2 Timothy 4:20
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New International Version
Erastus stayed in Corinth, and I left Trophimus sick in Miletus.

New Living Translation
Erastus stayed at Corinth, and I left Trophimus sick at Miletus.

English Standard Version
Erastus remained at Corinth, and I left Trophimus, who was ill, at Miletus.

Berean Study Bible
Erastus has remained at Corinth, and Trophimus I left sick in Miletus.

Berean Literal Bible
Erastus remained in Corinth, but Trophimus I left ailing in Miletus.

New American Standard Bible
Erastus remained at Corinth, but Trophimus I left sick at Miletus.

King James Bible
Erastus abode at Corinth: but Trophimus have I left at Miletum sick.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Erastus has remained at Corinth; I left Trophimus sick at Miletus.

International Standard Version
Erastus stayed in Corinth, and I left Trophimus in Miletus because he was sick.

NET Bible
Erastus stayed in Corinth. Trophimus I left ill in Miletus.

New Heart English Bible
Erastus remained at Corinth, but I left Trophimus at Miletus sick.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Erastus stopped in Qorinthus, but Trophimus I left while he was sick in the city of Miletus.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Erastus stayed in the city of Corinth and I left Trophimus in the city of Miletus because he was sick.

New American Standard 1977
Erastus remained at Corinth, but Trophimus I left sick at Miletus.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Erastus remained at Corinth, but Trophimus I have left at Miletum sick.

King James 2000 Bible
Erastus remained at Corinth: but Trophimus have I left at Miletus sick.

American King James Version
Erastus stayed at Corinth: but Trophimus have I left at Miletum sick.

American Standard Version
Erastus remained at Corinth: but Trophimus I left at Miletus sick.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Erastus remained at Corinth. And Trophimus I left sick at Miletus.

Darby Bible Translation
Erastus remained in Corinth, but Trophimus I left behind in Miletus sick.

English Revised Version
Erastus abode at Corinth: but Trophimus I left at Miletus sick.

Webster's Bible Translation
Erastus abode at Corinth: but Trophimus I have left at Miletum sick.

Weymouth New Testament
Erastus stayed in Corinth; Trophimus I left behind me at Miletus, ill.

World English Bible
Erastus remained at Corinth, but I left Trophimus at Miletus sick.

Young's Literal Translation
Erastus did remain in Corinth, and Trophimus I left in Miletus infirm;
Study Bible
Final Greetings
19Greet Prisca and Aquila, as well as the household of Onesiphorus. 20Erastus has remained at Corinth, and Trophimus I left sick in Miletus. 21Make every effort to come to me before winter. Eubulus sends you greetings, as do Pudens, Linus, Claudia, and all the brothers.…
Cross References
Acts 18:1
After this, Paul left Athens and went to Corinth.

Acts 18:8
Crispus, the synagogue leader, and his whole household believed in the Lord. And many of the Corinthians who heard the message believed and were baptized.

Acts 19:22
He sent two of his helpers, Timothy and Erastus, to Macedonia, while he stayed for a time in the province of Asia.

Acts 20:4
Paul was accompanied by Sopater son of Pyrrhus from Berea, Aristarchus and Secundus from Thessalonica, Gaius from Derbe, Timothy, and Tychicus and Trophimus from Asia.

Acts 20:15
Sailing on from there, we arrived the next day opposite Chios. The day after that we arrived at Samos, and on the following day we came to Miletus.

Acts 21:29
For they had previously seen Trophimus the Ephesian with him in the city, and they assumed that Paul had brought him into the temple.

Romans 16:23
Gaius, who has hosted me and all the church, sends you greetings. Erastus, the city treasurer, sends you greetings, as does our brother Quartus.
Treasury of Scripture

Erastus stayed at Corinth: but Trophimus have I left at Miletum sick.

Erastus.

Acts 19:22 So he sent into Macedonia two of them that ministered to him, Timotheus …

Romans 16:23 Gaius my host, and of the whole church, salutes you. Erastus the …

Trophimus.

Acts 20:4 And there accompanied him into Asia Sopater of Berea; and of the …

Acts 21:29 (For they had seen before with him in the city Trophimus an Ephesian, …

Miletum.

Acts 20:15,17 And we sailed there, and came the next day over against Chios; and …

Miletus. sick.

Philippians 2:26,27 For he longed after you all, and was full of heaviness, because that …

(20) Erastus abode at Corinth.--Better rendered, remained at Corinth. An Erastus is mentioned in Romans 16:23, the "chamberlain" of Corinth, one of the Christian congregation of that city. This man was probably identical with him.

Another "Eastus" appears among those who ministered to St. Paul at Ephesus (Acts 19:22). Him St. Paul sent on missionary work into Macedonia. There were, therefore, among St. Paul's friends two men of this name: the one a resident official personage at Corinth; the other one of that band who journeyed hither and thither for the propagation of the faith.

