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Acts 20:30

    Acts 20:30 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    and from among your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And from among yourselves will come men who will give wrong teaching, turning away the disciples after them.

    Webster's Revision

    and from among your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them.

    World English Bible

    Men will arise from among your own selves, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    and from among your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them.

    Clarke's Commentary on Acts 20:30

    Also of your own selves, etc. - From out of your own assembly shall men arise, speaking perverse things, teaching for truth what is erroneous in itself, and perversive of the genuine doctrine of Christ crucified.

    To draw away disciples - To make schisms or rents in the Church, in order to get a party to themselves. See, here, the cause of divisions in the Church:

    1. The superintendents lose the life of God, neglect the souls of the people, become greedy of gain, and, by secular extortions, oppress the people.

    2. The members of the Church, thus neglected, oppressed, and irritated, get their minds alienated from their rapacious pastors.

    3. Men of sinister views take advantage of this state of distraction, foment discord, preach up the necessity of division, and thus the people become separated from the great body, and associate with those who profess to care for their souls, and who disclaim all secular views.

    In this state of distraction, it is a high proof of God's love to his heritage, if one be found who, possessing the true apostolic doctrine and spirit, rises up to call men back to the primitive truth, and restore the primitive discipline. How soon the grievous wolves and perverse teachers arose in the Churches of Asia Minor, the first chapters of the Apocalypse inform us. The Nicolaitans had nearly ruined the Church of Ephesus, Revelation 1:2, Revelation 1:6. The same sect, with other false teachers, infested the Church of Pergamos, and preached there the doctrine of Balaam, Revelation 2:14, Revelation 2:15. A false prophetess seduced the Church of Thyatira, Revelation 2:20. All these Churches were in Asia Minor, and probably bishops or ministers from each were present at this convocation.

    Barnes' Notes on Acts 20:30

    Also of your own selves - From your own church; from those who profess to. be Christians.

    Speaking perverse things - Crooked, perverted, distracting doctrines διεστραμμένα diestrammena. Compare the notes on Acts 13:10. They would proclaim doctrines tending to distract and divide the church. The most dangerous enemies which the church has had have been nurtured in its own bosom, and have consisted of those who have perverted the true doctrines of the gospel. Among the Ephesians, as among the 1 Corinthians 1 1 Corinthians 1:11-13, there might be parties formed; there might be people influenced by ambition, like Diotrephes 3 John 1:9, or like Phygellus or Hermogenes 2 Timothy 1:15, or like Hymeneus and Alexander, 1 Timothy 1:20. Men under the influence of ambition, or from the love of power or popularity, form parties in the church, produce divisions and distractions, and greatly retard its internal prosperity, and mar its peace. The church of Christ would have little to fear from external enemies if it nurtured no foes in its own bosom; and all the power of persecutors is not so much to be dreaded as the plans, the parties, the strifes, the heart burnings, and the contentions which are produced by those who love and seek power, among the professed friends of Christ.

    Wesley's Notes on Acts 20:30

    20:30 Yea, from among yourselves men will arise - Such were the Nicolaitans, of whom Christ complains, Rev 2:6; to draw away disciples - From the purity of the Gospel and the unity of the body.