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Paul Sails from Miletus

1 When awe had parted from them and had set sail, we ran ba straight course to Cos and the next day to Rhodes and from there to Patara; 2 and having found a ship crossing over to aPhoenicia, we went aboard and set sail. 3 When we came in sight of aCyprus, leaving it on the left, we kept sailing to bSyria and landed at cTyre; for there the ship was to unload its cargo. 4 After looking up athe disciples, we stayed there seven days; and they kept telling Paul Ibthrough the Spirit not to set foot in Jerusalem. 5 When Iour days there were ended, we left and started on our journey, while they all, with wives and children, aescorted us until [we were] out of the city. After bkneeling down on the beach and praying, we said farewell to one another. 6 Then we went on board the ship, and they returned ahome again.

[1] a[we] Ac 16:10; 21:1-18 bAc 16:11
[2] aAc 11:19; 21:3
[3] aAc 4:36; 21:16 bMt 4:24 cAc 12:20; 21:7
[4] II.e. because of impressions made by the Spirit aAc 11:26; 21:16 bAc 20:23; 21:11
[5] ILit we had completed the days aAc 15:3 bLk 22:41; Ac 9:40; 20:36
[6] aJn 19:27

7 ¶ When we had finished the voyage from aTyre, we arrived at Ptolemais, and after greeting bthe brethren, we stayed with them for a day. 8 On the next day we left and came to aCaesarea, and entering the house of bPhilip the cevangelist, who was bone of the seven, we stayed with him. 9 Now this man had four virgin daughters who were aprophetesses. 10 As we were staying there for some days, a prophet named aAgabus came down from Judea. 11 And coming to us, he atook Paul’s belt and bound his own feet and hands, and said, “This bis what the Holy Spirit says: ‘In this way the Jews at Jerusalem will cbind the man who owns this belt and ddeliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.’” 12 When we had heard this, we as well as the local residents [began] begging him anot to go up to Jerusalem. 13 Then Paul answered, “What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? For aI am ready not only to be bound, but even to die at Jerusalem for bthe name of the Lord Jesus.” 14 And since he would not be persuaded, we fell silent, remarking, “aThe will of the Lord be done!”

[7] aAc 12:20; 21:3 bAc 1:15; 21:17
[8] aAc 8:40; 21:16 bAc 6:5; 8:5 cEp 4:11; 2Ti 4:5
[9] aLk 2:36; Ac 13:1; 1Co 11:5
[10] aAc 11:28
[11] a1K 22:11; Is 20:2; Jr 13:1-11; 19:1, 11; Jn 18 bAc 8:29 cAc 9:16; 21:33 dMt 20:19
[12] aAc 21:15
[13] aAc 20:24 bAc 5:41; 9:16
[14] aLk 22:42

Paul at Jerusalem

15 ¶ After these days we got ready and astarted on our way up to Jerusalem. 16 [Some] of athe disciples from bCaesarea also came with us, taking us to Mnason of cCyprus, a ddisciple of long standing with whom we were to lodge.

[15] aAc 21:12
[16] aAc 21:4 bAc 8:40 cAc 4:36; 21:3 dAc 15:7

17 ¶ After we arrived in Jerusalem, athe brethren received us gladly. 18 And the following day Paul went in with us to IaJames, and all bthe elders were present. 19 After he had greeted them, he a[began] to relate one by one the things which God had done among the Gentiles through his bministry. 20 And when they heard it they [began] aglorifying God; and they said to him, “You see, brother, how many Ithousands there are among the Jews of those who have believed, and they are all bzealous for the Law; 21 and they have been told about you, that you are ateaching all the Jews who are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses, telling them bnot to circumcise their children nor to Iwalk according to cthe customs. 22 What, then, is [to be done]? They will certainly hear that you have come. 23 Therefore do this that we tell you. We have four men who Iaare under a vow; 24 take them and apurify yourself along with them, and Ipay their expenses so that they may bshave their IIheads; and all will know that there is nothing to the things which they have been told about you, but that you yourself also walk orderly, keeping the Law. 25 But concerning the Gentiles who have believed, we wrote, ahaving decided that they should abstain from Imeat sacrificed to idols and from blood and from what is strangled and from fornication.” 26 Then Paul Itook the men, and the next day, apurifying himself along with them, bwent into the temple giving notice of the completion of the days of purification, until the sacrifice was offered for each one of them.

