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Acts 21 (New American Standard)

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Paul Sails from Miletus

1 When 1we had parted from them and had set sail, we ran 2a straight course to Cos and the next day to Rhodes and from there to Patara; 2 and having found a ship crossing over to 3Phoenicia, we went aboard and set sail. 3 When we came in sight of 4Cyprus, leaving it on the left, we kept sailing to 5Syria and landed at 6Tyre; for there the ship was to unload its cargo. 4 After looking up 7the disciples, we stayed there seven days; and they kept telling Paul a8through the Spirit not to set foot in Jerusalem. 5 When bour days there were ended, we left and started on our journey, while they all, with wives and children, 9escorted us until we were out of the city. After 10kneeling down on the beach and praying, we said farewell to one another. 6 Then we went on board the ship, and they returned 11home again. 7 When we had finished the voyage from 12Tyre, we arrived at Ptolemais, and after greeting 13the brethren, we stayed with them for a day. 8 On the next day we left and came to 14Caesarea, and entering the house of 15Philip the 16evangelist, who was 17one of the seven, we stayed with him. 9 Now this man had four virgin daughters who were 18prophetesses. 10 As we were staying there for some days, a prophet named 19Agabus came down from Judea. 11 And coming to us, he 20took Paul's belt and bound his own feet and hands, and said, "This 21is what the Holy Spirit says: 'In this way the Jews at Jerusalem will 22bind the man who owns this belt and 23deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.' " 12 When we had heard this, we as well as the local residents began begging him 24not to go up to Jerusalem. 13 Then Paul answered, "What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? For 25I am ready not only to be bound, but even to die at Jerusalem for 26the name of the Lord Jesus." 14 And since he would not be persuaded, we fell silent, remarking, "27The will of the Lord be done!"

Paul at Jerusalem

15 After these days we got ready and 28started on our way up to Jerusalem. 16 Some of 29the disciples from 30Caesarea also came with us, taking us to Mnason of 31Cyprus, a 32disciple of long standing with whom we were to lodge. 17 After we arrived in Jerusalem, 33the brethren received us gladly. 18 And the following day Paul went in with us to c34James, and all 35the elders were present. 19 After he had greeted them, he 36began to relate one by one the things which God had done among the Gentiles through his 37ministry. 20 And when they heard it they began 38glorifying God; and they said to him, "You see, brother, how many dthousands there are among the Jews of those who have believed, and they are all 39zealous for the Law; 21 and they have been told about you, that you are 40teaching all the Jews who are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses, telling them 41not to circumcise their children nor to ewalk according to 42the customs. 22 "What, then, is to be done? They will certainly hear that you have come. 23 "Therefore do this that we tell you. We have four men who f43are under a vow; 24 take them and 44purify yourself along with them, and gpay their expenses so that they may 45shave their hheads; and all will know that there is nothing to the things which they have been told about you, but that you yourself also walk orderly, keeping the Law. 25 "But concerning the Gentiles who have believed, we wrote, 46having decided that they should abstain from imeat sacrificed to idols and from blood and from what is strangled and from fornication." 26 Then Paul jtook the men, and the next day, 47purifying himself along with them, 48went into the temple giving notice of the completion of the days of purification, until the sacrifice was offered for each one of them.

Paul Seized in the Temple

27 When 49the seven days were almost over, 50the Jews from k51Asia, upon seeing him in the temple, began to stir up all the crowd and laid hands on him, 28 crying out, "Men of Israel, come to our aid! 52This is the man who preaches to all men everywhere against our people and the Law and this place; and besides he has even brought Greeks into the temple and has 53defiled this holy place." 29 For they had previously seen 54Trophimus the 55Ephesian in the city with him, and they supposed that Paul had brought him into the temple. 30 Then all the city was provoked, and lthe people rushed together, and taking hold of Paul they 56dragged him out of the temple, and immediately the doors were shut. 31 While they were seeking to kill him, a report came up to the mcommander of the 57Roman ncohort that all Jerusalem was in confusion. 32 At once he 58took along some soldiers and centurions and ran down to them; and when they saw the ocommander and the soldiers, they stopped beating Paul. 33 Then the pcommander came up and took hold of him, and ordered him to be 59bound with 60two chains; and he began asking who he was and what he had done. 34 But among the crowd 61some were shouting one thing and some another, and when he could not find out the qfacts because of the uproar, he ordered him to be brought into 62the barracks. 35 When he got to 63the stairs, he was carried by the soldiers because of the violence of the rmob; 36 for the multitude of the people kept following them, shouting, "64Away with him!" 37 As Paul was about to be brought into 65the barracks, he said to the scommander, "May I say something to you?" And he said, "Do you know Greek? 38 "Then you are not 66the Egyptian who some ttime ago stirred up a revolt and led the four thousand men of the Assassins out 67into the wilderness?" 39 But Paul said, "68I am a Jew of Tarsus in 69Cilicia, a citizen of no insignificant city; and I beg you, allow me to speak to the people." 40 When he had given him permission, Paul, standing on 70the stairs, 71motioned to the people with his hand; and when there uwas a great hush, he spoke to them in the v72Hebrew dialect, saying,
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