21:1 And 1 it came to pass, that after we were gotten from them, and had launched, we came with a straight course unto Coos, and the [day] following unto Rhodes, and from thence unto Patara:
(1) Not only ordinary men, but even our friends,
and such as are endued with the Spirit of God, sometimes go about to hinder
the course of our calling: but it is our part to go forward without any
stopping or staggering, after we are sure of our calling from God.
finding disciples, we tarried there seven days: who said to Paul through the a
Spirit, that he should not go up to Jerusalem.
(a) They foretold through the Spirit what dangers
were about to befall Paul, and this they did as prophets: but they misdirected
him away from Jerusalem because of a fleshly affection.
And the next [day] we that were of Paul's company departed, and came unto
Caesarea: and we entered into the house of Philip the evangelist, which was
[one] of the b seven; and abode with
(b) He speaks of the seven deacons which he
mentioned before in (Acts
21:9 And the same man had four daughters, virgins,
which did c prophesy.
(c) They had a peculiar gift of foretelling
things to come.
2 And when he would not be persuaded, we
ceased, saying, The will of the Lord be done.
(2) The will of God bridles all affections in
those who earnestly seek the glory of God.
3 And when he had saluted them, he
declared particularly what things God had wrought among the Gentiles by his
(3) God is to be praised, who is the author of
all good sayings and deeds.
21:20 4 And
when they heard [it], they glorified the Lord, and said unto him, Thou seest,
brother, how many thousands of Jews there are which believe; and they are all
zealous of the law:
(4) In things indifferent (of which sort the
traditions of the Pharisees were not, but rather the ceremonies of the Law,
until the time when Christian liberty was more fully revealed to the Jews)
charity exhorts us to conform or apply ourselves willingly so far as we may,
to our brethren who do not stubbornly and maliciously resist the truth (but
are not thoroughly instructed), especially if the question pertains to a whole
Them take, and d purify thyself with
them, and e be at charges with them,
that they may shave [their] heads: and all may know that those things, whereof
they were informed concerning thee, are nothing; but [that] thou thyself also
walkest orderly, and keepest the law.
(d) That is, consecrate thyself: for he does not
speak here of the unclean, but of those who are subject to the vow of the
(e) That it may be known that you were not only
present at the vow, but also a main participator in it: and therefore it is
said afterwards that Paul declared the days of purification: for although the
offerings for the Nazarites offerings were appointed, yet they might add
somewhat unto them; see (Numbers
21:26 Then Paul took the men,
and the next day purifying himself with them entered into the temple, f
to signify the accomplishment of the days of purification, until that an
offering should be offered for every one of them.
(f) The priests were to be informed of the
accomplishment of the days of the purification, because there were sacrifices
to be offered the same day that their vow was ended.
21:27 5 And
when the seven days were almost ended, the Jews which were of Asia, when they
saw him in the temple, stirred up all the people, and laid hands on him,
(5) A preposterous zeal is the cause of great
confusion and great troubles.
6 And as they went about to kill him,
tidings came unto the chief captain of the band, that all Jerusalem was in an
(6) God finds some even amongst the wicked and
profane themselves, to hinder the endeavours of the rest.
Art not thou that g Egyptian, which
before these days madest an uproar, and leddest out into the wilderness four
thousand men that were murderers?
(g) Concerning this Egyptian who assembled thirty
thousand men, read Josephus, book 2, chap. 12.