Acts 20:2
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New International Version
He traveled through that area, speaking many words of encouragement to the people, and finally arrived in Greece,

New Living Translation
While there, he encouraged the believers in all the towns he passed through. Then he traveled down to Greece,

English Standard Version
When he had gone through those regions and had given them much encouragement, he came to Greece.

Berean Study Bible
After traveling through that area and speaking many words of encouragement, he arrived in Greece,

Berean Literal Bible
And having passed through those districts and having exhorted them with much talk, he came to Greece.

New American Standard Bible
When he had gone through those districts and had given them much exhortation, he came to Greece.

King James Bible
And when he had gone over those parts, and had given them much exhortation, he came into Greece,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
And when he had passed through those areas and exhorted them at length, he came to Greece

International Standard Version
He went through those regions and encouraged the people with everything he had to say. Then he went to Greece

NET Bible
After he had gone through those regions and spoken many words of encouragement to the believers there, he came to Greece,

New Heart English Bible
When he had gone through those parts, and had encouraged them with many words, he came into Greece.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And when he traveled those regions and comforted them with many words, he came to the country of Greece.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He went through that region and spoke many words of encouragement to the people. Then he went to Greece

New American Standard 1977
And when he had gone through those districts and had given them much exhortation, he came to Greece.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And when he had gone over those parts and had exhorted them with much word, he came into Greece

King James 2000 Bible
And when he had gone through those parts, and had given them much exhortation, he came into Greece,

American King James Version
And when he had gone over those parts, and had given them much exhortation, he came into Greece,

American Standard Version
And when he had gone through those parts, and had given them much exhortation, he came into Greece.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And when he had gone over those parts, and had exhorted them with many words, he came into Greece;

Darby Bible Translation
And having passed through those parts, and having exhorted them with much discourse, he came to Greece.

English Revised Version
And when he had gone through those parts, and had given them much exhortation, he came into Greece.

Webster's Bible Translation
And when he had gone over those parts, and had given them much exhortation, he came into Greece,

Weymouth New Testament
Passing through those districts he encouraged the disciples in frequent addresses, and then came into Greece, and spent three months there.

World English Bible
When he had gone through those parts, and had encouraged them with many words, he came into Greece.

Young's Literal Translation
and having gone through those parts, and having exhorted them with many words, he came to Greece;
Study Bible
Paul in Macedonia and Greece
1When the uproar had ended, Paul sent for the disciples. After he had encouraged them, he said goodbye to them and left for Macedonia. 2After traveling through that area and speaking many words of encouragement, he arrived in Greece, 3where 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.…
Cross References
Luke 3:18
With these and many other exhortations, John proclaimed the good news to the people.

Acts 20:1
When the uproar had ended, Paul sent for the disciples. After he had encouraged them, he said goodbye to them and left for Macedonia.

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.

1 Corinthians 4:19
But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord is willing, and then I will find out not only what these arrogant people are saying, but what power they have.
Treasury of Scripture

And when he had gone over those parts, and had given them much exhortation, he came into Greece,

those.

Acts 20:6 And we sailed away from Philippi after the days of unleavened bread, …

Acts 16:12 And from there to Philippi, which is the chief city of that part …

Acts 17:1,10 Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came …

given.

Acts 20:7,11 And on the first day of the week, when the disciples came together …

Acts 2:40 And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save …

Acts 14:22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue …

Acts 15:41 And he went through Syria and Cilicia, confirming the churches.

Colossians 1:28 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all …

1 Thessalonians 2:3,11 For our exhortation was not of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile…

1 Thessalonians 4:1 Furthermore then we beseech you, brothers, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus…

Cir. A.M.

Zechariah 9:13 When I have bent Judah for me, filled the bow with Ephraim, and raised …

(2) And when he had gone over those parts.--Here also we can fill up the outline of the narrative from the Epistles. We may take for granted that St. Paul would revisit the churches which he had himself founded at Thessalonica and Bera, as well as at Philippi. The names in Acts 20:4 indicate that delegates were chosen, probably by his direction, for the great journey to Jerusalem, which he now began to contemplate. Romans 15:19 indicates a yet wider range of activity. He had taken the great Roman road across Macedonia, and going westward to the shores of the Adriatic, had preached the gospel in Illyricum, where as yet it had not been heard.

