Author: Ron Graham

Book of Acts

Acts 20:1-16
—Verse by verse

This page is a verse by verse study of Acts 20:1-16. These verses describe Paul’s return to Macedonia and Greece during his third missionary journey.

Acts 20

Paul’s return to Macedonia and Greece.

Verses 1-3

¶ "After the uproar had ceased, Paul sent for the disciples, took leave of them, and departed to go into Macedonia. When he had gone through those parts, and had encouraged the disciples with many words, he came into Greece. He spent spent three months there. He was about to set sail for Syria when a plot was made against him by Jews; so he decided to go back through Macedonia." (Acts 20:1-3).

Paul’s week in Troas.

Verses 4-6

¶ "The men who accompanied Paul as far as Asia, were Sopater of Beroea; Aristarchus and Secundus of the Thessalonians; Gaius of Derbe; Timothy; and Tychicus and Trophimus of Asia. However these had gone ahead, and were waiting for us at Troas. We sailed away from Philippi after the days of Unleavened Bread, and in five days we came to them at Troas, where we stayed seven days." (Acts 20:4-6).

Verse 7

¶ "On the first day of the week, when the disciples were gathered together to break bread, Paul talked with them, intending to depart on the next day. He continued his speech until midnight." (Acts 20:7).

Verses 8-12

¶ "There were many lights in the upper room where we were gathered. A young man named Eutychus sat in the window, sinking into a deep sleep. As Paul spoke still longer, Eutychus, was sound asleep. He fell down from the third story, and was dead when they picked him up. Paul went down, tightly embraced Eutychus, and said,'“Don't be troubled, for his life is in him.” When Paul had gone back upstairs, broken bread, and eaten, he talked with them a long while, right up til break of day. Then he departed. As for the boy, they took him home alive, and were greatly comforted. " (Acts 20:8-12).

Acts 20:7,11 How Interpreted

The Events

These facts seem straightforward. However there is the question of whether this series of facts began on Saturday or Sunday, and whether the disciples had the Lord’s Supper before Paul preached till midnight or before he preached till dawn. Most people hold one of two opinions:

The Interpretations

Of course there will be other interpretations, but the two above both agree that the Lord’s Supper was observed on Sunday rather than Saturday or Monday.

Verses 13-16

¶ "Meanwhile we had gone aboard the ship and set sail for Assos, intending to take Paul aboard there. Paul had arranged it that way, intending himself to go by land. When Paul met us at Assos, we took him aboard, and came to Mitylene. Sailing from there, we came the following day opposite Chios. The next day we touched at Samos and stayed at Trogyllium, and the day after we came to Miletus. For Paul had determined to sail past Ephesus, not wanting to spend time in Asia. Paul was in a hurry, hoping if possible to be in Jerusalem in time for the day of Pentecost." (Acts 20:13-16).

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