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Paul Goes to Macedonia and Greece

20 1When the trouble stopped, Paul invited the followers [of Jesus] to come visit him. He said things to comfort them and then told them good-bye. Paul left and went to the country of Macedonia. 2He said many things to strengthen the followers [of Jesus] in the different places on his way through Macedonia. Then Paul went to Greece (Achaia). 3He stayed there three months. He was ready to sail for Syria, but some Jews were planning something against him. So Paul decided to go back through Macedonia to Syria. 4Some men were with him. They were: Sopater, the son of Pyrrhus, from the city of Berea, Aristarchus and Secundus, from the city of Thessalonica, Gaius, from the city of Derbe, Timothy, and Tychicus and Trophimus, two men from Asia.* 5These men went first, ahead of Paul. They waited for us in the city of Troas. 6We sailed from the city of Philippi after the [Jewish] Festival of Unleavened Bread.* We met these men in Troas five days later. We stayed there seven days.

Paul's Last Visit to Troas

7On Sunday,* we all met together to eat [the Lord's Supper].* Paul talked to the group. He was planning to leave the next day. Paul continued talking until midnight. 8We were all together in a room upstairs, and there were many lights in the room. 9There was a young man named Eutychus sitting in the window. Paul continued talking, and Eutychus became very, very sleepy. Finally, Eutychus went to sleep and fell out of the window. He fell to the ground from the third floor. When the people [went and] lifted him up, he was dead. 10Paul went down to Eutychus. He kneeled down and hugged Eutychus. Paul said to the other believers, "Don't worry. He is alive now." 11Paul went upstairs again. He divided the bread and ate. Paul spoke to them a long time. When he finished talking, it was early morning. Then Paul left. 12The people took the young man (Eutychus) home. He was alive, and the people were very much comforted.

The Trip from Troas to Miletus

13We sailed for the city of Assos. We went first, ahead of Paul. He planned to meet us in Assos and join us on the ship there. Paul told us to do this because he wanted to go to Assos by land. 14Later, we met Paul at Assos, and then he came on the ship with us. We all went to the city of Mitylene. 15The next day, we sailed away from Mitylene. We came to a place near the island of Chios. Then the next day, we sailed to the island of Samos. A day later, we came to the city of Miletus. 16Paul had already decided not to stop at Ephesus. He did not want to stay too long in Asia.* He was hurrying because he wanted to be in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost* if possible.

Asia The western part of Asia Minor. Festival of Unleavened Bread An important Jewish holiday week. In the Old Testament it began the day after Passover, but by this time the two holidays had become one. Sunday Literally, "first day of the week," which for the Jews began at sunset on Saturday. But if Luke is using Greek time here, then the meeting was Sunday night. to eat the Lord's Supper Literally, "to break bread." This may mean a meal or the Lord's Supper, the special meal Jesus told his followers to eat to remember him (Lk. 22:14-20). Pentecost Jewish festival celebrating the wheat harvest.

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