THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES
1The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus
began both to do and teach, 2Until 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: 3To whom also he shewed himself
alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them
forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of
God: 4And, 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.
5For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with
the Holy Ghost not many days hence.
6When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying,
Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? 7
And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the
seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.
8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon
you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all
Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
9And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was
taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.
10And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up,
behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; 11Which also said,
Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same
Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like
manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.
12Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet,
which is from Jerusalem a sabbath day's journey.
13And when they were come in, they went up into an upper room,
where abode both Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew, Philip, and
Thomas, Bartholomew, and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon
Zelotes, and Judas the brother of James.
14These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication,
with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.
15And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples,
and said, (the number of names together were about an hundred and
twenty,) 16Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been
fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before
concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus.
17For he was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this
18Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and
falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels
19And it was known unto all the dwellers at Jerusalem; insomuch as
that field is called in their proper tongue, Aceldama, that is to say,
The field of blood.
20For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be
desolate, and let no man dwell therein: and his bishoprick let another
21Wherefore of these men which have companied with us all the time
that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, 22Beginning from the
baptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken up from us, must
one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection.
23And they appointed two, Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed
Justus, and Matthias.
24And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts
of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen, 25That he
may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by
transgression fell, that he might go to his own place.
26And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias;
and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.
1And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with
one accord in one place.
2And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty
wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
3And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and
it sat upon each of them.
4And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak
with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
5And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of
every nation under heaven.
6Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and
were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own
7And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another,
Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans? 8 And how hear we
every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born? 9Parthians, and
Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea,
and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia, 10Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in
Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome,
Jews and proselytes, 11Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak
in our tongues the wonderful works of God.
12And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to
another, What meaneth this? 13Others mocking said, These men are
full of new wine.
14But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and
said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem,
be this known unto you, and hearken to my words: 15For these are
not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the
16But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; 17And
it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of
my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall
prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall
dream dreams: 18And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will
pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: 19And
I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath;
blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: 20The sun shall be turned
into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable
day of the Lord come: 21And it shall come to pass, that whosoever
shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
22Ye 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: 23Him,
being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God,
ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain: 24Whom
God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was
not possible that he should be holden of it.
25For David speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always
before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be
moved: 26Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad;
moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope: 27Because thou wilt not
leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see
28Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me
full of joy with thy countenance.
29Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch
David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us
unto this day.
30Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an
oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh,
he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne; 31He seeing this
before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left
in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.
32This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.
33Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having
received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed
forth this, which ye now see and hear.
34For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself,
The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, 35Until I
make thy foes thy footstool.
36Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God
hath made the same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and
37Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and
said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren,
what shall we do? 38Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be
baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the
remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
39For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all
that are afar off, even as many as the LORD our God shall call.
40And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save
yourselves from this untoward generation.
41Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the
same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.
42And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and
fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.
43And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were
done by the apostles.
44And all that believed were together, and had all things common;
45And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men,
as every man had need.
46And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and
breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness
and singleness of heart, 47Praising God, and having favour with all
the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be
1Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of
prayer, being the ninth hour.
2And a certain man lame from his mother's womb was carried, whom
they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful,
to ask alms of them that entered into the temple; 3Who seeing Peter
and John about to go into the temple asked an alms.
4And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on
5And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of
6Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have
give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.
7And 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.
9And all the people saw him walking and praising God: 10And they
knew that it was he which sat for alms at the Beautiful gate of the
temple: and they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which
had happened unto him.
11And as the lame man which was healed held Peter and John, all the
people ran together unto them in the porch that is called Solomon's,
12And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, Ye men of
Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us, as
though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk?
13The 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
14But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer
to be granted unto you; 15And killed the Prince of life, whom God
hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.
16And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong,
whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him
this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.
17And now, brethren, I wot that through ignorance ye did it, as did
also your rulers.
18But those things, which God before had shewed by the mouth of all
his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he hath so fulfilled.
19Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be
blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence
of the Lord.
20And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto
you: 21Whom 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.
22For 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.
23And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear
that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people.
24Yea, and all the prophets from Samuel and those that follow
after, as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold of these days.
25Ye 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.
26Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to
bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.
1And as they spake unto the people, the priests, and the captain of
the temple, and the Sadducees, came upon them, 2Being grieved that
they taught the people, and preached through Jesus the resurrection
from the dead.
3And they laid hands on them, and put them in hold unto the next
day: for it was now eventide.
4Howbeit many of them which heard the word believed; and the number
of the men was about five thousand.
5And it came to pass on the morrow, that their rulers, and elders,
and scribes, 6And 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.
7And when they had set them in the 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, 9If we this day be examined of the good deed done
to the impotent man, by what means he is made whole; 10Be it known
unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of
Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the
dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole.
11This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which
is become the head of the corner.
12Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other
name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
13Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived
that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they
took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.
14And beholding the man which was healed standing with them, they
could say nothing against it.
15But when they had commanded them to go aside out of the council,
they conferred among themselves, 16Saying, What shall we do to
these men? for that indeed a notable miracle hath been done by them is
manifest to all them that dwell in Jerusalem; and we cannot deny it.
17But that it spread no further among the people, let us straitly
threaten them, that they speak henceforth to no man in this name.
18And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor
teach in the name of Jesus.
19But 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,
20For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.
21So when they had further threatened them, they let them go,
finding nothing how they might punish them, because of the people: for
all men glorified God for that which was done.
22For the man was above forty years old, on whom this miracle of
healing was shewed.
23And being let go, they went to their own company, and reported
all that the chief priests and elders had said unto them.
24And 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: 25Who by the mouth of
thy servant David hast said, Why did the heathen rage, and the people
imagine vain things? 26The kings of the earth stood up, and the
rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his
27For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast
anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the
people of Israel, were gathered together, 28For to do whatsoever
thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done.
29And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy
servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word, 30By
stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be
done by the name of thy holy child Jesus.
31And 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.
32And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of
one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he
possessed was his own; but they had all things common.
33And with great power gave the apostles witness of the
resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.
34Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were
possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the
things that were sold, 35And laid them down at the apostles' feet:
and distribution was made unto every man according as he had need.
36And Joses, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas, (which is,
being interpreted, The son of consolation,) a Levite, and of the
country of Cyprus, 37Having land, sold it, and brought the money,
and laid it at the apostles' feet.
1But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a
possession, 2And kept back part of the price, his wife also being
privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles'
3But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie
to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?
4Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold,
was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in
thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.
5And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost:
and great fear came on all them that heard these things.
6And the young men arose, wound him up, and carried him out, and
7And it was about the space of 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.
9Then Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed together
to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of them which have
buried thy husband are at the door, and shall carry thee out.
10Then fell she down straightway at his feet, and yielded up the
ghost: and the young men came in, and found her dead, and, carrying
her forth, buried her by her husband.
11And great fear came upon all the church, and upon as many as
heard these things.
12And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders
wrought among the people; (and they were all with one accord in
13And of the rest durst no man join himself to them: but the people
14And believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of
men and women.) 15Insomuch 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.
16There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto
Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean
spirits: and they were healed every one.
17Then the high priest rose up, and all they that were with him,
(which is the sect of the Sadducees,) and were filled with
indignation, 18And laid their hands on the apostles, and put them
in the common prison.
19But the angel of the Lord by night opened the prison doors, and
brought them forth, and said, 20Go, stand and speak in the temple
to the people all the words of this life.
21And when they heard that, they entered into the temple early in
the morning, and taught. But the high priest came, and they that were
with him, and called the council together, and all the senate of the
children of Israel, and sent to the prison to have them brought.
22But when the officers came, and found them not in the prison,
they returned and told, 23Saying, 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.
24Now when the high priest and the captain of the temple and the
chief priests heard these things, they doubted of them whereunto this
25Then came one and told them, saying, Behold, the men whom ye put
in prison are standing in the temple, and teaching the people.
26Then went the captain with the officers, and brought them without
violence: for they feared the people, lest they should have been
27And when they had brought them, they set them before the council:
and the high priest asked them, 28Saying, 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.
29Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to
obey God rather than men.
30The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged
on a tree.
31Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a
Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.
32And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy
Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.
33When they heard that, they were cut to the heart, and took
counsel to slay them.
34Then 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; 35And said
unto them, Ye men of Israel, take heed to yourselves what ye intend to
do as touching these men.
36For before these days rose up Theudas, boasting himself to be
somebody; to whom a number of men, about four hundred, joined
themselves: who was slain; and all, as many as obeyed him, were
scattered, and brought to nought.
37After this man rose up Judas of Galilee in the days of the
taxing, and drew away much people after him: he also perished; and
all, even as many as obeyed him, were dispersed.
38And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them
alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to
nought: 39But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply
ye be found even to fight against God.
40And 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.
41And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing
that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.
42And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to
teach and preach Jesus Christ.
1And in those days, when the number of the disciples was
multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the
Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily
2Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them,
and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and
3Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest
report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over
4But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the
ministry of the word.
5And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose
Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and
Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a
proselyte of Antioch: 6Whom they set before the apostles: and when
they had prayed, they laid their hands on them.
