Parallel Verses

An Understandable Version

But I do not consider my life to be of value, as precious to me, [when compared to the importance of] accomplishing my task and the mission I received from the Lord Jesus to declare the good news of God's unearned favor [through Christ].

New American Standard Bible

But I do not consider my life of any account as dear to myself, so that I may finish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify solemnly of the gospel of the grace of God.

King James Version

But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.

Holman Bible

But I count my life of no value to myself, so that I may finish my course and the ministry I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of God’s grace.

International Standard Version

But I don't place any value on my life, if only I can finish my race and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus of testifying to the gospel of God's grace.

A Conservative Version

But I make nothing of the matter, nor do I hold my life precious to myself, so as to fully complete my course with joy, and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to solemnly testify the good-news of the grace of God.

American Standard Version

But I hold not my life of any account as dear unto myself, so that I may accomplish my course, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.

Amplified

But I do not consider my life as something of value or dear to me, so that I may [with joy] finish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify faithfully of the good news of God’s [precious, undeserved] grace [which makes us free of the guilt of sin and grants us eternal life].

Anderson New Testament

But I esteem this a matter of no importance, nor do I hold my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my course with joy, and the ministry that I have received from the Lord Jesus, to bear full testimony to the gospel of the grace of God.

Bible in Basic English

But I put no value on my life, if only at the end of it I may see the work complete which was given to me by the Lord Jesus, to be a witness of the good news of the grace of God.

Common New Testament

But I do not consider my life of any account nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.

Daniel Mace New Testament

things that little affect me, nor is life so much my concern, as to finish my course, and the charge I receiv'd from the Lord Jesus, to attest the declaration of the divine favour.

Darby Translation

But I make no account of my life as dear to myself, so that I finish my course, and the ministry which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the glad tidings of the grace of God.

Godbey New Testament

But I consider my life worthy of no consideration to myself, so as to finish my course, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to bear testimony to the gospel of the grace of God.

Goodspeed New Testament

But my life does not matter, if I can only finish my race and do the service intrusted to me by the Lord Jesus, of declaring the good news of God's favor.

John Wesley New Testament

But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life precious to myself, so I may finish my course with joy, and the ministry which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.

Julia Smith Translation

But the word of none do I make mine own, neither have I my soul highly prized to myself, in order to finish my course with joy, and the service which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify the good news of the grace of God.

King James 2000

But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.

Lexham Expanded Bible

But I consider [my] life [as] worth {nothing} to myself, in order to finish my mission and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify [to] the gospel of the grace of God.

Modern King James verseion

But none of these things move me, neither do I count my life dear to myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus Christ, to testify fully the gospel of the grace of God.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

But none of those things move me. Neither is my life dear unto myself; that I might fulfill my course with joy, and the ministration which I have received of the Lord Jesus to testify the gospel of the grace of God.

Moffatt New Testament

But then, I set no value on my own life as compared with the joy of finishing my course and fulfilling the commission I received from the Lord Jesus to attest the gospel of the grace of God.

Montgomery New Testament

But I hold not my life of any account, as dear unto myself, if only I may run my race, and accomplish the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to attest the gospel of the grace of God.

NET Bible

But I do not consider my life worth anything to myself, so that I may finish my task and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the good news of God's grace.

New Heart English Bible

But I make my life an account of nothing precious to myself, so that I may finish my race, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to fully testify to the Good News of the grace of God.

Noyes New Testament

But I count life of no value to me, so that I may finish my course, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify the glad tidings of the grace of God.

Sawyer New Testament

But life precious to myself, I make of no account that I may finish my course and the service which I received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.

The Emphasized Bible

But, for no cause whatever, am I making my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my course and the ministry which I have received from the Lord Jesus, to bear full witness as to the good news of the favour of God.

Thomas Haweis New Testament

Yet I make no account of any [suffering], nor regard my life as of any value to myself, farther than as I may finish my course with joy, and the ministry which I have received of the Lord, to testify fully the Gospel of the grace of God.

Twentieth Century New Testament

But I count my life of no value to myself, if only I may complete the course marked out for me, and the task that was allotted me by the Lord Jesus--which was to declare the Good News of the Love of God.

Webster

But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my course with joy, and the ministry which I have received from the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.

Weymouth New Testament

But even the sacrifice of my life I count as nothing, if only I may perfect my earthly course, and be faithful to the duty which the Lord Jesus has entrusted to me of proclaiming, as of supreme importance, the Good News of God's grace.

Williams New Testament

But now I count as nothing the sacrifice of my life, if only I can finish my race and render the service entrusted to me by the Lord Jesus, of faithfully telling the good news of God's favor.

