Bible: Acts 13-28

The Church at Antioch Commissions Barnabas and Saul

13:1 Now there were these prophets and teachers in the church at Antioch: 1  Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, 2  Lucius the Cyrenian, 3  Manaen (a close friend of Herod 4  the tetrarch 5  from childhood 6 ) and Saul. 13:2 While they were serving 7  the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart 8  for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” 13:3 Then, after they had fasted 9  and 10  prayed and placed their hands 11  on them, they sent them off.

Paul and Barnabas Preach in Cyprus

13:4 So Barnabas and Saul, 12  sent out by the Holy Spirit, went down to Seleucia, 13  and from there they sailed to Cyprus. 14  13:5 When 15  they arrived 16  in Salamis, 17  they began to proclaim 18  the word of God in the Jewish synagogues. 19  (Now they also had John 20  as their assistant.) 21  13:6 When they had crossed over 22  the whole island as far as Paphos, 23  they found a magician, a Jewish false prophet named Bar-Jesus, 24  13:7 who was with the proconsul 25  Sergius Paulus, an intelligent man. The proconsul 26  summoned 27  Barnabas and Saul and wanted to hear 28  the word of God. 13:8 But the magician Elymas 29  (for that is the way his name is translated) 30  opposed them, trying to turn the proconsul 31  away from the faith. 13:9 But Saul (also known as Paul), 32  filled with the Holy Spirit, 33  stared straight 34  at him 13:10 and said, “You who are full of all deceit and all wrongdoing, 35  you son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness – will you not stop making crooked the straight paths of the Lord? 36  13:11 Now 37  look, the hand of the Lord is against 38  you, and you will be blind, unable to see the sun for a time!” Immediately mistiness 39  and darkness came over 40  him, and he went around seeking people 41  to lead him by the hand. 13:12 Then when the proconsul 42  saw what had happened, he believed, 43  because he was greatly astounded 44  at the teaching about 45  the Lord.

Paul and Barnabas at Pisidian Antioch

13:13 Then Paul and his companions put out to sea 46  from Paphos 47  and came to Perga 48  in Pamphylia, 49  but John 50  left them and returned to Jerusalem. 51  13:14 Moving on from 52  Perga, 53  they arrived at Pisidian Antioch, 54  and on the Sabbath day they went into 55  the synagogue 56  and sat down. 13:15 After the reading from the law and the prophets, 57  the leaders of the synagogue 58  sent them a message, 59  saying, “Brothers, 60  if you have any message 61  of exhortation 62  for the people, speak it.” 63  13:16 So Paul stood up, 64  gestured 65  with his hand and said,

Men of Israel, 66  and you Gentiles who fear God, 67  listen: 13:17 The God of this people Israel 68  chose our ancestors 69  and made the people great 70  during their stay as foreigners 71  in the country 72  of Egypt, and with uplifted arm 73  he led them out of it. 13:18 For 74  a period of about forty years he put up with 75  them in the wilderness. 76  13:19 After 77  he had destroyed 78  seven nations 79  in the land of Canaan, he gave his people their land as an inheritance. 80  13:20 All this took 81  about four hundred fifty years. After this 82  he gave them judges until the time of 83  Samuel the prophet. 13:21 Then they asked for a king, and God gave them Saul son of Kish, a man from the tribe of Benjamin, who ruled 84  forty years. 13:22 After removing him, God 85  raised up 86  David their king. He testified about him: 87 I have found David 88  the son of Jesse to be a man after my heart, 89  who will accomplish everything I want him to do.’ 90  13:23 From the descendants 91  of this man 92  God brought to Israel a Savior, Jesus, just as he promised. 93  13:24 Before 94  Jesus 95  arrived, John 96  had proclaimed a baptism for repentance 97  to all the people of Israel. 13:25 But while John was completing his mission, 98  he said repeatedly, 99 What do you think I am? I am not he. But look, one is coming after me. I am not worthy to untie the sandals on his feet!’ 100  13:26 Brothers, 101  descendants 102  of Abraham’s family, 103  and those Gentiles among you who fear God, 104  the message 105  of this salvation has been sent to us. 13:27 For the people who live in Jerusalem and their rulers did not recognize 106  him, 107  and they fulfilled the sayings 108  of the prophets that are read every Sabbath by condemning 109  him. 110  13:28 Though 111  they found 112  no basis 113  for a death sentence, 114  they asked Pilate to have him executed. 13:29 When they had accomplished 115  everything that was written 116  about him, they took him down 117  from the cross 118  and placed him 119  in a tomb. 13:30 But God raised 120  him from the dead, 13:31 and 121  for many days he appeared to those who had accompanied 122  him from Galilee to Jerusalem. These 123  are now his witnesses to the people. 13:32 And we proclaim to you the good news about the promise to our ancestors, 124  13:33 that this promise 125  God has fulfilled to us, their children, by raising 126  Jesus, as also it is written in the second psalm, ‘You are my Son; 127  today I have fathered you.’ 128  13:34 But regarding the fact that he has raised Jesus 129  from the dead, never 130  again to be 131  in a state of decay, God 132  has spoken in this way: ‘I will give you 133  the holy and trustworthy promises 134  made to David.’ 135  13:35 Therefore he also says in another psalm, 136 You will not permit your Holy One 137  to experience 138  decay.’ 139  13:36 For David, after he had served 140  God’s purpose in his own generation, died, 141  was buried with his ancestors, 142  and experienced 143  decay, 13:37 but the one 144  whom God raised up did not experience 145  decay. 13:38 Therefore let it be known to you, brothers, that through this one 146  forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, 13:39 and by this one 147  everyone who believes is justified 148  from everything from which the law of Moses could not justify 149  you. 150  13:40 Watch out, 151  then, that what is spoken about by 152  the prophets does not happen to you:

13:41Look, you scoffers; be amazed and perish! 153 

For I am doing a work in your days,

a work you would never believe, even if someone tells you.’ 154 

13:42 As Paul and Barnabas 155  were going out, 156  the people 157  were urging 158  them to speak about these things 159  on the next Sabbath. 13:43 When the meeting of the synagogue 160  had broken up, 161  many of the Jews and God-fearing proselytes 162  followed Paul and Barnabas, who were speaking with them and were persuading 163  them 164  to continue 165  in the grace of God.

13:44 On the next Sabbath almost the whole city assembled together to hear the word of the Lord. 166  13:45 But when the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy, 167  and they began to contradict 168  what Paul was saying 169  by reviling him. 170  13:46 Both Paul and Barnabas replied courageously, 171 It was necessary to speak the word of God 172  to you first. Since you reject it and do not consider yourselves worthy 173  of eternal life, we 174  are turning to the Gentiles. 175  13:47 For this 176  is what the Lord has commanded us: ‘I have appointed 177  you to be a light 178  for the Gentiles, to bring salvation 179  to the ends of the earth. 180  13:48 When the Gentiles heard this, they began to rejoice 181  and praise 182  the word of the Lord, and all who had been appointed for eternal life 183  believed. 13:49 So the word of the Lord was spreading 184  through the entire region. 13:50 But the Jews incited 185  the God-fearing women of high social standing and the prominent men of the city, stirred up persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and threw them out 186  of their region. 13:51 So after they shook 187  the dust off their feet 188  in protest against them, they went to Iconium. 189  13:52 And the disciples were filled with joy 190  and with the Holy Spirit.

Paul and Barnabas at Iconium

14:1 The same thing happened in Iconium 191  when Paul and Barnabas 192  went into the Jewish synagogue 193  and spoke in such a way that a large group 194  of both Jews and Greeks believed. 14:2 But the Jews who refused to believe 195  stirred up the Gentiles and poisoned their minds 196  against the brothers. 14:3 So they stayed there 197  for a considerable time, speaking out courageously for the Lord, who testified 198  to the message 199  of his grace, granting miraculous signs 200  and wonders to be performed through their hands. 14:4 But the population 201  of the city was divided; some 202  sided with the Jews, and some with the apostles. 14:5 When both the Gentiles and the Jews (together with their rulers) made 203  an attempt to mistreat 204  them and stone them, 205  14:6 Paul and Barnabas 206  learned about it 207  and fled to the Lycaonian cities of Lystra 208  and Derbe 209  and the surrounding region. 14:7 There 210  they continued to proclaim 211  the good news.

Paul and Barnabas at Lystra

14:8 In 212  Lystra 213  sat a man who could not use his feet, 214  lame from birth, 215  who had never walked. 14:9 This man was listening to Paul as he was speaking. When Paul 216  stared 217  intently at him and saw he had faith to be healed, 14:10 he said with a loud voice, “Stand upright on your feet.” 218  And the man 219  leaped up and began walking. 220  14:11 So when the crowds saw what Paul had done, they shouted 221  in the Lycaonian language, 222 The gods have come down to us in human form! 223  14:12 They began to call 224  Barnabas Zeus 225  and Paul Hermes, 226  because he was the chief speaker. 14:13 The priest of the temple 227  of Zeus, 228  located just outside the city, brought bulls 229  and garlands 230  to the city gates; he and the crowds wanted to offer sacrifices to them. 231  14:14 But when the apostles 232  Barnabas and Paul heard about 233  it, they tore 234  their clothes and rushed out 235  into the crowd, shouting, 236  14:15 Men, why are you doing these things? We too are men, with human natures 237  just like you! We are proclaiming the good news to you, so that you should turn 238  from these worthless 239  things to the living God, who made the heaven, the earth, 240  the sea, and everything that is in them. 14:16 In 241  past 242  generations he allowed all the nations 243  to go their own ways, 14:17 yet he did not leave himself without a witness by doing good, 244  by giving you rain from heaven 245  and fruitful seasons, satisfying you 246  with food and your hearts with joy.” 247  14:18 Even by saying 248  these things, they scarcely persuaded 249  the crowds not to offer sacrifice to them.

