d. To Miletus, Meeting with the Elders
of the Church in Ephesus
13 But we, going ahead onto the ship, set sail for Assos, from there intending to pick up Paul, for so he had arranged it, himself intending to go by foot.
14 And when he met us in Assos, we picked him up and came to Mitylene.
15 And sailing away from there, on the following day we arrived opposite Chios; and on the next day we put in at Samos. And on the day following we came to Miletus,
16 For Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus so that he might not have to spend time in Asia; for he was hurrying so that if possible he might be in aJerusalem on the 1day of bPentecost.
17 And from Miletus he sent word to Ephesus and called for the aelders of the bchurch.
18 And when they came to him, he said to them, You yourselves know, from the first day that I set foot in aAsia, bhow I was with you all the time,
19 aServing the Lord as a slave with all bhumility and ctears and dtrials which came upon me by the eplots of the Jews;
20 How I did not awithhold any of those things that are profitable by not declaring them to you and by not teaching you publicly and from bhouse to house,
21 Solemnly atestifying both to Jews and to bGreeks crepentance unto God and dfaith 1in our Lord 2Jesus.
22 And now, behold, I am going 1bound in the 2spirit to aJerusalem, not knowing what will meet me 3there,
23 1Except that the Holy aSpirit solemnly testifies to me in city after city, saying that bbonds and cafflictions await me.
24 But I 1consider my 2alife of no account as if precious to myself, in order that I may finish my bcourse and the cministry which I have received from the Lord Jesus to solemnly dtestify of the egospel of the fgrace of God.
25 And now, behold, I know that you all, among whom I have gone about proclaiming the 1akingdom, will see my bface 2no more.
26 Therefore I testify to you 1on athis day that 2I am clean from the bblood of all men,
27 For I did not ashrink from declaring to you all the bcounsel of God.
28 aTake heed to yourselves and to all the 1bflock, among whom the Holy 2cSpirit has dplaced you as 3eoverseers to 4fshepherd the gchurch of God, which He hobtained through 5His own iblood.
29 I know that after my departure fierce awolves will come in among you, not 1sparing the flock.
30 And from among you yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverted things to 1adraw away the disciples after them.
31 Therefore awatch, remembering that for bthree years, night and day, I did not cease admonishing each one with ctears.
32 And now I acommit you to 1God and to the word of His 2bgrace, which is able to cbuild you up and to give you the 3dinheritance among all those who have been 4esanctified.
33 I have acoveted no one's silver or gold or clothing.
34 You yourselves know that these 1ahands have ministered to my needs and to those who are with me.
35 In all things I have shown you by example that atoiling in this way we ought to support 1the bweak and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, 2It is more blessed to cgive than to receive.
36 And when he had said these things, he aknelt down with them all and prayed.
37 And there was considerable weeping by all; and afalling on Paul's neck, they kissed him affectionately,
38 Especially pained over the word which he had spoken, that they would no longer behold his aface. And they bescorted him to the ship.