Acts of the Apostles
Salvation for the World Today
The Gospel as preached by the Apostles
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Listen to Chapter 1
1:1The first book I wrote,
Theophilus, concerned all that Jesus began both to do and to teach, 1:2until the day in which he was
received up, after he had given commandment through the Holy Spirit to the
apostles whom he had chosen. 1:3To these he also showed himself
alive after he suffered, by many proofs, appearing to them over a period
of forty days, and speaking about God's Kingdom. 1:4Being
assembled together with them, he charged them, "Don't depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the
promise of the Father, which you heard from me. 1:5For John
indeed baptized in water, but you will be baptized in the Holy Spirit not
many days from now."
1:6Therefore, when they had come
together, they asked him, "Lord, are you now restoring the kingdom to
1:7He said to them, "It isn't for you to know times or seasons which the
Father has set within His own authority. 1:8But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come
upon you. You will be witnesses to me in Jerusalem, in all Judea and
Samaria, and to the uttermost parts of the earth."
1:9When he had said these things, as
they were looking, he was taken up, and a cloud received him out of their
sight. 1:10While they were looking
steadfastly into the sky as he went, behold, two men stood by them in
white clothing, 1:11who also said, "You men of
Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? This Jesus, who was
received up from you into the sky will come back in the same way as you
saw him going into the sky."
1:12Then they returned to Jerusalem
from the mountain called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day's
journey away. 1:13When they had come in, they went
up into the upper room, where they were staying; that is Peter, John,
James, Andrew, Philip, Thomas, Bartholomew, Matthew, James the son of
Alphaeus, Simon the Zealot, and Judas the son of James. 1:14All these with one accord
continued steadfastly in prayer and supplication, along with the women,
and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.
1:15In these days, Peter stood up in
the midst of the disciples (and the number of names was about one hundred
twenty), and said, 1:16"Brothers, it was necessary
that this Scripture should be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke
before by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who was guide to those who
took Jesus. 1:17For he was numbered with us, and
received his portion in this ministry. 1:18Now this
man obtained a field with the reward for his wickedness, and falling
headlong, his body burst open, and all his intestines gushed out. 1:19It became known to everyone who
lived in Jerusalem that in their language that field was called
'Akeldama,' that is, 'The field of blood.' 1:20For it is
written in the book of Psalms,
'Let his habitation be made desolate,
Let no one dwell therein,'
'Let another take his office.'
1:21Of the men therefore who have
accompanied us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us,
1:22beginning from the baptism of
John, to the day that he was received up from us, of these one must become
a witness with us of his resurrection."
1:23They put forward two, Joseph
called Barsabbas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. 1:24They prayed, and said, "You,
Lord, who know the hearts of all men, show which one of these two you have
chosen 1:25to take part in this ministry and
apostleship from which Judas fell away, that he might go to his own
place." 1:26They drew lots for them, and the
lot fell on Matthias, and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.
Listen to Chapter 2
2:1Now when the day of Pentecost had
come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2:2Suddenly
there came from the sky a sound like the rushing of a mighty wind, and it
filled all the house where they were sitting. 2:3Tongues like
fire appeared and were distributed to them, and one sat on each of them.
2:4They were all filled with the Holy
Spirit, and began to speak with other languages, as the Spirit gave them
the ability to speak. 2:5Now there were dwelling in
Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under the sky. 2:6When this sound was heard, the
multitude came together, and were bewildered, because everyone heard them
speaking in his own language. 2:7They were all amazed and marveled,
saying to one another, "Behold, aren't all these who speak Galileans?
2:8How do we hear, everyone in our
own native language? 2:9Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and
people from Mesopotamia, Judea, Cappadocia, Pontus, Asia, 2:10Phrygia, Pamphylia, Egypt, the
parts of Libya around Cyrene, visitors from Rome, both Jews and
proselytes, 2:11Cretans and Arabians: we hear
them speaking in our languages the mighty works of God!" 2:12They were all amazed, and were
perplexed, saying one to another, "What does this mean?" 2:13Others, mocking, said, "They
are filled with new wine."
2:14But Peter, standing up with the
eleven, lifted up his voice, and spoke out to them, "You men of
Judea, and all you who dwell at Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and
listen to my words. 2:15For these aren't drunken, as you
suppose, seeing it is only the third hour of the day. 2:16But this is what has been spoken
through the prophet Joel:
2:17'It will be in the last days,
That I will pour out my Spirit on all
Your sons and your daughters will prophesy.
Your young men will see visions.
Your old men will dream dreams.
2:18Yes, and on my servants and on my
handmaidens in those days,
I will pour out my Spirit, and they
2:19I will show wonders in the sky
And signs on the earth beneath;
Blood, and fire, and billows of smoke.
2:20The sun will be turned into
And the moon into blood,
Before the great and glorious day of
the Lord comes. 2:21It will be,
that whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.'
2:22"Men of Israel, hear these
words! Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved by God to you by mighty works and
wonders and signs which God did by him in the midst of you, even as you
yourselves know, 2:23him, being delivered up by the
determined counsel and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by the hand of
lawless men, crucified and killed; 2:24whom God
raised up, having freed him from the agony of death, because it was not
possible that he should be held by it. 2:25For David
says concerning him,
'I saw the Lord always before my face,
For he is on my right hand, that I
should not be moved.
2:26Therefore my heart was glad, and
my tongue rejoiced.
Moreover my flesh also will dwell in
2:27Because you will not leave my
soul in Hades,
Neither will you allow your Holy One
to see decay.
2:28You made known to me the ways of
You will make me full of gladness
with your presence.'
2:29"Brothers, I may tell you
freely of the patriarch David, that he both died and was buried, and his
tomb is with us to this day. 2:30Therefore, being a prophet, and
knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that of the fruit of his
body, according to the flesh, he would raise up the Christ to sit on his
throne, 2:31he foreseeing this spoke about
the resurrection of the Christ, that neither was his soul left in Hades,
nor did his flesh see decay. 2:32This Jesus God raised up, to
which we all are witnesses. 2:33Being therefore exalted by the
right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the
Holy Spirit, he has poured out this, which you now see and hear. 2:34For David didn't ascend into the
heavens, but he says himself,
'The Lord said to my Lord, "Sit by my right hand, 2:35Until I
make your enemies a footstool for your feet."'
2:36"Let all the house of Israel
therefore know assuredly that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this
Jesus whom you crucified."
2:37Now when they heard this, they
were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles,
"Brothers, what shall we do?"
2:38Peter said to them, "Repent,
and be baptized, everyone of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the
forgiveness of sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 2:39For to you is the promise, and to
your children, and to all who are far off, even as many as the Lord our
God will call to himself." 2:40With many
other words he testified, and exhorted them, saying, "Save yourselves
from this crooked generation!"
2:41Then those who gladly received
his word were baptized. There were added that day about three thousand
souls. 2:42They continued steadfastly in the
apostles' teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and prayer.
2:43Fear came on every soul, and many
wonders and signs were done through the apostles. 2:44All who
believed were together, and had all things in common. 2:45They sold their possessions and
goods, and distributed them to all, according as anyone had need. 2:46Day by day, continuing
steadfastly with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread at home,
they took their food with gladness and singleness of heart, 2:47praising God, and having favor
with all the people. The Lord added to the assembly day by day those who
were being saved.
Listen to Chapter 3
3:1Peter and John were going up into
the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour. 3:2A certain man who was lame from
his mother's womb was being carried, whom they laid daily at the door of
the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask gifts for the needy of those
who entered into the temple. 3:3Seeing Peter and John about to go
into the temple, he asked to receive gifts for the needy. 3:4Peter, fastening his eyes on him,
with John, said, "Look at us." 3:5He listened
to them, expecting to receive something from them. 3:6But Peter
said, "Silver and gold have I none, but what I have, that I give you.
In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, get up and walk!" 3:7He took him by the right hand, and
raised him up. Immediately his feet and his ankle bones received strength.
3:8Leaping up, he stood, and began to
walk. He entered with them into the temple, walking, leaping, and praising
God. 3:9All the people saw him walking and
praising God. 3:10They recognized him, that it was
he who used to sit begging for gifts for the needy at the Beautiful Gate
of the temple. They were filled with wonder and amazement at what had
happened to him. 3:11As the lame man who was healed
held on to Peter and John, all the people ran together to them in the
porch that is called Solomon's, greatly wondering.
3:12When Peter saw it, he responded
to the people, "You men of Israel, why do you marvel at this man? Why
do you fasten your eyes on us, as though by our own power or godliness we
had made him walk? 3:13The God of Abraham, Isaac, and
Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his Servant Jesus, whom you
delivered up, and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he had determined
to release him. 3:14But you denied the Holy and
Righteous One, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you, 3:15and killed the Prince of life,
whom God raised from the dead, to which we are witnesses. 3:16By faith in his name has his name
made this man strong, whom you see and know. Yes, the faith which is
through him has given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you
3:17"Now, brothers, I know that you did this in ignorance, as did
also your rulers. 3:18But the things which God
announced by the mouth of all his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he
3:19"Repent therefore, and turn
again, that your sins may be blotted out, so that there may come times of
refreshing from the presence of the Lord, 3:20and that he
may send Christ Jesus, who was ordained for you before, 3:21whom heaven must receive until
the times of restoration of all things, which God spoke long ago by the
mouth of his holy prophets. 3:22For Moses indeed said to the
fathers, 'The Lord God will raise up a prophet for you from among your
brothers, like me. You shall listen to him in all things whatever he says
to you. 3:23It will be, that every soul that
will not listen to that prophet will be utterly destroyed from among the
people.' 3:24Yes, and all the prophets from
Samuel and those who followed after, as many as have spoken, they also
told of these days. 3:25You are the children of the
prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying to
Abraham, 'In your seed will all the families of the earth be blessed.' 3:26God, having raised up his
servant, Jesus, sent him to you first, to bless you, in turning away
everyone of you from your wickedness."
Listen to Chapter 4
4:1As they spoke to the people, the
priests and the captain of the temple and the Sadducees came to them, 4:2being upset because they taught
the people and proclaimed in Jesus the resurrection from the dead. 4:3They laid hands on them, and put
them in custody until the next day, for it was now evening. 4:4But many of those who heard the
word believed, and the number of the men came to be about five thousand.
4:5It happened in the morning, that
their rulers, elders, and scribes were gathered together in Jerusalem. 4:6Annas the high priest was there,
with Caiaphas, John, Alexander, and as many as were relatives of the high
priest. 4:7When they had stood them in the
middle of them, they inquired, "By what power, or in what name, have
you done this?"
4:8Then Peter, filled with the Holy
Spirit, said to them, "You rulers of the people, and elders of
Israel, 4:9if we are examined today
concerning a good deed done to a crippled man, by what means this man has
been healed, 4:10be it known to you all, and to
all the people of Israel, that in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth,
whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, in him does this man
stand here before you whole. 4:11He is 'the stone which was
regarded as worthless by you, the builders, which has become the head of
the corner.' 4:12There is salvation in none other,
for neither is there any other name under heaven, that is given among men,
by which we must be saved!"
4:13Now when they saw the boldness of
Peter and John, and had perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant
men, they marveled. They recognized that they had been with Jesus. 4:14Seeing the man who was healed
standing with them, they could say nothing against it. 4:15But when they had commanded them
to go aside out of the council, they conferred among themselves, 4:16saying, "What shall we do to
these men? Because indeed a notable miracle has been done through them, as
can be plainly seen by all who dwell in Jerusalem, and we can't deny it.
4:17But so that this spreads no
further among the people, let's threaten them, that from now on they don't
speak to anyone in this name." 4:18They called
them, and charged them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus.
4:19But Peter and John answered them,
"Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than
to God, judge for yourselves, 4:20for we can't help telling the
things which we saw and heard."
4:21When they had further threatened
them, they let them go, finding no way to punish them, because of the
people; for everyone glorified God for that which was done. 4:22For the man on whom this miracle
of healing was performed was more than forty years old.
4:23Being let go, they came to their
own company, and reported all that the chief priests and the elders had
said to them. 4:24When they heard it, they lifted
up their voice to God with one accord, and said, "O Lord, you are
God, who made the heaven, the earth, the sea, and all that is in them; 4:25who by the mouth of your servant,
'Why do the nations rage,
And the peoples plot a vain thing?
4:26The kings of the earth take a
And the rulers take council together,
Against the Lord, and against his Christ.'
4:27For truly, in this city against
your holy servant, Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius
Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel, were gathered together
4:28to do whatever your hand and your
council foreordained to happen. 4:29Now, Lord,
look at their threats, and grant to your servants to speak your word with
all boldness, 4:30while you stretch out your hand
to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of your
holy Servant Jesus."
4:31When they had prayed, the place
was shaken where they were gathered together. They were all filled with
the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness. 4:32The multitude of those who
believed were of one heart and soul. Not one of them claimed that anything
of the things which he possessed was his own, but they had all things in
common. 4:33With great power, the apostles
gave their testimony of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. Great grace
was on them all. 4:34For neither was there among them
any who lacked, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them,
and brought the proceeds of the things that were sold, 4:35and laid them at the apostles'
feet, and distribution was made to each, according as anyone had need. 4:36Joses, who by the apostles was
surnamed Barnabas (which is, being interpreted, Son of Encouragement), a
Levite, a man of Cyprus by race, 4:37having a
field, sold it, and brought the money and laid it at the apostles' feet.
