Bible: Acts 13-28
The Church at Antioch Commissions Barnabas and Saul
13:1 Now there were these prophets and teachers in the church at Antioch: 1 Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, 2 Lucius the Cyrenian, 3 Manaen (a close friend of Herod 4 the tetrarch 5 from childhood 6 ) and Saul. 13:2 While they were serving 7 the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart 8 for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” 13:3 Then, after they had fasted 9 and 10 prayed and placed their hands 11 on them, they sent them off.
Paul and Barnabas Preach in Cyprus
13:4 So Barnabas and Saul, 12 sent out by the Holy Spirit, went down to Seleucia, 13 and from there they sailed to Cyprus. 14 13:5 When 15 they arrived 16 in Salamis, 17 they began to proclaim 18 the word of God in the Jewish synagogues. 19 (Now they also had John 20 as their assistant.) 21 13:6 When they had crossed over 22 the whole island as far as Paphos, 23 they found a magician, a Jewish false prophet named Bar-Jesus, 24 13:7 who was with the proconsul 25 Sergius Paulus, an intelligent man. The proconsul 26 summoned 27 Barnabas and Saul and wanted to hear 28 the word of God. 13:8 But the magician Elymas 29 (for that is the way his name is translated) 30 opposed them, trying to turn the proconsul 31 away from the faith. 13:9 But Saul (also known as Paul), 32 filled with the Holy Spirit, 33 stared straight 34 at him 13:10 and said, “You who are full of all deceit and all wrongdoing, 35 you son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness – will you not stop making crooked the straight paths of the Lord? 36 13:11 Now 37 look, the hand of the Lord is against 38 you, and you will be blind, unable to see the sun for a time!” Immediately mistiness 39 and darkness came over 40 him, and he went around seeking people 41 to lead him by the hand. 13:12 Then when the proconsul 42 saw what had happened, he believed, 43 because he was greatly astounded 44 at the teaching about 45 the Lord.
Paul and Barnabas at Pisidian Antioch
13:13 Then Paul and his companions put out to sea 46 from Paphos 47 and came to Perga 48 in Pamphylia, 49 but John 50 left them and returned to Jerusalem. 51 13:14 Moving on from 52 Perga, 53 they arrived at Pisidian Antioch, 54 and on the Sabbath day they went into 55 the synagogue 56 and sat down. 13:15 After the reading from the law and the prophets, 57 the leaders of the synagogue 58 sent them a message, 59 saying, “Brothers, 60 if you have any message 61 of exhortation 62 for the people, speak it.” 63 13:16 So Paul stood up, 64 gestured 65 with his hand and said,
“Men of Israel, 66 and you Gentiles who fear God, 67 listen: 13:17 The God of this people Israel 68 chose our ancestors 69 and made the people great 70 during their stay as foreigners 71 in the country 72 of Egypt, and with uplifted arm 73 he led them out of it. 13:18 For 74 a period of about forty years he put up with 75 them in the wilderness. 76 13:19 After 77 he had destroyed 78 seven nations 79 in the land of Canaan, he gave his people their land as an inheritance. 80 13:20 All this took 81 about four hundred fifty years. After this 82 he gave them judges until the time of 83 Samuel the prophet. 13:21 Then they asked for a king, and God gave them Saul son of Kish, a man from the tribe of Benjamin, who ruled 84 forty years. 13:22 After removing him, God 85 raised up 86 David their king. He testified about him: 87 ‘I have found David 88 the son of Jesse to be a man after my heart, 89 who will accomplish everything I want him to do.’ 90 13:23 From the descendants 91 of this man 92 God brought to Israel a Savior, Jesus, just as he promised. 93 13:24 Before 94 Jesus 95 arrived, John 96 had proclaimed a baptism for repentance 97 to all the people of Israel. 13:25 But while John was completing his mission, 98 he said repeatedly, 99 ‘What do you think I am? I am not he. But look, one is coming after me. I am not worthy to untie the sandals on his feet!’ 100 13:26 Brothers, 101 descendants 102 of Abraham’s family, 103 and those Gentiles among you who fear God, 104 the message 105 of this salvation has been sent to us. 13:27 For the people who live in Jerusalem and their rulers did not recognize 106 him, 107 and they fulfilled the sayings 108 of the prophets that are read every Sabbath by condemning 109 him. 110 13:28 Though 111 they found 112 no basis 113 for a death sentence, 114 they asked Pilate to have him executed. 13:29 When they had accomplished 115 everything that was written 116 about him, they took him down 117 from the cross 118 and placed him 119 in a tomb. 13:30 But God raised 120 him from the dead, 13:31 and 121 for many days he appeared to those who had accompanied 122 him from Galilee to Jerusalem. These 123 are now his witnesses to the people. 13:32 And we proclaim to you the good news about the promise to our ancestors, 124 13:33 that this promise 125 God has fulfilled to us, their children, by raising 126 Jesus, as also it is written in the second psalm, ‘You are my Son; 127 today I have fathered you.’ 128 13:34 But regarding the fact that he has raised Jesus 129 from the dead, never 130 again to be 131 in a state of decay, God 132 has spoken in this way: ‘I will give you 133 the holy and trustworthy promises 134 made to David.’ 135 13:35 Therefore he also says in another psalm, 136 ‘You will not permit your Holy One 137 to experience 138 decay.’ 139 13:36 For David, after he had served 140 God’s purpose in his own generation, died, 141 was buried with his ancestors, 142 and experienced 143 decay, 13:37 but the one 144 whom God raised up did not experience 145 decay. 13:38 Therefore let it be known to you, brothers, that through this one 146 forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, 13:39 and by this one 147 everyone who believes is justified 148 from everything from which the law of Moses could not justify 149 you. 150 13:40 Watch out, 151 then, that what is spoken about by 152 the prophets does not happen to you:
13:41 ‘Look, you scoffers; be amazed and perish! 153
For I am doing a work in your days,
a work you would never believe, even if someone tells you.’” 154
13:42 As Paul and Barnabas 155 were going out, 156 the people 157 were urging 158 them to speak about these things 159 on the next Sabbath. 13:43 When the meeting of the synagogue 160 had broken up, 161 many of the Jews and God-fearing proselytes 162 followed Paul and Barnabas, who were speaking with them and were persuading 163 them 164 to continue 165 in the grace of God.
13:44 On the next Sabbath almost the whole city assembled together to hear the word of the Lord. 166 13:45 But when the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy, 167 and they began to contradict 168 what Paul was saying 169 by reviling him. 170 13:46 Both Paul and Barnabas replied courageously, 171 “It was necessary to speak the word of God 172 to you first. Since you reject it and do not consider yourselves worthy 173 of eternal life, we 174 are turning to the Gentiles. 175 13:47 For this 176 is what the Lord has commanded us: ‘I have appointed 177 you to be a light 178 for the Gentiles, to bring salvation 179 to the ends of the earth.’” 180 13:48 When the Gentiles heard this, they began to rejoice 181 and praise 182 the word of the Lord, and all who had been appointed for eternal life 183 believed. 13:49 So the word of the Lord was spreading 184 through the entire region. 13:50 But the Jews incited 185 the God-fearing women of high social standing and the prominent men of the city, stirred up persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and threw them out 186 of their region. 13:51 So after they shook 187 the dust off their feet 188 in protest against them, they went to Iconium. 189 13:52 And the disciples were filled with joy 190 and with the Holy Spirit.
Paul and Barnabas at Iconium
14:1 The same thing happened in Iconium 191 when Paul and Barnabas 192 went into the Jewish synagogue 193 and spoke in such a way that a large group 194 of both Jews and Greeks believed. 14:2 But the Jews who refused to believe 195 stirred up the Gentiles and poisoned their minds 196 against the brothers. 14:3 So they stayed there 197 for a considerable time, speaking out courageously for the Lord, who testified 198 to the message 199 of his grace, granting miraculous signs 200 and wonders to be performed through their hands. 14:4 But the population 201 of the city was divided; some 202 sided with the Jews, and some with the apostles. 14:5 When both the Gentiles and the Jews (together with their rulers) made 203 an attempt to mistreat 204 them and stone them, 205 14:6 Paul and Barnabas 206 learned about it 207 and fled to the Lycaonian cities of Lystra 208 and Derbe 209 and the surrounding region. 14:7 There 210 they continued to proclaim 211 the good news.
Paul and Barnabas at Lystra
14:8 In 212 Lystra 213 sat a man who could not use his feet, 214 lame from birth, 215 who had never walked. 14:9 This man was listening to Paul as he was speaking. When Paul 216 stared 217 intently at him and saw he had faith to be healed, 14:10 he said with a loud voice, “Stand upright on your feet.” 218 And the man 219 leaped up and began walking. 220 14:11 So when the crowds saw what Paul had done, they shouted 221 in the Lycaonian language, 222 “The gods have come down to us in human form!” 223 14:12 They began to call 224 Barnabas Zeus 225 and Paul Hermes, 226 because he was the chief speaker. 14:13 The priest of the temple 227 of Zeus, 228 located just outside the city, brought bulls 229 and garlands 230 to the city gates; he and the crowds wanted to offer sacrifices to them. 231 14:14 But when the apostles 232 Barnabas and Paul heard about 233 it, they tore 234 their clothes and rushed out 235 into the crowd, shouting, 236 14:15 “Men, why are you doing these things? We too are men, with human natures 237 just like you! We are proclaiming the good news to you, so that you should turn 238 from these worthless 239 things to the living God, who made the heaven, the earth, 240 the sea, and everything that is in them. 14:16 In 241 past 242 generations he allowed all the nations 243 to go their own ways, 14:17 yet he did not leave himself without a witness by doing good, 244 by giving you rain from heaven 245 and fruitful seasons, satisfying you 246 with food and your hearts with joy.” 247 14:18 Even by saying 248 these things, they scarcely persuaded 249 the crowds not to offer sacrifice to them.
