Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus1 to avoid spending time in the province of Asia,2 for he was in a hurry to reach Jerusalem,3 if possible, by the day of Pentecost.417
From Miletus,5 Paul sent to Ephesus for the elders6 of the church.
When they arrived, he said to them: "You know how I lived the whole time I was with you,7 from the first day I came into the province of Asia.819
I served the Lord with great humility and with tears,9 although I was severely tested by the plots of the Jews.1020
You know that I have not hesitated to preach anything11 that would be helpful to you but have taught you publicly and from house to house.
I have declared to both Jews12 and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance13 and have faith in our Lord Jesus.1422
"And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem,15 not knowing what will happen to me there.
I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me16 that prison and hardships are facing me.1724
However, I consider my life worth nothing to me,18 if only I may finish the race19 and complete the task20 the Lord Jesus has given me21--the task of testifying to the gospel of God's grace.2225
"Now I know that none of you among whom I have gone about preaching the kingdom23 will ever see me again.2426
Therefore, I declare to you today that I am innocent of the blood of all men.25