Acts 20 New American Standard Bible

Paul's Journey to Macedonia and Greece

20 1  After the uproar had ceased , Paul sent for the disciples , and when he had exhorted them and taken his leave of them, he left to go to Macedonia . 2  When he had gone through those districts and had given them much exhortation e , he came to Greece . 3  And there he spent three months , and when a plot was formed against him by the Jews as he was about to set sail for Syria , he decided e to return through Macedonia . 4  And he was accompanied by Sopater of Berea , the son of Pyrrhus , and by Aristarchus and Secundus of the Thessalonians , and Gaius of Derbe , and Timothy , and Tychicus and Trophimus of Asia . 5  But these had gone on ahead and were waiting for us at Troas . 6  We sailed from Philippi after the days of Unleavened Bread, and came to them at Troas within five days ; and there we stayed seven days .

Paul's Farewell Visit at Troas

7  On the first day of the week , when we were gathered together to break bread , Paul began talking to them, intending to leave the next day , and he prolonged his message until midnight . 8  There were many lamps in the upper room where we were gathered together . 9  And there was a young man named Eutychus sitting on the window sill , sinking into a deep sleep ; and as Paul kept on talking , he was overcome by sleep and fell down from the third floor and was picked up dead . 10  But Paul went down and fell upon him, and after embracing him, he said , "Do not be troubled , for his life is in him." 11  When he had gone back up and had broken the bread and eaten , he talked with them a long while until daybreak , and then left . 12  They took away the boy alive , and were greatly e comforted .

The Voyage from Troas to Miletus

13  But we, going ahead to the ship , set sail for Assos , intending from there to take Paul on board ; for so he had arranged it, intending himself to go by land . 14  And when he met us at Assos , we took him on board and came to Mitylene . 15  Sailing from there , we arrived the following day opposite Chios ; and the next day we crossed over to Samos ; and the day following we came to Miletus . 16  For Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus so that he would not have to spend time in Asia ; for he was hurrying to be in Jerusalem , if possible , on the day of Pentecost .

Paul's Address to the Ephesian Elders

17  From Miletus he sent to Ephesus and called to him the elders of the church . 18  And when they had come to him, he said to them, "You yourselves know , from the first day that I set foot in Asia , how I was with you the whole time , 19  serving the Lord with all humility and with tears and with trials which came upon me through the plots of the Jews ; 20  how I did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable , and teaching you publicly and from house to house , 21  solemnly testifying to both Jews and Greeks of repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ . 22  "And now , behold , bound by the Spirit , I am on my way to Jerusalem , not knowing what will happen to me there e , 23  except that the Holy Spirit solemnly testifies to me in every city , saying that bonds and afflictions await me. 24  "But I do not consider my life of any account as dear to myself , so that I may finish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus , to testify solemnly of the gospel of the grace of God . 25  "And now , behold , I know that all of you, among whom I went about preaching the kingdom , will no longer see my face . 26  "Therefore , I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all men . 27  "For I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole purpose of God . 28  "Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock , among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers , to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood . 29  "I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock ; 30  and from among your own selves men will arise , speaking perverse things , to draw away the disciples after them. 31  "Therefore be on the alert , remembering that night and day for a period of three years I did not cease to admonish each one with tears . 32  "And now I commend you to God and to the word of His grace , which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified . 33  " I have coveted no one's silver or gold or clothes . 34  "You yourselves know that these hands ministered to my own needs and to the men who were with me. 35  "In everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus , that He Himself said , 'It is more blessed to give than to receive .'"

36  When he had said these things , he knelt e down e and prayed with them all . 37  And they began to weep aloud and embraced e e Paul , and repeatedly kissed him, 38  grieving especially over the word which he had spoken , that they would not see his face again . And they were accompanying him to the ship .

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