7And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples
multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests
were obedient to the faith.
8 And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and
miracles among the people.
9Then there arose certain of the synagogue, which is called the
synagogue of the Libertines, and Cyrenians, and Alexandrians, and of
them of Cilicia and of Asia, disputing with Stephen.
10And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit by
which he spake.
11Then they suborned men, which said, We have heard him speak
blasphemous words against Moses, and against God.
12And they stirred up the people, and the elders, and the scribes,
and came upon him, and caught him, and brought him to the council,
13And set up false witnesses, which said, This man ceaseth not to
speak blasphemous words against this holy place, and the law: 14For
we have heard him say, that this Jesus of Nazareth shall destroy this
place, and shall change the customs which Moses delivered us.
15And all that sat in the council, looking stedfastly on him, saw
his face as it had been the face of an angel.
1Then said the high priest, Are these things so? 2And he said,
Men, brethren, and fathers, hearken; The God of glory appeared unto
our father Abraham, when he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in
Charran, 3And said unto him, Get thee out of thy country, and from
thy kindred, and come into the land which I shall shew thee.
4Then came he out of the land of the Chaldaeans, and dwelt in
Charran: and from thence, when his father was dead, he removed him
into this land, wherein ye now dwell.
5And he gave him none inheritance in it, no, not so much as to set
his foot on: yet he promised that he would give it to him for a
possession, and to his seed after him, when as yet he had no child.
6And 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.
7And 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.
9And the patriarchs, moved with envy, sold Joseph into Egypt: but
God was with him, 10And delivered him out of all his afflictions,
and gave him favour and wisdom in the sight of Pharaoh king of Egypt;
and he made him governor over Egypt and all his house.
11Now there came a dearth over all the land of Egypt and Chanaan,
and great affliction: and our fathers found no sustenance.
12But when Jacob heard that there was corn in Egypt, he sent out
our fathers first.
13And at the second time Joseph was made known to his brethren; and
Joseph's kindred was made known unto Pharaoh.
14Then sent Joseph, and called his father Jacob to him, and all his
kindred, threescore and fifteen souls.
15So Jacob went down into Egypt, and died, he, and our fathers,
16And were carried over into Sychem, and laid in the sepulchre that
Abraham bought for a sum of money of the sons of Emmor the father of
17But when the time of the promise drew nigh, which God had sworn
to Abraham, the people grew and multiplied in Egypt, 18Till another
king arose, which knew not Joseph.
19The same dealt subtilly with our kindred, and evil entreated our
fathers, so that they cast out their young children, to the end they
might not live.
20In which time Moses was born, and was exceeding fair, and
nourished up in his father's house three months: 21And when he was
cast out, Pharaoh's daughter took him up, and nourished him for her
22And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was
mighty in words and in deeds.
23And when he was full forty years old, it came into his heart to
visit his brethren the children of Israel.
24And seeing one of them suffer wrong, he defended him, and avenged
him that was oppressed, and smote the Egyptian: 25For he supposed
his brethren would have understood how that God by his hand would
deliver them: but they understood not.
26And the next day he shewed himself unto them as they strove, and
would have set them at one again, saying, Sirs, ye are brethren; why
do ye wrong one to another? 27But he that did his neighbour wrong
thrust him away, saying, Who made thee a ruler and a judge over us?
28Wilt thou kill me, as thou diddest the Egyptian yesterday? 7:29
Then fled Moses at this saying, and was a stranger in the land of
Madian, where he begat two sons.
30And when forty years were expired, there appeared to him in the
wilderness of mount Sina an angel of the Lord in a flame of fire in a
31When Moses saw it, he wondered at the sight: and as he drew near
to behold it, the voice of the LORD came unto him, 32Saying, I am
the God of thy fathers, the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and
the God of Jacob. Then Moses trembled, and durst not behold.
33Then said the Lord to him, Put off thy shoes from thy feet: for
the place where thou standest is holy ground.
34I have seen, I have seen the affliction of my people which is in
Egypt, and I have heard their groaning, and am come down to deliver
them. And now come, I will send thee into Egypt.
35This Moses whom they refused, saying, Who made thee a ruler and a
judge? the same did God send to be a ruler and a deliverer by the hand
of the angel which appeared to him in the bush.
36He brought them out, after that he had shewed wonders and signs
in the land of Egypt, and in the Red sea, and in the wilderness forty
37This 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.
38This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the
angel which spake to him in the mount Sina, and with our fathers: who
received the lively oracles to give unto us: 39To whom our fathers
would not obey, but thrust him from them, and in their hearts turned
back again into Egypt, 40Saying unto Aaron, Make us gods to go
before us: for as for this Moses, which brought us out of the land of
Egypt, we wot not what is become of him.
41And they made a calf in those days, and offered sacrifice unto
the idol, and rejoiced in the works of their own hands.
42Then God turned, and gave them up to worship the host of heaven;
as it is written in the book of the prophets, O ye house of Israel,
have ye offered to me slain beasts and sacrifices by the space of
forty years in the wilderness? 43Yea, ye took up the tabernacle of
Moloch, and the star of your god Remphan, figures which ye made to
worship them: and I will carry you away beyond Babylon.
44Our fathers had the tabernacle of witness in the wilderness, as
he had appointed, speaking unto Moses, that he should make it
according to the fashion that he had seen.
45Which also our fathers that came after brought in with Jesus into
the possession of the Gentiles, whom God drave out before the face of
our fathers, unto the days of David; 46Who found favour before God,
and desired to find a tabernacle for the God of Jacob.
47But Solomon built him an house.
48Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as
saith the prophet, 49Heaven 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 shewed before of the coming of the Just One; of
whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers: 53 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 on 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 standing 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 with one accord, 58 And cast him out of the city,
and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young
man's feet, whose name was Saul.
59 And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord
Jesus, receive my spirit.
60 And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not
this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.
1And Saul was consenting unto his death. And at that time there was
a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and
they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and
Samaria, except the apostles.
2And devout men carried Stephen to his burial, and made great
lamentation over him.
3As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every
house, and haling men and women committed them to prison.
4Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where
preaching the word.
5Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ
6And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which
Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did.
7For unclean spirits, crying with loud voice, came out of many that
were possessed with them: and many taken with palsies, and that were
lame, were healed.
8 And there was great joy in that city.
9But there was a certain man, called Simon, which beforetime in the
same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving
out that himself was some great one: 10To whom they all gave heed,
from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is the great power of
11And to him they had regard, because that of long time he had
bewitched them with sorceries.
12But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the
kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both
men and women.
13Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he
continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs
which were done.
14Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria
had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John: 8:15
Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might
receive the Holy Ghost: 16(For as yet he was fallen upon none of
them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.) 8:17
Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.
18And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles' hands
the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money, 19Saying, Give me
also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the
20But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou
hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.
21Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is
not right in the sight of God.
22Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps
the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.
23For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in
the bond of iniquity.
24Then answered Simon, and said, Pray ye to the LORD for me, that
none of these things which ye have spoken come upon me.
25And 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.
26And 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.
27And 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,
28Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the
29Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to
30And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet
Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest? 31And he
said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired
Philip that he would come up and sit with him.
32The 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: 33In his humiliation his judgment was
taken away: and who shall declare his generation? for his life is
taken from the earth.
34And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom
speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man? 8:35
Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and
preached unto him Jesus.
36And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water:
and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be
baptized? 37And 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
38And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down
both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.
39And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the
Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went
on his way rejoicing.
40But Philip was found at Azotus: and passing through he preached
in all the cities, till he came to Caesarea.
1And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the
disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest, 2And desired of
him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of
this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound
3And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there
shined round about him a light from heaven: 4And he fell to the
earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest
thou me? 5And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am
Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the
6And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me
to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it
shall be told thee what thou must do.
7And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a
voice, but seeing no man.
8 And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he
saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought him into
9And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor
10And 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
11And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which
is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for one called
Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth, 12And hath seen in a
vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hand on him,
that he might receive his sight.
13Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man,
how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem: 14And here
he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy
15But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel
unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the
children of Israel: 16For I will shew him how great things he must
suffer for my name's sake.
17And 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.
18And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales:
and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized.
19And when he had received meat, he was strengthened. Then was Saul
certain days with the disciples which were at Damascus.
20And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is
the Son of God.
21But all that heard him were amazed, and said; Is not this he that
destroyed them which called on this name in Jerusalem, and came hither
for that intent, that he might bring them bound unto the chief
priests? 22But Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded
the Jews which dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is very Christ.
23And after that many days were fulfilled, the Jews took counsel to
kill him: 24But their laying await was known of Saul. And they
watched the gates day and night to kill him.
25Then the disciples took him by night, and let him down by the
wall in a basket.
26And 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.
27But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles, and
declared unto them how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he
had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the
name of Jesus.
28And he was with them coming in and going out at Jerusalem.
29And he spake boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus, and disputed
against the Grecians: but they went about to slay him.
30Which when the brethren knew, they brought him down to Caesarea,
and sent him forth to Tarsus.
31Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and
Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in
the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied.
32And it came to pass, as Peter passed throughout all quarters, he
came down also to the saints which dwelt at Lydda.
