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and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of the house naked and wounded. 17 And this was known to all the Jews and Greeks also dwelling at Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified. 18 And many that believed came, and confessed, and shewed their deeds. 19 Many also of them which used curious arts, brought their books together, and burned them before all men: and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver. 20 So mightily grew the word of God, and prevailed. 21 W. After these things were ended, Paul purposed in the spirit, when he had passed through Macedonia, and Achaia, to go to Jerusalem, saying, After I have been there, I must also see Rome. 22 So he sent into Macedonia two of them that ministered unto him, Timotheus and Erastus; but he himself stayed in Asia for a SeaSO11. 23 And the same time there arose no small stir about that way. 24 For a certain man, named Demetrius, a silver-Smith, which made silver shrines for Diana, brought no small gain unto the craftsmen; 25 Whom he called together, with the workmen of like occupation, and said, Sirs, ye know that by this craft we havéour wealth. 26 Moreover, ye see and hear, that not alone at Ephesus, but almost throughout all Asia, this Paul hath persuaded and turned away much people, saying, that they be no gods which are made with hands: 27 So that not only this our

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craft is in danger to be set at nought; but also that the temple of the great goddess Diana should be despised, and her magnificence should be destroyed, whom all Asia and the world worshippeth. 28 And when they heard these sayings, they were full of wrath, and cried out, saying, Great is Diana of the Ephesians. 29 And the whole city was filled with confusion: and, having caught Gaius and Aristarchus, men of Macedonia, Paul’s companions in travel, they rushed with one accord into the theatre. 30 And when Paul would have entered in unto the people, the disciples suffered him not. 31 And certain of the chief of Asia, which were his friends, sent unto him, desiring him that he would not adventure himself into the theatre. 32 Some, therefore, cried one thing, and some another: for the assembly was confused; and the more part knew not wherefore they were come together.

Out of the multitude, the Jews putting him forward. And Alexderbeckoned with the hand, and would have made his defence un, to the people. 34 But when they knew that he was a Jew, all with one voice, about the space of two hours, cried out, Great is Diana of the Ephesians. 35 And when the town-clerk had appeased the people, he said, Te men of Ephesus, what man is there that knoweth not how that the city of the Ephesians is a worshipper of the great goddess Diana, and of the image which fell down from Jupiter? 36 Seeing then that thesethings

33 And they drew Alexander. Paul goeth to Macedonia.

cannot be spoken against, ye Ought to be quiet, and to do nothing rashly. 37 For ye have brought hither these men, which are neither robbers of churches, nor yet blasphemors of your goddess. 38 Wherefore if Demetrius, and the craftsmen which are with him, have a matter against any man, the law is open, and there are deputies; let them implead one another. 39 But if ye enquire anything concerning other matters, it shall i. determined in a lawful assemV. 40 For we are in danger to be called in question for this day’s uproar, there being no cause whereby we may give an account of this concourse. 41 And when he had thus spoken, he dismissed the assembly. CHAP. XX. The Lord's supper celebrated. ND after the uproar was ceased, Paul called unto him the disciples, and embraced them, and departed for to go into Macedonia. 2 And when he had gone over those parts, and had given them much exhortation, he came into Greece, 3 And thereabodethree months; and when the Jews laid wait for him, as he was about to sail into Syria, he purposed to return through Macedonia. 4 And there accompanied him into Asia Sopater of Berea; and of the Thessalonians, Aristarchus and Secundus; and Gaius of 1}erbe, and Timotheus; and of Asia, Tychicus and Trophimus. 5 These, going before, tarried for us at Troas. e And we sailed away from

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Philippi after the days of unleavened bread, and came unto them to Troas in five days; where we abode seven days. 7 T And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight. 8 And there were many lights in the upper chamber where they were gathered together. 9 And there sat in a window a certain young man named Eutychus, being fallen into a deep sleep; and, as Paul was long preaching, he sunk down with sleep, and fell down from the third lost, and was taken up dead. 10 And Paul went down, and fell on him, and, embracing him, said, Trouble not yourselves; for his life is in him. 11 When he, therefore, was come up again, and had broken bread, and eaten, and talked a long while, even till break of day, So he departed. 12 And they brought the young man alive, and were not a littie comforted. 13 || And we went before to ship, and sailed unto Assos, there intending to take in Paul : for so had he appointed, minding himself to goafoot. 14 And when he met with us at Assos, we took him in, and came to Mitylene. 15 And we sailed thence, and came the next day over against Chios; and the next day we arrived at Samos, and tarried at Trogyllium; and the next day we came to Miletus. 16 For Paul had determined to

Sail by Ephesus, because he

Paul’s charge to the

would not spend the time in Asia: for he hasted, if it were possible

for him, to be at Jerusalem the God

day of Pentecost. 17 || And from Miletus he sent to Ephesus, and called the elders of the church. 18 And when they were come to him, he said unto them, Ye know, from the first day that I came into Asia, after what manner I have been with you at all SeaSOnS, 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 Ikept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you publickly, and from house to house, .21 Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith towardour 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 *:::::: saying, that bonds and afflićtions abide Inc. 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 testify the gospel of the grace of God. 25 And now, behold, I know that ye all, among whom I have

gone preaching the kingdom of

God, shall see my face no more.

26 Wherefore I take you to re

• cord this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men.

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27 For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of

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 his 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 own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. 31 Therefore watch, and remember, that, by the space of three years, Iceasednot to warneveryonemightand 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 sanétified. .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. 35 I have shewed you all things, how that solabouring, 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 ‘s And when he had thus spoken, he kneeled down, and prayed with them all. 37 And they all wept sore, and fell on Paul's neck, and kissed him; 38 Sorrowing most of all for the words which he spake, that they should see his #. 11.Q. In Ol'C. D

Paul's voyage. And they accompanicci him unto the ship. CHAP. XXI. * Patil imprisoned at jerusalem. ND 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 discover-l

cd 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, wetarried 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 knecled 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 brehren, and abode with them one day. 8 And the next day, we that were of Paul’s company, departed, and came unto Cesarea; and we entered into the house of Philip the evangcist, (which was one of the Seven,)andabode with him. 9 And the same man had four daughters, virgins, which did prophesy. 10 is And as we tarried there many days, there came down from

Chap. xxi.

His bonds foretold.

Judea 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 Cesarea, and brought with them one MinaSon of Cyprus, an old disciple, with whom we should lodge. 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 aimong the Gentiles by his ministry. 20 And when they heard it, they glorised 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

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Jews which are among the Gentilestoforsake Moses, saying, that they ought not to circumcise their children, neither to walk after the CllStonS. 22 What is it therefore ? the multitude must needs come together : for they will hear that thou art COIne. 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 of. fered 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. 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
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.

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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. 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 . diers, 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

ho wilderness, four thousand men.

that were murderers?
39. But Paul said, I am a man.
which an a Jew of Tarsus, a city

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