The New Testament

The Acts of the Apostles


1:1 The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus

began both to do and teach, 1:2 Until the day in which he was taken

up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto

the apostles whom he had chosen: 1:3 To whom also he shewed himself

alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them

forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of

God: 1:4 And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that

they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the

Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.

 

1:5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with

the Holy Ghost not many days hence.

 

1:6 When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying,

Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?  1:7

And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the

seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.

 

1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon

you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all

Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

 

1:9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was

taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.

 

1:10 And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up,

behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; 1:11 Which also said,

Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same

Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like

manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.

 

1:12 Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet,

which is from Jerusalem a sabbath day's journey.

 

1:13 And when they were come in, they went up into an upper room,

where abode both Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew, Philip, and

Thomas, Bartholomew, and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon

Zelotes, and Judas the brother of James.

 

1:14 These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication,

with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.

 

1:15 And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples,

and said, (the number of names together were about an hundred and

twenty,) 1:16 Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been

fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before

concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus.

 

1:17 For he was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this

ministry.

 

1:18 Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and

falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels

gushed out.

 

1:19 And it was known unto all the dwellers at Jerusalem; insomuch as

that field is called in their proper tongue, Aceldama, that is to say,

The field of blood.

 

1:20 For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be

desolate, and let no man dwell therein: and his bishoprick let another

take.

 

1:21 Wherefore of these men which have companied with us all the time

that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, 1:22 Beginning from the

baptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken up from us, must

one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection.

 

1:23 And they appointed two, Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed

Justus, and Matthias.

 

1:24 And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts

of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen, 1:25 That he

may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by

transgression fell, that he might go to his own place.

 

1:26 And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias;

and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.

 

2:1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with

one accord in one place.

 

2:2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty

wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.

 

2:3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and

it sat upon each of them.

 

2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak

with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

 

2:5 And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of

every nation under heaven.

 

2:6 Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and

were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own

language.

 

2:7 And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another,

Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans?  2:8 And how hear we

every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?  2:9 Parthians, and

Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea,

and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia, 2:10 Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in

Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome,

Jews and proselytes, 2:11 Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak

in our tongues the wonderful works of God.

 

2:12 And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to

another, What meaneth this?  2:13 Others mocking said, These men are

full of new wine.

 

2:14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and

said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem,

be this known unto you, and hearken to my words: 2:15 For these are

not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the

day.

 

2:16 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; 2:17 And

it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of

my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall

prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall

dream dreams: 2:18 And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will

pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: 2:19 And

I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath;

blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: 2:20 The sun shall be turned

into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable

day of the Lord come: 2:21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever

shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

 

2:22 Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man

approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God

did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know: 2:23 Him,

being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God,

ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain: 2:24 Whom

God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was

not possible that he should be holden of it.

 

2:25 For David speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always

before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be

moved: 2:26 Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad;

moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope: 2:27 Because thou wilt not

leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see

corruption.

 

2:28 Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me

full of joy with thy countenance.

 

2:29 Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch

David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us

unto this day.

 

2:30 Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an

oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh,

he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne; 2:31 He seeing this

before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left

in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.

 

2:32 This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.

 

2:33 Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having

received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed

forth this, which ye now see and hear.

 

2:34 For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself,

The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, 2:35 Until I

make thy foes thy footstool.

 

2:36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God

hath made the same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and

Christ.

 

2:37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and

said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren,

what shall we do?  2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be

baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the

remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

 

2:39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all

that are afar off, even as many as the LORD our God shall call.

 

2:40 And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save

yourselves from this untoward generation.

 

2:41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the

same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.

 

2:42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and

fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

 

2:43 And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were

done by the apostles.

 

2:44 And all that believed were together, and had all things common;

2:45 And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men,

as every man had need.

 

2:46 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and

breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness

and singleness of heart, 2:47 Praising God, and having favour with all

the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be

saved.

 

3:1 Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of

prayer, being the ninth hour.

 

3:2 And a certain man lame from his mother's womb was carried, whom

they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful,

to ask alms of them that entered into the temple; 3:3 Who seeing Peter

and John about to go into the temple asked an alms.

 

3:4 And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on

us.

 

3:5 And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of

them.

 

3:6 Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have

give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.

 

3:7 And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and

immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.

 

3:8 And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into

the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.

 

3:9 And all the people saw him walking and praising God: 3:10 And they

knew that it was he which sat for alms at the Beautiful gate of the

temple: and they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which

had happened unto him.

 

3:11 And as the lame man which was healed held Peter and John, all the

people ran together unto them in the porch that is called Solomon's,

greatly wondering.

 

3:12 And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, Ye men of

Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us, as

though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk?

3:13 The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our

fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus; whom ye delivered up, and

denied him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let

him go.

 

3:14 But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer

to be granted unto you; 3:15 And killed the Prince of life, whom God

hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.

 

3:16 And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong,

whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him

this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.

 

3:17 And now, brethren, I wot that through ignorance ye did it, as did

also your rulers.

 

3:18 But those things, which God before had shewed by the mouth of all

his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he hath so fulfilled.

 

3:19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be

blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence

of the Lord.

 

3:20 And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto

you: 3:21 Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution

of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy

prophets since the world began.

 

3:22 For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord

your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall

ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you.

 

3:23 And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear

that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people.

 

3:24 Yea, and all the prophets from Samuel and those that follow

after, as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold of these days.

 

3:25 Ye are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which

God made with our fathers, saying unto Abraham, And in thy seed shall

all the kindreds of the earth be blessed.

 

3:26 Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to

bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.

 

4:1 And as they spake unto the people, the priests, and the captain of

the temple, and the Sadducees, came upon them, 4:2 Being grieved that

they taught the people, and preached through Jesus the resurrection

from the dead.

 

4:3 And they laid hands on them, and put them in hold unto the next

day: for it was now eventide.

 

4:4 Howbeit many of them which heard the word believed; and the number

of the men was about five thousand.

 

4:5 And it came to pass on the morrow, that their rulers, and elders,

and scribes, 4:6 And Annas the high priest, and Caiaphas, and John,

and Alexander, and as many as were of the kindred of the high priest,

were gathered together at Jerusalem.

 

4:7 And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, By what

power, or by what name, have ye done this?  4:8 Then Peter, filled

with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and

elders of Israel, 4:9 If we this day be examined of the good deed done

to the impotent man, by what means he is made whole; 4:10 Be it known

unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of

Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the

dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole.

 

4:11 This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which

is become the head of the corner.

 

4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other

name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

 

4:13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived

that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they

took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.

 

4:14 And beholding the man which was healed standing with them, they

could say nothing against it.

 

4:15 But when they had commanded them to go aside out of the council,

they conferred among themselves, 4:16 Saying, What shall we do to

these men? for that indeed a notable miracle hath been done by them is

manifest to all them that dwell in Jerusalem; and we cannot deny it.

 

4:17 But that it spread no further among the people, let us straitly

threaten them, that they speak henceforth to no man in this name.

 

4:18 And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor

teach in the name of Jesus.

 

4:19 But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be

right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God,

judge ye.

 

4:20 For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.

 

4:21 So when they had further threatened them, they let them go,

finding nothing how they might punish them, because of the people: for

all men glorified God for that which was done.

 

4:22 For the man was above forty years old, on whom this miracle of

healing was shewed.

 

4:23 And being let go, they went to their own company, and reported

all that the chief priests and elders had said unto them.

 

4:24 And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with

one accord, and said, Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven, and

earth, and the sea, and all that in them is: 4:25 Who by the mouth of

thy servant David hast said, Why did the heathen rage, and the people

imagine vain things?  4:26 The kings of the earth stood up, and the

rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his

Christ.

 

4:27 For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast

anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the

people of Israel, were gathered together, 4:28 For to do whatsoever

thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done.

 

4:29 And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy

servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word, 4:30 By

stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be

done by the name of thy holy child Jesus.

 

4:31 And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were

assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and

they spake the word of God with boldness.

 

4:32 And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of

one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he

possessed was his own; but they had all things common.

 

4:33 And with great power gave the apostles witness of the

resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.

 

4:34 Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were

possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the

things that were sold, 4:35 And laid them down at the apostles' feet:

and distribution was made unto every man according as he had need.

 

4:36 And Joses, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas, (which is,

being interpreted, The son of consolation,) a Levite, and of the

country of Cyprus, 4:37 Having land, sold it, and brought the money,

and laid it at the apostles' feet.

 

5:1 But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a

possession, 5:2 And kept back part of the price, his wife also being

privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles'

feet.

 

5:3 But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie

to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?

5:4 Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold,

was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in

thine heart?  thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.

 

5:5 And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost:

and great fear came on all them that heard these things.

 

5:6 And the young men arose, wound him up, and carried him out, and

buried him.

 

5:7 And it was about the space of three hours after, when his wife,

not knowing what was done, came in.

 

5:8 And Peter answered unto her, Tell me whether ye sold the land for

so much? And she said, Yea, for so much.

 

5:9 Then Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed together

to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of them which have

buried thy husband are at the door, and shall carry thee out.

 

5:10 Then fell she down straightway at his feet, and yielded up the

ghost: and the young men came in, and found her dead, and, carrying

her forth, buried her by her husband.

 

5:11 And great fear came upon all the church, and upon as many as

heard these things.

 

5:12 And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders

wrought among the people; (and they were all with one accord in

Solomon's porch.

 

5:13 And of the rest durst no man join himself to them: but the people

magnified them.

 

5:14 And believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of

men and women.)  5:15 Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into

the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that at the least the

shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them.

 

5:16 There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto

Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean

spirits: and they were healed every one.

 

5:17 Then the high priest rose up, and all they that were with him,

(which is the sect of the Sadducees,) and were filled with

indignation, 5:18 And laid their hands on the apostles, and put them

in the common prison.

 

5:19 But the angel of the Lord by night opened the prison doors, and

brought them forth, and said, 5:20 Go, stand and speak in the temple

to the people all the words of this life.

 

5:21 And when they heard that, they entered into the temple early in

the morning, and taught. But the high priest came, and they that were

with him, and called the council together, and all the senate of the

children of Israel, and sent to the prison to have them brought.

 

5:22 But when the officers came, and found them not in the prison,

they returned and told, 5:23 Saying, The prison truly found we shut

with all safety, and the keepers standing without before the doors:

but when we had opened, we found no man within.

 

5:24 Now when the high priest and the captain of the temple and the

chief priests heard these things, they doubted of them whereunto this

would grow.

 

5:25 Then came one and told them, saying, Behold, the men whom ye put

in prison are standing in the temple, and teaching the people.

 

5:26 Then went the captain with the officers, and brought them without

violence: for they feared the people, lest they should have been

stoned.

 

5:27 And when they had brought them, they set them before the council:

and the high priest asked them, 5:28 Saying, Did not we straitly

command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye

have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this

man's blood upon us.

 

5:29 Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to

obey God rather than men.

 

5:30 The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged

on a tree.

 

5:31 Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a

Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.

 

5:32 And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy

Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.

 

5:33 When they heard that, they were cut to the heart, and took

counsel to slay them.

 

5:34 Then stood there up one in the council, a Pharisee, named

Gamaliel, a doctor of the law, had in reputation among all the people,

and commanded to put the apostles forth a little space; 5:35 And said

unto them, Ye men of Israel, take heed to yourselves what ye intend to

do as touching these men.

 

5:36 For before these days rose up Theudas, boasting himself to be

somebody; to whom a number of men, about four hundred, joined

themselves: who was slain; and all, as many as obeyed him, were

scattered, and brought to nought.

 

5:37 After this man rose up Judas of Galilee in the days of the

taxing, and drew away much people after him: he also perished; and

all, even as many as obeyed him, were dispersed.

 

5:38 And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them

alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to

nought: 5:39 But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply

ye be found even to fight against God.

 

5:40 And to him they agreed: and when they had called the apostles,

and beaten them, they commanded that they should not speak in the name

of Jesus, and let them go.

 

5:41 And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing

that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.

