Acts 20:20
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New International Version
You know that I have not hesitated to preach anything that would be helpful to you but have taught you publicly and from house to house.

New Living Translation
I never shrank back from telling you what you needed to hear, either publicly or in your homes.

English Standard Version
how I did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, and teaching you in public and from house to house,

New American Standard Bible
how I did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, and teaching you publicly and from house to house,

King James Bible
And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you publickly, and from house to house,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
and that I did not shrink back from proclaiming to you anything that was profitable or from teaching it to you in public and from house to house.

International Standard Version
I never shrank from telling you anything that would help you nor from teaching you publicly and from house to house.

NET Bible
You know that I did not hold back from proclaiming to you anything that would be helpful, and from teaching you publicly and from house to house,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“And I have neglected nothing that was useful for your souls, to preach and to teach in the marketplace and in houses,”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I didn't avoid telling you anything that would help you, and I didn't avoid teaching you publicly and from house to house.

Jubilee Bible 2000
and how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have showed you and have taught you publicly and from house to house,

King James 2000 Bible
And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have showed you, and have taught you publicly, and from house to house,

American King James Version
And how I kept back nothing that was profitable to you, but have showed you, and have taught you publicly, and from house to house,

American Standard Version
how I shrank not from declaring unto you anything that was profitable, and teaching you publicly, and from house to house,

Douay-Rheims Bible
How I have kept back nothing that was profitable to you, but have preached it to you, and taught you publicly, and from house to house,

Darby Bible Translation
how I held back nothing of what is profitable, so as not to announce [it] to you, and to teach you publicly and in every house,

English Revised Version
how that I shrank not from declaring unto you anything that was profitable, and teaching you publicly, and from house to house,

Webster's Bible Translation
And how I kept back nothing that was profitable to you, but have shown you, and have taught you publicly, and from house to house,

Weymouth New Testament
and that I never shrank from declaring to you anything that was profitable, or from teaching you in public and in your homes,

World English Bible
how I didn't shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, teaching you publicly and from house to house,

Young's Literal Translation
how nothing I did keep back of what things are profitable, not to declare to you, and to teach you publicly, and in every house,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 20. - How that I shrank not from declaring unto you anything for and how I kept back nothing, A.V.; profitable for profitable unto you, A.V; and teaching for but have showed you and have taught, A.V. I shrank not from declaring, etc. The R.V. seems to construe the phrase as if it were Ὡς ὑπεσταιλάμην τοῦ μὴ ἀναγγεῖλαι ὑμῖν οὐδὲν τῶν συμφερόντων, which is a very labored construction, of which the only advantage is that it gives exactly the same sense to ὑπεστειλάμην as it has in ver. 27. But it is much simpler to take οὐδὲν here as governed by ὑπεστειλάμην, and to take the verb in its very common sense of "keeping back," or "dissembling" (see the very similar passages quoted by Kuinoel from Demosthenes, Plato, Socrates, etc., Οὐδὲν ὑποστειλάμενος, μηδὲν ὑποστείλαμεμος κ.τ.λ.), and to take the τοῦ μὴ ἀναγγεῖλαι ὑμῖν καὶ διδάξαι as expressing what would have been the effect of such "keeping back," or "dissembling," the μὴ extending to both infinitives (Meyer), "so as not to declare and teach," etc. In ver. 27 the verb ὑπεστειλάμην must be taken in the equally common sense of "holding back," or "shrinking," under the influence of fear, or indolence, or what not. The difference of rendering is required by the fact that here you have οὐδὲν ὑπεστειλάμην, whereas in ver. 27 you have οὐκ ὑπεστειλάμην In several of the classical passages quoted above, and others in Schleusner, ὑποστέλλεσθαι is opposed to παρρησίαζεσθαι, or, μετὰ παρρησίας διαλεχθῆναι (comp. therefore for the sentiment, Acts 2:29; Acts 4:13, 29, 31; Acts 9:27; Acts 13:46; Acts 14:3; Acts 28:31, etc.; Ephesians 6:19, 20).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you,.... The Syriac version supplies, "to your souls"; to lead them into a true knowledge of the doctrines of the Gospel, and to confirm them in the same, and to preserve them from errors in principle, and immoralities in practice, and to encourage the exercise of every grace, and to instruct them in every branch of duty; nothing of this kind, or which had this tendency, did the apostle dissemble, conceal, or drop, either through sloth and indolence, or through fear of men, or for the sake of reputation, wealth, and friends. The things the apostle may have chiefly in view are the truths of the Gospel, which are very profitable to the souls of men; such as relate to the knowledge of God, his being, perfections, and persons; as that there are three persons in the Godhead, Father, Son, and Spirit, which is profitable to be known, in order to understand the economy of salvation, in which each person has his distinct concern; and that both the Son and Spirit are equally God with the Father, which accounts for the virtue and efficacy of the blood, righteousness, and sacrifice of Christ, and how safely he may be depended upon for salvation, and how equal the Holy Spirit is to his work and office; likewise such doctrines as relate to the sin of Adam and his posterity in him, to the imputation of the guilt of that sin unto them, and the derivation of a corrupt nature from him, and which respect the impurity and impotence of human nature; all which is profitable, since it accounts for the origin of moral evil, and many of the dispensations of providence in involving those that do not know the right hand from their left in public calamities; and since it shows the necessity of regenerating grace, tends to the humiliation of men, and makes for the magnifying the riches of God's grace: also such doctrines as express the grace of God in man's salvation as the doctrines of God's everlasting love, of election, redemption, justification, pardon, reconciliation, union to Christ, and final perseverance; all which are exceeding profitable, for the peace, comfort, and refreshment of the souls of God's people. Moreover, the ordinances of the Gospel, baptism, and the Lord's supper, which are the privileges of believers, and the means of their spiritual profit, may be included, together with all the duties of religion; which though not profitable by way of merit, yet contribute to the peace and pleasure of the mind; and none of these things did the apostle withhold from the elders and church at Ephesus, as his epistle to that church does abundantly show, in which, doctrines, ordinances, and duties are taken notice of: now to keep back these, is either to keep them back wholly, to say nothing of any of them, but in the room of them to deliver out morality and legal righteousness; or in part, to mix the truths of the Gospel with the doctrines of men, and not give out the sincere milk of the word; or to draw and fetch back what has been delivered through the fear of men, and in order to gain reputation and applause: but so did not the apostle, nor should any minister of the Gospel; and that for the reason in the words, because they are profitable; as also because they are the counsel of God; and because it is the will of Christ that nothing should be hid, but everything should be published, which he has signified to his servants; and this is enforced by his own example, who whatever he heard of his Father, he made known to his disciples; and for the ministers of Christ to do otherwise, would argue unfaithfulness in them both to Christ and to the souls of men:

