The farewell at Tyre (Acts 21:5)

“When our days there

Were ended,

We left.

We proceeded

On our journey.

All of them,

With their wives

And children,

Escorted us

Outside the city.

Then we knelt down

On the beach,

And prayed.”

ὅτε δὲ ἐγένετο ἐξαρτίσαι ἡμᾶς τὰς ἡμέρας, ἐξελθόντες ἐπορευόμεθα προπεμπόντων ἡμᾶς πάντων σὺν γυναιξὶ καὶ τέκνοις ἕως ἔξω τῆς πόλεως, καὶ θέντες τὰ γόνατα ἐπὶ τὸν αἰγιαλὸν προσευξάμενοι

The author of Acts indicated that when their days there at Tyre were ended (ὅτε δὲ ἐγένετο ἐξαρτίσαι ἡμᾶς τὰς ἡμέρας), they left (ἐξελθόντες).  They proceeded on their journey (ἐπορευόμεθα).  All of them (πάντων), in Tyre, with their wives (σὺν γυναιξὶ) and children (καὶ τέκνοις ἕως), escorted them (προπεμπόντων ἡμᾶς) outside the city (ἕως ἔξω τῆς πόλεως).  Then they knelt down (καὶ θέντες τὰ γόνατα) on the beach (ἐπὶ τὸν αἰγιαλὸν) and prayed (προσευξάμενοι).  After a week, Paul and his companions, including the author of Acts, left Tyre.  However, all the Jesus believers in Tyre with their whole families escorted them to the shore, where they all bent their knees and prayed, before they left.  Once again, the author of Acts with his “we” said that they preceded on their journey and prayed on the beach.  Have you ever had a prayerful farewell?

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