And when they came to him, he said to them: 1"You yourselves know 2how I lived among you the whole time 3from the first day that I set foot in Asia,
194serving the Lord 5with all humility and with 6tears and with trials that happened to me through 7the plots of the Jews;
how I 8did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, and 9teaching you in public and from house to house,
2110testifying both to Jews and to Greeks of 11repentance toward God and of 12faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.
And now, behold, I am going to Jerusalem, constrained 13bya the Spirit, not knowing what will happen to me there,
except that 14the Holy Spirit testifies to me in every city that 15imprisonment and 16afflictions await me.
But 17I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only 18I may finish my course and 19the ministry 20that I received from the Lord Jesus, 21to testify to 22the gospel of 23the grace of God.
And now, behold, 24I know that none of you among whom I have gone about 25proclaiming the kingdom will see my face again.
Therefore 26I testify to you this day that 27I am innocent of the blood of all of you,
for 28I did not shrink from declaring to you 29the whole counsel of God.
2830Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all 31the flock, in which 32the Holy Spirit has made you 33overseers, 34to care for 35the church of God,b which he 36obtained 37with his own blood.c
I 38know that after my departure 39fierce wolves will come in among you, 40not sparing the flock;
and 41from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them.
Therefore 42be alert, remembering that 43for three years I did not cease night or day 44to admonish everyone 45with tears.
And now 46I commend you to God and to 47the word of his grace, which is able to 48build you up and to give you 49the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.
3451You yourselves know that 52these hands ministered to my necessities and 53to those who were with me.
In all things 54I have shown you that 55by working hard in this way we must 56help the weak and 57remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, 'It is more blessed 58to give than to receive.'"