Bible: Acts 1-12

Jesus Ascends to Heaven

1:1 I wrote 1  the former 2  account, 3  Theophilus, 4  about all that Jesus began to do and teach 1:2 until the day he was taken up to heaven, 5  after he had given orders 6  by 7  the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen. 1:3 To the same apostles 8  also, after his suffering, 9  he presented himself alive with many convincing proofs. He was seen by them over a forty-day period 10  and spoke about matters concerning the kingdom of God. 1:4 While he was with them, 11  he declared, 12 Do not leave Jerusalem, 13  but wait there 14  for what my 15  Father promised, 16  which you heard about from me. 17  1:5 For 18  John baptized with water, but you 19  will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”

1:6 So when they had gathered together, they began to ask him, 20 Lord, is this the time when you are restoring the kingdom to Israel? 1:7 He told them, “You are not permitted to know 21  the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the farthest parts 22  of the earth.” 1:9 After 23  he had said this, while they were watching, he was lifted up and a cloud hid him from their sight. 1:10 As 24  they were still staring into the sky while he was going, suddenly 25  two men in white clothing stood near them 1:11 and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand here 26  looking up into the sky? This same Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven 27  will come back in the same way you saw him go into heaven.”

A Replacement for Judas is Chosen

1:12 Then they returned to Jerusalem 28  from the mountain 29  called the Mount of Olives 30  (which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey 31  away). 1:13 When 32  they had entered Jerusalem, 33  they went to the upstairs room where they were staying. Peter 34  and John, and James, and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James were there. 35  1:14 All these continued together in prayer with one mind, together with the women, along with Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers. 36  1:15 In those days 37  Peter stood up among the believers 38  (a gathering of about one hundred and twenty people) and said, 1:16 Brothers, 39  the scripture had to be fulfilled that the Holy Spirit foretold through 40  David concerning Judas – who became the guide for those who arrested Jesus 1:17 for he was counted as one of us and received a share in this ministry.” 41  1:18 (Now this man Judas 42  acquired a field with the reward of his unjust deed, 43  and falling headfirst 44  he burst open in the middle and all his intestines 45  gushed out. 1:19 This 46  became known to all who lived in Jerusalem, so that in their own language 47  they called that field 48  Hakeldama, that is, “Field of Blood.”) 1:20 For it is written in the book of Psalms, ‘Let his house become deserted, 49  and let there be no one to live in it,’ 50  andLet another take his position of responsibility.’ 51  1:21 Thus one of the men 52  who have accompanied us during all the time the Lord Jesus associated with 53  us, 1:22 beginning from his baptism by John until the day he 54  was taken up from us – one of these must become a witness of his resurrection together with us.” 1:23 So they 55  proposed two candidates: 56  Joseph called Barsabbas (also called Justus) and Matthias. 1:24 Then they prayed, 57 Lord, you know the hearts of all. Show us which one of these two you have chosen 1:25 to assume the task 58  of this service 59  and apostleship from which Judas turned aside 60  to go to his own place.” 61  1:26 Then 62  they cast lots for them, and the one chosen was Matthias; 63  so he was counted with the eleven apostles. 64 

The Holy Spirit and the Day of Pentecost

2:1 Now 65  when the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2:2 Suddenly 66  a sound 67  like a violent wind blowing 68  came from heaven 69  and filled the entire house where they were sitting. 2:3 And tongues spreading out like a fire 70  appeared to them and came to rest on each one of them. 2:4 All 71  of them were filled with the Holy Spirit, and they began to speak in other languages 72  as the Spirit enabled them. 73 

2:5 Now there were devout Jews 74  from every nation under heaven residing in Jerusalem. 75  2:6 When this sound 76  occurred, a crowd gathered and was in confusion, 77  because each one heard them speaking in his own language. 2:7 Completely baffled, they said, 78 Aren’t 79  all these who are speaking Galileans? 2:8 And how is it that each one of us hears them 80  in our own native language? 81  2:9 Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and the province of Asia, 82  2:10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene, 83  and visitors from Rome, 84  2:11 both Jews and proselytes, 85  Cretans and Arabs – we hear them speaking in our own languages about the great deeds God has done! 86  2:12 All were astounded and greatly confused, saying to one another, “What does this mean? 2:13 But others jeered at the speakers, 87  saying, “They are drunk on new wine! 88 

Peter’s Address on the Day of Pentecost

2:14 But Peter stood up 89  with the eleven, raised his voice, and addressed them: “You men of Judea 90  and all you who live in Jerusalem, 91  know this 92  and listen carefully to what I say. 2:15 In spite of what you think, these men are not drunk, 93  for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. 94  2:16 But this is what was spoken about through the prophet Joel: 95 

2:17And in the last days 96  it will be,God says,

that I will pour out my Spirit on all people, 97 

and your sons and your daughters will prophesy,

and your young men will see visions,

and your old men will dream dreams.

2:18 Even on my servants, 98  both men and women,

I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy. 99 

2:19 And I will perform wonders in the sky 100  above

and miraculous signs 101  on the earth below,

blood and fire and clouds of smoke.

2:20 The sun will be changed to darkness

and the moon to blood

before the great and glorious 102  day of the Lord comes.

2:21 And then 103  everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’ 104 

2:22Men of Israel, 105  listen to these words: Jesus the Nazarene, a man clearly attested to you by God with powerful deeds, 106  wonders, and miraculous signs 107  that God performed among you through him, just as you yourselves know 2:23 this man, who was handed over by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you executed 108  by nailing him to a cross at the hands of Gentiles. 109  2:24 But God raised him up, 110  having released 111  him from the pains 112  of death, because it was not possible for him to be held in its power. 113  2:25 For David says about him,

I saw the Lord always in front of me, 114 

for he is at my right hand so that I will not be shaken.

2:26 Therefore my heart was glad and my tongue rejoiced;

my body 115  also will live in hope,

2:27 because you will not leave my soul in Hades, 116 

nor permit your Holy One to experience 117  decay.

