Acts 21

Paul's Journey to Jerusalem

After we had torn ourselves away from them, we sailed directly to Cos, and the next [day] on to Rhodes, and from there to Patara. Finding a ship crossing over to Phoenicia, we boarded [it] [and] set sail. [After] sighting Cyprus and passing south of it, we sailed on to Syria and landed at Tyre, [where] the ship was to unload [its] cargo. We sought out the disciples [in Tyre] [and] stayed [with them] seven days. Through the Spirit [they] kept telling Paul not to go up to Jerusalem. But when our time [there] had ended, we set out on our journey. All [the disciples] , with [their] wives and children, accompanied us out of the city and knelt down on the beach to pray [with us] . After we had said our farewells, we went aboard the ship, and they returned home. [When] we had finished [our] voyage from Tyre, we landed at Ptolemais, [where] we greeted the brothers [and] stayed with them for a day.

Paul Visits Philip the Evangelist

Leaving the next day, we reached Caesarea, and we went to stay at the home of Philip the evangelist, who was [one] of the Seven.
See acts 6:5
[He] had four unmarried daughters who prophesied. 10  After we had been there several days, a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea. 11  Coming over to us, he took Paul’s belt, bound his [own] feet and hands, [and] said, “ - The Holy Spirit says: ‘In this way the Jews of Jerusalem will bind the owner of this belt and hand [him] over to [the] Gentiles.’” 12  When we heard this, we and the [people] there pleaded with [Paul] not to go up to Jerusalem. 13  Then Paul answered, “Why are you weeping and breaking my heart? I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” 14  [When] he would not be dissuaded, we fell silent [and] said, “The Lord’s will be done.” 15  After these days, we packed up [and] went on to Jerusalem. 16  [Some] of the disciples from Caesarea accompanied us, [and] they took us to stay at the home of Mnason [the] Cypriot, an early disciple.

Paul's Arrival at Jerusalem

17  When we arrived in Jerusalem, the brothers welcomed us joyfully. 18  The next [day] , Paul went in with us to [see] James, and all the elders were present. 19  [Paul] greeted them [and] recounted one by one the things God had done among the Gentiles through his ministry. 20  When they heard [this] , they glorified God. Then they said to [Paul] , “You see, brother, how many thousands of Jews have believed, and all of them are zealous for the Law. 21  But they are under the impression that you teach all [the] Jews who [live] among the Gentiles to forsake Moses, telling them not to circumcise [their] children [or] observe [our] customs. 22  What then should [we do] ? They will certainly hear that you have come. 23  Therefore do what we advise you. There are four men with us who have taken a vow. 24  Take these [men] , purify yourself along with them, and pay their expenses so {they can have} [their] heads shaved. Then everyone will know that there is no truth [to these] rumors about you, but [that] you also live in obedience to the Law. 25  As for the Gentile believers, we have written [them] our decision [that] they must abstain from [food] sacrificed to idols, [from] blood, [from] the meat of strangled animals, and [from] sexual immorality.” 26  [So] the next day Paul took the men [and] purified himself along with them. [Then] he entered the temple to give notice of the date [their] purification would be complete [and] the offering would be made for each of them.

Paul Seized in the Temple

27  When the seven days were almost over, [some] Jews from [the province of] Asia saw [Paul] at the temple. They stirred up the whole crowd and seized him, 28  crying out, “Men [of] Israel, help us! This is the man who teaches all [men] everywhere against [our] people and [against our] Law and [against] this place. Furthermore, he has brought Greeks into the temple and defiled this holy place.” 29  For they had previously seen Trophimus the Ephesian with him in the city, [and] they assumed that Paul had brought [him] into the temple. 30  The whole city was stirred up, and the people rushed together. They seized Paul [and] dragged him out of the temple, and at once the gates were shut. 31  [While] they were trying to kill him, the commander of the [Roman] regiment received a report that all Jerusalem was in turmoil. 32  Immediately he took [some] soldiers and centurions [and] ran down to [the crowd] . [When the people] saw the commander and the soldiers, they stopped beating Paul. 33  The commander came up [and] arrested [Paul] , ordering that he be bound with two chains. Then he asked who he was and what he had done. 34  [Some] in the crowd were shouting one thing, [and] [some] another. And [since] [the commander] could not confirm the facts because of the uproar, he ordered that [Paul] be brought into the barracks. 35  When [Paul] reached the steps, he had to be carried by the soldiers because of the violence of the mob. 36  For the crowd that followed [him] kept shouting, “Away with him!”

Paul Speaks to the People

37  [As] they were about to take Paul into the barracks, he asked the commander, “vvv May I say something to you?” “Do you speak Greek?” [he] replied. 38  “ - Aren’t you the Egyptian who incited a rebellion some time ago and led four thousand members of the ‘Assassins’ into the wilderness?” 39  But Paul answered, “I am a Jew from Tarsus in Cilicia, a citizen [of] no ordinary city. Now I beg you to allow me to speak to the people.” 40  Having received permission, Paul stood on the steps [and] motioned to the crowd. A great hush came over [the crowd] , [and] he addressed [them] in Aramaic:
Or in the Hebrew language
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