his disciples"; the disciples of Saul, such as he had been instrumental in making at Damascus: but it is not usual for the saints to be called in Scripture the disciples of any man; therefore the common reading is best, and designs the disciples and followers of Christ; who being concerned for the preservation of so valuable a life, took Saul in the night season,

and let him down by the wall in a basket. Damascus was a walled city; hence we read of the wall of Damascus, Jeremiah 49:27. And the house where Saul was, and which very likely was one of the disciples, was built upon the wall, as the house of Rahab was upon the town wall of Jericho; and as she let down the spies from thence by a cord through the window, Joshua 2:15 so the disciples let down Saul in a basket with cords through the window of the house, as appears from 2 Corinthians 11:33. See Gill on 2 Corinthians 11:33, no doubt, the disciples were directed by the overruling providence of God, in order to preserve the life of the apostle, who had much work to do for Christ in several parts of the world, and therefore must not fall into the hands of his enemies and die, his time not being yet come; and this shows, that it is lawful to make use of all prudent means and proper methods to prevent the designs of wicked men, and escape out of their hands, and preserve life when in danger; by which means Saul escaped their hands. 25. Then the disciples … by night let him down—"through a window" (2Co 11:33).

by the wall—Such overhanging windows in the walls of Eastern cities were common, and are to be seen in Damascus to this day.9:23-31 When we enter into the way of God, we must look for trials; but the Lord knows how to deliver the godly, and will, with the temptation, also make a way to escape. Though Saul's conversion was and is a proof of the truth of Christianity, yet it could not, of itself, convert one soul at enmity with the truth; for nothing can produce true faith, but that power which new-creates the heart. Believers are apt to be too suspicious of those against whom they have prejudices. The world is full of deceit, and it is necessary to be cautious, but we must exercise charity, 1Co 13:5. The Lord will clear up the characters of true believers; and he will bring them to his people, and often gives them opportunities of bearing testimony to his truth, before those who once witnessed their hatred to it. Christ now appeared to Saul, and ordered him to go quickly out of Jerusalem, for he must be sent to the Gentiles: see ch. 22:21. Christ's witnesses cannot be slain till they have finished their testimony. The persecutions were stayed. The professors of the gospel walked uprightly, and enjoyed much comfort from the Holy Ghost, in the hope and peace of the gospel, and others were won over to them. They lived upon the comfort of the Holy Ghost, not only in the days of trouble and affliction, but in days of rest and prosperity. Those are most likely to walk cheerfully, who walk circumspectly.
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