|Ward Green Version, 2003||American Standard Version, 1901|
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1Now when the commotion had ended, Paul sent for the disciples, calling them near, bidding them farewell as he departed on his journey to Macedonia.
2So he went through these parts, calling the disciples near to him with many a comforting word, and came into Greece.
3When he had spent three months there, there was a conspiracy by the Jews against him as he was about to set sail for Syria, so he decided to go back via Macedonia.
4Moreover, he was accompanied by Sopater the son of Pyrrhus of the city Beroea, Aristarchus and Secundus of Thessalonica, Gaius of Derbe along with Timothy, and the other Asians Tychicus and Trophimus.
5They joined up with us, going on ahead, and remaining at Troas.
6We set sail after Passover from Philippi to Troas coming to them within five days time, remaining there for seven days.
7We met together for breakfast on Sunday and Paul was preaching to them intending to leave the next day, while the logic extended on until midnight.
8Also, we had appropriate lighting for where we were gathered on the third floor.
9But one young man named Eutychus sat on the window sill and fell fast asleep as Paul's lecture got even more engaging and, slumping into deep sleep, he fell to the ground from the third story and was pronounced dead.
10Descending the stairs, Paul seized him and gave him a good hug, and said: ``Don't make a fuss, because he is breathing!''
11Now when he went back up, he had breakfast and they did a great deal of talking until morning. Then he departed.
12So they led the boy away alive. They found no small measure of comfort.
13After going to the ship we sailed away for Assos, at that point reckoning to retrieve Paul, because he had arranged it that way so that he could walk there.
14Accordingly, when he joined us at Assos we took him aboard and went on to Mitylene (Island of Lesbos).
15We left there the next day and sailed away to Chios, arriving the next day at Samos, and we kept on to Miletus.
16For Paul had decided to sail by Ephesus in order not to cause himself any delay in Asia because he was pressing on to see if he might be able to come to Jerusalem by the day of Pentecost.
17From Miletus he sent a message to Ephesus, calling the congregation elders to him.
18When they had come him, he spoke to them: ``You know how, from the day of my arrival in Asia Minor, I used every opportunity among you 19to serve the Lord with all lowliness and tears and the temptations that happened to me with the conspiracy of the Jews, 20how I held back nothing of advantage to you by not declaring it to you, but I taught you publicly and like family, 21exhorting both Jews and Greeks for the purpose of repentence toward God and faith in Jesus our Lord.
22Also now, take note that I am spirit-bound to depart for Jerusalem not knowing what might happen to me there, 23except that the holy spirit witnesses to me in every city that shackles and distress are going to be there for me.
24Still, no work provides a life as precious to me as finishing my course and the ministry received from the Lord Jesus to witness to the gospel truth-- the gift of God!
25Now look! I am telling you that all of you to whom I came preaching the kingdom will be seeing my face no longer.
26Therefore I testify to you today that I am innocent of the blood of all men, 27because I didn't withhold anything, but I told you the whole will of God.
28Be watchful of yourselves and of the whole flock in which you were placed as overseers by holy spirit. Shepherd God's congregation, which he purchased through the blood of his own sheep.
29I know that after my departure unrelenting wolves will enter into your midst, not sparing the flock. 30Even from among you yourselves men will arise, saying corrupt things so as to lead out the disciples after themselves.
31Therefore be vigilant. Remember that it is three years night and day now I have not ceased, cautioning each and every one of you, with tears.
32So now I commit you to God and to the word of his own grace which is able to build you up and give you the inheritance along with all the holy ones.
33I have not desired any silver, or gold, or fancy clothing at all.
34You know that these hands have served both my own needs and the needs of whoever was with me.
35In all things I have been an example, thus showing you how necessary it is to work hard to support the weak, remembering the words of the Lord Jesus when he said: ``There is more happiness in giving than in receiving.''
36Now, having said this, he kneeled down and prayed along with all of them.
37They were all doing a good deal of weeping and they were embracing Paul and kissing him. 38Most of all they were distressed by his saying that they would not see his face anymore. They also led him to the ship.
