Acts 20:26-36 NIV

26 Therefore, I declare to you today that I am innocent of the blood of all men.1

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27 For I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God.2

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      28 Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock3 of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers.a4 Be shepherds of the church of God,b5 which he bought6 with his own blood.7

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        • a 20:28 - Traditionally "bishops"
        • b 20:28 - Many manuscripts "of the Lord"
          29 I know that after I leave, savage wolves8 will come in among you and will not spare the flock.9

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          30 Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples10 after them.

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          31 So be on your guard! Remember that for three years11 I never stopped warning each of you night and day with tears.12

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          32 "Now I commit you to God13 and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance14 among all those who are sanctified.15

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          33 I have not coveted anyone's silver or gold or clothing.16

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          34 You yourselves know that these hands of mine have supplied my own needs and the needs of my companions.17

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          35 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.' "
          36 When he had said this, he knelt down with all of them and prayed.18

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