Bible: Acts 20:13-34

The Voyage to Miletus

20:13 We went on ahead 1  to the ship and put out to sea 2  for Assos, 3  intending 4  to take Paul aboard there, for he had arranged it this way. 5  He 6  himself was intending 7  to go there by land. 8  20:14 When he met us in Assos, 9  we took him aboard 10  and went to Mitylene. 11  20:15 We set sail 12  from there, and on the following day we arrived off Chios. 13  The next day we approached 14  Samos, 15  and the day after that we arrived at Miletus. 16  20:16 For Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus 17  so as not to spend time 18  in the province of Asia, 19  for he was hurrying 20  to arrive in Jerusalem, 21  if possible, 22  by the day of Pentecost. 20:17 From Miletus 23  he sent a message 24  to Ephesus, telling the elders of the church to come to him. 25 

20:18 When they arrived, he said to them, “You yourselves know how I lived 26  the whole time I was with you, from the first day I set foot 27  in the province of Asia, 28  20:19 serving the Lord with all humility 29  and with tears, and with the trials that happened to me because of the plots 30  of the Jews. 20:20 You know that I did not hold back from proclaiming 31  to you anything that would be helpful, 32  and from teaching you publicly 33  and from house to house, 20:21 testifying 34  to both Jews and Greeks about repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus. 35  20:22 And now, 36  compelled 37  by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem 38  without knowing what will happen to me there, 39  20:23 except 40  that the Holy Spirit warns 41  me in town after town 42  that 43  imprisonment 44  and persecutions 45  are waiting for me. 20:24 But I do not consider my life 46  worth anything 47  to myself, so that 48  I may finish my task 49  and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the good news 50  of God’s grace.

20:25And now 51  I know that none 52  of you among whom I went around proclaiming the kingdom 53  will see me 54  again. 20:26 Therefore I declare 55  to you today that I am innocent 56  of the blood of you all. 57  20:27 For I did not hold back from 58  announcing 59  to you the whole purpose 60  of God. 20:28 Watch out for 61  yourselves and for all the flock of which 62  the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, 63  to shepherd the church of God 64  that he obtained 65  with the blood of his own Son. 66  20:29 I know that after I am gone 67  fierce wolves 68  will come in among you, not sparing the flock. 20:30 Even from among your own group 69  men 70  will arise, teaching perversions of the truth 71  to draw the disciples away after them. 20:31 Therefore be alert, 72  remembering that night and day for three years I did not stop warning 73  each one of you with tears. 20:32 And now I entrust 74  you to God and to the message 75  of his grace. This message 76  is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified. 20:33 I have desired 77  no one’s silver or gold or clothing. 20:34 You yourselves know that these hands of mine 78  provided for my needs and the needs of those who were with me.

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