Listen to Chapter 5
5:1But a certain man named Ananias,
with Sapphira, his wife, sold a possession, 5:2and kept
back part of the price, his wife also being aware of it, and brought a
certain part, and laid it at the apostles' feet. 5:3But Peter
said, "Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy
Spirit, and to keep back part of the price of the land? 5:4While you kept it, didn't it
remain your own? After it was sold, wasn't it in your power? How is it
that you have conceived this thing in your heart? You haven't lied to men,
but to God."
5:5Ananias, hearing these words, fell
down and died. Great fear came on all who heard these things. 5:6The young men arose and wrapped
him up, and they carried him out and buried him. 5:7About three
hours later, his wife, not knowing what had happened, came in. 5:8Peter answered her, "Tell me
whether you sold the land for so much."
She said, "Yes, for so much."
5:9But Peter asked her, "How is
it that you have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? Behold,
the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they
will carry you out."
5:10She fell down immediately at his
feet, and died. The young men came in and found her dead, and they carried
her out and buried her by her husband. 5:11Great fear
came on the whole assembly, and on all who heard these things. 5:12By the hands of the apostles many
signs and wonders were done among the people. They were all with one
accord in Solomon's porch. 5:13None of the rest dared to join
them, however the people honored them. 5:14More
believers were added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women. 5:15They even carried out the sick
into the streets, and laid them on cots and mattresses, so that as Peter
came by, at the least his shadow might overshadow some of them. 5:16Multitudes also came together
from the cities around Jerusalem, bringing sick people, and those who were
tormented by unclean spirits: and they were all healed.
5:17But the high priest rose up, and
all those who were with him (which is the sect of the Sadducees), and they
were filled with jealousy, 5:18and laid hands on the apostles,
and put them in public custody. 5:19But an
angel of the Lord opened the prison doors by night, and brought them out,
and said, 5:20"Go stand and speak in the
temple to the people all the words of this life."
5:21When they heard this, they
entered into the temple about daybreak, and taught. But the high priest
came, and those who 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. 5:22But the officers who came didn't
find them in the prison. They returned and reported, 5:23"We
found the prison shut and locked, and the guards standing before the
doors, but when we opened them, we found no one inside!"
5:24Now when the high priest, the
captain of the temple, and the chief priests heard these words, they were
very perplexed about them and what might become of this. 5:25One came and told them,
"Behold, the men whom you put in prison are in the temple, standing
and teaching the people." 5:26Then the captain went with the
officers, and brought them without violence, for they were afraid that the
people might stone them.
5:27When they had brought them, they
set them before the council. The high priest questioned them, 5:28saying, "Didn't we strictly
charge you not to teach in this name? Behold, you have filled Jerusalem
with your teaching, and intend to bring this man's blood on us."
5:29But Peter and the apostles
answered, "We must obey God rather than men. 5:30The God of
our fathers raised up Jesus, whom you killed, hanging him on a tree. 5:31God exalted him with his right
hand to be a Prince and a Savior, to give repentance to Israel, and
remission of sins. 5:32We are His witnesses of these
things; and so also is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who
5:33But they, when they heard this,
were cut to the heart, and determined to kill them. 5:34But one
stood up in the council, a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law,
honored by all the people, and commanded to put the apostles out for a
little while. 5:35He said to them, "You men of
Israel, be careful concerning these men, what you are about to do. 5:36For before these days Theudas
rose up, making himself out 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 dispersed, and came to nothing. 5:37After this
man, Judas of Galilee rose up in the days of the enrollment, and drew away
some people after him. He also perished, and all, as many as obeyed him,
were scattered abroad. 5:38Now I tell you, withdraw from
these men, and leave them alone. For if this counsel or this work is of
men, it will be overthrown. 5:39But if it is of God, you will not
be able to overthrow it, and you would be found even to be fighting
5:40They agreed with him. Summoning
the apostles, they beat them and charged them not to speak in the name of
Jesus, and let them go. 5:41They therefore departed from the
presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer
dishonor for Jesus' name.
5:42Every day, in the temple and at
home, they never stopped teaching and preaching Jesus, the Christ.
Listen to Chapter 6
6:1Now in those days, when the number
of the disciples was multiplying, a complaint arose from the Hellenists against the Hebrews, because their widows were
neglected in the daily service. 6:2The twelve summoned the multitude
of the disciples and said, "It is not appropriate for us to forsake
the word of God and serve tables. 6:3Therefore
select from among you, brothers, seven men of good report, full of the
Holy Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business. 6:4But we will continue steadfastly
in prayer and in the ministry of the word."
6:5These words pleased the whole
multitude. They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit,
Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolaus, a proselyte of
Antioch; 6:6whom they set before the apostles.
When they had prayed, they laid their hands on them. 6:7The word of
God increased and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem
exceedingly. A great company of the priests were obedient to the faith.
6:8Stephen, full of faith and power,
performed great wonders and signs among the people. 6:9But some of
those who were of the synagogue called "The Libertines," and of
the Cyrenians, of the Alexandrians, and of those of Cilicia and Asia
arose, disputing with Stephen. 6:10They weren't able to withstand
the wisdom and the Spirit by which he spoke. 6:11Then they
secretly induced men to say, "We have heard him speak blasphemous
words against Moses and God." 6:12They
stirred up the people, the elders, and the scribes, and came against him
and seized him, and brought him in to the council, 6:13and set up
false witnesses who said, "This man never stops speaking blasphemous
words against this holy place and the law. 6:14For we have
heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place, and
will change the customs which Moses delivered to us." 6:15All who sat in the council,
fastening their eyes on him, saw his face like it was the face of an angel.
7:2He said, "Brothers and
fathers, listen. The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham, when he
was in Mesopotamia, before he lived in Haran, 7:3and said to
him, 'Get out of your land, and from your relatives, and come into a land
which I will show you.' 7:4Then he came out of the land of
the Chaldaeans, and lived in Haran. From there, when his father was dead,
God moved him into this land, where you are now living. 7:5He gave him no inheritance in it,
no, not so much as to set his foot on. He promised that he would give it
to him for a possession, and to his seed after him, when he still had no
child. 7:6God spoke in this way: that his
seed would live as aliens in a strange land, and that they would be
enslaved and mistreated for four hundred years. 7:7'I will
judge the nation to which they will be in bondage,' said God, 'and after
that will they come out, and serve me in this place.' 7:8He gave him
the covenant of circumcision. So Abraham became the father of Isaac, and
circumcised him the eighth day. Isaac became the father of Jacob, and
Jacob became the father of the twelve patriarchs.
7:9"The patriarchs, moved with
jealousy against Joseph, sold him into Egypt. God was with him, 7:10and delivered him out of all his
afflictions, and gave him favor and wisdom before Pharaoh, king of Egypt.
He made him governor over Egypt and all his house. 7:11Now a
famine came over all the land of Egypt and Canaan, and great affliction.
Our fathers found no food. 7:12But when Jacob heard that there
was grain in Egypt, he sent out our fathers the first time. 7:13On the second time Joseph was
made known to his brothers, and Joseph's race was revealed to Pharaoh. 7:14Joseph sent, and summoned Jacob,
his father, and all his relatives, seventy-five souls. 7:15Jacob went down into Egypt, and
he died, himself and our fathers, 7:16and they
were brought back to Shechem, and laid in the tomb that Abraham bought for
a price in silver from the children of Hamor of Shechem.
7:17"But as the time of the
promise came close which God had sworn to Abraham, the people grew and
multiplied in Egypt, 7:18until there arose a different
king, who didn't know Joseph. 7:19The same took advantage of our
race, and mistreated our fathers, and forced them to throw out their
babies, so that they wouldn't stay alive. 7:20At that
time Moses was born, and was exceedingly handsome. He was nourished three
months in his father's house. 7:21When he was thrown out, Pharaoh's
daughter took him up, and reared him as her own son. 7:22Moses was
instructed in all the wisdom of the Egyptians. He was mighty in his words
and works. 7:23But when he was forty years old,
it came into his heart to visit his brothers, the
children of Israel. 7:24Seeing one of them suffer wrong,
he defended him, and avenged him who was oppressed, striking the Egyptian.
7:25He supposed that his brothers
understood that God, by his hand, was giving them deliverance; but they
7:26"The day following, he
appeared to them as they fought, and urged them to be at peace again,
saying, 'Sirs, you are brothers. Why do you wrong one another?' 7:27But he who did his neighbor wrong
pushed him away, saying, 'Who made you a ruler and a judge over us? 7:28Do you want to kill me, as you
killed the Egyptian yesterday?' 7:29Moses fled
at this saying, and became a stranger in the land of Midian, where he
became the father of two sons.
7:30"When forty years were
fulfilled, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in the wilderness of Mount
Sinai, in a flame of fire in a bush. 7:31When Moses
saw it, he wondered at the sight. As he came close to see, a voice of the
Lord came to him, 7:32'I am the God of your fathers,
the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.' Moses
trembled, and dared not look. 7:33The Lord said to him, 'Take your
sandals off of your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground. 7:34I have surely seen the affliction
of my people that is in Egypt, and have heard their groaning. I have come
down to deliver them. Now come, I will send you into Egypt.'
7:35"This Moses, whom they
refused, saying, 'Who made you a ruler and a judge?'--God has sent him as
both a ruler and a deliverer by the hand of the angel who appeared to him
in the bush. 7:36This man led them out, having
worked wonders and signs in Egypt, in the Red Sea, and in the wilderness
for forty years. 7:37This is that Moses, who said to
the children of Israel, 'The Lord our God will raise up a prophet for you
from among your brothers, like me.*
' 7:38This is he who was in the
assembly in the wilderness with the angel that spoke to him on Mount
Sinai, and with our fathers, who received living oracles to give to us, 7:39to whom our fathers wouldn't be
obedient, but rejected him, and turned back in their hearts to Egypt, 7:40saying to Aaron, 'Make us gods
that will go before us, for as for this Moses, who led us out of the land
of Egypt, we don't know what has become of him.' 7:41They made a
calf in those days, and brought a sacrifice to the idol, and rejoiced in
the works of their hands. 7:42But God turned, and gave them up
to serve the host of the sky, as it is written in the book of the prophets,
'Did you offer to me slain animals and sacrifices
Forty years in the wilderness, O
house of Israel?
7:43You took up the tent of Moloch,
The star of your god Rephan,
The figures which you made to worship.
I will carry you away beyond Babylon.'
7:44"Our fathers had the tent of
the testimony in the wilderness, even as he who spoke to Moses commanded
him to make it according to the pattern that he had seen; 7:45which also our fathers, in their
turn, brought in with Joshua when they entered into the possession of the
nations, whom God drove out before the face of our fathers, to the days of
David, 7:46who found favor in the sight of
God, and asked to find a habitation for the God of Jacob. 7:47But Solomon built him a house. 7:48However, the Most High doesn't
dwell in temples made with hands, as the prophet says,
7:49'heaven is my throne,
And the earth a footstool for my feet.
What kind of house will you build me?' says the Lord;
'Or what is the place of my rest?
7:51"You stiff-necked and
uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Spirit! As
your fathers did, so you do. 7:52Which of the prophets didn't your
fathers persecute? They killed those who foretold the coming of the
Righteous One, of whom you have now become betrayers and murderers. 7:53You received the law as it was
ordained by angels, and didn't keep it!"
7:54Now when they heard these things,
they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed at him with their teeth. 7:55But he, being full of the Holy
Spirit, looked up steadfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and
Jesus standing on the right hand of God, 7:56and said,
"Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of Man standing at the
right hand of God!"
7:57But they cried out with a loud
voice, and stopped their ears, and rushed at him with one accord. 7:58They threw him out of the city,
and stoned him. The witnesses placed their garments at the feet of a young
man named Saul. 7:59They stoned Stephen as he called
out, saying, "Lord Jesus, receive my Spirit!" 7:60He kneeled down, and cried with a
loud voice, "Lord, don't hold this sin against them!" When he
had said this, he fell asleep.
Listen to Chapter 8
8:1Saul was consenting to his death.
A great persecution arose against the assembly which was in Jerusalem in
that day. They were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judea
and Samaria, except for the apostles. 8:2Devout men
buried Stephen, and lamented greatly over him. 8:3But Saul
ravaged the assembly, entering into every house, and dragged both men and
women off to prison. 8:4Therefore those who were scattered
abroad went around preaching the word. 8:5Philip went
down to the city of Samaria, and proclaimed to them the Christ. 8:6The multitudes listened with one
accord to the things that were spoken by Philip, when they heard and saw
the signs which he did. 8:7For unclean spirits came out of
many of those who had them. They came out, crying with a loud voice. Many
who had been paralyzed and lame were healed. 8:8There was
great joy in that city.
8:9But there was a certain man, Simon
by name, who used to practice sorcery in the city, and amazed the people
of Samaria, making himself out to be some great one, 8:10to whom
they all listened, from the least to the greatest, saying, "This man
is that great power of God." 8:11They
listened to him, because for a long time he had amazed them with his
sorceries. 8:12But when they believed Philip
preaching good news concerning the Kingdom of God and the name of Jesus
Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. 8:13Simon
himself also believed. Being baptized, he continued with Philip. Seeing
signs and great miracles occuring, he was amazed.