2:28 You have made known to me the paths of life;

you will make me full of joy with your presence.’ 118 

2:29Brothers, 119  I can speak confidently 120  to you about our forefather 121  David, that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. 2:30 So then, because 122  he was a prophet and knew that God had sworn to him with an oath to seat one of his descendants 123  on his throne, 124  2:31 David by foreseeing this 125  spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, 126  that he was neither abandoned to Hades, 127  nor did his body 128  experience 129  decay. 130  2:32 This Jesus God raised up, and we are all witnesses of it. 131  2:33 So then, exalted 132  to the right hand 133  of God, and having received 134  the promise of the Holy Spirit 135  from the Father, he has poured out 136  what you both see and hear. 2:34 For David did not ascend into heaven, but he himself says,

The Lord said to my lord,

Sit 137  at my right hand

2:35 until I make your enemies a footstool 138  for your feet.”’ 139 

2:36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know beyond a doubt 140  that God has made this Jesus whom you crucified 141  both Lord 142  and Christ.” 143 

The Response to Peter’s Address

2:37 Now when they heard this, 144  they were acutely distressed 145  and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “What should we do, brothers? 2:38 Peter said to them, “Repent, and each one of you be baptized 146  in the name of Jesus Christ 147  for 148  the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 149  2:39 For the promise 150  is for you and your children, and for all who are far away, as many as the Lord our God will call to himself.” 2:40 With many other words he testified 151  and exhorted them saying, “Save yourselves from this perverse 152  generation! 2:41 So those who accepted 153  his message 154  were baptized, and that day about three thousand people 155  were added. 156 

The Fellowship of the Early Believers

2:42 They were devoting themselves to the apostlesteaching and to fellowship, 157  to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 158  2:43 Reverential awe 159  came over everyone, 160  and many wonders and miraculous signs 161  came about by the apostles. 2:44 All who believed were together and held 162  everything in common, 2:45 and they began selling 163  their property 164  and possessions and distributing the proceeds 165  to everyone, as anyone had need. 2:46 Every day 166  they continued to gather together by common consent in the temple courts, 167  breaking bread from 168  house to house, sharing their food with glad 169  and humble hearts, 170  2:47 praising God and having the good will 171  of all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number every day 172  those who were being saved.

Peter and John Heal a Lame Man at the Temple

3:1 Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time 173  for prayer, 174  at three o’clock in the afternoon. 175  3:2 And a man lame 176  from birth 177  was being carried up, who was placed at the temple gate called “the Beautiful Gate” every day 178  so he could beg for money 179  from those going into the temple courts. 180  3:3 When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple courts, 181  he asked them for money. 182  3:4 Peter looked directly 183  at him (as did John) and said, “Look at us! 3:5 So the lame man 184  paid attention to them, expecting to receive something from them. 3:6 But Peter said, “I have no silver or gold, 185  but what I do have I give you. In the name 186  of Jesus Christ 187  the Nazarene, stand up and 188  walk! 3:7 Then 189  Peter 190  took hold 191  of him by the right hand and raised him up, and at once the man’s 192  feet and ankles were made strong. 193  3:8 He 194  jumped up, 195  stood and began walking around, and he entered the temple courts 196  with them, walking and leaping and praising God. 3:9 All 197  the people saw him walking and praising God, 3:10 and they recognized him as the man who used to sit and ask for donations 198  at the Beautiful Gate of the temple, and they were filled with astonishment and amazement 199  at what had happened to him.

Peter Addresses the Crowd

3:11 While the man 200  was hanging on to Peter and John, all the people, completely astounded, ran together to them in the covered walkway 201  called Solomon’s Portico. 202  3:12 When Peter saw this, he declared to the people, “Men of Israel, 203  why are you amazed at this? Why 204  do you stare at us as if we had made this man 205  walk by our own power or piety? 3:13 The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, 206  the God of our forefathers, 207  has glorified 208  his servant 209  Jesus, whom you handed over and rejected 210  in the presence of Pilate after he had decided 211  to release him. 3:14 But you rejected 212  the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a man who was a murderer be released to you. 3:15 You killed 213  the Originator 214  of life, whom God raised 215  from the dead. To this fact we are witnesses! 216  3:16 And on the basis of faith in Jesus’ 217  name, 218  his very name has made this man – whom you see and know – strong. The 219  faith that is through Jesus 220  has given him this complete health in the presence 221  of you all. 3:17 And now, brothers, I know you acted in ignorance, 222  as your rulers did too. 3:18 But the things God foretold 223  long ago through 224  all the prophets – that his Christ 225  would suffer – he has fulfilled in this way. 3:19 Therefore repent and turn back so that your sins may be wiped out, 3:20 so that times of refreshing 226  may come from the presence of the Lord, 227  and so that he may send the Messiah 228  appointed 229  for you – that is, Jesus. 3:21 This one 230  heaven must 231  receive until the time all things are restored, 232  which God declared 233  from times long ago 234  through his holy prophets. 3:22 Moses said, ‘The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your brothers. You must obey 235  him in everything he tells you. 236  3:23 Every person 237  who does not obey that prophet will be destroyed and thus removed 238  from the people.’ 239  3:24 And all the prophets, from Samuel and those who followed him, have spoken about and announced 240  these days. 3:25 You are the sons of the prophets and of the covenant that God made with your ancestors, 241  saying to Abraham, ‘And in your descendants 242  all the nations 243  of the earth will be blessed.’ 244  3:26 God raised up 245  his servant and sent him first to you, to bless you by turning 246  each one of you from your iniquities.” 247 

The Arrest and Trial of Peter and John

4:1 While Peter and John 248  were speaking to the people, the priests and the commander 249  of the temple guard 250  and the Sadducees 251  came up 252  to them, 4:2 angry 253  because they were teaching the people and announcing 254  in Jesus the resurrection of the dead. 4:3 So 255  they seized 256  them and put them in jail 257  until the next day (for it was already evening). 4:4 But many of those who had listened to 258  the message 259  believed, and the number of the men 260  came to about five thousand.

4:5 On the next day, 261  their rulers, elders, and experts in the law 262  came together 263  in Jerusalem. 264  4:6 Annas the high priest was there, and Caiaphas, John, Alexander, and others who were members of the high priest’s family. 265  4:7 After 266  making Peter and John 267  stand in their midst, they began to inquire, “By what power or by what name 268  did you do this? 4:8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, 269  replied, 270 Rulers of the people and elders, 271  4:9 if 272  we are being examined 273  today for a good deed 274  done to a sick man – by what means this man was healed 275  4:10 let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that by the name of Jesus Christ 276  the Nazarene whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, this man stands before you healthy. 4:11 This Jesus 277  is the stone that was rejected by you, 278  the builders, that has become the cornerstone. 279  4:12 And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among people 280  by which we must 281  be saved.”

4:13 When they saw the boldness 282  of Peter and John, and discovered 283  that they were uneducated 284  and ordinary 285  men, they were amazed and recognized these men had been with Jesus. 4:14 And because they saw the man who had been healed standing with them, they had nothing to say against this. 286  4:15 But when they had ordered them to go outside the council, 287  they began to confer with one another, 4:16 saying, “What should we do with these men? For it is plain 288  to all who live in Jerusalem that a notable miraculous sign 289  has come about through them, 290  and we cannot deny it. 4:17 But to keep this matter from spreading any further among the people, let us warn them to speak no more 291  to anyone in this name.” 4:18 And they called them in and ordered 292  them not to speak or teach at all in the name 293  of Jesus. 4:19 But Peter and John replied, 294 Whether it is right before God to obey 295  you rather than God, you decide, 4:20 for it is impossible 296  for us not to speak about what we have seen and heard.” 4:21 After threatening them further, they released them, for they could not find how to punish them on account of the people, because they were all praising 297  God for what had happened. 4:22 For the man, on whom this miraculous sign 298  of healing had been performed, 299  was over forty years old.

