Acts 18:21

“But bade them farewell, saying, I must by all means keep this feast that cometh in Jerusalem: but I will return again unto you, if God will. And he sailed from Ephesus.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But bade them farewell, saying, I must by all meanes keepe this feast that commeth, in Hierusalem; but I will returne againe vnto you, if God will: and he sailed from Ephesus.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

but taking leave of them and saying, "I will return to you again if God wills, he set sail from Ephesus."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

but taking his leave of them, and saying, I will return again unto you if God will, he set sail from Ephesus.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And went from them, saying, I will come back to you if God lets me; and he took ship from Ephesus.
- Basic English Bible

but bade them farewell, saying, [I must by all means keep the coming feast at Jerusalem]; I will return to you again, if God will: and he sailed away from Ephesus.
- Darby Bible

But bade them farewell, saying, I must by all means keep this feast that cometh in Jerusalem: but I will return to you, if God will. And he sailed from Ephesus.
- Webster's Bible

but took leave of them with the promise, "I will return to you, God willing." So he set sail from Ephesus.
- Weymouth Bible

but taking his leave of them, and saying, "I must by all means keep this coming feast in Jerusalem, but I will return again to you if God wills," he set sail from Ephesus.
- World English Bible

he consentide not, but he made `fare wel, and seide, Eft Y schal turne ayen to you, if God wole; and he wente forth fro Effesi.
- Wycliffe Bible

but took leave of them, saying, `It behoveth me by all means the coming feast to keep at Jerusalem, and again I will return unto you -- God willing.' And he sailed from Ephesus,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Acts 18:21


18:21 I must by all means keep the feast at Jerusalem - This was not from any apprehension that he was obliged in conscience to keep the Jewish feasts; but to take the opportunity of meeting a great number of his countrymen to whom he might preach Christ, or whom he might farther instruct, or free from the prejudices they had imbibed against him. But I will return to you - So he did, #Acts 19:1|.


People's Bible Notes for Acts 18:21


Ac 18:21 Keep this feast. There are reasons for believing the feast to be Pentecost. I will return to you. He kept the promise. See Ac 19:1.

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