Bible: Acts 9:32-28:31

Peter Heals Aeneas

9:32 Now 1  as Peter was traveling around from place to place, 2  he also came down to the saints who lived in Lydda. 3  9:33 He found there a man named Aeneas who had been confined to a mattress for eight years because 4  he was paralyzed. 9:34 Peter 5  said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus the Christ 6  heals you. Get up and make your own bed!” 7  And immediately he got up. 9:35 All 8  those who lived in Lydda 9  and Sharon 10  saw him, and they 11  turned 12  to the Lord.

Peter Raises Dorcas

9:36 Now in Joppa 13  there was a disciple named Tabitha (which in translation means 14  Dorcas). 15  She was continually doing good deeds and acts of charity. 16  9:37 At that time 17  she became sick 18  and died. When they had washed 19  her body, 20  they placed it in an upstairs room. 9:38 Because Lydda 21  was near Joppa, when the disciples heard that Peter was there, they sent two men to him and urged him, “Come to us without delay.” 22  9:39 So Peter got up and went with them, and 23  when he arrived 24  they brought him to the upper room. All 25  the widows stood beside him, crying and showing him 26  the tunics 27  and other clothing 28  Dorcas used to make 29  while she was with them. 9:40 But Peter sent them all outside, 30  knelt down, 31  and prayed. Turning 32  to the body, he said, “Tabitha, get up.” Then she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter, she sat up. 33  9:41 He gave 34  her his hand and helped her get up. Then he called 35  the saints and widows and presented her alive. 9:42 This became known throughout all 36  Joppa, and many believed in the Lord. 37  9:43 So 38  Peter 39  stayed many days in Joppa with a man named 40  Simon, a tanner. 41 

Peter Visits Cornelius

10:1 Now there was a man in Caesarea 42  named Cornelius, a centurion 43  of what was known as the Italian Cohort. 44  10:2 He 45  was a devout, God-fearing man, 46  as was all his household; he did many acts of charity for the people 47  and prayed to God regularly. 10:3 About three o’clock one afternoon 48  he saw clearly in a vision an angel of God 49  who came in 50  and said to him, “Cornelius.” 10:4 Staring at him and becoming greatly afraid, Cornelius 51  replied, 52 What is it, Lord?” The angel 53  said to him, “Your prayers and your acts of charity 54  have gone up as a memorial 55  before God. 10:5 Now 56  send men to Joppa 57  and summon a man named Simon, 58  who is called Peter. 10:6 This man is staying as a guest with a man named Simon, a tanner, 59  whose house is by the sea.” 10:7 When the angel who had spoken to him departed, Cornelius 60  called two of his personal servants 61  and a devout soldier from among those who served him, 62  10:8 and when he had explained everything to them, he sent them to Joppa.

10:9 About noon 63  the next day, while they were on their way and approaching 64  the city, Peter went up on the roof 65  to pray. 10:10 He became hungry and wanted to eat, but while they were preparing the meal, a trance came over him. 66  10:11 He 67  saw heaven 68  opened 69  and an object something like a large sheet 70  descending, 71  being let down to earth 72  by its four corners. 10:12 In it 73  were all kinds of four-footed animals and reptiles 74  of the earth and wild birds. 75  10:13 Then 76  a voice said 77  to him, “Get up, Peter; slaughter 78  and eat! 10:14 But Peter said, “Certainly not, Lord, for I have never eaten anything defiled and ritually unclean! 79  10:15 The voice 80  spoke to him again, a second time, “What God has made clean, you must not consider 81  ritually unclean! 82  10:16 This happened three times, and immediately the object was taken up into heaven. 83 

10:17 Now while Peter was puzzling over 84  what the vision he had seen could signify, the men sent by Cornelius had learned where Simon’s house was 85  and approached 86  the gate. 10:18 They 87  called out to ask if Simon, known as Peter, 88  was staying there as a guest. 10:19 While Peter was still thinking seriously about 89  the vision, the Spirit said to him, “Look! Three men are looking for you. 10:20 But get up, 90  go down, and accompany them without hesitation, 91  because I have sent them.” 10:21 So Peter went down 92  to the men and said, “Here I am, 93  the person you’re looking for. Why have you come? 10:22 They said, “Cornelius the centurion, 94  a righteous 95  and God-fearing man, well spoken of by the whole Jewish nation, 96  was directed by a holy angel to summon you to his house and to hear a message 97  from you.” 10:23 So Peter 98  invited them in and entertained them as guests.

On the next day he got up and set out 99  with them, and some of the brothers from Joppa 100  accompanied him. 10:24 The following day 101  he entered Caesarea. 102  Now Cornelius was waiting anxiously 103  for them and had called together his relatives and close friends. 10:25 So when 104  Peter came in, Cornelius met 105  him, fell 106  at his feet, and worshiped 107  him. 10:26 But Peter helped him up, 108  saying, “Stand up. I too am a mere mortal.” 109  10:27 Peter 110  continued talking with him as he went in, and he found many people gathered together. 111  10:28 He said to them, “You know that 112  it is unlawful 113  for a Jew 114  to associate with or visit a Gentile, 115  yet God has shown me that I should call no person 116  defiled or ritually unclean. 117  10:29 Therefore when you sent for me, 118  I came without any objection. Now may I ask why 119  you sent for me? 10:30 Cornelius 120  replied, 121 Four days ago at this very hour, at three o’clock in the afternoon, 122  I was praying in my house, and suddenly 123  a man in shining clothing stood before me 10:31 and said, ‘Cornelius, your prayer has been heard and your acts of charity 124  have been remembered before God. 125  10:32 Therefore send to Joppa and summon Simon, who is called Peter. This man is staying as a guest in the house of Simon the tanner, 126  by the sea.’ 10:33 Therefore I sent for you at once, and you were kind enough to come. 127  So now we are all here in the presence of God 128  to listen 129  to everything the Lord has commanded you to say to us.” 130 

10:34 Then Peter started speaking: 131  “I now truly understand that God does not show favoritism in dealing with people, 132  10:35 but in every nation 133  the person who fears him 134  and does what is right 135  is welcomed before him. 10:36 You know 136  the message 137  he sent to the people 138  of Israel, proclaiming the good news of peace 139  through 140  Jesus Christ 141  (he is Lord 142  of all) – 10:37 you know what happened throughout Judea, beginning from Galilee after the baptism that John announced: 143  10:38 with respect to Jesus from Nazareth, 144  that 145  God anointed him with the Holy Spirit and with power. He 146  went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, 147  because God was with him. 148  10:39 We 149  are witnesses of all the things he did both in Judea 150  and in Jerusalem. 151  They 152  killed him by hanging him on a tree, 153  10:40 but 154  God raised him up on the third day and caused him to be seen, 155  10:41 not by all the people, but by us, the witnesses God had already chosen, 156  who ate and drank 157  with him after he rose from the dead. 10:42 He 158  commanded us to preach to the people and to warn 159  them 160  that he is the one 161  appointed 162  by God as judge 163  of the living and the dead. 10:43 About him all the prophets testify, 164  that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins 165  through his name.”

The Gentiles Receive the Holy Spirit

10:44 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell on 166  all those who heard the message. 167  10:45 The 168  circumcised believers 169  who had accompanied Peter were greatly astonished 170  that 171  the gift of the Holy Spirit 172  had been poured out 173  even on the Gentiles, 10:46 for they heard them speaking in tongues and praising 174  God. Then Peter said, 10:47 No one can withhold the water for these people to be baptized, who have received the Holy Spirit just as we did, 175  can he? 176  10:48 So he gave orders to have them baptized 177  in the name of Jesus Christ. 178  Then they asked him to stay for several days.

Peter Defends His Actions to the Jerusalem Church

11:1 Now the apostles and the brothers who were throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles too had accepted 179  the word of God. 180  11:2 So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, 181  the circumcised believers 182  took issue with 183  him, 11:3 saying, “You went to 184  uncircumcised men and shared a meal with 185  them.” 11:4 But Peter began and explained it to them point by point, 186  saying, 11:5 I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in a trance I saw a vision, 187  an object something like a large sheet descending, 188  being let down from heaven 189  by its four corners, and it came to me. 11:6 As I stared 190  I looked into it and saw four-footed animals of the earth, wild animals, reptiles, 191  and wild birds. 192  11:7 I also heard a voice saying to me, ‘Get up, Peter; slaughter 193  and eat!’ 11:8 But I said, ‘Certainly not, Lord, for nothing defiled or ritually unclean 194  has ever entered my mouth!’ 11:9 But the voice replied a second time from heaven, ‘What God has made clean, you must not consider 195  ritually unclean!’ 11:10 This happened three times, and then everything was pulled up to heaven again. 11:11 At that very moment, 196  three men sent to me from Caesarea 197  approached 198  the house where we were staying. 199  11:12 The Spirit told me to accompany them without hesitation. These six brothers 200  also went with me, and we entered the man’s house. 11:13 He informed us how he had seen an angel standing in his house and saying, ‘Send to Joppa and summon Simon, who is called Peter, 11:14 who will speak a message 201  to you by which you and your entire household will be saved.’ 11:15 Then as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell on 202  them just as he did 203  on us at the beginning. 204  11:16 And I remembered the word of the Lord, 205  as he used to say, 206 John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’ 207  11:17 Therefore if God 208  gave them the same gift 209  as he also gave us after believing 210  in the Lord Jesus Christ, 211  who was I to hinder 212  God? 11:18 When they heard this, 213  they ceased their objections 214  and praised 215  God, saying, “So then, God has granted the repentance 216  that leads to life even to the Gentiles.” 217 

Activity in the Church at Antioch

11:19 Now those who had been scattered because of the persecution that took place over Stephen 218  went as far as 219  Phoenicia, 220  Cyprus, 221  and Antioch, 222  speaking the message 223  to no one but Jews. 11:20 But there were some men from Cyprus 224  and Cyrene 225  among them who came 226  to Antioch 227  and began to speak to the Greeks 228  too, proclaiming the good news of the Lord Jesus. 11:21 The 229  hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number who believed 230  turned 231  to the Lord. 11:22 A report 232  about them came to the attention 233  of the church in Jerusalem, 234  and they sent Barnabas 235  to Antioch. 236  11:23 When 237  he came and saw the grace of God, he rejoiced and encouraged them all to remain true 238  to the Lord with devoted hearts, 239  11:24 because he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith, and a significant number of people 240  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. 241  So 242  for a whole year Barnabas and Saul 243  met with the church and taught a significant number of people. 244  Now it was in Antioch 245  that the disciples were first called Christians. 246 

Famine Relief for Judea

11:27 At that time 247  some 248  prophets 249  came down 250  from Jerusalem 251  to Antioch. 252  11:28 One of them, named Agabus, got up 253  and predicted 254  by the Spirit that a severe 255  famine 256  was about to come over the whole inhabited world. 257  (This 258  took place during the reign of Claudius.) 259  11:29 So the disciples, each in accordance with his financial ability, 260  decided 261  to send relief 262  to the brothers living in Judea. 11:30 They did so, 263  sending their financial aid 264  to the elders by Barnabas and Saul.