14:19 But Jews came from Antioch 250 and Iconium, 251 and after winning 252 the crowds over, they stoned 253 Paul and dragged him out of the city, presuming him to be dead. 14:20 But after the disciples had surrounded him, he got up and went back 254 into the city. On 255 the next day he left with Barnabas for Derbe. 256
Paul and Barnabas Return to Antioch in Syria
14:21 After they had proclaimed the good news in that city and made many disciples, they returned to Lystra, 257 to Iconium, 258 and to Antioch. 259 14:22 They strengthened 260 the souls of the disciples and encouraged them to continue 261 in the faith, saying, “We must enter the kingdom 262 of God through many persecutions.” 263 14:23 When they had appointed elders 264 for them in the various churches, 265 with prayer and fasting 266 they entrusted them to the protection 267 of the Lord in whom they had believed. 14:24 Then they passed through 268 Pisidia and came into Pamphylia, 269 14:25 and when they had spoken the word 270 in Perga, 271 they went down to Attalia. 272 14:26 From there they sailed back to Antioch, 273 where they had been commended 274 to the grace of God for the work they had now completed. 275 14:27 When they arrived and gathered the church together, they reported 276 all the things God 277 had done with them, and that he had opened a door 278 of faith for the Gentiles. 14:28 So they spent 279 considerable 280 time with the disciples.
The Jerusalem Council
15:1 Now some men came down from Judea 281 and began to teach the brothers, “Unless you are circumcised 282 according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.” 15:2 When Paul and Barnabas had a major argument and debate 283 with them, the church 284 appointed Paul and Barnabas and some others from among them to go up to meet with 285 the apostles and elders in Jerusalem 286 about this point of disagreement. 287 15:3 So they were sent on their way by the church, and as they passed through both Phoenicia 288 and Samaria, they were relating at length 289 the conversion of the Gentiles and bringing great joy 290 to all the brothers. 15:4 When they arrived in Jerusalem, they were received 291 by the church and the apostles and the elders, and they reported 292 all the things God had done with them. 293 15:5 But some from the religious party of the Pharisees 294 who had believed stood up and said, “It is necessary 295 to circumcise the Gentiles 296 and to order them to observe 297 the law of Moses.”
15:6 Both the apostles and the elders met together to deliberate 298 about this matter. 15:7 After there had been much debate, 299 Peter stood up and said to them, “Brothers, you know that some time ago 300 God chose 301 me to preach to the Gentiles so they would hear the message 302 of the gospel 303 and believe. 304 15:8 And God, who knows the heart, 305 has testified 306 to them by giving them the Holy Spirit just as he did to us, 307 15:9 and he made no distinction 308 between them and us, cleansing 309 their hearts by faith. 15:10 So now why are you putting God to the test 310 by placing on the neck of the disciples a yoke 311 that neither our ancestors 312 nor we have been able to bear? 15:11 On the contrary, we believe that we are saved through 313 the grace of the Lord Jesus, in the same way as they are.” 314
15:12 The whole group kept quiet 315 and listened to Barnabas and Paul while they explained all the miraculous signs 316 and wonders God had done among the Gentiles through them. 15:13 After they stopped speaking, 317 James replied, 318 “Brothers, listen to me. 15:14 Simeon 319 has explained 320 how God first concerned himself 321 to select 322 from among the Gentiles 323 a people for his name. 15:15 The 324 words of the prophets agree 325 with this, as it is written,
and I will rebuild the fallen tent 328 of David;
I will rebuild its ruins and restore 329 it,
15:17 so that the rest of humanity 330 may seek the Lord,
15:19 “Therefore I conclude 337 that we should not cause extra difficulty 338 for those among the Gentiles 339 who are turning to God, 15:20 but that we should write them a letter 340 telling them to abstain 341 from things defiled 342 by idols and from sexual immorality and from what has been strangled 343 and from blood. 15:21 For Moses has had those who proclaim him in every town from ancient times, 344 because he is read aloud 345 in the synagogues 346 every Sabbath.”
15:22 Then the apostles and elders, with the whole church, decided 347 to send men chosen from among them, Judas called Barsabbas and Silas, 348 leaders among the brothers, to Antioch 349 with Paul and Barnabas. 15:23 They sent this letter with them: 350
From the apostles 351 and elders, your brothers, 352 to the Gentile brothers and sisters 353 in Antioch, 354 Syria, 355 and Cilicia, greetings! 15:24 Since we have heard that some have gone out from among us with no orders from us and have confused 356 you, upsetting 357 your minds 358 by what they said, 359 15:25 we have unanimously 360 decided 361 to choose men to send to you along with our dear friends Barnabas and Paul, 15:26 who 362 have risked their lives 363 for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. 364 15:27 Therefore we are sending 365 Judas and Silas 366 who will tell you these things themselves in person. 367 15:28 For it seemed best to the Holy Spirit and to us 368 not to place any greater burden on you than these necessary rules: 369 15:29 that you abstain from meat that has been sacrificed to idols 370 and from blood and from what has been strangled 371 and from sexual immorality. 372 If you keep yourselves from doing these things, 373 you will do well. Farewell. 374
15:30 So when they were dismissed, 375 they went down to Antioch, 376 and after gathering the entire group 377 together, they delivered the letter. 15:31 When they read it aloud, 378 the people 379 rejoiced at its encouragement. 380 15:32 Both Judas and Silas, who were prophets themselves, encouraged and strengthened the brothers with a long speech. 381 15:33 After 382 they had spent some time there, 383 they were sent off in peace by the brothers to those who had sent them. 15:34 [[EMPTY]] 384 15:35 But Paul and Barnabas remained in Antioch, 385 teaching and proclaiming (along with many others) 386 the word of the Lord. 387
Paul and Barnabas Part Company
15:36 After some days Paul said to Barnabas, “Let’s return 388 and visit the brothers in every town where we proclaimed the word of the Lord 389 to see how they are doing.” 390 15:37 Barnabas wanted to bring John called Mark along with them too, 15:38 but Paul insisted 391 that they should not take along this one who had left them in Pamphylia 392 and had not accompanied them in the work. 15:39 They had 393 a sharp disagreement, 394 so that they parted company. Barnabas took along 395 Mark and sailed away to Cyprus, 396 15:40 but Paul chose Silas and set out, commended 397 to the grace of the Lord by the brothers and sisters. 398 15:41 He passed through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening 399 the churches.
Timothy Joins Paul and Silas
16:1 He also came to Derbe 400 and to Lystra. 401 A disciple 402 named Timothy was there, the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer, 403 but whose father was a Greek. 404 16:2 The brothers in Lystra 405 and Iconium 406 spoke well 407 of him. 408 16:3 Paul wanted Timothy 409 to accompany him, and he took 410 him and circumcised 411 him because of the Jews who were in those places, 412 for they all knew that his father was Greek. 413 16:4 As they went through the towns, 414 they passed on 415 the decrees that had been decided on by the apostles and elders in Jerusalem 416 for the Gentile believers 417 to obey. 418 16:5 So the churches were being strengthened in the faith and were increasing in number every day. 419
Paul’s Vision of the Macedonian Man
16:6 They went through the region of Phrygia 420 and Galatia, 421 having been prevented 422 by the Holy Spirit from speaking the message 423 in the province of Asia. 424 16:7 When they came to 425 Mysia, 426 they attempted to go into Bithynia, 427 but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow 428 them to do this, 429 16:8 so they passed through 430 Mysia 431 and went down to Troas. 432 16:9 A 433 vision appeared to Paul during the night: A Macedonian man was standing there 434 urging him, 435 “Come over 436 to Macedonia 437 and help us!” 16:10 After Paul 438 saw the vision, we attempted 439 immediately to go over to Macedonia, 440 concluding that God had called 441 us to proclaim the good news to them.
Arrival at Philippi
16:11 We put out to sea 442 from Troas 443 and sailed a straight course 444 to Samothrace, 445 the next day to Neapolis, 446 16:12 and from there to Philippi, 447 which is a leading city of that district 448 of Macedonia, 449 a Roman colony. 450 We stayed in this city for some days. 16:13 On the Sabbath day we went outside the city gate to the side of the river, where we thought there would be a place of prayer, and we sat down 451 and began to speak 452 to the women 453 who had assembled there. 454 16:14 A 455 woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth 456 from the city of Thyatira, 457 a God-fearing woman, listened to us. 458 The Lord opened her heart to respond 459 to what Paul was saying. 16:15 After she and her household were baptized, she urged us, 460 “If 461 you consider me to be a believer in the Lord, 462 come and stay in my house.” And she persuaded 463 us.
Paul and Silas Are Thrown Into Prison
16:16 Now 464 as we were going to the place of prayer, a slave girl met us who had a spirit that enabled her to foretell the future by supernatural means. 465 She 466 brought her owners 467 a great profit by fortune-telling. 468 16:17 She followed behind Paul and us and kept crying out, 469 “These men are servants 470 of the Most High God, who are proclaiming to you the way 471 of salvation.” 472 16:18 She continued to do this for many days. But Paul became greatly annoyed, 473 and turned 474 and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ 475 to come out of her!” And it came out of her at once. 476 16:19 But when her owners 477 saw their hope of profit 478 was gone, they seized 479 Paul and Silas and dragged 480 them into the marketplace before the authorities. 16:20 When 481 they had brought them 482 before the magistrates, they said, “These men are throwing our city into confusion. 483 They are 484 Jews 16:21 and are advocating 485 customs that are not lawful for us to accept 486 or practice, 487 since we are 488 Romans.”
