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20:1 And after the uproar was ceased, Paul called unto him the disciples, and embraced them, and departed for to go into Macedonia.
20:2 And when he had gone over those parts, and had given them much exhortation, he came into Greece,
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.
20:4 And there accompanied him into Asia Sopater of Berea; and of the Thessalonians, Aristarchus and Secundus; and Gaius of Derbe, and Timotheus; and of Asia, Tychicus and Trophimus.
20:5 These going before tarried for us at Troas.
20:6 And we sailed away from Philippi after the days of unleavened bread, and came unto them to Troas in five days; where we abode seven days.
20:7 And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.
20:8 And there were many lights in the upper chamber, where they were gathered together.
20:9 And there sat in a window a certain young man named Eutychus, being fallen into a deep sleep: and as Paul was long preaching, he sunk down with sleep, and fell down from the third loft, and was taken up dead.
20:10 And Paul went down, and fell on him, and embracing him said, Trouble not yourselves; for his life is in him.
20:11 When he therefore was come up again, and had broken bread, and eaten, and talked a long while, even till break of day, so he departed.
20:12 And they brought the young man alive, and were not a little comforted.
20:13 And we went before to ship, and sailed unto Assos, there intending to take in Paul: for so had he appointed, minding himself to go afoot.
20:14 And when he met with us at Assos, we took him in, and came to Mitylene.
20:15 And we sailed thence, and came the next day over against Chios; and the next day we arrived at Samos, and tarried at Trogyllium; and the next day we came to Miletus.
20:16 For Paul had determined to sail by Ephesus, because he would not spend the time in Asia: for he hasted, if it were possible for him, to be at Jerusalem the day of Pentecost.
20:17 And from Miletus he sent to Ephesus, and called the elders of the church.
20:18 And 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,
20:19 Serving the LORD with all humility of mind, and with many tears, and temptations, which befell me by the lying in wait of the Jews:
20:20 And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you publickly, and from house to house,
20:21 Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.
20:22 And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there:
20:23 Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me.
20:24 But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.
20:25 And now, behold, I know that ye all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, shall see my face no more.
20:26 Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men.
20:27 For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.
20:28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.
20:29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.
20:30 Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.
20:31 Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.
20:32 And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.
20:33 I have coveted no man's silver, or gold, or apparel.
20:34 Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me.
20:35 I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.
20:36 And when he had thus spoken, he kneeled down, and prayed with them all.
20:37 And they all wept sore, and fell on Paul's neck, and kissed him,
20:38 Sorrowing most of all 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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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
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Book: Acts
Chapter: 20

Paul's journeys. (1-6) Eutychus restored to Life. (7-12) Paul
travels towards Jerusalem. (13-16) Paul's discourse to the
elders of Ephesus. (17-27) Their farewell. (28-38)

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 days 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.

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 came 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 Sacrifice 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
times it was the Custom to receive the Lord's Supper every
Lord's Day, thus celebrating the memorial of Christ's Death. In
this assembly Paul 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 hearts affected with the
Word we hear, So as to drive sleep far away. Infirmity requires
tenderness; but contempt requires severity. It interrupted the
Apostle's preaching; but was made to confirm his preaching.
Eutychus was brought to Life again. And as they knew not 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 Carnal practices flourish there!

13-16 Paul hastened to Jerusalem, but tried to do good By the
way, when going from place to place, as every good Man should
do. In doing God's work, our own wills and those of our friends
must often be crossed; we must not spend time with them when
duty calls us another way.

17-27 The elders knew that Paul was No designing, self-seeking
Man. Those who would in any office serve the Lord acceptably,
and profitably to others, must do it with Humility. He was a
Plain preacher, one that spoke his message So as to be
understood. He was a powerful preacher; he preached the Gospel
as a Testimony to them if they received it; but as a Testimony
against them if they rejected it. He was a profitable preacher;
one that aimed to inform their judgments, and reform their
hearts and lives. He was a painful preacher, very industrious in
his work. He was a Faithful preacher; he did not keep back
reproofs when necessary, nor keep back the preaching of the
Cross. He was a truly Christian, evangelical preacher; he did
not preach notions or doubtful matters; nor affairs of state or
the civil government; but he preached Faith and Repentance. A
better summary of these things, without which there is No
Salvation, cannot be given: even Repentance towards God, and
Faith towards our Lord Jesus Christ, with their fruits and
effects. Without these No sinner can escape, and with these none
will come short of eternal Life. Let them not think that Paul
left Asia for fear of Persecution; he was in full expectation of
trouble, yet resolved to go On, Well assured that it was By
Divine direction. Thanks be to God that we know not the things
which shall befall us during the Year, the Week, the Day which
has begun. It is enough for the Child of God to know that his
strength shall be equal to his Day. He knows not, he would not
know, what the Day before him shall bring forth. The powerful
influences of the Holy Spirit bind the true Christian to his
duty. Even when he expects Persecution and affliction, the Love
of Christ constrains him to proceed. None of these things moved
Paul from his work; they did not deprive him of his comfort. It
is the business of our Life to provide for a joyful Death.
Believing that this was the last time they should see him, he
appeals concerning his integrity. He had preached to them the
whole counsel of God. As he had preached to them the Gospel
purely, So he had preached it to them entire; he faithfully did
his work, whether men would Bear or forbear.

28-38 If the Holy Ghost has made ministers overseers of the
flock, that is, shepherds, they must be true to their trust. Let
them consider their Master's concern for the flock committed to
their charge. It is the Church He has purchased with his own
Blood. The Blood was his as Man; yet So close is the union
between the Divine and human nature, that it is there called the
Blood of God, for it was the Blood of Him who is God. This Put
such dignity and worth into it, as to Ransom believers from all
evil, and purchase all good. Paul spake about their souls with
Affection and concern. They were full of care what would become
of them. Paul directs them to look up to God with Faith, and
commends them to the Word of God's Grace, not only as the
foundation of their Hope and the Fountain of their joy, but as
the rule of their walking. The most advanced Christians are
capable of growing, and will find the Word of Grace Helps their
growth. As those cannot be welcome guests to the holy God who
are unsanctified; So Heaven would be No Heaven to them; but to
all who are born again, and On whom the image of God is renewed,
it is sure, as almighty power and eternal Truth make it So. He
recommends himself to them as an Example of not caring as to
things of the present world; this they would find Helps forward
their comfortable Passage through it. It might seem a hard
saying, therefore Paul adds to it a saying of their Master's,
which he would have them always remember; "It is more blessed to
give than to receive:" it seems they were words often used to
his disciples. The opinion of the children of this world, is
contrary to this; they are afraid of giving, unless in Hope of
getting. Clear gain, is with them the most blessed thing that
can be; but Christ tells us what is more blessed, more excellent.
It makes us more like to God, who gives to all, and receives
from none; and to the Lord Jesus, who went about doing good.
This mind was in Christ Jesus, may it be in us also. It is good
for friends, when they part, to part with Prayer. Those who
exhort and pray for one another, may have many weeping Seasons
and painful separations, but they will meet before the Throne of
God, to part No more. It was a comfort to all, that the presence
of Christ both went with him and stayed with them.

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