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Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Acts 20:22-32

Paul at Miletus: the forecast which exalts. Paul had received intimations "in every city" ( Acts 20:23 ) that "bonds and afflictions" were in store for him; he looked forward with absolute certainty to personal suffering of some kind; but this assurance was so far from daunting or depressing him that his spirit rose on strong and eager wing to the full height of such apostolic opportunity ( Matthew 5:10-12 ). The anticipated future, with its bonds and its sufferings and possibly death... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Acts 20:26

Testify unto you for take you to record, A.V. The solemnity of this address is dependent upon the speaker's conviction that he was speaking to his hearers for the last time. Hence the force of the words, "this day" ( ἐν τῇ σήμερον ἡμέρᾳ ); "my last opportunity." I am pure , etc. (comp. Ezekiel 3:17-21 ; Ezekiel 33:2 , Ezekiel 33:9 ; Hebrews 13:17 ). Note the peril of hiding or watering God's truth. read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Acts 20:26

Wherefore - In view of the past, of my ministry and labors among you, I appeal to your own selves to testify that I have been faithful.I take you to record - Greek: I call you to witness. If any of you are lost; if you prove unfaithful to God, I appeal to yourselves that the fault is not mine. It is well when a minister can make this appeal, and call his hearers to bear testimony to his own faithfulness. Ministers who preach the gospel with fidelity may thus appeal to their hearers; and in the... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Acts 20:25-27

Acts 20:25-27. I know that ye all Though you may have letters from me; shall see my face no more He wisely observes this, that what follows might make the deeper impression. It is probable the apostle had received some particular revelation, that if he should ever return to these parts of Asia again, (as from Philem. Act 20:22 it seems likely he might,) yet that he should not have an opportunity of calling at Ephesus, or of seeing the elders whom he now addressed. Wherefore Seeing my... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Acts 20:13-38

To Jerusalem with the offering (20:13-21:16)From Troas Paul went by land to Assos, where he rejoined the rest of the party and sailed to Miletus (13-16). Since Miletus was only about fifty kilometres from Ephesus, Paul took the opportunity to call the elders of the Ephesian church to come and meet him. He wanted to give them some final encouragement and pass on helpful warnings (17).Paul’s opponents in Asia had probably been trying to turn the Christians against him. Therefore, he reminded the... read more

E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - Acts 20:26

take you to record = am witnessed to by you. Greek. marturomai. Only here, Galatians 1:5 , Galatians 1:3 .Ephesians 4:17 . The texts add Acts 26:22 . 1 Thessalonians 2:11 for martureomai. Figure of speech Deisis. App-6 . this day . Literally, in (Greek. en) the day of to-day. pure, &c . Compare Acts 18:6 . read more

James Burton Coffman

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible - Acts 20:26

Wherefore I testify unto you this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men.This was true, as next stated, because he had proclaimed without omission or partiality all of God's word to those whom he taught. read more

Robert Jamieson; A. R. Fausset; David Brown

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Acts 20:26

26. I am pure from the blood of all men— ( :-; and compare 1 Samuel 12:3; 1 Samuel 12:5; Ezekiel 3:17-21; Ezekiel 33:8; Ezekiel 33:9). read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Acts 20:17-35

Paul’s address to the Ephesian elders 20:17-35"Paul’s farewell address to the Ephesian elders is the nearest approximation to the Pauline letters in Acts. Its general content recalls how in his letters Paul encouraged, warned, and exhorted his converts. Moreover, its theological themes and vocabulary are distinctively Pauline. In his three missionary sermons (Acts 13:16-41; Acts 14:15-17; Acts 17:22-31) and five defenses (chs. 22-26), Paul addressed non-Christian audiences. But he was speaking... read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Acts 20:26

Paul could say he was innocent (cf. Jeremiah 23:1-2) not because he had presented the gospel to every individual personally. He had carried out the mission God had given him of evangelizing pagan Gentile areas. The Christians remaining in Asia could continue to evangelize more thoroughly (cf. Ezekiel 33:1-6). read more

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