bvch. 26:18; Eph. 1:14, 18; 5:5; Col. 1:12; 3:24; Heb. 9:15; [1 Pet. 1:4]; See Matt. 25:34; Rom. 8:17
Paul in Macedonia and Greece1After the uproar ceased, Paul sent for the disciples, and after encouraging them, he said farewell and a departed for Macedonia. 2When he had gone through those regions and had given them much encouragement, he came to Greece. 3There he spent three months, and when b a plot was made against him by the Jews ▼
▼Greek Ioudaioi probably refers here to Jewish religious leaders, and others under their influence, in that time; also verse 19as he was about to set sail for Syria, he decided to return through Macedonia. 4Sopater the Berean, son of Pyrrhus, accompanied him; and of the Thessalonians d Aristarchus and Secundus; and e Gaius of Derbe, and f Timothy; and the Asians g Tychicus and h Trophimus. 5These went on ahead and were waiting for i us at j Troas, 6but we sailed away from Philippi after k the days of Unleavened Bread, and in five days we came to them at Troas, where we stayed for seven days.
Eutychus Raised from the Dead7 l On the first day of the week, when we were gathered together m to break bread, Paul talked with them, intending to depart on the next day, and he prolonged his speech until midnight. 8There were many lamps in n the upper room where we were gathered. 9And a young man named Eutychus, sitting at the window, sank into a deep sleep as Paul talked still longer. And being overcome by sleep, he o fell down from the third story and was taken up dead. 10But Paul went down and p bent over him, and taking him in his arms, said q “Do not be alarmed, for his life is in him.” 11And when Paul had gone up and r had broken bread and eaten, he conversed with them a long while, until daybreak, and so departed. 12And they took the youth away alive, and were not a little comforted. 13But going ahead to the ship, we set sail for Assos, intending to take Paul aboard there, for so he had arranged, intending himself to go by land. 14And when he met us at Assos, we took him on board and went to Mitylene. 15And sailing from there we came the following day opposite Chios; the next day we touched at Samos; and ▼
▼Some manuscripts add after remaining at Trogylliumthe day after that we went to Miletus. 16For Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus, so that he might not have to spend time in Asia, for he was hastening t to be at Jerusalem, if possible u on the day of Pentecost.
Paul Speaks to the Ephesian Elders17Now from Miletus he sent to Ephesus and called v the elders of the church to come to him. 18And when they came to him, he said to them: w “You yourselves know x how I lived among you the whole time y from the first day that I set foot in Asia, 19 z serving the Lord aa with all humility and with ab tears and with trials that happened to me through ac the plots of the Jews; 20how I ad did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, and ae teaching you in public and from house to house, 21 af testifying both to Jews and to Greeks of ag repentance toward God and of ah faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. 22And now, behold, I am going to Jerusalem, constrained ai by ▼
▼Or bound inthe Spirit, not knowing what will happen to me there, 23except that ak the Holy Spirit testifies to me in every city that al imprisonment and am afflictions await me. 24But an I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only ao I may finish my course and ap the ministry aq that I received from the Lord Jesus ar to testify to as the gospel of at the grace of God. 25And now, behold au I know that none of you among whom I have gone about av proclaiming the kingdom will see my face again. 26Therefore aw I testify to you this day that ax I am innocent of the blood of all, 27for ay I did not shrink from declaring to you az the whole counsel of God. 28 ba Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all bb the flock, in which bc the Holy Spirit has made you bd overseers be to care for bf the church of God ▼
▼Some manuscripts of the Lordwhich he bh obtained bi with his own blood. ▼
▼Or with the blood of his Own29I bk know that after my departure bl fierce wolves will come in among you bm not sparing the flock; 30and bn from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them. 31Therefore bo be alert, remembering that bp for three years I did not cease night or day bq to admonish every one br with tears. 32And now bs I commend you to God and to bt the word of his grace, which is able to bu build you up and to give you bv the inheritance among all those who are sanctified. 33 bw I coveted no one’s silver or gold or apparel. 34 bx You yourselves know that by these hands ministered to my necessities and bz to those who were with me. 35In all things ca I have shown you that cb by working hard in this way we must cc help the weak and cd remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed ce to give than to receive.’” 36And when he had said these things cf he knelt down and prayed with them all. 37And cg there was much weeping on the part of all; ch they embraced Paul and ci kissed him, 38being sorrowful most of all because of cj the word he had spoken, that they would not see his face again. And ck they accompanied him to the ship.
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