THE BOOK OF ACTS

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   ACTS 1

1  THE former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach,
2  Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he, through the Holy Ghost,  
   Had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen;
3  To whom also he showed himself alive after his suffering by many infallible proofs,
   Being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God;
4  And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem,
   But wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.
5  For John truly baptized with water;
   But ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.
6  And when they therefore were come together again with him, they asked of him,
   Saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?
7  And he said, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons,
   Which the Father hath put in his own power.
8  But ye shall receive power,
   After the Holy Ghost is come upon you;
   And ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem,
   And in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
9  And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up;
   And a cloud received him out of their sight.
10 And while they looked stedfastly,
   Toward heaven as he went up,
   Behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;
11 Which said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven?
   For this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into the clouds of heaven,
   Shall so come again in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.
12 Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet,
   Which is from Jerusalem a Sabbath day's journey.
13 And when they were come in,
   They went up into an upper room,
   Where they  abode, Peter, and James, and John,
   And Andrew, Philip, and Thomas, Bartholomew, and Matthew,
   James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon Zelotes, and Judas brother of James.
14 All these continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women,
   And Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brethren; and Peter stood up in the midst of them,
   And said, (the number of names together were about an hundred and twenty,)
16 Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled,
   Which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before,
   Concerning Judas, which was a guide unto them that took Jesus.
17 For he was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry.
18 Now this same man went and purchased a field with the reward of his iniquity;
   And falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst; and all his bowels gushed out.
19 And it was known unto the dwellers at Jerusalem; insomuch that the field is called,
   In their proper tongue today, Aceldama, that is to say, The field of blood.
20 For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be desolate,
   And let no man dwell therein; and His bishopric let another take.
21 Wherefore of all these men which have companied with us,
   All the time that the Lord Jesus went among us,
22 Beginning from the baptism of John,
   Unto that same day that he was taken up from us,
   One must be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection.
23 And they proposed two, Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias.
24 And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men,
   Show whether of these two thou hast chosen,
25 That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship,
   From which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place.
26 And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias;
   And he was numbered with the eleven apostles.


   ACTS 2

1  AND when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
2  And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind,
   And it filled all the house where they were sitting.
3  And there appeared unto them cloven tongues,   
   Like as of fire,   
   And it rested upon each of them.
4  And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost,
   And began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
5  And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.
6  Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded,
   Because that every man heard them speak in his own language.
7  And they were all amazed and marveled,
   Saying one to another,
   Behold, are not all these which speak Galileans?
8  And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?
9  Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judea,
   And Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia, Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene,
   And strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes, the Cretes and the Arabians,
   We hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.
12 And they were all amazed, and were in great doubt,
   Saying one to another, What meaneth this?
13 Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine.
14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice,
   And said unto them, Ye men of Judea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem,
   Be this known unto you, and hearken unto my words; for these men are not drunken,
   As ye have supposed, seeing it is but the third hour of the day.
16 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel:
17 It shall come to pass in the last days,
   Saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh;
   And your sons and your daughters shall prophesy of great things,
   And your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams;
18 Yea, on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit;
   And they shall also prophesy; and I will show wonders in the heavens above,
   And signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke;
20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood,
   Before that great and notable day of the Lord come;
21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever,
   Shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
22 Now ye men of Israel hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth,
   A man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs,
   Which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know;
23 This Jesus, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God,
   Ye have taken, and by your wicked hands have crucified and slain him;
24 Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death,
   Because it was not possible he should be held by it.
25 For David speaketh concerning him:
   I foresaw the Lord always before my face,
   For he is on my right hand, that I should not be shaken;
26 Therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced;
   Moreover my flesh shall also go forward in hope;
27 Because thou wilt not leave my soul in prison,
   Neither wilt thou suffer,
   Thine Holy One to see corruption.
28 Thou hast made known to me the ways of life;
   Thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance.
29 Men and brethren, let me speak unto you of the patriarch David,
   That he is both dead and buried, and his sepulcher is with us to this day.
30 Therefore he being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath unto him,
   That of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would set a descendant upon his throne;
31 He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell,
   Neither did his flesh see corruption; this Jesus hath God raised up, even from the tomb,
   Whereof we all are witnesses; being therefore by the right hand of God exalted,
   And having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost,
   He hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.
34 For David is not ascended into the heavens;
   But he saith himself; The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand,
35 Until I make thy foes thy footstool for thy feet; therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly,
   That God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.
37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart,
   And said unto Peter and the rest of the apostles:
   Men and brethren, what shall we do?
38 Then Peter said unto them,
   Repent, and be baptized every one of you,
   In the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of your sins,
   And ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
39 For the promise is unto you,
   And to your children,
   And unto all that are afar off,
   Even as many as the Lord our God shall call.
40 And with many other words did he testify and exhort,
   Saying unto them, Save yourselves from this wicked generation.
41 And then all they that had gladly received all his words were baptized;
   And the same day there were added unto their number about three thousand souls.
42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship,
   And in the breaking of bread, and in their prayers.
43 And fear came upon every soul;
   And many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.
44 And all they that believed were together, and had all things in common,
45 And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.
46 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple,
   And breaking bread from house to house,
   Did eat their food with gladness and singleness of heart,
47 Praising God, and enjoying favor with all the people.
   And the Lord added to the church daily,
   Such as should be saved.


   ACTS 3

1  NOW Peter and John went up together into the temple at the the ninth hour for prayer,
2  And a certain man lame from his mother's womb was carried and lain daily at the gate of the temple,   
   Which is called by name, Beautiful, to ask alms of all them that entered into the temple;
3  Who, seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple gate, asked them for alms.
4  And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him, as did John, said, Look upon us.
5  And he gave heed, expecting to receive something from them.
6  Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none;
   But such as I have give I unto thee;
   In the name of Jesus Christ, rise up and walk.
7  And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up;
   And immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.
8  And he leaping up, stood and walked, and entered with them into the temple,
   Walking, and leaping, and praising God; and all the people saw him walking and praising God;
10 And they knew it was he which sat pleading for alms at the Beautiful gate of the temple;
   And they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened unto him.
11 And as the lame man which was healed held Peter and John, the people ran together,
   Unto them in the porch that is called Solomon's Porch, greatly wondering.
12 And when Peter saw this, he answered the people, Ye men of Israel,
   Why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us,
   As though by our own power or holiness,
   We have made this man to walk?
13 The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob,
   The God of our fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus; whom ye delivered up,
   And denied him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let him go.
14 But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you;
15 And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.
16 And this man, through faith in his name, hath been made strong, whom ye both see and have known;       
   Yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.
17 And now, brethren, I know that through ignorance ye have done this, as also your rulers;
18 But those things, which God before had showed by the mouth of all his prophets,
   That Christ should suffer and die, he hath so fulfilled.
19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted,
   That your sins may be blotted out,
   When the refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;
20 And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you, whom ye crucified;
21 Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things,
   Which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets,
   Since the world began.
22 For Moses truly said unto the fathers;
   A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you,
   Of your brethren like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things,
   Whatsoever he shall say unto you; and it shall come to pass,
   That every soul which will not hear that prophet,
   Shall be destroyed from among the people.
24 Yea, all the prophets from Samuel,
   And those that follow after,
   As many as have spoken, have likewise foretold of these days.
25 Ye are the children of the prophets and of the covenant which God made with our fathers,
   Saying unto Abraham: And in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed.
26 Unto you first; for God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you,
   In turning away every one of you from his iniquities.


   ACTS 4

1  AND as they spake unto the people,
   The priests, and the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees, came upon them,
2  Being grieved that they taught the people, and preached through Jesus the resurrection from the dead,
3  They laid hands on them, and put them in hold until the next day; for it was now eventide.
4  Howbeit many of them which heard the word and believed;
   And the number of the men was about five thousand.
5  And it came to pass on the morrow,
   That their rulers, and elders, and scribes,
6  And Annas the high priest, and Caiaphas, and John, and Alexander,
   And as many as were of the kindred of the high priest, were gathered together at Jerusalem.
7  And when they had set them in their midst, they asked, By what power or by what name have ye done this?
8  Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel,
9  If we this day be examined of the good deed done to the impotent man, by what means he has been made whole,
10 Be it known unto you, and to all the people of Israel: By the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth,
   Whom ye have crucified, and whom God hath raised up from the dead,
   Even by him doth this man stand here before you whole.
11 This is the same stone which was set at naught of you builders,
   Which is become the head of the corner; neither is there salvation in any other;
   For there is none other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved.
13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and they perceived,
   That they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marveled;
   And took knowledge that they had been with Jesus.
14 And beholding the man which was healed standing with them,
   They could say nothing against it; and when they had commanded them to go aside,
   Out of the council, they conferred among themselves, saying, What shall we do to these men?
   For indeed a notable miracle hath been done by them by the name of this Jesus Christ,
   And is plainly manifest to all them that dwell in Jerusalem; and we cannot deny it.
17 But so it spread no further among the people, let us straitly threaten them,
   That they speak henceforth to no man in this name.
18 And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all,
   Nor teach in the name of Jesus; but Peter and John answered and said unto them,
   Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye.
20 For we cannot but speak of the many things which we have both seen and heard.
21 And when they had further straitly threatened them, they let them go,
   Finding no way they might punish them because of the people;
   For many men glorified God for that which was done.
22 For the man was above forty years old,
   On whom this miracle of healing was showed.
23 And being let go, they went back to their own company,   
   And reported all that the chief priests and elders had said unto them.
24 And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said,
   Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is;
25 Who by the mouth of thy servant David hast said: Why did the heathen rage,
   And the people imagine vain things?
26 The kings of the earth stood up,
   And the rulers were gathered together,
   Against the Lord, and against his Anointed.
27 For of a truth, it is against thy holy child Jesus,
   Whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate,
   With the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together,
28 For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel did determine before to be done.
29 And now, Lord, behold their threatenings; and grant unto thy servants,
   That with all boldness they may speak thy word,
30 By stretching forth thine hand to heal;
   And that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus.
31 And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together;
   And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.
32 And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul; neither said any of them,
   That ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things in common.
33 And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus;
   And great grace was upon them all; neither was there any among them that lacked;
   For as many as were possessors of lands or of houses sold them,
   And brought the prices of the things that were sold,
35 And laid them down at the apostles' feet;
   And distribution was made unto every man according as he had need.
36 And Joses, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas, (which is, being interpreted,
   The son of consolation,) a Levite, and of the country of Cyprus,
37 Having land, sold it and brought the money,
   And laid it at the apostles' feet.


