Now from Miletus he sent to Ephesus and called 1the elders of the church to come to him.
And when they came to him, he said to them: 2"You yourselves know 3how I lived among you the whole time 4from the first day that I set foot in Asia,
195serving the Lord 6with all humility and with 7tears and with trials that happened to me through 8the plots of the Jews;
how I 9did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, and 10teaching you in public and from house to house,
2111testifying both to Jews and to Greeks of 12repentance toward God and of 13faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.
And now, behold, I am going to Jerusalem, constrained 14bya the Spirit, not knowing what will happen to me there,
except that 15the Holy Spirit testifies to me in every city that 16imprisonment and 17afflictions await me.
But 18I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only 19I may finish my course and 20the ministry 21that I received from the Lord Jesus, 22to testify to 23the gospel of 24the grace of God.
And now, behold, 25I know that none of you among whom I have gone about 26proclaiming the kingdom will see my face again.
Therefore 27I testify to you this day that 28I am innocent of the blood of all of you,
for 29I did not shrink from declaring to you 30the whole counsel of God.
2831Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all 32the flock, in which 33the Holy Spirit has made you 34overseers, 35to care for 36the church of God,b which he 37obtained 38with his own blood.c
I 39know that after my departure 40fierce wolves will come in among you, 41not sparing the flock;
and 42from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them.
Therefore 43be alert, remembering that 44for three years I did not cease night or day 45to admonish everyone 46with tears.
And now 47I commend you to God and to 48the word of his grace, which is able to 49build you up and to give you 50the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.
3452You yourselves know that 53these hands ministered to my necessities and 54to those who were with me.
In all things 55I have shown you that 56by working hard in this way we must 57help the weak and 58remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, 'It is more blessed 59to give than to receive.'"
And when he had said these things, 60he knelt down and prayed with them all.
And 61there was much weeping on the part of all; 62they embraced Paul and 63kissed him,
being sorrowful most of all because of 64the word he had spoken, that they would not see his face again. And 65they accompanied him to the ship.