New International Version
"We found the jail securely locked, with the guards standing at the doors; but when we opened them, we found no one inside."
King James Bible
Saying, The prison truly found we shut with all safety, and the keepers standing without before the doors: but when we had opened, we found no man within.
Darby Bible Translation
saying, We found the prison shut with all security, and the keepers standing at the doors; but when we had opened [them], within we found no one.
World English Bible
"We found the prison shut and locked, and the guards standing before the doors, but when we opened them, we found no one inside!"
Young's Literal Translation
saying -- 'The prison indeed we found shut in all safety, and the keepers standing without before the doors, and having opened -- within we found no one.'
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
The prison truly found we shut - All the doors were properly bolted, and the keepers at their post; but when we had opened, for it appears they were alone in possession of the keys; how much must this have increased their astonishment when they found that the doors were not broken open, the guards properly posted, and every thing as they left it, for they themselves had put the apostles in prison; but, when they had opened, there was no man within!
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But on arriving at the jail, the officers did not find them there. So they went back and reported,
On hearing this report, the captain of the temple guard and the chief priests were at a loss, wondering what this might lead to.
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