8:14Now when the apostles who were at
Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent Peter
and John to them, 8:15who, when they had come down,
prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Spirit; 8:16for as yet he had fallen on none
of them. They had only been baptized in the name of Christ Jesus. 8:17Then they laid their hands on
them, and they received the Holy Spirit. 8:18Now when
Simon saw that the Holy Spirit was given through the laying on of the
apostles' hands, he offered them money, 8:19saying,
"Give me also this power, that whoever I lay my hands on may receive
the Holy Spirit." 8:20But Peter said to him, "May
your silver perish with you, because you thought you could obtain the gift
of God with money! 8:21You have neither part nor lot in
this matter, for your heart isn't right before God. 8:22Repent
therefore of this, your wickedness, and ask God if perhaps the thought of
your heart may be forgiven you. 8:23For I see
that you are in the gall of bitterness and in the bondage of
8:24Simon answered, "Pray for me
to the Lord, that none of the things which you have spoken happen to
8:25They therefore, when they had
testified and spoken the word of the Lord, returned to Jerusalem, and
preached the Gospel to many villages of the Samaritans. 8:26But an angel of the Lord spoke to
Philip, saying, "Arise, and go toward the south to the way that goes
down from Jerusalem to Gaza. This is a desert."
8:27He arose and went; and behold,
there was a man of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under Candace,
queen of the Ethiopians, who was over all her treasure, who had come to
Jerusalem to worship. 8:28He was returning and sitting in
his chariot, and was reading the prophet Isaiah.
8:29The Spirit said to Philip,
"Go near, and join yourself to this chariot."
8:30Philip ran to him, and heard him
reading Isaiah the prophet, and said, "Do you understand what you are
8:31He said, "How can I, unless
someone explains it to me?" He begged Philip to come up and sit with
him. 8:32Now the passage of the Scripture
which he was reading was this,
"He was led as a sheep to the slaughter.
As a lamb before his shearer is
So he doesn't open his mouth.
8:33In his humiliation, his judgment
was taken away.
Who will declare His generation?
For his life is taken from the
8:34The eunuch answered Philip,
"Who is the prophet talking about? About himself, or about someone
8:35Philip opened his mouth, and
beginning from this Scripture, preached to him Jesus. 8:36As they went on the way, they
came to some water, and the eunuch said, "Behold, here is water. What
is keeping me from being baptized?"
commanded the chariot to stand still, and they both went down into the
water, both Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him.
8:39When they came up out of the
water, the Spirit of the Lord caught Philip away, and the eunuch didn't
see him any more, for he went on his way rejoicing. 8:40But Philip
was found at Azotus. Passing through, he preached the Gospel to all the
cities, until he came to Caesarea.
Listen to Chapter 9
9:1But Saul, still breathing threats
and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest,
9:2and asked for letters from him to
the synagogues of Damascus, that if he found any who were of the Way,
whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. 9:3As he traveled, it happened that
he got close to Damascus, and suddenly a light from the sky shone around
him. 9:4He fell on the earth, and heard a
voice saying to him, "Saul, Saul, why do you
The Lord said, "I am Jesus, whom you are
persecuting.*9:6But rise up, and enter into the city, and you will be told
what you must do."
9:7The men who traveled with him
stood speechless, hearing the sound, but seeing no one. 9:8Saul arose from the ground, and
when his eyes were opened, he saw no one. They led him by the hand, and
brought him into Damascus. 9:9He was without sight for three
days, and neither ate nor drank.
9:10Now there was a certain disciple
at Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, "Ananias!"
He said, "Behold, it's me, Lord."
9:11The Lord said to him, "Arise, and go to the street which is called
Straight, and inquire in the house of Judas for one named Saul, a man of
Tarsus. For behold, he is praying, 9:12and in a vision he has seen a man named Ananias coming in,
and laying his hands on him, that he might receive his sight."
9:13But Ananias answered, "Lord,
I have heard from many about this man, how much evil he did to your saints
at Jerusalem. 9:14Here he has authority from the
chief priests to bind all who call on your name."
9:15But the Lord said to him, "Go your way, for he is my chosen vessel to bear my
name before the nations and kings, and the children of Israel. 9:16For I will
show him how many things he must suffer for my name's sake."
9:17Ananias departed, and entered
into the house. Laying his hands on him, he said, "Brother Saul, the
Lord, who appeared to you on the road by which you came, has sent me, that
you may receive your sight, and be filled with the Holy Spirit." 9:18Immediately something like scales
fell from his eyes, and he received his sight. He arose and was baptized.
9:19He took food and was
strengthened. Saul stayed several days with the disciples who were at
Damascus. 9:20Immediately in the synagogues he
proclaimed the Christ, that he is the Son of God. 9:21All who
heard him were amazed, and said, "Isn't this he who in Jerusalem made
havoc of those who called on this name? And he had come here intending to
bring them bound before the chief priests!"
9:22But Saul increased more in
strength, and confounded the Jews who lived at Damascus, proving that this
is the Christ. 9:23When many days were fulfilled,
the Jews conspired together to kill him, 9:24but their
plot became known to Saul. They watched the gates both day and night that
they might kill him, 9:25but his disciples took him by
night, and let him down through the wall, lowering him in a basket. 9:26When Saul had come to Jerusalem,
he tried to join himself to the disciples; but they were all afraid of
him, not believing that he was a disciple. 9:27But
Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles, and declared to them
how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken to him, and
how at Damascus he had preached boldly in the name of Jesus. 9:28He was with them entering into Jerusalem, 9:29preaching
boldly in the name of the Lord. He spoke and disputed against the Hellenists, but they were seeking to kill him. 9:30When the brothers knew it, they brought him down to Caesarea, and
sent him off to Tarsus. 9:31So the assemblies throughout all
Judea and Galilee and Samaria had peace, and were built up. They were
multiplied, walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy
9:32It happened, as Peter went
throughout all those parts, he came down also to the saints who lived at
Lydda. 9:33There he found a certain man
named Aeneas, who had been bedridden for eight years, because he was
paralyzed. 9:34Peter said to him, "Aeneas,
Jesus Christ heals you. Get up and make your bed!" Immediately he
arose. 9:35All who lived at Lydda and in
Sharon saw him, and they turned to the Lord.
9:36Now there was at Joppa a certain
disciple named Tabitha, which when translated, means Dorcas. This woman was full of good works and acts of
mercy which she did. 9:37It happened in those days that
she fell sick, and died. When they had washed her, they laid her in an
upper chamber. 9:38As Lydda was near Joppa, the
disciples, hearing that Peter was there, sent two men
to him, imploring him not to delay in coming to them. 9:39Peter got up and went with them.
When he had come, they brought him into the upper chamber. All the widows
stood by him weeping, and showing the coats and garments which Dorcas had
made while she was with them. 9:40Peter put them all out, and
kneeled down and prayed. Turning to the body, he said, "Tabitha, get
up!" She opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter, she sat up. 9:41He gave her his hand, and raised
her up. Calling the saints and widows, he presented her alive. 9:42And it became known throughout
all Joppa, and many believed in the Lord. 9:43It
happened, that he stayed many days in Joppa with one Simon, a tanner.
Listen to Chapter 10
10:1Now there was a certain man in
Caesarea, Cornelius by name, a centurion of what was called the Italian
Regiment, 10:2a devout man, and one who feared
God with all his house, who gave gifts for the needy generously to the
people, and always prayed to God. 10:3At about the ninth hour of the day, he clearly saw in a vision an
angel of God coming to him, and saying to him, "Cornelius!"
10:4He, fastening his eyes on him,
and being frightened, said, "What is it, Lord?"
He said to him, "Your prayers and your gifts to the needy have
gone up for a memorial before God. 10:5Now send
men to Joppa, and get Simon, who is surnamed Peter. 10:6He lodges
with one Simon, a tanner, whose house is by the seaside.*"
10:7When the angel who spoke to him
had departed, Cornelius called two of his household servants and a devout
soldier of those who waited on him continually. 10:8Having
explained everything to them, he sent them to Joppa. 10:9Now on the
next day as they were on their journey, and got close to the city, Peter
went up on the housetop to pray at about noon. 10:10He became
hungry and desired to eat, but while they were preparing, he fell into a
trance. 10:11He saw heaven opened and a
certain container descending to him, like a great sheet let down by four
corners on the earth, 10:12in which were all kinds of
four-footed animals of the earth, wild animals, reptiles, and birds of the
sky. 10:13A voice came to him, "Rise, Peter, kill and eat!"
10:14But Peter said, "Not so,
Lord; for I have never eaten anything that is common or unclean."
10:15A voice came to him again the
second time, "What God has cleansed, you must
not call unclean." 10:16This was
done three times, and immediately the vessel was received up into heaven.
10:17Now while Peter was very
perplexed in himself what the vision which he had seen might mean, behold,
the men who were sent by Cornelius, having made inquiry for Simon's house,
stood before the gate, 10:18and called and asked whether
Simon, who was surnamed Peter, was lodging there. 10:19While
Peter was pondering the vision, the Spirit said to him, "Behold, three men seek you. 10:20But arise,
get down, and go with them, doubting nothing; for I have sent them."
10:21Peter went down to the men, and
said, "Behold, I am he whom you seek. Why have you come?"
10:22They said, "Cornelius, a
centurion, a righteous man and one who fears God, and well spoken of by
all the nation of the Jews, was directed by a holy angel to invite you to
his house, and to listen to what you say." 10:23So he
called them in and lodged them. On the next day Peter arose and went out
with them, and some of the brothers from Joppa accompanied him. 10:24On the next day they entered
into Caesarea. Cornelius was waiting for them, having called together his
relatives and his near friends. 10:25When it
happened that Peter entered, Cornelius met him, fell down at his feet, and
worshiped him. 10:26But Peter raised him up, saying,
"Stand up! I myself am also a man." 10:27As he
talked with him, he went in and found many gathered together. 10:28He said to them, "You
yourselves know how it is an unlawful thing for a man who is a Jew to join
himself or come to one of another nation, but God has shown me that I
shouldn't call any man unholy or unclean. 10:29Therefore
also I came without complaint when I was sent for. I ask therefore, why
did you send for me?"
10:30Cornelius 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, 10:31and said, 'Cornelius, your
prayer is heard, and your gifts to the needy are remembered in the sight
of God. 10:32Send therefore to Joppa, and
summon Simon, who is surnamed Peter. He lodges in the house of Simon a
tanner, by the seaside. When he comes, he will speak to you.' 10:33Therefore I sent to you at once,
and it was good of you to come. Now therefore we are all here present in
the sight of God to hear all things that have been commanded you by
10:34Peter opened his mouth and said,
"Truly I perceive that God doesn't show favoritism; 10:35but in every nation he who fears
him and works righteousness is acceptable to him. 10:36The word
which he sent to the children of Israel, preaching good news of peace by
Jesus Christ--he is Lord of all--10:37that
spoken word you yourselves know, which was proclaimed throughout all
Judea, beginning from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached; 10:38even Jesus of Nazareth, how God
anointed him with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing
good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with
him. 10:39We are witnesses of everything
he did both in the country of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they also killed, hanging him on a tree. 10:40God raised
him up the third day, and gave him to be revealed, 10:41not to all
the people, but to witnesses who were chosen before by God, to us, who ate
and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 10:42He charged
us to preach to the people and to testify that this is he who is appointed
by God as the Judge of the living and the dead. 10:43All the
prophets testify about him, that through his name everyone who believes in
him will receive remission of sins."
10:44While Peter was still speaking
these words, the Holy Spirit fell on all those who heard the word. 10:45They of the circumcision who
believed were amazed, as many as came with Peter, because the gift of the
Holy Spirit was also poured out on the Gentiles. 10:46For they
heard them speaking in other languages and magnifying God.
Then Peter answered, 10:47"Can any man forbid the
water, that these who have received the Holy Spirit as well as we should
not be baptized?" 10:48He commanded them to be baptized
in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked him to stay some days.
Listen to Chapter 11
11:1Now the apostles and the brothers who were in Judea heard that the Gentiles had
also received the word of God. 11:2When Peter had come up to
Jerusalem, those who were of the circumcision contended with him, 11:3saying, "You went in to
uncircumcised men, and ate with them!"
11:4But Peter began, and explained to
them in order, saying, 11:5"I was in the city of Joppa
praying, and in a trance I saw a vision: a certain container descending,
like it was a great sheet let down from heaven by four corners. It came as
far as me. 11:6When I had looked intently at it,
I considered, and saw the four-footed animals of the earth, wild animals,
creeping things, and birds of the sky. 11:7I also
heard a voice saying to me, 'Rise, Peter, kill and
eat!' 11:8But I said, 'Not so, Lord, for
nothing unholy or unclean has ever entered into my mouth.' 11:9But a voice answered me the
second time out of heaven, 'What God has cleansed,
don't you call unclean.' 11:10This was
done three times, and all were drawn up again into heaven. 11:11Behold, immediately three men
stood before the house where I was, having been sent from Caesarea to me.
11:12The Spirit told me to go with
them, without discriminating. These six brothers also accompanied me, and
we entered into the man's house. 11:13He told us
how he had seen the angel standing in his house, and saying to him, 'Send
to Joppa, and get Simon, whose surname is Peter, 11:14who will
speak to you words by which you will be saved, you and all your house.' 11:15As I began to speak, the Holy
Spirit fell on them, even as on us at the beginning. 11:16I remembered the word of the
Lord, how he said, 'John indeed baptized in water,
but you will be baptized in the Holy Spirit.' 11:17If then God gave to them the
same gift as us, when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I,
that I could withstand God?"
11:18When they heard these things,
they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, "Then God has also
granted to the Gentiles repentance to life!"
