Bible: Acts 20
Paul Travels Through Macedonia and Greece
20:1 After the disturbance had ended, Paul sent for the disciples, and after encouraging 1 them and saying farewell, 2 he left to go to Macedonia. 3 20:2 After he had gone through those regions 4 and spoken many words of encouragement 5 to the believers there, 6 he came to Greece, 7 20:3 where he stayed 8 for three months. Because the Jews had made 9 a plot 10 against him as he was intending 11 to sail 12 for Syria, he decided 13 to return through Macedonia. 14 20:4 Paul 15 was accompanied by Sopater son of Pyrrhus from Berea, 16 Aristarchus and Secundus from Thessalonica, 17 Gaius 18 from Derbe, 19 and Timothy, as well as Tychicus and Trophimus from the province of Asia. 20 20:5 These had gone on ahead 21 and were waiting for us in Troas. 22 20:6 We 23 sailed away from Philippi 24 after the days of Unleavened Bread, 25 and within five days 26 we came to the others 27 in Troas, 28 where we stayed for seven days. 20:7 On the first day 29 of the week, when we met 30 to break bread, Paul began to speak 31 to the people, and because he intended 32 to leave the next day, he extended 33 his message until midnight. 20:8 (Now there were many lamps 34 in the upstairs room where we were meeting.) 35 20:9 A young man named Eutychus, who was sitting in the window, 36 was sinking 37 into a deep sleep while Paul continued to speak 38 for a long time. Fast asleep, 39 he fell down from the third story and was picked up dead. 20:10 But Paul went down, 40 threw himself 41 on the young man, 42 put his arms around him, 43 and said, “Do not be distressed, for he is still alive!” 44 20:11 Then Paul 45 went back upstairs, 46 and after he had broken bread and eaten, he talked with them 47 a long time, until dawn. Then he left. 20:12 They took the boy home alive and were greatly 48 comforted.
The Voyage to Miletus
20:13 We went on ahead 49 to the ship and put out to sea 50 for Assos, 51 intending 52 to take Paul aboard there, for he had arranged it this way. 53 He 54 himself was intending 55 to go there by land. 56 20:14 When he met us in Assos, 57 we took him aboard 58 and went to Mitylene. 59 20:15 We set sail 60 from there, and on the following day we arrived off Chios. 61 The next day we approached 62 Samos, 63 and the day after that we arrived at Miletus. 64 20:16 For Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus 65 so as not to spend time 66 in the province of Asia, 67 for he was hurrying 68 to arrive in Jerusalem, 69 if possible, 70 by the day of Pentecost. 20:17 From Miletus 71 he sent a message 72 to Ephesus, telling the elders of the church to come to him. 73
20:18 When they arrived, he said to them, “You yourselves know how I lived 74 the whole time I was with you, from the first day I set foot 75 in the province of Asia, 76 20:19 serving the Lord with all humility 77 and with tears, and with the trials that happened to me because of the plots 78 of the Jews. 20:20 You know that I did not hold back from proclaiming 79 to you anything that would be helpful, 80 and from teaching you publicly 81 and from house to house, 20:21 testifying 82 to both Jews and Greeks about repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus. 83 20:22 And now, 84 compelled 85 by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem 86 without knowing what will happen to me there, 87 20:23 except 88 that the Holy Spirit warns 89 me in town after town 90 that 91 imprisonment 92 and persecutions 93 are waiting for me. 20:24 But I do not consider my life 94 worth anything 95 to myself, so that 96 I may finish my task 97 and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the good news 98 of God’s grace.
20:25 “And now 99 I know that none 100 of you among whom I went around proclaiming the kingdom 101 will see me 102 again. 20:26 Therefore I declare 103 to you today that I am innocent 104 of the blood of you all. 105 20:27 For I did not hold back from 106 announcing 107 to you the whole purpose 108 of God. 20:28 Watch out for 109 yourselves and for all the flock of which 110 the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, 111 to shepherd the church of God 112 that he obtained 113 with the blood of his own Son. 114 20:29 I know that after I am gone 115 fierce wolves 116 will come in among you, not sparing the flock. 20:30 Even from among your own group 117 men 118 will arise, teaching perversions of the truth 119 to draw the disciples away after them. 20:31 Therefore be alert, 120 remembering that night and day for three years I did not stop warning 121 each one of you with tears. 20:32 And now I entrust 122 you to God and to the message 123 of his grace. This message 124 is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified. 20:33 I have desired 125 no one’s silver or gold or clothing. 20:34 You yourselves know that these hands of mine 126 provided for my needs and the needs of those who were with me. 20:35 By all these things, 127 I have shown you that by working in this way we must help 128 the weak, 129 and remember the words of the Lord Jesus that he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” 130
20:36 When 131 he had said these things, he knelt down 132 with them all and prayed. 20:37 They all began to weep loudly, 133 and hugged 134 Paul and kissed him, 135 20:38 especially saddened 136 by what 137 he had said, that they were not going to see him 138 again. Then they accompanied 139 him to the ship.