I have made the former treatise, O Theophilus, of all which Jesus began both to do and teach,
Until the day in which he was taken up, after that, he, through the Holy Spirit, had given commandments to the apostles whom he had chosen.
To whom also he showed himself alive after his passion through many infallible proofs, being seen by them for forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.
And, being assembled together with [them], he commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, [he says], "You have heard from me.
For John truly baptized with water; but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now."
When they therefore had come together, they asked him, saying, "Master, will you at this time restore the kingdom again to Israel?"
And he said to them, "It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father has put in His own power.
But you will receive power, after the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be witnesses to me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and to the uttermost part of the earth."
And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.
And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;
Who also said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken from you up into heaven, will come in like manner as you have seen him go into heaven."
Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is a sabbath day's journey from Jerusalem.
And when they had come in, they went up into an upper room, where both Peter and James abode, and John, and Andrew, Philip, and Thomas, Bartholomew, and Matthew, James [the son] of Alphaeus, and Simon Zelotes, and Judas [the brother] of James.
These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.
And in those days, Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples and said, (the number of names together were about a hundred and twenty),
"Men [and] brethren, this Scripture needs to have been fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke before concerning Judas *Psalms 41:9 by the mouth of David, who was a guide to those who took Jesus.
For he was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry."
Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out.
And it was known to all the dwellers at Jerusalem; insomuch that this field is called in their proper tongue, 'Aceldama,' that is to say, 'The field of blood.'
For it is written in the book of Psalms, 'Let his habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell therein,' *Psalms 69:25 and his bishoprick let another take.
It is binding then that these men who have accompanied with us all the time, in which the master Jesus went in and out among us,
Beginning from the baptism of John, to that same day that he was taken up from us, one must be ordained to be a witness with us of his rising.
And they appointed two, Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias.
And they prayed, and said, "You, Lord [God], who knows the hearts of all [men], show which of these two You have chosen,
That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas fell by transgression, that he might go to his own place."
And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.
And when the day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
And suddenly a sound came from heaven as a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
And there appeared to them cloven tongues like fire, and it sat upon each of them.
And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
And there were Jews dwelling at Jerusalem, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.
Now when this was sounded abroad, the multitude came together and was confounded, because every man heard them speak in his own language.
And they were all amazed and marveled, saying to one another, "Behold, are not all these who speak Galilaeans?
And how do we hear every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?
Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia,
Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes,
Cretes and Arabians, we hear them speak in our tongues, the wonderful works of God."
And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying to one another, "What does this mean?"
Others mocking said, "These men are full of new wine."
But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said to them, "Men of Judaea, and all [you] who dwell at Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to my words.
For they are not drunk, as you suppose, seeing it is [but] the third hour of the day.
But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;
'And it will come to pass in the last days, God says, I will pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters will prophesy, and your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams.
And on My servants and on My handmaidens I will pour out in those days of My Spirit; and they will prophesy.
And I will show wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke.
The sun will be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord [God] comes.
And it will come to pass, [that] whoever will call on the name of the Lord [God] will be saved. *Joel 2:28 - 32
Men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved by God among you through miracles and wonders and signs, which God did through him in the midst of you, as you yourselves also know.
Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, you have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain.
Whom God has raised up, having loosed the pains of death, because it was not possible that he should be held by it.
For David speaks concerning him, 'I foresaw the Lord [God] always before my face, for He is on my right hand, that I should not be moved.
Therefore my heart rejoiced, and my tongue was glad; moreover my flesh will also rest in hope.
Because You will not leave my soul in Hell, neither will You suffer Your benign one to see corruption.
You have made known to me the ways of life; You will make me full of joy with Your Countenance. *Psalms 16:8 - 11
Men [and] brethren, let me freely speak to you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulcher is with us to this day.
Therefore, being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, He would raise up the Messiah to sit on his throne;
He, seeing this before, spoke of the rising of the Messiah, that his soul was not left in Hell, neither did his flesh see corruption.
This Jesus has God raised up, of whom we all are witnesses.
Therefore, being exalted by the right hand of God, and having received the promise of the Holy Spirit by the Father, he has shed this forth, which you now see and hear.
For David has not ascended into the heavens, but he says himself, 'The Lord said to my lord, 'Sit on My right hand,
Until I make your foes your footstool.' *Psalms 110:1
Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God has made that same Jesus, whom you have crucified, both master and Messiah."
Now when they heard [this], they were pricked in their heart, and they said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Men [and] brethren, what will we do?"
Then Peter said to them, "Repent, and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus the Messiah for the remission of sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
For the promise is to you, and to your children, and to all who are afar off, [even] as many as the Lord our God will call."
And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, "Save yourselves from this crooked generation."
Then those who gladly received his word were baptized, and the same day about three thousand souls were added [to them].
And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.
And fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.
And all who believed were together, and had all things common;
And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all [men], as every man had need.
And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, ate their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,
Praising God, and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added such who should be saved to the church daily.
Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, [being] the ninth [hour]. *76:25
And a certain man, lame from his mother's womb, was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of those who entered into the temple;
Who, seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, asked for alms.
And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, "Look on us."
And he gave heed to them, expecting to receive something from them.
Then Peter said, "Silver and gold, I have none; but this I give to you, 'In the name of Jesus the Messiah of Nazareth, rise up and walk.'"
And he took him by the right hand, and lifted [him] up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.
And he, leaping up, stood and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking and leaping and praising God.
And all the people saw him walking and praising God.
And they knew that it was he who sat for alms at the Beautiful gate of the temple, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened to him.
And as the lame man who was healed held Peter and John, all the people ran together to them in the porch that is called Solomon's, greatly wondering.
And when Peter saw [it], he answered to the people, "Men of Israel, why do you marvel at this? Or why do you look so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk?
The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified His son Jesus; whom you delivered up, and denied him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let [him] go.
But you denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted to you;
And killed the Prince of life, whom God has raised from the dead; of whom we are witnesses.
And his name, through faith in his name, has made this man strong, whom you see and know, indeed, the faith through him has given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.
And now, brethren, I have perceived that through ignorance you did [it], as your rulers also [did].
But those things, which God before had shown through the mouth of all His prophets, that the Messiah should suffer, he has so fulfilled.
Repent therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing will come from the presence of the Lord;
And He will send Jesus, the Messiah, who before had been preached to you.
Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God has spoken through the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began.
For Moses truly said to the fathers, 'The Lord your God will raise up a prophet to you from your brethren, like me; you will hear him in all things whatsoever he will say to you.
And it will come to pass, [that] every soul who will not hear that prophet, will be destroyed from among the people.' *Deuteronomy 18:18 - 19
Indeed, and all the prophets from Samuel and those who follow after, as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold of these days.
You are the children of the prophets and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying to Abraham, 'And in your seed will all the kindreds of the earth be blessed.' *Genesis 22:18
To you first, God, having raised up His son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities."
And as they spoke to the people, the priests, and the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees, came upon them,
Being grieved that they taught the people, and preached the resurrection from the dead through Jesus.
And they laid hands on them, and put [them] in hold to the next day, for it was now evening.
Howbeit, many of those who heard the word believed; and the number of the men was about five thousand.
And it came to pass on the morrow, that their rulers, and elders, and scribes,
And Annas the high priest, and Caiaphas, and John, and Alexander, and as many as were of the kindred of the high priest, were gathered together at Jerusalem.
And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, "By what power, or by what name, have you done this?"
Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, "Rulers of the people, and elders of Israel,
If we this day are examined by the good deed done to the impotent man, by what means he is made whole;
Let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that through the name of Jesus, the Messiah of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, [even] by him does this man stand here before you whole.
This is the stone which was set at nothing by you builders, which has become the head of the corner. *Psalms 118:22
Neither is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved."
Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marveled; and they knew that they had been with Jesus.
And beholding the man who was healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it.
But when they had commanded them to go aside out of the council, they conferred among themselves,
Saying, "What will we do to these men? For indeed a notable miracle that has been done by them [is] manifested to all those who dwell in Jerusalem; and we cannot deny [it].
But so that it does not spread further among the people, let us straitly threaten them, that they speak from now to no man in this name."
And they called them, and commanded them to not speak at all, nor teach in the name of Jesus.
But Peter and John answered and said to them, "Is it right in the sight of God to hear you more than God? Make judgement.
For we are not able to not speak the things which we have seen and heard."
So when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding nothing by which they might punish them, because of the people, for all [men] glorified God for that which was done.
For the man was above forty years old, on whom this miracle of healing was shown.
And being let go, they went to their own company, and reported all which the chief priests and elders had said to them.
And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, "Lord, You [are] God, who have made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all which is in them. *Psalms 146:5 - 6, *Isaiah 44:24, *Isaiah 45:7 - 8, *Sirach 18:1, *6:102, *13:16, *39:62, *40:62
Who by the mouth of Your servant David have said, 'Why did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things?
The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against His Messiah.' *Psalms 2:1 - 2
For of a truth against Your holy child Jesus, whom You have anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together,
To do whatever Your hand and Your counsel determined before to be done.
And now, Lord, behold their threatenings, and grant to Your servants, that with all boldness they may speak Your word,
By stretching forth Your hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of Your holy child Jesus."
And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.
And the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and of one soul, neither did any [of them] say that any of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.
And with great power the apostles gave witness of the rising of the master Jesus, and great grace was upon them all.
Neither was there any among those who lacked, for as many who were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold,
And laid [them] down at the apostles' feet, and distribution was made to every man accordingly as he had need.
And Joses, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas, (which is, being interpreted, 'The son of consolation'), a Levite, [and] of the country of Cyprus,
Having land, sold [it], and brought the money, and laid [it] at the apostles' feet.
But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession,
And kept back [part] of the price, his wife also being privy [to it], and brought a certain part, and laid [it] at the apostles' feet.
But Peter said, "Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit, and to keep back [part] of the price of the land?
While it remained, was it not your own? And after it was sold, was it not in your own power? Why have you conceived this thing in your heart? You have not lied to men, but to God."
And Ananias, hearing these words, fell down and breathed out, and great fear came on all those who heard these things.
And the young men arose, wound him up, and carried [him] out and buried [him].
And it was about the space of three hours after, when his wife, not knowing what was done, came in.
And Peter answered to her, "Tell me if you sold the land for so much?" And she said, "Indeed, for so much."
Then Peter said to her, "How is it that you have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? Behold, the feet of those who have buried your husband [are] at the door, and they will carry you out."
Then she fell down straightway at his feet, and yielded up the spirit, and the young men came in, and found her dead, and carrying [her] forth, they buried [her] by her husband.
And great fear came upon all the church, and upon as many who heard these things.
And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders done among the people; and they were all with one accord in Solomon's porch.
And among the rest, no man joined himself to them, but the people magnified them.
And more believers were added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women.
Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid [them] on beds and couches, that at the least, the shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them.
A multitude also came [out] of the surrounding cities to Jerusalem, bringing the sick, and those who were harassed with unclean spirits, and every one was healed.
Then the high priest rose up, and all those who were with him, (which is the sect of the Sadducees), and they were filled with indignation,
And they laid their hands on the apostles, and put them in the common prison.
But the angel of the Lord opened the prison doors by night, and brought them forth and said,
Go, stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life.
And when they heard [that], they entered into the temple early in the morning, and taught. But the high priest came, and those who were with him; and they called the council together, and all the senate of the Children of Israel, and sent to the prison to have them brought.
