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Acts 21

1 Now it came to pass we put out [to sea], having withdrawn from them, [and] having run [a] straight course we came to Kow, and on the next [day] to Rodon and from there to Patara. 2 And having found [a] boat we crossed over to Phoenicia, [and] having gone aboard we put out [to sea]. 3 Now having sighted Bypris and having departed from it on the left [hand], we sailed to Syria, and we came down to Tyre—for there the boat was unloading the cargo. 4 So having found the disciples, we stayed with them seven days, who were saying to Paul through the spirit not to be setting foot in Jerusalem. 5 Now when it came to pass [for] us to complete the days, having gone out, we went while everyone with [the] women and children were accompanying us until outside the city, and having knelt on the beach, having prayed, 6 we were parted from one another, and we embarked into the boat, but they returned to their own [things]. 7 So we, having finished the voyage from Tyre, arrived in Ptolemais, and having greeted the brothers, we abided one day with them. 8 Now on the morrow having departed, we came to Caesarea, and having gone into the house of Phillip, the good-newser being of the seven, we abided with him. 9 Now there were to this [man] four prophesying virgin daughters. 10 So while abiding more days, a certain prophet of the Jews came down by name Agabos, 11 and having come to us and having taken Paul's girdle, having bound his feet and hands he said: The Holy Spirit says this: The man whose girdle this is the Jews will in Jerusalem thus bind and will deliver [him] up into the hands of the nations1. 12 Now as we heard these [things], we and the residents were calling upon him not to be going up to Jerusalem. 13 Then Paul answered: Why do you do weeping and breaking my heart into pieces? For I am ready not only to be bound but to die in Jerusalem in behalf of the name of the Lord Jesus. 14 So when he was not persuaded, we were silent saying: Let2 the will of the Lord come to pass.

15 So after these days having made preparation, we were going up to Jerusalem. 16 Now [some] of the disciples from Caesarea also came with us, bringing [one] with whom we should stay, a certain Manson [of] Cyrpis, [an] early disciple. 17 Now when we came to be in Jerusalem, the brothers gladly received us. 18 So on the next [day] Paul went in with us to James, and all the elders arrived. 19 And having greeted them, he described [one] by one each [thing] which God did among the nations3 through his service. 20 So having heard, they were glorifying God, and said to him: You behold, O brother, how many thousands there are in Jerusalem of those having believed, and all are zealots of the law. 21 So they have reported concerning you that you teach all the Jews among the nations apostasy from Moses, telling them not to be circumcising [their] children or to be walking [after] the customs. 22 What therefore is [it] the multitude must certainly come together, for they will hear that you are come. 23 Therefore do this [thing] that we say to you: There are among us four men having [a] vow upon themselves. 24 Having taken these [men], be purified them, and pay them in order that they shave [your] head, and all will know that what they reported concerning you is nothing, but [that] you yourself hold to the law, guarding [it]. 25 Now concerning the nations4 having believed, we instructed [by letter], having decided [they should] keep themselves from idols and [drinking] blood and strangled [animals] and fornication. 26 Then Paul having taken these men on the next day, having been purified with them, he went into the temple, proclaiming the fulfillment of the days of purification, until which the offering was given in behalf of each one of them.

27 Now as the seven days were [about] to be completed, Jews from Asia, having beheld him in the temple, stirred up the crowd, and put on him [their] hands, 28 crying: Men of Israel! Help! This is the man teaching everyone everywhere against the people and the law and this place, and yet he also brought Greeks into the temple and has made common5 this holy place. 29 For they had previously seen Trophimos the Ephesian in the city with him, whom they were thinking that Paul brought [him] into the temple. 30 And the whole city was moved and a forming mob of the people came to pass, and having seized Paul they dragged him out of the temple, and straightway the doors were shut. 31 And seeking to be killing him, the report was brought up to the cohort commander that all Jerusalem is confounded, 32 who at once having taken soldiers and centurions ran down upon them. Now having seen the centurions and the soldiers, they stopped beating Paul. 33 Then the commander having drawn near, he seized him and ordered [him] to be bound with two chains, and he was inquiring who he might be and what has he done. 34 But others in the crowd were crying out something other. Now he not being able to know the certain [facts] because of the uproar, he ordered him to be brought to [their] military base. 35 Now when he came to be upon the stairs, it happened he was carried by the soldiers because of the violence of the crowd, 36 for the multitude of the people followed crying out: Away with him! 37 Now being [about] to enter into the military base, Paul says to the commander: Is it possible for me to say something to you? So he said: You know Greek? 38 You then are not the Egyptian before these days having raised and having led out into the wilderness the four thousand men of the assassins? 39 So Paul said: I indeed am [a] Jewish man, of Tarsus, of Kilikia, not [a] citizen of [an] insignificant city; so I request [of you], permit me to speak to the people. 40 So he having permitted him, Paul having stood on the steps, motioned with [his] hand to the people. Now [a] great silence having come to pass, he addressed [them] in the Hebrew language saying:

1i.e. the Gentiles


3i.e. the Gentiles

4i.e. the Gentiles

5i.e. defiled