11:19They therefore who were
scattered abroad by the oppression that arose about Stephen traveled as
far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch, speaking the word to no one except
to Jews only. 11:20But there were some of them, men
of Cyprus and Cyrene, who, when they had come to Antioch, spoke to the
Greeks, preaching the Lord Jesus. 11:21The hand
of the Lord was with them, and a great number believed and turned to the
Lord. 11:22The report concerning them came
to the ears of the assembly which was in Jerusalem. They sent out Barnabas
to go as far as Antioch, 11:23who, when he had come, and had
seen the grace of God, was glad. He exhorted them all, that with purpose
of heart they should remain near to the Lord. 11:24For he was
a good man, and full of the Holy Spirit and of faith, and many people were
added to the Lord.
11:25Barnabas went out to Tarsus to
look for Saul. 11:26When he had found him, he
brought him to Antioch. It happened, that for a whole year they were
gathered together with the assembly, and taught many people. The disciples
were first called Christians in Antioch.
11:27Now in these days, prophets came
down from Jerusalem to Antioch. 11:28One of
them named Agabus stood up, and indicated by the Spirit that there should
be a great famine all over the world, which also happened in the days of
Claudius. 11:29As any of the disciples had
plenty, each determined to send relief to the brothers who lived in Judea;
11:30which they also did, sending it
to the elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul.
Listen to Chapter 12
12:1Now about that time, Herod the
king stretched out his hands to oppress some of the assembly. 12:2He killed James, the brother of
John, with the sword. 12:3When he saw that it pleased the
Jews, he proceeded to seize Peter also. This was during the days of
unleavened bread. 12:4When he had arrested him, he put
him in prison, and delivered him to four squads of four soldiers each to
guard him, intending to bring him out to the people after the Passover. 12:5Peter therefore was kept in the
prison, but constant prayer was made by the assembly to God for him. 12:6The same night when Herod was
about to bring him out, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound
with two chains. Guards in front of the door kept the prison.
12:7And behold, an angel of the Lord
stood by him, and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side,
and woke him up, saying, "Stand up quickly!" His chains fell off
from his hands. 12:8The angel said to him, "Get
dressed and put on your sandals." He did so. He said to him,
"Put on your cloak, and follow me." 12:9And he went
out and followed him. He didn't know that what was being done by the angel
was real, but thought he saw a vision. 12:10When they
were past the first and the second guard, they came to the iron gate that
leads into the city, which opened to them by itself. They went out, and
went down one street, and immediately the angel departed from him.
12:11When Peter had come to himself,
he said, "Now I truly know that the Lord has sent out his angel and
delivered me out of the hand of Herod, and from everything the Jewish
people were expecting." 12:12Thinking about that, he came to
the house of Mary, the mother of John whose surname was Mark, where many
were gathered together and were praying. 12:13When Peter
knocked at the door of the gate, a maid named Rhoda came to answer. 12:14When she recognized Peter's
voice, she didn't open the gate for joy, but ran in, and reported that
Peter was standing in front of the gate.
12:15They said to her, "You are
crazy!" But she insisted that it was so. They said, "It is his
angel." 12:16But Peter continued knocking.
When they had opened, they saw him, and were amazed. 12:17But he, beckoning to them with
his hand to be silent, declared to them how the Lord had brought him out
of the prison. He said, "Tell these things to James, and to the
brothers." Then he departed, and went to another place.
12:18Now as soon as it was day, there
was no small stir among the soldiers about what had become of Peter. 12:19When Herod had sought for him,
and didn't find him, he examined the guards, and commanded that they
should be put to death. He went down from Judea to Caesarea, and stayed
there. 12:20Now Herod was very angry with
the people of Tyre and Sidon. They came with one accord to him, and,
having made Blastus, the king's chamberlain, their friend, they asked for
peace, because their country depended on the king's country for food. 12:21On an appointed day, Herod
dressed himself in royal clothing, sat on the throne, and gave a speech to
them. 12:22The people shouted, "The
voice of a god, and not of a man!" 12:23Immediately an angel of the Lord
struck him, because he didn't give God the glory, and he was eaten by
worms and died.
12:24But the word of God grew and
multiplied. 12:25Barnabas and Saul returned to Jerusalem, when they had fulfilled their service, also
taking with them John whose surname was Mark.
Listen to Chapter 13
13:1Now in the assembly that was at
Antioch there were some prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon who was
called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen the foster-brother of Herod the
tetrarch, and Saul. 13:2As they served the Lord and
fasted, the Holy Spirit said, "Separate Barnabas and Saul for me, for
the work to which I have called them."
13:3Then, when they had fasted and
prayed and laid their hands on them, they sent them away. 13:4So, being sent out by the Holy
Spirit, they went down to Seleucia. From there they sailed to Cyprus. 13:5When they were at Salamis, they
proclaimed the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews. They had also
John as their attendant. 13:6When they had gone through the
island to Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew,
whose name was Bar Jesus, 13:7who was with the proconsul,
Sergius Paulus, a man of understanding. This man summoned Barnabas and
Saul, and sought to hear the word of God. 13:8But Elymas
the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation) withstood them,
seeking to turn aside the proconsul from the faith. 13:9But Saul,
who is also called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, fastened his eyes on
him, 13:10and said, "Full of all
deceit and all cunning, you son of the devil, you enemy of all
righteousness, will you not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?
13:11Now, behold, the hand of the
Lord is on you, and you will be blind, not seeing the sun for a
Immediately there fell on him a mist and darkness. He went around
seeking someone to lead him by the hand. 13:12Then the
proconsul, when he saw what was done, believed, being astonished at the
teaching of the Lord.
13:13Now Paul and his company set
sail from Paphos, and came to Perga in Pamphylia. John departed from them
and returned to Jerusalem. 13:14But they, passing on from Perga,
came to Antioch of Pisidia. They went into the synagogue on the Sabbath
day, and sat down. 13:15After the reading of the law and
the prophets, the rulers of the synagogue sent to them, saying,
"Brothers, if you have any word of exhortation for the people,
13:16Paul stood up, and beckoning
with his hand said, "Men of Israel, and you who fear God, listen. 13:17The God of this people* chose our fathers, and exalted the
people when they stayed as aliens in the land of Egypt, and with an
uplifted arm, he led them out of it. 13:18For a
period of about forty years he put up with them in the wilderness. 13:19When he had destroyed seven
nations in the land of Canaan, he gave them their land for an inheritance,
for about four hundred fifty years. 13:20After
these things he gave them judges until Samuel the prophet. 13:21Afterward they asked for a king,
and God gave to them Saul the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin,
for forty years. 13:22When he had removed him, he
raised up David to be their king, to whom he also testified, 'I have found
David the son of Jesse, a man after my heart, who will do all my will.' 13:23From this man's seed, God has
brought salvation to Israel according to his promise,
13:24before his coming, when John had
first preached the baptism of repentance to Israel.13:25As John was fulfilling his
course, he said, 'What do you suppose that I am? I am not he. But behold,
one comes after me the sandals of whose feet I am not worthy to untie.' 13:26Brothers, children of the stock
of Abraham, and those among you who fear God, the word of this salvation
is sent out to you. 13:27For those who dwell in
Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they didn't know him, nor the voices
of the prophets which are read every Sabbath, fulfilled them by condemning
him. 13:28Though they found no cause for
death, they still asked Pilate to have him killed. 13:29When they
had fulfilled all things that were written about him, they took him down
from the tree, and laid him in a tomb. 13:30But God
raised him from the dead, 13:31and he was seen for many days by
those who came up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are his
witnesses to the people. 13:32We bring you good news of the
promise made to the fathers, 13:33that God has fulfilled the same
to us, their children, in that he raised up Jesus. As it is also written
in the second psalm,
'You are my Son.
Today I have become your father.'
13:34"Concerning that he raised
him up from the dead, now no more to return to corruption, he has spoken
thus: 'I will give you the holy and sure blessings of David.' 13:35Therefore he says also in
another psalm, 'You will not allow your Holy One to see decay.' 13:36For David, after he had in his
own generation served the counsel of God, fell asleep, and was laid with
his fathers, and saw decay. 13:37But he whom God raised up saw no
decay. 13:38Be it known to you therefore, brothers, that through this man is proclaimed to you
remission of sins, 13:39and by him everyone who believes
is justified from all things, from which you could not be justified by the
law of Moses. 13:40Beware therefore, lest that come
on you which is spoken in the prophets:
13:41'Behold, you scoffers, and
wonder, and perish;
For I work a work in your days,
A work which you will in no way
believe, if one declares it to you.'"
13:42So when the Jews went out of the
synagogue, the Gentiles begged that these words might be preached to them
the next Sabbath. 13:43Now when the synagogue broke up,
many of the Jews and of the devout proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas;
who, speaking to them, urged them to continue in the grace of God. 13:44The next Sabbath almost the
whole city was gathered together to hear the word of God. 13:45But when the Jews saw the
multitudes, they were filled with jealousy, and contradicted the things
which were spoken by Paul, and blasphemed.
13:46Paul and Barnabas spoke out
boldly, and said, "It was necessary that God's word should be spoken
to you first. Since indeed you thrust it from you, and judge yourselves
unworthy of eternal life, behold, we turn to the Gentiles. 13:47For so has the Lord commanded
'I have set you as a light for the Gentiles,
That you should bring salvation to
the uttermost parts of the earth.'"
13:48As the Gentiles heard this, they
were glad, and glorified the word of God. As many as were appointed to
eternal life believed. 13:49The Lord's word was spread
abroad throughout all the region. 13:50But the
Jews stirred up the devout and prominent women and the chief men of the
city, and stirred up a persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and threw
them out of their borders. 13:51But they shook off the dust of
their feet against them, and came to Iconium. 13:52The
disciples were filled with joy with the Holy Spirit.
Listen to Chapter 14
14:1It happened in Iconium that they
entered together into the synagogue of the Jews, and so spoke that a great
multitude both of Jews and of Greeks believed. 14:2But the disbelieving Jews stirred up and embittered the souls of
the Gentiles against the brothers. 14:3Therefore
they stayed there a long time, speaking boldly in the Lord, who testified
to the word of his grace, granting signs and wonders to be done by their
hands. 14:4But the multitude of the city was
divided. Part sided with the Jews, and part with the apostles. 14:5When some of both the Gentiles
and the Jews, with their rulers, made a violent attempt to mistreat and
stone them, 14:6they became aware of it, and fled
to the cities of Lycaonia, Lystra, Derbe, and the surrounding region. 14:7There they preached the Gospel.
14:8At Lystra a certain man sat,
impotent in his feet, a cripple from his mother's womb, who never had
walked. 14:9He was listening to Paul
speaking, who, fastening eyes on him, and seeing that he had faith to be
made whole, 14:10said with a loud voice,
"Stand upright on your feet!" He leaped up and walked. 14:11When the multitude saw what Paul
had done, they lifted up their voice, saying in the language of Lycaonia,
"The gods have come down to us in the likeness of men!" 14:12They called Barnabas
"Jupiter," and Paul "Mercury," because he was the
chief speaker. 14:13The priest of Jupiter, whose
temple was in front of their city, brought oxen and garlands to the gates,
and would have made a sacrifice along with the multitudes. 14:14But when the apostles, Barnabas
and Paul, heard of it, they tore their clothes, and sprang into the
multitude, crying out, 14:15"Men, why are you doing
these things? We also are men of like passions with you, and bring you
good news, that you should turn from these vain things to the living God,
who made the sky and the earth and the sea, and all that is in them; 14:16who in the generations gone by
allowed all the nations to walk in their own ways. 14:17Yet he
didn't leave himself without witness, in that he did good and gave you rains from the sky and fruitful seasons, filling our
hearts with food and gladness."
14:18Even saying these things, they
hardly stopped the multitudes from making a sacrifice to them. 14:19But some Jews from Antioch and
Iconium came there, and having persuaded the multitudes, they stoned Paul,
and dragged him out of the city, supposing that he was dead.
14:20But as the disciples stood
around him, he rose up, and entered into the city. On the next day he went
out with Barnabas to Derbe. 14:21When they had preached the
Gospel to that city, and had made many disciples, they returned to Lystra,
Iconium, and Antioch, 14:22confirming the souls of the
disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that through many
afflictions we must enter into the Kingdom of God. 14:23When they
had appointed elders for them in every assembly, and had prayed with
fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they had believed.
14:24They passed through Pisidia, and
came to Pamphylia. 14:25When they had spoken the word in
Perga, they went down to Attalia. 14:26From there
they sailed to Antioch, from where they had been committed to the grace of
God for the work which they had fulfilled. 14:27When they
had arrived, and had gathered the assembly together, they reported all the
things that God had done with them, and that he had opened a door of faith
to the Gentiles. 14:28They stayed there with the
disciples for a long time.
Listen to Chapter 15
15:1Some men came down from Judea and
taught the brothers, "Unless you are circumcised after the custom of
Moses, you can't be saved." 15:2Therefore
when Paul and Barnabas had no small discord and discussion with them, they
appointed Paul and Barnabas, and some others of them, to go up to
Jerusalem to the apostles and elders about this question. 15:3They, being sent on their way by
the assembly, passed through both Phoenicia and Samaria, declaring the
conversion of the Gentiles. They caused great joy to all the brothers.15:4When they had come to Jerusalem,
they were received by the assembly and the apostles and the elders, and
they reported all things that God had done with them.
15:5But some of the sect of the
Pharisees who believed rose up, saying, "It is necessary to
circumcise them, and to charge them to keep the law of Moses."