But when the officers came and did not find them in the prison, they returned and told,
Saying, "Truly, we found the prison shut with all safety, and the keepers standing alone before the doors, but when we had opened, we found no man within."
Now when the high priest and the captain of the temple and the chief priests heard these things, they doubted them, whether this would grow.
Then one came and told them, saying, "Behold, the men whom you put in prison are standing in the temple and teaching the people."
Then the captain went with the officers and brought them without violence, for they feared the people, unless they should have been stoned.
And when they had brought them, they set [them] before the council, and the high priest asked them,
Saying, "Did we not straightly command you that you should not teach in this name? And, behold, you have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man's blood upon us."
Then Peter and the [other] apostles answered and said, "We need to obey God rather than men.
The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom you slew and hanged on a tree.
God has exalted him with His right hand [to be] a prince and a savior, to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.
And we are his witnesses of these things; and [so is] the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey Him."
When they heard [that], they were cut [to the heart], and took counsel to slay them.
Then one stood up in the council, a Pharisee, named Gamaliel, a doctor of the law, valuable among all the people, and he commanded to put the apostles forth a little space;
And said to them, "Men of Israel, take heed to yourselves what you intend to do as touching these men.
For before these days, Theudas rose up, boasting himself to be somebody; to whom a number of men, about four hundred, joined themselves, who was slain; and all as many who obeyed him were scattered and brought to nothing.
After this man, Judas of Galilee rose up in the days of the taxing, and drew many people away after him, he also perished; and all, [even] as many who obeyed him, were dispersed. *Deuteronomy 18:20
And now I say to you, 'Refrain from these men, and leave them alone, for if this counsel or this work is of men, it will come to nothing.
But if it is of God, you cannot overthrow it; unless you are found to fight against God.'"
And they agreed with him, and when they had called the apostles and beaten [them], they commanded that they should not speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go.
And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.
And daily in the temple, and in every house, they did not cease to teach and preach Jesus, the Messiah.
And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration.
Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples [to them], and said, "It is not pleasing that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables.
Then brethren, look out among you, seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business.
But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word."
And the saying pleased the whole multitude, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas, a proselyte of Antioch.
Whom they set before the apostles, and when they had prayed, they laid [their] hands on them.
And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith.
And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people.
Then there arose some from the synagogue, which is called [the synagogue] of the Libertines, and Cyrenians, and Alexandrians, and of them of Cilicia and of Asia, disputing with Stephen.
And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the Spirit by which he spoke.
Then they suborned men, who said, "We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses, and [against] God."
And they stirred up the people, and the elders, and the scribes, and they came upon [him] and caught him, and brought [him] to the council,
And set up false witnesses, who said, "This man does not cease to speak blasphemous words against this holy place and the law.
For we have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place, and will change the customs which Moses delivered us."
And all who sat in the council, looking steadfastly on him, saw his face as it had been the face of an angel.
Then the high priest said, "Are these things so?"
And he said, "Men, brethren, and fathers, hear; the God of glory appeared to our father Abraham, when he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Charran,
And said to him, 'Get out of your country, and from your kindred, and come into the land which I will show you.' *Genesis 12:1
Then he came out of the land of the Chaldaeans, and dwelt in Charran, and from there, when his father was dead, He removed him into this land, wherein you now dwell.
And He gave him no inheritance in it, no, not [so much as] to set his foot on, yet He promised that he would give it to him for a possession, and to his seed after him, when [as yet] he had no child.
And God spoke on this wise, 'That his seed should sojourn in a strange land; and that they should bring them into bondage, and entreat [them] evil for four hundred years.
And I will judge the nation to whom they will be in bondage, God said, and after that they will come forth, and serve Me in this place.' *Genesis 15:13 - 14, *Exodus 12:40 - 41
And He gave him the covenant of circumcision, and so [Abraham] fathered Isaac, and circumcised him the eighth day; and Isaac [fathered] Jacob; and Jacob [fathered] the twelve patriarchs.
And the patriarchs, moved with envy, sold Joseph into Egypt, *~Genesis 37:36, *~12:20 but God was with him,
And delivered him out of all his afflictions, and gave him favor and wisdom in the sight of Pharaoh, king of Egypt; and He made him governor over Egypt and all his house.
Now there came a famine over all the land of Egypt and Chanaan, and great affliction, and our fathers found no sustenance.
But when Jacob heard that there was corn in Egypt, he sent out our fathers first. *Genesis 42:1 - 3, *12:58
And at the second [time] Joseph was made known to his brethren; and Joseph's kindred was made known to Pharaoh.
Then Joseph sent and called his father Jacob to [him], and all his kindred, seventy five souls.
So Jacob went down into Egypt, and died, he and our fathers,
And they were carried over into Sychem, and laid in the sepulcher that Abraham bought for a sum of money from the sons of Emmor [the father] of Sychem.
But when the time of the promise drew near, which God had sworn to Abraham, the people grew and multiplied in Egypt,
Until another king arose, who did not know Joseph. *Exodus 1:5 - 8
The same dealt subtly with our kindred, and evilly entreated our fathers, so that they cast out their young children, to the end that they might not live.
In which time Moses was born, and was exceedingly fair, and nourished up in his father's house for three months.
And when he was cast out, Pharaoh's daughter took him up, and nourished him as her own son. *Exodus 2:10
And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and in deeds.
And when he was full forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brethren, the Children of Israel.
And seeing one [of them] suffer wrong, he defended [him], and avenged one who was oppressed, and struck the Egyptian. *Exodus 2:12, *20:40, *28:15
For he supposed his brethren would have understood how God, by his hand, would deliver them, but they did not understand.
And the next day he showed himself to them as they strove, and would have set them into peace again, saying, 'Men, you are brethren; why do you wrong one another?'
But he who did his neighbor wrong thrust him away, saying, 'Who made you a ruler and a judge over us?
Will you kill me, as you did the Egyptian yesterday?' *Exodus 2:14, *28:19
Then Moses fled at this saying, and was a stranger in the land of Midian, where he fathered two sons.
And when forty years had expired, there appeared to him in the wilderness of Mount Sinai an angel of the Lord in a flame of fire in a bush. *Exodus 3:2
When Moses saw [it], he wondered at the sight, and as he drew near to behold [it], the voice of the Lord came to him,
[Saying], 'I [am] the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.' *20:10 - 12, *27:7 - 9, *28:29 - 30 Then Moses trembled, and did not behold. *Exodus 3:6
Then the Lord said to him, 'Take off your shoes from your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground. *Exodus 3:5, *20:12
I have seen, I have seen the affliction of My people in Egypt, and I have heard their groaning, and have come down to deliver them. And now come, I will send you into Egypt.' *Exodus 3:7 - 10
This Moses whom they refused, saying, 'Who made you a ruler and a judge?' The same God sent [to be] a ruler and a deliverer by the hand of the angel which appeared to him in the bush.
He brought them out, after that, he showed wonders and signs in the land of Egypt, and in the Red Sea, and in the wilderness for forty years.
This is that Moses, who said to the Children of Israel, 'The Lord your God will raise up a prophet to you from your brethren, like me; him you will hear.' *Deuteronomy 18:15
This is him, who was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spoke to him in the Mount Sinai, and [with] our fathers, who received the lively oracles to give to us.
To whom our fathers would not obey, but thrust [him] from them, and in their hearts turned back again into Egypt,
Saying to Aaron, 'Make us gods to go before us, for [as for] this Moses, who brought us out of the land of Egypt, we have not perceived what has become of him.' *Exodus 32:1
And they made a calf in those days, and offered sacrifice to the idol, and rejoiced in the works of their own hands.
Then God turned, and gave them up to worship the host of heaven; as it is written in the book of the prophets, 'O house of Israel, have you offered to Me slain beasts and sacrifices [by the space of] forty years in the wilderness?
Indeed, you took up the tabernacle of Moloch, and the star of your god Remphan, figures which you made, to worship them, and I will carry you away beyond Babylon. *Amos 5:25 - 27
Our fathers had the tabernacle of witness in the wilderness, as He had appointed, speaking to Moses, that he should make it according to the fashion that he had seen.
Which, our fathers also, who came after, brought in with Jesus into the possession of the Gentiles, whom God drove out before the face of our fathers, to the days of David;
Who found favor before God, and desired to find a tabernacle for the God of Jacob.
But Solomon built Him a House.
Howbeit the Most High does not dwell in temples made with hands; as the prophet says,
'Heaven [is] My Throne, and earth [is] My footstool, what House will you build Me? Says the Lord, or what [is] the place of My rest?
Has My hand not made all these things?' *Isaiah 66:1 - 2, *Psalms 146:5 - 6, *Isaiah 44:24, *Isaiah 45:7 - 8, *Sirach 18:1, *6:102, *13:16, *39:62, *40:62
You stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, you do always resist the Holy Spirit, as your fathers [did], so [do] you.
Which of the prophets have your fathers not persecuted? And they have slain those who showed before of the coming of the Just One; of whom you have now been the betrayers and murderers.
Who have received the law by the disposition of angels and have not kept [it]."
When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with [their] teeth.
But he, being full of the Holy Spirit, looked up steadfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God,
And said, "Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God."
Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord,
And cast [him] out of the city, and stoned [him], and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man's feet, whose name was Saul.
And they stoned Stephen, calling upon [God], and saying, "Master Jesus, receive my spirit."
And he knelt down, and cried with a loud voice, "Master, do not lay this sin to their charge." And when he had said this, he fell asleep.
And Saul was consenting to his death. And at that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria, except the apostles.
And devout men carried Stephen [to his burial], and made great lamentation over him.
As for Saul, he made havoc of the church, entering into every house, and dragging men and women, he committed [them] to prison.
Therefore those who were scattered abroad went everywhere preaching the word.
Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached the Messiah to them.
And the people with one accord gave heed to those things which Philip spoke, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did.
For unclean spirits, crying with a loud voice, came out of many who were possessed [with them], and many taken with palsies and who were lame were healed.
And there was great joy in that city.
But there was a certain man, called Simon, who beforetime in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that he was some great one.
To whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, "This man is the great power of God."
And to him they had regard, because he had bewitched them with sorceries for a long time.
But when they believed Philip, preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus the Messiah, they were baptized, both men and women.
Then Simon himself believed also, and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done.
Now when the apostles who were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them.
Who, when they had come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Spirit.
(For as yet he had fallen upon none of them, only those were baptized in the name of the master Jesus.)
Then they laid [their] hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.
And when Simon saw that, through the laying of the apostles' hands, the Holy Spirit was given, he offered them money,
Saying, "Give me this power also, that on whomever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Spirit."
But Peter said to him, "Your money perishes with you, because you have thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.
You have neither part or lot in this matter, for your heart is not right in the sight of God.
Repent therefore of your wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of your heart may be forgiven.
For I perceive that you are in the gall of bitterness, and [in] the bond of iniquity."
Then Simon answered and said, "Pray to the Lord for me, that none of these things which you have spoken come upon me."
And they, when they had testified and preached the word of the Lord, returned to Jerusalem, and preached the Gospel in many villages of the Samaritans.
And the angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, saying, "Arise and go toward the south to the way that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza, which is desert."
And he arose and went, and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem to worship,
Was returning, and sitting in his chariot, read Isaiah the prophet.
Then the Spirit said to Philip, "Go near, and join yourself to this chariot."