 

5:42 And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to

teach and preach Jesus Christ.

 

6:1 And in those days, when the number of the disciples was

multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the

Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily

ministration.

 

6:2 Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them,

and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and

serve tables.

 

6:3 Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest

report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over

this business.

 

6:4 But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the

ministry of the word.

 

6:5 And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose

Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and

Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a

proselyte of Antioch: 6:6 Whom they set before the apostles: and when

they had prayed, they laid their hands on them.

 

6:7 And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples

multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests

were obedient to the faith.

 

6:8 And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and

miracles among the people.

 

6:9 Then there arose certain of the synagogue, which is called the

synagogue of the Libertines, and Cyrenians, and Alexandrians, and of

them of Cilicia and of Asia, disputing with Stephen.

 

6:10 And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit by

which he spake.

 

6:11 Then they suborned men, which said, We have heard him speak

blasphemous words against Moses, and against God.

 

6:12 And they stirred up the people, and the elders, and the scribes,

and came upon him, and caught him, and brought him to the council,

6:13 And set up false witnesses, which said, This man ceaseth not to

speak blasphemous words against this holy place, and the law: 6:14 For

we have heard him say, that this Jesus of Nazareth shall destroy this

place, and shall change the customs which Moses delivered us.

 

6:15 And all that sat in the council, looking stedfastly on him, saw

his face as it had been the face of an angel.

 

7:1 Then said the high priest, Are these things so?  7:2 And he said,

Men, brethren, and fathers, hearken; The God of glory appeared unto

our father Abraham, when he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in

Charran, 7:3 And said unto him, Get thee out of thy country, and from

thy kindred, and come into the land which I shall shew thee.

 

7:4 Then came he out of the land of the Chaldaeans, and dwelt in

Charran: and from thence, when his father was dead, he removed him

into this land, wherein ye now dwell.

 

7:5 And he gave him none inheritance in it, no, not so much as to set

his foot on: yet he promised that he would give it to him for a

possession, and to his seed after him, when as yet he had no child.

 

7:6 And God spake on this wise, That his seed should sojourn in a

strange land; and that they should bring them into bondage, and

entreat them evil four hundred years.

 

7:7 And the nation to whom they shall be in bondage will I judge, said

God: and after that shall they come forth, and serve me in this place.

 

7:8 And he gave him the covenant of circumcision: and so Abraham begat

Isaac, and circumcised him the eighth day; and Isaac begat Jacob; and

Jacob begat the twelve patriarchs.

 

7:9 And the patriarchs, moved with envy, sold Joseph into Egypt: but

God was with him, 7:10 And delivered him out of all his afflictions,

and gave him favour and wisdom in the sight of Pharaoh king of Egypt;

and he made him governor over Egypt and all his house.

 

7:11 Now there came a dearth over all the land of Egypt and Chanaan,

and great affliction: and our fathers found no sustenance.

 

7:12 But when Jacob heard that there was corn in Egypt, he sent out

our fathers first.

 

7:13 And at the second time Joseph was made known to his brethren; and

Joseph's kindred was made known unto Pharaoh.

 

7:14 Then sent Joseph, and called his father Jacob to him, and all his

kindred, threescore and fifteen souls.

 

7:15 So Jacob went down into Egypt, and died, he, and our fathers,

7:16 And were carried over into Sychem, and laid in the sepulchre that

Abraham bought for a sum of money of the sons of Emmor the father of

Sychem.

 

7:17 But when the time of the promise drew nigh, which God had sworn

to Abraham, the people grew and multiplied in Egypt, 7:18 Till another

king arose, which knew not Joseph.

 

7:19 The same dealt subtilly with our kindred, and evil entreated our

fathers, so that they cast out their young children, to the end they

might not live.

 

7:20 In which time Moses was born, and was exceeding fair, and

nourished up in his father's house three months: 7:21 And when he was

cast out, Pharaoh's daughter took him up, and nourished him for her

own son.

 

7:22 And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was

mighty in words and in deeds.

 

7:23 And when he was full forty years old, it came into his heart to

visit his brethren the children of Israel.

 

7:24 And seeing one of them suffer wrong, he defended him, and avenged

him that was oppressed, and smote the Egyptian: 7:25 For he supposed

his brethren would have understood how that God by his hand would

deliver them: but they understood not.

 

7:26 And the next day he shewed himself unto them as they strove, and

would have set them at one again, saying, Sirs, ye are brethren; why

do ye wrong one to another?  7:27 But he that did his neighbour wrong

thrust him away, saying, Who made thee a ruler and a judge over us?

7:28 Wilt thou kill me, as thou diddest the Egyptian yesterday?  7:29

Then fled Moses at this saying, and was a stranger in the land of

Madian, where he begat two sons.

 

7:30 And when forty years were expired, there appeared to him in the

wilderness of mount Sina an angel of the Lord in a flame of fire in a

bush.

 

7:31 When Moses saw it, he wondered at the sight: and as he drew near

to behold it, the voice of the LORD came unto him, 7:32 Saying, I am

the God of thy fathers, the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and

the God of Jacob. Then Moses trembled, and durst not behold.

 

7:33 Then said the Lord to him, Put off thy shoes from thy feet: for

the place where thou standest is holy ground.

 

7:34 I have seen, I have seen the affliction of my people which is in

Egypt, and I have heard their groaning, and am come down to deliver

them. And now come, I will send thee into Egypt.

 

7:35 This Moses whom they refused, saying, Who made thee a ruler and a

judge? the same did God send to be a ruler and a deliverer by the hand

of the angel which appeared to him in the bush.

 

7:36 He brought them out, after that he had shewed wonders and signs

in the land of Egypt, and in the Red sea, and in the wilderness forty

years.

 

7:37 This is that Moses, which said unto the children of Israel, A

prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren,

like unto me; him shall ye hear.

 

7:38 This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the

angel which spake to him in the mount Sina, and with our fathers: who

received the lively oracles to give unto us: 7:39 To whom our fathers

would not obey, but thrust him from them, and in their hearts turned

back again into Egypt, 7:40 Saying unto Aaron, Make us gods to go

before us: for as for this Moses, which brought us out of the land of

Egypt, we wot not what is become of him.

 

7:41 And they made a calf in those days, and offered sacrifice unto

the idol, and rejoiced in the works of their own hands.

 

7:42 Then God turned, and gave them up to worship the host of heaven;

as it is written in the book of the prophets, O ye house of Israel,

have ye offered to me slain beasts and sacrifices by the space of

forty years in the wilderness?  7:43 Yea, ye took up the tabernacle of

Moloch, and the star of your god Remphan, figures which ye made to

worship them: and I will carry you away beyond Babylon.

 

7:44 Our fathers had the tabernacle of witness in the wilderness, as

he had appointed, speaking unto Moses, that he should make it

according to the fashion that he had seen.

 

7:45 Which also our fathers that came after brought in with Jesus into

the possession of the Gentiles, whom God drave out before the face of

our fathers, unto the days of David; 7:46 Who found favour before God,

and desired to find a tabernacle for the God of Jacob.

 

7:47 But Solomon built him an house.

 

7:48 Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as

saith the prophet, 7:49 Heaven is my throne, and earth is my

footstool: what house will ye build me? saith the Lord: or what is the

place of my rest?  7:50 Hath not my hand made all these things?  7:51

Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always

resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.

 

7:52 Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they

have slain them which shewed before of the coming of the Just One; of

whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers: 7:53 Who have

received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it.

 

7:54 When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and

they gnashed on him with their teeth.

 

7:55 But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into

heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand

of God, 7:56 And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son

of man standing on the right hand of God.

 

7:57 Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears,

and ran upon him with one accord, 7:58 And cast him out of the city,

and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young

man's feet, whose name was Saul.

 

7:59 And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord

Jesus, receive my spirit.

 

7:60 And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not

this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.

 

8:1 And Saul was consenting unto his death. And at that time there was

a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and

they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and

Samaria, except the apostles.

 

8:2 And devout men carried Stephen to his burial, and made great

lamentation over him.

 

8:3 As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every

house, and haling men and women committed them to prison.

 

8:4 Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where

preaching the word.

 

8:5 Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ

unto them.

 

8:6 And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which

Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did.

 

8:7 For unclean spirits, crying with loud voice, came out of many that

were possessed with them: and many taken with palsies, and that were

lame, were healed.

 

8:8 And there was great joy in that city.

 

8:9 But there was a certain man, called Simon, which beforetime in the

same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving

out that himself was some great one: 8:10 To whom they all gave heed,

from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is the great power of

God.

 

8:11 And to him they had regard, because that of long time he had

bewitched them with sorceries.

 

8:12 But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the

kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both

men and women.

 

8:13 Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he

continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs

which were done.

 

8:14 Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria

had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John: 8:15

Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might

receive the Holy Ghost: 8:16 (For as yet he was fallen upon none of

them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)  8:17

Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.

 

8:18 And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles' hands

the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money, 8:19 Saying, Give me

also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the

Holy Ghost.

 

8:20 But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou

hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.

 

8:21 Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is

not right in the sight of God.

 

8:22 Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps

the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.

 

8:23 For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in

the bond of iniquity.

 

8:24 Then answered Simon, and said, Pray ye to the LORD for me, that

none of these things which ye have spoken come upon me.

 

8:25 And they, when they had testified and preached the word of the

Lord, returned to Jerusalem, and preached the gospel in many villages

of the Samaritans.

 

8:26 And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and

go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto

Gaza, which is desert.

 

8:27 And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch

of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the

charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship,

8:28 Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the

prophet.

 

8:29 Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to

this chariot.

 

8:30 And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet

Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest?  8:31 And he

said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired

Philip that he would come up and sit with him.

 

8:32 The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as

a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so

opened he not his mouth: 8:33 In his humiliation his judgment was

taken away: and who shall declare his generation? for his life is

taken from the earth.

 

8:34 And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom

speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man?  8:35

Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and

preached unto him Jesus.

 

8:36 And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water:

and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be

baptized?  8:37 And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine

heart, thou mayest.

 

And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of

God.

 

8:38 And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down

both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.

 

8:39 And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the

Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went

on his way rejoicing.

 

8:40 But Philip was found at Azotus: and passing through he preached

in all the cities, till he came to Caesarea.

 

9:1 And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the

disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest, 9:2 And desired of

him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of

this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound

unto Jerusalem.

 

9:3 And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there

shined round about him a light from heaven: 9:4 And he fell to the

earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest

thou me?  9:5 And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am

Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the

pricks.

 

9:6 And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me

to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it

shall be told thee what thou must do.

 

9:7 And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a

voice, but seeing no man.

 

9:8 And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he

saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought him into

Damascus.

 

9:9 And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor

drink.

 

9:10 And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and

to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I am

here, Lord.

 

9:11 And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which

is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for one called

Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth, 9:12 And hath seen in a

vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hand on him,

that he might receive his sight.

 

9:13 Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man,

how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem: 9:14 And here

he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy

name.

 

9:15 But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel

unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the

children of Israel: 9:16 For I will shew him how great things he must

suffer for my name's sake.

 

9:17 And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting

his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that

appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou

mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.

 

9:18 And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales:

and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized.

 

9:19 And when he had received meat, he was strengthened. Then was Saul

certain days with the disciples which were at Damascus.

 

9:20 And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is

the Son of God.

 

9:21 But all that heard him were amazed, and said; Is not this he that

destroyed them which called on this name in Jerusalem, and came hither

for that intent, that he might bring them bound unto the chief

priests?  9:22 But Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded

the Jews which dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is very Christ.

 

9:23 And after that many days were fulfilled, the Jews took counsel to

kill him: 9:24 But their laying await was known of Saul. And they

watched the gates day and night to kill him.

 

9:25 Then the disciples took him by night, and let him down by the

wall in a basket.

 

9:26 And when Saul was come to Jerusalem, he assayed to join himself

to the disciples: but they were all afraid of him, and believed not

that he was a disciple.

 

9:27 But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles, and

declared unto them how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he

had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the

name of Jesus.

 

9:28 And he was with them coming in and going out at Jerusalem.