14:19 But Jews came from Antioch 250  and Iconium, 251  and after winning 252  the crowds over, they stoned 253  Paul and dragged him out of the city, presuming him to be dead. 14:20 But after the disciples had surrounded him, he got up and went back 254  into the city. On 255  the next day he left with Barnabas for Derbe. 256 

Paul and Barnabas Return to Antioch in Syria

14:21 After they had proclaimed the good news in that city and made many disciples, they returned to Lystra, 257  to Iconium, 258  and to Antioch. 259  14:22 They strengthened 260  the souls of the disciples and encouraged them to continue 261  in the faith, saying, “We must enter the kingdom 262  of God through many persecutions.” 263  14:23 When they had appointed elders 264  for them in the various churches, 265  with prayer and fasting 266  they entrusted them to the protection 267  of the Lord in whom they had believed. 14:24 Then they passed through 268  Pisidia and came into Pamphylia, 269  14:25 and when they had spoken the word 270  in Perga, 271  they went down to Attalia. 272  14:26 From there they sailed back to Antioch, 273  where they had been commended 274  to the grace of God for the work they had now completed. 275  14:27 When they arrived and gathered the church together, they reported 276  all the things God 277  had done with them, and that he had opened a door 278  of faith for the Gentiles. 14:28 So they spent 279  considerable 280  time with the disciples.

The Jerusalem Council

15:1 Now some men came down from Judea 281  and began to teach the brothers, “Unless you are circumcised 282  according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.” 15:2 When Paul and Barnabas had a major argument and debate 283  with them, the church 284  appointed Paul and Barnabas and some others from among them to go up to meet with 285  the apostles and elders in Jerusalem 286  about this point of disagreement. 287  15:3 So they were sent on their way by the church, and as they passed through both Phoenicia 288  and Samaria, they were relating at length 289  the conversion of the Gentiles and bringing great joy 290  to all the brothers. 15:4 When they arrived in Jerusalem, they were received 291  by the church and the apostles and the elders, and they reported 292  all the things God had done with them. 293  15:5 But some from the religious party of the Pharisees 294  who had believed stood up and said, “It is necessary 295  to circumcise the Gentiles 296  and to order them to observe 297  the law of Moses.”

15:6 Both the apostles and the elders met together to deliberate 298  about this matter. 15:7 After there had been much debate, 299  Peter stood up and said to them, “Brothers, you know that some time ago 300  God chose 301  me to preach to the Gentiles so they would hear the message 302  of the gospel 303  and believe. 304  15:8 And God, who knows the heart, 305  has testified 306  to them by giving them the Holy Spirit just as he did to us, 307  15:9 and he made no distinction 308  between them and us, cleansing 309  their hearts by faith. 15:10 So now why are you putting God to the test 310  by placing on the neck of the disciples a yoke 311  that neither our ancestors 312  nor we have been able to bear? 15:11 On the contrary, we believe that we are saved through 313  the grace of the Lord Jesus, in the same way as they are.” 314 

15:12 The whole group kept quiet 315  and listened to Barnabas and Paul while they explained all the miraculous signs 316  and wonders God had done among the Gentiles through them. 15:13 After they stopped speaking, 317  James replied, 318 Brothers, listen to me. 15:14 Simeon 319  has explained 320  how God first concerned himself 321  to select 322  from among the Gentiles 323  a people for his name. 15:15 The 324  words of the prophets agree 325  with this, as it is written,

15:16After this 326  I 327  will return,

and I will rebuild the fallen tent 328  of David;

I will rebuild its ruins and restore 329  it,

15:17 so that the rest of humanity 330  may seek the Lord,

namely, 331  all the Gentiles 332  I have called to be my own,’ 333  says the Lord, 334  who makes these things 15:18 known 335  from long ago. 336 

15:19Therefore I conclude 337  that we should not cause extra difficulty 338  for those among the Gentiles 339  who are turning to God, 15:20 but that we should write them a letter 340  telling them to abstain 341  from things defiled 342  by idols and from sexual immorality and from what has been strangled 343  and from blood. 15:21 For Moses has had those who proclaim him in every town from ancient times, 344  because he is read aloud 345  in the synagogues 346  every Sabbath.”

15:22 Then the apostles and elders, with the whole church, decided 347  to send men chosen from among them, Judas called Barsabbas and Silas, 348  leaders among the brothers, to Antioch 349  with Paul and Barnabas. 15:23 They sent this letter with them: 350 

From the apostles 351  and elders, your brothers, 352  to the Gentile brothers and sisters 353  in Antioch, 354  Syria, 355  and Cilicia, greetings! 15:24 Since we have heard that some have gone out from among us with no orders from us and have confused 356  you, upsetting 357  your minds 358  by what they said, 359  15:25 we have unanimously 360  decided 361  to choose men to send to you along with our dear friends Barnabas and Paul, 15:26 who 362  have risked their lives 363  for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. 364  15:27 Therefore we are sending 365  Judas and Silas 366  who will tell you these things themselves in person. 367  15:28 For it seemed best to the Holy Spirit and to us 368  not to place any greater burden on you than these necessary rules: 369  15:29 that you abstain from meat that has been sacrificed to idols 370  and from blood and from what has been strangled 371  and from sexual immorality. 372  If you keep yourselves from doing these things, 373  you will do well. Farewell. 374 

15:30 So when they were dismissed, 375  they went down to Antioch, 376  and after gathering the entire group 377  together, they delivered the letter. 15:31 When they read it aloud, 378  the people 379  rejoiced at its encouragement. 380  15:32 Both Judas and Silas, who were prophets themselves, encouraged and strengthened the brothers with a long speech. 381  15:33 After 382  they had spent some time there, 383  they were sent off in peace by the brothers to those who had sent them. 15:34 [[EMPTY]] 384  15:35 But Paul and Barnabas remained in Antioch, 385  teaching and proclaiming (along with many others) 386  the word of the Lord. 387 

Paul and Barnabas Part Company

15:36 After some days Paul said to Barnabas, “Let’s return 388  and visit the brothers in every town where we proclaimed the word of the Lord 389  to see how they are doing.” 390  15:37 Barnabas wanted to bring John called Mark along with them too, 15:38 but Paul insisted 391  that they should not take along this one who had left them in Pamphylia 392  and had not accompanied them in the work. 15:39 They had 393  a sharp disagreement, 394  so that they parted company. Barnabas took along 395  Mark and sailed away to Cyprus, 396  15:40 but Paul chose Silas and set out, commended 397  to the grace of the Lord by the brothers and sisters. 398  15:41 He passed through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening 399  the churches.

Timothy Joins Paul and Silas

16:1 He also came to Derbe 400  and to Lystra. 401  A disciple 402  named Timothy was there, the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer, 403  but whose father was a Greek. 404  16:2 The brothers in Lystra 405  and Iconium 406  spoke well 407  of him. 408  16:3 Paul wanted Timothy 409  to accompany him, and he took 410  him and circumcised 411  him because of the Jews who were in those places, 412  for they all knew that his father was Greek. 413  16:4 As they went through the towns, 414  they passed on 415  the decrees that had been decided on by the apostles and elders in Jerusalem 416  for the Gentile believers 417  to obey. 418  16:5 So the churches were being strengthened in the faith and were increasing in number every day. 419 

Paul’s Vision of the Macedonian Man

16:6 They went through the region of Phrygia 420  and Galatia, 421  having been prevented 422  by the Holy Spirit from speaking the message 423  in the province of Asia. 424  16:7 When they came to 425  Mysia, 426  they attempted to go into Bithynia, 427  but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow 428  them to do this, 429  16:8 so they passed through 430  Mysia 431  and went down to Troas. 432  16:9 A 433  vision appeared to Paul during the night: A Macedonian man was standing there 434  urging him, 435 Come over 436  to Macedonia 437  and help us! 16:10 After Paul 438  saw the vision, we attempted 439  immediately to go over to Macedonia, 440  concluding that God had called 441  us to proclaim the good news to them.

Arrival at Philippi

16:11 We put out to sea 442  from Troas 443  and sailed a straight course 444  to Samothrace, 445  the next day to Neapolis, 446  16:12 and from there to Philippi, 447  which is a leading city of that district 448  of Macedonia, 449  a Roman colony. 450  We stayed in this city for some days. 16:13 On the Sabbath day we went outside the city gate to the side of the river, where we thought there would be a place of prayer, and we sat down 451  and began to speak 452  to the women 453  who had assembled there. 454  16:14 A 455  woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth 456  from the city of Thyatira, 457  a God-fearing woman, listened to us. 458  The Lord opened her heart to respond 459  to what Paul was saying. 16:15 After she and her household were baptized, she urged us, 460  “If 461  you consider me to be a believer in the Lord, 462  come and stay in my house.” And she persuaded 463  us.

Paul and Silas Are Thrown Into Prison

16:16 Now 464  as we were going to the place of prayer, a slave girl met us who had a spirit that enabled her to foretell the future by supernatural means. 465  She 466  brought her owners 467  a great profit by fortune-telling. 468  16:17 She followed behind Paul and us and kept crying out, 469 These men are servants 470  of the Most High God, who are proclaiming to you the way 471  of salvation.” 472  16:18 She continued to do this for many days. But Paul became greatly annoyed, 473  and turned 474  and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ 475  to come out of her!” And it came out of her at once. 476  16:19 But when her owners 477  saw their hope of profit 478  was gone, they seized 479  Paul and Silas and dragged 480  them into the marketplace before the authorities. 16:20 When 481  they had brought them 482  before the magistrates, they said, “These men are throwing our city into confusion. 483  They are 484  Jews 16:21 and are advocating 485  customs that are not lawful for us to accept 486  or practice, 487  since we are 488  Romans.”

