Ma’asei HaShlikhim 20 – מעשי השליחים כ


1And after the tumult had ceased, Pavlos called to him the talmidim and comforted them, and kissed them, and then departed and went to Macedonia.  2And when he had traveled through those countries and had comforted them with many words, he came to Greece.  3There he remained three months. But the Y’hudim laid a plot against him, just as he was about to sail for Surya; so he decided to return to Macedonia.   4And  there  accompanied him as far as Asia Minor, Sopater of the city of Berea, and Aristarchus and Secundus of Tesaloniki, and Gaius of the city of Derbe, and Timoteus of Lystra, and from Asia Minor, Tychicus and Trophimus.  5These men went before us and waited for us at Troas.  6But we departed from the Macedonian city of Filipos, after the days of Matzot, and sailed and arrived at Troas in five days, where we stayed seven days.

7And at the beginning of the week, when we assembled to break bread, Pavlos declared to them, and because he was going to leave the next day, he prolonged his speech until midnight.  8Now there was a great glow of light from the lapidot in the upper chamber where we were gathered together.  9And a young man named Eutychus was sitting at the window above and listening, and as Pavlos prolonged his speech, the youth fell into a deep sleep, and while asleep he fell down from the third loft, and was taken up as dead.  10And Pavlos went down and bent over him and embraced him, and said, “Do not be excited, for he still lives.”  11And when Pavlos had come up again, and had broken bread and eaten, he continued to speak until daybreak. Then he departed, to journey by land.  12And they carried away the young man alive, and rejoiced over him exceedingly.

13But we went on board the ship and sailed to the port of Tesos, where we were to take in Pavlos as he had commanded us when he left to travel by land.  14When we had welcomed him at Tesos, we took him on board and came to Mitylene.  15And we sailed there the next day towards the island of Chios; and the following day we arrived at Samos, and tarried at Trogyllium; and the next day we came to Miletus.  16For Pavlos had determined not to stop at Efesos, fearing he might be delayed there, because he was hastening, if it were possible for him, to celebrate the day of Shavu’ot at Yerushalayim.

17And from Miletus he sent and called the elders of the congregation of Efesos.  18And when they had come to him, he said to them, “You know from the very first day that I entered Asia Minor, how I have been with you always, 19serving Elohim with great humility and with tears, and amid the trials which were brought upon me by conspiracies of the Y’hudim.  20And yet I did not neglect to declare to you about those things which were good for your souls, and I taught in the streets, and from house to house, 21thus testifying both to the Yehudim and to the Arame’ans about repentance toward Elohim and trust in Adoneinu Yeshua HaMashi’akh.  22And now I am on my way to Yerushalayim, bound in HaRu’akh, not knowing what will happen to me there, 23save that in every city The Ru’akh HaKodesh testifies to me, saying that bonds and afflictions await me.  24But to me my life is nothing: I am not afraid. I desire only that I may finish my course with joy and the ministry which I have received from Adoneinu Yeshua, to testify to the B’sorat Khesed HaElohim.  25And now I know that you among whom I have traveled and declared HaMalkhut shall see my face no more.  26Therefore, I testify to you this very day that I am innocent of the blood of all.  27For I have never shunned to declare to you all the will of Elohim.  28Take heed therefore to yourselves and to all the flock over which The Ru’akh HaKodesh has appointed you overseers, to feed the assembly of Mashi’akh which He has purchased with His blood.  29For I know this, that after I have departed, fierce wolves will attack you, which will not spare the flock.  30Also from among yourselves men shall arise, speaking twisted things to draw away talmidim after them.  31Therefore watch and remember that for three years, night and day, I did not cease to teach every one of you with tears.  32And now I commend you to Elohim and to the D’var of His compassion, which is able to build you up and to give you an inheritance among all the K’doshim.  33I have never coveted silver or gold, or apparel.  34Indeed you yourselves know that my own hands have provided for my needs and for those who have been with me.  35I have showed you all things, how that one must work hard and be mindful of the weak, and remember the words of Adoneinu Yeshua, how He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”

36And when he had thus spoken, he knelt down and prayed with them all.  37And  they  all wept bitterly, and they embraced him and kissed him; 38but they were most distressed because of the words he spoke, that they would see his face no more. And they accompanied him to the ship.

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