16:22 The crowd joined the attack 489 against them, and the magistrates tore the clothes 490 off Paul and Silas 491 and ordered them to be beaten with rods. 492 16:23 After they had beaten them severely, 493 they threw them into prison and commanded 494 the jailer to guard them securely. 16:24 Receiving such orders, he threw them in the inner cell 495 and fastened their feet in the stocks. 496
16:25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying 497 and singing hymns to God, 498 and the rest of 499 the prisoners were listening to them. 16:26 Suddenly a great earthquake occurred, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken. Immediately all the doors flew open, and the bonds 500 of all the prisoners came loose. 16:27 When the jailer woke up 501 and saw the doors of the prison standing open, 502 he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, 503 because he assumed 504 the prisoners had escaped. 16:28 But Paul called out loudly, 505 “Do not harm yourself, 506 for we are all here!” 16:29 Calling for lights, the jailer 507 rushed in and fell down 508 trembling at the feet of Paul and Silas. 16:30 Then he brought them outside 509 and asked, “Sirs, what must 510 I do to be saved?” 16:31 They replied, 511 “Believe 512 in the Lord Jesus 513 and you will be saved, you and your household.” 16:32 Then 514 they spoke the word of the Lord 515 to him, along with all those who were in his house. 16:33 At 516 that hour of the night he took them 517 and washed their wounds; 518 then 519 he and all his family 520 were baptized right away. 521 16:34 The jailer 522 brought them into his house and set food 523 before them, and he rejoiced greatly 524 that he had come to believe 525 in God, together with his entire household. 526 16:35 At daybreak 527 the magistrates 528 sent their police officers, 529 saying, “Release those men.” 16:36 The jailer reported these words to Paul, saying, 530 “The magistrates have sent orders 531 to release you. So come out now and go in peace.” 532 16:37 But Paul said to the police officers, 533 “They had us beaten in public 534 without a proper trial 535 – even though we are Roman citizens 536 – and they threw us 537 in prison. And now they want to send us away 538 secretly? Absolutely not! They 539 themselves must come and escort us out!” 540 16:38 The police officers reported these words to the magistrates. They were frightened when they heard Paul and Silas 541 were Roman citizens 542 16:39 and came 543 and apologized to them. After 544 they brought them out, they asked them repeatedly 545 to leave the city. 16:40 When they came out of the prison, they entered Lydia’s house, and when they saw the brothers, they encouraged them and then 546 departed.
Paul and Silas at Thessalonica
17:1 After they traveled through 547 Amphipolis 548 and Apollonia, 549 they came to Thessalonica, 550 where there was a Jewish synagogue. 551 17:2 Paul went to the Jews in the synagogue, 552 as he customarily did, and on three Sabbath days he addressed 553 them from the scriptures, 17:3 explaining and demonstrating 554 that the Christ 555 had to suffer and to rise from the dead, 556 saying, 557 “This Jesus I am proclaiming to you is the Christ.” 558 17:4 Some of them were persuaded 559 and joined Paul and Silas, along with a large group 560 of God-fearing Greeks 561 and quite a few 562 prominent women. 17:5 But the Jews became jealous, 563 and gathering together some worthless men from the rabble in the marketplace, 564 they formed a mob 565 and set the city in an uproar. 566 They attacked Jason’s house, 567 trying to find Paul and Silas 568 to bring them out to the assembly. 569 17:6 When they did not find them, they dragged 570 Jason and some of the brothers before the city officials, 571 screaming, “These people who have stirred up trouble 572 throughout the world 573 have come here too, 17:7 and 574 Jason has welcomed them as guests! They 575 are all acting against Caesar’s 576 decrees, saying there is another king named 577 Jesus!” 578 17:8 They caused confusion among 579 the crowd and the city officials 580 who heard these things. 17:9 After 581 the city officials 582 had received bail 583 from Jason and the others, they released them.
Paul and Silas at Berea
17:10 The brothers sent Paul and Silas off to Berea 584 at once, during the night. When they arrived, 585 they went to the Jewish synagogue. 586 17:11 These Jews 587 were more open-minded 588 than those in Thessalonica, 589 for they eagerly 590 received 591 the message, examining 592 the scriptures carefully every day 593 to see if these things were so. 17:12 Therefore many of them believed, along with quite a few 594 prominent 595 Greek women and men. 17:13 But when the Jews from Thessalonica 596 heard that Paul had also proclaimed the word of God 597 in Berea, 598 they came there too, inciting 599 and disturbing 600 the crowds. 17:14 Then the brothers sent Paul away to the coast 601 at once, but Silas and Timothy remained in Berea. 602 17:15 Those who accompanied Paul escorted him as far as Athens, 603 and after receiving an order for Silas and Timothy to come to him as soon as possible, they left. 604
Paul at Athens
17:16 While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, 605 his spirit was greatly upset 606 because he saw 607 the city was full of idols. 17:17 So he was addressing 608 the Jews and the God-fearing Gentiles 609 in the synagogue, 610 and in the marketplace every day 611 those who happened to be there. 17:18 Also some of the Epicurean 612 and Stoic 613 philosophers were conversing 614 with him, and some were asking, 615 “What does this foolish babbler 616 want to say?” Others said, “He seems to be a proclaimer of foreign gods.” 617 (They said this because he was proclaiming the good news about Jesus and the resurrection.) 618 17:19 So they took Paul and 619 brought him to the Areopagus, 620 saying, “May we know what this new teaching is that you are proclaiming? 17:20 For you are bringing some surprising things 621 to our ears, so we want to know what they 622 mean.” 17:21 (All the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there used to spend their time 623 in nothing else than telling 624 or listening to something new.) 625
17:22 So Paul stood 626 before the Areopagus and said, “Men of Athens, I see that you are very religious 627 in all respects. 628 17:23 For as I went around and observed closely your objects of worship, 629 I even found an altar with this inscription: 630 ‘To an unknown god.’ Therefore what you worship without knowing it, 631 this I proclaim to you. 17:24 The God who made the world and everything in it, 632 who is 633 Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by human hands, 634 17:25 nor is he served by human hands, as if he needed anything, 635 because he himself gives life and breath and everything to everyone. 636 17:26 From one man 637 he made every nation of the human race 638 to inhabit the entire earth, 639 determining their set times 640 and the fixed limits of the places where they would live, 641 17:27 so that they would search for God and perhaps grope around 642 for him and find him, 643 though he is 644 not far from each one of us. 17:28 For in him we live and move about 645 and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we too are his offspring.’ 646 17:29 So since we are God’s offspring, we should not think the deity 647 is like gold or silver or stone, an image 648 made by human 649 skill 650 and imagination. 651 17:30 Therefore, although God has overlooked 652 such times of ignorance, 653 he now commands all people 654 everywhere to repent, 655 17:31 because he has set 656 a day on which he is going to judge the world 657 in righteousness, by a man whom he designated, 658 having provided proof to everyone by raising 659 him from the dead.”
17:32 Now when they heard about 660 the resurrection from the dead, some began to scoff, 661 but others said, “We will hear you again about this.” 17:33 So Paul left the Areopagus. 662 17:34 But some people 663 joined him 664 and believed. Among them 665 were Dionysius, who was a member of the Areopagus, 666 a woman 667 named Damaris, and others with them.
Paul at Corinth
18:1 After this 668 Paul 669 departed from 670 Athens 671 and went to Corinth. 672 18:2 There he 673 found 674 a Jew named Aquila, 675 a native of Pontus, 676 who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius 677 had ordered all the Jews to depart from 678 Rome. 679 Paul approached 680 them, 18:3 and because he worked at the same trade, he stayed with them and worked with them 681 (for they were tentmakers 682 by trade). 683 18:4 He addressed 684 both Jews and Greeks in the synagogue 685 every Sabbath, attempting to persuade 686 them.
18:5 Now when Silas and Timothy arrived 687 from Macedonia, 688 Paul became wholly absorbed with proclaiming 689 the word, testifying 690 to the Jews that Jesus was the Christ. 691 18:6 When they opposed him 692 and reviled him, 693 he protested by shaking out his clothes 694 and said to them, “Your blood 695 be on your own heads! I am guiltless! 696 From now on I will go to the Gentiles!” 18:7 Then Paul 697 left 698 the synagogue 699 and went to the house of a person named Titius Justus, a Gentile who worshiped God, 700 whose house was next door to the synagogue. 18:8 Crispus, the president of the synagogue, 701 believed in the Lord together with his entire household, and many of the Corinthians who heard about it 702 believed and were baptized. 18:9 The Lord said to Paul by a vision 703 in the night, 704 “Do not be afraid, 705 but speak and do not be silent, 18:10 because I am with you, and no one will assault 706 you to harm 707 you, because I have many people in this city.” 18:11 So he stayed there 708 a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them. 709
Paul Before the Proconsul Gallio
18:12 Now while Gallio 710 was proconsul 711 of Achaia, 712 the Jews attacked Paul together 713 and brought him before the judgment seat, 714 18:13 saying, “This man is persuading 715 people to worship God in a way contrary to 716 the law!” 18:14 But just as Paul was about to speak, 717 Gallio said to the Jews, “If it were a matter of some crime or serious piece of villainy, 718 I would have been justified in accepting the complaint 719 of you Jews, 720 18:15 but since it concerns points of disagreement 721 about words and names and your own law, settle 722 it yourselves. I will not be 723 a judge of these things!” 18:16 Then he had them forced away 724 from the judgment seat. 725 18:17 So they all seized Sosthenes, the president of the synagogue, 726 and began to beat 727 him in front of the judgment seat. 728 Yet none of these things were of any concern 729 to Gallio.
Paul Returns to Antioch in Syria
18:18 Paul, after staying 730 many more days in Corinth, 731 said farewell to 732 the brothers and sailed away to Syria accompanied by 733 Priscilla and Aquila. 734 He 735 had his hair cut off 736 at Cenchrea 737 because he had made a vow. 738 18:19 When they reached Ephesus, 739 Paul 740 left Priscilla and Aquila 741 behind there, but he himself went 742 into the synagogue 743 and addressed 744 the Jews. 18:20 When they asked him to stay longer, he would not consent, 745 18:21 but said farewell to 746 them and added, 747 “I will come back 748 to you again if God wills.” 749 Then 750 he set sail from Ephesus, 18:22 and when he arrived 751 at Caesarea, 752 he went up and greeted 753 the church at Jerusalem 754 and then went down to Antioch. 755 18:23 After he spent 756 some time there, Paul left and went through the region of Galatia 757 and Phrygia, 758 strengthening all the disciples.