33And there he found a certain man named Aeneas, which had kept his
bed eight years, and was sick of the palsy.
34And Peter said unto him, Aeneas, Jesus Christ maketh thee whole:
arise, and make thy bed. And he arose immediately.
35And all that dwelt at Lydda and Saron saw him, and turned to the
36Now 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.
37And it came to pass in those days, that she was sick, and died:
whom when they had washed, they laid her in an upper chamber.
38And forasmuch as Lydda was nigh to Joppa, and the disciples had
heard that Peter was there, they sent unto him two men, desiring him
that he would not delay to come to them.
39Then Peter arose and went with them. When he was come, they
brought him into the upper chamber: and all the widows stood by him
weeping, and shewing the coats and garments which Dorcas made, while
she was with them.
40But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed; and
turning him to the body said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes:
and when she saw Peter, she sat up.
41And he gave her his hand, and lifted her up, and when he had
called the saints and widows, presented her alive.
42And it was known throughout all Joppa; and many believed in the
43And it came to pass, that he tarried many days in Joppa with one
Simon a tanner.
1There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion
of the band called the Italian band, 2A devout man, and one that
feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and
prayed to God alway.
3He 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.
4And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it,
Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are come up
for a memorial before God.
5And now send men to Joppa, and call for one Simon, whose surname
is Peter: 6He lodgeth with one Simon a tanner, whose house is by
the sea side: he shall tell thee what thou oughtest to do.
7And when the angel which spake unto Cornelius was departed, he
called two of his household servants, and a devout soldier of them
that waited on him continually; 8 And when he had declared all
these things unto them, he sent them to Joppa.
9On 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: 10And he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while
they made ready, he fell into a trance, 11And saw heaven opened,
and a certain vessel descending upon him, as it had been a great sheet
knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth: 12Wherein
were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts,
and creeping things, and fowls of the air.
13And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat.
14But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing
that is common or unclean.
15And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God
hath cleansed, that call not thou common.
16This was done thrice: and the vessel was received up again into
17Now while Peter doubted in himself what this vision which he had
seen should mean, behold, the men which were sent from Cornelius had
made enquiry for Simon's house, and stood before the gate, 18And
called, and asked whether Simon, which was surnamed Peter, were lodged
19While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said unto him,
Behold, three men seek thee.
20Arise therefore, and get thee down, and go with them, doubting
nothing: for I have sent them.
21Then 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? 22And they said, Cornelius the centurion,
a just man, and one that feareth God, and of good report among all the
nation of the Jews, was warned from God by an holy angel to send for
thee into his house, and to hear words of thee.
23Then called he them in, and lodged them. And on the morrow Peter
went away with them, and certain brethren from Joppa accompanied him.
24And the morrow after they entered into Caesarea. And Cornelius
waited for them, and he had called together his kinsmen and near
25And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at
his feet, and worshipped him.
26But Peter took him up, saying, Stand up; I myself also am a man.
27And as he talked with him, he went in, and found many that were
28And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing
for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another
nation; but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common
29Therefore came I unto you without gainsaying, as soon as I was
sent for: I ask therefore for what intent ye have sent for me? 10:30
And Cornelius said, Four days ago I was fasting until this hour; and
at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and, behold, a man stood
before me in bright clothing, 31And said, Cornelius, thy prayer is
heard, and thine alms are had in remembrance in the sight of God.
32Send therefore to Joppa, and call hither Simon, whose surname is
Peter; he is lodged in the house of one Simon a tanner by the sea
side: who, when he cometh, shall speak unto thee.
33Immediately therefore I sent to thee; and thou hast well done
that thou art come. Now therefore are we all here present before God,
to hear all things that are commanded thee of God.
34Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive
that God is no respecter of persons: 35But in every nation he that
feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.
36The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching
peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:) 37That word, I say, ye
know, which was published throughout all Judaea, and began from
Galilee, after the baptism which John preached; 38How 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.
39And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land
of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree:
40Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly; 10:41
Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before God, even to
us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the dead.
42And 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
43To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name
whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.
44While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all
them which heard the word.
45And 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.
46For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then
answered Peter, 47Can any man forbid water, that these should not
be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? 10:48
And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then
prayed they him to tarry certain days.
1And the apostles and brethren that were in Judaea heard that the
Gentiles had also received the word of God.
2And when Peter was come up to Jerusalem, they that were of the
circumcision contended with him, 3Saying, Thou wentest in to men
uncircumcised, and didst eat with them.
4But Peter rehearsed the matter from the beginning, and expounded
it by order unto them, saying, 5I 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: 6Upon the which when I had fastened mine eyes,
I considered, and saw fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts,
and creeping things, and fowls of the air.
7And I heard a voice 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.
9But the voice answered me again from heaven, What God hath
cleansed, that call not thou common.
10And this was done three times: and all were drawn up again into
11And, behold, immediately there were three men already come unto
the house where I was, sent from Caesarea unto me.
12And the Spirit bade me go with them, nothing doubting. Moreover
these six brethren accompanied me, and we entered into the man's
house: 13And he shewed us how he had seen an angel in his house,
which stood and said unto him, Send men to Joppa, and call for Simon,
whose surname is Peter; 14Who shall tell thee words, whereby thou
and all thy house shall be saved.
15And as I began to speak, the Holy Ghost fell on them, as on us
at the beginning.
16Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how that he said, John
indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy
17Forasmuch then as God gave them the like gift as he did unto us,
who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ; what was I, that I could
withstand God? 18When they heard these things, they held their
peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles
granted repentance unto life.
19Now they which were scattered abroad upon the persecution that
arose about Stephen travelled as far as Phenice, and Cyprus, and
Antioch, preaching the word to none but unto the Jews only.
20And some of them were men of Cyprus and Cyrene, which, when they
were come to Antioch, spake unto the Grecians, preaching the LORD
21And the hand of the Lord was with them: and a great number
believed, and turned unto the Lord.
22Then 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.
23Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and
exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto
24For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith:
and much people was added unto the Lord.
25Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus, for to seek Saul: 26And
when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to
pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and
taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in
27And in these days came prophets from Jerusalem unto Antioch.
28And there stood up one of them named Agabus, and signified by
the Spirit that there should be great dearth throughout all the world:
which came to pass in the days of Claudius Caesar.
29Then the disciples, every man according to his ability,
determined to send relief unto the brethren which dwelt in Judaea:
30Which also they did, and sent it to the elders by the hands of
Barnabas and Saul.
1Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to
vex certain of the church.
2And he killed James the brother of John with the sword.
3And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to
take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread.) 4And
when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him
to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to
bring him forth to the people.
5Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without
ceasing of the church unto God for him.
6And 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.
7And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light
shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him
up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands.
8 And the angel said unto him, Gird thyself, and bind on thy
And so he did. And he saith unto him, Cast thy garment about thee, and
9And he went out, and followed him; and wist not that it was true
which was done by the angel; but thought he saw a vision.
10When they were past the first and the second ward, they came
unto the iron gate that leadeth unto the city; which opened to them of
his own accord: and they went out, and passed on through one street;
and forthwith the angel departed from him.
11And when Peter was come to himself, he said, Now I know of a
surety, that the LORD hath sent his angel, and hath delivered me out
of the hand of Herod, and from all the expectation of the people of
12And when he had considered the thing, he came to the house of
Mary the mother of John, whose surname was Mark; where many were
gathered together praying.
13And as Peter knocked at the door of the gate, a damsel came to
hearken, named Rhoda.
14And when she knew Peter's voice, she opened not the gate for
gladness, but ran in, and told how Peter stood before the gate.
15And they said unto her, Thou art mad. But she constantly
affirmed that it was even so. Then said they, It is his angel.
16But Peter continued knocking: and when they had opened the door,
and saw him, they were astonished.
17But he, beckoning unto them with the hand to hold their peace,
declared unto them how the Lord had brought him out of the prison. And
he said, Go shew these things unto James, and to the brethren. And he
departed, and went into another place.
18Now as soon as it was day, there was no small stir among the
soldiers, what was become of Peter.
19And when Herod had sought for him, and found him not, he
examined the keepers, and commanded that they should be put to death.
And he went down from Judaea to Caesarea, and there abode.
20And Herod was highly displeased with them of Tyre and Sidon: but
they came with one accord to him, and, having made Blastus the king's
chamberlain their friend, desired peace; because their country was
nourished by the king's country.
21And upon a set day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat upon his
throne, and made an oration unto them.
22And the people gave a shout, saying, It is the voice of a god,
and not of a man.
23And 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.
24But the word of God grew and multiplied.
25And Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerusalem, when they had
fulfilled their ministry, and took with them John, whose surname was
1Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets
and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and
Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the
tetrarch, and Saul.
2As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said,
Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called
3And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on
them, they sent them away.
4So they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed unto
Seleucia; and from thence they sailed to Cyprus.
5And when they were at Salamis, they preached the word of God in
the synagogues of the Jews: and they had also John to their minister.
6And when they had gone through the isle unto Paphos, they found a
certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was Barjesus:
7Which 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 from the faith.
9Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost,
set his eyes on him.