 

9:29 And he spake boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus, and disputed

against the Grecians: but they went about to slay him.

 

9:30 Which when the brethren knew, they brought him down to Caesarea,

and sent him forth to Tarsus.

 

9:31 Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and

Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in

the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied.

 

9:32 And it came to pass, as Peter passed throughout all quarters, he

came down also to the saints which dwelt at Lydda.

 

9:33 And there he found a certain man named Aeneas, which had kept his

bed eight years, and was sick of the palsy.

 

9:34 And Peter said unto him, Aeneas, Jesus Christ maketh thee whole:

arise, and make thy bed. And he arose immediately.

 

9:35 And all that dwelt at Lydda and Saron saw him, and turned to the

Lord.

 

9:36 Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by

interpretation is called Dorcas: this woman was full of good works and

almsdeeds which she did.

 

9:37 And it came to pass in those days, that she was sick, and died:

whom when they had washed, they laid her in an upper chamber.

 

9:38 And forasmuch as Lydda was nigh to Joppa, and the disciples had

heard that Peter was there, they sent unto him two men, desiring him

that he would not delay to come to them.

 

9:39 Then Peter arose and went with them. When he was come, they

brought him into the upper chamber: and all the widows stood by him

weeping, and shewing the coats and garments which Dorcas made, while

she was with them.

 

9:40 But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed; and

turning him to the body said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes:

and when she saw Peter, she sat up.

 

9:41 And he gave her his hand, and lifted her up, and when he had

called the saints and widows, presented her alive.

 

9:42 And it was known throughout all Joppa; and many believed in the

Lord.

 

9:43 And it came to pass, that he tarried many days in Joppa with one

Simon a tanner.

 

10:1 There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion

of the band called the Italian band, 10:2 A devout man, and one that

feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and

prayed to God alway.

 

10:3 He saw in a vision evidently about the ninth hour of the day an

angel of God coming in to him, and saying unto him, Cornelius.

 

10:4 And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it,

Lord?  And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are come up

for a memorial before God.

 

10:5 And now send men to Joppa, and call for one Simon, whose surname

is Peter: 10:6 He lodgeth with one Simon a tanner, whose house is by

the sea side: he shall tell thee what thou oughtest to do.

 

10:7 And when the angel which spake unto Cornelius was departed, he

called two of his household servants, and a devout soldier of them

that waited on him continually; 10:8 And when he had declared all

these things unto them, he sent them to Joppa.

 

10:9 On the morrow, as they went on their journey, and drew nigh unto

the city, Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about the sixth

hour: 10:10 And he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while

they made ready, he fell into a trance, 10:11 And saw heaven opened,

and a certain vessel descending upon him, as it had been a great sheet

knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth: 10:12 Wherein

were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts,

and creeping things, and fowls of the air.

 

10:13 And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat.

 

10:14 But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing

that is common or unclean.

 

10:15 And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God

hath cleansed, that call not thou common.

 

10:16 This was done thrice: and the vessel was received up again into

heaven.

 

10:17 Now while Peter doubted in himself what this vision which he had

seen should mean, behold, the men which were sent from Cornelius had

made enquiry for Simon's house, and stood before the gate, 10:18 And

called, and asked whether Simon, which was surnamed Peter, were lodged

there.

 

10:19 While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said unto him,

Behold, three men seek thee.

 

10:20 Arise therefore, and get thee down, and go with them, doubting

nothing: for I have sent them.

 

10:21 Then Peter went down to the men which were sent unto him from

Cornelius; and said, Behold, I am he whom ye seek: what is the cause

wherefore ye are come?  10:22 And they said, Cornelius the centurion,

a just man, and one that feareth God, and of good report among all the

nation of the Jews, was warned from God by an holy angel to send for

thee into his house, and to hear words of thee.

 

10:23 Then called he them in, and lodged them. And on the morrow Peter

went away with them, and certain brethren from Joppa accompanied him.

 

10:24 And the morrow after they entered into Caesarea. And Cornelius

waited for them, and he had called together his kinsmen and near

friends.

 

10:25 And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at

his feet, and worshipped him.

 

10:26 But Peter took him up, saying, Stand up; I myself also am a man.

 

10:27 And as he talked with him, he went in, and found many that were

come together.

 

10:28 And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing

for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another

nation; but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common

or unclean.

 

10:29 Therefore came I unto you without gainsaying, as soon as I was

sent for: I ask therefore for what intent ye have sent for me?  10:30

And Cornelius said, Four days ago I was fasting until this hour; and

at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and, behold, a man stood

before me in bright clothing, 10:31 And said, Cornelius, thy prayer is

heard, and thine alms are had in remembrance in the sight of God.

 

10:32 Send therefore to Joppa, and call hither Simon, whose surname is

Peter; he is lodged in the house of one Simon a tanner by the sea

side: who, when he cometh, shall speak unto thee.

 

10:33 Immediately therefore I sent to thee; and thou hast well done

that thou art come. Now therefore are we all here present before God,

to hear all things that are commanded thee of God.

 

10:34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive

that God is no respecter of persons: 10:35 But in every nation he that

feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.

 

10:36 The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching

peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:) 10:37 That word, I say, ye

know, which was published throughout all Judaea, and began from

Galilee, after the baptism which John preached; 10:38 How God anointed

Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about

doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God

was with him.

 

10:39 And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land

of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree:

10:40 Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly; 10:41

Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before God, even to

us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the dead.

 

10:42 And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify

that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and

dead.

 

10:43 To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name

whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.

 

10:44 While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all

them which heard the word.

 

10:45 And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as

many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured

out the gift of the Holy Ghost.

 

10:46 For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then

answered Peter, 10:47 Can any man forbid water, that these should not

be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?  10:48

And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then

prayed they him to tarry certain days.

 

11:1 And the apostles and brethren that were in Judaea heard that the

Gentiles had also received the word of God.

 

11:2 And when Peter was come up to Jerusalem, they that were of the

circumcision contended with him, 11:3 Saying, Thou wentest in to men

uncircumcised, and didst eat with them.

 

11:4 But Peter rehearsed the matter from the beginning, and expounded

it by order unto them, saying, 11:5 I was in the city of Joppa

praying: and in a trance I saw a vision, A certain vessel descend, as

it had been a great sheet, let down from heaven by four corners; and

it came even to me: 11:6 Upon the which when I had fastened mine eyes,

I considered, and saw fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts,

and creeping things, and fowls of the air.

 

11:7 And I heard a voice saying unto me, Arise, Peter; slay and eat.

 

11:8 But I said, Not so, Lord: for nothing common or unclean hath at

any time entered into my mouth.

 

11:9 But the voice answered me again from heaven, What God hath

cleansed, that call not thou common.

 

11:10 And this was done three times: and all were drawn up again into

heaven.

 

11:11 And, behold, immediately there were three men already come unto

the house where I was, sent from Caesarea unto me.

 

11:12 And the Spirit bade me go with them, nothing doubting. Moreover

these six brethren accompanied me, and we entered into the man's

house: 11:13 And he shewed us how he had seen an angel in his house,

which stood and said unto him, Send men to Joppa, and call for Simon,

whose surname is Peter; 11:14 Who shall tell thee words, whereby thou

and all thy house shall be saved.

 

11:15 And as I began to speak, the Holy Ghost fell on them, as on us

at the beginning.

 

11:16 Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how that he said, John

indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy

Ghost.

 

11:17 Forasmuch then as God gave them the like gift as he did unto us,

who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ; what was I, that I could

withstand God?  11:18 When they heard these things, they held their

peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles

granted repentance unto life.

 

11:19 Now they which were scattered abroad upon the persecution that

arose about Stephen travelled as far as Phenice, and Cyprus, and

Antioch, preaching the word to none but unto the Jews only.

 

11:20 And some of them were men of Cyprus and Cyrene, which, when they

were come to Antioch, spake unto the Grecians, preaching the LORD

Jesus.

 

11:21 And the hand of the Lord was with them: and a great number

believed, and turned unto the Lord.

 

11:22 Then tidings of these things came unto the ears of the church

which was in Jerusalem: and they sent forth Barnabas, that he should

go as far as Antioch.

 

11:23 Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and

exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto

the Lord.

 

11:24 For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith:

and much people was added unto the Lord.

 

11:25 Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus, for to seek Saul: 11:26 And

when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to

pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and

taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in

Antioch.

 

11:27 And in these days came prophets from Jerusalem unto Antioch.

 

11:28 And there stood up one of them named Agabus, and signified by

the Spirit that there should be great dearth throughout all the world:

which came to pass in the days of Claudius Caesar.

 

11:29 Then the disciples, every man according to his ability,

determined to send relief unto the brethren which dwelt in Judaea:

11:30 Which also they did, and sent it to the elders by the hands of

Barnabas and Saul.

 

12:1 Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to

vex certain of the church.

 

12:2 And he killed James the brother of John with the sword.

 

12:3 And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to

take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread.)  12:4 And

when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him

to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to

bring him forth to the people.

 

12:5 Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without

ceasing of the church unto God for him.

 

12:6 And when Herod would have brought him forth, the same night Peter

was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains: and the

keepers before the door kept the prison.

 

12:7 And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light

shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him

up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands.

 

12:8 And the angel said unto him, Gird thyself, and bind on thy

sandals.

 

And so he did. And he saith unto him, Cast thy garment about thee, and

follow me.

 

12:9 And he went out, and followed him; and wist not that it was true

which was done by the angel; but thought he saw a vision.

 

12:10 When they were past the first and the second ward, they came

unto the iron gate that leadeth unto the city; which opened to them of

his own accord: and they went out, and passed on through one street;

and forthwith the angel departed from him.

 

12:11 And when Peter was come to himself, he said, Now I know of a

surety, that the LORD hath sent his angel, and hath delivered me out

of the hand of Herod, and from all the expectation of the people of

the Jews.

 

12:12 And when he had considered the thing, he came to the house of

Mary the mother of John, whose surname was Mark; where many were

gathered together praying.

 

12:13 And as Peter knocked at the door of the gate, a damsel came to

hearken, named Rhoda.

 

12:14 And when she knew Peter's voice, she opened not the gate for

gladness, but ran in, and told how Peter stood before the gate.

 

12:15 And they said unto her, Thou art mad. But she constantly

affirmed that it was even so. Then said they, It is his angel.

 

12:16 But Peter continued knocking: and when they had opened the door,

and saw him, they were astonished.

 

12:17 But he, beckoning unto them with the hand to hold their peace,

declared unto them how the Lord had brought him out of the prison. And

he said, Go shew these things unto James, and to the brethren. And he

departed, and went into another place.

 

12:18 Now as soon as it was day, there was no small stir among the

soldiers, what was become of Peter.

 

12:19 And when Herod had sought for him, and found him not, he

examined the keepers, and commanded that they should be put to death.

And he went down from Judaea to Caesarea, and there abode.

 

12:20 And Herod was highly displeased with them of Tyre and Sidon: but

they came with one accord to him, and, having made Blastus the king's

chamberlain their friend, desired peace; because their country was

nourished by the king's country.

 

12:21 And upon a set day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat upon his

throne, and made an oration unto them.

 

12:22 And the people gave a shout, saying, It is the voice of a god,

and not of a man.

 

12:23 And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave

not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost.

 

12:24 But the word of God grew and multiplied.

 

12:25 And Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerusalem, when they had

fulfilled their ministry, and took with them John, whose surname was

Mark.

 

13:1 Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets

and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and

Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the

tetrarch, and Saul.

 

13:2 As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said,

Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called

them.

 

13:3 And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on

them, they sent them away.

 

13:4 So they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed unto

Seleucia; and from thence they sailed to Cyprus.

 

13:5 And when they were at Salamis, they preached the word of God in

the synagogues of the Jews: and they had also John to their minister.

 

13:6 And when they had gone through the isle unto Paphos, they found a

certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was Barjesus:

13:7 Which was with the deputy of the country, Sergius Paulus, a

prudent man; who called for Barnabas and Saul, and desired to hear the

word of God.

