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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Acts 20:7-12

We have here an account of what passed at Troas the last of the seven days that Paul staid there. I. There was a solemn religious assembly of the Christians that were there, according to their constant custom, and the custom of all the churches. 1. The disciples came together, Acts 20:7. Though they read, and meditated, and prayed, and sung psalms, apart, and thereby kept up their communion with God, yet that was not enough; they must come together to worship God in concert, and so keep up... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - Acts 20:7-12

20:7-12 On the first day of the week, when we had gathered together to break bread, Paul, who was about to leave on the next day, spoke to them, and he prolonged his talk until midnight. There were many lamps in the upper room where we were assembled. A young man called Eutychus was sitting by the window. He began to be overcome by a deep sleep. While Paul was talking he was still more overcome by sleep and he fell right down from the third floor and was taken up dead. Paul went down and... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Acts 20:12

And they brought the young man alive ,.... Up into the upper room, and presented him alive to the disciples: and were not a little comforted ; that is, the disciples, at the sight of the young man, who was taken up dead, not only for his sake, but chiefly because by this miracle the Gospel, which the apostle preached, and who was about to depart from them, was greatly confirmed to them. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Acts 20:1-12

"In labors more abundant." The rapid succession and the unbroken continuance of St. Paul's labors is truly marvelous. Rest or recreation seem to be things unknown to him. The tension of spirit caused by imminent and pressing danger seems not to have produced in him, as it does in most men, the need of breathing-time to recover their usual tone. His one idea of the use of life, and of the various faculties of mind and body with which his life was equipped, was apparently to preach Jesus... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Acts 20:1-12

Human life: lights and shadows. In these verses we are reminded of— I. THE SCANTY RECORD OF HUMAN LIFE . We have six verses of this valuable chronicle given to the unimportant incident of the accident which befell Eutychus ( Acts 20:7-12 ), and only three to Paul's visit to Macedonia and Greece. We do not understand why Luke should thus apportion his space, but the fact that he did so reminds us how often most interesting and instructive scenes, or even precious and... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Acts 20:1-16

Scenes by the way. I. FUGITIVE SERVICE . "When they persecute you in one city, flee into another," had said the Lord. But not as a hireling who sees the wolf coming; rather as a brave warrior who retreats fighting. The brave retreat may reflect more honor than the hopeless prolongation of warfare. We must know when to give way. There is a "wise passiveness" and a "masterly inactivity." If we can but gain our Christian point, we should suffer no scruple of vanity to stand in our... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Acts 20:6-12

The seven days' halt at the gateway between Europe and Asia. This seven days' stay at Troas may be safely presumed to have had points of special interest about it. The seven ( Acts 20:4 ) who accompanied Paul into Asia were here found awaiting him and Silas and the historian. These ten, beside any others possibly with them, must have been the welcomed visitors of the disciples at Troas. Memory dwelt upon Troas, for it was the place where, in the vision of the night ( Acts 16:9 ), Paul... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Acts 20:7-12

A legacy of Divine testimony. The position of Troas such that any startling event would spread its influence East and West—to Asia and Europe. Paul leaving the scenes of his labors, never more to be seen in them. Some news of contentions in Corinth might disturb the Churches. Asiatic believers would especially need every support. The occasion very solemn. Eucharistic service. Paul's long discourse, interspersed probably with questions and answers. Many last words to be said. Enemies... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Acts 20:12

Not a little comforted - By the fact that he was alive; perhaps also strengthened by the evidence that a miracle had been performed. read more

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