16:22 The crowd joined the attack 489  against them, and the magistrates tore the clothes 490  off Paul and Silas 491  and ordered them to be beaten with rods. 492  16:23 After they had beaten them severely, 493  they threw them into prison and commanded 494  the jailer to guard them securely. 16:24 Receiving such orders, he threw them in the inner cell 495  and fastened their feet in the stocks. 496 

16:25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying 497  and singing hymns to God, 498  and the rest of 499  the prisoners were listening to them. 16:26 Suddenly a great earthquake occurred, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken. Immediately all the doors flew open, and the bonds 500  of all the prisoners came loose. 16:27 When the jailer woke up 501  and saw the doors of the prison standing open, 502  he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, 503  because he assumed 504  the prisoners had escaped. 16:28 But Paul called out loudly, 505 Do not harm yourself, 506  for we are all here! 16:29 Calling for lights, the jailer 507  rushed in and fell down 508  trembling at the feet of Paul and Silas. 16:30 Then he brought them outside 509  and asked, “Sirs, what must 510  I do to be saved? 16:31 They replied, 511 Believe 512  in the Lord Jesus 513  and you will be saved, you and your household.” 16:32 Then 514  they spoke the word of the Lord 515  to him, along with all those who were in his house. 16:33 At 516  that hour of the night he took them 517  and washed their wounds; 518  then 519  he and all his family 520  were baptized right away. 521  16:34 The jailer 522  brought them into his house and set food 523  before them, and he rejoiced greatly 524  that he had come to believe 525  in God, together with his entire household. 526  16:35 At daybreak 527  the magistrates 528  sent their police officers, 529  saying, “Release those men.” 16:36 The jailer reported these words to Paul, saying, 530 The magistrates have sent orders 531  to release you. So come out now and go in peace.” 532  16:37 But Paul said to the police officers, 533 They had us beaten in public 534  without a proper trial 535 even though we are Roman citizens 536 and they threw us 537  in prison. And now they want to send us away 538  secretly? Absolutely not! They 539  themselves must come and escort us out! 540  16:38 The police officers reported these words to the magistrates. They were frightened when they heard Paul and Silas 541  were Roman citizens 542  16:39 and came 543  and apologized to them. After 544  they brought them out, they asked them repeatedly 545  to leave the city. 16:40 When they came out of the prison, they entered Lydia’s house, and when they saw the brothers, they encouraged them and then 546  departed.

Paul and Silas at Thessalonica

17:1 After they traveled through 547  Amphipolis 548  and Apollonia, 549  they came to Thessalonica, 550  where there was a Jewish synagogue. 551  17:2 Paul went to the Jews in the synagogue, 552  as he customarily did, and on three Sabbath days he addressed 553  them from the scriptures, 17:3 explaining and demonstrating 554  that the Christ 555  had to suffer and to rise from the dead, 556  saying, 557 This Jesus I am proclaiming to you is the Christ.” 558  17:4 Some of them were persuaded 559  and joined Paul and Silas, along with a large group 560  of God-fearing Greeks 561  and quite a few 562  prominent women. 17:5 But the Jews became jealous, 563  and gathering together some worthless men from the rabble in the marketplace, 564  they formed a mob 565  and set the city in an uproar. 566  They attacked Jason’s house, 567  trying to find Paul and Silas 568  to bring them out to the assembly. 569  17:6 When they did not find them, they dragged 570  Jason and some of the brothers before the city officials, 571  screaming, “These people who have stirred up trouble 572  throughout the world 573  have come here too, 17:7 and 574  Jason has welcomed them as guests! They 575  are all acting against Caesar’s 576  decrees, saying there is another king named 577  Jesus! 578  17:8 They caused confusion among 579  the crowd and the city officials 580  who heard these things. 17:9 After 581  the city officials 582  had received bail 583  from Jason and the others, they released them.

Paul and Silas at Berea

17:10 The brothers sent Paul and Silas off to Berea 584  at once, during the night. When they arrived, 585  they went to the Jewish synagogue. 586  17:11 These Jews 587  were more open-minded 588  than those in Thessalonica, 589  for they eagerly 590  received 591  the message, examining 592  the scriptures carefully every day 593  to see if these things were so. 17:12 Therefore many of them believed, along with quite a few 594  prominent 595  Greek women and men. 17:13 But when the Jews from Thessalonica 596  heard that Paul had also proclaimed the word of God 597  in Berea, 598  they came there too, inciting 599  and disturbing 600  the crowds. 17:14 Then the brothers sent Paul away to the coast 601  at once, but Silas and Timothy remained in Berea. 602  17:15 Those who accompanied Paul escorted him as far as Athens, 603  and after receiving an order for Silas and Timothy to come to him as soon as possible, they left. 604 

Paul at Athens

17:16 While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, 605  his spirit was greatly upset 606  because he saw 607  the city was full of idols. 17:17 So he was addressing 608  the Jews and the God-fearing Gentiles 609  in the synagogue, 610  and in the marketplace every day 611  those who happened to be there. 17:18 Also some of the Epicurean 612  and Stoic 613  philosophers were conversing 614  with him, and some were asking, 615 What does this foolish babbler 616  want to say?” Others said, “He seems to be a proclaimer of foreign gods.” 617  (They said this because he was proclaiming the good news about Jesus and the resurrection.) 618  17:19 So they took Paul and 619  brought him to the Areopagus, 620  saying, “May we know what this new teaching is that you are proclaiming? 17:20 For you are bringing some surprising things 621  to our ears, so we want to know what they 622  mean.” 17:21 (All the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there used to spend their time 623  in nothing else than telling 624  or listening to something new.) 625 

17:22 So Paul stood 626  before the Areopagus and said, “Men of Athens, I see that you are very religious 627  in all respects. 628  17:23 For as I went around and observed closely your objects of worship, 629  I even found an altar with this inscription: 630  ‘To an unknown god.’ Therefore what you worship without knowing it, 631  this I proclaim to you. 17:24 The God who made the world and everything in it, 632  who is 633  Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by human hands, 634  17:25 nor is he served by human hands, as if he needed anything, 635  because he himself gives life and breath and everything to everyone. 636  17:26 From one man 637  he made every nation of the human race 638  to inhabit the entire earth, 639  determining their set times 640  and the fixed limits of the places where they would live, 641  17:27 so that they would search for God and perhaps grope around 642  for him and find him, 643  though he is 644  not far from each one of us. 17:28 For in him we live and move about 645  and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we too are his offspring.’ 646  17:29 So since we are God’s offspring, we should not think the deity 647  is like gold or silver or stone, an image 648  made by human 649  skill 650  and imagination. 651  17:30 Therefore, although God has overlooked 652  such times of ignorance, 653  he now commands all people 654  everywhere to repent, 655  17:31 because he has set 656  a day on which he is going to judge the world 657  in righteousness, by a man whom he designated, 658  having provided proof to everyone by raising 659  him from the dead.”

17:32 Now when they heard about 660  the resurrection from the dead, some began to scoff, 661  but others said, “We will hear you again about this.” 17:33 So Paul left the Areopagus. 662  17:34 But some people 663  joined him 664  and believed. Among them 665  were Dionysius, who was a member of the Areopagus, 666  a woman 667  named Damaris, and others with them.

Paul at Corinth

18:1 After this 668  Paul 669  departed from 670  Athens 671  and went to Corinth. 672  18:2 There he 673  found 674  a Jew named Aquila, 675  a native of Pontus, 676  who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius 677  had ordered all the Jews to depart from 678  Rome. 679  Paul approached 680  them, 18:3 and because he worked at the same trade, he stayed with them and worked with them 681  (for they were tentmakers 682  by trade). 683  18:4 He addressed 684  both Jews and Greeks in the synagogue 685  every Sabbath, attempting to persuade 686  them.

18:5 Now when Silas and Timothy arrived 687  from Macedonia, 688  Paul became wholly absorbed with proclaiming 689  the word, testifying 690  to the Jews that Jesus was the Christ. 691  18:6 When they opposed him 692  and reviled him, 693  he protested by shaking out his clothes 694  and said to them, “Your blood 695  be on your own heads! I am guiltless! 696  From now on I will go to the Gentiles! 18:7 Then Paul 697  left 698  the synagogue 699  and went to the house of a person named Titius Justus, a Gentile who worshiped God, 700  whose house was next door to the synagogue. 18:8 Crispus, the president of the synagogue, 701  believed in the Lord together with his entire household, and many of the Corinthians who heard about it 702  believed and were baptized. 18:9 The Lord said to Paul by a vision 703  in the night, 704 Do not be afraid, 705  but speak and do not be silent, 18:10 because I am with you, and no one will assault 706  you to harm 707  you, because I have many people in this city.” 18:11 So he stayed there 708  a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them. 709 

Paul Before the Proconsul Gallio

18:12 Now while Gallio 710  was proconsul 711  of Achaia, 712  the Jews attacked Paul together 713  and brought him before the judgment seat, 714  18:13 saying, “This man is persuading 715  people to worship God in a way contrary to 716  the law! 18:14 But just as Paul was about to speak, 717  Gallio said to the Jews, “If it were a matter of some crime or serious piece of villainy, 718  I would have been justified in accepting the complaint 719  of you Jews, 720  18:15 but since it concerns points of disagreement 721  about words and names and your own law, settle 722  it yourselves. I will not be 723  a judge of these things! 18:16 Then he had them forced away 724  from the judgment seat. 725  18:17 So they all seized Sosthenes, the president of the synagogue, 726  and began to beat 727  him in front of the judgment seat. 728  Yet none of these things were of any concern 729  to Gallio.

Paul Returns to Antioch in Syria

18:18 Paul, after staying 730  many more days in Corinth, 731  said farewell to 732  the brothers and sailed away to Syria accompanied by 733  Priscilla and Aquila. 734  He 735  had his hair cut off 736  at Cenchrea 737  because he had made a vow. 738  18:19 When they reached Ephesus, 739  Paul 740  left Priscilla and Aquila 741  behind there, but he himself went 742  into the synagogue 743  and addressed 744  the Jews. 18:20 When they asked him to stay longer, he would not consent, 745  18:21 but said farewell to 746  them and added, 747 I will come back 748  to you again if God wills.” 749  Then 750  he set sail from Ephesus, 18:22 and when he arrived 751  at Caesarea, 752  he went up and greeted 753  the church at Jerusalem 754  and then went down to Antioch. 755  18:23 After he spent 756  some time there, Paul left and went through the region of Galatia 757  and Phrygia, 758  strengthening all the disciples.

