“After they had given them
A severe flogging,
They threw them
To keep them securely.”
πολλάς δὲ ἐπιθέντες αὐτοῖς πληγὰς ἔβαλον εἰς φυλακήν, παραγγείλαντες τῷ δεσμοφύλακι ἀσφαλῶς τηρεῖν αὐτούς·
The author of Acts indicated that after they had given (δὲ ἐπιθέντες) them (αὐτοῖς) a severe flogging or many (πολλάς) blows (πληγὰς), they threw (ἔβαλον) them into prison (εἰς φυλακήν). They ordered (παραγγείλαντες) the jailer (τῷ δεσμοφύλακι) to keep (τηρεῖν) them (αὐτούς) securely (ἀσφαλῶς). Acts was the only Greek biblical writing that used this word in this section δεσμοφύλακι, that means a prison keeper or a jailer. After they beat Paul and Silas, they were put in jail securely. Paul was in trouble again. This time, he had Silas with him. Have you ever been in jail?