   ACTS 5


1  BUT a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession,
2  And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it,
   And brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles' feet.
3  But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thy heart,
   To lie unto the Holy Ghost, and to keep back,
   Part of the price of the land?
4  Whiles it remained,
   Was it not thine own?
   And even after it was sold,
   Was it not still in thine own power?
   Why hast thy heart conceived this evil thing?
   Thou hast not lied only unto men, but also unto thy God.
5  And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost;
   And great fear came upon all them round about that heard of these things.
6  And the young men there arose, wound him up, and carried him out, and buried him.
7  And it was about three hours after, when his wife, not knowing what was done, came in.
8  And Peter answered unto her, Tell me whether ye sold the land for so much?
   And she said, Yea, for so much; then Peter said unto her,
   How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord?
   Behold, the feet of them which buried thy husband are at the door and shall also carry thee out.
10 Then fell she down straightway at his feet and yielded up the ghost;
   And the young men came in and found her dead,
   And, carrying her forth, also buried her, even by her husband.
11 And great fear came upon all the church, and upon as many as heard these things.
12 And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people;
   And they were all with one accord in the gospel of Jesus Christ on Solomon's porch.
   And of the rest durst no man join himself to them; but the people magnified them.
14 And believers were added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women.
15 Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets,
   And laid them on beds and couches, that, at the least,   
   The shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them.
16 There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem,
   Bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits;
   And they were all healed, every one.
17 Then the high priest rose up,
   And all they that were also with him,   
   (which is the sect of the Sadducees,) filled with indignation,
18 And laid their hands on the apostles and put them in the common prison.
19 But the angel of the Lord by night opened the prison doors and brought them forth,
   And said, Go, stand and speak in the temple unto the people all the words of this life.
21 And when they heard that, they entered into the temple early in the morning and they taught.
   But the high priest came in, and they that were with him, and called the council together,
   And all the senate of the children of Israel sent to the prison to have them brought.
22 But when the officers came and found them not in the prison, they returned,
   And told, saying, The prison truly found we shut with all safety,
   And the keepers standing without before the doors;
   But when we had opened, we found no man within.
24 Now when the high priest and the captain of the temple,
   And the chief priests heard these things, they doubted of them whereunto this would grow.
25 Then came one and told them, saying, Behold, the men whom ye put in prison,   
   Are standing in the temple, and teaching the people.
26 Then went the captain with the officers,
   And brought them without violence;
   For they feared the people,
   Lest they should be stoned.
27 And when they had brought them,
   They set them before the council, and the high priest asked them,
28 Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name?
   And, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine and intend to bring this man's blood upon us.
29 Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.
30 The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree.
31 Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Savior,
   For to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.
32 And we are his witnesses of these things;
   And so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.
33 When they heard that, they were cut to the heart and took counsel to slay them.
34 Then stood there up one in the council, a Pharisee, named Gamaliel,
   A doctor of the law, had in reputation among all the people,
   And commanded to put the apostles forth a little space;
35 And said unto them, Ye men of Israel,
   Take heed to yourselves what ye intend to do as touching these men.
36 For before these days rose up Theudas, boasting himself to be somebody;
   To whom a number of men, about four hundred, joined themselves; who was slain;
   And all, as many as obeyed him, were scattered and brought to naught.
37 After this man, rose up Judas of Galilee in the days of the taxing,
   And drew away much people after him; and he also perished;
   And all, even as many as obeyed him, were dispersed.
38 And now I say unto you, Refrain from doing any harm to these men,
   And let them alone; for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to naught;
39 But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God.
40 And to him they agreed; and when they had called the apostles and beaten them,
   They commanded that they should not speak in the name of Jesus,
   And let them go.
41 And they departed from the presence of the council,
   Rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.
42 And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.



   ACTS 6

1  AND in those days, when the the disciples were multiplied,
   There arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews,
   Because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration.
2  Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples, and said,
   It is not reason we should leave the word of God, and serve tables.
3  Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report,
   Full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business.
4  But we will give ourselves continually to prayer and the ministry of the word.
5  And this saying they had said pleased the whole multitude; and they chose Stephen,    
   A man which was full of faith, and full of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus,
   And also Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas which was a proselyte of Antioch,
6  Whom they set before the apostles; and when they had prayed, they laid their hands on them.
7  And the word of God and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly;    
   And a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith.
8  And Stephen, full of faith and power,
   Did great wonders and miracles among the people.
9  Then there arose certain of the synagogue of the Libertines,
   And Cyrenians, and Alexandrians, and of them of Cilicia and of Asia,
   Disputing with Stephen; and were not able to resist the wisdom and spirit he spake.
11 Then they suborned men, which said, We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses, and God.
12 And they stirred up the people, and also the elders and the scribes, and they all came upon him,
   And they caught him and brought him to the council, and set up false witnesses which said,
   This man ceaseth not to speak blasphemous words against this holy place and the law;
14 For we heard him say, this Jesus of Nazareth shall destroy this place,
   And shall change the customs which Moses delivered us.
15 And all that sat in the council,
   Looking stedfastly on him,
   Saw that his face was as the face of an angel.



   ACTS 7

1  THEN said the high priest, Are these things so? And he said, Men, brethren, and fathers, hearken;
   The God of glory appeared unto our father Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Haran,
3  And said unto him, Get thee out of thy country and from thy kindred,
   And come into the land which I shall show thee.
4  Then came he out of the land of the Chaldeans and dwelt in Haran;
   And from thence, when his father was dead, he removed him into this land, wherein ye now dwell.
5  And he gave him none inheritance in it, no, not so much as to set his foot upon;
   Yet he promised that he would give it to him for a possession,
   And to his seed after him, when as yet he had no child.
6  And God spake on this wise, that his seed should sojourn in a strange land;
   And that they should bring them into bondage, and entreat them evil four hundred years.
7  And the nation to whom they shall be in bondage will I judge, said God;
   And after that shall they come forth and serve me in this place.
8  And he gave him the covenant of circumcision;
   And so Abraham begat Isaac,
   And circumcised him the eighth day;
   And Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat the twelve patriarchs.
9  And the patriarchs, moved with jealousy, sold Joseph into Egypt; but God was with him,
10 And delivered him out of all his afflictions, and gave him favor,
   And wisdom in the sight of Pharaoh, king of Egypt;
   And he made him governor over Egypt and all his house.
11 Now there came a dearth over all the land of Egypt and Canaan,
   And great affliction; and our fathers found no sustenance in the land.
12 But when Jacob heard that there was grain in Egypt, he sent out our fathers first time.
13 And at the second visit, Joseph was made known to his brethren;
   And Joseph's kindred was made known unto Pharaoh.
14 Then sent Joseph for his father Jacob,
   And all his kindred, threescore and fifteen souls.
15 So Jacob went down into Egypt, and died, he, and our fathers,
16 And they were all carried over into Sychem, and laid in the sepulcher,
   That Abraham bought for a sum of money of the sons of Emmor the father of Sychem.
17 But when the time of the promise drew nigh, which God had sworn to Abraham,
   The people grew and multiplied in Egypt,
   Till another king of Egypt arose, which knew not Joseph.
19 The same dealt craftily with our kindred, and evil entreated our fathers,
   Even so much that they cast out their young children, to the end they might not live.
20 In which time Moses was born, and was exceeding fair, and nourished up in his father's house three months;
21 And when he was cast out, Pharaoh's daughter took him up, and nourished him for her own son.
22 And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians,
   And was mighty in both words and in deeds.
23 And when he was forty years old,
   It came into his heart,
   To visit his brethren, the children of Israel.
24 And seeing one of them suffer wrong, he defended him,
   And avenged him that was oppressed by killing the Egyptian;
25 For he had supposed that his own brethren would have understood,
   How that God by his hand would deliver them; but they understood not.
26 And the next day he showed himself unto them as two men fought,
   And would have set them as one again, saying,
   Sirs, ye are brethren;
   Why do ye do wrong one to another?
27 But he that did his neighbour wrong thrust him away,
   Saying unto him, Who made thee a ruler and a judge over us?
28 Wilt thou kill me also, as thou didst kill the Egyptian yesterday?
29 Then fled Moses at this saying, and was a stranger in the land of Midian,
   Where he begat two sons. and when forty years were expired,
   There appeared to him in the wilderness of Mount Sinai,
   An angel of the Lord in a flame of fire in a bush.
31 When Moses saw it, he wondered at the sight;
   And as he drew near to behold it,
   The voice of the Lord came unto him, saying,
   I am the God of thy fathers, and the God of Abraham,
   And the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.
   Moses trembled, and durst not look.
33 Then said the Lord to him,
   Put off thy sandals from thy feet;
   For the place where thou standest is holy ground.
34 I have seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt,
   And I have heard their groaning, and am come down to deliver them.
   And now come, I will send thee into Egypt, this Moses whom they refused, saying,
   Who made thee a ruler and a judge? the same did God send to be a ruler and a deliverer,
   By the hand of the angel which appeared to him in the burning bush.
36 He brought them out, after he had showed wonders and signs,
   In the land of Egypt, and in the Red sea,
   And in the wilderness forty years.
37 This is that Moses, which said unto the children of Israel,
   A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren like unto me;
   Him shall ye hear; this is he, that was in the church in the wilderness,
   Which spake to him in the mount Sinai, and with our fathers;
   Who received the lively oracles to give unto us;
39 Whom our fathers would not obey,
   But thrust him from them,
   And in their hearts turned back again into Egypt,
40 Saying unto Aaron, Make us gods to go before us; for as for this Moses,
   Which brought us out of the land of Egypt, we know not what is become of him.
41 And they made a calf in those days, and offered sacrifice unto the idol,
   And rejoiced in the works of their own hands.
42 Then God turned them, and gave them up,
   To worship the host of heaven;
   As it is written in the book of the prophets:
   O ye house of Israel, have ye offered to me slain beasts,
   And sacrifices for the space of forty years in the wilderness?
43 Yea, ye took up the tent of Moloch, and the star of the god Remphan,
   The figures which ye made to worship; and I will remove you beyond Babylon.
44 Our fathers had the tabernacle of witness in the wilderness, as he had appointed,
   Speaking unto Moses, that he should make it according to the pattern that he had seen.
45 Which also our fathers that came after brought in with Joshua, into the possessions of the Gentiles,
   Whom God drove out before the face of our fathers, even all the way down unto the days of David;
46 Who found favor in the eyes of God, and desired to provide a tabernacle for the God of Jacob.
47 But Solomon built him an house; yet the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands;
   As saith the prophet: Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool;
   What house will ye build me? saith the Lord;
   Or what is the place of my rest?
50 Hath not my hand made all these things?
51 Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears,
   Ye do always resist the Holy Ghost; as your fathers did, so do ye.
52 Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they have slain them,
   Which showed before of the coming of the Just One; whom ye have now betrayed and murdered;
53 You who have received the law by the disposition of angels and have not kept it.
54 When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart,
   And they gnashed upon him with their teeth.
55 But he, being full of the Holy Ghost,
   Looked up stedfastly into heaven,
   And saw the glory of God,
   And Jesus on the right hand of God,
56 And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened,
   And the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.
57 Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears,
   And ran upon him together, and cast him out of the city, and stoned him;
   And the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man's feet by the name Saul.
59 And they stoned Stephen; and he praying unto God, said, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.
60 And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, saying,
   Lord, lay not this sin to their charge.
   And when he had said this,    
   He fell asleep.



   ACTS 8

1  AND Saul was consenting unto his death.
   And at that time there was a great persecution against the church in Jerusalem;
   And they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles.
2  And devout men carried Stephen to his burial, and made great lamentation over him.
3  As for Saul, he made havoc of the church, entering into every house,
   And hauling off men and women, committing them to prison.
4  Therefore they that were scattered went about preaching the word.
5  Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them.
6  And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake,
   Hearing and seeing the miracles which he did; for unclean spirits,
   Crying with loud voice, came out of many that were possessed;
   And many taken with palsies, and lame, were healed.
8  And there was great joy in that city.
9  But there was a certain man, called Simon,
   Which beforetime in the same city used much sorcery,
   And bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that he was some great one;
10 And unto whom they gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is a great power of God.
11 And to him they had regard, because of the long time he had bewitched them with sorceries.
12 But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God,
   In the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.
13 Then Simon himself believed also; and when he was baptized,
   He continued with Philip, and wondered,
   Beholding the miracles and signs which were done.
14 Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard this,
   That Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John;
15 Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost;
16 (For as yet He was fallen upon none of them; they only were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)
17 Then Peter and John laid their hands upon them, and they received the Holy Ghost.
18 And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles' hands,
   The Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money,
19 Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands,
   He may receive the Holy Ghost; but Peter said unto him, Thy money shall perish with thee,
   Because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.
21 Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter of the Holy Ghost;
   For thy heart is not right in the sight of God.
22 Repent therefore of this thy wickedness,
   And pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven.
23 For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness and the bond of iniquity.
24 Then answered Simon, and said unto him, Pray ye unto the Lord for me,
   That none of these things which ye have spoken come upon me.
25 And they, when they had testified and preached the word of the Lord,
   Returned to Jerusalem, and preached the gospel in many villages of the Samaritans.
26 And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south,
   Unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert.
27 And he arose and went; and, behold, a man of Ethiopia,
   An eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians,
   Who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship,
28 Was returning to Ethiopia, and was sitting in his chariot reading Isaiah the prophet.
29 Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot.
30 And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Isaiah,
   And said, Understandest thou what thou readest?
   And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me?
   And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him in the chariot.
32 The place of the scripture which he read was this: He was led as a sheep to the slaughter;
   And like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth;
33 And in his humiliation his justice was taken away;
   And now who can describe his descendants?
   For his life is taken from the earth.
34 And the eunuch answered Philip,
   And said, I pray thee,
   Of whom speaketh the prophet? of himself,
   Or of some other man? Then Philip opened his mouth,
   And began at the same scripture and preached unto him Jesus.
36 And as they went on along their way, they came unto a certain water;
   And the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?
37 And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest; and he answered,
   And said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God; and he commanded the chariot to stop;
   And they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.
39 And when they come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip,
   That the eunuch saw him no more; and he went on his way rejoicing.
40 But Philip was found at Azotus; and passing through,
   He preached in all the cities,
   Till he came to Caesarea.