The Followers of Jesus Pray for Boldness

4:23 When they were released, Peter and John 300  went to their fellow believers 301  and reported everything the high priests and the elders had said to them. 4:24 When they heard this, they raised their voices to God with one mind 302  and said, “Master of all, 303  you who made the heaven, the earth, 304  the sea, and everything that is in them, 4:25 who said by the Holy Spirit through 305  your servant David our forefather, 306 

Why do the nations 307  rage, 308 

and the peoples plot foolish 309  things?

4:26 The kings of the earth stood together, 310 

and the rulers assembled together,

against the Lord and against his 311  Christ.’ 312 

4:27For indeed both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel, assembled together in this city against 313  your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, 314  4:28 to do as much as your power 315  and your plan 316  had decided beforehand 317  would happen. 4:29 And now, Lord, pay attention to 318  their threats, and grant 319  to your servants 320  to speak your message 321  with great courage, 322  4:30 while you extend your hand to heal, and to bring about miraculous signs 323  and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” 4:31 When 324  they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken, 325  and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak 326  the word of God 327  courageously. 328 

Conditions Among the Early Believers

4:32 The group of those who believed were of one heart and mind, 329  and no one said that any of his possessions was his own, but everything was held in common. 330  4:33 With 331  great power the apostles were giving testimony 332  to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was on them all. 4:34 For there was no one needy 333  among them, because those who were owners of land or houses were selling 334  them 335  and bringing the proceeds from the sales 4:35 and placing them at the apostlesfeet. The proceeds 336  were distributed to each, as anyone had need. 4:36 So Joseph, a Levite who was a native of Cyprus, called by the apostles Barnabas (which is translated “son of encouragement), 337  4:37 sold 338  a field 339  that belonged to him and brought the money 340  and placed it at the apostlesfeet.

The Judgment on Ananias and Sapphira

5:1 Now a man named Ananias, together with Sapphira his wife, sold a piece of property. 5:2 He 341  kept back for himself part of the proceeds with his wife’s knowledge; he brought 342  only part of it and placed it at the apostlesfeet. 5:3 But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled 343  your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back for yourself part of the proceeds from the sale of 344  the land? 5:4 Before it was sold, 345  did it not 346  belong to you? And when it was sold, was the money 347  not at your disposal? How have you thought up this deed in your heart? 348  You have not lied to people 349  but to God!

5:5 When Ananias heard these words he collapsed and died, and great fear gripped 350  all who heard about it. 5:6 So the young men came, 351  wrapped him up, 352  carried him out, and buried 353  him. 5:7 After an interval of about three hours, 354  his wife came in, but she did not know 355  what had happened. 5:8 Peter said to her, “Tell me, were the two of you 356  paid this amount 357  for the land?” Sapphira 358  said, “Yes, that much.” 5:9 Peter then told her, “Why have you agreed together to test the Spirit of the Lord? Look! The feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out! 5:10 At once 359  she collapsed at his feet and died. So when the young men came in, they found her dead, and they carried her out and buried her beside her husband. 5:11 Great 360  fear gripped 361  the whole church 362  and all who heard about these things.

The Apostles Perform Miraculous Signs and Wonders

5:12 Now many miraculous signs 363  and wonders came about among the people through the hands of the apostles. By 364  common consent 365  they were all meeting together in Solomon’s Portico. 366  5:13 None of the rest dared to join them, 367  but the people held them in high honor. 368  5:14 More and more believers in the Lord were added to their number, 369  crowds of both men and women. 5:15 Thus 370  they even carried the sick out into the streets, and put them on cots and pallets, so that when Peter came by at least his shadow would fall on some of them. 5:16 A crowd of people from the towns around Jerusalem 371  also came together, bringing the sick and those troubled by unclean spirits. 372  They 373  were all 374  being healed.

Further Trouble for the Apostles

5:17 Now the high priest rose up, and all those with him (that is, the religious party of the Sadducees 375 ), 376  and they were filled with jealousy. 377  5:18 They 378  laid hands on 379  the apostles and put them in a public jail. 5:19 But during the night an angel of the Lord 380  opened 381  the doors of the prison, 382  led them out, 383  and said, 5:20 Go and stand in the temple courts 384  and proclaim 385  to the people all the words of this life.” 5:21 When they heard this, they entered the temple courts 386  at daybreak and began teaching. 387 

Now when the high priest and those who were with him arrived, they summoned the Sanhedrin 388 that is, the whole high council 389  of the Israelites 390 and sent to the jail to have the apostles 391  brought before them. 392  5:22 But the officers 393  who came for them 394  did not find them in the prison, so they returned and reported, 395  5:23 We found the jail locked securely and the guards standing at the doors, but when we opened them, 396  we found no one inside.” 5:24 Now when the commander 397  of the temple guard 398  and the chief priests heard this report, 399  they were greatly puzzled concerning it, 400  wondering what this could 401  be. 5:25 But someone came and reported to them, “Look! The men you put in prison are standing in the temple courts 402  and teaching 403  the people! 5:26 Then the commander 404  of the temple guard 405  went with the officers 406  and brought the apostles 407  without the use of force 408  (for they were afraid of being stoned by the people). 409 

5:27 When they had brought them, they stood them before the council, 410  and the high priest questioned 411  them, 5:28 saying, “We gave 412  you strict orders 413  not to teach in this name. 414  Look, 415  you have filled Jerusalem 416  with your teaching, and you intend to bring this man’s blood 417  on us! 5:29 But Peter and the apostles replied, 418 We must obey 419  God rather than people. 420  5:30 The God of our forefathers 421  raised up Jesus, whom you seized and killed by hanging him on a tree. 422  5:31 God exalted him 423  to his right hand as Leader 424  and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. 425  5:32 And we are witnesses of these events, 426  and so is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey 427  him.”

5:33 Now when they heard this, they became furious 428  and wanted to execute them. 429  5:34 But a Pharisee 430  whose name was Gamaliel, 431  a teacher of the law who was respected by all the people, stood up 432  in the council 433  and ordered the men to be put outside for a short time. 5:35 Then he said to the council, 434 Men of Israel, 435  pay close attention to 436  what you are about to do to these men. 5:36 For some time ago 437  Theudas rose up, claiming to be somebody, and about four hundred men joined him. He 438  was killed, and all who followed him were dispersed and nothing came of it. 439  5:37 After him Judas the Galilean arose in the days of the census, 440  and incited people to follow him in revolt. 441  He too was killed, and all who followed him were scattered. 5:38 So in this case I say to you, stay away from these men and leave them alone, because if this plan or this undertaking originates with people, 442  it will come to nothing, 443  5:39 but if 444  it is from God, you will not be able to stop them, or you may even be found 445  fighting against God.” He convinced them, 446  5:40 and they summoned the apostles and had them beaten. 447  Then 448  they ordered them not to speak in the name of Jesus and released them. 5:41 So they left the council rejoicing because they had been considered worthy 449  to suffer dishonor for the sake of the name. 450  5:42 And every day both in the temple courts 451  and from house to house, they did not stop teaching and proclaiming the good news 452  that Jesus was the Christ. 453 

