Robertson Word Pictures - Acts 16:19 - 16:19

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Robertson Word Pictures - Acts 16:19 - 16:19

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Was gone (exēlthen). Was gone out of the slave girl, second aorist active indicative of exerchomai. “The two most important social revolutions worked by Christianity have been the elevation of woman and the abolition of slavery” (Furneaux). Both are illustrated here (Lydia and this slave girl). “The most sensitive part of ‘civilized’ man is the pocket” (Ramsay).

Laid hold on (epilabomenoi). Second aorist middle participle of epilambanō as in Act 9:27; Act 17:19, but here with hostile intent.

Dragged (heilkusan). First aorist active indicative of helkuō, late form of the old verb helkō (also in Jam 2:6) to draw as a sword, and then to drag one forcibly as here and Act 21:30. It is also used of spiritual drawing as by Jesus in Joh 12:32. Here it is by violence.

Into the marketplace (eis tēn agoran). Into the Roman forum near which would be the courts of law as in our courthouse square, as in Act 17:17. Marketing went on also (Mar 7:4), when the crowds collect (Mar 6:56), from ageirō, to collect or gather.

Unto the rulers (epi tous archontas). General Greek term for “the magistrates.”