Bible: Acts 11:19-28:31
Activity in the Church at Antioch
11:19 Now those who had been scattered because of the persecution that took place over Stephen 1 went as far as 2 Phoenicia, 3 Cyprus, 4 and Antioch, 5 speaking the message 6 to no one but Jews. 11:20 But there were some men from Cyprus 7 and Cyrene 8 among them who came 9 to Antioch 10 and began to speak to the Greeks 11 too, proclaiming the good news of the Lord Jesus. 11:21 The 12 hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number who believed 13 turned 14 to the Lord. 11:22 A report 15 about them came to the attention 16 of the church in Jerusalem, 17 and they sent Barnabas 18 to Antioch. 19 11:23 When 20 he came and saw the grace of God, he rejoiced and encouraged them all to remain true 21 to the Lord with devoted hearts, 22 11:24 because he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith, and a significant number of people 23 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. 24 So 25 for a whole year Barnabas and Saul 26 met with the church and taught a significant number of people. 27 Now it was in Antioch 28 that the disciples were first called Christians. 29
Famine Relief for Judea
11:27 At that time 30 some 31 prophets 32 came down 33 from Jerusalem 34 to Antioch. 35 11:28 One of them, named Agabus, got up 36 and predicted 37 by the Spirit that a severe 38 famine 39 was about to come over the whole inhabited world. 40 (This 41 took place during the reign of Claudius.) 42 11:29 So the disciples, each in accordance with his financial ability, 43 decided 44 to send relief 45 to the brothers living in Judea. 11:30 They did so, 46 sending their financial aid 47 to the elders by Barnabas and Saul.
James is Killed and Peter Imprisoned
12:1 About that time King Herod 48 laid hands on 49 some from the church to harm them. 50 12:2 He had James, the brother of John, executed with a sword. 51 12:3 When he saw that this pleased the Jews, 52 he proceeded to arrest Peter too. (This took place during the feast of Unleavened Bread.) 53 12:4 When he had seized him, he put him in prison, handing him over to four squads 54 of soldiers to guard him. Herod 55 planned 56 to bring him out for public trial 57 after the Passover. 12:5 So Peter was kept in prison, but those in the church were earnestly 58 praying to God for him. 59 12:6 On that very night before Herod was going to bring him out for trial, 60 Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, while 61 guards in front of the door were keeping watch 62 over the prison. 12:7 Suddenly 63 an angel of the Lord 64 appeared, and a light shone in the prison cell. He struck 65 Peter on the side and woke him up, saying, “Get up quickly!” And the chains fell off Peter’s 66 wrists. 67 12:8 The angel said to him, “Fasten your belt 68 and put on your sandals.” Peter 69 did so. Then the angel 70 said to him, “Put on your cloak 71 and follow me.” 12:9 Peter 72 went out 73 and followed him; 74 he did not realize that what was happening through the angel was real, 75 but thought he was seeing a vision. 12:10 After they had passed the first and second guards, 76 they came to the iron 77 gate leading into the city. It 78 opened for them by itself, 79 and they went outside and walked down one narrow street, 80 when at once the angel left him. 12:11 When 81 Peter came to himself, he said, “Now I know for certain that the Lord has sent his angel and rescued 82 me from the hand 83 of Herod 84 and from everything the Jewish people 85 were expecting to happen.”
12:12 When Peter 86 realized this, he went to the house of Mary, the mother of John Mark, 87 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. 88 12:14 When she recognized Peter’s voice, she was so overjoyed she did not open the gate, but ran back in and told 89 them 90 that Peter was standing at the gate. 12:15 But they said to her, “You’ve lost your mind!” 91 But she kept insisting that it was Peter, 92 and they kept saying, 93 “It is his angel!” 94 12:16 Now Peter continued knocking, and when they opened the door 95 and saw him, they were greatly astonished. 96 12:17 He motioned to them 97 with his hand to be quiet and then related 98 how the Lord had brought 99 him out of the prison. He said, “Tell James and the brothers these things,” and then he left and went to another place. 100
12:18 At daybreak 101 there was great consternation 102 among the soldiers over what had become of Peter. 12:19 When Herod 103 had searched 104 for him and did not find him, he questioned 105 the guards and commanded that they be led away to execution. 106 Then 107 Herod 108 went down from Judea to Caesarea 109 and stayed there.
12:20 Now Herod 110 was having an angry quarrel 111 with the people of Tyre 112 and Sidon. 113 So they joined together 114 and presented themselves before him. And after convincing 115 Blastus, the king’s personal assistant, 116 to help them, 117 they asked for peace, 118 because their country’s food supply was provided by the king’s country. 12:21 On a day determined in advance, Herod 119 put on his royal robes, 120 sat down on the judgment seat, 121 and made a speech 122 to them. 12:22 But the crowd 123 began to shout, 124 “The voice of a god, 125 and not of a man!” 12:23 Immediately an angel of the Lord 126 struck 127 Herod 128 down because he did not give the glory to God, and he was eaten by worms and died. 129 12:24 But the word of God 130 kept on increasing 131 and multiplying.
The Church at Antioch Commissions Barnabas and Saul
13:1 Now there were these prophets and teachers in the church at Antioch: 137 Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, 138 Lucius the Cyrenian, 139 Manaen (a close friend of Herod 140 the tetrarch 141 from childhood 142 ) and Saul. 13:2 While they were serving 143 the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart 144 for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” 13:3 Then, after they had fasted 145 and 146 prayed and placed their hands 147 on them, they sent them off.
Paul and Barnabas Preach in Cyprus
13:4 So Barnabas and Saul, 148 sent out by the Holy Spirit, went down to Seleucia, 149 and from there they sailed to Cyprus. 150 13:5 When 151 they arrived 152 in Salamis, 153 they began to proclaim 154 the word of God in the Jewish synagogues. 155 (Now they also had John 156 as their assistant.) 157 13:6 When they had crossed over 158 the whole island as far as Paphos, 159 they found a magician, a Jewish false prophet named Bar-Jesus, 160 13:7 who was with the proconsul 161 Sergius Paulus, an intelligent man. The proconsul 162 summoned 163 Barnabas and Saul and wanted to hear 164 the word of God. 13:8 But the magician Elymas 165 (for that is the way his name is translated) 166 opposed them, trying to turn the proconsul 167 away from the faith. 13:9 But Saul (also known as Paul), 168 filled with the Holy Spirit, 169 stared straight 170 at him 13:10 and said, “You who are full of all deceit and all wrongdoing, 171 you son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness – will you not stop making crooked the straight paths of the Lord? 172 13:11 Now 173 look, the hand of the Lord is against 174 you, and you will be blind, unable to see the sun for a time!” Immediately mistiness 175 and darkness came over 176 him, and he went around seeking people 177 to lead him by the hand. 13:12 Then when the proconsul 178 saw what had happened, he believed, 179 because he was greatly astounded 180 at the teaching about 181 the Lord.
Paul and Barnabas at Pisidian Antioch
13:13 Then Paul and his companions put out to sea 182 from Paphos 183 and came to Perga 184 in Pamphylia, 185 but John 186 left them and returned to Jerusalem. 187 13:14 Moving on from 188 Perga, 189 they arrived at Pisidian Antioch, 190 and on the Sabbath day they went into 191 the synagogue 192 and sat down. 13:15 After the reading from the law and the prophets, 193 the leaders of the synagogue 194 sent them a message, 195 saying, “Brothers, 196 if you have any message 197 of exhortation 198 for the people, speak it.” 199 13:16 So Paul stood up, 200 gestured 201 with his hand and said,
“Men of Israel, 202 and you Gentiles who fear God, 203 listen: 13:17 The God of this people Israel 204 chose our ancestors 205 and made the people great 206 during their stay as foreigners 207 in the country 208 of Egypt, and with uplifted arm 209 he led them out of it. 13:18 For 210 a period of about forty years he put up with 211 them in the wilderness. 212 13:19 After 213 he had destroyed 214 seven nations 215 in the land of Canaan, he gave his people their land as an inheritance. 216 13:20 All this took 217 about four hundred fifty years. After this 218 he gave them judges until the time of 219 Samuel the prophet. 13:21 Then they asked for a king, and God gave them Saul son of Kish, a man from the tribe of Benjamin, who ruled 220 forty years. 13:22 After removing him, God 221 raised up 222 David their king. He testified about him: 223 ‘I have found David 224 the son of Jesse to be a man after my heart, 225 who will accomplish everything I want him to do.’ 226 13:23 From the descendants 227 of this man 228 God brought to Israel a Savior, Jesus, just as he promised. 229 13:24 Before 230 Jesus 231 arrived, John 232 had proclaimed a baptism for repentance 233 to all the people of Israel. 13:25 But while John was completing his mission, 234 he said repeatedly, 235 ‘What do you think I am? I am not he. But look, one is coming after me. I am not worthy to untie the sandals on his feet!’ 236 13:26 Brothers, 237 descendants 238 of Abraham’s family, 239 and those Gentiles among you who fear God, 240 the message 241 of this salvation has been sent to us. 13:27 For the people who live in Jerusalem and their rulers did not recognize 242 him, 243 and they fulfilled the sayings 244 of the prophets that are read every Sabbath by condemning 245 him. 246 13:28 Though 247 they found 248 no basis 249 for a death sentence, 250 they asked Pilate to have him executed. 13:29 When they had accomplished 251 everything that was written 252 about him, they took him down 253 from the cross 254 and placed him 255 in a tomb. 13:30 But God raised 256 him from the dead, 13:31 and 257 for many days he appeared to those who had accompanied 258 him from Galilee to Jerusalem. These 259 are now his witnesses to the people. 13:32 And we proclaim to you the good news about the promise to our ancestors, 260 13:33 that this promise 261 God has fulfilled to us, their children, by raising 262 Jesus, as also it is written in the second psalm, ‘You are my Son; 263 today I have fathered you.’ 264 13:34 But regarding the fact that he has raised Jesus 265 from the dead, never 266 again to be 267 in a state of decay, God 268 has spoken in this way: ‘I will give you 269 the holy and trustworthy promises 270 made to David.’ 271 13:35 Therefore he also says in another psalm, 272 ‘You will not permit your Holy One 273 to experience 274 decay.’ 275 13:36 For David, after he had served 276 God’s purpose in his own generation, died, 277 was buried with his ancestors, 278 and experienced 279 decay, 13:37 but the one 280 whom God raised up did not experience 281 decay. 13:38 Therefore let it be known to you, brothers, that through this one 282 forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, 13:39 and by this one 283 everyone who believes is justified 284 from everything from which the law of Moses could not justify 285 you. 286 13:40 Watch out, 287 then, that what is spoken about by 288 the prophets does not happen to you:
13:41 ‘Look, you scoffers; be amazed and perish! 289
For I am doing a work in your days,
a work you would never believe, even if someone tells you.’” 290
13:42 As Paul and Barnabas 291 were going out, 292 the people 293 were urging 294 them to speak about these things 295 on the next Sabbath. 13:43 When the meeting of the synagogue 296 had broken up, 297 many of the Jews and God-fearing proselytes 298 followed Paul and Barnabas, who were speaking with them and were persuading 299 them 300 to continue 301 in the grace of God.
