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Acts 20



 1 Now (1) after the tumult was ceased, Paul called the disciples unto him, and embraced them, and departed to go into Macedonia.


(1) Paul departed from Ephesus by the consent of the Church, not to be idle or at rest, but to take pains in another place.


 2 And when he had gone through those parts, and had exhorted them with (a) many words, he came into Greece.


(a) For after so great trouble there was need of long exhortation.


 3  (2) And having tarried there three months, because the Jews laid wait for him, as he was about to sail into Syria, he purposed to return through Macedonia.


(2) A froward zeal is the guider and instructor to murders, and we are not debarred by the wisdom of God to prevent the endeavors of wicked men.


 4 And there accompanied him into Asia, Sopater of Berea, and of them of Thessalonica, Aristarchus, and Secundus, and Gaius of Derbe, and Timothy, and of them of Asia, Tychicus, and Trophimus.


 5 These went before, and tarried us at Troas.


 6 And we sailed forth from (*) Philippi, after the days of unleavened bread, and came unto them to Troas in five days, where we abode seven days.


(*) He remained there these days, because he had better opportunity to teach; also the abolishing of the Law was not yet known.


 7  (3) And (*) the (b) first day of the week, the disciples being come together to (♣) break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow, and continued the preaching unto midnight.


(3) Assemblies in the night time cannot be justly condemned, neither ought, when the cause is good.

(*) Which we call Sunday. Of this place and also of the 1 Corinthians 16:2; we gather that the Christians used to have their solemn assemblies this day, laying aside the ceremony of the Jewish Sabbath.
(b) Word for word, the first day of the Sabbath, that is upon the Lord's day; so that by this place, and by 1 Corinthians 16:2; it is not amiss gathered, that in those days the Christians were wont to assemble themselves solemnly together upon that day.

(♣) To celebrate the Lordís Supper, Acts 2:46 .


 8  (4) And there were many lights in an upper chamber, where (*) they were gathered together.


(4) The devil minding to trouble the Church with a great offence, giveth Paul a singular occasion to confirm the Gospel.

(*) Or, we.


 9 And there sat in a window a certain young (*) man, named Eutychus, fallen into a deep sleep; and as Paul was long preaching, he overcome with sleep, fell down from the third loft, and was taken up dead.


(*) Or, boy.


 10 But Paul went down, and laid himself upon him, and embraced him, saying, Trouble not yourselves, for his life is in him.


 11 Then when Paul was come up again, and had broken bread, and eaten, having spoken a long while till the dawning of the day, and so he departed.


 12 And they brought the boy alive, and they were not a little comforted.


 13  ∂ Then we went before to ship, and sailed unto the city (*) Assos, that we might receive Paul there; for so had he appointed, and would himself go afoot.


(*) Which was a city of Mysia called otherwise Apollonia.


 14 Now when he was come unto us to Assos, and we had received him, we came to Mitylene.


 15 And we sailed thence, and came the next day over against Chios, and the next day we arrived at Samos, and tarried at Trogyllium; the next day we came to Miletus.


 16  (5) For Paul had determined to sail by Ephesus, because he would not spend the time in Asia; for he hasted to be, if he could possible, at Jerusalem, at the day of (*) Pentecost.


(5) Paul, an earnest and diligent follower of Christ, making haste to his bounds without any ceasing or stopping in his race, doth first of all as it were make his testament, wherein he giveth an account of his former life, defendeth the doctrine which he taught, and exhorteth the Pastors of the Church to persevere and go forward with continuance in their office.

(*) Or, Witsontide.


 17  ∂ Wherefore from (c) Miletus, he sent to Ephesus, and called the Elders of the Church.


(c) According as the situation of these places is set forth, the distance between Ephesus and Miletus was about 400 furlongs, which maketh almost fifty Dutch miles.


 18  (6) Who when they were come to him, he said unto them, Ye know from the first day that I came into Asia, after what manner I have been with you at all seasons,


(6) A lively image of a true Pastor.


 19  (*) Serving the Lord with all (♣) modesty, and with many tears, and temptations, which came unto me by the layings await of the Jews;


(*) In my vocation and ministry.

(♣) This virtue is contrary to boasting and high minded; which vices are detestable in the servants of Jesus Christ.