15:6The apostles and the elders were
gathered together to see about this matter. 15:7When there
had been much discussion, Peter rose up and said to them, "Brothers,
you know that a good while ago God made choice among you, that by my mouth
the Gentiles should hear the word of the Gospel, and believe. 15:8God, who knows the heart,
testified about them, giving them the Holy Spirit, just like he did to us.
15:9He made no distinction between us
and them, cleansing their hearts by faith. 15:10Now
therefore why do you tempt God, that you should put a yoke on the neck of
the disciples which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? 15:11But we believe that we are saved
through the grace of the Lord Jesus,* just as they
15:12All the multitude kept silence,
and they listened to Barnabas and Paul reporting what signs and wonders
God had done among the Gentiles through them. 15:13After they
were silent, James answered, "Brothers, listen to me. 15:14Simeon has reported how God
first visited the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name. 15:15This agrees with the words of
the prophets. As it is written,
15:16'After these things I will
I will again build the tent of David,
which has fallen.
I will again build its ruins.
I will set it up, 15:17That the
rest of men may seek after the Lord;
All the Gentiles who are called by my
Says the Lord, who does all these things. 15:18All his
works are known to God from eternity.'
15:19"Therefore my judgment is
that we don't trouble those from among the Gentiles who turn to God, 15:20but that we write to them that
they abstain from the pollution of idols, from sexual immorality, from
what is strangled, and from blood. 15:21For Moses
from generations of old has in every city those who preach him, being read
in the synagogues every Sabbath."
15:22Then it seemed good to the
apostles and the elders, with the whole assembly, to choose men out of
their company, and send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas: Judas
called Barsabbas, and Silas, chief men among the brothers.15:23They wrote these things by their
"The apostles, the elders, and the brothers, to the brothers who
are of the Gentiles in Antioch, Syria, and Cilicia: greetings. 15:24Because we have heard that some
who went out from us have troubled you with words, unsettling your souls,
saying, 'You must be circumcised and keep the law,' to whom we gave no
commandment; 15:25it seemed good to us, having
come to one accord, to choose out men and send them to you with our
beloved Barnabas and Paul, 15:26men who have risked their lives
for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. 15:27We have
sent therefore Judas and Silas, who themselves will also tell you the same
things by word of mouth. 15:28For it seemed good to the Holy
Spirit, and to us, to lay no greater burden on you than these necessary
things: 15:29that you abstain from things
sacrificed to idols, from blood, from things strangled, and from sexual
immorality, from which if you keep yourselves, it will be well with you.
15:30So, when they were sent off,
they came to Antioch. Having gathered the multitude together, they
delivered the letter. 15:31When they had read it, they
rejoiced over the encouragement. 15:32Judas and
Silas, also being prophets themselves, encouraged the brothers with many
words, and strengthened them. 15:33After they had spent some time
there, they were sent back with greetings from the brothers to the
apostles. 15:34*15:35But Paul and Barnabas stayed in
Antioch, teaching and preaching the word of the Lord, with many others
15:36After some days Paul said to
Barnabas, "Let's return now and visit our brothers in every city in
which we proclaimed the word of the Lord, to see how they are doing."
15:37Barnabas planned to take John,
who was called Mark, with them also. 15:38But Paul
didn't think that it was a good idea to take with them someone who had
withdrawn from them in Pamphylia, and didn't go with them to do the work.
15:39Then the contention grew so
sharp that they separated from each other. Barnabas took Mark with him,
and sailed away to Cyprus, 15:40but Paul chose Silas, and went
out, being commended by the brothers to the grace of God. 15:41He went through Syria and
Cilicia, strengthening the assemblies.
Listen to Chapter 16
16:1He came to Derbe and Lystra: and
behold, a certain disciple was there, named Timothy, the son of a Jewess
who believed; but his father was a Greek. 16:2The
brothers who were at Lystra and Iconium gave a good testimony about him.
16:3Paul wanted to have him go out
with him, and he took and circumcised him because of the Jews who were in
those parts; for they all knew that his father was a Greek. 16:4As they went on their way through
the cities, they delivered the decrees to them to keep which had been
ordained by the apostles and elders who were at Jerusalem. 16:5So the assemblies were
strengthened in the faith, and increased in number daily.
16:6When they had gone through the
region of Phrygia and Galatia, they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to
speak the word in Asia. 16:7When they had come opposite
Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit didn't allow them.
16:8Passing by Mysia, they came down
to Troas. 16:9A vision appeared to Paul in the
night. There was a man of Macedonia standing, begging him, and saying,
"Come over into Macedonia and help us." 16:10When he
had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go out to Macedonia,
concluding that the Lord had called us to preach the Gospel to them. 16:11Setting sail therefore from
Troas, we made a straight course to Samothrace, and the day following to
Neapolis; 16:12and from there to Philippi,
which is a city of Macedonia, the foremost of the district, a Roman
colony. We were staying some days in this city.
16:13On the Sabbath day we went forth
outside of the city by a riverside, where we supposed there was a place of
prayer, and we sat down, and spoke to the women who had come together. 16:14A certain woman named Lydia, a
seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, one who worshiped God, heard
us; whose heart the Lord opened to listen to the things which were spoken
by Paul. 16:15When she and her household were
baptized, she begged us, saying, "If you have judged me to be
faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and stay." So she persuaded
16:16It happened, as we were going to
prayer, that a certain girl having a spirit of divination met us, who
brought her masters much gain by fortune telling. 16:17Following
Paul and us, she cried out, "These men are servants of the Most High
God, who proclaim to us the way of salvation!" 16:18She was
doing this for many days.
But Paul, becoming greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit,
"I charge you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her!"
It came out that very hour. 16:19But when her masters saw that
the hope of their gain was gone, they seized Paul and Silas, and dragged
them into the marketplace before the rulers. 16:20When they
had brought them to the magistrates, they said, "These men, being
Jews, are agitating our city, 16:21and set forth customs which it
is not lawful for us to accept or to observe, being Romans."
16:22The multitude rose up together
against them, and the magistrates tore their clothes off of them, and
commanded them to be beaten with rods. 16:23When they
had laid many stripes on them, they threw them into prison, charging the
jailer to keep them safely, 16:24who, having received such a
charge, threw them into the inner prison, and secured their feet in the
16:25But about midnight Paul and
Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were
listening to them. 16:26Suddenly there was a great
earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and
immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone's bonds were loosened.
16:27The jailer, being roused out of
sleep and seeing the prison doors open, drew his sword and was about to
kill himself, supposing that the prisoners had escaped. 16:28But Paul cried with a loud
voice, saying, "Don't harm yourself, for we are all here!"
16:29He called for lights and sprang
in, and, fell down trembling before Paul and Silas, 16:30and
brought them out and said, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?"
16:31They said, "Believe in the
Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household." 16:32They spoke the word of the Lord
to him, and to all who were in his house.
16:33He took them the same hour of
the night, and washed their stripes, and was immediately baptized, he and
all his household. 16:34He brought them up into his
house, and set food before them, and rejoiced greatly, with all his
household, having believed in God.
16:35But when it was day, the
magistrates sent the sergeants, saying, "Let those men go."
16:36The jailer reported these words
to Paul, saying, "The magistrates have sent to let you go; now
therefore come out, and go in peace."
16:37But Paul said to them,
"They have beaten us publicly, without a trial, men who are Romans,
and have cast us into prison! Do they now release us secretly? No, most
assuredly, but let them come themselves and bring us out!"
16:38The sergeants reported these
words to the magistrates, and they were afraid when they heard that they
were Romans, 16:39and they came and begged them.
When they had brought them out, they asked them to depart from the city.
16:40They went out of the prison, and
entered into Lydia's house. When they had seen the brothers, they
encouraged them, and departed.
Listen to Chapter 17
17:1Now when they had passed through
Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a
synagogue of the Jews. 17:2Paul, as was his custom, went in
to them, and for three Sabbath days reasoned with them from the
Scriptures, 17:3explaining and demonstrating that
the Christ had to suffer and rise again from the dead, and saying,
"This Jesus, whom I proclaim to you, is the Christ."
17:4Some of them were persuaded, and
joined Paul and Silas, of the devout Greeks a great multitude, and not a
few of the chief women. 17:5But the
unpersuaded Jews took along some wicked men from the marketplace, and
gathering a crowd, set the city in an uproar. Assaulting the house of
Jason, they sought to bring them out to the people. 17:6When they
didn't find them, they dragged Jason and certain brothers before the rulers of the city, crying,
"These who have turned the world upside down have come here also, 17:7whom Jason has received. These
all act contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another
king, Jesus!" 17:8The multitude and the rulers of
the city were troubled when they heard these things. 17:9When they
had taken security from Jason and the rest, they let them go. 17:10The brothers immediately sent
Paul and Silas away by night to Beroea. When they arrived, they went into
the Jewish synagogue.
17:11Now these were more noble than
those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness
of the mind, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things
were so. 17:12Many of them therefore believed;
also of the prominent Greek women, and not a few men. 17:13But when the Jews of
Thessalonica had knowledge that the word of God was proclaimed by Paul at
Beroea also, they came there likewise, agitating the multitudes. 17:14Then the brothers immediately
sent out Paul to go as far as to the sea, and Silas and Timothy still
stayed there. 17:15But those who escorted Paul
brought him as far as Athens. Receiving a commandment to Silas and Timothy
that they should come to him very quickly, they departed.
17:16Now while Paul waited for them
at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him as he saw the city full of
idols. 17:17So he reasoned in the synagogue
with the Jews and the devout persons, and in the marketplace every day
with those who met him. 17:18Some of the Epicurean and Stoic
philosophers also were conversing with him. Some said,
"What does this babbler want to say?"
Others said, "He seems to be advocating foreign deities,"
because he preached Jesus and the resurrection.
17:19They took hold of him, and
brought him to the Areopagus, saying, "May we know what this new
teaching is, which is spoken by you? 17:20For you
bring certain strange things to our ears. We want to know therefore what
these things mean." 17:21Now all the Athenians and the
strangers living there spent their time in nothing else, but either to
tell or to hear some new thing.
17:22Paul stood in the middle of the
Areopagus, and said, "You men of Athens, I perceive that you are very
religious in all things. 17:23For as I passed along, and
observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this
inscription: 'TO AN UNKNOWN GOD.' What therefore you worship in ignorance,
this I announce to you. 17:24The God who made the world and
all things in it, he, being Lord of heaven and earth, doesn't dwell in
temples made with hands, 17:25neither is he served by men's
hands, as though he needed anything, seeing he himself gives to all life
and breath, and all things. 17:26He made from one blood every
nation of men to dwell on all the surface of the earth, having determined
appointed seasons, and the boundaries of their dwellings, 17:27that they should seek the Lord,
if perhaps they might reach out for him and find him, though he is not far
from each one of us. 17:28'For in him we live, and move,
and have our being.' As some of your own poets have said, 'For we are also
his offspring.' 17:29Being then the offspring of God,
we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold, or silver, or
stone, engraved by art and design of man. 17:30The times
of ignorance therefore God overlooked. But now he commands that all people
everywhere should repent, 17:31because he has appointed a day
in which he will judge the world in righteousness by the man whom he has
ordained; of which he has given assurance to all men, in that he has
raised him from the dead."
17:32Now when they heard of the
resurrection of the dead, some mocked; but others said, "We want to
hear you again concerning this."
17:33Thus Paul went out from among
them. 17:34But certain men joined with him,
and believed, among whom also was Dionysius the Areopagite, and a woman
named Damaris, and others with them.
Listen to Chapter 18
18:1After these things Paul departed
from Athens, and came to Corinth. 18:2He found a
certain Jew named Aquila, a man of Pontus by race, who had recently come
from Italy, with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had commanded all
the Jews to depart from Rome. He came to them, 18:3and because
he practiced the same trade, he lived with them and worked, for by trade
they were tent makers. 18:4He reasoned in the synagogue
every Sabbath, and persuaded Jews and Greeks. 18:5But when
Silas and Timothy came down from Macedonia, Paul was compelled by the
Spirit, testifying to the Jews that Jesus was the Christ. 18:6When they opposed him and
blasphemed, he shook out his clothing and said to them, "Your blood
be on your own heads! I am clean. From now on, I will go to the
18:7He departed there, and went into
the house of a certain man named Justus, one who worshiped God, whose
house was next door to the synagogue. 18:8Crispus,
the ruler of the synagogue, believed in the Lord with all his house. Many
of the Corinthians, when they heard, believed and were baptized. 18:9The Lord said to Paul in the
night by a vision, "Don't be afraid, but speak
and don't be silent; 18:10for I am
with you, and no one will attack you to harm you, for I have many people
in this city."
18:11He lived there a year and six
months, teaching the word of God among them. 18:12But when
Gallio was proconsul of Achaia, the Jews with one accord rose up against
Paul and brought him before the judgment seat, 18:13saying,
"This man persuades men to worship God contrary to the law."
18:14But when Paul was about to open
his mouth, Gallio said to the Jews, "If indeed it were a matter of
wrong or of wicked crime, you Jews, it would be reasonable that I should
bear with you; 18:15but if they are questions about
words and names and your own law, look to it yourselves. For I don't want
to be a judge of these matters." 18:16He drove
them from the judgment seat.
18:17Then all the Greeks laid hold on
Sosthenes, the ruler of the synagogue, and beat him before the judgment
seat. Gallio didn't care about any of these things.
