860. Capital Punishment

Romans 7:24
Romans 7:2424O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? (Romans 7:24). O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
It is thought by some commentators, though the opinion is controverted by others, that there is an allusion here to a horrible mode of punishment mentioned by ancient writers, by which the criminal condemned to death was fastened by chains to a dead body and left to die by inches in the loathsome companionship of a putrefying corpse.