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Acts 21 :: Legacy Standard Bible (LSB)

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Paul Sets Out for Jerusalem

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:1 -

Now when we had parted from them and had set sail, we came by a straight course to Cos and the next day to Rhodes and from there to Patara;

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:2 - and having found a ship crossing over to Phoenicia, we went aboard and set sail.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:3 - And when we came in sight of Cyprus, leaving it on the left, we kept sailing to Syria and landed at Tyre; for there the ship was to unload its cargo.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:4 - And after looking up the disciples, we stayed there seven days; and they kept telling Paul through the Spirit not to set foot in Jerusalem.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:5 - And when [fn]our days there were ended, we left and started on our journey, while they all, with wives and children, escorted us until we were out of the city. After kneeling down on the beach and praying, we said farewell to one another.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:6 - Then we went on board the ship, and they returned home again.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:7 -

And when we had finished the voyage from Tyre, we arrived at Ptolemais, and after greeting the brothers, we stayed with them for a day.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:8 - And on the next day we left and came to Caesarea, and entering the house of Philip the evangelist, who was one of the seven, we stayed with him.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:9 - Now this man had four virgin daughters who prophesied.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:10 - And as we were staying there for some 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, “This is what the Holy Spirit says: ‘In this way the Jews at Jerusalem will bind the man who owns this belt and deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.’”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:12 - And when we had heard this, we as well as the local residents began begging him not to go up to Jerusalem.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:13 - Then Paul answered, “What are you doing, crying and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound, but even to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:14 - And since he would not be persuaded, we fell silent, saying, “The will of the Lord be done!”
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Now after these days we got ready and started on our way up to Jerusalem.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:16 - And some of the disciples from Caesarea also came with us, taking us to Mnason of Cyprus, an early disciple with whom we were to lodge.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:17 -

And after we arrived in Jerusalem, the brothers welcomed us gladly.

In Jerusalem

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:18 - And the following day Paul went in with us to James, and all the elders were present.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:19 - And after he had greeted them, he began to relate one by one the things which God did among the Gentiles through his ministry.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:20 - And when they heard it they began glorifying God; and they said to him, “You see, brother, how many [fn]thousands there are among the Jews of those who have believed, and they are all zealous for the Law;
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:21 - and they have been told about you, that you are teaching all the Jews who are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses, telling them not to circumcise their children nor to [fn]walk according to the 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 - “Therefore do this that we tell you. We have four men who [fn]are under a vow;
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:24 - take them and purify yourself along with them, and [fn]pay their expenses so that they may shave their [fn]heads. Then all will know that there is nothing to the things which they have been told about you, but that you yourself also walk orderly, keeping the Law.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:25 - “But concerning the Gentiles who have believed, we wrote, having decided that they should keep from [fn]meat sacrificed to idols and from blood and from what is strangled and from sexual immorality.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:26 - Then Paul [fn]took the men, and the next day, purifying himself along with them, went into the temple giving notice of the completion of the days of purification, until the sacrifice was offered for each one of them.

Paul Is Arrested

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:27 -

Now when the seven days were almost over, the Jews from [fn]Asia, upon noticing him in the temple, began to throw all the crowd into confusion and laid hands on him,

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:28 - crying out, “Men of Israel, help! This is the man who teaches to everyone everywhere against our people and the Law and this place; and besides, he has 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 in the city with him, and they supposed that Paul had brought him into the temple.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:30 - Then all the city was stirred, and [fn]the people rushed together, and taking hold of Paul they dragged him out of the temple, and immediately the doors were shut.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:31 - While they were seeking to kill him, a report came up to the [fn]commander of the Roman [fn]cohort that all Jerusalem was in confusion.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:32 - At once he took along soldiers and centurions and ran down to them; and when they saw the commander and the soldiers, they stopped beating Paul.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:33 - Then the commander came up and took hold of him, and ordered him to be bound with two chains; and he began asking who he was and what he had done.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:34 - But among the crowd some were shouting one thing and some another, and when he could not find out the [fn]facts because of the uproar, he ordered him to be brought into the barracks.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:35 - And when he got to the stairs, he actually was carried by the soldiers because of the violence of the crowd;
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:36 - for the multitude of the people kept following them, shouting, “Away with him!”

Paul’s Defense Before the Jews

(Act 9:1–19; 26:12–18 )
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As Paul was about to be brought into the barracks, he said to the commander, “May I say something to you?” And he *said, “Do you know Greek?

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:38 - “Then you are not the Egyptian who some [fn]time ago raised a revolt and led the four thousand men of the Assassins out into the wilderness?”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:39 - But Paul said, “I am a Jew of Tarsus in Cilicia, a citizen of no insignificant city; and I beg you, allow me to speak to the people.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:40 - And when he had given him permission, Paul, standing on the stairs, motioned to the people with his hand; and when there [fn]was a great hush, he spoke to them in the Hebrew language, saying,
LSB Footnotes
Lit we had completed the days
Lit ten thousands
Observe or live by
Lit have a vow on them
Lit spend on them
Lit head
Lit the thing
Or took the men the next day, and purifying himself
West coast province of Asia Minor
Lit a running together of the people occurred
Military leader over 1,000 soldiers
Normally 600 men (the number varied); or battalion
Lit certainty
Lit days
Lit occurred
See the LSB Preface for an explanation on the use of the asterisk.

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