Acts 21

Paul Sails from Miletus

1When a  we had parted from them and had set sail, we ran b  a straight course to Cos and the next day to Rhodes and from there to Patara; 2and having found a ship crossing over to c  Phoenicia, we went aboard and set sail. 3When we came in sight of d  Cyprus, leaving it on the left, we kept sailing to e  Syria and landed at f  Tyre; for there the ship was to unload its cargo. 4After looking up g  the disciples, we stayed there seven days; and they kept telling Paul
I.e. because of impressions made by the Spirit
i  through the Spirit not to set foot in Jerusalem.
Lit we had completed the days
our days there were ended, we left and started on our journey, while they all, with wives and children k  escorted us until we were out of the city. After l  kneeling down on the beach and praying, we said farewell to one another.
6Then we went on board the ship, and they returned m  home again.

7When we had finished the voyage from n  Tyre, we arrived at Ptolemais, and after greeting o  the brethren, we stayed with them for a day. 8On the next day we left and came to p  Caesarea, and entering the house of q  Philip the r  evangelist, who was s  one of the seven, we stayed with him. 9Now this man had four virgin daughters who were t  prophetesses. 10As we were staying there for some days, a prophet named u  Agabus came down from Judea. 11And coming to us, he v  took Paul’s belt and bound his own feet and hands, and said, “This w  is what the Holy Spirit says: ‘In this way the Jews at Jerusalem will x  bind the man who owns this belt and y  deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.’” 12When we had heard this, we as well as the local residents began begging him z  not to go up to Jerusalem. 13Then Paul answered, “What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? For aa  I am ready not only to be bound, but even to die at Jerusalem for ab  the name of the Lord Jesus.” 14And since he would not be persuaded, we fell silent, remarking ac  The will of the Lord be done!”

Paul at Jerusalem

15After these days we got ready and ad  started on our way up to Jerusalem. 16Some of ae  the disciples from af  Caesarea also came with us, taking us to Mnason of ag  Cyprus, a ah  disciple of long standing with whom we were to lodge.

17After we arrived in Jerusalem ai  the brethren received us gladly. 18And the following day Paul went in with us to
Or Jacob
ak  James, and all al  the elders were present.
19After he had greeted them, he am  began to relate one by one the things which God had done among the Gentiles through his an  ministry. 20And when they heard it they began ao  glorifying God; and they said to him, “You see, brother, how many
Lit ten thousands
thousands there are among the Jews of those who have believed, and they are all aq  zealous for the Law;
21and they have been told about you, that you are ar  teaching all the Jews who are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses, telling them as  not to circumcise their children nor to
I.e. observe or live by
walk according to au  the customs.
22What, then, is to be done? They will certainly hear that you have come. 23Therefore do this that we tell you. We have four men who
Lit have a vow on them
aw  are under a vow;
24take them and ax  purify yourself along with them, and
Lit spend on them
pay their expenses so that they may az  shave their
Lit head
heads; and all will know that there is nothing to the things which they have been told about you, but that you yourself also walk orderly, keeping the Law.
25But concerning the Gentiles who have believed, we wrote, bb  having decided that they should abstain from
Lit the thing
meat sacrificed to idols and from blood and from what is strangled and from fornication.”
26Then Paul
Or took the men the next day, and purifying himself
took the men, and the next day be  purifying himself along with them, bf  went into the temple giving notice of the completion of the days of purification, until the sacrifice was offered for each one of them.

Paul Seized in the Temple

27When bg  the seven days were almost over bh  the Jews from
I.e. west coast province of Asia Minor
bj  Asia, upon seeing him in the temple, began to stir up all the crowd and laid hands on him,
28crying out, “Men of Israel, come to our aid! bk  This is the man who preaches to all men everywhere against our people and the Law and this place; and besides he has even brought Greeks into the temple and has bl  defiled this holy place.” 29For they had previously seen bm  Trophimus the bn  Ephesian in the city with him, and they supposed that Paul had brought him into the temple. 30Then all the city was provoked, and
Lit a running together of the people occurred
the people rushed together, and taking hold of Paul they bp  dragged him out of the temple, and immediately the doors were shut.
31While they were seeking to kill him, a report came up to the
I.e. chiliarch, in command of one thousand troops
commander of the br  Roman
Or battalion
cohort that all Jerusalem was in confusion.
32At once he bt  took along some soldiers and centurions and ran down to them; and when they saw the
V 31, note 1
commander and the soldiers, they stopped beating Paul.
33Then the
V 31, note 1
commander came up and took hold of him, and ordered him to be bw  bound with bx  two chains; and he began asking who he was and what he had done.
34But among the crowd by  some were shouting one thing and some another, and when he could not find out the
Lit certainty
facts because of the uproar, he ordered him to be brought into ca  the barracks.
35When he got to cb  the stairs, he was carried by the soldiers because of the violence of the
Lit crowd
36for the multitude of the people kept following them, shouting cd  Away with him!”

37As Paul was about to be brought into ce  the barracks, he said to the
V 31, note 1
commander, “May I say something to you?” And he said, “Do you know Greek?
38Then you are not cg  the Egyptian who some
Lit days
time ago stirred up a revolt and led the four thousand men of the Assassins out ci  into the wilderness?”
39But Paul said cj  I am a Jew of Tarsus in ck  Cilicia, a citizen of no insignificant city; and I beg you, allow me to speak to the people.” 40When he had given him permission, Paul, standing on cl  the stairs cm  motioned to the people with his hand; and when there
Lit occurred
was a great hush, he spoke to them in the
I.e. Jewish Aramaic
cp  Hebrew dialect, saying,
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