From Ephesus to Corinth
Acts 20:1-2 (2 Corinthians 2:12-13) (April-June AD 55-December AD 57)
(1) After the uproar had ended, Paul sent for the disciples and encouraged them. Then he said goodbye and left for the Roman province of Macedonia in Greece. (Based on 2 Corinthians 2:12-13, Paul traveled up the coast to Troas and then took a ship across the Aegean sea to Philippi in the Roman province of Macedonia. It was probably in Philippi that Paul met Titus, who gave him a good report concerning the church in Corinth; see 2 Corinthians 7:5-16. It was also probably from Philippi that Paul wrote the letter of 2 Corinthians.)
(2) Paul traveled through Macedonia (revisiting the churches in Philippi, Thessalonica and Berea) speaking many words of encouragement to the believers.
Acts 20:2-3 (December-February AD 56-57)
After walking about 450 miles (724 km), he finally arrived in Corinth in the Roman province of Achaia in Greece. (3) Paul stayed in Corinth for three winter months. (It was during these three months in Corinth that Paul wrote the letter of Romans).
From Corinth to Troas
Acts 20:3-6 (February-April AD 57)
(3) Because some Jews had planned to kill Paul when he was about to sail to Antioch in Syria, he changed his travel plans and decided to walk back through the Roman province of Macedonia (about 450 miles/724 km from Corinth to Philippi).
(4) Paul was accompanied by seven mission partners—Sopater son of Pyrrhus from Berea; Aristarchus and Secundus from Thessalonica, Gaius from Derbe, Timothy, and Tychicus and Trophimus from the Roman province of Asia.
(5) These seven men sailed across the Aegean Sea and waited for us at the city of Troas. (6) But we sailed from Philippi after the feast of Unleavened Bread (April 15, AD 57), and five days later joined our mission team at Troas. We stayed seven days in Troas.
Acts 20:7-12 (Late April AD 57)
(7) On Sunday—the first day of the week—we gathered together to break bread. Paul spoke to the people and, because he planned to leave the next day, he continued talking until midnight. (8) There were many lamps in the upstairs room where we were meeting. (9) Seated in a window was a young man named Eutychus, who was falling asleep as Paul kept talking. When asleep, he fell to the ground from the third story and was picked up dead. (10) But Paul went down, threw himself on Eutychus and put his arms around him, saying, “Don’t be afraid. He is alive!” (11) Then he went upstairs again and broke bread and ate. After talking until daylight, Paul left. (12) The people took Eutychus home and were deeply comforted.
From Troas to Miletus
Acts 20:13-16 (May AD 57)
(13) We sailed ahead of Paul down the Aegean coast from Troas about 43 miles (70 km) to the city of Assos, where we were going to take him aboard, because Paul had decided to walk there (about 30 miles/50 km).
(14) When Paul met us at Assos, he came aboard and we sailed to the capital port city of Mitylene on the Aegean island of Lesbos. (15) The next day we sailed from Mitylene and came opposite the island of Chios. The next day we sailed to the island of Samos, and the following day we sailed to the Aegean harbor city of Miletus (about 20 miles/32 km).
(16) Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus because he did not want to spend a long time in the Roman province of Asia, for he was in a hurry to reach Jerusalem, if possible by the day of Pentecost (May 29, AD 57).
Paul’s Message to the Ephesus Elders in Miletus
Acts 20:17-38 (May AD 57)
(17) From Miletus, Paul sent a message to Ephesus telling the church elders to meet him in Miletus. (18) When the elders arrived—after traveling about 62 miles (100 km) from Ephesus to Miletus—Paul said to them, “You know how I lived the whole time I was with you, from the first day I came into the Roman province of Asia. (19) I served the Lord with great humility and with tears, and in the midst of severe trials caused by the plans of my Jewish opponents. (20) You know that I do not hesitate to proclaim anything that would build you up, because I taught you in public and from house to house. (21) I declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus.
(22) “And now, I am compelled by the Holy Spirit to go to Jerusalem, and I do not know what will happen to me there. (23) But I do know that in every city the Holy Spirit has warned me that I will face prison and many hardships. (24) However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only desire is to finish the race and complete the mission the Lord Jesus has given me—the mission of proclaiming the gospel (good news) of God’s grace.
(25) “Now I know that none of you among whom I have proclaimed the kingdom of God will ever see me again. (26) Therefore, I tell you today that I am innocent of the blood of any of you, (27) because I never hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God. (28) Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which Jesus bought with his own blood, (29) because I know that after I leave, wild wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock. (30) For even from among the elders some wolves will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them. (31) So be on your guard! Remember that for three years (early summer AD 52 to early summer AD 55) I never stopped warning each of you day and night with tears.
(32) “Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all believers who have been made holy. (33) I have not desired anyone’s money or clothing. (34) You know that I worked hard with my own hands to provide for my own needs and the needs of my co-workers. (35) In everything I did, I showed you that by hard work we must help the weak, remembering what the Lord Jesus said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ “
(36) When Paul had finished speaking, he knelt down on the ground with all of the elders and prayed. (37) The elders wept as they hugged him and kissed him (on his cheeks). (38) What saddened them most was when Paul said that they would never see him again. Then they walked Paul to the ship.