New International Version

Acts 20

Through Macedonia and Greece

1When the uproar had ended, Paul sent for the disciples and, after encouraging them, said goodbye and set out for Macedonia. He traveled through that area, speaking many words of encouragement to the people, and finally arrived in Greece, where he stayed three months. Because some Jews had plotted against him just as he was about to sail for Syria, he decided to go back through Macedonia. He was accompanied by Sopater son of Pyrrhus from Berea, Aristarchus and Secundus from Thessalonica, Gaius from Derbe, Timothy also, and Tychicus and Trophimus from the province of Asia. These men went on ahead and waited for us at Troas. But we sailed from Philippi after the Festival of Unleavened Bread, and five days later joined the others at Troas, where we stayed seven days.

Eutychus Raised From the Dead at Troas

On the first day of the week we came together to break bread. Paul spoke to the people and, because he intended to leave the next day, kept on talking until midnight. There were many lamps in the upstairs room where we were meeting. Seated in a window was a young man named Eutychus, who was sinking into a deep sleep as Paul talked on and on. When he was sound asleep, he fell to the ground from the third story and was picked up dead. 10 Paul went down, threw himself on the young man and put his arms around him. “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “He’s alive!” 11 Then he went upstairs again and broke bread and ate. After talking until daylight, he left. 12 The people took the young man home alive and were greatly comforted.

Paul’s Farewell to the Ephesian Elders

13 We went on ahead to the ship and sailed for Assos, where we were going to take Paul aboard. He had made this arrangement because he was going there on foot. 14 When he met us at Assos, we took him aboard and went on to Mitylene. 15 The next day we set sail from there and arrived off Chios. The day after that we crossed over to Samos, and on the following day arrived at Miletus. 16 Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus to avoid spending time in the province of Asia, for he was in a hurry to reach Jerusalem, if possible, by the day of Pentecost.

17 From Miletus, Paul sent to Ephesus for the elders of the church. 18 When they arrived, he said to them: “You know how I lived the whole time I was with you, from the first day I came into the province of Asia. 19 I served the Lord with great humility and with tears and in the midst of severe testing by the plots of my Jewish opponents. 20 You know that I have not hesitated to preach anything that would be helpful to you but have taught you publicly and from house to house. 21 I have declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus.

22 “And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there. 23 I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me. 24 However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.

25 “Now I know that none of you among whom I have gone about preaching the kingdom will ever see me again. 26 Therefore, I declare to you today that I am innocent of the blood of any of you. 27 For I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God. 28 Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God,[a] which he bought with his own blood.[b] 29 I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock. 30 Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them. 31 So be on your guard! Remember that for three years I never stopped warning each of you night and day with tears.

32 “Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified. 33 I have not coveted anyone’s silver or gold or clothing. 34 You yourselves know that these hands of mine have supplied my own needs and the needs of my companions. 35 In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’

36 When Paul had finished speaking, he knelt down with all of them and prayed. 37 They all wept as they embraced him and kissed him. 38 What grieved them most was his statement that they would never see his face again. Then they accompanied him to the ship.

Footnotes

  1. Acts 20:28 Many manuscripts of the Lord
  2. Acts 20:28 Or with the blood of his own Son.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

使徒行傳 20

保羅再訪馬其頓和希臘

1這場風波平息後,保羅召集眾門徒勉勵一番後,便辭別他們去了馬其頓。 他走遍那一帶,用許多勸勉的話鼓勵當地的門徒。之後,他又去希臘, 在那裡逗留了三個月。當保羅正要乘船去敘利亞時,聽聞猶太人計劃要害他,就決定經馬其頓回去。 同他到亞細亞去的人有庇哩亞人畢羅斯的兒子所巴特、帖撒羅尼迦人亞里達古和西公都,還有特庇人該猶、提摩太、亞細亞人推基古和特羅非摩。 他們先到特羅亞等候我們。 除酵節過後,我們從腓立比啟航,五天後在特羅亞和他們會合,大家同住了七天。

猶推古死而復活

七日的第一日[a],我們聚會掰餅,保羅因為次日要離開,就向他們講道,直到深夜。 我們聚會的樓上整夜燈火通明。 有個名叫猶推古的青年坐在窗臺上聽道。保羅講了許久,猶推古不勝困倦睡著了,竟從三樓掉了下去。別人將他抱起來時,他已經死了。 10 保羅下去伏在他身上,抱著他對眾人說:「不要驚慌,他還活著!」 11 保羅說完就回到樓上,與大家一同掰餅、用餐,又談了很久,直到天亮才離去。 12 大家非常欣慰地把活過來的猶推古送回了家。

保羅告別以弗所的眾長老

13 我們照保羅的吩咐先乘船到亞朔預備在那裡接他,他打算由陸路步行到那裡。 14 他到了亞朔,我們接他上船,一同前往米推利尼。 15 我們從米推利尼啟航,第二天到了基阿附近,第三天到達撒摩,第四天在米利都停泊。 16 保羅急於趕回耶路撒冷,希望在五旬節前趕到,所以決定不去以弗所,免得在亞細亞境內耽誤太久。

17 保羅從米利都派人到以弗所請教會的長老前來與他相會。 18 他們都來了,保羅說:「各位,自從我踏進亞細亞那天起,在你們當中為人如何,你們都很清楚。 19 我含著眼淚謙卑地事奉主,又遭到猶太人的迫害,歷盡艱辛。 20 你們也知道,凡是對你們有益的事,我沒有避而不宣,我總是在公開場合和各人家中教導你們。 21 我勸猶太人和希臘人都要悔改,歸向上帝,信靠主耶穌基督。 22 現在,我在聖靈的催促下去耶路撒冷,不知道在那裡會發生什麼事, 23 只知道聖靈在各城鎮指示我,前面必有監禁和苦難等著我。 24 不過,哪怕是犧牲性命,我也在所不辭,只盼望我能跑完當跑的路程,完成主耶穌交託給我的使命,為上帝充滿恩典的福音做見證。

25 「我一向在你們中間傳揚上帝的國,如今我知道,以後你們再也見不到我的面了。 26 所以今天我向你們聲明,將來你們有誰滅亡,與我無關。 27 因為上帝的整個計劃,我沒有向你們避而不宣。 28 你們要為自己,也要為教會的群羊警醒,因為聖靈已經任命你們做群羊的監督,牧養上帝的教會。教會是主用自己的血贖回來的。 29 我知道,在我離開以後,一定會有兇惡的豺狼闖進你們中間,殘害羊群。 30 就是你們中間也會有人起來歪曲真理,引誘門徒跟隨他們。 31 所以你們一定要警醒,牢記這三年來我怎樣晝夜不住地流著淚勸誡你們。

32 「現在,我把你們交託給上帝和祂充滿恩典的道,這道能造就你們,使你們與一切聖潔的人同得產業。 33 我從未貪圖別人的金銀和衣服, 34 你們都知道,我親手做工養活自己和同工。 35 我凡事以身作則,教導你們勤奮工作,幫助軟弱的人,並牢記主耶穌的話,『施比受更有福。』」

36 保羅說完這番話,就和大家一同跪下禱告。 37 眾人都哭了,抱著保羅與他親吻, 38 最使他們傷心的就是他說「你們再也見不到我的面了」。最後,眾人送他上了船。

Footnotes

  1. 20·7 照猶太人的算法,太陽下山後為一日的開始,基督徒又以禮拜天為一周之始,所以七日的第一日很有可能是禮拜六晚上。