Acts 20:27-37 NIV

27 For I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God.1

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      28 Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock2 of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers.a3 Be shepherds of the church of God,b4 which he bought5 with his own blood.6

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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 wolves7 will come in among you and will not spare the flock.8

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          30 Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples9 after them.

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          31 So be on your guard! Remember that for three years10 I never stopped warning each of you night and day with tears.11

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          32 "Now I commit you to God12 and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance13 among all those who are sanctified.14

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          33 I have not coveted anyone's silver or gold or clothing.15

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          34 You yourselves know that these hands of mine have supplied my own needs and the needs of my companions.16

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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.17

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          37 They all wept as they embraced him and kissed him.18

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