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 had 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 spent three months there. {AD 58, Paul's Letter to the Romans is written. Luke joins Paul.}

     After 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 up-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 till {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-forth 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 had been gathered together with them. 20:9 But a certain young-man, Eutychus by name, while sitting in the window, having been carried away by deep sleep, while Paulis reasoning on even more, fell downward, having finally been carried away by his sleep, from the third story and was lifted upbeing dead. 20:10 Now Paul went-down and fell upon him, and having embraced him, said, Do* not be in an uproar, for* his life is in him.

     20:11 Now having gone-up and broken the bread and eaten, and Paul conversed over a considerabletime, till dawn, so he went away. 20:12 And they led the living boy Eutychus upstairs, and they were not just immeasurably comforted.

     20:13 But having gone on the ship, we did set-sail to Assos, being about to take up Paul from there; for* so it was appointed, being about to go on foot himself. 20:14 Now as he confronted us in Assos, we took him up and went to Mitylene. 20:15 And having sailed from there, we arrived the next dayopposite Chios, and we put the ship in at Samos in another day. 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 in Asia; if it was possible for him to come* into Jerusalem on 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, You* know, from the first day of which I stepped into Asia, how I happened to be with you* all the time, 20:19 serving* the Lord with all humility and from many tears, and from tests which has befallen me among the pacts of the Jews; 20:20 how I did not retreat back in anything of what is advantageous for you*, to proclaim and to teach you* in public places and in houses, 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, having been bound in the spirit, I travel to Jerusalem, not knowing the things in it which will be meeting with me there, 20:23 other-than, that the Holy Spirit is thoroughly testifying to me in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions are remaining for me.20:24 But I make* myself no one in this account, 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 you* all, among whom I went through preaching the kingdom of God, will be seeing my face no more, 20:26because I testify to you* on this very day, that I am clean from the blood of all men. 20:27 For* I did not retreat back from a chance to proclaim to you* all the plan of God. 20:28 Therefore, take-heed* to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit placed you*as overseers, to shepherd the congregation* of the Lord and God, which the Lord acquired through his own blood. 20:29 For* I know this: that after my goodbye, cruel wolves will be entering into you*, not sparing the flock; 20:30 and men will be standing up out of you yourselves, speaking perverse things, to pull away the disciples after themselves. 20:31 Hence watch*, remembering that for three years I ceased not from admonishing each one of you*night and day with tears. 20:32 And hereafter I consign you* brethren to God, and to the word of his favor, which is able to build you* up and to give you* an inheritance among all those who have been made holy. 20:33 I lusted after no one's silver or gold or garment. 20:34 You* yourselves know that these hands attended to my needs, and to the ones who are with me. 20:35 I showed to you*an 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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