Acts 18:21
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New International Version
But as he left, he promised, "I will come back if it is God's will." Then he set sail from Ephesus.

New Living Translation
As he left, however, he said, "I will come back later, God willing." Then he set sail from Ephesus.

English Standard Version
But on taking leave of them he said, “I will return to you if God wills,” and he set sail from Ephesus.

Berean Study Bible
But as he left, he said, "I will come back to you again if God is willing." And he set sail from Ephesus.

Berean Literal Bible
but having taken leave and having said, "I will return to you again, God willing," he sailed from Ephesus,

New American Standard Bible
but taking leave of them and saying, "I will return to you again if God wills," he set sail from Ephesus.

King James Bible
But bade them farewell, saying, I must by all means keep this feast that cometh in Jerusalem: but I will return again unto you, if God will. And he sailed from Ephesus.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
but he said good-bye and stated, "I'll come back to you again, if God wills." Then he set sail from Ephesus.

International Standard Version
As he told them goodbye, he said, "I will come back to you again if it is God's will." Then he set sail from Ephesus.

NET Bible
but said farewell to them and added, "I will come back to you again if God wills." Then he set sail from Ephesus,

New Heart English Bible
but taking his leave of them, and saying, "I will return again to you if God wills," he set sail from Ephesus.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
As he said, “I must always observe the coming feast in Jerusalem, and if God wills, I shall return again to you.” And he left Aqilaus and Priscilla in Ephesaus.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
As he left, he told them, "I'll come back to visit you if God wants me to." Paul took a boat from Ephesus

New American Standard 1977
but taking leave of them and saying, “I will return to you again if God wills,” he set sail from Ephesus.

Jubilee Bible 2000
but bade them farewell, saying, I must by all means keep this feast that comes in Jerusalem, but I will return again unto you, if God wills. And he sailed from Ephesus.

King James 2000 Bible
But bade them farewell, saying, I must by all means keep this feast that comes in Jerusalem: but I will return again unto you, if God wills. And he sailed from Ephesus.

American King James Version
But bade them farewell, saying, I must by all means keep this feast that comes in Jerusalem: but I will return again to you, if God will. And he sailed from Ephesus.

American Standard Version
but taking his leave of them, and saying, I will return again unto you if God will, he set sail from Ephesus.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But taking his leave, and saying: I will return to you again, God willing, he departed from Ephesus.

Darby Bible Translation
but bade them farewell, saying, [I must by all means keep the coming feast at Jerusalem]; I will return to you again, if God will: and he sailed away from Ephesus.

English Revised Version
but taking his leave of them, and saying, I will return again unto you, if God will, he set sail from Ephesus.

Webster's Bible Translation
But bade them farewell, saying, I must by all means keep this feast that cometh in Jerusalem: but I will return to you, if God will. And he sailed from Ephesus.

Weymouth New Testament
but took leave of them with the promise, "I will return to you, God willing." So he set sail from Ephesus.

World English Bible
but taking his leave of them, and saying, "I must by all means keep this coming feast in Jerusalem, but I will return again to you if God wills," he set sail from Ephesus.

Young's Literal Translation
but took leave of them, saying, 'It behoveth me by all means the coming feast to keep at Jerusalem, and again I will return unto you -- God willing.' And he sailed from Ephesus,
Study Bible
Paul Returns to Antioch
20When they asked him to stay for a while longer, he declined. 21But as he left, he said, “I will come back to you again if God is willing.” And he set sail from Ephesus. 22When Paul had landed at Caesarea, he went up and greeted the church at Jerusalem. Then he went down to Antioch.…
Cross References
Mark 6:46
After bidding them farewell, He went up on the mountain to pray.

Acts 18:19
When they reached Ephesus, Paul parted ways with Priscilla and Aquila. He himself went into the synagogue there and reasoned with the Jews.

Acts 18:20
When they asked him to stay for a while longer, he declined.

Acts 18:24
Meanwhile a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was an eloquent man, well versed in the Scriptures.

Acts 19:1
While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul passed through the interior and came to Ephesus. There he found some disciples

Acts 19:17
This became known to all the Jews and Greeks living in Ephesus, and fear came over all of them. So the name of the Lord Jesus was held in high honor.

Acts 20:16
Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus to avoid spending time in the province of Asia, because he was in a hurry to reach Jerusalem, if possible, by the day of Pentecost.

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 1:10
in my prayers at all times, asking that now at last by God's will I may succeed in coming to you.

Romans 15:32
so that by God's will I may come to you with joy and together with you be refreshed.
Treasury of Scripture

But bade them farewell, saying, I must by all means keep this feast that comes in Jerusalem: but I will return again to you, if God will. And he sailed from Ephesus.

bade.

Acts 15:29 That you abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and …

Luke 9:61 And another also said, Lord, I will follow you; but let me first …

2 Corinthians 13:11 Finally, brothers, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of …

I must.

