From Miletus he sent to 1Ephesus and called to him 2the elders of the church.
And when they had come to him, he said to them, "You yourselvesknow, 3 from the firstday that I setfoot in aAsia, how I was with you the wholetime,
19serving the Lord with allhumility and with tears and with trials which came upon me bthrough4the plots of the Jews ;
20how I 5did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, and teaching you publicly and cfrom house to house,
21solemnly6testifying to bothJews and Greeks of 7repentancetowardGod and 8faith in our LordJesusChrist.
"And now, behold, bound by the dSpirit, 9I am on my way to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there ,
23except that 10the HolySpiritsolemnly11testifies to me in everycity, saying that 12bonds and afflictionsawait me.
"But 13I do not consider my life of anyaccount as dear to myself, so that I may 14finish my course and 15the ministrywhich I received from the LordJesus, to 16testifysolemnly of the gospel of 17the grace of God.
"And now, behold, I know that all of you, amongwhom I wentabout18preaching the kingdom, will nolongersee my face.
26"Therefore, I etestify to you thisday that 19I amfinnocent of the blood of allmen.
"For I 20did not shrink from declaring to you the whole21purpose of God.
"Be on guard for yourselves and for all22the flock, amongwhich the HolySpirit has made you goverseers, to shepherd23the church of Godwhich24He hpurchasediwith His ownblood.
"I know that after my departure25savagewolves will come in among you, not sparing26the flock ;
and from among your own selvesmen will arise, speakingperversethings, to drawaway27the disciplesafter them.
31"Therefore be on the alert, remembering that night and day for a period of 28threeyears I did not cease to admonisheachone29with tears.
"And now I 30commend you to God and to 31the word of His grace, which is able to 32build you up and to give you 33the inheritanceamongallthose who are sanctified.
"34I have covetednoone'ssilverorgoldorclothes.
"You yourselvesknow that 35thesehandsministered to my own needs and to the 36men who were with me.
"In everything I showed you that by workinghard in thismanner you musthelp the weak and remember the words of the LordJesus, that He Himselfsaid, 'It is moreblessed to givethan to receive.'"
When he had saidthesethings, he 37kneltdown and prayed with them all.
And jthey began to weepaloud and k38embracedPaul, and repeatedly kissed him,
38lgrievingespeciallyover39the wordwhich he had spoken, that they would not see his faceagain. And they were 40accompanying him to the ship.