Acts 23:22
So the chief captain then let the young man depart, and charged him, See you tell no man that you have showed these things to me.
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(22) So the chief captain.—The chiliarch is obviously glad of the intelligence. His sympathies are clearly with St. Paul personally as against the high priest and his followers. He welcomes an opportunity for showing his zeal for the safe-keeping of a Roman citizen, and for making a statement of the whole transaction from his own point of view. With true official caution he treats the communication he has received as confidential, and takes his measures accordingly.

23:12-24 False religious principles, adopted by carnal men, urge on to such wickedness, as human nature would hardly be supposed capable of. Yet the Lord readily disappoints the best concerted schemes of iniquity. Paul knew that the Divine providence acts by reasonable and prudent means; and that, if he neglected to use the means in his power, he could not expect God's providence to work on his behalf. He who will not help himself according to his means and power, has neither reason nor revelation to assure him that he shall receive help from God. Believing in the Lord, we and ours shall be kept from every evil work, and kept to his kingdom. Heavenly Father, give us by thy Holy Spirit, for Christ's sake, this precious faith.Looking for a promise from thee - Waiting for your consent to bring him down to them. 21. and now are they ready, looking for a promise from thee—Thus, as is so often the case with God's people, not till the last moment, when the plot was all prepared, did deliverance come. The chief captain shows by this his care, both for St. Paul, and for the young man too; for had it been known that he had discovered their conspiracy, they would have sought his life, and might divers ways have taken it away; and as for Paul, being disappointed in this, they would have made other attempts against him. So the chief captain then let the young man depart,.... After he had had the account from him, and was master of the whole affair:

and charged him, see thou tell no man that thou hast showed these things to me; which was prudently said; it was a right and wise thing to conceal this matter, that the men might go on with their designs, and an opportunity be taken to convey Paul away, before the time came fixed by them to execute them; for otherwise, should it have been known that their plot was discovered, they would have entered upon new measures.

{12} So the chief captain then let the young man depart, and charged him, See thou tell no man that thou hast shewed these things to me.

(12) There is no counsel against the Lord and his servants.

Acts 23:22. ἐκλαλῆσαι, Jdt 11:9 (but al[374]), “to divulge,” here only in N.T., but in classical Greek, and in Philo. As in i. 4, transition to oratio recta, cf. Luke 5:14, Mark 6:9, etc., very common in Greek prose, Winer-Moulton, lxiii., ii., 2, Blass, Gram., p. 280.

[374] Alford’s Greek Testament.22. So the chief captain then let the young man depart] There is but one conjunction in the original, which is doubly rendered here by So and then. It is better to omit the latter.

and charged him, See thou tell no man, &c.] The Rev. Ver. has “charging him, Tell no man, &c.” The Greek is literally “charging him to tell, &c.” but though this is correct enough in Greek when a sentence like “that thou hast shewed, &c.” is to follow it cannot stand in English; so for the infinitive “to tell” an imperative or its equivalent must be substituted. The A. V. has taken the one, the Rev. Ver. the other way of rendering.

that thou hast shewed [Rev. Ver. signified] &c.] This change is made because the same word was so rendered in Acts 23:15.Verse 22. - Let for then let, A.V.; go for depart, A.V.; charging for and charged, A.V.; tell for see then tell, A.V.; signified for showed, A.V. (see ver. 15, note). Charging (as in Acts 1:4; Acts 4:18; Acts 5:28, 40, etc.).
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