James is Killed and Peter Imprisoned

12:1 About that time King Herod 265  laid hands on 266  some from the church to harm them. 267  12:2 He had James, the brother of John, executed with a sword. 268  12:3 When he saw that this pleased the Jews, 269  he proceeded to arrest Peter too. (This took place during the feast of Unleavened Bread.) 270  12:4 When he had seized him, he put him in prison, handing him over to four squads 271  of soldiers to guard him. Herod 272  planned 273  to bring him out for public trial 274  after the Passover. 12:5 So Peter was kept in prison, but those in the church were earnestly 275  praying to God for him. 276  12:6 On that very night before Herod was going to bring him out for trial, 277  Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, while 278  guards in front of the door were keeping watch 279  over the prison. 12:7 Suddenly 280  an angel of the Lord 281  appeared, and a light shone in the prison cell. He struck 282  Peter on the side and woke him up, saying, “Get up quickly!” And the chains fell off Peter’s 283  wrists. 284  12:8 The angel said to him, “Fasten your belt 285  and put on your sandals.” Peter 286  did so. Then the angel 287  said to him, “Put on your cloak 288  and follow me.” 12:9 Peter 289  went out 290  and followed him; 291  he did not realize that what was happening through the angel was real, 292  but thought he was seeing a vision. 12:10 After they had passed the first and second guards, 293  they came to the iron 294  gate leading into the city. It 295  opened for them by itself, 296  and they went outside and walked down one narrow street, 297  when at once the angel left him. 12:11 When 298  Peter came to himself, he said, “Now I know for certain that the Lord has sent his angel and rescued 299  me from the hand 300  of Herod 301  and from everything the Jewish people 302  were expecting to happen.”

12:12 When Peter 303  realized this, he went to the house of Mary, the mother of John Mark, 304  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. 305  12:14 When she recognized Peter’s voice, she was so overjoyed she did not open the gate, but ran back in and told 306  them 307  that Peter was standing at the gate. 12:15 But they said to her, “You’ve lost your mind!” 308  But she kept insisting that it was Peter, 309  and they kept saying, 310 It is his angel! 311  12:16 Now Peter continued knocking, and when they opened the door 312  and saw him, they were greatly astonished. 313  12:17 He motioned to them 314  with his hand to be quiet and then related 315  how the Lord had brought 316  him out of the prison. He said, “Tell James and the brothers these things,” and then he left and went to another place. 317 

12:18 At daybreak 318  there was great consternation 319  among the soldiers over what had become of Peter. 12:19 When Herod 320  had searched 321  for him and did not find him, he questioned 322  the guards and commanded that they be led away to execution. 323  Then 324  Herod 325  went down from Judea to Caesarea 326  and stayed there.

12:20 Now Herod 327  was having an angry quarrel 328  with the people of Tyre 329  and Sidon. 330  So they joined together 331  and presented themselves before him. And after convincing 332  Blastus, the king’s personal assistant, 333  to help them, 334  they asked for peace, 335  because their country’s food supply was provided by the king’s country. 12:21 On a day determined in advance, Herod 336  put on his royal robes, 337  sat down on the judgment seat, 338  and made a speech 339  to them. 12:22 But the crowd 340  began to shout, 341 The voice of a god, 342  and not of a man! 12:23 Immediately an angel of the Lord 343  struck 344  Herod 345  down because he did not give the glory to God, and he was eaten by worms and died. 346  12:24 But the word of God 347  kept on increasing 348  and multiplying.

12:25 So Barnabas and Saul returned to 349  Jerusalem 350  when they had completed 351  their mission, 352  bringing along with them John Mark. 353 

The Church at Antioch Commissions Barnabas and Saul

13:1 Now there were these prophets and teachers in the church at Antioch: 354  Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, 355  Lucius the Cyrenian, 356  Manaen (a close friend of Herod 357  the tetrarch 358  from childhood 359 ) and Saul. 13:2 While they were serving 360  the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart 361  for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” 13:3 Then, after they had fasted 362  and 363  prayed and placed their hands 364  on them, they sent them off.

Paul and Barnabas Preach in Cyprus

13:4 So Barnabas and Saul, 365  sent out by the Holy Spirit, went down to Seleucia, 366  and from there they sailed to Cyprus. 367  13:5 When 368  they arrived 369  in Salamis, 370  they began to proclaim 371  the word of God in the Jewish synagogues. 372  (Now they also had John 373  as their assistant.) 374  13:6 When they had crossed over 375  the whole island as far as Paphos, 376  they found a magician, a Jewish false prophet named Bar-Jesus, 377  13:7 who was with the proconsul 378  Sergius Paulus, an intelligent man. The proconsul 379  summoned 380  Barnabas and Saul and wanted to hear 381  the word of God. 13:8 But the magician Elymas 382  (for that is the way his name is translated) 383  opposed them, trying to turn the proconsul 384  away from the faith. 13:9 But Saul (also known as Paul), 385  filled with the Holy Spirit, 386  stared straight 387  at him 13:10 and said, “You who are full of all deceit and all wrongdoing, 388  you son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness – will you not stop making crooked the straight paths of the Lord? 389  13:11 Now 390  look, the hand of the Lord is against 391  you, and you will be blind, unable to see the sun for a time!” Immediately mistiness 392  and darkness came over 393  him, and he went around seeking people 394  to lead him by the hand. 13:12 Then when the proconsul 395  saw what had happened, he believed, 396  because he was greatly astounded 397  at the teaching about 398  the Lord.

Paul and Barnabas at Pisidian Antioch

13:13 Then Paul and his companions put out to sea 399  from Paphos 400  and came to Perga 401  in Pamphylia, 402  but John 403  left them and returned to Jerusalem. 404  13:14 Moving on from 405  Perga, 406  they arrived at Pisidian Antioch, 407  and on the Sabbath day they went into 408  the synagogue 409  and sat down. 13:15 After the reading from the law and the prophets, 410  the leaders of the synagogue 411  sent them a message, 412  saying, “Brothers, 413  if you have any message 414  of exhortation 415  for the people, speak it.” 416  13:16 So Paul stood up, 417  gestured 418  with his hand and said,

Men of Israel, 419  and you Gentiles who fear God, 420  listen: 13:17 The God of this people Israel 421  chose our ancestors 422  and made the people great 423  during their stay as foreigners 424  in the country 425  of Egypt, and with uplifted arm 426  he led them out of it. 13:18 For 427  a period of about forty years he put up with 428  them in the wilderness. 429  13:19 After 430  he had destroyed 431  seven nations 432  in the land of Canaan, he gave his people their land as an inheritance. 433  13:20 All this took 434  about four hundred fifty years. After this 435  he gave them judges until the time of 436  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 437  forty years. 13:22 After removing him, God 438  raised up 439  David their king. He testified about him: 440 I have found David 441  the son of Jesse to be a man after my heart, 442  who will accomplish everything I want him to do.’ 443  13:23 From the descendants 444  of this man 445  God brought to Israel a Savior, Jesus, just as he promised. 446  13:24 Before 447  Jesus 448  arrived, John 449  had proclaimed a baptism for repentance 450  to all the people of Israel. 13:25 But while John was completing his mission, 451  he said repeatedly, 452 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!’ 453  13:26 Brothers, 454  descendants 455  of Abraham’s family, 456  and those Gentiles among you who fear God, 457  the message 458  of this salvation has been sent to us. 13:27 For the people who live in Jerusalem and their rulers did not recognize 459  him, 460  and they fulfilled the sayings 461  of the prophets that are read every Sabbath by condemning 462  him. 463  13:28 Though 464  they found 465  no basis 466  for a death sentence, 467  they asked Pilate to have him executed. 13:29 When they had accomplished 468  everything that was written 469  about him, they took him down 470  from the cross 471  and placed him 472  in a tomb. 13:30 But God raised 473  him from the dead, 13:31 and 474  for many days he appeared to those who had accompanied 475  him from Galilee to Jerusalem. These 476  are now his witnesses to the people. 13:32 And we proclaim to you the good news about the promise to our ancestors, 477  13:33 that this promise 478  God has fulfilled to us, their children, by raising 479  Jesus, as also it is written in the second psalm, ‘You are my Son; 480  today I have fathered you.’ 481  13:34 But regarding the fact that he has raised Jesus 482  from the dead, never 483  again to be 484  in a state of decay, God 485  has spoken in this way: ‘I will give you 486  the holy and trustworthy promises 487  made to David.’ 488  13:35 Therefore he also says in another psalm, 489 You will not permit your Holy One 490  to experience 491  decay.’ 492  13:36 For David, after he had served 493  God’s purpose in his own generation, died, 494  was buried with his ancestors, 495  and experienced 496  decay, 13:37 but the one 497  whom God raised up did not experience 498  decay. 13:38 Therefore let it be known to you, brothers, that through this one 499  forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, 13:39 and by this one 500  everyone who believes is justified 501  from everything from which the law of Moses could not justify 502  you. 503  13:40 Watch out, 504  then, that what is spoken about by 505  the prophets does not happen to you:

13:41Look, you scoffers; be amazed and perish! 506 

For I am doing a work in your days,

a work you would never believe, even if someone tells you.’ 507 

13:42 As Paul and Barnabas 508  were going out, 509  the people 510  were urging 511  them to speak about these things 512  on the next Sabbath. 13:43 When the meeting of the synagogue 513  had broken up, 514  many of the Jews and God-fearing proselytes 515  followed Paul and Barnabas, who were speaking with them and were persuading 516  them 517  to continue 518  in the grace of God.

13:44 On the next Sabbath almost the whole city assembled together to hear the word of the Lord. 519  13:45 But when the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy, 520  and they began to contradict 521  what Paul was saying 522  by reviling him. 523  13:46 Both Paul and Barnabas replied courageously, 524 It was necessary to speak the word of God 525  to you first. Since you reject it and do not consider yourselves worthy 526  of eternal life, we 527  are turning to the Gentiles. 528  13:47 For this 529  is what the Lord has commanded us: ‘I have appointed 530  you to be a light 531  for the Gentiles, to bring salvation 532  to the ends of the earth. 533  13:48 When the Gentiles heard this, they began to rejoice 534  and praise 535  the word of the Lord, and all who had been appointed for eternal life 536  believed. 13:49 So the word of the Lord was spreading 537  through the entire region. 13:50 But the Jews incited 538  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 539  of their region. 13:51 So after they shook 540  the dust off their feet 541  in protest against them, they went to Iconium. 542  13:52 And the disciples were filled with joy 543  and with the Holy Spirit.

Paul and Barnabas at Iconium

14:1 The same thing happened in Iconium 544  when Paul and Barnabas 545  went into the Jewish synagogue 546  and spoke in such a way that a large group 547  of both Jews and Greeks believed. 14:2 But the Jews who refused to believe 548  stirred up the Gentiles and poisoned their minds 549  against the brothers. 14:3 So they stayed there 550  for a considerable time, speaking out courageously for the Lord, who testified 551  to the message 552  of his grace, granting miraculous signs 553  and wonders to be performed through their hands. 14:4 But the population 554  of the city was divided; some 555  sided with the Jews, and some with the apostles. 14:5 When both the Gentiles and the Jews (together with their rulers) made 556  an attempt to mistreat 557  them and stone them, 558  14:6 Paul and Barnabas 559  learned about it 560  and fled to the Lycaonian cities of Lystra 561  and Derbe 562  and the surrounding region. 14:7 There 563  they continued to proclaim 564  the good news.

Paul and Barnabas at Lystra

14:8 In 565  Lystra 566  sat a man who could not use his feet, 567  lame from birth, 568  who had never walked. 14:9 This man was listening to Paul as he was speaking. When Paul 569  stared 570  intently at him and saw he had faith to be healed, 14:10 he said with a loud voice, “Stand upright on your feet.” 571  And the man 572  leaped up and began walking. 573  14:11 So when the crowds saw what Paul had done, they shouted 574  in the Lycaonian language, 575 The gods have come down to us in human form! 576  14:12 They began to call 577  Barnabas Zeus 578  and Paul Hermes, 579  because he was the chief speaker. 14:13 The priest of the temple 580  of Zeus, 581  located just outside the city, brought bulls 582  and garlands 583  to the city gates; he and the crowds wanted to offer sacrifices to them. 584  14:14 But when the apostles 585  Barnabas and Paul heard about 586  it, they tore 587  their clothes and rushed out 588  into the crowd, shouting, 589  14:15 Men, why are you doing these things? We too are men, with human natures 590  just like you! We are proclaiming the good news to you, so that you should turn 591  from these worthless 592  things to the living God, who made the heaven, the earth, 593  the sea, and everything that is in them. 14:16 In 594  past 595  generations he allowed all the nations 596  to go their own ways, 14:17 yet he did not leave himself without a witness by doing good, 597  by giving you rain from heaven 598  and fruitful seasons, satisfying you 599  with food and your hearts with joy.” 600  14:18 Even by saying 601  these things, they scarcely persuaded 602  the crowds not to offer sacrifice to them.