13:44 On the next Sabbath almost the whole city assembled together to hear the word of the Lord. 302 13:45 But when the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy, 303 and they began to contradict 304 what Paul was saying 305 by reviling him. 306 13:46 Both Paul and Barnabas replied courageously, 307 “It was necessary to speak the word of God 308 to you first. Since you reject it and do not consider yourselves worthy 309 of eternal life, we 310 are turning to the Gentiles. 311 13:47 For this 312 is what the Lord has commanded us: ‘I have appointed 313 you to be a light 314 for the Gentiles, to bring salvation 315 to the ends of the earth.’” 316 13:48 When the Gentiles heard this, they began to rejoice 317 and praise 318 the word of the Lord, and all who had been appointed for eternal life 319 believed. 13:49 So the word of the Lord was spreading 320 through the entire region. 13:50 But the Jews incited 321 the God-fearing women of high social standing and the prominent men of the city, stirred up persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and threw them out 322 of their region. 13:51 So after they shook 323 the dust off their feet 324 in protest against them, they went to Iconium. 325 13:52 And the disciples were filled with joy 326 and with the Holy Spirit.
Paul and Barnabas at Iconium
14:1 The same thing happened in Iconium 327 when Paul and Barnabas 328 went into the Jewish synagogue 329 and spoke in such a way that a large group 330 of both Jews and Greeks believed. 14:2 But the Jews who refused to believe 331 stirred up the Gentiles and poisoned their minds 332 against the brothers. 14:3 So they stayed there 333 for a considerable time, speaking out courageously for the Lord, who testified 334 to the message 335 of his grace, granting miraculous signs 336 and wonders to be performed through their hands. 14:4 But the population 337 of the city was divided; some 338 sided with the Jews, and some with the apostles. 14:5 When both the Gentiles and the Jews (together with their rulers) made 339 an attempt to mistreat 340 them and stone them, 341 14:6 Paul and Barnabas 342 learned about it 343 and fled to the Lycaonian cities of Lystra 344 and Derbe 345 and the surrounding region. 14:7 There 346 they continued to proclaim 347 the good news.
Paul and Barnabas at Lystra
14:8 In 348 Lystra 349 sat a man who could not use his feet, 350 lame from birth, 351 who had never walked. 14:9 This man was listening to Paul as he was speaking. When Paul 352 stared 353 intently at him and saw he had faith to be healed, 14:10 he said with a loud voice, “Stand upright on your feet.” 354 And the man 355 leaped up and began walking. 356 14:11 So when the crowds saw what Paul had done, they shouted 357 in the Lycaonian language, 358 “The gods have come down to us in human form!” 359 14:12 They began to call 360 Barnabas Zeus 361 and Paul Hermes, 362 because he was the chief speaker. 14:13 The priest of the temple 363 of Zeus, 364 located just outside the city, brought bulls 365 and garlands 366 to the city gates; he and the crowds wanted to offer sacrifices to them. 367 14:14 But when the apostles 368 Barnabas and Paul heard about 369 it, they tore 370 their clothes and rushed out 371 into the crowd, shouting, 372 14:15 “Men, why are you doing these things? We too are men, with human natures 373 just like you! We are proclaiming the good news to you, so that you should turn 374 from these worthless 375 things to the living God, who made the heaven, the earth, 376 the sea, and everything that is in them. 14:16 In 377 past 378 generations he allowed all the nations 379 to go their own ways, 14:17 yet he did not leave himself without a witness by doing good, 380 by giving you rain from heaven 381 and fruitful seasons, satisfying you 382 with food and your hearts with joy.” 383 14:18 Even by saying 384 these things, they scarcely persuaded 385 the crowds not to offer sacrifice to them.
14:19 But Jews came from Antioch 386 and Iconium, 387 and after winning 388 the crowds over, they stoned 389 Paul and dragged him out of the city, presuming him to be dead. 14:20 But after the disciples had surrounded him, he got up and went back 390 into the city. On 391 the next day he left with Barnabas for Derbe. 392
Paul and Barnabas Return to Antioch in Syria
14:21 After they had proclaimed the good news in that city and made many disciples, they returned to Lystra, 393 to Iconium, 394 and to Antioch. 395 14:22 They strengthened 396 the souls of the disciples and encouraged them to continue 397 in the faith, saying, “We must enter the kingdom 398 of God through many persecutions.” 399 14:23 When they had appointed elders 400 for them in the various churches, 401 with prayer and fasting 402 they entrusted them to the protection 403 of the Lord in whom they had believed. 14:24 Then they passed through 404 Pisidia and came into Pamphylia, 405 14:25 and when they had spoken the word 406 in Perga, 407 they went down to Attalia. 408 14:26 From there they sailed back to Antioch, 409 where they had been commended 410 to the grace of God for the work they had now completed. 411 14:27 When they arrived and gathered the church together, they reported 412 all the things God 413 had done with them, and that he had opened a door 414 of faith for the Gentiles. 14:28 So they spent 415 considerable 416 time with the disciples.
The Jerusalem Council
15:1 Now some men came down from Judea 417 and began to teach the brothers, “Unless you are circumcised 418 according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.” 15:2 When Paul and Barnabas had a major argument and debate 419 with them, the church 420 appointed Paul and Barnabas and some others from among them to go up to meet with 421 the apostles and elders in Jerusalem 422 about this point of disagreement. 423 15:3 So they were sent on their way by the church, and as they passed through both Phoenicia 424 and Samaria, they were relating at length 425 the conversion of the Gentiles and bringing great joy 426 to all the brothers. 15:4 When they arrived in Jerusalem, they were received 427 by the church and the apostles and the elders, and they reported 428 all the things God had done with them. 429 15:5 But some from the religious party of the Pharisees 430 who had believed stood up and said, “It is necessary 431 to circumcise the Gentiles 432 and to order them to observe 433 the law of Moses.”
15:6 Both the apostles and the elders met together to deliberate 434 about this matter. 15:7 After there had been much debate, 435 Peter stood up and said to them, “Brothers, you know that some time ago 436 God chose 437 me to preach to the Gentiles so they would hear the message 438 of the gospel 439 and believe. 440 15:8 And God, who knows the heart, 441 has testified 442 to them by giving them the Holy Spirit just as he did to us, 443 15:9 and he made no distinction 444 between them and us, cleansing 445 their hearts by faith. 15:10 So now why are you putting God to the test 446 by placing on the neck of the disciples a yoke 447 that neither our ancestors 448 nor we have been able to bear? 15:11 On the contrary, we believe that we are saved through 449 the grace of the Lord Jesus, in the same way as they are.” 450
15:12 The whole group kept quiet 451 and listened to Barnabas and Paul while they explained all the miraculous signs 452 and wonders God had done among the Gentiles through them. 15:13 After they stopped speaking, 453 James replied, 454 “Brothers, listen to me. 15:14 Simeon 455 has explained 456 how God first concerned himself 457 to select 458 from among the Gentiles 459 a people for his name. 15:15 The 460 words of the prophets agree 461 with this, as it is written,
and I will rebuild the fallen tent 464 of David;
I will rebuild its ruins and restore 465 it,
15:17 so that the rest of humanity 466 may seek the Lord,
15:19 “Therefore I conclude 473 that we should not cause extra difficulty 474 for those among the Gentiles 475 who are turning to God, 15:20 but that we should write them a letter 476 telling them to abstain 477 from things defiled 478 by idols and from sexual immorality and from what has been strangled 479 and from blood. 15:21 For Moses has had those who proclaim him in every town from ancient times, 480 because he is read aloud 481 in the synagogues 482 every Sabbath.”
15:22 Then the apostles and elders, with the whole church, decided 483 to send men chosen from among them, Judas called Barsabbas and Silas, 484 leaders among the brothers, to Antioch 485 with Paul and Barnabas. 15:23 They sent this letter with them: 486
From the apostles 487 and elders, your brothers, 488 to the Gentile brothers and sisters 489 in Antioch, 490 Syria, 491 and Cilicia, greetings! 15:24 Since we have heard that some have gone out from among us with no orders from us and have confused 492 you, upsetting 493 your minds 494 by what they said, 495 15:25 we have unanimously 496 decided 497 to choose men to send to you along with our dear friends Barnabas and Paul, 15:26 who 498 have risked their lives 499 for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. 500 15:27 Therefore we are sending 501 Judas and Silas 502 who will tell you these things themselves in person. 503 15:28 For it seemed best to the Holy Spirit and to us 504 not to place any greater burden on you than these necessary rules: 505 15:29 that you abstain from meat that has been sacrificed to idols 506 and from blood and from what has been strangled 507 and from sexual immorality. 508 If you keep yourselves from doing these things, 509 you will do well. Farewell. 510
15:30 So when they were dismissed, 511 they went down to Antioch, 512 and after gathering the entire group 513 together, they delivered the letter. 15:31 When they read it aloud, 514 the people 515 rejoiced at its encouragement. 516 15:32 Both Judas and Silas, who were prophets themselves, encouraged and strengthened the brothers with a long speech. 517 15:33 After 518 they had spent some time there, 519 they were sent off in peace by the brothers to those who had sent them. 15:34 [[EMPTY]] 520 15:35 But Paul and Barnabas remained in Antioch, 521 teaching and proclaiming (along with many others) 522 the word of the Lord. 523
Paul and Barnabas Part Company
15:36 After some days Paul said to Barnabas, “Let’s return 524 and visit the brothers in every town where we proclaimed the word of the Lord 525 to see how they are doing.” 526 15:37 Barnabas wanted to bring John called Mark along with them too, 15:38 but Paul insisted 527 that they should not take along this one who had left them in Pamphylia 528 and had not accompanied them in the work. 15:39 They had 529 a sharp disagreement, 530 so that they parted company. Barnabas took along 531 Mark and sailed away to Cyprus, 532 15:40 but Paul chose Silas and set out, commended 533 to the grace of the Lord by the brothers and sisters. 534 15:41 He passed through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening 535 the churches.
