2 Corinthians 11:32
New International Version
In Damascus the governor under King Aretas had the city of the Damascenes guarded in order to arrest me.

New Living Translation
When I was in Damascus, the governor under King Aretas kept guards at the city gates to catch me.

English Standard Version
At Damascus, the governor under King Aretas was guarding the city of Damascus in order to seize me,

Berean Study Bible
In Damascus, the governor under King Aretas secured the city of the Damascenes in order to arrest me.

Berean Literal Bible
In Damascus the governor under the king Aretas was guarding the city of the Damascenes to seize me.

New American Standard Bible
In Damascus the ethnarch under Aretas the king was guarding the city of the Damascenes in order to seize me,

King James Bible
In Damascus the governor under Aretas the king kept the city of the Damascenes with a garrison, desirous to apprehend me:

Christian Standard Bible
In Damascus, a ruler under King Aretas guarded the city of Damascus in order to arrest me.

Contemporary English Version
The governor of Damascus at the time of King Aretas had the city gates guarded, so he could capture me.

Good News Translation
When I was in Damascus, the governor under King Aretas placed guards at the city gates to arrest me.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
In Damascus, the governor under King Aretas guarded the city of the Damascenes in order to arrest me,

International Standard Version
In Damascus, the governor under King Aretas put guards around the city of Damascus to catch me,

NET Bible
In Damascus, the governor under King Aretas was guarding the city of Damascus in order to arrest me,

New Heart English Bible
In Damascus the governor under Aretas the king guarded the city of the Damascenes to arrest me.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
In Dramsuq, the Captain of the Army of Aretus, The King, was guarding the city of the Damascenes to seize me,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The governor under King Aretas put guards around the city of Damascus to catch me.

New American Standard 1977
In Damascus the ethnarch under Aretas the king was guarding the city of the Damascenes in order to seize me,

Jubilee Bible 2000
In Damascus the governor under Aretas the king kept the city of the Damascenes with a garrison, desirous to apprehend me;

King James 2000 Bible
In Damascus the governor under Aretas the king guarded the city of Damascus with a garrison, desirous to apprehend me:

American King James Version
In Damascus the governor under Aretas the king kept the city of the Damascenes with a garrison, desirous to apprehend me:

American Standard Version
In Damascus the governor under Aretas the king guarded the city of the Damascenes in order to take me:

Douay-Rheims Bible
At Damascus, the governor of the nation under Aretas the king, guarded the city of the Damascenes, to apprehend me.

Darby Bible Translation
In Damascus the ethnarch of Aretas the king kept the city of the Damascenes shut up, wishing to take me;

English Revised Version
In Damascus the governor under Aretas the king guarded the city of the Damascenes, in order to take me:

Webster's Bible Translation
In Damascus the governor under Aretas the king kept the city of the Damascenes with a garrison, desirous to apprehend me:

Weymouth New Testament
In Damascus the governor under King Aretas kept guards at the gates of the city in order to apprehend me,

World English Bible
In Damascus the governor under King Aretas guarded the city of the Damascenes desiring to arrest me.

Young's Literal Translation
In Damascus the ethnarch of Aretas the king was watching the city of the Damascenes, wishing to seize me,
Study Bible
Paul's Suffering and Service
31The God and Father of the Lord Jesus, who is forever worthy of praise, knows that I am not lying. 32In Damascus, the governor under King Aretas secured the city of the Damascenes in order to arrest me. 33But I was lowered in a basket through a window in the wall and escaped his grasp.…
Cross References
Acts 9:2
to ask for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any men or women belonging to the Way, he could bring them as prisoners to Jerusalem.

Acts 9:8
Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could not see a thing. So they led him by the hand into Damascus.

Acts 9:10
In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord spoke to him in a vision, "Ananias!" "Here I am, Lord," he answered.

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

Treasury of Scripture

In Damascus the governor under Aretas the king kept the city of the Damascenes with a garrison, desirous to apprehend me:

Damascus.

2 Corinthians 11:26
In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren;

Acts 9:24,25
But their laying await was known of Saul. And they watched the gates day and night to kill him…

Aretas.







Lexicon
In
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.

Damascus,
Δαμασκῷ (Damaskō)
Noun - Dative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 1154: Damascus. Of Hebrew origin; Damascus, a city of Syria.

the
(ho)
Article - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

governor
ἐθνάρχης (ethnarchēs)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 1481: An ethnarch, tribal lord, a subordinate ruler. From ethnos and arche; the governor of a district.

under
τοῦ (tou)
Article - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

King
βασιλέως (basileōs)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 935: A king, ruler, but in some passages clearly to be translated: emperor. Probably from basis; a sovereign.