18:18Paul, having stayed after this
many more days, took his leave of the brothers, and
sailed from there for Syria, together with Priscilla and Aquila. He shaved
his head in Cenchreae, for he had a vow. 18:19He came to
Ephesus, and he left them there; but he himself entered into the
synagogue, and reasoned with the Jews. 18:20When they
asked him to stay with them a longer time, he declined; 18:21but taking his leave of them,
and saying, "I must by all means keep this coming feast in Jerusalem,
but I will return again to you if God wills," he set sail from
18:22When he had landed at Caesarea,
he went up and greeted the assembly, and went down to Antioch. 18:23Having spent some time there, he
departed, and went through the region of Galatia, and Phrygia, in order,
establishing all the disciples. 18:24Now a
certain Jew named Apollos, an Alexandrian by race, an eloquent man, came
to Ephesus. He was mighty in the Scriptures. 18:25This man
had been instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in spirit,
he spoke and taught accurately the things concerning Jesus, although he
knew only the baptism of John. 18:26He began
to speak boldly in the synagogue. But when Priscilla and Aquila heard him,
they took him aside, and explained to him the way of God more accurately.
18:27When he had determined to pass
over into Achaia, the brothers encouraged him, and wrote to the disciples
to receive him. When he had come, he greatly helped those who had believed
through grace; 18:28for he powerfully refuted the
Jews, publicly showing by the Scriptures that Jesus was the Christ.
Listen to Chapter 19
19:1It happened that, while Apollos
was at Corinth, Paul, having passed through the upper country, came to
Ephesus, and found certain disciples. 19:2He said to
them, "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?"
They said to him, "No, we haven't even heard that there is a Holy
19:4Paul said, "John indeed
baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they
should believe in the one who would come after him, that is, in
19:5When they heard this, they were
baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 19:6When Paul
had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke
with other languages and prophesied. 19:7They were
about twelve men in all. 19:8He entered into the synagogue,
and spoke boldly for a period of three months, reasoning and persuading
about the things concerning the Kingdom of God.
19:9But when some were hardened and
disobedient, speaking evil of the Way before the multitude, he departed
from them, and separated the disciples, reasoning daily in the school of
Tyrannus. 19:10This continued for two years, so
that all those who lived in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both
Jews and Greeks.
19:11God worked special miracles by
the hands of Paul, 19:12so that even handkerchiefs or
aprons were carried away from his body to the sick, and the evil spirits
went out. 19:13But some of the itinerant Jews,
exorcists, took on themselves to name over those who had the evil spirits
the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, "We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul
preaches." 19:14There were seven sons of one
Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, who did this.
19:15The evil spirit answered,
"Jesus I know, and Paul I know, but who are you?" 19:16The man in whom the evil spirit
was leaped on them, and overpowered them, and prevailed against them, so
that they fled out of that house naked and wounded. 19:17This
became known to all, both Jews and Greeks, who lived at Ephesus. Fear fell
on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified. 19:18Many also of those who had
believed came, confessing, and declaring their deeds. 19:19Many of those who practiced
magical arts brought their books together and burned them in the sight of
all. They counted the price of them, and found it to be fifty thousand pieces of silver.19:20So the
word of the Lord was growing and becoming mighty.
19:21Now after these things had
ended, Paul determined 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."
19:22Having sent into Macedonia two
of those who ministered to him, Timothy and Erastus, he himself stayed in
Asia for a while. 19:23About that time there arose no
small stir concerning the Way. 19:24For a
certain man named Demetrius, a silversmith, who made silver shrines of
Artemis, brought no little business to the craftsmen, 19:25whom he gathered together, with
the workmen of like occupation, and said, "Sirs, you know that by
this business we have our wealth. 19:26You see
and hear, that not at Ephesus alone, but almost throughout all Asia, this
Paul has persuaded and turned away many people, saying that they are no
gods, that are made with hands. 19:27Not only
is there danger that this our trade come into disrepute, but also that the
temple of the great goddess Artemis will be counted as nothing, and her
majesty destroyed, whom all Asia and the world worships."
19:28When they heard this they were
filled with anger, and cried out, saying, "Great is Artemis of the
Ephesians!" 19:29The whole city was filled with
confusion, and they rushed with one accord into the theater, having seized
Gaius and Aristarchus, men of Macedonia, Paul's companions in travel. 19:30When Paul wanted to enter in to
the people, the disciples didn't allow him. 19:31Certain
also of the Asiarchs, being his friends, sent to him and begged him not to
venture into the theater. 19:32Some therefore cried one thing,
and some another, for the assembly was in confusion. Most of them didn't
know why they had come together. 19:33They
brought Alexander out of the multitude, the Jews putting him forward.
Alexander beckoned with his hand, and would have made a defense to the
people. 19:34But when they perceived that he
was a Jew, all with one voice for a time of about two hours cried out,
"Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!"
19:35When the town clerk had quieted
the multitude, he said, "You men of Ephesus, what man is there who
doesn't know that the city of the Ephesians is temple-keeper of the great
goddess Artemis, and of the image which fell down from Zeus? 19:36Seeing then that these things
can't be denied, you ought to be quiet, and to do nothing rash. 19:37For you have brought these men
here, who are neither robbers of temples nor blasphemers of your goddess.
19:38If therefore Demetrius and the
craftsmen who are with him have a matter against anyone, the courts are
open, and there are proconsuls. Let them press charges against one
another. 19:39But if you seek anything about
other matters, it will be settled in the regular assembly. 19:40For indeed we are in danger of
being accused concerning this day's riot, there being no cause. Concerning
it, we wouldn't be able to give an account of this commotion." 19:41When he had thus spoken, he
dismissed the assembly.
Listen to Chapter 20
20:1After the uproar had ceased, Paul
sent for the disciples, took leave of them, and departed to go into
Macedonia. 20:2When he had gone through those
parts, and had encouraged them with many words, he came into Greece. 20:3When he had spent three months
there, and a plot was made against him by Jews as he was about to set sail
for Syria, he determined to return through Macedonia. 20:4These accompanied him as far as
Asia: Sopater of Beroea; Aristarchus and Secundus of the Thessalonians;
Gaius of Derbe; Timothy; and Tychicus and Trophimus of Asia. 20:5But these had gone ahead, and
were waiting for us at Troas. 20:6We sailed away from Philippi
after the days of Unleavened Bread, and came to them at Troas in five
days, where we stayed seven days.
20:7On the first day of the week,
when the disciples were gathered together to break bread, Paul talked with
them, intending to depart on the next day, and continued his speech until
midnight. 20:8There were many lights in the
upper chamber where we were gathered together. 20:9A certain young man named
Eutychus sat in the window, weighed down with deep sleep. As Paul spoke
still longer, being weighed down by his sleep, he fell down from the third
story, and was taken up dead. 20:10Paul went down, and fell upon
him, and embracing him said, "Don't be troubled, for his life is in
20:11When he had gone up, and had
broken bread, and eaten, and had talked with them a long while, even until
break of day, he departed. 20:12They brought the boy in alive,
and were greatly comforted.
20:13But we who went ahead to the
ship set sail for Assos, intending to take Paul aboard there, for he had
so arranged, intending himself to go by land. 20:14When he
met us at Assos, we took him aboard, and came to Mitylene. 20:15Sailing from there, we came the
following day opposite Chios. The next day we touched at Samos and stayed
at Trogyllium, and the day after we came to Miletus. 20:16For Paul had determined to sail
past Ephesus, that he might not have to spend time in Asia; for he was
hastening, if it were possible for him, to be in Jerusalem on the day of
20:17From Miletus he sent to Ephesus,
and called to himself the elders of the assembly. 20:18When they
had come to him, he said to them, "You yourselves know, from the
first day that I set foot in Asia, how I was with you all the time, 20:19serving the Lord with all
humility, with many tears, and with trials which happened to me by the
plots of the Jews; 20:20how I didn't shrink from
declaring to you anything that was profitable, teaching you publicly and
from house to house, 20:21testifying both to Jews and to
Greeks repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus.*20:22Now,
behold, I go bound by the Spirit to Jerusalem, not knowing what will
happen to me there; 20:23except that the Holy Spirit
testifies in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions wait for me. 20:24But these things don't count;
nor do I hold my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with
joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to fully
testify to the Gospel of the grace of God.
20:25Now, behold, I know that you
all, among whom I went about preaching the Kingdom of God, will see my
face no more. 20:26Therefore I testify to you this
day that I am clean from the blood of all men, 20:27for I
didn't shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God. 20:28Take heed, therefore, to
yourselves, and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you
overseers, to shepherd the assembly of the Lord and God
which he purchased with his own blood. 20:29For I know
that after my departure, vicious wolves will enter in among you, not
sparing the flock. 20:30Men will arise from among your
own selves, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after
them. 20:31Therefore watch, remembering
that for a period of three years I didn't cease to admonish everyone night
and day with tears. 20:32Now, brothers, I entrust you to God, and to the word of his
grace, which is able to build up, and to give you the inheritance among
all those who are sanctified. 20:33I coveted no one's silver, or
gold, or clothing. 20:34You yourselves know that these
hands ministered to my necessities, and to those who were with me. 20:35In all things I gave you an
example, that so laboring you ought to help the weak, and to remember the
words of the Lord Jesus, that he himself said, 'It
is more blessed to give than to receive.'"
20:36When he had spoken these things,
he knelt down and prayed with them all. 20:37They all
wept a lot, and fell on Paul's neck and kissed him, 20:38sorrowing
most of all because of the word which he had spoken, that they should see
his face no more. And they accompanied him to the ship.
Listen to Chapter 21
21:1When it happened that we had
parted from them and had set sail, we came with a straight course to Cos,
and the next day to Rhodes, and from there to Patara. 21:2Having found a ship crossing over
to Phoenicia, we went aboard, and set sail. 21:3When we had
come in sight of Cyprus, leaving it on the left hand, we sailed to Syria,
and landed at Tyre, for there the ship was to unload her cargo. 21:4Having found disciples, we stayed
there seven days. These said to Paul through the Spirit, that he should
not go up to Jerusalem. 21:5When it happened that we had
accomplished the days, we departed and went on our journey. They all, with
wives and children, brought us on our way until we were out of the city.
Kneeling down on the beach, we prayed. 21:6After
saying goodbye to each other, we went on board the ship, and they returned
21:7When we had finished the voyage
from Tyre, we arrived at Ptolemais. We greeted the brothers, and stayed
with them one day. 21:8On the next day, we, who were
Paul's companions, departed, and came to Caesarea.
We entered into the house of Philip the evangelist, who was one of the
seven, and stayed with him. 21:9Now this man had four virgin
daughters who prophesied. 21:10As we stayed there some days, a
certain prophet named Agabus came down from Judea. 21:11Coming to
us, and taking Paul's belt, he bound his own feet and hands, and said,
"Thus says the Holy Spirit: 'So will the Jews at Jerusalem bind the
man who owns this belt, and will deliver him into the hands of the
21:12When we heard these things, both
we and they of that place begged him not to go up to Jerusalem. 21:13Then Paul answered, "What
are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to
be bound, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord
21:14When he would not be persuaded,
we ceased, saying, "The Lord's will be done."
21:15After these days we took up our
baggage and went up to Jerusalem. 21:16Some of
the disciples from Caesarea also went with us, bringing one Mnason of
Cyprus, an early disciple, with whom we would stay.
21:17When we had come to Jerusalem,
the brothers received us gladly. 21:18The day
following, Paul went in with us to James; and all the elders were present.
21:19When he had greeted them, he
reported one by one the things which God had worked among the Gentiles
through his ministry. 21:20They, when they heard it,
glorified God. They said to him, "You see, brother, how many
thousands there are among the Jews of those who have believed, and they
are all zealous for the law. 21:21They have been informed about
you, that you teach all the Jews who are among the Gentiles to forsake
Moses, telling them not to circumcise their children neither to walk after
the customs. 21:22What then? The assembly must
certainly meet, for they will hear that you have come. 21:23Therefore do what we tell you.
We have four men who have taken a vow. 21:24Take them,
and purify yourself with them, and pay their expenses for them, that they
may shave their heads. Then all will know that there is no truth in the
things that they have been informed about you, but that you yourself also
walk keeping the law. 21:25But concerning the Gentiles who
believe, we have written our decision that they should observe no such
thing, except that they should keep themselves from food offered to idols,
from blood, from strangled things, and from sexual immorality."
21:26Then Paul took the men, and the
next day, purified himself and went with them into the temple, declaring
the fulfillment of the days of purification, until the offering was
offered for every one of them. 21:27When the
seven days were almost completed, the Jews from Asia, when they saw him in
the temple, stirred up all the multitude and laid hands on him, 21:28crying out, "Men of Israel,
help! This is the man who teaches all men everywhere against the people,
and the law, and this place. Moreover, he also brought Greeks into the
temple, and has defiled this holy place!" 21:29For they
had seen Trophimus, the Ephesian, with him in the city, and they supposed
that Paul had brought him into the temple.
21:30All the city was moved, and the
people ran together. They seized Paul and dragged him out of the temple.
Immediately the doors were shut. 21:31As they
were trying to kill him, news came up to the commanding officer of the
regiment that all Jerusalem was in an uproar. 21:32Immediately he took soldiers and
centurions, and ran down to them. They, when they saw the chief captain
and the soldiers, stopped beating Paul. 21:33Then the
commanding officer came near, arrested him, commanded him to be bound with
two chains, and inquired who he was and what he had done. 21:34Some shouted one thing, and some
another, among the crowd. When he couldn't find out the truth because of
the noise, he commanded him to be brought into the barracks.
