Acts 20:15 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Acts 20:15, NIV: "The next day we set sail from there and arrived off Chios. The day after that we crossed over to Samos, and on the following day arrived at Miletus."

Acts 20:15, ESV: "And sailing from there we came the following day opposite Chios; the next day we touched at Samos; and the day after that we went to Miletus."

Acts 20:15, KJV: "And we sailed thence, and came the next day over against Chios; and the next day we arrived at Samos, and tarried at Trogyllium; and the next day we came to Miletus."

Acts 20:15, NASB: "Sailing from there, we arrived the following day opposite Chios; and the next day we crossed over to Samos, and on the following day we came to Miletus."

Acts 20:15, NLT: "The next day we sailed past the island of Kios. The following day we crossed to the island of Samos, and a day later we arrived at Miletus."

Acts 20:15, CSB: "Sailing from there, the next day we arrived off Chios. The following day we crossed over to Samos, and the day after, we came to Miletus."

What does Acts 20:15 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Paul has faced several complications during his journey back to Jerusalem, but he is finally underway. He and his companions sailed from Assos to the city of Mitylene on the island of Lesbos. They continue skirting the province of Asia, in the southwest of modern-day Turkey, to Chios before they touch Samos on their way to Miletus.

If Paul had had his way, he would already be in Jerusalem. Personal conflict with both the church and the Jewish leaders in Corinth has thwarted his plans (2 Corinthians 1:15–16, 23–24; Acts 20:3). In exchange, however, he is able to spend time with the church in Troas (Acts 20:7–12) and the elders in Ephesus. Paul knows that something will happen in Jerusalem and the Romans will imprison him (Acts 20:22–23). It's not clear if he realizes the ordeal and travel will span five years and end up in Rome. By taking the many undesired detours, Paul can build up the churches and prepare them for his absence. They also encourage him so he can remember how his hard work has led to the salvation of so many in Galatia, Asia, Macedonia, and Greece.

Chios is an island south of Lesbos Island and directly west of modern-day Izmir, Turkey. Samos is an island southwest of Chios, between Ephesus and Miletus. Miletus is about 63 miles south of Ephesus. Accompanying Paul are Luke and an assortment of men from Turkey and Macedonia who are likely taking offerings from their home churches to Jerusalem (Acts 20:4; Romans 15:26). Among them is Trophimus who will be an unwitting catalyst in Paul's arrest (Acts 21:27–36).