Acts 16:22

22 The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten with rods.

Acts 16:22 in Other Translations

KJV
22 And the multitude rose up together against them: and the magistrates rent off their clothes, and commanded to beat them.
ESV
22 The crowd joined in attacking them, and the magistrates tore the garments off them and gave orders to beat them with rods.
NLT
22 A mob quickly formed against Paul and Silas, and the city officials ordered them stripped and beaten with wooden rods.
MSG
22 By this time the crowd had turned into a restless mob out for blood.
CSB
22 Then the mob joined in the attack against them, and the chief magistrates stripped off their clothes and ordered them to be beaten with rods.

Acts 16:22 Meaning and Commentary

Acts 16:22

And the multitude rose up together against them
The crowd of people that were gathered together in the court on this occasion; being no doubt spirited up by the proprietors of the maid, out of whom the spirit of divination was cast, and encouraged by the rulers, and being provoked at the hearing of unlawful customs being introduced among them; and the magistrates rent off their clothes;
not their own clothes, as did the high priest, ( Mark 14:63 ) but the clothes of Paul and Silas; and so reads the Arabic version, "and the rulers rent the garments of both of them"; which removes the ambiguity in the words; for at the whipping or beating of malefactors, they did not pluck off their garments, but rent and tore them off, and so whipped or beat them naked: this was the custom with the Jews F13; it is asked,

``how did they whip anyone? his hands are bound to a pillar here and there, and the minister of the synagogue (or the executioner) takes hold of his clothes; and if they are rent, they are rent, and if they are ripped, they are ripped, (be it as it will,) until he has made his breast bare''
And in like manner the Lectors, or executioners among the Romans, used to tear the garments of malefactors, when they beat them; this the magistrates themselves did here, unless they may be said to do it, because they ordered it to be done, as follows: and commanded to beat them;
that is, with rods: this was one of the three times the apostle was beat in this manner, ( 2 Corinthians 11:25 ) and of this shameful treatment at Philippi, he makes mention in ( 1 Thessalonians 2:2 ) .
FOOTNOTES:

F13 Misn. Maccot, c. 3. sect. 12. & Maimon. Hilchot Sanhedrin c. 16. sect. 8.

Acts 16:22 In-Context

20 They brought them before the magistrates and said, “These men are Jews, and are throwing our city into an uproar
21 by advocating customs unlawful for us Romans to accept or practice.”
22 The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten with rods.
23 After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully.
24 When he received these orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks.

Cross References 1

  • 1. 2 Corinthians 11:25; 1 Thessalonians 2:2