 20 And how I kept (d) (*) back nothing that was profitable, but have shewed you, and taught you openly and throughout every house,


(d) I refrained not to speak, neither dissembled in any respect whatsoever, either for fear or lucreís sake.

(*) I neither held my tongue for fear, nor dissembled for gain.


 21 Witnessing both to the Jews, and to the Grecians the (*) repentance toward God, and (♣) faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.


(*) Which is the turning to God by newness of life.

(♣) Which is the receiving of the grace which Christ doeth offer us.


 22  (7) And now behold, I go (e) (*) bound in the Spirit, unto Jerusalem, and know not what things shall come unto me there,


(7) He testifieth, that he goeth to his bonds by the commandment of God.
(e) He calleth that motion of the holy Ghost, which enforced him to take his journey to Jerusalem, the bond of the Sprit, whom he followed with all his heart.

(*) That is, by the impulsion and commandment of the holy Ghost, who draweth me as with a band.


 23 Save that the holy Ghost (*) witnesseth in every city, saying, that bonds and afflictions abide me (♣) .


(*) By the Prophets.

(♣) In Jerusalem.


 24 But I pass not at all, neither is my life dear unto myself, so that I may fulfill my course with joy, and the ministration which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the Gospel of the grace of God.


 25 And now behold, I know that henceforth ye all, through whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, shall see my face no more.


 26 Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am (f) pure from the (*) blood of all men.


(f) If you do perish, yet there shall be no fault in me, Look at Acts 18:6 .

(*) I am not the occasion of any of your destructions.


 27  (8) For I have kept nothing back, but have shewed you (*) all the counsel of God.


(8) The doctrine of the Apostles is most perfect and absolute.

(*) Which concerneth your salvation.


 28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, whereof the holy Ghost hath made you Overseers, to (g) feed the Church of God, which (h) he hath purchased with (i) that his (*) own blood.


(g) To keep it, to feed it, and govern it.
(h) A notable sentence for Christ's Godhead; which sheweth plainly in his person, how that by reason of the joining together of the two natures in his own person, that which is proper to one is spoken of the other being taken in the derivinative, and not in the primitive; which in old time the godly fathers termed a communicating or fellowship of proprieties, that is to say, a making common of that to two, which belongeth but to one.
(i) This word, That sheweth the excellency of this blood.

(*) That which appertaineth to the humanity of Christ, is here attributed to his divinity, because of the communion of the proprieties, and union of the two natures in one person.


 29  (9) For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.


(9) A prophecy of pastors that should straightway degenerate into wolves against such as boast and brag only of a succession of person.


 30 Moreover of your own selves shall men arise speaking (*) perverse things, to (k) draw disciples after them.


(*) Through their ambition, which is mother of all heresy and wickedness.

(k) This is a great misery, to want the presence of such a shepherd, but greater to have wolves enter in.


 31 Therefore watch, and remember that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one, both night and day with tears.


 32  (10) And now brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which (*) is able to build further, and to give you an (l) (♣) inheritance, among all them, which are sanctified.


(10) The power of God, and his free promises revealed in his word, are the props and upholders of the ministry of the Gospel.

(*) To increase you with further graces and to finish his work in you.
(l) As children, and therefore of free love and good will.

(♣) He promiseth to the faithful continual increase of grace, till they enter into the possession of that inheritance, which is prepared for them.


 33  (11) I have coveted no manís silver, nor gold, nor apparel.


(11) Pastors must before all things beware of covetousness.


 34 Yea, ye know, that these hands have ministered unto my (*) necessities, and to them that were with me.


(*) 1 Corinthians 4:12; 1 Thessalonians 2:9; 2 Thessalonians 3:8 .


 35 I have shewed you all things, how that so laboring, ye ought to (m) support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how that he said, (*) It is a blessed thing to give, rather than to receive.


(m) As it were by reaching out the hand to them, which otherwise are about to slip and fall away, and so to stay them.

(*) Although this be not orderly so written in any one place, yet it is gathered of divers places of the Scripture in effect.


 36 And when he had thus spoken, he kneeled down, and prayed with them all.


 37  (12) Then they wept all abundantly, and fell on Paulís neck, and kissed him,


(12) The Gospel doth not take away natural affections, but ruleth and bridleth them in good order.


 38 Being chiefly sorry for the words which he spake, That they should see his face no more. And they accompanied him unto the ship.





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