   ACTS 9

1  AND Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter,
   Against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest,
2  And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues,
   That if he found any belonging to the Way,
   Whether they were men or women,
   He might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.
3  And as he journeyed, he came near unto Damascus;
   And suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven;
4  And he fell to the earth and heard a voice saying, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?
5  And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest;
   It is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.
6  And he trembling and astonished said,
   Lord, what wilt thou have me do?
   And the Lord said unto him,
   Arise now, and go thou into the city,
   And it shall be told thee there what thou must do.
7  And they that were journeying with him saw indeed the light
   And were afraid, but they heard not the voice of him who spake to him.
8  And Saul arose from the earth; but when his eyes were opened, he saw no man;
   So they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus.
9  And he was a full three days without any sight,
   And neither did he eat nor drink.
10 And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias;
   And to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias; and he said, Behold, I am here, Lord.
11 And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go to the street which is called Straight,
   And enquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus;
   For, behold, he prayeth, and hath seen in a vision,
   A man named Ananias coming in unto him,
   And putting his hand on him,
   That he might receive again his sight.
13 Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard of this man,
   How much evil and destruction he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem;
14 And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name.
15 But the Lord said unto him, Be on thy way; for now he is a chosen vessel unto me,
   To bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel;
16 For I will show him how great things he must suffer for my sake.
17 And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house;
   And putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul,
   The Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me,
   That thou mightest receive thy sight and be filled with the Holy Ghost.
18 And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales;
   And he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized.
19 And when he had received food, he was strengthened.     `   
   Then was Saul certain days with the disciples which were at Damascus.
20 And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God.
21 But all that heard were amazed, and said; Is not this he that destroyed them,
   Which called on this name in Jerusalem, and came hither for that intent,
   That he might bring them bound unto the chief priests?
22 But Saul increased the more in strength,
   And confounded the Jews,
   Which dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is very Christ.
23 And after many days were fulfilled, the Jews took counsel to kill him;
24 But their lying in wait was known of Saul; and they watched the gates day and night to kill him.
25 Then the disciples took him away by night, and let him down outside the wall in a basket.
26 And when Saul was come to Jerusalem, he assayed to join himself to the disciples;
   But they were all afraid of him, and believed not that he was a disciple.
27 But Barnabas took him, and brought him unto the apostles,
   And declared how he had seen the Lord,
   In a vision in the way, and he had spoken to him;
   And how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus.
28 And he was with them coming in and going out at Jerusalem.
29 And he spake boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus,
   And disputed against the Grecians;
   But they went about to slay him; and when the brethren knew,
   They brought him down to Caesarea, and sent him forth to the city of Tarsus.
31 Then the churches had rest throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified;
   And walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied.
32 And it came to pass, as Peter passed throughout all these regions,
   He came down also to the saints which dwelt at Lydda.
33 And there he found a certain man named Aeneas,
   Which had kept his bed eight years,
   And was sick of the palsy.
34 And Peter said unto him,
   Aeneas, Jesus Christ maketh thee whole;
   Arise, and make thy bed; and he arose immediately.
35 And all that dwelt at Lydda and Saron saw him and turned to the Lord.
36 Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by interpretation,
   Is called Dorcas; this woman was full of good works and almsdeeds which she did.
37 And it came to pass in those days, that she become sick, and she died;
   Whom when they had washed, they laid her in an upper chamber.
38 And forasmuch as Lydda was nigh to Joppa,
   And the disciples had heard that Peter was there,
   They sent unto him two men, desiring that he would not delay to come to them.
39 Then Peter arose and went with them; and when he was come, they brought him into the upper chamber;
   And all the widows stood by him weeping, and showing the coats and garments,
   Which Dorcas had made while she was still with them.
40 But Peter put them all out of the room,
   And kneeled down, and prayed;
   And turning to her said, Tabitha, arise.
   And she opened her eyes; and when she saw Peter,
   She sat up, and he gave her his hand, and he lifted her up;
   And when he had called the saints and widows, he presented her alive.
42 And it was known throughout all Joppa; and many there believed in the Lord.
43 And it came to pass, that he tarried many days in Joppa with one Simon a tanner.



   ACTS 10

1  THERE was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius,
   A centurion of the band called the Italian band,
2  A devout man, one that feared God with all his house,
   Which gave alms to the people, and prayed unto God always.
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.
4  And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it, Lord?
   And he said, Thy prayers and alms are come up for a memorial before God.
5  And now, send men to Joppa, and call for one Simon, whose surname is Peter;
6  He lodgeth with one Simon a tanner, whose house is by the sea side;
   He shall tell thee what thou oughtest to do.
7  And when the angel which spake unto Cornelius was departed,
   He called two of his household servants and a devout soldier that waited on him continually;
8  And when he had declared all these things unto them, he sent them unto Joppa.
9  In 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 And he became very hungry and would have eaten then;
   But while they made ready, he fell into a trance,
11 And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending unto him,
   As it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners and let down to the earth;
12 Wherein were all manner of four footed beasts of the earth,
   And wild beasts, and creeping things,
   And fowls of the air.
13 And there came a voice unto him,
   Rise, Peter; kill, and eat; but Peter said,
   Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten anything that is common or unclean.
15 And the voice spake unto him again, What God hath cleansed, call not thou common.
16 This was done thrice; and the vessel was received up again into heaven.
17 Now while Peter doubted what this vision he had seen meant,
   Behold, the men which were sent from Cornelius,
   Had made enquiry for Simon's house and stood before the gate,
18 And called, and asked whether Simon, which was surnamed Peter, lodged there.
19 While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said unto him, Behold, three men seek thee.
20 Arise therefore, and get thee down, and go with them, doubting nothing; for I have sent them.
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?
22 And they said, Cornelius, a 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 unto his house,
   To hear words of thee; then called he them in and lodged them. And on the morrow,
   Peter went away with them, and certain brethren from Joppa accompanied him.
24 And the morrow after they entered into Caesarea;
   And Cornelius waited for them,
   And had called together his kinsmen,
   And near friends; and as Peter was coming in,
   Cornelius met him and fell down at his feet and worshipped him.
26 But Peter lifted him up, saying unto him, Stand up; I myself also am a man.
27 And as he talked with him, he went in, and found many kinsmen that were come together.
28 And he said unto them, Ye know yourselves how it is an unlawful thing,
   For a man that is a Jew to keep company with,
   Or come unto one of another nation;
   But God hath showed me,
   That I should not call any man common or unclean.
29 Therefore came I unto you without gainsaying, as soon as I was sent for;
   I ask thee therefore, for what intent ye have sent for me? 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 exceeding bright clothing, and said, Cornelius,
   Thy prayer is heard, and thine alms are had in remembrance in the sight of God.
32 Send therefore to Joppa, and call hither Simon, whose surname is Peter;
   He is lodged in the house of Simon, a tanner by the sea side;
   Who, when he cometh, shall speak unto thee.
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 the things that hath been commanded thee of God.
34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth, I perceive that God is no respecter of persons;
35 But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.
36 The word which God sent unto the children of Israel,
   Preaching peace by Jesus Christ;
   (he is Lord of all;)
37 That word, I say, ye know,
   Which was published throughout all Judea,   
   And began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached;
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; and we are all witnesses of all the great things which he did,
   Both in the land of the Jews and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree;
40 Him God raised up the third day and showed him openly; not to all the people,
   But unto witnesses chosen before of God, even to us,
   Who did also eat and drink with him,
   After he rose from the dead.
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; to him give all the prophets witness,
   That through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.
44 While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell upon all them which had heard the word.
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.
46 For they heard them speak with tongues and magnify God.
   Then answered Peter,
47 Can any man forbid water,
   That these should not be baptized,
   Which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?
48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord.
   Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.



   ACTS 11

1  AND now the apostles and brethren that were in Judea heard,
   That the Gentiles had also received the word of God.
2  And when Peter was come up to Jerusalem,
   They that were of the circumcision contended with him,
3  Saying, Thou wentest in to men uncircumcised and didst eat with them.
4  But Peter rehearsed the matter from the beginning and expounded it by order, saying,
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;
6  Upon which when I had fastened mine eyes,
   I considered, and saw four-footed beasts of the earth,
   And also wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air.
7  And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Arise, Peter; slay and eat.
8  But I said, Not so, Lord; for nothing common or unclean hath at any time entered into my mouth.
9  But the voice answered me again from heaven, What God hath cleansed, call not thou common.
10 And this was done three times; and all were drawn up again into heaven.
11 And, behold, immediately there were three men,
   Already come unto the house where I was,
   Sent from a certain man in Caesarea unto me.
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;
13 And he showed us, how he had seen an angel in his house, which stood and said unto him,
   Send men unto Joppa, and call for the apostle Simon, whose surname is Peter;
14 Who shall tell thee words, whereby thou and all thy house shall be saved.
15 And as I began to speak, the Holy Ghost fell upon them,
   As upon us at the beginning.
16 Then remembered I the word of the Lord,
   How he said, John indeed baptized with water;
   But now ye shall also be baptized with the Holy Ghost.
17 Forasmuch then as God gave them the like gift as he did unto us,
   Who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ; who was I that I could withstand God?
18 When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying,
   Then God hath also granted unto the Gentiles repentance unto life.
19 Now they which were scattered abroad upon the persecution,
   That arose about Stephen traveled as far as Phenice, and Cyprus, and Antioch,
   Preaching the word to none but the Jews only; and some were men of Cyprus and Cyrene,
   Which, when they were come to Antioch, spake unto the Grecians also, preaching the Lord Jesus.
21 And the hand of the Lord was with them; and a great number believed, and turned unto the Lord.
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.
23 Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad,
   And exhorted them all, with full purpose of heart,
   That they should cleave unto the Lord.
24 For he was a good man,
   Full of the Holy Ghost, and faith;
   And many people were added unto the Lord.
25 Then departed Barnabas unto Tarsus, to seek Saul;
26 And when he had found him there, he brought him unto Antioch.
   And it came to pass, for a whole year they both assembled with the church,
   And taught many people; and the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.
27 And in these days there came prophets from Jerusalem unto Antioch.
28 And there stood up one of them by the name of Agabus,
   Which signified by the Spirit, that,
   There should be great dearth in the world;
   Which came to pass in the days of Claudius Caesar.
29 Then the disciples, every man according to his ability,
   Determined to send relief unto the brethren which dwelt in Judea;
30 Which they did, sending it to the elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul.