Acts 20:16 For Paul had determined to sail by Ephesus, because he would not …

Deuteronomy 16:1 Observe the month of Abib, and keep the passover to the LORD your God…

if God.

Acts 19:21 After these things were ended, Paul purposed in the spirit, when …

Acts 21:14 And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, The will of …

Matthew 26:39 And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, …

Romans 1:10 Making request, if by any means now at length I might have a prosperous …

Romans 15:32 That I may come to you with joy by the will of God, and may with …

1 Corinthians 4:19 But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord will, and will know, …

Philippians 2:19-24 But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timotheus shortly to you, that …

Hebrews 6:3 And this will we do, if God permit.

James 4:15 For that you ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do …

(21) I must by all means keep this feast that Cometh.--Literally, the coming, or, the next feast. This was, probably, as has been said, the Feast of Pentecost. (See Note on Acts 18:18.) If he missed that, there would be no other feast till that of Tabernacles; and then, in October, travelling, whether by sea or land, became dangerous and difficult. (See Note on Acts 27:9.)

If God will.--In this resting in the thought of the will of the Father as ordering all things well--even in their use of almost the same formula, to them much more than such a formula as the Deo volente has often become in the lips of Christians--we find another point of agreement between St. Paul and St. James (James 4:15).

Verse 21. - Taking his leave of them, and saying for bade them farewell, saying, A.V.; I will return for I must by all means keep this feast that cometh in Jerusalem; but I will return, A.V. and T.R.; he set sail for and he sailed, A.V. and T.R. Taking his leave; as in ver. 18, note. I must by all means, etc. This clause is not found in א, A, B, E, and several versions, and is omitted in the R.T. But Alford, Meyer, Wordsworth, and others consider it to be genuine. It is certainly difficult to account for such words being inserted in the text if they were not genuine; whereas it is easy to account for their omission, either by accident or from the fact that the brevity of the allusion to his visit to Jerusalem in ver. 22 might easily mislead a copyist into thinking that St. Paul did not go to Jerusalem at this time, and therefore that the words were misplaced. Observe how St. Paul's fixed purpose to reach Jerusalem as soon as possible tallies with the account of his vow. This feast (A.V.). It is not clear what feast is meant. Alford, Wordsworth, ' Speaker's Commentary,' and others, following Wieseler, think it was the Feast of Pentecost, being influenced by the consideration that sailing was dangerous and very unusual so early as before the Passover. But Meyer thinks it uncertain. But the expression, "I must by all means," would cover the risk of a voyage in the stormy season. I will return again. The fulfillment of this promise is related in Acts 19:1, etc. If God will (see James 4:13-15). But bade them farewell, saying,.... As follows:

I must by all means keep this feast that cometh in Jerusalem; which perhaps was the passover, since that often went by the name of the feast: the why he must by all means keep it, was not because it was obligatory upon him; nor did he always observe it, as appears from his long stay at Corinth, and other places; and besides, as a Christian, he had nothing to do with it; but either because of his vow, Acts 18:18 or because he knew he should have an opportunity of preaching the Gospel to great numbers; the Vulgate Latin and Ethiopic versions omit this clause:

but I will return again unto you, if God will; he promises to return to them, but not peremptorily as knowing that he was altogether subject to the will of God, who disposes and orders all things according to his sovereign pleasure; see James 4:15 and he sailed from Ephesus; which was near the Aegean sea: such was the situation of Ephesus, according to Apollonius (f); who says, that it stood out to the sea, which encompassed the land on which it was built; so Pausanias (g) relates, that Lysimachus passing into Asia by shipping, took the kingdom of Antigonus from him, and built the city the Ephesians now inhabit near the sea; so Josephus (h) reports of Herod and Agrippa, that travelling by land to Phrygia Major, they came to Ephesus, and again, "they sailed from Ephesus" to Samos.

(f) Philostrat. Vita Apollonii, l. 8. c. 3.((g) Attica sive, l. 1. p. 16. (h) Antiqu. l. 16. c. 2. sect. 2.21. I must … keep this feast—probably Pentecost, presenting a noble opportunity of preaching the Gospel.

but I will return—the fulfilment of which promise is recorded in Ac 19:1.18:18-23 While Paul found he laboured not in vain, he continued labouring. Our times are in God's hand; we purpose, but he disposes; therefore we must make all promises with submission to the will of God; not only if providence permits, but if God does not otherwise direct our motions. A very good refreshment it is to a faithful minister, to have for awhile the society of his brethren. Disciples are compassed about with infirmity; ministers must do what they can to strengthen them, by directing them to Christ, who is their Strength. Let us earnestly seek, in our several places, to promote the cause of Christ, forming plans that appear to us most proper, but relying on the Lord to bring them to pass if he sees good.
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