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Macedonia two of those who who were his friends, sent to
ministered to him, Timothy and Erastus; but he himself continued a while in Asia.
him, advising him not to venture into the theatre. 32 Some therefore cried one thing, and some another: for the assembly was confused, and the greater part knew not why they were come together. 33 Then Alexander was advanced out of the crowd, the Jews pushing him forward. And Alexander waving his hand, would have made a defence to the people: 34 but they knowing him to be a Jew, all with one voice, for about two hours, cried out, "Great is Diana of the Ephesians."
35 At length the recorder having stilled the crowd, said,
23 Now at this time, there arose no small disturbance concerning this way. 24 For a certain man, named Demetrius, a silver-smith, who made silver models of Diana's temple, furnished no small gain to the workmen; 25 whom he called together, with those of like occupation, and said, "Sirs, ye know that by this employment we have our wealth: 26 moreover, ye see and hear that this Paul hath persuaded, and turned aside, no small multitude, not only of Ephesus but almost" Men of Ephesus, what man of all Asia; saying, that they are not gods which are made with hands: 27 so there is not only danger that this our occupation should come into contempt, but also that the temple of the great goddess Diana should be despised, and that her magnificence should be soon destroyed, whom all Asia, and the world worshippeth." 28 And having heard this, they were full of wrath, and cried out, saying, "Great is Diana of the Ephesians."
is there, who knoweth not that the city of the Ephesians is a worshipper of the great Diana, and of the image which fell down from Jupiter? 36 Since therefore these things cannot be spoken against, ye ought to be quiet, and to do nothing rashly: 37 for ye have brought hither these men, who are neither robbers of temples, nor blasphemers of your goddess. 38 Wherefore if Demetrius, and the workmen who are with him, have a matter against any one, court-days are kept, and there are deputies to give judgment: let them summon one another. 39 But if ye inquire any thing concerning
29 And the whole city was filled with confusion; and having seized Gaius and Aristarchus, men of Macedonia, Paul's fellow-travellers, they rushed with one consent into the thea-other matters, it should be in a tre. 30 Upon this Paul had a lawful assembly. 40 For we mind to go to the people, but are in danger of being called in the disciples did not permit question for this day's disturb. him. 31 And even some of the ance: there being no cause by chief magistrates of Asia, which we may justify this con
course." 41 And having thus spoken, he dismissed the assembly.
CH. XX. 1 NOW this tumult being over, Paul sent for the disciples, and took leave of them, and departed to go into Macedonia. 2 And having gone over those parts, and given them much exhortation, he came into Greece. 3 And after he had continued three months, the Jews having lain in wait for him, as he was about to sail into Syria, he determined to return through Macedonia. 4 And Sopater, the son of Pyrrhus, a Berean, accompanied him as far as Asia; but Aristarchus and Secundus, of the Thessalonians, and Gaius, of Derbè, and Timothy, and Tychicus and Trophimus of Asia, 5 these went before, and waited for us at Troas. 6 And we sailed away from Philippi after the days of unleavened bread, and we came to them at Troas in five days; where we abode seven days.
7 And on the first day of the week, the disciples having assembled to break bread, Paul discoursed to them, being about to depart on the morrow; and continued his discourse until midnight. 8 And there were many lamps in the upper room, where we were assembled. 9 Now a certain young man, named Eutychus, sat in a window; and having fallen into a deep sleep, as Paul discoursed a long time, he sunk down with sleep, and fell to the ground from the third story, and
was taken up dead. 10 Then Paul went down, and fell on him, and embraced him, and said, "Trouble not yourselves; for his life is in him." 11 And having come up again, and broken bread, and eaten, and conversed a long time, even till | break of day, he then departed.
12 Now when they brought up the young man alive; and were not a little comforted, 13 we went before, to the ship, and sailed to Assos, there intending to take in Paul for so he had appointed, intending himself to go by land. 14 And, having come up with us, at Assos, we took him in, and came to Mitylene. 15 And we sailed thence, and arrived the next day over against Chios; and the following day we touched at Samos, and, having remained at Trogyllium, on the day after we came to Miletus. 16 For Paul had determined to sail by Ephesus, that he might not pass much time in Asia; for he hastened, if it were possible for him, to be at Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost.
17 AND from Miletus Paul sent to Ephesus, and called to him the elders of the church. 18 And having come to him, he said to them, "Ye know, from the first day since I came into Asia, in what manner I have conducted myself with you the whole time; 19 serving the Lord with all humility of mind, and with tears, and trials which befel me by the lyings in wait of the Jews: 20 and that I have not kept back any thing, which
was profitable to you; but have shown.it to you, and have taught you, publicly and from house to house; 21 announcing both to Jews and Greeks repentance towards God, and faith towards our Lord Jesus Christ.
22" And now, behold, I am strongly impressed in mind to go to Jerusalem; not knowing the things which will befal me there, 23 except that the holy spirit witnesseth to me in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions await me. 24 But I make no account of any thing, nor do I regard [my] life, as dear to myself, so that I may finish my course [with joy], and the ministry which I have received from the Lord Jesus, to declare the gracious gospel of God. 25 And now, behold, I know that ye all, among whom I have gone preaching the reign [of God], will see my face no more. 26 Wherefore I declare to you this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men; 27 for I have kept nothing back, but have declared to you the whole counsel of God.
