Bible: Acts 20:18-38

20:18 When they arrived, he said to them, “You yourselves know how I lived 1  the whole time I was with you, from the first day I set foot 2  in the province of Asia, 3  20:19 serving the Lord with all humility 4  and with tears, and with the trials that happened to me because of the plots 5  of the Jews. 20:20 You know that I did not hold back from proclaiming 6  to you anything that would be helpful, 7  and from teaching you publicly 8  and from house to house, 20:21 testifying 9  to both Jews and Greeks about repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus. 10  20:22 And now, 11  compelled 12  by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem 13  without knowing what will happen to me there, 14  20:23 except 15  that the Holy Spirit warns 16  me in town after town 17  that 18  imprisonment 19  and persecutions 20  are waiting for me. 20:24 But I do not consider my life 21  worth anything 22  to myself, so that 23  I may finish my task 24  and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the good news 25  of God’s grace.

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

20:36 When 58  he had said these things, he knelt down 59  with them all and prayed. 20:37 They all began to weep loudly, 60  and hugged 61  Paul and kissed him, 62  20:38 especially saddened 63  by what 64  he had said, that they were not going to see him 65  again. Then they accompanied 66  him to the ship.

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