Acts 23:16

16 But when the son of Paul’s sister heard of this plot, he went into the barracks and told Paul.

Acts 23:16 in Other Translations

KJV
16 And when Paul's sister's son heard of their lying in wait, he went and entered into the castle, and told Paul.
ESV
16 Now the son of Paul's sister heard of their ambush, so he went and entered the barracks and told Paul.
NLT
16 But Paul’s nephew—his sister’s son—heard of their plan and went to the fortress and told Paul.
MSG
16 Paul's nephew, his sister's son, overheard them plotting the ambush. He went immediately to the barracks and told Paul.
CSB
16 But the son of Paul's sister, hearing about their ambush, came and entered the barracks and reported it to Paul.

Acts 23:16 Meaning and Commentary

Acts 23:16

And when Paul's sister's son heard of their lying in wait,
&c.] Paul might have a sister living in Jerusalem; or this her son might be there on account of his studies; he might be a pupil to one of the doctors, by which means he might come at this secret, that such a number of men were in ambush, in order to take away his uncle's life: wherefore having got intelligence of it,

he went and entered into the castle;
the Alexandrian copy reads, "the synagogue"; but Paul was not there, but in the castle of Antonia; the Ethiopic version renders it, "the prison"; though it is plain that he was not very closely confined, it was easy to have access to him; the reason might be, not only because he was a Roman, but because he was uncondemned, nor was any charge proved against him:

and told Paul;
what he had heard, that such a number of men had entered into a conspiracy to take away his life, and lay in wait for him; and this was an instance both of duty and affection to his uncle, and worthy of imitation, whether it proceeded from natural relation, or from religion, or both.

Acts 23:16 In-Context

14 They went to the chief priests and the elders and said, “We have taken a solemn oath not to eat anything until we have killed Paul.
15 Now then, you and the Sanhedrin petition the commander to bring him before you on the pretext of wanting more accurate information about his case. We are ready to kill him before he gets here.”
16 But when the son of Paul’s sister heard of this plot, he went into the barracks and told Paul.
17 Then Paul called one of the centurions and said, “Take this young man to the commander; he has something to tell him.”
18 So he took him to the commander. The centurion said, “Paul, the prisoner, sent for me and asked me to bring this young man to you because he has something to tell you.”

Cross References 1

  • 1. ver 10; S Acts 21:34