And finding a ship sailing over to Phenicia, we went aboard, and set forth.
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)Acts 11:19. Phoenicia was on their way to Jerusalem.
to Phœnica—(See on Ac 11:19).
went abroad—One would almost think this extracted from a journal of the voyage, so graphic are its details.Sailing over unto Phenicia; whose master and mariners intended such a voyage.
Phenicia; a country in Syria, situate nigh the sea, and bordering upon Palestine, whose chief city was Tyre. Acts 20:13 went no further, at least in the way the apostle was going, than Patara; but lighting on another ship, which was bound for Phoenicia, for the city of Tyre, which bordered on the land of Israel, and indeed originally belonged to Canaan; see Acts 11:19.
we went aboard; the said ship:And finding a ship sailing over unto Phenicia, we went aboard, and set forth.
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)Acts 21:2. They went at Patara on board a ship about to start on the direct Syrian course, ἐπιβ., cf. Acts 20:18.2. And finding a ship sailing over unto Phenicia] Rev. Ver. literally, “having found a ship crossing, &c.” Phœnicia was the country on the coast of the Levant, north of Palestine. It contained the important cities of Tyre and Sidon.
we went aboard, and set forth] Rev. Ver. “set sail.”Verse 2. - Having found a ship crossing for finding a ship sailing, A.V.; Phoenieia for Phenicia, A.V.; set sail for set forth, A.V. Having found a ship. The ship in which St. Paul and his companions had hitherto sailed was probably a coasting-vessel, intending to continue its course all along the south coast of Asia Minor. But at Patara they found a ship on the point of sailing across the open sea direct to Tyre, by which the voyage would be shortened many days. They accordingly immediately took their passage by it, and put out to sea (ἀνήχθημεν, ver. 1, note). A glance at the map will show what a great corner was thus cut off. A straight line from Patara to Tyro leaves Cyprus just on the left.
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