Acts 20:26

26 Therefore, I declare to you today that I am innocent of the blood of any of you.

Acts 20:26 in Other Translations

KJV
26 Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men.
ESV
26 Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all of you,
NLT
26 I declare today that I have been faithful. If anyone suffers eternal death, it’s not my fault,
MSG
26 I've done my best for you, given you my all,
CSB
26 Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of everyone's blood,

Acts 20:26 Meaning and Commentary

Acts 20:26

Wherefore I take you to record this day
This is a solemn appeal to the elders of the church at Ephesus, who knew his doctrine and manner of life for a considerable time among them:

that I am pure from the blood of all men:
or "of you all", as some copies, and the Syriac, Arabic, and Ethiopic versions read; which seems most natural, since they could only bear a testimony for him with respect to themselves, and the people at Ephesus, where he had so behaved both in the faithful discharge of his ministry, and in his exemplary life and conversation; as that the ruin and destruction of no one of them could be laid to his charge, or any one perish for want of knowledge, or through any negligence of his; see ( Ezekiel 33:6 ) .

Acts 20:26 In-Context

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.
26 Therefore, I declare to you today that I am innocent of the blood of any of you.
27 For I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God.
28 Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood.

Cross References 1

  • 1. Ezekiel 3:17-19; Acts 18:6