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They also said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven."

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Now at this time while the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint arose on the part of the Hellenistic Jews against the native Hebrews, because their widows were being overlooked in the daily serving of food.

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The brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews.

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The first account I composed, Theophilus, about all that Jesus began to do and teach,

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Now Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest,

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"Men of Israel, listen to these words: Jesus the Nazarene, a man attested to you by God with miracles and wonders and signs which God performed through Him in your midst, just as you yourselves know--

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'AND IT SHALL BE IN THE LAST DAYS,' God says, 'THAT I WILL POUR FORTH OF MY SPIRIT ON ALL MANKIND; AND YOUR SONS AND YOUR DAUGHTERS SHALL PROPHESY, AND YOUR YOUNG MEN SHALL SEE VISIONS, AND YOUR OLD MEN SHALL DREAM DREAMS;

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Gathering them together, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for what the Father had promised, "Which," He said, "you heard of from Me;

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Now there were at Antioch, in the church that was there, prophets and teachers: Barnabas, and Simeon who was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.

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And the congregation of those who believed were of one heart and soul; and not one of them claimed that anything belonging to him was his own, but all things were common property to them.

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So when they had come together, they were asking Him, saying, "Lord, is it at this time You are restoring the kingdom to Israel?"

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But a man named Ananias, with his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property,

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The young men got up and covered him up, and after carrying him out, they buried him.

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It happened that while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul passed through the upper country and came to Ephesus, and found some disciples.

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and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch And for an entire year they met with the church and taught considerable numbers; and the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.

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Some men came down from Judea and began teaching the brethren, "Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved."

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Following after Paul and us, she kept crying out, saying, "These men are bond-servants of the Most High God, who are proclaiming to you the way of salvation."

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To these He also presented Himself alive after His suffering, by many convincing proofs, appearing to them over a period of forty days and speaking of the things concerning the kingdom of God.

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praising God and having favor with all the people And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.

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And all those who had believed were together and had all things in common;

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But Peter, taking his stand with the eleven, raised his voice and declared to them: "Men of Judea and all you who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you and give heed to my words.

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These all with one mind were continually devoting themselves to prayer, along with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.

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It happened that as we were going to the place of prayer, a slave-girl having a spirit of divination met us, who was bringing her masters much profit by fortune-telling.

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From Miletus he sent to Ephesus and called to him the elders of the church.

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While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who were listening to the message.

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As they went along the road they came to some water; and the eunuch said, "Look! Water! What prevents me from being baptized?"

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to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me.'

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Now there was a man at Caesarea named Cornelius, a centurion of what was called the Italian cohort,

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Saul was in hearty agreement with putting him to death And on that day a great persecution began against the church in Jerusalem, and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles.

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So Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, "Men of Athens, I observe that you are very religious in all respects.

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"For he was counted among us and received his share in this ministry."

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and they all, from smallest to greatest, were giving attention to him, saying, "This man is what is called the Great Power of God."

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They passed through the Phrygian and Galatian region, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia;

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When they had entered the city, they went up to the upper room where they were staying; that is, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas the son of James.

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A woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple fabrics, a worshiper of God, was listening; and the Lord opened her heart to respond to the things spoken by Paul.

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When the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord; and as many as had been appointed to eternal life believed.

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At this time Peter stood up in the midst of the brethren (a gathering of about one hundred and twenty persons was there together), and said,

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"I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock;

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And they took him and brought him to the Areopagus, saying, "May we know what this new teaching is which you are proclaiming?

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Now while Paul was waiting for them at Athens, his spirit was being provoked within him as he was observing the city full of idols.

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And he began to give them his attention, expecting to receive something from them.

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When they heard this, they quieted down and glorified God, saying, "Well then, God has granted to the Gentiles also the repentance that leads to life."

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Now there elapsed an interval of about three hours, and his wife came in, not knowing what had happened.

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"For the promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself."

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As they were speaking to the people, the priests and the captain of the temple guard and the Sadducees came up to them,

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and there were in it all kinds of four-footed animals and crawling creatures of the earth and birds of the air.

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Now in Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (which translated in Greek is called Dorcas); this woman was abounding with deeds of kindness and charity which she continually did.

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Now when the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent them Peter and John,

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After these things he left Athens and went to Corinth.

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Now about that time Herod the king laid hands on some who belonged to the church in order to mistreat them.

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Now as they observed the confidence of Peter and John and understood that they were uneducated and untrained men, they were amazed, and began to recognize them as having been with Jesus.

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SO THAT THE REST OF MANKIND MAY SEEK THE LORD, AND ALL THE GENTILES WHO ARE CALLED BY MY NAME,'

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So the word of the Lord was growing mightily and prevailing.

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[And Philip said, "If you believe with all your heart, you may." And he answered and said, "I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God."]

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until the day when He was taken up to heaven, after He had by the Holy Spirit given orders to the apostles whom He had chosen.

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Now when they had traveled through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews.

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The word of God kept on spreading; and the number of the disciples continued to increase greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were becoming obedient to the faith.

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Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day's journey away.

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let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead--by this name this man stands here before you in good health.

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And according to Paul's custom, he went to them, and for three Sabbaths reasoned with them from the Scriptures,

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At the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were taking place among the people; and they were all with one accord in Solomon's portico.

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Now there was a man named Simon, who formerly was practicing magic in the city and astonishing the people of Samaria, claiming to be someone great;

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So then those who were scattered because of the persecution that occurred in connection with Stephen made their way to Phoenicia and Cyprus and Antioch, speaking the word to no one except to Jews alone.

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Paul came also to Derbe and to Lystra And a disciple was there, named Timothy, the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer, but his father was a Greek,

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"Surely no one can refuse the water for these to be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we did, can he?"

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and rescued him from all his afflictions, and granted him favor and wisdom in the sight of Pharaoh, king of Egypt, and he made him governor over Egypt and all his household.

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Now the apostles and the brethren who were throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God.

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"But God raised Him up again, putting an end to the agony of death, since it was impossible for Him to be held in its power.

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When they had placed them in the center, they began to inquire, "By what power, or in what name, have you done this?"

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Now a Jew named Apollos, an Alexandrian by birth, an eloquent man, came to Ephesus; and he was mighty in the Scriptures.

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And Stephen, full of grace and power, was performing great wonders and signs among the people.

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"Moses said, 'THE LORD GOD WILL RAISE UP FOR YOU A PROPHET LIKE ME FROM YOUR BRETHREN; TO HIM YOU SHALL GIVE HEED to everything He says to you.

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but this is what was spoken of through the prophet Joel:

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And Peter responded to her, "Tell me whether you sold the land for such and such a price?" And she said, "Yes, that was the price."

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But going on from Perga, they arrived at Pisidian Antioch, and on the Sabbath day they went into the synagogue and sat down.

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They went on stoning Stephen as he called on the Lord and said, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!"

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A vision appeared to Paul in the night: a man of Macedonia was standing and appealing to him, and saying, "Come over to Macedonia and help us."

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"Brethren, I may confidently say to you regarding the patriarch David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day.

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And it became known to all who were living in Jerusalem; so that in their own language that field was called Hakeldama, that is, Field of Blood.)

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On the next day, as they were on their way and approaching the city, Peter went up on the housetop about the sixth hour to pray.

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"For you are bringing some strange things to our ears; so we want to know what these things mean."

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And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each one of them.

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"Brethren, the Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit foretold by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus.

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After some days Paul said to Barnabas, "Let us return and visit the brethren in every city in which we proclaimed the word of the Lord, and see how they are."

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"Simeon has related how God first concerned Himself about taking from among the Gentiles a people for His name.

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And when they heard this, they lifted their voices to God with one accord and said, "O Lord, it is You who MADE THE HEAVEN AND THE EARTH AND THE SEA, AND ALL THAT IS IN THEM,

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And as they were gazing intently into the sky while He was going, behold, two men in white clothing stood beside them.