And Philip ran there to [him], and heard him read the prophet Isaiah, and said, "Do you understand what you read?"
And he said, "How can I, except some man should guide me?" And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him.
The place of the Scripture which he read was this, "He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so he did not open his mouth.
In his humiliation his judgment was taken away, and who will declare his generation? For his life is taken from the earth." *Isaiah 53:7 - 8
And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, "I pray you, of whom does the prophet speak? Of himself, or of some other man?"
Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same Scripture, and preached to him Jesus.
And as they went on [their] way, they came to a certain water, and the eunuch said, "See, [here is] water; what hinders me to be baptized?"
And Philip said, "If you believe with all your heart, you may." And he answered and said, "I believe that Jesus the Messiah is the son of God." *9:30
And he commanded the chariot to stand still, and they both went down into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.
And when they had come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught Philip away, that the eunuch saw him no more, and he went on his way rejoicing.
But Philip was found at Azotus, and passing through, he preached in all the cities, until he came to Caesarea.
And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest,
And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.
And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus, and suddenly there shone around him a light from heaven.
And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying to him, "Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?"
And he said, "Who are you, master?" And the master said, "I am Jesus whom you persecute, [it is] hard for you to kick against the pricks."
And he, trembling and astonished said, "Master, what will you have me do?" And the master [said] to him, "Arise and go into the city, and it will be told what you must do."
And the men who journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man.
And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man, but they led him by the hand, and brought [him] into Damascus.
And he was without sight for three days, and neither ate or drank.
And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and to him the master said in a vision, "Ananias." And he said, "Behold, I [am here], master."
And the master [said] to him, "Arise and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for [one] called Saul, of Tarsus, for, behold, he prays,
And has seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting [his] hand on him, that he might receive his sight."
Then Ananias answered, "Master, I have heard of this man by many, how much evil he has done to your saints at Jerusalem.
And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on your name."
But the master said to him, "Go your way, for he is a chosen vessel to me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the Children of Israel.
For I will show him how he must suffer great things for my name's sake."
And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, "Brother Saul, the master, Jesus, who appeared to you in the way as you came, has sent me, that you might receive your sight, and be filled with the Holy Spirit."
And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales, and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized.
And when he had received meat, he was strengthened. Then Saul was with the disciples certain days, who were at Damascus.
And straightway he preached the Messiah in the synagogues, that he is the son of God. *2:116, *9:30, *10:68, *18:4, *19:88, *37:151 - 152
But all who heard [him] were amazed, and said; "Is this not him who destroyed those who called on this name in Jerusalem, and came here for that intent, that he might bring them bound to the chief priests?"
But Saul increased more in strength, and confounded the Jews who dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is the Messiah.
And after many days were fulfilled, the Jews took counsel to kill him.
But their counsel was known by Saul. And they watched the gates day and night to kill him.
Then the disciples took him by night, and let [him] down by the wall in a basket.
And when Saul had come to Jerusalem, he assayed to join himself to the disciples, but they were all afraid of him, and did not believe that he was a disciple.
But Barnabas took him, and brought [him] to the apostles, and declared to them how he had seen the master in the way, and that he had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus.
And he was with them coming in and going out at Jerusalem.
And he spoke boldly in the name of the master Jesus, and disputed against the Grecians, but they went about to slay him.
[Which] when the brethren knew, they brought him down to Caesarea, and sent him forth to Tarsus.
Then the churches had rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, they were multiplied.
And it came to pass, as Peter passed throughout all [quarters], he also came down to the saints who dwelt at Lydda.
And there he found a certain man named Aeneas, who had kept his bed for eight years, and was sick of the palsy.
And Peter said to him, "Aeneas, Jesus, the Messiah, makes you whole, arise, and make your bed." And he arose immediately.
And all who dwelt at Lydda and Saron saw him, and turned to the master.
Now, at Joppa there was a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by interpretation is called Dorcas, this woman was full of good works and alms which she did.
And it came to pass in those days, that she was sick, and died, whom when they had washed, they laid [her] in an upper chamber.
And forasmuch as Lydda was near Joppa, and the disciples had heard that Peter was there, they sent two men to him, desiring [him] that he would not delay to come to them.
Then Peter arose and went with them. When he had come, they brought him into the upper chamber, and all the widows stood by him weeping, and showing the coats and garments which Dorcas made, while she was with them.
But Peter put them all forth, and knelt down and prayed; and turning [him] to the body said, "Tabitha, arise." And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter, she sat up.
And he gave her [his] hand, and lifted her up, and when he had called the saints and widows, he presented her alive.
And it was known throughout all Joppa; and many believed in the master.
And it came to pass, that he remained many days in Joppa with one Simon, a tanner.
There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian [band],
[A] devout [man], and one who feared God with all his house, who gave many alms to the people, and prayed to God always.
He saw in a vision evidently about the ninth hour of the day, an angel of God coming in toward him, and saying to him, "Cornelius."
And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, "What is it, Lord?" And he said to him, "Your prayers and your alms have come up for a memorial before God.
And now send men to Joppa, and call for [one] Simon, whose surname is Peter.
He lodges with one Simon, a tanner, whose house is by the sea side, he will tell you what you need to do."
And when the angel who spoke to Cornelius had departed, he called two of his household servants, and a devout soldier of those who waited on him continually;
And when he had declared all [these] things to them, he sent them to Joppa.
On the morrow, as they went on their journey, and drew near the city, Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about the sixth hour. *Psalms 55:17, *30:18
And he became very hungry, and would have eaten, but while they readied, he fell into a trance,
And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending to him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth.
Wherein were all manners of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air.
And there came a voice to him, "Rise, Peter; kill, and eat."
But Peter said, "Not so, master; for I have never eaten anything that is common or unclean."
And the voice [spoke] to him again the second time, "What God has cleansed, do not call common."
This was done three times, and the vessel was received up again into heaven.
Now while Peter doubted in himself what this vision which he had seen should mean, behold, the men who were sent from Cornelius had made an inquiry for Simon's house, and stood before the gate,
And called, and asked whether Simon, who was surnamed Peter, were lodged there.
While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said to him, "Behold, three men seek you.
Arise therefore, and get down and go with them, doubting nothing, for I have sent them."
Then Peter went down to the men who were sent to him from Cornelius; and said, "Behold, I am he whom you seek, what [is] the cause by which you have come?"
And they said, "Cornelius the centurion, a just man, and one who fears God, and of good report among all the nations of the Jews, was warned from God by a holy angel to send for you into his house, and to hear words from you."
Then he called them in, and lodged [them]. And on the morrow, Peter went away with them, and certain brethren from Joppa accompanied him.
And the morrow after, they entered into Caesarea. And Cornelius waited for them, and had called together his kinsmen and near friends.
And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet, and worshiped [him].
But Peter took him up, saying, "Stand up; I myself am also a man."
And as he talked with him, he went in, and found many who had come together.
And he said to them, "You know how it is an unlawful thing for a man who is a Jew to keep company, or come to one of another nation; but God has shown me that I should not call any man common or unclean.
Therefore I came [to you] without gainsaying, as soon as I was sent for, I ask therefore for what intent you have sent for me?"
And Cornelius said, "Four days ago I was fasting until this hour; and at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and, behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing,
And said, 'Cornelius, your prayer is heard, and your alms are had in remembrance in the sight of God.
Send therefore to Joppa, and call Simon here, whose surname is Peter; he is lodged in the house of [one] Simon, a tanner by the sea side, who, when he comes, will speak to you.'
Immediately therefore I sent to you; and you have done well that you have come. Now therefore we are all here present before God, to hear all things that are commanded to you of God."
Then Peter opened [his] mouth, and said, "Of a truth I perceive that God is not partial.
But in every nation, he who fears Him, and works righteousness, is accepted with Him. *4:131
The word which [God] sent to the Children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus the Messiah (he is master of all).
That word, [I say], you know, which was published throughout all Judaea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached;
How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit *2:87, *2:253, *5:110 and with power, who went about doing good, and healing all who were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.
And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree.
God raised him up the third day, and showed him openly;
Not to all the people, but to witnesses chosen before by God, [even] to us, who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead.
And he commanded us to preach to the people, and to testify that it is he who was ordained by God [to be] the judge of the living and dead.
To him all the prophets witness, that through his name whoever believes in him will receive remission of sins."
While Peter yet spoke these words, the Holy Spirit fell on all those who heard the word.
And those of the circumcision who believed were astonished, as many who came with Peter, because the gift of the Holy Spirit was also poured out on the Gentiles.
For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then Peter answered,
Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, who have received the Holy Spirit as well as us?
And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the master. Then they prayed him to remain certain days.
And the apostles and brethren who were in Judaea heard that the Gentiles had also received the word of God.
And when Peter had come up to Jerusalem, those who were of the circumcision contended with him,
Saying, "You went in toward uncircumcised men, and ate with them."
But Peter rehearsed [the matter] from the beginning, and expounded [it] by order to them, saying,
"I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in a trance I saw a vision: a certain vessel descend, as it had been a great sheet, let down from heaven by four corners; and it came even to me.
Upon which when I had fastened my eyes, I considered, and saw fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air.
And I heard a voice saying to me, 'Arise, Peter; slay and eat.'
But I said, 'Not so, master, for nothing common or unclean has at any time entered into my mouth.'
But the voice answered me again from heaven, 'What God has cleansed, do not call common.'
And this was done three times, and all were drawn up again into heaven.
And, behold, immediately three men already came to the house where I was, sent from Caesarea to me.
And the Spirit said to me to go with them, doubting nothing. Moreover these six brethren accompanied me, and we entered into the man's house.
And he showed us how he had seen an angel in his house, who stood and said to him, 'Send men to Joppa, and call for Simon, whose surname is Peter;'
Who will tell you words, whereby you and all your house will be saved.
And as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell on them, as on us at the beginning.
Then I remembered the word of the master, how he said, 'John indeed baptized with water; but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.' *Matthew 3:11, *Mark 1:8, *Luke 3:16, *John 1:33
Forasmuch then as God gave them the gift as [He did] to us, who believed on the master Jesus the Messiah; what was I, that I could withstand God?"
When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, "Then God has also granted repentance to life to the Gentiles."
Now they, who were scattered abroad upon the persecution that arose about Stephen, traveled as far as Phenice, and Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word to none but the Jews only.
And some of them were men of Cyprus and Cyrene, who, when they had come to Antioch, spoke to the Grecians, preaching the master Jesus.
And the hand of the master was with them, and a great number believed, and turned to the master.
Then tidings of these things came to the ears of the church which was in Jerusalem, and they sent forth Barnabas, that he should go as far as Antioch.
Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave to the master.
For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Spirit and of faith, and many people were added to the master.
Then Barnabas departed to Tarsus to seek Saul.
And when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. And it came to pass, that they assembled themselves with the church a whole year, and taught many people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.
And in these days, prophets came from Jerusalem to Antioch.
And there stood up one of them named Agabus, and signified by the Spirit that there should be great famine throughout all the world, which came to pass in the days of Claudius Caesar.
Then the disciples, every man according to his ability, determined to send relief to the brethren who dwelt in Judaea.
Which they also did, and sent it to the elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul.
Now about that time, Herod the king stretched forth [his] hands to harm some of the church.
And he killed James, the brother of John, with the sword.
And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to also take Peter. Then were the days of unleavened bread.
And when he had apprehended him, he put [him] in prison, and delivered [him] to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people.
