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Bible Commentaries

Darby's Synopsis of the New Testament

Acts 20

1:2 up; (a-21) The word means 'receiving,' but with the prefix ( ana ) 'up,' as here, it has the active sense of 'taking up.' It is so translated except in 1 Timothy 3:16 . The more passive reception is seen in Acts 3:21 , where another word is used.

Verse 2

20:2 exhorted (a-9) As ch. 16.40. 'comforted,' ver. 12.

Verse 4

20:4 Derbe, (b-26) Or 'Gaius of Derbe and Timotheus.'

Verse 9

20:9 overpowered (c-12) In the act of being so. overpowered (d-25) 'Having been already overpowered.'

Verse 10

20:10 life (e-19) Or 'soul.'

Verse 11

20:11 spoken (f-15) Or 'conversed.' as ch. 24.26, 'communed.' Luke 24:14 ,Luke 24:15 ; not as 'discoursed,' ver. 9.

Verse 19

20:19 serving (a-1) Lit. 'serving as a bondman.'

Verse 28

20:28 purchased (b-29) Middle voice; reflexive. see Note e, Hebrews 1:3 . own. (c-35) I am fully satisfied that this is the right translation of ver. 28. To make it a question of the divinity of Christ (which I hold to be of the foundation of Christianity) is absurd. It has been questioned whether 'of his own' can be used thus absolutely in the singular. But we have it in John 15:19 , and in the neuter singular for material things, Acts 4:32 . The torturing of the passage by copyists arose, I believe, from not seeing, the real sense of it; a touching expression of the love of God.

Verse 35

20:35 shewed (d-3) Specially, 'to show by example.'

Verse 37

20:37 kissed (e-15) 'Covered with kisses,' as Luke 15:20 .

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Darby, John. "Commentary on Acts 20". "John Darby's Synopsis of the New Testament". 1857-67.