10And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of
the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to
pervert the right ways of the Lord? 11And now, behold, the hand
of the Lord is upon thee, and thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun
for a season. And immediately there fell on him a mist and a darkness;
and he went about seeking some to lead him by the hand.
12Then the deputy, when he saw what was done, believed, being
astonished at the doctrine of the Lord.
13Now when Paul and his company loosed from Paphos, they came to
Perga in Pamphylia: and John departing from them returned to
14But when they departed from Perga, they came to Antioch in
Pisidia, and went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and sat down.
15And 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.
16Then Paul stood up, and beckoning with his hand said, Men of
Israel, and ye that fear God, give audience.
17The 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.
18And about the time of forty years suffered he their manners in
19And when he had destroyed seven nations in the land of Chanaan,
he divided their land to them by lot.
20And after that he gave unto them judges about the space of four
hundred and fifty years, until Samuel the prophet.
21And 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
22And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be
their king; to whom also he gave their testimony, and said, I have
found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall
fulfil all my will.
23Of this man's seed hath God according to his promise raised unto
Israel a Saviour, Jesus: 24When John had first preached before his
coming the baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel.
25And as John fulfilled his course, he said, Whom think ye that I
am? I am not he. But, behold, there cometh one after me, whose shoes
of his feet I am not worthy to loose.
26Men and brethren, children of the stock of Abraham, and
whosoever among you feareth God, to you is the word of this salvation
27For they that dwell at Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they
knew him not, nor yet the voices of the prophets which are read every
sabbath day, they have fulfilled them in condemning him.
28And though they found no cause of death in him, yet desired they
Pilate that he should be slain.
29And when they had fulfilled all that was written of him, they
took him down from the tree, and laid him in a sepulchre.
30But God raised him from the dead: 31And he was seen many
days of them which came up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are
his witnesses unto the people.
32And we declare unto you glad tidings, how that the promise which
was made unto the fathers, 33God hath fulfilled the same unto us
their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also
written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten
34And 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.
35Wherefore he saith also in another psalm, Thou shalt not suffer
thine Holy One to see corruption.
36For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of
God, fell on sleep, and was laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption:
37But he, whom God raised again, saw no corruption.
38Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through
this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins: 39And by
him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye
could not be justified by the law of Moses.
40Beware therefore, lest that come upon you, which is spoken of in
the prophets; 41Behold, ye despisers, and wonder, and perish: for
I work a work in your days, a work which ye shall in no wise believe,
though a man declare it unto you.
42And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the Gentiles
besought that these words might be preached to them the next sabbath.
43Now when the congregation was broken up, many of the Jews and
religious proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas: who, speaking to
them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God.
44And the next sabbath day came almost the whole city together to
hear the word of God.
45But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with
envy, and spake against those things which were spoken by Paul,
contradicting and blaspheming.
46Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary
that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing
ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life,
lo, we turn to the Gentiles.
47For 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.
48And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified
the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life
49 And the word of the Lord was published throughout all the
50 But the Jews stirred up the devout and honourable women, and the
chief men of the city, and raised persecution against Paul and
Barnabas, and expelled them out of their coasts.
51 But they shook off the dust of their feet against them, and came
52 And the disciples were filled with joy, and with the Holy Ghost.
1And it came to pass in Iconium, that they went both together into
the synagogue of the Jews, and so spake, that a great multitude both
of the Jews and also of the Greeks believed.
2But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles, and made their
minds evil affected against the brethren.
3Long 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.
4But the multitude of the city was divided: and part held with the
Jews, and part with the apostles.
5And when there was an assault made both of the Gentiles, and also
of the Jews with their rulers, to use them despitefully, and to stone
them, 6They were ware of it, and fled unto Lystra and Derbe,
cities of Lycaonia, and unto the region that lieth round about: 14:7
And there they preached the gospel.
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: 9The
same heard Paul speak: who stedfastly beholding him, and perceiving
that he had faith to be healed, 10Said with a loud voice, Stand
upright on thy feet. And he leaped and walked.
11And when the people saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their
voices, saying in the speech of Lycaonia, The gods are come down to us
in the likeness of men.
12And they called Barnabas, Jupiter; and Paul, Mercurius, because
he was the chief speaker.
13Then the priest of Jupiter, which was before their city, brought
oxen and garlands unto the gates, and would have done sacrifice with
14Which when the apostles, Barnabas and Paul, heard of, they rent
their clothes, and ran in among the people, crying out, 15And
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: 16Who in times past suffered all
nations to walk in their own ways.
17Nevertheless he left not himself without witness, in that he did
good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our
hearts with food and gladness.
18And with these sayings scarce restrained they the people, that
they had not done sacrifice unto them.
19And there came thither certain Jews from Antioch and Iconium,
who persuaded the people, and having stoned Paul, drew him out of the
city, supposing he had been dead.
20Howbeit, as the disciples stood round about him, he rose up, and
came into the city: and the next day he departed with Barnabas to
21And when they had preached the gospel to that city, and had
taught many, they returned again to Lystra, and to Iconium, and
Antioch, 22Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting
them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much
tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.
23And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had
prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they
24And after they had passed throughout Pisidia, they came to
25And when they had preached the word in Perga, they went down
into Attalia: 26And thence sailed to Antioch, from whence they had
been recommended to the grace of God for the work which they
27And 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.
28And there they abode long time with the disciples.
1And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brethren,
and said, Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye
cannot be saved.
2When 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.
3And being brought on their way by the church, they passed through
Phenice and Samaria, declaring the conversion of the Gentiles: and
they caused great joy unto all the brethren.
4And 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.
5But 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.
6And the apostles and elders came together for to consider of this
7And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said
unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God
made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the
word of the gospel, and believe.
8 And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them
the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us; 9And put no difference
between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.
10Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of
the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?
11But we believe that through the grace of the LORD Jesus Christ
we shall be saved, even as they.
12Then all the multitude kept silence, and gave audience to
Barnabas and Paul, declaring what miracles and wonders God had wrought
among the Gentiles by them.
13And after they had held their peace, James answered, saying, Men
and brethren, hearken unto me: 14Simeon hath declared how God at
the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his
15And to this agree the words of the prophets; as it is written,
16After 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: 17That the residue of men might seek after
the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called, saith the
Lord, who doeth all these things.
18Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the
19Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble not them, which from
among the Gentiles are turned to God: 20But that we write unto
them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from
fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood.
21For Moses of old time hath in every city them that preach him,
being read in the synagogues every sabbath day.
22Then pleased it the apostles and elders with the whole church,
to send chosen men of their own company to Antioch with Paul and
Barnabas; namely, Judas surnamed Barsabas and Silas, chief men among
the brethren: 23And they wrote letters by them after this manner;
The apostles and elders and brethren send greeting unto the brethren
which are of the Gentiles in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia.
24Forasmuch as we have heard, that certain which went out from us
have troubled you with words, subverting your souls, saying, Ye must
be circumcised, and keep the law: to whom we gave no such commandment:
25It seemed good unto us, being assembled with one accord, to send
chosen men unto you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul, 26Men that
have hazarded their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
27We have sent therefore Judas and Silas, who shall also tell you
the same things by mouth.
28For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you
no greater burden than these necessary things; 29That ye abstain
from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things
strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye
shall do well. Fare ye well.
30So when they were dismissed, they came to Antioch: and when they
had gathered the multitude together, they delivered the epistle: 15:31
Which when they had read, they rejoiced for the consolation.
32And Judas and Silas, being prophets also themselves, exhorted
the brethren with many words, and confirmed them.
33And after they had tarried there a space, they were let go in
peace from the brethren unto the apostles.
34Notwithstanding it pleased Silas to abide there still.
35Paul also and Barnabas continued in Antioch, teaching and
preaching the word of the Lord, with many others also.
36And 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.
37And Barnabas determined to take with them John, whose surname
38But Paul thought not good to take him with them, who departed
from them from Pamphylia, and went not with them to the work.
39And the contention was so sharp between them, that they departed
asunder one from the other: and so Barnabas took Mark, and sailed unto
Cyprus; 40And Paul chose Silas, and departed, being recommended by
the brethren unto the grace of God.
41And he went through Syria and Cilicia, confirming the churches.
1Then came he to Derbe and Lystra: and, behold, a certain disciple
was there, named Timotheus, the son of a certain woman, which was a
Jewess, and believed; but his father was a Greek: 2Which was well
reported of by the brethren that were at Lystra and Iconium.
3Him would Paul have to go forth with him; and took and
circumcised him because of the Jews which were in those quarters: for
they knew all that his father was a Greek.
4And as they went through the cities, they delivered them the
decrees for to keep, that were ordained of the apostles and elders
which were at Jerusalem.
5And so were the churches established in the faith, and increased
in number daily.
6Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of
Galatia, and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in
Asia, 7After they were come to Mysia, they assayed to go into
Bithynia: but the Spirit suffered them not.
8 And they passing by Mysia came down to Troas.
9And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; There stood a man of
Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, Come over into Macedonia, and help
10And after he had seen the vision, immediately we endeavoured to
go into Macedonia, assuredly gathering that the Lord had called us for
to preach the gospel unto them.
