10:1 There was a certain man in Caesarea
called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band,
10:2 A devout man, and one that feared God
with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to
10:3 He saw in a vision evidently about the
ninth hour of the day an angel of God coming in to him, and saying
unto him, Cornelius.
10:4 And when he looked on him, he was
afraid, and said, What is it, Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers
and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God.
10:5 And now send men to Joppa, and call
for one Simon, whose surname is Peter:
10:6 He lodgeth with one Simon a tanner,
whose house is by the sea side: he shall tell thee what thou oughtest
10:7 And when the angel which spake unto
Cornelius was departed, he called two of his household servants, and a
devout soldier of them that waited on him continually;
10:8 And when he had declared all these
things unto them, he sent them to Joppa.
10:9 On the morrow, as they went on their
journey, and drew nigh unto the city, Peter went up upon the housetop
to pray about the sixth hour:
10:10 And he became very hungry, and would
have eaten: but while they made ready, he fell into a trance,
10:11 And saw heaven opened, and a certain
vessel descending upon him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the
four corners, and let down to the earth:
10:12 Wherein were all manner of fourfooted
beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls
of the air.
10:13 And there came a voice to him, Rise,
Peter; kill, and eat.
10:14 But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I
have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean.
10:15 And the voice spake unto him again
the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.
10:16 This was done thrice: and the vessel
was received up again into heaven.
10:17 Now while Peter doubted in himself
what this vision which he had seen should mean, behold, the men which
were sent from Cornelius had made enquiry for Simon's house, and stood
before the gate,
10:18 And called, and asked whether Simon,
which was surnamed Peter, were lodged there.
10:19 While Peter thought on the vision,
the Spirit said unto him, Behold, three men seek thee.
10:20 Arise therefore, and get thee down,
and go with them, doubting nothing: for I have sent them.
10:21 Then Peter went down to the men which
were sent unto him from Cornelius; and said, Behold, I am he whom ye
seek: what is the cause wherefore ye are come?
10:22 And they said, Cornelius the
centurion, a just man, and one that feareth God, and of good report
among all the nation of the Jews, was warned from God by an holy angel
to send for thee into his house, and to hear words of thee.
10:23 Then called he them in, and lodged
them. And on the morrow Peter went away with them, and certain
brethren from Joppa accompanied him.
10:24 And the morrow after they entered
into Caesarea. And Cornelius waited for them, and he had called
together his kinsmen and near friends.
10:25 And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius
met him, and fell down at his feet, and worshipped him.
10:26 But Peter took him up, saying, Stand
up; I myself also am a man.
10:27 And as he talked with him, he went
in, and found many that were come together.
10:28 And he said unto them, Ye know how
that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company,
or come unto one of another nation; but God hath shewed me that I
should not call any man common or unclean.
10:29 Therefore came I unto you without
gainsaying, as soon as I was sent for: I ask therefore for what intent
ye have sent for me?
10:30 And Cornelius said, Four days ago I
was fasting until this hour; and at the ninth hour I prayed in my
house, and, behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing,
10:31 And said, Cornelius, thy prayer is
heard, and thine alms are had in remembrance in the sight of God.
10:32 Send therefore to Joppa, and call
hither Simon, whose surname is Peter; he is lodged in the house of one
Simon a tanner by the sea side: who, when he cometh, shall speak unto
10:33 Immediately therefore I sent to thee;
and thou hast well done that thou art come. Now therefore are we all
here present before God, to hear all things that are commanded thee of
10:34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and
said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:
10:35 But in every nation he that feareth
him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.
10:36 The word which God sent unto the
children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of
10:37 That word, I say, ye know, which was
published throughout all Judaea, and began from Galilee, after the
baptism which John preached;
10:38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth
with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and
healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.
10:39 And we are witnesses of all things
which he did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they
slew and hanged on a tree:
10:40 Him God raised up the third day, and
shewed him openly;
10:41 Not to all the people, but unto
witnesses chosen before God, even to us, who did eat and drink with
him after he rose from the dead.