World English Bible

But these things don't count; nor do I hold my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to fully testify to the Good News of the grace of God.

Worrell New Testament

But I make not my soul of any value as dear to myself, so that I may accomplish my course, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to fully testify the Gospel of the grace of God.

Worsley New Testament

But none of these things move me, nor do I account my life dear, so that I may finish my course with joy, and the ministry which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.

Youngs Literal Translation

but I make account of none of these, neither do I count my life precious to myself, so that I finish my course with joy, and the ministration that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify fully the good news of the grace of God.

Themes

Afflicted saints » Examples of afflicted saints

Afflicted saints » are comparatively light

Apostles » Called by » Christ

Apostles » Called by » The holy ghost

Character » Instances of firmness » Paul

Christian ministers » Say good-bye to the congregation

Completion » Work should be carried to completion

Courage » Instances of personal bravery » Paul, in going to jerusalem, despite his impressions that bonds and imprisonments awaited him

Endurance » Finishing the course

Ephesus » Paul visits and preaches in

Gospel » General references to

Gospel » Called » The grace of God

The gospel » Is called the » Gospel of the grace of God

Grace » The gospel, a declaration of

Joy » Instances of » Of paul, when he went up to jerusalem

Joy » Ministers should » Finish their course with

natural Life » Should be laid down, if necessary, for Christ

Life's purpose » Completing the course joyfully

Miletus » And sends to ephesus for the elders of the congregation, and addresses them at

Ministers » Should be » Devoted

Missionary journeys » Ac 13-14 » Third - with timothy and others

Paul » Going » Jerusalem

Paul » Characteristics of » Steadfastness

Paul's » First - with barnabas and john mark ac 13-14 » Third - with timothy and others

Prudence » Instances of » Paul » Lack of

Purpose » Of life » Completing the course joyfully

Self-denial » Exemplified

Self-denial » Instances of » Paul, in not regarding even his life dear to himself

Seven » Example of steadfastness » Paul, in finishing his course

Spiritual » Cleansing » Composure

Stability » Seven notable examples of » Paul, in finishing his course

Steadfastness » Seven notable examples of » Paul, in finishing his course

religious Work » Good works encouraged » Completion of

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
But
ἀλλά 
Alla 
but, yea, yet, nevertheless, howbeit, nay, therefore, save, not tr,
Usage: 461

οὐδείς 
Oudeis 
Usage: 160

λόγος 
Logos 
word, saying, account, speech, Word , thing, not tr,
Usage: 256

move me
ποιέω 
Poieo 
do, make, bring forth, commit, cause, work, show, bear, keep, fulfil, deal, perform, not tr, , vr do
Usage: 372

οὐδέ 
Oude 
neither, nor, not, no not, not so much as, then not, not tr,
Usage: 83

count I
ἔχω 
Echo 
have, be, need , , vr have
Usage: 479

my
μοῦ 
Mou 
μοῦ 
Mou 
my, me, mine, I, mine own
my, me, mine, I, mine own
Usage: 313
Usage: 313

ψυχή 
Psuche 
Usage: 62

τίμιος 
Timios 
Usage: 14

ἐμαυτοῦ ἐμαυτῷ ἐμαυτόν 
Emautou 
Usage: 21

so
ὡς 
Hos 
as, when, how, as it were, about,
Usage: 417

τελειόω 
Teleioo 
Usage: 18

δρόμος 
Dromos 
Usage: 3

with
μετά 
meta 
with, after, among, hereafter , afterward , against, not tr,
Usage: 346

joy
χαρά 
Chara 
Usage: 44

and

and, also, even, both, then, so, likewise, not tr., , vr and
Usage: 0

the ministry
διακονία 
Diakonia 
Usage: 33

ὅς ἥ ὅ 
Hos 
Usage: 980

λαμβάνω 
lambano 
receive, take, have, catch, not tr,
Usage: 178

of
παρά 
Para 
of, with, from, by ... side, at, than,
Usage: 145

the Lord
κύριος 
Kurios 
Usage: 643

Ἰησοῦς 
Iesous 
Usage: 969

to testify
διαμαρτύρομαι 
Diamarturomai 
Usage: 13

the gospel
εὐαγγέλιον 
Euaggelion 
Usage: 69

of the grace
χάρις 
Charis 
Usage: 151

Devotionals

Devotionals about Acts 20:24

Devotionals containing Acts 20:24

Images Acts 20:24

Context Readings

Paul's Farewell To The Ephesian Elders

23 except that the Holy Spirit reveals to me in every city [I visit] that chains and persecutions await me there. 24 But I do not consider my life to be of value, as precious to me, [when compared to the importance of] accomplishing my task and the mission I received from the Lord Jesus to declare the good news of God's unearned favor [through Christ]. 25 Now look, I know that none of you, among whom I traveled on preaching missions, will ever see my face again.


