Bible: Acts 20:17-38

20:17 From Miletus 1  he sent a message 2  to Ephesus, telling the elders of the church to come to him. 3 

20:18 When they arrived, he said to them, “You yourselves know how I lived 4  the whole time I was with you, from the first day I set foot 5  in the province of Asia, 6  20:19 serving the Lord with all humility 7  and with tears, and with the trials that happened to me because of the plots 8  of the Jews. 20:20 You know that I did not hold back from proclaiming 9  to you anything that would be helpful, 10  and from teaching you publicly 11  and from house to house, 20:21 testifying 12  to both Jews and Greeks about repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus. 13  20:22 And now, 14  compelled 15  by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem 16  without knowing what will happen to me there, 17  20:23 except 18  that the Holy Spirit warns 19  me in town after town 20  that 21  imprisonment 22  and persecutions 23  are waiting for me. 20:24 But I do not consider my life 24  worth anything 25  to myself, so that 26  I may finish my task 27  and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the good news 28  of God’s grace.

20:25And now 29  I know that none 30  of you among whom I went around proclaiming the kingdom 31  will see me 32  again. 20:26 Therefore I declare 33  to you today that I am innocent 34  of the blood of you all. 35  20:27 For I did not hold back from 36  announcing 37  to you the whole purpose 38  of God. 20:28 Watch out for 39  yourselves and for all the flock of which 40  the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, 41  to shepherd the church of God 42  that he obtained 43  with the blood of his own Son. 44  20:29 I know that after I am gone 45  fierce wolves 46  will come in among you, not sparing the flock. 20:30 Even from among your own group 47  men 48  will arise, teaching perversions of the truth 49  to draw the disciples away after them. 20:31 Therefore be alert, 50  remembering that night and day for three years I did not stop warning 51  each one of you with tears. 20:32 And now I entrust 52  you to God and to the message 53  of his grace. This message 54  is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified. 20:33 I have desired 55  no one’s silver or gold or clothing. 20:34 You yourselves know that these hands of mine 56  provided for my needs and the needs of those who were with me. 20:35 By all these things, 57  I have shown you that by working in this way we must help 58  the weak, 59  and remember the words of the Lord Jesus that he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ 60 

20:36 When 61  he had said these things, he knelt down 62  with them all and prayed. 20:37 They all began to weep loudly, 63  and hugged 64  Paul and kissed him, 65  20:38 especially saddened 66  by what 67  he had said, that they were not going to see him 68  again. Then they accompanied 69  him to the ship.

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