but have showed you; all the doctrines of the Gospel, and pointed to every path of duty, and declared, as he says hereafter, the whole counsel of God:

and have taught you publicly; first in the Jewish synagogue, then in the school of Tyrannus, Acts 19:8 and in whatsoever place the church, when formed, might meet together for public worship; there the apostle taught them the truths of the Gospel openly, and without any reserve, before all the people, as Christ ordered his apostles to do, and as he himself did, Matthew 10:27

and from house to house: as he visited the saints at their own houses, to know their personal cases, and the state of their souls, he instructed them privately and personally one by one; he taught the same publicly as privately, and privately as publicly: and took every opportunity of instilling Gospel truths into them, and of enriching them with a larger knowledge of them; which shows his affection and zeal, his laboriousness, industry, and indefatigableness in the ministry.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

20. kept back—timidly withheld from fear of consequences.

nothing that was profitable—edification directing all.

have taught you publicly, and from house to house—Did an apostle, whose functions were of so wide a range, not feel satisfied without private as well as public ministrations? How then must pastors feel? [Bengel].

Acts 20:20 Additional Commentaries
Context
Paul's Farewell to the Ephesian Elders
19serving the Lord with all humility and with tears and with trials which came upon me through the plots of the Jews; 20how I did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, and teaching you publicly and from house to house, 21solemnly testifying to both Jews and Greeks of repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.…
Cross References
Psalm 40:10
I do not hide your righteousness in my heart; I speak of your faithfulness and your saving help. I do not conceal your love and your faithfulness from the great assembly.

Jeremiah 26:2
"This is what the LORD says: Stand in the courtyard of the LORD's house and speak to all the people of the towns of Judah who come to worship in the house of the LORD. Tell them everything I command you; do not omit a word.

Jeremiah 42:4
"I have heard you," replied Jeremiah the prophet. "I will certainly pray to the LORD your God as you have requested; I will tell you everything the LORD says and will keep nothing back from you."

Acts 20:27
For I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God.
Treasury of Scripture

And how I kept back nothing that was profitable to you, but have showed you, and have taught you publicly, and from house to house,

I kept.

Acts 20:27,31 For I have not shunned to declare to you all the counsel of God…

Acts 5:2 And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, …

Deuteronomy 4:5 Behold, I have taught you statutes and judgments, even as the LORD …

Psalm 40:9,10 I have preached righteousness in the great congregation: see, I have …

Ezekiel 33:7-9 So you, O son of man, I have set you a watchman to the house of Israel; …

1 Corinthians 15:3 For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received, how …

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

profitable.

1 Corinthians 12:7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit with.

1 Corinthians 14:6 Now, brothers, if I come to you speaking with tongues, what shall …

Philippians 3:1 Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things …

2 Timothy 3:16,17 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for …

and have.

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

Acts 2:46 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking …

Acts 5:42 And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach …

Mark 4:34 But without a parable spoke he not to them: and when they were alone, …

2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, …

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