   ACTS 12

1  NOW about that time Herod stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church.
2  And he killed James, the brother of John, with the sword.
3  And because he saw his death pleased the Jews,
   He proceeded to arrest Peter also.
   (It was during the days of unleavened bread.)
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 Passover to bring him forth to the people.
5  Peter therefore was kept in Herod's prison;
   But prayer was made without ceasing,
   By the church unto God for him.
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.
7  And, behold, the angel of the Lord came unto him,
   And a light shined in the prison;
   And he struck Peter's side and woke him up, saying,
   Arise up quickly; and his chains fell off from his hands.
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.
9  And he went out, and followed him; and did not know that it was real,
   Which was done by the angel; but thought he was seeing a vision.
10 When they were past the first and the second ward,
   They came unto the iron gate that leadeth unto the city;    
   Which opened up to them of his its accord; and they went out,
   And passed on through one street; and forthwith the angel departed.
11 And when Peter was again 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 And when he considered the thing true,
   He went to the house of Mary the mother of John,
   Whose surname was Mark; where many were gathered together praying.
13 And as Peter knocked at the door of the gate, a damsel came to hearken named Rhoda.
14 And when she knew Peter's voice, she opened not the gate for gladness,
   But ran inside and told how Peter stood before the gate.
15 And they said unto her, Thou art mad.
   But she constantly affirmed that it was even so.
   Then said they, It is his angel; but Peter continued knocking;
   And when they had opened the door and saw him, they were astonished.
17 But he, beckoning unto them with the hand to hold their peace and be still,
   Declared unto them how the Lord had brought him out of the prison.
   And he said, Go show these things unto James,
   And to the brethren.
   And he departed and went into another place.
18 Now as soon as it was day, there was no small stir among the soldiers,
   What was become of Peter; 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 then he went down from Judea to Caesarea, and there he abode.
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,
   They desired peace; because their country was nourished by the king's country.
21 And upon a set day Herod, arrayed in all his royal apparel,
   Sat upon his throne and made an oration unto them.
22 And the people gave a shout, saying,
   It is the voice of a god and not of a man.
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; but the word of God grew and multiplied.
25 And Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerusalem,
   When they had fulfilled their ministry,
   And also took with them John,
   Whose surname was Mark.



   ACTS 13

1  NOW there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers;
   Such as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius from Cyrene,
   And Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.
2  As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said,
   Separate Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them to do.
3  And when they had fasted and prayed and laid their hands upon them, they sent them away.
4  So they, being sent forth by the spirit of the Holy Ghost, departed unto Seleucia;
   And from thence they sailed to Cyprus; 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 ministry;
   And when they had gone through the isle unto Paphos,
   They found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was Barjesus;
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.
8  But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation)
   Withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy.
9  Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,)
   Filled with the Holy Ghost,
   Set his eyes upon him, and said,
   O thou, full of all craftiness and all mischief,
   Thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness,
   Wilt thou not cease to pervert the righteous ways of the Lord?
11 For now, behold, the hand of the Lord is fallen 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.
12 Then the deputy, when he saw what was done, believed,
   Being astonished at the doctrine of the Lord.
13 Now when Paul and his company left Paphos,
   They came to Perga in Pamphylia;
   And John departing from them returned to Jerusalem.
14 But when they departed from Perga, they came to Antioch in Pisidia,
   And went into the synagogue to teach on the Sabbath day, and they sat down.
15 And after the reading of the law and the prophets, the rulers of the synagogue sent unto them,
   Saying, Ye men and brethren, if ye have any word of exhortation for the people, say on.
16 Then Paul stood up, and beckoning with his hand said, Men of Israel,
   And ye that fear God, give audience.
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.
18 And about the time of forty years,
   Suffered he their manners,
   In the wilderness.
19 And when he had destroyed seven nations,
   In the land of Canaan he divided their land unto them by lot.
20 And after that he gave unto them judges a space of time,
   About four hundred and fifty years,
   Until Samuel the prophet;
   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.
22 And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king;
   Unto whom also he gave testimony, saying of him: I have found David the son of Jesse,
   A man after mine own heart, which shall fulfill all my will.
23 And of this man's seed, hath God,
   According to his promise,
   Raised unto Israel a Savior, Jesus;
24 Who John first preached, even before his coming,
   The baptism of repentance unto all the people of Israel.
25 And as John fulfilled his course, he said, Whosoever ye think I am? I am not.
   But, behold, there cometh one after me, whose shoes of his feet I am not worthy to loose.
26 Men and brethren, children of the stock of Abraham, and whosoever among you that feareth God,
   Unto you is the word of this salvation sent; for they that dwell at Jerusalem,
   And also their rulers, because they knew him not,
   Nor yet the writings of the prophets,
   Which are read every Sabbath,
   They have fulfilled in condemning him.
28 And though they found no cause of death in him,
   Yet desired they from Pilate that he should be slain.
29 And when they had fulfilled all that was written about him,
   They took him down from off the tree, and laid him in a sepulcher.
30 But God raised him from the dead; and he was seen for many days of them,
   Which came with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are witnesses unto the people.
32 And we declare unto you glad tidings, how the promise which was made unto the fathers,
33 God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus again;
   As it is also written down in the second psalm: Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee.
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.
35 Wherefore he saith also in another psalm:
   Thou shalt not suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.
36 For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell asleep,
   And was laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption; but he, whom God hath raised up again,
   Saw no corruption; be it known unto all of you therefore, men and brethren,
   That through this man was preached unto you the forgiveness of sins;
39 And by him, all that believe are justified from all things,
   From which ye could not be justified by Moses' law.
40 Beware therefore, lest that come upon you,
   Which is spoken of in the prophets:
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,
   Even through a man shall declare it unto you.
42 And now, when the Jews were all gone outside of the synagogue,
   The Gentiles besought that these words might be preached the next Sabbath.
43 When the congregation was broken up, many of the Jews and religious proselytes followed Paul,
   And Barnabas; who, in still speaking unto them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God.
44 And the next Sabbath day came together almost the whole city to hear the word of God.
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.
46 Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said,
   It was necessary that the word of God should first be spoken to you;
   But seeing ye put it from you and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life,
   Lo, we turn to the Gentiles; 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.
48 And when the Gentiles heard this,
   They were glad and glorified the Lord's word;
   And as many as were ordained to eternal life believed.
49 And the word of the Lord was published throughout all the region.
50 But the Jews stirred up the devout and honorable, the chief men of the city,
   And raised persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them out of their coasts.
51 But they shook off the dust of their feet against them, and came unto Iconium.
52 And the disciples were filled with joy, and with the Holy Ghost.



   ACTS 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 believed, both the Jews and the Greeks.
2  But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles,
   And made their minds evil affected,
   Against the brethren.
3  And for a 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.
4  But the multitude of the city was divided; part held with the Jews,
   And part with the apostles; and when there was an assault made by the Gentiles,
   And also by the Jews, with their rulers, to use them despitefully, and to stone them,
6  They learned of it and fled unto Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia,
   And unto the region that lieth round about;
7  And there they preached the gospel.
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;
9  The same heard Paul speak; who stedfastly beheld him,
   And perceiving that he had faith to be healed,
10 Said with a loud voice,
   Stand upright on thy feet; and he leaped up and walked.
11 And when the people saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voices,
   Saying in the language of Lycaonia, The gods are come down to us in the likeness of men.
12 And they called Barnabas Zeus; and Paul Hermes, because he was the chief speaker.
13 Then the priest of Zeus, whose temple was in front of their city,
   Brought oxen and garlands to the gates,
   And would have offered sacrifice with the people.
14 Which when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard of this,
   They rent their clothes, and ran in among the people, crying out,
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;
16 Who in times past suffered all nations to walk in their own ways.
17 Nevertheless he left not himself without any witnesses,
   In that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven,     `
   And fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness.
18 And with these sayings restrained them, that they did not sacrifice to them.
19 And there came thither certain Jews from Antioch and Iconium, who persuaded the people,
   And, having stoned Paul, dragged him out of the city, supposing that he was dead.
20 But as the disciples stood round about, he rose up and came into the city;
   And the next day he departed with Barnabas unto the city Derbe;
   And when they had preached the gospel to that city,
   And had taught many, they returned again to Lystra, and to Iconium, and Antioch,
22 Strengthening the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith,
   And saying unto them, that we, through much tribulation, must enter into the kingdom of God.
23 And when they had ordained elders in each church, and had prayed with fasting,
   They commended them unto the Lord, upon whom they believed.
   And after they passed throughout Pisidia,
   They came unto Pamphylia.
   And when they had preached the word in Perga,
   They went down into Attalia; and thence sailed unto Antioch,
   From whence they had been recommended to the grace of God,
   For the work which they fulfilled.
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.
28 And there they abode a long time with the disciples.



   ACTS 15

1  AND certain men which came down from Judea taught the brethren, and they said,
   Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved.
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.
3  And being sent on their way by the church, they passed through Phoenicia and Samaria,
   Declaring the conversion of the Gentiles; and they caused there great joy unto all the brethren.
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.
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.
6  And the apostles and elders came together to consider this matter.
7  And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up,
   And said unto them, Men and brethren,
   Ye know how a good while ago God made choice among us,
   That the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel and believe.
8  And God, which knoweth their hearts, bare unto them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost,
   Even as he did unto us; and put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.
10 Now therefore why test ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples,
   Which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?
11 But we believe that through the grace,
   Of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.
12 Then all the multitude kept silence, and gave audience unto Barnabas and Paul,
   Declaring what miracles and wonders God had wrought among the Gentiles by them.
13 And after they had held their peace, James answered, saying,
   Men and brethren, hearken unto me;
14 Simeon hath declared how God,
   At the first did visit the Gentiles,
   To take out of them a people chosen for his name.
15 And to this agree the words of the prophets, as it is written:
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;
17 That the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and after all the Gentiles,
   Upon whom my name is called, saith the Lord, who doeth all these things.
18 Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world.
19 Wherefore my sentence is, that we should trouble not them,
   Which from among the Gentiles are turned to God;
20 But that we write unto them,
   That they abstain from pollutions of idols,
   And from fornication, and things strangled, and blood.
21 For Moses of old time hath in every city them that preach him,
   He being read in the synagogues every Sabbath day.
22 Then pleased it the apostles and elders,
   With the whole church,
   To send chosen men of their own company,
   Unto Antioch with Paul and Barnabas; namely,
   Judas surnamed Barsabbas, and Silas, chief men among the brethren;
23 And they wrote letters after this manner: The apostles and elders and brethren,
   Send greetings unto the brethren which are of the Gentiles in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia;
24 Forasmuch as we have heard, certain men which went out from us have troubled you,
   Subverting your souls, saying, Ye must be circumcised, and keep the law;
   To whom we gave no such commandment;
25 It seemed good unto us,
   Being assembled with one accord,
   To send chosen men with our beloved Barnabas and Paul,
26 Men that have hazarded their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
27 We have sent therefore Judas and Silas, who shall also tell you the same things by mouth.
28 For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these things;
29 That ye abstain from foods offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled,   
   And from fornication; from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well.
   Farewell; so when they were dismissed, they came to Antioch;
   And when they had gathered the multitude together,
   They delivered the epistle unto them;
31 And when they had read it,
   They rejoiced for the consolation.
32 And Judas and Silas, being prophets also themselves,
   Exhorted the brethren with many words, and also confirmed them.
33 And after they had tarried there a time, they were let go in peace from the brethren,
   Unto the apostles; notwithstanding it pleased Silas to abide there still.
35 Paul and Barnabas continued in Antioch, teaching and preaching,
   The word of the Lord with many others.
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.
37 And Barnabas determined to take with them John, whose surname was Mark.
38 But Paul thought it not good to take him, who departed from them at Pamphylia,
   And went not with them unto the work; and the contention was so sharp between them,
   That they departed asunder, one from another; and so Barnabas took Mark and sailed unto Cyprus;
40 And Paul chose Silas and departed, being recommended by the brethren unto the grace of God.
41 And he went through Syria and Cilicia, confirming the churches.



