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Acts 16:29-31

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16:29 Calling for lights, the jailer 1  rushed in and fell down 2  trembling at the feet of Paul and Silas. 16:30 Then he brought them outside 3  and asked, “Sirs, what must 4  I do to be saved?” 16:31 They replied, 5  “Believe 6  in the Lord Jesus 7  and you will be saved, you and your household.”

1 tn Grk “he”; the referent (the jailer) has been specified in the translation for clarity.

2 tn Or “and prostrated himself.”

sn Fell down. The earthquake and the freeing of the prisoners showed that God’s power was present. Such power could only be recognized. The open doors opened the jailer’s heart.

3 tn Grk “And bringing them outside, he asked.” The participle προαγαγών (proagagwn) has been translated as a finite verb due to requirements of contemporary English style. Because of the length of the Greek sentence, the conjunction καί (kai) has not been translated here. Instead a new English sentence is begun by supplying the conjunction “then” to indicate the logical sequence.

4 tn The Greek term (δεῖ, dei) is used by Luke to represent divine necessity.

5 tn Grk “said.”

6 sn Here the summary term of response is a call to believe. In this context it refers to trusting the sovereign God’s power to deliver, which events had just pictured for the jailer.

7 tc The majority of mss add Χριστόν (Criston, “Christ”) here (C D E Ψ 1739 Ï sy sa), but the best and earliest witnesses read simply τὸν κύριον ᾿Ιησοῦν (ton kurion Ihsoun, “the Lord Jesus”; Ì74vid א A B 33 81 pc bo). The addition of “Christ” to “Lord Jesus” is an obviously motivated reading. Thus on both external and internal grounds, the shorter reading is strongly preferred.



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