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and spake boldly for the space of three months, disputing and persuading the things concerning the kingdom of God. But when divers were hardened, and believed not, but spake evil of that way before the multitude, he departed from them, and separated the disciples, disputing daily in the school of one Tyrannus. And this continued by the space of two years; so that all they which dwelt in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks. And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul: so that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them. Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom

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Paul preacheth. And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did so. which did so. And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye? And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded. And this was known to all the Jews and Greeks also dwelling at Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified. And many that believed came, and confessed, and shewed their deeds. Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all men: and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver. So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.

July 16, Morning; February 1, Evening. FTER these things were ended, Paul purposed in the spirit, when he had passed through Macedonia and Achaia, to go to Jerusalem, saying, After I have been there, I must also see Rome, So he sent into Macedonia two of them that ministered unto him, Timotheus and Erastus; but he himself stayed in Asia for a season. And the same time there arose no small stir about that way. For a certain man named Demetrius, a silversmith, which made silver shrines for Diana, brought no small gain unto the craftsmen; whom he called together with the workmen of like occupation, and said, Sirs, ye

know that by this craft we have our wealth. Moreover ye see and hear, that not alone at Ephesus, but almost throughout all Asia, this Paul hath persuaded and turned away much people, saying that they be no gods, which are made with hands: so that not only this our craft is in danger to be set at nought: but also that the temple of the great goddess Diana should be despised, and her magnificence should be destroyed, whom all Asia and the world worshippeth. And when they heard these sayings, they were full of wrath, and cried out, saying, Great is Diana of the Ephesians. And the whole

city was filled with confusion: and having caught Gaius and Aristarchus, men of Macedonia, Paul's companions in travel, they rushed with one accord into the theatre. And when Paul would have entered in unto the people, the disciples suffered him not. And certain of the chief of Asia, which were his friends, sent unto him, desiring him that he would not adventure himself into the theatre. Some therefore cried one thing, and some another: for the assembly was confused; and the more part knew not wherefore they were come together. And they drew Alexander out of the multitude, the Jews putting him forward. And Alexander beckoned with the hand, and would have made his defence unto the people. But when they knew that he was a Jew, all with one voice about the space of two hours cried out, Great is Diana of the Ephesians. And when the townclerk had appeased the

people, he said, Ye men of
Ephesus, what man is there
that knoweth not how that
the city of the Ephesians is a
worshipper of the great god-
dess Diana, and of the image
which fell down from Jupiter?
Seeing then that these things
cannot be spoken against, ye
ought to be quiet, and to do
nothing rashly. For ye have
brought hither these men,
which are neither robbers of
churches, nor yet blasphemers
of your goddess. Wherefore
if Demetrius, and the crafts-
men which are with him, have
a matter against any man, the
law is open, and there are de-
puties: let them implead one
another. But if ye enquire
any thing concerning other
matters, it shall be determined
in a lawful assembly. For we
are in danger to be called in
question for this day's uproar,
there being no cause whereby
we may give an account of
this concourse. And when he
had thus spoken, he dismissed
the assembly.

CHAPTER XX.
July 17, Morning; February 2, Evening.
AND after the uproar was

ceased, Paul called unto him the disciples, and embraced them, and departed for to go into Macedonia. And when he had gone over those parts, and had given them much exhortation, he came into Greece, and there abode three months. And when the Jews laid wait for him, as he was about to sail into Syria, he purposed to return through Macedonia. And there accompanied him into Asia Sopater of Berea; and of the Thessalonians, Aristarchus and Secundus; and Gaius of Derbe,

and Timotheus; and of Asia, Tychicus and Trophimus. These going before tarried for us at Troas. And we sailed away from Philippi after the days of unleavened bread, and came unto them to Troas in five days; where we abode seven days. And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight. And there were many lights in the upper chamber, where they were gathered together.

fore to ship, and sailed unto Assos, there intending to take in Paul: for so had he appointed, minding himself to go afoot. And when he met with us at Assos, we took him in, and came to Mitylene. And we sailed thence, and came the next day over against Chios; and the next day we arrived at Samos, and tarried at Trogyllium; and the next day we came to Miletus. For Paul had determined to sail by Ephesus, because he would not spend the time in Asia: for he hasted, if it were possible for him, to be at Jeru

And there sat in a window a certain young man named Eutychus, being fallen into a deep sleep: and as Paul was long preaching, he sunk down with sleep, and fell down from the third loft, and was taken up dead. And Paul went down, and fell on him, and embracing him said, Trouble not yourselves; for his life is in him. When he therefore was come up again, and had broken bread, and eaten, and talked a long while, even till break of day, so he departed. And they brought the young man alive, and were not a little comforted. And we went be-salem the day of Pentecost.

July 18, Morning; February 3, Evening.

