New International Version
More than forty men were involved in this plot.
King James Bible
And they were more than forty which had made this conspiracy.
Darby Bible Translation
And they were more than forty who had joined together in this oath;
World English Bible
There were more than forty people who had made this conspiracy.
Young's Literal Translation
and they were more than forty who made this conspiracy by oath,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
That they would neither eat nor drink, etc. - These forty Jews were no doubt of the class of the sicarii mentioned before, (similar to those afterwards called assassins), a class of fierce zealots, who took justice into their own hand; and who thought they had a right to despatch all those who, according to their views, were not orthodox in their religious principles. If these were, in their bad way, conscientious men, must they not all perish through hunger, as God put it out of their power to accomplish their vow? No: for the doctrine of sacerdotal absolution was held among the Jews as among the Papists: hence it is said, in Hieros. Avodah Zarah, fol. 40: "He that hath made a vow not to eat any thing, wo to him, if he eat; and wo to him, if he do not eat. If he eat, he sinneth against his vow; and if he do not eat, he sinneth against his life." What must such a man do in this case? Let him go to the wise men, and they will loose him from his vow, as it is written, Proverbs 12:18 : "The tongue of the wise is health." When vows were so easily dispensed with, they might be readily multiplied. See Lightfoot.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
'And the night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast testified of Me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome.'--ACTS xxiii. 11. It had long been Paul's ambition to 'preach the Gospel to you that are at Rome also.' His settled policy, as shown by this Book of the Acts, was to fly at the head, to attack the great centres of population. We trace him from Antioch to Philippi, Thessalonica, Athens, Corinth, Ephesus; and of course Rome was the …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture: The Acts
Antipatris. Caphar Salama.
Quirinius the Governor of Syria
Early Life the Place of Paul +The Man
The next morning some Jews formed a conspiracy and bound themselves with an oath not to eat or drink until they had killed Paul.
They went to the chief priests and the elders and said, "We have taken a solemn oath not to eat anything until we have killed Paul.
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