New American Standard Bible
grieving especially over the word which he had spoken, that they would not see his face again. And they were accompanying him to the ship.
King James Bible
Sorrowing most of all for the words which he spake, that they should see his face no more. And they accompanied him unto the ship.
Darby Bible Translation
specially pained by the word which he had said, that they would no more see his face. And they went down with him to the ship.
World English Bible
sorrowing most of all because of the word which he had spoken, that they should see his face no more. And they accompanied him to the ship.
Young's Literal Translation
sorrowing most of all for the word that he had said -- that they are about no more to see his face; and they were accompanying him to the ship.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Sorrowing most of all ... - This was a most tender and affectionate parting scene. It can be more easily imagined than described. We may learn from it:
(1) That the parting of ministers and people is a most solemn event, and should be one of much tenderness and affection.
(2) the effect of true religion is to make the heart more tender; to make friendship more affectionate and sacred; and to unite more closely the bonds of love.
(3) ministers of the gospel should be prepared to leave their people with the same consciousness of fidelity and the same kindness and love which Paul evinced. They should live such lives as to be able to look back upon their whole ministry as pure and disinterested, and as having been employed in guarding the flock, and in making known to them the whole counsel of God. So parting, they may separate in peace; and so living and acting, they will be prepared to give up their account with joy, and not with grief. May God grant to every minister the spirit which Paul evinced at Ephesus, and enable each one, when called to leave his people by death or otherwise, to do it with the same consciousness of fidelity which Paul evinced when he left his people to see their face no more.
LibraryApril 26 Evening
Who is she that looketh forth as the morning, fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners?--SONG 6:10. The church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. Christ loved the church, and gave himself for it; that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, that he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. There appeared a great wonder …
Anonymous—Daily Light on the Daily Path
March 7. "It is More Blessed to Give than to Receive" (Acts xx. 35).
The New Crusade --Serampore and the Brotherhood
Therefore, being sent on their way by the church, they were passing through both Phoenicia and Samaria, describing in detail the conversion of the Gentiles, and were bringing great joy to all the brethren.
"And now, behold, I know that all of you, among whom I went about preaching the kingdom, will no longer see my face.
"Yet I have nothing definite about him to write to my lord. Therefore I have brought him before you all and especially before you, King Agrippa, so that after the investigation has taken place, I may have something to write.
So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.
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