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Acts 21 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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Warnings on the Journey to Jerusalem
Paul Is Arrested at Jerusalem
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:1 - Now it came to pass, that when we had departed from them and set sail, running a straight course we came to Cos, the following day to Rhodes, and from there to Patara.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:2 - And finding a ship sailing over to Phoenicia, we went aboard and set sail.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:3 - When we had sighted Cyprus, we passed it on the left, sailed to Syria, and landed at Tyre; for there the ship was to unload her cargo.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:4 - And finding disciples,[fn] we stayed there seven days. They told Paul through the Spirit not to go up to Jerusalem.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:5 - When we had come to the end of those days, we departed and went on our way; and they all accompanied us, with wives and children, till we were out of the city. And we knelt down on the shore and prayed.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:6 - When we had taken our leave of one another, we boarded the ship, and they returned home.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:7 - And when we had finished our voyage from Tyre, we came to Ptolemais, greeted the brethren, and stayed with them one day.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:8 - On the next day we who were Paul’s companions[fn] departed and came to Caesarea, and entered the house of Philip the evangelist, who was one of the seven, and 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 stayed many days, a certain prophet named Agabus came down from Judea.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:11 - When he had come to us, he took Paul’s belt, bound his own hands and feet, and said, “Thus says the Holy Spirit, ‘So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man who owns this belt, and deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.’ ”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:12 - Now when we heard these things, both we and those from that place pleaded with him not to go up to Jerusalem.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:13 - Then Paul answered, “What do you mean by weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:14 - So when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, “The will of the Lord be done.”
Paul Urged to Make Peace
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:15 - And after those days we packed and went up to Jerusalem.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:16 - Also some of the disciples from Caesarea went with us and brought with them a certain Mnason of Cyprus, an early disciple, with whom we were to lodge.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:17 - And when we had come to Jerusalem, the brethren 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 - When he had greeted them, he told in detail those things which God had done among the Gentiles through his ministry.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:20 - And when they heard it, they glorified the Lord. And they said to him, “You see, brother, how many myriads of Jews there are who have believed, and they are all zealous for the law;
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:21 - “but they have been informed about you that you teach all the Jews who are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses, saying that they ought not to circumcise their children nor to walk according to the customs.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:22 - “What then? The assembly must certainly meet, for they will[fn] hear that you have come.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:23 - “Therefore do what we tell you: We have four men who have taken a vow.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:24 - “Take them and be purified with them, and pay their expenses so that they may shave their heads, and that all may know that those things of which they were informed concerning you are nothing, but that you yourself also walk orderly and keep the law.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:25 - “But concerning the Gentiles who believe, we have written and decided that they should observe no such thing, except[fn] that they should keep themselves from things offered to idols, from blood, from things strangled, and from sexual immorality.”
Arrested in the Temple
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:26 - Then Paul took the men, and the next day, having been purified with them, entered the temple to announce the expiration of the days of purification, at which time an offering should be made for each one of them.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:27 - Now when the seven days were almost ended, 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 teaches all men everywhere against the people, the law, and this place; and furthermore he also brought Greeks into the temple and has defiled this holy place.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:29 - (For they had previously[fn] seen Trophimus the Ephesian with him in the city, whom they supposed that Paul had brought into the temple.)
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:30 - And all the city was disturbed; and the people ran together, seized Paul, and dragged him out of the temple; and immediately the doors were shut.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:31 - Now as they were seeking to kill him, news came to the commander of the garrison that all Jerusalem was in an uproar.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:32 - He immediately took 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 near and took him, and commanded him to be bound with two chains; and he asked who he was and what he had done.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:34 - And some among the multitude cried one thing and some another. So when he could not ascertain the truth because of the tumult, he commanded him to be taken into the barracks.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:35 - When he reached the stairs, he had to be carried by the soldiers because of the violence of the mob.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:36 - For the multitude of the people followed after, crying out, “Away with him!”
Addressing the Jerusalem Mob
(Acts 9:1–19; 26:12–18 )
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:37 - Then as Paul was about to be led into the barracks, he said to the commander, “May I speak to you?” He replied, “Can you speak Greek?
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:38 - “Are you not the Egyptian who some time ago stirred up a rebellion and led the four thousand assassins out into the wilderness?”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:39 - But Paul said, “I am a Jew from Tarsus, in Cilicia, a citizen of no mean city; and I implore you, permit me to speak to the people.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:40 - So when he had given him permission, Paul stood on the stairs and motioned with his hand to the people. And when there was a great silence, he spoke to them in the Hebrew language, saying,
NKJV Footnotes
NU-Text reads the disciples.
NU-Text omits who were Paul’s companions.
NU-Text reads What then is to be done? They will certainly.
NU-Text omits that they should observe no such thing, except.
M-Text omits previously.

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