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.
(20:7-12) Eutychus was the first casualty of many long boring sermons. Paul had preached from dinner until midnight,
by which time Eutychus had fallen asleep and out the third floor window. Paul fell on and embraced the dead body, bringing it back to life. Then Paul
had a little snack and went back to preaching again until the sun came up the next day.
(20:7) "Paul preached ... and continued his speech until midnight."
(20:9) "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) "Paul went down, and fell on him, and embracing him said, Trouble not yourselves; for his life is in him."
(20:11) "When he ... had broken bread, and eaten, and talked a long while, even till break of day."
(20:12) "And they brought the young man alive."
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;
continued his speech until midnight.
And there were many lights in the upper chamber, where they were gathered together.
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.
And Paul went down, and fell on him, and embracing him said, Trouble not
yourselves; for his life is in him.
20:11When 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.
20:12And they brought the young man alive, and were not a little comforted.
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.
And when he met with us at Assos, we took him in, and came to Mitylene.
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.
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.
And from Miletus he sent to Ephesus, and called the elders of the church.
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
Serving the LORD with all humility of mind, and with many tears, and
befell me by the lying in wait of the Jews:
(20:19) "By the lying in wait of the Jews"
Poor Paul complains, once again, of being mistreated by "the Jews."
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,
Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward
God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.
And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the
things that shall befall me there:
Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and
afflictions abide me.
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.
And now, behold, I know that ye all, among whom I have gone preaching the
kingdom of God, shall see my face no more.
Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of
For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.
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.
(20:28) "The church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood"
In this verse, Jesus appears to be spoken of as God. But in some manuscripts the text says "the church of the Lord," rather
than "the church of God."1 Is Jesus God?
For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in
among you, not sparing the flock.
Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw
away disciples after them.
Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased
not to warn every one night and day with tears.
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.
I have coveted no man's silver, or gold, or apparel.
Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my
necessities, and to them that were with me.
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
(20:35) "Remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said,
It is more blessed to give than to receive." In one of the few times that Paul quotes
Jesus, he attributes to him words that are not found in the gospels. (But it's a nice thought, anyway.)
And when he had thus spoken, he kneeled down, and prayed with them all.
And they all wept sore, and fell on Paul's neck, and kissed him,
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.