21:1 And it came to pass, that after we were gotten
from them, and had launched, we came with a straight
course unto Coos, and the day following unto Rhodes,
and from thence unto Patara:
21:2 And finding a ship sailing over unto Phenicia,
we went aboard, and set forth.
21:3 Now when we had discovered Cyprus, we left it
on the left hand, and sailed into Syria, and landed
at Tyre: for there the ship was to unlade her
21:4 And finding disciples, we tarried there seven
days: who said to Paul through the Spirit, that he
should not go up to Jerusalem.
21:5 And when we had accomplished those days, we
departed and went our way; and they all brought us
on our way, with wives and children, till we were
out of the city: and we kneeled down on the shore,
21:6 And when we had taken our leave one of another,
we took ship; and they returned home again.
21:7 And when we had finished our course from Tyre,
we came to Ptolemais, and saluted the brethren, and
abode with them one day.
21:8 And the next day we that were of Paul's company
departed, and came unto Caesarea: and we entered
into the house of Philip the evangelist, which was
one of the seven; and abode with him.
21:9 And the same man had four daughters, virgins,
which did prophesy.
21:10 And as we tarried there many days, there came
down from Judaea a certain prophet, named Agabus.
21:11 And when he was come unto us, he took Paul's
girdle, and bound his own hands and feet, and said,
Thus saith the Holy Ghost, So shall the Jews at
Jerusalem bind the man that owneth this girdle, and
shall deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.
21:12 And when we heard these things, both we, and
they of that place, besought him not to go up to
21:13 Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and
to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound
only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of
the Lord Jesus.
21:14 And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased,
saying, The will of the Lord be done.
21:15 And after those days we took up our carriages,
and went up to Jerusalem.
21:16 There went with us also certain of the
disciples of Caesarea, and brought with them one
Mnason of Cyprus, an old disciple, with whom we
21:17 And when we were come to Jerusalem, the
brethren received us gladly.
21:18 And the day following Paul went in with us
unto James; and all the elders were present.
21:19 And when he had saluted them, he declared
particularly what things God had wrought among the
Gentiles by his ministry.
21:20 And when they heard it, they glorified the
Lord, and said unto him, Thou seest, brother, how
many thousands of Jews there are which believe; and
they are all zealous of the law:
21:21 And they are informed of thee, that thou
teachest all the Jews which are among the Gentiles
to forsake Moses, saying that they ought not to
circumcise their children, neither to walk after the
21:22 What is it therefore? the multitude must needs
come together: for they will hear that thou art
21:23 Do therefore this that we say to thee: We have
four men which have a vow on them;
21:24 Them take, and purify thyself with them, and
be at charges with them, that they may shave their
heads: and all may know that those things, whereof
they were informed concerning thee, are nothing; but
that thou thyself also walkest orderly, and keepest
21:25 As touching the Gentiles which believe, we
have written and concluded that they observe no such
thing, save only that they keep themselves from
things offered to idols, and from blood, and from
strangled, and from fornication.
21:26 Then Paul took the men, and the next day
purifying himself with them entered into the temple,
to signify the accomplishment of the days of
purification, until that an offering should be
offered for every one of them.
21:27 And when the seven days were almost ended, the
Jews which were of Asia, when they saw him in the
temple, stirred up all the people, and laid hands on
21:28 Crying out, Men of Israel, help: This is the
man, that teacheth all men every where against the
people, and the law, and this place: and further
brought Greeks also into the temple, and hath
polluted this holy place.
21:29 (For they had seen before with him in the city
Trophimus an Ephesian, whom they supposed that Paul
had brought into the temple.)
21:30 And all the city was moved, and the people ran
together: and they took Paul, and drew him out of
the temple: and forthwith the doors were shut.
21:31 And as they went about to kill him, tidings
came unto the chief captain of the band, that all
Jerusalem was in an uproar.
21:32 Who immediately took soldiers and centurions,
and ran down unto them: and when they saw the chief
captain and the soldiers, they left beating of Paul.
21:33 Then the chief captain came near, and took
him, and commanded him to be bound with two chains;
and demanded who he was, and what he had done.
21:34 And some cried one thing, some another, among
the multitude: and when he could not know the
certainty for the tumult, he commanded him to be
carried into the castle.
21:35 And when he came upon the stairs, so it was,
that he was borne of the soldiers for the violence
of the people.
21:36 For the multitude of the people followed
after, crying, Away with him.
21:37 And as Paul was to be led into the castle, he
said unto the chief captain, May I speak unto thee?
Who said, Canst thou speak Greek?
21:38 Art not thou that Egyptian, which before these
days madest an uproar, and leddest out into the
wilderness four thousand men that were murderers?
21:39 But Paul said, I am a man which am a Jew of
Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, a citizen of no mean
city: and, I beseech thee, suffer me to speak unto
21:40 And when he had given him licence, Paul stood
on the stairs, and beckoned with the hand unto the
people. And when there was made a great silence, he
spake unto them in the Hebrew tongue, saying,
and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why
persecutest thou me?
The Book of Acts, Verses of Chapter 21