Paul visits Macedonia and Greece again
1 After the trouble in Ephesus had finished, the crowd went home. Then Paul asked all the believers to meet together with him. He spoke to them to help them. He told them to be strong and to trust God. Then he said ‘goodbye’ to them. After that he left them and he travelled on to Macedonia. 2 He visited many places in that region. He spoke to the believers in each place. He helped them to be strong. After that, he arrived in Greece.
20:2We think that Paul visited Philippi, Thessalonica and Berea among other places.
3 Paul stayed in Greece for three months. One day, he was preparing to travel to Syria by boat. But then he heard news that some Jews wanted to kill him on the journey. So he decided to travel through Macedonia and return to Jerusalem.
20:3Many Jews travelled by boat from cities in Macedonia to Jerusalem for the Passover meal. Paul decided not to travel by boat because of the Jews. Instead, he travelled to Jerusalem by land and some other people went with him.
4 These are the men who went with Paul: Sopater, the son of Pyrrhus, from Berea; Aristarchus and Secundus from Thessalonica; Gaius from Derbe; Timothy; Tychicus and Trophimus from Asia region. 5 These men all left by boat before we did. When they arrived in Troas, they waited for us there.
20:5We know that Luke was with Paul and the other believers on this journey.
6 As for us, we sailed by boat from Philippi, after the festival when the Jews eat flat bread.
20:6This was the week before the Passover meal. >flat bread is bread which has no yeast in it. During the week of the Passover festival Jews did not eat any food that contained yeast. We think that Paul stayed in Philippi for the Passover festival. At this time they remembered the time when God caused Jesus to live again.
After five days we arrived in Troas. We met the other men there and we all stayed there for seven days.