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 and ‘Let 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
2:17 ‘And 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.
2:22 “Men 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
2:29 “Brothers, 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
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 apostles’ teaching 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
and the peoples plot foolish 309 things?
4:26 The kings of the earth stood together, 310
and the rulers assembled together,
4:27 “For 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 apostles’ feet. 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 apostles’ feet.
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 apostles’ feet. 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.
7:17 “But 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.
7:30 “After 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,
7:49 ‘Heaven 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
7:51 “You 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 apostles’ hands, 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.
Who can describe his posterity? 763
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 Judas’ house 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.