Acts 20 (Lexham English Bible)

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Paul Travels Through Macedonia and Greece

1 Now after the turmoil had ceased, Paul summoneda the disciples, and [after]b encouraging [them],c he said farewell [and]d departed to travel to Macedonia. 2 And [after he]e had gone through those regions and encouraged them {at length},f he came to Greece 3 and stayedg three months. [Because]h a plot was made against him by the Jews [as he]i was about to set sail for Syria, he came to a decision to return through Macedonia. 4 And Sopater [son] of Pyrrhus from Berea, and Aristarchus and Secundus from Thessalonica, and Gaius from Derbe, and Timothy, and Tychicus and Trophimus from Asia, were accompanying him. 5 And these had gone on ahead [and]j were waiting for us in Troas. 6 And we sailed away from Philippi after the days of Unleavened Bread and came to them at Troas within five days, where we stayed seven days.

Eutychus Falls from a Window

7 And on the first [day] of the week, [when]k we had assembled to break bread, Paul began conversingl with them, [because he]m was going to leave on the next day, and he extended [his]n message until midnight. 8 Now there were quite a few lamps in the upstairs room where we were gathered. 9 And a certain young man {named}o Eutychus who was sitting in the window was sinking into a deep sleep [while]p Paul was conversing at length. Being overcome by sleep, he fell down from the third story and was picked up dead. 10 But Paul went down [and]q threw himself on him, and putting his arms around [him],r said, "Do not be distressed, for his life is in him." 11 So he went up and broke bread,s and [when he]t had eaten and talked for a long [time], until dawn, then he departed. 12 And they led the youth away alive, and {were greatly}u comforted.

The Voyage to Miletus

13 But we went on ahead to the ship [and]v put out to sea for Assos, intending to take Paul on board there. For having made arrangements in this way, he himself was intending to travel by land. 14 And when he met us at Assos, we took him on board [and]w went to Mitylene. 15 And we sailed from there on the next [day], [and]x arrived opposite Chios. And on the next [day] we approached Samos, and on the following [day] we came to Miletus. 16 For Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus so that he would not be [having] to spend time in Asia.y For he was hurrying if it could be possible for him to be in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost.

Paul’s Farewell to the Ephesian Elders

17 And from Miletus he sent [word]z to Ephesus [and]aa summoned the elders of the church. 18 And when they came to him, he said to them, "You know from the first day on which I set foot in Asiabb how I was the whole time with you-- 19 serving the Lord with all humility and with tears, and with the trials that happened to me through the plots of the Jews-- 20 how I did not shrink from proclaiming to you anything that would be profitable, and [from] teaching you in public and from house [to house], 21 testifying both to Jews and to Greeks with respect to repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus. 22 "And now behold, bound by the Spirit I am traveling to Jerusalem, not knowing the things that will happen to me {there},cc 23 except that the Holy Spirit testifies to me in town [after town], saying that bonds and persecutions await me. 24 But I consider [my]dd life [as] worth {nothing}ee to myself, in order to finish my mission and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify [to] the gospel of the grace of God. 25 "And now behold, I know that all [of] you, among whom I went about proclaiming the kingdom, will see my face no more. 26 Therefore I testify to you on this very day that I am guiltless of the blood of all [of you],ff 27 for I did not shrink from proclaiming to you the whole purpose of God. 28 Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock among which the Holy Spirit has appointed you [as] overseers, to shepherd the church of God which he obtained through the blood of his own [Son].gg 29 I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. 30 And from among you yourselves men will arise, speaking {perversions of the truth}hh in order to draw away the disciples after them. 31 Therefore be on the alert, remembering that night and day [for] three years I did not stop warning each one [of you]ii with tears. 32 "And now I entrust you to God and to the message of his grace, which is able to build [you]jj up and to give [you]kk the inheritance among all those who are sanctified. 33 I have desired no one's silver or gold or clothing! 34 You yourselves know that these hands served [to meet]ll my needs and [the needs of]mm those who were with me. 35 I have shown you [with respect to] all [things] that [by]nn working hard in this way it is necessary to help those who are in need, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus that he himself said, "It is more blessed to give than to receive."oo 36 And [when he]pp had said these [things], he fell to his knees [and]qq prayed with them all. 37 And there was considerable weeping by all, and {hugging}rr Paul, they kissed him, 38 especially distressed at the statement that he had said, that they were going to see his face no more. And they accompanied him to the ship.
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