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Acts 20:31

    Acts 20:31 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

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

    American King James Version (AKJV)

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

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Wherefore watch ye, remembering that by the space of three years I ceased not to admonish every one night and day with tears.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    So keep watch, having in mind that for three years without resting I was teaching every one of you, day and night, with weeping.

    Webster's Revision

    Wherefore watch ye, remembering that by the space of three years I ceased not to admonish every one night and day with tears.

    World English Bible

    Therefore watch, remembering that for a period of three years I didn't cease to admonish everyone night and day with tears.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Wherefore watch ye, remembering that by the space of three years I ceased not to admonish every one night and day with tears.

    Clarke's Commentary on Acts 20:31

    Therefore watch, and remember - The only way to abide in the truth is to watch against evil, and for good; and to keep in mind the heavenly doctrines originally received. Unwatchfulness and forgetfulness are two grand inlets to apostasy.

    By the space of three years - Τριετιαν. The Greek word here does not necessarily mean three whole years: it may be months more or less. In Acts 19:8, Acts 19:10, we have an account of his spending two years and three months among them; probably this is all that is intended. One MS., perceiving that the time of three years was not completed, inserts διετιαν, the space of two years.

    Barnes' Notes on Acts 20:31

    Therefore watch - Matthew 24:42. In view of the dangers which beset yourselves Acts 20:28, the danger from people not connected with the church Acts 20:29, and the danger which will arise from the love of power among yourselves Acts 20:30, be on your guard. Observe the approach of danger, and set yourselves against it.

    Remember - Recall my counsels and admonitions in reference to these dangers.

    By the space of three years - In Acts 19:10, we are told that Paul spent two years in the school of Tyrannus. In Acts 19:8, it is said that he was teaching in the synagogue at Ephesus three months. In addition to this, it is not improbable that he spent some months more in Ephesus in instructing the church in other places. Perhaps, however, by the phrase three years, he meant to use merely a round number, denoting about three years; or, in accordance with the Jewish custom, part of each of the three years one whole year, and a considerable portion of the two others. Compare the notes on Matthew 12:40.

    I ceased not - I continued to do it.

    To warn - To admonish; to place before the mind νουθετῶν nouthetōn; setting the danger and duty of each individual before him.

    Everyone - He had thus set them an example of what he had enjoined, Acts 20:28. He had admonished each individual, whatever was his rank or standing. It is well when a minister can refer to his own example as an illustration of what he meant by his precepts.

    Night and day - Continually; by every opportunity.

    With tears - Expressive of his deep feeling, and his deep interest in their welfare. See the notes on Acts 20:19.

    Wesley's Notes on Acts 20:31

    20:31 I ceased not to warn every one night and day - This was watching indeed! Who copies after this example?