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The Next Day, Over 40 Jews Swear an Oath To Kill Paul, And Hatch a Plot

12 And having become day, the Jews, having held a gathering, bound themselves under-a-curse, saying that they would neither eat nor drink until which time they killed Paul. 13 Now there were more than forty having made[a] this sworn-pact— 14 who, having gone to the chief priests and the elders, said, “With a curse[b], we bound ourselves under-a-curse to eat nothing until which time we kill Paul.

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  1. Acts 23:13 Or, formed this conspiracy.
  2. Acts 23:14 With a curse... under-a-curse. This a a Hebrew way of speaking, meaning ‘We bound ourselves under a solemn curse’. They said ‘May God curse us if we eat before we kill Paul’.

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