ActsChapter 20

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1 And after the uproar ceased, :Paul having sent for the disciples and exhorted them, took leave, and departed to go into Macedonia. 2 And when he had gone through those :parts, and had given them much exhortation, he came into :Greece. 3 And when he had spent three months there, and a plot was laid against him by the Jews as he was about to set sail for :Syria, he determined :to return through Macedonia. 4 And Sōpatrus of Berea, son of Pyrrhus, accompanied him; and of the Thessalonians, Aristarchus and Secundus; and Gaius of Derbe, and Timothy; and of Asia, Tychicus and Trophimus. 5 But these went on, and were awaiting us at Troas. 6 And WE sailed away from Philippi after the days of the unleavened loaves, and came unto them to :Troas in five days; where we tarried seven days. 7 And upon the first day of the week, when we were gathered to break bread, :Paul discoursed with them, intending to depart on the morrow; and prolonged his :speech until midnight. 8 And many lights were in the upper chamber where we were gathered. 9 And in the window sat a certain youth Eutychus by name, borne down with :sleep; and as :Paul discoursed yet longer, being borne down by his :sleep he fell down from the third story, and was taken up dead. 10 And :Paul went down, and fell on him, and embracing him said, Make no ado; for his :life is in him. 11 And when he was gone up, and had broken the bread, and eaten, and had long talked with them, even till break of day, so he departed. 12 And they brought the lad alive, and were not a little comforted. 13 But we, going before to the ship, set sail for :Assos, there intending to take in :Paul: for so had he appointed, intending himself to go on foot. 14 And when he met us at :Assos, we took him in, and came to Mitylēnē. 15 And sailing thence, we came the following day over against Chios; and the next we touched at Samos; and the day after we came to Milētus. 16 For :Paul had determined to sail past :Ephesus, so that he might not have to spend time in :Asia; for he was hastening, if it were possible for him, to be at Jerusalem the day of :Pentecost.

17 And from :Miletus he sent to Ephesus, and called to him the elders of the church. 18 And when they were come unto him, he said to them, YE know, from the first day that I set foot in :Asia, how I spent with you all the time, 19 serving the Lord with all lowliness of mind, and tears, and trials which befell me by the plots of the Jews; 20 how I shrank not from declaring to you anything that was profitable, and teaching you publicly, and from house to house, 21 testifying both to Jews and to Greeks the repentance toward God, and faith toward our :Lord Jesus. 22 And now, lo, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing what shall befall me there: 23 save that the Holy :Spirit testifieth to me in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions await me. 24 But I hold :life of no account as dear unto myself, so that I may accomplish my :course, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of :God. 25 And now, lo, I know that ye all, among whom I went about preaching the kingdom, shall see my :face no more. 26 Wherefore I testify to you this very :day, that I am pure from the blood of all. 27 For I shrank not from declaring to you the whole counsel of :God. 28 Take heed to yourselves, and to all the flock, in which the Holy :Spirit hath made you overseers, to feed the church of :God which he †purchased with his :own :blood. 29 I know that after my :departure grievous wolves shall enter in among you, not sparing the flock; 30 and from among yourselves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after themselves. 31 Wherefore watch, remembering that for three years I ceased not to admonish every one night and day with tears. 32 And :now I commend you to the Lord, and to the word of his :grace, which is able to build up, and to give the inheritance among all the sanctified. 33 I coveted no one’s silver, or gold, or apparel. 34 Yourselves know that these :hands ministered unto my :necessities, and to them that were with me. 35 In all things I gave you an example, that so laboring ye ought to help the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that Himself said, It is more blessed to give than to receive. 36 And when he had thus spoken, he knelt and prayed with them all. 37 And all wept sore, and fell on the neck of Paul and kissed him, 38 sorrowing most for the word which he had spoken, that they should behold his :face no more. And they brought him on his way unto the ship.

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