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Acts 16:1-5

Then came he to Derbe and Lystra; and, behold, a certain disciple was there—that is, at Lystra (not Derbe, as some conclude from Acts 20:4).

named Timotheus—(See on Acts 14:20). As Paul styles him "his own son in the faith" (I Timothy 1:2), he must have been gained to Christ at the apostle's first visit; and as Paul says he "had fully known his persecutions which came on him at Lystra" (II Timothy 3:10-11), he may have been in that group of disciples that surrounded the apparently lifeless body of the apostle outside the walls of Lystra, and that at a time of life when the mind receives its deepest impressions from the spectacle of innocent suffering and undaunted courage [HOWSON]. His would be one of "the souls of the disciples confirmed" at the apostle's second visit, "exhorted to continue in the faith, and" warned "that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God" (Acts 14:21-22).

the son of a certain . . . Jewess—"The unfeigned faith which dwelt first in his grandmother Lois" descended to "his mother Eunice," and thence it passed to this youth (II Timothy 1:5), who "from a child knew the Holy Scriptures" (II Timothy 3:15). His gifts and destination to the ministry of Christ had already been attested (I Timothy 1:18; I Timothy 4:14); and though some ten years after this Paul speaks of him as still young (I Timothy 4:12), "he was already well reported of by the brethren that were at Lystra and Iconium" (Acts 16:2), and consequently must have been well known through all that quarter.

but his father was a Greek—Such mixed marriages, though little practiced, and disliked by the stricter Jews in Palestine, must have been very frequent among the Jews of the dispersion, especially in remote districts, where but few of the scattered people were settled [HOWSON].




Other Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown entries containing Acts 16:1:

Acts 14:20
Acts 20:4-5
Romans 16:21
1 Corinthians 4:17
1 Corinthians 7:14
Galatians 2:3
Philippians 2:19
1 Thessalonians 1:1
1 Timothy 1:2
1 Timothy 4:12
2 Timothy 1:5
2 Timothy 3:10
2 Timothy 3:15

 

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