17AndfromMiletus he senttoEphesus, and called the elders of the church.18Andwhen they were cometohim, he said unto them,Yeknow , from the firstdaythatIcameintoAsia, after what manner I have beenwithyou at allseasons,19Serving the Lordwithall humility of mind,and with manytears,andtemptations,whichbefellmeby the lying in wait of the Jews:20
And how I kept backnothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewedyou,and have taughtyoupublickly,andfrom house to house,21Testifyingboth to the Jews, and also to the Greeks,repentancetowardGod,andfaithtowardourLordJesusChrist.22Andnow,behold , Igobound in the spirituntoJerusalem,notknowing the things that shall befallmethere :
23Savethat the HolyGhostwitnesseth in everycity,sayingthatbondsandafflictionsabideme.a24Butnone of these things move me , neither count Imylifedear unto myself,so that I might finishmycoursewithjoy,and the ministry,which I have receivedof the LordJesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.25Andnow,behold , Iknowthatyeall,amongwhom I have gonepreaching the kingdom of God, shall seemyface no more.26Wherefore I takeyou to recordthisday,thatI am purefrom the blood of all men.
27For I havenotshunned to declare unto youall the counsel of God.28
Take heedtherefore unto yourselves,and to all the flock,over the which the HolyGhost hath madeyouoverseers, to feed the church of God,which he hath purchasedwith his ownblood.29ForIknowthis,thataftermydeparting shall grievouswolves enter inamongyou,notsparing the flock.30Alsoofyour own selvesshallmenarise , speaking perverse things , to draw awaydisciplesafterthem.31Thereforewatch , and remember , that by the space of three years I ceasednot to warneveryonenightanddaywithtears.32Andnow,brethren, I commendyou to God,and to the word of hisgrace,which is able to build you up , and to giveyou an inheritanceamongall them which are sanctified .
I have coveted no man'ssilver,orgold,orapparel.34Yea, ye yourselvesknow , thatthesehands have ministered unto mynecessities,and to them that werewithme.35
I have shewedyou all things, how thatsolabouring ye ought to support the weak , and to remember the words of the LordJesus,howhesaid , It ismoreblessed to givethan to receive .
36And when he had thusspoken , hekneeleddown , and prayedwiththemall.37And they allweptsore,andfellonPaul'sneck, and kissedhim,38Sorrowing most of allfor the wordswhich he spake , that they shouldseehisface no more.And they accompaniedhimunto the ship.