Acts Chapter 21

Acts 21

1And 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:

2And finding a ship sailing over unto Phenicia, we went aboard, and set forth.

3Now 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 burden.

4And finding disciples, we tarried there seven days: who said to Paul through the Spirit, that he should not go up to Jerusalem.

5And 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, and prayed.

6And when we had taken our leave one of another, we took ship; and they returned home again.

7And when we had finished our course from Tyre, we came to Ptolemais, and saluted the brethren, and abode with them one day.

8And 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.

9And the same man had four daughters, virgins, which did prophesy.

10And as we tarried there many days, there came down from Judaea a certain prophet, named Agabus.

11And 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.

12And when we heard these things, both we, and they of that place, besought him not to go up to Jerusalem.

13Then 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.

14And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, The will of the Lord be done.

15And after those days we took up our carriages, and went up to Jerusalem.

16There went with us also certain of the disciples of Caesarea, and brought with them one Mnason of Cyprus, an old disciple, with whom we should lodge.

17And when we were come to Jerusalem, the brethren received us gladly.

18And the day following Paul went in with us unto James; and all the elders were present.

19And when he had saluted them, he declared particularly what things God had wrought among the Gentiles by his ministry.

20And 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:

21And 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 customs.

22What is it therefore? the multitude must needs come together: for they will hear that thou art come.

23Do therefore this that we say to thee: We have four men which have a vow on them;

24Them 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 the law.

25As 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.

26Then 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.

27And 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 him,

28Crying 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.

29(For they had seen before with him in the city Trophimus an Ephesian, whom they supposed that Paul had brought into the temple.)

30And 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.

31And as they went about to kill him, tidings came unto the chief captain of the band, that all Jerusalem was in an uproar.

32Who 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.

33Then 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.

34And 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.

35And when he came upon the stairs, so it was, that he was borne of the soldiers for the violence of the people.

36For the multitude of the people followed after, crying, Away with him.

37And 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?

38Art not thou that Egyptian, which before these days madest an uproar, and leddest out into the wilderness four thousand men that were murderers?

39But 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 the people.

40And 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,


28 thoughts on “Acts Chapter 21

  1. As I read this chapter all I can do is pray that when the great times of tribulation and persecution comes, we can have Paul strength and courage, to stand and continue to speak boldly the word of God without any concerns for the consequences.
    13Then 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.

    I pray I will be willing to give it all for the name of the Lord Jesus, I hear the words given to Joshua over and over, “only be strong and courageous…” that is all we need to do for Our Lord already got us the Victory, He will take care of the rest.

  2. I like what the captian asked Paul in vs.38 because Paul didn’t say yes. Even though he was that man that the captian said that was Pauls past. Don’t look back at the past. ” BE CHURCH”

  3. v 10. The prophet tried to persuade Paul not to go to Jerusalem (his friends had also tried to get him to change course.) I see in this text that whatever call or whatever ministry God has placed in our hearts cannot be torn down by men. If we will stay obedient as Paul did and have our focus on the Lord Jesus we will know the difference between flesh and spirit. Paul was full of the Spirit and knew what God was telling him to do even though his friends feared for his life. If we desire to BE CHURCH we must be in tune with the Spirit not the flesh.

  4. we have got to get boldness like paul did, we and i speak to myself first have to have a strong boldness and tell people about God, they are hurting and they are going to come to us first if we are living right and doing as God tells us the world will know, i had a customer come in the store the other day and we talked for over an hour, she is hungry for God, I gave her a church card and I am believing that she will come.. She told me that she felt something different about me and knew she could talk to me. At another center I was at a man came in and talked talking about church and said the same thing, no glory to me whatsoever, ALL glory goes to Jesus, I pray for hungry people to come in my path, and that I have a boldness to witness to these people, we have to BE CHURCH!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. It was a prophet that told Paul that if he went down to Jerusalem, he would be bound up. The people began to weep and beg Paul not to go. His reply was that we was ready to be bound and die for the name of the Lord Jesus. We need this same boldness, passion, and desire that Paul had. He was ready. Are you?