Apollos Begins His Ministry

18:24 Now a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, arrived in Ephesus. 759  He was an eloquent speaker, 760  well-versed 761  in the scriptures. 18:25 He had been instructed in 762  the way of the Lord, and with great enthusiasm 763  he spoke and taught accurately the facts 764  about Jesus, although he knew 765  only the baptism of John. 18:26 He began to speak out fearlessly 766  in the synagogue, 767  but when Priscilla and Aquila 768  heard him, they took him aside 769  and explained the way of God to him more accurately. 18:27 When Apollos 770  wanted to cross over to Achaia, 771  the brothers encouraged 772  him 773  and wrote to the disciples to welcome him. When he arrived, he 774  assisted greatly those who had believed by grace, 18:28 for he refuted the Jews vigorously 775  in public debate, 776  demonstrating from the scriptures that the Christ 777  was Jesus. 778 

Disciples of John the Baptist at Ephesus

19:1 While 779  Apollos was in Corinth, 780  Paul went through the inland 781  regions 782  and came to Ephesus. 783  He 784  found some disciples there 785  19:2 and said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” 786  They replied, 787  “No, we have not even 788  heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” 19:3 So Paul 789  said, “Into what then were you baptized?” “Into John’s baptism,” they replied. 790  19:4 Paul said, “John baptized with a baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, 791  that is, in Jesus.” 19:5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus, 19:6 and when Paul placed 792  his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came 793  upon them, and they began to speak 794  in tongues and to prophesy. 795  19:7 (Now there were about twelve men in all.) 796 

Paul Continues to Minister at Ephesus

19:8 So Paul 797  entered 798  the synagogue 799  and spoke out fearlessly 800  for three months, addressing 801  and convincing 802  them about the kingdom of God. 803  19:9 But when 804  some were stubborn 805  and refused to believe, reviling 806  the Way 807  before the congregation, he left 808  them and took the disciples with him, 809  addressing 810  them every day 811  in the lecture hall 812  of Tyrannus. 19:10 This went on for two years, so that all who lived in the province of Asia, 813  both Jews and Greeks, heard the word of the Lord. 814 

The Seven Sons of Sceva

19:11 God was performing extraordinary 815  miracles by Paul’s hands, 19:12 so that when even handkerchiefs or aprons that had touched his body 816  were brought 817  to the sick, their diseases left them and the evil spirits went out of them. 818  19:13 But some itinerant 819  Jewish exorcists tried to invoke the name 820  of the Lord Jesus over those who were possessed by 821  evil spirits, saying, “I sternly warn 822  you by Jesus whom Paul preaches.” 19:14 (Now seven sons of a man named 823  Sceva, a Jewish high priest, were doing this.) 824  19:15 But the evil spirit replied to them, 825 I know about Jesus 826  and I am acquainted with 827  Paul, but who are you? 828  19:16 Then the man who was possessed by 829  the evil spirit jumped on 830  them and beat them all into submission. 831  He prevailed 832  against them so that they fled from that house naked and wounded. 19:17 This became known to all who lived in Ephesus, 833  both Jews and Greeks; fear came over 834  them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was praised. 835  19:18 Many of those who had believed came forward, 836  confessing and making their deeds known. 837  19:19 Large numbers 838  of those who had practiced magic 839  collected their books 840  and burned them up in the presence of everyone. 841  When 842  the value of the books was added up, it was found to total fifty thousand silver coins. 843  19:20 In this way the word of the Lord 844  continued to grow in power 845  and to prevail. 846 

A Riot in Ephesus

19:21 Now after all these things had taken place, 847  Paul resolved 848  to go to Jerusalem, 849  passing through Macedonia 850  and Achaia. 851  He said, 852 After I have been there, I must also see Rome.” 853  19:22 So after sending 854  two of his assistants, 855  Timothy and Erastus, to Macedonia, 856  he himself stayed on for a while in the province of Asia. 857 

19:23 At 858  that time 859  a great disturbance 860  took place concerning the Way. 861  19:24 For a man named Demetrius, a silversmith who made silver shrines 862  of Artemis, 863  brought a great deal 864  of business 865  to the craftsmen. 19:25 He gathered 866  these 867  together, along with the workmen in similar trades, 868  and said, “Men, you know that our prosperity 869  comes from this business. 19:26 And you see and hear that this Paul has persuaded 870  and turned away 871  a large crowd, 872  not only in Ephesus 873  but in practically all of the province of Asia, 874  by saying 875  that gods made by hands are not gods at all. 876  19:27 There is danger not only that this business of ours will come into disrepute, 877  but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis 878  will be regarded as nothing, 879  and she whom all the province of Asia 880  and the world worship will suffer the loss of her greatness.” 881 

19:28 When 882  they heard 883  this they became enraged 884  and began to shout, 885 Great is Artemis 886  of the Ephesians! 19:29 The 887  city was filled with the uproar, 888  and the crowd 889  rushed to the theater 890  together, 891  dragging with them Gaius and Aristarchus, the Macedonians who were Paul’s traveling companions. 19:30 But when Paul wanted to enter the public assembly, 892  the disciples would not let him. 19:31 Even some of the provincial authorities 893  who were his friends sent 894  a message 895  to him, urging him not to venture 896  into the theater. 19:32 So then some were shouting one thing, some another, for the assembly was in confusion, and most of them did not know why they had met together. 897  19:33 Some of the crowd concluded 898  it was about 899  Alexander because the Jews had pushed him to the front. 900  Alexander, gesturing 901  with his hand, was wanting to make a defense 902  before the public assembly. 903  19:34 But when they recognized 904  that he was a Jew, they all shouted in unison, 905 Great is Artemis 906  of the Ephesians!” for about two hours. 907  19:35 After the city secretary 908  quieted the crowd, he said, “Men of Ephesus, what person 909  is there who does not know that the city of the Ephesians is the keeper 910  of the temple of the great Artemis 911  and of her image that fell from heaven? 912  19:36 So because these facts 913  are indisputable, 914  you must keep quiet 915  and not do anything reckless. 916  19:37 For you have brought these men here who are neither temple robbers 917  nor blasphemers of our goddess. 918  19:38 If then Demetrius and the craftsmen who are with him have a complaint 919  against someone, the courts are open 920  and there are proconsuls; let them bring charges against one another there. 921  19:39 But if you want anything in addition, 922  it will have to be settled 923  in a legal assembly. 924  19:40 For 925  we are in danger of being charged with rioting 926  today, since there is no cause we can give to explain 927  this disorderly gathering.” 928  19:41 After 929  he had said 930  this, 931  he dismissed the assembly. 932 

Paul Travels Through Macedonia and Greece

20:1 After the disturbance had ended, Paul sent for the disciples, and after encouraging 933  them and saying farewell, 934  he left to go to Macedonia. 935  20:2 After he had gone through those regions 936  and spoken many words of encouragement 937  to the believers there, 938  he came to Greece, 939  20:3 where he stayed 940  for three months. Because the Jews had made 941  a plot 942  against him as he was intending 943  to sail 944  for Syria, he decided 945  to return through Macedonia. 946  20:4 Paul 947  was accompanied by Sopater son of Pyrrhus from Berea, 948  Aristarchus and Secundus from Thessalonica, 949  Gaius 950  from Derbe, 951  and Timothy, as well as Tychicus and Trophimus from the province of Asia. 952  20:5 These had gone on ahead 953  and were waiting for us in Troas. 954  20:6 We 955  sailed away from Philippi 956  after the days of Unleavened Bread, 957  and within five days 958  we came to the others 959  in Troas, 960  where we stayed for seven days. 20:7 On the first day 961  of the week, when we met 962  to break bread, Paul began to speak 963  to the people, and because he intended 964  to leave the next day, he extended 965  his message until midnight. 20:8 (Now there were many lamps 966  in the upstairs room where we were meeting.) 967  20:9 A young man named Eutychus, who was sitting in the window, 968  was sinking 969  into a deep sleep while Paul continued to speak 970  for a long time. Fast asleep, 971  he fell down from the third story and was picked up dead. 20:10 But Paul went down, 972  threw himself 973  on the young man, 974  put his arms around him, 975  and said, “Do not be distressed, for he is still alive! 976  20:11 Then Paul 977  went back upstairs, 978  and after he had broken bread and eaten, he talked with them 979  a long time, until dawn. Then he left. 20:12 They took the boy home alive and were greatly 980  comforted.

The Voyage to Miletus

20:13 We went on ahead 981  to the ship and put out to sea 982  for Assos, 983  intending 984  to take Paul aboard there, for he had arranged it this way. 985  He 986  himself was intending 987  to go there by land. 988  20:14 When he met us in Assos, 989  we took him aboard 990  and went to Mitylene. 991  20:15 We set sail 992  from there, and on the following day we arrived off Chios. 993  The next day we approached 994  Samos, 995  and the day after that we arrived at Miletus. 996  20:16 For Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus 997  so as not to spend time 998  in the province of Asia, 999  for he was hurrying 1000  to arrive in Jerusalem, 1001  if possible, 1002  by the day of Pentecost. 20:17 From Miletus 1003  he sent a message 1004  to Ephesus, telling the elders of the church to come to him. 1005 

20:18 When they arrived, he said to them, “You yourselves know how I lived 1006  the whole time I was with you, from the first day I set foot 1007  in the province of Asia, 1008  20:19 serving the Lord with all humility 1009  and with tears, and with the trials that happened to me because of the plots 1010  of the Jews. 20:20 You know that I did not hold back from proclaiming 1011  to you anything that would be helpful, 1012  and from teaching you publicly 1013  and from house to house, 20:21 testifying 1014  to both Jews and Greeks about repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus. 1015  20:22 And now, 1016  compelled 1017  by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem 1018  without knowing what will happen to me there, 1019  20:23 except 1020  that the Holy Spirit warns 1021  me in town after town 1022  that 1023  imprisonment 1024  and persecutions 1025  are waiting for me. 20:24 But I do not consider my life 1026  worth anything 1027  to myself, so that 1028  I may finish my task 1029  and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the good news 1030  of God’s grace.

20:25And now 1031  I know that none 1032  of you among whom I went around proclaiming the kingdom 1033  will see me 1034  again. 20:26 Therefore I declare 1035  to you today that I am innocent 1036  of the blood of you all. 1037  20:27 For I did not hold back from 1038  announcing 1039  to you the whole purpose 1040  of God. 20:28 Watch out for 1041  yourselves and for all the flock of which 1042  the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, 1043  to shepherd the church of God 1044  that he obtained 1045  with the blood of his own Son. 1046  20:29 I know that after I am gone 1047  fierce wolves 1048  will come in among you, not sparing the flock. 20:30 Even from among your own group 1049  men 1050  will arise, teaching perversions of the truth 1051  to draw the disciples away after them. 20:31 Therefore be alert, 1052  remembering that night and day for three years I did not stop warning 1053  each one of you with tears. 20:32 And now I entrust 1054  you to God and to the message 1055  of his grace. This message 1056  is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified. 20:33 I have desired 1057  no one’s silver or gold or clothing. 20:34 You yourselves know that these hands of mine 1058  provided for my needs and the needs of those who were with me. 20:35 By all these things, 1059  I have shown you that by working in this way we must help 1060  the weak, 1061  and remember the words of the Lord Jesus that he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ 1062 

20:36 When 1063  he had said these things, he knelt down 1064  with them all and prayed. 20:37 They all began to weep loudly, 1065  and hugged 1066  Paul and kissed him, 1067  20:38 especially saddened 1068  by what 1069  he had said, that they were not going to see him 1070  again. Then they accompanied 1071  him to the ship.