10:42 And he commanded us to preach unto
the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to
be the Judge of quick and dead.
10:43 To him give all the prophets witness,
that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive
remission of sins.
10:44 While Peter yet spake these words,
the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.
10:45 And they of the circumcision which
believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on
the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.
10:46 For they heard them speak with
tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter,
10:47 Can any man forbid water, that these
should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as
10:48 And he commanded them to be baptized
in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.
11:1 And the apostles and brethren that
were in Judaea heard that the Gentiles had also received the word of
11:2 And when Peter was come up to
Jerusalem, they that were of the circumcision contended with him,
11:3 Saying, Thou wentest in to men
uncircumcised, and didst eat with them.
11:4 But Peter rehearsed the matter from
the beginning, and expounded it by order unto them, saying,
11:5 I was in the city of Joppa praying:
and in a trance I saw a vision, A certain vessel descend, as it had
been a great sheet, let down from heaven by four corners; and it came
even to me:
11:6 Upon the which when I had fastened
mine eyes, I considered, and saw fourfooted beasts of the earth, and
wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air.
11:7 And I heard a voice saying unto me, Arise, Peter; slay and eat.
11:8 But I said, Not so, Lord: for nothing
common or unclean hath at any time entered into my mouth.
11:9 But the voice answered me again from
heaven, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.
11:10 And this was done three times: and
all were drawn up again into heaven.
11:11 And, behold, immediately there were
three men already come unto the house where I was, sent from Caesarea
11:12 And the Spirit bade me go with them,
nothing doubting. Moreover these six brethren accompanied me, and we
entered into the man's house:
11:13 And he shewed us how he had seen an
angel in his house, which stood and said unto him, Send men to Joppa,
and call for Simon, whose surname is Peter;
11:14 Who shall tell thee words, whereby
thou and all thy house shall be saved.
11:15 And as I began to speak, the Holy
Ghost fell on them, as on us at the beginning.
11:16 Then remembered I the word of the
Lord, how that he said, John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall
be baptized with the Holy Ghost.
11:17 Forasmuch then as God gave them the
like gift as he did unto us, who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ;
what was I, that I could withstand God?
11:18 When they heard these things, they
held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the
Gentiles granted repentance unto life.
11:19 Now they which were scattered abroad
upon the persecution that arose about Stephen travelled as far as
Phenice, and Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word to none but unto
the Jews only.
11:20 And some of them were men of Cyprus
and Cyrene, which, when they were come to Antioch, spake unto the
Grecians, preaching the LORD Jesus.
11:21 And the hand of the Lord was with
them: and a great number believed, and turned unto the Lord.
11:22 Then tidings of these things came
unto the ears of the church which was in Jerusalem: and they sent
forth Barnabas, that he should go as far as Antioch.
11:23 Who, when he came, and had seen the
grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of
heart they would cleave unto the Lord.
11:24 For he was a good man, and full of
the Holy Ghost and of faith: and much people was added unto the Lord.
11:25 Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus, for
to seek Saul:
11:26 And when he had found him, he brought
him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they
assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the
disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.
11:27 And in these days came prophets from
Jerusalem unto Antioch.
11:28 And there stood up one of them named
Agabus, and signified by the Spirit that there should be great dearth
throughout all the world: which came to pass in the days of Claudius
11:29 Then the disciples, every man
according to his ability, determined to send relief unto the brethren
which dwelt in Judaea:
11:30 Which also they did, and sent it to
the elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul.
12:1 Now about that time Herod the king
stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church.
12:2 And he killed James the brother of
John with the sword.
12:3 And because he saw it pleased the
Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the days of
12:4 And when he had apprehended him, he
put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers
to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people.
12:5 Peter therefore was kept in prison:
but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him.
12:6 And when Herod would have brought him
forth, the same night Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound
with two chains: and the keepers before the door kept the prison.
12:7 And, behold, the angel of the Lord
came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on
the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains
fell off from his hands.
12:8 And the angel said unto him, Gird
thyself, and bind on thy sandals. And so he did. And he saith unto
him, Cast thy garment about thee, and follow me.
