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Chapter 21

Acts 21:1 And it came to pass, that after we had departed from them, and had launched, we came with a straight course to Coos, and the day following to Rhodes, and from there to Patara:

Acts 21:2 and finding a ship sailing over to Phoenicia, we went aboard, and set sail.

Acts 21:3 Now when we had discovered Cyprus, we left it on the left hand, and sailed into Syria, and landed at Tyre: for there the ship was to unload her cargo.

Acts 21:4 And finding disciples, we stayed there seven days: who said to Paul through the Spirit, that he should not go up to Jerusalem.

Acts 21:5 Now when we had accomplished those days, we departed and went our way; and they all brought us on our way, with wives and children, until we were out of the city: and we kneeled down on the shore, and prayed.

Acts 21:6 When we had taken our leave of one another, we boarded the ship; and they returned home again.

Acts 21:7 So when we had finished our course from Tyre, we came to Ptolemais, and greeted the brothers, and stayed with them one day.

Acts 21:8 Then the next day we that were of Paul’s companions departed, and came to Caesarea: and we entered into the house of Philip the evangelist, who was one of the seven; and stayed with him.

Acts 21:9 For the same man had four daughters, virgins, who did prophesy.

Acts 21:10 As we stayed there many days, there came down from Judea a certain prophet, named Agabus.

Acts 21:11 When he had come to us, he took Paul’s belt, and bound his own hands and feet, and said, thus says the Holy Spirit, So will the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man that owns this belt, and will take him into the hands of the nations.

Acts 21:12 So when we heard these things, both we, and they of that place, asked him not to go up to Jerusalem.

Acts 21:13 Then Paul answered, what are you doing, crying and disheartening me? For I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.

Acts 21:14 Then when he would not be persuaded, we stopped, and said, the will of the Lord be done.

Acts 21:15 After those days we packed, and went up to Jerusalem.

Acts 21:16 There went with us also certain of the disciples of Caesarea, and brought with them one Mnason of Cyprus, an early disciple, with who we should lodge.

Acts 21:17 When we had come to Jerusalem, the brothers received us gladly.

Acts 21:18 And the following day Paul went in with us to James; and all the elders were present.

Acts 21:19 When he had greeted them, he explained in detail what things God had done among the nations by his ministry.

Acts 21:20 When they heard it, they glorified the Lord, and said to him, You see, brother, how many thousands of Jews there are who believe; and they are all zealous for the Law:

Acts 21:21 For they are informed of you, that you teach all the Jews whom are among the nations to forsake Moses, saying that they ought not to circumcise their children, neither to walk after the customs.

Acts 21:22 What then? The assembly must come together: for they will hear that you have come.

Acts 21:23 Therefore do what we say: we have four men who have a vow on them;

Acts 21:24 them take, and purify yourself with them, and pay their expenses, that they may shave their heads: and 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.

Acts 21:25 As concerning the nations who believe, we have written and concluded that they observe no such thing, except that they keep themselves from things offered to idols, and from blood, and from strangled, and from sexual immorality.

Acts 21:26 Then Paul took the men, and the next day purifying himself with them entered into the temple, to signify the accomplishment of the days of purification, until that an offering should be offered for every one of them.

Acts 21:27 And when the seven days were about to end, the Jews who were of Asia, when they saw him in the temple, stirred up all the people, and laid hands on him,

Acts 21:28 crying out, Men of Israel, help: this is the man, that teaches all men everywhere against the people, and the Law, and this place: and further brought Greeks also into the temple, and has polluted this holy place!

Acts 21:29 (For they had seen before with him in the city Trophimus an Ephesian, who they supposed that Paul had brought into the temple.)

Acts 21:30 Then all the city was moved, and the people ran together: and they took Paul, and dragged him out of the temple: and immediately the doors were shut.

Acts 21:31 Now as they went about to kill him, news came to the chief captain of the cohort that all Jerusalem was in an uproar.

Acts 21:32 Who immediately took soldiers and centurions, and ran down to them: and when they saw the chief captain and the soldiers, they stopped beating Paul.

Acts 21:33 Then the chief captain came near, and took him, and commanded him to be bound with two chains; and demanded who he was, and what he had done.

Acts 21:34 For some cried one thing, some another, among the multitude: and when he could not know the certainty for the riot, he commanded him to be carried into the fortress.

Acts 21:35 When he came upon the stairs, so it was, that he was carried by the soldiers because of the violence of the mob.

Acts 21:36 Therefore a multitude of the people followed after, crying, away with him!

Acts 21:37 So as Paul was about to be led into the fortress, he said to the chief captain, may I speak to you? Who said, can you speak Greek?

Acts 21:38 Are you not that Egyptian, who before these days made an uprising, and led out into the wilderness four thousand men who were assassins?

Acts 21:39 But Paul said, I am a Jewish man of Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, a citizen of no small city: and, I implore you, permit me to speak to the people.

Acts 21:40 When he had given him permission, Paul stood on the stairs, and motioned with the hand to the people. And when there was made a great silence, he spoke to them in the Hebrew tongue, saying,