11Therefore loosing from Troas, we came with a straight course to
Samothracia, and the next day to Neapolis; 12And from thence to
Philippi, which is the chief city of that part of Macedonia, and a
colony: and we were in that city abiding certain days.
13And on the sabbath we went out of the city by a river side,
where prayer was wont to be made; and we sat down, and spake unto the
women which resorted thither.
14And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city
of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord
opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul.
15And when she was baptized, and her household, she besought us,
saying, If ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my
house, and abide there. And she constrained us.
16And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel
possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her
masters much gain by soothsaying: 17The same followed Paul and us,
and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God,
which shew unto us the way of salvation.
18And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and
said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come
out of her.
And he came out the same hour.
19And when her masters saw that the hope of their gains was gone,
they caught Paul and Silas, and drew them into the marketplace unto
the rulers, 20And brought them to the magistrates, saying, These
men, being Jews, do exceedingly trouble our city, 21And teach
customs, which are not lawful for us to receive, neither to observe,
22And the multitude rose up together against them: and the
magistrates rent off their clothes, and commanded to beat them.
23And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them
into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely: 24Who,
having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and
made their feet fast in the stocks.
25And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto
God: and the prisoners heard them.
26And 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.
27And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and
seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have
killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled.
28But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm:
for we are all here.
29Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling,
and fell down before Paul and Silas, 30And brought them out, and
said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? 31And they said, Believe
on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
32And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that
were in his house.
33And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their
stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway.
34And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before
them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house.
35And when it was day, the magistrates sent the serjeants, saying,
Let those men go.
36And the keeper of the prison told this saying to Paul, The
magistrates have sent to let you go: now therefore depart, and go in
37But Paul said unto them, They have beaten us openly uncondemned,
being Romans, and have cast us into prison; and now do they thrust us
out privily? nay verily; but let them come themselves and fetch us
38And the serjeants told these words unto the magistrates: and
they feared, when they heard that they were Romans.
39And they came and besought them, and brought them out, and
desired them to depart out of the city.
40And they went out of the prison, and entered into the house of
Lydia: and when they had seen the brethren, they comforted them, and
1Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they
came to Thessalonica, where was a synagogue of the Jews: 2And
Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days
reasoned with them out of the scriptures, 3Opening and alleging,
that Christ must needs have suffered, and risen again from the dead;
and that this Jesus, whom I preach unto you, is Christ.
4And 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
5But the Jews which believed not, moved with envy, took unto them
certain lewd fellows of the baser sort, and gathered a company, and
set all the city on an uproar, and assaulted the house of Jason, and
sought to bring them out to the people.
6And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain
brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned
the world upside down are come hither also; 7Whom Jason hath
received: and these all do contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying
that there is another king, one Jesus.
8 And they troubled the people and the rulers of the city, when
they heard these things.
9And when they had taken security of Jason, and of the other, they
let them go.
10And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night
unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews.
11These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they
received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the
scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
12Therefore many of them believed; also of honourable women which
were Greeks, and of men, not a few.
13But when the Jews of Thessalonica had knowledge that the word of
God was preached of Paul at Berea, they came thither also, and stirred
up the people.
14And then immediately the brethren sent away Paul to go as it
were to the sea: but Silas and Timotheus abode there still.
15And they that conducted Paul brought him unto Athens: and
receiving a commandment unto Silas and Timotheus for to come to him
with all speed, they departed.
16Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was stirred
in him, when he saw the city wholly given to idolatry.
17Therefore disputed he in the synagogue with the Jews, and with
the devout persons, and in the market daily with them that met with
18Then certain philosophers of the Epicureans, and of the Stoicks,
encountered him. And some said, What will this babbler say? other
some, He seemeth to be a setter forth of strange gods: because he
preached unto them Jesus, and the resurrection.
19And they took him, and brought him unto Areopagus, saying, May
we know what this new doctrine, whereof thou speakest, is? 20For
thou bringest certain strange things to our ears: we would know
therefore what these things mean.
21(For all the Athenians and strangers which were there spent
their time in nothing else, but either to tell, or to hear some new
thing.) 22Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars' hill, and said,
Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too
23For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar
with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye
ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you.
24God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he
is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;
25Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any
thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; 17:26
And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the
face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and
the bounds of their habitation; 27That they should seek the Lord,
if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far
from every one of us: 28For in him we live, and move, and have our
being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also
29Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to
think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven
by art and man's device.
30And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now
commandeth all men every where to repent: 31Because he hath
appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness
by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance
unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.
32And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some
mocked: and others said, We will hear thee again of this matter.
33So Paul departed from among them.
34Howbeit certain men clave unto him, and believed: among the
which was Dionysius the Areopagite, and a woman named Damaris, and
others with them.
1After these things Paul departed from Athens, and came to
Corinth; 2And found a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus,
lately come from Italy, with his wife Priscilla; (because that
Claudius had commanded all Jews to depart from Rome:) and came unto
3And because he was of the same craft, he abode with them, and
wrought: for by their occupation they were tentmakers.
4And he reasoned in the synagogue every sabbath, and persuaded the
Jews and the Greeks.
5And when Silas and Timotheus were come from Macedonia, Paul was
pressed in the spirit, and testified to the Jews that Jesus was
6And when they opposed themselves, and blasphemed, he shook his
raiment, and said unto them, Your blood be upon your own heads; I am
clean; from henceforth I will go unto the Gentiles.
7And he departed thence, and entered into a certain man's house,
named Justus, one that worshipped God, whose house joined hard to the
8 And Crispus, the chief ruler of the synagogue, believed on the
Lord with all his house; and many of the Corinthians hearing believed,
and were baptized.
9Then spake the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision, Be not
afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace: 10For I am with thee,
and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee: for I have much people in
11And he continued there a year and six months, teaching the word
of God among them.
12And when Gallio was the deputy of Achaia, the Jews made
insurrection with one accord against Paul, and brought him to the
judgment seat, 13Saying, This fellow persuadeth men to worship God
contrary to the law.
14And when Paul was now about to open his mouth, Gallio said unto
the Jews, If it were a matter of wrong or wicked lewdness, O ye Jews,
reason would that I should bear with you: 15But 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.
16And he drave them from the judgment seat.
17Then 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.
18And Paul after this tarried there yet a good while, and then
took his leave of the brethren, and sailed thence into Syria, and with
him Priscilla and Aquila; having shorn his head in Cenchrea: for he
had a vow.
19And he came to Ephesus, and left them there: but he himself
entered into the synagogue, and reasoned with the Jews.
20When they desired him to tarry longer time with them, he
consented not; 21But bade them farewell, saying, I must by all
means keep this feast that cometh in Jerusalem: but I will return
again unto you, if God will. And he sailed from Ephesus.
22And when he had landed at Caesarea, and gone up, and saluted the
church, he went down to Antioch.
23And 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.
24And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent
man, and mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus.
25This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being
fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of
the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John.
26And 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.
27And 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: 28For he
mightily convinced the Jews, and that publickly, shewing by the
scriptures that Jesus was Christ.
1And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul
having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding
certain disciples, 2He 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.
3And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they
said, Unto John's baptism.
4Then 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.
5When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord
6And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came
on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.
7And 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.
9But when divers were hardened, and believed not, but spake evil
of that way before the multitude, he departed from them, and separated
the disciples, disputing daily in the school of one Tyrannus.
10And 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
11And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul: 12So
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
13Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to
call over them which had evil spirits the name of the LORD Jesus,
saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth.
14And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the
priests, which did so.
15And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I
know; but who are ye? 16And the man in whom the evil spirit was
leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that
they fled out of that house naked and wounded.
17And this was known to all the Jews and Greeks also dwelling at
Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was
18And many that believed came, and confessed, and shewed their
19Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books
together, and burned them before all men: and they counted the price
of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver.
20So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.
21After these things were ended, Paul purposed in the spirit, when
he had passed through Macedonia and Achaia, to go to Jerusalem,
saying, After I have been there, I must also see Rome.
22So he sent into Macedonia two of them that ministered unto him,
Timotheus and Erastus; but he himself stayed in Asia for a season.
23And the same time there arose no small stir about that way.
24For a certain man named Demetrius, a silversmith, which made
silver shrines for Diana, brought no small gain unto the craftsmen;
25Whom he called together with the workmen of like occupation, and
said, Sirs, ye know that by this craft we have our wealth.
26Moreover ye see and hear, that not alone at Ephesus, but almost
throughout all Asia, this Paul hath persuaded and turned away much
people, saying that they be no gods, which are made with hands: 19:27
So that not only this our craft is in danger to be set at nought; but
also that the temple of the great goddess Diana should be despised,
and her magnificence should be destroyed, whom all Asia and the world
28And when they heard these sayings, they were full of wrath, and
cried out, saying, Great is Diana of the Ephesians.
29And 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.
30And when Paul would have entered in unto the people, the
disciples suffered him not.
31And certain of the chief of Asia, which were his friends, sent
unto him, desiring him that he would not adventure himself into the
32Some therefore cried one thing, and some another: for the
assembly was confused: and the more part knew not wherefore they were
33And they drew Alexander out of the multitude, the Jews putting
him forward. And Alexander beckoned with the hand, and would have made
his defence unto the people.