12:9 And he went out, and followed him; and
wist not that it was true which was done by the angel; but thought he
saw a vision.
12:10 When they were past the first and the
second ward, they came unto the iron gate that leadeth unto the city;
which opened to them of his own accord: and they went out, and passed
on through one street; and forthwith the angel departed from him.
12:11 And when Peter was come to himself,
he said, Now I know of a surety, that the LORD hath sent his angel,
and hath delivered me out of the hand of Herod, and from all the
expectation of the people of the Jews.
12:12 And when he had considered the thing,
he came to the house of Mary the mother of John, whose surname was
Mark; where many were gathered together praying.
12:13 And as Peter knocked at the door of
the gate, a damsel came to hearken, named Rhoda.
12:14 And when she knew Peter's voice, she
opened not the gate for gladness, but ran in, and told how Peter stood
before the gate.
12:15 And they said unto her, Thou art mad.
But she constantly affirmed that it was even so. Then said they, It is
12:16 But Peter continued knocking: and
when they had opened the door, and saw him, they were astonished.
12:17 But he, beckoning unto them with the
hand to hold their peace, declared unto them how the Lord had brought
him out of the prison. And he said, Go shew these things unto James,
and to the brethren. And he departed, and went into another place.
12:18 Now as soon as it was day, there was
no small stir among the soldiers, what was become of Peter.
12:19 And when Herod had sought for him,
and found him not, he examined the keepers, and commanded that they
should be put to death. And he went down from Judaea to Caesarea, and
12:20 And Herod was highly displeased with
them of Tyre and Sidon: but they came with one accord to him, and,
having made Blastus the king's chamberlain their friend, desired
peace; because their country was nourished by the king's country.
12:21 And upon a set day Herod, arrayed in
royal apparel, sat upon his throne, and made an oration unto them.
12:22 And the people gave a shout, saying,
It is the voice of a god, and not of a man.
12:23 And immediately the angel of the Lord
smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of
worms, and gave up the ghost.
12:24 But the word of God grew and
12:25 And Barnabas and Saul returned from
Jerusalem, when they had fulfilled their ministry, and took with them
John, whose surname was Mark.
13:1 Now there were in the church that was
at Antioch certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that
was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been
brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.
13:2 As they ministered to the Lord, and
fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the
work whereunto I have called them.
13:3 And when they had fasted and prayed,
and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.
13:4 So they, being sent forth by the Holy
Ghost, departed unto Seleucia; and from thence they sailed to Cyprus.
13:5 And when they were at Salamis, they
preached the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews: and they had
also John to their minister.
13:6 And when they had gone through the
isle unto Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a
Jew, whose name was Barjesus:
13:7 Which was with the deputy of the
country, Sergius Paulus, a prudent man; who called for Barnabas and
Saul, and desired to hear the word of God.
13:8 But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his
name by interpretation) withstood them, seeking to turn away the
deputy from the faith.
13:9 Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,)
filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him.
13:10 And said, O full of all subtilty and
all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all
righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the
13:11 And now, behold, the hand of the Lord
is upon thee, and thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun for a
season. And immediately there fell on him a mist and a darkness; and
he went about seeking some to lead him by the hand.
13:12 Then the deputy, when he saw what was
done, believed, being astonished at the doctrine of the Lord.
13:13 Now when Paul and his company loosed
from Paphos, they came to Perga in Pamphylia: and John departing from
them returned to Jerusalem.
13:14 But when they departed from Perga,
they came to Antioch in Pisidia, and went into the synagogue on the
sabbath day, and sat down.
13:15 And after the reading of the law and
the prophets the rulers of the synagogue sent unto them, saying, Ye
men and brethren, if ye have any word of exhortation for the people,
13:16 Then Paul stood up, and beckoning
with his hand said, Men of Israel, and ye that fear God, give
13:17 The God of this people of Israel
chose our fathers, and exalted the people when they dwelt as strangers
in the land of Egypt, and with an high arm brought he them out of it.
13:18 And about the time of forty years
suffered he their manners in the wilderness.