28 "Take heed therefore to yourselves, and to all the flock; among whom the holy spirit hath made you overseers, to feed the church of the Lord, which he hath purchased with his own blood. 29 [For] I know [this], that after my departure, grievous wolves will enter in among you, not sparing the flock. 30 From among your own selves also, will men arise, speaking perverse things,
to draw away disciples after them. 31 Watch therefore, and remember, that for three years, night and day, I ceased not to admonish every one with tears, 32" And now, [brethren,] commend you to God, and to the word of his favour, which is able to edify you, and to give you an inheritance among all those that are sanctified. 33 I have coveted no one's silver, nor gold, nor apparel. 34 Ye yourselves know that these hands have ministered to my necessities, and to those who were with me. 35 I have shown you in all things, that by so labouring ye ought to assist the infirm, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that he said, 'It is more happy to give than to receive." "
36 And when he had thus spoken, he kneeled down, and prayed with them all. 37 And they all wept much, and fell on Paul's neck, and kissed him; 38 sorrowing most for the words which he had spoken, that they were to see his face no more. And they conducted him on his way to the ship.
CH. XXI. 1 AND it came to pass that, after we had separated ourselves from them, and had sailed, we came with a straight course to Coos, and the day following to Rhodes, and thence to Patara. 2 And having found a ship sailing over to Phenicia, we went on board, and loosed. 3 Now having discovered Cyprus, and passed by it on the left hand, we sailed into Syria, and land
ed at Tyre; for there the ship was to unload her burden. 4 And having met with disciples we remained there seven days: and these said to Paul by the spirit, that he should not go up to Jerusalem. 5 And when we had completed those days, we went out and departed, and they all conducted us on our way, with their wives and children, till we were out of the city and we kneeled down on the shore, and prayed. 6 And taking leave of one another, we went into the ship; and they returned home.
7 And having finished our course, from Tyre we came to Ptolemais, and saluted the brethren, and remained with them one day: 8 and on the morrow we departed, and came to Cæsarea; and we entered into the house of Philip the Evangelist, who was one of the seven deacons, and remained with him. 9 And this man had four daughters, virgins, who prophesied.
swered, "What mean ye by weeping and breaking my heart? for I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die, at Jerusalem, for the name of the Lord Jesus." 14 And as he would not be persuaded, we ceased; saying, "The will of the Lord be done."
15 And after those days we took our baggage and went up to Jerusalem. 16 Some disciples also of Cæsarea went with us; bringing with them one Mnason of Cyprus, an early disciple, with whom we might lodge."
17 AND on our coming to Jerusalem, the brethren received us gladly. 18 And the day following, Paul went in with us to James; and all the elders were present. 19 And having greeted them, he declared particularly what things God had wrought among the gentiles through his ministry: 20 for which, having heard, they glorified God, and said to him, "Thou seest, brother, how many thou10 And as we continued sands of Jews there are who bethere many days, a certain pro-lieve; and they are all zealous of phet, named Agabus, came the law. 21 And they have been down from Judea: 11 and com-informed concerning thee, that ing to us, he took Paul's girdle, thou teachest [all] the Jews and bound his own hands and who are among the gentiles, to feet, and said, "Thus saith the forsake Moses; saying that holy spirit: So the Jews at Je- they ought not to circumcise rusalem will bind the man who their children; nor walk accordowneth this girdle, and will to our customs. 22 What theredeliver him into the hands of fore should be done? The multitude must needs assemble : for they will hear that thou art come. 23 Do therefore what we say to thee: We have four men who have a vow on them:
the gentiles.' " 12 And having heard these things, both we, and those of that place, besought him not to go up to Jerusalem. 13 Then Paul an
24 take these and purify thyself with them, and be at expense for them, that they may shave their heads, and all may know that those things of which they were informed concerning thee are nothing, but that thou thyself also walkest in the observance of the law. 25 But concerning the gentiles who believe, we have already written and determined, [that they observe no such thing; but] that they only keep themselves from what is offered to idols, and from blood, [and from things strangled,] and from fornication."* 26 Then Paul took the men, and the next day purified himself, with them, and entered into the temple, announcing the full term of the days of purification; even to the time when an offering was to be made for every one of them.
27 BUT as the seven days were to be completed, the Jews from Asia, having seen him in the temple, threw all the multitude into confusion, and laid hands on him, 28 crying out, "Men of Israel, help. This is the man, who teacheth all men, every where, against the people, and the law, and this place: and, further, hath brought Greeks also into the temple; and hath polluted this holy place." 29 (For they had before seen with him, in the city Trephimus, an Ephesian, whom they supposed Paul had brought into the temple.) 30 And all the city was moved,
and the people ran together; and they seized Paul, and dragged him out of the temple: and immediately the doors were shut. 31 And as they sought to kill him, a report came to the commander of the band, that all Jerusalem was in confusion: 32 who immediately took soldiers, and centurions, and ran down to them: now seeing the commander, and the soldiers, they ceased from beating Paul. 33 Then the commander coming near, seized him, and ordered him to be bound with two chains; and inquired who he was, and what he had done. 34 And as some among the multitude cried one thing, and some another, and he could not ascertain the truth, because of the tumult, he ordered him to be brought into the castle. 35 And when he came upon the steps, it happened that he was carried by the soldiers, in consequence of the violence of the people; 36 for the multitude of the people followed, crying out, "Away with him.”
37 And as Paul was about to be taken into the castle, he said to the commander, "May I speak to thee?" Who said, "Understandest thou Greek ? 38 Art thou not that Egyptian, who before these days raised an insurrection, and led out into the desert four thousand men who were assassins?" 39 But Paul said, “ I am a Jew of Tarsus, a city of Cilicia; a citizen of no mean city: and I
See chap. xv. 20. note.