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1 When the uproar was over, Paul sent for the disciples, encouraged them, said goodbye, and left for Macedonia. 1 When the uproar had ended, Paul sent for the disciples and, after encouraging them, said good-by and set out for Macedonia.
2 He went through that region and spoke many words of encouragement to the people. Then he went to Greece 2 He traveled through that area, speaking many words of encouragement to the people, and finally arrived in Greece,
3 and stayed there for three months. When Paul was going to board a ship for Syria, he found out that the Jews were plotting to kill him. So he decided to go back through Macedonia. 3 where he stayed three months. Because the Jews made a plot against him just as he was about to sail for Syria, he decided to go back through Macedonia.
4 Sopater (son of Pyrrhus) from Berea, Aristarchus and Secundus from Thessalonica, Gaius from Derbe, Timothy, and Tychicus and Trophimus from the province of Asia accompanied Paul. 4 He was accompanied by Sopater son of Pyrrhus from Berea, Aristarchus and Secundus from Thessalonica, Gaius from Derbe, Timothy also, and Tychicus and Trophimus from the province of Asia.
5 All these men went ahead and were waiting for us in Troas. 5 These men went on ahead and waited for us at Troas.
6 After the Festival of Unleavened Bread, we boarded a ship at Philippi. Five days later we joined them in Troas and stayed there for seven days. 6 But we sailed from Philippi after the Feast of Unleavened Bread, and five days later joined the others at Troas, where we stayed seven days.
7 On Sunday we met to break bread. Paul was discussing [Scripture] with the people. Since he intended to leave the next day, he kept talking until midnight. 7 On the first day of the week we came together to break bread. Paul spoke to the people and, because he intended to leave the next day, kept on talking until midnight.
8 (Many lamps were lit in the upstairs room where we were meeting.) 8 There were many lamps in the upstairs room where we were meeting.
9 A young man named Eutychus was sitting in a window. As Paul was talking on and on, Eutychus was gradually falling asleep. Finally, overcome by sleep, he fell from the third story and was dead when they picked him up. 9 Seated in a window was a young man named Eutychus, who was sinking into a deep sleep as Paul talked on and on. When he was sound asleep, he fell to the ground from the third story and was picked up dead.
10 Paul went to him, took him into his arms, and said, "Don't worry! He's alive!" 10 Paul went down, threw himself on the young man and put his arms around him. "Don't be alarmed," he said. "He's alive!"
11 Then Eutychus went upstairs again, broke the bread, and ate. Paul talked with the people for a long time, until sunrise, and then left. 11 Then he went upstairs again and broke bread and ate. After talking until daylight, he left.
12 The people took the boy home. They were greatly relieved that he was alive. 12 The people took the young man home alive and were greatly comforted.
13 We went ahead to the ship and sailed for the city of Assos. At Assos, we were going to pick up Paul. He had made these arrangements, since he had planned to walk overland to Assos. 13 We went on ahead to the ship and sailed for Assos, where we were going to take Paul aboard. He had made this arrangement because he was going there on foot.
14 When Paul met us in Assos, we took him on board and went to the city of Mitylene. 14 When he met us at Assos, we took him aboard and went on to Mitylene.
15 We sailed from there. On the following day we approached the island of Chios. The next day we went by the island of Samos, and on the next day we arrived at the city of Miletus. 15 The next day we set sail from there and arrived off Kios. The day after that we crossed over to Samos, and on the following day arrived at Miletus.
16 Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus to avoid spending time in the province of Asia. He was in a hurry to get to Jerusalem for the day of Pentecost, if that was possible. 16 Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus to avoid spending time in the province of Asia, for he was in a hurry to reach Jerusalem, if possible, by the day of Pentecost.
17 From Miletus Paul sent messengers to the city of Ephesus and called the spiritual leaders of the church to meet with him [in Miletus]. 17 From Miletus, Paul sent to Ephesus for the elders of the church.
18 When they were with him, he said to them, "You know how I spent all my time with you from the first day I arrived in the province of Asia. 18 When they arrived, he said to them: "You know how I lived the whole time I was with you, from the first day I came into the province of Asia.
19 I humbly served the Lord, often with tears in my eyes. I served the Lord during the difficult times I went through when the Jews plotted against me. 19 I served the Lord with great humility and with tears, although I was severely tested by the plots of the Jews.
20 I didn't avoid telling you anything that would help you, and I didn't avoid teaching you publicly and from house to house. 20 You know that I have not hesitated to preach anything that would be helpful to you but have taught you publicly and from house to house.
21 I warned Jews and Greeks to change the way they think and act and to believe in our Lord Jesus. 21 I have declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus.
22 "I am determined to go to Jerusalem now. I don't know what will happen to me there. 22 "And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there.
23 However, the Holy Spirit warns me in every city that imprisonment and suffering are waiting for me. 23 I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me.
24 But I don't place any value on my own life. I want to finish the race I'm running. I want to carry out the mission I received from the Lord Jesus--the mission of testifying to the Good News of God's kindness. 24 However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me--the task of testifying to the gospel of God's grace.
25 "Now I know that none of you whom I told about the kingdom [of God]will see me again. 25 "Now I know that none of you among whom I have gone about preaching the kingdom will ever see me again.
26 Therefore, I declare to you today that I am not responsible for the [spiritual] death of any of you. 26 Therefore, I declare to you today that I am innocent of the blood of all men.
27 I didn't avoid telling you the whole plan of God. 27 For I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God.
28 Pay attention to yourselves and to the entire flock in which the Holy Spirit has placed you as bishops to be shepherds for God's church which he acquired with his own blood. 28 Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood.
29 I know that fierce wolves will come to you after I leave, and they won't spare the flock. 29 I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock.
30 Some of your own men will come forward and say things that distort the truth. They will do this to lure disciples into following them. 30 Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them.
31 So be alert! Remember that I instructed each of you for three years, day and night, at times with tears in my eyes. 31 So be on your guard! Remember that for three years I never stopped warning each of you night and day with tears.
32 "I am now entrusting you to God and to his message that tells how kind he is. That message can help you grow and can give you the inheritance that is shared by all of God's holy people. 32 "Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.
33 "I never wanted anyone's silver, gold, or clothes. 33 I have not coveted anyone's silver or gold or clothing.
34 You know that I worked to support myself and those who were with me. 34 You yourselves know that these hands of mine have supplied my own needs and the needs of my companions.
35 I have given you an example that by working hard like this we should help the weak. We should remember the words that the Lord Jesus said, 'Giving gifts is more satisfying than receiving them.'" 35 In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.' "
36 When Paul had finished speaking, he knelt down and prayed with all of them. 36 When he had said this, he knelt down with all of them and prayed.
37 Everyone cried a lot as they put their arms around Paul and kissed him. 37 They all wept as they embraced him and kissed him.
38 The thought of not seeing Paul again hurt them most of all. Then they took Paul to the ship. 38 What grieved them most was his statement that they would never see his face again. Then they accompanied him to the ship.