20 After the disturbance had ended, Paul sent for the disciples, and after encouraging 1 them and saying farewell, 2 he left to go to Macedonia. 3 2 After he had gone through those regions 4 and spoken many words of encouragement 5 to the believers there, 6 he came to Greece, 7 3 where he stayed 8 for three months. Because the Jews had made 9 a plot 10 against him as he was intending 11 to sail 12 for Syria, he decided 13 to return through Macedonia. 14 4 Paul 15 was accompanied by Sopater son of Pyrrhus from Berea, 16 Aristarchus and Secundus from Thessalonica, 17 Gaius 18 from Derbe, 19 and Timothy, as well as Tychicus and Trophimus from the province of Asia. 20 5 These had gone on ahead 21 and were waiting for us in Troas. 22 6 We 23 sailed away from Philippi 24 after the days of Unleavened Bread, 25 and within five days 26 we came to the others 27 in Troas, 28 where we stayed for seven days. 7 On the first day 29 of the week, when we met 30 to break bread, Paul began to speak 31 to the people, and because he intended 32 to leave the next day, he extended 33 his message until midnight. 8 (Now there were many lamps 34 in the upstairs room where we were meeting.) 35 9 A young man named Eutychus, who was sitting in the window, 36 was sinking 37 into a deep sleep while Paul continued to speak 38 for a long time. Fast asleep, 39 he fell down from the third story and was picked up dead. 10 But Paul went down, 40 threw himself 41 on the young man, 42 put his arms around him, 43 and said, “Do not be distressed, for he is still alive!” 44 11 Then Paul 45 went back upstairs, 46 and after he had broken bread and eaten, he talked with them 47 a long time, until dawn. Then he left. 12 They took the boy home alive and were greatly 48 comforted.
13 We went on ahead 49 to the ship and put out to sea 50 for Assos, 51 intending 52 to take Paul aboard there, for he had arranged it this way. 53 He 54 himself was intending 55 to go there by land. 56 14 When he met us in Assos, 57 we took him aboard 58 and went to Mitylene. 59 15 We set sail 60 from there, and on the following day we arrived off Chios. 61 The next day we approached 62 Samos, 63 and the day after that we arrived at Miletus. 64 16 For Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus 65 so as not to spend time 66 in the province of Asia, 67 for he was hurrying 68 to arrive in Jerusalem, 69 if possible, 70 by the day of Pentecost. 17 From Miletus 71 he sent a message 72 to Ephesus, telling the elders of the church to come to him. 73
18 When they arrived, he said to them, “You yourselves know how I lived 74 the whole time I was with you, from the first day I set foot 75 in the province of Asia, 76 19 serving the Lord with all humility 77 and with tears, and with the trials that happened to me because of the plots 78 of the Jews. 20 You know that I did not hold back from proclaiming 79 to you anything that would be helpful, 80 and from teaching you publicly 81 and from house to house, 21 testifying 82 to both Jews and Greeks about repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus. 83 22 And now, 84 compelled 85 by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem 86 without knowing what will happen to me there, 87 23 except 88 that the Holy Spirit warns 89 me in town after town 90 that 91 imprisonment 92 and persecutions 93 are waiting for me. 24 But I do not consider my life 94 worth anything 95 to myself, so that 96 I may finish my task 97 and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the good news 98 of God’s grace.
25 “And now 99 I know that none 100 of you among whom I went around proclaiming the kingdom 101 will see me 102 again. 26 Therefore I declare 103 to you today that I am innocent 104 of the blood of you all. 105 27 For I did not hold back from 106 announcing 107 to you the whole purpose 108 of God. 28 Watch out for 109 yourselves and for all the flock of which 110 the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, 111 to shepherd the church of God 112 that he obtained 113 with the blood of his own Son. 114 29 I know that after I am gone 115 fierce wolves 116 will come in among you, not sparing the flock. 30 Even from among your own group 117 men 118 will arise, teaching perversions of the truth 119 to draw the disciples away after them. 31 Therefore be alert, 120 remembering that night and day for three years I did not stop warning 121 each one of you with tears. 32 And now I entrust 122 you to God and to the message 123 of his grace. This message 124 is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified. 33 I have desired 125 no one’s silver or gold or clothing. 34 You yourselves know that these hands of mine 126 provided for my needs and the needs of those who were with me. 35 By all these things, 127 I have shown you that by working in this way we must help 128 the weak, 129 and remember the words of the Lord Jesus that he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” 130
36 When 131 he had said these things, he knelt down 132 with them all and prayed. 37 They all began to weep loudly, 133 and hugged 134 Paul and kissed him, 135 38 especially saddened 136 by what 137 he had said, that they were not going to see him 138 again. Then they accompanied 139 him to the ship.
