Bible: Acts 20:6-21:18

20:6 We 1  sailed away from Philippi 2  after the days of Unleavened Bread, 3  and within five days 4  we came to the others 5  in Troas, 6  where we stayed for seven days. 20:7 On the first day 7  of the week, when we met 8  to break bread, Paul began to speak 9  to the people, and because he intended 10  to leave the next day, he extended 11  his message until midnight. 20:8 (Now there were many lamps 12  in the upstairs room where we were meeting.) 13  20:9 A young man named Eutychus, who was sitting in the window, 14  was sinking 15  into a deep sleep while Paul continued to speak 16  for a long time. Fast asleep, 17  he fell down from the third story and was picked up dead. 20:10 But Paul went down, 18  threw himself 19  on the young man, 20  put his arms around him, 21  and said, “Do not be distressed, for he is still alive! 22  20:11 Then Paul 23  went back upstairs, 24  and after he had broken bread and eaten, he talked with them 25  a long time, until dawn. Then he left. 20:12 They took the boy home alive and were greatly 26  comforted.

The Voyage to Miletus

20:13 We went on ahead 27  to the ship and put out to sea 28  for Assos, 29  intending 30  to take Paul aboard there, for he had arranged it this way. 31  He 32  himself was intending 33  to go there by land. 34  20:14 When he met us in Assos, 35  we took him aboard 36  and went to Mitylene. 37  20:15 We set sail 38  from there, and on the following day we arrived off Chios. 39  The next day we approached 40  Samos, 41  and the day after that we arrived at Miletus. 42  20:16 For Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus 43  so as not to spend time 44  in the province of Asia, 45  for he was hurrying 46  to arrive in Jerusalem, 47  if possible, 48  by the day of Pentecost. 20:17 From Miletus 49  he sent a message 50  to Ephesus, telling the elders of the church to come to him. 51 

20:18 When they arrived, he said to them, “You yourselves know how I lived 52  the whole time I was with you, from the first day I set foot 53  in the province of Asia, 54  20:19 serving the Lord with all humility 55  and with tears, and with the trials that happened to me because of the plots 56  of the Jews. 20:20 You know that I did not hold back from proclaiming 57  to you anything that would be helpful, 58  and from teaching you publicly 59  and from house to house, 20:21 testifying 60  to both Jews and Greeks about repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus. 61  20:22 And now, 62  compelled 63  by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem 64  without knowing what will happen to me there, 65  20:23 except 66  that the Holy Spirit warns 67  me in town after town 68  that 69  imprisonment 70  and persecutions 71  are waiting for me. 20:24 But I do not consider my life 72  worth anything 73  to myself, so that 74  I may finish my task 75  and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the good news 76  of God’s grace.

20:25And now 77  I know that none 78  of you among whom I went around proclaiming the kingdom 79  will see me 80  again. 20:26 Therefore I declare 81  to you today that I am innocent 82  of the blood of you all. 83  20:27 For I did not hold back from 84  announcing 85  to you the whole purpose 86  of God. 20:28 Watch out for 87  yourselves and for all the flock of which 88  the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, 89  to shepherd the church of God 90  that he obtained 91  with the blood of his own Son. 92  20:29 I know that after I am gone 93  fierce wolves 94  will come in among you, not sparing the flock. 20:30 Even from among your own group 95  men 96  will arise, teaching perversions of the truth 97  to draw the disciples away after them. 20:31 Therefore be alert, 98  remembering that night and day for three years I did not stop warning 99  each one of you with tears. 20:32 And now I entrust 100  you to God and to the message 101  of his grace. This message 102  is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified. 20:33 I have desired 103  no one’s silver or gold or clothing. 20:34 You yourselves know that these hands of mine 104  provided for my needs and the needs of those who were with me. 20:35 By all these things, 105  I have shown you that by working in this way we must help 106  the weak, 107  and remember the words of the Lord Jesus that he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ 108 

20:36 When 109  he had said these things, he knelt down 110  with them all and prayed. 20:37 They all began to weep loudly, 111  and hugged 112  Paul and kissed him, 113  20:38 especially saddened 114  by what 115  he had said, that they were not going to see him 116  again. Then they accompanied 117  him to the ship.

Paul’s Journey to Jerusalem

21:1 After 118  we 119  tore ourselves away 120  from them, we put out to sea, 121  and sailing a straight course, 122  we came to Cos, 123  on the next day to Rhodes, 124  and from there to Patara. 125  21:2 We found 126  a ship crossing over to Phoenicia, 127  went aboard, 128  and put out to sea. 129  21:3 After we sighted Cyprus 130  and left it behind on our port side, 131  we sailed on to Syria and put in 132  at Tyre, 133  because the ship was to unload its cargo there. 21:4 After we located 134  the disciples, we stayed there 135  seven days. They repeatedly told 136  Paul through the Spirit 137  not to set foot 138  in Jerusalem. 139  21:5 When 140  our time was over, 141  we left and went on our way. All of them, with their wives and children, accompanied 142  us outside of the city. After 143  kneeling down on the beach and praying, 144  21:6 we said farewell 145  to one another. 146  Then 147  we went aboard the ship, and they returned to their own homes. 148  21:7 We continued the voyage from Tyre 149  and arrived at Ptolemais, 150  and when we had greeted the brothers, we stayed with them for one day. 21:8 On the next day we left 151  and came to Caesarea, 152  and entered 153  the house of Philip the evangelist, who was one of the seven, 154  and stayed with him. 21:9 (He had four unmarried 155  daughters who prophesied.) 156 

21:10 While we remained there for a number of days, 157  a prophet named Agabus 158  came down from Judea. 21:11 He came 159  to us, took 160  Paul’s belt, 161  tied 162  his own hands and feet with it, 163  and said, “The Holy Spirit says this: ‘This is the way the Jews in Jerusalem will tie up the man whose belt this is, and will hand him over 164  to the Gentiles.’ 21:12 When we heard this, both we and the local people 165  begged him not to go up to Jerusalem. 21:13 Then Paul replied, “What are you doing, weeping and breaking 166  my heart? For I am ready not only to be tied up, 167  but even to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” 21:14 Because he could not be persuaded, 168  we said no more except, 169 The Lord’s will be done.” 170 

21:15 After these days we got ready 171  and started up 172  to Jerusalem. 21:16 Some of the disciples from Caesarea 173  came along with us too, and brought us to the house 174  of Mnason of Cyprus, a disciple from the earliest times, 175  with whom we were to stay. 21:17 When we arrived in Jerusalem, the brothers welcomed us gladly. 176  21:18 The next day Paul went in with us to see James, and all the elders were there. 177 

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