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Acts 20:1-38

20  And after the disturbance had stopped Paul sent for the converts and exhorted them, and bade them farewell and went out to go to Macedonia. 2  And, having gone through those parts and given them much exhortation, he came to Greece 3  and spent three months, and, when a plot was laid against him by the Jews as he was going to embark for Syria, made up his mind to go back through Macedonia. 4  And there were accompanying him Sopater son of Pyrrhus, a Berean, and of the Thessalonians Aristarchus and Secundus, and Gaius a Derbean and Timothy, and out of the province of Asia Tychicus and Trophimus; 5  and these had come and were waiting for us at Troas. 6  And we sailed from Philippi after the Matzoth days, and came to them at Troas by five days, where we stayed on for seven days. 7  And on the first day of the week, when we had met to break bread, Paul was arguing with them, as he was going off next day, and ran on till midnight. 8  And there were several torches in the upper room where we had met; 9**  and a certain young man named Eutychus, sitting in the window, being overcome with deep sleep as Paul kept on arguing, got so overcome by sleep that he fell from the third story clear down and was taken up dead. 10*  But Paul went down and prostrated himself on him and embraced him and said “Do not get excited, there is life in him.” 11  And he went up and broke the bread and partook of it and conversed a good while till daybreak, and so went out. 12  And they brought the boy alive and were comforted not a little. 13  But we came to the ship and set sail for Assos, planning to take Paul up there; for so he had arranged, planning himself to come by land. 14  And when he rejoined us at Assos we took him up and came to Mitylene; 15*  and we sailed from there on the following day and reached a point off Chios, and in another day we got over to Samos, and the next we came to Miletus; 16  for Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus so that he might not have occasion to lose time in the province of Asia; for he was making haste, if possible, to be at Jerusalem the day of Pentecost. 17  And from Miletus he sent to Ephesus and had the elders of the church come. 18  And when they came to him he said to them “You know yourselves, from the first day I set foot in the province of Asia, what I was like with you all the time, 19  serving the Lord with all humility and tears, and temptations that befell me by the plots of the Jews; 20  how I did not flinch from reporting to you and teaching you publicly and from house to house any of the things that might be well for you, 21*  testifying both to Jews and to Greeks of repentance to God and faith in our Lord Jesus. 22  And now here I am on my way to Jerusalem fettered in spirit, not knowing the things I am to meet with 23  there except that the Holy Spirit is testifying to me in city after city saying that fetters and distresses await me. 24  But I do not value my life as of any account to me as compared with completing my run and the errand I had from the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of God’s grace. 25  And now here I know that you will not be seeing my face any longer, all you among whom I went back and forth preaching the Kingdom; 26*  for which reason I want you to understand this day that I am clean of anybody’s blood, 27  for I did not flinch from reporting to you the whole of God’s plan. 28*  Look out for yourselves and for all the flock in which the Holy Spirit has made you visitors to shepherd God’s church which he secured by his own blood. 29  I know that after I get there formidable wolves will invade you, not sparing the flock, 30  and out of your own ranks there will come up men talking perversities to draw the converts away after them; 31  for which reason keep awake, remembering that for three years I did not cease to admonish each one night and day with tears. 32*  And now I commend you to God and to his word of grace, which is able to build up and to give heirship among all the sanctified. 33  Nobody’s silver or gold or clothing have I coveted; 34  you know yourselves that these hands attended to everything for my needs and for those I had with me. 35*  I gave you the example that with such hard work we ought to assist the weakly, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that he himself said ‘Happy is giving; it beats taking.’” 36  And, having said this, he knelt down and prayed with them all. 37  And there was a good deal of weeping by everybody, and they threw themselves on Paul’s neck and kept kissing him, 38  pained most of all at the word he had spoken, that they were to see no more of his face. And they accompanied him down to the ship.


20:9 Or at the window
20:9 Lit. got overcome by sleep and fell
20:10 Lit. excited, for his soul is in him
20:15 Var. Samos, and, after making a stop at Trogyllium, the next day we came
20:21 Var. repentance to God and faith in him through our Lord Jesus Christ
20:26 Or because I want you
20:28 Var. the Lord’s church
20:32 Var. to the Lord and
20:35 Lit. Happy is giving, more (or far more) than taking