On the first day of the week3 we came together to break bread.4 Paul spoke to the people and, because he intended to leave the next day, kept on talking until midnight.
There were many lamps in the upstairs room5 where we were meeting.
Seated in a window was a young man named Eutychus, who was sinking into a deep sleep as Paul talked on and on. When he was sound asleep, he fell to the ground from the third story and was picked up dead.
Paul went down, threw himself on the young man6 and put his arms around him. "Don't be alarmed," he said. "He's alive!"711
Then he went upstairs again and broke bread8 and ate. After talking until daylight, he left.
The people took the young man home alive and were greatly comforted.
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.
When he met us at Assos, we took him aboard and went on to Mitylene.
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.916
Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus10 to avoid spending time in the province of Asia,11 for he was in a hurry to reach Jerusalem,12 if possible, by the day of Pentecost.1317
From Miletus,14 Paul sent to Ephesus for the elders15 of the church.
When they arrived, he said to them: "You know how I lived the whole time I was with you,16 from the first day I came into the province of Asia.1719
I served the Lord with great humility and with tears,18 although I was severely tested by the plots of the Jews.1920
You know that I have not hesitated to preach anything20 that would be helpful to you but have taught you publicly and from house to house.
I have declared to both Jews21 and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance22 and have faith in our Lord Jesus.2322
"And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem,24 not knowing what will happen to me there.
I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me25 that prison and hardships are facing me.2624
However, I consider my life worth nothing to me,27 if only I may finish the race28 and complete the task29 the Lord Jesus has given me30--the task of testifying to the gospel of God's grace.3125
"Now I know that none of you among whom I have gone about preaching the kingdom32 will ever see me again.3326
Therefore, I declare to you today that I am innocent of the blood of all men.3427
For I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God.3528
Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock36 of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers.a37 Be shepherds of the church of God,b38 which he bought39 with his own blood.4029
I know that after I leave, savage wolves41 will come in among you and will not spare the flock.4230
Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples43 after them.
So be on your guard! Remember that for three years44 I never stopped warning each of you night and day with tears.4532
"Now I commit you to God46 and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance47 among all those who are sanctified.4833
I have not coveted anyone's silver or gold or clothing.4934
You yourselves know that these hands of mine have supplied my own needs and the needs of my companions.5035
In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.' "
When he had said this, he knelt down with all of them and prayed.5137
They all wept as they embraced him and kissed him.5238
What grieved them most was his statement that they would never see his face again.53 Then they accompanied him to the ship.54