Aretas
Ἁρέτα (Hareta)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 702: Aretas IV, King of the Nabataeans. Of foreign origin; Aretas, an Arabian.

secured
ἐφρούρει (ephrourei)
Verb - Imperfect Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 5432: From a compound of pro and horao; to be a watcher in advance, i.e. To mount guard as a sentinel; figuratively, to hem in, protect.

the
τὴν (tēn)
Article - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

city
πόλιν (polin)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 4172: A city, the inhabitants of a city. Probably from the same as polemos, or perhaps from polus; a town.

of the Damascenes
Δαμασκηνῶν (Damaskēnōn)
Adjective - Genitive Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 1153: A Damascene, an inhabitant of Damascus. From Damaskos; a Damascene or inhabitant of Damascus.

in order to arrest
πιάσαι (piasai)
Verb - Aorist Infinitive Active
Strong's Greek 4084: Probably another form of biazo; to squeeze, i.e. Seize (press), or officially (arrest), or in hunting (capture).

me.
με (me)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Accusative 1st Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.
(32) In Damascus the governor under Aretas the king . . .--The question meets us at the outset whether the fact that follows is brought in as being the first instance of suffering endured for the sake of Christ, and therefore the natural opening to what was intended to have been a long, connected narrative of all such sufferings, or as being connected in some special manner with his "infirmities.", On the whole, the evidence--especially the context of 2Corinthians 11:30--seems in favour of the latter view, as far, at least, as the selection of the incident is concerned. There was, we can well imagine, an element of the ludicrous--something that gave occasion to jests and sneers--in the way in which the Apostle's escape On the historical facts connected with this incident, see Notes on Acts 9:24-25. The additional details which we learn from St. Paul are--(1) that Damascus was under the immediate control, not of the Governor of Syria, but of a governor or an ethnarch; (2) that the ethnarch was appointed, not by the Roman emperor, but by Aretas (the name was hereditary, and was the Greek form of the Arabic Haret), the King of the Nabathaean Arabs, who had his capital at Petra, who was the father of the first wife of Herod Antipas (see Note on Matthew 14:1); (3) that the ethnarch lent himself to the enmity of the Jews, and stationed troops at each gate of the city to prevent St. Paul's escape. "Ethnarch," it may be noted, was about this time the common title of a subordinate provincial governor. It had been borne by Judas Maccabaeus (1 Maccabees 14:47; 1 Maccabees 15:1-2) and by Archelaus (Jos. Wars, ii. 6, ? 3).

Verse 32. - In Damascus. (For the incident referred to, see Acts 9:22-25.) The governor; literally, the ethnarch. This is obviously the title given to the commandant of the city (whether an Arabian or a Jew), left in charge by Aretas. The word does not occur elsewhere in the New Testament, but is found in 1 Macc. 14:47; Josephus, 'Ant.,' 14:07, § 2. Under Aretas the king. Hareth, the Emir of Petra, father-in-law of Herod the Great. He had either seized the city during his war with Herod, to avenge the insult offered to his daughter by Herod's adultery with Herodias; or it may have been assigned to him by Caligula. His relations with Damascus are confirmed by coins (see 'Life of St. Paul,' exc. 8.). Kept... with a garrison; literally, was guarding. It is said in Acts 9:24 that the Jews did this; but they could not in any case have done it without leave from the ethnarch, and qui facit per alium, facit per se. Desirous to apprehend me. Both words are a little stronger in the Greek - "determining to seize me." 11:22-33 The apostle gives an account of his labours and sufferings; not out of pride or vain-glory, but to the honour of God, who enabled him to do and suffer so much for the cause of Christ; and shows wherein he excelled the false apostles, who tried to lessen his character and usefulness. It astonishes us to reflect on this account of his dangers, hardships, and sufferings, and to observe his patience, perseverance, diligence, cheerfulness, and usefulness, in the midst of all these trials. See what little reason we have to love the pomp and plenty of this world, when this blessed apostle felt so much hardship in it. Our utmost diligence and services appear unworthy of notice when compared with his, and our difficulties and trials scarcely can be perceived. It may well lead us to inquire whether or not we really are followers of Christ. Here we may study patience, courage, and firm trust in God. Here we may learn to think less of ourselves; and we should ever strictly keep to truth, as in God's presence; and should refer all to his glory, as the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is blessed for evermore.
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