Timothy Joins Paul and Silas
16:1 He also came to Derbe 536 and to Lystra. 537 A disciple 538 named Timothy was there, the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer, 539 but whose father was a Greek. 540 16:2 The brothers in Lystra 541 and Iconium 542 spoke well 543 of him. 544 16:3 Paul wanted Timothy 545 to accompany him, and he took 546 him and circumcised 547 him because of the Jews who were in those places, 548 for they all knew that his father was Greek. 549 16:4 As they went through the towns, 550 they passed on 551 the decrees that had been decided on by the apostles and elders in Jerusalem 552 for the Gentile believers 553 to obey. 554 16:5 So the churches were being strengthened in the faith and were increasing in number every day. 555
Paul’s Vision of the Macedonian Man
16:6 They went through the region of Phrygia 556 and Galatia, 557 having been prevented 558 by the Holy Spirit from speaking the message 559 in the province of Asia. 560 16:7 When they came to 561 Mysia, 562 they attempted to go into Bithynia, 563 but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow 564 them to do this, 565 16:8 so they passed through 566 Mysia 567 and went down to Troas. 568 16:9 A 569 vision appeared to Paul during the night: A Macedonian man was standing there 570 urging him, 571 “Come over 572 to Macedonia 573 and help us!” 16:10 After Paul 574 saw the vision, we attempted 575 immediately to go over to Macedonia, 576 concluding that God had called 577 us to proclaim the good news to them.
Arrival at Philippi
16:11 We put out to sea 578 from Troas 579 and sailed a straight course 580 to Samothrace, 581 the next day to Neapolis, 582 16:12 and from there to Philippi, 583 which is a leading city of that district 584 of Macedonia, 585 a Roman colony. 586 We stayed in this city for some days. 16:13 On the Sabbath day we went outside the city gate to the side of the river, where we thought there would be a place of prayer, and we sat down 587 and began to speak 588 to the women 589 who had assembled there. 590 16:14 A 591 woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth 592 from the city of Thyatira, 593 a God-fearing woman, listened to us. 594 The Lord opened her heart to respond 595 to what Paul was saying. 16:15 After she and her household were baptized, she urged us, 596 “If 597 you consider me to be a believer in the Lord, 598 come and stay in my house.” And she persuaded 599 us.
Paul and Silas Are Thrown Into Prison
16:16 Now 600 as we were going to the place of prayer, a slave girl met us who had a spirit that enabled her to foretell the future by supernatural means. 601 She 602 brought her owners 603 a great profit by fortune-telling. 604 16:17 She followed behind Paul and us and kept crying out, 605 “These men are servants 606 of the Most High God, who are proclaiming to you the way 607 of salvation.” 608 16:18 She continued to do this for many days. But Paul became greatly annoyed, 609 and turned 610 and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ 611 to come out of her!” And it came out of her at once. 612 16:19 But when her owners 613 saw their hope of profit 614 was gone, they seized 615 Paul and Silas and dragged 616 them into the marketplace before the authorities. 16:20 When 617 they had brought them 618 before the magistrates, they said, “These men are throwing our city into confusion. 619 They are 620 Jews 16:21 and are advocating 621 customs that are not lawful for us to accept 622 or practice, 623 since we are 624 Romans.”
16:22 The crowd joined the attack 625 against them, and the magistrates tore the clothes 626 off Paul and Silas 627 and ordered them to be beaten with rods. 628 16:23 After they had beaten them severely, 629 they threw them into prison and commanded 630 the jailer to guard them securely. 16:24 Receiving such orders, he threw them in the inner cell 631 and fastened their feet in the stocks. 632
16:25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying 633 and singing hymns to God, 634 and the rest of 635 the prisoners were listening to them. 16:26 Suddenly a great earthquake occurred, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken. Immediately all the doors flew open, and the bonds 636 of all the prisoners came loose. 16:27 When the jailer woke up 637 and saw the doors of the prison standing open, 638 he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, 639 because he assumed 640 the prisoners had escaped. 16:28 But Paul called out loudly, 641 “Do not harm yourself, 642 for we are all here!” 16:29 Calling for lights, the jailer 643 rushed in and fell down 644 trembling at the feet of Paul and Silas. 16:30 Then he brought them outside 645 and asked, “Sirs, what must 646 I do to be saved?” 16:31 They replied, 647 “Believe 648 in the Lord Jesus 649 and you will be saved, you and your household.” 16:32 Then 650 they spoke the word of the Lord 651 to him, along with all those who were in his house. 16:33 At 652 that hour of the night he took them 653 and washed their wounds; 654 then 655 he and all his family 656 were baptized right away. 657 16:34 The jailer 658 brought them into his house and set food 659 before them, and he rejoiced greatly 660 that he had come to believe 661 in God, together with his entire household. 662 16:35 At daybreak 663 the magistrates 664 sent their police officers, 665 saying, “Release those men.” 16:36 The jailer reported these words to Paul, saying, 666 “The magistrates have sent orders 667 to release you. So come out now and go in peace.” 668 16:37 But Paul said to the police officers, 669 “They had us beaten in public 670 without a proper trial 671 – even though we are Roman citizens 672 – and they threw us 673 in prison. And now they want to send us away 674 secretly? Absolutely not! They 675 themselves must come and escort us out!” 676 16:38 The police officers reported these words to the magistrates. They were frightened when they heard Paul and Silas 677 were Roman citizens 678 16:39 and came 679 and apologized to them. After 680 they brought them out, they asked them repeatedly 681 to leave the city. 16:40 When they came out of the prison, they entered Lydia’s house, and when they saw the brothers, they encouraged them and then 682 departed.
Paul and Silas at Thessalonica
17:1 After they traveled through 683 Amphipolis 684 and Apollonia, 685 they came to Thessalonica, 686 where there was a Jewish synagogue. 687 17:2 Paul went to the Jews in the synagogue, 688 as he customarily did, and on three Sabbath days he addressed 689 them from the scriptures, 17:3 explaining and demonstrating 690 that the Christ 691 had to suffer and to rise from the dead, 692 saying, 693 “This Jesus I am proclaiming to you is the Christ.” 694 17:4 Some of them were persuaded 695 and joined Paul and Silas, along with a large group 696 of God-fearing Greeks 697 and quite a few 698 prominent women. 17:5 But the Jews became jealous, 699 and gathering together some worthless men from the rabble in the marketplace, 700 they formed a mob 701 and set the city in an uproar. 702 They attacked Jason’s house, 703 trying to find Paul and Silas 704 to bring them out to the assembly. 705 17:6 When they did not find them, they dragged 706 Jason and some of the brothers before the city officials, 707 screaming, “These people who have stirred up trouble 708 throughout the world 709 have come here too, 17:7 and 710 Jason has welcomed them as guests! They 711 are all acting against Caesar’s 712 decrees, saying there is another king named 713 Jesus!” 714 17:8 They caused confusion among 715 the crowd and the city officials 716 who heard these things. 17:9 After 717 the city officials 718 had received bail 719 from Jason and the others, they released them.
Paul and Silas at Berea
17:10 The brothers sent Paul and Silas off to Berea 720 at once, during the night. When they arrived, 721 they went to the Jewish synagogue. 722 17:11 These Jews 723 were more open-minded 724 than those in Thessalonica, 725 for they eagerly 726 received 727 the message, examining 728 the scriptures carefully every day 729 to see if these things were so. 17:12 Therefore many of them believed, along with quite a few 730 prominent 731 Greek women and men. 17:13 But when the Jews from Thessalonica 732 heard that Paul had also proclaimed the word of God 733 in Berea, 734 they came there too, inciting 735 and disturbing 736 the crowds. 17:14 Then the brothers sent Paul away to the coast 737 at once, but Silas and Timothy remained in Berea. 738 17:15 Those who accompanied Paul escorted him as far as Athens, 739 and after receiving an order for Silas and Timothy to come to him as soon as possible, they left. 740
Paul at Athens
17:16 While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, 741 his spirit was greatly upset 742 because he saw 743 the city was full of idols. 17:17 So he was addressing 744 the Jews and the God-fearing Gentiles 745 in the synagogue, 746 and in the marketplace every day 747 those who happened to be there. 17:18 Also some of the Epicurean 748 and Stoic 749 philosophers were conversing 750 with him, and some were asking, 751 “What does this foolish babbler 752 want to say?” Others said, “He seems to be a proclaimer of foreign gods.” 753 (They said this because he was proclaiming the good news about Jesus and the resurrection.) 754 17:19 So they took Paul and 755 brought him to the Areopagus, 756 saying, “May we know what this new teaching is that you are proclaiming? 17:20 For you are bringing some surprising things 757 to our ears, so we want to know what they 758 mean.” 17:21 (All the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there used to spend their time 759 in nothing else than telling 760 or listening to something new.) 761
17:22 So Paul stood 762 before the Areopagus and said, “Men of Athens, I see that you are very religious 763 in all respects. 764 17:23 For as I went around and observed closely your objects of worship, 765 I even found an altar with this inscription: 766 ‘To an unknown god.’ Therefore what you worship without knowing it, 767 this I proclaim to you. 17:24 The God who made the world and everything in it, 768 who is 769 Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by human hands, 770 17:25 nor is he served by human hands, as if he needed anything, 771 because he himself gives life and breath and everything to everyone. 772 17:26 From one man 773 he made every nation of the human race 774 to inhabit the entire earth, 775 determining their set times 776 and the fixed limits of the places where they would live, 777 17:27 so that they would search for God and perhaps grope around 778 for him and find him, 779 though he is 780 not far from each one of us. 17:28 For in him we live and move about 781 and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we too are his offspring.’ 782 17:29 So since we are God’s offspring, we should not think the deity 783 is like gold or silver or stone, an image 784 made by human 785 skill 786 and imagination. 787 17:30 Therefore, although God has overlooked 788 such times of ignorance, 789 he now commands all people 790 everywhere to repent, 791 17:31 because he has set 792 a day on which he is going to judge the world 793 in righteousness, by a man whom he designated, 794 having provided proof to everyone by raising 795 him from the dead.”
17:32 Now when they heard about 796 the resurrection from the dead, some began to scoff, 797 but others said, “We will hear you again about this.” 17:33 So Paul left the Areopagus. 798 17:34 But some people 799 joined him 800 and believed. Among them 801 were Dionysius, who was a member of the Areopagus, 802 a woman 803 named Damaris, and others with them.
Paul at Corinth
18:1 After this 804 Paul 805 departed from 806 Athens 807 and went to Corinth. 808 18:2 There he 809 found 810 a Jew named Aquila, 811 a native of Pontus, 812 who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius 813 had ordered all the Jews to depart from 814 Rome. 815 Paul approached 816 them, 18:3 and because he worked at the same trade, he stayed with them and worked with them 817 (for they were tentmakers 818 by trade). 819 18:4 He addressed 820 both Jews and Greeks in the synagogue 821 every Sabbath, attempting to persuade 822 them.
