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Bible Commentaries

Abbott's Illustrated New Testament

Acts 19

Verse 1

Verse 1

Coasts; regions. The more interior provinces were so designated.

Verse 9

Verse 9

Disputing; publicly defending Christianity. In consequence of the opposition made by the Jews, he withdrew from the synagogue with those who adhered to him, and afterwards held his religious assemblies in the apartment of a private individual.

Verse 10

Verse 10

Asia; Asia Minor. Ephesus was a place of great resort for the whole country.

Verse 13

Verse 13

Vagabond; wandering; having no settled residence.

Verse 15

Verse 15

And the evil spirit answered and said. They who suppose that the cases of demoniacal possession were cases of common insanity, understand that this maniac had heard of Paul and Jesus through the long-continued preaching of the former in that community. The form of expression, however, certainly indicates that Luke considered an evil spirit as the real actor.

Verse 17

Verse 17

Fear; wonder and awe.

Verse 19

Verse 19

Curious arts; arts of divination, necromancy, and imposture.--Books; rolls and parchments with pretended magical inscriptions.--Fifty thousand pieces of silver. Fruitless attempts have been made to fix the value of this sum in modern money. All that can be now known of it is, that it was a very large sum.

Verse 21

Verse 21

It was during this residence at Ephesus that Paul probably wrote the First Epistle to the Corinthians, as is more fully shown in the introduction to that book.

Verse 24

Verse 24

Silver shrines for Diana; silver models of the temple of Diana, a most magnificent edifice at Ephesus, celebrated all over the world.

Verse 27

Verse 27

But also, &c. They who, in public contests and discussions, are secretly contending for their own private ends, generally cloak their designs under pretended zeal for the cause of virtue and religion.

Verse 29

Verse 29

The theatre; a large edifice, used for public assemblages of all sorts.

Verse 30

Verse 30

Would have entered in; desirous of at least sharing the danger of his friends, even though be might not be able to avert it.

Verse 31

Verse 31

The chief of Asia; certain magistrates.

Verse 33

Verse 33

Who Alexander was, and what was the motive of the Jews in endeavoring to secure for him a hearing, is not known.

Verse 35

Verse 35

Which fell down from Jupiter. Such a legend was in circulation among the people. The great temple was built to receive the image which thus descended.

Verse 36

Verse 36

Spoken against; called in question.

Verse 38

Verse 38

Deputies; the magistrates appointed to try such causes.

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Abbott, John S. C. & Abbott, Jacob. "Commentary on Acts 19". "Abbott's Illustrated New Testament". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/ain/acts-19.html. 1878.