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  • PARALLEL BIBLE - Acts 20:3


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    King James Bible - Acts 20:3

    And there abode three months. And when the Jews laid wait for him, as he was about to sail into Syria, he purposed to return through Macedonia.

    World English Bible

    When he had spent
    three months there, and a plot was made against him by Jews as he was about to set sail for Syria, he determined to return through Macedonia.

    Douay-Rheims - Acts 20:3

    Where, when he had spent
    three months, the Jews laid wait for him, as he was about to sail into Syria; so he took a resolution to return through Macedonia.

    Webster's Bible Translation

    And there abode
    three months. And when the Jews laid wait for him, as he was about to sail into Syria, he purposed to return through Macedonia.

    Greek Textus Receptus


    ποιησας
    4160 5660 V-AAP-NSM τε 5037 PRT μηνας 3376 N-APM τρεις 5140 A-APM γενομενης 1096 5637 V-2ADP-GSF αυτω 846 P-DSM επιβουλης 1917 N-GSF υπο 5259 PREP των 3588 T-GPM ιουδαιων 2453 A-GPM μελλοντι 3195 5723 V-PAP-DSM αναγεσθαι 321 5745 V-PPN εις 1519 PREP την 3588 T-ASF συριαν 4947 N-ASF εγενετο 1096 5633 V-2ADI-3S γνωμη 1106 N-NSF του 3588 T-GSM υποστρεφειν 5290 5721 V-PAN δια 1223 PREP μακεδονιας 3109 N-GSF

    Treasury of Scriptural Knowledge

    VERSE (3) -
    :19; 9:23,24; 23:12-15; 25:3 Ezr 8:31 Pr 1:11 Jer 5:26 2Co 7:5; 11:26

    SEV Biblia, Chapter 20:3

    Y despus de haber estado allí tres meses, y habiendo de navegar a Siria, le fueron puestas asechanzas por los judíos; y así tom consejo de volverse por Macedonia.

    Clarke's Bible Commentary - Acts 20:3

    Verse 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 Cor. 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 take; but, hearing that the Jews had laid wait for him, probably to attack his ship on the voyage, seize his person, sell him for a slave, and take the money which he was carrying to the poor saints at Jerusalem, he resolved to go as much of the journey as he conveniently could, by land. Therefore, he returned through Macedonia, and from thence to Troas, where he embarked to sail for Syria, on his way to Jerusalem. The whole of his journey is detailed in this and the following chapter. See also the map.


    John Gill's Bible Commentary

    Ver. 3. And there abode three months , etc.] 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 some notice, either by divine revelation, or from somebody who was in the secret, or had got knowledge of it from such as were: upon which he purposed to return through Macedonia ; through which he came from Ephesus to Greece: this wicked design being made known to him, obliged him, in point of prudence, and both for his own safety, and the good of the churches, to alter his scheme, and steer his course another way, to the disappointment of his enemies; in which the wisdom of providence, the care of God over his ministers, and his concern for his churches manifestly appeared.

    Matthew Henry Commentary

    Verses 1-6 - Tumults or opposition may
    constrain a Christian to remove from his station or alter his purpose, but his work and his pleasure will be the same, wherever he goes. Paul thought it worth while to bestow five day in going to Troas, though it was but for seven days' stay there; but he knew, and so should we, how to redeem even journeying time, and to make it turn to some good account.


    Greek Textus Receptus


    ποιησας
    4160 5660 V-AAP-NSM τε 5037 PRT μηνας 3376 N-APM τρεις 5140 A-APM γενομενης 1096 5637 V-2ADP-GSF αυτω 846 P-DSM επιβουλης 1917 N-GSF υπο 5259 PREP των 3588 T-GPM ιουδαιων 2453 A-GPM μελλοντι 3195 5723 V-PAP-DSM αναγεσθαι 321 5745 V-PPN εις 1519 PREP την 3588 T-ASF συριαν 4947 N-ASF εγενετο 1096 5633 V-2ADI-3S γνωμη 1106 N-NSF του 3588 T-GSM υποστρεφειν 5290 5721 V-PAN δια 1223 PREP μακεδονιας 3109 N-GSF

    Vincent's NT Word Studies

    3.
    Sail (anagesqai). Better, as Rev., set sail. See on Luke viii. 22; and compare Luke v. 3.

    Robertson's NT Word Studies

    20:3 {When he had spent
    three months there} (poiesas menas treis). Literally, "having done three months," the same idiom in #Ac 14:33; 18:23; Jas 5:13. During this period Paul may have written Galatians as Lightfoot argued and certainly did Romans. We do not have to say that Luke was ignorant of Paul's work during this period, only that he did not choose to enlarge upon it. {And a plot was laid against him by the Jews} (genomenes epiboules autwi hupo twn ioudaiwn). Genitive absolute, "a plot by the Jews having come against him." epiboule is an old word for a plot against one. In the N.T. only in Acts (#9:24; 20:3,19; 23:30). Please note that this plot is by the Jews, not the Judaizers whom Paul discusses so vehemently in #2Co 10-13. They had given Paul much anguish of heart as is shown in I Cor. and in #2Co 1-7, but that trouble seems now past. It is Paul's old enemies in Corinth who had cherished all these years their defeat at the hands of Gallio (#Ac 18:5-17) who now took advantage of Paul's plans for departure to compass his death if possible. {As he was about to set sail for Syria} (mellonti anagesqai eis ten surian). The participle mellonti agrees in case (dative) with autwi. For the sense of intending see also verse #13. anagesqai (present middle infinitive) is the common word for putting out to sea (going up, they said, from land) as in #13:13. {He determined} (egeneto gnwmes). The best MSS. here read gnwmes (predicate ablative of source like epilusews, #2Pe 1:20, Robertson, _Grammar_, p. 514), not gnwme (nominative). "He became of opinion." The Jews had heard of Paul's plan to sail for Syria and intended in the hurly-burly either to kill him at the docks in Cenchreae or to push him overboard from the crowded pilgrim ship bound for the passover. Fortunately Paul learned of their plot and so eluded them by going through Macedonia. The Codex Bezae adds here that "the Spirit bade him return into Macedonia."


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