Acts 23:26

26 Claudius Lysias, To His Excellency, Governor Felix: Greetings.

Acts 23:26 in Other Translations

26 Claudius Lysias unto the most excellent governor Felix sendeth greeting.
26 "Claudius Lysias, to his Excellency the governor Felix, greetings.
26 “From Claudius Lysias, to his Excellency, Governor Felix: Greetings!
26 From Claudius Lysias, to the Most Honorable Governor Felix:
26 Claudius Lysias, To the most excellent governor Felix: Greetings.

Acts 23:26 Meaning and Commentary

Acts 23:26

Claudius Lysias, unto the most excellent Governor Felix,
&c.] This is the inscription of the letter, and by it we learn the name of the chief captain, so often spoken of in this and the two preceding chapters, which was Claudius Lysias; the first of these names is a Roman one, and which he might take from the Emperor Claudius, for he was not a Roman born; and the latter seems to be a Greek name, and was his proper name, and, he himself very likely was a Greek, since he purchased his freedom with money; one of this name was Archon of Athens F16; and another is reckoned by Cicero F17, among the famous orators of Greece, and is often cited by Harpocratian F18; one of Antiochus's noblemen, and who was of the blood royal, and acted as a general against the Jews, was of this name F19.

``So he left Lysias, a nobleman, and one of the blood royal, to oversee the affairs of the king from the river Euphrates unto the borders of Egypt:'' (1 Maccabees 3:32)

The chief captain calls Felix the governor

the most excellent,
which was a title of honour that belonged to him as a governor; the same is given to Theophilus, ( Luke 1:3 ) sendeth greeting; or wishes all health and prosperity.


F16 Fabrieii Bibliograph. Antiqu. p. 213.
F17 De Claris Orator. vel Brutus, c. 32.
F18 Lex Decem Orator.
F19 1 Maccab. iii. 32.

Acts 23:26 In-Context

24 Provide horses for Paul so that he may be taken safely to Governor Felix.”
25 He wrote a letter as follows:
26 Claudius Lysias, To His Excellency, Governor Felix: Greetings.
27 This man was seized by the Jews and they were about to kill him, but I came with my troops and rescued him, for I had learned that he is a Roman citizen.
28 I wanted to know why they were accusing him, so I brought him to their Sanhedrin.

Cross References 2

  • 1. Luke 1:3; Acts 24:3; Acts 26:25
  • 2. Acts 15:23