Robertson Word Pictures - Acts 16:23 - 16:23

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Robertson Word Pictures - Acts 16:23 - 16:23

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When they had laid (epithentes). Second aorist (constative) active participle of epitithēmi, to place upon.

Many stripes (pollas plēgas). The Jewish law was forty stripes save one (2Co 11:24). The Roman custom depended on the caprice of the judge and was a terrible ordeal. It was the custom to inflict the stripes on the naked body (back) as Livy 2.5 says: “Missique lictores ad sumendum supplicium, nudatos virgis caedunt.” On plēgas (from plēssō, to strike a blow) See note on Luk 10:30; and notes on Luk 12:47.

The jailor (tōi desmophulaki). Late word (desmos, phulax, keeper of bonds), in the N.T. only here (Act 16:23, Act 16:27, Act 16:36). The lxx has the word archidesmophulax (Gen 39:21-23). Chrysostom calls this jailor Stephanus, he was of Achaia (1Co 16:15).

To keep safely (asphalōs tērein). Present active infinitive, to keep on keeping safely, perhaps “as dangerous political prisoners” (Rackham). He had some rank and was not a mere turnkey.