  6. As I read The apostle Paul was willing to die and He said I did not value precious my life I could die for the name of Jesus, He really had passion
    and service, I noticed too, that people loved Paul and they pray together even at the beach,in every place, we have to learn to stand up in every situation or place,In Jesus name.

  7. Paul was inspirational in this chapter because he was willing to die for God plus he he was beaten. And after all that he still had the guts to speak to the people. I pray that God gives all of us the courage to be as Paul we need to be church to this world

  8. What determination, confidence and faith Paul had to continue this journey to jerusalem when yet another prophecy came that he would be captured. I believe God tells us what is ahead so we are not surprised when it comes. If we are the apple of his eye, if we are the head and not the tail, then God wants us to be prepared for what is coming.
    I believe it was God’s will that Paul go to Jerusalem, but God was preparing him for the enemies attack.
    I also believe God does that today for his people-warnings come if we’re headed the wrong direction and warning also come of trouble ahead so we can prepare for battle!
    God’s Got My Back! I praise you Jesus!

  9. Paul declared that he was ready to die in the name of Jesus. This takes some serious faith to believe unto death. Are you willing to lay down your life for the sake of Christ?

  10. Paul knew he would be imprisoned in Jerusalem. Although his friends pleaded with him to not go there, he knew that he had to because God wanted him to. No one enjoys pain, but a faithful disciple wants above all else to please God. Our desire to please God should overshadow our desire to avoid hardship and suffering. When we really want to do God’s will, we must accept all that comes with it – even the pain. Then we can say with Paul, “The Lord’s will be done.”

  11. In verse 13 I feel Paul is saying why are you crying? It is breaking my heart to think that we have labored together; you seeing my passion to fulfill the call and preach salvation to all. Yet you allow fear of persecution to over take you and want to cause you to keep me from going to Jerusalem. Not so, I will go do my fathers work.

  12. A prophet named Agabus prophesied that Paul would be bound hand and foot if he went to Jerusalem. But Paul would not have it any other way but that he go to Jerusalem. He said I am ready not to be bound only but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Paul had a Crazy Love for Jesus. Paul went to Jerusalem and he did not hide there they found him in the temple doing what his passion was. They took him and beat him and even after being beat he still wanted to speak to the people. Paul knew how to Be Church.

  13. Agabus prophesied of the upcoming trouble in Jerusalem for Paul. Those with Paul made a great effort to change his travel itinerary; however Paul refused to be swayed and committed himself to the will of GOD.

    We must be bold and courageous enough to follow through with the will of GOD and the plans he has made for us and not be swayed by the concerns of others but fulfill the will of GOD.

    Paul was willing to be bound and even die for the name of the LORD JESUS! Be bold, be courageous, be strong, be church.

  14. As christians we know that we are to pick up our cross and follow up. Sometimes that means there are going to be painful situations that we must endure. In order to really be “church” we will suffer for His name sake. Paul even knowing that he was going to bound in chains because of the prophecy given, was still willing to continue preaching/teaching the truth. Reaching the lost at any cost was what his purpose appeared to be. Lord, let me be willing to suffer with you, so that I may reign with you!

  15. In Tyre, the disciples told Paul that he should not go to Jerusalem (Acts 21: 4) and in Caesarea Agabus prophesied that Paul would be bound by the Jews in Jerusalem and handed over to the Gentiles (Acts 21:11). When they besought Paul not to go to Jerusalem, he answered, ‘What mean ye to weep and break my heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus” (Acts 21:13).

    Actually, Paul made up his mind to go to Jerusalem in Miletus when the Holy Ghost revealed to him that bonds and afflictions awaited him there (chapter 20:22, 23). He told the Ephesian elders, “But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy” (Acts 20:24). Then he told them that they wouldn’t see his face again (Acts 20:25, 38). Paul was ready to finish his course no matter what came his way.

    As I look at myself , I wonder if we can say that we are ready to finish our course. Somehow, I don’t think we are because if we were, it would reflect in our behavior. We have heard about the end-time for years, but our minds don’t seem to be able to grasp the fact that the end-time is even now knocking at our doors. We really don’t have very long to get our affairs in order so that we can do our part in spreading the gospel. As Brother Watts said this morning, “We are going to a wedding.” The only thing we will be able to take with us is what we have done for Jesus. How much dowry are we going to be able to take?