[17] aAc 1:15; 21:7
[18] IOr Jacob aAc 12:17 bAc 11:30
[19] aAc 14:27 bAc 1:17
[20] ILit ten thousands aMt 9:8 bAc 15:1; 22:3; Ro 10:2; Ga 1:14
[21] II.e. observe or live by aAc 21:28 bAc 15:19ff; 1Co 7:18f cAc 6:14
[23] ILit have a vow on them aNu 6:13-21; Ac 18:18
[24] ILit spend on them IILit head aJn 11:55; Ac 21:26; 24:18 bAc 18:18
[25] ILit the thing aAc 15:19f, 29
[26] IOr took the men the next day, and purifying himself aJn 11:55; Ac 21:24; 24:18 bNu 6:13; Ac 24:18

Paul Seized in the Temple

27 ¶ When athe seven days were almost over, bthe Jews from IcAsia, upon seeing him in the temple, [began] to stir up all the crowd and laid hands on him, 28 crying out, “Men of Israel, come to our aid! aThis is the man who preaches to all men everywhere against our people and the Law and this place; and besides he has even brought Greeks into the temple and has bdefiled this holy place.” 29 For they had previously seen aTrophimus the bEphesian in the city with him, and they supposed that Paul had brought him into the temple. 30 Then all the city was provoked, and Ithe people rushed together, and taking hold of Paul they adragged him out of the temple, and immediately the doors were shut. 31 While they were seeking to kill him, a report came up to the Icommander of the a[Roman] IIcohort that all Jerusalem was in confusion. 32 At once he atook along [some] soldiers and centurions and ran down to them; and when they saw the Icommander and the soldiers, they stopped beating Paul. 33 Then the Icommander came up and took hold of him, and ordered him to be abound with btwo chains; and he [began] asking who he was and what he had done. 34 But among the crowd asome were shouting one thing [and] some another, and when he could not find out the Ifacts because of the uproar, he ordered him to be brought into bthe barracks. 35 When he got to athe stairs, he was carried by the soldiers because of the violence of the Imob; 36 for the multitude of the people kept following them, shouting, “aAway with him!”

[27] II.e. west coast province of Asia Minor aNu 6:9, 13-20 bAc 20:19; 24:18 cAc 16:6
[28] aAc 6:13 bMt 24:15; Ac 6:13f; 24:6
[29] aAc 20:4 bAc 18:19
[30] ILit a running together of the people occurred a2K 11:15; Ac 16:19; 26:21
[31] II.e. chiliarch, in command of one thousand troops IIOr battalion aAc 10:1
[32] IV 31, note 1 aAc 23:27
[33] IV 31, note 1 aAc 20:23; 21:11; 22:29; 26:29; 28:20; Ep 6:20; 2Ti 1:16; 2:9 bAc 12:6
[34] ILit certainty aAc 19:32 bAc 21:37; 22:24; 23:10, 16, 32
[35] ILit crowd aAc 21:40
[36] aLk 23:18; Jn 19:15; Ac 22:22

37 ¶ As Paul was about to be brought into athe barracks, he said to the Icommander, “May I say something to you?” And he *said, “Do you know Greek? 38 Then you are not athe Egyptian who some Itime ago stirred up a revolt and led the four thousand men of the Assassins out binto the wilderness?” 39 But Paul said, “aI am a Jew of Tarsus in bCilicia, a citizen of no insignificant city; and I beg you, allow me to speak to the people.” 40 When he had given him permission, Paul, standing on athe stairs, bmotioned to the people with his hand; and when there Iwas a great hush, he spoke to them in the IIcHebrew dialect, saying,

[37] IV 31, note 1 aAc 21:34; 22:24; 23:10, 16, 32
[38] ILit days aAc 5:36 bMt 24:26
[39] aAc 9:11; 22:3 bAc 6:9
[40] ILit occurred III.e. Jewish Aramaic aAc 21:35 bAc 12:17 cJn 5:2; Ac 1:19; 22:2; 26:14


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Paul will not by any means be dissuaded from going to Jerusalem.