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that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us;

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The statement found approval with the whole congregation; and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas and Nicolas, a proselyte from Antioch.

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"For truly in this city there were gathered together against Your holy servant Jesus, whom You anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel,

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But Peter said, "By no means, Lord, for I have never eaten anything unholy and unclean."

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But Peter said, "I do not possess silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you: In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene--walk!"

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Then it seemed good to the apostles and the elders, with the whole church, to choose men from among them to send to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas--Judas called Barsabbas, and Silas, leading men among the brethren,

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"This is the one who was in the congregation in the wilderness together with the angel who was speaking to him on Mount Sinai, and who was with our fathers; and he received living oracles to pass on to you.

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"After He had removed him, He raised up David to be their king, concerning whom He also testified and said, 'I HAVE FOUND DAVID the son of Jesse, A MAN AFTER MY HEART, who will do all My will.'

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When he knocked at the door of the gate, a servant-girl named Rhoda came to answer.

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When they had been released, they went to their own companions and reported all that the chief priests and the elders had said to them.

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BECAUSE YOU WILL NOT ABANDON MY SOUL TO HADES, NOR ALLOW YOUR HOLY ONE TO UNDERGO DECAY.

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but that we write to them that they abstain from things contaminated by idols and from fornication and from what is strangled and from blood.

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"But when Jacob heard that there was grain in Egypt, he sent our fathers there the first time.

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But the high priest rose up, along with all his associates (that is the sect of the Sadducees), and they were filled with jealousy.

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And he ordered the chariot to stop; and they both went down into the water, Philip as well as the eunuch, and he baptized him.

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how I did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, and teaching you publicly and from house to house,

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(Now this man acquired a field with the price of his wickedness, and falling headlong, he burst open in the middle and all his intestines gushed out.

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When they did not find them, they began dragging Jason and some brethren before the city authorities, shouting, "These men who have upset the world have come here also;

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And they were giving him attention because he had for a long time astonished them with his magic arts.

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As he was traveling, it happened that he was approaching Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him;

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"I am a Jew, born in Tarsus of Cilicia, but brought up in this city, educated under Gamaliel, strictly according to the law of our fathers, being zealous for God just as you all are today.

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And he said, "Hear me, brethren and fathers! The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia, before he lived in Haran,

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And suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.

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They were amazed and astonished, saying, "Why, are not all these who are speaking Galileans?

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"And he reported to us how he had seen the angel standing in his house, and saying, 'Send to Joppa and have Simon, who is also called Peter, brought here;

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"Therefore it is necessary that of the men who have accompanied us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us--

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"Being then the children of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and thought of man.

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Now there were Jews living in Jerusalem, devout men from every nation under heaven.

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"And so, because he was a prophet and knew that GOD HAD SWORN TO HIM WITH AN OATH TO SEAT one OF HIS DESCENDANTS ON HIS THRONE,

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nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things;

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God was performing extraordinary miracles by the hands of Paul,

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"But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word."

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(Now all the Athenians and the strangers visiting there used to spend their time in nothing other than telling or hearing something new.)

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Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning from this Scripture he preached Jesus to him.

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And as they were crying out and throwing off their cloaks and tossing dust into the air,

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and he has seen in a vision a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him, so that he might regain his sight."

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"For while I was passing through and examining the objects of your worship, I also found an altar with this inscription, 'TO AN UNKNOWN GOD ' Therefore what you worship in ignorance, this I proclaim to you.

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he looked ahead and spoke of the resurrection of the Christ, that HE WAS NEITHER ABANDONED TO HADES, NOR DID His flesh SUFFER DECAY.

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"He is the STONE WHICH WAS REJECTED by you, THE BUILDERS, but WHICH BECAME THE CHIEF CORNER stone.

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to occupy this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place."

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but kept declaring both to those of Damascus first, and also at Jerusalem and then throughout all the region of Judea, and even to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds appropriate to repentance.

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"King Agrippa, do you believe the Prophets? I know that you do."

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Then Peter said to her, "Why is it that you have agreed together to put the Spirit of the Lord to the test? Behold, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out as well."

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"On the second visit Joseph made himself known to his brothers, and Joseph's family was disclosed to Pharaoh.

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"But we believe that we are saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, in the same way as they also are."

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Paul, having remained many days longer, took leave of the brethren and put out to sea for Syria, and with him were Priscilla and Aquila In Cenchrea he had his hair cut, for he was keeping a vow.

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Now there was a disciple at Damascus named Ananias; and the Lord said to him in a vision, "Ananias." And he said, "Here I am, Lord."

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Crispus, the leader of the synagogue, believed in the Lord with all his household, and many of the Corinthians when they heard were believing and being baptized.

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Now Joseph, a Levite of Cyprian birth, who was also called Barnabas by the apostles (which translated means Son of Encouragement),

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And he found a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, having recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had commanded all the Jews to leave Rome. He came to them,

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So Ananias departed and entered the house, and after laying his hands on him said, "Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road by which you were coming, has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit."

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When she recognized Peter's voice, because of her joy she did not open the gate, but ran in and announced that Peter was standing in front of the gate.

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And when he realized this, he went to the house of Mary, the mother of John who was also called Mark, where many were gathered together and were praying.

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So the twelve summoned the congregation of the disciples and said, "It is not desirable for us to neglect the word of God in order to serve tables.

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But perceiving that one group were Sadducees and the other Pharisees, Paul began crying out in the Council, "Brethren, I am a Pharisee, a son of Pharisees; I am on trial for the hope and resurrection of the dead!"

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"The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified His servant Jesus, the one whom you delivered and disowned in the presence of Pilate, when he had decided to release Him.

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"Now a famine came over all Egypt and Canaan, and great affliction with it, and our fathers could find no food.

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"For it was not David who ascended into heaven, but he himself says: 'THE LORD SAID TO MY LORD, "SIT AT MY RIGHT HAND,

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"For a period of about forty years He put up with them in the wilderness.

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Now at this time some prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch.

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After there had been much debate, Peter stood up and said to them, "Brethren, you know that in the early days God made a choice among you, that by my mouth the Gentiles would hear the word of the gospel and believe.

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"But this I admit to you, that according to the Way which they call a sect I do serve the God of our fathers, believing everything that is in accordance with the Law and that is written in the Prophets;

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For there was not a needy person among them, for all who were owners of land or houses would sell them and bring the proceeds of the sales

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"The God of this people Israel chose our fathers and made the people great during their stay in the land of Egypt, and with an uplifted arm He led them out from it.

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When they had arrived and gathered the church together, they began to report all things that God had done with them and how He had opened a door of faith to the Gentiles.

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And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they began speaking with tongues and prophesying.

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and he fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?"

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When they asked him to stay for a longer time, he did not consent,

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A voice came to him, "Get up, Peter, kill and eat!"

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SAYS THE LORD, WHO MAKES THESE THINGS KNOWN FROM LONG AGO.

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And great fear came over the whole church, and over all who heard of these things.

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But Ananias answered, "Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much harm he did to Your saints at Jerusalem;

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"What, then, is to be done? They will certainly hear that you have come.

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except that the Holy Spirit solemnly testifies to me in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions await me.

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And immediately she fell at his feet and breathed her last, and the young men came in and found her dead, and they carried her out and buried her beside her husband.

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"Then Joseph sent word and invited Jacob his father and all his relatives to come to him, seventy-five persons in all.

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if we are on trial today for a benefit done to a sick man, as to how this man has been made well,

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Then they secretly induced men to say, "We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses and against God."

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They were also to provide mounts to put Paul on and bring him safely to Felix the governor.

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Now while Peter was greatly perplexed in mind as to what the vision which he had seen might be, behold, the men who had been sent by Cornelius, having asked directions for Simon's house, appeared at the gate;

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And seizing him by the right hand, he raised him up; and immediately his feet and his ankles were strengthened.

