Acts 20:17
New International Version
From Miletus, Paul sent to Ephesus for the elders of the church.

New Living Translation
But when we landed at Miletus, he sent a message to the elders of the church at Ephesus, asking them to come and meet him.

English Standard Version
Now from Miletus he sent to Ephesus and called the elders of the church to come to him.

Berean Study Bible
From Miletus, Paul sent to Ephesus for the elders of the church.

Berean Literal Bible
And from Miletus, having sent to Ephesus, he called for the elders of the church.

New American Standard Bible
From Miletus he sent to Ephesus and called to him the elders of the church.

King James Bible
And from Miletus he sent to Ephesus, and called the elders of the church.

Christian Standard Bible
Now from Miletus, he sent to Ephesus and summoned the elders of the church.

Contemporary English Version
From Miletus, Paul sent a message for the church leaders at Ephesus to come and meet with him.

Good News Translation
From Miletus Paul sent a message to Ephesus, asking the elders of the church to meet him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Now from Miletus, he sent to Ephesus and called for the elders of the church.

International Standard Version
From Miletus he sent messengers to Ephesus to ask the elders of the church to meet with him.

NET Bible
From Miletus he sent a message to Ephesus, telling the elders of the church to come to him.

New Heart English Bible
From Miletus he sent to Ephesus, and called to himself the elders of the church.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And from Miletus he sent and brought the Elders of the Church of Ephesaus.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
From Miletus Paul sent messengers to the city of Ephesus and called the spiritual leaders of the church to meet with him [in Miletus].

New American Standard 1977
And from Miletus he sent to Ephesus and called to him the elders of the church.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And from Miletus he sent to Ephesus and called the elders of the congregation {Gr. ekklesia – called out ones}.

King James 2000 Bible
And from Miletus he sent to Ephesus, and called the elders of the church.

American King James Version
And from Miletus he sent to Ephesus, and called the elders of the church.

American Standard Version
And from Miletus he sent to Ephesus, and called to him the elders of the church.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And sending from Miletus to Ephesus, he called the ancients of the church.

Darby Bible Translation
But from Miletus having sent to Ephesus, he called over [to him] the elders of the assembly.

English Revised Version
And from Miletus he sent to Ephesus, and called to him the elders of the church.

Webster's Bible Translation
And from Miletus he sent to Ephesus, and called the elders of the church.

Weymouth New Testament
From Miletus he sent to Ephesus for the Elders of the Church to come to him.

World English Bible
From Miletus he sent to Ephesus, and called to himself the elders of the assembly.

Young's Literal Translation
And from Miletus, having sent to Ephesus, he called for the elders of the assembly,
Study Bible
Paul's Farewell to the Ephesians
16Paul 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. 17From Miletus, Paul sent to Ephesus for the elders of the church. 18When they came to him, he said, “You know how I lived the whole time I was with you, from the first day I arrived in the province of Asia.…
Cross References
Acts 11:30
This they did, sending their gifts to the elders with Barnabas and Saul.

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 20:15
Sailing on from there, we arrived the next day opposite Chios. The day after that we arrived at Samos, and on the following day we came to Miletus.

Treasury of Scripture

And from Miletus he sent to Ephesus, and called the elders of the church.

the elders.

Acts 20:28
Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.

Acts 11:30
Which also they did, and sent it to the elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul.

Acts 14:23
And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed.







Lexicon
From
Ἀπὸ (Apo)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 575: From, away from. A primary particle; 'off, ' i.e. Away, in various senses.

Miletus,
Μιλήτου (Milētou)
Noun - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3399: Miletus, a city on the coast of the Roman province Asia. Of uncertain origin; Miletus, a city of Asia Minor.

[Paul] sent
πέμψας (pempsas)
Verb - Aorist Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3992: To send, transmit, permit to go, put forth.

to
εἰς (eis)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1519: A primary preposition; to or into, of place, time, or purpose; also in adverbial phrases.

Ephesus
Ἔφεσον (Epheson)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 2181: Ephesus, a coast city, capital of the Roman province Asia. Probably of foreign origin; Ephesus, a city of Asia Minor.

[for]
μετεκαλέσατο (metekalesato)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Middle - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 3333: Mid: I summon to myself, send for. From meta and kaleo; to call elsewhere, i.e. Summon.

the
τοὺς (tous)
Article - Accusative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

elders
πρεσβυτέρους (presbyterous)
Adjective - Accusative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 4245: Comparative of presbus; older; as noun, a senior; specially, an Israelite Sanhedrist or Christian 'presbyter'.

of the
τῆς (tēs)
Article - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

church.
ἐκκλησίας (ekklēsias)
Noun - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 1577: From a compound of ek and a derivative of kaleo; a calling out, i.e. a popular meeting, especially a religious congregation.
(17) And from Miletus he sent to Ephesus, and called the elders of the church.--We find, from Acts 20:28, that they were known also as episcopi ("bishops," or "overseers"), the two names being interchangeable at this period, and the Apostle standing in relation to those who bore them as the later Bishop did to the elders under him. (See Notes on Philippians 1:1; Titus 1:5-6; 1Peter 5:1-2.) The many presbyters represented probably, each of them, a distinct church or congregation. Most, if not all, of these must have been ordained by the Apostle himself. He had found them loyal, faithful, singularly receptive of the truth (Acts 20:20; Ephesians 3:4). He was passing, as he thought, to far-off regions, never to revisit them, and he was naturally anxious to give them parting words of counsel and of warning.

Verse 17. - Called to him for called, A.V. The R.V. gives the force of the middle voice μετεκαλέσατο. The elders of the Church; viz. of Ephesus. These are manifestly the same as are called ἐπισκόπους in ver. 28, "overseers," or bishops. The distinctive names and functions of Church officers were not yet fixed; and the apostles themselves, aided by degrees by such as Timothy and Titus, were what we now call bishops, exercising oversight over the elders themselves as well as over the whole flock (see 1 Timothy 3:1). The diocesan episcopate came in gradually as the apostles died off, and the necessity for a regular episcopate arose (see Acts 6:1-6; Acts 14:23, etc.). 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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