14:19 But Jews came from Antioch 603  and Iconium, 604  and after winning 605  the crowds over, they stoned 606  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 607  into the city. On 608  the next day he left with Barnabas for Derbe. 609 

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, 610  to Iconium, 611  and to Antioch. 612  14:22 They strengthened 613  the souls of the disciples and encouraged them to continue 614  in the faith, saying, “We must enter the kingdom 615  of God through many persecutions.” 616  14:23 When they had appointed elders 617  for them in the various churches, 618  with prayer and fasting 619  they entrusted them to the protection 620  of the Lord in whom they had believed. 14:24 Then they passed through 621  Pisidia and came into Pamphylia, 622  14:25 and when they had spoken the word 623  in Perga, 624  they went down to Attalia. 625  14:26 From there they sailed back to Antioch, 626  where they had been commended 627  to the grace of God for the work they had now completed. 628  14:27 When they arrived and gathered the church together, they reported 629  all the things God 630  had done with them, and that he had opened a door 631  of faith for the Gentiles. 14:28 So they spent 632  considerable 633  time with the disciples.

The Jerusalem Council

15:1 Now some men came down from Judea 634  and began to teach the brothers, “Unless you are circumcised 635  according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.” 15:2 When Paul and Barnabas had a major argument and debate 636  with them, the church 637  appointed Paul and Barnabas and some others from among them to go up to meet with 638  the apostles and elders in Jerusalem 639  about this point of disagreement. 640  15:3 So they were sent on their way by the church, and as they passed through both Phoenicia 641  and Samaria, they were relating at length 642  the conversion of the Gentiles and bringing great joy 643  to all the brothers. 15:4 When they arrived in Jerusalem, they were received 644  by the church and the apostles and the elders, and they reported 645  all the things God had done with them. 646  15:5 But some from the religious party of the Pharisees 647  who had believed stood up and said, “It is necessary 648  to circumcise the Gentiles 649  and to order them to observe 650  the law of Moses.”

15:6 Both the apostles and the elders met together to deliberate 651  about this matter. 15:7 After there had been much debate, 652  Peter stood up and said to them, “Brothers, you know that some time ago 653  God chose 654  me to preach to the Gentiles so they would hear the message 655  of the gospel 656  and believe. 657  15:8 And God, who knows the heart, 658  has testified 659  to them by giving them the Holy Spirit just as he did to us, 660  15:9 and he made no distinction 661  between them and us, cleansing 662  their hearts by faith. 15:10 So now why are you putting God to the test 663  by placing on the neck of the disciples a yoke 664  that neither our ancestors 665  nor we have been able to bear? 15:11 On the contrary, we believe that we are saved through 666  the grace of the Lord Jesus, in the same way as they are.” 667 

15:12 The whole group kept quiet 668  and listened to Barnabas and Paul while they explained all the miraculous signs 669  and wonders God had done among the Gentiles through them. 15:13 After they stopped speaking, 670  James replied, 671 Brothers, listen to me. 15:14 Simeon 672  has explained 673  how God first concerned himself 674  to select 675  from among the Gentiles 676  a people for his name. 15:15 The 677  words of the prophets agree 678  with this, as it is written,

15:16After this 679  I 680  will return,

and I will rebuild the fallen tent 681  of David;

I will rebuild its ruins and restore 682  it,

15:17 so that the rest of humanity 683  may seek the Lord,

namely, 684  all the Gentiles 685  I have called to be my own,’ 686  says the Lord, 687  who makes these things 15:18 known 688  from long ago. 689 

15:19Therefore I conclude 690  that we should not cause extra difficulty 691  for those among the Gentiles 692  who are turning to God, 15:20 but that we should write them a letter 693  telling them to abstain 694  from things defiled 695  by idols and from sexual immorality and from what has been strangled 696  and from blood. 15:21 For Moses has had those who proclaim him in every town from ancient times, 697  because he is read aloud 698  in the synagogues 699  every Sabbath.”

15:22 Then the apostles and elders, with the whole church, decided 700  to send men chosen from among them, Judas called Barsabbas and Silas, 701  leaders among the brothers, to Antioch 702  with Paul and Barnabas. 15:23 They sent this letter with them: 703 

From the apostles 704  and elders, your brothers, 705  to the Gentile brothers and sisters 706  in Antioch, 707  Syria, 708  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 709  you, upsetting 710  your minds 711  by what they said, 712  15:25 we have unanimously 713  decided 714  to choose men to send to you along with our dear friends Barnabas and Paul, 15:26 who 715  have risked their lives 716  for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. 717  15:27 Therefore we are sending 718  Judas and Silas 719  who will tell you these things themselves in person. 720  15:28 For it seemed best to the Holy Spirit and to us 721  not to place any greater burden on you than these necessary rules: 722  15:29 that you abstain from meat that has been sacrificed to idols 723  and from blood and from what has been strangled 724  and from sexual immorality. 725  If you keep yourselves from doing these things, 726  you will do well. Farewell. 727 

15:30 So when they were dismissed, 728  they went down to Antioch, 729  and after gathering the entire group 730  together, they delivered the letter. 15:31 When they read it aloud, 731  the people 732  rejoiced at its encouragement. 733  15:32 Both Judas and Silas, who were prophets themselves, encouraged and strengthened the brothers with a long speech. 734  15:33 After 735  they had spent some time there, 736  they were sent off in peace by the brothers to those who had sent them. 15:34 [[EMPTY]] 737  15:35 But Paul and Barnabas remained in Antioch, 738  teaching and proclaiming (along with many others) 739  the word of the Lord. 740 

Paul and Barnabas Part Company

15:36 After some days Paul said to Barnabas, “Let’s return 741  and visit the brothers in every town where we proclaimed the word of the Lord 742  to see how they are doing.” 743  15:37 Barnabas wanted to bring John called Mark along with them too, 15:38 but Paul insisted 744  that they should not take along this one who had left them in Pamphylia 745  and had not accompanied them in the work. 15:39 They had 746  a sharp disagreement, 747  so that they parted company. Barnabas took along 748  Mark and sailed away to Cyprus, 749  15:40 but Paul chose Silas and set out, commended 750  to the grace of the Lord by the brothers and sisters. 751  15:41 He passed through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening 752  the churches.

Timothy Joins Paul and Silas

16:1 He also came to Derbe 753  and to Lystra. 754  A disciple 755  named Timothy was there, the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer, 756  but whose father was a Greek. 757  16:2 The brothers in Lystra 758  and Iconium 759  spoke well 760  of him. 761  16:3 Paul wanted Timothy 762  to accompany him, and he took 763  him and circumcised 764  him because of the Jews who were in those places, 765  for they all knew that his father was Greek. 766  16:4 As they went through the towns, 767  they passed on 768  the decrees that had been decided on by the apostles and elders in Jerusalem 769  for the Gentile believers 770  to obey. 771  16:5 So the churches were being strengthened in the faith and were increasing in number every day. 772 

Paul’s Vision of the Macedonian Man

16:6 They went through the region of Phrygia 773  and Galatia, 774  having been prevented 775  by the Holy Spirit from speaking the message 776  in the province of Asia. 777  16:7 When they came to 778  Mysia, 779  they attempted to go into Bithynia, 780  but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow 781  them to do this, 782  16:8 so they passed through 783  Mysia 784  and went down to Troas. 785  16:9 A 786  vision appeared to Paul during the night: A Macedonian man was standing there 787  urging him, 788 Come over 789  to Macedonia 790  and help us! 16:10 After Paul 791  saw the vision, we attempted 792  immediately to go over to Macedonia, 793  concluding that God had called 794  us to proclaim the good news to them.

Arrival at Philippi

16:11 We put out to sea 795  from Troas 796  and sailed a straight course 797  to Samothrace, 798  the next day to Neapolis, 799  16:12 and from there to Philippi, 800  which is a leading city of that district 801  of Macedonia, 802  a Roman colony. 803  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 804  and began to speak 805  to the women 806  who had assembled there. 807  16:14 A 808  woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth 809  from the city of Thyatira, 810  a God-fearing woman, listened to us. 811  The Lord opened her heart to respond 812  to what Paul was saying. 16:15 After she and her household were baptized, she urged us, 813  “If 814  you consider me to be a believer in the Lord, 815  come and stay in my house.” And she persuaded 816  us.

Paul and Silas Are Thrown Into Prison

16:16 Now 817  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. 818  She 819  brought her owners 820  a great profit by fortune-telling. 821  16:17 She followed behind Paul and us and kept crying out, 822 These men are servants 823  of the Most High God, who are proclaiming to you the way 824  of salvation.” 825  16:18 She continued to do this for many days. But Paul became greatly annoyed, 826  and turned 827  and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ 828  to come out of her!” And it came out of her at once. 829  16:19 But when her owners 830  saw their hope of profit 831  was gone, they seized 832  Paul and Silas and dragged 833  them into the marketplace before the authorities. 16:20 When 834  they had brought them 835  before the magistrates, they said, “These men are throwing our city into confusion. 836  They are 837  Jews 16:21 and are advocating 838  customs that are not lawful for us to accept 839  or practice, 840  since we are 841  Romans.”

16:22 The crowd joined the attack 842  against them, and the magistrates tore the clothes 843  off Paul and Silas 844  and ordered them to be beaten with rods. 845  16:23 After they had beaten them severely, 846  they threw them into prison and commanded 847  the jailer to guard them securely. 16:24 Receiving such orders, he threw them in the inner cell 848  and fastened their feet in the stocks. 849 

16:25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying 850  and singing hymns to God, 851  and the rest of 852  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 853  of all the prisoners came loose. 16:27 When the jailer woke up 854  and saw the doors of the prison standing open, 855  he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, 856  because he assumed 857  the prisoners had escaped. 16:28 But Paul called out loudly, 858 Do not harm yourself, 859  for we are all here! 16:29 Calling for lights, the jailer 860  rushed in and fell down 861  trembling at the feet of Paul and Silas. 16:30 Then he brought them outside 862  and asked, “Sirs, what must 863  I do to be saved? 16:31 They replied, 864 Believe 865  in the Lord Jesus 866  and you will be saved, you and your household.” 16:32 Then 867  they spoke the word of the Lord 868  to him, along with all those who were in his house. 16:33 At 869  that hour of the night he took them 870  and washed their wounds; 871  then 872  he and all his family 873  were baptized right away. 874  16:34 The jailer 875  brought them into his house and set food 876  before them, and he rejoiced greatly 877  that he had come to believe 878  in God, together with his entire household. 879  16:35 At daybreak 880  the magistrates 881  sent their police officers, 882  saying, “Release those men.” 16:36 The jailer reported these words to Paul, saying, 883 The magistrates have sent orders 884  to release you. So come out now and go in peace.” 885  16:37 But Paul said to the police officers, 886 They had us beaten in public 887  without a proper trial 888 even though we are Roman citizens 889 and they threw us 890  in prison. And now they want to send us away 891  secretly? Absolutely not! They 892  themselves must come and escort us out! 893  16:38 The police officers reported these words to the magistrates. They were frightened when they heard Paul and Silas 894  were Roman citizens 895  16:39 and came 896  and apologized to them. After 897  they brought them out, they asked them repeatedly 898  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 899  departed.

