“And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.”
King James Version (KJV)
9:2 Bound - By the connivance, if not authority, of the governor, under Aretas the king. See #Act 9:14|,24.
Ac 9:2 Desired of him letters. A commission and letter addressed to the rulers of synagogues. The sway of the high priest was recognized in the synagogues of all the East. He was a sort of pope with the Sanhedrin for his cardinals. To Damascus. Situated about 140 miles northeast of Jerusalem, east of Mt. Hermon, in Syria, a beautiful city in a fertile spot redeemed from the desert by the mountain streams, Abana and Pharpar. It is one of the oldest cities in the world, existed in the time of Abraham, and now has about 150,000 inhabitants. Of this way. "The Way" (Revised Version). The way of Christ, a phrase applied to Christianity. Paul's commission, while given in the name of the high priest, was from the Sanhedrin (Ac 26:10).