Acts 20:10

10 But Paul went down and 1bent over him, and taking him in his arms, said, 2"Do not be alarmed, for his life is in him."

Acts 20:10 Meaning and Commentary

Acts 20:10

And Paul went down
From the upper room, where they were assembled, into the court, yard, or street, where he fell; or into the lower room of the house, where he was brought when taken up. The apostle might see him fall, or he might be told of it, or he might have an intimation of it from the Spirit of God, by whom he might be impressed to go down, in order to work a miracle, for the confirmation of the Gospel he was preaching:

and fell on him, and embracing him;
praying over him, as Elijah and Elisha did, ( 1 Kings 17:21 ) ( 2 Kings 4:34 ) and the like effect followed:

said, trouble not yourselves;
which speech perhaps was addressed to the friends and relations of the young man; or to the disciples present, who were concerned at this accident, both for the young man's sake, and lest it should be improved to the disadvantage of the Gospel by the enemies of it,

For his life,
or "soul"

is in him;
it being returned upon the apostle's falling on him, and praying over him; or he said this as being fully assured that it would return, in like manner as Christ said concerning Jairus's daughter, ( Luke 8:52 Luke 8:55 ) .

Acts 20:10 In-Context

8 There were many lamps in the upper room where we were gathered.
9 And a young man named Eutychus, sitting at the window, sank into a deep sleep as Paul talked still longer. And being overcome by sleep, he fell down from the third story and was taken up dead.
10 But Paul went down and bent over him, and taking him in his arms, said, "Do not be alarmed, for his life is in him."
11 And when Paul had gone up and had broken bread and eaten, he conversed with them a long while, until daybreak, and so departed.
12 And they took the youth away alive, and were not a little comforted.

Cross References 2

  • 1. [1 Kings 17:21; 2 Kings 4:34]
  • 2. [Matthew 9:23, 24; Mark 5:39]
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