Peter therefore was kept in prison, but prayer was made without ceasing the church to God for him.
And when Herod would have brought him forth, the same night, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and the keepers before the door kept the prison.
And, behold, the angel of the Lord [God] came upon [him], and a light shined in the prison, and he struck Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, "Arise up quickly." And his chains fell off from [his] hands.
And the angel said to him, "Gird yourself, and bind on your sandals." And so he did. And he says to him, "Cast your garment about you, and follow me."
And he went out and followed him; and had not perceived that it was true which was done by the angel; but he thought he saw a vision.
When they had past the first and the second ward, they came to the iron gate that leads to the city; which opened to them on its own accord, and they went out, and passed on through one street; and forthwith the angel departed from him.
And when Peter had come to himself, he said, "Now I know of a surety, that the Lord has sent His angel, and has delivered me out of the hand of Herod, and [from] all the expectation of the people of the Jews."
And when he had considered [the thing], he came to the house of Mary, the mother of John, whose surname was Mark; where many were gathered together praying.
And as Peter knocked at the door of the gate, a damsel came to hear, named Rhoda.
And when she knew Peter's voice, she did not open the gate for gladness, but ran in, and told how Peter stood before the gate.
And they said to her, "You are mad." But she constantly affirmed that it was even so. Then said they, "It is his angel."
But Peter continued knocking, and when they had opened [the door] and saw him, they were astonished.
But he, beckoning to them with the hand to hold their peace, declared to them how the Lord had brought him out of the prison. And he said, "Go show these things to James, and to the brethren." And he departed, and went into another place.
Now as soon as it was day, there was no small stir among the soldiers, what had become of Peter.
And when Herod had sought for him, and did not find him, he examined the keepers, and commanded that [they] should be put to death. And he went down from Judaea to Caesarea, and abode [there].
And Herod was highly displeased with those of Tyre and Sidon, but they came with one accord to him, and, having made Blastus their friend, the king's chamberlain, they desired peace; because their country was nourished by the king's [country].
And upon a set day, Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat upon his throne, and made an oration to them.
And the people gave a shout, [saying, "It is] the voice of a god, and not of a man."
And immediately the angel of the Lord struck him, because he did not give God the glory, and he was eaten of worms, and breathed out.
But the word of God grew and multiplied.
And Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerusalem, when they had fulfilled [their] ministry, and took with them John, whose surname was Mark.
Now there were in the church that was at Antioch, certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon, who was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.
As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, "Bind to me, Barnabas and Saul, for the work which I have called them."
And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid [their] hands on them, they sent [them] away.
So they, being sent forth by the Holy Spirit, departed to Seleucia; and from there they sailed to Cyprus.
And when they were at Salamis, they preached the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews, and they also had John to [their] minister.
And when they had gone through the isle to Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name [was] Barjesus.
Who was with the deputy of the country, Sergius Paulus, a prudent man; who called for Barnabas and Saul, and desired to hear the word of God.
But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation) withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith.
Then Saul (who also [is called] Paul), filled with the Holy Spirit, set his eyes on him,
And said, "O full of all subtlety and all mischief, [you] child of the devil, [you] enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?
And now, behold, the hand of the Lord [is] upon you, and you will be blind, not seeing the sun for a season." And immediately there fell on him a mist and a darkness; and he went about seeking someone to lead him by the hand.
Then the deputy, when he saw what was done, believed, being astonished at the doctrine of the Lord.
Now when Paul and his company loosed from Paphos, they came to Perga in Pamphylia; and John, departing from them, returned to Jerusalem.
But when they departed from Perga, they came to Antioch in Pisidia, and went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and sat down.
And after the reading of the law and the prophets, the rulers of the synagogue sent to them, saying, "Men [and] brethren, if you have any word of exhortation for the people, say on."
Then Paul stood up, and beckoning with [his] hand said, "Men of Israel, and you who fear God, give audience.
The God of this people of Israel chose our fathers, and exalted the people when they dwelt as strangers in the land of Egypt, and with a high arm He brought them out of it.
And about the time of forty years He nurtured them in the wilderness.
And when He had destroyed seven nations in the land of Chanaan, He divided their land to them by lot.
And after that He gave [to them] judges about the space of four hundred and fifty years, until Samuel the prophet.
And afterward they desired a king, *1 Samuel 8:19 - 20, *2:246 and God gave to them Saul, *2:247 the son of Cis, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, by the space of forty years.
And when He had removed him, He raised up to them David to be their king; to whom also He gave testimony, and said, 'I have found David, the [son] of Jesse, a man after My own heart, who will fulfill all My will.'
Of this man's seed has God, according to [His] promise, raised to Israel a savior, Jesus.
When John had first preached before his coming, the baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel.
And as John fulfilled his course, he said, 'Whom do you think that I am? I am not [him]. But, behold, there comes one after me, whose shoes of [his] feet I am not worthy to loose.' *Matthew 3:11, *Mark 1:7, *Luke 3:16, *John 1:27
Men [and] brethren, children of the stock of Abraham, and whoever among you fears God, to you is the word of this salvation sent.
For those who dwell at Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they did not know him, nor the voices of the prophets which are read every sabbath day, they have fulfilled [them] in condemning [him].
And though they found no cause of death [in him], yet they desired Pilate that he should be slain.
And when they had fulfilled all which was written of him, they took [him] down from the tree, and laid [him] in a sepulcher.
But God raised him from the dead.
And he was seen many days of those who came up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are his witnesses to the people.
And we declare to you glad tidings, how the promise which was made to the fathers,
God has fulfilled the same to us, their children, in that He has raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second Psalm, 'You are My son, this day have I begotten you.' *Psalms 2:7
And concerning that, He raised him up from the dead, [now] no more to return to corruption, He said on this wise, 'I will give you the sure mercies of David.' *Isaiah 55:3
Through which He says also in another [Psalm], 'You will not suffer Your Holy One to see corruption.' *Psalms 16:10
For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell on sleep, and was laid to his fathers, and saw corruption.
But he, whom God raised again, saw no corruption.
Be it known to you therefore, men [and] brethren, that through this man, the forgiveness of sins is preached to you.
And by him all who believe are justified from all things, from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses.
Beware therefore, unless that comes upon you, which is spoken of in the prophets;
'Behold, you despisers, and wonder, and perish, for I work a work in your days, a work which you will in no wise believe, though a man declares it to you.' *Habakkuk 1:5
And when the Jews had gone out of the synagogue, the Gentiles besought that these words might be preached to them the next sabbath.
Now when the congregation was broken up, many of the Jews and religious proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas, who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God.
And the next sabbath day, almost the whole city came together to hear the word of God.
But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy, and spoke against those things which were spoken by Paul, contradicting and blaspheming.
Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, "It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you, but seeing you put it away from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, look, we turn to the Gentiles.
For so has the Lord commanded us, [saying], 'I have set you to be a light of the Gentiles, that you should be for salvation to the ends of the earth.'" *Isaiah 49:6
And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord, and as many who were ordained to eternal life believed.
And the word of the Lord was published throughout all the region.
But the Jews stirred up the devout and honorable women, and the chief men of the city, and raised persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them out of their coasts.
But they shook off the dust of their feet against them, and came to Iconium.
And the disciples were filled with joy, and with the Holy Spirit.
And it came to pass in Iconium, that they both went together into the synagogue of the Jews, and so spoke, that a great multitude both of the Jews and also of the Greeks believed.
But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles, and made their minds evilly affected against the brethren.
They abode a long time therefore, speaking boldly in the Lord, who gave testimony to the word of His grace, and granted signs and wonders to be done by their hands.
But the multitude of the city was divided, and part held with the Jews, and part with the apostles.
And when there was an assault made both of the Gentiles, and also of the Jews with their rulers, to use [them] despitefully, and to stone them,
They were aware of [it], and fled to Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia, and to the region that lies round about.
And there they preached the Gospel.
And there sat a certain man at Lystra, impotent in his feet, being a cripple from his mother's womb, who had never walked.
The same heard Paul speak, who steadfastly beholding him, and perceiving that he had faith to be healed,
Said with a loud voice, "Stand upright on your feet." And he leaped and walked.
And when the people saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voices, saying in the speech of Lycaonia, "The gods have come down to us in the likeness of men."
And they called Barnabas, "Jupiter;" and Paul, "Mercurius," because he was the chief speaker.
Then the priest of Jupiter, who was before their city, brought oxen and garlands to the gates, and would have done sacrifice with the people.
[Which] when the apostles, Barnabas and Paul, heard [of], they rent their clothes, and ran in among the people, crying out,
And saying, "Men, why do you these things? We also are men of like passions with you, and preach to you that you should turn from these vanities to the living God, who made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein.
Who in times past left all nations to walk in their own ways.
Nevertheless He did not leave Himself without witness, in that He did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness."
And saying these, they hardly restrained the people to not sacrifice to them.
And there came there [certain] Jews from Antioch and Iconium, who persuaded the people, and, having stoned Paul, drew [him] out of the city, supposing he had been dead.
Howbeit, as the disciples stood around him, he rose up, and came into the city, and the next day he departed with Barnabas to Derbe.
And when they had preached the Gospel to that city, and had taught many, they returned again to Lystra, and [to] Iconium, and Antioch,
Confirming the souls of the disciples, [and] exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must, through much tribulation, enter into the kingdom of God.
And when they had ordained elders to them in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed.
And after they had passed throughout Pisidia, they came to Pamphylia.
And when they had preached the word in Perga, they went down into Attalia.
And from there sailed to Antioch, from there they had been recommended to the grace of God for the work which they fulfilled.
And when they had come, and had gathered the church together, they rehearsed all which God had done with them, and how He had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles.
And there they abode a long time with the disciples.
And certain men who came down from Judaea taught the brethren, [and said], "Unless you are circumcised after the manner of Moses, you cannot be saved."
When therefore Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and disputation with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas, and some others of them, should go up to Jerusalem to the apostles and elders about this question.
And being brought on their way by the church, they passed through Phenice and Samaria, declaring the conversion of the Gentiles, and they caused great joy to all the brethren.
And when they had come to Jerusalem, they were received by the church, and [by] the apostles and elders, and they declared all things that God had done with them.
But there rose up some of the sect of the Pharisees who believed, saying, "That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command [them] to keep the law of Moses."
And the apostles and elders came together to consider this matter.
And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said to them, "Men [and] brethren, you know that a good while ago God made a choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the Gospel, and believe.
And God, who knows the hearts, bore them witness, giving them the Holy Spirit, even as [He did] to us;
And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.
Now therefore why tempt God to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers or we were able to bear?
But we believe that through the grace of the master Jesus, the Messiah, we will be saved, even as they."
Then all the multitude kept silent, and gave audience to Barnabas and Paul, declaring what miracles and wonders God had done among the Gentiles by them.
And after they had held their peace, James answered, saying, "Men [and] brethren, hear me.
Simeon has declared how God at first visited the Gentiles, to take a people out of them for His name.
And to this, the words of the prophets agree; as it is written,
'After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which has fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up.
That the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom My name is called, says the Lord, who does all these things.' *Amos 9:11 - 12
Known to God are all His works from the beginning of the world.
Therefore my sentence is, that we do not trouble them, who, from among the Gentiles, are turned to God.
But that we write to them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and [from] fornication, and [from] things strangled, *5:3 and [from] blood. *Genesis 9:4, *2:173, *6:145, *16:115
For Moses of old time has, in every city, those who preach him, being read in the synagogues every sabbath day."