Apollos Begins His Ministry
18:24 Now a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, arrived in Ephesus. 759 He was an eloquent speaker, 760 well-versed 761 in the scriptures. 18:25 He had been instructed in 762 the way of the Lord, and with great enthusiasm 763 he spoke and taught accurately the facts 764 about Jesus, although he knew 765 only the baptism of John. 18:26 He began to speak out fearlessly 766 in the synagogue, 767 but when Priscilla and Aquila 768 heard him, they took him aside 769 and explained the way of God to him more accurately. 18:27 When Apollos 770 wanted to cross over to Achaia, 771 the brothers encouraged 772 him 773 and wrote to the disciples to welcome him. When he arrived, he 774 assisted greatly those who had believed by grace, 18:28 for he refuted the Jews vigorously 775 in public debate, 776 demonstrating from the scriptures that the Christ 777 was Jesus. 778
Disciples of John the Baptist at Ephesus
19:1 While 779 Apollos was in Corinth, 780 Paul went through the inland 781 regions 782 and came to Ephesus. 783 He 784 found some disciples there 785 19:2 and said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” 786 They replied, 787 “No, we have not even 788 heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” 19:3 So Paul 789 said, “Into what then were you baptized?” “Into John’s baptism,” they replied. 790 19:4 Paul said, “John baptized with a baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, 791 that is, in Jesus.” 19:5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus, 19:6 and when Paul placed 792 his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came 793 upon them, and they began to speak 794 in tongues and to prophesy. 795 19:7 (Now there were about twelve men in all.) 796
Paul Continues to Minister at Ephesus
19:8 So Paul 797 entered 798 the synagogue 799 and spoke out fearlessly 800 for three months, addressing 801 and convincing 802 them about the kingdom of God. 803 19:9 But when 804 some were stubborn 805 and refused to believe, reviling 806 the Way 807 before the congregation, he left 808 them and took the disciples with him, 809 addressing 810 them every day 811 in the lecture hall 812 of Tyrannus. 19:10 This went on for two years, so that all who lived in the province of Asia, 813 both Jews and Greeks, heard the word of the Lord. 814
The Seven Sons of Sceva
19:11 God was performing extraordinary 815 miracles by Paul’s hands, 19:12 so that when even handkerchiefs or aprons that had touched his body 816 were brought 817 to the sick, their diseases left them and the evil spirits went out of them. 818 19:13 But some itinerant 819 Jewish exorcists tried to invoke the name 820 of the Lord Jesus over those who were possessed by 821 evil spirits, saying, “I sternly warn 822 you by Jesus whom Paul preaches.” 19:14 (Now seven sons of a man named 823 Sceva, a Jewish high priest, were doing this.) 824 19:15 But the evil spirit replied to them, 825 “I know about Jesus 826 and I am acquainted with 827 Paul, but who are you?” 828 19:16 Then the man who was possessed by 829 the evil spirit jumped on 830 them and beat them all into submission. 831 He prevailed 832 against them so that they fled from that house naked and wounded. 19:17 This became known to all who lived in Ephesus, 833 both Jews and Greeks; fear came over 834 them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was praised. 835 19:18 Many of those who had believed came forward, 836 confessing and making their deeds known. 837 19:19 Large numbers 838 of those who had practiced magic 839 collected their books 840 and burned them up in the presence of everyone. 841 When 842 the value of the books was added up, it was found to total fifty thousand silver coins. 843 19:20 In this way the word of the Lord 844 continued to grow in power 845 and to prevail. 846
A Riot in Ephesus
19:21 Now after all these things had taken place, 847 Paul resolved 848 to go to Jerusalem, 849 passing through Macedonia 850 and Achaia. 851 He said, 852 “After I have been there, I must also see Rome.” 853 19:22 So after sending 854 two of his assistants, 855 Timothy and Erastus, to Macedonia, 856 he himself stayed on for a while in the province of Asia. 857
19:23 At 858 that time 859 a great disturbance 860 took place concerning the Way. 861 19:24 For a man named Demetrius, a silversmith who made silver shrines 862 of Artemis, 863 brought a great deal 864 of business 865 to the craftsmen. 19:25 He gathered 866 these 867 together, along with the workmen in similar trades, 868 and said, “Men, you know that our prosperity 869 comes from this business. 19:26 And you see and hear that this Paul has persuaded 870 and turned away 871 a large crowd, 872 not only in Ephesus 873 but in practically all of the province of Asia, 874 by saying 875 that gods made by hands are not gods at all. 876 19:27 There is danger not only that this business of ours will come into disrepute, 877 but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis 878 will be regarded as nothing, 879 and she whom all the province of Asia 880 and the world worship will suffer the loss of her greatness.” 881
19:28 When 882 they heard 883 this they became enraged 884 and began to shout, 885 “Great is Artemis 886 of the Ephesians!” 19:29 The 887 city was filled with the uproar, 888 and the crowd 889 rushed to the theater 890 together, 891 dragging with them Gaius and Aristarchus, the Macedonians who were Paul’s traveling companions. 19:30 But when Paul wanted to enter the public assembly, 892 the disciples would not let him. 19:31 Even some of the provincial authorities 893 who were his friends sent 894 a message 895 to him, urging him not to venture 896 into the theater. 19:32 So then some were shouting one thing, some another, for the assembly was in confusion, and most of them did not know why they had met together. 897 19:33 Some of the crowd concluded 898 it was about 899 Alexander because the Jews had pushed him to the front. 900 Alexander, gesturing 901 with his hand, was wanting to make a defense 902 before the public assembly. 903 19:34 But when they recognized 904 that he was a Jew, they all shouted in unison, 905 “Great is Artemis 906 of the Ephesians!” for about two hours. 907 19:35 After the city secretary 908 quieted the crowd, he said, “Men of Ephesus, what person 909 is there who does not know that the city of the Ephesians is the keeper 910 of the temple of the great Artemis 911 and of her image that fell from heaven? 912 19:36 So because these facts 913 are indisputable, 914 you must keep quiet 915 and not do anything reckless. 916 19:37 For you have brought these men here who are neither temple robbers 917 nor blasphemers of our goddess. 918 19:38 If then Demetrius and the craftsmen who are with him have a complaint 919 against someone, the courts are open 920 and there are proconsuls; let them bring charges against one another there. 921 19:39 But if you want anything in addition, 922 it will have to be settled 923 in a legal assembly. 924 19:40 For 925 we are in danger of being charged with rioting 926 today, since there is no cause we can give to explain 927 this disorderly gathering.” 928 19:41 After 929 he had said 930 this, 931 he dismissed the assembly. 932
Paul Travels Through Macedonia and Greece
20:1 After the disturbance had ended, Paul sent for the disciples, and after encouraging 933 them and saying farewell, 934 he left to go to Macedonia. 935 20:2 After he had gone through those regions 936 and spoken many words of encouragement 937 to the believers there, 938 he came to Greece, 939 20:3 where he stayed 940 for three months. Because the Jews had made 941 a plot 942 against him as he was intending 943 to sail 944 for Syria, he decided 945 to return through Macedonia. 946 20:4 Paul 947 was accompanied by Sopater son of Pyrrhus from Berea, 948 Aristarchus and Secundus from Thessalonica, 949 Gaius 950 from Derbe, 951 and Timothy, as well as Tychicus and Trophimus from the province of Asia. 952 20:5 These had gone on ahead 953 and were waiting for us in Troas. 954 20:6 We 955 sailed away from Philippi 956 after the days of Unleavened Bread, 957 and within five days 958 we came to the others 959 in Troas, 960 where we stayed for seven days. 20:7 On the first day 961 of the week, when we met 962 to break bread, Paul began to speak 963 to the people, and because he intended 964 to leave the next day, he extended 965 his message until midnight. 20:8 (Now there were many lamps 966 in the upstairs room where we were meeting.) 967 20:9 A young man named Eutychus, who was sitting in the window, 968 was sinking 969 into a deep sleep while Paul continued to speak 970 for a long time. Fast asleep, 971 he fell down from the third story and was picked up dead. 20:10 But Paul went down, 972 threw himself 973 on the young man, 974 put his arms around him, 975 and said, “Do not be distressed, for he is still alive!” 976 20:11 Then Paul 977 went back upstairs, 978 and after he had broken bread and eaten, he talked with them 979 a long time, until dawn. Then he left. 20:12 They took the boy home alive and were greatly 980 comforted.
The Voyage to Miletus
20:13 We went on ahead 981 to the ship and put out to sea 982 for Assos, 983 intending 984 to take Paul aboard there, for he had arranged it this way. 985 He 986 himself was intending 987 to go there by land. 988 20:14 When he met us in Assos, 989 we took him aboard 990 and went to Mitylene. 991 20:15 We set sail 992 from there, and on the following day we arrived off Chios. 993 The next day we approached 994 Samos, 995 and the day after that we arrived at Miletus. 996 20:16 For Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus 997 so as not to spend time 998 in the province of Asia, 999 for he was hurrying 1000 to arrive in Jerusalem, 1001 if possible, 1002 by the day of Pentecost. 20:17 From Miletus 1003 he sent a message 1004 to Ephesus, telling the elders of the church to come to him. 1005
20:18 When they arrived, he said to them, “You yourselves know how I lived 1006 the whole time I was with you, from the first day I set foot 1007 in the province of Asia, 1008 20:19 serving the Lord with all humility 1009 and with tears, and with the trials that happened to me because of the plots 1010 of the Jews. 20:20 You know that I did not hold back from proclaiming 1011 to you anything that would be helpful, 1012 and from teaching you publicly 1013 and from house to house, 20:21 testifying 1014 to both Jews and Greeks about repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus. 1015 20:22 And now, 1016 compelled 1017 by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem 1018 without knowing what will happen to me there, 1019 20:23 except 1020 that the Holy Spirit warns 1021 me in town after town 1022 that 1023 imprisonment 1024 and persecutions 1025 are waiting for me. 20:24 But I do not consider my life 1026 worth anything 1027 to myself, so that 1028 I may finish my task 1029 and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the good news 1030 of God’s grace.
20:25 “And now 1031 I know that none 1032 of you among whom I went around proclaiming the kingdom 1033 will see me 1034 again. 20:26 Therefore I declare 1035 to you today that I am innocent 1036 of the blood of you all. 1037 20:27 For I did not hold back from 1038 announcing 1039 to you the whole purpose 1040 of God. 20:28 Watch out for 1041 yourselves and for all the flock of which 1042 the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, 1043 to shepherd the church of God 1044 that he obtained 1045 with the blood of his own Son. 1046 20:29 I know that after I am gone 1047 fierce wolves 1048 will come in among you, not sparing the flock. 20:30 Even from among your own group 1049 men 1050 will arise, teaching perversions of the truth 1051 to draw the disciples away after them. 20:31 Therefore be alert, 1052 remembering that night and day for three years I did not stop warning 1053 each one of you with tears. 20:32 And now I entrust 1054 you to God and to the message 1055 of his grace. This message 1056 is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified. 20:33 I have desired 1057 no one’s silver or gold or clothing. 20:34 You yourselves know that these hands of mine 1058 provided for my needs and the needs of those who were with me. 20:35 By all these things, 1059 I have shown you that by working in this way we must help 1060 the weak, 1061 and remember the words of the Lord Jesus that he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” 1062
20:36 When 1063 he had said these things, he knelt down 1064 with them all and prayed. 20:37 They all began to weep loudly, 1065 and hugged 1066 Paul and kissed him, 1067 20:38 especially saddened 1068 by what 1069 he had said, that they were not going to see him 1070 again. Then they accompanied 1071 him to the ship.
