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At every place he passed through, he brought words of great comfort and encouragement to the believers. Then he went on to Greece and stayed there for three months.

Just as Paul was about to sail for Syria, he learned of a plot against him by the Jews, so he decided to return by going through Macedonia. Seven men accompanied him as far as western Turkey. They were Sopater,[a] son of Pyrrhus[b] from Berea, Aristarchus[c] and Secundus[d] from Thessalonica, Gaius[e] from Derbe, and Timothy,[f] Tychicus,[g] and Trophimus[h] from western Turkey.

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Footnotes

  1. Acts 20:4 Sopater, or Sosipater, is mentioned in Rom. 16:21 as one of Paul’s relatives. His name means “his father’s savior.”
  2. Acts 20:4 Or “son of fiery red flames.” This phrase is not found in the Aramaic.
  3. Acts 20:4 See the third footnote on 19:29.
  4. Acts 20:4 Secundus means “fortunate.”
  5. Acts 20:4 Many believe this is the same Gaius mentioned in 19:29. See the second footnote on 19:29.
  6. Acts 20:4 The Aramaic is “Timothy of Lystra.” See introductions to 1 and 2 Timothy.
  7. Acts 20:4 It is likely that Tychicus was a native of Ephesus since he carried the letter Paul wrote to them as well as the letter to Colossae. See Eph. 6:21; Col. 4:7. He is also mentioned in 2 Tim. 4:12 and Titus 3:12. His name means “child of fortune.”
  8. Acts 20:4 Trophimus was not a Jew. He is mentioned in Acts 21:29. His name means “nutritious.”
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