And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name.
But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me,
to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:
For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name's sake.
After these things were ended, Paul purposed in the spirit,
when he had passed through Macedonia and Achaia, to go to
Jerusalem, saying, After I have been there, I must also see Rome.
And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not
knowing the things that shall befall me there:
Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that
bonds and afflictions abide me.
But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear
unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and
the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to
testify the gospel of the grace of God.
And finding disciples, we tarried there seven days: who said
to Paul through the Spirit, that he should not go up to Jerusalem.
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.
And the same man had four daughters, virgins, which did prophesy.
And as we tarried there many days, there came down from Judaea
a certain prophet, named Agabus.
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.
And when we heard these things, both we, and they of that
place, besought him not to go up to Jerusalem.
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.
And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying,
The will of the Lord be done.
And it came to pass, that, when I was come again to Jerusalem,
even while I prayed in the temple, I was in a trance;
And saw him saying unto me, Make haste, and get thee quickly
out of Jerusalem: for they will not receive thy testimony concerning me.
And I said, Lord, they know that I imprisoned and beat in
every synagogue them that believed on thee:
And when the blood of thy martyr Stephen was shed, I also was
standing by, and consenting unto his death, and kept the
raiment of them that slew him.
And he said unto me, depart: for I will send thee far hence
unto the Gentiles.
And the night following the Lord stood by him,
and said, Be of good cheer,
Paul: for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem,
so must thou bear witness also at Rome.