   ACTS 16

1  THEN came he to Derbe and Lystra;
   And, behold, a certain disciple was there,
   By the name of Timotheus, the son of a certain woman,
   Which was a Jewess and believed; but his father was a Greek;
2  Which was well reported of by the brethren that were at Lystra and Iconium.
3  Paul would him to go forth with him; so he took and circumcised him,
   Because of the Jews which were living in those quarters,
   For they all knew that his father was a Greek.
4  And as they went through the cities,
   They delivered unto them the decrees for them to keep,
   That were ordained of the apostles and elders which were at Jerusalem.
5  And so were the churches established in the faith, and increased in number daily.
6  Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and also the region of Galatia,
   And were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia,
7  After they come to Mysia, they assayed to go into Bithynia;
   But the Spirit suffered them not.
8  And passing by Mysia came down to Troas.
9  And a vision appeared unto Paul in the night;
   In the vision there stood a man of Macedonia before him,
   And he prayed him, saying, Come over into Macedonia and help us.
10 And after he had seen the vision, immediately we endeavored to go into Macedonia,
   Assuredly gathering that the Lord had called for us to preach the gospel unto them.
11 Therefore loosing from Troas, we came with a straight course unto Samothracia;
   And the next day we came unto Neapolis; and from thence even unto Philippi,
   Which is the chief city of that part of Macedonia, also a Roman colony;
   And we were in that city, abiding there a certain number of days.
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 a women resorting thither.
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 had opened toward us,
   That she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul.
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 prevailed upon us; and it came to pass as we went to a place of prayer,
   A certain slave girl possessed with a spirit of divination met us,
   Which had brought her masters much gain by soothsaying;
17 The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying,
   These are the servants of the most high God,
   Which show to us the way of salvation.
18 And this did she do for many days.
   But Paul, being annoyed turned and said to the spirit,
   I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her; and he came out the same hour.
19 And when her masters saw that their gains were gone, they caught Paul and Silas,
   And dragged them into the marketplace unto the rulers,
20 And brought them to the magistrates, saying,
   These men, being Jews,
   Do exceedingly trouble our city,
21 And teach customs, which are not lawful,
   For us to receive, neither to observe, being Romans.
22 And the multitude rose up together in anger against them;
   And the magistrates commanded that they be stripped and beaten.
23 And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison,
   Charging the jailor to keep them safely; who, having received this strong charge,
   Thrust them deep into the inner prison cell, and made their feet fast in the iron stocks.
25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God; and the prisoners heard them.
26 And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken;
   And immediately all the doors were opened, and every one's bands were loosed.
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 escaped.
28 But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm;
   For we are all here; then he called for a light, and sprang in,
and came trembling,
   And fell down before Paul and Silas, and brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?
31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
32 And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house.
33 And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their stripes;
   And was baptized, he and all his family, straightway.
34 And when he had brought them into his house,
   He set food before them,
   And rejoiced, believing in God with all his house.
35 And when it was day, the magistrates sent the serjeants, saying,
   Let those men go; 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.
37 But Paul said unto them, They have beaten us openly, being uncondemned and also Romans,
   And have even cast us into prison; and now do they thrust us out privily?
   Nay verily; but let them come here themselves and fetch us out.
38 And the serjeants told these words unto the magistrates;
   And they feared, when they heard they were Romans,
39 And came and besought them, and released them,
   And desired them to depart out of the city.
40 And they went out of the prison,
   And entered the house of Lydia;
   And when they had seen the brethren,
   They comforted them, and then they departed.



   ACTS 17

1  NOW when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica,
   Where there was a synagogue of the Jews; and Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them,
   And for three Sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures,
3  Opening and alleging that Christ must needs have suffered,
   And risen again from the dead;  
   And that this Jesus, whom I preach, is Christ;
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.
5  But the Jews which believed not, moved with envy, took with them certain lewd fellows
   Of the baser sort, and gathered a company, and they set all the city in an uproar,
   And assaulted the house of Jason, and sought to bring them out to the people.
6  And when they found them not, they dragged Jason and others,
   Unto the rulers of the city, crying,
   These have turned the world upside down are come hither also;
7  Whom Jason hath received; and these all do contrary to the decrees of Caesar,
   Saying that there is another king of all the world, one Jesus Christ of Nazareth.
8  And they troubled the people and the rulers of the city, when they heard these things.
9  And when they had taken security of Jason, and of the other, they let them go.
10 And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night to Berea;
   Who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews.
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, to see whether those things were so.
12 Therefore many believed; also honorable women which were Greeks, and men not a few.
13 But when the Jews of Thessalonica had knowledge the word of God was preached of Paul at Berea,
   They came thither also, and stirred up the people; and then immediately the brethren sent away Paul,
   To go as it were to the sea; but Silas and Timotheus abode there still.
15 And they that had conducted Paul brought him down unto Athens;
   And receiving a commandment unto Silas and Timotheus,
   For to come to him with all speed, they departed.
16 Now while Paul waited for them at Athens,
   His spirit was stirred within him,
   When he saw the city wholly given to idolatry.
17 Therefore disputed he in the synagogue with the Jews,
   And with devout persons, and in the market daily with them that came;
18 Then certain philosophers of the Epicureans, and the Stoicks, encountered him;
   And some said, What will this babbler say? and still others,
   He seemeth to be a setter forth of strange gods;
   Because he preached unto them Jesus,
   And the resurrection.
19 And they took him,
   And brought him unto Areopagus,
   Saying, May we know what this new doctrine is,
   Whereof thou speakest? For thou bringest strange things to our ears;
   We would know therefore what these things mean; (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.)
22 Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars' hill, and said, Ye men of Athens,
   I perceive that in all things of God ye are very dedicated;
23 For as I passed by and beheld your devotions,
   I found an altar with the inscription:
   TO THE UNKNOWN GOD,
   Whom ye ignorantly worship; him declare I unto you;
24 Even the God that made the world and all the things therein;
   And seeing that he is the maker, the Lord of all the heaven and earth,
   He dwelleth not in shrines made with hands; neither is he served by the hands of men,
   A
s though he needed anything, seeing that he giveth to all life and breath, and even all things;
26 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth,
   And hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;
27 That they should seek the Lord, in the hope they might feel after him,
   And find him; for he be not far away from every one of us;
28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being;
   As certain also your own poets have said:
   For we are also his offspring.
29 Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God,
   We ought not to think the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver,
   Or stone, graven by art and man's device; at times God winked at ignorance,
   But now commandeth all men every where to repent because he hath appointed a day,
   In the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained;
   And he hath given assurance of this unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.
32 And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked;
   And others said, We will hear thee again of this matter.
33 So Paul departed from among them.
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.



   ACTS 18

1  AFTER these things Paul departed from Athens, and came to Corinth;
2  And found a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, lately come from Italy,
   With his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had commanded all Jews to depart from Rome;
3  And because he was of the same craft, he abode with them and worked;
   For by their occupation they were also tentmakers.
4  And he reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath,    
   And persuaded the Jews and the Greeks.
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.
6  And when they opposed themselves, and blasphemed, he shook out his raiment, and said unto them,
   Your blood be upon your own heads; I am clean; henceforth I will go unto the Gentiles.
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.
8  And Crispus, the chief ruler of the synagogue,
   Believed on the Lord with all his house;    
   And many of the Corinthians believed, and were baptized.
9  Then spake the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision, saying,
   Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace; for I am with thee,
   And no man shall set on thee to hurt thee; for I have much people in this city;
   And he continued there for a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.
12 And when Gallio was the deputy of Achaia, the Jews living there made insurrection,
   With one accord against Paul, and they brought him unto the judgment seat,
   Saying, This man persuadeth men to worship God contrary to the law.
14 When Paul was about to open his mouth, Gallio said to the Jews,
   If it were a matter of doing some wrong or wicked lewdness,
   O ye Jews, reason would that I should bear with you;
15 But if it be a question of words and names,
   And of your law, look ye to it;
   For I will be no judge of such matters.
16 And he drove them out, away from the judgment seat.
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 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 made a vow.
19 And he came to Ephesus, and left them there;
   But he himself entered into the synagogue, and reasoned with the Jews.
20 When they desired him to tarry longer time with them, he consented not to stay;
21 But bade them farewell, saying, I must by all means keep this feast of the Passover,
   That cometh in Jerusalem; but I will return again unto you, if God wills it;
   And he sailed from Ephesus; and when he had landed at Caesarea,
   And gone up and saluted the church, he went down to Antioch.
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.
24 And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria,
   And an eloquent man, and mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus.
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, though knowing only the baptism of John.
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.
27 And when he was disposed to pass into Achaia, the brethren wrote,
   Exhorting the disciples to receive him;
   Who, when he was come,
   Helped them much,
   Which had believed through grace;
28 For he mightily convinced the Jews publicly,
   Showing by the scriptures that Jesus was Christ.



   ACTS 19

1  AND it came to pass,
   That while Apollos was at Corinth,
   Paul having passed through the upper coasts,
   Came to Ephesus; and finding certain disciples of Jesus,
2  He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed?
   And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.
3  And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John's baptism.
4  And then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people,
   That they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.
5  And when they had heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
6  And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came upon them;
   And they spake with tongues and prophesied; and all the men were about twelve.
8  And he went into the synagogue, and spake boldly for the space of three months,
   Disputing and persuading the things concerning the kingdom of God.
9  But when diverse men that were hardened, and believed not,
   But spake evil of that way before the multitude,
   He departed from them,
   And separated the disciples,   
   Disputing daily in the school of one Tyrannus.
10 And this continued by the space of two years; so that all they,
   Which dwelt in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks.
11 And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul, so that from his body were brought,
   Unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them,
   And the evil spirits went out of them.
13 Then certain of the vagabond Jews, and exorcists,
   Took upon themselves to call over them which had evil spirits,
   The name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth.
14 And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did so.
15 And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?
16 And the man in whom the evil spirit was abiding leaped on them and overcame them,
   And prevailed against them, so that they fled from the house naked and wounded.
17 And this was known unto all the Jews and Greeks also dwelling at Ephesus;
   And fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified.
18 And many that believed came, and confessed, and showed their deeds.
19 Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books,
   And burned them before all men; and they counted the price,
   And found that it was fifty thousand pieces of silver.
20 So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.
21 After these things were ended, Paul purposed in the spirit,
   When he had passed through Macedonia and Achaia, to go to Jerusalem,
   Saying unto them, After I have been there, I must also go and see those in Rome.
22 So he sent into Macedonia two of them that had been ministering unto him,
   Timotheus and Erastus; but he himself stayed in Asia for a season.
23 And the same time there arose no small stir about that way.
24 For a certain man named Demetrius, a silversmith,
   Which made silver shrines for Diana,
   Brought no small gain unto the many craftsmen,
25 Whom he called together with the workmen of like occupation,
   And said, Sirs, ye know that by this craft we have received our wealth.
26 Moreover ye see and hear, that not alone at Ephesus, but almost throughout all Asia,
   This Paul hath persuaded and turned away much people, saying, that there be no other gods,
   Which are made with hands; so not only this our craft is in serious danger, and to be set at nought;
   But also that the temple of the great goddess Diana should be despised and also set at naught,
   And her magnificence should be destroyed, whom all Asia and the world worshippeth.
28 And when they had heard these sayings, they were filled with wrath,
   And cried out, saying, Great is Diana of the Ephesians.
29 And the whole city was filled with confusion;
   And having caught Gaius and Aristarchus, men of Macedonia,
   Paul's companions in travel, they rushed with one accord into the theatre.
30 And when Paul would have entered in unto the people, the disciples suffered him not.
31 And certain of the chief of Asia, which were his friends, sent unto him,
   Desiring, that he would not adventure into the theatre.
32 Some therefore cried one thing,
   And some another; for the assembly was confused;
   And the more part knew not wherefore they were come together.
33 And they drew Alexander out of the multitude, the Jews putting him forward.
   And Alexander beckoned with the hand, and would have made his defense unto the people.
34 But when they knew that he was a Jew, all with one voice,
   And for about the space of two hours cried out,
   Great is Diana of the Ephesians.
35 And when the town clerk had appeased the people, he said,
   Ye men of Ephesus, what man is there among you that knoweth not how,
   That the city of the Ephesians is a worshipper of the great goddess Diana,
   And of the image which fell down from the sky, from Jupiter?
36 Seeing then that these things cannot be spoken against,
   Ye ought to be quiet, and to do nothing rashly.
37 For now ye have brought hither these men,
   Which are neither robbers of churches,
   Nor blasphemers of your goddess.
38 Wherefore if Demetrius,
   And the craftsmen which are with him,
   Have a matter against any man, the law is open,
   And there are deputies; let them implead one another.
39 But if ye enquire about any thing concerning other matters,
   It shall be determined in a lawful assembly before authorities.
40 For we are in danger to be called in question for this day's uproar,
   There being no cause whereby we may give an account of this concourse.
41 And when he had thus spoken, he dismissed the assembly.



