Paul in Macedonia and Greece

20 After the uproar had ceased, Paul sent for (A)the disciples, and when he had [a]encouraged them and taken his leave of them, he left (B)to go to (C)Macedonia. When he had gone through those regions and had given them much [b]encouragement, he came to Greece. And there he spent three months, and when (D)a plot was formed against him by the Jews as he was about to set sail for (E)Syria, he decided to return through (F)Macedonia. And [c]he was accompanied by Sopater of (G)Berea, the son of Pyrrhus, and by (H)Aristarchus and Secundus of the (I)Thessalonians, and (J)Gaius of (K)Derbe, and (L)Timothy, and (M)Tychicus and (N)Trophimus of [d](O)Asia. Now these had gone on ahead and were waiting for (P)us at (Q)Troas. (R)We sailed from (S)Philippi after [e](T)the days of Unleavened Bread, and reached them at (U)Troas within five days; and we stayed there for seven days.

On (V)the first day of the week, when (W)we were gathered together to (X)break bread, Paul began talking to them, intending to leave the next day, and he prolonged his [f]message until midnight. There were many (Y)lamps in the (Z)upstairs room where we were gathered together. And there was a young man named [g]Eutychus sitting [h]on the window sill, sinking into a deep sleep; and as Paul kept on talking, Eutychus was overcome by sleep and fell down from the third floor, and was picked up dead. 10 But Paul went down and (AA)fell upon him, and after embracing him, he (AB)said, “[i]Do not be troubled, for [j]he is still alive.” 11 When Paul had gone back up and had (AC)broken the bread and [k]eaten, he talked with them a long while until daybreak, and then left. 12 They took away the boy alive, and were [l]greatly comforted.

Troas to Miletus

13 But (AD)we went ahead to the ship and set sail for Assos, intending from there to take Paul on board; for that was what he had arranged, intending himself to go [m]by land. 14 And when he met us at Assos, we took him on board and came to Mitylene. 15 Sailing from there, we arrived the following day opposite Chios; and the next day we crossed over to Samos, and on the following day we came to (AE)Miletus. 16 For Paul had decided to sail past (AF)Ephesus so that he would not have to lose time in [n](AG)Asia; for he was hurrying, if it might be possible for him (AH)to be in Jerusalem (AI)the day of Pentecost.

Farewell to Ephesus

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

“You yourselves know, (AL)from the first day that I set foot in [o]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 [p]through (AM)the plots of the Jews; 20 how I (AN)did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was beneficial, and teaching you publicly and [q]from house to house, 21 solemnly (AO)testifying to both Jews and Greeks of (AP)repentance toward God and (AQ)faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. 22 And now, behold, bound by the [r]Spirit, (AR)I am on my way to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there, 23 except that (AS)the Holy Spirit solemnly (AT)testifies to me in every city, saying that (AU)chains and afflictions await me. 24 But (AV)I do not consider my life of any account as dear to myself, so that I may (AW)finish my course and (AX)the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to (AY)testify solemnly of the gospel of (AZ)God’s grace.

25 “And now behold, I know that all of you, among whom I went about (BA)preaching the kingdom, will no longer see my face. 26 Therefore, I [s]testify to you this day that (BB)I am [t]innocent of the blood of all people. 27 For I (BC)did not shrink from declaring to you the whole (BD)purpose of God. 28 Be on guard for yourselves and for all (BE)the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you [u]overseers, to shepherd (BF)the church of God which (BG)He [v]purchased [w]with His own blood. 29 I know that after my departure (BH)savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing (BI)the flock; 30 and from among your own selves men will arise, speaking perverse things to draw away (BJ)the disciples after them. 31 Therefore, be on the alert, remembering that night and day for a period of (BK)three years I did not cease to admonish each one (BL)with tears. 32 And now I (BM)entrust you to God and to (BN)the word of His grace, which is able to (BO)build you up and to give you (BP)the inheritance among all those who are sanctified. 33 (BQ)I have coveted no one’s silver or gold or clothes. 34 You yourselves know that (BR)these hands served my own needs and the (BS)men who were with me. 35 In everything I showed you that by working hard in this way you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’

36 When he had said these things, he (BT)knelt down and prayed with them all. 37 And [x]they all began to weep aloud and [y](BU)embraced Paul, and repeatedly kissed him, 38 [z]grieving especially over (BV)the word which he had spoken, that they would not see his face again. And they were (BW)accompanying him to the ship.

