Modern Literal Version
[Acts 20]




     {May 58 to March 59 AD. Games in honor of Artemis at Ephesus. 10 months in Europe (Macedonia & Greece). Paul's Second Letter to the Corinthians is written.}



     20:1 Now after the uproar ceased, having called the disciples, Paul hugged them. Then he came out to travel into Macedonia.




     20:2 Now having gone through those parts and having encouraged them with much speech, he came into Greece. 20:3 And he made his stay there three months. {AD 58, Paul's Letter to the Romans is written. Luke joins Paul.}



     When* it became known to him of a pact by the Jews, while being about to set-sail *for Syria, it became his intention to return through Macedonia. 20:4 Now Sopater from Berea, and theThessalonians, Aristarchus and Secundus, and Gaius from Derbe, and Timothy and Tychicus and Trophimus of Asia, were accompanying him to Asia. 20:5 But these having gone ahead, were remaining in Troas for us. 20:6 Now we sailed away from Philippi after the days of unleavened bread{i.e. Passover}, and came to them in Troas until {i.e. within} five days, where we stayed seven days.



     20:7 Now on the first day of the week, the disciples having been gathered together with us to break bread, Paul was reasoning many things with them, being about to go away on the next-day, and he was prolonging the speech {Or: sermon} till midnight. 20:8 Now a considerable number of lamps were in the upstairs-room where we were gathering together with them. 20:9 But a certain young-man, Eutychus by name, while sitting in the window, being carried away by deep sleep, while Paul isreasoning on even more, fell downward, having finally been carried away by his sleep, from the third story and was raised upbeing dead. 20:10 Now Paul went down and fell upon him, and having embraced him, said, DoĎ not be in an uproar, for* his life is in him.



     20:11 Now when* he had gone up, and having broken the bread and having eaten and conversed on for a considerable time till dawn, so he went away. 20:12 And they led the living child Eutychus upstairs, and they were immeasurably comforted.




     20:13 But having gone on the ship, we set-sail to Assos, being about to take up Paul from there; for*so he had commanded, he himself being about to go on foot. 20:14 Now as he encountered* us in Assos, we took him up and went to Mitylene. 20:15 And having sailing from there, we arrived the nextday opposite Chios, and we put the ship in at Samos, and having remained in Trogyllium, we came to Miletus on the next day. 20:16 For* Paul had decided to sail by Ephesus; for* he was hurrying, *that it might not happen to him to loiter any in Asia; if it was possible for him to come* into Jerusalemon the day of Pentecost.




     {Early 59 AD. Miletus.}



     20:17 Now from Miletus, he sent to Ephesus and called the elders of the congregation*. 20:18 Now as they came* to him, he said to them, YouĎ know, from the first day of which I stepped into Asia, how I happened to be with youĎ all the time, 20:19 serving* the Lord with all humility and from many tears, and from tests which befell me among the pacts of the Jews; 20:20 how I did not retreat back inanything of what is advantageous for youĎ, proclaiming and teaching youĎ in public and in every house, 20:21 thoroughly testifying both to Jews and to Greeks the repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus. 20:22 And now, behold, I travel to Jerusalem, having been bound in the spirit, not knowing the things which will be meeting with me there, 20:23 except* that the Holy Spirit is thoroughly testifying to me in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions are remaining for me. 20:24But I make* account of nothing, nor am I holding my life as precious to myself, as I desire to complete my course with joy, and the service which I received from the Lord Jesus, to thoroughly testify the good-news of the favor of God. 20:25 And now, behold, I know that youĎ all, among whom I went through preaching the kingdom of God, will be seeing my face no more, 20:26 because I testify to youĎ on this very day, that I am clean from the blood of all men. 20:27 For* I did not retreat back from proclaiming to youĎ the whole plan of God. 20:28 Therefore, take-heedĎ to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit placed youĎas overseers, to shepherd the congregation* of the Lord and God, which the Lord acquired through his own blood. 20:29 I know this: after my goodbye, cruel wolves will be entering into youĎ, not sparing the flock; 20:30 and men will be standing up from among yourselves, speaking perverse things, to pull away the disciples after themselves. 20:31 Hence watchĎ, remembering that for three years I ceased not from admonishing each one of youĎ every day with tears. 20:32 And hereafter I consign youĎ brethren to God, and to the word of his favor, which is able to build youĎ up and to give youĎ an inheritance among all those who have been made holy. 20:33I coveted no one's silver or gold or garment. 20:34 YouĎ yourselves know that these hands attended to my needs, and to those being with me. 20:35 I showed to youĎan example in all things, that so laboring, it is essential to help the weak and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that he himself said, It is more fortunate to give than to receive.




     20:36 And having said these things, he placed himself onhis knees and prayed together with them all. 20:37 But there became considerable weeping from all, and having fallen upon Paul's neck, they were kissing him, 20:38 sorrowing especially upon the word which he had spoken, because they are about to view his face no more. Now they were sending him onward to the ship.





Modern Literal Version Preface & Appendix , copyright 1987, 1999, 2013 by G. Allen Walker for the MLV New Testament Committee.
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