Bible: Acts 20:6-21:18
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.
20:25 “And 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