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Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And after the uproar had ceased, Paulus called the disciples and comforted them and kissed them, and he departed and went to Macedonia.
And when he traveled those regions and comforted them with many words, he came to the country of Greece.
And he was there three months, but the Jews made a plot against him when he was going to leave for Syria and planned to return to Macedonia.
And Supatros went out with him to Asia, who was from the city Berea, and Aristarkus and Sequndus, who were from Thessalon?qa, and Gaius, who was from the city Derby, and Timotheos, who was from Lystra, and Tykiqos and Trophimos from Asia.
These went before us and waited for us in Troas.
But we departed from Philippus, the city of Macedonia, after the days of unleavened bread, and we went by sea and came to Troas in five days and remained there seven days.
7In the first day of the week, when we assembled to break the Eucharist, Paulus was speaking with them, because the next day he was going to go out by himself and he prolonged speaking until midnight.
8And there were many fire lamps there in an upper room in which we were gathered.
9And there was a young man whose name was Eutikus, sitting there in a window, and he listened and he sank into a deep sleep, and as Paulus had prolonged the message, in his sleep he fell from the third story, and he was taken up as dead.
10And Paulus came down and fell upon him and embraced him and he said, “Do not be troubled, because his life is in him.”
11But when he got up, he broke bread and ate, and he spoke until sunrise, and then he went out to depart by land.
12And they brought the youth alive, and they rejoiced over him greatly.
13But we went into the ship and we sailed to the port of Thesos, because from there we prepared to receive Paulus, for thus he had commanded us when he had gone on by land.
14And when we had received him from Thesos, we took him into the ship and came to Mitolina.
15And from there the next day we sailed next to Kios the island, and again the next day we came to Samos and we stayed in Trogulion and the next day we came to Miletus,
16For Paulus was determined to pass by it to Ephesaus, lest he be delayed there because he was hurrying, that if he were able, he would keep the day of Pentecost in Jerusalem.
17And from Miletus he sent and brought the Elders of the Church of Ephesaus.
18And when they came to him, he said to them, “You are aware that from the first day that I entered Asia, how I have been with you all the time,”
19“As I served God in much humility and in tears, and in those trials that have come upon me by the treachery of the Jews.”
20“And I have neglected nothing that was useful for your souls, to preach and to teach in the marketplace and in houses,”
21“While I was testifying to the Jews and to the Aramaeans about returning home to the Presence of God and the faith in our Lord Yeshua The Messiah.”
22“And now I am shackled by The Spirit, and I go on to Jerusalem, and I do not know what will meet me there.”
23“However, The Spirit of Holiness testifies in every city to me and he says, 'Chains and afflictions are prepared for you.'”
24“But my life is esteemed nothing to me, so that I may finish my race course and the ministry which I have received from our Lord Yeshua, to testify of The Gospel of the grace of God.”
25“And now I know that none of you will see my face again, all of you among whom I have gone and preached to you The Kingdom.”
26“And because of this, I testify to you today that I am pure from the blood of all of you.”
27“For I have not declined to show you the whole will of God.”
28“Pay attention to yourselves therefore, and to the whole flock in which The Spirit of Holiness has appointed you overseers, to shepherd the Church of God which he has purchased with his blood.”
29“For I know that after I go, powerful wolves will enter with you that will not spare the flock.”
30“And even some of you and your own men will arise, speaking perversions so as to turn the disciples to go after them.”
31“Therefore be vigilant, and remember that for three years I have not been silent by night and by day, while with tears I was warning each one of you.”
32“And now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance with all of The Holy Ones.”
33“I have not coveted silver, gold, or apparel.”
34“And you know that these my hands have ministered to my needs and to those who were with me.”
35“And I have shown you everything, that thus it is necessary to labor and to take care of those who are weak and to remember the words of our Lord Yeshua, who said, 'He who gives is more blessed than he who receives.'”
36And when he had said these things, he knelt on his knees and he prayed, and all the men with him.
37And there was great weeping among all of them, and they were embracing him and kissing him.
38But they were all the more pained about that statement which he said, that they were not going to see his face again; and they accompanied him to the ship.