Acts 20:19
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New International Version
I served the Lord with great humility and with tears and in the midst of severe testing by the plots of my Jewish opponents.

New Living Translation
I have done the Lord's work humbly and with many tears. I have endured the trials that came to me from the plots of the Jews.

English Standard Version
serving the Lord with all humility and with tears and with trials that happened to me through the plots of the Jews;

Berean Study Bible
I served the Lord with great humility and with tears, and in the trials I faced through the plots of the Jews.

Berean Literal Bible
serving the Lord with all humility and tears, and trials having befallen me in the plots of the Jews;

New American Standard Bible
serving the Lord with all humility and with tears and with trials which came upon me through the plots of the Jews;

King James Bible
Serving the Lord with all humility of mind, and with many tears, and temptations, which befell me by the lying in wait of the Jews:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
serving the Lord with all humility, with tears, and with the trials that came to me through the plots of the Jews--

International Standard Version
I served the Lord with all humility, with tears, and with trials that came to me through the plots of the Jews.

NET Bible
serving the Lord with all humility and with tears, and with the trials that happened to me because of the plots of the Jews.

New Heart English Bible
serving the Lord with all humility, with many tears, and with trials which happened to me by the plots of the Jews;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“As I served God in much humility and in tears, and in those trials that have come upon me by the treachery of the Jews.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I humbly served the Lord, often with tears in my eyes. I served the Lord during the difficult times I went through when the Jews plotted against me.

New American Standard 1977
serving the Lord with all humility and with tears and with trials which came upon me through the plots of the Jews;

Jubilee Bible 2000
serving the Lord with all humility and with many tears and temptations, which have befallen me by the ambushes of the Jews,

King James 2000 Bible
Serving the Lord with all humility of mind, and with many tears, and temptations, which befell me by the lying in wait of the Jews:

American King James Version
Serving the LORD with all humility of mind, and with many tears, and temptations, which befell me by the lying in wait of the Jews:

American Standard Version
serving the Lord with all lowliness of mind, and with tears, and with trials which befell me by the plots of the Jews;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Serving the Lord with all humility, and with tears, and temptations which befell me by the conspiracies of the Jews;

Darby Bible Translation
serving the Lord with all lowliness, and tears, and temptations, which happened to me through the plots of the Jews;

English Revised Version
serving the Lord with all lowliness of mind, and with tears, and with trials which befell me by the plots of the Jews:

Webster's Bible Translation
Serving the Lord with all humility of mind, and with many tears and temptations, which befell me by the lying in wait of the Jews:

Weymouth New Testament
serving the Lord in all humility, and with tears, and amid trials which came upon me through the plotting of the Jews--

World English Bible
serving the Lord with all humility, with many tears, and with trials which happened to me by the plots of the Jews;

Young's Literal Translation
serving the Lord with all humility, and many tears, and temptations, that befell me in the counsels of the Jews against me;
Study Bible
Paul's Farewell to the Ephesians
18When they came to him, he said, “You know how I lived the whole time I was with you, from the first day I arrived in the province of Asia. 19I served the Lord with great humility and with tears, and in the trials I faced through the plots of the Jews. 20I did not shrink back from declaring anything that was helpful to you as I taught you publicly and from house to house,…
Cross References
Acts 9:24
but Saul learned of their plot. Day and night they watched the city gates in order to kill him.

Acts 20:3
where he stayed three months. And when the Jews formed a plot against him as he was about to sail for Syria, he decided to go back through Macedonia.

Acts 20:31
Therefore be alert and remember that for three years I never stopped warning each of you night and day with tears.

Acts 21:27
When the seven days were almost over, some Jews from the province of Asia saw Paul at the temple. They stirred up the whole crowd and seized him,

Romans 12:11
Do not let your zeal subside; keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.

2 Corinthians 11:26
In my frequent journeys, I have been in danger from rivers and from bandits, in danger from my countrymen and from the Gentiles, in danger in the city and in the country, in danger on the sea and among false brothers,
Treasury of Scripture

Serving the LORD with all humility of mind, and with many tears, and temptations, which befell me by the lying in wait of the Jews:

Serving.

Acts 27:23 For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve,

John 12:26 If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall …

Romans 1:1,9 Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated …

Romans 12:11 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;

Galatians 1:10 For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for …

Ephesians 6:7 With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men:

Colossians 3:24 Knowing that of the Lord you shall receive the reward of the inheritance: …

1 Thessalonians 1:9 For they themselves show of us what manner of entering in we had to you…

2 Peter 1:1 Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ…

Revelation 7:15 Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and …

with all.

1 Corinthians 15:9,10 For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called …

2 Corinthians 3:5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of …

2 Corinthians 7:5 For, when we were come into Macedonia, our flesh had no rest, but …

2 Corinthians 12:7-10 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance …

Galatians 4:13,14 You know how through infirmity of the flesh I preached the gospel …

many.

Acts 20:31 Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I …

Psalm 119:136 Rivers of waters run down my eyes, because they keep not your law.

Jeremiah 9:1 Oh that my head were waters, and my eyes a fountain of tears…

Jeremiah 13:17 But if you will not hear it, my soul shall weep in secret places …

Luke 19:41 And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it,

2 Corinthians 2:4 For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote to you with …

Philippians 3:18 (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even …

2 Timothy 1:4 Greatly desiring to see you, being mindful of your tears, that I …

temptations.

