ACTS 16:27

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled.”

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Acts 16:27 Translation & Meaning

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And δὲ But, and, etc And
the The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) the
keeper the δεσμοφύλαξ A jailer (as guarding the prisoners) keeper
of prison δεσμοφύλαξ A jailer (as guarding the prisoners) prison
awaking out ἔξυπνος Awake awaking out
of his sleep, ἔξυπνος Awake sleep
and καὶ And, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words and
seeing ἰδὼν Used only in certain past tenses, the others being borrowed from the equivalent G3700 and G3708; properly, to see (literally or figuratively); by implication, (in the perfect tense only) to know seeing
the τῆς The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) the
prison φυλακῆς A guarding or (concretely, guard), the act, the person; figuratively, the place, the condition, or (specially), the time (as a division of day or night), literally or figuratively prison
doors θύρας A portal or entrance (the opening or the closure, literally or figuratively) doors
open, ἀνεῳγμένας To open up (literally or figuratively, in various applications) open
he drew out σπασάμενος To draw drew out
his sword, μάχαιραν A knife, i.e., dirk; figuratively, war, judicial punishment sword
and would ἔμελλεν To intend, i.e., be about to be, do, or suffer something (of persons or things, especially events; in the sense of purpose, duty, necessity, probability, possibility, or hesitation) would
have killed ἀναιρεῖν To take up, i.e., adopt; by implication, to take away (violently), i.e., abolish, murder killed
himself, ἑαυτὸν (him- her-, it-, them-, my-, thy-, our-, your-)self (selves), etc himself
supposing that νομίζων Properly, to do by law (usage), i.e., to accustom (passively, be usual); by extension, to deem or regard supposing
the τοὺς The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) the
prisoners had been δεσμίους A captive (as bound) prisoners been
fled. ἐκπεφευγέναι To flee out fled

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  • 25  And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.

  • 26  And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one's bands were loosed.

  • 27  And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled.

  • 28  But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here.

  • 29  Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas,




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