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Acts 23:2-4 1599 Geneva Bible (GNV)

[a]Then the high Priest Ananias commanded them that stood by, to smite him on the mouth.

[b]Then said Paul to him, God [c]will smite thee, thou [d]whited wall: for thou sittest to judge me according to the Law, and [e]transgressing the Law, commandest thou me to be smitten?

And they that stood by, said, Revilest thou God’s high Priest?


  1. Acts 23:2 Hypocrites are constrained at length to betray themselves by their intemperance.
  2. Acts 23:3 It is lawful for us to complain of injuries, and to summon the wicked to the judgment seat of God, so that we do it without hatred, and with a quiet and peaceable mind.
  3. Acts 23:3 It appeareth plainly by the Greek plural, that Paul did not curse the high Priest, but only pronounce the punishment of God against him.
  4. Acts 23:3 This is a vehement and sharp speech, but yet not reproachful: For the godly may speak roundly, and yet be void of the bitter affection of a sharp and angry mind.
  5. Acts 23:3 For the Law commandeth the judge to hear the person that is accused patiently, and to pronounce the sentence advisedly.
1599 Geneva Bible (GNV)

Geneva Bible, 1599 Edition. Published by Tolle Lege Press. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, without written permission from the publisher, except in the case of brief quotations in articles, reviews, and broadcasts.


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