34But when they knew that he was a Jew, all with one voice about
the space of two hours cried out, Great is Diana of the Ephesians.
35And when the townclerk had appeased the people, he said, Ye men
of Ephesus, what man is there that knoweth not how that the city of
the Ephesians is a worshipper of the great goddess Diana, and of the
image which fell down from Jupiter? 36Seeing then that these
things cannot be spoken against, ye ought to be quiet, and to do
37For ye have brought hither these men, which are neither robbers
of churches, nor yet blasphemers of your goddess.
38Wherefore 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.
39But if ye enquire any thing concerning other matters, it shall
be determined in a lawful assembly.
40For 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
41And when he had thus spoken, he dismissed the assembly.
1And after the uproar was ceased, Paul called unto him the
disciples, and embraced them, and departed for to go into Macedonia.
2And when he had gone over those parts, and had given them much
exhortation, he came into Greece, 3And 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.
4And 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.
5These going before tarried for us at Troas.
6And we sailed away from Philippi after the days of unleavened
bread, and came unto them to Troas in five days; where we abode seven
7And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came
together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on
the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.
8 And there were many lights in the upper chamber, where they were
9And there sat in a window a certain young man named Eutychus,
being fallen into a deep sleep: and as Paul was long preaching, he
sunk down with sleep, and fell down from the third loft, and was taken
10And Paul went down, and fell on him, and embracing him said,
Trouble not yourselves; for his life is in him.
11When he therefore was come up again, and had broken bread, and
eaten, and talked a long while, even till break of day, so he
12And they brought the young man alive, and were not a little
13And we went before to ship, and sailed unto Assos, there
intending to take in Paul: for so had he appointed, minding himself to
14And when he met with us at Assos, we took him in, and came to
15And we sailed thence, and came the next day over against Chios;
and the next day we arrived at Samos, and tarried at Trogyllium; and
the next day we came to Miletus.
16For 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.
17And from Miletus he sent to Ephesus, and called the elders of
18And when they were come to him, he said unto them, Ye know, from
the first day that I came into Asia, after what manner I have been
with you at all seasons, 19Serving the LORD with all humility of
mind, and with many tears, and temptations, which befell me by the
lying in wait of the Jews: 20And how I kept back nothing that was
profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you
publickly, and from house to house, 21Testifying both to the Jews,
and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our
Lord Jesus Christ.
22And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not
knowing the things that shall befall me there: 23Save that the
Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions
24But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear
unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the
ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the
gospel of the grace of God.
25And now, behold, I know that ye all, among whom I have gone
preaching the kingdom of God, shall see my face no more.
26Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the
blood of all men.
27For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of
28Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over
the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church
of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.
29For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves
enter in among you, not sparing the flock.
30Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse
things, to draw away disciples after them.
31Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years
I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.
32And 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.
33I have coveted no man's silver, or gold, or apparel.
34Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto
my necessities, and to them that were with me.
35I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to
support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he
said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.
36And when he had thus spoken, he kneeled down, and prayed with
37And they all wept sore, and fell on Paul's neck, and kissed him,
38Sorrowing most of all for the words which he spake, that they
should see his face no more. And they accompanied him unto the ship.
1And 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: 2And finding a
ship sailing over unto Phenicia, we went aboard, and set forth.
3Now 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.
4And finding disciples, we tarried there seven days: who said to
Paul through the Spirit, that he should not go up to Jerusalem.
5And when we had accomplished those days, we departed and went our
way; and they all brought us on our way, with wives and children, till
we were out of the city: and we kneeled down on the shore, and prayed.
6And when we had taken our leave one of another, we took ship; and
they returned home again.
7And when we had finished our course from Tyre, we came to
Ptolemais, and saluted the brethren, and abode with them 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.
9And the same man had four daughters, virgins, which did prophesy.
10And as we tarried there many days, there came down from Judaea a
certain prophet, named Agabus.
11And 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.
12And when we heard these things, both we, and they of that place,
besought him not to go up to Jerusalem.
13Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine
heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at
Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.
14And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, The will
of the Lord be done.
15And after those days we took up our carriages, and went up to
16There went with us also certain of the disciples of Caesarea,
and brought with them one Mnason of Cyprus, an old disciple, with whom
we should lodge.
17And when we were come to Jerusalem, the brethren received us
18And the day following Paul went in with us unto James; and all
the elders were present.
19And when he had saluted them, he declared particularly what
things God had wrought among the Gentiles by his ministry.
20And 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: 21And they are
informed of thee, that thou teachest all the Jews which are among the
Gentiles to forsake Moses, saying that they ought not to circumcise
their children, neither to walk after the customs.
22What is it therefore? the multitude must needs come together:
for they will hear that thou art come.
23Do therefore this that we say to thee: We have four men which
have a vow on them; 24Them take, and purify thyself with them, and
be at charges with them, that they may shave their heads: and all may
know that those things, whereof they were informed concerning thee,
are nothing; but that thou thyself also walkest orderly, and keepest
25As touching the Gentiles which believe, we have written and
concluded that they observe no such thing, save only that they keep
themselves from things offered to idols, and from blood, and from
strangled, and from fornication.
26Then Paul took the men, and the next day purifying himself with
them entered into the temple, to signify the accomplishment of the
days of purification, until that an offering should be offered for
every one of them.
27And 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, 28Crying out, Men of Israel, help: This is
the man, that teacheth all men every where against the people, and the
law, and this place: and further brought Greeks also into the temple,
and hath polluted this holy place.
29(For they had seen before with him in the city Trophimus an
Ephesian, whom they supposed that Paul had brought into the temple.)
30And all the city was moved, and the people ran together: and
they took Paul, and drew him out of the temple: and forthwith the
doors were shut.
31And as they went about to kill him, tidings came unto the chief
captain of the band, that all Jerusalem was in an uproar.
32Who immediately took soldiers and centurions, and ran down unto
them: and when they saw the chief captain and the soldiers, they left
beating of Paul.
33Then the chief captain came near, and took him, and commanded
him to be bound with two chains; and demanded who he was, and what he
34And some cried one thing, some another, among the multitude: and
when he could not know the certainty for the tumult, he commanded him
to be carried into the castle.
35And when he came upon the stairs, so it was, that he was borne
of the soldiers for the violence of the people.
36For the multitude of the people followed after, crying, Away
37And 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? 38Art not thou that Egyptian, which before these days
madest an uproar, and leddest out into the wilderness four thousand
men that were murderers? 39But Paul said, I am a man which am a
Jew of Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, a citizen of no mean city: and, I
beseech thee, suffer me to speak unto the people.
40And when he had given him licence, Paul stood on the stairs, and
beckoned with the hand unto the people. And when there was made a
great silence, he spake unto them in the Hebrew tongue, saying,
1Men, brethren, and fathers, hear ye my defence which I make now unto
2(And when they heard that he spake in the Hebrew tongue to them,
they kept the more silence: and he saith,) 3I am verily a man
which am a Jew, born in Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, yet brought up in
this city at the feet of Gamaliel, and taught according to the perfect
manner of the law of the fathers, and was zealous toward God, as ye
all are this day.
4And I persecuted this way unto the death, binding and delivering
into prisons both men and women.
5As also the high priest doth bear me witness, and all the estate
of the elders: from whom also I received letters unto the brethren,
and went to Damascus, to bring them which were there bound unto
Jerusalem, for to be punished.
6And it came to pass, that, as I made my journey, and was come
nigh unto Damascus about noon, suddenly there shone from heaven a
great light round about me.
7And 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 unto me, I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom thou
9And they that were with me saw indeed the light, and were afraid;
but they heard not the voice of him that spake to me.
10And I said, What shall I do, LORD? And the Lord said unto me,
Arise, and go into Damascus; and there it shall be told thee of all
things which are appointed for thee to do.
11And when I could not see for the glory of that light, being led
by the hand of them that were with me, I came into Damascus.
12And one Ananias, a devout man according to the law, having a
good report of all the Jews which dwelt there, 13Came unto me, and
stood, and said unto me, Brother Saul, receive thy sight. And the same
hour I looked up upon him.
14And he said, The God of our fathers hath chosen thee, that thou
shouldest know his will, and see that Just One, and shouldest hear the
voice of his mouth.
15For thou shalt be his witness unto all men of what thou hast
seen and heard.
16And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away
thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.
17And it came to pass, that, when I was come again to Jerusalem,
even while I prayed in the temple, I was in a trance; 18And saw
him saying unto me, Make haste, and get thee quickly out of Jerusalem:
for they will not receive thy testimony concerning me.
19And I said, Lord, they know that I imprisoned and beat in every
synagogue them that believed on thee: 20And when the blood of thy
martyr Stephen was shed, I also was standing by, and consenting unto
his death, and kept the raiment of them that slew him.
21And he said unto me, Depart: for I will send thee far hence unto
22And they gave him audience unto this word, and then lifted up
their voices, and said, Away with such a fellow from the earth: for it
is not fit that he should live.
