28 Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock(A) of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers.(B) Be shepherds of the church of God,[a](C) which he bought(D) with his own blood.[b](E)

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Footnotes

  1. Acts 20:28 Many manuscripts of the Lord
  2. Acts 20:28 Or with the blood of his own Son.

23 You were bought at a price;(A) do not become slaves of human beings.

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who gave himself as a ransom(A) for all people. This has now been witnessed to(B) at the proper time.(C)

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False Teachers and Their Destruction

But there were also false prophets(A) among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you.(B) They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord(C) who bought them(D)—bringing swift destruction on themselves.

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And they sang a new song, saying:(A)

“You are worthy(B) to take the scroll
    and to open its seals,
because you were slain,
    and with your blood(C) you purchased(D) for God
    persons from every tribe and language and people and nation.(E)

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