Paul’s Journey to Jerusalem
21:1 After 1072 we 1073 tore ourselves away 1074 from them, we put out to sea, 1075 and sailing a straight course, 1076 we came to Cos, 1077 on the next day to Rhodes, 1078 and from there to Patara. 1079 21:2 We found 1080 a ship crossing over to Phoenicia, 1081 went aboard, 1082 and put out to sea. 1083 21:3 After we sighted Cyprus 1084 and left it behind on our port side, 1085 we sailed on to Syria and put in 1086 at Tyre, 1087 because the ship was to unload its cargo there. 21:4 After we located 1088 the disciples, we stayed there 1089 seven days. They repeatedly told 1090 Paul through the Spirit 1091 not to set foot 1092 in Jerusalem. 1093 21:5 When 1094 our time was over, 1095 we left and went on our way. All of them, with their wives and children, accompanied 1096 us outside of the city. After 1097 kneeling down on the beach and praying, 1098 21:6 we said farewell 1099 to one another. 1100 Then 1101 we went aboard the ship, and they returned to their own homes. 1102 21:7 We continued the voyage from Tyre 1103 and arrived at Ptolemais, 1104 and when we had greeted the brothers, we stayed with them for one day. 21:8 On the next day we left 1105 and came to Caesarea, 1106 and entered 1107 the house of Philip the evangelist, who was one of the seven, 1108 and stayed with him. 21:9 (He had four unmarried 1109 daughters who prophesied.) 1110
21:10 While we remained there for a number of days, 1111 a prophet named Agabus 1112 came down from Judea. 21:11 He came 1113 to us, took 1114 Paul’s belt, 1115 tied 1116 his own hands and feet with it, 1117 and said, “The Holy Spirit says this: ‘This is the way the Jews in Jerusalem will tie up the man whose belt this is, and will hand him over 1118 to the Gentiles.’” 21:12 When we heard this, both we and the local people 1119 begged him not to go up to Jerusalem. 21:13 Then Paul replied, “What are you doing, weeping and breaking 1120 my heart? For I am ready not only to be tied up, 1121 but even to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” 21:14 Because he could not be persuaded, 1122 we said no more except, 1123 “The Lord’s will be done.” 1124
21:15 After these days we got ready 1125 and started up 1126 to Jerusalem. 21:16 Some of the disciples from Caesarea 1127 came along with us too, and brought us to the house 1128 of Mnason of Cyprus, a disciple from the earliest times, 1129 with whom we were to stay. 21:17 When we arrived in Jerusalem, the brothers welcomed us gladly. 1130 21:18 The next day Paul went in with us to see James, and all the elders were there. 1131 21:19 When Paul 1132 had greeted them, he began to explain 1133 in detail 1134 what God 1135 had done among the Gentiles through his ministry. 21:20 When they heard this, they praised 1136 God. Then they said to him, “You see, brother, how many thousands of Jews 1137 there are who have believed, and they are all ardent observers 1138 of the law. 1139 21:21 They have been informed about you – that you teach all the Jews now living 1140 among the Gentiles to abandon 1141 Moses, telling them not to circumcise their children 1142 or live 1143 according to our customs. 21:22 What then should we do? They will no doubt 1144 hear that you have come. 21:23 So do what 1145 we tell you: We have four men 1146 who have taken 1147 a vow; 1148 21:24 take them and purify 1149 yourself along with them and pay their expenses, 1150 so that they may have their heads shaved. 1151 Then 1152 everyone will know there is nothing in what they have been told 1153 about you, but that you yourself live in conformity with 1154 the law. 1155 21:25 But regarding the Gentiles who have believed, we have written a letter, having decided 1156 that they should avoid 1157 meat that has been sacrificed to idols 1158 and blood and what has been strangled 1159 and sexual immorality.” 21:26 Then Paul took the men the next day, 1160 and after he had purified himself 1161 along with them, he went to the temple and gave notice 1162 of the completion of the days of purification, 1163 when 1164 the sacrifice would be offered for each 1165 of them. 21:27 When the seven days were almost over, 1166 the Jews from the province of Asia 1167 who had seen him in the temple area 1168 stirred up the whole crowd 1169 and seized 1170 him, 21:28 shouting, “Men of Israel, 1171 help! This is the man who teaches everyone everywhere against our people, our law, 1172 and this sanctuary! 1173 Furthermore 1174 he has brought Greeks into the inner courts of the temple 1175 and made this holy place ritually unclean!” 1176 21:29 (For they had seen Trophimus the Ephesian in the city with him previously, and 1177 they assumed Paul had brought him into the inner temple courts.) 1178 21:30 The whole city was stirred up, 1179 and the people rushed together. 1180 They seized 1181 Paul and dragged him out of the temple courts, 1182 and immediately the doors were shut. 21:31 While they were trying 1183 to kill him, a report 1184 was sent up 1185 to the commanding officer 1186 of the cohort 1187 that all Jerusalem was in confusion. 1188 21:32 He 1189 immediately took 1190 soldiers and centurions 1191 and ran down to the crowd. 1192 When they saw 1193 the commanding officer 1194 and the soldiers, they stopped beating 1195 Paul. 21:33 Then the commanding officer 1196 came up and arrested 1197 him and ordered him to be tied up with two chains; 1198 he 1199 then asked who he was and what 1200 he had done. 21:34 But some in the crowd shouted one thing, and others something else, 1201 and when the commanding officer 1202 was unable 1203 to find out the truth 1204 because of the disturbance, 1205 he ordered Paul 1206 to be brought into the barracks. 1207 21:35 When he came to the steps, Paul 1208 had to be carried 1209 by the soldiers because of the violence 1210 of the mob, 21:36 for a crowd of people 1211 followed them, 1212 screaming, “Away with him!” 21:37 As Paul was about to be brought into the barracks, 1213 he said 1214 to the commanding officer, 1215 “May I say 1216 something to you?” The officer 1217 replied, 1218 “Do you know Greek? 1219 21:38 Then you’re not that Egyptian who started a rebellion 1220 and led the four thousand men of the ‘Assassins’ 1221 into the wilderness 1222 some time ago?” 1223 21:39 Paul answered, 1224 “I am a Jew 1225 from Tarsus in Cilicia, a citizen of an important city. 1226 Please 1227 allow me to speak to the people.” 21:40 When the commanding officer 1228 had given him permission, 1229 Paul stood 1230 on the steps and gestured 1231 to the people with his hand. When they had become silent, 1232 he addressed 1233 them in Aramaic, 1234
22:1 “Brothers and fathers, listen to my defense 1235 that I now 1236 make to you.” 22:2 (When they heard 1237 that he was addressing 1238 them in Aramaic, 1239 they became even 1240 quieter.) 1241 Then 1242 Paul said, 22:3 “I am a Jew, 1243 born in Tarsus in Cilicia, but brought up 1244 in this city, educated with strictness 1245 under 1246 Gamaliel 1247 according to the law of our ancestors, 1248 and was 1249 zealous 1250 for God just as all of you are today. 22:4 I 1251 persecuted this Way 1252 even to the point of death, 1253 tying up 1254 both men and women and putting 1255 them in prison, 22:5 as both the high priest and the whole council of elders 1256 can testify about me. From them 1257 I also received 1258 letters to the brothers in Damascus, and I was on my way 1259 to make arrests there and bring 1260 the prisoners 1261 to Jerusalem 1262 to be punished. 22:6 As 1263 I was en route and near Damascus, 1264 about noon a very bright 1265 light from heaven 1266 suddenly flashed 1267 around me. 22:7 Then I 1268 fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?’ 22:8 I answered, ‘Who are you, Lord?’ He said to me, ‘I am Jesus the Nazarene, whom you are persecuting.’ 22:9 Those who were with me saw the light, but did not understand 1269 the voice of the one who was speaking to me. 22:10 So I asked, 1270 ‘What should I do, Lord?’ The Lord said to me, ‘Get up 1271 and go to Damascus; there you will be told about everything 1272 that you have been designated 1273 to do.’ 22:11 Since I could not see because of 1274 the brilliance 1275 of that light, I came to Damascus led by the hand of 1276 those who were with me. 22:12 A man named Ananias, 1277 a devout man according to the law, 1278 well spoken of by all the Jews who live there, 1279 22:13 came 1280 to me and stood beside me 1281 and said to me, ‘Brother Saul, regain your sight!’ 1282 And at that very moment 1283 I looked up and saw him. 1284 22:14 Then he said, ‘The God of our ancestors 1285 has already chosen 1286 you to know his will, to see 1287 the Righteous One, 1288 and to hear a command 1289 from his mouth, 22:15 because you will be his witness 1290 to all people 1291 of what you have seen and heard. 22:16 And now what are you waiting for? 1292 Get up, 1293 be baptized, and have your sins washed away, 1294 calling on his name.’ 1295 22:17 When 1296 I returned to Jerusalem and was praying in the temple, I fell into a trance 1297 22:18 and saw the Lord 1298 saying to me, ‘Hurry and get out of Jerusalem quickly, because they will not accept your testimony about me.’ 22:19 I replied, 1299 ‘Lord, they themselves know that I imprisoned and beat those in the various synagogues 1300 who believed in you. 22:20 And when the blood of your witness 1301 Stephen was shed, 1302 I myself was standing nearby, approving, 1303 and guarding the cloaks 1304 of those who were killing him.’ 1305 22:21 Then 1306 he said to me, ‘Go, because I will send you far away to the Gentiles.’”
