Acts 20:23

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

Read Acts 20:23 Using Other Translations

Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me.
except that the Holy Spirit testifies to me in every city that imprisonment and afflictions await me.
except that the Holy Spirit tells me in city after city that jail and suffering lie ahead.

What does Acts 20:23 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
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.

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