The Appointment of the First Seven Deacons

6:1 Now in those 454  days, when the disciples were growing in number, 455  a complaint arose on the part of the Greek-speaking Jews 456  against the native Hebraic Jews, 457  because their widows 458  were being overlooked 459  in the daily distribution of food. 460  6:2 So the twelve 461  called 462  the whole group 463  of the disciples together and said, “It is not right for us to neglect the word of God to wait on tables. 464  6:3 But carefully select from among you, brothers, 465  seven 466  men who are well-attested, 467  full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may put in charge 468  of this necessary task. 469  6:4 But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” 6:5 The 470  proposal pleased the entire group, so 471  they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, with 472  Philip, 473  Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas, a Gentile convert to Judaism 474  from Antioch. 475  6:6 They stood these men before the apostles, who prayed 476  and placed 477  their hands on them. 6:7 The word of God continued to spread, 478  the number of disciples in Jerusalem 479  increased greatly, and a large group 480  of priests became obedient to the faith.

Stephen is Arrested

6:8 Now Stephen, full of grace and power, was performing great wonders and miraculous signs 481  among the people. 6:9 But some men from the Synagogue 482  of the Freedmen (as it was called), 483  both Cyrenians and Alexandrians, as well as some from Cilicia and the province of Asia, 484  stood up and argued with Stephen. 6:10 Yet 485  they were not able to resist 486  the wisdom and the Spirit with which he spoke. 6:11 Then they secretly instigated 487  some men to say, “We have heard this man 488  speaking blasphemous words against Moses and God.” 6:12 They incited the people, the 489  elders, and the experts in the law; 490  then they approached Stephen, 491  seized him, and brought him before the council. 492  6:13 They brought forward false witnesses who said, “This man does not stop saying things against this holy place 493  and the law. 494  6:14 For we have heard him saying that Jesus the Nazarene will destroy this place and change the customs 495  that Moses handed down to us.” 6:15 All 496  who were sitting in the council 497  looked intently at Stephen 498  and saw his face was like the face of an angel. 499 

Stephen’s Defense Before the Council

7:1 Then the high priest said, “Are these things true? 500  7:2 So he replied, 501 Brothers and fathers, listen to me. The God of glory appeared to our forefather 502  Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia, before he settled in Haran, 7:3 and said to him, ‘Go out from your country and from your relatives, and come to the land I will show you.’ 503  7:4 Then he went out from the country of the Chaldeans and settled in Haran. After his father died, God 504  made him move 505  to this country where you now live. 7:5 He 506  did not give any of it to him for an inheritance, 507  not even a foot of ground, 508  yet God 509  promised to give it to him as his possession, and to his descendants after him, 510  even though Abraham 511  as yet had no child. 7:6 But God spoke as follows: ‘Your 512  descendants will be foreigners 513  in a foreign country, whose citizens will enslave them and mistreat them for four hundred years. 514  7:7 But I will punish 515  the nation they serve as slaves,’ said God, ‘and after these things they will come out of there 516  and worship 517  me in this place.’ 518  7:8 Then God 519  gave Abraham 520  the covenant 521  of circumcision, and so he became the father of Isaac and circumcised him when he was eight days old, 522  and Isaac became the father of 523  Jacob, and Jacob of the twelve patriarchs. 524  7:9 The 525  patriarchs, because they were jealous of Joseph, sold 526  him into Egypt. But 527  God was with him, 7:10 and rescued him from all his troubles, and granted him favor and wisdom in the presence of Pharaoh, king of Egypt, who made 528  him ruler over Egypt and over all his household. 7:11 Then a famine occurred throughout 529  Egypt and Canaan, causing 530  great suffering, and our 531  ancestors 532  could not find food. 7:12 So when Jacob heard that there was grain 533  in Egypt, he sent our ancestors 534  there 535  the first time. 7:13 On their second visit Joseph made himself known to his brothers again, and Joseph’s family 536  became known to Pharaoh. 7:14 So Joseph sent a message 537  and invited 538  his father Jacob and all his relatives to come, seventy-five people 539  in all. 7:15 So Jacob went down to Egypt and died there, 540  along with our ancestors, 541  7:16 and their bones 542  were later moved to Shechem and placed in the tomb that Abraham had bought for a certain sum of money 543  from the sons of Hamor in Shechem.

7:17But as the time drew near for God to fulfill the promise he had declared to Abraham, 544  the people increased greatly in number 545  in Egypt, 7:18 until another king who did not know about 546  Joseph ruled 547  over Egypt. 548  7:19 This was the one who exploited 549  our people 550  and was cruel to our ancestors, 551  forcing them to abandon 552  their infants so they would die. 553  7:20 At that time Moses was born, and he was beautiful 554  to God. For 555  three months he was brought up in his father’s house, 7:21 and when he had been abandoned, 556  Pharaoh’s daughter adopted 557  him and brought him up 558  as her own son. 7:22 So Moses was trained 559  in all the wisdom of the Egyptians and was powerful 560  in his words and deeds. 7:23 But when he was about forty years old, it entered his mind 561  to visit his fellow countrymen 562  the Israelites. 563  7:24 When 564  he saw one of them being hurt unfairly, 565  Moses 566  came to his defense 567  and avenged the person who was mistreated by striking down the Egyptian. 7:25 He thought his own people 568  would understand that God was delivering them 569  through him, 570  but they did not understand. 571  7:26 The next day Moses 572  saw two men 573  fighting, and tried to make peace between 574  them, saying, ‘Men, you are brothers; why are you hurting one another?’ 7:27 But the man who was unfairly hurting his neighbor pushed 575  Moses 576  aside, saying, ‘Who made 577  you a ruler and judge over us? 7:28 You don’t want to kill me the way you killed the Egyptian yesterday, do you?’ 578  7:29 When the man said this, 579  Moses fled and became a foreigner 580  in the land of Midian, where he became the father of two sons.