21 After 1 we 2 tore ourselves away 3 from them, we put out to sea, 4 and sailing a straight course, 5 we came to Cos, 6 on the next day to Rhodes, 7 and from there to Patara. 8 2 We found 9 a ship crossing over to Phoenicia, 10 went aboard, 11 and put out to sea. 12 3 After we sighted Cyprus 13 and left it behind on our port side, 14 we sailed on to Syria and put in 15 at Tyre, 16 because the ship was to unload its cargo there. 4 After we located 17 the disciples, we stayed there 18 seven days. They repeatedly told 19 Paul through the Spirit 20 not to set foot 21 in Jerusalem. 22 5 When 23 our time was over, 24 we left and went on our way. All of them, with their wives and children, accompanied 25 us outside of the city. After 26 kneeling down on the beach and praying, 27 6 we said farewell 28 to one another. 29 Then 30 we went aboard the ship, and they returned to their own homes. 31 7 We continued the voyage from Tyre 32 and arrived at Ptolemais, 33 and when we had greeted the brothers, we stayed with them for one day. 8 On the next day we left 34 and came to Caesarea, 35 and entered 36 the house of Philip the evangelist, who was one of the seven, 37 and stayed with him. 9 (He had four unmarried 38 daughters who prophesied.) 39
10 While we remained there for a number of days, 40 a prophet named Agabus 41 came down from Judea. 11 He came 42 to us, took 43 Paul’s belt, 44 tied 45 his own hands and feet with it, 46 and said, “The Holy Spirit says this: ‘This is the way the Jews in Jerusalem will tie up the man whose belt this is, and will hand him over 47 to the Gentiles.’” 12 When we heard this, both we and the local people 48 begged him not to go up to Jerusalem. 13 Then Paul replied, “What are you doing, weeping and breaking 49 my heart? For I am ready not only to be tied up, 50 but even to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” 14 Because he could not be persuaded, 51 we said no more except, 52 “The Lord’s will be done.” 53
15 After these days we got ready 54 and started up 55 to Jerusalem. 16 Some of the disciples from Caesarea 56 came along with us too, and brought us to the house 57 of Mnason of Cyprus, a disciple from the earliest times, 58 with whom we were to stay. 17 When we arrived in Jerusalem, the brothers welcomed us gladly. 59 18 The next day Paul went in with us to see James, and all the elders were there. 60 19 When Paul 61 had greeted them, he began to explain 62 in detail 63 what God 64 had done among the Gentiles through his ministry. 20 When they heard this, they praised 65 God. Then they said to him, “You see, brother, how many thousands of Jews 66 there are who have believed, and they are all ardent observers 67 of the law. 68 21 They have been informed about you – that you teach all the Jews now living 69 among the Gentiles to abandon 70 Moses, telling them not to circumcise their children 71 or live 72 according to our customs. 22 What then should we do? They will no doubt 73 hear that you have come. 23 So do what 74 we tell you: We have four men 75 who have taken 76 a vow; 77 24 take them and purify 78 yourself along with them and pay their expenses, 79 so that they may have their heads shaved. 80 Then 81 everyone will know there is nothing in what they have been told 82 about you, but that you yourself live in conformity with 83 the law. 84 25 But regarding the Gentiles who have believed, we have written a letter, having decided 85 that they should avoid 86 meat that has been sacrificed to idols 87 and blood and what has been strangled 88 and sexual immorality.” 26 Then Paul took the men the next day, 89 and after he had purified himself 90 along with them, he went to the temple and gave notice 91 of the completion of the days of purification, 92 when 93 the sacrifice would be offered for each 94 of them. 27 When the seven days were almost over, 95 the Jews from the province of Asia 96 who had seen him in the temple area 97 stirred up the whole crowd 98 and seized 99 him, 28 shouting, “Men of Israel, 100 help! This is the man who teaches everyone everywhere against our people, our law, 101 and this sanctuary! 102 Furthermore 103 he has brought Greeks into the inner courts of the temple 104 and made this holy place ritually unclean!” 105 29 (For they had seen Trophimus the Ephesian in the city with him previously, and 106 they assumed Paul had brought him into the inner temple courts.) 107 30 The whole city was stirred up, 108 and the people rushed together. 109 They seized 110 Paul and dragged him out of the temple courts, 111 and immediately the doors were shut. 31 While they were trying 112 to kill him, a report 113 was sent up 114 to the commanding officer 115 of the cohort 116 that all Jerusalem was in confusion. 117 32 He 118 immediately took 119 soldiers and centurions 120 and ran down to the crowd. 121 When they saw 122 the commanding officer 123 and the soldiers, they stopped beating 124 Paul. 33 Then the commanding officer 125 came up and arrested 126 him and ordered him to be tied up with two chains; 127 he 128 then asked who he was and what 129 he had done. 34 But some in the crowd shouted one thing, and others something else, 130 and when the commanding officer 131 was unable 132 to find out the truth 133 because of the disturbance, 134 he ordered Paul 135 to be brought into the barracks. 