1 ¶ And it came to pass, that after we were gotten from them, and had launched, we came with a straight course unto Coos, and the [day] following unto Rhodes, and from thence unto Patara: 2 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 landed at Tyre: for there the ship was to unlade her burden. 4 And finding disciples, we tarried there seven days: who said to Paul through the Spirit, that he should not go up to Jerusalem. 5 And when we 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 they returned home again. 7 And when we had finished [our] course from Tyre, we came to Ptolemais, and saluted the brethren, and abode with them one day. 8 And the next [day] we that were of Paul's company departed, and came unto Caesarea: and we entered into the house of Philip the evangelist, which was [one] of the seven; and abode with him.

[1] 1S 20:41; Lk 5:4; 8:22; Ac 20:37; 27:2, 4; 1Th 2:17.
[2] Jna 1:3; Ac 15:3; 27:6.
[3] Jg 10:6; 2S 8:6; Ps 45:12; 87:4; Is 7:2; 23:17; Mt 4:24; 11:21; Lk 2:2; 10:13; Ac 4:36; 11:19; 12:20; 13:4; 15:23, 39, 41; 18:18; 21:16; 27:4.
[4] Mt 10:11; Ac 19:1; 20:6, 22; 21:10; 28:14; 2Ti 1:17; Rv 1:10.
[5] Dt 29:11; Jsh 24:15; 1K 8:54; 2Ch 20:13; Ne 12:43; Ps 95:6; Mt 14:21; Mk 1:40; Ac 9:40; 15:3; 17:10; 20:36, 38.
[6] Jn 1:11; 7:53; 16:32; 19:27; 2Co 2:13.
[7] 1S 10:4; 13:10; Mt 5:47; Ac 18:22; 21:10, 19; 25:13; 28:12; He 13:24.
[8] Ac 6:5; 8:5, 26, 40; 9:30; 10:1; 16:10, 13, 16; 18:22; 20:6, 13; 23:23; 27:1; 28:11, 16; Ep 4:11; 2Ti 4:5.

Philip's daughters prophetesses.

9 And the same man had four daughters, virgins, which did prophesy. 10 And as we tarried [there] many days, there came down from Judaea a certain prophet, named Agabus. 11 And when he was come unto 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 shall 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 mine heart? for I 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 Lord 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 Caesarea, and brought with them one Mnason of Cyprus, an old disciple, with whom we should lodge.

[9] Ex 15:20; Jg 4:4; 2K 22:14; Ne 6:14; Jol 2:28; Ac 2:17; 1Co 7:25, 38; 11:4; Rv 2:20.
[10] Ac 11:28; 20:16; 21:4, 7.
[11] 1S 15:27; 1K 11:29; 2K 13:15; Jr 13:1; 19:10; Ezk 24:19; Ho 12:10; Mt 20:18; 27:1; Ac 13:2; 16:6; 20:23; 21:33; 22:25; 24:27; 26:29; 28:17, 20, 25; Ep 3:1; 4:1; 6:20; 2Ti 2:9; He 3:7; 10:34; 1P 1:12.
[12] Mt 16:21; Ac 20:22; 21:4.
[13] 1S 1:8; 15:14; Is 3:15; Ezk 18:2; Jna 1:6; Ac 20:24, 37; Ro 8:35; 1Co 15:31; 2Co 4:10; 11:23; Php 1:20; 2:17, 26; Col 1:24; 2Ti 1:4; 2:4; 4:6; 2P 1:14; Rv 3:10; 12:11.
[14] Gn 43:14; 1S 3:18; 2S 15:25; 2K 20:19; Mt 6:10; 26:39, 42; Lk 11:2; 22:42.
[15] Ac 18:22; 25:1, 6, 9.
[16] Ps 71:17; 92:14; Pv 16:31; Ac 10:24, 48; 11:19; 15:39; 21:3, 8; Ro 16:7; Phm 1:9; 1Jn 2:13.

Paul cometh to Jerusalem:

17 And when we were come to Jerusalem, the brethren received us gladly. 18 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 said unto him, Thou seest, brother, how many thousands of Jews there are which believe; and they are all zealous of the law: 21 And they are informed of thee, that thou teachest all the Jews which are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses, saying that they ought not to circumcise [their] children, neither to walk after the customs. 22 What is it therefore? the multitude must needs come together: for they will hear that thou art come. 23 Do therefore this that we say 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. 25 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 strangled, and from fornication. 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.