7:30After 581  forty years had passed, an angel appeared to him in the desert 582  of Mount Sinai, in the flame of a burning bush. 583  7:31 When Moses saw it, he was amazed at the sight, and when he approached to investigate, there came the voice of the Lord, 7:32 I am the God of your forefathers, 584  the God of Abraham, Isaac, 585  and Jacob.’ 586  Moses began to tremble and did not dare to look more closely. 587  7:33 But the Lord said to him,Take the sandals off your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy ground. 588  7:34 I have certainly seen the suffering 589  of my people who are in Egypt and have heard their groaning, and I have come down to rescue them. 590  Now 591  come, I will send you to Egypt.’ 592  7:35 This same 593  Moses they had rejected, saying, ‘Who made you a ruler and judge? 594  God sent as both ruler and deliverer 595  through the hand of the angel 596  who appeared to him in the bush. 7:36 This man led them out, performing wonders and miraculous signs 597  in the land of Egypt, 598  at 599  the Red Sea, and in the wilderness 600  for forty years. 7:37 This is the Moses who said to the Israelites, 601 God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your brothers.’ 602  7:38 This is the man who was in the congregation 603  in the wilderness 604  with the angel who spoke to him at Mount Sinai, and with our ancestors, 605  and he 606  received living oracles 607  to give to you. 608  7:39 Our 609  ancestors 610  were unwilling to obey 611  him, but pushed him aside 612  and turned back to Egypt in their hearts, 7:40 saying to Aaron, ‘Make us gods who will go in front of us, for this Moses, who led us out of the land of Egypt 613  – we do not know what has happened to him! 614  7:41 At 615  that time 616  they made an idol in the form of a calf, 617  brought 618  a sacrifice to the idol, and began rejoicing 619  in the works of their hands. 620  7:42 But God turned away from them and gave them over 621  to worship the host 622  of heaven, as it is written in the book of the prophets: ‘It was not to me that you offered slain animals and sacrifices 623  forty years in the wilderness, was it, 624  house of Israel? 7:43 But you took along the tabernacle 625  of Moloch 626  and the star of the 627  god Rephan, 628  the images you made to worship, but I will deport 629  you beyond Babylon.’ 630  7:44 Our ancestors 631  had the tabernacle 632  of testimony in the wilderness, 633  just as God 634  who spoke to Moses ordered him 635  to make it according to the design he had seen. 7:45 Our 636  ancestors 637  received possession of it and brought it in with Joshua when they dispossessed the nations that God drove out before our ancestors, 638  until the time 639  of David. 7:46 He 640  found favor 641  with 642  God and asked that he could 643  find a dwelling place 644  for the house 645  of Jacob. 7:47 But Solomon built a house 646  for him. 7:48 Yet the Most High 647  does not live in houses made by human hands, 648  as the prophet says,

7:49Heaven is my throne,

and earth is the footstool for my feet.

What kind of house will you build for me, says the Lord,

or what is my resting place? 649 

7:50 Did my hand 650  not make all these things? 651 

7:51You stubborn 652  people, with uncircumcised 653  hearts and ears! 654  You are always resisting the Holy Spirit, like your ancestors 655  did! 7:52 Which of the prophets did your ancestors 656  not persecute? 657  They 658  killed those who foretold long ago the coming of the Righteous One, 659  whose betrayers and murderers you have now become! 660  7:53 You 661  received the law by decrees given by angels, 662  but you did not obey 663  it.” 664 

Stephen is Killed

7:54 When they heard these things, they became furious 665  and ground their teeth 666  at him. 7:55 But Stephen, 667  full 668  of the Holy Spirit, looked intently 669  toward heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing 670  at the right hand of God. 7:56 Look!” he said. 671 I see the heavens opened, and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God! 7:57 But they covered their ears, 672  shouting out with a loud voice, and rushed at him with one intent. 7:58 When 673  they had driven him out of the city, they began to stone him, 674  and the witnesses laid their cloaks 675  at the feet of a young man named Saul. 7:59 They 676  continued to stone Stephen while he prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit! 7:60 Then he fell 677  to his knees and cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them!” 678  When 679  he had said this, he died. 680  8:1 And Saul agreed completely with killing 681  him.

Saul Begins to Persecute the Church

Now on that day a great 682  persecution began 683  against the church in Jerusalem, 684  and all 685  except the apostles were forced to scatter throughout the regions 686  of Judea and Samaria. 8:2 Some 687  devout men buried Stephen and made loud lamentation 688  over him. 689  8:3 But Saul was trying to destroy 690  the church; entering one house after another, he dragged off 691  both men and women and put them in prison. 692 

Philip Preaches in Samaria

8:4 Now those who had been forced to scatter went around proclaiming the good news of the word. 8:5 Philip went down to the main city of Samaria 693  and began proclaiming 694  the Christ 695  to them. 8:6 The crowds were paying attention with one mind to what Philip said, 696  as they heard and saw the miraculous signs 697  he was performing. 8:7 For unclean spirits, 698  crying with loud shrieks, were coming out of many who were possessed, 699  and many paralyzed and lame people were healed. 8:8 So there was 700  great joy 701  in that city.

8:9 Now in that city was a man named Simon, who had been practicing magic 702  and amazing the people of Samaria, claiming to be someone great. 8:10 All the people, 703  from the least to the greatest, paid close attention to him, saying, “This man is the power of God that is called ‘Great.’ 704  8:11 And they paid close attention to him because he had amazed them for a long time with his magic. 8:12 But when they believed Philip as he was proclaiming the good news about the kingdom of God 705  and the name of Jesus Christ, 706  they began to be baptized, 707  both men and women. 8:13 Even Simon himself believed, and after he was baptized, he stayed close to 708  Philip constantly, and when he saw the signs and great miracles that were occurring, he was amazed. 709 

8:14 Now when the apostles in Jerusalem 710  heard that Samaria had accepted the word 711  of God, they sent 712  Peter and John to them. 8:15 These two 713  went down and prayed for them so that they would receive the Holy Spirit. 8:16 (For the Spirit 714  had not yet come upon 715  any of them, but they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.) 716  8:17 Then Peter and John placed their hands on the Samaritans, 717  and they received the Holy Spirit. 718 

8:18 Now Simon, when he saw that the Spirit 719  was given through the laying on of the apostleshands, offered them money, 8:19 saying, “Give me this power 720  too, so that everyone I place my hands on may receive the Holy Spirit.” 8:20 But Peter said to him, “May your silver perish with you, 721  because you thought you could acquire 722  God’s gift with money! 8:21 You have no share or part 723  in this matter 724  because your heart is not right before God! 8:22 Therefore repent of this wickedness of yours, and pray to the Lord 725  that he may perhaps forgive you for the intent of your heart. 726  8:23 For I see that you are bitterly envious 727  and in bondage to sin.” 8:24 But Simon replied, 728 You pray to the Lord for me so that nothing of what you have said may happen to 729  me.”

8:25 So after Peter and John 730  had solemnly testified 731  and spoken the word of the Lord, 732  they started back to Jerusalem, proclaiming 733  the good news to many Samaritan villages 734  as they went. 735 

Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch

8:26 Then an angel of the Lord 736  said to Philip, 737 Get up and go south 738  on the road that goes down from Jerusalem 739  to Gaza.” (This is a desert 740  road.) 741  8:27 So 742  he got up 743  and went. There 744  he met 745  an Ethiopian eunuch, 746  a court official of Candace, 747  queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasury. He 748  had come to Jerusalem to worship, 749  8:28 and was returning home, sitting 750  in his chariot, reading 751  the prophet Isaiah. 8:29 Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and join this chariot.” 8:30 So Philip ran up 752  to it 753  and heard the man 754  reading Isaiah the prophet. He 755  asked him, 756  “Do you understand what you’re reading? 8:31 The man 757  replied, “How in the world can I, 758  unless someone guides me?” So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. 8:32 Now the passage of scripture the man 759  was reading was this:

He was led like a sheep to slaughter,

and like a lamb before its shearer is silent,

so he did 760  not open his mouth.

