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Passage Lookup: Acts 21:1-22:29


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Acts 21:1
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After we had torn ourselves away from them, we put out to sea and sailed straight to Kos. The next day we went to Rhodes and from there to Patara.
Acts 21:2
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We found a ship crossing over to Phoenicia, went on board and set sail.
Acts 21:3
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After sighting Cyprus and passing to the south of it, we sailed on to Syria. We landed at Tyre, where our ship was to unload its cargo.
Acts 21:4
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We sought out the disciples there and stayed with them seven days. Through the Spirit they urged Paul not to go on to Jerusalem.
Acts 21:5
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When it was time to leave, we left and continued on our way. All of them, including wives and children, accompanied us out of the city, and there on the beach we knelt to pray.
Acts 21:6
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After saying goodbye to each other, we went aboard the ship, and they returned home.
Acts 21:7
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We continued our voyage from Tyre and landed at Ptolemais, where we greeted the brothers and sisters and stayed with them for a day.
Acts 21:8
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Leaving the next day, we reached Caesarea and stayed at the house of Philip the evangelist, one of the Seven.
Acts 21:9
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He had four unmarried daughters who prophesied.
Acts 21:10
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After we had been there a number of days, a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea.
Acts 21:11
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Coming over to us, he took Paul’s belt, tied his own hands and feet with it and said, “The Holy Spirit says, ‘In this way the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem will bind the owner of this belt and will hand him over to the Gentiles.’ ”
Acts 21:12
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When we heard this, we and the people there pleaded with Paul not to go up to Jerusalem.
Acts 21:13
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Then Paul answered, “Why are you weeping and breaking my heart? I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.”
Acts 21:14
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When he would not be dissuaded, we gave up and said, “The Lord’s will be done.”
Acts 21:15
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After this, we started on our way up to Jerusalem.
Acts 21:16
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Some of the disciples from Caesarea accompanied us and brought us to the home of Mnason, where we were to stay. He was a man from Cyprus and one of the early disciples.
Acts 21:17
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When we arrived at Jerusalem, the brothers and sisters received us warmly.
Acts 21:18
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The next day Paul and the rest of us went to see James, and all the elders were present.
Acts 21:19
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Paul greeted them and reported in detail what God had done among the Gentiles through his ministry.
Acts 21:20
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When they heard this, they praised God. Then they said to Paul: “You see, brother, how many thousands of Jews have believed, and all of them are zealous for the law.
Acts 21:21
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They have been informed that you teach all the Jews who live among the Gentiles to turn away from Moses, telling them not to circumcise their children or live according to our customs.
Acts 21:22
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What shall we do? They will certainly hear that you have come,
Acts 21:23
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so do what we tell you. There are four men with us who have made a vow.
Acts 21:24
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Take these men, join in their purification rites and pay their expenses, so that they can have their heads shaved. Then everyone will know there is no truth in these reports about you, but that you yourself are living in obedience to the law.
Acts 21:25
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As for the Gentile believers, we have written to them our decision that they should abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from the meat of strangled animals and from sexual immorality.”
Acts 21:26
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The next day Paul took the men and purified himself along with them. Then he went to the temple to give notice of the date when the days of purification would end and the offering would be made for each of them.
Acts 21:27
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When the seven days were nearly over, some Jews from the province of Asia saw Paul at the temple. They stirred up the whole crowd and seized him,
Acts 21:28
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shouting, “Fellow Israelites, help us! This is the man who teaches everyone everywhere against our people and our law and this place. And besides, he has brought Greeks into the temple and defiled this holy place.”
Acts 21:29
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(They had previously seen Trophimus the Ephesian in the city with Paul and assumed that Paul had brought him into the temple.)
Acts 21:30
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The whole city was aroused, and the people came running from all directions. Seizing Paul, they dragged him from the temple, and immediately the gates were shut.
Acts 21:31
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While they were trying to kill him, news reached the commander of the Roman troops that the whole city of Jerusalem was in an uproar.
Acts 21:32
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He at once took some officers and soldiers and ran down to the crowd. When the rioters saw the commander and his soldiers, they stopped beating Paul.
Acts 21:33
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The commander came up and arrested him and ordered him to be bound with two chains. Then he asked who he was and what he had done.
Acts 21:34
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Some in the crowd shouted one thing and some another, and since the commander could not get at the truth because of the uproar, he ordered that Paul be taken into the barracks.