Then it pleased the apostles and elders with the whole church, to send chosen men of their own company to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas; [namely], Judas surnamed Barsabas, and Silas, chief men among the brethren.
And they wrote [letters] by them after this manner; "The apostles and elders and brethren [send] greeting to the brethren who are of the Gentiles in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia.
Forasmuch as we have heard, that some who went out from us have troubled you with words, subverting your souls, saying, '[You must] be circumcised, and keep the law,' to whom we gave no [such] commandment.
It seemed good to us, being assembled with one accord, to send chosen men to you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul,
Men who have hazarded their lives for the name of our master Jesus, the Messiah.
We have sent therefore Judas and Silas, who will also tell [you] the same things by mouth.
For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things;
That you abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, *Genesis 9:4, *2:173, *6:145, *16:115 and from things strangled, *5:3 and from fornication, from which if you keep yourselves, you will do well. Fare well."
So when they were dismissed, they came to Antioch, and when they had gathered the multitude together, they delivered the epistle.
[Which] when they had read, they rejoiced for the consolation.
And Judas and Silas, being prophets also themselves, exhorted the brethren with many words, and confirmed [them].
And after they had remained [there] a space, they were let go in peace from the brethren to the apostles.
Notwithstanding it pleased Silas to abide there still.
Paul and Barnabas also continued in Antioch, teaching and preaching the word of the Lord, with many others also.
And some days after Paul said to Barnabas, "Let us go again and visit our brethren in every city where we have preached the word of the Lord, [and see] how they do."
And Barnabas determined to take with them John, whose surname was Mark.
But Paul thought [it was] no good to take him with them, who departed from them from Pamphylia, and he did not go with them to the work.
And the contention was so sharp between them, that they departed asunder one from the other, and so Barnabas took Mark, and sailed to Cyprus;
And Paul chose Silas, and departed, being recommended by the brethren to the grace of God.
And he went through Syria and Cilicia, confirming the churches.
Then he came to Derbe and Lystra, and, behold, a certain disciple was there, named Timotheus, the son of a certain woman, who was a Jewess, and believed; but his father [was] a Greek.
Which was well reported by the brethren who were at Lystra and Iconium.
Paul would have to go forth with him; and he took and circumcised him because of the Jews who were in those quarters, for they all knew that his father was a Greek.
And as they went through the cities, they delivered them the decrees to keep, that were ordained of the apostles and elders who were at Jerusalem.
And so the churches were established in the faith, and increased in number daily.
Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of Galatia, and were forbidden of the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia,
After they had come to Mysia, they assayed to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit did not let them.
And they, passing by Mysia, came down to Troas.
And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; there stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, "Come over into Macedonia, and help us."
And after he had seen the vision, immediately we endeavored to go into Macedonia, assuredly gathering that the Lord had called us to preach the Gospel to them.
Therefore loosing from Troas, we came with a straight course to Samothracia, and the next [day] to Neapolis;
And from there to Philippi, which is the chief city of that part of Macedonia, [and] a colony, and we were in that city abiding certain days.
And on the sabbath we went out of the city by a river side, where prayer was allowed to be made; and we sat down, and spoke to the women who resorted [there].
And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, who worshiped God, heard [us], whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended to the things which were spoken of Paul.
And when she was baptized, and her household, she besought [us], saying, "If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide [there]." And she constrained us.
And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying.
The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, "These men are the servants of the Most High God, who show to us the way of salvation."
And she did this for many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, "I command you in the name of Jesus the Messiah to come out of her." And he came out the same hour.
And when her masters saw that the hope of their gains was gone, they caught Paul and Silas, and drew [them] into the marketplace to the rulers,
And brought them to the magistrates, saying, "These men, being Jews, do exceedingly trouble our city,
And teach customs, which are not lawful for us to receive, neither to observe, being Romans."
And the multitude rose up together against them, and the magistrates rent off their clothes, and commanded to beat [them].
And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast [them] into prison, charging the jailer to keep them safely.
Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks.
And at midnight, Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises to God, and the prisoners heard them.
And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken, and immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone's bands were loosed.
And the keeper of the prison, awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had fled.
But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, "Do yourself no harm, for we are all here."
Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas,
And brought them out, and said, "Men, what must I do to be saved?"
And they said, "Believe on the master Jesus, the Messiah, and you will be saved, and your house."
And they spoke to him the word of the master, and to all who were in his house.
And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed [their] stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway.
And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house.
And when it was day, the magistrates sent the sergeants, saying, "Let those men go."
And the keeper of the prison told this saying to Paul, "The magistrates have sent to let you go, now therefore depart, and go in peace."
But Paul said to them, "They have beaten us openly uncondemned, being Romans, and have cast [us] into prison; and now they thrust us out privily? No verily; but let them come themselves and fetch us out."
And the sergeants told these words to the magistrates, and they feared, when they heard that they were Romans.
And they came and besought them, and brought [them] out, and desired [them] to depart out of the city.
And they went out of the prison, and entered into [the house of] Lydia, and when they had seen the brethren, they comforted them, and departed.
Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where a synagogue of the Jews was.
And Paul, as his manner was, went in toward them, and reasoned with them out of the Scriptures for three sabbath days,
Opening and alleging, that the Messiah must have suffered, and risen again from the dead; and that this Jesus, whom I preach to you, is the Messiah.
And some of them believed, and consorted with Paul and Silas; and of the devout Greeks a great multitude, and of the chief women, not a few.
But the Jews, who did not believe, moved with envy, took to them certain lewd fellows of the baser sort, and gathered a company, and set all the city on an uproar, and assaulted the house of Jason, and sought to bring them out to the people.
And when they did not find them, they drew Jason and certain brethren to the rulers of the city, crying, "These who have turned the world upside down have come here also;
Whom Jason has received, and all these do contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, [one] Jesus."
And they troubled the people and the rulers of the city, when they heard these things.
And when they had taken security of Jason, and of the other, they let them go.
And the brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, who, coming [there] went into the synagogue of the Jews.
These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the Scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
Therefore many of them believed; also of honorable women who were Greeks, and of men, not a few.
But when the Jews of Thessalonica had knowledge that the word of God was preached by Paul at Berea, they came there also and stirred up the people.
And then immediately the brethren sent Paul away to go as it were to the sea, but Silas and Timotheus abode there still.
And those who conducted Paul brought him to Athens, and receiving a commandment to Silas and Timotheus to come to him with all speed, they departed.
Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was stirred in him, when he saw the city wholly given to idolatry.
Therefore he disputed in the synagogue with the Jews, and with the devout persons, and in the market daily with those who met with him.
Then certain philosophers of the Epicureans, and of the Stoicks, encountered him. And some said, "What will this babbler say?" Others said, "He seems to be a setter forth of strange gods, because he preached to them Jesus, and the Resurrection."
And they took him, and brought him to Areopagus, saying, "May we know what this new doctrine, which you speak, [is]?
For you bring certain strange things to our ears, we intend to know therefore what these things mean."
For all the Athenians and strangers who were there spent their time in nothing else, but either to tell, or to hear some new thing.
Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars' hill, and said, "Men of Athens, I perceive that you are too superstitious in all things.
For as I passed by and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore you ignorantly worship, Him I declare to you.
God, who made the world and all things therein, seeing that He is Lord of heaven and earth, *19:65, *37:5, *38:66, *44:7, *45:36 does not dwell in temples made with hands;
Neither is worshiped with men's hands, as though He needed anything, seeing He gives life to all, and breath, and all things; *Psalms 146:5 - 6, *Isaiah 44:24, *Isaiah 45:7 - 8, *Sirach 18:1, *6:102, *13:16, *39:62, *40:62
And has made of one blood, all nations of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;
That they should seek the Lord, if consequently they might feel after Him, and find Him, though He is not far from every one of us.
For in Him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, 'For we are also His offspring.'
Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we should not think that the Godhead is like gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device.
And God winked at the times of this ignorance; but now commands all men everywhere to repent.
Because He has appointed a Day, in the which He will judge the world in righteousness by [that] man whom He has ordained; [whereof] He has given assurance to all [men], in that He has raised him from the dead. "
And when they heard of the Resurrection of the dead, some mocked, and others said, "We will hear you again of this [matter]."
So Paul departed from among them.
Howbeit certain men clave to him and believed, among whom [was] Dionysius the Areopagite, and a woman named Damaris, and others with them.
After these things, Paul departed from Athens, and came to Corinth;
And found a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, lately come from Italy, with his wife Priscilla; because Claudius had commanded all Jews to depart from Rome, and came to them.
And because he was of the same craft, he abode with them, and worked, for by their occupation they were tentmakers.
And he reasoned in the synagogue every sabbath, and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks.
And when Silas and Timotheus had come from Macedonia, Paul was pressed in the spirit, and testified to the Jews [that] Jesus [was] the Messiah.
And when they opposed themselves and blasphemed, he shook [his] raiment, and said to them, "Your blood [is] upon your own heads; I [am] clean, from here on I will go to the Gentiles."
And he departed there, and entered into a certain [man's] house, named Justus, [one] who worshiped God, whose house joined hard to the synagogue.
And Crispus, the chief ruler of the synagogue, believed on the Lord with all his house; and many of the Corinthians, hearing, believed and were baptized.
Then the Lord spoke to Paul in the night by a vision, "Do not be afraid, but speak, and do not hold your peace.
For I am with you, and no man will set on you to hurt you, for I have many people in this city."
And he continued [there] a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.
And when Gallio was the deputy of Achaia, the Jews made insurrection with one accord against Paul, and brought him to the judgment seat,
Saying, "This [fellow] persuades men to worship God contrary to the law."
And when Paul was now about to open [his] mouth, Gallio said to the Jews, "If it were a matter of wrong or wicked lewdness, O [you] Jews, by word I should bear with you.
But if it is a question of words and names, and [of] your law, look [to it]; for I will not be a judge of such [matters]."
And he drove them from the judgment seat.
Then all the Greeks took Sosthenes, the chief ruler of the synagogue, and beat [him] before the judgment seat. And Gallio cared for none of those things.
And Paul remained [there] a good while, and then took his leave of the brethren, and sailed there into Syria, and Priscilla and Aquila with him; having shaved [his] head in Cenchrea, for he had a vow.
And he came to Ephesus and left them there, but he himself entered into the synagogue, and reasoned with the Jews.
When they desired [him] to remain a longer time with them, he did not consent;
But gave them farewell, saying, "I must by all means keep this feast that comes in Jerusalem, but I will return again to you, if God wills." And he sailed from Ephesus.
And when he had landed at Caesarea and gone up and saluted the church, he went down to Antioch.
And after he had spent some time [there], he departed, and went over [all] the country of Galatia and Phrygia in order, strengthening all the disciples.
And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, [and] mighty in the Scriptures, came to Ephesus.
This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the Spirit, he spoke and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John.
And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue, whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him to [them], and expounded to him the way of God more perfectly.
And when he was disposed to pass into Achaia, the brethren wrote, exhorting the disciples to receive him, who, when he had come, helped them much, who had believed through grace.
For he mightily convinced the Jews, [and that] publicly, showing by the Scriptures that Jesus was the Messiah.
And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul, having passed through the upper coasts, came to Ephesus, and finding certain disciples,
He said to them, "Have you received the Holy Spirit since you believed?" And they said to him, "We have not so much as heard whether there is any Holy Spirit."
