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.

12:25 So Barnabas and Saul returned to 132  Jerusalem 133  when they had completed 134  their mission, 135  bringing along with them John Mark. 136 

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:

13:41Look, 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,

15:16After this 462  I 463  will return,

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,

namely, 467  all the Gentiles 468  I have called to be my own,’ 469  says the Lord, 470  who makes these things 15:18 known 471  from long ago. 472 

15:19Therefore 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.

20:25And 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 

Paul’s Defense

22:1Brothers 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 

23:11 The following night the Lord 1527  stood near 1528  Paul 1529  and said, “Have courage, 1530  for just as you have testified about me in Jerusalem, 1531  so you must also testify in Rome.” 1532 

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

26:1 So Agrippa 1831  said to Paul, “You have permission 1832  to speak for yourself.” Then Paul held out his hand 1833  and began his defense: 1834 

26:2Regarding 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.

26:12While 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.’

26:19Therefore, 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 soldiersplan 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 heart

and turn, 2158  and I would heal them.”’ 2159 

28:28Therefore be advised 2160  that this salvation from God 2161  has been sent to the Gentiles; 2162  they 2163  will listen!

28:29 [[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 

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