Acts 20:37
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New International Version
They all wept as they embraced him and kissed him.

New Living Translation
They all cried as they embraced and kissed him good-bye.

English Standard Version
And there was much weeping on the part of all; they embraced Paul and kissed him,

Berean Study Bible
They all wept openly as they embraced Paul and kissed him.

Berean Literal Bible
Then there was much weeping among all, and having fallen upon the neck of Paul, they were kissing him,

New American Standard Bible
And they began to weep aloud and embraced Paul, and repeatedly kissed him,

King James Bible
And they all wept sore, and fell on Paul's neck, and kissed him,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
There was a great deal of weeping by everyone. They embraced Paul and kissed him,

International Standard Version
All of them cried and cried as they put their arms around Paul and kissed him affectionately.

NET Bible
They all began to weep loudly, and hugged Paul and kissed him,

New Heart English Bible
They all wept a lot, and fell on Paul's neck and kissed him,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And there was great weeping among all of them, and they were embracing him and kissing him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Everyone cried a lot as they put their arms around Paul and kissed him.

New American Standard 1977
And they began to weep aloud and embraced Paul, and repeatedly kissed him,

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then they all wept sore and fell on Paul's neck and kissed him,

King James 2000 Bible
And they all wept much, and fell on Paul's neck, and kissed him,

American King James Version
And they all wept sore, and fell on Paul's neck, and kissed him,

American Standard Version
And they all wept sore, and fell on Paul's neck and kissed him,

Douay-Rheims Bible
And there was much weeping among them all; and falling on the neck of Paul, they kissed him,

Darby Bible Translation
And they all wept sore; and falling upon the neck of Paul they ardently kissed him,

English Revised Version
And they all wept sore, and fell on Paul's neck, and kissed him,

Webster's Bible Translation
And they all wept bitterly, and fell on Paul's neck, and kissed him,

Weymouth New Testament
and with loud lamentation they all threw their arms round his neck, and kissed him lovingly,

World English Bible
They all wept a lot, and fell on Paul's neck and kissed him,

Young's Literal Translation
and there came a great weeping to all, and having fallen upon the neck of Paul, they were kissing him,
Study Bible
Paul's Farewell to the Ephesians
36When Paul had said this, he knelt down with all of them and prayed. 37They all wept openly as they embraced Paul and kissed him. 38They were especially grieved by his statement that they would never see his face again. Then they accompanied him to the ship.…
Cross References
1 Kings 19:20
He left the oxen and ran after Elijah and said, "Please let me kiss my father and my mother, then I will follow you." And he said to him, "Go back again, for what have I done to you?"

Luke 15:20
So he got up and went to his father. But while he was still in the distance, his father saw him and was filled with compassion. He ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him.

2 Timothy 1:4
Recalling your tears, I long to see you so that I may be filled with joy.
Treasury of Scripture

And they all wept sore, and fell on Paul's neck, and kissed him,

wept.

1 Samuel 20:41 And as soon as the lad was gone, David arose out of a place toward …

2 Samuel 15:30 And David went up by the ascent of mount Olivet, and wept as he went …

2 Kings 20:3 I beseech you, O LORD, remember now how I have walked before you …

Ezra 10:1 Now when Ezra had prayed, and when he had confessed, weeping and …

Job 2:12 And when they lifted up their eyes afar off, and knew him not, they …

Psalm 126:5 They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.

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

Revelation 7:17 For the Lamb which is in the middle of the throne shall feed them, …

Revelation 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall …

fell.

Genesis 45:14 And he fell on his brother Benjamin's neck, and wept; and Benjamin …

Genesis 46:29 And Joseph made ready his chariot, and went up to meet Israel his …

kissed.

Romans 16:16 Salute one another with an holy kiss. The churches of Christ salute you.

1 Corinthians 16:20 All the brothers greet you. Greet you one another with an holy kiss.

2 Corinthians 13:12 Greet one another with an holy kiss.

1 Thessalonians 5:26 Greet all the brothers with an holy kiss.

(37) Fell on Paul's neck, and kissed him.--We note, as before in Acts 20:19, the absence of any suppression of emotion. As David and Jonathan parted of old (1Samuel 20:41), so did St. Paul and his fellow-workers part now. In 2Timothy 1:4 we have a passing reference to another parting scene of perhaps even tenderer emotion. To think that they should see his face no more, that this was their last farewell, made the elders of Ephesus and the other disciples eager, up to the very hour of embarkation, for the last embrace.

And they all wept sore,.... At the thoughts of parting with such a faithful and affectionate friend and servant of Christ; and no doubt but their affections were greatly moved by his prayers for them, as well as by his discourse to them. Christians are not Stoics, religion does not take away and destroy the natural affections, but regulates and governs them, and directs to a right use of them:

and fell on Paul's neck and kissed him; as Esau fell on Jacob's neck and kissed him, Genesis 33:4 and Joseph on his brother Benjamin's, and his father Jacob's, Genesis 45:14. And it was usual with the eastern nations, particularly the Persians (l), for friends and relations to kiss at parting, as well as at meeting; see Ruth 1:9.

(l) Xenophon. Cyclopedia, l. 1. c. 20. 20:28-38 If the Holy Ghost has made ministers overseers of the flock, that is, shepherds, they must be true to their trust. Let them consider their Master's concern for the flock committed to their charge. It is the church He has purchased with his own blood. The blood was his as Man; yet so close is the union between the Divine and human nature, that it is there called the blood of God, for it was the blood of Him who is God. This put such dignity and worth into it, as to ransom believers from all evil, and purchase all good. Paul spake about their souls with affection and concern. They were full of care what would become of them. Paul directs them to look up to God with faith, and commends them to the word of God's grace, not only as the foundation of their hope and the fountain of their joy, but as the rule of their walking. The most advanced Christians are capable of growing, and will find the word of grace help their growth. As those cannot be welcome guests to the holy God who are unsanctified; so heaven would be no heaven to them; but to all who are born again, and on whom the image of God is renewed, it is sure, as almighty power and eternal truth make it so. He recommends himself to them as an example of not caring as to things of the present world; this they would find help forward their comfortable passage through it. It might seem a hard saying, therefore Paul adds to it a saying of their Master's, which he would have them always remember; It is more blessed to give than to receive: it seems they were words often used to his disciples. The opinion of the children of this world, is contrary to this; they are afraid of giving, unless in hope of getting. Clear gain, is with them the most blessed thing that can be; but Christ tell us what is more blessed, more excellent. It makes us more like to God, who gives to all, and receives from none; and to the Lord Jesus, who went about doing good. This mind was in Christ Jesus, may it be in us also. It is good for friends, when they part, to part with prayer. Those who exhort and pray for one another, may have many weeping seasons and painful separations, but they will meet before the throne of God, to part no more. It was a comfort to all, that the presence of Christ both went with him and stayed with them.
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