Cross References

Acts 21:13

[But] Paul answered, "What are you trying to do [by your] crying and breaking my heart [like this]? [Do you not know that] I am ready, not only to be chained up, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus?"

Acts 1:17

For he was one of our number and shared with us [in the responsibility of] this ministry."

Acts 20:21

[You know how] I testified to both Jews and Greeks [i.e., Gentiles], that they must repent [i.e., change their attitudes and behavior] toward God, and have faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Corinthians 4:1

So, having obtained this ministry through [God's] mercy, we do not become discouraged.

Galatians 1:1

[This letter is from] Paul, an apostle, (not from [the authority of] men, or through the [agency] of a man, but by [a direct commission from] Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised Him from the dead).

Titus 1:3

but at the proper time revealed [it] through the message entrusted to me to proclaim, by the commandment of God our Savior.

Acts 9:15

But the Lord replied to him, "Go on your way, for Saul is someone I have especially chosen to carry my name to the [unconverted] Gentiles, kings and the Israelites.

Acts 11:23

When he got there and saw how God was favoring the people [with salvation] he was very happy and [stayed on and] encouraged everyone to remain close to the Lord with a heartfelt purpose.

Acts 14:3

Paul and Barnabas remained there a long time and spoke [the message] boldly for [or, in the power of] the Lord who gave His approval to the message of unearned favor by allowing [miraculous] signs and wonders to be performed by them.

Acts 20:32

"Now I commit you [elders] to God and to the message of His unearned favor which can build you up [spiritually] and provide you with the inheritance [of never ending life], along with others who are [specially] set apart [for God].

Acts 22:21

Then the Lord said to me, 'Go, for I will send you far away from here to the Gentiles.' "

Acts 26:17-18

I will rescue you from the [Jewish] people and from the Gentiles. I am sending you to them,

Romans 3:24-26

But people are made right with Him as a free gift by His unearned favor, through being bought back [from Satan] by Christ Jesus.

Luke 2:10-11

And the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for look, I am bringing good news that will cause great joy to all people.

John 15:27

And you will give testimony about me [also], because you men have been with me from the beginning [of my ministry]."

John 17:4

I am honoring you [while] on earth by completing the work you gave me to do.

Romans 4:4

Now wages are not considered a gift if the person has to work for them, but [rather] an obligation [of his employer].

Romans 5:20-21

Now the law of Moses was introduced [into the world] in order to cause sin to increase [i.e., it defined many things to be wrong that were previously not regarded as sin]. But with the increase of sin, God's unearned favor increased all the more.

Romans 8:35-39

Who [i.e., what] can separate us from Christ's love [for us]? [i.e., what unfortunate circumstance of life might suggest that Christ does not love us?] Would [it be] trouble? Or distress? Or persecution? Or inadequate food? Or inadequate clothing? Or danger? Or [even] death?

Romans 11:6

And if [they were selected] by God's unearned favor, [then] the choice is not based on the good that people may do. Otherwise, God's favor would not be [really] unearned.

1 Corinthians 9:17-18

For if I preached because [I personally decided] I wanted to, I could claim a reward. But if I did not preach from a personal decision to do so, then it would be because I was entrusted with the task [by God].

1 Corinthians 9:24-27

Do you not know that [although] everyone runs in a race, only one person wins the prize? So, you should run in order to win.

1 Corinthians 15:58

Therefore, my dearly loved brothers, stand firm [in the faith]; do not be moved [from your commitment]. Always do your best to work for the Lord, since you know that your labor in the Lord's [service] is not for nothing.

2 Corinthians 4:8-9

We are afflicted in every way, but are not crushed; [we are] perplexed, but not to the point of despair;

2 Corinthians 4:16-18

Therefore, we do not get discouraged, for though our physical body is decaying, yet our inner person is being renewed daily.

2 Corinthians 5:8

We are encouraged, I say, and would rather be away from our body and at home with the Lord.

2 Corinthians 6:4-10

But, as ministers of God, we [try to] commend ourselves [to others] in every way. [We do this] by [our] great steadfastness in troubles, hardships and difficulties.

2 Corinthians 7:4

I have great confidence in talking to you; I have great pride in you and I am full of encouragement [over you]. In all of our troubles I am overflowing with joy.

