ActsChapter 21

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1 And when it came to pass that we were parted from them and had set sail, we came with a straight course unto :Cōs, and the next day unto :Rhodes, and thence unto Patara: 2 and having found a ship crossing over unto Phœnicia, we went aboard, and set sail. 3 And when we had sighted :Cyprus, and leaving it on the left, we sailed to Syria, and landed at Tyre; for there the ship was to unlade her :burden. 4 And having found the disciples, we tarried there seven days: and these told :Paul through the Spirit, not to set foot in Jerusalem. 5 And when it came to pass that we had accomplished the days, we departed and went on; all, with wives and children, bringing us on till out of the city: and kneeling on the beach, we prayed, and bade each other farewell; 6 and we went on board :ship, but they returned :home. 7 And when we had finished the voyage from Tyre, we arrived at Ptolemaïs; and we greeted the brethren, and abode with them one day. 8 And on the morrow we departed, and came unto Cæsarea: and entering into the house of Philip the evangelist, who was one of the seven, we abode with him. 9 Now this man had four virgin daughters, who prophesied. 10 And as we tarried some days, a certain prophet came down from Judæa, Agabus by name. 11 And coming unto us, and taking the girdle of Paul, he bound his own :feet and :hands, and said, These things saith the Holy :Spirit, Thus shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man whose this :girdle is, and shall deliver him into the hands of the nations. 12 And when we heard these things, both we and they of that place besought him not to go up to Jerusalem. 13 Then :Paul answered, What do ye, weeping and breaking my :heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus. 14 And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, The will of the Lord be done.

15 And after these :days we made ready our baggage and went up to Jerusalem. 16 And some of the disciples from Cæsarea also went with us, bringing us to one Mnason of Cyprus, an early disciple, with whom we should lodge.
 
17And when we were come to Jerusalem, the brethren received us gladly. 18 And the day following :Paul went in with us unto James; and all the elders were present. 19 And when he had greeted them, he rehearsed one by one the things which :God had wrought among the nations through his :ministry. 20 And they, when they heard it, glorified :God; and they said to him, Thou beholdest, brother, how many myriads are among the Jews of them that have believed; and all are zealots for the law: 21 and they have been informed concerning thee, that thou teachest all the Jews who are among the nations to forsake Moses, telling them not to circumcise the children, neither to walk after the customs. 22 What is it therefore? they will certainly hear that thou art come. 23 Do therefore this that we say to thee: We have four men that have a vow from themselves; 24 these take, and purify thyself with them, and be at charges for them, that they may shave their heads: and all shall know that there is nothing in what they have been informed concerning thee; but that thyself also art firm keeping the law. 25 But about the nations that have believed, WE sent, giving judgment that they keep themselves from both what is sacrificed to idols, and from blood, and from what is strangled, and from fornication. 26 Then :Paul took the men the next day purifying himself with them, and went into the temple, declaring the fulfillment of the days of :purification, until the offering was offered for each of them.
 
27 And when the seven days were almost completed, the Jews from :Asia, when they saw him in the temple, stirred up all the crowd and laid :hands on him, 28 crying out, Men of Israel, help: This is the man that teacheth all everywhere against the people, and the law, and this :place; and moreover he brought Greeks also into the temple, and hath defiled this holy :place. 29 For they had before seen with him in the city Trophimus the Ephesian, whom they supposed that :Paul had brought into the temple. 30 And all the city was moved, and the people ran together; and they laid hold on :Paul, and dragged him out of the temple: and straightway the doors were shut. 31 And as they were seeking to kill him, tidings came up to the colonel of the band, that all Jerusalem was in confusion; 32 who forthwith took along soldiers and centurions, and ran down upon them: and they, when they saw the colonel and the soldiers, left off beating :Paul. 33 Then the colonel came near, and laid hold on him, and commanded him to be bound with two chains; and inquired who he was, and what he had done. 34 And some shouted one thing, some another, among the crowd: and when he could not know the certainty for the uproar, he commanded him to be brought into the castle. 35 And when he came upon the stairs, so it was that he was borne of the soldiers for the violence of the crowd; 36 for the multitude of the people followed after, crying out, Away with him. 37 And as :Paul was about to be brought into the castle, he saith to the colonel, Whether I may say something to thee? And he said, Dost thou know Greek? 38 Art thou not then the Egyptian, who before these :days stirred up to sedition and led out into the wilderness the four thousand men of the Assassins? 39 But :Paul said, I am †a Jew [man], of Tarsus in :Cilicia, citizen of no mean city: and I beseech thee, give me leave to speak unto the people. 40 And when he had given him leave, :Paul, standing on the stairs, beckoned with the hand to the people; and when there was perfect quiet, he spake unto them in the Hebrew language, saying,

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