   ACTS 20

1  AND after the uproar was ceased, Paul called unto him the disciples,
   And embraced them, and departed to go into Macedonia.
2  And when he had gone over those parts,
   And had given them much exhortation, he came into Greece,
3  And there
abode three months; and when the Jews laid wait for him,
   As he was about to sail into Syria, he purposed to return through Macedonia.
4  And there accompanied him into Asia, Sopater of Berea; and of the Thessalonians,
   Aristarchus and Secundus; and Gaius of Derbe, and Timotheus; and of Asia, Tychicus and Trophimus.
5  These going before tarried for us at Troas; and we sailed away from Philippi,
   After the days of unleavened bread, and came unto them to Troas,
   In five days; where we abode for seven days.
7  And upon the first day of the week,
   When the disciples came together to break bread,
   Paul preached unto them, ready to depart upon the morrow;
   And continued his speech of the gospel unto them until midnight came.
8  And there were many lights in the upper chamber, where they were gathered together.
9  And there sat in a window a certain young man named Eutychus, being fallen into a deep sleep;
   And as Paul was so long preaching, he sunk down with deep sleep,
   And fell down from the third story,
   And was taken up dead.
10 And Paul went down, and fell upon him,
   And embracing him said, Trouble not; for his life is in him.
11 When he therefore was come up again, and had broken bread, and eaten,
   And talked a long while, even till break of day, so he departed unto the ship.
12 And they brought the young man home alive and were greatly comforted.
13 And we went ahead unto the ship and sailed unto Assos,
   There intending to take in Paul;
   For so had he appointed,
   Minding himself to go afoot.
14 And when he met with us at Assos,
   We took him aboard, and came to Mitylene.
15 And we sailed thence, and came the next day to Chios;
   And the next day we arrived at Samos, and tarried at Trogyllium;
   And the next day we came to Miletus; for Paul had determined to sail by Ephesus,
   Because he would not spend the time in Asia; for he hasted, if it were possible for him,
   To be at Jerusalem the day of Pentecost; and from Miletus he sent to Ephesus,
   And called the elders of the church unto him; and when they come to him,
   He said, Ye know, from the first day that I came into Asia,
   After what manner I have been with you at all seasons,
19 Serving the Lord with all humility of mind,
   And with many tears, and temptations,
   Which befell me by the lying in wait of the Jews;
20 And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you,
   But have showed you, and have taught you publicly, and from house to house,
21 Testifying both to the Jews and to the Greeks of repentance to God,
   And keep their faith upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
22 And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem,
   Not knowing the things that shall befall me there;
23 Save the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city,
   Where bonds and afflictions await me.
24 But none of these things move me,
   Neither count I my life dear unto myself,
   Except that I might finish my course with joy,
   And the ministry which I have received of the Lord Jesus;
   That is, the task of testifying of the gospel of the grace of God.
25 And now, behold, I know that ye all among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God,
   Shall see my face no more; wherefore I testify this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men.
27 For I have not shunned to declare unto you the whole counsel of God.
28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock,
   Over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers,
   To feed the church of God, which he purchased,
   With his own blood; for I know this,
   That after my departing,
   Shall grievous wolves,
   Enter in among you,
   Not sparing the flock.
30 Also of your own selves shall men arise,
   Speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples.
31 Therefore watch, and remember, that for the space of three years,
   I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears; and now, brethren,
   I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up,
   And to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.
33 I have coveted no man's silver, or gold, or apparel.
34 Yea, ye yourselves know that these hands,
   Have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me.
35 I have showed you all things, how that by so laboring ye ought to support the weak,
   And to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.
36 And when he had thus spoken these words, he kneeled down and prayed with them all.
37 And they all wept sore, and fell on Paul's neck, and they kissed him,
38 Sorrowing most of all for the words which he spake,
   That they should see his face no more.
   And they accompanied him,
   Unto the ship.



   ACTS 21

1  AND it came to pass that after we were gotten from them and had launched,
   We came with a straight course unto Coos, and the day following,
   Unto Rhodes, and from thence unto Patara;
2  And finding a ship we went aboard,
   And set forth,   
   Sailing over unto Phoenicia.    
3  And now when we had discovered Cyprus,
   We left it on the left hand, and sailed into Syria,
   And landed at Tyre; for there the ship was to unlade her burden.
4  And finding disciples, we tarried there seven days; who said to Paul through the Spirit,
   That he should not go up to Jerusalem; and when we had accomplished those days,
   We departed and went our way; and they all followed us on our way,
   With wives and children, till we were out of the city;
   And we kneeled down on the shore and prayed.
6  And when we had taken our leave one of another, we took ship;
   And they returned home again; and when we had finished our course from Tyre,
   We came to Ptolemais, and saluted the brethren there, and abode with them only one day.
8  And the next day we that were of Paul's company departed, and came unto Caesarea;
   And we entered into the house of Philip the evangelist,
   Which was one of the seven, and abode with him.
9  And the same man had four daughters,
   Virgins, which did prophesy.
10 And as we tarried there for many days,
   There came down from Judea a certain prophet, named Agabus.
11 And when he was come unto us, he took Paul's girdle, and bound his own hands and feet,
   And said, Thus saith the Holy Ghost, So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man that owneth this girdle,
   And shall deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles; and when we heard these things,
   Both we, and they of that place, besought him not to go up to Jerusalem.
13 Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart?
   For I am ready not only to be bound,
   But also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.
14 And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, The will of the Lord be done.
15 And after those days we took up our carriages and went up to Jerusalem.
16 There went with us also certain of the disciples of Caesarea,
   And brought with them one named Mnason of Cyprus,
   An old disciple, with whom we should lodge.
17 And when we were come to Jerusalem, the brethren received us gladly.
18 And the day following Paul went in with us unto James; and all the elders were present.
   And when he had saluted them, he declared particularly what things God had wrought among the Gentiles,
   By his ministry; and when they heard it, they glorified the Lord, and said unto him,
   Thou seest, brother, how many thousands of Jews there are which believe;
   And they are all zealous of the law; and they are informed of thee,
   That thou teachest all the Jews,
   Which are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses,
   Saying that they ought not to circumcise their children,
   Neither to walk after the Jewish customs; what is it therefore?
   The multitude must needs come together; for they will hear that thou art come.
23 Do therefore this that we say to thee; We have four men which have a vow upon them;
24 Them take, and purify thyself with them, and pay their charges with them,
   That they may shave their heads; and all may know those things,
   Whereof they were informed concerning thee are nothing;
   But that thou thyself also walkest orderly,
   And keepest the law.
25 But, touching the Gentiles which believe,
   We have written and concluded they observe no such thing,
   Save only that they keep themselves from things offered to idols,
   And from blood, and from that which is strangled, and from fornication.
26 Then Paul took the men with him, and the next day purifying himself with them,
   And entered into the temple, to signify the accomplishment of the days of purification,
   Until an offering should be offered for every one of them.
27 And when the seven days were almost ended,
   The Jews which were of Asia, when they saw him in the temple,
   Stirred up all the people, and laid hands on him, crying out, Men of Israel, help;
   This is the man, that teacheth all men every where against the people, and the law, and this place;
   And further brought Greeks also into the temple, and now he hath polluted this holy place.
29 (For they had been seen before with him in the city Trophimus an Ephesian,   
   W
hom they supposed that Paul had also brought into the temple.)
30 And all the city was moved, and the people ran together,
   And took and dragged him out of the temple;
   And forthwith the doors were shut.
31 And as they were about to kill him, tidings came,
   Unto the chief captain that all Jerusalem was in an uproar.
32 Who immediately took soldiers and centurions and ran down unto them;
   And when they saw the chief captain and the soldiers, they left off beating Paul.
33 Then the chief captain came near and took him, and commanded him to be bound with two chains;
   And demanded of Paul who he was, and what thing he had done unto the people.
34 And some cried one thing, and some another, among the multitude;
   And when he could not know the certainty for the tumult,
   He commanded him to be carried into the castle.
35 And when he came up the stairs, so it was,
   He was borne by the soldiers from the violence of the people;
36 For the multitude of the people followed after, crying, Away with him.
37 And as Paul was to be led into the castle, he said unto the chief captain,
   May I speak unto thee? Who said, Canst thou speak Greek? Art not thou that Egyptian,
   Which before these days madest an uproar, and leddest out into the desert four thousand assassins?
39 But Paul said unto him, I am a man which am a Jew of Tarsus, which is a city in Cilicia,
   A citizen of no small city; and, I beseech thee, suffer me to speak unto the people.
40 And when he had given him license, Paul stood on the stairs,
   And beckoned with the hand unto the people.
   And when there was a great silence,
   He spake unto them in the Hebrew tongue, saying,



   ACTS 22

1  MEN, brethren, and fathers, hear ye my defense which I make now unto you.
2  (And when they heard that he spake in the Hebrew tongue,
   They kept the more silence; and he saith,)
3  I am verily a man which am a Jew, born in Tarsus,
   A city in Cilicia, yet brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel,
   And taught according to the manner of the law of the fathers,
   And was zealous toward God, as ye all are this day.
4  And I persecuted this way unto the death,
   Binding and delivering into prisons both men and women.
5  As also the high priest doth bear me witness, and all the estate of the elders;
   From whom also I received letters unto the brethren, and went to Damascus,
   To bring them which were there bound unto Jerusalem, to be punished.
6  And it came to pass, that, as I made my journey there,
   And was come nigh unto Damascus about noon,
   Suddenly there shone from heaven a great light round about me.
7  And I fell unto the ground, and heard a voice saying unto me, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?
8  And I answered, Who art thou, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom thou persecutest.
9  And they that were with me saw indeed the light, and were sore afraid;
   But they heard not the voice of him that spake to me.
10 And I said, What shall I do, Lord?
   And the Lord said unto me, Arise, and go into Damascus;
   And there it shall be told thee of all things which are appointed of thee to do.
11 And when I could not see for the glory of that light, and being led by the hand of them that were with me,
   I came into Damascus; and one Ananias, a devout man according to the law,
   Having a good report of all the Jews which dwelt there,
13 Came unto me, and stood, and said unto me,
   Brother Saul, receive thy sight.
   And the same hour I looked up upon him.
14 And he said, The God of our fathers hath chosen thee,
   That thou shouldest know his will, and see that Just One, and hear his voice.
15 For thou shalt be his witness unto all men of what thou hast both seen and heard.
16 And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.
17 And it came to pass, that, when I was come again to Jerusalem,
   Even while I prayed in the temple, I was in a trance; and saw him saying unto me,
   Make haste, and get quickly out of Jerusalem; for they will not receive thy testimony concerning me.
19 And I said, Lord, they know I imprisoned and beat in every synagogue them that believed on thee;
20 And when the blood of thy martyr Stephen was shed, I also was standing by,
   And consenting unto his death,
   And even kept the raiment of them that slew him.
21 And he said unto me, Depart; for I will send thee far hence unto the Gentiles.
22 And they gave him audience unto this and then lifted up their voices,
   And said, Away with such a fellow from the earth;
   For it is not fit that he should live.
23 And as they cried out, and cast off their clothes,
   And threw dust into the air, the chief captain commanded him to be brought into the castle,
   And bade he be examined by scourging; that he might know wherefore they cried so against him.
25 And as they bound him with thongs, Paul said unto the centurion that stood by,
   Is it lawful for you to scourge a man that is a Roman, and uncondemned?
26 When the centurion heard that, he went and told the chief captain,
   Saying, Take heed what thou doest; for this man is a Roman.
27 Then the chief captain came, and said unto him,
   Tell me, art thou a Roman? He said, Yea.
28 And the chief captain answered,
   With a great sum obtained I this freedom.
   And Paul said, But I was free born as a citizen of Rome.
29 Then straightway they departed from him which should have examined him;
   And the chief captain also was afraid after he knew he was a Roman,
   And because he had bound him, he loosed him from his bands.
30 On the morrow, because he would have known,
   The certainty wherefore he was accused of the Jews,
   He commanded the chief priests and all their council to appear,
   And brought Paul down, and set him before them.