21:35When he came to the stairs, it
happened that he was carried by the soldiers because of the violence of
the crowd; 21:36for the multitude of the people
followed after, crying out, "Away with him!" 21:37As Paul was about to be brought
into the barracks, he asked the commanding officer, "May I speak to
He said, "Do you know Greek? 21:38Aren't you
then the Egyptian, who before these days stirred up to sedition and led
out into the wilderness the four thousand men of the Assassins?"
21:39But Paul said, "I am a Jew,
from Tarsus in Cilicia, a citizen of no insignificant city. I beg you,
allow me to speak to the people."
21:40When he had given him
permission, Paul, standing on the stairs, beckoned with his hand to the
people. When there was a great silence, he spoke to them in the Hebrew
Listen to Chapter 22
22:1"Brothers and fathers,
listen to the defense which I now make to you."
22:2When they heard that he spoke to
them in the Hebrew language, they were even more quiet. He said, 22:3"I am indeed a Jew, born in
Tarsus of Cilicia, but brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel,
instructed according to the strict manner of the law of our fathers, being
zealous for God, even as you all are this day. 22:4I
persecuted this Way to the death, binding and delivering into prisons both
men and women. 22:5As also the high priest and all
the council of the elders testify, from whom also I received letters to
the brothers, and traveled to Damascus to bring them also who were there
to Jerusalem in bonds to be punished. 22:6It happened
that, as I made my journey, and came close to Damascus, about noon,
suddenly there shone from the sky a great light around me. 22:7I fell to the ground, and heard a
voice saying to me, 'Saul, Saul, why are you
persecuting me?' 22:8I answered, 'Who are you, Lord?'
He said to me, 'I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom you
22:9"Those who were with me
indeed saw the light and were afraid, but they didn't understand the voice
of him who spoke to me. 22:10I said, 'What shall I do, Lord?'
The Lord said to me, 'Arise, and go into Damascus.
There you will be told about all things which are appointed for you to
do.' 22:11When I couldn't see for the
glory of that light, being led by the hand of those who were with me, I
came into Damascus. 22:12One Ananias, a devout man
according to the law, well reported of by all the Jews who lived in
Damascus, 22:13came to me, and standing by me
said to me, 'Brother Saul, receive your sight!' In that very hour I looked
up at him. 22:14He said, 'The God of our fathers
has appointed you to know his will, and to see the Righteous One, and to
hear a voice from his mouth. 22:15For you will be a witness for
him to all men of what you have seen and heard. 22:16Now why do
you wait? Arise, be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name
of the Lord.'
22:17"It happened that, when I
had returned to Jerusalem, and while I prayed in the temple, I fell into a
trance, 22:18and saw him saying to me, 'Hurry and get out of Jerusalem quickly, because they will
not receive testimony concerning me from you.' 22:19I said, 'Lord, they themselves
know that I imprisoned and beat in every synagogue those who believed in
you. 22:20When the blood of Stephen, your
witness, was shed, I also was standing by, and consenting to his death,
and guarding the cloaks of those who killed him.'
22:21"He said to me, 'Depart, for I will send you out far from here to the
22:22They listened to him until he
said that; then they lifted up their voice, and said, "Rid the earth
of this fellow, for he isn't fit to live!"
22:23As they cried out, and threw off
their cloaks, and threw dust into the air, 22:24the
commanding officer commanded him to be brought into the barracks, ordering
him to be examined by scourging, that he might know for what crime they
shouted against him like that. 22:25When they
had tied him up with thongs, Paul asked the centurion who stood by,
"Is it lawful for you to scourge a man who is a Roman, and not found
22:26When the centurion heard it, he
went to the commanding officer and told him, "Watch what you are
about to do, for this man is a Roman!"
22:27The commanding officer came and
asked him, "Tell me, are you a Roman?"
He said, "Yes."
22:28The commanding officer answered,
"I bought my citizenship for a great price."
Paul said, "But I was born a Roman."
22:29Immediately those who were about
to examine him departed from him, and the commanding officer also was
afraid when he realized that he was a Roman, because he had bound him. 22:30But on the next day, desiring to
know the truth about why he was accused by the Jews, he freed him from the
bonds, and commanded the chief priests and all the council to come
together, and brought Paul down and set him before them.
Listen to Chapter 23
23:1Paul, looking steadfastly at the
council, said, "Brothers, I have lived before God in all good
conscience until this day."
23:2The high priest, Ananias,
commanded those who stood by him to strike him on the mouth.
23:3Then Paul said to him, "God
will strike you, you whitewashed wall! Do you sit to judge me according to
the law, and command me to be struck contrary to the law?"
23:4Those who stood by said, "Do
you malign God's high priest?"
23:5Paul said, "I didn't know,
brothers, that he was high priest. For it is written, 'You shall not speak
evil of a ruler of your people.'" 23:6But when
Paul perceived that the one part were Sadducees and the other Pharisees,
he cried out in the council, "Men and brothers, I am a Pharisee, a
son of Pharisees. Concerning the hope and resurrection of the dead I am
23:7When he had said this, an
argument arose between the Pharisees and Sadducees, and the assembly was
divided. 23:8For the Sadducees say that there
is no resurrection, nor angel, nor spirit; but the Pharisees confess all
of these. 23:9A great clamor arose, and some of
the scribes of the Pharisees part stood up, and contended, saying,
"We find no evil in this man. But if a spirit or angel has spoken to
him, let's not fight against God!"
23:10When a great argument arose, the
commanding officer, fearing that Paul would be torn in pieces by them,
commanded the soldiers to go down and take him by force from among them,
and bring him into the barracks.
23:11The following night, the Lord
stood by him, and said, "Cheer up, Paul, for as
you have testified about me at Jerusalem, so you must testify also at
23:12When it was day, some of the
Jews banded together, and bound themselves under a curse, saying that they
would neither eat nor drink until they had killed Paul. 23:13There were more than forty
people who had made this conspiracy. 23:14They came
to the chief priests and the elders, and said, "We have bound
ourselves under a great curse, to taste nothing until we have killed Paul.
23:15Now therefore, you with the
council inform the commanding officer that he should bring him down to you
tomorrow, as though you were going to judge his case more exactly. We are
ready to kill him before he comes near."
23:16But Paul's sister's son heard of
their lying in wait, and he came and entered into the barracks and told
Paul. 23:17Paul summoned one of the
centurions, and said, "Bring this young man to the commanding
officer, for he has something to tell him."
23:18So he took him, and brought him
to the commanding officer, and said, "Paul, the prisoner, summoned me
and asked me to bring this young man to you, who has something to tell
23:19The commanding officer took him
by the hand, and going aside, asked him privately, "What is it that
you have to tell me?"
23:20He said, "The Jews have
agreed to ask you to bring Paul down to the council tomorrow, as though
intending to inquire somewhat more accurately concerning him. 23:21Therefore don't yield to them,
for more than forty men lie in wait for him, who have bound themselves
under a curse neither to eat nor to drink until they have killed him. Now
they are ready, looking for the promise from you."
23:22So the commanding officer let
the young man go, charging him, "Tell no one that you have revealed
these things to me." 23:23He called to himself two of the
centurions, and said, "Prepare two hundred soldiers to go as far as
Caesarea, with seventy horsemen, and two hundred men armed with spears, at
the third hour of the night." 23:24He asked them to provide
animals, that they might set Paul on one, and bring him safely to Felix
the governor. 23:25He wrote a letter like this:
23:26"Claudius Lysias to the
most excellent governor Felix: Greetings.
23:27"This man was seized by the
Jews, and was about to be killed by them, when I came with the soldiers
and rescued him, having learned that he was a Roman. 23:28Desiring to know the cause why
they accused him, I brought him down to their council. 23:29I found him to be accused about
questions of their law, but to have nothing laid to his charge worthy of
death or of bonds. 23:30When I was told that the Jews
lay in wait for the man, I sent him to you immediately, charging his
accusers also to bring their accusations against him before you.
23:31So the soldiers, carrying out
their orders, took Paul and brought him by night to Antipatris. 23:32But on the next day they left
the horsemen to go with him, and returned to the barracks. 23:33When they came to Caesarea and
delivered the letter to the governor, they also presented Paul to him. 23:34When the governor had read it,
he asked what province he was from. When he understood that he was from
Cilicia, he said, 23:35"I will hear you fully when
your accusers also arrive." He commanded that he be kept in Herod's
Listen to Chapter 24
24:1After five days, the high priest,
Ananias, came down with certain elders and an orator, one Tertullus. They
informed the governor against Paul. 24:2When he was
called, Tertullus began to accuse him, saying, "Seeing that by you we
enjoy much peace, and that excellent measures are coming to this nation,
24:3we accept it in all ways and in
all places, most excellent Felix, with all thankfulness. 24:4But, that I don't delay you, I
entreat you to bear with us and hear a few words. 24:5For we have
found this man to be a plague, an instigator of insurrections among all
the Jews throughout the world, and a ringleader of the sect of the
Nazarenes. 24:6He even tried to profane the
temple, and we arrested him.*24:7*24:8*By examining him yourself you may
ascertain all these things of which we accuse him."
24:9The Jews also joined in the
attack, affirming that these things were so. 24:10When the
governor had beckoned to him to speak, Paul answered, "Because I know
that you have been a judge of this nation for many years, I cheerfully
make my defense, 24:11seeing that you can recognize
that it is not more than twelve days since I went up to worship at
Jerusalem. 24:12In the temple they didn't find
me disputing with anyone or stirring up a crowd, either in the synagogues,
or in the city. 24:13Nor can they prove to you the
things of which they now accuse me. 24:14But this I
confess to you, that after the Way, which they call a sect, so I serve the
God of our fathers, believing all things which are according to the law,
and which are written in the prophets; 24:15having
hope toward God, which these also themselves look for, that there will be
a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust. 24:16Herein I also practice always
having a conscience void of offense toward God and men. 24:17Now after some years, I came to
bring gifts for the needy to my nation, and offerings; 24:18amid which certain Jews from
Asia found me purified in the temple, not with a mob, nor with turmoil. 24:19They ought to have been here
before you, and to make accusation, if they had anything against me. 24:20Or else let these men themselves
say what injustice they found in me when I stood before the council, 24:21unless it is for this one thing
that I cried standing among them, 'Concerning the resurrection of the dead
I am being judged before you today!'"
24:22But Felix, having more exact
knowledge concerning the Way, deferred them, saying, "When Lysias,
the commanding officer, comes down, I will decide your case." 24:23He ordered the centurion that
Paul should be kept in custody, and should have some privileges, and not
to forbid any of his friends to serve him or to visit him. 24:24But after some days, Felix came
with Drusilla, his wife, who was a Jewess, and sent for Paul, and heard
him concerning the faith in Christ Jesus. 24:25As he
reasoned about righteousness, self-control, and the judgment to come,
Felix was terrified, and answered, "Go your way for this time, and
when it is convenient for me, I will summon you." 24:26Meanwhile, he also hoped that
money would be given to him by Paul, that he might release him. Therefore
also he sent for him more often, and talked with him. 24:27But when two years were
fulfilled, Felix was succeeded by Porcius Festus, and desiring to gain
favor with the Jews, Felix left Paul in bonds.
Listen to Chapter 25
25:1Festus therefore, having come
into the province, after three days went up to Jerusalem from Caesarea. 25:2Then the high priest and the
principal men of the Jews informed him against Paul, and they begged him,
25:3asking a favor against him, that
he would summon him to Jerusalem; plotting to kill him on the way. 25:4However Festus answered that Paul
should be kept in custody at Caesarea, and that he himself was about to
depart shortly. 25:5"Let them therefore,"
said he, "that are in power among you go down with me, and if there
is anything wrong in the man, let them accuse him."
25:6When he had stayed among them
more than ten days, he went down to Caesarea, and on the next day he sat
on the judgment seat, and commanded Paul to be brought. 25:7When he had come, the Jews who
had come down from Jerusalem stood around him, bringing against him many
and grievous charges which they could not prove, 25:8while he
said in his defense, "Neither against the law of the Jews, nor
against the temple, nor against Caesar, have I sinned at all."
25:9But Festus, desiring to gain
favor with the Jews, answered Paul and said, "Are you willing to go
up to Jerusalem, and be judged by me there concerning these things?"
25:10But Paul said, "I am
standing before Caesar's judgment seat, where I ought to be tried. I have
done no wrong to the Jews, as you also know very well. 25:11For if I have done wrong, and
have committed anything worthy of death, I don't refuse to die; but if
none of those things is true that they accuse me of, no one can give me up
to them. I appeal to Caesar!"
25:12Then Festus, when he had
conferred with the council, answered, "You have appealed to Caesar.
To Caesar you shall go."
25:13Now when some days had passed,
Agrippa the King and Bernice arrived at Caesarea, and greeted Festus. 25:14As he stayed there many days,
Festus laid Paul's case before the king, saying, "There is a certain
man left a prisoner by Felix; 25:15about whom, when I was at
Jerusalem, the chief priests and the elders of the Jews informed me,
asking for a sentence against him. 25:16To whom I
answered that it is not the custom of the Romans to give up any man to
destruction, before the accused has met the accusers face to face, and has
had opportunity to make his defense concerning the matter laid against
him. 25:17When therefore they had come
together here, I didn't delay, but on the next day sat on the judgment
seat, and commanded the man to be brought. 25:18Concerning
whom, when the accusers stood up, they brought no charge of such things as
I supposed; 25:19but had certain questions
against him about their own religion, and about one Jesus, who was dead,
whom Paul affirmed to be alive. 25:20Being
perplexed how to inquire concerning these things, I asked whether he was
willing to go to Jerusalem and there be judged concerning these matters.
