And it may be that I will abide, yes, and winter with you, that you may bring me on my journey wherever I go.
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)And it may be that I will abide . . .—His former plan had involved but a brief visit to the Church at Corinth, but the arrangement which he now contemplated would permit of a longer stay, and so he adds, with affectionate emphasis, “that you may send me on my journey.” Whither he would go from Corinth he had not yet determined; and, indeed, it was subsequently determined for him by a conspiracy against him, which was fortunately discovered in time (Acts 20:3). He remained three mouths at Corinth, during winter, and, as that brought him to a time of year when a voyage would be safe, he resolved to sail into Syria. The conspiracy of the Jews caused this plan to be abandoned, and a different course, through Troas, &c., adopted. (See Acts 20:6; Acts 20:13; Acts 20:17.) The phrase “that ye may send me on” implies not merely that Corinth should be the starting-point of his journey to Jerusalem, but that he should set out on that journey with the good wishes and blessing of his Corinthian friends (as in Acts 20:38; Acts 21:5).Acts 10:23.
ye—emphatical in the Greek.
whithersoever I go—He purposed to go to Judea (2Co 1:16) from Corinth, but his plans were not positively fixed as yet (see on 1Co 16:4; compare Ac 19:21).Acts 20:3, but it is believed some things hindered him, that he did not winter at Corinth. It was the custom for some members of the gospel churches, to accompany the apostles some part of their way when they went from them to any other places, in token of their kindness and respect to them, Acts 15:3 17:15 20:38.
yea, and winter with you; stay all winter with them, for the space of three months, as we read he did in Greece, Acts 20:1.
That ye may bring me on my journey whithersoever I go; both by accompanying him in person themselves, in token of honour and respect, and by providing things necessary for his journey; see Acts 15:3.And it may be that I will abide, yea, and winter with you, that ye may bring me on my journey whithersoever I go.
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)6. And it may be that I will abide] Better, that I shall abide. The Apostle (Acts 20:3) was enabled to carry out this half promise.
and winter with you] The navigation of the Aegaean was dangerous in the winter (Acts 27:9; Acts 27:12).
bring me on my journey] Literally, send me forward. “The recognized word for helping forward on a journey or a mission.”—Stanley. See Acts 15:3; Acts 20:38; Acts 21:5; Romans 15:24, &c also 1 Corinthians 16:11.1 Corinthians 16:6. Τυχὸν, perhaps) He speaks very familiarly.—οὗ ἐὰν, whithersoever) For the sake of modesty he does not express how far he may be thinking to go, Acts 19:21.Verse 6. - Yea, and winter with you. This he did (Acts 20:3-6). That ye may bring me on my journey. The "ye" is emphatic. The acceptance of this favour at their hands was a proof of affection. It was the custom in ancient days to accompany a departing guest for a short distance (Romans 15:24; Acts 15:3; Acts 17:15). Whithersoever I go. St. Paul well knew that some uncertainty must attach to his plans. As it was, he had to change his plan at the last moment. He had meant to sail from Corinth, but, owing to a plot to assassinate him, he was obliged to go overland round by Macedonia (Acts 20:3). Ver. 7 - For I will not see you now by the way; rather, I do not wish to pay you a cursory visit now, as I had originally meant to do. If the Lord permit. The Christians made a rule of adding these phrases in sign of dependence upon God (2 Corinthians 4:19; Acts 18:1; James 4:15; Hebrews 6:3).
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