Acts 20:7

“And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And vpon the first day of the weeke, when the disciples came together to breake bread, Paul preached vnto them, ready to depart on the morrow, and continued his speach vntill midnight.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

On the first day of the week, when we were gathered together to break bread, Paul {began} talking to them, intending to leave the next day, and he prolonged his message until midnight.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And upon the first day of the week, when we were gathered together to break bread, Paul discoursed with them, intending to depart on the morrow; and prolonged his speech until midnight.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And on the first day of the week, when we had come together for the holy meal, Paul gave them a talk, for it was his purpose to go away on the day after; and he went on talking till after the middle of the night.
- Basic English Bible

And the first day of the week, we being assembled to break bread, Paul discoursed to them, about to depart on the morrow. And he prolonged the discourse till midnight.
- Darby Bible

And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached to them (ready to depart on the morrow) and continued his speech until midnight.
- Webster's Bible

On the first day of the week, when we had met to break bread, Paul, who was going away the next morning, was preaching to them, and prolonged his discourse till midnight.
- Weymouth Bible

On the first day of the week, when the disciples were gathered together to break bread, Paul talked with them, intending to depart on the next day, and continued his speech until midnight.
- World English Bible

And in the first dai of the woke, whanne we camen to breke breed, Poul disputide with hem, and schulde go forth in the morew;
- Wycliffe Bible

And on the first of the week, the disciples having been gathered together to break bread, Paul was discoursing to them, about to depart on the morrow, he was also continuing the discourse till midnight,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Acts 20:7


20:7 To break bread - That is, to celebrate the Lord's Supper; continued his discourse - Through uncommon fervour of spirit.


People's Bible Notes for Acts 20:7


Ac 20:7 On the first [day] of the week, when, etc. The language shows that it was the custom to meet on the first day of the week, and shows the leading object of that meeting. This was not a farewell meeting for Paul, for then the day of the week would not have been mentioned, but the regular weekly assemblage of the saints. They came together, primarily to break bread, i.e., to observe the Lord's Supper. Dean Howson says: ``We have here an unmistakable allusion to the practice, which began evidently immediately after the resurrection of our Lord, of assembling on the first day of the week for religious purposes.'' He also shows that the Lord arose on the first day of the week, showed himself to the apostles a second time one week later on the first day of the week, that the church was founded and the Holy Spirit shed forth on Pentecost, which was on the first day of the week. On the same day the disciples at Troas meet to break bread, the Corinthians meet, take collections, and eat the Lord's Supper (1Co 16:2 11:20), and the Lord on Patmos reveals himself to John (Re 1:10). In addition to this, the early church writers from Barnabas, Justin Martyr, Irenaeus, to Clement of Alexandria, Origen and Cyprian, all with one consent, declare that the church observed the first day of the week. They are equally agreed that the Lord's Supper was observed weekly, on the first day of the week. Paul preached. Though it was the special object of this weekly meeting "to break bread", preaching was a part of the worship. Continued his speech until midnight. About to depart, probably never to see them more, all were anxious to hear the great apostle, and he had much to say.

Discussion for Acts 20:7

  • Nowhere in the four gospels does it state that Jesus rose from the dead on the "first day of the week". All gospels leave no doubt as to the time and day of the discovery of our Savior's empty tomb. Also there are no instructions or examples, in GOD'S word, of Christians celebrating the discovery of HIS empty tomb on Sun day morning. GOD Bless.
  • Hi, The Romans changed the measurement of a day to be from midnight till midnight. GOD'S "first day of the week" is from sunset Saturday evening till sunset Sunday evening. Therefore this meeting could only have been on Saturday evening and then Paul left Troas on Sunday morning. Paul did not rest, worship, keep holy, or celebrate the discovery of our Savior's empty tomb on the Roman Sun day morning or the Sun day evening. This was a onetime meeting that took place over 25 years after our Savior's crucifixion. See Havdalah, The "first day of the week" always reads "One of Sabbaths" in the original Greek. GOD Bless, Jackie.

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