Atos 20

1 WHEN the uproar had ceased, Paul sent for the disciples, and, after encouraging them, he bade them farewell and left to proceed to Macedonia.

2 Passing through those parts and encouraging them by many addresses, he came into Greece.

3 There he spent three months. When a plot was formed against him by the Jews as he was about to sail for Syria, he decided to return through Macedonia.

4 There were in company with him Sopater of Beraea, the son of Pyrrhus, and of the Thessalonians Aristarchus and Secundus, and Gaius of Derbe and Timothy, and from Asia Tychicus and Trophimus.

5 These went on and were waiting for us in Troas.

6 After the Days of Unleavened Bread we sailed from Philippi and came to them in Troas in five days. There we spent seven days.

7 On the first day of the week, when we all were assembled to break bread, Paul was discoursing to them, being about to leave in the morning, and he extended his address until midnight.

8 There were many lamps in the upper room where we were assembled.

9 A certain young man named Eutychus, sitting in a window, was overcome with deep sleep while Paul went on discoursing. At last overpowered by sleep he fell from the third story and was taken up dead.

10 But Paul went down and threw himself on him and embraced him and said, "Do not make a noisy wailing; for his life is still in him."

11 Then he went up and broke bread and ate and talked on till daybreak and so departed.

12 They brought the boy living, and were not a little comforted.

13 We went in advance to the ship and sailed for Assos, intending to take on Paul there, for so he had arranged, intending to come himself by land.

14 So when he joined us at Assos, we took him aboard and came to Mitylene.

15 From there we sailed next day and arrived off Chios. The next day we came to Samos, and on the following day to Miletus.

16 For Paul had determined to sail by Ephesus in order not to spend time in Asia. He was hurrying to be in Jerusalem, if possible, on the Day of Pentecost.

17 From Miletus he sent to Ephesus for the elders of the church.

18 When they came to him, he said to them, "You know how I have lived among you the whole time since the first day I set foot in Asia,

19 serving the Lord with all humility and with tears and with trials that befell me through the plots of the Jews \'97

20 how I did not shrink from telling you anything that was profitable or from teaching you publicly and from house to house,

21 urging upon both Jews and Greeks the need of a change of heart toward God and of faith in our Lord Jesus.

22 "And now I am on my way, bound in spirit, to Jerusalem, not knowing what is to befall me there,

23 except that the Holy Spirit testifies from city to city that chains and trials are waiting for me.

24 But I do not hold my life as of any account if only I may finish my race and the service which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the good news of the grace of God.

25 And now I know that you all, among whom I have gone about heralding the kingdom, will never see my face again.

26 Therefore I testify to you to-day that I am clear of the blood of all.

27 For I did not shrink from telling you the whole purpose of God.

28 "Be watchful of yourselves and of all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has placed you as overseers. Shepherd the church of God which he bought with his own blood.

29 I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come among you, not sparing the flock.

30 And from among yourselves men will arise speaking perverse things to draw away the disciples after themselves.

31 Therefore watch, remembering that for three years I never ceased night nor day to exhort each one of you with tears.

32 "And now I commit you to the Lord and to his gracious message, which can build you up and give you the heritage among all those who have been made holy.

33 I have coveted no man's silver or gold or apparel.

34 You yourselves know that these hands provided for my needs and the needs of my companions.

35 In all things I showed you that so laboring we ought to help the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that he said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'

36 After saying this he kneeled with them all and prayed.

37 All wept aloud, and falling on Paul's neck they kissed him affectionately,

38 grieving especially because he had said that they would never see his face again; and they escorted him to the ship.