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Acts 21

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Paul Goes to Jerusalem
21
1 After saying good-by, we sailed straight to Cos. The next day we reached Rhodes and from there sailed on to Patara.
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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 We found a ship going to Phoenicia, so we got on board and sailed off. 2 And finding a ship sailing over unto Phenicia, we went aboard, and set forth.
3 We came within sight of Cyprus and then sailed south of it on to the port of Tyre in Syria, where the ship was going to unload its cargo.
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 We looked up the Lord's followers and stayed with them for a week. The Holy Spirit had told them to warn Paul not to go on to Jerusalem. 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 But when the week was over, we started on our way again. All the men, together with their wives and children, walked with us from the town to the seashore. We knelt on the beach and prayed. 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 Then after saying good-by to each other, we got into the ship, and they went back home. 6 And when we had taken our leave one of another, we took ship; and they returned home again.
7 We sailed from Tyre to Ptolemais, where we greeted the followers and stayed with them for a day.
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 The next day we went to Caesarea and stayed with Philip, the preacher. He was one of the seven men who helped the apostles,
21.8 Ac 6.5; 8.5.
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.
9 and he had four unmarried
e 21.9 unmarried: Or “virgin.”
daughters who prophesied.
9 And the same man had four daughters, virgins, which did prophesy.
10 We had been in Caesarea for several days, when the prophet Agabus came to us from Judea.
21.10 Ac 11.28.
10 And as we tarried there many days, there came down from Judaea a certain prophet, named Agabus.
11 He took Paul's belt, and with it he tied up his own hands and feet. Then he told us, “The Holy Spirit says that some of the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem will tie up the man who owns this belt. They will also hand him over to the Gentiles.” 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 After Agabus said this, we and the followers living there begged Paul not to go to Jerusalem. 12 And when we heard these things, both we, and they of that place, besought him not to go up to Jerusalem.
13 But Paul answered, “Why are you crying and breaking my heart? I am not only willing to be put in jail for the Lord Jesus. I am even willing to die for him in 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 Since we could not get Paul to change his mind, we gave up and prayed, “Lord, please make us willing to do what you want.”
14 And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, The will of the Lord be done.
15 Then we got ready to go to Jerusalem.
15 And after those days we took up our carriages, and went up to Jerusalem.
16 Some of the followers from Caesarea went with us and took us to stay in the home of Mnason. He was from Cyprus and had been a follower from the beginning. 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.
Paul Visits James
17 When we arrived in Jerusalem, the Lord's followers gladly welcomed us.
17 And when we were come to Jerusalem, the brethren received us gladly.
18 Paul went with us to see James
f 21.18 James: The Lord's brother.
the next day, and all the church leaders were present.
18 And the day following Paul went in with us unto James; and all the elders were present.
19 Paul greeted them and told how God had used him to help the Gentiles. 19 And when he had saluted them, he declared particularly what things God had wrought among the Gentiles by his ministry.
20 Everyone who heard this praised God and said to Paul:
My friend, you can see how many tens of thousands of the Jewish people have become followers! And all of them are eager to obey the Law of Moses.
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 But they have been told that you are teaching those who live among the Gentiles to disobey this Law. They claim that you are telling them not to circumcise their sons or to follow Jewish customs. 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 should we do now that our people have heard that you are here?
22 What is it therefore? the multitude must needs come together: for they will hear that thou art come.
23 Please do what we ask, because four of our men have made special promises to God.
21.23,24 Nu 6.13-21.
23 Do therefore this that we say to thee: We have four men which have a vow on them;
24 Join with them and prepare yourself for the ceremony that goes with the promises. Pay the cost for their heads to be shaved. Then everyone will learn that the reports about you are not true. They will know that you do obey the Law of Moses. 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 Some while ago we told the Gentile followers what we think they should do. We instructed them not to eat anything offered to idols. They were told not to eat any meat with blood still in it or the meat of an animal that has been strangled. They were also told not to commit any terrible sexual sins.
g 21.25 not to commit any terrible sexual sins: See the note at 15.20.
21.25 Ac 15.29.
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 The next day Paul took the four men with him and got himself ready at the same time they did. Then he went into the temple and told when the final ceremony would take place and when an offering would be made for each of them.
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.
Paul Is Arrested
27 When the period of seven days for the ceremony was almost over, some of the Jewish people from Asia saw Paul in the temple. They got a large crowd together and started attacking him.
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 They were shouting, “Friends, help us! This man goes around everywhere, saying bad things about our nation and about the Law of Moses and about this temple. He has even brought shame to this holy temple by bringing in Gentiles.” 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 Some of them thought that Paul had brought Trophimus from Ephesus into the temple, because they had seen them together in the city.
21.29 Ac 20.4.
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 The whole city was in an uproar, and the people turned into a mob. They grabbed Paul and dragged him out of the temple. Then suddenly the doors were shut.
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 The people were about to kill Paul when the Roman army commander heard that all Jerusalem was starting to riot. 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 So he quickly took some soldiers and officers and ran to where the crowd had gathered.
As soon as the mob saw the commander and soldiers, they stopped beating Paul.
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 The army commander went over and arrested him and had him bound with two chains. Then he tried to find out who Paul was and what he had done. 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 Part of the crowd shouted one thing, and part of them shouted something else. But they were making so much noise that the commander could not find out a thing. Then he ordered Paul to be taken into the fortress. 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 As they reached the steps, the crowd became so wild that the soldiers had to lift Paul up and carry him. 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 The crowd followed and kept shouting, “Kill him! Kill him!” 36 For the multitude of the people followed after, crying, Away with him.
Paul Speaks to the Crowd
37 When Paul was about to be taken into the fortress, he asked the commander, “Can I say something to you?”
“How do you know Greek?” the commander asked.
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 “Aren't you that Egyptian who started a riot not long ago and led four thousand terrorists into the desert?” 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 “No!” Paul replied. “I am a Jew from Tarsus, an important city in Cilicia. Please let me speak to the crowd.”
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 The commander told him he could speak, so Paul stood on the steps and motioned to the people. When they were quiet, he spoke to them in Aramaic:
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,

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