18:5 Now when Silas and Timothy arrived 823 from Macedonia, 824 Paul became wholly absorbed with proclaiming 825 the word, testifying 826 to the Jews that Jesus was the Christ. 827 18:6 When they opposed him 828 and reviled him, 829 he protested by shaking out his clothes 830 and said to them, “Your blood 831 be on your own heads! I am guiltless! 832 From now on I will go to the Gentiles!” 18:7 Then Paul 833 left 834 the synagogue 835 and went to the house of a person named Titius Justus, a Gentile who worshiped God, 836 whose house was next door to the synagogue. 18:8 Crispus, the president of the synagogue, 837 believed in the Lord together with his entire household, and many of the Corinthians who heard about it 838 believed and were baptized. 18:9 The Lord said to Paul by a vision 839 in the night, 840 “Do not be afraid, 841 but speak and do not be silent, 18:10 because I am with you, and no one will assault 842 you to harm 843 you, because I have many people in this city.” 18:11 So he stayed there 844 a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them. 845
Paul Before the Proconsul Gallio
18:12 Now while Gallio 846 was proconsul 847 of Achaia, 848 the Jews attacked Paul together 849 and brought him before the judgment seat, 850 18:13 saying, “This man is persuading 851 people to worship God in a way contrary to 852 the law!” 18:14 But just as Paul was about to speak, 853 Gallio said to the Jews, “If it were a matter of some crime or serious piece of villainy, 854 I would have been justified in accepting the complaint 855 of you Jews, 856 18:15 but since it concerns points of disagreement 857 about words and names and your own law, settle 858 it yourselves. I will not be 859 a judge of these things!” 18:16 Then he had them forced away 860 from the judgment seat. 861 18:17 So they all seized Sosthenes, the president of the synagogue, 862 and began to beat 863 him in front of the judgment seat. 864 Yet none of these things were of any concern 865 to Gallio.
Paul Returns to Antioch in Syria
18:18 Paul, after staying 866 many more days in Corinth, 867 said farewell to 868 the brothers and sailed away to Syria accompanied by 869 Priscilla and Aquila. 870 He 871 had his hair cut off 872 at Cenchrea 873 because he had made a vow. 874 18:19 When they reached Ephesus, 875 Paul 876 left Priscilla and Aquila 877 behind there, but he himself went 878 into the synagogue 879 and addressed 880 the Jews. 18:20 When they asked him to stay longer, he would not consent, 881 18:21 but said farewell to 882 them and added, 883 “I will come back 884 to you again if God wills.” 885 Then 886 he set sail from Ephesus, 18:22 and when he arrived 887 at Caesarea, 888 he went up and greeted 889 the church at Jerusalem 890 and then went down to Antioch. 891 18:23 After he spent 892 some time there, Paul left and went through the region of Galatia 893 and Phrygia, 894 strengthening all the disciples.
Apollos Begins His Ministry
18:24 Now a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, arrived in Ephesus. 895 He was an eloquent speaker, 896 well-versed 897 in the scriptures. 18:25 He had been instructed in 898 the way of the Lord, and with great enthusiasm 899 he spoke and taught accurately the facts 900 about Jesus, although he knew 901 only the baptism of John. 18:26 He began to speak out fearlessly 902 in the synagogue, 903 but when Priscilla and Aquila 904 heard him, they took him aside 905 and explained the way of God to him more accurately. 18:27 When Apollos 906 wanted to cross over to Achaia, 907 the brothers encouraged 908 him 909 and wrote to the disciples to welcome him. When he arrived, he 910 assisted greatly those who had believed by grace, 18:28 for he refuted the Jews vigorously 911 in public debate, 912 demonstrating from the scriptures that the Christ 913 was Jesus. 914
Disciples of John the Baptist at Ephesus
19:1 While 915 Apollos was in Corinth, 916 Paul went through the inland 917 regions 918 and came to Ephesus. 919 He 920 found some disciples there 921 19:2 and said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” 922 They replied, 923 “No, we have not even 924 heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” 19:3 So Paul 925 said, “Into what then were you baptized?” “Into John’s baptism,” they replied. 926 19:4 Paul said, “John baptized with a baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, 927 that is, in Jesus.” 19:5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus, 19:6 and when Paul placed 928 his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came 929 upon them, and they began to speak 930 in tongues and to prophesy. 931 19:7 (Now there were about twelve men in all.) 932
Paul Continues to Minister at Ephesus
19:8 So Paul 933 entered 934 the synagogue 935 and spoke out fearlessly 936 for three months, addressing 937 and convincing 938 them about the kingdom of God. 939 19:9 But when 940 some were stubborn 941 and refused to believe, reviling 942 the Way 943 before the congregation, he left 944 them and took the disciples with him, 945 addressing 946 them every day 947 in the lecture hall 948 of Tyrannus. 19:10 This went on for two years, so that all who lived in the province of Asia, 949 both Jews and Greeks, heard the word of the Lord. 950
The Seven Sons of Sceva
19:11 God was performing extraordinary 951 miracles by Paul’s hands, 19:12 so that when even handkerchiefs or aprons that had touched his body 952 were brought 953 to the sick, their diseases left them and the evil spirits went out of them. 954 19:13 But some itinerant 955 Jewish exorcists tried to invoke the name 956 of the Lord Jesus over those who were possessed by 957 evil spirits, saying, “I sternly warn 958 you by Jesus whom Paul preaches.” 19:14 (Now seven sons of a man named 959 Sceva, a Jewish high priest, were doing this.) 960 19:15 But the evil spirit replied to them, 961 “I know about Jesus 962 and I am acquainted with 963 Paul, but who are you?” 964 19:16 Then the man who was possessed by 965 the evil spirit jumped on 966 them and beat them all into submission. 967 He prevailed 968 against them so that they fled from that house naked and wounded. 19:17 This became known to all who lived in Ephesus, 969 both Jews and Greeks; fear came over 970 them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was praised. 971 19:18 Many of those who had believed came forward, 972 confessing and making their deeds known. 973 19:19 Large numbers 974 of those who had practiced magic 975 collected their books 976 and burned them up in the presence of everyone. 977 When 978 the value of the books was added up, it was found to total fifty thousand silver coins. 979 19:20 In this way the word of the Lord 980 continued to grow in power 981 and to prevail. 982
A Riot in Ephesus
19:21 Now after all these things had taken place, 983 Paul resolved 984 to go to Jerusalem, 985 passing through Macedonia 986 and Achaia. 987 He said, 988 “After I have been there, I must also see Rome.” 989 19:22 So after sending 990 two of his assistants, 991 Timothy and Erastus, to Macedonia, 992 he himself stayed on for a while in the province of Asia. 993
19:23 At 994 that time 995 a great disturbance 996 took place concerning the Way. 997 19:24 For a man named Demetrius, a silversmith who made silver shrines 998 of Artemis, 999 brought a great deal 1000 of business 1001 to the craftsmen. 19:25 He gathered 1002 these 1003 together, along with the workmen in similar trades, 1004 and said, “Men, you know that our prosperity 1005 comes from this business. 19:26 And you see and hear that this Paul has persuaded 1006 and turned away 1007 a large crowd, 1008 not only in Ephesus 1009 but in practically all of the province of Asia, 1010 by saying 1011 that gods made by hands are not gods at all. 1012 19:27 There is danger not only that this business of ours will come into disrepute, 1013 but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis 1014 will be regarded as nothing, 1015 and she whom all the province of Asia 1016 and the world worship will suffer the loss of her greatness.” 1017
19:28 When 1018 they heard 1019 this they became enraged 1020 and began to shout, 1021 “Great is Artemis 1022 of the Ephesians!” 19:29 The 1023 city was filled with the uproar, 1024 and the crowd 1025 rushed to the theater 1026 together, 1027 dragging with them Gaius and Aristarchus, the Macedonians who were Paul’s traveling companions. 19:30 But when Paul wanted to enter the public assembly, 1028 the disciples would not let him. 19:31 Even some of the provincial authorities 1029 who were his friends sent 1030 a message 1031 to him, urging him not to venture 1032 into the theater. 19:32 So then some were shouting one thing, some another, for the assembly was in confusion, and most of them did not know why they had met together. 1033 19:33 Some of the crowd concluded 1034 it was about 1035 Alexander because the Jews had pushed him to the front. 1036 Alexander, gesturing 1037 with his hand, was wanting to make a defense 1038 before the public assembly. 1039 19:34 But when they recognized 1040 that he was a Jew, they all shouted in unison, 1041 “Great is Artemis 1042 of the Ephesians!” for about two hours. 1043 19:35 After the city secretary 1044 quieted the crowd, he said, “Men of Ephesus, what person 1045 is there who does not know that the city of the Ephesians is the keeper 1046 of the temple of the great Artemis 1047 and of her image that fell from heaven? 1048 19:36 So because these facts 1049 are indisputable, 1050 you must keep quiet 1051 and not do anything reckless. 1052 19:37 For you have brought these men here who are neither temple robbers 1053 nor blasphemers of our goddess. 1054 19:38 If then Demetrius and the craftsmen who are with him have a complaint 1055 against someone, the courts are open 1056 and there are proconsuls; let them bring charges against one another there. 1057 19:39 But if you want anything in addition, 1058 it will have to be settled 1059 in a legal assembly. 1060 19:40 For 1061 we are in danger of being charged with rioting 1062 today, since there is no cause we can give to explain 1063 this disorderly gathering.” 1064 19:41 After 1065 he had said 1066 this, 1067 he dismissed the assembly. 1068
Paul Travels Through Macedonia and Greece
20:1 After the disturbance had ended, Paul sent for the disciples, and after encouraging 1069 them and saying farewell, 1070 he left to go to Macedonia. 1071 20:2 After he had gone through those regions 1072 and spoken many words of encouragement 1073 to the believers there, 1074 he came to Greece, 1075 20:3 where he stayed 1076 for three months. Because the Jews had made 1077 a plot 1078 against him as he was intending 1079 to sail 1080 for Syria, he decided 1081 to return through Macedonia. 1082 20:4 Paul 1083 was accompanied by Sopater son of Pyrrhus from Berea, 1084 Aristarchus and Secundus from Thessalonica, 1085 Gaius 1086 from Derbe, 1087 and Timothy, as well as Tychicus and Trophimus from the province of Asia. 1088 20:5 These had gone on ahead 1089 and were waiting for us in Troas. 1090 20:6 We 1091 sailed away from Philippi 1092 after the days of Unleavened Bread, 1093 and within five days 1094 we came to the others 1095 in Troas, 1096 where we stayed for seven days. 20:7 On the first day 1097 of the week, when we met 1098 to break bread, Paul began to speak 1099 to the people, and because he intended 1100 to leave the next day, he extended 1101 his message until midnight. 20:8 (Now there were many lamps 1102 in the upstairs room where we were meeting.) 1103 20:9 A young man named Eutychus, who was sitting in the window, 1104 was sinking 1105 into a deep sleep while Paul continued to speak 1106 for a long time. Fast asleep, 1107 he fell down from the third story and was picked up dead. 20:10 But Paul went down, 1108 threw himself 1109 on the young man, 1110 put his arms around him, 1111 and said, “Do not be distressed, for he is still alive!” 1112 20:11 Then Paul 1113 went back upstairs, 1114 and after he had broken bread and eaten, he talked with them 1115 a long time, until dawn. Then he left. 20:12 They took the boy home alive and were greatly 1116 comforted.