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But motioning to them with his hand to be silent, he described to them how the Lord had led him out of the prison And he said, "Report these things to James and the brethren." Then he left and went to another place.

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With a leap he stood upright and began to walk; and he entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God.

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And they stirred up the people, the elders and the scribes, and they came up to him and dragged him away and brought him before the Council.

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And they all continued in amazement and great perplexity, saying to one another, "What does this mean?"

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This happened three times, and immediately the object was taken up into the sky.

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"Therefore do this that we tell you. We have four men who are under a vow;

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who came down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit.

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and when they had brought them to the chief magistrates, they said, "These men are throwing our city into confusion, being Jews,

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And having sent into Macedonia two of those who ministered to him, Timothy and Erastus, he himself stayed in Asia for a while.

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and here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on Your name."

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And all the people saw him walking and praising God;

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[When he had spoken these words, the Jews departed, having a great dispute among themselves.]

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But Peter continued knocking; and when they had opened the door, they saw him and were amazed.

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and are proclaiming customs which it is not lawful for us to accept or to observe, being Romans."

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the commander ordered him to be brought into the barracks, stating that he should be examined by scourging so that he might find out the reason why they were shouting against him that way.

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They said to her, "You are out of your mind!" But she kept insisting that it was so. They kept saying, "It is his angel."

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but taking leave of them and saying, "I will return to you again if God wills," he set sail from Ephesus.

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"Then they asked for a king, and God gave them Saul the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, for forty years.

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"Therefore if God gave to them the same gift as He gave to us also after believing in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could stand in God's way?"

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and they were taking note of him as being the one who used to sit at the Beautiful Gate of the temple to beg alms, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.

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At the same time too, he was hoping that money would be given him by Paul; therefore he also used to send for him quite often and converse with him.

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Even saying these things, with difficulty they restrained the crowds from offering sacrifice to them.

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"After these things He gave them judges until Samuel the prophet.

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and calling out, they were asking whether Simon, who was also called Peter, was staying there.

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But there were some of them, men of Cyprus and Cyrene, who came to Antioch and began speaking to the Greeks also, preaching the Lord Jesus.

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"When He had destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan, He distributed their land as an inheritance--all of which took about four hundred and fifty years.

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They put forward false witnesses who said, "This man incessantly speaks against this holy place and the Law;

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But none of the rest dared to associate with them; however, the people held them in high esteem.

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"But get up, go downstairs and accompany them without misgivings, for I have sent them Myself."

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"Yet I have nothing definite about him to write to my lord. Therefore I have brought him before you all and especially before you, King Agrippa, so that after the investigation has taken place, I may have something to write.

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Now he was very angry with the people of Tyre and Sidon; and with one accord they came to him, and having won over Blastus the king's chamberlain, they were asking for peace, because their country was fed by the king's country.

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and they sent this letter by them, "The apostles and the brethren who are elders, to the brethren in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia who are from the Gentiles, greetings.

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Now when day came, there was no small disturbance among the soldiers as to what could have become of Peter.

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When Herod had searched for him and had not found him, he examined the guards and ordered that they be led away to execution Then he went down from Judea to Caesarea and was spending time there.

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And he wrote a letter having this form:

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The news about them reached the ears of the church at Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas off to Antioch.

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EVEN ON MY BONDSLAVES, BOTH MEN AND WOMEN, I WILL IN THOSE DAYS POUR FORTH OF MY SPIRIT And they shall prophesy.

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and he, having received such a command, threw them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks.

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On an appointed day Herod, having put on his royal apparel, took his seat on the rostrum and began delivering an address to them.

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And Paul said, "I would wish to God, that whether in a short or long time, not only you, but also all who hear me this day, might become such as I am, except for these chains."

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When they had struck them with many blows, they threw them into prison, commanding the jailer to guard them securely;

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'AND I WILL GRANT WONDERS IN THE SKY ABOVE AND SIGNS ON THE EARTH BELOW, BLOOD, AND FIRE, AND VAPOR OF SMOKE.

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"And Jacob went down to Egypt and there he and our fathers died.

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and he took food and was strengthened. Now for several days he was with the disciples who were at Damascus,

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"From there they were removed to Shechem and laid in the tomb which Abraham had purchased for a sum of money from the sons of Hamor in Shechem.

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But after two years had passed, Felix was succeeded by Porcius Festus, and wishing to do the Jews a favor, Felix left Paul imprisoned.

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Also the people from the cities in the vicinity of Jerusalem were coming together, bringing people who were sick or afflicted with unclean spirits, and they were all being healed.

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And seeing the man who had been healed standing with them, they had nothing to say in reply.

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And fixing their gaze on him, all who were sitting in the Council saw his face like the face of an angel.

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For a man named Demetrius, a silversmith, who made silver shrines of Artemis, was bringing no little business to the craftsmen;

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"From the descendants of this man, according to promise, God has brought to Israel a Savior, Jesus,

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But the word of the Lord continued to grow and to be multiplied.

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The people kept crying out, "The voice of a god and not of a man!"

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Fearing that we might run aground somewhere on the rocks, they cast four anchors from the stern and wished for daybreak.

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for we have heard him say that this Nazarene, Jesus, will destroy this place and alter the customs which Moses handed down to us."

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"And while John was completing his course, he kept saying, 'What do you suppose that I am? I am not He. But behold, one is coming after me the sandals of whose feet I am not worthy to untie.'

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'THEREFORE MY HEART WAS GLAD AND MY TONGUE EXULTED; MOREOVER MY FLESH ALSO WILL LIVE IN HOPE;

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But when they had ordered them to leave the Council, they began to confer with one another,

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men who have risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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When he had landed at Caesarea, he went up and greeted the church, and went down to Antioch.

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"And after he had been set outside, Pharaoh's daughter took him away and nurtured him as her own son.

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"But as the time of the promise was approaching which God had assured to Abraham, the people increased and multiplied in Egypt,

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While Peter was reflecting on the vision, the Spirit said to him, "Behold, three men are looking for you.

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Now when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some began to sneer, but others said, "We shall hear you again concerning this."

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saying, "What shall we do with these men? For the fact that a noteworthy miracle has taken place through them is apparent to all who live in Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it.

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All those hearing him continued to be amazed, and were saying, "Is this not he who in Jerusalem destroyed those who called on this name, and who had come here for the purpose of bringing them bound before the chief priests?"

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But some men joined him and believed, among whom also were Dionysius the Areopagite and a woman named Damaris and others with them.

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take them and purify yourself along with them, and pay their expenses so that they may shave their heads; and all will know that there is nothing to the things which they have been told about you, but that you yourself also walk orderly, keeping the Law.

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"But so that it will not spread any further among the people, let us warn them to speak no longer to any man in this name."

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And a man who had been lame from his mother's womb was being carried along, whom they used to set down every day at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, in order to beg alms of those who were entering the temple.

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being greatly disturbed because they were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection from the dead.

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They said, "Cornelius, a centurion, a righteous and God-fearing man well spoken of by the entire nation of the Jews, was divinely directed by a holy angel to send for you to come to his house and hear a message from you."

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"It was at this time that Moses was born; and he was lovely in the sight of God, and he was nurtured three months in his father's home.

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"Since we have heard that some of our number to whom we gave no instruction have disturbed you with their words, unsettling your souls,

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but his disciples took him by night and let him down through an opening in the wall, lowering him in a large basket.

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Also some of the Asiarchs who were friends of his sent to him and repeatedly urged him not to venture into the theater.

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until THERE AROSE ANOTHER KING OVER EGYPT WHO KNEW NOTHING ABOUT JOSEPH.

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From there they sailed to Antioch, from which they had been commended to the grace of God for the work that they had accomplished.

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But on the next day, wishing to know for certain why he had been accused by the Jews, he released him and ordered the chief priests and all the Council to assemble, and brought Paul down and set him before them.

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But when they stretched him out with thongs, Paul said to the centurion who was standing by, "Is it lawful for you to scourge a man who is a Roman and uncondemned?"

