Bible: Acts 20:17-38
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.
20:25 “And 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.