Paul in Macedonia 20 1After the uproar was over, Paul sent for the disciples, encouraged them, and after saying good-bye, departed to go to Macedonia. 2And when he had passed through those areas and exhorted them at length, he came to Greece 3and stayed three months. When he was about to set sail for Syria, a plot was devised against him by the Jews, so a decision was made to go back through Macedonia. 4He was accompanied[A] by Sopater son of Pyrrhus[B] from Berea, Aristarchus and Secundus from Thessalonica, Gaius from Derbe, Timothy, and Tychicus and Trophimus from Asia. 5These men went on ahead and waited for us in Troas, 6but we sailed away from Philippi after the days of Unleavened Bread. In five days we reached them at Troas, where we spent seven days. Eutychus Revived at Troas 7On the first day of the week, we[C] assembled to break bread. Paul spoke to them, and since he was about to depart the next day, he extended his message until midnight. 8There were many lamps in the room upstairs where we were assembled, 9and a young man named Eutychus was sitting on a window sill and sank into a deep sleep as Paul kept on speaking. When he was overcome by sleep, he fell down from the third story and was picked up dead. 10But Paul went down, fell on him, embraced him, and said, “Don’t be alarmed, for his life is in him!” 11After going upstairs, breaking the bread, and eating, Paul conversed a considerable time until dawn. Then he left. 12They brought the boy home alive and were greatly comforted. From Troas to Miletus 13Then we went on ahead to the ship and sailed for Assos, intending to take Paul on board there. For these were his instructions, since he himself was going by land. 14When he met us at Assos, we took him on board and came to Mitylene. 15Sailing from there, the next day we arrived off Chios. The following day we crossed over to Samos, and[D] the day after, we came to Miletus. 16For Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus so he would not have to spend time in Asia, because he was hurrying to be in Jerusalem, if possible, for the day of Pentecost. Farewell Address to the Ephesian Elders 17Now from Miletus, he sent to Ephesus and called for the elders of the church. 18And when they came to him, he said to them: “You know, from the first day I set foot in Asia, how I was with you the whole time— 19serving the Lord with all humility, with tears, and with the trials that came to me through the plots of the Jews— 20and that I did not shrink back from proclaiming to you anything that was profitable or from teaching it to you in public and from house to house. 21I testified to both Jews and Greeks about repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus. 22“And now I am on my way to Jerusalem, bound in my spirit,[E] not knowing what I will encounter there, 23except that in town after town the Holy Spirit testifies to me that chains and afflictions are waiting for me. 24But I count my life of no value to myself, so that I may finish my course[F] and the ministry I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of God’s grace. 25“And now I know that none of you will ever see my face again—everyone I went about preaching the kingdom to. 26Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent[G] of everyone’s blood, 27for I did not shrink back from declaring to you the whole plan of God. 28Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock that the Holy Spirit has appointed you to as overseers, to shepherd the church of God,[H] which He purchased with His own blood. 29I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. 30And men will rise up from your own number with deviant doctrines to lure the disciples into following them. 31Therefore be on the alert, remembering that night and day for three years I did not stop warning each one of you with tears. 32“And now[I] I commit you to God and to the message of His grace, which is able to build you up and to give you an inheritance among all who are sanctified. 33I have not coveted anyone’s silver or gold or clothing. 34You yourselves know that these hands have provided for my needs and for those who were with me. 35In every way I’ve shown you that by laboring like this, it is necessary to help the weak and to keep in mind the words of the Lord Jesus, for He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” 36After he said this, he knelt down and prayed with all of them. 37There was a great deal of weeping by everyone. They embraced Paul and kissed him, 38grieving most of all over his statement that they would never see his face again. Then they escorted him to the ship.
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