Greece 1 Now when the tumult had ceased, Paul sent for the disciples and encouraged them; then he took
leave of them and started for Macedonia. 2 After travelling through those parts and giving them much encouragement,
he came to Greece. 3 When he had spent three months there and was about to sail for Syria, a plot was laid against him
by the Jews; so he resolved to return through Macedonia. 4 And there accompanied him Sopater of Beroea, the son of Pyrrhus;
and of the Thessalonians, Aristrchus and Secundus, and Gaius of Derbe, and Timothy; and of the province of Asia, Tychicus
and Trophimus. 5 These, having gone in advance, waited for us at Troas; 6 but we ourselves sailed from Philippi after
the days of the Unleavened Bread, and five days later joined them at Troas, and there we stayed seven days.
7* And on the first day of the week, when we had met for the breaking of bread, Paul addressed them, as he was to leave the
next morning, and he prolonged his address until midnight. 8 Now there were many lamps in the upper room where we had
assembled. 9 And a young man named Eutychus, who was sitting at the window, was overcome with drowsiness and, as Paul
addressed them at great length, he went fast asleep and fell down from the third story to the ground and was picked up dead.
10 Paul went down to him and laid himself upon him, and embracing him, said, "Do not be alarmed, life is still in him."
11 Then he went up and broke bread and ate, and having spoken to them a good while, even till daybreak, he departed.
12 And they took away the boy alive and were not a little comforted.
13 But we went on board the ship and sailed for Assos, intending to take Paul on board there.
That was the arrangement he had made, as he intended to travel there by land. 14 So when he met us at Assos, we took
him on board and came to Mitylene. 15 Sailing from there, we arrived on the following day off Chios; the next day we
made Samos, and the day after we reached Miletus. 16 For Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus, lest he should be delayed
in the province of Asia; for he was hastening to be in Jerusalem, if it were possible for him, by the day of Pentecost.
Discourse at Miletus
17 From Miletus, however, he sent to Ephesus for the presbyters of the church; 18 and when they had come to him and were assembled,
he said to them: "You know in what manner I have lived with you all the time since the first day that I came into the province
of Asia, 19 serving the Lord with all humility and with tears and in trials that befell me because of the plots of the Jews;
20 how I have kept back nothing that was for your good, but have declared it to you and taught you in public and from house
to house, 21 urging Jews and Gentiles to turn to God in repentance and to believe in our Lord Jesus Christ. 22 And now,
behold, I am going to Jerusalem, compelled by the Spirit, not knowing what will happen to me there; 23 except that in every
city the Holy Spirit warns me, saying that imprisonment and persecution are awaiting me. 24 But I fear none of these,
nor do I count my life more precious than myself, if only I may accomplish my course and the ministry that I have received
from the Lord Jesus, to bear witness to the gospel of the grace of God.
25 "And now, behold, I know that you all among whom I went about preaching the kingdom of
God, will see my face no longer. 26 Therefore I call you to witness this day that I am innocent of the blood of all;
27 for I have not shrunk from declaring to you the whole counsel of God. 28 Take heed to yourselves and to the whole
flock in which the Holy Spirit has placed you as bishops, to rule the Church of God, which he has purchased with his own
blood. 29 I know that after my departure fierce wolves will get in among you, and will not spare the flock. 30
And from among your own selves men will rise speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them. 31
Watch, therefore, and remember that for three years night and day I did not cease with tears to admonish every one of you.
32 "And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, who is able to build up
and to give the inheritance among all the sanctified. 33 I have coveted no one's silver or gold or apparel. 34
You yourselves know that these hands of mine have provided for my needs and those of my companions. 35 In all things
I have shown you that by so toiling you ought to help the weak and remember the word of the Lord Jesus, that he himself said,
'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'"
36 Having said this, he knelt down and prayed with them all. 37 And there was much weeping
among them all and they fell on Paul's neck and kissed him, 38 being grieved most of all that his saying that they would no
longer see his face. And they escorted him to the ship.
7: Sunday had replaced the Sabbath (Saturday)
as the day of worship. Breaking of bread: the Holy Eucharist, celebrated in the evening.