And he said to them, "To what then were you baptized?" And they said, "To John's baptism."
Then Paul said, "John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying to the people, that they should believe on him who should come after him, that is, on the Messiah Jesus."
When they heard [this], they were baptized in the name of the master Jesus.
And when Paul had laid [his] hands upon them, the Holy Spirit came on them; and they spoke with tongues, and prophesied.
And all the men were about twelve.
And he went into the synagogue, and spoke boldly for the space of three months, disputing and persuading the things concerning the kingdom of God.
But when some were hardened and did not believe, but spoke evil of that way before the multitude, he departed from them, and separated the disciples, disputing daily in the school of one Tyrannus.
And this continued by the space of two years; so that all those who dwelt in Asia heard the word of the master Jesus, both Jews and Greeks.
And God worked special miracles by the hands of Paul.
So that from his body handkerchiefs or aprons were brought to the sick, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them.
Then some of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over those who had evil spirits, the name of the master Jesus, saying, "We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preaches."
And there were seven sons of [one] Sceva, a Jew, [and] chief of the priests, who did so.
And the evil spirit answered and said, "Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?"
And the man in whom the evil spirit had leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.
And this was known to all the Jews and Greeks also dwelling at Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the master Jesus was magnified.
And many who believed came and confessed, and showed their deeds.
Many of those who also used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all [men], and they counted the price of them, and found [it] fifty thousand [pieces] of silver.
So the word of God mightily grew and prevailed.
After these things had 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."
So he sent into Macedonia two of those who ministered to him, Timotheus and Erastus; but he himself stayed in Asia for a season.
And the same time there arose no small stir about that way.
For a certain [man] named Demetrius, a silversmith, who made silver shrines for Diana, brought no small gain to the craftsmen;
Whom he called together with the workmen of like occupation, and said, "Men, you know that by this craft we have our wealth.
Moreover you see and hear, that not alone at Ephesus, but almost throughout all Asia, this Paul has persuaded and turned away many people, saying that they are not gods, which are made with hands.
So that not only is our craft in danger to be set at nothing; but also that the temple of the great goddess Diana should be despised, and her magnificence should be destroyed, whom all Asia and the world worships."
And when they heard [these sayings], they were full of wrath, and cried out, saying, "Great [is] Diana of the Ephesians."
And the whole city was filled with confusion, and having caught Gaius and Aristarchus, men of Macedonia, Paul's companions in travel, they rushed with one accord into the theater.
And when Paul would have entered in to the people, the disciples did not let him.
And some of the chief of Asia, who were his friends, sent to him, desiring [him] that he would not adventure himself into the theater.
Some therefore cried one thing, and some another, for the assembly was confused; and the majority had not perceived why they had come together.
And they drew Alexander out of the multitude, the Jews putting him forward. And Alexander beckoned with the hand, and would have made his defense to the people.
But when they knew that he was a Jew, all with one voice about the space of two hours cried out, "Great [is] Diana of the Ephesians."
And when the townclerk had appeased the people, he said, "Men of Ephesus, what man is there who does not know how the city of the Ephesians is a worshiper of the great goddess Diana, and of the [image] which fell down from Jupiter?
Seeing then that these things cannot be spoken against, you ought to be quiet, and to do nothing rashly.
For you have brought these men here, who are neither robbers of churches, nor blasphemers of your goddess.
Indeed if Demetrius, and the craftsmen who are with him, have a matter against any man, the law is open, and there are deputies, let them indict one another.
But if you inquire anything concerning other matters, it will be determined in a lawful assembly.
For we are in danger to be called in question for this day's uproar, there being no cause whereby we may give an account of this concourse."
And when he had thus spoken, he dismissed the assembly.
And after the uproar had ceased, Paul called the disciples to [him], and embraced [them], and departed to go into Macedonia.
And when he had gone over those parts, and had given them much exhortation, he came into Greece,
And [there] abode three months. And when the Jews laid wait for him, as he was about to sail into Syria, he purposed to return through Macedonia.
And there accompanied him into Asia, Sopater of Berea; and of the Thessalonians, Aristarchus and Secundus; and Gaius of Derbe, and Timotheus; and of Asia, Tychicus and Trophimus.
They, going before, remained for us at Troas.
And we sailed away from Philippi after the days of unleavened bread, and came to them to Troas in five days; where we abode seven days.
And upon the first [day] of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached to them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.
And there were many lights in the upper chamber where they were gathered together.
And there sat in a window a certain young man named Eutychus, having fallen into a deep sleep, and as Paul was long preaching, he sunk down with sleep, and fell down from the third loft, and was taken up dead.
And Paul went down, and fell on him, and embracing [him] said, "Do not trouble yourselves; for his life is in him."
When he therefore had come up again, and had broken bread, and eaten, and talked a long while, even until break of day, so he departed.
And they brought the young man alive, and were not a little comforted.
And we went before on the ship, and sailed to Assos, intending to take in Paul, for he had so appointed, minding himself to go afoot.
And when he met with us at Assos, we took him in, and came to Mitylene.
And we sailed there, and came the next [day] over against Chios; and the next [day] we arrived at Samos, and remained at Trogyllium; and the next [day] we came to Miletus.
For Paul had determined to sail by Ephesus, because he would not spend the time in Asia, for he hastened, if it were possible for him, to be at Jerusalem, the day of Pentecost.
And from Miletus he sent to Ephesus, and called the elders of the church.
And when they had come to him, he said to them, "You know, from the first day that I came into Asia, after what manner I have been with you at all seasons,
Serving the Lord with all humility of mind, and with many tears, and temptations, which befell me by the lying in wait of the Jews.
[And] how I kept back nothing that was profitable [to you], but have shown you, and have taught you publicly, and from house to house,
Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our master Jesus, the Messiah.
And now, behold, I go bound in the Spirit to Jerusalem, not knowing the things that will befall me there.
Except that the Holy Spirit witnesses in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me.
But none of these things move me, neither do I count my life dear to myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the master Jesus, to testify the Gospel of the grace of God.
And now, behold, I know that you all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, will see my face no more.
Through which I take you to record this day, that I [am] pure from the blood of all [men].
For I have not shunned to declare to you all the counsel of God.
Take heed therefore to yourselves, and to all the flock, over which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he has purchased with his own blood.
For I know this, that after my departing, grievous wolves will enter in among you, not sparing the flock.
Also of your own selves will men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw disciples away after them.
Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I did not cease to warn everyone night and day with tears.
And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.
I have not coveted any man's silver, or gold, or apparel.
Indeed, you yourselves know, that these hands have ministered to my necessities, and to those who were with me.
I have shown you all things, how that so laboring you should support the weak, and to remember the words of the master Jesus, how he said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'"
And when he had thus spoken, he knelt down, and prayed with them all.
And they all wept sore, and fell on Paul's neck, and kissed him,
Sorrowing most of all for the words which he spoke, that they should see his face no more. And they accompanied him to the ship.
And it came to pass, that after we had pulled away from them, and had launched, we came with a straight course to Coos, and the [day] following to Rhodes, and from there to Patara.
And finding a ship sailing over to Phenicia, we went aboard, and set forth.
Now 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 unload her burden.
And finding disciples, we remained there seven days, who said to Paul through the Spirit, that he should not go up to Jerusalem.
And when we had accomplished those days, we departed and went our way; and they all brought us on our way, with wives and children, until [we were] out of the city, and we knelt down on the shore and prayed.
And when we had taken our leave, one of another, we took ship; and they returned home again.
And when we had finished [our] course from Tyre, we came to Ptolemais, and saluted the brethren, and abode with them one day.
And the next [day] we, who were of Paul's company, departed and came to Caesarea, and we entered into the house of Philip the evangelist, who was [one] of the seven; and abode with him.
And the same man had four daughters, virgins, who prophesied.
And as we remained [there] many days, there came down from Judaea a certain prophet, named Agabus.
And when he had come to us, he took Paul's girdle, and bound his own hands and feet, and said, "Thus the Holy Spirit says, 'So will the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man who owns this girdle, and will deliver [him] into the hands of the Gentiles.'"
And when we heard these things, both we and those of that place besought him to not go up to Jerusalem.
Then Paul answered, "Why do you weep and break my heart? For I am ready to not only be bound, but to also die at Jerusalem for the name of the master Jesus."
And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, "The will of the Lord be done."
And after those days we took up our carriages, and went up to Jerusalem.
There went with us also [some] of the disciples of Caesarea, and brought with them one Mnason of Cyprus, an old disciple, with whom we should lodge.
And when we had come to Jerusalem, the brethren received us gladly.
And the [day] following, Paul went in with us to James; and all the elders were present.
And when he had saluted them, he declared particularly what things God had done among the Gentiles by his ministry.
And when they heard [it], they glorified the Lord, and said to him, "You see, brother, how many thousands of Jews there are who believe; and they are all zealous of the law.
And they are informed of you, that you teach all the Jews who are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses, saying that they should not circumcise [their] children, neither walk after the customs.
What is it therefore? The multitude needs to come together, for they will hear that you have come.
Do this therefore, that we say to you, 'We have four men who have a vow on them;'
Take them, and purify yourself 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 you, are nothing; but [that] you yourself also walk orderly, and keep the law.
As touching the Gentiles who believe, we have written [and] concluded that they observe no such thing, except only that they keep themselves from [things] offered to idols, and from blood, *Genesis 9:4, *2:173, *6:145, *16:115 and from strangled, *5:3 and from fornication."
Then 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 an offering should be offered for every one of them.
And when the seven days had almost ended, the Jews who were of Asia, when they saw him in the temple, stirred up all the people, and laid hands on him,
Crying out, "Men of Israel, help, this is the man who teaches all [men] everywhere against the people, and the law, and this place, and further brought Greeks also into the temple, and has polluted this holy place."
For they had seen an Ephesian before with him in the city Trophimus, whom they supposed that Paul had brought into the temple.
And 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.
And as they went about to kill him, tidings came to the chief captain of the band, that all Jerusalem was in an uproar.
Who immediately took soldiers and centurions, and ran down to them, and when they saw the chief captain and the soldiers, they left beating of Paul.
Then 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.
And 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.
And when he came upon the stairs, so it was, that he bore him by the soldiers for the violence of the people.
For the multitude of the people followed after, crying, "Away with him."
And as Paul was to be led into the castle, he said to the chief captain, "May I speak to you?" Who said, "Can you speak Greek?
Are you not that Egyptian, who before these days made an uproar, and led out four thousand men who were murderers into the wilderness?"
But Paul said, "I am a man [who is] a Jew of Tarsus, [a city] in Cilicia, a citizen of no mean city, and, I beseech you, permit me to speak to the people."
And when he had given him licence, Paul stood on the stairs, and beckoned with the hand to the people. And when a great silence was made, he spoke to [them] in the Hebrew tongue, saying,
Men, brethren, and fathers, hear my defense [which I make] now to you.
And when they heard that he spoke in the Hebrew tongue to them, they kept the more silence, and he says,
"I am verily a man [who is] a Jew, born in Tarsus, [a city] in Cilicia, yet brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel, [and] taught according to the perfect manner of the law of the fathers, and was zealous toward God, as you all are this day.
And I persecuted this way to the death, binding and delivering both men and women into prisons.
As also the high priest bears me witness, and all the estate of the elders, from whom I also received letters to the brethren, and went to Damascus, to bring them those who were there, bound to Jerusalem to be punished.
