magistrate

magistrate

An official who exercised ordinary administration of the Roman Empire’s cities. Magistrates quieted sedition (Luke 12:11), settled property disputes (Acts 16:20-22) and debts (Luke 12:58), and policed and jailed felons (Acts 16:35-38).

Luke 12:11

11When they bring you before the synagogues, the rulers, and the authorities, do not worry about how you are to defend yourselves or what you are to say;

Acts 16:20-22

20When they had brought them before the magistrates, they said, “These men are disturbing our city; they are Jews21and are advocating customs that are not lawfu ... View more

Luke 12:58

58Thus, when you go with your accuser before a magistrate, on the way make an effort to settle the case, or you may be dragged before the judge, and the judge h ... View more

Acts 16:35-38

35When morning came, the magistrates sent the police, saying, “Let those men go.”36And the jailer reported the message to Paul, saying, “The magistrates sent wo ... View more

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