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Acts 20:13-23 (New International Version)

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Paul's Farewell to the Ephesian Elders

13 We went on ahead to the ship and sailed for Assos, where we were going to take Paul aboard. He had made this arrangement because he was going there on foot. 14 When he met us at Assos, we took him aboard and went on to Mitylene. 15 The next day we set sail from there and arrived off Kios. The day after that we crossed over to Samos, and on the following day arrived at Miletus.1 16 Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus2 to avoid spending time in the province of Asia,3 for he was in a hurry to reach Jerusalem,4 if possible, by the day of Pentecost.5 17 From Miletus,6 Paul sent to Ephesus for the elders7 of the church. 18 When they arrived, he said to them: "You know how I lived the whole time I was with you,8 from the first day I came into the province of Asia.9 19 I served the Lord with great humility and with tears,10 although I was severely tested by the plots of the Jews.11 20 You know that I have not hesitated to preach anything12 that would be helpful to you but have taught you publicly and from house to house. 21 I have declared to both Jews13 and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance14 and have faith in our Lord Jesus.15 22 "And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem,16 not knowing what will happen to me there. 23 I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me17 that prison and hardships are facing me.18
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