Acts 20:17-38 New American Standard Bible

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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