20:16 For Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus 1 so as not to spend time 2 in the province of Asia, 3 for he was hurrying 4 to arrive in Jerusalem, 5 if possible, 6 by the day of Pentecost. 20:17 From Miletus 7 he sent a message 8 to Ephesus, telling the elders of the church to come to him. 9
3 tn Grk “Asia”; in the NT this always refers to the Roman province of Asia, made up of about one-third of the west and southwest end of modern Asia Minor. Asia lay to the west of the region of Phrygia and Galatia. The words “the province of” are supplied to indicate to the modern reader that this does not refer to the continent of Asia.
4 tn Or “was eager.”
6 tn Grk “if it could be to him” (an idiom).
7 sn Miletus was a seaport on the western coast of Asia Minor about 45 mi (72 km) south of Ephesus.
8 tn The words “a message” are not in the Greek text, but are implied. Direct objects were often omitted in Greek when clear from the context, but must be supplied for the modern English reader.
9 tn The words “to him” are not in the Greek text but are implied. L&N 33.311 has for the verb μετακαλέομαι (metakaleomai) “to summon someone, with considerable insistence and authority – ‘to summon, to tell to come.’”
10 tn Grk “You yourselves know, from the first day I set foot in Asia, how I was with you the whole time.” This could be understood to mean “how I stayed with you the whole time,” but the following verses make it clear that Paul’s lifestyle while with the Ephesians is in view here. Thus the translation “how I lived the whole time I was with you” makes this clear.