13:19 And when he had destroyed seven
nations in the land of Chanaan, he divided their land to them by lot.
13:20 And after that he gave unto them
judges about the space of four hundred and fifty years, until Samuel
13:21 And afterward they desired a king:
and God gave unto them Saul the son of Cis, a man of the tribe of
Benjamin, by the space of forty years.
13:22 And when he had removed him, he
raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave their
testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after
mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.
13:23 Of this man's seed hath God according
to his promise raised unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus:
13:24 When John had first preached before
his coming the baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel.
13:25 And as John fulfilled his course, he
said, Whom think ye that I am? I am not he. But, behold, there cometh
one after me, whose shoes of his feet I am not worthy to loose.
13:26 Men and brethren, children of the
stock of Abraham, and whosoever among you feareth God, to you is the
word of this salvation sent.
13:27 For they that dwell at Jerusalem, and
their rulers, because they knew him not, nor yet the voices of the
prophets which are read every sabbath day, they have fulfilled them in
13:28 And though they found no cause of
death in him, yet desired they Pilate that he should be slain.
13:29 And when they had fulfilled all that
was written of him, they took him down from the tree, and laid him in
13:30 But God raised him from the dead:
13:31 And he was seen many days of them
which came up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are his
witnesses unto the people.
13:32 And we declare unto you glad tidings,
how that the promise which was made unto the fathers,
13:33 God hath fulfilled the same unto us
their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also
written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten
13:34 And as concerning that he raised him
up from the dead, now no more to return to corruption, he said on this
wise, I will give you the sure mercies of David.
13:35 Wherefore he saith also in another
psalm, Thou shalt not suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.
13:36 For David, after he had served his
own generation by the will of God, fell on sleep, and was laid unto
his fathers, and saw corruption:
13:37 But he, whom God raised again, saw no
13:38 Be it known unto you therefore, men
and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the
forgiveness of sins:
13:39 And by him all that believe are
justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the
law of Moses.
13:40 Beware therefore, lest that come upon
you, which is spoken of in the prophets;
13:41 Behold, ye despisers, and wonder, and
perish: for I work a work in your days, a work which ye shall in no
wise believe, though a man declare it unto you.
13:42 And when the Jews were gone out of
the synagogue, the Gentiles besought that these words might be
preached to them the next sabbath.
13:43 Now when the congregation was broken
up, many of the Jews and religious proselytes followed Paul and
Barnabas: who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the
grace of God.
13:44 And the next sabbath day came almost
the whole city together to hear the word of God.
13:45 But when the Jews saw the multitudes,
they were filled with envy, and spake against those things which were
spoken by Paul, contradicting and blaspheming.
13:46 Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold,
and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been
spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves
unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles.
13:47 For so hath the Lord commanded us,
saying, I have set thee to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou
shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of the earth.
13:48 And when the Gentiles heard this,
they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as
were ordained to eternal life believed.
13:49 And the word of the Lord was
published throughout all the region.
13:50 But the Jews stirred up the devout
and honourable women, and the chief men of the city, and raised
persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them out of their
13:51 But they shook off the dust of their
feet against them, and came unto Iconium.
13:52 And the disciples were filled with
joy, and with the Holy Ghost.
14:1 And it came to pass in Iconium, that
they went both together into the synagogue of the Jews, and so spake,
that a great multitude both of the Jews and also of the Greeks
14:2 But the unbelieving Jews stirred up
the Gentiles, and made their minds evil affected against the brethren.
14:3 Long time therefore abode they
speaking boldly in the Lord, which gave testimony unto the word of his
grace, and granted signs and wonders to be done by their hands.
14:4 But the multitude of the city was
divided: and part held with the Jews, and part with the apostles.
14:5 And when there was an assault made
both of the Gentiles, and also of the Jews with their rulers, to use
them despitefully, and to stone them,
14:6 They were ware of it, and fled unto
Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia, and unto the region that lieth
14:7 And there they preached the gospel.
