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Acts 20:17

    Acts 20:17 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

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

    American King James Version (AKJV)

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

    American Standard Version (ASV)

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

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And from Miletus he sent to Ephesus for the rulers of the church.

    Webster's Revision

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

    World English Bible

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

    English Revised Version (ERV)

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

    Definitions for Acts 20:17

    Church - Assembly of "called out" ones.

    Clarke's Commentary on Acts 20:17

    He sent to Ephesus, and called the elders of the Church - These are called επισκοποι, bishops, Acts 20:28. By the πρεσβυτεροι, presbyters or elders, here, we are to understand all that were in authority in the Church, whether they were επισκοποι, bishops or overseers, or seniors in years, knowledge, and experience. The πρεσβυτεροι, or elders, were probably the first order in the Church; an order which was not so properly constituted, but which rose out of the state of things. From these presbuteroi the episcopoi, overseers or superintendents, were selected. Those who were eldest in years, Christian knowledge, and experience, would naturally be preferred to all others, as overseers of the Church of Christ. From the Greek word πρεσβυτερος, comes the Latin presbyterus, the English presbyter, the French prestre, and our own term priest; and all, when traced up to their original, signify merely an elderly or aged person; though it soon became the name of an office, rather than of a state of years. Now, as these elders are called επισκοποι, bishops, in Acts 20:28, we may take it for granted that they were the same order; or, rather, that these superintendents of the Church were indifferently called either presbyters or bishops.

    As he had not time to call at Ephesus, he thought it best to have a general convocation of the heads of that Church, to meet him at Miletus, that he might give them the instructions mentioned in the succeeding parts of this chapter.

    Barnes' Notes on Acts 20:17

    He sent to Ephesus - Perhaps a distance of twenty or thirty miles.

    The elders of the church - Who had been appointed while he was there to take charge of the church. See the notes on Acts 15:2.

    Wesley's Notes on Acts 20:17

    20:17 Sending to Ephesus, he called the elders of the Church - These are called bishops in the 28th verse , Acts 20:28 (rendered overseers in our translation.) Perhaps elders and bishops were then the same; or no otherwise different than are the rector of a parish and his curates.