Paul and Silas at Thessalonica

17:1 After they traveled through 900  Amphipolis 901  and Apollonia, 902  they came to Thessalonica, 903  where there was a Jewish synagogue. 904  17:2 Paul went to the Jews in the synagogue, 905  as he customarily did, and on three Sabbath days he addressed 906  them from the scriptures, 17:3 explaining and demonstrating 907  that the Christ 908  had to suffer and to rise from the dead, 909  saying, 910 This Jesus I am proclaiming to you is the Christ.” 911  17:4 Some of them were persuaded 912  and joined Paul and Silas, along with a large group 913  of God-fearing Greeks 914  and quite a few 915  prominent women. 17:5 But the Jews became jealous, 916  and gathering together some worthless men from the rabble in the marketplace, 917  they formed a mob 918  and set the city in an uproar. 919  They attacked Jason’s house, 920  trying to find Paul and Silas 921  to bring them out to the assembly. 922  17:6 When they did not find them, they dragged 923  Jason and some of the brothers before the city officials, 924  screaming, “These people who have stirred up trouble 925  throughout the world 926  have come here too, 17:7 and 927  Jason has welcomed them as guests! They 928  are all acting against Caesar’s 929  decrees, saying there is another king named 930  Jesus! 931  17:8 They caused confusion among 932  the crowd and the city officials 933  who heard these things. 17:9 After 934  the city officials 935  had received bail 936  from Jason and the others, they released them.

Paul and Silas at Berea

17:10 The brothers sent Paul and Silas off to Berea 937  at once, during the night. When they arrived, 938  they went to the Jewish synagogue. 939  17:11 These Jews 940  were more open-minded 941  than those in Thessalonica, 942  for they eagerly 943  received 944  the message, examining 945  the scriptures carefully every day 946  to see if these things were so. 17:12 Therefore many of them believed, along with quite a few 947  prominent 948  Greek women and men. 17:13 But when the Jews from Thessalonica 949  heard that Paul had also proclaimed the word of God 950  in Berea, 951  they came there too, inciting 952  and disturbing 953  the crowds. 17:14 Then the brothers sent Paul away to the coast 954  at once, but Silas and Timothy remained in Berea. 955  17:15 Those who accompanied Paul escorted him as far as Athens, 956  and after receiving an order for Silas and Timothy to come to him as soon as possible, they left. 957 

Paul at Athens

17:16 While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, 958  his spirit was greatly upset 959  because he saw 960  the city was full of idols. 17:17 So he was addressing 961  the Jews and the God-fearing Gentiles 962  in the synagogue, 963  and in the marketplace every day 964  those who happened to be there. 17:18 Also some of the Epicurean 965  and Stoic 966  philosophers were conversing 967  with him, and some were asking, 968 What does this foolish babbler 969  want to say?” Others said, “He seems to be a proclaimer of foreign gods.” 970  (They said this because he was proclaiming the good news about Jesus and the resurrection.) 971  17:19 So they took Paul and 972  brought him to the Areopagus, 973  saying, “May we know what this new teaching is that you are proclaiming? 17:20 For you are bringing some surprising things 974  to our ears, so we want to know what they 975  mean.” 17:21 (All the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there used to spend their time 976  in nothing else than telling 977  or listening to something new.) 978 

17:22 So Paul stood 979  before the Areopagus and said, “Men of Athens, I see that you are very religious 980  in all respects. 981  17:23 For as I went around and observed closely your objects of worship, 982  I even found an altar with this inscription: 983  ‘To an unknown god.’ Therefore what you worship without knowing it, 984  this I proclaim to you. 17:24 The God who made the world and everything in it, 985  who is 986  Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by human hands, 987  17:25 nor is he served by human hands, as if he needed anything, 988  because he himself gives life and breath and everything to everyone. 989  17:26 From one man 990  he made every nation of the human race 991  to inhabit the entire earth, 992  determining their set times 993  and the fixed limits of the places where they would live, 994  17:27 so that they would search for God and perhaps grope around 995  for him and find him, 996  though he is 997  not far from each one of us. 17:28 For in him we live and move about 998  and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we too are his offspring.’ 999  17:29 So since we are God’s offspring, we should not think the deity 1000  is like gold or silver or stone, an image 1001  made by human 1002  skill 1003  and imagination. 1004  17:30 Therefore, although God has overlooked 1005  such times of ignorance, 1006  he now commands all people 1007  everywhere to repent, 1008  17:31 because he has set 1009  a day on which he is going to judge the world 1010  in righteousness, by a man whom he designated, 1011  having provided proof to everyone by raising 1012  him from the dead.”

17:32 Now when they heard about 1013  the resurrection from the dead, some began to scoff, 1014  but others said, “We will hear you again about this.” 17:33 So Paul left the Areopagus. 1015  17:34 But some people 1016  joined him 1017  and believed. Among them 1018  were Dionysius, who was a member of the Areopagus, 1019  a woman 1020  named Damaris, and others with them.

Paul at Corinth

18:1 After this 1021  Paul 1022  departed from 1023  Athens 1024  and went to Corinth. 1025  18:2 There he 1026  found 1027  a Jew named Aquila, 1028  a native of Pontus, 1029  who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius 1030  had ordered all the Jews to depart from 1031  Rome. 1032  Paul approached 1033  them, 18:3 and because he worked at the same trade, he stayed with them and worked with them 1034  (for they were tentmakers 1035  by trade). 1036  18:4 He addressed 1037  both Jews and Greeks in the synagogue 1038  every Sabbath, attempting to persuade 1039  them.

18:5 Now when Silas and Timothy arrived 1040  from Macedonia, 1041  Paul became wholly absorbed with proclaiming 1042  the word, testifying 1043  to the Jews that Jesus was the Christ. 1044  18:6 When they opposed him 1045  and reviled him, 1046  he protested by shaking out his clothes 1047  and said to them, “Your blood 1048  be on your own heads! I am guiltless! 1049  From now on I will go to the Gentiles! 18:7 Then Paul 1050  left 1051  the synagogue 1052  and went to the house of a person named Titius Justus, a Gentile who worshiped God, 1053  whose house was next door to the synagogue. 18:8 Crispus, the president of the synagogue, 1054  believed in the Lord together with his entire household, and many of the Corinthians who heard about it 1055  believed and were baptized. 18:9 The Lord said to Paul by a vision 1056  in the night, 1057 Do not be afraid, 1058  but speak and do not be silent, 18:10 because I am with you, and no one will assault 1059  you to harm 1060  you, because I have many people in this city.” 18:11 So he stayed there 1061  a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them. 1062 

Paul Before the Proconsul Gallio

18:12 Now while Gallio 1063  was proconsul 1064  of Achaia, 1065  the Jews attacked Paul together 1066  and brought him before the judgment seat, 1067  18:13 saying, “This man is persuading 1068  people to worship God in a way contrary to 1069  the law! 18:14 But just as Paul was about to speak, 1070  Gallio said to the Jews, “If it were a matter of some crime or serious piece of villainy, 1071  I would have been justified in accepting the complaint 1072  of you Jews, 1073  18:15 but since it concerns points of disagreement 1074  about words and names and your own law, settle 1075  it yourselves. I will not be 1076  a judge of these things! 18:16 Then he had them forced away 1077  from the judgment seat. 1078  18:17 So they all seized Sosthenes, the president of the synagogue, 1079  and began to beat 1080  him in front of the judgment seat. 1081  Yet none of these things were of any concern 1082  to Gallio.

Paul Returns to Antioch in Syria

18:18 Paul, after staying 1083  many more days in Corinth, 1084  said farewell to 1085  the brothers and sailed away to Syria accompanied by 1086  Priscilla and Aquila. 1087  He 1088  had his hair cut off 1089  at Cenchrea 1090  because he had made a vow. 1091  18:19 When they reached Ephesus, 1092  Paul 1093  left Priscilla and Aquila 1094  behind there, but he himself went 1095  into the synagogue 1096  and addressed 1097  the Jews. 18:20 When they asked him to stay longer, he would not consent, 1098  18:21 but said farewell to 1099  them and added, 1100 I will come back 1101  to you again if God wills.” 1102  Then 1103  he set sail from Ephesus, 18:22 and when he arrived 1104  at Caesarea, 1105  he went up and greeted 1106  the church at Jerusalem 1107  and then went down to Antioch. 1108  18:23 After he spent 1109  some time there, Paul left and went through the region of Galatia 1110  and Phrygia, 1111  strengthening all the disciples.

Apollos Begins His Ministry

18:24 Now a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, arrived in Ephesus. 1112  He was an eloquent speaker, 1113  well-versed 1114  in the scriptures. 18:25 He had been instructed in 1115  the way of the Lord, and with great enthusiasm 1116  he spoke and taught accurately the facts 1117  about Jesus, although he knew 1118  only the baptism of John. 18:26 He began to speak out fearlessly 1119  in the synagogue, 1120  but when Priscilla and Aquila 1121  heard him, they took him aside 1122  and explained the way of God to him more accurately. 18:27 When Apollos 1123  wanted to cross over to Achaia, 1124  the brothers encouraged 1125  him 1126  and wrote to the disciples to welcome him. When he arrived, he 1127  assisted greatly those who had believed by grace, 18:28 for he refuted the Jews vigorously 1128  in public debate, 1129  demonstrating from the scriptures that the Christ 1130  was Jesus. 1131 

Disciples of John the Baptist at Ephesus

19:1 While 1132  Apollos was in Corinth, 1133  Paul went through the inland 1134  regions 1135  and came to Ephesus. 1136  He 1137  found some disciples there 1138  19:2 and said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” 1139  They replied, 1140  “No, we have not even 1141  heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” 19:3 So Paul 1142  said, “Into what then were you baptized?” “Into John’s baptism,” they replied. 1143  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, 1144  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 1145  his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came 1146  upon them, and they began to speak 1147  in tongues and to prophesy. 1148  19:7 (Now there were about twelve men in all.) 1149 

Paul Continues to Minister at Ephesus

19:8 So Paul 1150  entered 1151  the synagogue 1152  and spoke out fearlessly 1153  for three months, addressing 1154  and convincing 1155  them about the kingdom of God. 1156  19:9 But when 1157  some were stubborn 1158  and refused to believe, reviling 1159  the Way 1160  before the congregation, he left 1161  them and took the disciples with him, 1162  addressing 1163  them every day 1164  in the lecture hall 1165  of Tyrannus. 19:10 This went on for two years, so that all who lived in the province of Asia, 1166  both Jews and Greeks, heard the word of the Lord. 1167 

The Seven Sons of Sceva

19:11 God was performing extraordinary 1168  miracles by Paul’s hands, 19:12 so that when even handkerchiefs or aprons that had touched his body 1169  were brought 1170  to the sick, their diseases left them and the evil spirits went out of them. 1171  19:13 But some itinerant 1172  Jewish exorcists tried to invoke the name 1173  of the Lord Jesus over those who were possessed by 1174  evil spirits, saying, “I sternly warn 1175  you by Jesus whom Paul preaches.” 19:14 (Now seven sons of a man named 1176  Sceva, a Jewish high priest, were doing this.) 1177  19:15 But the evil spirit replied to them, 1178 I know about Jesus 1179  and I am acquainted with 1180  Paul, but who are you? 1181  19:16 Then the man who was possessed by 1182  the evil spirit jumped on 1183  them and beat them all into submission. 1184  He prevailed 1185  against them so that they fled from that house naked and wounded. 19:17 This became known to all who lived in Ephesus, 1186  both Jews and Greeks; fear came over 1187  them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was praised. 1188  19:18 Many of those who had believed came forward, 1189  confessing and making their deeds known. 1190  19:19 Large numbers 1191  of those who had practiced magic 1192  collected their books 1193  and burned them up in the presence of everyone. 1194  When 1195  the value of the books was added up, it was found to total fifty thousand silver coins. 1196  19:20 In this way the word of the Lord 1197  continued to grow in power 1198  and to prevail. 1199 