Paul’s Journey to Jerusalem

21:1 After 1072  we 1073  tore ourselves away 1074  from them, we put out to sea, 1075  and sailing a straight course, 1076  we came to Cos, 1077  on the next day to Rhodes, 1078  and from there to Patara. 1079  21:2 We found 1080  a ship crossing over to Phoenicia, 1081  went aboard, 1082  and put out to sea. 1083  21:3 After we sighted Cyprus 1084  and left it behind on our port side, 1085  we sailed on to Syria and put in 1086  at Tyre, 1087  because the ship was to unload its cargo there. 21:4 After we located 1088  the disciples, we stayed there 1089  seven days. They repeatedly told 1090  Paul through the Spirit 1091  not to set foot 1092  in Jerusalem. 1093  21:5 When 1094  our time was over, 1095  we left and went on our way. All of them, with their wives and children, accompanied 1096  us outside of the city. After 1097  kneeling down on the beach and praying, 1098  21:6 we said farewell 1099  to one another. 1100  Then 1101  we went aboard the ship, and they returned to their own homes. 1102  21:7 We continued the voyage from Tyre 1103  and arrived at Ptolemais, 1104  and when we had greeted the brothers, we stayed with them for one day. 21:8 On the next day we left 1105  and came to Caesarea, 1106  and entered 1107  the house of Philip the evangelist, who was one of the seven, 1108  and stayed with him. 21:9 (He had four unmarried 1109  daughters who prophesied.) 1110 

21:10 While we remained there for a number of days, 1111  a prophet named Agabus 1112  came down from Judea. 21:11 He came 1113  to us, took 1114  Paul’s belt, 1115  tied 1116  his own hands and feet with it, 1117  and said, “The Holy Spirit says this: ‘This is the way the Jews in Jerusalem will tie up the man whose belt this is, and will hand him over 1118  to the Gentiles.’ 21:12 When we heard this, both we and the local people 1119  begged him not to go up to Jerusalem. 21:13 Then Paul replied, “What are you doing, weeping and breaking 1120  my heart? For I am ready not only to be tied up, 1121  but even to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” 21:14 Because he could not be persuaded, 1122  we said no more except, 1123 The Lord’s will be done.” 1124 

21:15 After these days we got ready 1125  and started up 1126  to Jerusalem. 21:16 Some of the disciples from Caesarea 1127  came along with us too, and brought us to the house 1128  of Mnason of Cyprus, a disciple from the earliest times, 1129  with whom we were to stay. 21:17 When we arrived in Jerusalem, the brothers welcomed us gladly. 1130  21:18 The next day Paul went in with us to see James, and all the elders were there. 1131  21:19 When Paul 1132  had greeted them, he began to explain 1133  in detail 1134  what God 1135  had done among the Gentiles through his ministry. 21:20 When they heard this, they praised 1136  God. Then they said to him, “You see, brother, how many thousands of Jews 1137  there are who have believed, and they are all ardent observers 1138  of the law. 1139  21:21 They have been informed about you – that you teach all the Jews now living 1140  among the Gentiles to abandon 1141  Moses, telling them not to circumcise their children 1142  or live 1143  according to our customs. 21:22 What then should we do? They will no doubt 1144  hear that you have come. 21:23 So do what 1145  we tell you: We have four men 1146  who have taken 1147  a vow; 1148  21:24 take them and purify 1149  yourself along with them and pay their expenses, 1150  so that they may have their heads shaved. 1151  Then 1152  everyone will know there is nothing in what they have been told 1153  about you, but that you yourself live in conformity with 1154  the law. 1155  21:25 But regarding the Gentiles who have believed, we have written a letter, having decided 1156  that they should avoid 1157  meat that has been sacrificed to idols 1158  and blood and what has been strangled 1159  and sexual immorality.” 21:26 Then Paul took the men the next day, 1160  and after he had purified himself 1161  along with them, he went to the temple and gave notice 1162  of the completion of the days of purification, 1163  when 1164  the sacrifice would be offered for each 1165  of them. 21:27 When the seven days were almost over, 1166  the Jews from the province of Asia 1167  who had seen him in the temple area 1168  stirred up the whole crowd 1169  and seized 1170  him, 21:28 shouting, “Men of Israel, 1171  help! This is the man who teaches everyone everywhere against our people, our law, 1172  and this sanctuary! 1173  Furthermore 1174  he has brought Greeks into the inner courts of the temple 1175  and made this holy place ritually unclean! 1176  21:29 (For they had seen Trophimus the Ephesian in the city with him previously, and 1177  they assumed Paul had brought him into the inner temple courts.) 1178  21:30 The whole city was stirred up, 1179  and the people rushed together. 1180  They seized 1181  Paul and dragged him out of the temple courts, 1182  and immediately the doors were shut. 21:31 While they were trying 1183  to kill him, a report 1184  was sent up 1185  to the commanding officer 1186  of the cohort 1187  that all Jerusalem was in confusion. 1188  21:32 He 1189  immediately took 1190  soldiers and centurions 1191  and ran down to the crowd. 1192  When they saw 1193  the commanding officer 1194  and the soldiers, they stopped beating 1195  Paul. 21:33 Then the commanding officer 1196  came up and arrested 1197  him and ordered him to be tied up with two chains; 1198  he 1199  then asked who he was and what 1200  he had done. 21:34 But some in the crowd shouted one thing, and others something else, 1201  and when the commanding officer 1202  was unable 1203  to find out the truth 1204  because of the disturbance, 1205  he ordered Paul 1206  to be brought into the barracks. 1207  21:35 When he came to the steps, Paul 1208  had to be carried 1209  by the soldiers because of the violence 1210  of the mob, 21:36 for a crowd of people 1211  followed them, 1212  screaming, “Away with him! 21:37 As Paul was about to be brought into the barracks, 1213  he said 1214  to the commanding officer, 1215 May I say 1216  something to you?” The officer 1217  replied, 1218 Do you know Greek? 1219  21:38 Then you’re not that Egyptian who started a rebellion 1220  and led the four thousand men of the ‘Assassins 1221  into the wilderness 1222  some time ago? 1223  21:39 Paul answered, 1224 I am a Jew 1225  from Tarsus in Cilicia, a citizen of an important city. 1226  Please 1227  allow me to speak to the people.” 21:40 When the commanding officer 1228  had given him permission, 1229  Paul stood 1230  on the steps and gestured 1231  to the people with his hand. When they had become silent, 1232  he addressed 1233  them in Aramaic, 1234 

Paul’s Defense

22:1Brothers and fathers, listen to my defense 1235  that I now 1236  make to you.” 22:2 (When they heard 1237  that he was addressing 1238  them in Aramaic, 1239  they became even 1240  quieter.) 1241  Then 1242  Paul said, 22:3 I am a Jew, 1243  born in Tarsus in Cilicia, but brought up 1244  in this city, educated with strictness 1245  under 1246  Gamaliel 1247  according to the law of our ancestors, 1248  and was 1249  zealous 1250  for God just as all of you are today. 22:4 I 1251  persecuted this Way 1252  even to the point of death, 1253  tying up 1254  both men and women and putting 1255  them in prison, 22:5 as both the high priest and the whole council of elders 1256  can testify about me. From them 1257  I also received 1258  letters to the brothers in Damascus, and I was on my way 1259  to make arrests there and bring 1260  the prisoners 1261  to Jerusalem 1262  to be punished. 22:6 As 1263  I was en route and near Damascus, 1264  about noon a very bright 1265  light from heaven 1266  suddenly flashed 1267  around me. 22:7 Then I 1268  fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?’ 22:8 I answered, ‘Who are you, Lord?’ He said to me, ‘I am Jesus the Nazarene, whom you are persecuting.’ 22:9 Those who were with me saw the light, but did not understand 1269  the voice of the one who was speaking to me. 22:10 So I asked, 1270 What should I do, Lord?’ The Lord said to me, ‘Get up 1271  and go to Damascus; there you will be told about everything 1272  that you have been designated 1273  to do.’ 22:11 Since I could not see because of 1274  the brilliance 1275  of that light, I came to Damascus led by the hand of 1276  those who were with me. 22:12 A man named Ananias, 1277  a devout man according to the law, 1278  well spoken of by all the Jews who live there, 1279  22:13 came 1280  to me and stood beside me 1281  and said to me, ‘Brother Saul, regain your sight!’ 1282  And at that very moment 1283  I looked up and saw him. 1284  22:14 Then he said, ‘The God of our ancestors 1285  has already chosen 1286  you to know his will, to see 1287  the Righteous One, 1288  and to hear a command 1289  from his mouth, 22:15 because you will be his witness 1290  to all people 1291  of what you have seen and heard. 22:16 And now what are you waiting for? 1292  Get up, 1293  be baptized, and have your sins washed away, 1294  calling on his name.’ 1295  22:17 When 1296  I returned to Jerusalem and was praying in the temple, I fell into a trance 1297  22:18 and saw the Lord 1298  saying to me, ‘Hurry and get out of Jerusalem quickly, because they will not accept your testimony about me.’ 22:19 I replied, 1299 Lord, they themselves know that I imprisoned and beat those in the various synagogues 1300  who believed in you. 22:20 And when the blood of your witness 1301  Stephen was shed, 1302  I myself was standing nearby, approving, 1303  and guarding the cloaks 1304  of those who were killing him.’ 1305  22:21 Then 1306  he said to me, ‘Go, because I will send you far away to the Gentiles.’