And it came to pass, that, as I made my journey, and had come near Damascus about noon, suddenly there shone from heaven a great light around me.
And I fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to me, 'Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?'
And I answered, 'Who are you, master?' And he said to me, 'I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom you persecute.'
And those who were with me indeed saw the light, and were afraid; but they did not hear the voice of him who spoke to me.
And I said, 'What will I do, master?' And the master said to me, 'Arise, and go into Damascus; and there it will be told to you of all things that are appointed for you to do.'
And when I could not see for the glory of that light, being led by the hand of those who were with me, I came into Damascus.
And one Ananias, a devout man according to the law, having a good report of all the Jews who dwelt [there],
Came to me, and stood, and said to me, 'Brother Saul, receive your sight.' And the same hour I looked up upon him.
And he said, 'The God of our fathers has chosen you, that you should know His will, and see that Just One, and should hear the voice of his mouth.
For you will be his witness to all men of what you have seen and heard.
And now why do you wait? Arise, and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the master.'
And it came to pass, that, when I had come again to Jerusalem, even while I prayed in the temple, I was in a trance;
And saw him saying to me, 'Be diligent, and get quickly out of Jerusalem, for they will not receive your testimony concerning me. '
And I said, 'Master, they know that I imprisoned and beat in every synagogue those who believed on you.
And when the blood of your martyr Stephen was shed, I was also standing by consenting to his death, and I kept the raiment of those who slew him.'
And he said to me, 'Depart, for I will send you far from here to the Gentiles.'"
And they gave him audience to this word, and [then] lifted up their voices, and said, "Away with such a [fellow] from the earth, for it is not fit that he should live."
And as they cried out, and cast off [their] clothes, and threw dust into the air,
The chief captain commanded him to be brought into the castle, and bade that he should be examined by scourging; that he might know why they so cried against him.
And as they bound him with straps, Paul said to the centurion who stood by, "Is it lawful for you to scourge a man who is a Roman, and uncondemned?"
When the centurion heard [that], he went and told the chief captain, saying, "Take heed what you do, for this man is a Roman."
Then the chief captain came and said to him, "Tell me, are you a Roman?" He said, "Indeed."
And the chief captain answered, "With a great sum I obtained this freedom." And Paul said, "But I was born [free]."
Then straightway they departed from him, those who should have examined him, and the chief captain also was afraid, after he knew that he was a Roman, and because he had bound him.
On the morrow, because he would have known the certainty by which he was accused of the Jews, he loosed him from [his] bands, and commanded the chief priests and all their council to appear, and brought Paul down, and set him before them.
And Paul, earnestly beholding the council, said, "Men [and] brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day."
And the high priest Ananias commanded those who stood by him to strike him on the mouth.
Then Paul said to him, "God will strike you, [you] whited wall, for you sit to judge me after the law, and command me to be struck contrary to the law?"
And those who stood by said, "Do you revile God's high priest?"
Then Paul said, "I had not perceived, brethren, that he was the high priest, for it is written, 'You will not speak evil of the ruler of your people.'" *Exodus 22:28
But when Paul perceived that the one part was Sadducees, and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, "Men [and] brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee, of the hope and Resurrection of the dead I am called in question."
And when he had so said, there arose a dissension between the Pharisees and the Sadducees, and the multitude was divided.
For the Sadducees say that there is no Resurrection, neither angel, nor spirit, but the Pharisees confess both.
And there arose a great cry, and the scribes [who were] of the Pharisees' part arose, and strove, saying, "We find no evil in this man, but if a spirit or an angel has spoken to him, let us not fight against God."
And when there arose a great dissension, the chief captain, fearing unless Paul should have been pulled in pieces by them, commanded the soldiers to go down, and to take him by force from among them, and to bring [him] into the castle.
And the night following, the master stood by him, and said, "Be of good cheer, Paul, for as you have testified of me in Jerusalem, so must you bear witness also at Rome."
And when it was day, some of the Jews banded together, and bound themselves under a curse, saying that they would neither eat or drink until they had killed Paul.
And they were more than forty who had made this conspiracy.
And they came to the chief priests and elders, and said, "We have bound ourselves under a great curse, that we will eat nothing until we have slain Paul.
Now therefore you, with the council, signify to the chief captain that he bring him down to you tomorrow, as though you would inquire something more perfectly concerning him, and we, before he comes near, are ready to kill him."
And when Paul's sister's son heard of their lying in wait, he went and entered into the castle, and told Paul.
Then Paul called one of the centurions to [him], and said, "Bring this young man to the chief captain, for he has a certain thing to tell him."
So he took him, and brought [him] to the chief captain, and said, "Paul the prisoner called me to [him], and prayed me to bring this young man to you, who has something to say to you."
Then the chief captain took him by the hand, and went [with him] aside privately, and asked [him], "What is that you have to tell me?"
And he said, "The Jews have agreed to desire you that you would bring down Paul tomorrow into the council, as though they would inquire somewhat of him more perfectly.
But do not yield to them, for more than forty men out of them lie in wait for him, who have bound themselves with an oath, that they will neither eat or drink until they have killed him, and now they are ready, looking for a promise from you."
So the chief captain [then] let the young man depart, and charged [him, "See you] tell no man that you have shown these things to me."
And he called to [him] two centurions, saying, "Make ready two hundred soldiers to go to Caesarea, and seventy horsemen, and two hundred spearmen, at the third hour of the night;
And provide [them] beasts, that they may set Paul on, and bring [him] safely to Felix the governor."
And he wrote a letter after this manner.
"Claudius Lysias to the most excellent governor Felix [sends] greeting.
This man was taken of the Jews, and should have been killed by them, then I came with an army, and rescued him, having understood that he was a Roman.
And when I would have known the cause by which they accused him, I brought him forth into their council.
Whom I perceived to be accused of questions of their law, but to have nothing laid to his charge worthy of death or of bonds.
And when it was told to me how the Jews laid wait for the man, I sent straightway to you, and gave commandment to his accusers also to say before you what [they had] against him. Farewell."
Then the soldiers, as it was commanded them, took Paul, and brought [him] by night to Antipatris.
On the morrow they left the horsemen to go with him and returned to the castle.
Who, when they came to Caesarea and delivered the epistle to the governor, presented Paul also before him.
And when the governor had read [the letter], he asked of what province he was. And when he understood that [he was] of Cilicia;
I will hear you, he said, "When your accusers have also come." And he commanded him to be kept in Herod's judgment hall.
And after five days Ananias the high priest descended with the elders, and [with] a certain orator [named] Tertullus, who informed the governor against Paul.
And when he was called forth, Tertullus began to accuse [him], saying, "Seeing that by you we enjoy great quietness, and that by your providence, very worthy deeds are done to this nation,
We accept [it] always, and in all places, most noble Felix, with all thankfulness.
Notwithstanding, that I am not further tedious to you, I pray you that you would hear us of your clemency a few words.
For we have found this man [a] pestilent [fellow], and a mover of sedition among all the Jews throughout the world, and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes.
Who has also gone about to profane the temple, whom we took, and would have judged according to our law.
But the chief captain Lysias came [upon us], and with great violence, took [him] away out of our hands,
Commanding his accusers to come to you, by examining yourself, may take knowledge of all these things, whereof we accuse him."
And the Jews also assented, saying that these things were so.
Then Paul, after the governor had beckoned to him to speak, answered, "Forasmuch as I know that you have been a judge to this nation for many years, I do answer for myself more cheerfully.
That you may understand, that there are still but twelve days since I went up to Jerusalem to worship.
And they neither found me in the temple disputing with any man, neither raising up the people, neither in the synagogues, nor in the city.
Neither can they prove the things whereof they now accuse me.
But this I confess to you, that after the way which they call heresy, so I worship the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets.
And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there will be a Resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust.
And herein do I exercise myself, to always have a conscience void of offence toward God, and [toward] men.
Now after many years I came to bring alms to my nation, and offerings.
Whereupon certain Jews from Asia found me purified in the temple, neither with multitude, nor with tumult.
Who should have been here before you, and object, if they had anything against me.
Or else let these same [here] say if they have found any evil doing in me, while I stood before the council,
Except it is for this one voice, that I cried standing among them, 'Touching the Resurrection of the dead I am called in question by you this day.'"
And when Felix heard these things, having more perfect knowledge of [that] way, he deferred them, and said, "When Lysias the chief captain will come down, I will know the uttermost of your matter."
And he commanded a centurion to keep Paul, and to let [him] have liberty, and that he should forbid none of his acquaintance to minister or come to him.
And after certain days, when Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was a Jewess, he sent for Paul, and heard him concerning the faith in the Messiah.
And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come, Felix trembled, and answered, "Go your way for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for you."
He hoped also that money should have been given to him by Paul, that he might loose him, by which he sent for him the frequenter, and communed with him.
But after two years Porcius Festus came into Felix' room, and Felix, willing to show the Jews a pleasure, left Paul bound.
Now when Festus had come into the province, after three days he ascended from Caesarea to Jerusalem.
Then the high priest and the chief of the Jews informed him against Paul, and besought him,
And desired favor against him, that he would send for him to Jerusalem, laying wait in the way to kill him.
But Festus answered that Paul should be kept at Caesarea, and that he himself would depart shortly [there].
Let them therefore, he said, "Who among you are able, go down with [me], and accuse this man, if there is any wickedness in him."
And when he had remained among them more than ten days, he went down to Caesarea; and the next day, sitting on the judgment seat, commanded Paul to be brought.
And when he had come, the Jews who came down from Jerusalem stood around, and laid many grievous complaints against Paul, which they could not prove.
While he answered for himself, "Neither against the law of the Jews, neither against the temple, nor yet against Caesar, have I offended anything at all."
But Festus, willing to do the Jews a pleasure, answered Paul, and said, "Will you go up to Jerusalem, and be judged there of these things before me?"
Then Paul said, "I stand at Caesar's judgment seat, where I should be judged, to the Jews I have done no wrong, as you very well know.
For if I am an offender, or have committed anything worthy of death, I do not refuse to die, but if there are none of these things whereof these accuse me, no man may deliver me to them. I appeal to Caesar."
Then Festus, when he had conferred with the council, answered, "Have you appealed to Caesar? To Caesar you will go."
And after certain days, king Agrippa and Bernice came to Caesarea to salute Festus.
And when they had been there for many days, Festus declared Paul's cause to the king, saying, "There is a certain man left in bonds by Felix.
About whom, when I was at Jerusalem, the chief priests and the elders of the Jews informed [me], desiring [to have] judgment against him.
To whom I answered, 'It is not the manner of the Romans to deliver any man to die, before he who is accused have the accusers face to face, and have licence to answer for himself concerning the crime laid against him.'
Therefore, when they had come within, I sat on the judgment seat without any delay on the morrow, and commanded the man to be brought forth.
Against whom when the accusers stood up, they brought no accusation of such things as I supposed.
But had certain questions against him of their own superstition, and of one Jesus, who was dead, whom Paul affirmed to be alive.
And because I doubted of such manner of questions, I asked [him] whether he would go to Jerusalem, and be judged there of these matters.
But when Paul had appealed to be reserved to the hearing of Augustus, I commanded him to be kept until I might send him to Caesar."
Then Agrippa said to Festus, "I would also hear the man myself." "Tomorrow," he said, "You will hear him."