A Riot in Ephesus

19:21 Now after all these things had taken place, 1200  Paul resolved 1201  to go to Jerusalem, 1202  passing through Macedonia 1203  and Achaia. 1204  He said, 1205 After I have been there, I must also see Rome.” 1206  19:22 So after sending 1207  two of his assistants, 1208  Timothy and Erastus, to Macedonia, 1209  he himself stayed on for a while in the province of Asia. 1210 

19:23 At 1211  that time 1212  a great disturbance 1213  took place concerning the Way. 1214  19:24 For a man named Demetrius, a silversmith who made silver shrines 1215  of Artemis, 1216  brought a great deal 1217  of business 1218  to the craftsmen. 19:25 He gathered 1219  these 1220  together, along with the workmen in similar trades, 1221  and said, “Men, you know that our prosperity 1222  comes from this business. 19:26 And you see and hear that this Paul has persuaded 1223  and turned away 1224  a large crowd, 1225  not only in Ephesus 1226  but in practically all of the province of Asia, 1227  by saying 1228  that gods made by hands are not gods at all. 1229  19:27 There is danger not only that this business of ours will come into disrepute, 1230  but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis 1231  will be regarded as nothing, 1232  and she whom all the province of Asia 1233  and the world worship will suffer the loss of her greatness.” 1234 

19:28 When 1235  they heard 1236  this they became enraged 1237  and began to shout, 1238 Great is Artemis 1239  of the Ephesians! 19:29 The 1240  city was filled with the uproar, 1241  and the crowd 1242  rushed to the theater 1243  together, 1244  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, 1245  the disciples would not let him. 19:31 Even some of the provincial authorities 1246  who were his friends sent 1247  a message 1248  to him, urging him not to venture 1249  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. 1250  19:33 Some of the crowd concluded 1251  it was about 1252  Alexander because the Jews had pushed him to the front. 1253  Alexander, gesturing 1254  with his hand, was wanting to make a defense 1255  before the public assembly. 1256  19:34 But when they recognized 1257  that he was a Jew, they all shouted in unison, 1258 Great is Artemis 1259  of the Ephesians!” for about two hours. 1260  19:35 After the city secretary 1261  quieted the crowd, he said, “Men of Ephesus, what person 1262  is there who does not know that the city of the Ephesians is the keeper 1263  of the temple of the great Artemis 1264  and of her image that fell from heaven? 1265  19:36 So because these facts 1266  are indisputable, 1267  you must keep quiet 1268  and not do anything reckless. 1269  19:37 For you have brought these men here who are neither temple robbers 1270  nor blasphemers of our goddess. 1271  19:38 If then Demetrius and the craftsmen who are with him have a complaint 1272  against someone, the courts are open 1273  and there are proconsuls; let them bring charges against one another there. 1274  19:39 But if you want anything in addition, 1275  it will have to be settled 1276  in a legal assembly. 1277  19:40 For 1278  we are in danger of being charged with rioting 1279  today, since there is no cause we can give to explain 1280  this disorderly gathering.” 1281  19:41 After 1282  he had said 1283  this, 1284  he dismissed the assembly. 1285 

Paul Travels Through Macedonia and Greece

20:1 After the disturbance had ended, Paul sent for the disciples, and after encouraging 1286  them and saying farewell, 1287  he left to go to Macedonia. 1288  20:2 After he had gone through those regions 1289  and spoken many words of encouragement 1290  to the believers there, 1291  he came to Greece, 1292  20:3 where he stayed 1293  for three months. Because the Jews had made 1294  a plot 1295  against him as he was intending 1296  to sail 1297  for Syria, he decided 1298  to return through Macedonia. 1299  20:4 Paul 1300  was accompanied by Sopater son of Pyrrhus from Berea, 1301  Aristarchus and Secundus from Thessalonica, 1302  Gaius 1303  from Derbe, 1304  and Timothy, as well as Tychicus and Trophimus from the province of Asia. 1305  20:5 These had gone on ahead 1306  and were waiting for us in Troas. 1307  20:6 We 1308  sailed away from Philippi 1309  after the days of Unleavened Bread, 1310  and within five days 1311  we came to the others 1312  in Troas, 1313  where we stayed for seven days. 20:7 On the first day 1314  of the week, when we met 1315  to break bread, Paul began to speak 1316  to the people, and because he intended 1317  to leave the next day, he extended 1318  his message until midnight. 20:8 (Now there were many lamps 1319  in the upstairs room where we were meeting.) 1320  20:9 A young man named Eutychus, who was sitting in the window, 1321  was sinking 1322  into a deep sleep while Paul continued to speak 1323  for a long time. Fast asleep, 1324  he fell down from the third story and was picked up dead. 20:10 But Paul went down, 1325  threw himself 1326  on the young man, 1327  put his arms around him, 1328  and said, “Do not be distressed, for he is still alive! 1329  20:11 Then Paul 1330  went back upstairs, 1331  and after he had broken bread and eaten, he talked with them 1332  a long time, until dawn. Then he left. 20:12 They took the boy home alive and were greatly 1333  comforted.

The Voyage to Miletus

20:13 We went on ahead 1334  to the ship and put out to sea 1335  for Assos, 1336  intending 1337  to take Paul aboard there, for he had arranged it this way. 1338  He 1339  himself was intending 1340  to go there by land. 1341  20:14 When he met us in Assos, 1342  we took him aboard 1343  and went to Mitylene. 1344  20:15 We set sail 1345  from there, and on the following day we arrived off Chios. 1346  The next day we approached 1347  Samos, 1348  and the day after that we arrived at Miletus. 1349  20:16 For Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus 1350  so as not to spend time 1351  in the province of Asia, 1352  for he was hurrying 1353  to arrive in Jerusalem, 1354  if possible, 1355  by the day of Pentecost. 20:17 From Miletus 1356  he sent a message 1357  to Ephesus, telling the elders of the church to come to him. 1358 

20:18 When they arrived, he said to them, “You yourselves know how I lived 1359  the whole time I was with you, from the first day I set foot 1360  in the province of Asia, 1361  20:19 serving the Lord with all humility 1362  and with tears, and with the trials that happened to me because of the plots 1363  of the Jews. 20:20 You know that I did not hold back from proclaiming 1364  to you anything that would be helpful, 1365  and from teaching you publicly 1366  and from house to house, 20:21 testifying 1367  to both Jews and Greeks about repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus. 1368  20:22 And now, 1369  compelled 1370  by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem 1371  without knowing what will happen to me there, 1372  20:23 except 1373  that the Holy Spirit warns 1374  me in town after town 1375  that 1376  imprisonment 1377  and persecutions 1378  are waiting for me. 20:24 But I do not consider my life 1379  worth anything 1380  to myself, so that 1381  I may finish my task 1382  and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the good news 1383  of God’s grace.

20:25And now 1384  I know that none 1385  of you among whom I went around proclaiming the kingdom 1386  will see me 1387  again. 20:26 Therefore I declare 1388  to you today that I am innocent 1389  of the blood of you all. 1390  20:27 For I did not hold back from 1391  announcing 1392  to you the whole purpose 1393  of God. 20:28 Watch out for 1394  yourselves and for all the flock of which 1395  the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, 1396  to shepherd the church of God 1397  that he obtained 1398  with the blood of his own Son. 1399  20:29 I know that after I am gone 1400  fierce wolves 1401  will come in among you, not sparing the flock. 20:30 Even from among your own group 1402  men 1403  will arise, teaching perversions of the truth 1404  to draw the disciples away after them. 20:31 Therefore be alert, 1405  remembering that night and day for three years I did not stop warning 1406  each one of you with tears. 20:32 And now I entrust 1407  you to God and to the message 1408  of his grace. This message 1409  is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified. 20:33 I have desired 1410  no one’s silver or gold or clothing. 20:34 You yourselves know that these hands of mine 1411  provided for my needs and the needs of those who were with me. 20:35 By all these things, 1412  I have shown you that by working in this way we must help 1413  the weak, 1414  and remember the words of the Lord Jesus that he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ 1415 

20:36 When 1416  he had said these things, he knelt down 1417  with them all and prayed. 20:37 They all began to weep loudly, 1418  and hugged 1419  Paul and kissed him, 1420  20:38 especially saddened 1421  by what 1422  he had said, that they were not going to see him 1423  again. Then they accompanied 1424  him to the ship.

Paul’s Journey to Jerusalem

21:1 After 1425  we 1426  tore ourselves away 1427  from them, we put out to sea, 1428  and sailing a straight course, 1429  we came to Cos, 1430  on the next day to Rhodes, 1431  and from there to Patara. 1432  21:2 We found 1433  a ship crossing over to Phoenicia, 1434  went aboard, 1435  and put out to sea. 1436  21:3 After we sighted Cyprus 1437  and left it behind on our port side, 1438  we sailed on to Syria and put in 1439  at Tyre, 1440  because the ship was to unload its cargo there. 21:4 After we located 1441  the disciples, we stayed there 1442  seven days. They repeatedly told 1443  Paul through the Spirit 1444  not to set foot 1445  in Jerusalem. 1446  21:5 When 1447  our time was over, 1448  we left and went on our way. All of them, with their wives and children, accompanied 1449  us outside of the city. After 1450  kneeling down on the beach and praying, 1451  21:6 we said farewell 1452  to one another. 1453  Then 1454  we went aboard the ship, and they returned to their own homes. 1455  21:7 We continued the voyage from Tyre 1456  and arrived at Ptolemais, 1457  and when we had greeted the brothers, we stayed with them for one day. 21:8 On the next day we left 1458  and came to Caesarea, 1459  and entered 1460  the house of Philip the evangelist, who was one of the seven, 1461  and stayed with him. 21:9 (He had four unmarried 1462  daughters who prophesied.) 1463 

21:10 While we remained there for a number of days, 1464  a prophet named Agabus 1465  came down from Judea. 21:11 He came 1466  to us, took 1467  Paul’s belt, 1468  tied 1469  his own hands and feet with it, 1470  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 1471  to the Gentiles.’ 21:12 When we heard this, both we and the local people 1472  begged him not to go up to Jerusalem. 21:13 Then Paul replied, “What are you doing, weeping and breaking 1473  my heart? For I am ready not only to be tied up, 1474  but even to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” 21:14 Because he could not be persuaded, 1475  we said no more except, 1476 The Lord’s will be done.” 1477 