The Roman Commander Questions Paul

22:22 The crowd 1307  was listening to him until he said this. 1308  Then 1309  they raised their voices and shouted, 1310 Away with this man 1311  from the earth! For he should not be allowed to live! 1312  22:23 While they were screaming 1313  and throwing off their cloaks 1314  and tossing dust 1315  in the air, 22:24 the commanding officer 1316  ordered Paul 1317  to be brought back into the barracks. 1318  He told them 1319  to interrogate Paul 1320  by beating him with a lash 1321  so that he could find out the reason the crowd 1322  was shouting at Paul 1323  in this way. 22:25 When they had stretched him out for the lash, 1324  Paul said to the centurion 1325  standing nearby, “Is it legal for you to lash a man who is a Roman citizen 1326  without a proper trial? 1327  22:26 When the centurion 1328  heard this, 1329  he went to the commanding officer 1330  and reported it, 1331  saying, “What are you about to do? 1332  For this man is a Roman citizen.” 1333  22:27 So the commanding officer 1334  came and asked 1335  Paul, 1336 Tell me, are you a Roman citizen?” 1337  He replied, 1338 Yes.” 22:28 The commanding officer 1339  answered, “I acquired this citizenship with a large sum of money.” 1340 But I was even 1341  born a citizen,” 1342  Paul replied. 1343  22:29 Then those who were about to interrogate him stayed away 1344  from him, and the commanding officer 1345  was frightened when he realized that Paul 1346  was 1347  a Roman citizen 1348  and that he had had him tied up. 1349 

Paul Before the Sanhedrin

22:30 The next day, because the commanding officer 1350  wanted to know the true reason 1351  Paul 1352  was being accused by the Jews, he released him and ordered the chief priests and the whole council 1353  to assemble. He then brought 1354  Paul down and had him stand before them.

23:1 Paul looked directly 1355  at the council 1356  and said, “Brothers, I have lived my life with a clear conscience 1357  before God to this day.” 23:2 At that 1358  the high priest Ananias ordered those standing near 1359  Paul 1360  to strike 1361  him on the mouth. 23:3 Then Paul said to him, “God is going to strike you, you whitewashed wall! 1362  Do 1363  you sit there judging me according to the law, 1364  and in violation of the law 1365  you order me to be struck?” 23:4 Those standing near him 1366  said, “Do you dare insult 1367  God’s high priest? 23:5 Paul replied, 1368 I did not realize, 1369  brothers, that he was the high priest, for it is written, ‘You must not speak evil about a ruler of your people.’ 1370 

23:6 Then when Paul noticed 1371  that part of them were Sadducees 1372  and the others Pharisees, 1373  he shouted out in the council, 1374 Brothers, I am a Pharisee, a son of Pharisees. I am on trial concerning the hope of the resurrection 1375  of the dead! 23:7 When he said this, 1376  an argument 1377  began 1378  between the Pharisees and the Sadducees, and the assembly was divided. 23:8 (For the Sadducees say there is no resurrection, or angel, or spirit, but the Pharisees acknowledge them all.) 1379  23:9 There was a great commotion, 1380  and some experts in the law 1381  from the party of the Pharisees stood up 1382  and protested strongly, 1383 We find nothing wrong 1384  with this man. What if a spirit or an angel has spoken to him? 23:10 When the argument became 1385  so great the commanding officer 1386  feared that they would tear Paul to pieces, 1387  he ordered the detachment 1388  to go down, take him away from them by force, 1389  and bring him into the barracks. 1390 

23:11 The following night the Lord 1391  stood near 1392  Paul 1393  and said, “Have courage, 1394  for just as you have testified about me in Jerusalem, 1395  so you must also testify in Rome.” 1396 

The Plot to Kill Paul

23:12 When morning came, 1397  the Jews formed 1398  a conspiracy 1399  and bound themselves with an oath 1400  not to eat or drink anything 1401  until they had killed Paul. 23:13 There were more than forty of them who formed this conspiracy. 1402  23:14 They 1403  went 1404  to the chief priests 1405  and the elders and said, “We have bound ourselves with a solemn oath 1406  not to partake 1407  of anything until we have killed Paul. 23:15 So now you and the council 1408  request the commanding officer 1409  to bring him down to you, as if you were going to determine 1410  his case 1411  by conducting a more thorough inquiry. 1412  We are ready to kill him 1413  before he comes near this place.” 1414 

23:16 But when the son of Paul’s sister heard about the ambush, 1415  he came and entered 1416  the barracks 1417  and told Paul. 23:17 Paul called 1418  one of the centurions 1419  and said, “Take this young man to the commanding officer, 1420  for he has something to report to him.” 23:18 So the centurion 1421  took him and brought him to the commanding officer 1422  and said, “The prisoner Paul called 1423  me and asked me to bring this young man to you because he has something to tell you.” 23:19 The commanding officer 1424  took him by the hand, withdrew privately, and asked, “What is it that you want 1425  to report to me? 23:20 He replied, 1426 The Jews have agreed to ask you to bring Paul down to the council 1427  tomorrow, as if they were going to inquire more thoroughly about him. 23:21 So do not let them persuade you to do this, 1428  because more than forty of them 1429  are lying in ambush 1430  for him. They 1431  have bound themselves with an oath 1432  not to eat or drink anything 1433  until they have killed him, and now they are ready, waiting for you to agree to their request.” 1434  23:22 Then the commanding officer 1435  sent the young man away, directing him, 1436  “Tell no one that you have reported 1437  these things to me.” 23:23 Then 1438  he summoned 1439  two of the centurions 1440  and said, “Make ready two hundred soldiers to go to Caesarea 1441  along with seventy horsemen 1442  and two hundred spearmen 1443  by 1444  nine o’clock tonight, 1445  23:24 and provide mounts for Paul to ride 1446  so that he may be brought safely to Felix 1447  the governor.” 1448  23:25 He wrote 1449  a letter that went like this: 1450 

23:26 Claudius Lysias to His Excellency Governor 1451  Felix, 1452  greetings. 23:27 This man was seized 1453  by the Jews and they were about to kill him, 1454  when I came up 1455  with the detachment 1456  and rescued him, because I had learned that he was 1457  a Roman citizen. 1458  23:28 Since I wanted to know 1459  what charge they were accusing him of, 1460  I brought him down to their council. 1461  23:29 I found he 1462  was accused with reference to controversial questions 1463  about their law, but no charge against him deserved death or imprisonment. 1464  23:30 When I was informed 1465  there would be a plot 1466  against this man, I sent him to you at once, also ordering his accusers to state their charges 1467  against him before you.

23:31 So the soldiers, in accordance with their orders, 1468  took 1469  Paul and brought him to Antipatris 1470  during the night. 23:32 The next day they let 1471  the horsemen 1472  go on with him, and they returned to the barracks. 1473  23:33 When the horsemen 1474  came to Caesarea 1475  and delivered the letter to the governor, they also presented 1476  Paul to him. 23:34 When the governor 1477  had read 1478  the letter, 1479  he asked 1480  what province he was from. 1481  When he learned 1482  that he was from Cilicia, 1483  23:35 he said, “I will give you a hearing 1484  when your accusers arrive too.” Then 1485  he ordered that Paul 1486  be kept under guard in Herod’s palace. 1487 

The Accusations Against Paul

24:1 After five days the high priest Ananias 1488  came down with some elders and an attorney 1489  named 1490  Tertullus, and they 1491  brought formal charges 1492  against Paul to the governor. 24:2 When Paul 1493  had been summoned, Tertullus began to accuse him, 1494  saying, “We have experienced a lengthy time 1495  of peace through your rule, 1496  and reforms 1497  are being made in this nation 1498  through your foresight. 1499  24:3 Most excellent Felix, 1500  we acknowledge this everywhere and in every way 1501  with all gratitude. 1502  24:4 But so that I may not delay 1503  you any further, I beg 1504  you to hear us briefly 1505  with your customary graciousness. 1506  24:5 For we have found 1507  this man to be a troublemaker, 1508  one who stirs up riots 1509  among all the Jews throughout the world, and a ringleader 1510  of the sect of the Nazarenes. 1511  24:6 He 1512  even tried to desecrate 1513  the temple, so we arrested 1514  him. 24:7 [[EMPTY]] 1515  24:8 When you examine 1516  him yourself, you will be able to learn from him 1517  about all these things we are accusing him of doing.” 1518  24:9 The Jews also joined in the verbal attack, 1519  claiming 1520  that these things were true.

Paul’s Defense Before Felix

24:10 When the governor gestured for him to speak, Paul replied, “Because I know 1521  that you have been a judge over this nation for many years, I confidently make my defense. 1522  24:11 As you can verify 1523  for yourself, not more than twelve days ago 1524  I went up to Jerusalem 1525  to worship. 24:12 They did not find me arguing 1526  with anyone or stirring up a crowd 1527  in the temple courts 1528  or in the synagogues 1529  or throughout the city, 1530  24:13 nor can they prove 1531  to you the things 1532  they are accusing me of doing. 1533  24:14 But I confess this to you, that I worship 1534  the God of our ancestors 1535  according to the Way (which they call a sect), believing everything that is according to the law 1536  and that is written in the prophets. 24:15 I have 1537  a hope in God (a hope 1538  that 1539  these men 1540  themselves accept too) that there is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous. 1541  24:16 This is the reason 1542  I do my best to always 1543  have a clear 1544  conscience toward God and toward people. 1545  24:17 After several years 1546  I came to bring to my people gifts for the poor 1547  and to present offerings, 1548  24:18 which I was doing when they found me in the temple, ritually purified, 1549  without a crowd or a disturbance. 1550  24:19 But there are some Jews from the province of Asia 1551  who should be here before you and bring charges, 1552  if they have anything against me. 24:20 Or these men here 1553  should tell what crime 1554  they found me guilty of 1555  when I stood before the council, 1556  24:21 other than 1557  this one thing 1558  I shouted out while I stood before 1559  them: ‘I am on trial before you today concerning the resurrection of the dead.’ 1560 

24:22 Then Felix, 1561  who understood the facts 1562  concerning the Way 1563  more accurately, 1564  adjourned their hearing, 1565  saying, “When Lysias the commanding officer comes down, I will decide your case.” 1566  24:23 He ordered the centurion 1567  to guard Paul, 1568  but to let him have some freedom, 1569  and not to prevent any of his friends 1570  from meeting his needs. 1571 

Paul Speaks Repeatedly to Felix

24:24 Some days later, when Felix 1572  arrived with his wife Drusilla, 1573  who was Jewish, he sent for Paul and heard him speak 1574  about faith in Christ Jesus. 1575  24:25 While Paul 1576  was discussing 1577  righteousness, self-control, 1578  and the coming judgment, Felix 1579  became 1580  frightened and said, “Go away for now, and when I have an opportunity, 1581  I will send for you.” 24:26 At the same time he was also hoping that Paul would give him money, 1582  and for this reason he sent for Paul 1583  as often as possible 1584  and talked 1585  with him. 24:27 After two years 1586  had passed, Porcius Festus 1587  succeeded Felix, 1588  and because he wanted to do the Jews a favor, Felix left Paul in prison. 1589 

Paul Appeals to Caesar

25:1 Now 1590  three days after Festus 1591  arrived in the province, he went up to Jerusalem 1592  from Caesarea. 1593  25:2 So the chief priests and the most prominent men 1594  of the Jews brought formal charges 1595  against Paul to him. 25:3 Requesting him to do them a favor against Paul, 1596  they urged Festus 1597  to summon him to Jerusalem, planning an ambush 1598  to kill him along the way. 25:4 Then Festus 1599  replied that Paul was being kept at Caesarea, 1600  and he himself intended to go there 1601  shortly. 25:5 So,” he said, “let your leaders 1602  go down there 1603  with me, and if this man has done anything wrong, 1604  they may bring charges 1605  against him.”