Paul Sails from Miletus

21 Now when (BX)we had parted from them and had set sail, we ran (BY)a straight course to Cos, and on the next day to Rhodes, and from there to Patara; and having found a ship crossing over to (BZ)Phoenicia, we went aboard and set sail. When we came in sight of (CA)Cyprus, leaving it on the left, we kept sailing to (CB)Syria and landed at (CC)Tyre; for the ship was to unload its cargo there. After looking up (CD)the disciples, we stayed there for seven days; and they kept telling Paul, [aa](CE)through the Spirit, not to set foot in Jerusalem. When [ab]our days there were ended, we left and started on our journey, while they all, with wives and children, (CF)escorted us until we were out of the city. After (CG)kneeling down on the beach and praying, we said farewell to one another. Then we boarded the ship, and they returned (CH)home.

When we had finished the voyage from (CI)Tyre, we arrived at Ptolemais, and after greeting (CJ)the brothers and sisters, we stayed with them for a day. On the next day we left and came to (CK)Caesarea, and we entered the house of (CL)Philip the (CM)evangelist, who was (CN)one of the seven, and stayed with him. Now this man had four virgin daughters who were (CO)prophetesses. 10 As we were staying there for some days, a prophet named (CP)Agabus came down from Judea. 11 And he came to us and (CQ)took Paul’s belt and bound his own feet and hands, and said, “This (CR)is what the Holy Spirit says: ‘In this way the Jews in Jerusalem will (CS)bind the man who owns this belt and (CT)hand him over to the Gentiles.’” 12 When we had heard this, we as well as the local residents began begging him (CU)not to go up to Jerusalem. 13 Then Paul replied, “What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? For (CV)I am ready not only to be bound, but even to die in Jerusalem for (CW)the name of the Lord Jesus.” 14 And since he would not be persuaded, we became quiet, remarking, “(CX)The will of the Lord be done!”

Paul in Jerusalem

15 After these days we got ready and (CY)started on our way up to Jerusalem. 16 Some of (CZ)the disciples from (DA)Caesarea also came with us, taking us to Mnason of (DB)Cyprus, a (DC)disciple of long standing with whom we were to stay.

17 After we arrived in Jerusalem, (DD)the brothers and sisters received us gladly. 18 And the following day Paul went in with us to [ac](DE)James, and all (DF)the elders were present. 19 After he had greeted them, he (DG)began to relate one by one the things which God had done among the Gentiles through his (DH)ministry. 20 And when they heard about them, they began (DI)glorifying God; and they said to him, “You see, brother, how many [ad]thousands there are among the Jews of those who have believed, and they are all (DJ)zealous for the Law; 21 and they have been told about you, that you are (DK)teaching all the Jews who are among the Gentiles to abandon Moses, telling them (DL)not to circumcise their children nor to [ae]walk according to (DM)the customs. 22 So what is to be done? They will certainly hear that you have come. 23 Therefore, do [af]as we tell you: we have four men who (DN)have a [ag]vow upon themselves; 24 take them along and (DO)purify yourself together with them, and [ah]pay their expenses so that they may (DP)shave their [ai]heads; and then everyone will know that there is nothing to what they have been told about you, but that you yourself also conform, keeping the Law. 25 But regarding the Gentiles who have believed, we sent a letter, (DQ)having decided that they should abstain from [aj]meat sacrificed to idols and from blood and what is [ak]strangled, and from sexual immorality.” 26 Then Paul [al]took along the men, and the next day, after (DR)purifying himself together with them, he (DS)went into the temple giving notice of the completion of the days of purification, until the sacrifice was offered for each one of them.

