Acts 17:14

14 Then immediately 1the brethren sent Paul out to go as far as the sea; and 2Silas and 3Timothy 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 Therefore many of them believed, along with a number of prominent Greek women and men.
13 But when the Jews of Thessalonica found out that the word of God had been proclaimed by Paul in Berea also, they came there as well, agitating and stirring up the crowds.
14 Then immediately the brethren sent Paul out to go as far as the sea; and Silas and Timothy remained there.
15 Now those who escorted Paul brought him as far as Athens; and receiving a command for Silas and Timothy to come to him as soon as possible, they left.
16 Now while Paul was waiting for them at Athens, his spirit was being provoked within him as he was observing the city full of idols.

Cross References 3

  • 1. Acts 1:15; Acts 17:6, 10
  • 2. Acts 15:22; Acts 17:4, 10
  • 3. Acts 16:1
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