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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Acts 20:1-6

These travels of Paul which are thus briefly related, if all in them had been recorded that was memorable and worthy to be written in letters of gold, the world would not contain the books that would have been written; and therefore we have only some general hints of occurrences, which therefore ought to be the more precious. Here is, I. Paul's departure from Ephesus. He had tarried there longer than he had done at any one place since he had been ordained to the apostleship of the Gentiles;... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - Acts 20:1-6

20:1-6 After the disturbance had ceased, Paul sent for the disciples. He spoke words of encouragement to them and bade them farewell and departed to go to Macedonia. When he had gone through those parts and when he had spoken many a word of encouragement to them, he went into Greece. When he had spent three months there, and when he was about to set sail for Syria, a plot was made against him by the Jews. So he made up his mind to make the return journey through Macedonia. As far as Asia... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Acts 20:1

And after the uproar was ceased ,.... Which Demetrius, and the craftsmen, had raised at Ephesus, and which was put an end to by the speech of the town clerk, or register keeper of the theatre: Paul called unto him the disciples ; the members of the church at Ephesus, whom he convened, either at his own lodgings, or at their usual place of meeting: and embraced them ; or "saluted them"; that is, with a kiss, which was sometimes done at parting, as well as at meeting; see Acts 20:37 ... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Acts 20:2

And when he had gone over those parts ,.... Of Macedonia, and the cities in it before mentioned; and had given them much exhortation ; to abide by the doctrines and ordinances of the Gospel, and to walk worthy of it in their lives and conversations; and this exhortation he was frequently giving, as often as he had opportunity, improving his time much this way, and continued long at it: and, having pursued it to a sufficient length, he came into Greece ; or Hellas; which, according to... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Acts 20:3

And there abode three months ,.... In Greece: and when the Jews laid wait for him, as he was about to sail into Syria ; from some part of Greece, in order to go to Jerusalem; which the Jews in the parts of Greece understanding, laid wait for him, either by sea or land, with an intention either to take the money from him, which he had collected in Macedonia, and in Greece, for the poor saints at Jerusalem, or to take away his life, or both; of which lying in wait for him, the apostle had... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Acts 20:1

After the uproar was ceased - The tumult excited by Demetrius apparently induced Paul to leave Ephesus sooner than he had intended. He had written to the Corinthians that he should leave that place after pentecost, 1 Corinthians 16:8 ; but it is very probable that he left it sooner. read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Acts 20:2

He came into Greece - Εις την Ἑλλαδα , Into Hellas, Greece properly so called, the regions between Thessaly and Propontis, and the country of Achaia. He did not, however, go there immediately: he passed through Macedonia, Acts 20:1 , in which he informs us, 2 Corinthians 7:5-7 , that he suffered much, both from believers and infidels; but was greatly comforted by the arrival of Titus, who gave him a very flattering account of the prosperous state of the Church at Corinth. A short time... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Acts 20:3

Abode three months - Partly, as we may suppose, at Corinth, at Athens, and in Achaia; from which place he is supposed to have sent his epistle to the Romans, because he continued longer here than at any other place, and mentions several of the Corinthians in his salutations to the believers of Rome. When the Jesus laid wait for him - Paul had determined to go by sea to Syria, and from thence to Jerusalem. This was the first object of his journey; and this was the readiest road he could... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Acts 20:1

Verse 1− 1.Luke declareth in this chapter how Paul, loosing from Asia, did again cross the seas to go to Jerusalem. And though whatsoever is written in this narration be worthy of most diligent meditation and marking, yet doth it need no long exposition. It appeareth that the Church was preserved in safety by the wonderful power of God amidst those troublesome tumults. The church of Ephesus was as yet slender and weak: the faithful having had experience of a sudden motion [commotion] once,... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Acts 20:3

Verse 3− 3.Because the Jews laid wait for him. The Lord did exercise his servant so diversely and continually that he set before us in him an example of most excellent constancy. It is not sufficient for him to be wearied with the labor and trouble of a long and wearisome journey, unless he be also brought in danger of his life by those which lay in wait for him. Let all the servants of Christ set this mirror before their eyes, that they may never faint through the wearisomeness of straits.... read more

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