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P’yilut HaSh'liakim
The Acts of the Emissaries

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Sha'ul in Macedonia and Greece

1After the uproar had died down, Sha'ul sent for the talmidim, and after encouraging them he took his leave and left to go to Macedonia. 2When he had gone through that area and had said much to encourage the talmidim there, he went on to Greece. 3After he had been there three months, as he was about to set sail for Syria, he found about a plot that had made against him by some of the unbelieving Y’hudim, so he decided to return through Macedonia. 4Sopater from Beroea, Aristarchus and Secundus from Thessalonica, Gaius from Derbe; TimotheusTimothy, Tychicus, and Trophimus from Asia went with him as far as Asia. 5Then they had gone on ahead of us and were waiting for us at Troas. 6We sailed from Philippi after the Days of Matzah[6], and met them at Troas five days later, and we stayed there for seven days.

Eutychus Revived at Troas

7On Motza'ei-Shabbat,[7] when the talmidim were gathered for dinner, Sha'ul addressed them, intending to leave the next day. He spoke until midnight. 8There were many lights in the upper chamber where we were gathered together. 9One young man named Eutychus was sitting on the window sill. As Sha'ul’s drash[9] went on and on, Eutychus grew more and more sleepy, until he fell asleep and from the third story window, When they picked him up he was dead. 10But Sha'ul went down, and threw himself on him, and embraced him. Then he said, “Don’t worry, he’s alive.”

11then he went back upstairs, broke bread, and ate, then and had talked with them a lot longer, until daybreak, then he left. 12They were greatly relieved and took Eutychus home alive.

Troas to Miletus

13But those of us who had gone ahead to the ship set sail for Assos, intending for Sha'ul to board there. That was his plan, to go alone by land. 14When he met us at Assos, he boarded and we came to Mitylene. 15Sailing on from from there, we arrived the off of Chios the next day. The following that we landed at Samotz, stayed briefly at Trogyllium, and the day after that we arrived at Miletus. 16Sha'ul had decided to bypass Ephesus, so he would not have to spend any time in Asia, because he was in a hurry to make it to Yerushalayim in time for Shavu`ot if at all possible.

The Farewell at Ephesus

17From Miletus he sent word to Ephesus to have the zakenim of the assembly come meet with him. 18When they had arrived, he told them, “You know how I was with you constantly from the first day that I set foot in Asia, 19serving the Lord with all humility, with tears, and with ordeals from the plots of the unbelieving Y’hudim. 20You know I didn’t shrink from telling you anything that was profitable to you, teaching you both in public and privately from house to house, 21declaring the same message to both both to Y’hudim and to Goyim — turn from sin toward God put your trust in our Lord Yeshua the Messiah. 22Now I’m being compelled by the Ruach to go to Yerushalayim, not knowing what will happen to me there, 23except that Ruach HaKodesh warns me that  imprisonment and persecution await me. 24But I consider my own life as totally unimportant, as long as I can joyfully finish the course ahead of me, and the assignment that I received from the Lord Yeshua, to declare the fullness of the Good News of the Grace of God.

25“Now I know that none of you, among whom I went about proclaiming the Kingdom of God, will ever see my face again. 26Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all, 27because I didn’t shrink from proclaiming to you the whole plan of God. 28So take care of yourselves, and all the flock over which Ruach HaKodesh has placed you as leaders, to shepherd HaShem’s Messianic Community, which He purchased with His own Son’s blood. 29I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you, and they won’t spare the flock. 30Even from among your own number, men will arise and teach perversions, inorder to drag away the talmidim away after them. 31So stay vigilant, and remember that night and day for three years I never stopped warning everyone. 32Now, brothers,[32] I entrust you to the care of HaShem, and to the message of His loving kindeness, which is able to build up give you the inheritance among all those who have been set apart by Hashem. 33I haven’t wanted anyone’s silver, gold, or clothing. 34You know that I worked hard to provide my own needs, as well as the needs of the men who were with me. 35In everything I have set an example for you, how you must work to help the weak, remembering the words of the Lord Yeshua Himself, ‘It is more rewarding to give than to receive.’

36When he had finished speaking, he knelt down and prayed with them all. 37They all wept a lot, embraced Sha'ul and kissed him, 38saddened most of all because he had said they would never see him again. Then they went with him to the ship.

Chapter 21


  6. Unleavened Bread, the seven days immediately following Passover, beginning on Nisan 15. Leviticus 12:4-8 [RETURN]

  7. This was for the Havdalah service that is celebrated every Saturday evening just as darkness has fallen, marking the end of the holy Shabbat and the beginning of the mundane new week. After a brief ritual ceremony, there is often a communal meal followed by a period of Torah study. [RETURN]

32. The word for “brothers” here and where the context allows may also be correctly translated “brothers and sisters,” “siblings,” or “countrymen.” [RETURN]


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