Upon their arrival he said to them, "You Elders well know, from the first day of my setting foot in the province of Asia, the kind of life I lived among you the whole time,
serving the Lord in all humility, and with tears, and amid trials which came upon me through the plotting of the Jews--
and that I never shrank from declaring to you anything that was profitable, or from teaching you in public and in your homes,
and urging upon both Jews and Greeks the necessity of turning to God and of believing in Jesus our Lord.
"And now, impelled by a sense of duty, I am on my way to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there,
except that the Holy Spirit, at town after town, testifies to me that imprisonment and suffering are awaiting me.
But even the sacrifice of my life I count as nothing, if only I may perfect my earthly course, and be faithful to the duty which the Lord Jesus has entrusted to me of proclaiming, as of supreme importance, the Good News of God's grace.
"And now, I know that none of you among whom I have gone in and out proclaiming the coming of the Kingdom will any longer see my face.
Therefore I protest to you to-day that I am not responsible for the ruin of any one of you.
For I have not shrunk from declaring to you God's whole truth.
"Take heed to yourselves and to all the flock among which the Holy Spirit has placed you to take the oversight for Him and act as shepherds to the Church of God, which He has bought with His own blood.
I know that, when I am gone, cruel wolves will come among you and will not spare the flock;
and that from among your own selves men will rise up who will seek with their perverse talk to draw away the disciples after them.
Therefore be on the alert; and remember that, night and day, for three years, I never ceased admonishing every one, even with tears.
"And now I commend you to God and to the word of His grace. He is able to build you up and to give you your inheritance among His people.
No one's silver or gold or clothing have I coveted.
You yourselves know that these hands of mine have provided for my own necessities and for the people with me.
In all things I have set you an example, showing you that, by working as I do, you ought to help the weak, and to bear in mind the words of the Lord Jesus, how He Himself said, "`It is more blessed to give than to receive.'"