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.

20:25And 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.

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