Used to hold people in captivity, both physically and spiritually, but also an emblem of honour and public office.
Chains as a means of physical restraint
Mk 5:4 pp Lk 8:29 Ac 12:6-7 See also 2Ki 23:33; Jer 40:1-4; Ac 16:26; Ac 21:33; Ac 22:29; Ac 26:29; Ac 28:20; Eph 6:20; Php 1:7,13-17 Paul in chains for Christ; Col 4:3,18; 2Ti 1:16; 2Ti 2:9; Phm 10,13; Heb 11:36
Chains as a metaphor of captivity
The domination of others Ecc 7:26
Chains as a form of ornament
As adornment of idols Isa 40:19
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