1 Corinthians 4:9-13 For I think that God has set forth us the apostles last, as it were …

2 Corinthians 4:7-11 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency …

2 Corinthians 11:23-30 Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labors …

James 1:2 My brothers, count it all joy when you fall into divers temptations;

1 Peter 1:6 Wherein you greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, …

by the.

Acts 20:3 And there stayed three months. And when the Jews laid wait for him, …

Acts 9:23-25 And after that many days were fulfilled, the Jews took counsel to kill him…

Acts 13:50,51 But the Jews stirred up the devout and honorable women, and the chief …

Acts 14:5,6,19,20 And when there was an assault made both of the Gentiles, and also …

Acts 17:5,13 But the Jews which believed not, moved with envy, took to them certain …

2 Corinthians 11:26 In journeys often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in …

(19) Serving the Lord with all humility of mind . . .--The participle exactly answers to the epithet of the "servant" or "slave" of Christ which St. Paul so often uses of himself (Romans 1:1; Galatians 1:10; Philippians 1:1; Titus 1:1). The "tears," too, are characteristic of the Apostle, whose intense sensitiveness and sympathy had not been hardened into a Stoic apathy, and therefore found vent in a form which the Stoic would have scorned as unmanly. (Comp. Acts 20:31; 2Corinthians 2:4.) Epictetus (Enchirid. c. 2) barely allowed a follower of wisdom to mourn outwardly with those who mourned, and added the warning: "Take heed that thou mourn not inwardly."

Temptations.--Better, trials--the word retaining its dominant meaning of troubles coming from without, rather than allurements to evil from within. The reference to the "lying in wait of the Jews" refers, of course, to something altogether distinct from the Demetrian tumult, and implies unrecorded sufferings. The Apostle's life was never safe, and the air was thick with plots against it.

Verse 19. - Lowliness for humility, A.V.; tears for many tears, A.V. and T.R.; with trials for temptations, A.V.; plots for lying in wait, A.V. Plots (ἐπιβουλαῖς); comp. ver. 3, and note. There is no special account of Jewish plots in St. Luke's narrative of St. Paul's sojourn at Ephesus. But from Acts 19:9, 13, and probably 33, we may gather how hostile the unbelieving Jews were to him. Serving the Lord with all humility of mind,.... Meaning, in the ministration of the Gospel, being conscious to himself of his own weakness and insufficiency in himself for such service; no ways elated with those excellent and extraordinary gifts bestowed upon him; ascribing all his success to the power, grace, and Spirit of God; treating no man with contempt and disdain; nor lording it over God's heritage, or claiming a dominion over the faith of men; nor seeking honour nor riches for himself, nor even what he had a just right unto, a maintenance from the people; but laboured with his own hands, and to his own and the necessities of others:

and with many tears; at the obstinacy and unbelief of some, and at the distresses and afflictions of others, both corporeal and spiritual; as well as on account of the unbecoming walk of some professors:

and temptations which befell me by the lying in wait of the Jews: who were hardened against his ministrations, and believed not the Gospel preached by him, but spoke evil of it, and lay in wait to take away his life; by reason of which, his afflictions, which he calls temptations, because they were trials of his faith and patience, were very great. 19. Serving the Lord—Jesus.

with all humility … and many tears and temptations—Self-exaltation was unknown to him, and ease of mind: He "sowed in tears," from anxieties both on account of the converts from whom he "travailed in birth," and of the Jews, whose bitter hostility was perpetually plotting against him, interrupting his work and endangering his life.20:17-27 The elders knew that Paul was no designing, self-seeking man. Those who would in any office serve the Lord acceptably, and profitably to others, must do it with humility. He was a plain preacher, one that spoke his message so as to be understood. He was a powerful preacher; he preached the gospel as a testimony to them if they received it; but as a testimony against them if they rejected it. He was a profitable preacher; one that aimed to inform their judgments, and reform their hearts and lives. He was a painful preacher, very industrious in his work. He was a faithful preacher; he did not keep back reproofs when necessary, nor keep back the preaching of the cross. He was a truly Christian, evangelical preacher; he did not preach notions or doubtful matters; nor affairs of state or the civil government; but he preached faith and repentance. A better summary of these things, without which there is no salvation, cannot be given: even repentance towards God, and faith towards our Lord Jesus Christ, with their fruits and effects. Without these no sinner can escape, and with these none will come short of eternal life. Let them not think that Paul left Asia for fear of persecution; he was in full expectation of trouble, yet resolved to go on, well assured that it was by Divine direction. Thanks be to God that we know not the things which shall befall us during the year, the week, the day which has begun. It is enough for the child of God to know that his strength shall be equal to his day. He knows not, he would not know, what the day before him shall bring forth. The powerful influences of the Holy Spirit bind the true Christian to his duty. Even when he expects persecution and affliction, the love of Christ constrains him to proceed. None of these things moved Paul from his work; they did not deprive him of his comfort. It is the business of our life to provide for a joyful death. Believing that this was the last time they should see him, he appeals concerning his integrity. He had preached to them the whole counsel of God. As he had preached to them the gospel purely, so he had preached it to them entire; he faithfully did his work, whether men would bear or forbear.
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