   ACTS 23

1  AND Paul, earnestly beholding the council, said,
   Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day.
2  And the high priest Ananias commanded them that stood by him to smite him on the mouth.
3  Then said Paul unto him, God shall smite thee, thou whited wall;
   For sittest thou to judge me after the law,
   And commandest me to be smitten contrary to the law?
4  And they that stood by said, Revilest thou God's high priest?
5  Then said Paul, I knew not, brethren, that he was the high priest;
   For it is written, Thou shalt not speak evil of the ruler of thy people.
6  But when Paul perceived that the one part were Sadducees, and the other Pharisees,
   He cried out in the council, Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, and the son of a Pharisee;
   Because of the hope in the resurrection of the dead I am called in question.
7  And when he had so said this, there arose a dissension,
   Between the Pharisees and the Sadducees;
   And the multitude was divided.
8  For the Sadducees say,
   That there is no resurrection,
   Neither angel, nor spirit; but the Pharisees confess them all.
9  And there arose a great cry; and the scribes that were of the Pharisees' part,
   Arose and declared, saying, We find no evil in this man;
   But if a spirit or an angel hath spoken to him,
   Let us not fight against God.
10 And when there arose a great dissension,
   The chief captain, fearing lest Paul should be pulled in pieces,
   Commanded the soldiers to go down and to take him by force from among them,
   And to bring him into the castle; and the night following the Lord stood by him and said,
   Be of good cheer, Paul; for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem,
   So must thou bear witness of me also at Rome.
12 And when it was day,
   Certain of the Jews banded together,
   And bound themselves under a curse, saying that,
   They would neither eat nor drink till they had killed Paul.
13 And they were more than forty which made this conspiracy.
14 And they came to the chief priests and elders,
   And said, We have bound ourselves,
   Under a great curse,
   That we will eat nothing until we have slain Paul.
15 Now therefore ye with the council signify to the chief captain,
   That he bring him down unto you tomorrow, as though ye would enquire something,
   More perfectly concerning him; and we, before he come near, are ready to kill him.
16 And when Paul's sister's son heard of their lying in wait for him,
   He went and entered into the castle and told Paul.
17 Then Paul called one of the centurions,
   And said, Bring this young man,
   Unto the chief captain;
   For he hath a certain thing to tell him.
18 So he took him, and brought him to the chief captain,
   And said, Paul the prisoner called me unto him, and prayed me,
   To bring this young man unto thee, who hath something to say unto thee.
19 Then the chief captain took him by the hand, and went aside privately, and asked him,
   What is it thou hast to tell me? and he said, The Jews have agreed to desire thee,
   That thou wouldest bring down Paul tomorrow into the council,
   As though they would enquire somewhat more perfectly.
21 But do not thou yield unto them;
   For there is lying in wait,
   For him of them more than forty men,
   Which have bound themselves together with an oath,
   That they will neither eat nor drink till they have killed him;
   And now are they ready, looking for a promise from thee.
22 So the chief captain let the young man depart,
   And charged him, See thou tell no man,
   That thou hast showed these things to me.
23 And he called unto him two centurions, saying,
   Make ready two hundred soldiers to go to Caesarea,
   And horsemen threescore and ten, and spearmen two hundred,
   At the third hour of the night;
24 And provide beasts,
   That they may set Paul upon,
   And bring him safe unto Felix the governor.
25 And he wrote a letter to this effect: Claudius Lysias,
   Sendeth his greeting unto the most excellent governor Felix:
27 This man was taken of the Jews, and would have been killed of them;
   But I came with an army and rescued him, having understood that he was a Roman.
28 And when I would have known the cause wherefore they accused him,
   I brought him forth into their council;
29 Whom I perceived to be accused of questions of their law,
   But to have nothing laid to his charge worthy of death or of bonds.
30 And when it was told me how the Jews laid wait for the man,
   I sent straightway to thee and gave commandment,
   To his accusers also to say before thee,
   What they had against him. Farewell.
31 Then the soldiers, as it was commanded them,
   Took Paul, and brought him by night unto Antipatris.
32 On the morrow they left the horsemen to go with him, and returned to the castle;
33 Who, when they came to Caesarea, and delivered the epistle to the governor,
   Presented Paul before him; and when the governor had read the letter,
   He asked of what province he was.
   And when he understood that he was of Cilicia;
35 I will hear thee, said he, when thine accusers are also come.
   And he commanded him to be kept in Herod's judgment hall.



   ACTS 24

1  AND after five days Ananias the high priest descended with the elders,
   And with a certain orator named Tertullus, who informed the governor against Paul.
2  And when he was called forth, Tertullus began to accuse him, saying,
   Seeing that by thee we enjoy great quietness,
   And that very worthy deeds are done unto this nation by thy providence,
3  We accept it always, and in all places, most noble Felix, with all thankfulness.
4  Notwithstanding, that I be not further tedious unto thee, I pray thee,
   That thou wouldest hear us of thy clemency a few words.
5  For we have found this man a pestilent fellow,
   And a mover of sedition among the Jews,
   Throughout the world,
   And a ringleader of the Nazarenes;
6  Who also hath gone about to profane the temple;
   Whom we took, and would have judged according to our law.
7  But the chief captain Lysias came, and with great violence took him out of our hands,
8  Commanding his accusers to come unto thee; by examining of whom thyself,
   Mayest take knowledge of all these things whereof we accuse him.
9  And the Jews also assented, saying that these things were so.
10 Then Paul, after the governor had beckoned unto him to speak, answered,
   Forasmuch as I know that thou hast been of many years a judge unto this nation,
   I do the more cheerfully answer for myself; because thou mayest understand,
   That there are but twelve days since I went up to Jerusalem to worship.
12 And they neither found me in the temple disputing with any man,
   Neither raising up the people,
   Neither in the synagogues, nor in the city;
13 Neither can they prove the things whereof they now accuse me.
14 But this I confess unto thee, that after the way which they call heresy,
   So worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things,
   Which are written in the law and in the prophets;
15 And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow,
   That there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust.
16 And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offense toward God and men.
17 Now after many years I came to bring alms to my nation, and also offerings.
18 Whereupon certain Jews from Asia found me purified in the temple,
   Neither with multitude, nor with tumult.
19 Who ought to have been here before thee and object,
   If they had ought against me; or else let these same say,
   If they have found any evil doing in me while before the council,
21 Except it be for this one voice, that I cried out, standing among them,
   Touching the resurrection of the dead, I am called in question by you this day.
22 And when Felix heard these things, having more perfect knowledge of that way,
   He deferred them, and said, When Lysias the chief captain shall come down,
   I will know the uttermost; a
nd he commanded a centurion to keep Paul,
   And to let him have liberty, and that he should forbid none,
   Of his acquaintance to minister or come unto him.
24 And after certain days, when Felix came with his wife Drusilla,
   Which was a Jewess, he sent for Paul, and heard him concerning the faith in Christ.
25 And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come,
   Felix trembled, and answered, Go thy way for this time;
   When I have a convenient season, I will call for thee.
26 He hoped also that money should have been given him of Paul,
   That he might loose him; wherefore he sent for him the oftener and communed with him.
27 But after two years Porcius Festus came into Felix' room, and Felix,
   Willing to show the Jews a pleasure left Paul bound.



   ACTS 25

1  NOW when Festus was come into the province,
   After three days he ascended from Caesarea to Jerusalem.
2  Then the high priest and the chief of the Jews informed him against Paul,
   And besought him, and desiring favor of him that he would send him to Jerusalem,
   While they were planning to lie waiting in the way to kill him;
   But Festus answered that Paul should be kept at Caesarea,
   And that he himself would depart shortly thither.
5  Let them therefore, said he,
   Which among you are able, go down with me,
   And accuse this man, if there be any wickedness in him.
6  And when he had tarried among them more than ten days, he went down unto Caesarea;
   And the next day sitting on the judgment seat commanded Paul to be brought before him.
7  And when he was come, the Jews which came down from Jerusalem stood round about,
   And laid many grievous complaints against Paul, which they could not prove.
8  While he answered for himself, neither against the law of the Jews,
   Neither against the temple, nor yet against Caesar,
   Have I offended any thing at all.
9  But Festus, willing to do the Jews a pleasure,
   Answered Paul, and said, Wilt thou go up to Jerusalem,
   And there be judged of these things you are accused of before me?
10 Then said Paul, I stand at Caesar's judgment seat, where I ought to be judged;
   To the Jews have I done no wrong, as thou very well knowest; for if I be an offender,
   Or have committed any thing worthy of death, then I seek not to escape death;
   But if there be none of these things whereof these accuse me,
   No man may deliver me unto them; I appeal unto Caesar.
12 Then Festus, when he had conferred with the council,
   Answered, Thou hast appealed unto Caesar, unto Caesar shalt thou go.
13 And after certain days king Agrippa and Bernice came unto Caesarea to salute Festus.
14 And when they had been there many days, Festus declared Paul's cause unto the king, saying,
   There is a certain man left in bonds by Felix, about whom, when I was at Jerusalem,
   The chief priests and the elders of the Jews informed me,
   Desiring to have judgment against him.
16 To whom I answered,
   It is not the matter of the Romans to deliver any man to die,
   Before he which is accused should have the accusers there face to face,
   And have license to answer for himself concerning the crime laid against him.
17 Therefore, when they were come hither, without any delay on the morrow,
   I sat on the judgment seat, and commanded that he be brought forth.
18 Against whom when the accusers stood up,
   They brought none accusation of such things as I supposed;
19 But had certain questions against him of their own superstition,
   And of one Jesus, which was dead, but whom Paul affirmed to be alive.
20 And because I doubted all of such manner of questions,
   I asked him whether he would go to Jerusalem,
   And there be judged of these matters.
21 But when Paul had appealed,
   To be reserved unto the hearing of Augustus,
   I commanded him to be kept till I might send him to Caesar.
22 Then Agrippa said unto Festus, I would also hear the man for myself.
   Tomorrow, said he, thou shalt hear him; and on the morrow, when Agrippa had come,
   And Bernice, with great pomp, and was entered into the place of hearing, with the chief captains,
   And many other principal men of the city, at Festus' commandment Paul was brought forth.
24 And Festus said, King Agrippa, and all you other men which are here present with us,
   Ye see this man, about whom all the multitude of the Jews have dealt with me,
   Both at Jerusalem and here, crying that he ought not to live any longer.
25 But when I found he had committed nothing worthy of death,
   And that he himself hath appealed to Augustus,
   I have determined to send him.
26 But of whom I have no certain thing to write unto His Majesty;
   Wherefore I have brought him forth before you, and specially before thee,
   O king Agrippa, that, after examination be made, I might have somewhat to write.
27 For it seemeth to me unreasonable to send a prisoner to Augustus,
   And not withal to signify the crimes laid against him.



