Acts of the Apostles

Acts 21

1. "And we separated from them,* and we set off straight to the island of Coos.
2. "And we found there a sailship that was going to Phoenicia and we boarded it and set off. And on the following day we came to Rhodes, and from there to Patara.
3. "And we reached until the island of Cypress and we left it on the left side and came to Syria. And from there we reached Tyre. For there the sailship had to download its cargo.
4. "And as we found there disciples, we stayed with them seven days. And they told Paul every day in Spirit that he should not go to Jerusalem.
5. "And after these days, we went out to go by the path. And they all lamented us, [the disciples] and their women and children until the perimeter of the town. And they knelt down on their knees on the edge of the sea and prayed.
6. "And they kissed each other,* and we boarded the sailship and they returned to their homes.
7. "We then set off from Tyre, and we came to the town of Akko.* And we wished* the brethren there peace and we rested among them for a day.
8. "And on the following day we went out and came to Caesarea. And we entered to rest in the house of Philip the evangelist*, who was to be one of seven.
9. "And he had four virgin daughters who prophesied.
10. "And as we were there many days, there came down from Judea a prophet whose name was Agabul,
11. "And he came in to us and he took the strap off of Paul's back, and he tied his own feet and hands and said, 'This is how, says the holy Spirit, the man whose strap this is, this is how the Jews will tie him up in Jerusalem and betray him before the nations*.'
12. "And as we heard these words, we begged him, and those of that area also,* not to go to Jerusalem.
13. "Then Paul replied and said, 'What are you doing, crying and saddening my heart for? For I am not only pleased to be imprisoned, except also that I should die in Jerusalem on behalf of our Lord Jesus Christ's name.'
14. "And as he did not take our advice, we said to him, 'Let it be according to the will of our Lord.'
15. "And after these days were enjoyed, we left for Jerusalem.
16. "And there came with us disciples from Caesarea, as they brought with them a brother from the first disciples, whose name was Mnason, who was from Cypress, to receive us in his home.

17. "And as we came to Jerusalem, we were received by the brethren joyfully.
18. "And on the following day, we went in with Paul to James, while all the priests were with him."
19. And they wished them peace, and Paul informed them one after the other, everything that God did among the nations through his ministry.
20. And as they heard it, they glorified God and said to [Paul,] "Look, brother,* how many among the Jews that are believers, and all of them are zealous observers of the Law.
21. "They have been told about you, that you teach the abandoning of Moses for all those Jews who live among the nations, as you tell them not to circumcise their sons and not to follow the observances* of the Law.
22. "Because of this, to inform them of this, you have come here.
23. "Do what we tell you. We have four men who have made the vow for cleansing themselves.
24. "Fetch them and go and cleanse yourself with them, and recite the verses of the liturgy over them as their heads are shaved, and everyone will come to know that what was said against you is a lie, and that you adhere to the Law and observe it.
25. "It was for those believers from the nations that we had written thus, that they should guard themselves against the practice of sacrifices and adultery and [the eating of] strangled animals and blood."
26. Then Paul fetched those men on the following day and he performed the cleansing with them, and he entered the temple, as he completed the ceremony of the days of cleansing, until the offering of the communion was received by each one of them.*

27. And as the Sabbath arrived, some Jews of Asia saw him in the temple, and they dragged the people against him and threw their hands on him.
28. While gesticulating with their hands, they said, "Men, Israelites,* lend us a hand!* This man teaches everywhere against our nation, and against the Law and against this country. And he brings in even the Aramaeans into the temple, and he defiles this sacred land*."
29. For before that they had seen Trophimus the Ephesian in the city, and they supposed that he had entered the temple with Paul.
30. And the whole city was stirred up, and all the people gathered, and they seized Paul and dragged him out of the temple. And in that very hour they locked the gate.
31. And as the crowd wanted to kill him, the commanding officer heard that the whole city was rioting*.
32. And in that very hour he mustered the centurions and many soldiers and they attacked them.* And as they saw the commander and the soldiers, they released Paul from beating him.
33. And the commander reached him and arrested him, and he ordered that they tie him with two chains, and he asked, "Who is he? And what has he done?"
34. And people yelled out of the mob this and that.* And because he could not learn whether or not what they shouted was true, he ordered that they take him to the compound.
35. And when Paul reached the steps, the soldiers carried him, because of the mass of the people.
36. For a great [crowd of] people followed him, and they cried out and said, "Take him away!"
37. And as Paul reached the entrance to the compound, he said to the commander, "If you will allow me to speak to you." He said to him, "Do you know Greek?
38. "Are you not the Egyptian that some days ago revolted and took out to the desert four thousand men to commit evil?"
39. Paul said to him, "I am a Jewish man, from Tarsos of Cilicia, a well known city, in which I was born. I beg you, allow me to speak to the people."

40. And as he gave him permission, Paul stood on the steps and waved his hand to them, and when they quieted down, he spoke with them in Hebrew and he told them.

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*21:1 Shila again resumes the narrative.
*21:6 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "One to one."
*21:7.1 Lit. Aramaic name retained: "Ptolemais."
*21:7.2 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Gave."
*21:8 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "Preached the Hope [and anticipation of the Kingdom."]
*21:11 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Roman Empire."
*21:12 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "[People] of that country."
*21:20 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Look you brother ours."
*21:21 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Feasts."
*21:26 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Of human [being] human [being.]"
*21:28.1 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Sons of Israel."
*21:28.2 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Aid [us.]"
*21:28.3 Lit. Ar. id.: "Country."
*21:31 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Shook up."
*21:32 Lit. Ar. expression: "Ran against them."
*21:34 Lit. Ar. expression: "Something something."