25:6 After Festus 1606  had stayed 1607  not more than eight or ten days among them, he went down to Caesarea, 1608  and the next day he sat 1609  on the judgment seat 1610  and ordered Paul to be brought. 25:7 When he arrived, the Jews who had come down from Jerusalem stood around him, 1611  bringing many serious 1612  charges that they were not able to prove. 1613  25:8 Paul said in his defense, 1614 I have committed no offense 1615  against the Jewish law 1616  or against the temple or against Caesar.” 1617  25:9 But Festus, 1618  wanting to do the Jews a favor, asked Paul, “Are you willing to go up to Jerusalem and be tried 1619  before me there on these charges? 1620  25:10 Paul replied, 1621 I am standing before Caesar’s 1622  judgment seat, 1623  where I should be tried. 1624  I have done nothing wrong 1625  to the Jews, as you also know very well. 1626  25:11 If then I am in the wrong 1627  and have done anything that deserves death, I am not trying to escape dying, 1628  but if not one of their charges against me is true, 1629  no one can hand me over to them. 1630  I appeal to Caesar! 1631  25:12 Then, after conferring with his council, 1632  Festus 1633  replied, “You have appealed to Caesar; 1634  to Caesar 1635  you will go! 1636 

Festus Asks King Agrippa for Advice

25:13 After several days had passed, King Agrippa 1637  and Bernice arrived at Caesarea 1638  to pay their respects 1639  to Festus. 1640  25:14 While 1641  they were staying there many days, Festus 1642  explained Paul’s case to the king to get his opinion, 1643  saying, “There is a man left here as a prisoner by Felix. 25:15 When I was in Jerusalem, 1644  the chief priests and the elders of the Jews informed 1645  me about him, 1646  asking for a sentence of condemnation 1647  against him. 25:16 I answered them 1648  that it was not the custom of the Romans to hand over anyone 1649  before the accused had met his accusers face to face 1650  and had been given 1651  an opportunity to make a defense against the accusation. 1652  25:17 So after they came back here with me, 1653  I did not postpone the case, 1654  but the next day I sat 1655  on the judgment seat 1656  and ordered the man to be brought. 25:18 When his accusers stood up, they did not charge 1657  him with any of the evil deeds I had suspected. 1658  25:19 Rather they had several points of disagreement 1659  with him about their own religion 1660  and about a man named Jesus 1661  who was dead, whom Paul claimed 1662  to be alive. 25:20 Because I was at a loss 1663  how I could investigate these matters, 1664  I asked if he were willing to go to Jerusalem and be tried 1665  there on these charges. 1666  25:21 But when Paul appealed to be kept in custody for the decision of His Majesty the Emperor, 1667  I ordered him to be kept under guard until I could send him to Caesar.” 1668  25:22 Agrippa 1669  said to Festus, 1670 I would also like to hear the man myself.” “Tomorrow,” he replied, 1671 you will hear him.”

Paul Before King Agrippa and Bernice

25:23 So the next day Agrippa 1672  and Bernice came with great pomp 1673  and entered the audience hall, 1674  along with the senior military officers 1675  and the prominent men of the city. When Festus 1676  gave the order, 1677  Paul was brought in. 25:24 Then Festus 1678  said, “King Agrippa, 1679  and all you who are present here with us, you see this man about whom the entire Jewish populace 1680  petitioned 1681  me both in Jerusalem 1682  and here, 1683  shouting loudly 1684  that he ought not to live any longer. 25:25 But I found that he had done nothing that deserved death, 1685  and when he appealed 1686  to His Majesty the Emperor, 1687  I decided to send him. 1688  25:26 But I have nothing definite 1689  to write to my lord 1690  about him. 1691  Therefore I have brought him before you all, and especially before you, King Agrippa, 1692  so that after this preliminary hearing 1693  I may have something to write. 25:27 For it seems unreasonable to me to send a prisoner without clearly indicating 1694  the charges against him.”

Paul Offers His Defense

26:1 So Agrippa 1695  said to Paul, “You have permission 1696  to speak for yourself.” Then Paul held out his hand 1697  and began his defense: 1698 

26:2Regarding all the things I have been accused of by the Jews, King Agrippa, 1699  I consider myself fortunate that I am about to make my defense before you today, 26:3 because you are especially 1700  familiar with all the customs and controversial issues 1701  of the Jews. Therefore I ask 1702  you to listen to me patiently. 26:4 Now all the Jews know the way I lived 1703  from my youth, spending my life from the beginning among my own people 1704  and in Jerusalem. 1705  26:5 They know, 1706  because they have known 1707  me from time past, 1708  if they are willing to testify, that according to the strictest party 1709  of our religion, I lived as a Pharisee. 1710  26:6 And now I stand here on trial 1711  because of my hope in the promise made by God to our ancestors, 1712  26:7 a promise 1713  that our twelve tribes hope to attain as they earnestly serve God 1714  night and day. Concerning this hope the Jews are accusing me, 1715  Your Majesty! 1716  26:8 Why do you people 1717  think 1718  it is unbelievable 1719  that 1720  God raises the dead? 26:9 Of course, 1721  I myself was convinced 1722  that it was necessary to do many things hostile to the name of Jesus the Nazarene. 26:10 And that is what I did in Jerusalem: Not only did I lock up many of the saints in prisons by the authority I received 1723  from the chief priests, but I also cast my vote 1724  against them when they were sentenced to death. 1725  26:11 I punished 1726  them often in all the synagogues 1727  and tried to force 1728  them to blaspheme. Because I was so furiously enraged 1729  at them, I went to persecute 1730  them even in foreign cities.

26:12While doing this very thing, 1731  as I was going 1732  to Damascus with authority and complete power 1733  from the chief priests, 26:13 about noon along the road, Your Majesty, 1734  I saw a light from heaven, 1735  brighter than the sun, shining everywhere around 1736  me and those traveling with me. 26:14 When we had all fallen to the ground, I heard a voice saying to me in Aramaic, 1737 Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? You are hurting yourself 1738  by kicking against the goads.’ 1739  26:15 So I said, ‘Who are you, Lord?’ And the Lord replied, 1740 I am Jesus whom you are persecuting. 26:16 But get up and stand on your feet, for I have appeared to you for this reason, to designate you in advance 1741  as a servant and witness 1742  to the things 1743  you have seen 1744  and to the things in which I will appear to you. 26:17 I will rescue 1745  you from your own people 1746  and from the Gentiles, to whom 1747  I am sending you 26:18 to open their eyes so that they turn 1748  from darkness to light and from the power 1749  of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a share 1750  among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’

26:19Therefore, King Agrippa, 1751  I was not disobedient 1752  to the heavenly 1753  vision, 26:20 but I declared to those in Damascus first, and then to those in Jerusalem and in all Judea, 1754  and to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, 1755  performing deeds consistent with 1756  repentance. 26:21 For this reason the Jews seized me in the temple courts 1757  and were trying to kill me. 26:22 I have experienced 1758  help from God to this day, and so I stand testifying to both small and great, saying nothing except 1759  what the prophets and Moses said 1760  was going to happen: 26:23 that 1761  the Christ 1762  was to suffer and be the first to rise from the dead, to proclaim light both to our people 1763  and to the Gentiles.” 1764 

26:24 As Paul 1765  was saying these things in his defense, Festus 1766  exclaimed loudly, “You have lost your mind, 1767  Paul! Your great learning is driving you insane! 26:25 But Paul replied, 1768 I have not lost my mind, most excellent Festus, 1769  but am speaking 1770  true and rational 1771  words. 26:26 For the king knows about these things, and I am speaking freely 1772  to him, 1773  because I cannot believe 1774  that any of these things has escaped his notice, 1775  for this was not done in a corner. 1776  26:27 Do you believe the prophets, 1777  King Agrippa? 1778  I know that you believe.” 26:28 Agrippa 1779  said to Paul, “In such a short time are you persuading me to become a Christian? 1780  26:29 Paul replied, “I pray to God that whether in a short or a long time 1781  not only you but also all those who are listening to me today could become such as I am, except for these chains.” 1782 

26:30 So the king got up, and with him the governor and Bernice and those sitting with them, 26:31 and as they were leaving they said to one another, 1783 This man is not doing anything deserving 1784  death or imprisonment.” 26:32 Agrippa 1785  said to Festus, 1786 This man could have been released 1787  if he had not appealed to Caesar.” 1788 

Paul and Company Sail for Rome

27:1 When it was decided we 1789  would sail to Italy, 1790  they handed over Paul and some other prisoners to a centurion 1791  of the Augustan Cohort 1792  named Julius. 27:2 We went on board 1793  a ship from Adramyttium 1794  that was about to sail to various ports 1795  along the coast of the province of Asia 1796  and put out to sea, 1797  accompanied by Aristarchus, a Macedonian 1798  from Thessalonica. 1799  27:3 The next day we put in 1800  at Sidon, 1801  and Julius, treating Paul kindly, 1802  allowed him to go to his friends so they could provide him with what he needed. 1803  27:4 From there we put out to sea 1804  and sailed under the lee 1805  of Cyprus because the winds were against us. 27:5 After we had sailed across the open sea 1806  off Cilicia and Pamphylia, 1807  we put in 1808  at Myra 1809  in Lycia. 1810  27:6 There the centurion 1811  found 1812  a ship from Alexandria 1813  sailing for Italy, and he put us aboard it. 27:7 We sailed slowly 1814  for many days and arrived with difficulty off Cnidus. 1815  Because the wind prevented us from going any farther, 1816  we sailed under the lee 1817  of Crete off Salmone. 1818  27:8 With difficulty we sailed along the coast 1819  of Crete 1820  and came to a place called Fair Havens that was near the town of Lasea. 1821 

