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Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament

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Acts 21:30

All the city was shaken (ekinhth h poliv olh).
First aorist passive of kinew, common verb for violent motion and emotion. See also 24:5 where the word is used by Tertullus of Paul as the stirrer up of riots!

The people ran together (egeneto sundromh tou laou).
Rather, There came a running together (sun-dromh from sun-trexw) of the people. The cry spread like wildfire over the city and there was a pell-mell scramble or rush to get to the place of the disturbance.

They laid hold on Paul (epilabomenoi tou Paulou).
Second aorist middle participle of epilambanomai with the genitive (cf. epebalan in verse 27).

Dragged (eilkon).
Imperfect active of elkw (and also elkuw), old verb to drag or draw. Imperfect tense vividly pictures the act as going on. They were saving the temple by dragging Paul outside. Curiously enough both epilabomenoi and eilkusan occur in 16:19 about the arrest of Paul and Silas in Philippi.

Straightway the doors were shut (eutewv ekleisthsan ai turai).
With a bang and at once. First aorist (effective) passive of kleiw. The doors between the inner court and the court of the Gentiles. But this was only the beginning, the preparation for the real work of the mob. They did not wish to defile the holy place with blood. The doors were shut by the Levites.


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The Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament. Copyright © Broadman Press 1932,33, Renewal 1960. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman Press (Southern Baptist Sunday School Board)

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Robertson, A.T. "Commentary on Acts 21:30". "Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament". <>. Broadman Press 1932,33, Renewal 1960.


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