Acts 21 ©

1 From Miletus Paul travels forward towards Syria and comes to Tyre. 4 The disciples there dissuade him from this journey to Jerusalem, but in vain. 5 He goes forth to Ptolemais and from there to Cæsarea, where he abides some days at the house of Philip the evangelist, whose four daughters prophesied. 10 Agabus foretells his bonds at Jerusalem, wherefore the brethren entreat him even with tears to stay away from there. 13 But, understanding that he was ready even to die for Christ’s sake, they submit to the will of God. 15 He comes to Jerusalem and goes to lodge with Mnason. 18 Afterwards he goes unto James and relates to him and the elders, what God had done for him. 20 By whose counsel, he with four men, who had a vow, goes into the temple to sanctify himself. 27 Where he is seen by certain Jews of Asia, who raise an uproar against him and seek to kill him. 31 But is taken from them by the Roman governor and brought into the camp. 39 Of whom he gets leave to speak unto the people.


AND it came to pass, that after we were 1gotten from them, and 2had launched, we came with a straight course unto 3Coos, and the day following unto 4Rhodes, and from thence unto 5Patara:


And finding a ship 6sailing over unto 7Phenicia, we went aboard, and set forth.


Now when we had 8discovered Cyprus, we left it on the left hand, and sailed into Syria, and landed at 9Tyre: for there 10the ship was to unlade her burden.


And finding 11disciples, we tarried there seven days: who said to Paul 12through the Spirit, thata he should 13not go up to Jerusalem.


And when we had 14accomplished those days, we departed and went our way; and they all brought us on our way, 15with wives and children, till we were out of the city: and we 16kneeled down on the shore, and prayed.


And when we had taken our leave 17one of another, we took ship; and they returned 18home again.


And when we had finished our course from Tyre, we came to 19Ptolemais, and saluted the brethren, and abode with them one day.


And the next day we that were of 20Paul’s company departed, and came unto 21Cæsarea: and we entered into the house of Philipb22the evangelist, which was one of the 23seven; and 24abode with him.


And the same man had four daughters, virgins, whichc did 25prophesy.


And as we tarried there many days, there came down from Judaea a certain prophet, named Agabus.d


And when he was come unto us, he took Paul's girdle, and 26bound his own hands and feet, and said, Thus saith the Holy Ghost, So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man thate owneth this girdle, and shall deliver him into the hands 27of the Gentiles.


And when we heard these things, both we, and they of that place, 28besought him not to go up to Jerusalem.


Then Paul answered, Whatf mean ye to weep and 29to 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 30ceased, saying, Theg will of the Lord be done.


And after those days we 31took up our carriages,h and went up to Jerusalem.


There went with us also certain of the disciples of Caesarea, and brought with them one Mnason of Cyprus, an old disciple, with whom we should lodge.


And when we were come to Jerusalem, the brethren received us 32gladly.


And the day following Paul went in with us unto 33James; and all 34the elders were present.


And when he had saluted them, he declared 35particularly what things God had wrought among the Gentiles by his ministry.


And when they heard it, they 36glorified the Lord, and said unto him, Thou seest, brother, how many 37thousands of Jews there are which believe; and they are all 38zealous of the law:


And they are 39informed of thee, that thou teachest all the Jews which are among the Gentiles 40to forsake 41Moses, saying that they ought not to circumcise their children, neither to walk 42after the customs.


What is it therefore? 43the multitude must needs 44come together: for they will hear that thou art come.


Do therefore this that we say to thee: 45We have four men which 46have 47a vow on them;


Them take, and 48purify thyself with them, and be 49at 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 50keepest 51the law.


As touching the Gentiles 52which believe, wei have 53written and 54concluded that they observe 55no such thing, savej only that they keep themselves from things offered to idols, and fromk blood, and from strangled, and from fornication.


Thenl Paul took the men, and the next day purifying himself with them entered into the temple, 56to signify the accomplishment of 57the days of purification, until that 58an offering should be offered for every one of them.


And 59when the 60seven days were almost ended, the Jews which were 61of Asia, when they saw him in the temple, 62stirred up 63all the people, and laid hands on him,


Crying out, Men of Israel, help: This is the man, that teacheth all men every where 64against the people, and the law, and 65this place: and further brought 66Greeks also 67into the temple, and hath 68polluted this holy place.


(For they had seen before with him in the city 69Trophimusm an Ephesian, whom they 70supposed that Paul had brought into the temple.)


And 71all the city was moved, 72and the people ran together: and they took Paul, and drew him 73out of the temple: and forthwith the doors were shut.


And as they went about to kill him, 74tidings came unto 75the chief captain of the band, that all Jerusalem was 76in an uproar.


Who immediately took soldiers and centurions, and ran down 77unto them: and when they saw the chief captain and the soldiers, they left beating of Paul.


Thenn the chief captain came near, and took him, and commanded him to be bound with 78two chains; and demanded who he was, and what he had done.


And some cried one thing, some another, among the multitude: and when he could not know the 79certainty for the tumult, he commanded him to be carried into the 80castle.


And when he came upon 81the stairs, so it was, that he was borne of the soldiers for the violence of the people.


For the multitude of the people followed after, crying, 82Awayo with him.


And as Paul was to be led into the castle, he said unto the chief captain, 83May I speak unto thee? Who said, Canst thou speak 84Greek?


Art not thou 85that Egyptian, which before these days madest an uproar, and leddest out into the wilderness 86four thousand men that were 87murderers?


But Paul said, I am a 88man which am a Jew ofp Tarsus, a city 89in Cilicia, a citizen of no mean city: and, I beseech thee, suffer me to speak unto the people.


And when he had given him licence, Paul stood on the stairs, and 90beckoned with the hand unto the people. And when there was made a great silence, he spake unto them in the Hebrew tongue, saying,