Who, when they had examined me, would have let me go, because there was no cause of death in me.
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)Who, when they had examined me . . .—It is possible that we have here only the summary of a fuller narrative, and that he gave an outline of the proceedings that had taken place between his first seizure and his appeal to the emperor. What he states, however, was fully warranted by the facts. No Roman magistrate had ever condemned him. Agrippa and Festus had decided that he might have been released (Acts 26:32). He had been constrained to appeal to Cæsar in self-defence, to avoid the danger of being handed over to a prejudiced tribunal or to plots of assassination (Acts 25:8-10). But, as it was, he came not, as other appellants so often came, with counter-accusations. On all such matters his lips were sealed, and his motive now was to remove any unfavourable impressions which reports from Judæa might have left on the minds of his hearers.Acts 24:10-27; Acts 25; Acts 26:31-32.
yet was I delivered prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans—the Roman authorities, Felix and Festus.Examined me; as Festus did in the presence of king Agrippa, Acts 25:26, who, they were both unbelievers, yet justified Paul, acknowledging that he had not committed any thing worthy of bonds, much less of death. Thus our Saviour was declared innocent by Pilate, Luke 23:4,14.
would have let me go; released him from his bonds, and set him at liberty to go where he pleased:
because there was no cause of death in me; no crime proved upon him, which was worthy of death; and this was the sense of Lysias the chief captain, and of Felix and Festus the Roman governors, and of King Agrippa.Who, when they had examined me, would have let me go, because there was no cause of death in me.
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)Acts 28:18-19. This observation of the apostle, disclosing his presence at Rome thus brought about as a position of necessity, completes (comp. Acts 25:25) the narrative of Acts 25:9. After his vindication (Acts 25:8) we are to conceive, namely, that Festus expresses his willingness to release him; this the Jews oppose (Acts 28:19), and now Festus proposes that Paul should allow himself to be judged in Jerusalem (Acts 25:9), whereupon the latter appeals to Caesar (Acts 25:11).
οὐχ ὡς τοῦ ἔθνους … κατηγορεῖν] thus purely on the defensive, and not in unpatriotic hostility.
ἔχων and the present infinitive (see the critical remarks) refer to what Paul has to do now in Rome.Acts 28:18. ἀνακ., cf. Acts 24:8, Acts 25:6; Acts 25:26, referring here to the judicial inquiries of Felix and Festus.18. would have let me go] [R. V. “desired to set me at liberty”] Alluding most probably to Agrippa’s remark (Acts 26:32) and the statement of Festus (Acts 25:25). It seems probable that Felix would have found means to set Paul free had the requisite bribe been offered to him (Acts 24:26). All were convinced of his innocence.Acts 28:18. Ἐδούλοντο ἀπολῦσαι, were wishing to let me go) ch. Acts 24:23, etc.Verse 18. - Desired to set me at liberty for would have let me go, A.V. Had examined me (ἀνακρίναντές με); see Acts 4:9; Acts 12:19; Acts 24:8; Acts 25:26. Desired to set me at liberty (see Acts 25:18, 19, 25; Acts 26:31, 32).
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