The Voyage to Miletus
20:13 We went on ahead 1117 to the ship and put out to sea 1118 for Assos, 1119 intending 1120 to take Paul aboard there, for he had arranged it this way. 1121 He 1122 himself was intending 1123 to go there by land. 1124 20:14 When he met us in Assos, 1125 we took him aboard 1126 and went to Mitylene. 1127 20:15 We set sail 1128 from there, and on the following day we arrived off Chios. 1129 The next day we approached 1130 Samos, 1131 and the day after that we arrived at Miletus. 1132 20:16 For Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus 1133 so as not to spend time 1134 in the province of Asia, 1135 for he was hurrying 1136 to arrive in Jerusalem, 1137 if possible, 1138 by the day of Pentecost. 20:17 From Miletus 1139 he sent a message 1140 to Ephesus, telling the elders of the church to come to him. 1141
20:18 When they arrived, he said to them, “You yourselves know how I lived 1142 the whole time I was with you, from the first day I set foot 1143 in the province of Asia, 1144 20:19 serving the Lord with all humility 1145 and with tears, and with the trials that happened to me because of the plots 1146 of the Jews. 20:20 You know that I did not hold back from proclaiming 1147 to you anything that would be helpful, 1148 and from teaching you publicly 1149 and from house to house, 20:21 testifying 1150 to both Jews and Greeks about repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus. 1151 20:22 And now, 1152 compelled 1153 by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem 1154 without knowing what will happen to me there, 1155 20:23 except 1156 that the Holy Spirit warns 1157 me in town after town 1158 that 1159 imprisonment 1160 and persecutions 1161 are waiting for me. 20:24 But I do not consider my life 1162 worth anything 1163 to myself, so that 1164 I may finish my task 1165 and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the good news 1166 of God’s grace.
20:25 “And now 1167 I know that none 1168 of you among whom I went around proclaiming the kingdom 1169 will see me 1170 again. 20:26 Therefore I declare 1171 to you today that I am innocent 1172 of the blood of you all. 1173 20:27 For I did not hold back from 1174 announcing 1175 to you the whole purpose 1176 of God. 20:28 Watch out for 1177 yourselves and for all the flock of which 1178 the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, 1179 to shepherd the church of God 1180 that he obtained 1181 with the blood of his own Son. 1182 20:29 I know that after I am gone 1183 fierce wolves 1184 will come in among you, not sparing the flock. 20:30 Even from among your own group 1185 men 1186 will arise, teaching perversions of the truth 1187 to draw the disciples away after them. 20:31 Therefore be alert, 1188 remembering that night and day for three years I did not stop warning 1189 each one of you with tears. 20:32 And now I entrust 1190 you to God and to the message 1191 of his grace. This message 1192 is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified. 20:33 I have desired 1193 no one’s silver or gold or clothing. 20:34 You yourselves know that these hands of mine 1194 provided for my needs and the needs of those who were with me. 20:35 By all these things, 1195 I have shown you that by working in this way we must help 1196 the weak, 1197 and remember the words of the Lord Jesus that he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” 1198
20:36 When 1199 he had said these things, he knelt down 1200 with them all and prayed. 20:37 They all began to weep loudly, 1201 and hugged 1202 Paul and kissed him, 1203 20:38 especially saddened 1204 by what 1205 he had said, that they were not going to see him 1206 again. Then they accompanied 1207 him to the ship.
Paul’s Journey to Jerusalem
21:1 After 1208 we 1209 tore ourselves away 1210 from them, we put out to sea, 1211 and sailing a straight course, 1212 we came to Cos, 1213 on the next day to Rhodes, 1214 and from there to Patara. 1215 21:2 We found 1216 a ship crossing over to Phoenicia, 1217 went aboard, 1218 and put out to sea. 1219 21:3 After we sighted Cyprus 1220 and left it behind on our port side, 1221 we sailed on to Syria and put in 1222 at Tyre, 1223 because the ship was to unload its cargo there. 21:4 After we located 1224 the disciples, we stayed there 1225 seven days. They repeatedly told 1226 Paul through the Spirit 1227 not to set foot 1228 in Jerusalem. 1229 21:5 When 1230 our time was over, 1231 we left and went on our way. All of them, with their wives and children, accompanied 1232 us outside of the city. After 1233 kneeling down on the beach and praying, 1234 21:6 we said farewell 1235 to one another. 1236 Then 1237 we went aboard the ship, and they returned to their own homes. 1238 21:7 We continued the voyage from Tyre 1239 and arrived at Ptolemais, 1240 and when we had greeted the brothers, we stayed with them for one day. 21:8 On the next day we left 1241 and came to Caesarea, 1242 and entered 1243 the house of Philip the evangelist, who was one of the seven, 1244 and stayed with him. 21:9 (He had four unmarried 1245 daughters who prophesied.) 1246
21:10 While we remained there for a number of days, 1247 a prophet named Agabus 1248 came down from Judea. 21:11 He came 1249 to us, took 1250 Paul’s belt, 1251 tied 1252 his own hands and feet with it, 1253 and said, “The Holy Spirit says this: ‘This is the way the Jews in Jerusalem will tie up the man whose belt this is, and will hand him over 1254 to the Gentiles.’” 21:12 When we heard this, both we and the local people 1255 begged him not to go up to Jerusalem. 21:13 Then Paul replied, “What are you doing, weeping and breaking 1256 my heart? For I am ready not only to be tied up, 1257 but even to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” 21:14 Because he could not be persuaded, 1258 we said no more except, 1259 “The Lord’s will be done.” 1260
21:15 After these days we got ready 1261 and started up 1262 to Jerusalem. 21:16 Some of the disciples from Caesarea 1263 came along with us too, and brought us to the house 1264 of Mnason of Cyprus, a disciple from the earliest times, 1265 with whom we were to stay. 21:17 When we arrived in Jerusalem, the brothers welcomed us gladly. 1266 21:18 The next day Paul went in with us to see James, and all the elders were there. 1267 21:19 When Paul 1268 had greeted them, he began to explain 1269 in detail 1270 what God 1271 had done among the Gentiles through his ministry. 21:20 When they heard this, they praised 1272 God. Then they said to him, “You see, brother, how many thousands of Jews 1273 there are who have believed, and they are all ardent observers 1274 of the law. 1275 21:21 They have been informed about you – that you teach all the Jews now living 1276 among the Gentiles to abandon 1277 Moses, telling them not to circumcise their children 1278 or live 1279 according to our customs. 21:22 What then should we do? They will no doubt 1280 hear that you have come. 21:23 So do what 1281 we tell you: We have four men 1282 who have taken 1283 a vow; 1284 21:24 take them and purify 1285 yourself along with them and pay their expenses, 1286 so that they may have their heads shaved. 1287 Then 1288 everyone will know there is nothing in what they have been told 1289 about you, but that you yourself live in conformity with 1290 the law. 1291 21:25 But regarding the Gentiles who have believed, we have written a letter, having decided 1292 that they should avoid 1293 meat that has been sacrificed to idols 1294 and blood and what has been strangled 1295 and sexual immorality.” 21:26 Then Paul took the men the next day, 1296 and after he had purified himself 1297 along with them, he went to the temple and gave notice 1298 of the completion of the days of purification, 1299 when 1300 the sacrifice would be offered for each 1301 of them. 21:27 When the seven days were almost over, 1302 the Jews from the province of Asia 1303 who had seen him in the temple area 1304 stirred up the whole crowd 1305 and seized 1306 him, 21:28 shouting, “Men of Israel, 1307 help! This is the man who teaches everyone everywhere against our people, our law, 1308 and this sanctuary! 1309 Furthermore 1310 he has brought Greeks into the inner courts of the temple 1311 and made this holy place ritually unclean!” 1312 21:29 (For they had seen Trophimus the Ephesian in the city with him previously, and 1313 they assumed Paul had brought him into the inner temple courts.) 1314 21:30 The whole city was stirred up, 1315 and the people rushed together. 1316 They seized 1317 Paul and dragged him out of the temple courts, 1318 and immediately the doors were shut. 21:31 While they were trying 1319 to kill him, a report 1320 was sent up 1321 to the commanding officer 1322 of the cohort 1323 that all Jerusalem was in confusion. 1324 21:32 He 1325 immediately took 1326 soldiers and centurions 1327 and ran down to the crowd. 1328 When they saw 1329 the commanding officer 1330 and the soldiers, they stopped beating 1331 Paul. 21:33 Then the commanding officer 1332 came up and arrested 1333 him and ordered him to be tied up with two chains; 1334 he 1335 then asked who he was and what 1336 he had done. 21:34 But some in the crowd shouted one thing, and others something else, 1337 and when the commanding officer 1338 was unable 1339 to find out the truth 1340 because of the disturbance, 1341 he ordered Paul 1342 to be brought into the barracks. 1343 21:35 When he came to the steps, Paul 1344 had to be carried 1345 by the soldiers because of the violence 1346 of the mob, 21:36 for a crowd of people 1347 followed them, 1348 screaming, “Away with him!” 21:37 As Paul was about to be brought into the barracks, 1349 he said 1350 to the commanding officer, 1351 “May I say 1352 something to you?” The officer 1353 replied, 1354 “Do you know Greek? 1355 21:38 Then you’re not that Egyptian who started a rebellion 1356 and led the four thousand men of the ‘Assassins’ 1357 into the wilderness 1358 some time ago?” 1359 21:39 Paul answered, 1360 “I am a Jew 1361 from Tarsus in Cilicia, a citizen of an important city. 1362 Please 1363 allow me to speak to the people.” 21:40 When the commanding officer 1364 had given him permission, 1365 Paul stood 1366 on the steps and gestured 1367 to the people with his hand. When they had become silent, 1368 he addressed 1369 them in Aramaic, 1370
22:1 “Brothers and fathers, listen to my defense 1371 that I now 1372 make to you.” 22:2 (When they heard 1373 that he was addressing 1374 them in Aramaic, 1375 they became even 1376 quieter.) 1377 Then 1378 Paul said, 22:3 “I am a Jew, 1379 born in Tarsus in Cilicia, but brought up 1380 in this city, educated with strictness 1381 under 1382 Gamaliel 1383 according to the law of our ancestors, 1384 and was 1385 zealous 1386 for God just as all of you are today. 22:4 I 1387 persecuted this Way 1388 even to the point of death, 1389 tying up 1390 both men and women and putting 1391 them in prison, 22:5 as both the high priest and the whole council of elders 1392 can testify about me. From them 1393 I also received 1394 letters to the brothers in Damascus, and I was on my way 1395 to make arrests there and bring 1396 the prisoners 1397 to Jerusalem 1398 to be punished. 22:6 As 1399 I was en route and near Damascus, 1400 about noon a very bright 1401 light from heaven 1402 suddenly flashed 1403 around me. 22:7 Then I 1404 fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?’ 22:8 I answered, ‘Who are you, Lord?’ He said to me, ‘I am Jesus the Nazarene, whom you are persecuting.’ 22:9 Those who were with me saw the light, but did not understand 1405 the voice of the one who was speaking to me. 22:10 So I asked, 1406 ‘What should I do, Lord?’ The Lord said to me, ‘Get up 1407 and go to Damascus; there you will be told about everything 1408 that you have been designated 1409 to do.’ 22:11 Since I could not see because of 1410 the brilliance 1411 of that light, I came to Damascus led by the hand of 1412 those who were with me. 22:12 A man named Ananias, 1413 a devout man according to the law, 1414 well spoken of by all the Jews who live there, 1415 22:13 came 1416 to me and stood beside me 1417 and said to me, ‘Brother Saul, regain your sight!’ 1418 And at that very moment 1419 I looked up and saw him. 1420 22:14 Then he said, ‘The God of our ancestors 1421 has already chosen 1422 you to know his will, to see 1423 the Righteous One, 1424 and to hear a command 1425 from his mouth, 22:15 because you will be his witness 1426 to all people 1427 of what you have seen and heard. 22:16 And now what are you waiting for? 1428 Get up, 1429 be baptized, and have your sins washed away, 1430 calling on his name.’ 1431 22:17 When 1432 I returned to Jerusalem and was praying in the temple, I fell into a trance 1433 22:18 and saw the Lord 1434 saying to me, ‘Hurry and get out of Jerusalem quickly, because they will not accept your testimony about me.’ 22:19 I replied, 1435 ‘Lord, they themselves know that I imprisoned and beat those in the various synagogues 1436 who believed in you. 22:20 And when the blood of your witness 1437 Stephen was shed, 1438 I myself was standing nearby, approving, 1439 and guarding the cloaks 1440 of those who were killing him.’ 1441 22:21 Then 1442 he said to me, ‘Go, because I will send you far away to the Gentiles.’”
