Acts 28:20

Overview - Acts 28
Paul, after his shipwreck, is kindly entertained of the barbarians.
The viper on his hand hurts him not.
He heals many diseases in the island.
11 They depart towards Rome.
17 He declares to the Jews the cause of his coming.
24 After his preaching some were persuaded, and some believed not.
30 Yet he preaches there two years.
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Acts 28:20  (King James Version)
For this cause therefore have I called for you, to see you, and to speak with you: because that for the hope of Israel I am bound with this chain.

this cause
17 ; Acts 10:29 Acts 10:33

for the
23:6 24:15 Acts 26:6 Acts 26:7

this chain
That is, the chain with which he was bound to the "soldier that kept him;" (ver
16;) a mode of custody which Dr. Lardner has shown was in use among the Romans. It is in exact conformity, therefore, with the truth of St. Paul's situation at this time, that he declares himself to be "an ambassador in a chain," [en halusis ,] ( Ephesians 6:20 ;)and the exactness is the more remarkable, as [halusis ,] a chain is no where used
in the singular number to express any other kind of custody. 26:29 Ephesians 3:1 ; 4:1 6:20 Philippians 1:13 ; Colossians 4:18 ; 2 Timothy 1:10 ; 2:9
Philemon 1:10 Philemon 1:13