8:33 In humiliation 761  justice was taken from him. 762 

Who can describe his posterity? 763 

For his life was taken away 764  from the earth.” 765 

8:34 Then the eunuch said 766  to Philip, “Please tell me, 767  who is the prophet saying this about – himself or someone else? 768  8:35 So Philip started speaking, 769  and beginning with this scripture 770  proclaimed the good news about Jesus to him. 8:36 Now as they were going along the road, they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “Look, there is water! What is to stop me 771  from being baptized? 8:37 [[EMPTY]] 772  8:38 So he ordered the chariot to stop, and both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, 773  and Philip baptized 774  him. 8:39 Now when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him any more, but 775  went on his way rejoicing. 776  8:40 Philip, however, found himself 777  at Azotus, 778  and as he passed through the area, 779  he proclaimed the good news 780  to all the towns 781  until he came to Caesarea. 782 

The Conversion of Saul

9:1 Meanwhile Saul, still breathing out threats 783  to murder 784  the Lord’s disciples, went to the high priest 9:2 and requested letters from him to the synagogues 785  in Damascus, so that if he found any who belonged to the Way, 786  either men or women, he could bring them as prisoners 787  to Jerusalem. 788  9:3 As he was going along, approaching 789  Damascus, suddenly a light from heaven flashed 790  around him. 9:4 He 791  fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, 792  why are you persecuting me?” 793  9:5 So he said, “Who are you, Lord?” He replied, “I am Jesus whom you are persecuting! 9:6 But stand up 794  and enter the city and you will be told 795  what you must do.” 9:7 (Now the men 796  who were traveling with him stood there speechless, 797  because they heard the voice but saw no one.) 798  9:8 So Saul got up from the ground, but although his eyes were open, 799  he could see nothing. 800  Leading him by the hand, his companions 801  brought him into Damascus. 9:9 For 802  three days he could not see, and he neither ate nor drank anything. 803 

9:10 Now there was a disciple in Damascus named Ananias. The 804  Lord 805  said to him in a vision, “Ananias,” and he replied, “Here I am, 806  Lord.” 9:11 Then the Lord told him, “Get up and go to the street called ‘Straight,’ 807  and at Judashouse look for a man from Tarsus named Saul. For he is praying, 9:12 and he has seen in a vision 808  a man named Ananias come in and place his hands on him so that he may see again.” 9:13 But Ananias replied, 809 Lord, I have heard from many people 810  about this man, how much harm he has done to your saints in Jerusalem, 9:14 and here he has authority from the chief priests to imprison 811  all who call on your name! 812  9:15 But the Lord said to him, “Go, because this man is my chosen instrument 813  to carry my name before Gentiles and kings and the people of Israel. 814  9:16 For I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.” 815  9:17 So Ananias departed and entered the house, placed 816  his hands on Saul 817  and said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you came here, 818  has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 819  9:18 Immediately 820  something like scales 821  fell from his eyes, and he could see again. He 822  got up and was baptized, 9:19 and after taking some food, his strength returned.

For several days 823  he was with the disciples in Damascus, 9:20 and immediately he began to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues, 824  saying, “This man is the Son of God.” 825  9:21 All 826  who heard him were amazed and were saying, “Is this not 827  the man who in Jerusalem was ravaging 828  those who call on this name, and who had come here to bring them as prisoners 829  to the chief priests? 9:22 But Saul became more and more capable, 830  and was causing consternation 831  among the Jews who lived in Damascus by proving 832  that Jesus 833  is the Christ. 834 

Saul’s Escape from Damascus

9:23 Now after some days had passed, the Jews plotted 835  together to kill him, 9:24 but Saul learned of their plot against him. 836  They were also watching 837  the city gates 838  day and night so that they could kill him. 9:25 But his disciples took him at night and let him down through an opening 839  in the wall by lowering him in a basket. 840 

Saul Returns to Jerusalem

9:26 When he arrived in Jerusalem, 841  he attempted to associate 842  with the disciples, and they were all afraid of him, because they did not believe 843  that he was a disciple. 9:27 But Barnabas took 844  Saul, 845  brought 846  him to the apostles, and related to them how he had seen the Lord on the road, that 847  the Lord had spoken to him, and how in Damascus he had spoken out boldly 848  in the name of Jesus. 9:28 So he was staying with them, associating openly with them 849  in Jerusalem, speaking out boldly in the name of the Lord. 9:29 He was speaking and debating 850  with the Greek-speaking Jews, 851  but they were trying to kill him. 9:30 When the brothers found out about this, they brought him down to Caesarea 852  and sent him away to Tarsus.

9:31 Then 853  the church throughout Judea, Galilee, 854  and Samaria experienced 855  peace and thus was strengthened. 856  Living 857  in the fear of the Lord and in the encouragement of the Holy Spirit, the church 858  increased in numbers.

Peter Heals Aeneas

9:32 Now 859  as Peter was traveling around from place to place, 860  he also came down to the saints who lived in Lydda. 861  9:33 He found there a man named Aeneas who had been confined to a mattress for eight years because 862  he was paralyzed. 9:34 Peter 863  said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus the Christ 864  heals you. Get up and make your own bed!” 865  And immediately he got up. 9:35 All 866  those who lived in Lydda 867  and Sharon 868  saw him, and they 869  turned 870  to the Lord.

Peter Raises Dorcas

9:36 Now in Joppa 871  there was a disciple named Tabitha (which in translation means 872  Dorcas). 873  She was continually doing good deeds and acts of charity. 874  9:37 At that time 875  she became sick 876  and died. When they had washed 877  her body, 878  they placed it in an upstairs room. 9:38 Because Lydda 879  was near Joppa, when the disciples heard that Peter was there, they sent two men to him and urged him, “Come to us without delay.” 880  9:39 So Peter got up and went with them, and 881  when he arrived 882  they brought him to the upper room. All 883  the widows stood beside him, crying and showing him 884  the tunics 885  and other clothing 886  Dorcas used to make 887  while she was with them. 9:40 But Peter sent them all outside, 888  knelt down, 889  and prayed. Turning 890  to the body, he said, “Tabitha, get up.” Then she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter, she sat up. 891  9:41 He gave 892  her his hand and helped her get up. Then he called 893  the saints and widows and presented her alive. 9:42 This became known throughout all 894  Joppa, and many believed in the Lord. 895  9:43 So 896  Peter 897  stayed many days in Joppa with a man named 898  Simon, a tanner. 899 

Peter Visits Cornelius

10:1 Now there was a man in Caesarea 900  named Cornelius, a centurion 901  of what was known as the Italian Cohort. 902  10:2 He 903  was a devout, God-fearing man, 904  as was all his household; he did many acts of charity for the people 905  and prayed to God regularly. 10:3 About three o’clock one afternoon 906  he saw clearly in a vision an angel of God 907  who came in 908  and said to him, “Cornelius.” 10:4 Staring at him and becoming greatly afraid, Cornelius 909  replied, 910 What is it, Lord?” The angel 911  said to him, “Your prayers and your acts of charity 912  have gone up as a memorial 913  before God. 10:5 Now 914  send men to Joppa 915  and summon a man named Simon, 916  who is called Peter. 10:6 This man is staying as a guest with a man named Simon, a tanner, 917  whose house is by the sea.” 10:7 When the angel who had spoken to him departed, Cornelius 918  called two of his personal servants 919  and a devout soldier from among those who served him, 920  10:8 and when he had explained everything to them, he sent them to Joppa.