136 35 When he came to the steps, Paul 137 had to be carried 138 by the soldiers because of the violence 139 of the mob, 36 for a crowd of people 140 followed them, 141 screaming, “Away with him!” 37 As Paul was about to be brought into the barracks, 142 he said 143 to the commanding officer, 144 “May I say 145 something to you?” The officer 146 replied, 147 “Do you know Greek? 148 38 Then you’re not that Egyptian who started a rebellion 149 and led the four thousand men of the ‘Assassins’ 150 into the wilderness 151 some time ago?” 152 39 Paul answered, 153 “I am a Jew 154 from Tarsus in Cilicia, a citizen of an important city. 155 Please 156 allow me to speak to the people.” 40 When the commanding officer 157 had given him permission, 158 Paul stood 159 on the steps and gestured 160 to the people with his hand. When they had become silent, 161 he addressed 162 them in Aramaic, 163
22 “Brothers and fathers, listen to my defense 1 that I now 2 make to you.” 2 (When they heard 3 that he was addressing 4 them in Aramaic, 5 they became even 6 quieter.) 7 Then 8 Paul said, 3 “I am a Jew, 9 born in Tarsus in Cilicia, but brought up 10 in this city, educated with strictness 11 under 12 Gamaliel 13 according to the law of our ancestors, 14 and was 15 zealous 16 for God just as all of you are today. 4 I 17 persecuted this Way 18 even to the point of death, 19 tying up 20 both men and women and putting 21 them in prison, 5 as both the high priest and the whole council of elders 22 can testify about me. From them 23 I also received 24 letters to the brothers in Damascus, and I was on my way 25 to make arrests there and bring 26 the prisoners 27 to Jerusalem 28 to be punished. 6 As 29 I was en route and near Damascus, 30 about noon a very bright 31 light from heaven 32 suddenly flashed 33 around me. 7 Then I 34 fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?’ 8 I answered, ‘Who are you, Lord?’ He said to me, ‘I am Jesus the Nazarene, whom you are persecuting.’ 9 Those who were with me saw the light, but did not understand 35 the voice of the one who was speaking to me. 10 So I asked, 36 ‘What should I do, Lord?’ The Lord said to me, ‘Get up 37 and go to Damascus; there you will be told about everything 38 that you have been designated 39 to do.’ 11 Since I could not see because of 40 the brilliance 41 of that light, I came to Damascus led by the hand of 42 those who were with me. 12 A man named Ananias, 43 a devout man according to the law, 44 well spoken of by all the Jews who live there, 45 13 came 46 to me and stood beside me 47 and said to me, ‘Brother Saul, regain your sight!’ 48 And at that very moment 49 I looked up and saw him. 50 14 Then he said, ‘The God of our ancestors 51 has already chosen 52 you to know his will, to see 53 the Righteous One, 54 and to hear a command 55 from his mouth, 15 because you will be his witness 56 to all people 57 of what you have seen and heard. 16 And now what are you waiting for? 58 Get up, 59 be baptized, and have your sins washed away, 60 calling on his name.’ 61 17 When 62 I returned to Jerusalem and was praying in the temple, I fell into a trance 63 18 and saw the Lord 64 saying to me, ‘Hurry and get out of Jerusalem quickly, because they will not accept your testimony about me.’ 19 I replied, 65 ‘Lord, they themselves know that I imprisoned and beat those in the various synagogues 66 who believed in you. 20 And when the blood of your witness 67 Stephen was shed, 68 I myself was standing nearby, approving, 69 and guarding the cloaks 70 of those who were killing him.’ 71 21 Then 72 he said to me, ‘Go, because I will send you far away to the Gentiles.’”
22 The crowd 73 was listening to him until he said this. 74 Then 75 they raised their voices and shouted, 76 “Away with this man 77 from the earth! For he should not be allowed to live!” 78 23 While they were screaming 79 and throwing off their cloaks 80 and tossing dust 81 in the air, 24 the commanding officer 82 ordered Paul 83 to be brought back into the barracks. 84 He told them 85 to interrogate Paul 86 by beating him with a lash 87 so that he could find out the reason the crowd 88 was shouting at Paul 89 in this way. 25 When they had stretched him out for the lash, 90 Paul said to the centurion 91 standing nearby, “Is it legal for you to lash a man who is a Roman citizen 92 without a proper trial?” 93 26 When the centurion 94 heard this, 95 he went to the commanding officer 96 and reported it, 97 saying, “What are you about to do? 98 For this man is a Roman citizen.” 99 27 So the commanding officer 100 came and asked 101 Paul, 102 “Tell me, are you a Roman citizen?” 103 He replied, 104 “Yes.” 28 The commanding officer 105 answered, “I acquired this citizenship with a large sum of money.” 106 “But I was even 107 born a citizen,” 108 Paul replied. 109 29 Then those who were about to interrogate him stayed away 110 from him, and the commanding officer 111 was frightened when he realized that Paul 112 was 113 a Roman citizen 114 and that he had had him tied up. 115
30 The next day, because the commanding officer 116 wanted to know the true reason 117 Paul 118 was being accused by the Jews, he released him and ordered the chief priests and the whole council 119 to assemble. He then brought 120 Paul down and had him stand before them.