9:25 But his disciples took him at night and let him down through an opening 1 in the wall by lowering him in a basket. 2
9:26 When he arrived in Jerusalem, 3 he attempted to associate 4 with the disciples, and they were all afraid of him, because they did not believe 5 that he was a disciple. 9:27 But Barnabas took 6 Saul, 7 brought 8 him to the apostles, and related to them how he had seen the Lord on the road, that 9 the Lord had spoken to him, and how in Damascus he had spoken out boldly 10 in the name of Jesus.
1 tn The opening in the wall is not specifically mentioned here, but the parallel account in 2 Cor 11:33 mentions a “window” or “opening” (θυρίς, quris) in the city wall through which Paul was lowered. One alternative to introducing mention of the opening is to translate Acts 9:25 “they let him down over the wall,” as suggested in L&N 7.61. This option is not employed by many translations, however, because for the English reader it creates an (apparent) contradiction between Acts 9:25 and 2 Cor 11:33. In reality the account here is simply more general, omitting the detail about the window.
2 tn On the term for “basket” used here, see BDAG 940 s.v. σπυρίς.
4 tn Or “join.”
5 tn The participle πιστεύοντες (pisteuonte") has been translated as a causal adverbial participle.
6 tn Grk “taking Saul, brought him.” The participle ἐπιλαβόμενος (epilabomeno") has been translated as a finite verb due to requirements of contemporary English style.
7 tn Grk “him”; the referent (Saul) has been specified in the translation for clarity.
8 tn Grk “and brought,” but καί (kai) has not been translated since English normally uses a coordinating conjunction only between the last two elements in a series of three or more.
9 tn Grk “and that,” but καί (kai) has not been translated since English normally uses a coordinating conjunction only between the last two elements in a series of three or more.