Acts 21:13-23 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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13 But Paul wouldn't budge: "Why all this hysteria? Why do you insist on making a scene and making it even harder for me? You're looking at this backwards. The issue in Jerusalem is not what they do to me, whether arrest or murder, but what the Master Jesus does through my obedience. Can't you see that?" 13 Then Paul answered, "Why are you weeping and breaking my heart? I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus."
14 We saw that we weren't making even a dent in his resolve, and gave up. "It's in God's hands now," we said. "Master, you handle it." 14 When he would not be dissuaded, we gave up and said, "The Lord's will be done."
15 It wasn't long before we had our luggage together and were on our way to Jerusalem. 15 After this, we got ready and went up to Jerusalem.
16 Some of the disciples from Caesarea went with us and took us to the home of Mnason, who received us warmly as his guests. A native of Cyprus, he had been among the earliest disciples. 16 Some of the disciples from Caesarea accompanied us and brought us to the home of Mnason, where we were to stay. He was a man from Cyprus and one of the early disciples.
17 In Jerusalem, our friends, glad to see us, received us with open arms. 17 When we arrived at Jerusalem, the brothers received us warmly.
18 The first thing next morning, we took Paul to see James. All the church leaders were there. 18 The next day Paul and the rest of us went to see James, and all the elders were present.
19 After a time of greeting and small talk, Paul told the story, detail by detail, of what God had done among the Gentiles through his ministry. 19 Paul greeted them and reported in detail what God had done among the Gentiles through his ministry.
20 They listened with delight and gave God the glory. 20 When they heard this, they praised God. Then they said to Paul: "You see, brother, how many thousands of Jews have believed, and all of them are zealous for the law.
21 They've been told that you advise believing Jews who live surrounded by Gentiles to go light on Moses, telling them that they don't need to circumcise their children or keep up the old traditions. This isn't sitting at all well with them. 21 They have been informed that you teach all the Jews who live among the Gentiles to turn away from Moses, telling them not to circumcise their children or live according to our customs.
22 "We're worried about what will happen when they discover you're in town. There's bound to be trouble. So here is what we want you to do: 22 What shall we do? They will certainly hear that you have come,
23 There are four men from our company who have taken a vow involving ritual purification, but have no money to pay the expenses. 23 so do what we tell you. There are four men with us who have made a vow.