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Acts 17:14

14 Then the brothers 1immediately sent Paul off on his way to the sea, but Silas and 2Timothy remained there.

Acts 17:14 Meaning and Commentary

Acts 17:14

And then immediately the brethren
That were at Berea, the new converts there:

sent away Paul,
whom they knew the Jews mostly sought after, and were offended with:

to go as it were to the sea;
the Aegean sea, or Archipelago, near to which Berea was: this seems to have been done, in order to make the people conclude that he intended to take shipping, and go into some other parts of the world, when the design was to go to Athens by foot, and so be safe from any lying in wait of his persecutors: the Alexandrian copy, the Vulgate Latin, and the Oriental versions read, "to go to the sea"; to the sea side, whither it seems he did go; and yet it looks as if he did not go by sea, but by land, to Athens:

but Silas and Timotheus abode there still;
at Berea, to confirm and strengthen the young converts there made.

Acts 17:14 In-Context

12 Many of them therefore believed, with not a few Greek women of high standing as well as men.
13 But when the Jews from Thessalonica learned that the word of God was proclaimed by Paul at Berea also, they came there too, agitating and stirring up the crowds.
14 Then the brothers immediately sent Paul off on his way to the sea, but Silas and Timothy remained there.
15 Those who conducted Paul brought him as far as Athens, and after receiving a command for Silas and Timothy to come to him as soon as possible, they departed.
16 Now while Paul was waiting for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him as he saw that the city was full of idols.

Cross References 2

  • 1. ver. 10; See Matthew 10:23
  • 2. See Acts 16:1
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