14:8 And there sat a certain man at Lystra,
impotent in his feet, being a cripple from his mother's womb, who
never had walked:
14:9 The same heard Paul speak: who
stedfastly beholding him, and perceiving that he had faith to be
14:10 Said with a loud voice, Stand upright
on thy feet. And he leaped and walked.
14:11 And when the people saw what Paul had
done, they lifted up their voices, saying in the speech of Lycaonia,
The gods are come down to us in the likeness of men.
14:12 And they called Barnabas, Jupiter;
and Paul, Mercurius, because he was the chief speaker.
14:13 Then the priest of Jupiter, which was
before their city, brought oxen and garlands unto the gates, and would
have done sacrifice with the people.
14:14 Which when the apostles, Barnabas and
Paul, heard of, they rent their clothes, and ran in among the people,
14:15 And saying, Sirs, why do ye these
things? We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you
that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God, which
made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein:
14:16 Who in times past suffered all
nations to walk in their own ways.
14:17 Nevertheless he left not himself
without witness, in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven,
and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness.
14:18 And with these sayings scarce
restrained they the people, that they had not done sacrifice unto
14:19 And there came thither certain Jews
from Antioch and Iconium, who persuaded the people, and having stoned
Paul, drew him out of the city, supposing he had been dead.
14:20 Howbeit, as the disciples stood round
about him, he rose up, and came into the city: and the next day he
departed with Barnabas to Derbe.
14:21 And when they had preached the gospel
to that city, and had taught many, they returned again to Lystra, and
to Iconium, and Antioch,
14:22 Confirming the souls of the
disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we
must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.
14:23 And when they had ordained them
elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended
them to the Lord, on whom they believed.
14:24 And after they had passed throughout
Pisidia, they came to Pamphylia.
14:25 And when they had preached the word
in Perga, they went down into Attalia:
14:26 And thence sailed to Antioch, from
whence they had been recommended to the grace of God for the work
which they fulfilled.
14:27 And when they were come, and had
gathered the church together, they rehearsed all that God had done
with them, and how he had opened the door of faith unto the Gentiles.
14:28 And there they abode long time with
15:1 And certain men which came down from
Judaea taught the brethren, and said, Except ye be circumcised after
the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved.
15:2 When therefore Paul and Barnabas had
no small dissension and disputation with them, they determined that
Paul and Barnabas, and certain other of them, should go up to
Jerusalem unto the apostles and elders about this question.
15:3 And being brought on their way by the
church, they passed through Phenice and Samaria, declaring the
conversion of the Gentiles: and they caused great joy unto all the
15:4 And when they were come to Jerusalem,
they were received of the church, and of the apostles and elders, and
they declared all things that God had done with them.
15:5 But there rose up certain of the sect
of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful to
circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses.
15:6 And the apostles and elders came
together for to consider of this matter.
15:7 And when there had been much
disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, ye
know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the
Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe.
15:8 And God, which knoweth the hearts,
bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us;
15:9 And put no difference between us and
them, purifying their hearts by faith.
15:10 Now therefore why tempt ye God, to
put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers
nor we were able to bear?
15:11 But we believe that through the grace
of the LORD Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.
15:12 Then all the multitude kept silence,
and gave audience to Barnabas and Paul, declaring what miracles and
wonders God had wrought among the Gentiles by them.
15:13 And after they had held their peace,
James answered, saying, Men and brethren, hearken unto me:
15:14 Simeon hath declared how God at the
first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his
15:15 And to this agree the words of the
prophets; as it is written,
15:16 After this I will return, and will
build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I will
build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up:
15:17 That the residue of men might seek
after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called,
saith the Lord, who doeth all these things.
15:18 Known unto God are all his works from
the beginning of the world.
15:19 Wherefore my sentence is, that we
trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles are turned to God:
15:20 But that we write unto them, that
they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from
things strangled, and from blood.