10:9 About noon 921  the next day, while they were on their way and approaching 922  the city, Peter went up on the roof 923  to pray. 10:10 He became hungry and wanted to eat, but while they were preparing the meal, a trance came over him. 924  10:11 He 925  saw heaven 926  opened 927  and an object something like a large sheet 928  descending, 929  being let down to earth 930  by its four corners. 10:12 In it 931  were all kinds of four-footed animals and reptiles 932  of the earth and wild birds. 933  10:13 Then 934  a voice said 935  to him, “Get up, Peter; slaughter 936  and eat! 10:14 But Peter said, “Certainly not, Lord, for I have never eaten anything defiled and ritually unclean! 937  10:15 The voice 938  spoke to him again, a second time, “What God has made clean, you must not consider 939  ritually unclean! 940  10:16 This happened three times, and immediately the object was taken up into heaven. 941 

10:17 Now while Peter was puzzling over 942  what the vision he had seen could signify, the men sent by Cornelius had learned where Simon’s house was 943  and approached 944  the gate. 10:18 They 945  called out to ask if Simon, known as Peter, 946  was staying there as a guest. 10:19 While Peter was still thinking seriously about 947  the vision, the Spirit said to him, “Look! Three men are looking for you. 10:20 But get up, 948  go down, and accompany them without hesitation, 949  because I have sent them.” 10:21 So Peter went down 950  to the men and said, “Here I am, 951  the person you’re looking for. Why have you come? 10:22 They said, “Cornelius the centurion, 952  a righteous 953  and God-fearing man, well spoken of by the whole Jewish nation, 954  was directed by a holy angel to summon you to his house and to hear a message 955  from you.” 10:23 So Peter 956  invited them in and entertained them as guests.

On the next day he got up and set out 957  with them, and some of the brothers from Joppa 958  accompanied him. 10:24 The following day 959  he entered Caesarea. 960  Now Cornelius was waiting anxiously 961  for them and had called together his relatives and close friends. 10:25 So when 962  Peter came in, Cornelius met 963  him, fell 964  at his feet, and worshiped 965  him. 10:26 But Peter helped him up, 966  saying, “Stand up. I too am a mere mortal.” 967  10:27 Peter 968  continued talking with him as he went in, and he found many people gathered together. 969  10:28 He said to them, “You know that 970  it is unlawful 971  for a Jew 972  to associate with or visit a Gentile, 973  yet God has shown me that I should call no person 974  defiled or ritually unclean. 975  10:29 Therefore when you sent for me, 976  I came without any objection. Now may I ask why 977  you sent for me? 10:30 Cornelius 978  replied, 979 Four days ago at this very hour, at three o’clock in the afternoon, 980  I was praying in my house, and suddenly 981  a man in shining clothing stood before me 10:31 and said, ‘Cornelius, your prayer has been heard and your acts of charity 982  have been remembered before God. 983  10:32 Therefore send to Joppa and summon Simon, who is called Peter. This man is staying as a guest in the house of Simon the tanner, 984  by the sea.’ 10:33 Therefore I sent for you at once, and you were kind enough to come. 985  So now we are all here in the presence of God 986  to listen 987  to everything the Lord has commanded you to say to us.” 988 

10:34 Then Peter started speaking: 989  “I now truly understand that God does not show favoritism in dealing with people, 990  10:35 but in every nation 991  the person who fears him 992  and does what is right 993  is welcomed before him. 10:36 You know 994  the message 995  he sent to the people 996  of Israel, proclaiming the good news of peace 997  through 998  Jesus Christ 999  (he is Lord 1000  of all) – 10:37 you know what happened throughout Judea, beginning from Galilee after the baptism that John announced: 1001  10:38 with respect to Jesus from Nazareth, 1002  that 1003  God anointed him with the Holy Spirit and with power. He 1004  went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, 1005  because God was with him. 1006  10:39 We 1007  are witnesses of all the things he did both in Judea 1008  and in Jerusalem. 1009  They 1010  killed him by hanging him on a tree, 1011  10:40 but 1012  God raised him up on the third day and caused him to be seen, 1013  10:41 not by all the people, but by us, the witnesses God had already chosen, 1014  who ate and drank 1015  with him after he rose from the dead. 10:42 He 1016  commanded us to preach to the people and to warn 1017  them 1018  that he is the one 1019  appointed 1020  by God as judge 1021  of the living and the dead. 10:43 About him all the prophets testify, 1022  that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins 1023  through his name.”

The Gentiles Receive the Holy Spirit

10:44 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell on 1024  all those who heard the message. 1025  10:45 The 1026  circumcised believers 1027  who had accompanied Peter were greatly astonished 1028  that 1029  the gift of the Holy Spirit 1030  had been poured out 1031  even on the Gentiles, 10:46 for they heard them speaking in tongues and praising 1032  God. Then Peter said, 10:47 No one can withhold the water for these people to be baptized, who have received the Holy Spirit just as we did, 1033  can he? 1034  10:48 So he gave orders to have them baptized 1035  in the name of Jesus Christ. 1036  Then they asked him to stay for several days.