 

13:8 But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation)

withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith.

 

13:9 Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost,

set his eyes on him.

 

13:10 And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of

the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to

pervert the right ways of the Lord?  13:11 And now, behold, the hand

of the Lord is upon thee, and thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun

for a season. And immediately there fell on him a mist and a darkness;

and he went about seeking some to lead him by the hand.

 

13:12 Then the deputy, when he saw what was done, believed, being

astonished at the doctrine of the Lord.

 

13:13 Now when Paul and his company loosed from Paphos, they came to

Perga in Pamphylia: and John departing from them returned to

Jerusalem.

 

13:14 But when they departed from Perga, they came to Antioch in

Pisidia, and went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and sat down.

 

13:15 And after the reading of the law and the prophets the rulers of

the synagogue sent unto them, saying, Ye men and brethren, if ye have

any word of exhortation for the people, say on.

 

13:16 Then Paul stood up, and beckoning with his hand said, Men of

Israel, and ye that fear God, give audience.

 

13:17 The God of this people of Israel chose our fathers, and exalted

the people when they dwelt as strangers in the land of Egypt, and with

an high arm brought he them out of it.

 

13:18 And about the time of forty years suffered he their manners in

the wilderness.

 

13:19 And when he had destroyed seven nations in the land of Chanaan,

he divided their land to them by lot.

 

13:20 And after that he gave unto them judges about the space of four

hundred and fifty years, until Samuel the prophet.

 

13:21 And afterward they desired a king: and God gave unto them Saul

the son of Cis, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, by the space of forty

years.

 

13:22 And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be

their king; to whom also he gave their testimony, and said, I have

found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall

fulfil all my will.

 

13:23 Of this man's seed hath God according to his promise raised unto

Israel a Saviour, Jesus: 13:24 When John had first preached before his

coming the baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel.

 

13:25 And as John fulfilled his course, he said, Whom think ye that I

am?  I am not he. But, behold, there cometh one after me, whose shoes

of his feet I am not worthy to loose.

 

13:26 Men and brethren, children of the stock of Abraham, and

whosoever among you feareth God, to you is the word of this salvation

sent.

 

13:27 For they that dwell at Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they

knew him not, nor yet the voices of the prophets which are read every

sabbath day, they have fulfilled them in condemning him.

 

13:28 And though they found no cause of death in him, yet desired they

Pilate that he should be slain.

 

13:29 And when they had fulfilled all that was written of him, they

took him down from the tree, and laid him in a sepulchre.

 

13:30 But God raised him from the dead: 13:31 And he was seen many

days of them which came up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are

his witnesses unto the people.

 

13:32 And we declare unto you glad tidings, how that the promise which

was made unto the fathers, 13:33 God hath fulfilled the same unto us

their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also

written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten

thee.

 

13:34 And as concerning that he raised him up from the dead, now no

more to return to corruption, he said on this wise, I will give you

the sure mercies of David.

 

13:35 Wherefore he saith also in another psalm, Thou shalt not suffer

thine Holy One to see corruption.

 

13:36 For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of

God, fell on sleep, and was laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption:

13:37 But he, whom God raised again, saw no corruption.

 

13:38 Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through

this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins: 13:39 And by

him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye

could not be justified by the law of Moses.

 

13:40 Beware therefore, lest that come upon you, which is spoken of in

the prophets; 13:41 Behold, ye despisers, and wonder, and perish: for

I work a work in your days, a work which ye shall in no wise believe,

though a man declare it unto you.

 

13:42 And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the Gentiles

besought that these words might be preached to them the next sabbath.

 

13:43 Now when the congregation was broken up, many of the Jews and

religious proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas: who, speaking to

them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God.

 

13:44 And the next sabbath day came almost the whole city together to

hear the word of God.

 

13:45 But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with

envy, and spake against those things which were spoken by Paul,

contradicting and blaspheming.

 

13:46 Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary

that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing

ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life,

lo, we turn to the Gentiles.

 

13:47 For so hath the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set thee to be

a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for salvation unto the

ends of the earth.

 

13:48 And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified

the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life

believed.

 

13:49 And the word of the Lord was published throughout all the

region.

 

13:50 But the Jews stirred up the devout and honourable women, and the

chief men of the city, and raised persecution against Paul and

Barnabas, and expelled them out of their coasts.

 

13:51 But they shook off the dust of their feet against them, and came

unto Iconium.

 

13:52 And the disciples were filled with joy, and with the Holy Ghost.

 

14:1 And it came to pass in Iconium, that they went both together into

the synagogue of the Jews, and so spake, that a great multitude both

of the Jews and also of the Greeks believed.

 

14:2 But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles, and made their

minds evil affected against the brethren.

 

14:3 Long time therefore abode they speaking boldly in the Lord, which

gave testimony unto the word of his grace, and granted signs and

wonders to be done by their hands.

 

14:4 But the multitude of the city was divided: and part held with the

Jews, and part with the apostles.

 

14:5 And when there was an assault made both of the Gentiles, and also

of the Jews with their rulers, to use them despitefully, and to stone

them, 14:6 They were ware of it, and fled unto Lystra and Derbe,

cities of Lycaonia, and unto the region that lieth round about: 14:7

And there they preached the gospel.

 

14:8 And there sat a certain man at Lystra, impotent in his feet,

being a cripple from his mother's womb, who never had walked: 14:9 The

same heard Paul speak: who stedfastly beholding him, and perceiving

that he had faith to be healed, 14:10 Said with a loud voice, Stand

upright on thy feet. And he leaped and walked.

 

14:11 And when the people saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their

voices, saying in the speech of Lycaonia, The gods are come down to us

in the likeness of men.

 

14:12 And they called Barnabas, Jupiter; and Paul, Mercurius, because

he was the chief speaker.

 

14:13 Then the priest of Jupiter, which was before their city, brought

oxen and garlands unto the gates, and would have done sacrifice with

the people.

 

14:14 Which when the apostles, Barnabas and Paul, heard of, they rent

their clothes, and ran in among the people, crying out, 14:15 And

saying, Sirs, why do ye these things? We also are men of like passions

with you, and preach unto you that ye should turn from these vanities

unto the living God, which made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and

all things that are therein: 14:16 Who in times past suffered all

nations to walk in their own ways.

 

14:17 Nevertheless he left not himself without witness, in that he did

good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our

hearts with food and gladness.

 

14:18 And with these sayings scarce restrained they the people, that

they had not done sacrifice unto them.

 

14:19 And there came thither certain Jews from Antioch and Iconium,

who persuaded the people, and having stoned Paul, drew him out of the

city, supposing he had been dead.

 

14:20 Howbeit, as the disciples stood round about him, he rose up, and

came into the city: and the next day he departed with Barnabas to

Derbe.

 

14:21 And when they had preached the gospel to that city, and had

taught many, they returned again to Lystra, and to Iconium, and

Antioch, 14:22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting

them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much

tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.

 

14:23 And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had

prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they

believed.

 

14:24 And after they had passed throughout Pisidia, they came to

Pamphylia.

 

14:25 And when they had preached the word in Perga, they went down

into Attalia: 14:26 And thence sailed to Antioch, from whence they had

been recommended to the grace of God for the work which they

fulfilled.

 

14:27 And when they were come, and had gathered the church together,

they rehearsed all that God had done with them, and how he had opened

the door of faith unto the Gentiles.

 

14:28 And there they abode long time with the disciples.

 

15:1 And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brethren,

and said, Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye

cannot be saved.

 

15:2 When therefore Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and

disputation with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas, and

certain other of them, should go up to Jerusalem unto the apostles and

elders about this question.

 

15:3 And being brought on their way by the church, they passed through

Phenice and Samaria, declaring the conversion of the Gentiles: and

they caused great joy unto all the brethren.

 

15:4 And when they were come to Jerusalem, they were received of the

church, and of the apostles and elders, and they declared all things

that God had done with them.

 

15:5 But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which

believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to

command them to keep the law of Moses.

 

15:6 And the apostles and elders came together for to consider of this

matter.

 

15:7 And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said

unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God

made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the

word of the gospel, and believe.

 

15:8 And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them

the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us; 15:9 And put no difference

between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.

 

15:10 Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of

the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?

15:11 But we believe that through the grace of the LORD Jesus Christ

we shall be saved, even as they.

 

15:12 Then all the multitude kept silence, and gave audience to

Barnabas and Paul, declaring what miracles and wonders God had wrought

among the Gentiles by them.

 

15:13 And after they had held their peace, James answered, saying, Men

and brethren, hearken unto me: 15:14 Simeon hath declared how God at

the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his

name.

 

15:15 And to this agree the words of the prophets; as it is written,

15:16 After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of

David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof,

and I will set it up: 15:17 That the residue of men might seek after

the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called, saith the

Lord, who doeth all these things.

 

15:18 Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the

world.

 

15:19 Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble not them, which from

among the Gentiles are turned to God: 15:20 But that we write unto

them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from

fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood.

 

15:21 For Moses of old time hath in every city them that preach him,

being read in the synagogues every sabbath day.

 

15:22 Then pleased it the apostles and elders with the whole church,

to send chosen men of their own company to Antioch with Paul and

Barnabas; namely, Judas surnamed Barsabas and Silas, chief men among

the brethren: 15:23 And they wrote letters by them after this manner;

The apostles and elders and brethren send greeting unto the brethren

which are of the Gentiles in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia.

 

15:24 Forasmuch as we have heard, that certain which went out from us

have troubled you with words, subverting your souls, saying, Ye must

be circumcised, and keep the law: to whom we gave no such commandment:

15:25 It seemed good unto us, being assembled with one accord, to send

chosen men unto you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul, 15:26 Men that

have hazarded their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

15:27 We have sent therefore Judas and Silas, who shall also tell you

the same things by mouth.

 

15:28 For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you

no greater burden than these necessary things; 15:29 That ye abstain

from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things

strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye

shall do well. Fare ye well.

 

15:30 So when they were dismissed, they came to Antioch: and when they

had gathered the multitude together, they delivered the epistle: 15:31

Which when they had read, they rejoiced for the consolation.

 

15:32 And Judas and Silas, being prophets also themselves, exhorted

the brethren with many words, and confirmed them.

 

15:33 And after they had tarried there a space, they were let go in

peace from the brethren unto the apostles.

 

15:34 Notwithstanding it pleased Silas to abide there still.

 

15:35 Paul also and Barnabas continued in Antioch, teaching and

preaching the word of the Lord, with many others also.

 

15:36 And some days after Paul said unto Barnabas, Let us go again and

visit our brethren in every city where we have preached the word of

the LORD, and see how they do.

 

15:37 And Barnabas determined to take with them John, whose surname

was Mark.

 

15:38 But Paul thought not good to take him with them, who departed

from them from Pamphylia, and went not with them to the work.

 

15:39 And the contention was so sharp between them, that they departed

asunder one from the other: and so Barnabas took Mark, and sailed unto

Cyprus; 15:40 And Paul chose Silas, and departed, being recommended by

the brethren unto the grace of God.

 

15:41 And he went through Syria and Cilicia, confirming the churches.

 

16:1 Then came he to Derbe and Lystra: and, behold, a certain disciple

was there, named Timotheus, the son of a certain woman, which was a

Jewess, and believed; but his father was a Greek: 16:2 Which was well

reported of by the brethren that were at Lystra and Iconium.

 

16:3 Him would Paul have to go forth with him; and took and

circumcised him because of the Jews which were in those quarters: for

they knew all that his father was a Greek.

 

16:4 And as they went through the cities, they delivered them the

decrees for to keep, that were ordained of the apostles and elders

which were at Jerusalem.

 

16:5 And so were the churches established in the faith, and increased

in number daily.

 

16:6 Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of

Galatia, and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in

Asia, 16:7 After they were come to Mysia, they assayed to go into

Bithynia: but the Spirit suffered them not.

 

16:8 And they passing by Mysia came down to Troas.

 

16:9 And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; There stood a man of

Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, Come over into Macedonia, and help

us.

