|Overview - Acts 23|
|1||As Paul pleads his cause,|
|2||Ananias commands them to smite him.|
|7||Dissension among his accusers.|
|11||God encourages him.|
|14||The Jews' laying wait for Paul,|
|20||is declared unto the chief captain.|
|27||He sends him to Felix the governor.|
Acts 23:5 (King James Version)
Then said Paul, I wist not, brethren, that he was the high priest: for it is written, Thou shalt not speak evil of the ruler of thy people.
- I wist
- Soon after the holding of the first council at Jerusalem, Ananias, son of Nebedenus, was deprived of the high priest's office, for certain acts of violence, and sent to Rome, whence he was afterwards released, and returned to Jerusalem. Between the death of Jonathan, who succeeded him and was murdered by Felix, and the high priesthood of Ismael, who was invested with that office by Agrippa, an interval elapsed in which this dignity was vacant. This was the precise time when Paul was apprehended; and the Sanhedrin being destitute of a president, Ananias undertook to discharge the office. It is probable that Paul was ignorant of this circumstance.
- Exodus 22:28 ; Ecclesiastes 10:20 ; 2 Peter 2:10 ; Jude 1:8 Jude 1:9