Acts 21:33

“Then the chief captain came near, and took him, and commanded him to be bound with two chains; and demanded who he was, and what he had done.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Then the chiefe captain came neere, and tooke him, & commanded him to be bound with two chains, and demanded who he was, and what hee had done.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Then the commander came up and took hold of him, and ordered him to be bound with two chains; and he {began} asking who he was and what he had done.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Then the chief captain came near, and laid hold on him, and commanded him to be bound with two chains; and inquired who he was, and what he had done.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Then the chief captain came near and took him, and gave orders for him to be put in chains, questioning them as to who he was and what he had done.
- Basic English Bible

Then the chiliarch came up and laid hold upon him, and commanded [him] to be bound with two chains, and inquired who he might be, and what he had done.
- Darby Bible

Then the chief captain came near and took him, and commanded him to be bound with two chains: and inquired who he was, and what he had done.
- Webster's Bible

Then the Tribune, making his way to him, arrested him, and, having ordered him to be secured with two chains, proceeded to ask who he was and what he had been doing.
- Weymouth Bible

Then the commanding officer came near, arrested him, commanded him to be bound with two chains, and inquired who he was and what he had done.
- World English Bible

Thanne the tribune cam, and cauyte hym, and comaundide, that he were boundun with twei cheynes; and axide, who he was, and what he hadde don.
- Wycliffe Bible

Then the chief captain, having come nigh, took him, and commanded [him] to be bound with two chains, and was inquiring who he may be, and what it is he hath been doing,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Acts 21:33


21:33 Then the tribune - Having made his way through the multitude, came near and took him - And how many great ends of providence were answered by this imprisonment? This was not only a means of preserving his life, (after he had suffered severely for worldly prudence,) but gave him an opportunity of preaching the Gospel safely, in spite of all tumult, #Acts 22:22|, yea, and that in those places to which otherwise he could have had no access, #Acts 21:40|. And commanded him to be bound with two chains - Taking it for granted he was some notorious offender. And thus the prophecy of Agabus was fulfilled, though by the hands of a Roman.


People's Bible Notes for Acts 21:33


Ac 21:33 Took him, and commanded [him] to be bound. The first thought of the commander was that the man seized was some great criminal. From Ac 21:38 we learned that he supposed Paul was an Egyptian rebel. Hence he ordered him bound.

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