21:15 After these days we got ready 1478  and started up 1479  to Jerusalem. 21:16 Some of the disciples from Caesarea 1480  came along with us too, and brought us to the house 1481  of Mnason of Cyprus, a disciple from the earliest times, 1482  with whom we were to stay. 21:17 When we arrived in Jerusalem, the brothers welcomed us gladly. 1483  21:18 The next day Paul went in with us to see James, and all the elders were there. 1484  21:19 When Paul 1485  had greeted them, he began to explain 1486  in detail 1487  what God 1488  had done among the Gentiles through his ministry. 21:20 When they heard this, they praised 1489  God. Then they said to him, “You see, brother, how many thousands of Jews 1490  there are who have believed, and they are all ardent observers 1491  of the law. 1492  21:21 They have been informed about you – that you teach all the Jews now living 1493  among the Gentiles to abandon 1494  Moses, telling them not to circumcise their children 1495  or live 1496  according to our customs. 21:22 What then should we do? They will no doubt 1497  hear that you have come. 21:23 So do what 1498  we tell you: We have four men 1499  who have taken 1500  a vow; 1501  21:24 take them and purify 1502  yourself along with them and pay their expenses, 1503  so that they may have their heads shaved. 1504  Then 1505  everyone will know there is nothing in what they have been told 1506  about you, but that you yourself live in conformity with 1507  the law. 1508  21:25 But regarding the Gentiles who have believed, we have written a letter, having decided 1509  that they should avoid 1510  meat that has been sacrificed to idols 1511  and blood and what has been strangled 1512  and sexual immorality.” 21:26 Then Paul took the men the next day, 1513  and after he had purified himself 1514  along with them, he went to the temple and gave notice 1515  of the completion of the days of purification, 1516  when 1517  the sacrifice would be offered for each 1518  of them. 21:27 When the seven days were almost over, 1519  the Jews from the province of Asia 1520  who had seen him in the temple area 1521  stirred up the whole crowd 1522  and seized 1523  him, 21:28 shouting, “Men of Israel, 1524  help! This is the man who teaches everyone everywhere against our people, our law, 1525  and this sanctuary! 1526  Furthermore 1527  he has brought Greeks into the inner courts of the temple 1528  and made this holy place ritually unclean! 1529  21:29 (For they had seen Trophimus the Ephesian in the city with him previously, and 1530  they assumed Paul had brought him into the inner temple courts.) 1531  21:30 The whole city was stirred up, 1532  and the people rushed together. 1533  They seized 1534  Paul and dragged him out of the temple courts, 1535  and immediately the doors were shut. 21:31 While they were trying 1536  to kill him, a report 1537  was sent up 1538  to the commanding officer 1539  of the cohort 1540  that all Jerusalem was in confusion. 1541  21:32 He 1542  immediately took 1543  soldiers and centurions 1544  and ran down to the crowd. 1545  When they saw 1546  the commanding officer 1547  and the soldiers, they stopped beating 1548  Paul. 21:33 Then the commanding officer 1549  came up and arrested 1550  him and ordered him to be tied up with two chains; 1551  he 1552  then asked who he was and what 1553  he had done. 21:34 But some in the crowd shouted one thing, and others something else, 1554  and when the commanding officer 1555  was unable 1556  to find out the truth 1557  because of the disturbance, 1558  he ordered Paul 1559  to be brought into the barracks. 1560  21:35 When he came to the steps, Paul 1561  had to be carried 1562  by the soldiers because of the violence 1563  of the mob, 21:36 for a crowd of people 1564  followed them, 1565  screaming, “Away with him! 21:37 As Paul was about to be brought into the barracks, 1566  he said 1567  to the commanding officer, 1568 May I say 1569  something to you?” The officer 1570  replied, 1571 Do you know Greek? 1572  21:38 Then you’re not that Egyptian who started a rebellion 1573  and led the four thousand men of the ‘Assassins 1574  into the wilderness 1575  some time ago? 1576  21:39 Paul answered, 1577 I am a Jew 1578  from Tarsus in Cilicia, a citizen of an important city. 1579  Please 1580  allow me to speak to the people.” 21:40 When the commanding officer 1581  had given him permission, 1582  Paul stood 1583  on the steps and gestured 1584  to the people with his hand. When they had become silent, 1585  he addressed 1586  them in Aramaic, 1587 

Paul’s Defense

22:1Brothers and fathers, listen to my defense 1588  that I now 1589  make to you.” 22:2 (When they heard 1590  that he was addressing 1591  them in Aramaic, 1592  they became even 1593  quieter.) 1594  Then 1595  Paul said, 22:3 I am a Jew, 1596  born in Tarsus in Cilicia, but brought up 1597  in this city, educated with strictness 1598  under 1599  Gamaliel 1600  according to the law of our ancestors, 1601  and was 1602  zealous 1603  for God just as all of you are today. 22:4 I 1604  persecuted this Way 1605  even to the point of death, 1606  tying up 1607  both men and women and putting 1608  them in prison, 22:5 as both the high priest and the whole council of elders 1609  can testify about me. From them 1610  I also received 1611  letters to the brothers in Damascus, and I was on my way 1612  to make arrests there and bring 1613  the prisoners 1614  to Jerusalem 1615  to be punished. 22:6 As 1616  I was en route and near Damascus, 1617  about noon a very bright 1618  light from heaven 1619  suddenly flashed 1620  around me. 22:7 Then I 1621  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 1622  the voice of the one who was speaking to me. 22:10 So I asked, 1623 What should I do, Lord?’ The Lord said to me, ‘Get up 1624  and go to Damascus; there you will be told about everything 1625  that you have been designated 1626  to do.’ 22:11 Since I could not see because of 1627  the brilliance 1628  of that light, I came to Damascus led by the hand of 1629  those who were with me. 22:12 A man named Ananias, 1630  a devout man according to the law, 1631  well spoken of by all the Jews who live there, 1632  22:13 came 1633  to me and stood beside me 1634  and said to me, ‘Brother Saul, regain your sight!’ 1635  And at that very moment 1636  I looked up and saw him. 1637  22:14 Then he said, ‘The God of our ancestors 1638  has already chosen 1639  you to know his will, to see 1640  the Righteous One, 1641  and to hear a command 1642  from his mouth, 22:15 because you will be his witness 1643  to all people 1644  of what you have seen and heard. 22:16 And now what are you waiting for? 1645  Get up, 1646  be baptized, and have your sins washed away, 1647  calling on his name.’ 1648  22:17 When 1649  I returned to Jerusalem and was praying in the temple, I fell into a trance 1650  22:18 and saw the Lord 1651  saying to me, ‘Hurry and get out of Jerusalem quickly, because they will not accept your testimony about me.’ 22:19 I replied, 1652 Lord, they themselves know that I imprisoned and beat those in the various synagogues 1653  who believed in you. 22:20 And when the blood of your witness 1654  Stephen was shed, 1655  I myself was standing nearby, approving, 1656  and guarding the cloaks 1657  of those who were killing him.’ 1658  22:21 Then 1659  he said to me, ‘Go, because I will send you far away to the Gentiles.’

The Roman Commander Questions Paul

22:22 The crowd 1660  was listening to him until he said this. 1661  Then 1662  they raised their voices and shouted, 1663 Away with this man 1664  from the earth! For he should not be allowed to live! 1665  22:23 While they were screaming 1666  and throwing off their cloaks 1667  and tossing dust 1668  in the air, 22:24 the commanding officer 1669  ordered Paul 1670  to be brought back into the barracks. 1671  He told them 1672  to interrogate Paul 1673  by beating him with a lash 1674  so that he could find out the reason the crowd 1675  was shouting at Paul 1676  in this way. 22:25 When they had stretched him out for the lash, 1677  Paul said to the centurion 1678  standing nearby, “Is it legal for you to lash a man who is a Roman citizen 1679  without a proper trial? 1680  22:26 When the centurion 1681  heard this, 1682  he went to the commanding officer 1683  and reported it, 1684  saying, “What are you about to do? 1685  For this man is a Roman citizen.” 1686  22:27 So the commanding officer 1687  came and asked 1688  Paul, 1689 Tell me, are you a Roman citizen?” 1690  He replied, 1691 Yes.” 22:28 The commanding officer 1692  answered, “I acquired this citizenship with a large sum of money.” 1693 But I was even 1694  born a citizen,” 1695  Paul replied. 1696  22:29 Then those who were about to interrogate him stayed away 1697  from him, and the commanding officer 1698  was frightened when he realized that Paul 1699  was 1700  a Roman citizen 1701  and that he had had him tied up. 1702 

Paul Before the Sanhedrin

22:30 The next day, because the commanding officer 1703  wanted to know the true reason 1704  Paul 1705  was being accused by the Jews, he released him and ordered the chief priests and the whole council 1706  to assemble. He then brought 1707  Paul down and had him stand before them.

23:1 Paul looked directly 1708  at the council 1709  and said, “Brothers, I have lived my life with a clear conscience 1710  before God to this day.” 23:2 At that 1711  the high priest Ananias ordered those standing near 1712  Paul 1713  to strike 1714  him on the mouth. 23:3 Then Paul said to him, “God is going to strike you, you whitewashed wall! 1715  Do 1716  you sit there judging me according to the law, 1717  and in violation of the law 1718  you order me to be struck?” 23:4 Those standing near him 1719  said, “Do you dare insult 1720  God’s high priest? 23:5 Paul replied, 1721 I did not realize, 1722  brothers, that he was the high priest, for it is written, ‘You must not speak evil about a ruler of your people.’ 1723 

23:6 Then when Paul noticed 1724  that part of them were Sadducees 1725  and the others Pharisees, 1726  he shouted out in the council, 1727 Brothers, I am a Pharisee, a son of Pharisees. I am on trial concerning the hope of the resurrection 1728  of the dead! 23:7 When he said this, 1729  an argument 1730  began 1731  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.) 1732  23:9 There was a great commotion, 1733  and some experts in the law 1734  from the party of the Pharisees stood up 1735  and protested strongly, 1736 We find nothing wrong 1737  with this man. What if a spirit or an angel has spoken to him? 23:10 When the argument became 1738  so great the commanding officer 1739  feared that they would tear Paul to pieces, 1740  he ordered the detachment 1741  to go down, take him away from them by force, 1742  and bring him into the barracks. 1743 

23:11 The following night the Lord 1744  stood near 1745  Paul 1746  and said, “Have courage, 1747  for just as you have testified about me in Jerusalem, 1748  so you must also testify in Rome.” 1749 

The Plot to Kill Paul

23:12 When morning came, 1750  the Jews formed 1751  a conspiracy 1752  and bound themselves with an oath 1753  not to eat or drink anything 1754  until they had killed Paul. 23:13 There were more than forty of them who formed this conspiracy. 1755  23:14 They 1756  went 1757  to the chief priests 1758  and the elders and said, “We have bound ourselves with a solemn oath 1759  not to partake 1760  of anything until we have killed Paul. 23:15 So now you and the council 1761  request the commanding officer 1762  to bring him down to you, as if you were going to determine 1763  his case 1764  by conducting a more thorough inquiry. 1765  We are ready to kill him 1766  before he comes near this place.” 1767 

23:16 But when the son of Paul’s sister heard about the ambush, 1768  he came and entered 1769  the barracks 1770  and told Paul. 23:17 Paul called 1771  one of the centurions 1772  and said, “Take this young man to the commanding officer, 1773  for he has something to report to him.” 23:18 So the centurion 1774  took him and brought him to the commanding officer 1775  and said, “The prisoner Paul called 1776  me and asked me to bring this young man to you because he has something to tell you.” 23:19 The commanding officer 1777  took him by the hand, withdrew privately, and asked, “What is it that you want 1778  to report to me? 23:20 He replied, 1779 The Jews have agreed to ask you to bring Paul down to the council 1780  tomorrow, as if they were going to inquire more thoroughly about him. 23:21 So do not let them persuade you to do this, 1781  because more than forty of them 1782  are lying in ambush 1783  for him. They 1784  have bound themselves with an oath 1785  not to eat or drink anything 1786  until they have killed him, and now they are ready, waiting for you to agree to their request.” 1787  23:22 Then the commanding officer 1788  sent the young man away, directing him, 1789  “Tell no one that you have reported 1790  these things to me.” 23:23 Then 1791  he summoned 1792  two of the centurions 1793  and said, “Make ready two hundred soldiers to go to Caesarea 1794  along with seventy horsemen 1795  and two hundred spearmen 1796  by 1797  nine o’clock tonight, 1798  23:24 and provide mounts for Paul to ride 1799  so that he may be brought safely to Felix 1800  the governor.” 1801  23:25 He wrote 1802  a letter that went like this: 1803 

23:26 Claudius Lysias to His Excellency Governor 1804  Felix, 1805  greetings. 23:27 This man was seized 1806  by the Jews and they were about to kill him, 1807  when I came up 1808  with the detachment 1809  and rescued him, because I had learned that he was 1810  a Roman citizen. 1811  23:28 Since I wanted to know 1812  what charge they were accusing him of, 1813  I brought him down to their council. 1814  23:29 I found he 1815  was accused with reference to controversial questions 1816  about their law, but no charge against him deserved death or imprisonment. 1817  23:30 When I was informed 1818  there would be a plot 1819  against this man, I sent him to you at once, also ordering his accusers to state their charges 1820  against him before you.

