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Acts Chapter 20

1And after the uproar had ceased, Paul called for the disciples, and when he had wished them well, he departed to go to Macedonia. 2And when he had crossed through those parts and encouraged them with many a word, he went to Greece. 3And after spending three months there, when a plot was hatched by the Jews against him when he was about to set sail for Syria, he decided to return through Macedonia. 4And Sopater, a Berean, accompanied him as far as Asia, as did Aristarchus and Secundus of the Thessalonians, and Gaius of Derbe, and Timothy, and the Asians Tychicus and Trophimus. 5These proceeded to, and waited for, us in Troas. 6But after the days of the unleavened bread we sailed away from Philippi and came to them in Troas in five days, where we spent seven days. 7And on the first of the Sabbaths when the disciples had gathered together to break bread, Paul held a discussion with them, intending to depart on the next day, and he prolonged the discussion up to midnight. 8And there was a considerable number of lamps in the upper room where we were gathered. 9Now a certain young man by the name of Eutychus was sitting at the window, and was weighed down by deep sleepiness, while Paul was all the more engaged in discussion, and when he was finally overcome by the sleepiness, he fell down from the third storey and was taken up dead. 10But Paul went down and fell on him and embraced him and said, “Do not be alarmed, for his life is in him.” 11And he went upstairs and broke bread, and had a taste of it, and talked for a long time – until daybreak – and then he departed. 12And they brought the boy in alive, and were comforted in no small measure. 13And we arrived and went on board the ship and set sail to Assos, and from there we planned to take Paul on board, for that is how he had made arrangements, he himself having the intention to go there on foot. 14And when he met us in Assos, we took him on board and we went to Mitylene. 15And from there on the next day we sailed off and skirted round Chios, and on the day after we crossed over past Samos, and we stayed in Trogullium, and on the day after that we went to Miletus. 16For Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus so that he would not end up spending time in Asia. For he was eager, if it was possible for him, to be in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost. 17And from Miletus he sent word to Ephesus, and sent for the elders of the church. 18And when they had come to him, he said to them, “You know from the first day on which I set foot on Asia, how I was with you all the time, 19serving the Lord with all humility and many tears and trials which befell me through the plots of the Jews, 20how I did not keep back anything profitable – not refraining from informing you and teaching you in public and from house to house, 21testifying to both Jews and Greeks repentance to God and faith in our Lord Jesus. 22And now, look, I am going bound in the spirit to Jerusalem, not knowing what things will befall me there, 23except that the holy spirit testifies from city to city, saying that bonds and afflictions await me. 24But I consider it a matter of no concern, nor do I hold my life dear to myself, so long as I complete my course with joy and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to give a witness of the gospel of the grace of God. 25And now, look, I know that none of you, among whom I went about proclaiming the kingdom of God, will see my face any longer, 26which is why I testify to you on this very day that I am clear of the blood of all people. 27For I have not refrained from declaring the whole will of God to you. 28So take heed for yourselves and the whole flock, over which the holy spirit has appointed you overseers, to shepherd the church of the Lord and God, which he acquired through his own blood. 29For I know this, that after my departure, savage wolves will come to you, not sparing the flock. 30And from within your company men will arise, saying perverse things in order to draw away the disciples after them. 31Be watchful, therefore, remembering that for three years, night and day, I did not stop warning each one of you with tears. 32And regarding present matters, brothers, I commit you to God and his word of grace which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who have been sanctified. 33I have not coveted anyone's gold or silver or clothing. 34You yourselves know that these hands served my needs and the needs of those who were with me. 35I have set you an example in all respects, showing you that this is how you must toil to help those who are weak and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus as he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ” 36And when he had said these things, he knelt down with all of them and prayed. 37And there was considerable weeping by all of them, and they fell round Paul's neck and kissed him, 38feeling grief most of all at the words which he had spoken, that they would not see his face any more. Then they escorted him to the ship.
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