And they caught him
This clause is left out in the Syriac and Persic versions, though it seems proper to be retained; and denotes the rudeness and violence with which the prophets of the Lord were used by the Jewish nation:
and beat him:
either with their fists, or with rods, and scourges, till the skin was flayed off:
and sent him away empty;
without any fruit to carry with him, or give an account of, to the owner of the vineyard.