 

16:10 And after he had seen the vision, immediately we endeavoured to

go into Macedonia, assuredly gathering that the Lord had called us for

to preach the gospel unto them.

 

16:11 Therefore loosing from Troas, we came with a straight course to

Samothracia, and the next day to Neapolis; 16:12 And from thence to

Philippi, which is the chief city of that part of Macedonia, and a

colony: and we were in that city abiding certain days.

 

16:13 And on the sabbath we went out of the city by a river side,

where prayer was wont to be made; and we sat down, and spake unto the

women which resorted thither.

 

16:14 And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city

of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord

opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul.

 

16:15 And when she was baptized, and her household, she besought us,

saying, If ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my

house, and abide there. And she constrained us.

 

16:16 And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel

possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her

masters much gain by soothsaying: 16:17 The same followed Paul and us,

and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God,

which shew unto us the way of salvation.

 

16:18 And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and

said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come

out of her.

 

And he came out the same hour.

 

16:19 And when her masters saw that the hope of their gains was gone,

they caught Paul and Silas, and drew them into the marketplace unto

the rulers, 16:20 And brought them to the magistrates, saying, These

men, being Jews, do exceedingly trouble our city, 16:21 And teach

customs, which are not lawful for us to receive, neither to observe,

being Romans.

 

16:22 And the multitude rose up together against them: and the

magistrates rent off their clothes, and commanded to beat them.

 

16:23 And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them

into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely: 16:24 Who,

having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and

made their feet fast in the stocks.

 

16:25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto

God: and the prisoners heard them.

 

16:26 And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the

foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors

were opened, and every one's bands were loosed.

 

16:27 And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and

seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have

killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled.

 

16:28 But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm:

for we are all here.

 

16:29 Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling,

and fell down before Paul and Silas, 16:30 And brought them out, and

said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?  16:31 And they said, Believe

on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

 

16:32 And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that

were in his house.

 

16:33 And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their

stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway.

 

16:34 And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before

them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house.

 

16:35 And when it was day, the magistrates sent the serjeants, saying,

Let those men go.

 

16:36 And the keeper of the prison told this saying to Paul, The

magistrates have sent to let you go: now therefore depart, and go in

peace.

 

16:37 But Paul said unto them, They have beaten us openly uncondemned,

being Romans, and have cast us into prison; and now do they thrust us

out privily? nay verily; but let them come themselves and fetch us

out.

 

16:38 And the serjeants told these words unto the magistrates: and

they feared, when they heard that they were Romans.

 

16:39 And they came and besought them, and brought them out, and

desired them to depart out of the city.

 

16:40 And they went out of the prison, and entered into the house of

Lydia: and when they had seen the brethren, they comforted them, and

departed.

 

17:1 Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they

came to Thessalonica, where was a synagogue of the Jews: 17:2 And

Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days

reasoned with them out of the scriptures, 17:3 Opening and alleging,

that Christ must needs have suffered, and risen again from the dead;

and that this Jesus, whom I preach unto you, is Christ.

 

17:4 And some of them believed, and consorted with Paul and Silas; and

of the devout Greeks a great multitude, and of the chief women not a

few.

 

17:5 But the Jews which believed not, moved with envy, took unto them

certain lewd fellows of the baser sort, and gathered a company, and

set all the city on an uproar, and assaulted the house of Jason, and

sought to bring them out to the people.

 

17:6 And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain

brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned

the world upside down are come hither also; 17:7 Whom Jason hath

received: and these all do contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying

that there is another king, one Jesus.

 

17:8 And they troubled the people and the rulers of the city, when

they heard these things.

 

17:9 And when they had taken security of Jason, and of the other, they

let them go.

 

17:10 And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night

unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews.

 

17:11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they

received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the

scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

 

17:12 Therefore many of them believed; also of honourable women which

were Greeks, and of men, not a few.

 

17:13 But when the Jews of Thessalonica had knowledge that the word of

God was preached of Paul at Berea, they came thither also, and stirred

up the people.

 

17:14 And then immediately the brethren sent away Paul to go as it

were to the sea: but Silas and Timotheus abode there still.

 

17:15 And they that conducted Paul brought him unto Athens: and

receiving a commandment unto Silas and Timotheus for to come to him

with all speed, they departed.

 

17:16 Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was stirred

in him, when he saw the city wholly given to idolatry.

 

17:17 Therefore disputed he in the synagogue with the Jews, and with

the devout persons, and in the market daily with them that met with

him.

 

17:18 Then certain philosophers of the Epicureans, and of the Stoicks,

encountered him. And some said, What will this babbler say? other

some, He seemeth to be a setter forth of strange gods: because he

preached unto them Jesus, and the resurrection.

 

17:19 And they took him, and brought him unto Areopagus, saying, May

we know what this new doctrine, whereof thou speakest, is?  17:20 For

thou bringest certain strange things to our ears: we would know

therefore what these things mean.

 

17:21 (For all the Athenians and strangers which were there spent

their time in nothing else, but either to tell, or to hear some new

thing.)  17:22 Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars' hill, and said,

Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too

superstitious.

 

17:23 For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar

with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye

ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you.

 

17:24 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he

is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;

17:25 Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any

thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; 17:26

And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the

face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and

the bounds of their habitation; 17:27 That they should seek the Lord,

if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far

from every one of us: 17:28 For in him we live, and move, and have our

being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also

his offspring.

 

17:29 Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to

think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven

by art and man's device.

 

17:30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now

commandeth all men every where to repent: 17:31 Because he hath

appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness

by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance

unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.

 

17:32 And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some

mocked: and others said, We will hear thee again of this matter.

 

17:33 So Paul departed from among them.

 

17:34 Howbeit certain men clave unto him, and believed: among the

which was Dionysius the Areopagite, and a woman named Damaris, and

others with them.

 

18:1 After these things Paul departed from Athens, and came to

Corinth; 18:2 And found a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus,

lately come from Italy, with his wife Priscilla; (because that

Claudius had commanded all Jews to depart from Rome:) and came unto

them.

 

18:3 And because he was of the same craft, he abode with them, and

wrought: for by their occupation they were tentmakers.

 

18:4 And he reasoned in the synagogue every sabbath, and persuaded the

Jews and the Greeks.

 

18:5 And when Silas and Timotheus were come from Macedonia, Paul was

pressed in the spirit, and testified to the Jews that Jesus was

Christ.

 

18:6 And when they opposed themselves, and blasphemed, he shook his

raiment, and said unto them, Your blood be upon your own heads; I am

clean; from henceforth I will go unto the Gentiles.

 

18:7 And he departed thence, and entered into a certain man's house,

named Justus, one that worshipped God, whose house joined hard to the

synagogue.

 

18:8 And Crispus, the chief ruler of the synagogue, believed on the

Lord with all his house; and many of the Corinthians hearing believed,

and were baptized.

 

18:9 Then spake the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision, Be not

afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace: 18:10 For I am with thee,

and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee: for I have much people in

this city.

 

18:11 And he continued there a year and six months, teaching the word

of God among them.

 

18:12 And when Gallio was the deputy of Achaia, the Jews made

insurrection with one accord against Paul, and brought him to the

judgment seat, 18:13 Saying, This fellow persuadeth men to worship God

contrary to the law.

 

18:14 And when Paul was now about to open his mouth, Gallio said unto

the Jews, If it were a matter of wrong or wicked lewdness, O ye Jews,

reason would that I should bear with you: 18:15 But if it be a

question of words and names, and of your law, look ye to it; for I

will be no judge of such matters.

 

18:16 And he drave them from the judgment seat.

 

18:17 Then all the Greeks took Sosthenes, the chief ruler of the

synagogue, and beat him before the judgment seat. And Gallio cared for

none of those things.

 

18:18 And Paul after this tarried there yet a good while, and then

took his leave of the brethren, and sailed thence into Syria, and with

him Priscilla and Aquila; having shorn his head in Cenchrea: for he

had a vow.

 

18:19 And he came to Ephesus, and left them there: but he himself

entered into the synagogue, and reasoned with the Jews.

 

18:20 When they desired him to tarry longer time with them, he

consented not; 18:21 But bade them farewell, saying, I must by all

means keep this feast that cometh in Jerusalem: but I will return

again unto you, if God will. And he sailed from Ephesus.

 

18:22 And when he had landed at Caesarea, and gone up, and saluted the

church, he went down to Antioch.

 

18:23 And after he had spent some time there, he departed, and went

over all the country of Galatia and Phrygia in order, strengthening

all the disciples.

 

18:24 And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent

man, and mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus.

 

18:25 This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being

fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of

the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John.

 

18:26 And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila

and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto

him the way of God more perfectly.

 

18:27 And when he was disposed to pass into Achaia, the brethren

wrote, exhorting the disciples to receive him: who, when he was come,

helped them much which had believed through grace: 18:28 For he

mightily convinced the Jews, and that publickly, shewing by the

scriptures that Jesus was Christ.

 

19:1 And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul

having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding

certain disciples, 19:2 He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy

Ghost since ye believed?  And they said unto him, We have not so much

as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.

 

19:3 And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they

said, Unto John's baptism.

 

19:4 Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of

repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him

which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.

 

19:5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord

Jesus.

 

19:6 And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came

on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.

 

19:7 And all the men were about twelve.

 

19:8 And he went into the synagogue, and spake boldly for the space of

three months, disputing and persuading the things concerning the

kingdom of God.

 

19:9 But when divers were hardened, and believed not, but spake evil

of that way before the multitude, he departed from them, and separated

the disciples, disputing daily in the school of one Tyrannus.

 

19:10 And this continued by the space of two years; so that all they

which dwelt in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and

Greeks.

 

19:11 And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul: 19:12 So

that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons,

and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of

them.

 

19:13 Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to

call over them which had evil spirits the name of the LORD Jesus,

saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth.

 

19:14 And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the

priests, which did so.

 

19:15 And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I

know; but who are ye?  19:16 And the man in whom the evil spirit was

leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that

they fled out of that house naked and wounded.

 

19:17 And this was known to all the Jews and Greeks also dwelling at

Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was

magnified.

 

19:18 And many that believed came, and confessed, and shewed their

deeds.

 

19:19 Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books

together, and burned them before all men: and they counted the price

of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver.

 

19:20 So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.

 

19:21 After these things were ended, Paul purposed in the spirit, when

he had passed through Macedonia and Achaia, to go to Jerusalem,

saying, After I have been there, I must also see Rome.

 

19:22 So he sent into Macedonia two of them that ministered unto him,

Timotheus and Erastus; but he himself stayed in Asia for a season.

 

19:23 And the same time there arose no small stir about that way.

 

19:24 For a certain man named Demetrius, a silversmith, which made

silver shrines for Diana, brought no small gain unto the craftsmen;

19:25 Whom he called together with the workmen of like occupation, and

said, Sirs, ye know that by this craft we have our wealth.

 

19:26 Moreover ye see and hear, that not alone at Ephesus, but almost

throughout all Asia, this Paul hath persuaded and turned away much

people, saying that they be no gods, which are made with hands: 19:27

So that not only this our craft is in danger to be set at nought; but

also that the temple of the great goddess Diana should be despised,

and her magnificence should be destroyed, whom all Asia and the world

worshippeth.

 

19:28 And when they heard these sayings, they were full of wrath, and

cried out, saying, Great is Diana of the Ephesians.

 

19:29 And the whole city was filled with confusion: and having caught

Gaius and Aristarchus, men of Macedonia, Paul's companions in travel,

they rushed with one accord into the theatre.

 

19:30 And when Paul would have entered in unto the people, the

disciples suffered him not.

 

19:31 And certain of the chief of Asia, which were his friends, sent

unto him, desiring him that he would not adventure himself into the

theatre.

 

19:32 Some therefore cried one thing, and some another: for the

assembly was confused: and the more part knew not wherefore they were

come together.

 

19:33 And they drew Alexander out of the multitude, the Jews putting

him forward. And Alexander beckoned with the hand, and would have made

his defence unto the people.