He came into Greece.--The word Hellas, or Greece, seems used as synonymous with Achaia, the southern province. This may have led to an unrecorded visit to Athens. It certainly brought him to Corinth and Cenchre. There, we may hope, he found all his hopes fulfilled. Gaius was there to receive him as a guest, and Erastus was still a faithful friend. There, if not before, he found Timotheus, and he had with him Jason of Thessalonica and Sosipater of Bera (Romans 16:21-23). In one respect, however, he found a great change, and missed many friends. The decree of Claudius had either been revoked or was no longer acted on. Aquila and Priscilla had gone straight from Ephesus to Rome on hearing that they could do so with safety, and with them the many friends, male and female, most of them of the libertini class, whom he had known in Corinth, and whose names fill so large a space in Romans 16. The desire which he had felt before (Acts 19:21) to see Rome was naturally strengthened by their absence. His work in Greece was done, and he felt an impulse, not merely human, drawing him to the further west. A rapid journey to Jerusalem, a short visit there, to show how generous were the gifts which the Gentile Churches sent to the Churches of the Circumcision, and then the desire of his life might be gratified. To preach the gospel in Rome, to pass on from Rome to the Jews at Cordova and other cities in Spain (Romans 15:24-28),--that was what he now proposed to himself. How different a path was actually marked out for him the sequel of the story shows.

Verse 2. - Through for over, A.V. When he had gone through (διελθών); see above, Acts 8:4, 40; Acts 10:38; Acts 13:6; Acts 18:23, note, etc.; Luke 9:6. Those parts; μέρη, a word especially used of geographical districts: τὰ μέρη τῆς Γαλιλαίας: τὰ μέρη Τύρου καὶ Σιδῶνος (Matthew 2:22; Matthew 15:21; see too Acts 2:10; Acts 19:1). Greece (Ἑλλάδα, not Ἀχαι'αν, as Acts 19:21; Acts 18:12, and elsewhere). Macedonia and Achaia are always coupled together (see Tacit., 'Ann..' 1:76). as in Romans 15:26; 1 Thessalonians 1:7, 8. In the Second Epistle to the Corinthians, written from Macedonia, it is always Achaia (2 Corinthians 1:1, etc.). In fact, Ἑλλάς is found nowhere else in the New Testament, Achaia being the name of the Roman province. Bengel and others understand Hellas here of the country between Macedonia and the Peloponnesus, especially Attica; which would make it probable that St. Paul revisited Athens. But Meyer, Kuinoel, Alford, 'Speaker's Commentary,' etc., think it is synonymous with Achaia. There must, however, be some reason for this unusual use of Hellas instead of Achaia. None seems so likely as that it was meant to cover wider ground than Achaia would naturally indicate, namely Attica. And when he had gone over those parts,.... Of Macedonia, and the cities in it before mentioned;

and had given them much exhortation; to abide by the doctrines and ordinances of the Gospel, and to walk worthy of it in their lives and conversations; and this exhortation he was frequently giving, as often as he had opportunity, improving his time much this way, and continued long at it: and, having pursued it to a sufficient length,

he came into Greece; or Hellas; which, according to Ptolomy (e) and Solinus, (f), is properly true Greece; the former makes it to be the same with Achaia, where Corinth was; and the latter says it was in his time called Attica, where Athens was; so Pliny (g), who also says, that Thessaly was so called: this Hellas included Macedonia, Epirus, Thessaly, Achaia, which is properly Greece, Peloponnesus, and the adjacent islands.

(e) Geograph. l. 3. c. 15. (f) Polyhist, c. 12. (g) Nat. Hist. l. 4. c. 7. 2. he came into Greece—or Achaia, in pursuance of the second part of his plan (Ac 19:21).20:1-6 Tumults or opposition may constrain a Christian to remove from his station or alter his purpose, but his work and his pleasure will be the same, wherever he goes. Paul thought it worth while to bestow five days in going to Troas, though it was but for seven days' stay there; but he knew, and so should we, how to redeem even journeying time, and to make it turn to some good account.
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