15:21 For Moses of old time hath in every
city them that preach him, being read in the synagogues every sabbath
15:22 Then pleased it the apostles and
elders with the whole church, to send chosen men of their own company
to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas; namely, Judas surnamed Barsabas and
Silas, chief men among the brethren:
15:23 And they wrote letters by them after
this manner; The apostles and elders and brethren send greeting unto
the brethren which are of the Gentiles in Antioch and Syria and
15:24 Forasmuch as we have heard, that
certain which went out from us have troubled you with words,
subverting your souls, saying, Ye must be circumcised, and keep the
law: to whom we gave no such commandment:
15:25 It seemed good unto us, being
assembled with one accord, to send chosen men unto you with our
beloved Barnabas and Paul,
15:26 Men that have hazarded their lives
for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
15:27 We have sent therefore Judas and
Silas, who shall also tell you the same things by mouth.
15:28 For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost,
and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary
15:29 That ye abstain from meats offered to
idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from
fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare
15:30 So when they were dismissed, they
came to Antioch: and when they had gathered the multitude together,
they delivered the epistle:
15:31 Which when they had read, they
rejoiced for the consolation.
15:32 And Judas and Silas, being prophets
also themselves, exhorted the brethren with many words, and confirmed
15:33 And after they had tarried there a
space, they were let go in peace from the brethren unto the apostles.
15:34 Notwithstanding it pleased Silas to
abide there still.
15:35 Paul also and Barnabas continued in
Antioch, teaching and preaching the word of the Lord, with many others
15:36 And some days after Paul said unto
Barnabas, Let us go again and visit our brethren in every city where
we have preached the word of the LORD, and see how they do.
15:37 And Barnabas determined to take with
them John, whose surname was Mark.
15:38 But Paul thought not good to take him
with them, who departed from them from Pamphylia, and went not with
them to the work.
15:39 And the contention was so sharp
between them, that they departed asunder one from the other: and so
Barnabas took Mark, and sailed unto Cyprus;
15:40 And Paul chose Silas, and departed,
being recommended by the brethren unto the grace of God.
15:41 And he went through Syria and
Cilicia, confirming the churches.
16:1 Then came he to Derbe and Lystra: and,
behold, a certain disciple was there, named Timotheus, the son of a
certain woman, which was a Jewess, and believed; but his father was a
16:2 Which was well reported of by the
brethren that were at Lystra and Iconium.
16:3 Him would Paul have to go forth with
him; and took and circumcised him because of the Jews which were in
those quarters: for they knew all that his father was a Greek.
16:4 And as they went through the cities,
they delivered them the decrees for to keep, that were ordained of the
apostles and elders which were at Jerusalem.
16:5 And so were the churches established
in the faith, and increased in number daily.
16:6 Now when they had gone throughout
Phrygia and the region of Galatia, and were forbidden of the Holy
Ghost to preach the word in Asia,
16:7 After they were come to Mysia, they
assayed to go into Bithynia: but the Spirit suffered them not.
16:8 And they passing by Mysia came down to
16:9 And a vision appeared to Paul in the
night; There stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, Come
over into Macedonia, and help us.
16:10 And after he had seen the vision,
immediately we endeavoured to go into Macedonia, assuredly gathering
that the Lord had called us for to preach the gospel unto them.
16:11 Therefore loosing from Troas, we came
with a straight course to Samothracia, and the next day to Neapolis;
16:12 And from thence to Philippi, which is
the chief city of that part of Macedonia, and a colony: and we were in
that city abiding certain days.
16:13 And on the sabbath we went out of the
city by a river side, where prayer was wont to be made; and we sat
down, and spake unto the women which resorted thither.
16:14 And a certain woman named Lydia, a
seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard
us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things
which were spoken of Paul.
16:15 And when she was baptized, and her
household, she besought us, saying, If ye have judged me to be
faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide there. And she
16:16 And it came to pass, as we went to
prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us,
which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying:
16:17 The same followed Paul and us, and
cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which
shew unto us the way of salvation.
16:18 And this did she many days. But Paul,
being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the
name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same
16:19 And when her masters saw that the
hope of their gains was gone, they caught Paul and Silas, and drew
them into the marketplace unto the rulers,
16:20 And brought them to the magistrates,
saying, These men, being Jews, do exceedingly trouble our city,
16:21 And teach customs, which are not
lawful for us to receive, neither to observe, being Romans.
