Paul persecuted the Way (Acts 22:4)

“I persecuted

This Way

To the point of death,

By binding

Both men

And women.

I put them

In prison.”

ὃς ταύτην τὴν Ὁδὸν ἐδίωξα ἄχρι θανάτου, δεσμεύων καὶ παραδιδοὺς εἰς φυλακὰς ἄνδρας τε καὶ γυναῖκας,

The author of Acts indicated that Paul said that he persecuted this Way (ὃς ταύτην τὴν Ὁδὸν ἐδίωξα) to the point of death (ἄχρι θανάτου).  He bound up (δεσμεύων) both men (ἄνδρας τε) and women (καὶ γυναῖκας).  He put them (καὶ παραδιδοὺς) in prison (εἰς φυλακὰς).  Paul’s statement here is almost the same words as in chapter 8:3, where it said that Saul (Σαῦλος δὲ) was ravaging (ἐλυμαίνετο) the church or assembly (τὴν ἐκκλησίαν).  He entered (εἰσπορευόμενος) house after house (κατὰ τοὺς οἴκους) and dragged off (σύρων) both men (τε ἄνδρας) and women (καὶ γυναῖκας).  He committed or sent them (παρεδίδου) to prison (εἰς φυλακήν).  Clearly, Saul or Paul was not just against the early Christians, he conscientiously persecuted them in Jerusalem.  Since, these followers of Jesus did not have a church, Saul followed them to their homes and dragged them out to prison, both men and women.  It is not clear where the prison was located or the kind of prison.  However, he was very active in the persecution of the early Christian community in Jerusalem.  Have you ever persecuted anyone?

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