And when they were gone aside, they talked between themselves, saying, This man does nothing worthy of death or of bonds.
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)This man doeth nothing worthy of death or of bonds.—St. Luke obviously dwells on the witness thus given to St. Paul’s innocence. To us, knowing him as we do, the anxiety to record the witness seems superfluous; but it was not so when the historian wrote. The charge of what we should call lawless and revolutionary tendencies had been too often brought against the Apostle (Acts 17:6), and was too current against his followers, to make such a record one that he could willingly pass over.Acts 23:29, of Felix Acts 24, of Festus Acts 25:26-27, and of Agrippa, as to the innocence of Paul. More honorable and satisfactory testimony of his innocence he could not have desired. It was a full acquittal from all the charges against him; and though he was to be sent to Rome, yet he went there with every favorable prospect of being acquitted there also. Gone aside; either to their houses, or to some apartment nigh to the tribunal. They acquit Paul; for as yet Nero had not made those bloody laws, whereby the profession of Christianity was made capital.
they talked between themselves; that the common people might not hear their debates, and the result of them, and what were their sentiments concerning Paul and his case:
saying, this man doth nothing worthy of death, or of bonds; according to the Roman laws; for as yet there were no laws among the Romans against the Christians as such, or against their professing and preaching Christ.And when they were gone aside, they talked between themselves, saying, This man doeth nothing worthy of death or of bonds.
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)Acts 26:31. πράσσει, present tense: “agit de vitæ instituto” (Grotius, Blass).31. they talked between themselves] R. V. “they spake one to another.” This is more literal and conveys better the idea that they were all of one mind about the case.Acts 26:31. Οὐδὲν, nothing) Is there nothing besides, ye hearers, which ye might have learned from that discourse? Political reflections and favourable opinions pronounced on such a preacher, do not settle the matter.—πράσσει, doeth) and hath done. They speak not merely of one action, but of the whole life of Paul.Verse 31. - Had withdrawn for were gone aside, A.V.; spake one to another for talked between themselves, A.V. Had withdrawn; viz. from the public hall, the ἀκροατήριον of Acts 25:23, into the private room, "the withdrawing-room" adjoining it. There they freely talked over the trial, and all agreed that the prisoner had done nothing to deserve either death or imprisonment. Paul had made a favorable impression upon both Jews and Romans.
Referring, not to Paul's past conduct, but to the general character of his life.
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