Acts 18:20
New International Version
When they asked him to spend more time with them, he declined.

New Living Translation
They asked him to stay longer, but he declined.

English Standard Version
When they asked him to stay for a longer period, he declined.

Berean Study Bible
When they asked him to stay for a while longer, he declined.

Berean Literal Bible
Now of them asking him to remain for a longer time, he did not consent,

New American Standard Bible
When they asked him to stay for a longer time, he did not consent,

King James Bible
When they desired him to tarry longer time with them, he consented not;

Christian Standard Bible
When they asked him to stay for a longer time, he declined,

Contemporary English Version
They asked him to stay longer, but he refused.

Good News Translation
The people asked him to stay longer, but he would not consent.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
And though they asked him to stay for a longer time, he declined,

International Standard Version
They asked him to stay longer, but he refused.

NET Bible
When they asked him to stay longer, he would not consent,

New Heart English Bible
When they asked him to stay a longer time, he declined;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And they were asking him to tarry with them, and he did not consent,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The Jews asked him to stay longer, but he refused.

New American Standard 1977
And when they asked him to stay for a longer time, he did not consent,

Jubilee Bible 2000
When they desired him to tarry longer time with them, he consented not,

King James 2000 Bible
When they desired him to tarry a longer time with them, he consented not;

American King James Version
When they desired him to tarry longer time with them, he consented not;

American Standard Version
And when they asked him to abide a longer time, he consented not;

Douay-Rheims Bible
And when they desired him, that he would tarry a longer time, he consented not;

Darby Bible Translation
And when they asked him that he would remain for a longer time [with them] he did not accede,

English Revised Version
And when they asked him to abide a longer time, he consented not;

Webster's Bible Translation
When they desired him to tarry longer time with them, he consented not:

Weymouth New Testament
When they asked him to remain longer he did not consent,

World English Bible
When they asked him to stay with them a longer time, he declined;

Young's Literal Translation
and they having requested him to remain a longer time with them, he did not consent,
Study Bible
Paul Returns to Antioch
19When they reached Ephesus, Paul parted ways with Priscilla and Aquila. He himself went into the synagogue there and reasoned with the Jews. 20When they asked him to stay for a while longer, he declined. 21But as he left, he said, “I will come back to you again if God is willing.” And he set sail from Ephesus.…
Cross References
Acts 18:19
When they reached Ephesus, Paul parted ways with Priscilla and Aquila. He himself went into the synagogue there and reasoned with the Jews.

Acts 18:21
But as he left, he said, "I will come back to you again if God is willing." And he set sail from Ephesus.

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Lexicon
[When]
δὲ (de)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1161: A primary particle; but, and, etc.

they
αὐτῶν (autōn)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive Masculine 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

asked [him]
ἐρωτώντων (erōtōntōn)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Genitive Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 2065: Apparently from ereo; to interrogate; by implication, to request.

to stay
μεῖναι (meinai)
Verb - Aorist Infinitive Active
Strong's Greek 3306: To remain, abide, stay, wait; with acc: I wait for, await. A primary verb; to stay.

for
ἐπὶ (epi)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1909: On, to, against, on the basis of, at.

a while longer,
πλείονα (pleiona)
Adjective - Accusative Masculine Singular - Comparative
Strong's Greek 4119: Or neuter pleion, or pleon comparative of polus; more in quantity, number, or quality; also the major portion.

he declined.
ἐπένευσεν (epeneusen)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1962: To nod to, assent to, consent. From epi and neuo; to nod at, i.e. to assent.
(20) When they desired him to tarry longer time with them.--This was, obviously, a hopeful sign, the earnest of the fruitful labours that followed. Nowhere, among the churches that he founded, does St. Paul seem to have found so great a receptivity for spiritual truth. While he looked on the Corinthians as being children requiring to be fed with milk (1Corinthians 3:2), he saw in the Ephesians those to whom he did not shun to declare "the whole counsel of God" (Acts 20:27), to whom he could, at a later date, appeal as able to measure his knowledge of the mystery of the gospel (Ephesians 3:4).

Verse 20. - And when they asked for when they desired, A.V.; abide a for tarry, A.V.; time for time with them, A.V. He consented not; οὐκ ἐπένευσεν, only here in the New Testament, but found in Proverbs 26:20; 2 Macc. 4:10, etc., and frequently in medical writers; literally, to bend the head forward by the proper muscles (Hobart). 18:18-23 While Paul found he laboured not in vain, he continued labouring. Our times are in God's hand; we purpose, but he disposes; therefore we must make all promises with submission to the will of God; not only if providence permits, but if God does not otherwise direct our motions. A very good refreshment it is to a faithful minister, to have for awhile the society of his brethren. Disciples are compassed about with infirmity; ministers must do what they can to strengthen them, by directing them to Christ, who is their Strength. Let us earnestly seek, in our several places, to promote the cause of Christ, forming plans that appear to us most proper, but relying on the Lord to bring them to pass if he sees good.
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