 

19:34 But when they knew that he was a Jew, all with one voice about

the space of two hours cried out, Great is Diana of the Ephesians.

 

19:35 And when the townclerk had appeased the people, he said, Ye men

of Ephesus, what man is there that knoweth not how that the city of

the Ephesians is a worshipper of the great goddess Diana, and of the

image which fell down from Jupiter?  19:36 Seeing then that these

things cannot be spoken against, ye ought to be quiet, and to do

nothing rashly.

 

19:37 For ye have brought hither these men, which are neither robbers

of churches, nor yet blasphemers of your goddess.

 

19:38 Wherefore if Demetrius, and the craftsmen which are with him,

have a matter against any man, the law is open, and there are

deputies: let them implead one another.

 

19:39 But if ye enquire any thing concerning other matters, it shall

be determined in a lawful assembly.

 

19:40 For we are in danger to be called in question for this day's

uproar, there being no cause whereby we may give an account of this

concourse.

 

19:41 And when he had thus spoken, he dismissed the assembly.

 

20:1 And after the uproar was ceased, Paul called unto him the

disciples, and embraced them, and departed for to go into Macedonia.

 

20:2 And when he had gone over those parts, and had given them much

exhortation, he came into Greece, 20:3 And there abode three months.

And when the Jews laid wait for him, as he was about to sail into

Syria, he purposed to return through Macedonia.

 

20:4 And there accompanied him into Asia Sopater of Berea; and of the

Thessalonians, Aristarchus and Secundus; and Gaius of Derbe, and

Timotheus; and of Asia, Tychicus and Trophimus.

 

20:5 These going before tarried for us at Troas.

 

20:6 And we sailed away from Philippi after the days of unleavened

bread, and came unto them to Troas in five days; where we abode seven

days.

 

20:7 And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came

together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on

the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.

 

20:8 And there were many lights in the upper chamber, where they were

gathered together.

 

20:9 And there sat in a window a certain young man named Eutychus,

being fallen into a deep sleep: and as Paul was long preaching, he

sunk down with sleep, and fell down from the third loft, and was taken

up dead.

 

20:10 And Paul went down, and fell on him, and embracing him said,

Trouble not yourselves; for his life is in him.

 

20:11 When he therefore was come up again, and had broken bread, and

eaten, and talked a long while, even till break of day, so he

departed.

 

20:12 And they brought the young man alive, and were not a little

comforted.

 

20:13 And we went before to ship, and sailed unto Assos, there

intending to take in Paul: for so had he appointed, minding himself to

go afoot.

 

20:14 And when he met with us at Assos, we took him in, and came to

Mitylene.

 

20:15 And we sailed thence, and came the next day over against Chios;

and the next day we arrived at Samos, and tarried at Trogyllium; and

the next day we came to Miletus.

 

20:16 For Paul had determined to sail by Ephesus, because he would not

spend the time in Asia: for he hasted, if it were possible for him, to

be at Jerusalem the day of Pentecost.

 

20:17 And from Miletus he sent to Ephesus, and called the elders of

the church.

 

20:18 And when they were come to him, he said unto them, Ye know, from

the first day that I came into Asia, after what manner I have been

with you at all seasons, 20:19 Serving the LORD with all humility of

mind, and with many tears, and temptations, which befell me by the

lying in wait of the Jews: 20:20 And how I kept back nothing that was

profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you

publickly, and from house to house, 20:21 Testifying both to the Jews,

and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our

Lord Jesus Christ.

 

20:22 And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not

knowing the things that shall befall me there: 20:23 Save that the

Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions

abide me.

 

20:24 But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear

unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the

ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the

gospel of the grace of God.

 

20:25 And now, behold, I know that ye all, among whom I have gone

preaching the kingdom of God, shall see my face no more.

 

20:26 Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the

blood of all men.

 

20:27 For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of

God.

 

20:28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over

the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church

of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.

 

20:29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves

enter in among you, not sparing the flock.

 

20:30 Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse

things, to draw away disciples after them.

 

20:31 Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years

I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.

 

20:32 And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his

grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance

among all them which are sanctified.

 

20:33 I have coveted no man's silver, or gold, or apparel.

 

20:34 Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto

my necessities, and to them that were with me.

 

20:35 I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to

support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he

said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.

 

20:36 And when he had thus spoken, he kneeled down, and prayed with

them all.

 

20:37 And they all wept sore, and fell on Paul's neck, and kissed him,

20:38 Sorrowing most of all for the words which he spake, that they

should see his face no more. And they accompanied him unto the ship.

 

21:1 And it came to pass, that after we were gotten from them, and had

launched, we came with a straight course unto Coos, and the day

following unto Rhodes, and from thence unto Patara: 21:2 And finding a

ship sailing over unto Phenicia, we went aboard, and set forth.

 

21:3 Now when we had discovered Cyprus, we left it on the left hand,

and sailed into Syria, and landed at Tyre: for there the ship was to

unlade her burden.

 

21:4 And finding disciples, we tarried there seven days: who said to

Paul through the Spirit, that he should not go up to Jerusalem.

 

21:5 And when we had accomplished those days, we departed and went our

way; and they all brought us on our way, with wives and children, till

we were out of the city: and we kneeled down on the shore, and prayed.

 

21:6 And when we had taken our leave one of another, we took ship; and

they returned home again.

 

21:7 And when we had finished our course from Tyre, we came to

Ptolemais, and saluted the brethren, and abode with them one day.

 

21:8 And the next day we that were of Paul's company departed, and

came unto Caesarea: and we entered into the house of Philip the

evangelist, which was one of the seven; and abode with him.

 

21:9 And the same man had four daughters, virgins, which did prophesy.

 

21:10 And as we tarried there many days, there came down from Judaea a

certain prophet, named Agabus.

 

21:11 And when he was come unto us, he took Paul's girdle, and bound

his own hands and feet, and said, Thus saith the Holy Ghost, So shall

the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man that owneth this girdle, and shall

deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.

 

21:12 And when we heard these things, both we, and they of that place,

besought him not to go up to Jerusalem.

 

21:13 Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine

heart?  for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at

Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.

 

21:14 And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, The will

of the Lord be done.

 

21:15 And after those days we took up our carriages, and went up to

Jerusalem.

 

21:16 There went with us also certain of the disciples of Caesarea,

and brought with them one Mnason of Cyprus, an old disciple, with whom

we should lodge.

 

21:17 And when we were come to Jerusalem, the brethren received us

gladly.

 

21:18 And the day following Paul went in with us unto James; and all

the elders were present.

 

21:19 And when he had saluted them, he declared particularly what

things God had wrought among the Gentiles by his ministry.

 

21:20 And when they heard it, they glorified the Lord, and said unto

him, Thou seest, brother, how many thousands of Jews there are which

believe; and they are all zealous of the law: 21:21 And they are

informed of thee, that thou teachest all the Jews which are among the

Gentiles to forsake Moses, saying that they ought not to circumcise

their children, neither to walk after the customs.

 

21:22 What is it therefore? the multitude must needs come together:

for they will hear that thou art come.

 

21:23 Do therefore this that we say to thee: We have four men which

have a vow on them; 21:24 Them take, and purify thyself with them, and

be at charges with them, that they may shave their heads: and all may

know that those things, whereof they were informed concerning thee,

are nothing; but that thou thyself also walkest orderly, and keepest

the law.

 

21:25 As touching the Gentiles which believe, we have written and

concluded that they observe no such thing, save only that they keep

themselves from things offered to idols, and from blood, and from

strangled, and from fornication.

 

21:26 Then Paul took the men, and the next day purifying himself with

them entered into the temple, to signify the accomplishment of the

days of purification, until that an offering should be offered for

every one of them.

 

21:27 And when the seven days were almost ended, the Jews which were

of Asia, when they saw him in the temple, stirred up all the people,

and laid hands on him, 21:28 Crying out, Men of Israel, help: This is

the man, that teacheth all men every where against the people, and the

law, and this place: and further brought Greeks also into the temple,

and hath polluted this holy place.

 

21:29 (For they had seen before with him in the city Trophimus an

Ephesian, whom they supposed that Paul had brought into the temple.)

21:30 And all the city was moved, and the people ran together: and

they took Paul, and drew him out of the temple: and forthwith the

doors were shut.

 

21:31 And as they went about to kill him, tidings came unto the chief

captain of the band, that all Jerusalem was in an uproar.

 

21:32 Who immediately took soldiers and centurions, and ran down unto

them: and when they saw the chief captain and the soldiers, they left

beating of Paul.

 

21:33 Then the chief captain came near, and took him, and commanded

him to be bound with two chains; and demanded who he was, and what he

had done.

 

21:34 And some cried one thing, some another, among the multitude: and

when he could not know the certainty for the tumult, he commanded him

to be carried into the castle.

 

21:35 And when he came upon the stairs, so it was, that he was borne

of the soldiers for the violence of the people.

 

21:36 For the multitude of the people followed after, crying, Away

with him.

 

21:37 And as Paul was to be led into the castle, he said unto the

chief captain, May I speak unto thee? Who said, Canst thou speak

Greek?  21:38 Art not thou that Egyptian, which before these days

madest an uproar, and leddest out into the wilderness four thousand

men that were murderers?  21:39 But Paul said, I am a man which am a

Jew of Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, a citizen of no mean city: and, I

beseech thee, suffer me to speak unto the people.

 

21:40 And when he had given him licence, Paul stood on the stairs, and

beckoned with the hand unto the people. And when there was made a

great silence, he spake unto them in the Hebrew tongue, saying, 22:1

Men, brethren, and fathers, hear ye my defence which I make now unto

you.

 

22:2 (And when they heard that he spake in the Hebrew tongue to them,

they kept the more silence: and he saith,) 22:3 I am verily a man

which am a Jew, born in Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, yet brought up in

this city at the feet of Gamaliel, and taught according to the perfect

manner of the law of the fathers, and was zealous toward God, as ye

all are this day.

 

22:4 And I persecuted this way unto the death, binding and delivering

into prisons both men and women.

 

22:5 As also the high priest doth bear me witness, and all the estate

of the elders: from whom also I received letters unto the brethren,

and went to Damascus, to bring them which were there bound unto

Jerusalem, for to be punished.

 

22:6 And it came to pass, that, as I made my journey, and was come

nigh unto Damascus about noon, suddenly there shone from heaven a

great light round about me.

 

22:7 And I fell unto the ground, and heard a voice saying unto me,

Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?  22:8 And I answered, Who art

thou, Lord? And he said unto me, I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom thou

persecutest.

 

22:9 And they that were with me saw indeed the light, and were afraid;

but they heard not the voice of him that spake to me.

 

22:10 And I said, What shall I do, LORD? And the Lord said unto me,

Arise, and go into Damascus; and there it shall be told thee of all

things which are appointed for thee to do.

 

22:11 And when I could not see for the glory of that light, being led

by the hand of them that were with me, I came into Damascus.

 

22:12 And one Ananias, a devout man according to the law, having a

good report of all the Jews which dwelt there, 22:13 Came unto me, and

stood, and said unto me, Brother Saul, receive thy sight. And the same

hour I looked up upon him.

 

22:14 And he said, The God of our fathers hath chosen thee, that thou

shouldest know his will, and see that Just One, and shouldest hear the

voice of his mouth.

 

22:15 For thou shalt be his witness unto all men of what thou hast

seen and heard.

 

22:16 And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away

thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.

 

22:17 And it came to pass, that, when I was come again to Jerusalem,

even while I prayed in the temple, I was in a trance; 22:18 And saw

him saying unto me, Make haste, and get thee quickly out of Jerusalem:

for they will not receive thy testimony concerning me.

 

22:19 And I said, Lord, they know that I imprisoned and beat in every

synagogue them that believed on thee: 22:20 And when the blood of thy

martyr Stephen was shed, I also was standing by, and consenting unto

his death, and kept the raiment of them that slew him.

 

22:21 And he said unto me, Depart: for I will send thee far hence unto

the Gentiles.

 

22:22 And they gave him audience unto this word, and then lifted up

their voices, and said, Away with such a fellow from the earth: for it

is not fit that he should live.