Peter Defends His Actions to the Jerusalem Church

11:1 Now the apostles and the brothers who were throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles too had accepted 1037  the word of God. 1038  11:2 So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, 1039  the circumcised believers 1040  took issue with 1041  him, 11:3 saying, “You went to 1042  uncircumcised men and shared a meal with 1043  them.” 11:4 But Peter began and explained it to them point by point, 1044  saying, 11:5 I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in a trance I saw a vision, 1045  an object something like a large sheet descending, 1046  being let down from heaven 1047  by its four corners, and it came to me. 11:6 As I stared 1048  I looked into it and saw four-footed animals of the earth, wild animals, reptiles, 1049  and wild birds. 1050  11:7 I also heard a voice saying to me, ‘Get up, Peter; slaughter 1051  and eat!’ 11:8 But I said, ‘Certainly not, Lord, for nothing defiled or ritually unclean 1052  has ever entered my mouth!’ 11:9 But the voice replied a second time from heaven, ‘What God has made clean, you must not consider 1053  ritually unclean!’ 11:10 This happened three times, and then everything was pulled up to heaven again. 11:11 At that very moment, 1054  three men sent to me from Caesarea 1055  approached 1056  the house where we were staying. 1057  11:12 The Spirit told me to accompany them without hesitation. These six brothers 1058  also went with me, and we entered the man’s house. 11:13 He informed us how he had seen an angel standing in his house and saying, ‘Send to Joppa and summon Simon, who is called Peter, 11:14 who will speak a message 1059  to you by which you and your entire household will be saved.’ 11:15 Then as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell on 1060  them just as he did 1061  on us at the beginning. 1062  11:16 And I remembered the word of the Lord, 1063  as he used to say, 1064 John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’ 1065  11:17 Therefore if God 1066  gave them the same gift 1067  as he also gave us after believing 1068  in the Lord Jesus Christ, 1069  who was I to hinder 1070  God? 11:18 When they heard this, 1071  they ceased their objections 1072  and praised 1073  God, saying, “So then, God has granted the repentance 1074  that leads to life even to the Gentiles.” 1075 

Activity in the Church at Antioch

11:19 Now those who had been scattered because of the persecution that took place over Stephen 1076  went as far as 1077  Phoenicia, 1078  Cyprus, 1079  and Antioch, 1080  speaking the message 1081  to no one but Jews. 11:20 But there were some men from Cyprus 1082  and Cyrene 1083  among them who came 1084  to Antioch 1085  and began to speak to the Greeks 1086  too, proclaiming the good news of the Lord Jesus. 11:21 The 1087  hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number who believed 1088  turned 1089  to the Lord. 11:22 A report 1090  about them came to the attention 1091  of the church in Jerusalem, 1092  and they sent Barnabas 1093  to Antioch. 1094  11:23 When 1095  he came and saw the grace of God, he rejoiced and encouraged them all to remain true 1096  to the Lord with devoted hearts, 1097  11:24 because he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith, and a significant number of people 1098  were brought to the Lord. 11:25 Then Barnabas departed for Tarsus to look for Saul, 11:26 and when he found him, he brought him to Antioch. 1099  So 1100  for a whole year Barnabas and Saul 1101  met with the church and taught a significant number of people. 1102  Now it was in Antioch 1103  that the disciples were first called Christians. 1104 

Famine Relief for Judea

11:27 At that time 1105  some 1106  prophets 1107  came down 1108  from Jerusalem 1109  to Antioch. 1110  11:28 One of them, named Agabus, got up 1111  and predicted 1112  by the Spirit that a severe 1113  famine 1114  was about to come over the whole inhabited world. 1115  (This 1116  took place during the reign of Claudius.) 1117  11:29 So the disciples, each in accordance with his financial ability, 1118  decided 1119  to send relief 1120  to the brothers living in Judea. 11:30 They did so, 1121  sending their financial aid 1122  to the elders by Barnabas and Saul.

James is Killed and Peter Imprisoned

12:1 About that time King Herod 1123  laid hands on 1124  some from the church to harm them. 1125  12:2 He had James, the brother of John, executed with a sword. 1126  12:3 When he saw that this pleased the Jews, 1127  he proceeded to arrest Peter too. (This took place during the feast of Unleavened Bread.) 1128  12:4 When he had seized him, he put him in prison, handing him over to four squads 1129  of soldiers to guard him. Herod 1130  planned 1131  to bring him out for public trial 1132  after the Passover. 12:5 So Peter was kept in prison, but those in the church were earnestly 1133  praying to God for him. 1134  12:6 On that very night before Herod was going to bring him out for trial, 1135  Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, while 1136  guards in front of the door were keeping watch 1137  over the prison. 12:7 Suddenly 1138  an angel of the Lord 1139  appeared, and a light shone in the prison cell. He struck 1140  Peter on the side and woke him up, saying, “Get up quickly!” And the chains fell off Peter’s 1141  wrists. 1142  12:8 The angel said to him, “Fasten your belt 1143  and put on your sandals.” Peter 1144  did so. Then the angel 1145  said to him, “Put on your cloak 1146  and follow me.” 12:9 Peter 1147  went out 1148  and followed him; 1149  he did not realize that what was happening through the angel was real, 1150  but thought he was seeing a vision. 12:10 After they had passed the first and second guards, 1151  they came to the iron 1152  gate leading into the city. It 1153  opened for them by itself, 1154  and they went outside and walked down one narrow street, 1155  when at once the angel left him. 12:11 When 1156  Peter came to himself, he said, “Now I know for certain that the Lord has sent his angel and rescued 1157  me from the hand 1158  of Herod 1159  and from everything the Jewish people 1160  were expecting to happen.”

12:12 When Peter 1161  realized this, he went to the house of Mary, the mother of John Mark, 1162  where many people had gathered together and were praying. 12:13 When he knocked at the door of the outer gate, a slave girl named Rhoda answered. 1163  12:14 When she recognized Peter’s voice, she was so overjoyed she did not open the gate, but ran back in and told 1164  them 1165  that Peter was standing at the gate. 12:15 But they said to her, “You’ve lost your mind!” 1166  But she kept insisting that it was Peter, 1167  and they kept saying, 1168 It is his angel! 1169  12:16 Now Peter continued knocking, and when they opened the door 1170  and saw him, they were greatly astonished. 1171  12:17 He motioned to them 1172  with his hand to be quiet and then related 1173  how the Lord had brought 1174  him out of the prison. He said, “Tell James and the brothers these things,” and then he left and went to another place. 1175 

12:18 At daybreak 1176  there was great consternation 1177  among the soldiers over what had become of Peter. 12:19 When Herod 1178  had searched 1179  for him and did not find him, he questioned 1180  the guards and commanded that they be led away to execution. 1181  Then 1182  Herod 1183  went down from Judea to Caesarea 1184  and stayed there.

12:20 Now Herod 1185  was having an angry quarrel 1186  with the people of Tyre 1187  and Sidon. 1188  So they joined together 1189  and presented themselves before him. And after convincing 1190  Blastus, the king’s personal assistant, 1191  to help them, 1192  they asked for peace, 1193  because their country’s food supply was provided by the king’s country. 12:21 On a day determined in advance, Herod 1194  put on his royal robes, 1195  sat down on the judgment seat, 1196  and made a speech 1197  to them. 12:22 But the crowd 1198  began to shout, 1199 The voice of a god, 1200  and not of a man! 12:23 Immediately an angel of the Lord 1201  struck 1202  Herod 1203  down because he did not give the glory to God, and he was eaten by worms and died. 1204  12:24 But the word of God 1205  kept on increasing 1206  and multiplying.

12:25 So Barnabas and Saul returned to 1207  Jerusalem 1208  when they had completed 1209  their mission, 1210  bringing along with them John Mark. 1211 

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