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Acts 20:23-24

Context
20:23 except 1  that the Holy Spirit warns 2  me in town after town 3  that 4  imprisonment 5  and persecutions 6  are waiting for me. 20:24 But I do not consider my life 7  worth anything 8  to myself, so that 9  I may finish my task 10  and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the good news 11  of God’s grace.

1 tn BDAG 826 s.v. πλήν 1.d has “πλὴν ὅτι except thatAc 20:23.”

2 tn The verb διαμαρτύρομαι (diamarturomai) can mean “warn” (BDAG 233 s.v. διαμαρτύρομαι 2 has “solemnly urge, exhort, warn…w. dat. of pers. addressed”), and this meaning better fits the context here, although BDAG categorizes Acts 20:23 under the meaning “testify of, bear witness to” (s.v. 1).

3 tn The Greek text here reads κατὰ πόλιν (kata polin).

4 tn Grk “saying that,” but the participle λέγον (legon) is redundant in English and has not been translated.

5 tn Grk “bonds.”

6 tn Or “troubles,” “suffering.” See Acts 19:21; 21:4, 11.

7 tn Grk “soul.”

8 tn Or “I do not consider my life worth a single word.” According to BDAG 599 s.v. λόγος 1.a.α, “In the textually uncertain pass. Ac 20:24 the text as it stands in N., οὐδενὸς λόγου (v.l. λόγον) ποιοῦμαι τὴν ψυχὴν τιμίαν, may well mean: I do not consider my life worth a single word (cp. λόγου ἄξιον [ἄξιος 1a] and our ‘worth mention’).”

9 tn BDAG 1106 s.v. ὡς 9 describes this use as “a final particle, expressing intention/purpose, with a view to, in order to.”

10 tn Grk “course.” See L&N 42.26, “(a figurative extension of meaning of δρόμος ‘race’) a task or function involving continuity, serious, effort, and possibly obligation – ‘task, mission’…Ac 20:24.” On this Pauline theme see also Phil 1:19-26; Col 1:24; 2 Tim 4:6-7.

11 tn Or “to the gospel.”



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