|Acts 21 |
1 Now it came to pass, that after we [Luke and the others] parted from them and had set sail, we came on a straight course to Coos, and the day following to Rhodes, and from there to Patara.
2 And finding a ship sailing over to Phoenicia, we went on board and set sail.
3 Now when we had sighted Cyprus, we passed it on the left, and sailed into Syria, landing at Tyre; for the ship was to unload her cargo there.
4 And finding the disciples there, we stayed seven days. And they kept telling Paul through the Spirit, that he should not go up to Jerusalem.
5 And when our days there were ended, we departed and went our way; and they all accompanied us on our way with their wives and children, until we were out of the city; and there on the shore we knelt down and prayed.
6 And when we had taken our leave of one another, we went on board the ship; and they returned home.
7 So when we had finished our voyage from Tyre, we came to Ptolemais, and greeted the brothers, and stayed with them a day.
8 And the next day we departed, and came to Caesarea; and entered the house of Philip the evangelist who was one of the seven; and stayed with him.
9 This same man had four virgin daughters who prophesied.
10 Now after we had stayed there many days, a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea.
11 And when he had come to us, he took Paul's belt, and bound his own hands and feet, and said, "Thus says the Holy Spirit: So will the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man who owns this belt and deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles."
12 And when we heard these things, both we and those of that place pleaded with him not to go up to Jerusalem.
13 Then Paul answered, "What do you mean by weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus."
14 So when he would not be persuaded, we stopped, saying, "The Lord's will be done."
15 And after that, we took up our belongings and went up to Jerusalem.
16 There also went with us some of the disciples of Caesarea, who brought with them Mnason of Cyprus, an old disciple with whom we were to lodge.
17 And when we had come to Jerusalem, the brothers received us gladly.
18 Now the day following Paul went with us to James; and all the elders were present.
19 And when he had greeted them, he reported in detail the things God had done among the Gentiles through his ministry.
20 And when they heard it, they glorified the Lord. And they said to him, "You see brother, how many thousands of Jews there are who believe; and all of them are zealous for the law;
21 And they have been informed about you, that you teach all the Jews who are among the Gentiles to turn away from Moses, telling them not to circumcise their children, or to walk after the customs.
22 What should be done? A multitude will come together, for they will hear that you are here.
23 Therefore do what we tell you. We have four men who have taken a vow;
24 Them take and purify yourself with along them and pay the expenses, so that they may shave their heads; and all will know that those things that they were told about you are nothing; but that you also walk orderly, and keep the law.
25 And concerning the Gentiles who believe, we have written and concluded that they need to observe no such things; except that they keep themselves from things offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication."
26 So Paul took the men, and the next day having been purified with them, he entered the temple to give notice of the time of the completion of the days of purification, when an offering should be offered for each of them.
27 But when the seven days were almost over, the Jews from Asia who had seen him in the temple, stirred up the crowd and seized him,
28 Crying out, "Men of Israel, help! This is the man who teaches all men everywhere against our people, the law, and this place; and furthermore he has brought Greeks into the temple and has polluted this holy place."
29 (For they had seen Trophimus the Ephesian with him in the city, and they supposed that Paul had brought him into the temple.)
30 So all the city was aroused, and the people ran together. And they took Paul and drug him out of the temple; and immediately the gates were shut.
31 And as they were trying to kill him, the news came to the commander of the garrison, that all Jerusalem was in an uproar;
32 Who immediately took soldiers and centurions, and ran down to them; and when they saw the commander and the soldiers, they stopped beating Paul.
33 Then the commander came and arrested him, and commanded him to be bound with two chains; and demanded who he was and what he had done.
34 And some among the multitude cried one thing, and some another; and when he could not ascertain the facts because of the tumult, he commanded him to be taken into the barracks.
35 And when he came to the stairs, he had to be carried by the soldiers because of the violence of the mob.
36 For the crowd of people followed after, crying, "Away with him."
37 And as Paul was about to be led into the barracks, he said to the chief captain, "May I speak to you? " And he said, "Can you speak Greek?
38 Are you not the Egyptian, who some time ago started a revolt and led four thousand assassins out into the wilderness?"
39 But Paul said, "I am a Jew of Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, a citizen of no insignificant city; and, I beg you, allow me to speak to the people."
40 And when he had given him permission to speak, Paul stood on the stairs, and beckoned with his hand to the people. And when there was a great silence, he spoke to them in the Hebrew tongue, saying,
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