But Trophimus have I left at Miletum sick.--Trophimus, a Gentile Christian, who was with St. Paul on his third missionary journey, and whom the Apostle was accused of taking into the Temple at Jerusalem. It was this accusation on the part of the Jews which led to St. Paul's arrest which preceded his first long imprisonment. The event here alluded to must have taken place some time after the Apostle's release from the first imprisonment, A.D. 63, and, probably, in the course of his last journey, shortly before his second arrest and imprisonment at Rome, about A.D. 66.

Miletus (not "Miletum"), a seaport of Caria, about thirty miles from Ephesus, once a city of great renown, whence, it is said, eighty colonies had proceeded; but in the days of St. Paul its glories were already on the wane. It is now famous only for its vast ruined theatre. (See Acts 20:15.)

It has been suggested that this mention of Trophimus was intended to clear him of any neglect. "Erastus," wrote the Apostle, "remained at Corinth; but Trophimus' reason for not coming to Rome was his sickness."

Verse 20. - I left for have I left, A.V.; Miletus for Miletum, A.V. Erastus abode at Corinth. We learn from Romans 16:3 that Erastus was the chamberlain of Corinth, which accounts for his abiding there, he was one of St. Paul's companions in his missionary journey, and we learn from Acts 19:22 that he was sent by St. Paul with Timothy into Macedonia just before the great riot at Ephesus. The mention of him here clearly indicates that St. Paul had gone from Troas, where he left his cloke, to Corinth on his way to Rome. Trophimus is first mentioned in Acts 20:4, where we learn that he was an Asiatic, and more definitely in Acts 21:29, that he was an Ephesian. He had travelled with St. Paul's party from Macedonia to Troas, and thence to Miletus and Jerusalem, where we lose sight of him till we find him again in this passage journeying towards Rome with St. Paul and others, but stopped at Miletus by sickness. Miletus, not Miletum, is the correct form. Erastus abode at Corinth,.... He was chamberlain of that city, Romans 16:23 who being sent along with Timothy into Macedonia, Acts 19:22 very probably went from thence into Achaia, to Corinth, his native place, where he stayed.

But Trophimus have I left at Miletum sick. Trophimus was an Asian, of the city of Ephesus, the same that is spoken of in Acts 20:4. Some say he suffered martyrdom the same day the Apostle Paul did; but others say, that after that time he was bishop of Arles in France. This man went with the apostle into Asia, and from thence to Jerusalem, and came along with him in his voyage to Rome, but falling sick by the way, was left at Miletum. Some, instead of Miletum, would read Melita, that being the island Paul, and the ship's company, escaped to, when they were shipwrecked, Acts 28:1 here it is supposed Trophimus was left sick. Others have observed, that there was a city called Miletus in the island of Crete, under which Paul sailed, Acts 27:7, see footnote (j), and is the place intended; but there is no need to suppose either of these; no doubt Miletum, near to Ephesus, is meant; and as the apostle sailed by the coast of Asia, Acts 27:7, on which shore Miletum was, there is no difficulty in supposing him put ashore there. The Alexandrian copy reads "Melotus".

(j) Plin. l. 4. c. 12. 20. In order to depict his desertion, he informs Timothy that Erastus, one of his usual companions (Ac 19:22, possibly the same Erastus as in Ro 16:23, though how he could leave his official duties for missionary journeys is not clear), stayed behind at Corinth, his native place, or usual residence, of which city he was "chamberlain," or city steward and treasurer (Ro 16:23); and Trophimus he left behind at Miletus sick. (On his former history, see on [2513]Ac 20:4; Ac 21:29). This verse is irreconcilable with the imprisonment from which he writes being the first: for he did not pass by Corinth or Miletus on his way to Rome when about to be imprisoned for the first time. As Miletus was near Ephesus, there is a presumption that Timothy was not at Ephesus when Paul wrote, or he would not need to inform Timothy of Trophimus lying sick in his immediate neighborhood. However, Trophimus may not have been still at Miletus at the time when Paul wrote, though he had left him there on his way to Rome. Prisca and Aquila were most likely to be at Ephesus (2Ti 4:19), and he desires Timothy to salute them: so also Onesiphorus' household (2Ti 1:18). Paul had not the power of healing at will (Ac 19:12), but as the Lord allowed him.4:19-22 We need no more to make us happy, than to have the Lord Jesus Christ with our spirits; for in him all spiritual blessings are summed up. It is the best prayer we can offer for our friends, that the Lord Jesus Christ may be with their spirits, to sanctify and save them, and at last to receive them to himself. Many who believed as Paul, are now before the throne, giving glory to their Lord: may we be followers of them.
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