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, *Psalms 119:62, *17:79 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 call for 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 call for 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.