   ACTS 26

1  THEN Agrippa said unto Paul, Thou art permitted to speak for thyself.
   Then Paul stretched forth the hand, and answered;
2  I think myself happy, king Agrippa,
   Because I shall answer this day before thee,
   Touching all the things whereof I am accused of the Jews;
3  Especially because I know thee to be expert in all customs and questions,
   Which are practiced among the Jews; wherefore I beseech thee to hear me patiently.
4  My manner of life from my youth, which was at the first among mine own nation at Jerusalem,
   Know all the Jews, which knew me from the beginning, if they would come forth and testify for me,
   That after the most strictest sect of our religion I lived all my days as a fervent Pharisee.
6  And now I stand and am judged for the hope of the promise made of God unto our fathers;
7  Unto which promise our twelve tribes, serving God day and night, hope to come.
   For which hope's sake, king Agrippa, I am accused of the Jews.
8  Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you,
   That God should raise the dead?
9  I verily thought myself that I ought to do,
   Many things in opposition to the name of Jesus of Nazareth.
10 Which thing I did at Jerusalem; and many of the saints did I shut up in prison,
   Having received authority from the chief priests; and when they were put to death,
   I gave my voice against them, and I punished them oft in every synagogue,
   And compelled them to blaspheme; and being exceedingly angry,
   I persecuted them even unto strange cities.
12 Whereupon as I went to Damascus,
   With authority and commission from the chief priests,
13 At midday, O king, I saw in the way an exceeding bright light from heaven,
   Above the brightness of the sun, shining round about me and them which journeyed with me.
14 And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me,
   And saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?
   It is hard for thee to kick against the goads.
15 And I said, Who art thou, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest.
16 But rise up, and stand upon thy feet; for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose:
   To make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen,
   And of those things in the which I will appear unto thee;
17 Delivering thee from the people,
   And from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee,
18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to the light,
   And from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins,
   And inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.
19 Whereupon, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the vision;
20 But showed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem,
   And throughout all the coasts of Judea, and then to the Gentiles,
   That they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.
21 For these causes the Jews caught me in the temple, and went about to kill me.
22 But having therefore obtained help of God, I continue unto this day,
   Witnessing both to small and great, saying none other things,
   Than what the prophets and Moses did say should come;
23 That Christ should suffer, and be the first,
   That should rise from the dead,
   And should show light unto the people, and to the Gentiles.
24 And as he thus spake for himself, Festus said with a loud voice, Paul,
   Thou art beside thyself; much learning doth make thee mad.
25 But he said, I am not mad, most noble Festus;
   But speak forth only the words of truth and soberness.
26 For the king knoweth of these things, before whom also I speak freely;
   For I am persuaded that none of these things are hidden from him;
   For none of these things were done in a corner.
27 King Agrippa, believest thou the prophets?
   I know that thou believest.
28 Then king Agrippa said unto Paul,
   Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.
29 And Paul said, I would to God, that not only thou,
   But also all men that hear me this day,
   W
ere both almost and altogether,
   Such as I am, except for these bonds;
   And when he had thus spoken, the king rose up,
   And the governor, and Bernice, and they that sat with them;
31 And when they were gone aside, they talked between themselves, saying,
   This man doeth nothing worthy of death or of bonds. Then said Agrippa unto Festus,
   This man might have been set at liberty, if he had not appealed unto Caesar.



   ACTS 27

1  AND when it was determined that we should sail into Italy,
   They delivered Paul and certain other prisoners,
   Unto one named Julius,
   A centurion of Augustus' band.
2  And entering into a ship of Adramyttium,
   We launched, meaning to sail by the coasts of Asia;
   One Aristarchus, a Macedonian of Thessalonica, being with us.
3  And the next day we touched at Sidon, and Julius courteously entreated Paul,
   And gave him liberty to go unto his friends to refresh himself.
4  And when we had launched from thence,
   We sailed under Cyprus,
   Because the winds were contrary.
5  And when we had sailed over the sea of Cilicia,
   And Pamphylia, we came to Myra, a city of Lycia; and there,
   T
he centurion found a ship of Alexandria sailing into Italy and put us therein.
7  And when we had sailed slowly many days, and scarce were come off Cnidus,
   And the wind not allowing us, we sailed under Crete, off Salmone;
8  And, hardly passing it, came unto a place which is called,
   Fair Havens; nigh unto the city of Lasea.
9  Now when much time was spent,
   And when sailing was now too dangerous,
   Because the Fast was now already past, Paul admonished them,
10 And said unto them, Sirs, I perceive that this voyage will be with hurt,
   And much damage not only of the lading and of the ship, but also of our lives.
11 Nevertheless the centurion believed the master and owner of the ship,
   More than those things which had been spoken of by Paul.
12 And because the haven was not commodious to winter in,
   The more part advised to depart thence also,
   If by any means they might attain to Phenice, to winter there;
   Which is an haven of Crete, and lieth facing the southwest and northwest.
13 And when the south wind began softly, supposing they had obtained their purpose,
   And loosing from thence, they sailed along the island of Crete, close by the shore.
14 But not long after there arose against them a tempestuous wind, called the Euroclydon.
15 And when the ship was caught, and could not head into the wind, we gave way and were driven.
16 And running under the lee of a certain island called Clauda, we had much work to secure the life boat;
17 Which when they had taken up, they used helps, under girding the boat;
   And, fearing lest they should run aground on Syrtis,
   They lowered the anchor, and so were driven.
18 And we being exceedingly tossed with a tempest,
   The next day lightened the ship of all of its lading;
19 And the third day we cast out with our own hands the tackling of the ship.
20 And when neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small tempest lay upon us,
   All hope that any of us should ever be saved was then completely taken away.
21 But after long abstinence Paul stood forth in the midst of them,
   And said, Sirs, ye should have hearkened unto me,
   And not have loosed from Crete,
   And to have gained this harm and loss.
22 And now I exhort you to again be of good cheer;
   For there shall be no loss of any man's life among you, only the ship.
23 For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve,
24 Saying unto me, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar;
   And, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee.
25 Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer; for I believe God,
   That it shall be even as it was told unto me.
26 Howbeit we be cast upon a certain island.
27 But when the fourteenth night was come,
   As we drifted across the sea of Adria,
   About midnight the shipmen deemed,
   That they drew near unto some country;
28 And sounded, and found it twenty fathoms;
   And when they had gone a little way further,
   They sounded again, and found it fifteen fathoms.
29 Then fearing lest we should have fallen upon the rocks,
   They cast four anchors out of the stern and prayed for daylight.
30 And as the shipmen were about to flee out of the ship,
   When they had let down the life boat into the sea,
   Pretending to lower anchors from the bow,
31 Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers,
   Except these abide in the ship, ye cannot be saved.
32 Then the soldiers cut off the ropes of the boat, and let her fall.
33 And while the day was coming on, Paul besought them all to take food, saying,
   This day is the fourteenth day ye have tarried and continued fasting, having taken nothing.
34 Wherefore I pray you to take some food; for this is for your health;
   For there shall not an hair fall from the head of any of you.
35 And when he had thus spoken, he took bread,
   And gave thanks to God,
   In the presence of them all;
   And when he had broken it, he began to eat.
36 Then were they all of good cheer, and they also took some food.
37 And we were in all in the ship two hundred threescore and sixteen souls.
38 And when they had eaten enough, they lightened the ship, and cast the wheat into the sea.
39 And when it was day, they did not know the land; but they discovered a certain bay with a shore,
   Onto which they planned, if it were at all possible for them, to bring in the ship.
40 And they let loose the anchors and left them there, and loosed the rudders,
   And hoisted up the mainsail to the wind, and made toward the shore.
41 But they sailed into a sand bar, and run the ship aground;
   And the forepart stuck fast, and remained unmovable,
   But the hinder part was broken up in the waves.
42 The soldiers' plan was to kill the prisoners,
   Lest any should swim away and escape.
43 But the centurion, willing to save Paul,
   Kept them from carrying out their purpose;
   And then commanded that all those that could swim,
   Should cast themselves first into the sea and get to land;
44 And the rest follow, some on boards and some on broken pieces of the ship.
   And so it came to pass, that they escaped all safe to land.



   ACTS 28

1  AND when they were escaped, they knew that the island was called Melita.
2  And the island people there showed us no little kindness;
   For they kindled a fire, and received us every one,
   Because of the rain, and because of the cold.
3  And when Paul had gathered some sticks,
   And laid them upon the fire,
   There came a viper,
   Out of the heat, and fastened on his hand.
4  And when the islanders saw the beast hang on his hand,
   They said among themselves, No doubt this man must be a murderer,
   Whom, though he hath escaped the sea, yet vengeance suffereth not to live.
5  And he shook off the beast into the fire and felt no harm.
6  Howbeit they looked when he should have swollen,
   Or fallen down dead suddenly;
   But after they looked,
   A great while, and saw no harm come to him,
   They changed their minds, and said that he must be a god.
7  In the same quarters were possessions of the chief man of the island,
   Whose name was Publius; who received us, and lodged us three days courteously.
8  And it came to pass, that the father of Publius lay sick of a fever and a bloody dysentery;
   To whom Paul entered in, and prayed, and laid his hands upon him, and healed him.
9  So when this was done, others also, which had diseases in the island,
   Came and were healed; who also honored us with many honors;
   And when we departed, they ladened us,
   With such things as were necessary for travel.
11 And after three months we departed in a ship of Alexandria,
   Which had wintered in the isle, whose figurehead was Castor and Pollux.
12 And landing at Syracuse, we tarried there for three days.
13 And from thence we followed the compass north, and came to Rhegium;
   And after one day the south wind blew, and we came the next day to Puteoli;
14 Where we found some brethren, and they were desirous of us to tarry with them seven days;
   And so we went toward Rome; and from thence, when the brethren heard of us,
   They came to meet us as far as Appii Forum, and Three Taverns;
   Whom when Paul saw, he thanked God, and took courage.
16 And when we came to Rome,
   The centurion delivered the prisoners to the captain of the guard;
   But Paul was suffered to dwell by himself, with a soldier that guarded him.
17 And it came to pass, that after three days Paul called the chief of the Jews together;
   And when they were come together, he said unto them, Men and brethren,
   Though I have committed nothing against the people,
   Or customs of our fathers,
   Yet was I delivered a prisoner,
   In Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans.
18 Who, when they had examined me, would have let me go,
   Because there was no reason for the death penalty in my case.
19 But when the Jews spake against it, I was constrained to appeal unto Caesar;
   Not that I had any charge to accuse my nation of; for this cause therefore have I called for you,
   To see you, and to speak with you; because for the hope of Israel I am bound with these chains.
21 And they said unto him, We neither received letters out of Judea concerning thee,
   Neither any of the brethren that came showed or spake any harm of thee.
22 But we desire to hear of thee, what thou thinkest;
   For as concerning this sect,
   We know that every where it is spoken against.
23 And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging;
   To whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus,
   Both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening.
24 And some believed the things which were spoken, and some believed not.
25 And when they agreed not among themselves, they departed,
   After Paul had spoken one statement:
   Well spake the Holy Ghost by Isaiah the prophet unto our fathers,
26 Saying: Go unto this people, and say, Hearing ye shall hear, but not understand;
   And seeing ye shall see, but not perceive; for the heart of this people is waxed gross,
   And their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed;
   Lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears,
   And understand with their heart,
   And should be converted, and I should heal them.
28 Be it known therefore unto you that the salvation of God,
   Is sent unto the Gentiles, and they will hear it.
29 And when he had said these words,
   The Jews departed,
   And had great reasoning among themselves.
30 And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house,
   And received all that came in unto him, preaching the kingdom of God,
   And teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ,
   With all confidence, no man forbidding him.