2 Corinthians 11:32
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English Standard Version
At Damascus, the governor under King Aretas was guarding the city of Damascus in order to seize me,

King James Bible
In Damascus the governor under Aretas the king kept the city of the Damascenes with a garrison, desirous to apprehend me:

American Standard Version
In Damascus the governor under Aretas the king guarded the city of the Damascenes in order to take me:

Douay-Rheims Bible
At Damascus, the governor of the nation under Aretas the king, guarded the city of the Damascenes, to apprehend me.

English Revised Version
In Damascus the governor under Aretas the king guarded the city of the Damascenes, in order to take me:

Webster's Bible Translation
In Damascus the governor under Aretas the king kept the city of the Damascenes with a garrison, desirous to apprehend me:

Weymouth New Testament
In Damascus the governor under King Aretas kept guards at the gates of the city in order to apprehend me,

2 Corinthians 11:32 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

The governor (ἐθνάρχης)

Only here in the New Testament. A governor ruling in the name of a king: a prefect.

Aretas

Or Hareth, the father-in-law of Herod Antipas. Hs capital was the rock-city of Petra, the metropolis of Arabia Petraea. Herod's unfaithfulness to his daughter brought on a quarrel, in which Herod's army was defeated, to the great delight of the Jews. The further prosecution of the war by Roman troops was arrested by the death of Tiberius, and it is supposed that Caligula assigned Damascus as a free gift to Aretas.

Kept with a garrison (ἐφρούρει)

Imperfect tense, was maintaining a constant watch. Compare Acts 9:24 : They watched the gates day and night.

To apprehend (πιάσαι)

See on Acts 3:7.

2 Corinthians 11:32 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Damascus.

2 Corinthians 11:26 In journeys often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by my own countrymen, in perils by the heathen...

Acts 9:24,25 But their laying await was known of Saul. And they watched the gates day and night to kill him...

Aretas. This Aretas was an Arabian king, and the father-in-law of Herod Antipas, upon whom he made war in consequence of his having divorced his daughter. Herod applied to Tiberius for help, who sent Vitellius to reduce Aretas, and to bring him alive or dead to Rome. By some means or other Vitellius delayed his operations, and in the mean time Tiberius died; and it is probable that Aretas, who was thus snatched from ruin, availed himself of the favourable state of things, and seized on Damascus, which had belonged to his ancestors.

Cross References
Acts 9:2
and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.

Acts 9:8
Saul rose from the ground, and although his eyes were opened, he saw nothing. So they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus.

Acts 9:10
Now there was a disciple at Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, "Ananias." And he said, "Here I am, Lord."

Acts 9:24
but their plot became known to Saul. They were watching the gates day and night in order to kill him,

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