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1 When the trouble stopped, Paul sent for the followers to come to him. After he encouraged them and then told them good-bye, he left and went to the country of 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 said many things to strengthen the followers in the different places on his way through Macedonia. 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 where he stayed for three months. He was ready to sail for Syria, but some Jews were planning something against him. So Paul decided to go back through Macedonia to Syria. 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 The men who went with him were Sopater son of Pyrrhus, from the city of Berea; Aristarchus and Secundus, from the city of Thessalonica; Gaius, from Derbe; Timothy; and Tychicus and Trophimus, two men from the country of Asia. 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 These men went on ahead and waited for us at Troas. 5 These men went on ahead and waited for us at Troas.
6 We sailed from Philippi after the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Five days later we met them in Troas, where we stayed 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 the first day of the week, we all met together to break bread, and Paul spoke to the group. Because he was planning to leave the next day, he kept on 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 We were all together in a room upstairs, and there were many lamps in the room. 8 There were many lamps in the upstairs room where we were meeting.
9 A young man named Eutychus was sitting in the window. As Paul continued talking, Eutychus was falling into a deep sleep. Finally, he went sound asleep and fell to the ground from the third floor. When they picked him up, he was dead. 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 down to Eutychus, knelt down, and put his arms around him. He said, "Don't worry. He is alive now." 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 Paul went upstairs again, broke bread, and ate. He spoke to them a long time, until it was early morning, and then he left. 11 Then he went upstairs again and broke bread and ate. After talking until daylight, he left.
12 They took the young man home alive and were greatly comforted. 12 The people took the young man home alive and were greatly comforted.
13 We went on ahead of Paul and sailed for the city of Assos, where he wanted to join us on the ship. Paul planned it this way because he wanted to go to Assos by land. 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 he met us there, we took him aboard and went to Mitylene. 14 When he met us at Assos, we took him aboard and went on to Mitylene.
15 We sailed from Mitylene and the next day came to a place near Kios. The following day we sailed to Samos, and the next day we reached 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 already decided not to stop at Ephesus, because he did not want to stay too long in the country of Asia. He was hurrying to be in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost, if that were 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 Now from Miletus Paul sent to Ephesus and called for the elders of the church. 17 From Miletus, Paul sent to Ephesus for the elders of the church.
18 When they came to him, he said, "You know about my life from the first day I came to Asia. You know the way I lived all the time I was with you. 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 The Jews made plans against me, which troubled me very much. But you know I always served the Lord unselfishly, and I often cried. 19 I served the Lord with great humility and with tears, although I was severely tested by the plots of the Jews.
20 You know I preached to you and did not hold back anything that would help you. You know that I taught you in public and in your homes. 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 both Jews and Greeks to change their lives and turn to God and 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 But now I must obey the Holy Spirit and go to Jerusalem. 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 I know only that in every city the Holy Spirit tells me that troubles and even jail wait for me. 23 I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me.
24 I don't care about my own life. The most important thing is that I complete my mission, the work that the Lord Jesus gave me -- to tell people the Good News about God's grace. 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 "And now, I know that none of you among whom I was preaching the kingdom of God will ever 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 So today I tell you that if any of you should be lost, I am not responsible, 26 Therefore, I declare to you today that I am innocent of the blood of all men.
27 because I have told you everything God wants you to know. 27 For I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God.
28 Be careful for yourselves and for all the people the Holy Spirit has given to you to care for. You must be like shepherds to the church of God, which he bought with the death of his own son. 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 after I leave, some people will come like wild wolves and try to destroy the flock. 29 I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock.
30 Also, some from your own group will rise up and twist the truth and will lead away followers after 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 careful! Always remember that for three years, day and night, I never stopped warning each of you, and I often cried over you. 31 So be on your guard! Remember that for three years I never stopped warning each of you night and day with tears.
32 "Now I am putting you in the care of God and the message about his grace. It is able to give you strength, and it will give you the blessings God has for all his 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 When I was with you, I never wanted anyone's money or fine clothes. 33 I have not coveted anyone's silver or gold or clothing.
34 You know I always worked to take care of my own needs and the needs of 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 showed you in all things that you should work as I did and help the weak. I taught you to remember the words Jesus said: 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'" 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 said this, he knelt down with all of them and prayed. 36 When he had said this, he knelt down with all of them and prayed.
37 37 They all wept as they embraced him and kissed him.
38 And they all cried because Paul had said they would never see him again. They put their arms around him and kissed him. Then they went with him 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.