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Acts 20:33

33 I have not coveted anyone’s silver or gold or clothing.

Acts 20:33 in Other Translations

33 I have coveted no man's silver, or gold, or apparel.
33 I coveted no one's silver or gold or apparel.
33 “I have never coveted anyone’s silver or gold or fine clothes.
33 "I've never, as you so well know, had any taste for wealth or fashion.
33 I have not coveted anyone's silver or gold or clothing.

Acts 20:33 Meaning and Commentary

Acts 20:33

I have coveted no man's silver, or gold, or apparel.
] This the apostle says, not merely in vindication of himself, and his character, from all charge or suspicion of avarice; but chiefly for the instruction of these elders, and all others of the same office, not to indulge the sin of covetousness, which is very disagreeable, and ought not to be in a minister of the word; and it may be observed, that many things which the apostle says before of himself to those elders, is said not to commend himself, nor so much in his own vindication, as for their imitation; compare with this ( Numbers 16:15 ) ( 1 Samuel 12:3 ) and to point out the character of false teachers that would come in, or spring up among them, who would make merchandise of them. Beza's ancient copy, and others, read, "the silver of none of you"; and so the Ethiopic version.

Acts 20:33 In-Context

31 So be on your guard! Remember that for three years I never stopped warning each of you night and day with tears.
32 “Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.
33 I have not coveted anyone’s silver or gold or clothing.
34 You yourselves know that these hands of mine have supplied my own needs and the needs of my companions.
35 In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ”

Cross References 1

  • 1. 1 Samuel 12:3; 1 Corinthians 9:12; 2 Corinthians 2:17; 2 Corinthians 7:2; 2 Corinthians 11:9; 2 Corinthians 12:14-17; 1 Thessalonians 2:5
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