20:7 On the first day 1 of the week, when we met 2 to break bread, Paul began to speak 3 to the people, and because he intended 4 to leave the next day, he extended 5 his message until midnight. 20:8 (Now there were many lamps 6 in the upstairs room where we were meeting.) 7 20:9 A young man named Eutychus, who was sitting in the window, 8 was sinking 9 into a deep sleep while Paul continued to speak 10 for a long time. Fast asleep, 11 he fell down from the third story and was picked up dead.
2 tn Or “assembled.”
3 tn The verb διαλέγομαι (dialegomai) is frequently used of Paul addressing Jews in the synagogue. As G. Schrenk (TDNT 2:94-95) points out, “What is at issue is the address which any qualified member of a synagogue might give.” Other examples of this may be found in the NT in Matt 4:23 and Mark 1:21. In the context of a Christian gathering, it is preferable to translate διελέγετο (dielegeto) simply as “speak” here. The imperfect verb διελέγετο has been translated as an ingressive imperfect.
5 tn Or “prolonged.”
6 tn More commonly λαμπάς (lampa") means “torch,” but here according to BDAG 585 s.v. λαμπάς 2, “lamp…w. a wick and space for oil.”
7 sn This is best taken as a parenthetical note by the author.
8 tn This window was probably a simple opening in the wall (see also BDAG 462 s.v. θυρίς).
9 tn Grk “sinking into a deep sleep.” BDAG 529 s.v. καταφέρω 3 has “ὕπνῳ βαθεῖ sink into a deep sleep…Ac 20:9a.” The participle καταφερόμενος (kataferomeno") has been translated as a finite verb due to requirements of contemporary English style.
10 tn The participle διαλεγομένου (dialegomenou) has been taken temporally.
11 tn BDAG 529 s.v. καταφέρω 3 has “κατενεχθεὶς ἀπὸ τοῦ ὔπνου overwhelmed by sleep vs. 9b,” but this expression is less common in contemporary English than phrases like “fast asleep” or “sound asleep.”