The Roman Commander Questions Paul
22:22 The crowd 1307 was listening to him until he said this. 1308 Then 1309 they raised their voices and shouted, 1310 “Away with this man 1311 from the earth! For he should not be allowed to live!” 1312 22:23 While they were screaming 1313 and throwing off their cloaks 1314 and tossing dust 1315 in the air, 22:24 the commanding officer 1316 ordered Paul 1317 to be brought back into the barracks. 1318 He told them 1319 to interrogate Paul 1320 by beating him with a lash 1321 so that he could find out the reason the crowd 1322 was shouting at Paul 1323 in this way. 22:25 When they had stretched him out for the lash, 1324 Paul said to the centurion 1325 standing nearby, “Is it legal for you to lash a man who is a Roman citizen 1326 without a proper trial?” 1327 22:26 When the centurion 1328 heard this, 1329 he went to the commanding officer 1330 and reported it, 1331 saying, “What are you about to do? 1332 For this man is a Roman citizen.” 1333 22:27 So the commanding officer 1334 came and asked 1335 Paul, 1336 “Tell me, are you a Roman citizen?” 1337 He replied, 1338 “Yes.” 22:28 The commanding officer 1339 answered, “I acquired this citizenship with a large sum of money.” 1340 “But I was even 1341 born a citizen,” 1342 Paul replied. 1343 22:29 Then those who were about to interrogate him stayed away 1344 from him, and the commanding officer 1345 was frightened when he realized that Paul 1346 was 1347 a Roman citizen 1348 and that he had had him tied up. 1349
Paul Before the Sanhedrin
22:30 The next day, because the commanding officer 1350 wanted to know the true reason 1351 Paul 1352 was being accused by the Jews, he released him and ordered the chief priests and the whole council 1353 to assemble. He then brought 1354 Paul down and had him stand before them.
23:1 Paul looked directly 1355 at the council 1356 and said, “Brothers, I have lived my life with a clear conscience 1357 before God to this day.” 23:2 At that 1358 the high priest Ananias ordered those standing near 1359 Paul 1360 to strike 1361 him on the mouth. 23:3 Then Paul said to him, “God is going to strike you, you whitewashed wall! 1362 Do 1363 you sit there judging me according to the law, 1364 and in violation of the law 1365 you order me to be struck?” 23:4 Those standing near him 1366 said, “Do you dare insult 1367 God’s high priest?” 23:5 Paul replied, 1368 “I did not realize, 1369 brothers, that he was the high priest, for it is written, ‘You must not speak evil about a ruler of your people.’” 1370
23:6 Then when Paul noticed 1371 that part of them were Sadducees 1372 and the others Pharisees, 1373 he shouted out in the council, 1374 “Brothers, I am a Pharisee, a son of Pharisees. I am on trial concerning the hope of the resurrection 1375 of the dead!” 23:7 When he said this, 1376 an argument 1377 began 1378 between the Pharisees and the Sadducees, and the assembly was divided. 23:8 (For the Sadducees say there is no resurrection, or angel, or spirit, but the Pharisees acknowledge them all.) 1379 23:9 There was a great commotion, 1380 and some experts in the law 1381 from the party of the Pharisees stood up 1382 and protested strongly, 1383 “We find nothing wrong 1384 with this man. What if a spirit or an angel has spoken to him?” 23:10 When the argument became 1385 so great the commanding officer 1386 feared that they would tear Paul to pieces, 1387 he ordered the detachment 1388 to go down, take him away from them by force, 1389 and bring him into the barracks. 1390
The Plot to Kill Paul
23:12 When morning came, 1397 the Jews formed 1398 a conspiracy 1399 and bound themselves with an oath 1400 not to eat or drink anything 1401 until they had killed Paul. 23:13 There were more than forty of them who formed this conspiracy. 1402 23:14 They 1403 went 1404 to the chief priests 1405 and the elders and said, “We have bound ourselves with a solemn oath 1406 not to partake 1407 of anything until we have killed Paul. 23:15 So now you and the council 1408 request the commanding officer 1409 to bring him down to you, as if you were going to determine 1410 his case 1411 by conducting a more thorough inquiry. 1412 We are ready to kill him 1413 before he comes near this place.” 1414
23:16 But when the son of Paul’s sister heard about the ambush, 1415 he came and entered 1416 the barracks 1417 and told Paul. 23:17 Paul called 1418 one of the centurions 1419 and said, “Take this young man to the commanding officer, 1420 for he has something to report to him.” 23:18 So the centurion 1421 took him and brought him to the commanding officer 1422 and said, “The prisoner Paul called 1423 me and asked me to bring this young man to you because he has something to tell you.” 23:19 The commanding officer 1424 took him by the hand, withdrew privately, and asked, “What is it that you want 1425 to report to me?” 23:20 He replied, 1426 “The Jews have agreed to ask you to bring Paul down to the council 1427 tomorrow, as if they were going to inquire more thoroughly about him. 23:21 So do not let them persuade you to do this, 1428 because more than forty of them 1429 are lying in ambush 1430 for him. They 1431 have bound themselves with an oath 1432 not to eat or drink anything 1433 until they have killed him, and now they are ready, waiting for you to agree to their request.” 1434 23:22 Then the commanding officer 1435 sent the young man away, directing him, 1436 “Tell no one that you have reported 1437 these things to me.” 23:23 Then 1438 he summoned 1439 two of the centurions 1440 and said, “Make ready two hundred soldiers to go to Caesarea 1441 along with seventy horsemen 1442 and two hundred spearmen 1443 by 1444 nine o’clock tonight, 1445 23:24 and provide mounts for Paul to ride 1446 so that he may be brought safely to Felix 1447 the governor.” 1448 23:25 He wrote 1449 a letter that went like this: 1450
23:26 Claudius Lysias to His Excellency Governor 1451 Felix, 1452 greetings. 23:27 This man was seized 1453 by the Jews and they were about to kill him, 1454 when I came up 1455 with the detachment 1456 and rescued him, because I had learned that he was 1457 a Roman citizen. 1458 23:28 Since I wanted to know 1459 what charge they were accusing him of, 1460 I brought him down to their council. 1461 23:29 I found he 1462 was accused with reference to controversial questions 1463 about their law, but no charge against him deserved death or imprisonment. 1464 23:30 When I was informed 1465 there would be a plot 1466 against this man, I sent him to you at once, also ordering his accusers to state their charges 1467 against him before you.
23:31 So the soldiers, in accordance with their orders, 1468 took 1469 Paul and brought him to Antipatris 1470 during the night. 23:32 The next day they let 1471 the horsemen 1472 go on with him, and they returned to the barracks. 1473 23:33 When the horsemen 1474 came to Caesarea 1475 and delivered the letter to the governor, they also presented 1476 Paul to him. 23:34 When the governor 1477 had read 1478 the letter, 1479 he asked 1480 what province he was from. 1481 When he learned 1482 that he was from Cilicia, 1483 23:35 he said, “I will give you a hearing 1484 when your accusers arrive too.” Then 1485 he ordered that Paul 1486 be kept under guard in Herod’s palace. 1487
The Accusations Against Paul
24:1 After five days the high priest Ananias 1488 came down with some elders and an attorney 1489 named 1490 Tertullus, and they 1491 brought formal charges 1492 against Paul to the governor. 24:2 When Paul 1493 had been summoned, Tertullus began to accuse him, 1494 saying, “We have experienced a lengthy time 1495 of peace through your rule, 1496 and reforms 1497 are being made in this nation 1498 through your foresight. 1499 24:3 Most excellent Felix, 1500 we acknowledge this everywhere and in every way 1501 with all gratitude. 1502 24:4 But so that I may not delay 1503 you any further, I beg 1504 you to hear us briefly 1505 with your customary graciousness. 1506 24:5 For we have found 1507 this man to be a troublemaker, 1508 one who stirs up riots 1509 among all the Jews throughout the world, and a ringleader 1510 of the sect of the Nazarenes. 1511 24:6 He 1512 even tried to desecrate 1513 the temple, so we arrested 1514 him. 24:7 [[EMPTY]] 1515 24:8 When you examine 1516 him yourself, you will be able to learn from him 1517 about all these things we are accusing him of doing.” 1518 24:9 The Jews also joined in the verbal attack, 1519 claiming 1520 that these things were true.
Paul’s Defense Before Felix
24:10 When the governor gestured for him to speak, Paul replied, “Because I know 1521 that you have been a judge over this nation for many years, I confidently make my defense. 1522 24:11 As you can verify 1523 for yourself, not more than twelve days ago 1524 I went up to Jerusalem 1525 to worship. 24:12 They did not find me arguing 1526 with anyone or stirring up a crowd 1527 in the temple courts 1528 or in the synagogues 1529 or throughout the city, 1530 24:13 nor can they prove 1531 to you the things 1532 they are accusing me of doing. 1533 24:14 But I confess this to you, that I worship 1534 the God of our ancestors 1535 according to the Way (which they call a sect), believing everything that is according to the law 1536 and that is written in the prophets. 24:15 I have 1537 a hope in God (a hope 1538 that 1539 these men 1540 themselves accept too) that there is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous. 1541 24:16 This is the reason 1542 I do my best to always 1543 have a clear 1544 conscience toward God and toward people. 1545 24:17 After several years 1546 I came to bring to my people gifts for the poor 1547 and to present offerings, 1548 24:18 which I was doing when they found me in the temple, ritually purified, 1549 without a crowd or a disturbance. 1550 24:19 But there are some Jews from the province of Asia 1551 who should be here before you and bring charges, 1552 if they have anything against me. 24:20 Or these men here 1553 should tell what crime 1554 they found me guilty of 1555 when I stood before the council, 1556 24:21 other than 1557 this one thing 1558 I shouted out while I stood before 1559 them: ‘I am on trial before you today concerning the resurrection of the dead.’” 1560
24:22 Then Felix, 1561 who understood the facts 1562 concerning the Way 1563 more accurately, 1564 adjourned their hearing, 1565 saying, “When Lysias the commanding officer comes down, I will decide your case.” 1566 24:23 He ordered the centurion 1567 to guard Paul, 1568 but to let him have some freedom, 1569 and not to prevent any of his friends 1570 from meeting his needs. 1571
Paul Speaks Repeatedly to Felix
24:24 Some days later, when Felix 1572 arrived with his wife Drusilla, 1573 who was Jewish, he sent for Paul and heard him speak 1574 about faith in Christ Jesus. 1575 24:25 While Paul 1576 was discussing 1577 righteousness, self-control, 1578 and the coming judgment, Felix 1579 became 1580 frightened and said, “Go away for now, and when I have an opportunity, 1581 I will send for you.” 24:26 At the same time he was also hoping that Paul would give him money, 1582 and for this reason he sent for Paul 1583 as often as possible 1584 and talked 1585 with him. 24:27 After two years 1586 had passed, Porcius Festus 1587 succeeded Felix, 1588 and because he wanted to do the Jews a favor, Felix left Paul in prison. 1589
Paul Appeals to Caesar
25:1 Now 1590 three days after Festus 1591 arrived in the province, he went up to Jerusalem 1592 from Caesarea. 1593 25:2 So the chief priests and the most prominent men 1594 of the Jews brought formal charges 1595 against Paul to him. 25:3 Requesting him to do them a favor against Paul, 1596 they urged Festus 1597 to summon him to Jerusalem, planning an ambush 1598 to kill him along the way. 25:4 Then Festus 1599 replied that Paul was being kept at Caesarea, 1600 and he himself intended to go there 1601 shortly. 25:5 “So,” he said, “let your leaders 1602 go down there 1603 with me, and if this man has done anything wrong, 1604 they may bring charges 1605 against him.”