 

22:23 And as they cried out, and cast off their clothes, and threw

dust into the air, 22:24 The chief captain commanded him to be brought

into the castle, and bade that he should be examined by scourging;

that he might know wherefore they cried so against him.

 

22:25 And as they bound him with thongs, Paul said unto the centurion

that stood by, Is it lawful for you to scourge a man that is a Roman,

and uncondemned?  22:26 When the centurion heard that, he went and

told the chief captain, saying, Take heed what thou doest: for this

man is a Roman.

 

22:27 Then the chief captain came, and said unto him, Tell me, art

thou a Roman? He said, Yea.

 

22:28 And the chief captain answered, With a great sum obtained I this

freedom. And Paul said, But I was free born.

 

22:29 Then straightway they departed from him which should have

examined him: and the chief captain also was afraid, after he knew

that he was a Roman, and because he had bound him.

 

22:30 On the morrow, because he would have known the certainty

wherefore he was accused of the Jews, he loosed him from his bands,

and commanded the chief priests and all their council to appear, and

brought Paul down, and set him before them.

 

23:1 And Paul, earnestly beholding the council, said, Men and

brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this

day.

 

23:2 And the high priest Ananias commanded them that stood by him to

smite him on the mouth.

 

23:3 Then said Paul unto him, God shall smite thee, thou whited wall:

for sittest thou to judge me after the law, and commandest me to be

smitten contrary to the law?  23:4 And they that stood by said,

Revilest thou God's high priest?  23:5 Then said Paul, I wist not,

brethren, that he was the high priest: for it is written, Thou shalt

not speak evil of the ruler of thy people.

 

23:6 But when Paul perceived that the one part were Sadducees, and the

other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, Men and brethren, I am a

Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee: of the hope and resurrection of the

dead I am called in question.

 

23:7 And when he had so said, there arose a dissension between the

Pharisees and the Sadducees: and the multitude was divided.

 

23:8 For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, neither

angel, nor spirit: but the Pharisees confess both.

 

23:9 And there arose a great cry: and the scribes that were of the

Pharisees' part arose, and strove, saying, We find no evil in this

man: but if a spirit or an angel hath spoken to him, let us not fight

against God.

 

23:10 And when there arose a great dissension, the chief captain,

fearing lest Paul should have been pulled in pieces of them, commanded

the soldiers to go down, and to take him by force from among them, and

to bring him into the castle.

 

23:11 And the night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of

good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so

must thou bear witness also at Rome.

 

23:12 And when it was day, certain of the Jews banded together, and

bound themselves under a curse, saying that they would neither eat nor

drink till they had killed Paul.

 

23:13 And they were more than forty which had made this conspiracy.

 

23:14 And they came to the chief priests and elders, and said, We have

bound ourselves under a great curse, that we will eat nothing until we

have slain Paul.

 

23:15 Now therefore ye with the council signify to the chief captain

that he bring him down unto you to morrow, as though ye would enquire

something more perfectly concerning him: and we, or ever he come near,

are ready to kill him.

 

23:16 And when Paul's sister's son heard of their lying in wait, he

went and entered into the castle, and told Paul.

 

23:17 Then Paul called one of the centurions unto him, and said, Bring

this young man unto the chief captain: for he hath a certain thing to

tell him.

 

23:18 So he took him, and brought him to the chief captain, and said,

Paul the prisoner called me unto him, and prayed me to bring this

young man unto thee, who hath something to say unto thee.

 

23:19 Then the chief captain took him by the hand, and went with him

aside privately, and asked him, What is that thou hast to tell me?

23:20 And he said, The Jews have agreed to desire thee that thou

wouldest bring down Paul to morrow into the council, as though they

would enquire somewhat of him more perfectly.

 

23:21 But do not thou yield unto them: for there lie in wait for him

of them more than forty men, which have bound themselves with an oath,

that they will neither eat nor drink till they have killed him: and

now are they ready, looking for a promise from thee.

 

23:22 So the chief captain then let the young man depart, and charged

him, See thou tell no man that thou hast shewed these things to me.

 

23:23 And he called unto him two centurions, saying, Make ready two

hundred soldiers to go to Caesarea, and horsemen threescore and ten,

and spearmen two hundred, at the third hour of the night; 23:24 And

provide them beasts, that they may set Paul on, and bring him safe

unto Felix the governor.

 

23:25 And he wrote a letter after this manner: 23:26 Claudius Lysias

unto the most excellent governor Felix sendeth greeting.

 

23:27 This man was taken of the Jews, and should have been killed of

them: then came I with an army, and rescued him, having understood

that he was a Roman.

 

23:28 And when I would have known the cause wherefore they accused

him, I brought him forth into their council: 23:29 Whom I perceived to

be accused of questions of their law, but to have nothing laid to his

charge worthy of death or of bonds.

 

23:30 And when it was told me how that the Jews laid wait for the man,

I sent straightway to thee, and gave commandment to his accusers also

to say before thee what they had against him. Farewell.

 

23:31 Then the soldiers, as it was commanded them, took Paul, and

brought him by night to Antipatris.

 

23:32 On the morrow they left the horsemen to go with him, and

returned to the castle: 23:33 Who, when they came to Caesarea and

delivered the epistle to the governor, presented Paul also before him.

 

23:34 And when the governor had read the letter, he asked of what

province he was. And when he understood that he was of Cilicia; 23:35

I will hear thee, said he, when thine accusers are also come. And he

commanded him to be kept in Herod's judgment hall.

 

24:1 And after five days Ananias the high priest descended with the

elders, and with a certain orator named Tertullus, who informed the

governor against Paul.

 

24:2 And when he was called forth, Tertullus began to accuse him,

saying, Seeing that by thee we enjoy great quietness, and that very

worthy deeds are done unto this nation by thy providence, 24:3 We

accept it always, and in all places, most noble Felix, with all

thankfulness.

 

24:4 Notwithstanding, that I be not further tedious unto thee, I pray

thee that thou wouldest hear us of thy clemency a few words.

 

24:5 For we have found this man a pestilent fellow, and a mover of

sedition among all the Jews throughout the world, and a ringleader of

the sect of the Nazarenes: 24:6 Who also hath gone about to profane

the temple: whom we took, and would have judged according to our law.

 

24:7 But the chief captain Lysias came upon us, and with great

violence took him away out of our hands, 24:8 Commanding his accusers

to come unto thee: by examining of whom thyself mayest take knowledge

of all these things, whereof we accuse him.

 

24:9 And the Jews also assented, saying that these things were so.

 

24:10 Then Paul, after that the governor had beckoned unto him to

speak, answered, Forasmuch as I know that thou hast been of many years

a judge unto this nation, I do the more cheerfully answer for myself:

24:11 Because that thou mayest understand, that there are yet but

twelve days since I went up to Jerusalem for to worship.

 

24:12 And they neither found me in the temple disputing with any man,

neither raising up the people, neither in the synagogues, nor in the

city: 24:13 Neither can they prove the things whereof they now accuse

me.

 

24:14 But this I confess unto thee, that after the way which they call

heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things which

are written in the law and in the prophets: 24:15 And have hope toward

God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a

resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust.

 

24:16 And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience

void to offence toward God, and toward men.

 

24:17 Now after many years I came to bring alms to my nation, and

offerings.

 

24:18 Whereupon certain Jews from Asia found me purified in the

temple, neither with multitude, nor with tumult.

 

24:19 Who ought to have been here before thee, and object, if they had

ought against me.

 

24:20 Or else let these same here say, if they have found any evil

doing in me, while I stood before the council, 24:21 Except it be for

this one voice, that I cried standing among them, Touching the

resurrection of the dead I am called in question by you this day.

 

24:22 And when Felix heard these things, having more perfect knowledge

of that way, he deferred them, and said, When Lysias the chief captain

shall come down, I will know the uttermost of your matter.

 

24:23 And he commanded a centurion to keep Paul, and to let him have

liberty, and that he should forbid none of his acquaintance to

minister or come unto him.

 

24:24 And after certain days, when Felix came with his wife Drusilla,

which was a Jewess, he sent for Paul, and heard him concerning the

faith in Christ.

 

24:25 And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to

come, Felix trembled, and answered, Go thy way for this time; when I

have a convenient season, I will call for thee.

 

24:26 He hoped also that money should have been given him of Paul,

that he might loose him: wherefore he sent for him the oftener, and

communed with him.

 

24:27 But after two years Porcius Festus came into Felix' room: and

Felix, willing to shew the Jews a pleasure, left Paul bound.

 

25:1 Now when Festus was come into the province, after three days he

ascended from Caesarea to Jerusalem.

 

25:2 Then the high priest and the chief of the Jews informed him

against Paul, and besought him, 25:3 And desired favour against him,

that he would send for him to Jerusalem, laying wait in the way to

kill him.

 

25:4 But Festus answered, that Paul should be kept at Caesarea, and

that he himself would depart shortly thither.

 

25:5 Let them therefore, said he, which among you are able, go down

with me, and accuse this man, if there be any wickedness in him.

 

25:6 And when he had tarried among them more than ten days, he went

down unto Caesarea; and the next day sitting on the judgment seat

commanded Paul to be brought.

 

25:7 And when he was come, the Jews which came down from Jerusalem

stood round about, and laid many and grievous complaints against Paul,

which they could not prove.

 

25:8 While he answered for himself, Neither against the law of the

Jews, neither against the temple, nor yet against Caesar, have I

offended any thing at all.

 

25:9 But Festus, willing to do the Jews a pleasure, answered Paul, and

said, Wilt thou go up to Jerusalem, and there be judged of these

things before me?  25:10 Then said Paul, I stand at Caesar's judgment

seat, where I ought to be judged: to the Jews have I done no wrong, as

thou very well knowest.

 

25:11 For if I be an offender, or have committed any thing worthy of

death, I refuse not to die: but if there be none of these things

whereof these accuse me, no man may deliver me unto them. I appeal

unto Caesar.

 

25:12 Then Festus, when he had conferred with the council, answered,

Hast thou appealed unto Caesar? unto Caesar shalt thou go.

 

25:13 And after certain days king Agrippa and Bernice came unto

Caesarea to salute Festus.

 

25:14 And when they had been there many days, Festus declared Paul's

cause unto the king, saying, There is a certain man left in bonds by

Felix: 25:15 About whom, when I was at Jerusalem, the chief priests

and the elders of the Jews informed me, desiring to have judgment

against him.

 

25:16 To whom I answered, It is not the manner of the Romans to

deliver any man to die, before that he which is accused have the

accusers face to face, and have licence to answer for himself

concerning the crime laid against him.

 

25:17 Therefore, when they were come hither, without any delay on the

morrow I sat on the judgment seat, and commanded the man to be brought

forth.

 

25:18 Against whom when the accusers stood up, they brought none

accusation of such things as I supposed: 25:19 But had certain

questions against him of their own superstition, and of one Jesus,

which was dead, whom Paul affirmed to be alive.

 

25:20 And because I doubted of such manner of questions, I asked him

whether he would go to Jerusalem, and there be judged of these

matters.

 

25:21 But when Paul had appealed to be reserved unto the hearing of

Augustus, I commanded him to be kept till I might send him to Caesar.

 

25:22 Then Agrippa said unto Festus, I would also hear the man myself.

To morrow, said he, thou shalt hear him.

 

25:23 And on the morrow, when Agrippa was come, and Bernice, with

great pomp, and was entered into the place of hearing, with the chief

captains, and principal men of the city, at Festus' commandment Paul

was brought forth.

 

25:24 And Festus said, King Agrippa, and all men which are here

present with us, ye see this man, about whom all the multitude of the

Jews have dealt with me, both at Jerusalem, and also here, crying that

he ought not to live any longer.

 

25:25 But when I found that he had committed nothing worthy of death,

and that he himself hath appealed to Augustus, I have determined to

send him.

 

25:26 Of whom I have no certain thing to write unto my lord. Wherefore

I have brought him forth before you, and specially before thee, O king

Agrippa, that, after examination had, I might have somewhat to write.

