Robertson Word Pictures - Acts 16:34 - 16:34

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Robertson Word Pictures - Acts 16:34 - 16:34

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He brought them up (anagagōn). Second aorist active participle of anagō. It looks as if his house was above the prison. The baptism apparently took place in the pool or tank in which he bathed Paul and Silas (Deuteronomy Wette) or the rectangular basin (impluvium) in the court for receiving the rain or even in a swimming pool or bath (kolumbēthra) found within the walls of the prison (Kuinoel). Meyer: “Perhaps the water was in the court of the house; and the baptism was that of immersion, which formed an essential part of the symbolism of the act.”

Set meat (parethēken trapezan). Set a “table” before them with food on it. They had probably had no food for a day.

With all his house (panoikei). Adverb, once in Plato, though usually panoikiāi. In lxx, but here alone in the N.T. It is in an amphibolous position and can be taken either with “rejoiced” (ēgalliasato) or “having believed” (pepisteukōs, perfect active participle, permanent belief), coming between them. The whole household (family, warden, slaves) heard the word of God, believed in the Lord Jesus, made confession, were baptized, and rejoiced. Furneaux considers the haste in baptism here “precipitate” as in the baptism of the eunuch. But why delay?