16:22 And the multitude rose up together
against them: and the magistrates rent off their clothes, and
commanded to beat them.
16:23 And when they had laid many stripes
upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep
16:24 Who, having received such a charge,
thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the
16:25 And at midnight Paul and Silas
prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.
16:26 And suddenly there was a great
earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and
immediately all the doors were opened, and every one's bands were
16:27 And the keeper of the prison awaking
out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his
sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had
16:28 But Paul cried with a loud voice,
saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here.
16:29 Then he called for a light, and
sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas,
16:30 And brought them out, and said, Sirs,
what must I do to be saved?
16:31 And they said, Believe on the Lord
Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
16:32 And they spake unto him the word of
the Lord, and to all that were in his house.
16:33 And he took them the same hour of the
night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his,
16:34 And when he had brought them into his
house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with
all his house.
16:35 And when it was day, the magistrates
sent the serjeants, saying, Let those men go.
16:36 And the keeper of the prison told
this saying to Paul, The magistrates have sent to let you go: now
therefore depart, and go in peace.
16:37 But Paul said unto them, They have
beaten us openly uncondemned, being Romans, and have cast us into
prison; and now do they thrust us out privily? nay verily; but let
them come themselves and fetch us out.
16:38 And the serjeants told these words
unto the magistrates: and they feared, when they heard that they were
16:39 And they came and besought them, and
brought them out, and desired them to depart out of the city.
16:40 And they went out of the prison, and
entered into the house of Lydia: and when they had seen the brethren,
they comforted them, and departed.
17:1 Now when they had passed through
Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where was a
synagogue of the Jews:
17:2 And Paul, as his manner was, went in
unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the
17:3 Opening and alleging, that Christ must
needs have suffered, and risen again from the dead; and that this
Jesus, whom I preach unto you, is Christ.
17:4 And some of them believed, and
consorted with Paul and Silas; and of the devout Greeks a great
multitude, and of the chief women not a few.
17:5 But the Jews which believed not, moved
with envy, took unto them certain lewd fellows of the baser sort, and
gathered a company, and set all the city on an uproar, and assaulted
the house of Jason, and sought to bring them out to the people.
17:6 And when they found them not, they
drew Jason and certain brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying,
These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also;
17:7 Whom Jason hath received: and these
all do contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another
king, one Jesus.
17:8 And they troubled the people and the
rulers of the city, when they heard these things.
17:9 And when they had taken security of
Jason, and of the other, they let them go.
17:10 And the brethren immediately sent
away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into
the synagogue of the Jews.
17:11 These were more noble than those in
Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of
mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
17:12 Therefore many of them believed; also
of honourable women which were Greeks, and of men, not a few.
17:13 But when the Jews of Thessalonica had
knowledge that the word of God was preached of Paul at Berea, they
came thither also, and stirred up the people.
17:14 And then immediately the brethren
sent away Paul to go as it were to the sea: but Silas and Timotheus
abode there still.
17:15 And they that conducted Paul brought
him unto Athens: and receiving a commandment unto Silas and Timotheus
for to come to him with all speed, they departed.
17:16 Now while Paul waited for them at
Athens, his spirit was stirred in him, when he saw the city wholly
given to idolatry.
17:17 Therefore disputed he in the
synagogue with the Jews, and with the devout persons, and in the
market daily with them that met with him.
17:18 Then certain philosophers of the
Epicureans, and of the Stoicks, encountered him. And some said, What
will this babbler say? other some, He seemeth to be a setter forth of
strange gods: because he preached unto them Jesus, and the
17:19 And they took him, and brought him
unto Areopagus, saying, May we know what this new doctrine, whereof
thou speakest, is?
17:20 For thou bringest certain strange
things to our ears: we would know therefore what these things mean.
17:21 (For all the Athenians and strangers
which were there spent their time in nothing else, but either to tell,
or to hear some new thing.)
17:22 Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars'
hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are
17:23 For as I passed by, and beheld your
devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD.
Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you.
17:24 God that made the world and all
things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth
not in temples made with hands;
17:25 Neither is worshipped with men's
hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life,
and breath, and all things;
17:26 And hath made of one blood all
nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath
determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their
17:27 That they should seek the Lord, if
haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far
from every one of us:
17:28 For in him we live, and move, and
have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we
are also his offspring.
17:29 Forasmuch then as we are the
offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto
gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device.
17:30 And the times of this ignorance God
winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:
17:31 Because he hath appointed a day, in
the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he
hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that
he hath raised him from the dead.
17:32 And when they heard of the
resurrection of the dead, some mocked: and others said, We will hear
thee again of this matter.
17:33 So Paul departed from among them.
17:34 Howbeit certain men clave unto him,
and believed: among the which was Dionysius the Areopagite, and a
woman named Damaris, and others with them.
18:1 After these things Paul departed from
Athens, and came to Corinth;
18:2 And found a certain Jew named Aquila,
born in Pontus, lately come from Italy, with his wife Priscilla;
(because that Claudius had commanded all Jews to depart from Rome:)
and came unto them.
18:3 And because he was of the same craft,
he abode with them, and wrought: for by their occupation they were
18:4 And he reasoned in the synagogue every
sabbath, and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks.
18:5 And when Silas and Timotheus were come
from Macedonia, Paul was pressed in the spirit, and testified to the
Jews that Jesus was Christ.
18:6 And when they opposed themselves, and
blasphemed, he shook his raiment, and said unto them, Your blood be
upon your own heads; I am clean; from henceforth I will go unto the
18:7 And he departed thence, and entered
into a certain man's house, named Justus, one that worshipped God,
whose house joined hard to the synagogue.
18:8 And Crispus, the chief ruler of the
synagogue, believed on the Lord with all his house; and many of the
Corinthians hearing believed, and were baptized.
18:9 Then spake the Lord to Paul in the
night by a vision, Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace:
18:10 For I am with thee, and no man shall
set on thee to hurt thee: for I have much people in this city.
18:11 And he continued there a year and six
months, teaching the word of God among them.
18:12 And when Gallio was the deputy of
Achaia, the Jews made insurrection with one accord against Paul, and
brought him to the judgment seat,
18:13 Saying, This fellow persuadeth men to
worship God contrary to the law.
18:14 And when Paul was now about to open
his mouth, Gallio said unto the Jews, If it were a matter of wrong or
wicked lewdness, O ye Jews, reason would that I should bear with you:
18:15 But if it be a question of words and
names, and of your law, look ye to it; for I will be no judge of such
18:16 And he drave them from the judgment
18:17 Then all the Greeks took Sosthenes,
the chief ruler of the synagogue, and beat him before the judgment
seat. And Gallio cared for none of those things.
18:18 And Paul after this tarried there yet
a good while, and then took his leave of the brethren, and sailed
thence into Syria, and with him Priscilla and Aquila; having shorn his
head in Cenchrea: for he had a vow.
18:19 And he came to Ephesus, and left them
there: but he himself entered into the synagogue, and reasoned with
18:20 When they desired him to tarry longer
time with them, he consented not;
18:21 But bade them farewell, saying, I
must by all means keep this feast that cometh in Jerusalem: but I will
return again unto you, if God will. And he sailed from Ephesus.
18:22 And when he had landed at Caesarea,
and gone up, and saluted the church, he went down to Antioch.
18:23 And after he had spent some time
there, he departed, and went over all the country of Galatia and
Phrygia in order, strengthening all the disciples.
18:24 And a certain Jew named Apollos, born
at Alexandria, an eloquent man, and mighty in the scriptures, came to
18:25 This man was instructed in the way of
the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught
diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John.
18:26 And he began to speak boldly in the
synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him
unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly.
18:27 And when he was disposed to pass into
Achaia, the brethren wrote, exhorting the disciples to receive him:
who, when he was come, helped them much which had believed through
18:28 For he mightily convinced the Jews,
and that publickly, shewing by the scriptures that Jesus was Christ.