Acts 20:35

“I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

I haue shewed you all things, how that so labouring, yee ought to support the weake, and to remember the words of the Lord Iesus, how he said, It is more blessed to giue, then to receiue.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"In everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'"
- New American Standard Version (1995)

In all things I gave you an example, that so laboring ye ought to help the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that he himself said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.
- American Standard Version (1901)

In all things I was an example to you of how, in your lives, you are to give help to the feeble, and keep in memory the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, There is a greater blessing in giving than in getting.
- Basic English Bible

I have shewed you all things, that thus labouring [we] ought to come in aid of the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that he himself said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.
- Darby Bible

I have shown you all things, that so laboring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.
- Webster's Bible

In all things I have set you an example, showing you that, by working as I do, you ought to help the weak, and to bear in mind the words of the Lord Jesus, how He Himself said, "`It is more blessed to give than to receive.'"
- Weymouth Bible

In all things I gave you an example, that so laboring you ought to help the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that he himself said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'"
- World English Bible

Alle these thingis Y schewide to you, for so it bihoueth men trauelinge to resseyue sike men, and to haue mynde of the `word of the Lord Jhesu; for he seide, It is more blesful to yyue, than to resseyue.
- Wycliffe Bible

all things I did shew you, that, thus labouring, it behoveth [us] to partake with the ailing, to be mindful also of the words of the Lord Jesus, that he himself said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Acts 20:35


20:35 I have showed you - Bishops, by my example, all things - And this among the rest; that thus labouring - So far as the labours of your office allow you time; ye ought to help the weak - Those who are disabled by sickness, or any bodily infirmity, from maintaining themselves by their own labour. And to remember - Effectually, so as to follow it; the word which he himself said - Without doubt his disciples remembered many of his words which are not recorded. It is happier to give - To imitate God, and have him, as it were, indebted to us.


People's Bible Notes for Acts 20:35


Ac 20:35 It is more blessed to give than to receive. These words, quoted by Paul, as well known are not found in any one of the four Gospels, but are none the less genuine. They only preserve a fragment of the sayings and doings of our Lord (Joh 21:25). Giving, even here, secures more real happiness than receiving, and besides, is Godlike and blesses forever.

Discussion for Acts 20

  • Brianna
    Vs. 20-21 Preaching is a christian requirement. This should not just be left to those deemed as pastors or religious leaders. We all have a heart and mind that can be used to assist our neighbors. Paul said that he did not withhold anything profitable from those he met and preached to. Neither should we.
  • Raul diosdado abon
    Amen! A generous heart.
  • Simon kariitthi muthee
    Paul had the passion for the people. He didn't count his life worthy than the gospel.
  • Steve morrow
    all men 20:27 for I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of GOD 2 PETER 3:18 BUT GROW IN GRACE AND IN THE KNOWLEDGE OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST TO HIM BE GLORY 1 CORINTHIANS 3:10 ACCORDING TO THE GRACE OF GOD WHICH IS GIVEN UNTO ME AS A WISE MASTERBUILDER I HAVE LAID THE FOUNDATION AND ANOTHER BUILDETH THEREUPON BUT LET EVERY MAN TAKE HEED HOW HE BUILDETH THEREUPON
  • BSP
    In verse 37 there was a free flow of tears by men showing that they had real heartfelt love for Paul.
  • Wayne
    Diadema, just says first day of the week.