Do what we tell you! (Acts 21:23)

“Do what we tell you!

We have four men

Who are under a vow.”

τοῦτο οὖν ποίησον ὅ σοι λέγομεν· εἰσὶν ἡμῖν ἄνδρες τέσσαρες εὐχὴν ἔχοντες ἐφ’ ἑαυτῶν·

The author of Acts indicated that James and the Jerusalem Christian Jewish elders had a plan.  They told Paul to do what they told him to do (τοῦτο οὖν ποίησον ὅ σοι λέγομεν).  They had four men (εἰσὶν ἡμῖν ἄνδρες τέσσαρες) who were under a vow (εὐχὴν ἔχοντες ἐφ’ ἑαυτῶν).  There were four men in Jerusalem who had taken a Nazarite vow, something that Paul had done in chapter 18:18.  These early Jewish Christian leaders wanted Paul to listen to them.  They had a plan so that Paul would work with these four men who had made a vow.  Have you ever taken a vow?

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