23And as they cried out, and cast off their clothes, and threw
dust into the air, 24The chief captain commanded him to be brought
into the castle, and bade that he should be examined by scourging;
that he might know wherefore they cried so against him.
25And 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? 26When the centurion heard that, he went and
told the chief captain, saying, Take heed what thou doest: for this
man is a Roman.
27Then the chief captain came, and said unto him, Tell me, art
thou a Roman? He said, Yea.
28And the chief captain answered, With a great sum obtained I this
freedom. And Paul said, But I was free born.
29Then straightway they departed from him which should have
examined him: and the chief captain also was afraid, after he knew
that he was a Roman, and because he had bound him.
30On the morrow, because he would have known the certainty
wherefore he was accused of the Jews, he loosed him from his bands,
and commanded the chief priests and all their council to appear, and
brought Paul down, and set him before them.
1And Paul, earnestly beholding the council, said, Men and
brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this
2And the high priest Ananias commanded them that stood by him to
smite him on the mouth.
3Then 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? 4And they that stood by said,
Revilest thou God's high priest? 5Then said Paul, I wist not,
brethren, that he was the high priest: for it is written, Thou shalt
not speak evil of the ruler of thy people.
6But when Paul perceived that the one part were Sadducees, and the
other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, Men and brethren, I am a
Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee: of the hope and resurrection of the
dead I am called in question.
7And when he had so said, 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 both.
9And there arose a great cry: and the scribes that were of the
Pharisees' part arose, and strove, saying, We find no evil in this
man: but if a spirit or an angel hath spoken to him, let us not fight
10And when there arose a great dissension, the chief captain,
fearing lest Paul should have been pulled in pieces of them, commanded
the soldiers to go down, and to take him by force from among them, and
to bring him into the castle.
11And the night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of
good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so
must thou bear witness also at Rome.
12And 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.
13And they were more than forty which had made this conspiracy.
14And 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.
15Now therefore ye with the council signify to the chief captain
that he bring him down unto you to morrow, as though ye would enquire
something more perfectly concerning him: and we, or ever he come near,
are ready to kill him.
16And when Paul's sister's son heard of their lying in wait, he
went and entered into the castle, and told Paul.
17Then Paul called one of the centurions unto him, and said, Bring
this young man unto the chief captain: for he hath a certain thing to
18So 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.
19Then the chief captain took him by the hand, and went with him
aside privately, and asked him, What is that thou hast to tell me?
20And he said, The Jews have agreed to desire thee that thou
wouldest bring down Paul to morrow into the council, as though they
would enquire somewhat of him more perfectly.
21But do not thou yield unto them: for there lie in wait for him
of them more than forty men, which have bound themselves with an oath,
that they will neither eat nor drink till they have killed him: and
now are they ready, looking for a promise from thee.
22So the chief captain then let the young man depart, and charged
him, See thou tell no man that thou hast shewed these things to me.
23And 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; 24And
provide them beasts, that they may set Paul on, and bring him safe
unto Felix the governor.
25And he wrote a letter after this manner: 26Claudius Lysias
unto the most excellent governor Felix sendeth greeting.
27This man was taken of the Jews, and should have been killed of
them: then came I with an army, and rescued him, having understood
that he was a Roman.
28And when I would have known the cause wherefore they accused
him, I brought him forth into their council: 29Whom I perceived to
be accused of questions of their law, but to have nothing laid to his
charge worthy of death or of bonds.
30And when it was told me how that the Jews laid wait for the man,
I sent straightway to thee, and gave commandment to his accusers also
to say before thee what they had against him. Farewell.
31Then the soldiers, as it was commanded them, took Paul, and
brought him by night to Antipatris.
32On the morrow they left the horsemen to go with him, and
returned to the castle: 33Who, when they came to Caesarea and
delivered the epistle to the governor, presented Paul also before him.
34And 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.
1And after five days Ananias the high priest descended with the
elders, and with a certain orator named Tertullus, who informed the
governor against Paul.
2And 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, 3We
accept it always, and in all places, most noble Felix, with all
4Notwithstanding, that I be not further tedious unto thee, I pray
thee that thou wouldest hear us of thy clemency a few words.
5For we have found this man a pestilent fellow, and a mover of
sedition among all the Jews throughout the world, and a ringleader of
the sect of the Nazarenes: 6Who also hath gone about to profane
the temple: whom we took, and would have judged according to our law.
7But the chief captain Lysias came upon us, and with great
violence took him away 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.
9And the Jews also assented, saying that these things were so.
10Then Paul, after that the governor had beckoned unto him to
speak, answered, Forasmuch as I know that thou hast been of many years
a judge unto this nation, I do the more cheerfully answer for myself:
11Because that thou mayest understand, that there are yet but
twelve days since I went up to Jerusalem for to worship.
12And they neither found me in the temple disputing with any man,
neither raising up the people, neither in the synagogues, nor in the
city: 13Neither can they prove the things whereof they now accuse
14But 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: 15And have hope toward
God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a
resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust.
16And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience
void to offence toward God, and toward men.
17Now after many years I came to bring alms to my nation, and
18Whereupon certain Jews from Asia found me purified in the
temple, neither with multitude, nor with tumult.
19Who ought to have been here before thee, and object, if they had
ought against me.
20Or else let these same here say, if they have found any evil
doing in me, while I stood before the council, 21Except it be for
this one voice, that I cried standing among them, Touching the
resurrection of the dead I am called in question by you this day.
22And when Felix heard these things, having more perfect knowledge
of that way, he deferred them, and said, When Lysias the chief captain
shall come down, I will know the uttermost of your matter.
23And 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.
24And 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.
25And 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.
26He 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.
27But after two years Porcius Festus came into Felix' room: and
Felix, willing to shew the Jews a pleasure, left Paul bound.
1Now when Festus was come into the province, after three days he
ascended from Caesarea to Jerusalem.
2Then the high priest and the chief of the Jews informed him
against Paul, and besought him, 3And desired favour against him,
that he would send for him to Jerusalem, laying wait in the way to
4But Festus answered, that Paul should be kept at Caesarea, and
that he himself would depart shortly thither.
5Let them therefore, said he, which among you are able, go down
with me, and accuse this man, if there be any wickedness in him.
6And 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.
7And when he was come, the Jews which came down from Jerusalem
stood round about, and laid many and grievous complaints against Paul,
which they could not prove.
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.
9But Festus, willing to do the Jews a pleasure, answered Paul, and
said, Wilt thou go up to Jerusalem, and there be judged of these
things before me? 10Then 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.
11For if I be an offender, or have committed any thing worthy of
death, I refuse not to die: but if there be none of these things
whereof these accuse me, no man may deliver me unto them. I appeal
12Then Festus, when he had conferred with the council, answered,
Hast thou appealed unto Caesar? unto Caesar shalt thou go.
13And after certain days king Agrippa and Bernice came unto
Caesarea to salute Festus.
14And 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: 15About whom, when I was at Jerusalem, the chief priests
and the elders of the Jews informed me, desiring to have judgment
16To whom I answered, It is not the manner of the Romans to
deliver any man to die, before that he which is accused have the
accusers face to face, and have licence to answer for himself
concerning the crime laid against him.
17Therefore, when they were come hither, without any delay on the
morrow I sat on the judgment seat, and commanded the man to be brought
18Against whom when the accusers stood up, they brought none
accusation of such things as I supposed: 19But had certain
questions against him of their own superstition, and of one Jesus,
which was dead, whom Paul affirmed to be alive.
20And because I doubted of such manner of questions, I asked him
whether he would go to Jerusalem, and there be judged of these
21But 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.
22Then Agrippa said unto Festus, I would also hear the man myself.
To morrow, said he, thou shalt hear him.
23And on the morrow, when Agrippa was come, and Bernice, with
great pomp, and was entered into the place of hearing, with the chief
captains, and principal men of the city, at Festus' commandment Paul
was brought forth.
24And Festus said, King Agrippa, and all men which are here
present with us, ye see this man, about whom all the multitude of the
Jews have dealt with me, both at Jerusalem, and also here, crying that
he ought not to live any longer.
25But when I found that he had committed nothing worthy of death,
and that he himself hath appealed to Augustus, I have determined to
26Of whom I have no certain thing to write unto my lord. Wherefore
I have brought him forth before you, and specially before thee, O king
Agrippa, that, after examination had, I might have somewhat to write.
27For it seemeth to me unreasonable to send a prisoner, and not
withal to signify the crimes laid against him.
1Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Thou art permitted to speak for
Then Paul stretched forth the hand, and answered for himself: 2I
think myself happy, king Agrippa, because I shall answer for myself
this day before thee touching all the things whereof I am accused of
the Jews: 3Especially because I know thee to be expert in all
customs and questions which are among the Jews: wherefore I beseech
thee to hear me patiently.
4My manner of life from my youth, which was at the first among
mine own nation at Jerusalem, know all the Jews; 5Which knew me
from the beginning, if they would testify, that after the most
straitest sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee.
6And now I stand and am judged for the hope of the promise made of
God, unto our fathers: 7Unto which promise our twelve tribes,
instantly serving God day and night, hope to come. For which hope's
sake, king Agrippa, I am accused of the Jews.
