Paul has done nothing deserving death (Acts 26:31)

“As they were leaving,

They said to one another.

‘This man has done nothing

To deserve death

Or imprisonment.’”

καὶ ἀναχωρήσαντες ἐλάλουν πρὸς ἀλλήλους λέγοντες ὅτι Οὐδὲν θανάτου ἢ δεσμῶν ἄξιον πράσσει ὁ ἄνθρωπος οὗτος.

The author of Acts indicated that as these officials were leaving (καὶ ἀναχωρήσαντες), they said (λέγοντες) to one another (ἐλάλουν πρὸς ἀλλήλους) that this man (ὁ ἄνθρωπος οὗτος), Paul, had done (πράσσει) nothing (ὅτι Οὐδὲν) to deserve (ἄξιον) death (θανάτου) or imprisonment (ἢ δεσμῶν).  As these officials were leaving this hearing, they spoke to one another.  They actually repeated what was said earlier by the Roman commander in Jerusalem, Claudius Lysias, when he sent Paul to Governor Felix in chapter 23:29 with a letter, that Paul had done nothing that deserved death or imprisonment.  They all knew that Paul was innocent.  He had done nothing against the Roman empire.  Can prison sentences be arbitrary?

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