Acts 20:23

23 I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me.

Acts 20:23 in Other Translations

KJV
23 Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me.
ESV
23 except that the Holy Spirit testifies to me in every city that imprisonment and afflictions await me.
NLT
23 except that the Holy Spirit tells me in city after city that jail and suffering lie ahead.
MSG
23 I do know that it won't be any picnic, for the Holy Spirit has let me know repeatedly and clearly that there are hard times and imprisonment ahead.
CSB
23 except that in town after town the Holy Spirit testifies to me that chains and afflictions are waiting for me.

Acts 20:23 Meaning and Commentary

Acts 20:23

Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city
As he passed along, where there was a church, or any number of saints: in the churches of those times there were prophets who foretold things to come, and by these the Holy Ghost testified to the apostle, as he travelled along, and called upon the churches in every city, what would befall him when he came to Jerusalem; this sense the natural order of the words requires, unless there should be a transposition of them, thus, "save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth, saying, that bonds and afflictions abide me, or wait for me in every city"; that is, this in general was only made known to him by the Spirit of God, that wherever he came, affliction and persecution would attend him, and he must expect bonds and imprisonment; these were ready for him, and be must prepare for them, as he did: and therefore, whenever they came, he was not surprised at them, they were no other than what he looked for; but the other sense seems best, for such a transposition is not very easy, and, besides, can by no means be admitted, if the sense is, as the words are read in Beza's ancient copy, and in others, and in the Vulgate Latin version, "that bonds and afflictions abide me at Jerusalem"; however, since the Holy Ghost testified before hand of the afflictions and bonds of the apostle, whether in every city or in Jerusalem, or both; it is no inconsiderable proof of the proper deity of the Spirit of God, and is an instance of his affectionate regard to the apostle, to give him previous notice of these things.

Acts 20:23 In-Context

21 I have declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus.
22 “And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there.
23 I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me.
24 However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.
25 “Now I know that none of you among whom I have gone about preaching the kingdom will ever see me again.

Cross References 2

  • 1. S Acts 8:29; Acts 21:4
  • 2. S Acts 9:16