25:6 After Festus 1606 had stayed 1607 not more than eight or ten days among them, he went down to Caesarea, 1608 and the next day he sat 1609 on the judgment seat 1610 and ordered Paul to be brought. 25:7 When he arrived, the Jews who had come down from Jerusalem stood around him, 1611 bringing many serious 1612 charges that they were not able to prove. 1613 25:8 Paul said in his defense, 1614 “I have committed no offense 1615 against the Jewish law 1616 or against the temple or against Caesar.” 1617 25:9 But Festus, 1618 wanting to do the Jews a favor, asked Paul, “Are you willing to go up to Jerusalem and be tried 1619 before me there on these charges?” 1620 25:10 Paul replied, 1621 “I am standing before Caesar’s 1622 judgment seat, 1623 where I should be tried. 1624 I have done nothing wrong 1625 to the Jews, as you also know very well. 1626 25:11 If then I am in the wrong 1627 and have done anything that deserves death, I am not trying to escape dying, 1628 but if not one of their charges against me is true, 1629 no one can hand me over to them. 1630 I appeal to Caesar!” 1631 25:12 Then, after conferring with his council, 1632 Festus 1633 replied, “You have appealed to Caesar; 1634 to Caesar 1635 you will go!” 1636
Festus Asks King Agrippa for Advice
25:13 After several days had passed, King Agrippa 1637 and Bernice arrived at Caesarea 1638 to pay their respects 1639 to Festus. 1640 25:14 While 1641 they were staying there many days, Festus 1642 explained Paul’s case to the king to get his opinion, 1643 saying, “There is a man left here as a prisoner by Felix. 25:15 When I was in Jerusalem, 1644 the chief priests and the elders of the Jews informed 1645 me about him, 1646 asking for a sentence of condemnation 1647 against him. 25:16 I answered them 1648 that it was not the custom of the Romans to hand over anyone 1649 before the accused had met his accusers face to face 1650 and had been given 1651 an opportunity to make a defense against the accusation. 1652 25:17 So after they came back here with me, 1653 I did not postpone the case, 1654 but the next day I sat 1655 on the judgment seat 1656 and ordered the man to be brought. 25:18 When his accusers stood up, they did not charge 1657 him with any of the evil deeds I had suspected. 1658 25:19 Rather they had several points of disagreement 1659 with him about their own religion 1660 and about a man named Jesus 1661 who was dead, whom Paul claimed 1662 to be alive. 25:20 Because I was at a loss 1663 how I could investigate these matters, 1664 I asked if he were willing to go to Jerusalem and be tried 1665 there on these charges. 1666 25:21 But when Paul appealed to be kept in custody for the decision of His Majesty the Emperor, 1667 I ordered him to be kept under guard until I could send him to Caesar.” 1668 25:22 Agrippa 1669 said to Festus, 1670 “I would also like to hear the man myself.” “Tomorrow,” he replied, 1671 “you will hear him.”
Paul Before King Agrippa and Bernice
25:23 So the next day Agrippa 1672 and Bernice came with great pomp 1673 and entered the audience hall, 1674 along with the senior military officers 1675 and the prominent men of the city. When Festus 1676 gave the order, 1677 Paul was brought in. 25:24 Then Festus 1678 said, “King Agrippa, 1679 and all you who are present here with us, you see this man about whom the entire Jewish populace 1680 petitioned 1681 me both in Jerusalem 1682 and here, 1683 shouting loudly 1684 that he ought not to live any longer. 25:25 But I found that he had done nothing that deserved death, 1685 and when he appealed 1686 to His Majesty the Emperor, 1687 I decided to send him. 1688 25:26 But I have nothing definite 1689 to write to my lord 1690 about him. 1691 Therefore I have brought him before you all, and especially before you, King Agrippa, 1692 so that after this preliminary hearing 1693 I may have something to write. 25:27 For it seems unreasonable to me to send a prisoner without clearly indicating 1694 the charges against him.”
Paul Offers His Defense
26:2 “Regarding all the things I have been accused of by the Jews, King Agrippa, 1699 I consider myself fortunate that I am about to make my defense before you today, 26:3 because you are especially 1700 familiar with all the customs and controversial issues 1701 of the Jews. Therefore I ask 1702 you to listen to me patiently. 26:4 Now all the Jews know the way I lived 1703 from my youth, spending my life from the beginning among my own people 1704 and in Jerusalem. 1705 26:5 They know, 1706 because they have known 1707 me from time past, 1708 if they are willing to testify, that according to the strictest party 1709 of our religion, I lived as a Pharisee. 1710 26:6 And now I stand here on trial 1711 because of my hope in the promise made by God to our ancestors, 1712 26:7 a promise 1713 that our twelve tribes hope to attain as they earnestly serve God 1714 night and day. Concerning this hope the Jews are accusing me, 1715 Your Majesty! 1716 26:8 Why do you people 1717 think 1718 it is unbelievable 1719 that 1720 God raises the dead? 26:9 Of course, 1721 I myself was convinced 1722 that it was necessary to do many things hostile to the name of Jesus the Nazarene. 26:10 And that is what I did in Jerusalem: Not only did I lock up many of the saints in prisons by the authority I received 1723 from the chief priests, but I also cast my vote 1724 against them when they were sentenced to death. 1725 26:11 I punished 1726 them often in all the synagogues 1727 and tried to force 1728 them to blaspheme. Because I was so furiously enraged 1729 at them, I went to persecute 1730 them even in foreign cities.
26:12 “While doing this very thing, 1731 as I was going 1732 to Damascus with authority and complete power 1733 from the chief priests, 26:13 about noon along the road, Your Majesty, 1734 I saw a light from heaven, 1735 brighter than the sun, shining everywhere around 1736 me and those traveling with me. 26:14 When we had all fallen to the ground, I heard a voice saying to me in Aramaic, 1737 ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? You are hurting yourself 1738 by kicking against the goads.’ 1739 26:15 So I said, ‘Who are you, Lord?’ And the Lord replied, 1740 ‘I am Jesus whom you are persecuting. 26:16 But get up and stand on your feet, for I have appeared to you for this reason, to designate you in advance 1741 as a servant and witness 1742 to the things 1743 you have seen 1744 and to the things in which I will appear to you. 26:17 I will rescue 1745 you from your own people 1746 and from the Gentiles, to whom 1747 I am sending you 26:18 to open their eyes so that they turn 1748 from darkness to light and from the power 1749 of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a share 1750 among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’
26:19 “Therefore, King Agrippa, 1751 I was not disobedient 1752 to the heavenly 1753 vision, 26:20 but I declared to those in Damascus first, and then to those in Jerusalem and in all Judea, 1754 and to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, 1755 performing deeds consistent with 1756 repentance. 26:21 For this reason the Jews seized me in the temple courts 1757 and were trying to kill me. 26:22 I have experienced 1758 help from God to this day, and so I stand testifying to both small and great, saying nothing except 1759 what the prophets and Moses said 1760 was going to happen: 26:23 that 1761 the Christ 1762 was to suffer and be the first to rise from the dead, to proclaim light both to our people 1763 and to the Gentiles.” 1764
26:24 As Paul 1765 was saying these things in his defense, Festus 1766 exclaimed loudly, “You have lost your mind, 1767 Paul! Your great learning is driving you insane!” 26:25 But Paul replied, 1768 “I have not lost my mind, most excellent Festus, 1769 but am speaking 1770 true and rational 1771 words. 26:26 For the king knows about these things, and I am speaking freely 1772 to him, 1773 because I cannot believe 1774 that any of these things has escaped his notice, 1775 for this was not done in a corner. 1776 26:27 Do you believe the prophets, 1777 King Agrippa? 1778 I know that you believe.” 26:28 Agrippa 1779 said to Paul, “In such a short time are you persuading me to become a Christian?” 1780 26:29 Paul replied, “I pray to God that whether in a short or a long time 1781 not only you but also all those who are listening to me today could become such as I am, except for these chains.” 1782
26:30 So the king got up, and with him the governor and Bernice and those sitting with them, 26:31 and as they were leaving they said to one another, 1783 “This man is not doing anything deserving 1784 death or imprisonment.” 26:32 Agrippa 1785 said to Festus, 1786 “This man could have been released 1787 if he had not appealed to Caesar.” 1788
Paul and Company Sail for Rome
27:1 When it was decided we 1789 would sail to Italy, 1790 they handed over Paul and some other prisoners to a centurion 1791 of the Augustan Cohort 1792 named Julius. 27:2 We went on board 1793 a ship from Adramyttium 1794 that was about to sail to various ports 1795 along the coast of the province of Asia 1796 and put out to sea, 1797 accompanied by Aristarchus, a Macedonian 1798 from Thessalonica. 1799 27:3 The next day we put in 1800 at Sidon, 1801 and Julius, treating Paul kindly, 1802 allowed him to go to his friends so they could provide him with what he needed. 1803 27:4 From there we put out to sea 1804 and sailed under the lee 1805 of Cyprus because the winds were against us. 27:5 After we had sailed across the open sea 1806 off Cilicia and Pamphylia, 1807 we put in 1808 at Myra 1809 in Lycia. 1810 27:6 There the centurion 1811 found 1812 a ship from Alexandria 1813 sailing for Italy, and he put us aboard it. 27:7 We sailed slowly 1814 for many days and arrived with difficulty off Cnidus. 1815 Because the wind prevented us from going any farther, 1816 we sailed under the lee 1817 of Crete off Salmone. 1818 27:8 With difficulty we sailed along the coast 1819 of Crete 1820 and came to a place called Fair Havens that was near the town of Lasea. 1821
Caught in a Violent Storm
