Acts 21

1Paul journeying to Jerusalem calleth at the house of Philip the evangelist, whose four daughters prophesied. 10Agabus foretelling what should befall him at Jerusalem, he will not be dissuaded from going thither. 17Arriving at Jerusalem, he is persuaded to purify himself in the temple, 27where he is set upon by the Jews of Asia, and in danger of losing his life in an uproar, but is rescued by the chief captain, and carried to the castle in chains; 37he requesteth, and is permitted, to speak to the people.

1 And 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 Rhodes, and from thence unto Patara:

2 And finding a ship sailing over unto 1Phenicia, we went aboard, and set forth.

3 Now when we had discovered Cyprus, we left it on the left hand, and sailed into 1Syria, and landed at Tyre: for 2there the ship was to unlade her burden.

4 And 1finding disciples, 2we tarried there seven days: who said to Paul through the Spirit, 3that he should not go up to Jerusalem.

5 And when we had accomplished those days, we departed and went our way; and they 1all brought us on our way, 2with wives and children, till we were out of the city: and 3we kneeled down on the shore, and prayed.

6 And when we had taken our leave one of another, we took ship; and they 1returned home again.

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

8 And the next day we that were of Paul's company departed, and came unto Caesarea: and we entered into the house of 1Philip the evangelist, which was one of the seven; and abode with him.

9 And the same man had four daughters, virgins, 1which did prophesy.

10 And as we tarried there many days, there came down from Judaea a certain 1prophet, named 2Agabus.

11 And when he was come unto us, he took Paul's 1girdle, and bound his own hands and feet, and said, 2Thus 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.

12 And when we heard these things, both we, and they of that place, 1besought him not to go up to Jerusalem.

13 Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? 1for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.

14 And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, 1The will of the Lord be done.

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

16 1There went with us also certain of the disciples of 2Caesarea, and brought with them one Mnason of 3Cyprus, an 4old disciple, with whom we should lodge.

17 And when we were come to Jerusalem, the brethren received us 1gladly.

18 And the day following Paul went in with us unto 1James; and all 2the elders were present.

19 And when he had saluted them, 1he declared particularly what things God had wrought among the Gentiles by his ministry.

20 And when they heard it, they 1glorified the Lord, and said unto him, Thou seest, brother, 2how many thousands of Jews there are which believe; and they are all 3zealous of the law:

21 And they are informed of thee, 1that 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.

22 What is it therefore? 1the multitude must needs come together: for they will hear that thou art come.

23 Do therefore this that we say to thee: 1We have four men which have a vow on them;

24 Them take, and 1purify thyself with them, and be at charges with them, that they may 2shave their heads: and all may know that those things, whereof they were informed concerning thee, are nothing; but that 3thou thyself also walkest orderly, and keepest the law.

25 As touching the Gentiles which believe, 1we 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 fornication.

26 1Then 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 2an offering should be offered for every one of them.

27 And when 1the seven days were almost ended, 2the Jews which were of Asia, when they saw him in the temple, 3stirred up all the people, and laid hands on him,

28 Crying out, Men of Israel, 1help: This is the man, that teacheth all men every where against the people, and 2the law, and this place: and further brought Greeks also into the temple, and hath polluted this holy place.

29 (for they had seen before with him in the city 1Trophimus an Ephesian, whom they supposed that Paul had brought into the temple.)

30 1And all the city was moved, and the people ran together: and 2they took Paul, and drew him out of the temple: and forthwith the doors were shut.

31 And 1as they went about to kill him, tidings came unto the chief captain of the band, that all Jerusalem was in an uproar.

32 1Who immediately took soldiers and centurions, and ran down unto them: and when they saw the chief captain and the soldiers, they left beating of Paul.

33 Then the chief captain came near, and took him, and commanded him to be 1bound with two chains; and demanded who he was, and what he had done.

34 1And some cried one thing, some another, among the multitude: and when he could not know the certainty for the tumult, he commanded him to be carried into the 2castle.

35 And when he came upon the stairs, so it was, that he was borne of the soldiers for the 1violence of the people.

36 For the multitude of the people followed after, crying, 1Away with him.

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

38 1Art not thou that Egyptian, which before these days madest an uproar, and leddest out into the wilderness four thousand men that were murderers?

39 But Paul said, 1I am a man which am a Jew of Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, a citizen of no mean city: and, I beseech thee, 2suffer me to speak unto the people.

40 And when he had given him licence, Paul stood on the stairs, and 1beckoned with the hand unto the people. And when there was made a great silence, he spake unto them in 2the Hebrew tongue, saying,