Acts 24:17
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New International Version
"After an absence of several years, I came to Jerusalem to bring my people gifts for the poor and to present offerings.

New Living Translation
"After several years away, I returned to Jerusalem with money to aid my people and to offer sacrifices to God.

English Standard Version
Now after several years I came to bring alms to my nation and to present offerings.

Berean Study Bible
After several years, then, I returned to Jerusalem to bring alms to my people and to present offerings.

Berean Literal Bible
Now after many years, I arrived to bring alms to my nation, and offerings,

New American Standard Bible
"Now after several years I came to bring alms to my nation and to present offerings;

King James Bible
Now after many years I came to bring alms to my nation, and offerings.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
After many years, I came to bring charitable gifts and offerings to my nation,

International Standard Version
After many years, I have come back to my people to bring gifts for the poor and to offer sacrifices.

NET Bible
After several years I came to bring to my people gifts for the poor and to present offerings,

New Heart English Bible
Now after some years, I came to bring gifts for the needy to my nation, and offerings;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“But for many years I have come before my people to give charity and to offer gifts.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
After many years I have come back to my people and brought gifts for the poor and offerings [for God].

New American Standard 1977
“Now after several years I came to bring alms to my nation and to present offerings;

Jubilee Bible 2000
Now after many years I came to bring alms to my nation and offerings.

King James 2000 Bible
Now after many years I came to bring alms to my nation, and offerings.

American King James Version
Now after many years I came to bring alms to my nation, and offerings.

American Standard Version
Now after some years I came to bring alms to my nation, and offerings:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Now after many years, I came to bring alms to my nation, and offerings, and vows.

Darby Bible Translation
And after a lapse of many years I arrived, bringing alms to my nation, and offerings.

English Revised Version
Now after many years I came to bring alms to my nation, and offerings:

Webster's Bible Translation
Now after many years, I came to bring alms to my nation, and offerings.

Weymouth New Testament
"Now after an interval of several years I came to bring alms to my nation, and to offer sacrifices.

World English Bible
Now after some years, I came to bring gifts for the needy to my nation, and offerings;

Young's Literal Translation
'And after many years I came, about to do kind acts to my nation, and offerings,
Study Bible
Paul's Defense to Felix
16In this hope, I strive always to maintain a clear conscience before God and man. 17After several years, then, I returned to Jerusalem to bring alms to my people and to present offerings. 18At the time they found me in the temple, I was ceremonially clean and was not inciting a crowd or an uproar. But there are some Jews from the province of Asia…
Cross References
Acts 11:29
So the disciples, each according to his ability, decided to send relief to the brothers living in Judea.

Acts 20:31
Therefore be alert and remember that for three years I never stopped warning each of you night and day with tears.

Acts 24:26
At the same time he was hoping that Paul would offer him a bribe. So he sent for Paul frequently and talked with him.

Romans 15:25
Now, however, I am on my way to Jerusalem to serve the saints there.

1 Corinthians 16:1
Now about the collection for the saints, you are to do as I directed the churches of Galatia:

2 Corinthians 8:1
Now, brothers, we want you to know about the grace God has given the churches of Macedonia.

2 Corinthians 8:4
they pleaded earnestly for the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints.

2 Corinthians 8:6
So we urged Titus to help complete your act of grace, just as he had started it.

2 Corinthians 9:1
Now about the service to the saints, there is no need for me to write to you.

2 Corinthians 9:2
For I know your eagerness to help, and I have been boasting to the Macedonians that since last year you in Achaia were prepared to give. And your zeal has stirred most of them to do likewise.
Treasury of Scripture

Now after many years I came to bring alms to my nation, and offerings.

to bring.

Acts 11:29,30 Then the disciples, every man according to his ability, determined …

Acts 20:16 For Paul had determined to sail by Ephesus, because he would not …

Romans 15:25,26 But now I go to Jerusalem to minister to the saints…

1 Corinthians 16:1,2 Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order …

2 Corinthians 8:9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he …

Galatians 2:10 Only they would that we should remember the poor; the same which …

offerings.

Acts 21:26 Then Paul took the men, and the next day purifying himself with them …

(17) Now after many years.--Four years had passed since the previous visit of Acts 18:22. The use of "many" in this instance may be noted as throwing light on Acts 24:10.

