20:18 When they arrived, he said to them, “You yourselves know how I lived 1 the whole time I was with you, from the first day I set foot 2 in the province of Asia, 3 20:19 serving the Lord with all humility 4 and with tears, and with the trials that happened to me because of the plots 5 of the Jews. 20:20 You know that I did not hold back from proclaiming 6 to you anything that would be helpful, 7 and from teaching you publicly 8 and from house to house, 20:21 testifying 9 to both Jews and Greeks about repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus. 10
1 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.
6 tn Or “declaring.”
7 tn Or “profitable.” BDAG 960 s.v. συμφέρω 2.b.α has “τὰ συμφέροντα what advances your best interests or what is good for you Ac 20:20,” but the broader meaning (s.v. 2, “to be advantageous, help, confer a benefit, be profitable/useful”) is equally possible in this context.
8 tn Or “openly.”
10 tc Several
sn Repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus. Note the twofold description of the message. It is a turning to God involving faith in Jesus Christ.