Farewell to Ephesus

17 From Miletus he sent word to (A)Ephesus and called to himself (B)the elders of the church. 18 And when they came to him, he said to them,

“You yourselves know, (C)from the first day that I set foot in [a]Asia, how I was with you the whole time, 19 serving the Lord with all humility and with tears and trials which came upon me [b]through (D)the plots of the Jews; 20 how I (E)did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was beneficial, and teaching you publicly and [c]from house to house, 21 solemnly (F)testifying to both Jews and Greeks of (G)repentance toward God and (H)faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. 22 And now, behold, bound by the [d]Spirit, (I)I am on my way to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there, 23 except that (J)the Holy Spirit solemnly (K)testifies to me in every city, saying that (L)chains and afflictions await me. 24 But (M)I do not consider my life of any account as dear to myself, so that I may (N)finish my course and (O)the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to (P)testify solemnly of the gospel of (Q)God’s grace.

25 “And now behold, I know that all of you, among whom I went about (R)preaching the kingdom, will no longer see my face. 26 Therefore, I [e]testify to you this day that (S)I am [f]innocent of the blood of all people. 27 For I (T)did not shrink from declaring to you the whole (U)purpose of God. 28 Be on guard for yourselves and for all (V)the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you [g]overseers, to shepherd (W)the church of God which (X)He [h]purchased [i]with His own blood.

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  1. Acts 20:18 See note v 16
  2. Acts 20:19 Lit by
  3. Acts 20:20 Or in the various private homes
  4. Acts 20:22 Or in spirit
  5. Acts 20:26 Or call you to witness
  6. Acts 20:26 Lit pure from
  7. Acts 20:28 Or bishops
  8. Acts 20:28 Lit acquired
  9. Acts 20:28 Lit through

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