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crying out, "Men of Israel, come to our aid! This is the man who preaches to all men everywhere against our people and the Law and this place; and besides he has even brought Greeks into the temple and has defiled this holy place."

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When many days had elapsed, the Jews plotted together to do away with him,

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They went out of the prison and entered the house of Lydia, and when they saw the brethren, they encouraged them and departed.

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Peter went down to the men and said, "Behold, I am the one you are looking for; what is the reason for which you have come?"

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for he powerfully refuted the Jews in public, demonstrating by the Scriptures that Jesus was the Christ.

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"For those who live in Jerusalem, and their rulers, recognizing neither Him nor the utterances of the prophets which are read every Sabbath, fulfilled these by condemning Him.

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and he was returning and sitting in his chariot, and was reading the prophet Isaiah.

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and when they had gone aside, they began talking to one another, saying, "This man is not doing anything worthy of death or imprisonment."

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"It was he who took shrewd advantage of our race and mistreated our fathers so that they would expose their infants and they would not survive.

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after John had proclaimed before His coming a baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel.

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saying, "Give this authority to me as well, so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit."

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When the centurion heard this, he went to the commander and told him, saying, "What are you about to do? For this man is a Roman."

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"But when he was approaching the age of forty, it entered his mind to visit his brethren, the sons of Israel.

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For in the case of many who had unclean spirits, they were coming out of them shouting with a loud voice; and many who had been paralyzed and lame were healed.

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for the man was more than forty years old on whom this miracle of healing had been performed.

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and kept back some of the price for himself, with his wife's full knowledge, and bringing a portion of it, he laid it at the apostles' feet.

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And this they did, sending it in charge of Barnabas and Saul to the elders.

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"Claudius Lysias, to the most excellent governor Felix, greetings.

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And they laid hands on them and put them in jail until the next day, for it was already evening.

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But while the disciples stood around him, he got up and entered the city The next day he went away with Barnabas to Derbe.

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Upon hearing this, they entered into the temple about daybreak and began to teach Now when the high priest and his associates came, they called the Council together, even all the Senate of the sons of Israel, and sent orders to the prison house for them to be brought.

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The crowds with one accord were giving attention to what was said by Philip, as they heard and saw the signs which he was performing.

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"You have no part or portion in this matter, for your heart is not right before God.

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But he became hungry and was desiring to eat; but while they were making preparations, he fell into a trance;

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But someone came and reported to them, "The men whom you put in prison are standing in the temple and teaching the people!"

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When they heard this and were filled with rage, they began crying out, saying, "Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!"

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So he invited them in and gave them lodging. And on the next day he got up and went away with them, and some of the brethren from Joppa accompanied him.

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When they had threatened them further, they let them go (finding no basis on which to punish them) on account of the people, because they were all glorifying God for what had happened;

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and suddenly there came a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison house were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone's chains were unfastened.

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but their plot became known to Saul They were also watching the gates day and night so that they might put him to death;

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saying, "We found the prison house locked quite securely and the guards standing at the doors; but when we had opened up, we found no one inside."

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"Not only is there danger that this trade of ours fall into disrepute, but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis be regarded as worthless and that she whom all of Asia and the world worship will even be dethroned from her magnificence."

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While they were seeking to kill him, a report came up to the commander of the Roman cohort that all Jerusalem was in confusion.

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Now when the captain of the temple guard and the chief priests heard these words, they were greatly perplexed about them as to what would come of this.

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Then Paul took the men, and the next day, purifying himself along with them, went into the temple giving notice of the completion of the days of purification, until the sacrifice was offered for each one of them.

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But Paul said, "I am a Jew of Tarsus in Cilicia, a citizen of no insignificant city; and I beg you, allow me to speak to the people."

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and the rest should follow, some on planks, and others on various things from the ship. And so it happened that they all were brought safely to land.

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"But concerning the Gentiles who have believed, we wrote, having decided that they should abstain from meat sacrificed to idols and from blood and from what is strangled and from fornication."

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So there was much rejoicing in that city.

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And when Paul wanted to go into the assembly, the disciples would not let him.

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to do whatever Your hand and Your purpose predestined to occur.

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When he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to arrest Peter also Now it was during the days of Unleavened Bread.

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'THE KINGS OF THE EARTH TOOK THEIR STAND, AND THE RULERS WERE GATHERED TOGETHER AGAINST THE LORD AND AGAINST HIS CHRIST.'

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After quieting the crowd, the town clerk said, "Men of Ephesus, what man is there after all who does not know that the city of the Ephesians is guardian of the temple of the great Artemis and of the image which fell down from heaven?

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When Peter came to himself, he said, "Now I know for sure that the Lord has sent forth His angel and rescued me from the hand of Herod and from all that the Jewish people were expecting."

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But the officers who came did not find them in the prison; and they returned and reported back,

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"At this remark, MOSES FLED AND BECAME AN ALIEN IN THE LAND OF MIDIAN, where he became the father of two sons.

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And when Peter came up to Jerusalem, those who were circumcised took issue with him,

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When they had passed the first and second guard, they came to the iron gate that leads into the city, which opened for them by itself; and they went out and went along one street, and immediately the angel departed from him.

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So, when they had solemnly testified and spoken the word of the Lord, they started back to Jerusalem, and were preaching the gospel to many villages of the Samaritans.

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"Then he left the land of the Chaldeans and settled in Haran From there, after his father died, God had him move to this country in which you are now living.

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But when they recognized that he was a Jew, a single outcry arose from them all as they shouted for about two hours, "Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!"

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So then, some were shouting one thing and some another, for the assembly was in confusion and the majority did not know for what reason they had come together.

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Cornelius said, "Four days ago to this hour, I was praying in my house during the ninth hour; and behold, a man stood before me in shining garments,

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But Simon answered and said, "Pray to the Lord for me yourselves, so that nothing of what you have said may come upon me."

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"And he supposed that his brethren understood that God was granting them deliverance through him, but they did not understand.

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"But He gave him no inheritance in it, not even a foot of ground, and yet, even when he had no child, He promised that HE WOULD GIVE IT TO HIM AS A POSSESSION, AND TO HIS DESCENDANTS AFTER HIM.

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And he said, "Well, how could I, unless someone guides me?" And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.

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"And when he saw one of them being treated unjustly, he defended him and took vengeance for the oppressed by striking down the Egyptian.

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And they spent a long time with the disciples.

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They passed through Pisidia and came into Pamphylia.

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On the very night when Herod was about to bring him forward, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and guards in front of the door were watching over the prison.

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Then the soldiers cut away the ropes of the ship's boat and let it fall away.

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and he said, 'Cornelius, your prayer has been heard and your alms have been remembered before God.

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"Then you are not the Egyptian who some time ago stirred up a revolt and led the four thousand men of the Assassins out into the wilderness?"

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"But God spoke to this effect, that his DESCENDANTS WOULD BE ALIENS IN A FOREIGN LAND, AND THAT THEY WOULD BE ENSLAVED AND MISTREATED FOR FOUR HUNDRED YEARS.

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" 'AND WHATEVER NATION TO WHICH THEY WILL BE IN BONDAGE I MYSELF WILL JUDGE,' said God, 'AND AFTER THAT THEY WILL COME OUT AND SERVE ME IN THIS PLACE.'

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When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple, he began asking to receive alms.

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When the seven days were almost over, the Jews from Asia, upon seeing him in the temple, began to stir up all the crowd and laid hands on him,

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As Paul was about to be brought into the barracks, he said to the commander, "May I say something to you?" And he said, "Do you know Greek?

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saying, "You went to uncircumcised men and ate with them."

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And they began to weep aloud and embraced Paul, and repeatedly kissed him,

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And he was accompanied by Sopater of Berea, the son of Pyrrhus, and by Aristarchus and Secundus of the Thessalonians, and Gaius of Derbe, and Timothy, and Tychicus and Trophimus of Asia.

