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1: After the tumult was ceased - So Demetrius gained nothing.
Paul remained there till all was quiet.
2: He came into Greece - That part of it which lay between
Macedonia and Achaia.
3: An ambush being laid for him - In his way to the ship.
4: To Asia - There some of them left him. But Trophimus went with
him to Jerusalem, (Ac 21:29). Aristarchus, even to Rome,(Ac 27:2).
6: We set sail - St. Luke was now with St. Paul again, as we learn
from his manner of expressing himself.
7: To break bread - That is, to celebrate the Lord's Supper;
continued his discourse - Through uncommon fervour of spirit.
8: There were many lamps in the room where they were
assembled - To prevent any possible scandal.
9: In the window - Doubtless kept open, to prevent heat, both
from the lamps and the number of people.
10: Paul fell or him - It is observable, our Lord never used
this gesture. But Elijah and Elisha did as well as Paul.
His life is in him - He is alive again.
11: So departed - Without taking any rest at all.
12: And they brought the young man alive - But alas! How many of
those who have allowed themselves to sleep under sermons, or as
it were to dream awake, have slept the sleep of eternal death,
and fallen to rise no more!
13: Being himself to go on foot - That he might enjoy the
company of his Christian brethren a little longer, although
he had passed the night without sleep, and though Assos was
of difficult and dangerous access by land.
14: Mitylene - Was a city and part of the isle of Lesbos, about
seven miles distant from the Asiatic coast.
`16. For Paul had determined to sail by Ephesus - Which lay on
the other side of the bay. He hasted to be at Jerusalem on
the day of pentecost - Because then was the greatest concourse
17: Sending to Ephesus, he called the elders of the Church - These
are called bishops in the 28th verse, (Ac 20:28)(rendered
overseers in our translation.) Perhaps elders and bishops were
then the same; or no otherwise different than are the rector of
a parish and his curates.
18: Ye know - Happy is he who can thus appeal to the conscience
of his hearers.
19: Serving - See the picture of a faithful servant! The Lord
- Whose the church is, with all humility, and with tears, and
trials - These are the concomicants of it. The service itself
is described more particularly in the following verse. This
humility he recommends to the Ephesians themselves, (Eph 4:2).
His tears are mentioned again, (Ac 20:31), as also (2Co 2:4);(Php 3:18). These passages laid together supply us with the
genuine character of St. Paul. Holy tears, from those who seldom
weep on account of natural occurrences, are no mean specimen of
the efficacy and proof of the truth of Christianity. Yet joy
is well consistent therewith, (Ac 20:24). The same person may
be sorrowful, yet always rejoicing.
20: I have preached - Publicly; and taught - From house to house.
Else he had not been pure from their blood. For even an apostle
could not discharge his duty by public preaching only. How
much less can an ordinary pastor!
21: Repentance toward God - The very first motion of the soul
toward God is a kind of repentance.
22: Bound by the Spirit - Strongly impelled by him.
23: Save that - Only this I know in general; the Holy Ghost
witnesseth - By other persons. Such was God's good pleasure
to reveal these things to him, not immediately, but by the
ministry of others.
24: Nor do I count my life precious - It adds great force
to this and all the other passages of Scripture, in which
the apostles express their contempt of the world, that they
were not uttered by persons like Seneca and Antoninus, who
talked elegantly of despising the world in the full affluence
of all its enjoyments; but by men who daily underwent the
greatest calamities, and exposed their lives in proof of
25: Ye shall see my face no more - He wisely inserts this,
that what follows might make the deeper impression.
27: For I have not shunned - Otherwise if any had perished,
their blood would have been on his head.
28: Take heed therefore - I now devolve my care upon you; first
to yourselves; then to the flock over which the Holy Ghost hath
made you overseers - For no man, or number of men upon earth, can
constitute an overseer, bishop, or any other Christian minister.
To do this is the peculiar work of the Holy Ghost: to feed the
Church of God - That is, the believing, loving, holy children of
God; which he hath purchased - How precious is it then in his
sight! with his own blood - For it is the blood of the only
begotten Son of God, (1Jo 1:7).
29: Grievous wolves - From without, namely, false apostles.
They had, not yet broke in on the Church at Ephesus.
30: Yea, from among yourselves men will arise - Such were the
Nicolaitans, of whom Christ complains, (Re 2:6);
to draw away disciples - From the purity of the Gospel and the
unity of the body.
31: I ceased not to warn every one night and day - This was
watching indeed! Who copies after this example?
32: The word of his grace - It is the grand channel of it, to
believers as well as unbelievers. Who is able to build you
up - To confirm and increase your faith, love, holiness. God
can thus build us up, without any instrument. But he does build
us up by them. O beware of dreaming that you have less need of
human teachers after you know Christ than before! And to give
you an inheritance - Of eternal glory, among them that are
sanctified - And so made meet for it. A large number of these
Paul doubtless knew, and remembered before God.
33: I have coveted - Here the apostle begins the other branch
of his farewell discourse, like old Samuel, (1Sa 12:3),
taking his leave of the children of Israel.
34: These hands - Callous, as you see, with labour. Who is he
that envies such a bishop or archbishop as this?
35: I have showed you - Bishops, by my example, all things - And
this among the rest; that thus labouring - So far as the labours
of your office allow you time; ye ought to help the weak - Those
who are disabled by sickness, or any bodily infirmity, from
maintaining themselves by their own labour. And to remember
- Effectually, so as to follow it; the word which he himself
said - Without doubt his disciples remembered many of his words
which are not recorded. It is happier to give - To imitate God,
and have him, as it were, indebted to us.
37: They all wept - Of old, men, yea, the best and bravest of
men, were easily melted into tears; a thousand instances of
which might be produced from profane as well as sacred writers.
But now, notwithstanding the effeminacy which almost universally
prevails, we leave those tears to women and children.
38: Sorrowing most for that word which he spake, that they
should see his face no more - What sorrow will be in the great
day, when God shall speak that word to all who are found on
the left hand, that they shall see his face no more!