New American Standard Bible
but their plot became known to Saul. They were also watching the gates day and night so that they might put him to death;
King James Bible
But their laying await was known of Saul. And they watched the gates day and night to kill him.
Darby Bible Translation
But their plot became known to Saul. And they watched also the gates both day and night, that they might kill him;
World English Bible
but their plot became known to Saul. They watched the gates both day and night that they might kill him,
Young's Literal Translation
and their counsel against him was known to Saul; they were also watching the gates both day and night, that they may kill him,
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
But their laying await - Their counsel; their design.
Was known of Saul - Was made known to him. In what way this was communicated we do not know. This design of the Jews against Saul is referred to in 2 Corinthians 11:32-33, where it is said, "In Damascus, the governor under Aretas the king kept the Damascenes with a garrison, desirous to apprehend me; and through a window in a basket was I let down by the wall, and escaped his hands."
And they watched the gates - Cities were surrounded by high walls, and of course the gates were presumed to be the only places of escape. As they supposed that Saul, apprised of their designs, would make an attempt to escape, they stationed guards at the gates to intercept him. In 2 Corinthians 11:32, it is said that the governor kept the city for the purpose of apprehending him. It is possible that the governor might have been a Jew, and one, therefore, who would enter into their views. Or if not a Jew, the Jews who were there might easily represent Saul as an offender, and demand his being secured, and thus a garrison or guard might be furnished them for their purpose. See a similar attempt made by the Jews recorded in Matthew 28:14.
'And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest, 2. And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them hound unto Jerusalem. 3. And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: 4. And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou Me? 5. …
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but his disciples took him by night and let him down through an opening in the wall, lowering him in a large basket.
And there he spent three months, and when a plot was formed against him by the Jews as he was about to set sail for Syria, he decided to return through Macedonia.
serving the Lord with all humility and with tears and with trials which came upon me through the plots of the Jews;
When it was day, the Jews formed a conspiracy and bound themselves under an oath, saying that they would neither eat nor drink until they had killed Paul.
"When I was informed that there would be a plot against the man, I sent him to you at once, also instructing his accusers to bring charges against him before you."
requesting a concession against Paul, that he might have him brought to Jerusalem (at the same time, setting an ambush to kill him on the way).
2 Corinthians 11:32
In Damascus the ethnarch under Aretas the king was guarding the city of the Damascenes in order to seize me,
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