Author: Ron Graham

Book of Acts

Acts 21:1-17
—Verse by verse

This page is a verse by verse study of Acts 21:1-17. These verses briefly describe Paul’s journey from Miletus to Jerusalem, as his third missionary journey draws to a close.

Journey from Miletus to Jerusalem

1 Journey from Miletus to Caesarea

Verses 1-3

¶ "Upon our final parting from the Ephesians, having set sail, we came by a straight course to Cos, and the next day to Rhodes, and from there to Patara. Having found a ship crossing over to Phoenicia, we went aboard, and set sail. When we had come in sight of Cyprus, leaving it on the left hand, we sailed to Syria, and landed at Tyre, for there the ship was to unload her cargo." (Acts 21:1-3).

Verses 4-6

¶ "We found disciples at Tyre, and we stayed there seven days. These disciples kept telling Paul, through the Spirit, that he should not go up to Jerusalem. When our time was up, we departed to continue our journey. They all, with wives and children, brought us on our way until we were out of the city. Kneeling down on the beach, we prayed. After saying goodbye to each other, we boarded the ship, and they went back home." (Acts 21:4-6).

2 Paul a Guest of Philip in Caesarea

Verses 7-9

¶ "Our voyage from Tyre ended at Ptolemais. Arriving there, we greeted the brethren, and stayed with them one day. On the next day, those of us accompanying Paul departed, and came to Caesarea. We entered into the house of Philip the evangelist, who was one of the seven, and stayed with him. This man had four maiden daughters who prophesied." (Acts 21:7-9).

3 Prophet Visits Paul —Trouble in Jerusalem Predicted

Verses 10-14

¶ "We stayed with Philip several days. While we were there, a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea. When he came to visit us, he took Paul’s belt and bound his own feet and hands with it. He said, “The Holy Spirit says that the Jews at Jerusalem will likewise bind the man who owns this belt, and will deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.” When we heard Agabus say these things, we and the people there begged Paul not to go up to Jerusalem. Then Paul answered, “What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” Since he would not be dissuaded, we gave up and said, “The Lord’s will be done.”" (Acts 21:10-14).

4 Paul and Company Go Up to Jerusalem

Verses 15-17

¶ "After these days with Philip, we packed our bags and went up to Jerusalem. Some of the disciples from Caesarea also went with us. They brought along Mnason of Cyprus, an early disciple, with whom we were to lodge. When we arrived at Jerusalem, the brethren received us gladly." (Acts 21:15-17).

Days of unleavened bread  7 43 
Philippi to Troas 5 38 
Stay in Troas 7 31 
Troas to Miletus 4 27 
Stay in Miletus 2 25 
Miletus to Patara 3 22 
Patara to Tyre 2 20 
Stay in Tyre 7 13 
Tyre to Caesarea 3 10 
Stay in Caesarea 7
Caesarea to Jerusalem 2

*some day counts are guessed.