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A XX. 39 deputies ; let them implead one another. But if ye

enquire any thing concerning other matters, it shall 40 be determined in a lawful alleml»ly. For we are în

danger to be called in question for this day's uproar,

there being no cause whereby we may give an ac41 count of this concourse. And when he had thus fpo

ken, he dismissed the affembly.

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AND after the uproar was ceased, Paul called unto

him the disciples, and embraced them, and de2 parted for to go into Macedonia. And when he had

gone over those parts, and had given thein much 3

exhortation, he came into Greece, And there abode three months : and when the Jews laid wait for him,

as he was about to fail into Syria, he purposed to re4 turn through Macedonia. And there accompanied

him into Alia, Sopater of Berea; and of the Thesfalonians, Aristarchus and Secundus; and Gaius of

Derbe, and Timotheus; and of Afia, Tychicus and 5 Trophimus. These going before, tarricd (a) for us O at Troas. And we failed away from Philippi, after

the days of unleavened. bread, and came unto them

to Troas in five days, where we abode seven days. 7 And upon the first day of the week, when the disci

ples came together to break bread, Paul preached

unto them, ready to depārt on the morrow, and con8 tinued his speech until midnight. . And there were

many lights in the upper chamber, where they were 9 gathered together. And there fat in a window (b) a

certain young man named Eutychus, being fallen in

(a) They waited for St. Paul and St. Luke.

(6) In those warm countries the windows are not glazed, and the shutters are seldom closed, except to keep out rain ; Eutychus therefore, having no support behind, fell down from the third flory.

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to a deep sleep: and as Paul was long preaching, he

funk down with sleep, and fell down from the third loft, 10 and was

taken up dead. And Paul went down, and fell on him, and embracing him, said, Trouble not II yourselves; for his life is in him. When he there

fore was come up again, and had broken bread, and

eaten, and talked a long while, even till break of day, 12 so he departed. And they brought the young man

alive, and were not a little comforted. 13 And we (c) went before to ship, and failed unto

Assos, there intending to take in Paul: for so had he 14 appointed, minding himself to go a foot. And when

he met with us at Afsus, we took him in, and came 15 to Mitylene. And we failed thence, and came the

next day over against Chios; and the next day we

arrived at Samos, and tarried at Trogyllium ; and 16 the next day we came to Miletus. For Paul had

determined to fail by Ephesus, because he would not spend the time in Afia: for he hasted, if it were pof- . lible for him, to be at Jerufalein the day of Pente

coft. 17

And from Miletus he sent to Ephesus, and called 18 the elders of the church. And when they were come

to hiin, he said unto them, Ye know, from the first

day that I came into Asia, after what manner I have 19 been with you at all seasons, Serving the Lord with

all humility of mind, and with many tears, and

temptations (d), which befel me by the lying in wait 20 of the Jews : And how I kept back nothing that was

profitable unto you, but have thewed you, and have

taught you publickly, and from house to house, 21 Teftifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks,

repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord 22. Jesus Christ. And now behold, I go bound in the

(6) We of St. Paul's company,
(d) Trials and sufferings, as Luke xxij. 28.

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spirit (e) unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things 23 that shall befal me there ; Save that the holy Ghost

witnesseth in every city, saying, that bonds and af2.4 Aictions abide me. But none of these things move

me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry,

which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to teftify 25 the gospel of the grace of God. And now behold,

I know that ye all, among whom I have gone preach

ing (f) the kingdom of God, shall see my face no 26 more. Wherefore I take you to record this day, 27 that I am pure from the blood of all men. For I

have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel

of God (8). 28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all

the fock, over the which the holy Ghost hath made

you overseers, to feed the church of God (b), which 29 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 felves thall men arise, speaking perverse 31 things, to draw away disciples after them. There

fore watch, and remember that by the space of three years,

I ceased not to warn every one night and day 32 with tears. And now, brethren, I commend you to

God, and to the word of his grace (i), which is able

to build you up, and to give you an inheritance 33 among all them which are sanctified. I have coveted 34 no man's silver, or gold, or apparel. Yea, you your

(e) Firmly resolved in my mind, and under the direction of the holy Spirit.

f) The Gospel. See Matt. iji. 2.

(g) The counsel of God is his will, with the conditions which he requires to be performed, in order to salvation.

(k) The church of God is the body of Christian people (Matí. xviii. 17.), the flock, over which the clergy are shepherds and overseers.

(i) The word of his grace is his gracious word, the doctrine of Christianity T

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selves know, that these hands have ministered unto iny 35 necessities, and to them that were with me. I have

fhowed you all things (k), how that fo 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 37 and prayed with them all. And they all wept fore, 38 and fell on Paul's neck, and kissed him, Sorrowing

most of all for the words which he spake, that they fbould fee his face no more. And they accompanied him unto the ship.

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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 following unto 2. Rhodes, and from thence unto Patara. And finding

a ship failing over unto Phenicia, we went aboard, 3

and set forth. Now when we had di covered Cyprus, we left it on the left hand, and failed into Syria, and

landed at Tyre, for there the ship was to unlade her 4 burden. And finding disciples, we tarried there seven

days: who said to Paul through the Spirit, that he 5 should not go up to Jerusalem. And when we had

accomplished those days, we departed, 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 6 knceled down on the shore, and prayed. And when

we had taken our leave one of another, we took thip; 7 and they returned home again. And when we had

finished our course from ĩyre, we came to Ptole

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(k) And amongst other necessary Chriftian duties, I have taught you, even by my own example, to be industrious in your respective callings; that working, as I have done, ye may be able, not only to supply your own wants, but also to support those who camot work to support themselves.

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mais, and faluted the brethren, and abode with them 8 one day. And the next day we that were of Paul's

company departed, and came unto Cesarea ; and - we entered into the houfe of Philip the evangeliit,

(which was one of the seven (a), and abode with hiin. 9 And the same man had four daughters, virginis, Io which did prophefy (). And as we tarried there

many days, there came down from Judea a certainr. Il prophet, named Agabus. And when he was come

unto us, he took Paul's girdle, and bound his owni hands and feet, and faid, Thus faith the holy Ghost, So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man that

owneth this girdle, and shall deliver him into the 12 hands of the Gentiles. And when we heard there

things, both we and they of that place, befought him 13 not to go up unto 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 14 at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus. And

when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, 15 The will of the Lord be done. And after those days

we took up our carriages (c), and went up to Jerú16 falem. There went with us also certain of the dis

ciples of Cefarea, and brought with them one Mna-

son of Cyprus, an old disciple, with whom we should 17 lodge. And when we were come to Jerusalem (d), 18 the brethren received us gladly. And the day fol

lowing Paul went in with us unto James (e); and all 19 the elders were present. And when he had faluted

(a) One of the seven persons chofen to adminifter the general charity. See Chap. vi. 5.

(6) Being endued with the holy Ghost, did teach and instruct. See Chap: xv. 32:

(c) We packed up our baggage, and made ready for the journey.

(d) This was St. Paul's fifth and last journey to Jerusalem, atout. twenty-five years from his conversion.

(e) St. James, distinguished from James the son of Zebedee, by the name of James the Less, was bishop of Jerusalem, where he relided with his elders, or presbyters, about him.

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