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Joseph Parker

The People's Bible by Joseph Parker - Acts 23:1-35

Chapter 86 Prayer Almighty God, we are thy guests today. Thou hast spread the table and sent forth thy messages of love and welcome, and we have answered them, and today we sit under thy roof, and thy banner over us is love. We would have no thought that is not becoming the house; we would be lifted up in spirit that we may praise the Lord in a fit song and worthily magnify his holy name. Thou knowest our need, and thou hast answered it in the Gospel of thy Son. Thou hast provided abundantly... read more

Robert Hawker

Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary - Acts 23:23-35

And he called unto him two centurions, saying, Make ready two hundred soldiers to go to Caesarea, and horsemen threescore and ten, and spearmen two hundred, at the third hour of the night; (24) And provide them beasts, that they may set Paul on, and bring him safe unto Felix the governor. (25) And he wrote a letter after this manner: (26) Claudius Lysias unto the most excellent governor Felix sendeth greeting. (27) This man was taken of the Jews, and should have been killed of them: then came I... read more

Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Bible - Acts 23:25-35

25-35 God has instruments for every work. The natural abilities and moral virtues of the heathens often have been employed to protect his persecuted servants. Even the men of the world can discern between the conscientious conduct of upright believers, and the zeal of false professors, though they disregard or understand not their doctrinal principles. All hearts are in God's hand, and those are blessed who put their trust in him, and commit their ways unto him. read more

Frank Binford Hole

F. B. Hole's Old and New Testament Commentary - Acts 23:1-99

Acts 23 AS WE OPEN this chapter, we find Paul standing before this august body, and we might have expected him to give the most striking and convincing address of his life. In result however there was a minimum of testimony and a maximum of confusion. Paul’s opening remark was bitterly resented, though we can see that it was true. A “good” conscience is acquired and maintained as we sincerely and rigidly carry out all that conscience directs. The zealot with unenlightened or perverted... read more

Paul E. Kretzmann

The Popular Commentary by Paul E. Kretzmann - Acts 23:31-35

The journey and the arrival in Caesarea: v. 31. Then the soldiers, as it was commanded them, took Paul and brought him by night to Antipatris. v. 32. On the morrow they left the horsemen to go with him, and returned to the castle; v. 33. who, when they came to Caesarea and delivered the epistle to the governor, presented Paul also before him. v. 34. And when the governor had read the letter, he asked of what province he was. And when he understood that he was of Cilicia, v. 35. I... read more

Johann Peter Lange

Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures: Critical, Doctrinal and Homiletical - Acts 23:12-35

SECTION IIIPAUL IS CONVEYED FROM JERUSALEM TO CESAREA, AND THERE SPEAKS IN DEFENCE OF HIMSELF BEFORE THE ROMAN PROCURATOR FELIX, AND, SUBSEQUENTLY, BEFORE HIS SUCCESSOR FESTUS, AS WELL AS BEFORE KING AGRIPPA IIActs 23:12 to Acts 26:32A.—A CONSPIRACY AGAINST THE LIFE OF PAUL HAVING BEEN DISCOVERED, HE IS SENT, FOR THE SAFETY OF HIS PERSON, TO CESAREA, WHERE HE IS PLACED IN THE CHARGE OF FELIX, THE ROMAN PROCURATORActs 23:12-3512     And [But] when it was day, certain of the Jews [day, the Jews6]... read more

Frederick Brotherton Meyer

F.B. Meyer's 'Through the Bible' Commentary - Acts 23:25-35

Sent to a Roman Tribunal Acts 23:25-35 Antipatris was forty-two miles from Jerusalem. The escort and their prisoner made the forced march in a night. Next day the legionaries marched back to Jerusalem while the mounted soldiers rode forward to Caesarea, which was twenty-six miles farther on. The Apostle therefore entered Caesarea in a guise different from that in which he had left it, Acts 21:16 . Philip and the other Christians must have been startled to see how soon their forebodings were... read more

G. Campbell Morgan

G. Campbell Morgan's Exposition on the Whole Bible - Acts 23:1-35

By action of the Roman governor, Paul was arraigned before the Jewish Sanhedrin. Hardly had he commenced before he was interrupted and insulted. It was a most trying ordeal for the apostle. It is easily conceivable that he would be dejected in the loneliness of the following night. It was then that the Lord stood by him and said, "Be of good cheer," and assured him that in spite of all opposition he would bear witness also at Rome. So fierce, however, was the opposition to the apostle that... read more

Peter Pett

Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible - Acts 23:1-35

PAUL’S JOURNEY TO JERUSALEM AND THEN TO ROME (19:21-28:31). Here we begin a new section of Acts. It commences with Paul’s purposing to go to Jerusalem, followed by an incident, which, while it brings to the conclusion his ministry in Ephesus, very much introduces the new section. From this point on all changes. Paul’s ‘journey to Jerusalem’ and then to Rome has begun, with Paul driven along by the Holy Spirit. The ending of the previous section as suggested by the closing summary in Acts 19:20... read more

Peter Pett

Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible - Acts 23:25-35

Paul In The Hands of The ‘Most Excellent’ Felix (23:25-35). The ‘most excellent’ Felix, to whom Paul was being taken, was a freedman who had been appointed as procurator, a most unusual situation. Procurators were usually of equestrian rank. His appointment was an act of favouritism to his brother and he proved to be what he was, and by his behaviour in Palestine increased the hatred of Rome. Tacitus says of him that ‘practising every kind of cruelty and lust he wielded royal power with the... read more

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