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  • PARALLEL BIBLE - Acts 20:8


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    King James Bible - Acts 20:8

    And there were many lights in the upper chamber, where they were gathered together.

    World English Bible

    There were many
    lights in the upper room where we were gathered together.

    Douay-Rheims - Acts 20:8

    And there were a great
    number of lamps in the upper chamber where we were assembled.

    Webster's Bible Translation

    And there were many
    lights in the upper chamber, where they were assembled.

    Greek Textus Receptus


    ησαν
    2258 5713 V-IXI-3P δε 1161 CONJ λαμπαδες 2985 N-NPF ικαναι 2425 A-NPF εν 1722 PREP τω 3588 T-DSN υπερωω 5253 N-DSN ου 3757 ADV ησαν 2258 5713 V-IXI-3P συνηγμενοι 4863 5772 V-RPP-NPM

    Treasury of Scriptural Knowledge

    VERSE (8) -
    Ac 1:13 Lu 22:12

    SEV Biblia, Chapter 20:8

    Y había muchas lmparas en el aposento alto donde estaban juntos.

    Clarke's Bible Commentary - Acts 20:8

    Verse 8. Upper
    chamber] It was in an upper chamber in the temple that the primitive disciples were accustomed to meet: on that account, they might have preferred an upper chamber whenever they could meet with it.

    The pious Quesnel supposes that the smoke, issuing from the many lamps in this upper chamber, was the cause of Eutychus falling asleep; and this, he says, the apostle mentions, in charity, to excuse the young man's appearing negligent.


    John Gill's Bible Commentary

    Ver. 8. And there were many lights in the upper chamber , etc.] Which were lighted up, both for necessary uses, to see by, to read the word, and to administer the ordinance of the supper, and for the comfort and pleasure of the whole company, both preacher and hearers; as well as to remove all ground of suspicion, or occasion of reproach, as if it was a midnight society met for wicked practices: but this no ways countenances the use of lamps and wax candies in the daytime at divine worship, since this was in the night; of the upper chamber, in which it was usual to meet for religious exercises, (see Mark 2:4, Acts 1:13), where they were gathered together; the Alexandrian copy, Vulgate Latin, Syriac, and Arabic versions read, where we were gathered together.

    Matthew Henry Commentary

    Verses 7-12 - Though the
    disciples read, and meditated, and prayed, and sung apart and thereby kept up communion with God, yet they came together to worship God, and so kept up their communion with one another. They cam together on the first day of the week, the Lord's day. It is to be religiously observed by all disciples of Christ. In the breaking of the bread, not only the breaking of Christ's body for us, to be a sacrific for our sins, is remembered, but the breaking of Christ's body to us to be food and a feast for our souls, is signified. In the early time it was the custom to receive the Lord's supper every Lord's day, thu celebrating the memorial of Christ's death. In this assembly Pau preached. The preaching of the gospel ought to go with the sacraments They were willing to hear, he saw they were so, and continued his speech till midnight. Sleeping when hearing the word, is an evil thing a sign of low esteem of the word of God. We must do what we can to prevent being sleepy; not put ourselves to sleep, but get our heart affected with the word we hear, so as to drive sleep far away Infirmity requires tenderness; but contempt requires severity. I interrupted the apostle's preaching; but was made to confirm his preaching. Eutychus was brought to life again. And as they knew no when they should have Paul's company again, they made the best use of it they could, and reckoned a night's sleep well lost for that purpose How seldom are hours of repose broken for the purposes of devotion! but how often for mere amusement or sinful revelry! So hard is it for spiritual life to thrive in the heart of man! so naturally do carna practices flourish there!


    Greek Textus Receptus


    ησαν
    2258 5713 V-IXI-3P δε 1161 CONJ λαμπαδες 2985 N-NPF ικαναι 2425 A-NPF εν 1722 PREP τω 3588 T-DSN υπερωω 5253 N-DSN ου 3757 ADV ησαν 2258 5713 V-IXI-3P συνηγμενοι 4863 5772 V-RPP-NPM

    Vincent's NT Word Studies

    8. Many
    lights. A detail showing the vivid impression of the scene upon an eye-witness. It has been remarked that the abundance of lights shows how little of secrecy or disorder attached to these meetings.

    The upper chamber. See on ch. i. 13.


    Robertson's NT Word Studies

    20:8 {Many lights} (lampades hikanai). It was dark at night since the full moon (passover) was three weeks behind. These lamps were probably filled with oil and had wicks that flickered and smoked. They would not meet in the dark. {In the upper room} (en twi huperwiwi). As in #1:13 which see.


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