Acts 20:19
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New International Version
I served the Lord with great humility and with tears and in the midst of severe testing by the plots of my Jewish opponents.

King James Bible
Serving the Lord with all humility of mind, and with many tears, and temptations, which befell me by the lying in wait of the Jews:

Darby Bible Translation
serving the Lord with all lowliness, and tears, and temptations, which happened to me through the plots of the Jews;

World English Bible
serving the Lord with all humility, with many tears, and with trials which happened to me by the plots of the Jews;

Young's Literal Translation
serving the Lord with all humility, and many tears, and temptations, that befell me in the counsels of the Jews against me;

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Serving the Lord with all humility, etc. - This relates not only to his zealous and faithful performance of his apostolic functions, but also to his private walk as a Christian; and shows with what carefulness this apostle himself was obliged to walk, in order to have his calling and election, as a Christian, ratified and made firm.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Serving.

Acts 27:23 For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve,

John 12:26 If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honor.

Romans 1:1,9 Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God...

Romans 12:11 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;

Galatians 1:10 For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.

Ephesians 6:7 With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men:

Colossians 3:24 Knowing that of the Lord you shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for you serve the Lord Christ.

1 Thessalonians 1:9 For they themselves show of us what manner of entering in we had to you...

2 Peter 1:1 Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ...

Revelation 7:15 Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple...

with all.

1 Corinthians 15:9,10 For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God...

2 Corinthians 3:5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;

2 Corinthians 7:5 For, when we were come into Macedonia, our flesh had no rest, but we were troubled on every side; without were fights...

2 Corinthians 12:7-10 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh...

Galatians 4:13,14 You know how through infirmity of the flesh I preached the gospel to you at the first...

many.

Acts 20:31 Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.

Psalm 119:136 Rivers of waters run down my eyes, because they keep not your law.

Jeremiah 9:1 Oh that my head were waters, and my eyes a fountain of tears...

Jeremiah 13:17 But if you will not hear it, my soul shall weep in secret places for your pride; and my eye shall weep sore, and run down with tears...

Luke 19:41 And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it,

2 Corinthians 2:4 For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote to you with many tears; not that you should be grieved...

Philippians 3:18 (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:

2 Timothy 1:4 Greatly desiring to see you, being mindful of your tears, that I may be filled with joy;

temptations.

1 Corinthians 4:9-13 For I think that God has set forth us the apostles last, as it were appointed to death: for we are made a spectacle to the world...

2 Corinthians 4:7-11 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us...

2 Corinthians 11:23-30 Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labors more abundant, in stripes above measure...

James 1:2 My brothers, count it all joy when you fall into divers temptations;

1 Peter 1:6 Wherein you greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, you are in heaviness through manifold temptations:

by the.

Acts 20:3 And there stayed three months. And when the Jews laid wait for him, as he was about to sail into Syria...

Acts 9:23-25 And after that many days were fulfilled, the Jews took counsel to kill him...

Acts 13:50,51 But the Jews stirred up the devout and honorable women, and the chief men of the city, and raised persecution against Paul and Barnabas...

Acts 14:5,6,19,20 And when there was an assault made both of the Gentiles, and also of the Jews with their rulers, to use them spitefully...

Acts 17:5,13 But the Jews which believed not, moved with envy, took to them certain lewd fellows of the baser sort, and gathered a company...

2 Corinthians 11:26 In journeys often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by my own countrymen, in perils by the heathen...

Library
This Person Differs in Nothing
This Person differs in nothing, from the Father, but only in this that He is begotten of Him. He is Eternal with the Father, as glorious and as intelligent. He is of the same mind in everything in all worlds, loveth the same objects in as infinite a measure. Is the means by which the Father loveth, acteth, createth, redeemeth, governeth, and perfecteth all things. And the means also by which we see and love the Father: our strength and our eternity. He is the Mediator between God and His creatures.
Thomas Traherne—Centuries of Meditations

February 9. "None of These Things Move Me" (Acts xx. 24).
"None of these things move me" (Acts xx. 24). The best evidence of God's presence is the devil's growl. So wrote good Mr. Spurgeon once in "The Sword and the Trowel," and that little sentence has helped many a tried and tired child Of God to stand fast and even rejoice under the fiercest attacks of the foe. We read in the book of Samuel that the moment that David was crowned at Hebron, "All the Philistines came up to seek David." And the moment we get anything from the Lord worth contending for,
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth

Two Essential Things
Paul testified concerning "repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ"; by which I understand that, as an ambassador for Christ, he assured the people that through repentance and faith they would receive salvation. He taught in God's name mercy through the atoning sacrifice to all who would quit their sin and follow the Lord Jesus. With many tears he added his own personal testimony to his official statement. He could truly say, "I have repented, and I do repent"; and he could
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 35: 1889

The Minister's Farewell
WHEN Paul was parting from his Ephesian friends, who had come to bid him farewell at Miletus, he did not request of them a commendation of his ability; he did not request of them a recommendation for his fervid eloquence, his profound learning, his comprehensive thought, or his penetrating judgment. He knew right well that he might have credit for all these, and yet be found a castaway at last. He required a witness which would be valid in the court of heaven, and of value in a dying hour. His one
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 6: 1860

Cross References
Acts 9:24
but Saul learned of their plan. Day and night they kept close watch on the city gates in order to kill him.

Acts 20:3
where he stayed three months. Because some Jews had plotted against him just as he was about to sail for Syria, he decided to go back through Macedonia.

Acts 20:31
So be on your guard! Remember that for three years I never stopped warning each of you night and day with tears.

Acts 21:27
When the seven days were nearly over, some Jews from the province of Asia saw Paul at the temple. They stirred up the whole crowd and seized him,

Romans 12:11
Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.

2 Corinthians 11:26
I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my fellow Jews, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false believers.

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