23:31 So the soldiers, in accordance with their orders, 1821  took 1822  Paul and brought him to Antipatris 1823  during the night. 23:32 The next day they let 1824  the horsemen 1825  go on with him, and they returned to the barracks. 1826  23:33 When the horsemen 1827  came to Caesarea 1828  and delivered the letter to the governor, they also presented 1829  Paul to him. 23:34 When the governor 1830  had read 1831  the letter, 1832  he asked 1833  what province he was from. 1834  When he learned 1835  that he was from Cilicia, 1836  23:35 he said, “I will give you a hearing 1837  when your accusers arrive too.” Then 1838  he ordered that Paul 1839  be kept under guard in Herod’s palace. 1840 

The Accusations Against Paul

24:1 After five days the high priest Ananias 1841  came down with some elders and an attorney 1842  named 1843  Tertullus, and they 1844  brought formal charges 1845  against Paul to the governor. 24:2 When Paul 1846  had been summoned, Tertullus began to accuse him, 1847  saying, “We have experienced a lengthy time 1848  of peace through your rule, 1849  and reforms 1850  are being made in this nation 1851  through your foresight. 1852  24:3 Most excellent Felix, 1853  we acknowledge this everywhere and in every way 1854  with all gratitude. 1855  24:4 But so that I may not delay 1856  you any further, I beg 1857  you to hear us briefly 1858  with your customary graciousness. 1859  24:5 For we have found 1860  this man to be a troublemaker, 1861  one who stirs up riots 1862  among all the Jews throughout the world, and a ringleader 1863  of the sect of the Nazarenes. 1864  24:6 He 1865  even tried to desecrate 1866  the temple, so we arrested 1867  him. 24:7 [[EMPTY]] 1868  24:8 When you examine 1869  him yourself, you will be able to learn from him 1870  about all these things we are accusing him of doing.” 1871  24:9 The Jews also joined in the verbal attack, 1872  claiming 1873  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 1874  that you have been a judge over this nation for many years, I confidently make my defense. 1875  24:11 As you can verify 1876  for yourself, not more than twelve days ago 1877  I went up to Jerusalem 1878  to worship. 24:12 They did not find me arguing 1879  with anyone or stirring up a crowd 1880  in the temple courts 1881  or in the synagogues 1882  or throughout the city, 1883  24:13 nor can they prove 1884  to you the things 1885  they are accusing me of doing. 1886  24:14 But I confess this to you, that I worship 1887  the God of our ancestors 1888  according to the Way (which they call a sect), believing everything that is according to the law 1889  and that is written in the prophets. 24:15 I have 1890  a hope in God (a hope 1891  that 1892  these men 1893  themselves accept too) that there is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous. 1894  24:16 This is the reason 1895  I do my best to always 1896  have a clear 1897  conscience toward God and toward people. 1898  24:17 After several years 1899  I came to bring to my people gifts for the poor 1900  and to present offerings, 1901  24:18 which I was doing when they found me in the temple, ritually purified, 1902  without a crowd or a disturbance. 1903  24:19 But there are some Jews from the province of Asia 1904  who should be here before you and bring charges, 1905  if they have anything against me. 24:20 Or these men here 1906  should tell what crime 1907  they found me guilty of 1908  when I stood before the council, 1909  24:21 other than 1910  this one thing 1911  I shouted out while I stood before 1912  them: ‘I am on trial before you today concerning the resurrection of the dead.’ 1913 

24:22 Then Felix, 1914  who understood the facts 1915  concerning the Way 1916  more accurately, 1917  adjourned their hearing, 1918  saying, “When Lysias the commanding officer comes down, I will decide your case.” 1919  24:23 He ordered the centurion 1920  to guard Paul, 1921  but to let him have some freedom, 1922  and not to prevent any of his friends 1923  from meeting his needs. 1924 

Paul Speaks Repeatedly to Felix

24:24 Some days later, when Felix 1925  arrived with his wife Drusilla, 1926  who was Jewish, he sent for Paul and heard him speak 1927  about faith in Christ Jesus. 1928  24:25 While Paul 1929  was discussing 1930  righteousness, self-control, 1931  and the coming judgment, Felix 1932  became 1933  frightened and said, “Go away for now, and when I have an opportunity, 1934  I will send for you.” 24:26 At the same time he was also hoping that Paul would give him money, 1935  and for this reason he sent for Paul 1936  as often as possible 1937  and talked 1938  with him. 24:27 After two years 1939  had passed, Porcius Festus 1940  succeeded Felix, 1941  and because he wanted to do the Jews a favor, Felix left Paul in prison. 1942 

Paul Appeals to Caesar

25:1 Now 1943  three days after Festus 1944  arrived in the province, he went up to Jerusalem 1945  from Caesarea. 1946  25:2 So the chief priests and the most prominent men 1947  of the Jews brought formal charges 1948  against Paul to him. 25:3 Requesting him to do them a favor against Paul, 1949  they urged Festus 1950  to summon him to Jerusalem, planning an ambush 1951  to kill him along the way. 25:4 Then Festus 1952  replied that Paul was being kept at Caesarea, 1953  and he himself intended to go there 1954  shortly. 25:5 So,” he said, “let your leaders 1955  go down there 1956  with me, and if this man has done anything wrong, 1957  they may bring charges 1958  against him.”

25:6 After Festus 1959  had stayed 1960  not more than eight or ten days among them, he went down to Caesarea, 1961  and the next day he sat 1962  on the judgment seat 1963  and ordered Paul to be brought. 25:7 When he arrived, the Jews who had come down from Jerusalem stood around him, 1964  bringing many serious 1965  charges that they were not able to prove. 1966  25:8 Paul said in his defense, 1967 I have committed no offense 1968  against the Jewish law 1969  or against the temple or against Caesar.” 1970  25:9 But Festus, 1971  wanting to do the Jews a favor, asked Paul, “Are you willing to go up to Jerusalem and be tried 1972  before me there on these charges? 1973  25:10 Paul replied, 1974 I am standing before Caesar’s 1975  judgment seat, 1976  where I should be tried. 1977  I have done nothing wrong 1978  to the Jews, as you also know very well. 1979  25:11 If then I am in the wrong 1980  and have done anything that deserves death, I am not trying to escape dying, 1981  but if not one of their charges against me is true, 1982  no one can hand me over to them. 1983  I appeal to Caesar! 1984  25:12 Then, after conferring with his council, 1985  Festus 1986  replied, “You have appealed to Caesar; 1987  to Caesar 1988  you will go! 1989 

Festus Asks King Agrippa for Advice

25:13 After several days had passed, King Agrippa 1990  and Bernice arrived at Caesarea 1991  to pay their respects 1992  to Festus. 1993  25:14 While 1994  they were staying there many days, Festus 1995  explained Paul’s case to the king to get his opinion, 1996  saying, “There is a man left here as a prisoner by Felix. 25:15 When I was in Jerusalem, 1997  the chief priests and the elders of the Jews informed 1998  me about him, 1999  asking for a sentence of condemnation 2000  against him. 25:16 I answered them 2001  that it was not the custom of the Romans to hand over anyone 2002  before the accused had met his accusers face to face 2003  and had been given 2004  an opportunity to make a defense against the accusation. 2005  25:17 So after they came back here with me, 2006  I did not postpone the case, 2007  but the next day I sat 2008  on the judgment seat 2009  and ordered the man to be brought. 25:18 When his accusers stood up, they did not charge 2010  him with any of the evil deeds I had suspected. 2011  25:19 Rather they had several points of disagreement 2012  with him about their own religion 2013  and about a man named Jesus 2014  who was dead, whom Paul claimed 2015  to be alive. 25:20 Because I was at a loss 2016  how I could investigate these matters, 2017  I asked if he were willing to go to Jerusalem and be tried 2018  there on these charges. 2019  25:21 But when Paul appealed to be kept in custody for the decision of His Majesty the Emperor, 2020  I ordered him to be kept under guard until I could send him to Caesar.” 2021  25:22 Agrippa 2022  said to Festus, 2023 I would also like to hear the man myself.” “Tomorrow,” he replied, 2024 you will hear him.”

Paul Before King Agrippa and Bernice

25:23 So the next day Agrippa 2025  and Bernice came with great pomp 2026  and entered the audience hall, 2027  along with the senior military officers 2028  and the prominent men of the city. When Festus 2029  gave the order, 2030  Paul was brought in. 25:24 Then Festus 2031  said, “King Agrippa, 2032  and all you who are present here with us, you see this man about whom the entire Jewish populace 2033  petitioned 2034  me both in Jerusalem 2035  and here, 2036  shouting loudly 2037  that he ought not to live any longer. 25:25 But I found that he had done nothing that deserved death, 2038  and when he appealed 2039  to His Majesty the Emperor, 2040  I decided to send him. 2041  25:26 But I have nothing definite 2042  to write to my lord 2043  about him. 2044  Therefore I have brought him before you all, and especially before you, King Agrippa, 2045  so that after this preliminary hearing 2046  I may have something to write. 25:27 For it seems unreasonable to me to send a prisoner without clearly indicating 2047  the charges against him.”

Paul Offers His Defense

26:1 So Agrippa 2048  said to Paul, “You have permission 2049  to speak for yourself.” Then Paul held out his hand 2050  and began his defense: 2051 

26:2Regarding all the things I have been accused of by the Jews, King Agrippa, 2052  I consider myself fortunate that I am about to make my defense before you today, 26:3 because you are especially 2053  familiar with all the customs and controversial issues 2054  of the Jews. Therefore I ask 2055  you to listen to me patiently. 26:4 Now all the Jews know the way I lived 2056  from my youth, spending my life from the beginning among my own people 2057  and in Jerusalem. 2058  26:5 They know, 2059  because they have known 2060  me from time past, 2061  if they are willing to testify, that according to the strictest party 2062  of our religion, I lived as a Pharisee. 2063  26:6 And now I stand here on trial 2064  because of my hope in the promise made by God to our ancestors, 2065  26:7 a promise 2066  that our twelve tribes hope to attain as they earnestly serve God 2067  night and day. Concerning this hope the Jews are accusing me, 2068  Your Majesty! 2069  26:8 Why do you people 2070  think 2071  it is unbelievable 2072  that 2073  God raises the dead? 26:9 Of course, 2074  I myself was convinced 2075  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 2076  from the chief priests, but I also cast my vote 2077  against them when they were sentenced to death. 2078  26:11 I punished 2079  them often in all the synagogues 2080  and tried to force 2081  them to blaspheme. Because I was so furiously enraged 2082  at them, I went to persecute 2083  them even in foreign cities.

