Acts 20:36

36 After he said these things, he knelt down with all of them to pray.

Acts 20:36 Meaning and Commentary

Acts 20:36

And when he had thus spoken
And finished his speech to the elders: he kneeled down: upon the floor, which was a prayer gesture, used by Christ, and others; for, it seems, the disuse of kneeling in prayer, between the passover and pentecost, which Tertullian F11, and other writers, speak of, had not yet obtained, which was in memory of Christ's resurrection from the dead, for this was now the time: see ( Acts 20:6 Acts 20:16 ) and

prayed with them all:
and no doubt for them all; the Syriac version renders it, "and he prayed, and all the men with him"; the apostle, and the elders, joined together in prayer.


F11 De Corona Militis, c. 3.

Acts 20:36 In-Context

34 You yourselves know that I have provided for my own needs and for those of my companions with my own hands.
35 In everything I have shown you that, by working hard, we must help the weak. In this way we remember the Lord Jesus' words: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.'"
36 After he said these things, he knelt down with all of them to pray.
37 They cried uncontrollably as everyone embraced and kissed Paul.
38 They were especially grieved by his statement that they would never see him again. Then they accompanied him to the ship.
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