Acts 21:35
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When Paul reached the steps, the violence of the mob was so great he had to be carried by the soldiers.
Acts 21:36
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The crowd that followed kept shouting, “Get rid of him!”
Acts 21:37
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As the soldiers were about to take Paul into the barracks, he asked the commander, “May I say something to you?” “Do you speak Greek?” he replied.
Acts 21:38
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“Aren’t you the Egyptian who started a revolt and led four thousand terrorists out into the wilderness some time ago?”
Acts 21:39
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Paul answered, “I am a Jew, from Tarsus in Cilicia, a citizen of no ordinary city. Please let me speak to the people.”
Acts 21:40
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After receiving the commander’s permission, Paul stood on the steps and motioned to the crowd. When they were all silent, he said to them in Aramaic[1]:
Acts 22:1
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“Brothers and fathers, listen now to my defense.”
Acts 22:2
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When they heard him speak to them in Aramaic, they became very quiet. Then Paul said:
Acts 22:3
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“I am a Jew, born in Tarsus of Cilicia, but brought up in this city. I studied under Gamaliel and was thoroughly trained in the law of our ancestors. I was just as zealous for God as any of you are today.
Acts 22:4
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I persecuted the followers of this Way to their death, arresting both men and women and throwing them into prison,
Acts 22:5
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as the high priest and all the Council can themselves testify. I even obtained letters from them to their associates in Damascus, and went there to bring these people as prisoners to Jerusalem to be punished.
Acts 22:6
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“About noon as I came near Damascus, suddenly a bright light from heaven flashed around me.
Acts 22:7
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I fell to the ground and heard a voice say to me, ‘Saul! Saul! Why do you persecute me?’
Acts 22:8
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“ ‘Who are you, Lord?’ I asked. “ ‘I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom you are persecuting,’ he replied.
Acts 22:9
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My companions saw the light, but they did not understand the voice of him who was speaking to me.
Acts 22:10
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“ ‘What shall I do, Lord?’ I asked. “ ‘Get up,’ the Lord said, ‘and go into Damascus. There you will be told all that you have been assigned to do.’
Acts 22:11
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My companions led me by the hand into Damascus, because the brilliance of the light had blinded me.
Acts 22:12
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“A man named Ananias came to see me. He was a devout observer of the law and highly respected by all the Jews living there.
Acts 22:13
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He stood beside me and said, ‘Brother Saul, receive your sight!’ And at that very moment I was able to see him.
Acts 22:14
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“Then he said: ‘The God of our ancestors has chosen you to know his will and to see the Righteous One and to hear words from his mouth.
Acts 22:15
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You will be his witness to all people of what you have seen and heard.
Acts 22:16
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And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name.’
Acts 22:17
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“When I returned to Jerusalem and was praying at the temple, I fell into a trance
Acts 22:18
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and saw the Lord speaking to me. ‘Quick!’ he said. ‘Leave Jerusalem immediately, because the people here will not accept your testimony about me.’
Acts 22:19
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“ ‘Lord,’ I replied, ‘these people know that I went from one synagogue to another to imprison and beat those who believe in you.
Acts 22:20
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And when the blood of your martyr[1] Stephen was shed, I stood there giving my approval and guarding the clothes of those who were killing him.’
Acts 22:21
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“Then the Lord said to me, ‘Go; I will send you far away to the Gentiles.’ 
Acts 22:22
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The crowd listened to Paul until he said this. Then they raised their voices and shouted, “Rid the earth of him! He’s not fit to live!”
Acts 22:23
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As they were shouting and throwing off their cloaks and flinging dust into the air,
Acts 22:24
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the commander ordered that Paul be taken into the barracks. He directed that he be flogged and interrogated in order to find out why the people were shouting at him like this.
Acts 22:25
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As they stretched him out to flog him, Paul said to the centurion standing there, “Is it legal for you to flog a Roman citizen who hasn’t even been found guilty?”
Acts 22:26
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When the centurion heard this, he went to the commander and reported it. “What are you going to do?” he asked. “This man is a Roman citizen.”
Acts 22:27
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The commander went to Paul and asked, “Tell me, are you a Roman citizen?” “Yes, I am,” he answered.
Acts 22:28
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Then the commander said, “I had to pay a lot of money for my citizenship.” “But I was born a citizen,” Paul replied.
Acts 22:29
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Those who were about to interrogate him withdrew immediately. The commander himself was alarmed when he realized that he had put Paul, a Roman citizen, in chains.
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