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19 Serving the Lord with all humility of mind, and with . many tears, and-temptations, which befel me by the lying in wait of the Jews:
20 And how I kept back nothing that was profitable untu you, but have shewed you, and have taught you publicLly, and from house to house, •
21 Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.'
22 And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befal me there:
23 Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying, That bonds and afflictions abide me.
24 But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testily the gospel of the grace of God.
25 And now, behold, [ know that ye all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, shall see my face no more.
23 Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men.
27 For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.
28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with Jiis own blood.
29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.
30 Also of your ownselves shall men arise speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.
31 Therefore watch, and remember that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.
32 And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.
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33 I have coveted no man's silver, or gold, or apparel.
34 Yea, ye yourselves know that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me.
So I have shewed you nil things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.
36 *J And when he had thus spoken, he kneeled down, and prayed with them all.
37 Atid they all wept sore, and fell on Paul's neck, and kissed him,
38 Soirowing most of all for the woids which he spake, that they should see his face no more. And they accompanied him unto the ship.
CHAP. XXI. 1 Paul zoill not be dissuaded from going to Jerusalem, y Philip's daughters prophetesses. 18 Paul at Jerusalem, is apprehended, 31 but is rescued by the chief captain. A ND it came to pass, that after we were gotten from them, and had launched, we came with a straight course nnto Coos, and the day following unto Rhodes, and from thence unto Patara:
£ And finding a ship sailing over unto Phenicia, we went aboard, and set forth.
3 Now when we had discovered Cyprus, we left it on the left hand, and sailed into Syria, and lauded at Tyre: for there the ship was to unlade her burden.
4 And finding disciples, we turned there seven days: who said to Paul through the spirit, that he should not go up to Jerusalem.
5 And when he had accomplished those days, we departed, and went our way; and they all brought us on our way, with wives and children, till we were out of the city: and we kneeled.down on the shore, and prayed.
6 And when we had taken our leave one of another, we took ship; and thty returnc d home again. .
7 And when we had finished our course from Tyre, we
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came. to Plolemais, and saluted the brethren, and abode with them one day. .w..•.,,..
6 And the next Jay•we 'that were df Paul's company departed, and came unto Cesarea: and we entered into the house or' Philip the evangelist, which was one of the seven, and abode with him. ,. ,
9 «] And the same man liud four daughters, virgins, which did prophesy.
10 And ag we tarried there many days, there came down from Judea a certain prophet named Agabus.
11 And when he . was come urtto us, he took Paul's girdle, and bound his own hands and feet, and said, Thus saith the Holy Ghost, So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man that owneth this girdle, and sLal! deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.
12 And when we heard these things, both we, and they of that place, besought him not to go up to Jerusalem.
.13 Then Paul answered. What mean ye to weep, and to break My heart? for 1 am ready not to be-bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.
14 And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, The will of the \jo\a be done.
15 And after those days we took up our carriages, and went up to Jerusalem.
16 There went with us also certain of the disciples of Gesarea, and brought with them one Mnason, of Cyprus, an old disciple, with whom we should lodge. .
17 And when we were come to Jerusalem, the brethren. received us gla.dy.
18 ^f And the day following Paul went in with us unto James; and all the elders were present.
19 And when he had saluted them, he declared particularly what things God had wrought among the Gentiles by his ministry.
20 And when they heard it, they glorified the Lord, and laid unto him, Thou seest, brother, how many thousands of
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Jews there are which believe; and they are all zca'.ous of the law:
21 And they are informed of thee, that thou teachest all the Jews which are amoiig the Gentiles to forsake Moses, saying, That they ought not to circumcise their children, neither to walk after the customs.
11 What is it therefore? the multitude must needs come together: for they will hear that thou art come.
fl.'j Do therefore this that we >ay to to thee: we have four men which have a vow on them;
24 Them take, and purify thyself with them, and be at charges with them, that they may shave their heads: and all may know that those things whereof they were informed concerning thee, are nothing; but that thou thyself also walkest orderly, and keepest the law.
15 As touching the Gentiles which believe, we have written and concluded that they observe no such thing, save only that they keep themselves from things offered to idols,and from blood, and from things strangled, and from !ornicatiorr.
26 Then Paul took the men, and the next day purifying himself with them, entered into the temple, to signify the accomplishment of the days of purification, until that an offering should be offered for every one of them.
27 And when the seven days w ere ahnost ended, the Jews which were of Asia, when they saw him in the temple, stirred up all the people, and laid hands on him,
28 Crying out, Men of Israel, help: this is the man that teacheth all men every where against the people, and the law, and this place: and further brought Greeks also into the temple, and hath polluted this holy place.
1Q (For- they had seen before With him in the city Trophimus, an Ephesian, whom they supposed that Paul hud brought into the temple.)
30 And all the city was moved, and the people ran together: and they took Paul, and drew him out of the temple: and forthwith the doors were shut.
21 1f And as they w ent about to kill him, tidrogs came,
unu) unto the chief captain of the band, that all Jerusalem was in an uproar. t
32 Who immediately took soldiers and centurions, and ran down unto them: and when they saw the chief captain and the soldiers, they left beating of Paul,
33 Then the chief captain came near and took him, and commanded him to be bound with two chaips; and demanded who he was, and wjiat he had done.
34 And some cried one thing, some another, among the multitude: and when he could not know the certainty for the tumult, he commanded him to be carried into the. castle.
So And when he came upon the stairs, so it was that he was borne of the soldiers, for the violence of the people.
36 For the multitude of the people followed after, crying, Away with him.
37 And as Paul was to be led into the castle, he said unto the chief captain, May I speak unto thee i Whe said, Canst thou speak Greek?
38 Art not thou that Egyptian which before these days madest an uproar, and loddest out into the wilderness four thousand men that were murderers!
3O But Paul said, I am a man which am a Jew of Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, a citizen of no mean city: and I beseech thee, suffer me to speak unto the people.
40 And when he had given him licence, Paul stood on the stairs, and beckoned with the hand unto the people. And when there was made a great silence, he spake unto them in the Hebrew tongue, saving,
CHAP. XXII. 1 Paul declareth his conversion. 15 He escapcth scourging
by the privilege of a Jtomatt. Jl^EN, brethren, and fathers, hear ye my defence which I make now unto you.
2 (And when they heard that he spake in the Hebrew tongue tothem, they kept the more silence: and he saith,)
3 I am verily a man which am a Jew, born in Tarsus, a citij in Cilicia, yet- brought up in this city^ at the feet of
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