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.
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:
13:41 ‘Look, 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,
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,
15:19 “Therefore 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.
20:25 “And 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
22:1 “Brothers 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
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
26:2 “Regarding 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.
26:12 “While 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.’
26:19 “Therefore, 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 soldiers’ plan 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 heart28:29 [[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