[17] Ac 15:4; Ro 15:7; He 13:1; 3Jn 1:7.
[18] Mt 10:2; Ac 15:2, 6, 13, 23; 20:17; Ga 1:19; 2:9; Jm 1:1.
[19] Ac 1:17; 11:4; 14:27; 15:4, 12; 20:24; Ro 15:18; 1Co 3:5; 15:10; 2Co 6:1; 12:12; Col 1:29.
[20] Ps 22:23, 27; 72:17; 98:1; Is 55:10; 66:9; Mt 13:31; Lk 12:1; 15:3, 32; Jn 12:24; Ac 2:41; 4:4, 21; 6:7; 11:18; 15:1, 5, 24; 22:3; Ro 10:2; 15:6, 9; Ga 1:14, 24; 2Th 1:10; Rv 19:6.
[21] Ac 6:13; 16:3; 28:17; Ro 14:1; 1Co 9:19; Ga 5:1; 6:12.
[22] Ac 15:12, 22; 19:32.
[23] Nu 6:2; Ac 18:18.
[24] Ex 19:10, 14; Nu 6:5, 9, 13, 18; 19:17; Jg 13:5; 16:17; 2Ch 30:18; Jb 1:5; 41:25; Jn 3:25; Ac 18:18; 21:26; 24:18; 1Co 9:20; Ga 2:12; He 9:10.
[25] Ac 15:20, 29.
[26] Nu 6:13; Ac 24:18; 1Co 9:20.

where he is apprehended, and in great danger,

27 And when the seven days were almost 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. 29 (For they had seen before with him in the city Trophimus an Ephesian, whom they supposed that Paul had 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.

[27] 1K 21:25; Lk 21:12; Ac 4:3; 5:18; 6:12; 13:50; 14:2, 5, 19; 17:5, 13; 18:12; 24:18; 26:21.
[28] Jr 7:4; Lm 1:10; Ac 6:13; 19:26; 21:21; 24:5, 18; 26:20.
[29] Ac 20:4; 2Ti 4:20.
[30] Mt 2:3; 21:10; Lk 4:29; Ac 7:57; 16:19, 20; 19:29; 26:21; 2Co 11:26.

but by the chief captain is rescued, and permitted to speak to the people.

31 And as they went about to kill him, tidings came unto the chief captain of the band, that all Jerusalem was in an uproar. 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 chains; and demanded who he was, and what 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. 35 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? Who said, Canst thou speak Greek? 38 Art not thou that Egyptian, which before these days madest an uproar, and leddest out into the wilderness four thousand men that were murderers? 39 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, saying,

[31] 1K 1:41; Mt 26:5; Mk 14:2; Jn 16:2; 18:12; Ac 17:5; 19:40; 21:38; 22:22; 23:17; 24:7, 22; 25:23; 26:9; 2Co 11:23.
[32] Is 3:15; Ac 5:40; 18:17; 22:19; 23:23, 27; 24:7.
[33] Jg 15:13; 16:8, 12, 21; Jn 18:29; Ac 12:6; 20:23; 21:11; 22:24, 25, 29; 25:16; 28:20; Ep 6:20.
[34] Ac 19:32; 21:37; 22:24, 30; 23:10, 16; 25:26.
[35] Gn 6:11; Ps 55:9; 58:2; Jr 23:10; Hab 1:2.
[36] Lk 23:18; Jn 19:15; Ac 7:54; 22:22; 1Co 4:13.
[37] Mt 10:18; Lk 21:15; Ac 19:30; 21:19.
[38] Mt 5:11; Ac 5:36; 1Co 4:13.
[39] Ac 6:9; 9:11, 30; 15:23, 41; 16:37; 21:37; 22:3, 25; 23:27, 34; 1P 3:15; 4:15.
[40] 2K 9:13; Lk 23:38; Jn 5:2; 19:13, 17, 20; Ac 6:1; 12:17; 13:16; 19:33; 21:35; 22:2; 26:14; Rv 9:11; 16:16.


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