To bring alms to my nation, and offerings.--The "alms" were, of course, the large sums of money which St. Paul had been collecting, since his last visit, for the disciples (possibly in part, also, for those who were not disciples) at Jerusalem. It is noticeable that this is the only mention in the Acts of that which occupies so prominent a place in the Epistles of this period. (See Romans 15:25; 1Corinthians 16:1-4; 2Corinthians 8:1-4.) The manifestly undesigned coincidence between the Acts and the Epistles on this point has naturally often been dwelt on by writers on the evidences which each supplies to the other. The "offerings" were the sacrifices which the Apostle was about to offer on the completion of the Nazarite vow with which he had associated himself. There is, perhaps, a refined courtesy in St. Paul's use of the word "nation" (commonly used only of the heathen) instead of the more usual "people." He avoids the term which would have implied a certain assumption of superiority to the magistrate before whom he stood. (See Notes on Matthew 25:32; Matthew 28:19.)

Verse 17. - After many years; or, several years. St. Paul's last visit to Jerusalem was that mentioned in Acts 18:22. Since then he had spent "some time" (χρόνον τινά) at Antioch, had gone over all the country of Phrygia and Galatia, had come to Ephesus, and stopped between two and three years there, had gone through Macedonia, had spent three months at Corinth, had returned to Macedonia, and from thence had come to Jerusalem in about fifty days. All which must have occupied four or five years - from A.D. to A.D. - according to most chronologers. Evidently Paul had not been plotting seditious movements at Jerusalem, where he had only arrived twelve days before, for a purely benevolent and pious purpose, after an absence of four or five years Alms... and offerings. Those of which he speaks in 1 Corinthians 16:1-4; 2 Corinthians 8; Romans 15:25, 26, 31. To this may be added "the charges" for which he made himself answerable for the poor Nazarites (Acts 21:24, 26). Now after many years,.... Absence from Jerusalem; it was now about five and twenty years since his conversion, and most of this time he spent among the Gentiles; three years after it he went up to Jerusalem, and fourteen years after that, Galatians 1:18 but it had now been some years since he had been there:

I came to bring alms to my nation; the collections which were made among the Gentile churches, particularly in Macedonia, for the poor saints at Jerusalem, Romans 15:25.

and offerings; either for the day of Pentecost, according to the usages of that feast, or the offerings on the account of the vow of the Nazarite, Acts 21:26. The Vulgate Latin version adds, "and vows"; unless the spiritual and evangelical sacrifices of prayer and praise can be thought to be meant, since the ceremonial law was now abrogated; though it is manifest the apostle did at some times, and in some cases, comply with the Jews in the observance of it, in order to gain some. 17. Now after many—several

years absence from Jerusalem—I came to bring alms to my of Macedonia and Greece, which he had taken such pains to gather. This only allusion in the Acts to what is dwelt upon so frequently in his own Epistles (Ro 15:25, 26; 1Co 16:1-4; 2Co 8:1-4), throws a beautiful light on the truth of this History. (See Paley's Horæ Paulinæ).

and offerings—connected with his Jewish vow: see Ac 24:18.24:10-21 Paul gives a just account of himself, which clears him from crime, and likewise shows the true reason of the violence against him. Let us never be driven from any good way by its having an ill name. It is very comfortable, in worshipping God, to look to him as the God of our fathers, and to set up no other rule of faith or practice but the Scriptures. This shows there will be a resurrection to a final judgment. Prophets and their doctrines were to be tried by their fruits. Paul's aim was to have a conscience void of offence. His care and endeavour was to abstain from many things, and to abound in the exercises of religion at all times; both towards God. and towards man. If blamed for being more earnest in the things of God than our neighbours, what is our reply? Do we shrink from the accusation? How many in the world would rather be accused of any weakness, nay, even of wickedness, than of an earnest, fervent feeling of love to the Lord Jesus Christ, and of devotedness to his service! Can such think that He will confess them when he comes in his glory, and before the angels of God? If there is any sight pleasing to the God of our salvation, and a sight at which the angels rejoice, it is, to behold a devoted follower of the Lord, here upon earth, acknowledging that he is guilty, if it be a crime, of loving the Lord who died for him, with all his heart, and soul, and mind, and strength. And that he will not in silence see God's word despised, or hear his name profaned; he will rather risk the ridicule and the hatred of the world, than one frown from that gracious Being whose love is better than life.
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