The Jews at Jerusalem want to bind Paul (Acts 21:11)

“Agabus came to us.

He took Paul’s belt.

He bound his own feet

And hands

With it.

He said.


Says the Holy Spirit.

‘This is the way

The Jews in Jerusalem

Will bind

The man who owns this belt.

They will hand him

Over to the gentiles.’”

καὶ ἐλθὼν πρὸς ἡμᾶς καὶ ἄρας τὴν ζώνην τοῦ Παύλου, δήσας ἑαυτοῦ τοὺς πόδας καὶ τὰς χεῖρας εἶπεν Τάδε λέγει τὸ Πνεῦμα τὸ Ἅγιον Τὸν ἄνδρα οὗ ἐστιν ἡ ζώνη αὕτη οὕτως δήσουσιν ἐν Ἱερουσαλὴμ οἱ Ἰουδαῖοι καὶ παραδώσουσιν εἰς χεῖρας ἐθνῶν.

The author of Acts indicated that Agabus came to them (καὶ ἐλθὼν πρὸς ἡμᾶς).  He took Paul’s belt (καὶ ἄρας τὴν ζώνην τοῦ Παύλου).  He bound (δήσας) his own feet (ἑαυτοῦ τοὺς πόδας) and hands (τὰς χεῖρας) with it.  He then said (εἶπεν) that the Holy Spirit (τὸ Πνεῦμα τὸ Ἅγιον) had told him (Τάδε λέγει) that this was the way (οὕτως δήσουσιν) that the Jews (οἱ Ἰουδαῖοι) in Jerusalem (ἐν Ἱερουσαλὴμ) would bind the man who owns this belt (ἄνδρα οὗ ἐστιν ἡ ζώνη αὕτη).  They would hand him over (καὶ παραδώσουσιν) into the hands of the gentiles (εἰς χεῖρας ἐθνῶν).  This same prophet Agabus had predicted the famine in Antioch in chapter 11:28.  “One of these prophets (δὲ εἷς ἐξ αὐτῶν) named Agabus (ὀνόματι Ἅγαβος) stood up (ἀναστὰς).  He predicted or signified (ἐσήμαινεν) by the Spirit (διὰ τοῦ Πνεύματος) that there would be (ἔσεσθαι) a severe famine (λιμὸν μεγάλην) over all the world (ἐφ’ ὅλην τὴν οἰκουμένην).  This took place or happened (ἥτις ἐγένετο) during the reign of Claudius (ἐπὶ Κλαυδίου).”  Now this same prophet was predicting that the Jews in Jerusalem were going to bind Paul’s hands and feet and deliver him to the gentiles.  This was an extremely serious warning.  How concerned are you with warnings about the future?

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