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And they spoke the word of the Lord to him together with all who were in his house.

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But Barnabas took hold of him and brought him to the apostles and described to them how he had seen the Lord on the road, and that He had talked to him, and how at Damascus he had spoken out boldly in the name of Jesus.

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So Paul went out of their midst.

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Until the day was about to dawn, Paul was encouraging them all to take some food, saying, "Today is the fourteenth day that you have been constantly watching and going without eating, having taken nothing.

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Then all the city was provoked, and the people rushed together, and taking hold of Paul they dragged him out of the temple, and immediately the doors were shut.

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"This happened three times, and everything was drawn back up into the sky.

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When he had given him permission, Paul, standing on the stairs, motioned to the people with his hand; and when there was a great hush, he spoke to them in the Hebrew dialect, saying,

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"And likewise, all the prophets who have spoken, from Samuel and his successors onward, also announced these days.

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and when I had fixed my gaze on it and was observing it I saw the four-footed animals of the earth and the wild beasts and the crawling creatures and the birds of the air.

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and said to him, 'LEAVE YOUR COUNTRY AND YOUR RELATIVES, AND COME INTO THE LAND THAT I WILL SHOW YOU.'

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"Therefore we have sent Judas and Silas, who themselves will also report the same things by word of mouth.

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Some of the crowd concluded it was Alexander, since the Jews had put him forward; and having motioned with his hand, Alexander was intending to make a defense to the assembly.

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But Paul and Barnabas stayed in Antioch, teaching and preaching with many others also, the word of the Lord.

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But the next day, leaving the horsemen to go on with him, they returned to the barracks.

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"On the following day he appeared to them as they were fighting together, and he tried to reconcile them in peace, saying, 'Men, you are brethren, why do you injure one another?'

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And the angel said to him, "Gird yourself and put on your sandals." And he did so. And he said to him, "Wrap your cloak around you and follow me."

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The city was filled with the confusion, and they rushed with one accord into the theater, dragging along Gaius and Aristarchus, Paul's traveling companions from Macedonia.

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"But the one who was injuring his neighbor pushed him away, saying, 'WHO MADE YOU A RULER AND JUDGE OVER US?

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"You see and hear that not only in Ephesus, but in almost all of Asia, this Paul has persuaded and turned away a considerable number of people, saying that gods made with hands are no gods at all.

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When he got to the stairs, he was carried by the soldiers because of the violence of the mob;

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"When this man was arrested by the Jews and was about to be slain by them, I came up to them with the troops and rescued him, having learned that he was a Roman.

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"And wanting to ascertain the charge for which they were accusing him, I brought him down to their Council;

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"I was in the city of Joppa praying; and in a trance I saw a vision, an object coming down like a great sheet lowered by four corners from the sky; and it came right down to me,

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Now Paul and his companions put out to sea from Paphos and came to Perga in Pamphylia; but John left them and returned to Jerusalem.

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But Peter began speaking and proceeded to explain to them in orderly sequence, saying,

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Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly and said, "It was necessary that the word of God be spoken to you first; since you repudiate it and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, behold, we are turning to the Gentiles.

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At once he took along some soldiers and centurions and ran down to them; and when they saw the commander and the soldiers, they stopped beating Paul.

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When he had said these things, he knelt down and prayed with them all.

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After they had spent time there, they were sent away from the brethren in peace to those who had sent them out.

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Then the captain went along with the officers and proceeded to bring them back without violence (for they were afraid of the people, that they might be stoned).

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"And behold, at that moment three men appeared at the house in which we were staying, having been sent to me from Caesarea.

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"But if you want anything beyond this, it shall be settled in the lawful assembly.

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But as the sailors were trying to escape from the ship and had let down the ship's boat into the sea, on the pretense of intending to lay out anchors from the bow,

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But while Gallio was proconsul of Achaia, the Jews with one accord rose up against Paul and brought him before the judgment seat,

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"That is why I came without even raising any objection when I was sent for. So I ask for what reason you have sent for me."

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When they reached Salamis, they began to proclaim the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews; and they also had John as their helper.

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So he got up and went; and there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure; and he had come to Jerusalem to worship,

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And he was three days without sight, and neither ate nor drank.

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And he was with them, moving about freely in Jerusalem, speaking out boldly in the name of the Lord.

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And also some of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers were conversing with him. Some were saying, "What would this idle babbler wish to say?" Others, "He seems to be a proclaimer of strange deities,"--because he was preaching Jesus and the resurrection.

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"I also heard a voice saying to me, 'Get up, Peter; kill and eat.'

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And casting off the anchors, they left them in the sea while at the same time they were loosening the ropes of the rudders; and hoisting the foresail to the wind, they were heading for the beach.

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explaining and giving evidence that the Christ had to suffer and rise again from the dead, and saying, "This Jesus whom I am proclaiming to you is the Christ."

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that God has fulfilled this promise to our children in that He raised up Jesus, as it is also written in the second Psalm, 'YOU ARE MY SON; TODAY I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU.'

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"So, since these are undeniable facts, you ought to keep calm and to do nothing rash.

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When they had eaten enough, they began to lighten the ship by throwing out the wheat into the sea.

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Saul got up from the ground, and though his eyes were open, he could see nothing; and leading him by the hand, they brought him into Damascus.

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When he had gone through those districts and had given them much exhortation, he came to Greece.

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The commander came and said to him, "Tell me, are you a Roman?" And he said, "Yes."

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and he began to speak out boldly in the synagogue. But when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately.

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"But I said, 'By no means, Lord, for nothing unholy or unclean has ever entered my mouth.'

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All of them were encouraged and they themselves also took food.

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"But a voice from heaven answered a second time, 'What God has cleansed, no longer consider unholy.'

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When they had driven him out of the city, they began stoning him; and the witnesses laid aside their robes at the feet of a young man named Saul.

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"But God raised Him from the dead;

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But when the brethren learned of it, they brought him down to Caesarea and sent him away to Tarsus.

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But also some of the Jewish exorcists, who went from place to place, attempted to name over those who had the evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, "I adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preaches."

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The soldiers' plan was to kill the prisoners, so that none of them would swim away and escape;

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The commander answered, "I acquired this citizenship with a large sum of money." And Paul said, "But I was actually born a citizen."

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When it was decided that we would sail for Italy, they proceeded to deliver Paul and some other prisoners to a centurion of the Augustan cohort named Julius.

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When he came to Jerusalem, he was trying to associate with the disciples; but they were all afraid of him, not believing that he was a disciple.

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When they had gone through the whole island as far as Paphos, they found a magician, a Jewish false prophet whose name was Bar-Jesus,

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But among the crowd some were shouting one thing and some another, and when he could not find out the facts because of the uproar, he ordered him to be brought into the barracks.

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When he had read it, he asked from what province he was, and when he learned that he was from Cilicia,

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But Peter raised him up, saying, "Stand up; I too am just a man."

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At Lystra a man was sitting who had no strength in his feet, lame from his mother's womb, who had never walked.

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and he said, "Behold, I see the heavens opened up and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God."

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"Parthians and Medes and Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,

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The king stood up and the governor and Bernice, and those who were sitting with them,

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"But you disowned the Holy and Righteous One and asked for a murderer to be granted to you,

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After the uproar had ceased, Paul sent for the disciples, and when he had exhorted them and taken his leave of them, he left to go to Macedonia.

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'YOU DO NOT MEAN TO KILL ME AS YOU KILLED THE EGYPTIAN YESTERDAY, DO YOU?'

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Now after these things were finished, Paul purposed in the Spirit to go to Jerusalem after he had passed through Macedonia and Achaia, saying, "After I have been there, I must also see Rome."

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On the next day we left and came to Caesarea, and entering the house of Philip the evangelist, who was one of the seven, we stayed with him.

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And he went out and continued to follow, and he did not know that what was being done by the angel was real, but thought he was seeing a vision.

