Pauls Last Journey To Jerusalem
After we had said good-by to the elders of Ephesus we sailed to Syria
and landed at Tyre, where the ship was to unload her cargo. There we
found certain Christian disciples and stayed a week with them. Speaking
under the influence of the Spirit, they told Paul not to set foot in
Jerusalem; but when it was time for us to go, we went on our way, and
they all, with their wives and children, came with us until we were out
of the city. Then kneeling on the beach, we prayed and said good-by to
one another; we went on board and they returned home.
Sailing from Tyre to Ptolemais, we completed our voyage. After greeting
the Christian brothers who lived there, we spent a day with them. The
next morning we set out and reached Caesarea, where we went to the house
of Philip the evangelist, who was one of the Seven, and stayed with him.
He had four daughters who had the gift of prophecy.
During our stay there, which lasted a number of days, a prophet named
Agabus came down from Judea. Coming up to us, he took Paul's belt, bound
his own feet and hands with it, and said: "This is what the Holy Spirit
says, 'In the same way the Jews will bind the owner of this belt at
Jerusalem and will turn him over to the Romans.'" When we and the
brothers who lived there heard this, we begged Paul not to go up to
Jerusalem, but Paul answered, "What do you mean by weeping and breaking
my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound but to die in Jerusalem
for the cause of the Lord Jesus." So when he could not be kept from
going, we stopped pleading and said: "The Lord's will be done."
After some days we started for Jerusalem. Some of the disciples from
Caesarea went with us and brought us to the house of Mnason of Cyprus,
one of the early disciples, with whom we were to stay. When we reached
Jerusalem the brothers welcomed us gladly.
The next day Paul went with us to see James, and all the elders of the
church were present. After Paul had greeted them, he told, one by one,
all the things that God had done among the foreign peoples through his
ministry. When they heard it they praised God and said to him, "Brother,
you see how many thousands of Christian believers there are among the
Jews and that they are all eager to have men keep the law. They have
been told that you teach all Jews living in foreign lands not to keep
the law of Moses. Now what is to be done? They will certainly hear that
you have come; therefore do this: we have here four men who have
solemnly promised to make certain offerings at the Temple. Join with
them, pay their expenses, and all will know that there is no truth in
the stories told about you, but that you live as the law of Moses
So Paul joined the men the next day and went with them into the Temple
to give notice of the time when sacrifice was to be offered for every
one of them.
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