The Roman Commander Questions Paul
22:22 The crowd 1443 was listening to him until he said this. 1444 Then 1445 they raised their voices and shouted, 1446 “Away with this man 1447 from the earth! For he should not be allowed to live!” 1448 22:23 While they were screaming 1449 and throwing off their cloaks 1450 and tossing dust 1451 in the air, 22:24 the commanding officer 1452 ordered Paul 1453 to be brought back into the barracks. 1454 He told them 1455 to interrogate Paul 1456 by beating him with a lash 1457 so that he could find out the reason the crowd 1458 was shouting at Paul 1459 in this way. 22:25 When they had stretched him out for the lash, 1460 Paul said to the centurion 1461 standing nearby, “Is it legal for you to lash a man who is a Roman citizen 1462 without a proper trial?” 1463 22:26 When the centurion 1464 heard this, 1465 he went to the commanding officer 1466 and reported it, 1467 saying, “What are you about to do? 1468 For this man is a Roman citizen.” 1469 22:27 So the commanding officer 1470 came and asked 1471 Paul, 1472 “Tell me, are you a Roman citizen?” 1473 He replied, 1474 “Yes.” 22:28 The commanding officer 1475 answered, “I acquired this citizenship with a large sum of money.” 1476 “But I was even 1477 born a citizen,” 1478 Paul replied. 1479 22:29 Then those who were about to interrogate him stayed away 1480 from him, and the commanding officer 1481 was frightened when he realized that Paul 1482 was 1483 a Roman citizen 1484 and that he had had him tied up. 1485
Paul Before the Sanhedrin
22:30 The next day, because the commanding officer 1486 wanted to know the true reason 1487 Paul 1488 was being accused by the Jews, he released him and ordered the chief priests and the whole council 1489 to assemble. He then brought 1490 Paul down and had him stand before them.
23:1 Paul looked directly 1491 at the council 1492 and said, “Brothers, I have lived my life with a clear conscience 1493 before God to this day.” 23:2 At that 1494 the high priest Ananias ordered those standing near 1495 Paul 1496 to strike 1497 him on the mouth. 23:3 Then Paul said to him, “God is going to strike you, you whitewashed wall! 1498 Do 1499 you sit there judging me according to the law, 1500 and in violation of the law 1501 you order me to be struck?” 23:4 Those standing near him 1502 said, “Do you dare insult 1503 God’s high priest?” 23:5 Paul replied, 1504 “I did not realize, 1505 brothers, that he was the high priest, for it is written, ‘You must not speak evil about a ruler of your people.’” 1506
23:6 Then when Paul noticed 1507 that part of them were Sadducees 1508 and the others Pharisees, 1509 he shouted out in the council, 1510 “Brothers, I am a Pharisee, a son of Pharisees. I am on trial concerning the hope of the resurrection 1511 of the dead!” 23:7 When he said this, 1512 an argument 1513 began 1514 between the Pharisees and the Sadducees, and the assembly was divided. 23:8 (For the Sadducees say there is no resurrection, or angel, or spirit, but the Pharisees acknowledge them all.) 1515 23:9 There was a great commotion, 1516 and some experts in the law 1517 from the party of the Pharisees stood up 1518 and protested strongly, 1519 “We find nothing wrong 1520 with this man. What if a spirit or an angel has spoken to him?” 23:10 When the argument became 1521 so great the commanding officer 1522 feared that they would tear Paul to pieces, 1523 he ordered the detachment 1524 to go down, take him away from them by force, 1525 and bring him into the barracks. 1526
The Plot to Kill Paul
23:12 When morning came, 1533 the Jews formed 1534 a conspiracy 1535 and bound themselves with an oath 1536 not to eat or drink anything 1537 until they had killed Paul. 23:13 There were more than forty of them who formed this conspiracy. 1538 23:14 They 1539 went 1540 to the chief priests 1541 and the elders and said, “We have bound ourselves with a solemn oath 1542 not to partake 1543 of anything until we have killed Paul. 23:15 So now you and the council 1544 request the commanding officer 1545 to bring him down to you, as if you were going to determine 1546 his case 1547 by conducting a more thorough inquiry. 1548 We are ready to kill him 1549 before he comes near this place.” 1550
23:16 But when the son of Paul’s sister heard about the ambush, 1551 he came and entered 1552 the barracks 1553 and told Paul. 23:17 Paul called 1554 one of the centurions 1555 and said, “Take this young man to the commanding officer, 1556 for he has something to report to him.” 23:18 So the centurion 1557 took him and brought him to the commanding officer 1558 and said, “The prisoner Paul called 1559 me and asked me to bring this young man to you because he has something to tell you.” 23:19 The commanding officer 1560 took him by the hand, withdrew privately, and asked, “What is it that you want 1561 to report to me?” 23:20 He replied, 1562 “The Jews have agreed to ask you to bring Paul down to the council 1563 tomorrow, as if they were going to inquire more thoroughly about him. 23:21 So do not let them persuade you to do this, 1564 because more than forty of them 1565 are lying in ambush 1566 for him. They 1567 have bound themselves with an oath 1568 not to eat or drink anything 1569 until they have killed him, and now they are ready, waiting for you to agree to their request.” 1570 23:22 Then the commanding officer 1571 sent the young man away, directing him, 1572 “Tell no one that you have reported 1573 these things to me.” 23:23 Then 1574 he summoned 1575 two of the centurions 1576 and said, “Make ready two hundred soldiers to go to Caesarea 1577 along with seventy horsemen 1578 and two hundred spearmen 1579 by 1580 nine o’clock tonight, 1581 23:24 and provide mounts for Paul to ride 1582 so that he may be brought safely to Felix 1583 the governor.” 1584 23:25 He wrote 1585 a letter that went like this: 1586
23:26 Claudius Lysias to His Excellency Governor 1587 Felix, 1588 greetings. 23:27 This man was seized 1589 by the Jews and they were about to kill him, 1590 when I came up 1591 with the detachment 1592 and rescued him, because I had learned that he was 1593 a Roman citizen. 1594 23:28 Since I wanted to know 1595 what charge they were accusing him of, 1596 I brought him down to their council. 1597 23:29 I found he 1598 was accused with reference to controversial questions 1599 about their law, but no charge against him deserved death or imprisonment. 1600 23:30 When I was informed 1601 there would be a plot 1602 against this man, I sent him to you at once, also ordering his accusers to state their charges 1603 against him before you.
23:31 So the soldiers, in accordance with their orders, 1604 took 1605 Paul and brought him to Antipatris 1606 during the night. 23:32 The next day they let 1607 the horsemen 1608 go on with him, and they returned to the barracks. 1609 23:33 When the horsemen 1610 came to Caesarea 1611 and delivered the letter to the governor, they also presented 1612 Paul to him. 23:34 When the governor 1613 had read 1614 the letter, 1615 he asked 1616 what province he was from. 1617 When he learned 1618 that he was from Cilicia, 1619 23:35 he said, “I will give you a hearing 1620 when your accusers arrive too.” Then 1621 he ordered that Paul 1622 be kept under guard in Herod’s palace. 1623
The Accusations Against Paul
24:1 After five days the high priest Ananias 1624 came down with some elders and an attorney 1625 named 1626 Tertullus, and they 1627 brought formal charges 1628 against Paul to the governor. 24:2 When Paul 1629 had been summoned, Tertullus began to accuse him, 1630 saying, “We have experienced a lengthy time 1631 of peace through your rule, 1632 and reforms 1633 are being made in this nation 1634 through your foresight. 1635 24:3 Most excellent Felix, 1636 we acknowledge this everywhere and in every way 1637 with all gratitude. 1638 24:4 But so that I may not delay 1639 you any further, I beg 1640 you to hear us briefly 1641 with your customary graciousness. 1642 24:5 For we have found 1643 this man to be a troublemaker, 1644 one who stirs up riots 1645 among all the Jews throughout the world, and a ringleader 1646 of the sect of the Nazarenes. 1647 24:6 He 1648 even tried to desecrate 1649 the temple, so we arrested 1650 him. 24:7 [[EMPTY]] 1651 24:8 When you examine 1652 him yourself, you will be able to learn from him 1653 about all these things we are accusing him of doing.” 1654 24:9 The Jews also joined in the verbal attack, 1655 claiming 1656 that these things were true.
