Acts 20:22
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New International Version
"And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there.

New Living Translation
"And now I am bound by the Spirit to go to Jerusalem. I don't know what awaits me,

English Standard Version
And now, behold, I am going to Jerusalem, constrained by the Spirit, not knowing what will happen to me there,

Berean Study Bible
And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there.

Berean Literal Bible
And now behold, bound in the Spirit I go to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me in it,

New American Standard Bible
"And now, behold, bound in spirit, I am on my way to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there,

King James Bible
And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
And now I am on my way to Jerusalem, bound in my spirit, not knowing what I will encounter there,

International Standard Version
And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am on my way to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there,

NET Bible
And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem without knowing what will happen to me there,

New Heart English Bible
And now, look, I go bound by the Spirit to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“And now I am shackled by The Spirit, and I go on to Jerusalem, and I do not know what will meet me there.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"I am determined to go to Jerusalem now. I don't know what will happen to me there.

New American Standard 1977
“And now, behold, bound in spirit, I am on my way to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there,

Jubilee Bible 2000
And now, behold, I go bound of the Spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there,

King James 2000 Bible
And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there:

American King James Version
And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit to Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there:

American Standard Version
And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there:

Douay-Rheims Bible
And now, behold, being bound in the spirit, I go to Jerusalem: not knowing the things which shall befall me there:

Darby Bible Translation
And now, behold, bound in my spirit I go to Jerusalem, not knowing what things shall happen to me in it;

English Revised Version
And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there:

Webster's Bible Translation
And now behold, I go bound in the spirit to Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there:

Weymouth New Testament
"And now, impelled by a sense of duty, I am on my way to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there,

World English Bible
Now, behold, I go bound by the Spirit to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there;

Young's Literal Translation
'And now, lo, I -- bound in the Spirit -- go on to Jerusalem, the things that shall befall me in it not knowing,
Study Bible
Paul's Farewell to the Ephesians
21testifying to Jews and Greeks alike about repentance to God and faith in our Lord Jesus. 22And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there. 23I only know that in town after town the Holy Spirit warns me that chains and afflictions await me.…
Cross References
Acts 17:16
While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, he was deeply disturbed in his spirit to see that the city was full of idols.

Acts 19:21
After these things had happened, Paul purposed in spirit to go to Jerusalem after he had passed through Macedonia and Achaia. "After I have been there," he said, "I must see Rome as well."

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.
Treasury of Scripture

And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit to Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there:

I go.

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

Acts 21:11-14 And when he was come to us, he took Paul's girdle, and bound his …

Luke 9:51 And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received …

Luke 12:50 But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened …

2 Corinthians 5:14 For the love of Christ constrains us; because we thus judge, that …

not.

Luke 18:31-33 Then he took to him the twelve, and said to them, Behold, we go up …

John 13:1 Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour …

John 18:4 Jesus therefore, knowing all things that should come on him, went …

James 4:14 Whereas you know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your …

2 Peter 1:14 Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our …

(22) And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit.--The question meets us as before (see Note on Acts 19:21), whether the words refer to the direct action of the Holy Spirit or to the higher element of St. Paul's own nature, as in 1Corinthians 5:3; 2Corinthians 2:13. On the whole, the latter seems the more probable, subject, as before, to the reservation that the word is used because it points to that part of his being which was most in communion with the Divine Spirit. (Comp. Romans 8:16.) He was going to Jerusalem regardless of results, under a constraint which virtually limited the freedom of his human will. As in 1Corinthians 9:16, a "necessity" was laid upon him.

Verse 22. - Bound in the spirit. Τῷ πνεύματι, may either mean "in my spirit" or "by the Spirit," i.e. the Holy Ghost. If the former, which is the most probable sense (as τὸ Πνεῦμα τὸ ἅγιον follows in the next verse), is taken, the sense will be that St. Paul felt himself constrained to go to Jerusalem. A sense of absolute necessity was upon him, and he did not feel himself a free agent to go anywhere else. If the latter sense be taken, the meaning will be that the Holy Ghost was constraining him to go to Jerusalem. And now behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem,.... Not in his own spirit, though the Ethiopic version reads, "in my spirit"; as if he was pressed and straitened, and troubled within himself, at what afflictions and bonds he was to endure at Jerusalem; for this is not consistent with what he says in Acts 20:24 nor is the sense, that he was bound in conscience and duty to go to Jerusalem, to carry the collections of the churches made for the poor saints there, which the Gentile churches importuned him to take upon him, and which he undertook, and promised to perform, and so was under obligation to do it; but rather that he was resolved and determined in his own mind, within himself, or he purposed in his spirit, as in Acts 19:21 to go to Jerusalem: but it is best to understand it of the Spirit of God; as that either the apostle, by the revelation of the Spirit of God, knew that when he came to Jerusalem he should be laid in bonds, and under a deep impression of that upon his mind, he went thither, as though he was bound already; or rather that he was under such a strong impulse of the Spirit of God, by which he was moved to such a vehement desire to go thither, that the bonds and afflictions he saw waited for him there, could not deter him, and all the entreaties of his friends could not dissuade him from it:

not knowing the things that shall befall me there; that is, the particular things he should suffer there, nor how they would issue with respect to life or death; and if the latter, whether he should suffer death, there or elsewhere; these things were not as yet revealed to him; he only in general knew, that bonds and afflictions would be his lot and portion, and which therefore he excepts in the next verse: after this it was revealed to him by Agabus a prophet, in the name, and under the influence of the Holy Ghost, that he should be apprehended at Jerusalem, and should be bound and delivered to the Gentiles; which was signified by the prophet's taking his girdle and binding his hands and feet with it, but still he knew not whether he should die there or not, though he was ready for it, Acts 21:10 afterwards when he was come to Jerusalem, and had been bound, and was in prison, the Lord himself appeared to him, and told him that he must bear witness at Rome, as he had testified of him at Jerusalem, Acts 23:11 so that he was not to suffer death there, only bonds and imprisonment. 22, 23. And now, behold, I—"I" is emphatic here.

bound in the spirit—compare Ac 19:21. This internal pressure, unattended with any knowledge of "what was to befall him there," was the result of that higher guidance which shaped all his movements.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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