ACTS 20:23



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“Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me.”

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Acts 20:23 Translation & Meaning

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Save πλὴν Moreover (besides), i.e., albeit, save that, rather, yet Save
that ὅτι Demonstrative, that (sometimes redundant); causative, because that
the τὸ The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) the
Holy ἅγιον Sacred (physically, pure, morally blameless or religious, ceremonially, consecrated) Holy
Ghost πνεῦμα A current of air, i.e., breath (blast) or a breeze; by analogy or figuratively, a spirit, i.e., (human) the rational soul, (by implication) vital principle, mental disposition, etc., or (superhuman) an angel, demon, or (divine) God, Christ's spirit, the Holy Spirit Ghost
witnesseth διαμαρτύρεταί To attest or protest earnestly, or (by implication) hortatively witnesseth
in κατὰ (prepositionally) down (in place or time), in varied relations (according to the case (genitive, dative or accusative) with which it is joined) in
every city, πόλιν A town (properly, with walls, of greater or less size) every city
saying λέγον Properly, to "lay" forth, i.e., (figuratively) relate (in words (usually of systematic or set discourse; whereas G2036 and G5346 generally refer to an individual expression or speech respectively; while G4483 is properly to break silence merely, and G2980 means an extended or random harangue)); by implication, to mean saying
that ὅτι Demonstrative, that (sometimes redundant); causative, because that
bonds δεσμὰ A band, i.e., ligament (of the body) or shackle (of a prisoner); figuratively, an impediment or disability bonds
and καὶ And, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words and
afflictions θλίψεις Pressure (literally or figuratively) afflictions
abide μένουσιν To stay (in a given place, state, relation or expectancy) abide
me. με Me me

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  • 21  Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.

  • 22  And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there:

  • 23  Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me.

  • 24  But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.

  • 25  And now, behold, I know that ye all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, shall see my face no more.


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