Acts 20:16-26 (New International Version)

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16 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.4 17 From Miletus,5 Paul sent to Ephesus for the elders6 of the church. 18 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.8 19 I served the Lord with great humility and with tears,9 although I was severely tested by the plots of the Jews.10 20 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. 21 I have declared to both Jews12 and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance13 and have faith in our Lord Jesus.14 22 "And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem,15 not knowing what will happen to me there. 23 I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me16 that prison and hardships are facing me.17 24 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.22 25 "Now I know that none of you among whom I have gone about preaching the kingdom23 will ever see me again.24 26 Therefore, I declare to you today that I am innocent of the blood of all men.25
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