He ordered the centurion 1 to guard Paul, 2 but to let him have some freedom, 3 and not to prevent any of his friends 4 from meeting his needs. 5
He ordered the centurion to keep Paul under guard but to give him some freedom and permit his friends to take care of his needs.
Then he gave orders to the centurion for him to be kept in custody and yet have some freedom, and not to prevent any of his friends from ministering to him.
He ordered an officer to keep Paul in custody but to give him some freedom and allow his friends to visit him and take care of his needs.
He gave orders to the centurion to keep Paul in custody, but to more or less give him the run of the place and not prevent his friends from helping him.
And he gave orders to the captain to keep Paul under his control, and to let him have everything he had need of; and not to keep his friends from coming to see him.
Then he ordered the centurion to keep him in custody, but to let him have some liberty and not to prevent any of his friends from taking care of his needs.
So he commanded the centurion to keep Paul and to let him have liberty, and told him not to forbid any of his friends to provide for or visit him.
to let [him] have
that he should forbid
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Paul, but to let him
any of his
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1 sn See the note on the word centurion in 10:1.
2 tn Grk “that he was to be guarded.” The passive construction (τηρεῖσθαι, threisqai) has been converted to an active one in parallel with the following clauses, and the referent (Paul) has been specified in the translation for clarity.
3 tn BDAG 77 s.v. ἄνεσις 1 states, “lit. relaxation of custodial control, some liberty, ἀ. ἔχειν have some freedom Ac 24:23.”
4 tn Grk “any of his own” (this could also refer to relatives).
5 tn Grk “from serving him.”