Caught in a Violent Storm

27:9 Since considerable time had passed and the voyage was now dangerous 1822  because the fast 1823  was already over, 1824  Paul advised them, 1825  27:10 Men, I can see the voyage is going to end 1826  in disaster 1827  and great loss not only of the cargo and the ship, but also of our lives.” 1828  27:11 But the centurion 1829  was more convinced 1830  by the captain 1831  and the ship’s owner than by what Paul said. 1832  27:12 Because the harbor was not suitable to spend the winter in, the majority decided 1833  to put out to sea 1834  from there. They hoped that 1835  somehow they could reach 1836  Phoenix, 1837  a harbor of Crete facing 1838  southwest and northwest, and spend the winter there. 27:13 When a gentle south wind sprang up, they thought 1839  they could carry out 1840  their purpose, so they weighed anchor 1841  and sailed close along the coast 1842  of Crete. 27:14 Not long after this, a hurricane-force 1843  wind called the northeaster 1844  blew down from the island. 1845  27:15 When the ship was caught in it 1846  and could not head into 1847  the wind, we gave way to it and were driven 1848  along. 27:16 As we ran under the lee of 1849  a small island called Cauda, 1850  we were able with difficulty to get the ship’s boat 1851  under control. 27:17 After the crew 1852  had hoisted it aboard, 1853  they used supports 1854  to undergird the ship. Fearing they would run aground 1855  on the Syrtis, 1856  they lowered the sea anchor, 1857  thus letting themselves be driven along. 27:18 The next day, because we were violently battered by the storm, 1858  they began throwing the cargo overboard, 1859  27:19 and on the third day they threw the ship’s gear 1860  overboard with their own hands. 27:20 When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days and a violent 1861  storm continued to batter us, 1862  we finally abandoned all hope of being saved. 1863 

27:21 Since many of them had no desire to eat, 1864  Paul 1865  stood up 1866  among them and said, “Men, you should have listened to me 1867  and not put out to sea 1868  from Crete, thus avoiding 1869  this damage and loss. 27:22 And now I advise 1870  you to keep up your courage, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only the ship will be lost. 1871  27:23 For last night an angel of the God to whom I belong 1872  and whom I serve 1873  came to me 1874  27:24 and said, 1875 Do not be afraid, Paul! You must stand before 1876  Caesar, 1877  and God has graciously granted you the safety 1878  of all who are sailing with you.’ 27:25 Therefore keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God 1879  that it will be just as I have been told. 27:26 But we must 1880  run aground on some island.”

27:27 When the fourteenth night had come, while we were being driven 1881  across the Adriatic Sea, 1882  about midnight the sailors suspected they were approaching some land. 1883  27:28 They took soundings 1884  and found the water was twenty fathoms 1885  deep; when they had sailed a little farther 1886  they took soundings again and found it was fifteen fathoms 1887  deep. 27:29 Because they were afraid 1888  that we would run aground on the rocky coast, 1889  they threw out 1890  four anchors from the stern and wished 1891  for day to appear. 1892  27:30 Then when the sailors tried to escape from the ship and were lowering the ship’s boat into the sea, pretending 1893  that they were going to put out anchors from the bow, 27:31 Paul said to the centurion 1894  and the soldiers, “Unless these men stay with the ship, you 1895  cannot be saved.” 27:32 Then the soldiers cut the ropes 1896  of the ship’s boat and let it drift away. 1897 

27:33 As day was about to dawn, 1898  Paul urged them all to take some food, saying, “Today is the fourteenth day you have been in suspense 1899  and have gone 1900  without food; you have eaten nothing. 1901  27:34 Therefore I urge you to take some food, for this is important 1902  for your survival. 1903  For not one of you will lose a hair from his head.” 27:35 After he said this, Paul 1904  took bread 1905  and gave thanks to God in front of them all, 1906  broke 1907  it, and began to eat. 27:36 So all of them were encouraged and took food themselves. 27:37 (We were in all two hundred seventy-six 1908  persons on the ship.) 1909  27:38 When they had eaten enough to be satisfied, 1910  they lightened the ship by throwing the wheat 1911  into the sea.

Paul is Shipwrecked

27:39 When day came, they did not recognize the land, but they noticed 1912  a bay 1913  with a beach, 1914  where they decided to run the ship aground if they could. 27:40 So they slipped 1915  the anchors 1916  and left them in the sea, at the same time loosening the linkage 1917  that bound the steering oars 1918  together. Then they hoisted 1919  the foresail 1920  to the wind and steered toward 1921  the beach. 27:41 But they encountered a patch of crosscurrents 1922  and ran the ship aground; the bow stuck fast and could not be moved, but the stern was being broken up by the force 1923  of the waves. 27:42 Now the soldiersplan was to kill the prisoners 1924  so that none of them would escape by swimming away. 1925  27:43 But the centurion, 1926  wanting to save Paul’s life, 1927  prevented them from carrying out their plan. He ordered those who could swim to jump overboard first and get to land, 1928  27:44 and the rest were to follow, 1929  some on planks 1930  and some on pieces of the ship. 1931  And in this way 1932  all were brought safely to land.

Paul on Malta

28:1 After we had safely reached shore, 1933  we learned that the island was called Malta. 1934  28:2 The local inhabitants 1935  showed us extraordinary 1936  kindness, for they built a fire and welcomed us all because it had started to rain 1937  and was cold. 28:3 When Paul had gathered a bundle of brushwood 1938  and was putting it on the fire, a viper came out because of the heat and fastened itself on his hand. 28:4 When the local people 1939  saw the creature hanging from Paul’s 1940  hand, they said to one another, “No doubt this man is a murderer! Although he has escaped from the sea, Justice herself 1941  has not allowed him to live! 1942  28:5 However, 1943  Paul 1944  shook 1945  the creature off into the fire and suffered no harm. 28:6 But they were expecting that he was going to swell up 1946  or suddenly drop dead. So after they had waited 1947  a long time and had seen 1948  nothing unusual happen 1949  to him, they changed their minds 1950  and said he was a god. 1951 

28:7 Now in the region around that place 1952  were fields belonging to the chief official 1953  of the island, named Publius, who welcomed us and entertained us hospitably as guests for three days. 28:8 The father 1954  of Publius lay sick in bed, suffering from fever and dysentery. Paul went in to see him 1955  and after praying, placed 1956  his hands on him and healed 1957  him. 28:9 After this had happened, many of the people on the island who were sick 1958  also came and were healed. 1959  28:10 They also bestowed many honors, 1960  and when we were preparing to sail, 1961  they gave 1962  us all the supplies we needed. 1963 

Paul Finally Reaches Rome

28:11 After three months we put out to sea 1964  in an Alexandrian ship that had wintered at the island and had the “Heavenly Twins 1965  as its figurehead. 1966  28:12 We put in 1967  at Syracuse 1968  and stayed there three days. 28:13 From there we cast off 1969  and arrived at Rhegium, 1970  and after one day a south wind sprang up 1971  and on the second day we came to Puteoli. 1972  28:14 There 1973  we found 1974  some brothers 1975  and were invited to stay with them seven days. And in this way we came to Rome. 1976  28:15 The brothers from there, 1977  when they heard about us, came as far as the Forum of Appius 1978  and Three Taverns 1979  to meet us. When he saw them, 1980  Paul thanked God and took courage. 28:16 When we entered Rome, Paul was allowed to live 1981  by himself, with the soldier who was guarding him.

Paul Addresses the Jewish Community in Rome

28:17 After three days 1982  Paul 1983  called the local Jewish leaders 1984  together. When they had assembled, he said to them, “Brothers, 1985  although I had done 1986  nothing against our people or the customs of our ancestors, 1987  from Jerusalem 1988  I was handed over as a prisoner to the Romans. 1989  28:18 When 1990  they had heard my case, 1991  they wanted to release me, 1992  because there was no basis for a death sentence 1993  against me. 28:19 But when the Jews objected, 1994  I was forced to appeal to Caesar 1995 not that I had some charge to bring 1996  against my own people. 1997  28:20 So for this reason I have asked to see you and speak with you, for I am bound with this chain because of the hope of Israel.” 1998  28:21 They replied, 1999 We have received no letters from Judea about you, nor have any of the brothers come from there 2000  and reported or said anything bad about you. 28:22 But we would like to hear from you what you think, for regarding this sect we know 2001  that people 2002  everywhere speak against 2003  it.”

28:23 They set 2004  a day to meet with him, 2005  and they came to him where he was staying 2006  in even greater numbers. 2007  From morning until evening he explained things 2008  to them, 2009  testifying 2010  about the kingdom of God 2011  and trying to convince 2012  them about Jesus from both the law of Moses and the prophets. 28:24 Some were convinced 2013  by what he said, 2014  but others refused 2015  to believe. 28:25 So they began to leave, 2016  unable to agree among themselves, after Paul made one last statement: “The Holy Spirit spoke rightly to your ancestors 2017  through the prophet Isaiah 28:26 when he said,

Go to this people and say,

You will keep on hearing, 2018  but will never understand,

and you will keep on looking, 2019  but will never perceive.

28:27 For the heart of this people has become dull, 2020 

and their ears are hard of hearing, 2021 

and they have closed their eyes,

so that they would not see with their eyes

and hear with their ears

and understand with their heart

and turn, 2022  and I would heal them.”’ 2023 

28:28Therefore be advised 2024  that this salvation from God 2025  has been sent to the Gentiles; 2026  they 2027  will listen!

28:29 [[EMPTY]] 2028 

28:30 Paul 2029  lived 2030  there two whole years in his own rented quarters 2031  and welcomed 2032  all who came to him, 28:31 proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ 2033  with complete boldness 2034  and without restriction. 2035 

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