Paul’s Defense Before Felix
24:10 When the governor gestured for him to speak, Paul replied, “Because I know 1657 that you have been a judge over this nation for many years, I confidently make my defense. 1658 24:11 As you can verify 1659 for yourself, not more than twelve days ago 1660 I went up to Jerusalem 1661 to worship. 24:12 They did not find me arguing 1662 with anyone or stirring up a crowd 1663 in the temple courts 1664 or in the synagogues 1665 or throughout the city, 1666 24:13 nor can they prove 1667 to you the things 1668 they are accusing me of doing. 1669 24:14 But I confess this to you, that I worship 1670 the God of our ancestors 1671 according to the Way (which they call a sect), believing everything that is according to the law 1672 and that is written in the prophets. 24:15 I have 1673 a hope in God (a hope 1674 that 1675 these men 1676 themselves accept too) that there is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous. 1677 24:16 This is the reason 1678 I do my best to always 1679 have a clear 1680 conscience toward God and toward people. 1681 24:17 After several years 1682 I came to bring to my people gifts for the poor 1683 and to present offerings, 1684 24:18 which I was doing when they found me in the temple, ritually purified, 1685 without a crowd or a disturbance. 1686 24:19 But there are some Jews from the province of Asia 1687 who should be here before you and bring charges, 1688 if they have anything against me. 24:20 Or these men here 1689 should tell what crime 1690 they found me guilty of 1691 when I stood before the council, 1692 24:21 other than 1693 this one thing 1694 I shouted out while I stood before 1695 them: ‘I am on trial before you today concerning the resurrection of the dead.’” 1696
24:22 Then Felix, 1697 who understood the facts 1698 concerning the Way 1699 more accurately, 1700 adjourned their hearing, 1701 saying, “When Lysias the commanding officer comes down, I will decide your case.” 1702 24:23 He ordered the centurion 1703 to guard Paul, 1704 but to let him have some freedom, 1705 and not to prevent any of his friends 1706 from meeting his needs. 1707
Paul Speaks Repeatedly to Felix
24:24 Some days later, when Felix 1708 arrived with his wife Drusilla, 1709 who was Jewish, he sent for Paul and heard him speak 1710 about faith in Christ Jesus. 1711 24:25 While Paul 1712 was discussing 1713 righteousness, self-control, 1714 and the coming judgment, Felix 1715 became 1716 frightened and said, “Go away for now, and when I have an opportunity, 1717 I will send for you.” 24:26 At the same time he was also hoping that Paul would give him money, 1718 and for this reason he sent for Paul 1719 as often as possible 1720 and talked 1721 with him. 24:27 After two years 1722 had passed, Porcius Festus 1723 succeeded Felix, 1724 and because he wanted to do the Jews a favor, Felix left Paul in prison. 1725
Paul Appeals to Caesar
25:1 Now 1726 three days after Festus 1727 arrived in the province, he went up to Jerusalem 1728 from Caesarea. 1729 25:2 So the chief priests and the most prominent men 1730 of the Jews brought formal charges 1731 against Paul to him. 25:3 Requesting him to do them a favor against Paul, 1732 they urged Festus 1733 to summon him to Jerusalem, planning an ambush 1734 to kill him along the way. 25:4 Then Festus 1735 replied that Paul was being kept at Caesarea, 1736 and he himself intended to go there 1737 shortly. 25:5 “So,” he said, “let your leaders 1738 go down there 1739 with me, and if this man has done anything wrong, 1740 they may bring charges 1741 against him.”
25:6 After Festus 1742 had stayed 1743 not more than eight or ten days among them, he went down to Caesarea, 1744 and the next day he sat 1745 on the judgment seat 1746 and ordered Paul to be brought. 25:7 When he arrived, the Jews who had come down from Jerusalem stood around him, 1747 bringing many serious 1748 charges that they were not able to prove. 1749 25:8 Paul said in his defense, 1750 “I have committed no offense 1751 against the Jewish law 1752 or against the temple or against Caesar.” 1753 25:9 But Festus, 1754 wanting to do the Jews a favor, asked Paul, “Are you willing to go up to Jerusalem and be tried 1755 before me there on these charges?” 1756 25:10 Paul replied, 1757 “I am standing before Caesar’s 1758 judgment seat, 1759 where I should be tried. 1760 I have done nothing wrong 1761 to the Jews, as you also know very well. 1762 25:11 If then I am in the wrong 1763 and have done anything that deserves death, I am not trying to escape dying, 1764 but if not one of their charges against me is true, 1765 no one can hand me over to them. 1766 I appeal to Caesar!” 1767 25:12 Then, after conferring with his council, 1768 Festus 1769 replied, “You have appealed to Caesar; 1770 to Caesar 1771 you will go!” 1772
Festus Asks King Agrippa for Advice
25:13 After several days had passed, King Agrippa 1773 and Bernice arrived at Caesarea 1774 to pay their respects 1775 to Festus. 1776 25:14 While 1777 they were staying there many days, Festus 1778 explained Paul’s case to the king to get his opinion, 1779 saying, “There is a man left here as a prisoner by Felix. 25:15 When I was in Jerusalem, 1780 the chief priests and the elders of the Jews informed 1781 me about him, 1782 asking for a sentence of condemnation 1783 against him. 25:16 I answered them 1784 that it was not the custom of the Romans to hand over anyone 1785 before the accused had met his accusers face to face 1786 and had been given 1787 an opportunity to make a defense against the accusation. 1788 25:17 So after they came back here with me, 1789 I did not postpone the case, 1790 but the next day I sat 1791 on the judgment seat 1792 and ordered the man to be brought. 25:18 When his accusers stood up, they did not charge 1793 him with any of the evil deeds I had suspected. 1794 25:19 Rather they had several points of disagreement 1795 with him about their own religion 1796 and about a man named Jesus 1797 who was dead, whom Paul claimed 1798 to be alive. 25:20 Because I was at a loss 1799 how I could investigate these matters, 1800 I asked if he were willing to go to Jerusalem and be tried 1801 there on these charges. 1802 25:21 But when Paul appealed to be kept in custody for the decision of His Majesty the Emperor, 1803 I ordered him to be kept under guard until I could send him to Caesar.” 1804 25:22 Agrippa 1805 said to Festus, 1806 “I would also like to hear the man myself.” “Tomorrow,” he replied, 1807 “you will hear him.”
Paul Before King Agrippa and Bernice
25:23 So the next day Agrippa 1808 and Bernice came with great pomp 1809 and entered the audience hall, 1810 along with the senior military officers 1811 and the prominent men of the city. When Festus 1812 gave the order, 1813 Paul was brought in. 25:24 Then Festus 1814 said, “King Agrippa, 1815 and all you who are present here with us, you see this man about whom the entire Jewish populace 1816 petitioned 1817 me both in Jerusalem 1818 and here, 1819 shouting loudly 1820 that he ought not to live any longer. 25:25 But I found that he had done nothing that deserved death, 1821 and when he appealed 1822 to His Majesty the Emperor, 1823 I decided to send him. 1824 25:26 But I have nothing definite 1825 to write to my lord 1826 about him. 1827 Therefore I have brought him before you all, and especially before you, King Agrippa, 1828 so that after this preliminary hearing 1829 I may have something to write. 25:27 For it seems unreasonable to me to send a prisoner without clearly indicating 1830 the charges against him.”
Paul Offers His Defense
26:2 “Regarding all the things I have been accused of by the Jews, King Agrippa, 1835 I consider myself fortunate that I am about to make my defense before you today, 26:3 because you are especially 1836 familiar with all the customs and controversial issues 1837 of the Jews. Therefore I ask 1838 you to listen to me patiently. 26:4 Now all the Jews know the way I lived 1839 from my youth, spending my life from the beginning among my own people 1840 and in Jerusalem. 1841 26:5 They know, 1842 because they have known 1843 me from time past, 1844 if they are willing to testify, that according to the strictest party 1845 of our religion, I lived as a Pharisee. 1846 26:6 And now I stand here on trial 1847 because of my hope in the promise made by God to our ancestors, 1848 26:7 a promise 1849 that our twelve tribes hope to attain as they earnestly serve God 1850 night and day. Concerning this hope the Jews are accusing me, 1851 Your Majesty! 1852 26:8 Why do you people 1853 think 1854 it is unbelievable 1855 that 1856 God raises the dead? 26:9 Of course, 1857 I myself was convinced 1858 that it was necessary to do many things hostile to the name of Jesus the Nazarene. 26:10 And that is what I did in Jerusalem: Not only did I lock up many of the saints in prisons by the authority I received 1859 from the chief priests, but I also cast my vote 1860 against them when they were sentenced to death. 1861 26:11 I punished 1862 them often in all the synagogues 1863 and tried to force 1864 them to blaspheme. Because I was so furiously enraged 1865 at them, I went to persecute 1866 them even in foreign cities.