  16. I can’t get away from v.5; the days were accomplished. O believe that as true disciples days are given to be accomplished not spent. This scripture convicted me in the area of stewardship. What am I doing with my days. When I go to sleep at night can I look back and say I’ve accomplished or have I spent the day?

  17. Verses 12-13 of this Chapter (Message Version) say……When we heard that, we and everyone there that day begged Paul not to be stubborn and persist in going to Jerusalem. But Paul wouldn’t budge: “Why all this hysteria? Why do you insist on making a scene and making it even harder for me? You’re looking at this backward. The issue in Jerusalem is not what they do to me, whether arrest or murder, but what the Master Jesus does through my obedience. Can’t you see that?” Sometimes we can’t see what God is leading us to; but, we need to be obedient.

  18. Pau; knowing that he was about to walk into great trouble insisted that he continue. He knew there was going to be a high price to pay just to teach the word of God, and was ready to pay it. How many times do we run from high prices? How many times do we back off from spreading the word because we don’t want to suffer a little heartache? I know I’ve been called to spead His word, I just hope I hope I continue when the cost is great.

  19. Verses 11-13, physically we can be bound to prevent us from spreading God’s word. But spiritually, we can never be bound, we have the Holy Ghost and the fire to spread the Word of God.

  20. Paul was definitely an example for all to follow, even more so today for we have the word to read and follow. Paul feared God more than he did those that could take his life, thank God for God fearing men and women

  21. 13Then 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.

    The Church loved Paul and begged him not to go to Jerusalem but Paul was ready to die for the name. Are we?

  22. Paul’s commitment to do the absolute will of God could not be swayed by anyone or anything. His focus was straight ahead. He didnt try to change God’s mind or make excuses. The will of God or nothing seemed to be his mindset.

  23. Sometimes even people who mean well, or at least seem so, will try to stand in the way of us doing God’s will, just as Peter when he rebuked Jesus after Jesus spoke of His death (Matt 16:21-23.) We cannot afford to value others’ opinions higher than God’s calling. In 1 Kings 13:7-24 we see the man of God disobey God by trusting the old prophet (instead of just obeying God’s original command) who gave a false prophecy contrary to the will of God. As a result, God bought judgment upon the man of God and killed him. Praise the Lord we live under grace today but the principle still applies, willingly stepping out of the will of God brings more trouble than we bargained for (remember Jonah?) We cannot let trust in a person blind us in right judgment, the sure Word of God should be our measure.

  24. 4And finding disciples, we tarried there seven days: who said to Paul through the Spirit, that he should not go up to Jerusalem.


    If he was warned by the SPIRIT not to go, why did he go?

  25. Paul is Arrested NLT Version 26. So Paul went to the Temple the next day with the other men. They had already started the purification ritual, so he publicly announced the date when their vows would end and sacrifices would be offered for each of them. 27. The seven days were almost ended when some Jews from the province of Asia saw Paul in the Temple and roused a mob against him. They grabbed him, yelling, “Men of Israel, help us! This is the man who preaches against our people everywhere and tells everybody to disobey the Jewish laws. He speaks against the Temple and even defiles this holy place by bringing in Gentiles.” 29. (For earlier that day they had seen him in the city with Trophimus, a Gentile from Ephesus, and they assumed Paul had taken him into the Temple.) 30. The whole city was rocked by these accusations, and a great riot followed. Paul was grabbed and dragged out of the Temple, and immediately the gates were closed behind him. 31. As they were trying to kill him, word reached the commander of the Roman regiment that all Jerusalem was in an uproar. 32. He immediately called out his soldiers and officers and ran down among the crowd. When the mob saw the commander and the troops coming, they stopped beating Paul. 33. Then the commander arrested him and ordered him bound with two chains. He asked the crowd who he was and what he had done. 34. Some shouted one thing and some another. Since he couldn’t find out the truth in all the uproar and confusion, he ordered that Paul be taken to the fortress. 35. As Paul reached the stairs, the mob grew so violent the soldiers had to lift him to their shoulders to protect him. 36. And the crowd followed behind, shouting, “Kill him, kill him!”

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