2 Corinthians 12:10

So, I am pleased to [endure] weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions and difficulties, [all] for Christ's sake. For when I am weak [physically], then I am strong [spiritually].

Ephesians 1:6

so that we would praise His glorious, unearned favor, which was freely given to us through the One whom God loved [i.e., Christ].

Ephesians 2:4-10

But God, who has great love for us and abundant mercy [toward us],

Ephesians 3:13

So, I am asking you people not to become discouraged over my sufferings on your behalf, for they are for your benefit [eventually].

Philippians 1:20-23

It is my eager expectation and hope that I will not have to be ashamed about anything, but that I will have the courage, [both] now and always, [to so live] that Christ will be exalted [i.e., honored] in my body, whether I live or die.

Philippians 2:17

But even if I am poured out like a drink offering [See Ex. 29:38-41] on the sacrifice and service produced by your faith, I am glad and will rejoice with all of you. [Note: Paul here likens the possible pouring out of his blood to the wine and oil of the Old Testament sacrifice, which is then likened to the Philippians' faithful service to God].

Philippians 3:13-15

Brothers, I consider that I, myself, have not yet taken hold [of Christ's ultimate purpose for me]. But there is one thing that I am doing; I am forgetting about my past [See verses 5-7], and reaching forward to what lies ahead.

Colossians 1:24

Now I rejoice in [spite of] my sufferings for your sake, and I am filling up [i.e., completing] in my physical body what was lacking in the afflictions Christ endured for His body's sake, the church.

1 Thessalonians 2:2

But [even though] we had already suffered and been mistreated at Philippi [See Acts 16:19-24], as you people know, we had the boldness, [with help] from God, to tell you His message in spite of much struggle [i.e., opposition].

1 Thessalonians 3:3

so that no one would be shaken by [having to experience] these difficult times. [See 2:14]. For you yourselves know that we are destined to have such experiences.

2 Timothy 1:12

For I am suffering these things [See verse 8] for this reason [i.e., because of being a Gospel preacher]. Yet I am not ashamed because I know whom I have believed in [i.e., Jesus], and I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him [i.e., Paul's spiritual well-being] until that day [i.e., the day of judgment].

2 Timothy 3:11

persecutions and sufferings. You know what kind of things happened to me at Antioch, Iconium and Lystra [See Acts 13:13-14:23], and what [severe] persecutions I experienced [there]. But the Lord rescued me from all of them.

2 Timothy 4:6-8

For I am already being "poured out like a drink offering," and the time for me to leave has come. [Note: Paul here likens the prospect of shedding his blood for the work of Christ to the pouring of wine and oil on an Old Testament sacrifice].

2 Timothy 4:17

But the Lord stood by me and strengthened me, so that through me the message could be fully proclaimed and that all the Gentiles could hear it. And I was rescued from the lion's mouth. [Note: This is probably a figure of speech indicating that Paul had escaped some immediate danger. See Psa. 22:20-21].

Titus 2:11

For God's unearned favor has appeared, bringing salvation to all people [i.e., in the coming of Christ].

Titus 3:4-7

But when the kindness and love of God our Savior toward mankind appeared,

Hebrews 2:3-4

how will we escape [punishment] if we neglect such a great salvation? [For it was] first announced [to people] by the Lord and then confirmed to us [i.e., the writer and other Christians] by those who heard Him [i.e., the original apostles].

Hebrews 10:34

For you showed sympathy for those who were in prison and accepted it joyfully when your [own] possessions were taken away, [because] you knew that you yourselves had a better and more permanent possession [in heaven].

Hebrews 12:1-3

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a large crowd of spectators [Note: Christians are pictured here as being in a crowded arena, performing in the games], we should lay aside every [excessive] weight and sin that so easily entangle us, and with perseverance, we should run the race [of life] that lies before us.

1 Peter 5:12

This brief message is being inscribed [or delivered] by Silvanus, whom I consider to be a faithful brother. [In it] I am exhorting you and giving testimony that it is a message about God's genuine unearned favor upon you. So, continue to follow [and obey] what it says.

1 John 3:16

Here is how we can know what genuine love really is: It was [demonstrated by] Jesus laying down His life [on the cross] for us. And [because of that] we [too] should [be willing to] lay down our lives for [the sake of helping] our brothers [and sisters].

Revelation 12:11

And they [i.e., the brothers. See 6:9-11] gained the victory over Satan by the blood of the Lamb, and by [remaining true to] the message of their testimony. And they did not love their lives [so much that they refused] to die [for their faith].

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