 

25:27 For it seemeth to me unreasonable to send a prisoner, and not

withal to signify the crimes laid against him.

 

26:1 Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Thou art permitted to speak for

thyself.

 

Then Paul stretched forth the hand, and answered for himself: 26:2 I

think myself happy, king Agrippa, because I shall answer for myself

this day before thee touching all the things whereof I am accused of

the Jews: 26:3 Especially because I know thee to be expert in all

customs and questions which are among the Jews: wherefore I beseech

thee to hear me patiently.

 

26:4 My manner of life from my youth, which was at the first among

mine own nation at Jerusalem, know all the Jews; 26:5 Which knew me

from the beginning, if they would testify, that after the most

straitest sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee.

 

26:6 And now I stand and am judged for the hope of the promise made of

God, unto our fathers: 26:7 Unto which promise our twelve tribes,

instantly serving God day and night, hope to come. For which hope's

sake, king Agrippa, I am accused of the Jews.

 

26:8 Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you, that God

should raise the dead?  26:9 I verily thought with myself, that I

ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth.

 

26:10 Which thing I also did in Jerusalem: and many of the saints did

I shut up in prison, having received authority from the chief priests;

and when they were put to death, I gave my voice against them.

 

26:11 And I punished them oft in every synagogue, and compelled them

to blaspheme; and being exceedingly mad against them, I persecuted

them even unto strange cities.

 

26:12 Whereupon as I went to Damascus with authority and commission

from the chief priests, 26:13 At midday, O king, I saw in the way a

light from heaven, above the brightness of the sun, shining round

about me and them which journeyed with me.

 

26:14 And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice

speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why

persecutest thou me? it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.

 

26:15 And I said, Who art thou, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus whom

thou persecutest.

 

26:16 But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee

for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these

things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will

appear unto thee; 26:17 Delivering thee from the people, and from the

Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee, 26:18 To open their eyes, and to

turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto

God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among

them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.

 

26:19 Whereupon, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the

heavenly vision: 26:20 But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at

Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the

Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet

for repentance.

 

26:21 For these causes the Jews caught me in the temple, and went

about to kill me.

 

26:22 Having therefore obtained help of God, I continue unto this day,

witnessing both to small and great, saying none other things than

those which the prophets and Moses did say should come: 26:23 That

Christ should suffer, and that he should be the first that should rise

from the dead, and should shew light unto the people, and to the

Gentiles.

 

26:24 And as he thus spake for himself, Festus said with a loud voice,

Paul, thou art beside thyself; much learning doth make thee mad.

 

26:25 But he said, I am not mad, most noble Festus; but speak forth

the words of truth and soberness.

 

26:26 For the king knoweth of these things, before whom also I speak

freely: for I am persuaded that none of these things are hidden from

him; for this thing was not done in a corner.

 

26:27 King Agrippa, believest thou the prophets? I know that thou

believest.

 

26:28 Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a

Christian.

 

26:29 And Paul said, I would to God, that not only thou, but also all

that hear me this day, were both almost, and altogether such as I am,

except these bonds.

 

26:30 And when he had thus spoken, the king rose up, and the governor,

and Bernice, and they that sat with them: 26:31 And when they were

gone aside, they talked between themselves, saying, This man doeth

nothing worthy of death or of bonds.

 

26:32 Then said Agrippa unto Festus, This man might have been set at

liberty, if he had not appealed unto Caesar.

 

27:1 And when it was determined that we should sail into Italy, they

delivered Paul and certain other prisoners unto one named Julius, a

centurion of Augustus' band.

 

27:2 And entering into a ship of Adramyttium, we launched, meaning to

sail by the coasts of Asia; one Aristarchus, a Macedonian of

Thessalonica, being with us.

 

27:3 And the next day we touched at Sidon. And Julius courteously

entreated Paul, and gave him liberty to go unto his friends to refresh

himself.

 

27:4 And when we had launched from thence, we sailed under Cyprus,

because the winds were contrary.

 

27:5 And when we had sailed over the sea of Cilicia and Pamphylia, we

came to Myra, a city of Lycia.

 

27:6 And there the centurion found a ship of Alexandria sailing into

Italy; and he put us therein.

 

27:7 And when we had sailed slowly many days, and scarce were come

over against Cnidus, the wind not suffering us, we sailed under Crete,

over against Salmone; 27:8 And, hardly passing it, came unto a place

which is called The fair havens; nigh whereunto was the city of Lasea.

 

27:9 Now when much time was spent, and when sailing was now dangerous,

because the fast was now already past, Paul admonished them, 27:10 And

said unto them, Sirs, I perceive that this voyage will be with hurt

and much damage, not only of the lading and ship, but also of our

lives.

 

27:11 Nevertheless the centurion believed the master and the owner of

the ship, more than those things which were spoken by Paul.

 

27:12 And because the haven was not commodious to winter in, the more

part advised to depart thence also, if by any means they might attain

to Phenice, and there to winter; which is an haven of Crete, and lieth

toward the south west and north west.

 

27:13 And when the south wind blew softly, supposing that they had

obtained their purpose, loosing thence, they sailed close by Crete.

 

27:14 But not long after there arose against it a tempestuous wind,

called Euroclydon.

 

27:15 And when the ship was caught, and could not bear up into the

wind, we let her drive.

 

27:16 And running under a certain island which is called Clauda, we

had much work to come by the boat: 27:17 Which when they had taken up,

they used helps, undergirding the ship; and, fearing lest they should

fall into the quicksands, strake sail, and so were driven.

 

27:18 And we being exceedingly tossed with a tempest, the next day

they lightened the ship; 27:19 And the third day we cast out with our

own hands the tackling of the ship.

 

27:20 And when neither sun nor stars in many days appeared, and no

small tempest lay on us, all hope that we should be saved was then

taken away.

 

27:21 But after long abstinence Paul stood forth in the midst of them,

and said, Sirs, ye should have hearkened unto me, and not have loosed

from Crete, and to have gained this harm and loss.

 

27:22 And now I exhort you to be of good cheer: for there shall be no

loss of any man's life among you, but of the ship.

 

27:23 For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am,

and whom I serve, 27:24 Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought

before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with

thee.

 

27:25 Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it

shall be even as it was told me.

 

27:26 Howbeit we must be cast upon a certain island.

 

27:27 But when the fourteenth night was come, as we were driven up and

down in Adria, about midnight the shipmen deemed that they drew near

to some country; 27:28 And sounded, and found it twenty fathoms: and

when they had gone a little further, they sounded again, and found it

fifteen fathoms.

 

27:29 Then fearing lest we should have fallen upon rocks, they cast

four anchors out of the stern, and wished for the day.

 

27:30 And as the shipmen were about to flee out of the ship, when they

had let down the boat into the sea, under colour as though they would

have cast anchors out of the foreship, 27:31 Paul said to the

centurion and to the soldiers, Except these abide in the ship, ye

cannot be saved.

 

27:32 Then the soldiers cut off the ropes of the boat, and let her

fall off.

 

27:33 And while the day was coming on, Paul besought them all to take

meat, saying, This day is the fourteenth day that ye have tarried and

continued fasting, having taken nothing.

 

27:34 Wherefore I pray you to take some meat: for this is for your

health: for there shall not an hair fall from the head of any of you.

 

27:35 And when he had thus spoken, he took bread, and gave thanks to

God in presence of them all: and when he had broken it, he began to

eat.

 

27:36 Then were they all of good cheer, and they also took some meat.

 

27:37 And we were in all in the ship two hundred threescore and

sixteen souls.

 

27:38 And when they had eaten enough, they lightened the ship, and

cast out the wheat into the sea.

 

27:39 And when it was day, they knew not the land: but they discovered

a certain creek with a shore, into the which they were minded, if it

were possible, to thrust in the ship.

 

27:40 And when they had taken up the anchors, they committed

themselves unto the sea, and loosed the rudder bands, and hoised up

the mainsail to the wind, and made toward shore.

 

27:41 And falling into a place where two seas met, they ran the ship

aground; and the forepart stuck fast, and remained unmoveable, but the

hinder part was broken with the violence of the waves.

 

27:42 And the soldiers' counsel was to kill the prisoners, lest any of

them should swim out, and escape.

 

27:43 But the centurion, willing to save Paul, kept them from their

purpose; and commanded that they which could swim should cast

themselves first into the sea, and get to land: 27:44 And the rest,

some on boards, and some on broken pieces of the ship.

 

And so it came to pass, that they escaped all safe to land.

 

28:1 And when they were escaped, then they knew that the island was

called Melita.

 

28:2 And the barbarous people shewed us no little kindness: for they

kindled a fire, and received us every one, because of the present

rain, and because of the cold.

 

28:3 And when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks, and laid them on

the fire, there came a viper out of the heat, and fastened on his

hand.

 

28:4 And when the barbarians saw the venomous beast hang on his hand,

they said among themselves, No doubt this man is a murderer, whom,

though he hath escaped the sea, yet vengeance suffereth not to live.

 

28:5 And he shook off the beast into the fire, and felt no harm.

 

28:6 Howbeit they looked when he should have swollen, or fallen down

dead suddenly: but after they had looked a great while, and saw no

harm come to him, they changed their minds, and said that he was a

god.

 

28:7 In the same quarters were possessions of the chief man of the

island, whose name was Publius; who received us, and lodged us three

days courteously.

 

28:8 And it came to pass, that the father of Publius lay sick of a

fever and of a bloody flux: to whom Paul entered in, and prayed, and

laid his hands on him, and healed him.

 

28:9 So when this was done, others also, which had diseases in the

island, came, and were healed: 28:10 Who also honoured us with many

honours; and when we departed, they laded us with such things as were

necessary.

 

28:11 And after three months we departed in a ship of Alexandria,

which had wintered in the isle, whose sign was Castor and Pollux.

 

28:12 And landing at Syracuse, we tarried there three days.

 

28:13 And from thence we fetched a compass, and came to Rhegium: and

after one day the south wind blew, and we came the next day to

Puteoli: 28:14 Where we found brethren, and were desired to tarry with

them seven days: and so we went toward Rome.

 

28:15 And from thence, when the brethren heard of us, they came to

meet us as far as Appii forum, and The three taverns: whom when Paul

saw, he thanked God, and took courage.

 

28:16 And when we came to Rome, the centurion delivered the prisoners

to the captain of the guard: but Paul was suffered to dwell by himself

with a soldier that kept him.

 

28:17 And it came to pass, that after three days Paul called the chief

of the Jews together: and when they were come together, he said unto

them, Men and brethren, though I have committed nothing against the

people, or customs of our fathers, yet was I delivered prisoner from

Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans.

 

28:18 Who, when they had examined me, would have let me go, because

there was no cause of death in me.

 

28:19 But when the Jews spake against it, I was constrained to appeal

unto Caesar; not that I had ought to accuse my nation of.

 

28:20 For this cause therefore have I called for you, to see you, and

to speak with you: because that for the hope of Israel I am bound with

this chain.

 

28:21 And they said unto him, We neither received letters out of

Judaea concerning thee, neither any of the brethren that came shewed

or spake any harm of thee.

 

28:22 But we desire to hear of thee what thou thinkest: for as

concerning this sect, we know that every where it is spoken against.

 

28:23 And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him

into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of

God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses,

and out of the prophets, from morning till evening.

 

28:24 And some believed the things which were spoken, and some

believed not.

 

28:25 And when they agreed not among themselves, they departed, after

that Paul had spoken one word, Well spake the Holy Ghost by Esaias the

prophet unto our fathers, 28:26 Saying, Go unto this people, and say,

Hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall

see, and not perceive: 28:27 For the heart of this people is waxed

gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they

closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their

ears, and understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I

should heal them.

 

28:28 Be it known therefore unto you, that the salvation of God is

sent unto the Gentiles, and that they will hear it.

 

28:29 And when he had said these words, the Jews departed, and had

great reasoning among themselves.

 

28:30 And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and

received all that came in unto him, 28:31 Preaching the kingdom of

God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ,

with all confidence, no man forbidding him.