27:9 Since considerable time had passed and the voyage was now dangerous 1822 because the fast 1823 was already over, 1824 Paul advised them, 1825 27:10 “Men, I can see the voyage is going to end 1826 in disaster 1827 and great loss not only of the cargo and the ship, but also of our lives.” 1828 27:11 But the centurion 1829 was more convinced 1830 by the captain 1831 and the ship’s owner than by what Paul said. 1832 27:12 Because the harbor was not suitable to spend the winter in, the majority decided 1833 to put out to sea 1834 from there. They hoped that 1835 somehow they could reach 1836 Phoenix, 1837 a harbor of Crete facing 1838 southwest and northwest, and spend the winter there. 27:13 When a gentle south wind sprang up, they thought 1839 they could carry out 1840 their purpose, so they weighed anchor 1841 and sailed close along the coast 1842 of Crete. 27:14 Not long after this, a hurricane-force 1843 wind called the northeaster 1844 blew down from the island. 1845 27:15 When the ship was caught in it 1846 and could not head into 1847 the wind, we gave way to it and were driven 1848 along. 27:16 As we ran under the lee of 1849 a small island called Cauda, 1850 we were able with difficulty to get the ship’s boat 1851 under control. 27:17 After the crew 1852 had hoisted it aboard, 1853 they used supports 1854 to undergird the ship. Fearing they would run aground 1855 on the Syrtis, 1856 they lowered the sea anchor, 1857 thus letting themselves be driven along. 27:18 The next day, because we were violently battered by the storm, 1858 they began throwing the cargo overboard, 1859 27:19 and on the third day they threw the ship’s gear 1860 overboard with their own hands. 27:20 When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days and a violent 1861 storm continued to batter us, 1862 we finally abandoned all hope of being saved. 1863
27:21 Since many of them had no desire to eat, 1864 Paul 1865 stood up 1866 among them and said, “Men, you should have listened to me 1867 and not put out to sea 1868 from Crete, thus avoiding 1869 this damage and loss. 27:22 And now I advise 1870 you to keep up your courage, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only the ship will be lost. 1871 27:23 For last night an angel of the God to whom I belong 1872 and whom I serve 1873 came to me 1874 27:24 and said, 1875 ‘Do not be afraid, Paul! You must stand before 1876 Caesar, 1877 and God has graciously granted you the safety 1878 of all who are sailing with you.’ 27:25 Therefore keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God 1879 that it will be just as I have been told. 27:26 But we must 1880 run aground on some island.”
27:27 When the fourteenth night had come, while we were being driven 1881 across the Adriatic Sea, 1882 about midnight the sailors suspected they were approaching some land. 1883 27:28 They took soundings 1884 and found the water was twenty fathoms 1885 deep; when they had sailed a little farther 1886 they took soundings again and found it was fifteen fathoms 1887 deep. 27:29 Because they were afraid 1888 that we would run aground on the rocky coast, 1889 they threw out 1890 four anchors from the stern and wished 1891 for day to appear. 1892 27:30 Then when the sailors tried to escape from the ship and were lowering the ship’s boat into the sea, pretending 1893 that they were going to put out anchors from the bow, 27:31 Paul said to the centurion 1894 and the soldiers, “Unless these men stay with the ship, you 1895 cannot be saved.” 27:32 Then the soldiers cut the ropes 1896 of the ship’s boat and let it drift away. 1897
27:33 As day was about to dawn, 1898 Paul urged them all to take some food, saying, “Today is the fourteenth day you have been in suspense 1899 and have gone 1900 without food; you have eaten nothing. 1901 27:34 Therefore I urge you to take some food, for this is important 1902 for your survival. 1903 For not one of you will lose a hair from his head.” 27:35 After he said this, Paul 1904 took bread 1905 and gave thanks to God in front of them all, 1906 broke 1907 it, and began to eat. 27:36 So all of them were encouraged and took food themselves. 27:37 (We were in all two hundred seventy-six 1908 persons on the ship.) 1909 27:38 When they had eaten enough to be satisfied, 1910 they lightened the ship by throwing the wheat 1911 into the sea.
Paul is Shipwrecked
27:39 When day came, they did not recognize the land, but they noticed 1912 a bay 1913 with a beach, 1914 where they decided to run the ship aground if they could. 27:40 So they slipped 1915 the anchors 1916 and left them in the sea, at the same time loosening the linkage 1917 that bound the steering oars 1918 together. Then they hoisted 1919 the foresail 1920 to the wind and steered toward 1921 the beach. 27:41 But they encountered a patch of crosscurrents 1922 and ran the ship aground; the bow stuck fast and could not be moved, but the stern was being broken up by the force 1923 of the waves. 27:42 Now the soldiers’ plan was to kill the prisoners 1924 so that none of them would escape by swimming away. 1925 27:43 But the centurion, 1926 wanting to save Paul’s life, 1927 prevented them from carrying out their plan. He ordered those who could swim to jump overboard first and get to land, 1928 27:44 and the rest were to follow, 1929 some on planks 1930 and some on pieces of the ship. 1931 And in this way 1932 all were brought safely to land.
Paul on Malta
28:1 After we had safely reached shore, 1933 we learned that the island was called Malta. 1934 28:2 The local inhabitants 1935 showed us extraordinary 1936 kindness, for they built a fire and welcomed us all because it had started to rain 1937 and was cold. 28:3 When Paul had gathered a bundle of brushwood 1938 and was putting it on the fire, a viper came out because of the heat and fastened itself on his hand. 28:4 When the local people 1939 saw the creature hanging from Paul’s 1940 hand, they said to one another, “No doubt this man is a murderer! Although he has escaped from the sea, Justice herself 1941 has not allowed him to live!” 1942 28:5 However, 1943 Paul 1944 shook 1945 the creature off into the fire and suffered no harm. 28:6 But they were expecting that he was going to swell up 1946 or suddenly drop dead. So after they had waited 1947 a long time and had seen 1948 nothing unusual happen 1949 to him, they changed their minds 1950 and said he was a god. 1951
28:7 Now in the region around that place 1952 were fields belonging to the chief official 1953 of the island, named Publius, who welcomed us and entertained us hospitably as guests for three days. 28:8 The father 1954 of Publius lay sick in bed, suffering from fever and dysentery. Paul went in to see him 1955 and after praying, placed 1956 his hands on him and healed 1957 him. 28:9 After this had happened, many of the people on the island who were sick 1958 also came and were healed. 1959 28:10 They also bestowed many honors, 1960 and when we were preparing to sail, 1961 they gave 1962 us all the supplies we needed. 1963
Paul Finally Reaches Rome
28:11 After three months we put out to sea 1964 in an Alexandrian ship that had wintered at the island and had the “Heavenly Twins” 1965 as its figurehead. 1966 28:12 We put in 1967 at Syracuse 1968 and stayed there three days. 28:13 From there we cast off 1969 and arrived at Rhegium, 1970 and after one day a south wind sprang up 1971 and on the second day we came to Puteoli. 1972 28:14 There 1973 we found 1974 some brothers 1975 and were invited to stay with them seven days. And in this way we came to Rome. 1976 28:15 The brothers from there, 1977 when they heard about us, came as far as the Forum of Appius 1978 and Three Taverns 1979 to meet us. When he saw them, 1980 Paul thanked God and took courage. 28:16 When we entered Rome, Paul was allowed to live 1981 by himself, with the soldier who was guarding him.
Paul Addresses the Jewish Community in Rome
28:17 After three days 1982 Paul 1983 called the local Jewish leaders 1984 together. When they had assembled, he said to them, “Brothers, 1985 although I had done 1986 nothing against our people or the customs of our ancestors, 1987 from Jerusalem 1988 I was handed over as a prisoner to the Romans. 1989 28:18 When 1990 they had heard my case, 1991 they wanted to release me, 1992 because there was no basis for a death sentence 1993 against me. 28:19 But when the Jews objected, 1994 I was forced to appeal to Caesar 1995 – not that I had some charge to bring 1996 against my own people. 1997 28:20 So for this reason I have asked to see you and speak with you, for I am bound with this chain because of the hope of Israel.” 1998 28:21 They replied, 1999 “We have received no letters from Judea about you, nor have any of the brothers come from there 2000 and reported or said anything bad about you. 28:22 But we would like to hear from you what you think, for regarding this sect we know 2001 that people 2002 everywhere speak against 2003 it.”
28:23 They set 2004 a day to meet with him, 2005 and they came to him where he was staying 2006 in even greater numbers. 2007 From morning until evening he explained things 2008 to them, 2009 testifying 2010 about the kingdom of God 2011 and trying to convince 2012 them about Jesus from both the law of Moses and the prophets. 28:24 Some were convinced 2013 by what he said, 2014 but others refused 2015 to believe. 28:25 So they began to leave, 2016 unable to agree among themselves, after Paul made one last statement: “The Holy Spirit spoke rightly to your ancestors 2017 through the prophet Isaiah 28:26 when he said,
‘Go to this people and say,
“You will keep on hearing, 2018 but will never understand,
and you will keep on looking, 2019 but will never perceive.
28:27 For the heart of this people has become dull, 2020
and their ears are hard of hearing, 2021
and they have closed their eyes,
so that they would not see with their eyes
and hear with their ears
and understand with their heart28:29 [[EMPTY]] 2028
28:30 Paul 2029 lived 2030 there two whole years in his own rented quarters 2031 and welcomed 2032 all who came to him, 28:31 proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ 2033 with complete boldness 2034 and without restriction. 2035