And on the morrow, when Agrippa had come, and Bernice, with great show, and had entered into the place of hearing, with the chief captains, and principal men of the city, at Festus' commandment, Paul was brought forth.
And Festus said, "King Agrippa, and all men who are here present with us, you see this man, about whom all the multitude of the Jews have dealt with me, both at Jerusalem, and [also] here, crying that he should not live any longer.
But when I found that he had committed nothing worthy of death, and that he himself has appealed to Augustus, I have determined to send him.
Of whom I have no certain thing to write to my master. Therefore I have brought him forth before you, and especially before you, O king Agrippa, that, after examination, I might have something to write.
For it seems unreasonable to me to send a prisoner, and not signify the crimes [laid] against him."
Then Agrippa said to Paul, "You are permitted to speak for yourself." Then Paul stretched forth [his] hand, and answered for himself.
"I think myself happy, king Agrippa, because I will answer for myself this day before you touching all the things whereof I am accused by the Jews.
Especially [because I know] you to be an expert in all customs and questions which are among the Jews, therefore I beseech you to hear me patiently.
My manner of life from my youth, which was at the first among my own nation at Jerusalem, know all the Jews;
Who knew me from the beginning, if they would testify, that after the straightest sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee.
And now I stand and am judged for the hope of the promise made by God to our fathers.
To which [promise] our twelve tribes, instantly serving [God] day and night, hope to come. For which hope's sake, king Agrippa, I am accused of the Jews.
Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you, that God should raise the dead?
I verily thought with myself, that I should do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth.
Which thing I also did in Jerusalem, and I shut up many of the saints in prison, having received authority from the chief priests; and when they were put to death, I gave my voice against [them].
And I punished them often in every synagogue, and compelled [them] to blaspheme; and being exceedingly mad against them, I persecuted [them] even to strange cities.
Whereupon as I went to Damascus with authority and commission from the chief priests,
At midday, O king, I saw in the way a light from heaven, above the brightness of the sun, shining around me and those who journeyed with me.
And when we had all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking to me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, 'Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me? [It is] hard for you to kick against the pricks.'
And I said, 'Who are you, master?' And he said, 'I am Jesus, whom you persecute.
But rise, and stand upon your feet, for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to make you a minister and a witness, both of these things which you have seen, and of those things in which I will appear to you;
Delivering you from the people, and [from] the Gentiles, to whom I now send you,
To open their eyes, [and] to turn [them] from darkness to light, and [from] the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith that is in me.'
Whereupon, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision.
But showed first to those of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and [then] to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works worthy for repentance.
For these causes the Jews caught me in the temple, and went about to kill [me].
Having therefore obtained help by God, I continue to this day, witnessing both small and great, saying no other things than those which the prophets and Moses said should come.
That the Messiah should suffer, [and] that he should be the first who should rise from the dead, *!1 Kings 17:21 - 23, *!2 Kings 8:4 - 5, *!Mark 5:39 - 42, *!Luke 7:12 - 15, *!John 11:41 - 44 and should show light to the people, and to the Gentiles."
And as he thus spoke for himself, Festus said with a loud voice, "Paul, you are beside yourself; much learning makes you mad."
But he said, "I am not mad, most noble Festus; but speak forth the words of truth and soberness.
For the king knows of these things, before whom I also speak freely, for I am persuaded that none of these things are hidden from him; for this thing was not done in a corner.
King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know that you believe."
Then Agrippa said to Paul, "You almost persuaded me to be a Christian."
And Paul said, "I would to God, that not only you, but also all who hear me this day, were both almost, and altogether such as I am, except these bonds."
And when he had thus spoken, the king rose up, and the governor, and Bernice, and those who sat with them.
And when they had gone aside, they talked between themselves, saying, "This man does nothing worthy of death or of bonds."
Then Agrippa said to Festus, "This man might have been set at liberty, if he had not appealed to Caesar."
And when it was determined that we should sail into Italy, they delivered Paul and certain other prisoners to [one] named Julius, a centurion of Augustus' band.
And entering into a ship of Adramyttium, we launched, meaning to sail by the coasts of Asia; [one] Aristarchus, a Macedonian of Thessalonica, being with us.
And the next [day] we touched at Sidon. And Julius courteously entreated Paul, and gave [him] liberty to go to his friends to refresh himself.
And when we had launched from there, we sailed under Cyprus, because the winds were contrary.
And when we had sailed over the sea of Cilicia and Pamphylia, we came to Myra, [a city] of Lycia.
And there the centurion found a ship of Alexandria sailing into Italy; and he put us therein.
And when we had sailed slowly for many days, and hardly coming over against Cnidus, the wind was not leaving us, we sailed under Crete, over against Salmone;
And, hardly passing it, came to a place which is called The fair havens; near was the city [of] Lasea.
Now when much time was spent, and when sailing was now dangerous, because the fast was now already past, Paul admonished [them],
And said to them, "Men, I perceive that this voyage will be with hurt and much damage, not only of the lading and ship, but also of our lives."
Nevertheless the centurion believed the master and the owner of the ship, more than those things which were spoken by Paul.
And because the haven was not commodious to winter in, the majority advised to depart there also, if by any means they might attain to Phenice, [and there] to winter; [which is] a haven of Crete, and lies toward the south west and north west.
And when the south wind blew softly, supposing that they had obtained [their] purpose, loosing [there], they sailed close by Crete.
But not long after, there arose against it a tempestuous wind, called Euroclydon.
And when the ship was caught and could not bear up into the wind, we let [her] drive.
And running under a certain island which is called Clauda, we had much work to come by the boat.
Which when they had taken up, they used aids, undergirding the ship; and, fearing unless they should fall into the quicksands, lowered the sail, and so were driven.
And being exceedingly tossed with a tempest, they lightened the ship the next [day];
And the third [day] we cast out with our own hands the tackling of the ship.
And when neither sun or stars appeared in many days, and no small tempest lay on [us], all hope that we should be saved was then taken away.
But after long abstinence, Paul stood forth in the midst of them, and said, "Men, you should have heard me, and not have loosed from Crete to gain this harm and loss.
And now I exhort you to be of good cheer, for there will be no loss of [any man's] life among you, but of the ship.
For there stood by me this night the angel of God, of whom I am, and whom I serve,
Saying, 'Do not fear, Paul; you must be brought before Caesar, and, look, God has given you all those who sail with you.'
Therefore, men, be of good cheer, for I believe God, that it will be even as it was told to me.
Howbeit we must be cast upon a certain island."
But when the fourteenth night had come, as we were driven up and down in Adria, about midnight, the shipmen deemed that they drew near some country;
And sounded, and found [it] twenty fathoms, and when they had gone a little further, they sounded again, and found [it] fifteen fathoms.
Then fearing unless we should have fallen upon rocks, they cast four anchors out of the stern, and wished for the day.
And as the shipmen were about to flee out of the ship, when they had let down the boat into the sea, under color as though they would have cast anchors out of the foreship,
Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers, "Unless these abide in the ship, you cannot be saved."
Then the soldiers cut off the ropes of the boat, and let her fall off.
And while the day was coming on, Paul besought [them] all to take meat, saying, "This day is the fourteenth day that you have remained and continued fasting, having taken nothing.
Therefore I pray you to take [some] meat, for this is for your health, for there a hair will not fall from the head of any of you."
And when he had thus spoken, he took bread, and gave thanks to God in the presence of them all, and when he had broken [it], he began to eat.
Then they were all of good cheer, and they also took [some] meat.
And we were in all, in the ship, two hundred and seventy six souls.
And when they had eaten enough, they lightened the ship, and cast out the wheat into the sea.
And when it was day, they did not know the land, but they discovered a certain creek with a shore, into which they were minded, if it were possible, to thrust the ship in.
And when they had taken up the anchors, they committed [themselves] to the sea, and loosed the rudder bands, and hoised up the mainsail to the wind, and made toward shore.
And falling into a place where two seas met, they ran the ship aground; and the forepart stuck fast, and remained unmoveable, but the hinder part was broken with the violence of the waves.
And the soldiers' counsel was to kill the prisoners, unless any of them should swim out, and escape.
But the centurion, willing to save Paul, kept them from [their] purpose; and commanded that those who could swim should cast [themselves] first [into the sea], and get to land.
And the rest, some on boards, and some on [broken pieces] of the ship. And so it came to pass, that they escaped all safe to land.
And when they had escaped, then they knew that the island was called Melita.
And the barbarous people did not show us little kindness, for they kindled a fire, and received every one of us, because of the present rain, and because of the cold.
And when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks, and laid [them] on the fire, there came a viper out of the heat, and fastened on his hand.
And when the barbarians saw the [venomous] beast hang on his hand, they said among themselves, "No doubt this man is a murderer, who, though he has escaped the sea, yet vengeance does not let live."
And he shook off the beast into the fire, and felt no harm.
Howbeit they looked when he should have swollen, or fallen down dead suddenly, but after they had looked a great while, and saw no harm come to him, they changed their minds, and said that he was a god.
In the same quarters were possessions of the chief man of the island, whose name was Publius; who received us and lodged us for three days courteously.
And it came to pass, that the father of Publius lay sick of a fever and of a bloody flux, to whom Paul entered in and prayed, and laid his hands on him, and healed him.
So when this was done, others also, who had diseases in the island, came and were healed.
Who also honored us with many honors; and when we departed, they laded [us] with such things as were necessary.
And after three months we departed in a ship of Alexandria, which had wintered in the isle, whose sign was Castor and Pollux.
And landing at Syracuse, we remained [there] for three days.
And from there we fetched a compass, and came to Rhegium, and after one day the south wind blew, and we came the next day to Puteoli.
Where we found brethren, and were desired to remain with them for seven days, and so we went toward Rome.
And from there, when the brethren heard of us, they came to meet us as far as Appii forum, and the three taverns, whom when Paul saw, he thanked God and took courage.
And when we came to Rome, the centurion delivered the prisoners to the captain of the guard, but Paul had permitted to dwell by himself with a soldier who kept him.
And it came to pass, that after three days, Paul called the chief of the Jews together, and when they had come together, he said to them, "Men [and] brethren, though I have committed nothing against the people, or customs of our fathers, yet I was delivered prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans.
Who, when they had examined me, would have let [me] go, because there was no cause of death in me.
But when the Jews spoke against [it], I was constrained to appeal to Caesar; not that I had anything to accuse my nation of.
For this cause therefore have I called for you, to see [you], and to speak with [you], because that for the hope of Israel I am bound with this chain."
And they said to him, "We neither received letters out of Judaea concerning you, neither any of the brethren who came showed or spoke any harm of you.
But we desire to hear of you what you think, for as concerning this sect, we know that it is spoken against everywhere."
And when they had appointed him a day, there many came to him into [his] lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and [out of] the prophets, from morning until evening.
And some believed the things which were spoken, and some did not believe.
And when they did not agree among themselves, they departed; after Paul had spoken one word, "The Holy Spirit spoke well by Isaiah the prophet to our fathers,
Saying, 'Go to this people, and say, 'Hearing you will hear, and will not understand; and seeing you will see, and not perceive.
For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; unless they should see with [their] eyes, and hear with [their] ears, and understand with [their] heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.' *Isaiah 6:9 - 10
Be it known therefore to you, that the salvation of God is sent to the Gentiles, and [that] they will hear it. "
And when he had said these words, the Jews departed, and had great reasoning among themselves.
And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received all who came in toward him,
Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the master Jesus, the Messiah, with all confidence, no man forbidding him.