8 Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you, that God
should raise the dead? 9I verily thought with myself, that I
ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth.
10Which thing I also did in Jerusalem: and many of the saints did
I shut up in prison, having received authority from the chief priests;
and when they were put to death, I gave my voice against them.
11And I punished them oft in every synagogue, and compelled them
to blaspheme; and being exceedingly mad against them, I persecuted
them even unto strange cities.
12Whereupon as I went to Damascus with authority and commission
from the chief priests, 13At midday, O king, I saw in the way a
light from heaven, above the brightness of the sun, shining round
about me and them which journeyed with me.
14And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice
speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why
persecutest thou me? it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.
15And I said, Who art thou, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus whom
16But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee
for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these
things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will
appear unto thee; 17Delivering thee from the people, and from the
Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee, 18To open their eyes, and to
turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto
God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among
them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.
19Whereupon, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the
heavenly vision: 20But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at
Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the
Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet
21For these causes the Jews caught me in the temple, and went
about to kill me.
22Having therefore obtained help of God, I continue unto this day,
witnessing both to small and great, saying none other things than
those which the prophets and Moses did say should come: 23That
Christ should suffer, and that he should be the first that should rise
from the dead, and should shew light unto the people, and to the
24And as he thus spake for himself, Festus said with a loud voice,
Paul, thou art beside thyself; much learning doth make thee mad.
25But he said, I am not mad, most noble Festus; but speak forth
the words of truth and soberness.
26For the king knoweth of these things, before whom also I speak
freely: for I am persuaded that none of these things are hidden from
him; for this thing was not done in a corner.
27King Agrippa, believest thou the prophets? I know that thou
28Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a
29And Paul said, I would to God, that not only thou, but also all
that hear me this day, were both almost, and altogether such as I am,
except these bonds.
30And when he had thus spoken, the king rose up, and the governor,
and Bernice, and they that sat with them: 31And when they were
gone aside, they talked between themselves, saying, This man doeth
nothing worthy of death or of bonds.
32Then said Agrippa unto Festus, This man might have been set at
liberty, if he had not appealed unto Caesar.
1And 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.
2And 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.
3And the next day we touched at Sidon. And Julius courteously
entreated Paul, and gave him liberty to go unto his friends to refresh
4And when we had launched from thence, we sailed under Cyprus,
because the winds were contrary.
5And when we had sailed over the sea of Cilicia and Pamphylia, we
came to Myra, a city of Lycia.
6And there the centurion found a ship of Alexandria sailing into
Italy; and he put us therein.
7And when we had sailed slowly many days, and scarce were come
over against Cnidus, the wind not suffering us, we sailed under Crete,
over against Salmone; 8 And, hardly passing it, came unto a place
which is called The fair havens; nigh whereunto was the city of Lasea.
9Now when much time was spent, and when sailing was now dangerous,
because the fast was now already past, Paul admonished them, 10And
said unto them, Sirs, I perceive that this voyage will be with hurt
and much damage, not only of the lading and ship, but also of our
11Nevertheless the centurion believed the master and the owner of
the ship, more than those things which were spoken by Paul.
12And because the haven was not commodious to winter in, the more
part advised to depart thence also, if by any means they might attain
to Phenice, and there to winter; which is an haven of Crete, and lieth
toward the south west and north west.
13And when the south wind blew softly, supposing that they had
obtained their purpose, loosing thence, they sailed close by Crete.
14But not long after there arose against it a tempestuous wind,
15And when the ship was caught, and could not bear up into the
wind, we let her drive.
16And running under a certain island which is called Clauda, we
had much work to come by the boat: 17Which when they had taken up,
they used helps, undergirding the ship; and, fearing lest they should
fall into the quicksands, strake sail, and so were driven.
18And we being exceedingly tossed with a tempest, the next day
they lightened the ship; 19And the third day we cast out with our
own hands the tackling of the ship.
20And when neither sun nor stars in many days appeared, and no
small tempest lay on us, all hope that we should be saved was then
21But 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.
22And now I exhort you to be of good cheer: for there shall be no
loss of any man's life among you, but of the ship.
23For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am,
and whom I serve, 24Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought
before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with
25Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it
shall be even as it was told me.
26Howbeit we must be cast upon a certain island.
27But when the fourteenth night was come, as we were driven up and
down in Adria, about midnight the shipmen deemed that they drew near
to some country; 28And sounded, and found it twenty fathoms: and
when they had gone a little further, they sounded again, and found it
29Then fearing lest we should have fallen upon rocks, they cast
four anchors out of the stern, and wished for the day.
30And as the shipmen were about to flee out of the ship, when they
had let down the boat into the sea, under colour as though they would
have cast anchors out of the foreship, 31Paul said to the
centurion and to the soldiers, Except these abide in the ship, ye
cannot be saved.
32Then the soldiers cut off the ropes of the boat, and let her
33And while the day was coming on, Paul besought them all to take
meat, saying, This day is the fourteenth day that ye have tarried and
continued fasting, having taken nothing.
34Wherefore I pray you to take some meat: for this is for your
health: for there shall not an hair fall from the head of any of you.
35And when he had thus spoken, he took bread, and gave thanks to
God in presence of them all: and when he had broken it, he began to
36Then were they all of good cheer, and they also took some meat.
37And we were in all in the ship two hundred threescore and
38And when they had eaten enough, they lightened the ship, and
cast out the wheat into the sea.
39And when it was day, they knew not the land: but they discovered
a certain creek with a shore, into the which they were minded, if it
were possible, to thrust in the ship.
40And when they had taken up the anchors, they committed
themselves unto the sea, and loosed the rudder bands, and hoised up
the mainsail to the wind, and made toward shore.
41And falling into a place where two seas met, they ran the ship
aground; and the forepart stuck fast, and remained unmoveable, but the
hinder part was broken with the violence of the waves.
42And the soldiers' counsel was to kill the prisoners, lest any of
them should swim out, and escape.
43But the centurion, willing to save Paul, kept them from their
purpose; and commanded that they which could swim should cast
themselves first into the sea, and get to land: 44And the rest,
some on boards, and some on broken pieces of the ship.
And so it came to pass, that they escaped all safe to land.
1And when they were escaped, then they knew that the island was
2And the barbarous people shewed us no little kindness: for they
kindled a fire, and received us every one, because of the present
rain, and because of the cold.
3And when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks, and laid them on
the fire, there came a viper out of the heat, and fastened on his
4And when the barbarians saw the venomous beast hang on his hand,
they said among themselves, No doubt this man is a murderer, whom,
though he hath escaped the sea, yet vengeance suffereth not to live.
5And he shook off the beast into the fire, and felt no harm.
6Howbeit they looked when he should have swollen, or fallen down
dead suddenly: but after they had looked a great while, and saw no
harm come to him, they changed their minds, and said that he was a
7In the same quarters were possessions of the chief man of the
island, whose name was Publius; who received us, and lodged us three
8 And it came to pass, that the father of Publius lay sick of a
fever and of a bloody flux: to whom Paul entered in, and prayed, and
laid his hands on him, and healed him.
9So when this was done, others also, which had diseases in the
island, came, and were healed: 10Who also honoured us with many
honours; and when we departed, they laded us with such things as were
11And after three months we departed in a ship of Alexandria,
which had wintered in the isle, whose sign was Castor and Pollux.
12And landing at Syracuse, we tarried there three days.
13And from thence we fetched a compass, and came to Rhegium: and
after one day the south wind blew, and we came the next day to
Puteoli: 14Where we found brethren, and were desired to tarry with
them seven days: and so we went toward Rome.
15And from thence, when the brethren heard of us, they came to
meet us as far as Appii forum, and The three taverns: whom when Paul
saw, he thanked God, and took courage.
16And when we came to Rome, the centurion delivered the prisoners
to the captain of the guard: but Paul was suffered to dwell by himself
with a soldier that kept him.
17And it came to pass, that after three days Paul called the chief
of the Jews together: and when they were come together, he said unto
them, Men and brethren, though I have committed nothing against the
people, or customs of our fathers, yet was I delivered prisoner from
Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans.
18Who, when they had examined me, would have let me go, because
there was no cause of death in me.
19But when the Jews spake against it, I was constrained to appeal
unto Caesar; not that I had ought to accuse my nation of.
20For this cause therefore have I called for you, to see you, and
to speak with you: because that for the hope of Israel I am bound with
21And they said unto him, We neither received letters out of
Judaea concerning thee, neither any of the brethren that came shewed
or spake any harm of thee.
22But we desire to hear of thee what thou thinkest: for as
concerning this sect, we know that every where it is spoken against.
23And 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.
24And some believed the things which were spoken, and some
25And when they agreed not among themselves, they departed, after
that Paul had spoken one word, Well spake the Holy Ghost by Esaias the
prophet unto our fathers, 26Saying, Go unto this people, and say,
Hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall
see, and not perceive: 27For 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.
28Be it known therefore unto you, that the salvation of God is
sent unto the Gentiles, and that they will hear it.
29And when he had said these words, the Jews departed, and had
great reasoning among themselves.
30And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and
received all that came in unto him, 31Preaching the kingdom of
God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ,
with all confidence, no man forbidding him.