Acts Chapter 21
1 And it came to passthat after we were gotten from themandhad launchedwe came with a straight course unto Coosandthe day following unto Rhodesand from thence unto Patara
2 And finding a ship sailing over unto Pheniciawe went aboard and set forth.
3 Now when we had discovered Cypruswe left it on the lefthandand sailed into Syriaand landed at Tyrefor there theship was to unlade her burden.
4 And finding discipleswe tarried there seven dayswho saidto Paul through the Spiritthat he should not go up toJerusalem.
5 And when we had accomplished those dayswe departed and wentour wayand they all brought us on our waywith wives andchildrentill we were out of the cityand we kneeled down onthe shoreand prayed.
6 And when we had taken our leave one of anotherwe took ship and they returned home again.
7 And when we had finished our course from Tyrewe came toPtolemaisand saluted the brethrenand abode with them oneday.
8 And the next day we that were of Paul s company departedandcame unto Caesareaand we entered into the house of Philipthe evangelistwhich was one of the sevenand abode withhim.
9 And the same man had four daughtersvirginswhich didprophesy.
10 And as we tarried there many daysthere came down from Judaeaa certain prophetnamed Agabus.
11 And when he was come unto ushe took Paul s girdleand boundhis own hands and feetand saidThus saith the Holy Ghost So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man that owneth thisgirdleand shall deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.
12 And when we heard these thingsboth weand they of thatplacebesought him not to go up to Jerusalem.
13 Then Paul answeredWhat mean ye to weep and to break mineheartfor I am ready not to be bound onlybut also to die atJerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.
14 And when he would not be persuadedwe ceasedsayingThewill of the Lord be done.
15 And after those days we took up our carriagesand went up toJerusalem.
16 There went with us also certain of the disciples of Caesarea and brought with them one Mnason of Cyprusan old disciple with whom we should lodge.
17 And when we were come to Jerusalemthe brethren received usgladly.
18 And the day following Paul went in with us unto Jamesand allthe elders were present.
19 And when he had saluted themhe declared particularly whatthings God had wrought among the Gentiles by his ministry.
20 And when they heard itthey glorified the Lordand said untohimThou seestbrotherhow many thousands of Jews there arewhich believeand they are all zealous of the law
21 And they are informed of theethat thou teachest all the Jewswhich are among the Gentiles to forsake Mosessaying thatthey ought not to circumcise their childrenneither to walkafter the customs.
22 What is it thereforethe multitude must needs come togetherfor they will hear that thou art come.
23 Do therefore this that we say to theeWe have four men whichhave a vow on them
24 Them takeand purify thyself with themand be at chargeswith themthat they may shave their headsand all may knowthat those thingswhereof they were informed concerning thee are nothingbut that thou thyself also walkest orderlyandkeepest the law.
25 As touching the Gentiles which believewe have written andconcluded that they observe no such thingsave only that theykeep themselves from things offered to idolsand from bloodand from strangledand from fornication.
26 Then Paul took the menand the next day purifying himselfwith them entered into the templeto signify theaccomplishment of the days of purificationuntil that anoffering should be offered for every one of them.
27 And when the seven days were almost endedthe Jews which wereof Asiawhen they saw him in the templestirred up all thepeopleand laid hands on him
28 Crying outMen of IsraelhelpThis is the manthatteacheth all men every where against the peopleand the law and this placeand further brought Greeks also into thetempleand hath polluted this holy place.
29For they had seen before with him in the city Trophimus anEphesianwhom they supposed that Paul had brought into thetemple.
30 And all the city was movedand the people ran togetherandthey took Pauland drew him out of the templeand forthwiththe doors were shut.
31 And as they went about to kill himtidings came unto thechief captain of the bandthat all Jerusalem was in anuproar.
32 Who immediately took soldiers and centurionsand ran downunto themand when they saw the chief captain and thesoldiersthey left beating of Paul.
33 Then the chief captain came nearand took himand commandedhim to be bound with two chainsand demanded who he wasandwhat he had done.
34 And some cried one thingsome anotheramong the multitudeand when he could not know the certainty for the tumulthecommanded him to be carried into the castle.
35 And when he came upon the stairsso it wasthat he was borneof the soldiers for the violence of the people.
36 For the multitude of the people followed aftercryingAwaywith him.
37 And as Paul was to be led into the castlehe said unto thechief captainMay I speak unto theeWho saidCanst thouspeak Greek
38 Art not thou that Egyptianwhich before these days madest anuproarand leddest out into the wilderness four thousand menthat were murderers
39 But Paul saidI am a man which am a Jew of Tarsusa city inCiliciaa citizen of no mean cityandI beseech theesuffer me to speak unto the people.
40 And when he had given him licencePaul stood on the stairs and beckoned with the hand unto the people. And when there wasmade a great silencehe spake unto them in the Hebrew tongue saying