Warnings on the Journey to Jerusalem

21 Now it came to pass, that when we had departed from them and set sail, running a straight course we came to Cos, the following day to Rhodes, and from there to Patara. And finding a ship sailing over to Phoenicia, we went aboard and set sail. When we had sighted Cyprus, we passed it on the left, sailed to Syria, and landed at Tyre; for there the ship was to unload her cargo. And finding [a]disciples, we stayed there seven days. (A)They told Paul through the Spirit not to go up to Jerusalem. When we had come to the end of those days, we departed and went on our way; and they all accompanied us, with wives and children, till we were out of the city. And (B)we knelt down on the shore and prayed. When we had taken our leave of one another, we boarded the ship, and they returned (C)home.

And when we had finished our voyage from Tyre, we came to Ptolemais, greeted the brethren, and stayed with them one day. On the next day we [b]who were Paul’s companions departed and came to (D)Caesarea, and entered the house of Philip (E)the evangelist, (F)who was one of the seven, and stayed with him. Now this man had four virgin daughters (G)who prophesied. 10 And as we stayed many days, a certain prophet named (H)Agabus came down from Judea. 11 When he had come to us, he took Paul’s belt, bound his own hands and feet, and said, “Thus says the Holy Spirit, (I)‘So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man who owns this belt, and deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.’ ”

12 Now when we heard these things, both we and those from that place pleaded with him not to go up to Jerusalem. 13 Then Paul answered, (J)“What do you mean by weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.”

14 So when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, (K)“The will of the Lord be done.”

Paul Urged to Make Peace

15 And after those days we [c]packed and went up to Jerusalem.

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Footnotes

  1. Acts 21:4 NU the disciples
  2. Acts 21:8 NU omits who were Paul’s companions
  3. Acts 21:15 made preparations

29 Are not two (A)sparrows sold for a [a]copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. 30 (B)But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.

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  1. Matthew 10:29 Gr. assarion, a coin worth about 1⁄16 of a denarius

And the Lord said: (A)“I have surely seen the oppression of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry (B)because of their taskmasters, (C)for I know their [a]sorrows.

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  1. Exodus 3:7 pain

You number my wanderings;
Put my tears into Your bottle;
(A)Are they not in Your book?

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18 (A)If I regard iniquity in my heart,
The Lord will not hear.
19 But certainly God (B)has heard me;
He has attended to the voice of my prayer.

20 Blessed be God,
Who has not turned away my prayer,
Nor His mercy from me!

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I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will guide you with My eye.
Do not be like the (A)horse or like the mule,
Which have no understanding,
Which must be harnessed with bit and bridle,
Else they will not come near you.

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(A)Delight yourself also in the Lord,
And He shall give you the desires of your (B)heart.

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(A)Seek the Lord while He may be (B)found,
Call upon Him while He is near.
(C)Let the [a]wicked forsake his way,
And the unrighteous man (D)his thoughts;
Let him return to the Lord,
(E)And He will have mercy on him;
And to our God,
For He will abundantly pardon.

“For(F) My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.
“For(G) as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts.

10 “For (H)as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven,
And do not return there,
But water the earth,
And make it bring forth and bud,
That it may give seed to the sower
And bread to the eater,
11 (I)So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
It shall not return to Me [b]void,
But it shall accomplish what I please,
And it shall (J)prosper in the thing for which I sent it.

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 55:7 Lit. man of iniquity
  2. Isaiah 55:11 empty, without fruit

Living Sacrifices to God

12 I (A)beseech[a] you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies (B)a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your [b]reasonable service. And (C)do not be conformed to this world, but (D)be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may (E)prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

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  1. Romans 12:1 urge
  2. Romans 12:1 rational

(A)Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with (B)thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and (C)the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

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