Acts 20:25
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New International Version
"Now I know that none of you among whom I have gone about preaching the kingdom will ever see me again.

New Living Translation
"And now I know that none of you to whom I have preached the Kingdom will ever see me again.

English Standard Version
And now, behold, I know that none of you among whom I have gone about proclaiming the kingdom will see my face again.

Berean Study Bible
Now I know that none of you among whom I have preached the kingdom will see my face again.

Berean Literal Bible
And now, behold, I know that all of you among whom I have gone about proclaiming the kingdom will see my face no more.

New American Standard Bible
"And now, behold, I know that all of you, among whom I went about preaching the kingdom, will no longer see my face.

King James Bible
And now, behold, I know that ye all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, shall see my face no more.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
And now I know that none of you will ever see my face again--everyone I went about preaching the kingdom to.

International Standard Version
"Now I know that none of you among whom I traveled preaching about the kingdom will ever see my face again.

NET Bible
"And now I know that none of you among whom I went around proclaiming the kingdom will see me again.

New Heart English Bible
"And now, look, I know that you all, among whom I went about proclaiming the Kingdom, will see my face no more.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“And now I know that none of you will see my face again, all of you among whom I have gone and preached to you The Kingdom.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Now I know that none of you whom I told about the kingdom [of God] will see me again.

New American Standard 1977
“And now, behold, I know that all of you, among whom I went about preaching the kingdom, will see my face no more.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And now, behold, I know that ye all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, shall see my face no more.

King James 2000 Bible
And now, behold, I know that you all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, shall see my face no more.

American King James Version
And now, behold, I know that you all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, shall see my face no more.

American Standard Version
And now, behold, I know that ye all, among whom I went about preaching the kingdom, shall see my face no more.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And now behold, I know that all you, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, shall see my face no more.

Darby Bible Translation
And now, behold, I know that ye all, among whom I have gone about preaching the kingdom [of God], shall see my face no more.

English Revised Version
And now, behold, I know that ye all, among whom I went about preaching the kingdom, shall see my face no more.

Webster's Bible Translation
And now behold, I know that ye all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, will see my face no more.

Weymouth New Testament
"And now, I know that none of you among whom I have gone in and out proclaiming the coming of the Kingdom will any longer see my face.

World English Bible
"Now, behold, I know that you all, among whom I went about preaching the Kingdom of God, will see my face no more.

Young's Literal Translation
'And now, lo, I have known that no more shall ye see my face, -- ye all among whom I did go preaching the reign of God;
Study Bible
Paul's Farewell to the Ephesians
24But I consider my life of no value to myself, if only I may finish my course and complete the ministry I have received from the Lord Jesus—the ministry of testifying to the good news of God’s grace. 25Now I know that none of you among whom I have preached the kingdom will see my face again. 26Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all men.…
Cross References
Matthew 4:23
Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people.

Acts 20:38
They were especially grieved by his statement that they would never see his face again. Then they accompanied him to the ship.

Acts 28:31
Boldly and freely he proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ.
Treasury of Scripture

And now, behold, I know that you all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, shall see my face no more.

I know.

Acts 20:38 Sorrowing most of all for the words which he spoke, that they should …

Romans 15:23 But now having no more place in these parts, and having a great desire …

preaching.

Acts 8:12 But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the …

Acts 28:31 Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern …

Matthew 4:17,23 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the …

Matthew 10:7 And as you go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Matthew 13:19,52 When any one hears the word of the kingdom, and understands it not, …

Luke 9:60 Jesus said to him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go you and preach …

Luke 16:16 The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom …

see.

Galatians 1:22 And was unknown by face to the churches of Judaea which were in Christ:

Colossians 2:1 For I would that you knew what great conflict I have for you, and …

(25) I know that ye all . . . shall see my face no more.--It is clear from these words, as well as from Romans 15:23-24, that at this time St. Paul did not contemplate any further work in the Roman province of Asia, or in Greece. It is as clear, if we accept the Pastoral Epistles as genuine, that he did revisit Asia (2Timothy 1:15), and that that visit included Troas (2Timothy 4:13), Miletus (2Timothy 4:20), and, in all probability, Ephesus also (1Timothy 1:3). We need not be startled at this seeming discrepancy. The Apostle expressly disclaims foresight of his own future, and when he says, "I know," he speaks after the manner of men who take the fulfilment of their purpose for granted. In one sense, perhaps, his words were true. When he returned to Asia, and all were turned away from him (2Timothy 1:15), how many of that company was he likely to have met again?

Verse 25. - Went about for have gone, A.V.; kingdom for kingdom of God, A.V. and T.R. I know that ye all, etc. It is a very perplexing question whether St. Paul in this statement spake with prophetic, and therefore infallible, foreknowledge, or whether he merely expressed the strong present conviction of his own mind, that he should never return to Asia again. The question is an important one, as the authenticity of the pastoral Epistles is in a great measure bound up with it. For, in the apparent failure of all hypotheses to bring the writing of them within the time of St. Luke's narrative, prior to St. Paul's journey to Rome, we are driven to the theory which places the writing of them, and the circumstances to which they allude, to a time subsequent to St. Paul's imprisonment at Rome. But this involves the supposition that St. Paul returned to Ephesus after his release from his Roman imprisonment (1 Timothy 1:3; 1 Timothy 4:14; 2 Timothy 1:15, 18; 2 Timothy 4:9-14, 19; Titus 1:5), and consequently that St. Paul's anticipation, that he was in Asia for the last lime, was not realized. The question is well discussed by Alford, in the 'Prolegomena to the Pastoral Epistles,' and in Paley's 'Horae Paulinae,' Acts 11. But it can hardly be said to be definitively settled (see above, note to ver. 15). Bengel thinks the explanation may be that most of those present were dead or dispersed when Paul returned some years later. And now behold,.... This is not only a note of asseveration, but of attention, stirring up to observe what is here asserted:

I know that ye all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, shall see my face no more; the sense is, that none of them should ever see him again, none of the churches of Asia, or the members of them; among whom he had been some years preaching the Gospel, the things concerning the Messiah, his kingdom and glory, and the meetness of the saints for, and their right unto the heavenly inheritance, prepared by God, and given by him to all that love him: Beza's ancient copy reads, "the kingdom of Jesus": this the apostle knew by divine revelation, by the same spirit in which he was going bound to Jerusalem, though he knew not whether he should die there or elsewhere; however, he knew, and was persuaded, he should visit these parts no more. 25-27. I know that ye all … shall see my face no more—not an inspired prediction of what was certainly to be, but what the apostle, in his peculiar circumstances, fully expected. Whether, therefore, he ever did see them again, is a question to be decided purely on its own evidence.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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