Acts 21

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The Holy Scriptures (Jubilee Bible 2000)
 

1And it came to pass that after we had left them and had launched, we came with a straight course unto Coos, and the day following unto Rhodes, and from there unto Patara; 2and finding a ship sailing over unto Phenicia, we went aboard and set forth. 3Now when we had sighted Cyprus, we left it on the left hand and sailed into Syria and landed at Tyre, for there the ship was to unload her cargo. 4And finding the disciples, we tarried there seven days, who said to Paul through the Spirit that he should not go up to Jerusalem. 5And when we had accomplished those days, we departed; and they all brought us on our way, with wives and children, until we were out of the city; and we knelt down on the shore and prayed. 6And when we had taken our leave one of another, we embarked on the ship, and they returned home again. 7And when we had finished our course from Tyre, we came to Ptolemais and saluted the brethren and abode with them one day.

8And the next day Paul and those of us that were with him departed and came unto Caesarea; and we entered into the house of Philip the evangelist, who was one of the seven, and abode with him. 9And he had four daughters, virgins, who prophesied. 10And as we tarried there many days, there came down from Judaea a certain prophet, named Agabus. 11And when he was come unto us, he took Paul’s girdle and bound his own hands and feet and said, Thus saith the Holy Spirit, So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man that owns this girdle and shall deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles. 12And when we heard these things, both we and those of that place besought him not to go up to Jerusalem. 13Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus. 14And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, Let the will of the Lord be done.

15And after those days we packed our baggage and went up to Jerusalem. 16There 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. 17And when we arrived at Jerusalem, the brethren received us gladly. 18And the day following, Paul went in with us to see James, and all the elders were gathered. 19And when he had saluted them, he declared particularly what things God had wrought among the Gentiles by his ministry. 20And when they heard it, they glorified the Lord and said unto him, Thou seest, brother, how many thousands of Jews there are who have believed, and they are all zealous of the law; 21and they are informed of thee that thou teachest all the Jews who are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses, saying that they ought not to circumcise their children, neither to walk after the customs. 22What is it therefore? The multitude must needs come together, for they will hear that thou art come. 23Do therefore this that we say to thee: We have four men among us who have a vow on them; 24them take, and purify thyself with them, and pay their expenses, that they may shave their heads, and all may know that those things, of which they were informed concerning thee, are nothing, but that thou thyself dost also walk orderly and keep the law. 25As touching the Gentiles who believe, we have written and concluded that they observe no such thing, except only that they keep themselves from things offered to idols and from blood and from that which has been strangled and from fornication. 26Then 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 an offering should be offered for each one of them.

27And when the seven days were almost ended, the Jews, who were of Asia, when they saw him in the temple, stirred up all the people and laid hands on him, 28crying out, Men of Israel, help; this is the man that teaches everyone everywhere against the people and the law and this place and further brought Greeks also into the temple and has polluted this holy place. 29(For before this they had seen Trophimus, an Ephesian, with him in the city, whom they supposed that Paul had brought into the temple.) 30So that all the city was moved, and the people ran together; and they took Paul and drew him out of the temple, and immediately the doors were shut. 31And as they went about to kill him, tidings came unto the tribunal of the company that all Jerusalem was in an uproar 32who immediately took soldiers and centurions and ran down unto them; and when they saw the tribunal and the soldiers, they left off beating Paul. 33Then the tribunal came near and took him and commanded him to be bound with two chains and demanded to know who he was and what he had done. 34And 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 fortress. 35And when he came upon the stairs, so it was that he was borne of the soldiers because of the violence of the people. 36For the multitude of the people followed after, crying, Away with him. 37And as Paul was to be led into the fortress, he said unto the tribunal, May I speak unto thee? Who said, Canst thou speak Greek? 38Art not thou that Egyptian, who before these days made an uproar and led four thousand men out into the wilderness that were murderers? 39But Paul said, I am certainly a Jew, a citizen of Tarsus, a city known in Cilicia; and, I beseech thee, suffer me to speak unto the people. 40And when he had given him license, Paul stood on the stairs and beckoned with the hand unto the people. And when there was made a great silence, he spoke unto them in the Hebrew tongue, saying,