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About the ninth hour of the day he clearly saw in a vision an angel of God who had just come in and said to him, "Cornelius!"

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One of them named Agabus stood up and began to indicate by the Spirit that there would certainly be a great famine all over the world And this took place in the reign of Claudius.

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So they went on their way from the presence of the Council, rejoicing that they had been considered worthy to suffer shame for His name.

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After they had stopped speaking, James answered, saying, "Brethren, listen to me.

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that you abstain from things sacrificed to idols and from blood and from things strangled and from fornication; if you keep yourselves free from such things, you will do well. Farewell."

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Now the passage of Scripture which he was reading was this: "HE WAS LED AS A SHEEP TO SLAUGHTER; AND AS A LAMB BEFORE ITS SHEARER IS SILENT, SO HE DOES NOT OPEN HIS MOUTH.

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"For it is written in the book of Psalms, 'LET HIS HOMESTEAD BE MADE DESOLATE, AND LET NO ONE DWELL IN IT'; and, 'LET ANOTHER MAN TAKE HIS OFFICE.'

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"For David says of Him, 'I SAW THE LORD ALWAYS IN MY PRESENCE; FOR HE IS AT MY RIGHT HAND, SO THAT I WILL NOT BE SHAKEN.

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'AFTER THESE THINGS I will return, AND I WILL REBUILD THE TABERNACLE OF DAVID WHICH HAS FALLEN, AND I WILL REBUILD ITS RUINS, AND I WILL RESTORE IT,

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As he talked with him, he entered and found many people assembled.

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"When Moses saw it, he marveled at the sight; and as he approached to look more closely, there came the voice of the Lord:

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About that time there occurred no small disturbance concerning the Way.

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and asked for letters from him to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, both men and women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.

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And he stayed two full years in his own rented quarters and was welcoming all who came to him,

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After the reading of the Law and the Prophets the synagogue officials sent to them, saying, "Brethren, if you have any word of exhortation for the people, say it."

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And fixing his gaze on him and being much alarmed, he said, "What is it, Lord?" And he said to him, "Your prayers and alms have ascended as a memorial before God.

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Now as Peter was traveling through all those regions, he came down also to the saints who lived at Lydda.

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"Moses was educated in all the learning of the Egyptians, and he was a man of power in words and deeds.

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For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, nor an angel, nor a spirit, but the Pharisees acknowledge them all.

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But a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the Law, respected by all the people, stood up in the Council and gave orders to put the men outside for a short time.

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When he had seized him, he put him in prison, delivering him to four squads of soldiers to guard him, intending after the Passover to bring him out before the people.

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"For some time ago Theudas rose up, claiming to be somebody, and a group of about four hundred men joined up with him. But he was killed, and all who followed him were dispersed and came to nothing.

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"Therefore He also says in another Psalm, 'YOU WILL NOT ALLOW YOUR HOLY ONE TO UNDERGO DECAY.'

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And he said, "Who are You, Lord?" And He said, "I am Jesus whom you are persecuting,

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But when Peter saw this, he replied to the people, "Men of Israel, why are you amazed at this, or why do you gaze at us, as if by our own power or piety we had made him walk?

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And some of them were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, along with a large number of the God-fearing Greeks and a number of the leading women.

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Now while they were passing through the cities, they were delivering the decrees which had been decided upon by the apostles and elders who were in Jerusalem, for them to observe.

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But as he was discussing righteousness, self-control and the judgment to come, Felix became frightened and said, "Go away for the present, and when I find time I will summon you."

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But some men from what was called the Synagogue of the Freedmen, including both Cyrenians and Alexandrians, and some from Cilicia and Asia, rose up and argued with Stephen.

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"Therefore it is my judgment that we do not trouble those who are turning to God from among the Gentiles,

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Paul, looking intently at the Council, said, "Brethren, I have lived my life with a perfectly good conscience before God up to this day."

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So the soldiers, in accordance with their orders, took Paul and brought him by night to Antipatris.

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Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the districts of Libya around Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes,

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"Now therefore why do you put God to the test by placing upon the neck of the disciples a yoke which neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear?

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who by the Holy Spirit, through the mouth of our father David Your servant, said, 'WHY DID THE GENTILES RAGE, AND THE PEOPLES DEVISE FUTILE THINGS?

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and immediately he began to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues, saying, "He is the Son of God."

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"For it seems absurd to me in sending a prisoner, not to indicate also the charges against him."

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Agrippa replied to Paul, "In a short time you will persuade me to become a Christian."

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When the crowds saw what Paul had done, they raised their voice, saying in the Lycaonian language, "The gods have become like men and have come down to us."

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When these had come to Caesarea and delivered the letter to the governor, they also presented Paul to him.

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and that He may send Jesus, the Christ appointed for you,

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"However, the Most High does not dwell in houses made by human hands; as the prophet says:

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"As for the fact that He raised Him up from the dead, no longer to return to decay, He has spoken in this way: 'I WILL GIVE YOU THE HOLY and SURE blessings OF DAVID.'

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Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers, "Unless these men remain in the ship, you yourselves cannot be saved."

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And he called for lights and rushed in, and trembling with fear he fell down before Paul and Silas,

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So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia and from there they sailed to Cyprus.

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"Brethren and fathers, hear my defense which I now offer to you."

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"After this man, Judas of Galilee rose up in the days of the census and drew away some people after him; he too perished, and all those who followed him were scattered.

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On the next day, their rulers and elders and scribes were gathered together in Jerusalem;

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And he said to them, "You yourselves know how unlawful it is for a man who is a Jew to associate with a foreigner or to visit him; and yet God has shown me that I should not call any man unholy or unclean.

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After they had preached the gospel to that city and had made many disciples, they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch,

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"For we have found this man a real pest and a fellow who stirs up dissension among all the Jews throughout the world, and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes.

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it seemed good to us, having become of one mind, to select men to send to you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul,

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But Saul kept increasing in strength and confounding the Jews who lived at Damascus by proving that this Jesus is the Christ.

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When they had spoken the word in Perga, they went down to Attalia.

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Then they began laying their hands on them, and they were receiving the Holy Spirit.

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beginning with the baptism of John until the day that He was taken up from us--one of these must become a witness with us of His resurrection."

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"Now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon you, and you will be blind and not see the sun for a time." And immediately a mist and a darkness fell upon him, and he went about seeking those who would lead him by the hand.

550

He said to them, "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?" And they said to him, "No, we have not even heard whether there is a Holy Spirit."

551

"You yourselves know that these hands ministered to my own needs and to the men who were with me.

552

But Jews came from Antioch and Iconium, and having won over the crowds, they stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing him to be dead.

553

Now when the meeting of the synagogue had broken up, many of the Jews and of the God-fearing proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas, who, speaking to them, were urging them to continue in the grace of God.

554

and for many days He appeared to those who came up with Him from Galilee to Jerusalem, the very ones who are now His witnesses to the people.

555

But Peter sent them all out and knelt down and prayed, and turning to the body, he said, "Tabitha, arise." And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter, she sat up.

556

And the jailer reported these words to Paul, saying, "The chief magistrates have sent to release you Therefore come out now and go in peace."

557

"When they had carried out all that was written concerning Him, they took Him down from the cross and laid Him in a tomb.

558

Therefore they spent a long time there speaking boldly with reliance upon the Lord, who was testifying to the word of His grace, granting that signs and wonders be done by their hands.

559

But we, going ahead to the ship, set sail for Assos, intending from there to take Paul on board; for so he had arranged it, intending himself to go by land.

561

For He had not yet fallen upon any of them; they had simply been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.

562

And there he spent three months, and when a plot was formed against him by the Jews as he was about to set sail for Syria, he decided to return through Macedonia.

563

When the jailer awoke and saw the prison doors opened, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, supposing that the prisoners had escaped.

564

And having spent some time there, he left and passed successively through the Galatian region and Phrygia, strengthening all the disciples.

565

When they had read it, they rejoiced because of its encouragement.

