Acts 13:50

50 1But the Jews incited the devout 2women of high standing and the leading men of the city, 3stirred up persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and 4drove them out of their district.

Acts 13:50 Meaning and Commentary

Acts 13:50

But the Jews stirred up the devout and honourable women,
&c.] These seem not to be Jewish women; could they be thought to be such, they might easily be concluded to be of the sect of the Pharisees, which was the strictest and most devout sect among the Jews; for there were women Pharisees, as well as men; so we read of (hvwrp hva) , "a woman Pharisee" F2; but these were Gentile women, proselyted to the Jewish religion, and were in their way very religious and devout, and were also "honourable": the word used signifies, not only that they were of a comely form, of a decent habit, and of good manners, as it is by some interpreted; but that they were persons of figure and distinction, of good families; the Syriac version renders it "rich", whose husbands were the principal men of the city; wherefore the Jews applied to these women, and stirred up them to work upon their husbands, who seem to be those next mentioned:

and the chief men of the city;
the magistrates and officers in it:

and raised persecution against Paul and Barnabas;
raised the mob, and set them upon them:

and expelled them out of their coasts;
drove them out of their city and suburbs.


FOOTNOTES:

F2 Misn. Sota, c. 3. sect. 4.

Acts 13:50 In-Context

48 And when the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord, and as many as were appointed to eternal life believed.
49 And the word of the Lord was spreading throughout the whole region.
50 But the Jews incited the devout women of high standing and the leading men of the city, stirred up persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and drove them out of their district.
51 But they shook off the dust from their feet against them and went to Iconium.
52 And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.

Cross References 4

  • 1. [Acts 14:2, 19; Acts 17:5, 13; Acts 18:12; Acts 20:3, 19; Acts 21:27]
  • 2. Acts 17:12
  • 3. 2 Timothy 3:11
  • 4. 1 Thessalonians 2:15