26:12 “While doing this very thing, 1867 as I was going 1868 to Damascus with authority and complete power 1869 from the chief priests, 26:13 about noon along the road, Your Majesty, 1870 I saw a light from heaven, 1871 brighter than the sun, shining everywhere around 1872 me and those traveling with me. 26:14 When we had all fallen to the ground, I heard a voice saying to me in Aramaic, 1873 ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? You are hurting yourself 1874 by kicking against the goads.’ 1875 26:15 So I said, ‘Who are you, Lord?’ And the Lord replied, 1876 ‘I am Jesus whom you are persecuting. 26:16 But get up and stand on your feet, for I have appeared to you for this reason, to designate you in advance 1877 as a servant and witness 1878 to the things 1879 you have seen 1880 and to the things in which I will appear to you. 26:17 I will rescue 1881 you from your own people 1882 and from the Gentiles, to whom 1883 I am sending you 26:18 to open their eyes so that they turn 1884 from darkness to light and from the power 1885 of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a share 1886 among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’
26:19 “Therefore, King Agrippa, 1887 I was not disobedient 1888 to the heavenly 1889 vision, 26:20 but I declared to those in Damascus first, and then to those in Jerusalem and in all Judea, 1890 and to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, 1891 performing deeds consistent with 1892 repentance. 26:21 For this reason the Jews seized me in the temple courts 1893 and were trying to kill me. 26:22 I have experienced 1894 help from God to this day, and so I stand testifying to both small and great, saying nothing except 1895 what the prophets and Moses said 1896 was going to happen: 26:23 that 1897 the Christ 1898 was to suffer and be the first to rise from the dead, to proclaim light both to our people 1899 and to the Gentiles.” 1900
26:24 As Paul 1901 was saying these things in his defense, Festus 1902 exclaimed loudly, “You have lost your mind, 1903 Paul! Your great learning is driving you insane!” 26:25 But Paul replied, 1904 “I have not lost my mind, most excellent Festus, 1905 but am speaking 1906 true and rational 1907 words. 26:26 For the king knows about these things, and I am speaking freely 1908 to him, 1909 because I cannot believe 1910 that any of these things has escaped his notice, 1911 for this was not done in a corner. 1912 26:27 Do you believe the prophets, 1913 King Agrippa? 1914 I know that you believe.” 26:28 Agrippa 1915 said to Paul, “In such a short time are you persuading me to become a Christian?” 1916 26:29 Paul replied, “I pray to God that whether in a short or a long time 1917 not only you but also all those who are listening to me today could become such as I am, except for these chains.” 1918
26:30 So the king got up, and with him the governor and Bernice and those sitting with them, 26:31 and as they were leaving they said to one another, 1919 “This man is not doing anything deserving 1920 death or imprisonment.” 26:32 Agrippa 1921 said to Festus, 1922 “This man could have been released 1923 if he had not appealed to Caesar.” 1924
Paul and Company Sail for Rome
27:1 When it was decided we 1925 would sail to Italy, 1926 they handed over Paul and some other prisoners to a centurion 1927 of the Augustan Cohort 1928 named Julius. 27:2 We went on board 1929 a ship from Adramyttium 1930 that was about to sail to various ports 1931 along the coast of the province of Asia 1932 and put out to sea, 1933 accompanied by Aristarchus, a Macedonian 1934 from Thessalonica. 1935 27:3 The next day we put in 1936 at Sidon, 1937 and Julius, treating Paul kindly, 1938 allowed him to go to his friends so they could provide him with what he needed. 1939 27:4 From there we put out to sea 1940 and sailed under the lee 1941 of Cyprus because the winds were against us. 27:5 After we had sailed across the open sea 1942 off Cilicia and Pamphylia, 1943 we put in 1944 at Myra 1945 in Lycia. 1946 27:6 There the centurion 1947 found 1948 a ship from Alexandria 1949 sailing for Italy, and he put us aboard it. 27:7 We sailed slowly 1950 for many days and arrived with difficulty off Cnidus. 1951 Because the wind prevented us from going any farther, 1952 we sailed under the lee 1953 of Crete off Salmone. 1954 27:8 With difficulty we sailed along the coast 1955 of Crete 1956 and came to a place called Fair Havens that was near the town of Lasea. 1957
Caught in a Violent Storm
27:9 Since considerable time had passed and the voyage was now dangerous 1958 because the fast 1959 was already over, 1960 Paul advised them, 1961 27:10 “Men, I can see the voyage is going to end 1962 in disaster 1963 and great loss not only of the cargo and the ship, but also of our lives.” 1964 27:11 But the centurion 1965 was more convinced 1966 by the captain 1967 and the ship’s owner than by what Paul said. 1968 27:12 Because the harbor was not suitable to spend the winter in, the majority decided 1969 to put out to sea 1970 from there. They hoped that 1971 somehow they could reach 1972 Phoenix, 1973 a harbor of Crete facing 1974 southwest and northwest, and spend the winter there. 27:13 When a gentle south wind sprang up, they thought 1975 they could carry out 1976 their purpose, so they weighed anchor 1977 and sailed close along the coast 1978 of Crete. 27:14 Not long after this, a hurricane-force 1979 wind called the northeaster 1980 blew down from the island. 1981 27:15 When the ship was caught in it 1982 and could not head into 1983 the wind, we gave way to it and were driven 1984 along. 27:16 As we ran under the lee of 1985 a small island called Cauda, 1986 we were able with difficulty to get the ship’s boat 1987 under control. 27:17 After the crew 1988 had hoisted it aboard, 1989 they used supports 1990 to undergird the ship. Fearing they would run aground 1991 on the Syrtis, 1992 they lowered the sea anchor, 1993 thus letting themselves be driven along. 27:18 The next day, because we were violently battered by the storm, 1994 they began throwing the cargo overboard, 1995 27:19 and on the third day they threw the ship’s gear 1996 overboard with their own hands. 27:20 When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days and a violent 1997 storm continued to batter us, 1998 we finally abandoned all hope of being saved. 1999
27:21 Since many of them had no desire to eat, 2000 Paul 2001 stood up 2002 among them and said, “Men, you should have listened to me 2003 and not put out to sea 2004 from Crete, thus avoiding 2005 this damage and loss. 27:22 And now I advise 2006 you to keep up your courage, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only the ship will be lost. 2007 27:23 For last night an angel of the God to whom I belong 2008 and whom I serve 2009 came to me 2010 27:24 and said, 2011 ‘Do not be afraid, Paul! You must stand before 2012 Caesar, 2013 and God has graciously granted you the safety 2014 of all who are sailing with you.’ 27:25 Therefore keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God 2015 that it will be just as I have been told. 27:26 But we must 2016 run aground on some island.”
27:27 When the fourteenth night had come, while we were being driven 2017 across the Adriatic Sea, 2018 about midnight the sailors suspected they were approaching some land. 2019 27:28 They took soundings 2020 and found the water was twenty fathoms 2021 deep; when they had sailed a little farther 2022 they took soundings again and found it was fifteen fathoms 2023 deep. 27:29 Because they were afraid 2024 that we would run aground on the rocky coast, 2025 they threw out 2026 four anchors from the stern and wished 2027 for day to appear. 2028 27:30 Then when the sailors tried to escape from the ship and were lowering the ship’s boat into the sea, pretending 2029 that they were going to put out anchors from the bow, 27:31 Paul said to the centurion 2030 and the soldiers, “Unless these men stay with the ship, you 2031 cannot be saved.” 27:32 Then the soldiers cut the ropes 2032 of the ship’s boat and let it drift away. 2033
27:33 As day was about to dawn, 2034 Paul urged them all to take some food, saying, “Today is the fourteenth day you have been in suspense 2035 and have gone 2036 without food; you have eaten nothing. 2037 27:34 Therefore I urge you to take some food, for this is important 2038 for your survival. 2039 For not one of you will lose a hair from his head.” 27:35 After he said this, Paul 2040 took bread 2041 and gave thanks to God in front of them all, 2042 broke 2043 it, and began to eat. 27:36 So all of them were encouraged and took food themselves. 27:37 (We were in all two hundred seventy-six 2044 persons on the ship.) 2045 27:38 When they had eaten enough to be satisfied, 2046 they lightened the ship by throwing the wheat 2047 into the sea.
Paul is Shipwrecked
27:39 When day came, they did not recognize the land, but they noticed 2048 a bay 2049 with a beach, 2050 where they decided to run the ship aground if they could. 27:40 So they slipped 2051 the anchors 2052 and left them in the sea, at the same time loosening the linkage 2053 that bound the steering oars 2054 together. Then they hoisted 2055 the foresail 2056 to the wind and steered toward 2057 the beach. 27:41 But they encountered a patch of crosscurrents 2058 and ran the ship aground; the bow stuck fast and could not be moved, but the stern was being broken up by the force 2059 of the waves. 27:42 Now the soldiers’ plan was to kill the prisoners 2060 so that none of them would escape by swimming away. 2061 27:43 But the centurion, 2062 wanting to save Paul’s life, 2063 prevented them from carrying out their plan. He ordered those who could swim to jump overboard first and get to land, 2064 27:44 and the rest were to follow, 2065 some on planks 2066 and some on pieces of the ship. 2067 And in this way 2068 all were brought safely to land.
Paul on Malta
28:1 After we had safely reached shore, 2069 we learned that the island was called Malta. 2070 28:2 The local inhabitants 2071 showed us extraordinary 2072 kindness, for they built a fire and welcomed us all because it had started to rain 2073 and was cold. 28:3 When Paul had gathered a bundle of brushwood 2074 and was putting it on the fire, a viper came out because of the heat and fastened itself on his hand. 28:4 When the local people 2075 saw the creature hanging from Paul’s 2076 hand, they said to one another, “No doubt this man is a murderer! Although he has escaped from the sea, Justice herself 2077 has not allowed him to live!” 2078 28:5 However, 2079 Paul 2080 shook 2081 the creature off into the fire and suffered no harm. 28:6 But they were expecting that he was going to swell up 2082 or suddenly drop dead. So after they had waited 2083 a long time and had seen 2084 nothing unusual happen 2085 to him, they changed their minds 2086 and said he was a god. 2087
28:7 Now in the region around that place 2088 were fields belonging to the chief official 2089 of the island, named Publius, who welcomed us and entertained us hospitably as guests for three days. 28:8 The father 2090 of Publius lay sick in bed, suffering from fever and dysentery. Paul went in to see him 2091 and after praying, placed 2092 his hands on him and healed 2093 him. 28:9 After this had happened, many of the people on the island who were sick 2094 also came and were healed. 2095 28:10 They also bestowed many honors, 2096 and when we were preparing to sail, 2097 they gave 2098 us all the supplies we needed. 2099
Paul Finally Reaches Rome
28:11 After three months we put out to sea 2100 in an Alexandrian ship that had wintered at the island and had the “Heavenly Twins” 2101 as its figurehead. 2102 28:12 We put in 2103 at Syracuse 2104 and stayed there three days. 28:13 From there we cast off 2105 and arrived at Rhegium, 2106 and after one day a south wind sprang up 2107 and on the second day we came to Puteoli. 2108 28:14 There 2109 we found 2110 some brothers 2111 and were invited to stay with them seven days. And in this way we came to Rome. 2112 28:15 The brothers from there, 2113 when they heard about us, came as far as the Forum of Appius 2114 and Three Taverns 2115 to meet us. When he saw them, 2116 Paul thanked God and took courage. 28:16 When we entered Rome, Paul was allowed to live 2117 by himself, with the soldier who was guarding him.
Paul Addresses the Jewish Community in Rome
28:17 After three days 2118 Paul 2119 called the local Jewish leaders 2120 together. When they had assembled, he said to them, “Brothers, 2121 although I had done 2122 nothing against our people or the customs of our ancestors, 2123 from Jerusalem 2124 I was handed over as a prisoner to the Romans. 2125 28:18 When 2126 they had heard my case, 2127 they wanted to release me, 2128 because there was no basis for a death sentence 2129 against me. 28:19 But when the Jews objected, 2130 I was forced to appeal to Caesar 2131 – not that I had some charge to bring 2132 against my own people. 2133 28:20 So for this reason I have asked to see you and speak with you, for I am bound with this chain because of the hope of Israel.” 2134 28:21 They replied, 2135 “We have received no letters from Judea about you, nor have any of the brothers come from there 2136 and reported or said anything bad about you. 28:22 But we would like to hear from you what you think, for regarding this sect we know 2137 that people 2138 everywhere speak against 2139 it.”
28:23 They set 2140 a day to meet with him, 2141 and they came to him where he was staying 2142 in even greater numbers. 2143 From morning until evening he explained things 2144 to them, 2145 testifying 2146 about the kingdom of God 2147 and trying to convince 2148 them about Jesus from both the law of Moses and the prophets. 28:24 Some were convinced 2149 by what he said, 2150 but others refused 2151 to believe. 28:25 So they began to leave, 2152 unable to agree among themselves, after Paul made one last statement: “The Holy Spirit spoke rightly to your ancestors 2153 through the prophet Isaiah 28:26 when he said,
‘Go to this people and say,
“You will keep on hearing, 2154 but will never understand,
and you will keep on looking, 2155 but will never perceive.
28:27 For the heart of this people has become dull, 2156
and their ears are hard of hearing, 2157
and they have closed their eyes,
so that they would not see with their eyes
and hear with their ears
and understand with their heart28:29 [[EMPTY]] 2164
28:30 Paul 2165 lived 2166 there two whole years in his own rented quarters 2167 and welcomed 2168 all who came to him, 28:31 proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ 2169 with complete boldness 2170 and without restriction. 2171