Eutychus in the Book of Acts



Who was Eutychus?

Eutychus was a young man is known for falling out of a window while the Apostle Paul was preaching. The story is recorded Acts 20:7-12 in the New Testament. On the first day of the week the Christians of Troas had met for an evening service in an upper chamber, and were joined by Paul and his company. As he was to leave in the morning, Paul "prolonged his speech until midnight."

A youth named Eutychus, who was sitting at the open window, became borne down with sleep owing to the lateness of the hour, and ultimately fell through the opening from the third story. He "was taken up dead." This direct statement is evaded by De Wette and Olshausen, who translate "for dead." Meyer says this expresses the judgment of those who took him up.

However, Luke, the physician, is giving his verdict, and he plainly believes that a miracle was wrought by Paul in restoring a corpse to life. The intention of Luke in relating this incident is to relate a miracle. Paul went down and embraced the youth while comforting the lamenting crowd, "Make ye no ado; for his life is in him." The interrupted meeting was resumed, the bread was broken, and the conversation continued till break of day. "And they brought the lad alive, and were not a little comforted."




Acts 20:7-12

[7] On the first day of the week, when we were gathered together to break bread, Paul talked with them, intending to depart on the next day, and he prolonged his speech until midnight.

[8] There were many lamps in the upper room where we were gathered.

[9] And a young man named Eutychus, sitting at the window, sank into a deep sleep as Paul talked still longer. And being overcome by sleep, he fell down from the third story and was taken up dead.

[10] But Paul went down and bent over him, and taking him in his arms, said, "Do not be alarmed, for his life is in him."

[11] And when Paul had gone up and had broken bread and eaten, he conversed with them a long while, until daybreak, and so departed.

[12] And they took the youth away alive, and were not a little comforted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Source

The following article is excerpted from the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, which is in the public domain.