Paul Seized in the Temple

27 When (DT)the seven days were almost over, (DU)the Jews from [am](DV)Asia, upon seeing him in the temple, began to stir up all the crowd and laid hands on him, 28 crying out, “Men of Israel, help! (DW)This is the man who instructs everyone everywhere against our people and the Law and this place; and besides, he has even brought Greeks into the temple and has (DX)defiled this holy place!” 29 For they had previously seen (DY)Trophimus the (DZ)Ephesian in the city with him, and they thought that Paul had brought him into the temple. 30 Then the whole city was provoked and [an]the people rushed together, and taking hold of Paul they (EA)dragged him out of the temple, and immediately the doors were shut. 31 While they were intent on killing him, a report came up to the commander of the (EB)Roman [ao]cohort that all Jerusalem was in confusion. 32 He immediately (EC)took along some soldiers and centurions and ran down to [ap]the crowd; and when they saw the commander and the soldiers, they stopped beating Paul. 33 Then the commander came up and took hold of him, and ordered that he be (ED)bound with (EE)two chains; and he began asking who he was and what he had done. 34 But among the crowd, (EF)some were shouting one thing and some another, and when he could not find out the [aq]facts because of the uproar, he ordered that [ar]Paul be brought into (EG)the barracks. 35 When Paul got to (EH)the stairs, it came about that he was carried by the soldiers because of the violence of the [as]mob; 36 for the multitude of people kept following them, shouting, “(EI)Away with him!”

37 As Paul was about to be brought into (EJ)the barracks, he *said to the commander, “May I say something to you?” And he said, “Do you know Greek? 38 Then you are not (EK)the Egyptian who some [at]time ago stirred up a revolt and led the four thousand men of the Assassins out (EL)into the wilderness?” 39 But Paul said, “(EM)I am a Jew of Tarsus in (EN)Cilicia, a citizen of no insignificant city; and I beg you, allow me to speak to the people.” 40 When he had given him permission, Paul, standing on (EO)the stairs, (EP)motioned to the people with his hand; and when there [au]was a great silence, he spoke to them in the [av](EQ)Hebrew dialect, saying,


  1. Acts 20:1 Or exhorted
  2. Acts 20:2 Or exhortation
  3. Acts 20:4 Lit there accompanied him
  4. Acts 20:4 I.e., west coast province of Asia Minor
  5. Acts 20:6 I.e., Passover week
  6. Acts 20:7 Lit word, speech
  7. Acts 20:9 Eutychus means good fortune; i.e., “Lucky”
  8. Acts 20:9 Or at the window
  9. Acts 20:10 Or Stop being troubled
  10. Acts 20:10 Lit his soul is in him
  11. Acts 20:11 Lit tasted
  12. Acts 20:12 Lit not moderately
  13. Acts 20:13 Or on foot
  14. Acts 20:16 I.e., west coast province of Asia Minor
  15. Acts 20:18 See note v 16
  16. Acts 20:19 Lit by
  17. Acts 20:20 Or in the various private homes
  18. Acts 20:22 Or in spirit
  19. Acts 20:26 Or call you to witness
  20. Acts 20:26 Lit pure from
  21. Acts 20:28 Or bishops
  22. Acts 20:28 Lit acquired
  23. Acts 20:28 Lit through
  24. Acts 20:37 Lit a considerable weeping of all occurred
  25. Acts 20:37 Lit threw themselves on Paul’s neck
  26. Acts 20:38 Lit suffering pain
  27. Acts 21:4 I.e., because of impressions made by the Spirit
  28. Acts 21:5 Lit we had completed the days
  29. Acts 21:18 Or Jacob
  30. Acts 21:20 Lit ten thousands
  31. Acts 21:21 I.e., observe or live by
  32. Acts 21:23 Lit this which we
  33. Acts 21:23 I.e., a sacred duty to fulfill
  34. Acts 21:24 Lit spend on them
  35. Acts 21:24 Lit head (a requirement of the vow)
  36. Acts 21:25 Lit the thing
  37. Acts 21:25 I.e., to retain the blood
  38. Acts 21:26 Or took along the men the next day, and after purifying himself
  39. Acts 21:27 I.e., west coast province of Asia Minor
  40. Acts 21:30 Lit a running together of the people occurred
  41. Acts 21:31 Normally 600 men (the number varied)
  42. Acts 21:32 Lit them
  43. Acts 21:34 Lit certainty
  44. Acts 21:34 Lit he
  45. Acts 21:35 Lit crowd
  46. Acts 21:38 Lit days
  47. Acts 21:40 Lit occurred
  48. Acts 21:40 I.e., Jewish Aramaic

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