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Acts 21 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Paul Goes to Jerusalem

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:1 - And when we had parted from them and set sail, we came by a straight course to Cos, and the next day to Rhodes, and from there to Patara.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:2 - And having found a ship crossing to Phoenicia, we went aboard and set sail.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:3 - When we had come in sight of Cyprus, leaving it on the left we sailed to Syria and landed at Tyre, for there the ship was to unload its cargo.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:4 - And having sought out the disciples, we stayed there for seven days. And through the Spirit they were telling Paul not to go on to Jerusalem.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:5 - When our days there were ended, we departed and went on our journey, and they all, with wives and children, accompanied us until we were outside the city. And kneeling down on the beach, we prayed
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:6 - and said farewell to one another. Then we went on board the ship, and they returned home.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:7 - When we had finished the voyage from Tyre, we arrived at Ptolemais, and we greeted the brothers[fn] and stayed with them for one day.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:8 - On the next day we departed and came to Caesarea, and we entered the house of Philip the evangelist, who was one of the seven, and stayed with him.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:9 - He had four unmarried daughters, who prophesied.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:10 - While we were staying for many days, a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:11 - And coming to us, he took Paul’s belt and bound his own feet and hands and said, “Thus says the Holy Spirit, ‘This is how the Jews[fn] at Jerusalem will bind the man who owns this belt and deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.’”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:12 - When we heard this, we and the people there urged him not to go up to Jerusalem.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:13 - Then Paul answered, “What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be imprisoned but even to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:14 - And since he would not be persuaded, we ceased and said, “Let the will of the Lord be done.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:15 - After these days we got ready and went up to Jerusalem.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:16 - And some of the disciples from Caesarea went with us, bringing us to the house of Mnason of Cyprus, an early disciple, with whom we should lodge.

Paul Visits James

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:17 - When we had come to Jerusalem, the brothers received us gladly.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:18 - On the following day Paul went in with us to James, and all the elders were present.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:19 - After greeting them, he related one by one the things that God had done among the Gentiles through his ministry.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:20 - And when they heard it, they glorified God. And they said to him, “You see, brother, how many thousands there are among the Jews of those who have believed. They are all zealous for the law,
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:21 - and they have been told about you that you teach all the Jews who are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses, telling them not to circumcise their children or walk according to our customs.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:22 - What then is to be done? They will certainly hear that you have come.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:23 - Do therefore what we tell you. We have four men who are under a vow;
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:24 - take these men and purify yourself along with them and pay their expenses, so that they may shave their heads. Thus all will know that there is nothing in what they have been told about you, but that you yourself also live in observance of the law.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:25 - But as for the Gentiles who have believed, we have sent a letter with our judgment that they should abstain from what has been sacrificed to idols, and from blood, and from what has been strangled,[fn] and from sexual immorality.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:26 - Then Paul took the men, and the next day he purified himself along with them and went into the temple, giving notice when the days of purification would be fulfilled and the offering presented for each one of them.

Paul Arrested in the Temple

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:27 - When the seven days were almost completed, the Jews from Asia, seeing him in the temple, stirred up the whole crowd and laid hands on him,
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:28 - crying out, “Men of Israel, help! This is the man who is teaching everyone everywhere against the people and the law and this place. Moreover, he even brought Greeks into the temple and has defiled this holy place.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:29 - For they had previously seen Trophimus the Ephesian with him in the city, and they supposed that Paul had brought him into the temple.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:30 - Then all the city was stirred up, and the people ran together. They seized Paul and dragged him out of the temple, and at once the gates were shut.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:31 - And as they were seeking to kill him, word came to the tribune of the cohort that all Jerusalem was in confusion.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:32 - He at once took soldiers and centurions and ran down to them. And when they saw the tribune and the soldiers, they stopped beating Paul.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:33 - Then the tribune came up and arrested him and ordered him to be bound with two chains. He inquired who he was and what he had done.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:34 - Some in the crowd were shouting one thing, some another. And as he could not learn the facts because of the uproar, he ordered him to be brought into the barracks.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:35 - And when he came to the steps, he was actually carried by the soldiers because of the violence of the crowd,
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:36 - for the mob of the people followed, crying out, “Away with him!”

Paul Speaks to the People

(Act 9:1–19; 26:12–18 )
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:37 - As Paul was about to be brought into the barracks, he said to the tribune, “May I say something to you?” And he said, “Do you know Greek?
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:38 - Are you not the Egyptian, then, who recently stirred up a revolt and led the four thousand men of the Assassins out into the wilderness?”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:39 - Paul replied, “I am a Jew, from Tarsus in Cilicia, a citizen of no obscure city. I beg you, permit me to speak to the people.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:40 - And when he had given him permission, Paul, standing on the steps, motioned with his hand to the people. And when there was a great hush, he addressed them in the Hebrew language,[fn] saying:
ESV Footnotes
Some manuscripts add and Myra
Or brothers and sisters; also verse 17
Greek Ioudaioi probably refers here to Jewish religious leaders, and others under their influence, in that time
Some manuscripts omit and from what has been strangled
Or the Hebrew dialect (probably Aramaic)

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