When the centurion heard that, he went and told the chief captain, saying, Take heed what you do: for this man is a Roman.
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)Take heed what thou doest.—The better MSS. give the words simply as a question: “What art thou about to do?”
Is it lawful ... - It was directly contrary to the Roman law to bind and scourge a Roman citizen. See the notes on Acts 16:36-37.
Is it lawful for you to scourge a man that is a Roman, &c.—See on Ac 16:37.
he went and told the chief captain; what Paul had said: saying, take heed what thou dost; or "art about to do"; lest some bad consequences should follow; lest he should affront the Roman people and senate, and lose his place, if not incur some corporeal punishment:When the centurion heard that, he went and told the chief captain, saying, Take heed what thou doest: for this man is a Roman.
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)Acts 22:26. ὅρα, see critical note.—τί μέλλεις ποιεῖν, cf. 2Ma 7:2 R, τί μέλλεις ἐρωτᾶν;—ὁ γὰρ ἄν. οὗτος, on St. Luke’s fondness for οὗτος in similar phrases, Friedrich, pp. 10, 89.26. Take heed what thou doest] The oldest texts omit the word for “take heed” and so make the remainder to be a blunt question “What art thou about to do?” And thus Rev. Ver. It was forbidden, under heavy penalty, by the Lex Porcia, to scourge a Roman citizen (Liv. Acts 10:9).Acts 22:26. Τῷ χιλιάρχῳ, the tribune or chief captain) who was away at the time.—γὰρ, for) Nay, there were stronger reasons underneath for taking heed, namely, that he was the servant of GOD.Verse 26. - And when for when, A.V.; it for that, A.V.; to for and told, A.V.; and told him, saying for saying, A.V.; What art thou about to do? for Take heed what thou doest, A.V.
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