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Acts 20 1
And after the uproar ceased, Paul having sent for the disciples and exhorted them, took leave of them, and departed to go into Macedonia.
Acts 20 2
And when he had gone through those parts, and had given them much exhortation, he came into Greece.
Acts 20 3
And when he had spent three months [there,] and a plot was laid against him by Jews as he was about to set sail for Syria, he determined to return through Macedonia.
Acts 20 4
And there accompanied him as far as Asia, Sopater of Beroea, [the son] of Pyrrhus; and of the Thessalonians, Aristarchus and Secundus; and Gaius of Derbe, and Timothy; and of Asia, Tychicus and Trophimus.
Acts 20 5
But these had gone before, and were waiting for us at Troas.
Acts 20 6
And we sailed away from Philippi after the days of unleavened bread, and came unto them to Troas in five days, where we tarried seven days.
Acts 20 7
And upon the first day of the week, when we were gathered together to break bread, Paul discoursed with them, intending to depart on the morrow; and prolonged his speech until midnight.
Acts 20 8
And there were many lights in the upper chamber where we were gathered together.
Acts 20 9
And there sat in the window a certain young man named Eutychus, borne down with deep sleep; and as Paul discoursed yet longer, being borne down by his sleep he fell down from the third story, and was taken up dead.
Acts 20 10
And Paul went down, and fell on him, and embracing him said, Make ye no ado; for his life is in him.
Acts 20 11
And when he was gone up, and had broken the bread, and eaten, and had talked with them a long while, even till break of day, so he departed.
Acts 20 12
And they brought the lad alive, and were not a little comforted.
Acts 20 13
But we going before to the ship set sail for Assos, there intending to take in Paul: for so had he appointed, intending himself to go by land.
Acts 20 14
And when he met us at Assos, we took him in, and came to Mitylene.
Acts 20 15
And sailing from thence, we came the following day over against Chios; and the next day we touched at Samos; and the day after we came to Miletus.
Acts 20 16
For Paul had determined to sail past Ephesus, that he might not have to spend time in Asia; for he was hastening, if it were possible for him, to be at Jerusalem the day of Pentecost.
Acts 20 17
And from Miletus he sent to Ephesus, and called to him the elders of the church.
Acts 20 18
And when they were come to him, he said unto them, Ye yourselves know, from the first day that I set foot in Asia, after what manner I was with you all the time,
Acts 20 19
serving the Lord with all lowliness of mind, and with tears, and with trials which befell me by the plots of the Jews;
Acts 20 20
how I shrank not from declaring unto you anything that was profitable, and teaching you publicly, and from house to house,
Acts 20 21
testifying both to Jews and to Greeks repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.
Acts 20 22
And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there:
Acts 20 23
save that the Holy Spirit testifieth unto me in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me.
Acts 20 24
But I hold not my life of any account as dear unto myself, so that I may accomplish my course, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.
Acts 20 25
And now, behold, I know that ye all, among whom I went about preaching the kingdom, shall see my face no more.
Acts 20 26
Wherefore I testify unto you this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men.
Acts 20 27
For I shrank not from declaring unto you the whole counsel of God.
Acts 20 28
Take heed unto yourselves, and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit hath made you bishops, to feed the church of the Lord which he purchased with his own blood.
Acts 20 29
I know that after my departing grievous wolves shall enter in among you, not sparing the flock;
Acts 20 30
and from among your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them.
Acts 20 31
Wherefore watch ye, remembering that by the space of three years I ceased not to admonish every one night and day with tears.
Acts 20 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 them that are sanctified.
Acts 20 33
I coveted no man`s silver, or gold, or apparel.
Acts 20 34
Ye yourselves know that these hands ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me.
Acts 20 35
In all things I gave you an example, that so laboring ye ought to help the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that he himself said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.
Acts 20 36
And when he had thus spoken, he kneeled down and prayed with them all.
Acts 20 37
And they all wept sore, and fell on Paul`s neck and kissed him,
Acts 20 38
sorrowing most of all for the word which he had spoken, that they should behold his face no more. And they brought him on his way unto the ship.