Acts 21

Them; the Ephesian elders at Miletus.

Coos; a small island near the south-west corner of Asia Minor.

Rhodes; an island not far from Coos.

Patara; a seaport in the province of Lycia.
Phenicia; a country on the north-west border of Canaan, of which Tyre and Sidon were principal cities. Chap Ac 11:19. Cyprus; an island in the north-east part of the Mediterranean sea. Chap Ac 13:4. Said to Paul through the Spirit; the Holy Spirit made known to them the dangers to which Paul would be exposed, and led them to express to him their strong desire that he should not go up to Jerusalem. But he did not communicate by them to Paul, who himself went up to Jerusalem "bound in the Spirit," any authoritative command to desist from his purpose. It is delightful to Christians when travelling to find disciples of Christ in places which they visit, and to tarry with them, when convenient. The more they love Christ and are like him, the more they will love one another. But their stay together on earth must be short, and when called to part, it is a great privilege to commend one another to God, and beseech him, that if they meet not again on earth, they may meet, to part no more, in heaven. Ptolemais; a city south of Tyre, and near mount Carmel. Cesarea; a city still farther south, about sixty miles from Jerusalem.

Evangelist; a preacher of the gospel and founder of churches, but not a settled pastor.

The seven; Ac 6:1-9.
Did prophesy; see note to chap Ac 11:27. Agabus; chap Ac 11:27,28. Gentiles; the Romans, who then governed Judea. We and they; Paul's companions and the disciples at Cesarea. Affection for friends should not be so manifested or indulged as to unfit us or them for the performance of duty. Carriages; not vehicles to carry them, but things which they carried, their baggage. Mnason of Cyprus; formerly of Cyprus, but now living in Jerusalem, with whom Paul and his companions lodged. James; see note to chapter Ac 12:17. Zealous of the law; though they believed in Christ, they still observed the ceremonial law. The Jews which are among the Gentiles; who lived in heathen countries.

Moses; the ceremonial law which he enjoined.

The customs; the religious practices of the Jews. To excite opposition to the gospel, its enemies often misrepresent it. They slander those who preach it, and in various ways show themselves to be followers of him who, from the beginning, abode not in the truth, but was a liar, and the father of it. Joh 8:44.
What is it; what is to be done? Purify thyself with them; perform the ceremonies required for purification in the Mosaic law. Nu 6:1-20.

Be at charges; by bearing the expense of the offerings made in such cases.

Shave their heads; cut their hair, which during the continuance of their vow had been suffered to grow; and which, when cut, showed that they were released. Chap Ac 18:18.

Are nothing; are not as they have been represented.
Touching the Gentiles which believe; chap Ac 15:19-29. Entered into the temple; to make known to the priest when the vow would end, and thus prepare the way for the customary sacrifices to be offered. Some things are in themselves indifferent; if we do them we are not the better, and if we neglect them we are not the worse: if our doing them would tend to injure others, we should not do them; if it would tend to benefit others, we should not neglect them; but we should not do wrong to conciliate bad men, or for any other purpose. Seven days; the time the vow was to last. Greeks; Gentiles, who were considered as unclean, and were forbidden to enter that part of the temple appropriated to the Jews, lest they should defile it. Trophimus; he had come with Paul from Ephesus. Ac 20:4.

They supposed; they inferred this from having seen him in the city with Paul.
Chief captain; the Roman officer in command of the military forces at Jerusalem. Bound with two chains; a fulfilment of the prophecy, Ac 21:11. The castle; the fortress of Antonia, where the soldiers were stationed. The stairs; which led from the temple to the castle. The course which good men take to remove the prejudices and to conciliate the favor of the wicked, is sometimes the occasion of increased hostility, and more violent and deadly opposition. That Egyptian; this Egyptian is mentioned by Josephus, Antiq B 20, chap 8, sec 6; and Jewish Wars, B 2, chap 13, sec 5. Tarsus; Paul's native city. Chap Ac 9:11.

No mean city; Augustus the Roman emperor made it a free city, which released the citizens from tribute, and permitted them to be governed by their own laws. Josephus says it was the metropolis, and most renowned city of Cilicia, Antiq B 1, chap 6, sec 6; and Xenophon calls it a great and flourishing city.
The Hebrew tongue; the dialect of the Hebrew then spoken in Palestine.
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