When the uproar had ended, Paul sent for the disciples1 and, after encouraging them, said good-by and set out for Macedonia.2
He traveled through that area, speaking many words of encouragement to the people, and finally arrived in Greece,
where he stayed three months. Because some Jews had plotted against him3 just as he was about to sail for Syria,4 he decided to go back through Macedonia.5
He was accompanied by Sopater son of Pyrrhus from Berea, Aristarchus6 and Secundus from Thessalonica,7 Gaius8 from Derbe, Timothy9 also, and Tychicus10 and Trophimus11 from the province of Asia.12
These men went on ahead and waited for us13 at Troas.14
But we sailed from Philippi15 after the Festival of Unleavened Bread, and five days later joined the others at Troas,16 where we stayed seven days.
On the first day of the week17 we came together to break bread.18 Paul spoke to the people and, because he intended to leave the next day, kept on talking until midnight.
There were many lamps in the upstairs room19 where we were meeting.
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.
Paul went down, threw himself on the young man20 and put his arms around him. "Don't be alarmed," he said. "He's alive!"21
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Then he went upstairs again and broke bread22 and ate. After talking until daylight, he left.
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The people took the young man home alive and were greatly comforted.
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.
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When he met us at Assos, we took him aboard and went on to Mitylene.
The next day we set sail from there and arrived off Chios. The day after that we crossed over to Samos, and on the following day arrived at Miletus.23
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Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus24 to avoid spending time in the province of Asia,25 for he was in a hurry to reach Jerusalem,26 if possible, by the day of Pentecost.27
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From Miletus,28 Paul sent to Ephesus for the elders29 of the church.
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When they arrived, he said to them: "You know how I lived the whole time I was with you,30 from the first day I came into the province of Asia.31
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I served the Lord with great humility and with tears32 and in the midst of severe testing by the plots of the Jews.33
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You know that I have not hesitated to preach anything34 that would be helpful to you but have taught you publicly and from house to house.
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I have declared to both Jews35 and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance36 and have faith in our Lord Jesus.37
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"And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem,38 not knowing what will happen to me there.
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I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me39 that prison and hardships are facing me.40
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However, I consider my life worth nothing to me;41 my only aim is to finish the race42 and complete the task43 the Lord Jesus has given me44--the task of testifying to the good news of God's grace.45
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"Now I know that none of you among whom I have gone about preaching the kingdom46 will ever see me again.47
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Therefore, I declare to you today that I am innocent of the blood of everyone.48
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For I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God.49
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Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock50 of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers.51 Be shepherds of the church of God,52 which he bought53 with his own blood.54
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I know that after I leave, savage wolves55 will come in among you and will not spare the flock.56
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Even from your own number some will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples57 after them.
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So be on your guard! Remember that for three years58 I never stopped warning each of you night and day with tears.59
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"Now I commit you to God60 and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance61 among all those who are sanctified.62
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I have not coveted anyone's silver or gold or clothing.63
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You yourselves know that these hands of mine have supplied my own needs and the needs of my companions.64
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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.' "
When Paul had finished speaking, he knelt down with all of them and prayed.65
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They all wept as they embraced him and kissed him.66
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What grieved them most was his statement that they would never see his face again.67 Then they accompanied him to the ship.68
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