26:12While doing this very thing, 2084  as I was going 2085  to Damascus with authority and complete power 2086  from the chief priests, 26:13 about noon along the road, Your Majesty, 2087  I saw a light from heaven, 2088  brighter than the sun, shining everywhere around 2089  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, 2090 Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? You are hurting yourself 2091  by kicking against the goads.’ 2092  26:15 So I said, ‘Who are you, Lord?’ And the Lord replied, 2093 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 2094  as a servant and witness 2095  to the things 2096  you have seen 2097  and to the things in which I will appear to you. 26:17 I will rescue 2098  you from your own people 2099  and from the Gentiles, to whom 2100  I am sending you 26:18 to open their eyes so that they turn 2101  from darkness to light and from the power 2102  of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a share 2103  among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’

26:19Therefore, King Agrippa, 2104  I was not disobedient 2105  to the heavenly 2106  vision, 26:20 but I declared to those in Damascus first, and then to those in Jerusalem and in all Judea, 2107  and to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, 2108  performing deeds consistent with 2109  repentance. 26:21 For this reason the Jews seized me in the temple courts 2110  and were trying to kill me. 26:22 I have experienced 2111  help from God to this day, and so I stand testifying to both small and great, saying nothing except 2112  what the prophets and Moses said 2113  was going to happen: 26:23 that 2114  the Christ 2115  was to suffer and be the first to rise from the dead, to proclaim light both to our people 2116  and to the Gentiles.” 2117 

26:24 As Paul 2118  was saying these things in his defense, Festus 2119  exclaimed loudly, “You have lost your mind, 2120  Paul! Your great learning is driving you insane! 26:25 But Paul replied, 2121 I have not lost my mind, most excellent Festus, 2122  but am speaking 2123  true and rational 2124  words. 26:26 For the king knows about these things, and I am speaking freely 2125  to him, 2126  because I cannot believe 2127  that any of these things has escaped his notice, 2128  for this was not done in a corner. 2129  26:27 Do you believe the prophets, 2130  King Agrippa? 2131  I know that you believe.” 26:28 Agrippa 2132  said to Paul, “In such a short time are you persuading me to become a Christian? 2133  26:29 Paul replied, “I pray to God that whether in a short or a long time 2134  not only you but also all those who are listening to me today could become such as I am, except for these chains.” 2135 

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, 2136 This man is not doing anything deserving 2137  death or imprisonment.” 26:32 Agrippa 2138  said to Festus, 2139 This man could have been released 2140  if he had not appealed to Caesar.” 2141 

Paul and Company Sail for Rome

27:1 When it was decided we 2142  would sail to Italy, 2143  they handed over Paul and some other prisoners to a centurion 2144  of the Augustan Cohort 2145  named Julius. 27:2 We went on board 2146  a ship from Adramyttium 2147  that was about to sail to various ports 2148  along the coast of the province of Asia 2149  and put out to sea, 2150  accompanied by Aristarchus, a Macedonian 2151  from Thessalonica. 2152  27:3 The next day we put in 2153  at Sidon, 2154  and Julius, treating Paul kindly, 2155  allowed him to go to his friends so they could provide him with what he needed. 2156  27:4 From there we put out to sea 2157  and sailed under the lee 2158  of Cyprus because the winds were against us. 27:5 After we had sailed across the open sea 2159  off Cilicia and Pamphylia, 2160  we put in 2161  at Myra 2162  in Lycia. 2163  27:6 There the centurion 2164  found 2165  a ship from Alexandria 2166  sailing for Italy, and he put us aboard it. 27:7 We sailed slowly 2167  for many days and arrived with difficulty off Cnidus. 2168  Because the wind prevented us from going any farther, 2169  we sailed under the lee 2170  of Crete off Salmone. 2171  27:8 With difficulty we sailed along the coast 2172  of Crete 2173  and came to a place called Fair Havens that was near the town of Lasea. 2174 

Caught in a Violent Storm

27:9 Since considerable time had passed and the voyage was now dangerous 2175  because the fast 2176  was already over, 2177  Paul advised them, 2178  27:10 Men, I can see the voyage is going to end 2179  in disaster 2180  and great loss not only of the cargo and the ship, but also of our lives.” 2181  27:11 But the centurion 2182  was more convinced 2183  by the captain 2184  and the ship’s owner than by what Paul said. 2185  27:12 Because the harbor was not suitable to spend the winter in, the majority decided 2186  to put out to sea 2187  from there. They hoped that 2188  somehow they could reach 2189  Phoenix, 2190  a harbor of Crete facing 2191  southwest and northwest, and spend the winter there. 27:13 When a gentle south wind sprang up, they thought 2192  they could carry out 2193  their purpose, so they weighed anchor 2194  and sailed close along the coast 2195  of Crete. 27:14 Not long after this, a hurricane-force 2196  wind called the northeaster 2197  blew down from the island. 2198  27:15 When the ship was caught in it 2199  and could not head into 2200  the wind, we gave way to it and were driven 2201  along. 27:16 As we ran under the lee of 2202  a small island called Cauda, 2203  we were able with difficulty to get the ship’s boat 2204  under control. 27:17 After the crew 2205  had hoisted it aboard, 2206  they used supports 2207  to undergird the ship. Fearing they would run aground 2208  on the Syrtis, 2209  they lowered the sea anchor, 2210  thus letting themselves be driven along. 27:18 The next day, because we were violently battered by the storm, 2211  they began throwing the cargo overboard, 2212  27:19 and on the third day they threw the ship’s gear 2213  overboard with their own hands. 27:20 When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days and a violent 2214  storm continued to batter us, 2215  we finally abandoned all hope of being saved. 2216 

27:21 Since many of them had no desire to eat, 2217  Paul 2218  stood up 2219  among them and said, “Men, you should have listened to me 2220  and not put out to sea 2221  from Crete, thus avoiding 2222  this damage and loss. 27:22 And now I advise 2223  you to keep up your courage, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only the ship will be lost. 2224  27:23 For last night an angel of the God to whom I belong 2225  and whom I serve 2226  came to me 2227  27:24 and said, 2228 Do not be afraid, Paul! You must stand before 2229  Caesar, 2230  and God has graciously granted you the safety 2231  of all who are sailing with you.’ 27:25 Therefore keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God 2232  that it will be just as I have been told. 27:26 But we must 2233  run aground on some island.”

27:27 When the fourteenth night had come, while we were being driven 2234  across the Adriatic Sea, 2235  about midnight the sailors suspected they were approaching some land. 2236  27:28 They took soundings 2237  and found the water was twenty fathoms 2238  deep; when they had sailed a little farther 2239  they took soundings again and found it was fifteen fathoms 2240  deep. 27:29 Because they were afraid 2241  that we would run aground on the rocky coast, 2242  they threw out 2243  four anchors from the stern and wished 2244  for day to appear. 2245  27:30 Then when the sailors tried to escape from the ship and were lowering the ship’s boat into the sea, pretending 2246  that they were going to put out anchors from the bow, 27:31 Paul said to the centurion 2247  and the soldiers, “Unless these men stay with the ship, you 2248  cannot be saved.” 27:32 Then the soldiers cut the ropes 2249  of the ship’s boat and let it drift away. 2250 

27:33 As day was about to dawn, 2251  Paul urged them all to take some food, saying, “Today is the fourteenth day you have been in suspense 2252  and have gone 2253  without food; you have eaten nothing. 2254  27:34 Therefore I urge you to take some food, for this is important 2255  for your survival. 2256  For not one of you will lose a hair from his head.” 27:35 After he said this, Paul 2257  took bread 2258  and gave thanks to God in front of them all, 2259  broke 2260  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 2261  persons on the ship.) 2262  27:38 When they had eaten enough to be satisfied, 2263  they lightened the ship by throwing the wheat 2264  into the sea.

Paul is Shipwrecked

27:39 When day came, they did not recognize the land, but they noticed 2265  a bay 2266  with a beach, 2267  where they decided to run the ship aground if they could. 27:40 So they slipped 2268  the anchors 2269  and left them in the sea, at the same time loosening the linkage 2270  that bound the steering oars 2271  together. Then they hoisted 2272  the foresail 2273  to the wind and steered toward 2274  the beach. 27:41 But they encountered a patch of crosscurrents 2275  and ran the ship aground; the bow stuck fast and could not be moved, but the stern was being broken up by the force 2276  of the waves. 27:42 Now the soldiersplan was to kill the prisoners 2277  so that none of them would escape by swimming away. 2278  27:43 But the centurion, 2279  wanting to save Paul’s life, 2280  prevented them from carrying out their plan. He ordered those who could swim to jump overboard first and get to land, 2281  27:44 and the rest were to follow, 2282  some on planks 2283  and some on pieces of the ship. 2284  And in this way 2285  all were brought safely to land.

Paul on Malta

28:1 After we had safely reached shore, 2286  we learned that the island was called Malta. 2287  28:2 The local inhabitants 2288  showed us extraordinary 2289  kindness, for they built a fire and welcomed us all because it had started to rain 2290  and was cold. 28:3 When Paul had gathered a bundle of brushwood 2291  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 2292  saw the creature hanging from Paul’s 2293  hand, they said to one another, “No doubt this man is a murderer! Although he has escaped from the sea, Justice herself 2294  has not allowed him to live! 2295  28:5 However, 2296  Paul 2297  shook 2298  the creature off into the fire and suffered no harm. 28:6 But they were expecting that he was going to swell up 2299  or suddenly drop dead. So after they had waited 2300  a long time and had seen 2301  nothing unusual happen 2302  to him, they changed their minds 2303  and said he was a god. 2304 

28:7 Now in the region around that place 2305  were fields belonging to the chief official 2306  of the island, named Publius, who welcomed us and entertained us hospitably as guests for three days. 28:8 The father 2307  of Publius lay sick in bed, suffering from fever and dysentery. Paul went in to see him 2308  and after praying, placed 2309  his hands on him and healed 2310  him. 28:9 After this had happened, many of the people on the island who were sick 2311  also came and were healed. 2312  28:10 They also bestowed many honors, 2313  and when we were preparing to sail, 2314  they gave 2315  us all the supplies we needed. 2316 

Paul Finally Reaches Rome

28:11 After three months we put out to sea 2317  in an Alexandrian ship that had wintered at the island and had the “Heavenly Twins 2318  as its figurehead. 2319  28:12 We put in 2320  at Syracuse 2321  and stayed there three days. 28:13 From there we cast off 2322  and arrived at Rhegium, 2323  and after one day a south wind sprang up 2324  and on the second day we came to Puteoli. 2325  28:14 There 2326  we found 2327  some brothers 2328  and were invited to stay with them seven days. And in this way we came to Rome. 2329  28:15 The brothers from there, 2330  when they heard about us, came as far as the Forum of Appius 2331  and Three Taverns 2332  to meet us. When he saw them, 2333  Paul thanked God and took courage. 28:16 When we entered Rome, Paul was allowed to live 2334  by himself, with the soldier who was guarding him.

Paul Addresses the Jewish Community in Rome

28:17 After three days 2335  Paul 2336  called the local Jewish leaders 2337  together. When they had assembled, he said to them, “Brothers, 2338  although I had done 2339  nothing against our people or the customs of our ancestors, 2340  from Jerusalem 2341  I was handed over as a prisoner to the Romans. 2342  28:18 When 2343  they had heard my case, 2344  they wanted to release me, 2345  because there was no basis for a death sentence 2346  against me. 28:19 But when the Jews objected, 2347  I was forced to appeal to Caesar 2348 not that I had some charge to bring 2349  against my own people. 2350  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.” 2351  28:21 They replied, 2352 We have received no letters from Judea about you, nor have any of the brothers come from there 2353  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 2354  that people 2355  everywhere speak against 2356  it.”

28:23 They set 2357  a day to meet with him, 2358  and they came to him where he was staying 2359  in even greater numbers. 2360  From morning until evening he explained things 2361  to them, 2362  testifying 2363  about the kingdom of God 2364  and trying to convince 2365  them about Jesus from both the law of Moses and the prophets. 28:24 Some were convinced 2366  by what he said, 2367  but others refused 2368  to believe. 28:25 So they began to leave, 2369  unable to agree among themselves, after Paul made one last statement: “The Holy Spirit spoke rightly to your ancestors 2370  through the prophet Isaiah 28:26 when he said,

Go to this people and say,

You will keep on hearing, 2371  but will never understand,

and you will keep on looking, 2372  but will never perceive.

28:27 For the heart of this people has become dull, 2373 

and their ears are hard of hearing, 2374 

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, 2375  and I would heal them.”’ 2376 

28:28Therefore be advised 2377  that this salvation from God 2378  has been sent to the Gentiles; 2379  they 2380  will listen!

28:29 [[EMPTY]] 2381 

28:30 Paul 2382  lived 2383  there two whole years in his own rented quarters 2384  and welcomed 2385  all who came to him, 28:31 proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ 2386  with complete boldness 2387  and without restriction. 2388 

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