The magistrates ordered them to be beaten (Acts 16:22)

“The crowd joined

In attacking them.

The magistrates

Had them stripped

Of their clothes.

They ordered them

To be beaten

With rods.”

καὶ συνεπέστη ὁ ὄχλος κατ’ αὐτῶν, καὶ οἱ στρατηγοὶ περιρήξαντες αὐτῶν τὰ ἱμάτια ἐκέλευον ῥαβδίζειν,

The author of Acts indicated that the crowd (ὁ ὄχλος) joined in or rose up in attacking (καὶ συνεπέστη) Paul and Silas (κατ’ αὐτῶν).  The magistrates (καὶ οἱ στρατηγοὶ) had them stripped (περιρήξαντες) of their clothes (αὐτῶν τὰ ἱμάτια).  They ordered (ἐκέλευον) them to be beaten with rods (ῥαβδίζειν).  Acts was the only Greek biblical writing that used these words συνεπέστη, that means to place over or rise together and the word περιρήξαντες, that means to tear off all around or tear off garments.  The crowd joined these men who were accusing Paul and Silas.  Thus, the magistrate ordered that they be stripped of their clothes and beaten with rods.  Paul mentioned this in 2 Corinthians, chapter 11:25, when he said that he was beaten with rods three times.  Paul always seemed to be getting into trouble.  Only later in this episode in verse 37 would he reveal that he was a Roman citizen.  However, when he was later in Jerusalem, he let his jailers know that he was a Roman citizen before they flogged him in chapter 22:25.  Here, however, he did not say anything about that until after he was about to be released.  Have you ever been beaten?

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