25:21But when Paul had appealed to be
kept for the decision of the emperor, I commanded him to be kept until I
could send him to Caesar."
25:22Agrippa said to Festus, "I
also would like to hear the man myself."
"Tomorrow," he said, "you shall hear him."
25:23So on the next day, when Agrippa
and Bernice had come with great pomp, and they had entered into the place
of hearing with the commanding officers and principal men of the city, at
the command of Festus, Paul was brought in. 25:24Festus
said, "King Agrippa, and all men who are here present with us, you
see this man, about whom all the multitude of the Jews petitioned me, both
at Jerusalem and here, crying that he ought not to live any longer. 25:25But when I found that he had
committed nothing worthy of death, and as he himself appealed to the
emperor I determined to send him. 25:26Of whom I
have no certain thing to write to my lord. Therefore I have brought him
forth before you, and especially before you, King Agrippa, that, after
examination, I may have something to write. 25:27For it
seems to me unreasonable, in sending a prisoner, not to also specify the
charges against him."
Listen to Chapter 26
26:1Agrippa said to Paul, "You
may speak for yourself."
Then Paul stretched out his hand, and made his defense. 26:2"I think myself happy, King
Agrippa, that I am to make my defense before you this day concerning all
the things that I am accused by the Jews, 26:3especially
because you are expert in all customs and questions which are among the
Jews. Therefore I beg you to hear me patiently.
26:4"Indeed, all the Jews know
my way of life from my youth up, which was from the beginning among my own
nation and at Jerusalem; 26:5having known me from the first,
if they are willing to testify, that after the strictest sect of our
religion I lived a Pharisee. 26:6Now I stand here to be judged for
the hope of the promise made by God to our fathers, 26:7which our
twelve tribes, earnestly serving night and day, hope to attain. Concerning
this hope I am accused by the Jews, King Agrippa! 26:8Why is it
judged incredible with you, if God does raise the dead?
26:9"I myself most assuredly
thought that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of
Nazareth. 26:10This I also did in Jerusalem. I
both shut up many of the saints in prisons, having received authority from
the chief priests, and when they were put to death I gave my vote against
them. 26:11Punishing them often in all the
synagogues, I tried to make them blaspheme. Being exceedingly enraged
against them, I persecuted them even to foreign cities.
26:12"Whereupon as I traveled to
Damascus with the authority and commission from the chief priests, 26:13at noon, O King, I saw on the
way a light from the sky, brighter than the sun, shining around me and
those who traveled with me. 26:14When we had all fallen to the
earth, I heard a voice saying to me in the Hebrew language, 'Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? It is hard for
you to kick against the goads.'
"He said, 'I am Jesus, whom you are
persecuting. 26:16But arise,
and stand on your feet, for I have appeared to you for this purpose: to
appoint you a servant and a witness both of the things which you have
seen, and of the things which I will reveal to you; 26:17delivering
you from the people, and from the Gentiles, to whom I send you, 26:18to open
their eyes, that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power
of Satan to God, that they may receive remission of sins and an
inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in me.'
26:19"Therefore, King Agrippa, I
was not disobedient to the heavenly vision, 26:20but
declared first to them of Damascus, at Jerusalem, and throughout all the
country of Judea, and also to the Gentiles, that they should repent and
turn to God, doing works worthy of repentance. 26:21For this
reason the Jews seized me in the temple, and tried to kill me. 26:22Having therefore obtained the
help that is from God, I stand to this day testifying both to small and
great, saying nothing but what the prophets and Moses said would happen,
26:23how the Christ must suffer, and
how, by the resurrection of the dead, he would be first to proclaim light
both to these people and to the Gentiles."
26:24As he thus made his defense,
Festus said with a loud voice, "Paul, you are crazy! Your great
learning is driving you insane!"
26:25But he said, "I am not
crazy, most excellent Festus, but boldly declare words of truth and
reasonableness. 26:26For the king knows of these
things, to whom also I speak freely. For I am persuaded that none of these
things is hidden from him, for this has not been done in a corner. 26:27King Agrippa, do you believe the
prophets? I know that you believe."
26:28Agrippa said to Paul, "With
a little persuasion are you trying to make me a Christian?"
26:29Paul said, "I pray to God,
that whether with little or with much, not only you, but also all that
hear me this day, might become such as I am, except for these bonds."
26:30The king rose up with the
governor, and Bernice, and those who sat with them. 26:31When they
had withdrawn, they spoke one to another, saying, "This man does
nothing worthy of death or of bonds." 26:32Agrippa
said to Festus, "This man might have been set free if he had not
appealed to Caesar."
Listen to Chapter 27
27:1When it was determined that we
should sail for Italy, they delivered Paul and certain other prisoners to
a centurion named Julius, of the Augustan band. 27:2Embarking
in a ship of Adramyttium, which was about to sail to places on the coast
of Asia, we put to sea; Aristarchus, a Macedonian of Thessalonica, being
with us. 27:3The next day, we touched at
Sidon. Julius treated Paul kindly, and gave him permission to go to his
friends and refresh himself. 27:4Putting to sea from there, we
sailed under the lee of Cyprus, because the winds were contrary. 27:5When we had sailed across the sea
which is off Cilicia and Pamphylia, we came to Myra, a city of Lycia. 27:6There the centurion found a ship
of Alexandria sailing for Italy, and he put us on board. 27:7When we had sailed slowly many
days, and had come with difficulty opposite Cnidus, the wind not allowing
us further, we sailed under the lee of Crete, opposite Salmone. 27:8With difficulty sailing along it
we came to a certain place called Fair Havens, near the city of Lasea.
27:9When much time had passed and the
voyage was now dangerous, because the Fast had now already gone by, Paul
admonished them, 27:10and said to them, "Sirs, I
perceive that the voyage will be with injury and much loss, not only of
the cargo and the ship, but also of our lives." 27:11But the centurion gave more heed
to the master and to the owner of the ship than to those things which were
spoken by Paul. 27:12Because the haven was not
suitable to winter in, the majority advised going to sea from there, if by
any means they could reach Phoenix, and winter there, which is a port of
Crete, looking northeast and southeast.
27:13When the south wind blew softly,
supposing that they had obtained their purpose, they weighed anchor and
sailed along Crete, close to shore. 27:14But before
long, a tempestuous wind beat down from shore, which is called Euroclydon.27:15When the ship was caught, and
couldn't face the wind, we gave way to it, and were driven along. 27:16Running under the lee of a small
island called Clauda, we were able, with difficulty, to secure the boat.
27:17After they had hoisted it up,
they used cables to help reinforce the ship. Fearing that they would run
aground on the Syrtis sand bars, they lowered the sea anchor, and so were
driven along. 27:18As we labored exceedingly with
the storm, the next day they began to throw things overboard. 27:19On the third day, they threw out
the ship's tackle with their own hands. 27:20When
neither sun nor stars shone on us for many days, and no small tempest
pressed on us, all hope that we would be saved was now taken away.
27:21When they had been long without
food, Paul stood up in the middle of them, and said, "Sirs, you
should have listened to me, and not have set sail from Crete, and have
gotten this injury and loss. 27:22Now I exhort you to cheer up,
for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship. 27:23For there stood by me this night
an angel, belonging to the God whose I am and whom I serve, 27:24saying, 'Don't be afraid, Paul.
You must stand before Caesar. Behold, God has granted you all those who
sail with you.' 27:25Therefore, sirs, cheer up! For I
believe God, that it will be just as it has been spoken to me. 27:26But we must run aground on a
27:27But when the fourteenth night
had come, as we were driven back and forth in the Adriatic Sea, about
midnight the sailors surmised that they were drawing near to some land. 27:28They took soundings, and found
twenty fathoms. After a little while, they took
soundings again, and found fifteen fathoms.. 27:29Fearing that we would run
aground on rocky ground, they let go four anchors from the stern, and
wished for daylight. 27:30As the sailors were trying to
flee out of the ship, and had lowered the boat into the sea, pretending
that they would lay out anchors from the bow, 27:31Paul said
to the centurion and to the soldiers, "Unless these stay in the ship,
you can't be saved." 27:32Then the soldiers cut away the
ropes of the boat, and let it fall off.
27:33While the day was coming on,
Paul begged them all to take some food, saying, "This day is the
fourteenth day that you wait and continue fasting, having taken nothing.
27:34Therefore I beg you to take some
food, for this is for your safety; for not a hair will perish from any of
your heads." 27:35When he had said this, and had
taken bread, he gave thanks to God in the presence of all, and he broke
it, and began to eat. 27:36Then they all cheered up, and
they also took food. 27:37In all, we were two hundred
seventy-six souls on the ship. 27:38When they
had eaten enough, they lightened the ship, throwing out the wheat into the
sea. 27:39When it was day, they didn't
recognize the land, but they noticed a certain bay with a beach, and they
decided to try to drive the ship onto it. 27:40Casting
off the anchors, they left them in the sea, at the same time untying the
rudder ropes. Hoisting up the foresail to the wind, they made for the
beach. 27:41But coming to a place where two
seas met, they ran the vessel aground. The bow struck and remained
immovable, but the stern began to break up by the violence of the waves.
27:42The soldiers' counsel was to
kill the prisoners, so that none of them would swim out and escape. 27:43But the centurion, desiring to
save Paul, stopped them from their purpose, and commanded that those who
could swim should throw themselves overboard first to go toward the land;
27:44and the rest should follow, some
on planks, and some on other things from the ship. So it happened that
they all escaped safely to the land.
Listen to Chapter 28
28:1When we had escaped, then they learned that the island was called Malta. 28:2The natives showed us uncommon
kindness; for they kindled a fire, and received us all, because of the
present rain, and because of the cold. 28:3But when
Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks and laid them on the fire, a viper
came out because of the heat, and fastened on his hand. 28:4When the natives saw the creature
hanging from his hand, they said one to another, "No doubt this man
is a murderer, whom, though he has escaped from the sea, yet Justice has
not allowed to live." 28:5However he shook off the creature
into the fire, and wasn't harmed. 28:6But they
expected that he would have swollen or fallen down dead suddenly, but when
they watched for a long time and saw nothing bad happen to him, they
changed their minds, and said that he was a god.
28:7Now in the neighborhood of that
place were lands belonging to the chief man of the island, named Publius,
who received us, and courteously entertained us for three days. 28:8It happened that the father of
Publius lay sick of fever and dysentery. Paul entered in to him, prayed,
and laying his hands on him, healed him. 28:9Then when
this was done, the rest also who had diseases in the island came, and were
cured. 28:10They also honored us with many
honors, and when we sailed, they put on board the things that we needed.
28:11After three months, we set sail
in a ship of Alexandria which had wintered in the island, whose sign was
"The Twin Brothers." 28:12Touching
at Syracuse, we stayed there three days. 28:13From there
we circled around and arrived at Rhegium. After one day, a south wind
sprang up, and on the second day we came to Puteoli, 28:14where we found brothers, and were entreated to stay with them for seven
days. So we came to Rome. 28:15From there the brothers, when
they heard of us, came to meet us as far as The Market of Appius and The
Three Taverns. When Paul saw them, he thanked God, and took courage. 28:16When we entered into Rome, the
centurion delivered the prisoners to the captain of the guard, but Paul
was allowed to stay by himself with the soldier who guarded him.
28:17It happened that after three
days Paul called together those who were the leaders of the Jews. When
they had come together, he said to them, "I, brothers, though I had
done nothing against the people, or the customs of our fathers, still was
delivered prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans, 28:18who, when they had examined me,
desired to set me free, because there was no cause of death in me. 28:19But when the Jews spoke against
it, I was constrained to appeal to Caesar, not that I had anything about
which to accuse my nation. 28:20For this cause therefore I asked
to see you and to speak with you. For because of the hope of Israel I am
bound with this chain."
28:21They said to him, "We
neither received letters from Judea concerning you, nor did any of the
brothers come here and report or speak any evil of you. 28:22But we desire to hear from you
what you think. For, as concerning this sect, it is known to us that
everywhere it is spoken against."
28:23When they had appointed him a
day, many people came to him at his lodging. He explained to them,
testifying about the Kingdom of God, and persuading them concerning Jesus,
both from the law of Moses and from the prophets, from morning until
evening. 28:24Some believed the things which
were spoken, and some disbelieved. 28:25When they
didn't agree among themselves, they departed after Paul had spoken one
word, "The Holy Spirit spoke rightly through Isaiah, the prophet, to
our fathers, 28:26saying,
'Go to this people, and say,
In hearing, you will hear,
But will in no way understand.
In seeing, you will see,
But will in no way perceive.
28:27For this people's heart has
Their ears are dull of hearing.
Their eyes they have closed.
Lest they should see with their eyes,
Hear with their ears,
Understand with their heart,
And would turn again,
And I would heal them.'
28:28"Be it known therefore to
you, that the salvation of God is sent to the Gentiles. They will also
28:29When he had said these words,
the Jews departed, having a great dispute among themselves.
28:30Paul stayed two whole years in
his own rented house, and received all who were coming to him, 28:31preaching the Kingdom of God,
and teaching the things concerning the Lord Jesus Christ with all
boldness, without hinderance.