566

So he was reasoning in the synagogue with the Jews and the God-fearing Gentiles, and in the market place every day with those who happened to be present.

567

And when they did not agree with one another, they began leaving after Paul had spoken one parting word, "The Holy Spirit rightly spoke through Isaiah the prophet to your fathers,

568

But Saul began ravaging the church, entering house after house, and dragging off men and women, he would put them in prison.

569

and they have been told about you, that you are teaching all the Jews who are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses, telling them not to circumcise their children nor to walk according to the customs.

570

he said, "I will give you a hearing after your accusers arrive also," giving orders for him to be kept in Herod's Praetorium.

571

And many of those who practiced magic brought their books together and began burning them in the sight of everyone; and they counted up the price of them and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver.

573

"And as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them just as He did upon us at the beginning.

574

"God raised Him up on the third day and granted that He become visible,

576

Now when Simon saw that the Spirit was bestowed through the laying on of the apostles' hands, he offered them money,

577

But when Silas and Timothy came down from Macedonia, Paul began devoting himself completely to the word, solemnly testifying to the Jews that Jesus was the Christ.

578

And when they heard it they began glorifying God; and they said to him, "You see, brother, how many thousands there are among the Jews of those who have believed, and they are all zealous for the Law;

579

and Annas the high priest was there, and Caiaphas and John and Alexander, and all who were of high-priestly descent.

580

And when Paul and Barnabas had great dissension and debate with them, the brethren determined that Paul and Barnabas and some others of them should go up to Jerusalem to the apostles and elders concerning this issue.

582

Now this man had four virgin daughters who were prophetesses.

583

Philip ran up and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet, and said, "Do you understand what you are reading?"

584

But Paul cried out with a loud voice, saying, "Do not harm yourself, for we are all here!"

586

and he saw the sky opened up, and an object like a great sheet coming down, lowered by four corners to the ground,

587

Paul wanted this man to go with him; and he took him and circumcised him because of the Jews who were in those parts, for they all knew that his father was a Greek.

588

"Which one of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? They killed those who had previously announced the coming of the Righteous One, whose betrayers and murderers you have now become;

589

and Jason has welcomed them, and they all act contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, Jesus."

590

And they drew lots for them, and the lot fell to Matthias; and he was added to the eleven apostles.

591

But the Jews, becoming jealous and taking along some wicked men from the market place, formed a mob and set the city in an uproar; and attacking the house of Jason, they were seeking to bring them out to the people.

592

Festus then, having arrived in the province, three days later went up to Jerusalem from Caesarea.

593

And they prayed and said, "You, Lord, who know the hearts of all men, show which one of these two You have chosen

594

For Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus so that he would not have to spend time in Asia; for he was hurrying to be in Jerusalem, if possible, on the day of Pentecost.

595

When they had set a day for Paul, they came to him at his lodging in large numbers; and he was explaining to them by solemnly testifying about the kingdom of God and trying to persuade them concerning Jesus, from both the Law of Moses and from the Prophets, from morning until evening.

596

When we entered Rome, Paul was allowed to stay by himself, with the soldier who was guarding him.

598

"I persecuted this Way to the death, binding and putting both men and women into prisons,

599

serving the Lord with all humility and with tears and with trials which came upon me through the plots of the Jews;

600

who was with the proconsul, Sergius Paulus, a man of intelligence. This man summoned Barnabas and Saul and sought to hear the word of God.

601

When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.

602

So they put forward two men, Joseph called Barsabbas (who was also called Justus), and Matthias.

603

these he gathered together with the workmen of similar trades, and said, "Men, you know that our prosperity depends upon this business.

604

he is staying with a tanner named Simon, whose house is by the sea."

605

And there was a young man named Eutychus sitting on the window sill, sinking into a deep sleep; and as Paul kept on talking, he was overcome by sleep and fell down from the third floor and was picked up dead.

606

'BEHOLD, YOU SCOFFERS, AND MARVEL, AND PERISH; FOR I AM ACCOMPLISHING A WORK IN YOUR DAYS, A WORK WHICH YOU WILL NEVER BELIEVE, THOUGH SOMEONE SHOULD DESCRIBE IT TO YOU.'"

607

"And now, brethren, I know that you acted in ignorance, just as your rulers did also.

610

And on the Sabbath day we went outside the gate to a riverside, where we were supposing that there would be a place of prayer; and we sat down and began speaking to the women who had assembled.

611

but get up and enter the city, and it will be told you what you must do."

612

Then the commander came up and took hold of him, and ordered him to be bound with two chains; and he began asking who he was and what he had done.

613

When we had parted from them and had set sail, we ran a straight course to Cos and the next day to Rhodes and from there to Patara;

614

"And on the basis of faith in His name, it is the name of Jesus which has strengthened this man whom you see and know; and the faith which comes through Him has given him this perfect health in the presence of you all.

615

When they had been brought safely through, then we found out that the island was called Malta.

618

Now those who escorted Paul brought him as far as Athens; and receiving a command for Silas and Timothy to come to him as soon as possible, they left.

619

Judas and Silas, also being prophets themselves, encouraged and strengthened the brethren with a lengthy message.

620

But Paul chose Silas and left, being committed by the brethren to the grace of the Lord.

621

'YOU ALSO TOOK ALONG THE TABERNACLE OF MOLOCH AND THE STAR OF THE GOD ROMPHA, THE IMAGES WHICH YOU MADE TO WORSHIP. I ALSO WILL REMOVE YOU BEYOND BABYLON.'

622

When they had brought them, they stood them before the Council. The high priest questioned them,

623

Paul stood up, and motioning with his hand said, "Men of Israel, and you who fear God, listen:

624

And Agrippa said to Festus, "This man might have been set free if he had not appealed to Caesar."

625

And it happened that the father of Publius was lying in bed afflicted with recurrent fever and dysentery; and Paul went in to see him and after he had prayed, he laid his hands on him and healed him.

626

But when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks and laid them on the fire, a viper came out because of the heat and fastened itself on his hand.

627

This took place for two years, so that all who lived in Asia heard the word of the Lord, both Jews and Greeks.

628

"And when we had all fallen to the ground, I heard a voice saying to me in the Hebrew dialect, 'Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.'

630

And he said, "Into what then were you baptized?" And they said, "Into John's baptism."

631

After we arrived in Jerusalem, the brethren received us gladly.

632

But when her masters saw that their hope of profit was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the market place before the authorities,

633

so that handkerchiefs or aprons were even carried from his body to the sick, and the diseases left them and the evil spirits went out.

634

they became aware of it and fled to the cities of Lycaonia, Lystra and Derbe, and the surrounding region;

635

"Now dispatch some men to Joppa and send for a man named Simon, who is also called Peter;

637

As we were staying there for some days, a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea.

638

But Elymas the magician (for so his name is translated) was opposing them, seeking to turn the proconsul away from the faith.

639

Therefore, being sent on their way by the church, they were passing through both Phoenicia and Samaria, describing in detail the conversion of the Gentiles, and were bringing great joy to all the brethren.

640

They took soundings and found it to be twenty fathoms; and a little farther on they took another sounding and found it to be fifteen fathoms.

641

And the following day Paul went in with us to James, and all the elders were present.

642

and after they came to Mysia, they were trying to go into Bithynia, and the Spirit of Jesus did not permit them;

643

For they had previously seen Trophimus the Ephesian in the city with him, and they supposed that Paul had brought him into the temple.

644

to such an extent that they even carried the sick out into the streets and laid them on cots and pallets, so that when Peter came by at least his shadow might fall on any one of them.

645

and he was well spoken of by the brethren who were in Lystra and Iconium.

646

and said, "You who are full of all deceit and fraud, you son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease to make crooked the straight ways of the Lord?

647

"And now, behold, bound by the Spirit, I am on my way to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there,

648

Again a voice came to him a second time, "What God has cleansed, no longer consider unholy."

