Acts 20:19

19 I served the Lord with great humility and with tears and in the midst of severe testing by the plots of my Jewish opponents.

Read Acts 20:19 Using Other Translations

Serving the Lord with all humility of mind, and with many tears, and temptations, which befell me by the lying in wait of the Jews:
serving the Lord with all humility and with tears and with trials that happened to me through the plots of the Jews;
I have done the Lord’s work humbly and with many tears. I have endured the trials that came to me from the plots of the Jews.

What does Acts 20:19 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Acts 20:19

Serving the Lord with all humility of mind
Meaning, in the ministration of the Gospel, being conscious to himself of his own weakness and insufficiency in himself for such service; no ways elated with those excellent and extraordinary gifts bestowed upon him; ascribing all his success to the power, grace, and Spirit of God; treating no man with contempt and disdain; nor lording it over God's heritage, or claiming a dominion over the faith of men; nor seeking honour nor riches for himself, nor even what he had a just right unto, a maintenance from the people; but laboured with his own hands, and to his own and the necessities of others:

and with many tears;
at the obstinacy and unbelief of some, and at the distresses and afflictions of others, both corporeal and spiritual; as well as on account of the unbecoming walk of some professors:

and temptations which befell me by the lying in wait of the Jews:
who were hardened against his ministrations, and believed not the Gospel preached by him, but spoke evil of it, and lay in wait to take away his life; by reason of which, his afflictions, which he calls temptations, because they were trials of his faith and patience, were very great.

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