Acts 23:23
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English Standard Version
Then he called two of the centurions and said, “Get ready two hundred soldiers, with seventy horsemen and two hundred spearmen to go as far as Caesarea at the third hour of the night.

King James Bible
And he called unto him two centurions, saying, Make ready two hundred soldiers to go to Caesarea, and horsemen threescore and ten, and spearmen two hundred, at the third hour of the night;

American Standard Version
And he called unto him two of the centurions, and said, Make ready two hundred soldiers to go as far as Caesarea, and horsemen threescore and ten, and spearmen two hundred, at the third hour of the night:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Then having called two centurions, he said to them: Make ready two hundred soldiers to go as far as Caesarea, and seventy horsemen, and two hundred spearmen for the third hour of the night:

English Revised Version
And he called unto him two of the centurions, and said, Make ready two hundred soldiers to go as far as Caesarea, and horsemen threescore and ten, and spearmen two hundred, at the third hour of the night:

Webster's Bible Translation
And he called to him two centurions, saying, Make ready two hundred soldiers to go to Cesarea, and seventy horsemen, and spearmen two hundred, at the third hour of the night;

Weymouth New Testament
Then, calling to him two of the Captains, he gave his orders. "Get ready two hundred men," he said, "to march to Caesarea, with seventy cavalry and two hundred light infantry, starting at nine o'clock to-night."

Acts 23:23 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

Soldiers (στρατιώτας)

Heavy-armed footmen: legionaries.

Spearmen (δεξιολάβους)

Only here in New Testament, and not in classical Greek. From δεξιός right, and λαμβάνω, to take. The exact meaning is uncertain. Some explain it as those who take the right side of the prisoners whom they have in charge; others, those who grasp (their weapon) with the right hand; others, again, those who hold (a second horse) by the right hand. They are here distinguished from the heavy-armed legionaries and the cavalry. They were probably light-armed troops, javelin-throwers or slingers. One of the principal manuscripts reads δεξιοβόλους "those who throw with the right hand."

Acts 23:23 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

two centurions.

Acts 23:17 Then Paul called one of the centurions to him, and said, Bring this young man to the chief captain...

at. About nine o'clock in the evening, for the greater secrecy, and to elude the cunning, active malice of the Jews.

Matthew 14:25 And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea.

Luke 12:38 And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants.

Cross References
Acts 8:40
But Philip found himself at Azotus, and as he passed through he preached the gospel to all the towns until he came to Caesarea.

Acts 23:22
So the tribune dismissed the young man, charging him, "Tell no one that you have informed me of these things."

Acts 23:32
And on the next day they returned to the barracks, letting the horsemen go on with him.

Acts 23:33
When they had come to Caesarea and delivered the letter to the governor, they presented Paul also before him.

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