Acts 23:2

“And the high priest Ananias commanded them that stood by him to smite him on the mouth.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for Acts 23:2

And the high Priest Ananias commanded them that stood by him, to smite him on the mouth.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

The high priest Ananias commanded those standing beside him to strike him on the mouth.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And the high priest Ananias commanded them that stood by him to smite him on the mouth.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And the high priest, Ananias, gave orders to those who were near him to give him a blow on the mouth.
- Basic English Bible

But the high priest Ananias ordered those standing by him to smite his mouth.
- Darby Bible

And the high priest Ananias commanded them that stood by him, to strike him on the mouth.
- Webster's Bible

On hearing this the High Priest Ananias ordered those who were standing near Paul to strike him on the mouth.
- Weymouth Bible

The high priest, Ananias, commanded those who stood by him to strike him on the mouth.
- World English Bible

And Anany, prince of prestis, comaundide to men that stoden nyy hym, that thei schulden smyte his mouth.
- Wycliffe Bible

and the chief priest Ananias commanded those standing by him to smite him on the mouth,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible Commentary for Acts 23:2

Wesley's Notes for Acts 23:2


23:1 And Paul earnestly beholding the council - Professing a clear conscience by his very countenance; and likewise waiting to see whether any of them was minded to ask him any question, said, I have lived in all good conscience before God till this day - He speaks chiefly of the time since he became a Christian. For none questioned him concerning what he had been before. And yet even in his unconverted state, although he was in an error, yet he had acted from conscience, before God - Whatever men may think or say of me.

23:3 Then said Paul - Being carried away by a sudden and prophetic impulse. God is about to smite thee, thou whited wall - Fair without; full of dirt and rubbish within. And he might well be so termed, not only as he committed this outrage, while gravely sitting on the tribunal of justice but also as, at the same time that he stood high in the esteem of the citizens, he cruelly defrauded the priests of their legal subsistence, so that some of them even perished for want. And God did remarkably smite him; for about five years after this, his house being reduced to ashes, in a tumult begun by his own son, he was besieged in the royal palace; where having hid himself in an old aqueduct, he was dragged out and miserably slain.


People's Bible Notes for Acts 23:2


Ac 23:2 To strike him on the mouth. The high priest flamed up in an instant at the statement of Paul that he had acted in good conscience. "How could such a renegade from Judaism be conscientious"? It is common in the despotic East to order the mouths that are supposed to have spoken falsely to be smitten. Ananias was high priest at this time, but was removed on a charge brought by King Agrippa in A.D. 59 (Ac 25:13). He was at last assassinated.

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