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ND from Miletus he sent
to Ephesus, and called the
elders of the church. And
when they were come to him,
he said unto them, Ye know,
from the first day that I came
into Asia, after what manner
I have been with you at all
seasons, serving the Lord with
all humility of mind, and with
many tears, and temptations,
which befell me by the lying
in wait of the Jews: and how
I kept back nothing that was
profitable unto you, but have
shewed you, and have taught
you publickly, and from house
to house, testifying both to the
Jews, and also to the Greeks,
repentance toward God, and
faith toward our Lord Jesus
Christ. And now, behold, I
go bound in the spirit unto
Jerusalem, not knowing the
things that shall befall me
there: save that the Holy
Ghost witnesseth in every city,
saying that bonds and afflic-
tions abide me. But none of
these things move me, neither
count I my life dear unto my

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self, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God. And now, behold, I know that ye all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, shall see my face no more. Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men. For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God. Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn

every one night and day with tears. And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them. which are sanctified. I have coveted no man's silver, or gold, or apparel. Yea, ye Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me. I have shewed you all things, how

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that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive. And when he had thus spoken, he kneeled down, and prayed with them all. And they all wept sore, and fell on Paul's neck, and kissed him, sorrowing most of all for the words which he spake, that they should see his face no more. And they accompanied him unto the ship.

CHAPTER XXL

July 19, Morning; February 4, Evening. ND it came to pass, that after we were gotten from them, and had launched, we came with a straight course unto Coos, and the day follow-gelist, which was one of the

ing unto Rhodes, and from thence unto Patara: and finding a ship sailing over unto Phenicia, we went aboard, and set forth. 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 unlade her burden. And finding disciples, we tarried there seven days: who said to Paul through the Spirit, that he should not go up to Jerusalem. And when we had accomplished those days, we depart ed and went our way; and they all brought us on our way, with wives and children, till we were out of the city: and we kneeled down on the shore, and prayed. And when we had taken our leave one of another, we took ship; and they returned home again. And when we had finished our course from Tyre, we came to Ptolemais, and saluted the brethren, and abode with them one day. And the next day

we that were of Paul's company departed, and came unto Cæsarea and we entered into the house of Philip the evan

seven; and abode with him. And the same man had four daughters, virgins, which did prophesy. And as we tarried there many days, there came down from Judæa a certain prophet, named Agabus. And when he was come unto us, he took Paul's girdle, and bound his own hands and feet, and said, Thus saith the Holy Ghost, So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man that owneth this girdle, and shall deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles. And when we heard these things, both we, and they of that place, besought him not to go up to Jerusalem. Jerusalem. Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus. And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, The will of the Lord be done. And after those days we took up our carriages, and

went up to Jerusalem. There went with us also certain of the disciples of Cæsarea, and

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brought with them one Mnason of Cyprus, an old disciple, with whom we should lodge.

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Jerusalem, the brethren
received us gladly. And the
day following Paul went in
with us unto James; and all
the elders were present. And
when he had saluted them, he
declared particularly what
things God had wrought a-
mong the Gentiles by his min-
istry. And when they heard
it, they glorified the Lord, and
said unto him, Thou seest,
brother, how many thousands
of Jews there are which be-
lieve; and they are all zealous
of the law and they are in-
formed of thee, that thou
teachest all the Jews which
are among the Gentiles to
forsake Moses, saying that they
ought not to circumcise their
children, neither to walk after
the customs. What is it there-
fore? the multitude must
needs come together: for they
will hear that thou art come.
Do therefore this that we say
to thee: We have four men
which have a vow on them;
them take, and purify thyself
with them, and be at charges
with them, that they may
shave their heads: and all
may know that those things,
whereof they were informed
concerning thee, are nothing;
but that thou thyself also
walkest orderly, and keepest
the law. As touching the
As touching the
Gentiles which believe, we
have written and concluded
that they observe no such
thing, save only that they keep
themselves from things offered
to idols, and from blood, and
from strangled, and from for

nication. Then Paul took the
men, and the next day puri-
fying himself with them enter-
ed into the temple, to signify
the
the accomplishment of the
days of purification, until that
an offering should be offered
for every one of them. And
when the seven days were
almost ended, the Jews which
were of Asia, when they saw
him in the temple, stirred up
all the people, and laid hands
on him, crying out, Men of
Israel, help: This is the man,
that teacheth all men every
where against the people, and
the law, and this place: and
further brought Greeks also
into the temple, and hath
polluted this holy place. (For
they had seen before with him
in the city Trophimus an
Ephesian, whom they sup-
posed that Paul had brought
into the temple.) And all the
city was moved, and the people
ran together: and they took
Paul, and drew him out of the
temple: and forthwith the
doors were shut. And as they
went about to kill him, tidings
came unto the chief captain of
the band, that all Jerusalem
was in an uproar. Who im-
mediately took soldiers and
centurions, and ran down unto
them: and when they saw the
chief captain and the soldiers,
they left beating of Paul.
Then the chief captain came
near, and took him, and com-
manded him to be bound with
two chains; and demanded
who he was, and what he had
done. And some cried one
thing, some another, among

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