Acts 21
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Paul Sails from Miletus

1Now when we had parted from them and had set sail, we ran a straight course to Cos, and on the next day to Rhodes, and from there to Patara; 2and having found a ship crossing over to Phoenicia, we went aboard and set sail. 3When we came in sight of Cyprus, leaving it on the left, we kept sailing to Syria and landed at Tyre; for the ship was to unload its cargo there. 4After looking up the disciples, we stayed there for seven days; and they kept telling Paul, [a]through the Spirit, not to set foot in Jerusalem. 5When [b]our days there were ended, we left and started on our journey, while they all, with wives and children, escorted us until we were out of the city. After kneeling down on the beach and praying, we said farewell to one another. 6Then we boarded the ship, and they returned home.

7When we had finished the voyage from Tyre, we arrived at Ptolemais, and after greeting the brothers and sisters, we stayed with them for a day. 8On the next day we left and came to Caesarea, and we entered the house of Philip the evangelist, who was one of the seven, and stayed with him. 9Now this man had four virgin daughters who were prophetesses. 10As we were staying there for some days, a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea. 11And he came to us and took Paul’s belt and bound his own feet and hands, and said, “This is what the Holy Spirit says: ‘In this way the Jews in Jerusalem will bind the man who owns this belt and hand him over to the Gentiles.’” 12When we had heard this, we as well as the local residents began begging him not to go up to Jerusalem. 13Then Paul replied, “What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound, but even to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” 14And since he would not be persuaded, we became quiet, remarking, “The will of the Lord be done!”

Paul in Jerusalem

15After these days we got ready and started on our way up to Jerusalem. 16Some of the disciples from Caesarea also came with us, taking us to Mnason of Cyprus, a disciple of long standing with whom we were to stay.

17After we arrived in Jerusalem, the brothers and sisters received us gladly. 18And the following day Paul went in with us to [c]James, and all the elders were present. 19After he had greeted them, he began to relate one by one the things which God had done among the Gentiles through his ministry. 20And when they heard about them, they began glorifying God; and they said to him, “You see, brother, how many [d]thousands there are among the Jews of those who have believed, and they are all zealous for the Law; 21and they have been told about you, that you are teaching all the Jews who are among the Gentiles to abandon Moses, telling them not to circumcise their children nor to [e]walk according to the customs. 22So what is to be done? They will certainly hear that you have come. 23Therefore, do [f]as we tell you: we have four men who have a [g]vow upon themselves; 24take them along and purify yourself together with them, and [h]pay their expenses so that they may shave their [i]heads; and then everyone will know that there is nothing to what they have been told about you, but that you yourself also conform, keeping the Law. 25But regarding the Gentiles who have believed, we sent a letter, having decided that they should abstain from [j]meat sacrificed to idols and from blood and what is [k]strangled, and from sexual immorality.” 26Then Paul [l]took along the men, and the next day, after purifying himself together with them, he went into the temple giving notice of the completion of the days of purification, until the sacrifice was offered for each one of them.

Paul Seized in the Temple

27When the seven days were almost over, the Jews from [m]Asia, upon seeing him in the temple, began to stir up all the crowd and laid hands on him, 28crying out, “Men of Israel, help! This is the man who instructs everyone everywhere against our people and the Law and this place; and besides, he has even brought Greeks into the temple and has defiled this holy place!” 29For they had previously seen Trophimus the Ephesian in the city with him, and they thought that Paul had brought him into the temple. 30Then the whole city was provoked and [n]the people rushed together, and taking hold of Paul they dragged him out of the temple, and immediately the doors were shut. 31While they were intent on killing him, a report came up to the commander of the Roman [o]cohort that all Jerusalem was in confusion. 32He immediately took along some soldiers and centurions and ran down to [p]the crowd; and when they saw the commander and the soldiers, they stopped beating Paul. 33Then the commander came up and took hold of him, and ordered that he be bound with two chains; and he began asking who he was and what he had done. 34But among the crowd, some were shouting one thing and some another, and when he could not find out the [q]facts because of the uproar, he ordered that [r]Paul be brought into the barracks. 35When Paul got to the stairs, it came about that he was carried by the soldiers because of the violence of the [s]mob; 36for the multitude of people kept following them, shouting, “Away with him!”

37As Paul was about to be brought into the barracks, he *said to the commander, “May I say something to you?” And he said, “Do you know Greek? 38Then you are not the Egyptian who some [t]time ago stirred up a revolt and led the four thousand men of the Assassins out into the wilderness?” 39But Paul said, “I am a Jew of Tarsus in Cilicia, a citizen of no insignificant city; and I beg you, allow me to speak to the people.” 40When he had given him permission, Paul, standing on the stairs, motioned to the people with his hand; and when there [u]was a great silence, he spoke to them in the [v]Hebrew dialect, saying,

[a] 4 I.e., because of impressions made by the Spirit
[b] 5 Lit we had completed the days
[c] 18 Or Jacob
[d] 20 Lit ten thousands
[e] 21 I.e., observe or live by
[f] 23 Lit this which we
[g] 23 I.e., a sacred duty to fulfill
[h] 24 Lit spend on them
[i] 24 Lit head (a requirement of the vow)
[j] 25 Lit the thing
[k] 25 I.e., to retain the blood
[l] 26 Or took along the men the next day, and after purifying himself
[m] 27 I.e., west coast province of Asia Minor
[n] 30 Lit a running together of the people occurred
[o] 31 Normally 600 men (the number varied)
[p] 32 Lit them
[q] 34 Lit certainty
[r] 34 Lit he
[s] 35 Lit crowd
[t] 38 Lit days
[u] 40 Lit occurred
[v] 40 I.e., Jewish Aramaic

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