649

"For Moses from ancient generations has in every city those who preach him, since he is read in the synagogues every Sabbath."

650

But the Jews incited the devout women of prominence and the leading men of the city, and instigated a persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and drove them out of their district.

651

And when this sound occurred, the crowd came together, and were bewildered because each one of them was hearing them speak in his own language.

652

They came to Ephesus, and he left them there Now he himself entered the synagogue and reasoned with the Jews.

653

you yourselves know the thing which took place throughout all Judea, starting from Galilee, after the baptism which John proclaimed.

654

"So then, I thought to myself that I had to do many things hostile to the name of Jesus of Nazareth.

655

All the people kept silent, and they were listening to Barnabas and Paul as they were relating what signs and wonders God had done through them among the Gentiles.

656

"For these men are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only the third hour of the day;

657

"It happened when I returned to Jerusalem and was praying in the temple, that I fell into a trance,

658

And when they had summoned them, they commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus.

659

and I found him to be accused over questions about their Law, but under no accusation deserving death or imprisonment.

660

and after he had explained everything to them, he sent them to Joppa.

661

"Therefore be on the alert, remembering that night and day for a period of three years I did not cease to admonish each one with tears.

662

But the people of the city were divided; and some sided with the Jews, and some with the apostles.

663

This man had been instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in spirit, he was speaking and teaching accurately the things concerning Jesus, being acquainted only with the baptism of John;

664

And the Lord said to Paul in the night by a vision, "Do not be afraid any longer, but go on speaking and do not be silent;

665

for I am with you, and no man will attack you in order to harm you, for I have many people in this city."

666

At the end of three months we set sail on an Alexandrian ship which had wintered at the island, and which had the Twin Brothers for its figurehead.

667

But Peter said to him, "May your silver perish with you, because you thought you could obtain the gift of God with money!

668

"Therefore repent of this wickedness of yours, and pray the Lord that, if possible, the intention of your heart may be forgiven you.

669

The natives showed us extraordinary kindness; for because of the rain that had set in and because of the cold, they kindled a fire and received us all.

670

And there occurred such a sharp disagreement that they separated from one another, and Barnabas took Mark with him and sailed away to Cyprus.

671

So putting out to sea from Troas, we ran a straight course to Samothrace, and on the day following to Neapolis;

672

And in the proportion that any of the disciples had means, each of them determined to send a contribution for the relief of the brethren living in Judea.

673

Therefore those who were about to examine him immediately let go of him; and the commander also was afraid when he found out that he was a Roman, and because he had put him in chains.

674

And embarking in an Adramyttian ship, which was about to sail to the regions along the coast of Asia, we put out to sea accompanied by Aristarchus, a Macedonian of Thessalonica.

675

As Paul and Barnabas were going out, the people kept begging that these things might be spoken to them the next Sabbath.

676

"And He gave him the covenant of circumcision; and so Abraham became the father of Isaac, and circumcised him on the eighth day; and Isaac became the father of Jacob, and Jacob of the twelve patriarchs.

677

and from there to Philippi, which is a leading city of the district of Macedonia, a Roman colony; and we were staying in this city for some days.

679

The high priest Ananias commanded those standing beside him to strike him on the mouth.

681

And he settled there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.

682

And when they had come to him, he said to them, "You yourselves know, from the first day that I set foot in Asia, how I was with you the whole time,

683

"For David, after he had served the purpose of God in his own generation, fell asleep, and was laid among his fathers and underwent decay;

684

saying, 'GO TO THIS PEOPLE AND SAY, "YOU WILL KEEP ON HEARING, BUT WILL NOT UNDERSTAND; AND YOU WILL KEEP ON SEEING, BUT WILL NOT PERCEIVE;

685

But when they heard this, they were cut to the quick and intended to kill them.

686

But some of the sect of the Pharisees who had believed stood up, saying, "It is necessary to circumcise them and to direct them to observe the Law of Moses."

687

When Peter entered, Cornelius met him, and fell at his feet and worshiped him.

688

They took his advice; and after calling the apostles in, they flogged them and ordered them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and then released them.

689

But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard of it, they tore their robes and rushed out into the crowd, crying out

690

So when they were sent away, they went down to Antioch; and having gathered the congregation together, they delivered the letter.

691

"Therefore, I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all men.

692

But on the night immediately following, the Lord stood at his side and said, "Take courage; for as you have solemnly witnessed to My cause at Jerusalem, so you must witness at Rome also."

693

The apostles and the elders came together to look into this matter.

695

The crowd rose up together against them, and the chief magistrates tore their robes off them and proceeded to order them to be beaten with rods.

696

When they arrived at Jerusalem, they were received by the church and the apostles and the elders, and they reported all that God had done with them.

697

"And though they found no ground for putting Him to death, they asked Pilate that He be executed.

698

We sailed from Philippi after the days of Unleavened Bread, and came to them at Troas within five days; and there we stayed seven days.

699

Sailing from there, we arrived the following day opposite Chios; and the next day we crossed over to Samos; and the day following we came to Miletus.

700

And Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerusalem when they had fulfilled their mission, taking along with them John, who was also called Mark.

701

And he called to him two of the centurions and said, "Get two hundred soldiers ready by the third hour of the night to proceed to Caesarea, with seventy horsemen and two hundred spearmen."

702

since they have known about me for a long time, if they are willing to testify, that I lived as a Pharisee according to the strictest sect of our religion.

703

"After forty years had passed, AN ANGEL APPEARED TO HIM IN THE WILDERNESS OF MOUNT Sinai, IN THE FLAME OF A BURNING THORN BUSH.

704

In Iconium they entered the synagogue of the Jews together, and spoke in such a manner that a large number of people believed, both of Jews and of Greeks.

705

And behold, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared and a light shone in the cell; and he struck Peter's side and woke him up, saying, "Get up quickly " And his chains fell off his hands.

706

"With this the words of the Prophets agree, just as it is written,

707

"And he said, 'The God of our fathers has appointed you to know His will and to see the Righteous One and to hear an utterance from His mouth.

708

While he was clinging to Peter and John, all the people ran together to them at the so-called portico of Solomon, full of amazement.

710

"Our fathers had the tabernacle of testimony in the wilderness, just as He who spoke to Moses directed him to make it according to the pattern which he had seen.

711

"Therefore let it be known to you that this salvation of God has been sent to the Gentiles; they will also listen."

712

And these they brought before the apostles; and after praying, they laid their hands on them.

713

Many also of those who had believed kept coming, confessing and disclosing their practices.

714

"And I remembered the word of the Lord, how He used to say, 'John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.'

715

They listened to him up to this statement, and then they raised their voices and said, "Away with such a fellow from the earth, for he should not be allowed to live!"

716

"For so the Lord has commanded us, 'I HAVE PLACED YOU AS A LIGHT FOR THE GENTILES, THAT YOU MAY BRING SALVATION TO THE END OF THE EARTH.'"

717

But many of those who had heard the message believed; and the number of the men came to be about five thousand.

718

After five days the high priest Ananias came down with some elders, with an attorney named Tertullus, and they brought charges to the governor against Paul.

719

"And now, behold, I know that all of you, among whom I went about preaching the kingdom, will no longer see my face.

720

Now when day came, the chief magistrates sent their policemen, saying, "Release those men."

721

When it was day, the Jews formed a conspiracy and bound themselves under an oath, saying that they would neither eat nor drink until they had killed Paul.

722

"Brethren, sons of Abraham's family, and those among you who fear God, to us the message of this salvation has been sent.

723

but in every nation the man who fears Him and does what is right is welcome to Him.

724

And he ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked him to stay on for a few days.

725

Cretans and Arabs--we hear them in our own tongues speaking of the mighty deeds of God."

727

And when an attempt was made by both the Gentiles and the Jews with their rulers, to mistreat and to stone them,

728

And Paul said, "I was not aware, brethren, that he was high priest; for it is written, 'YOU SHALL NOT SPEAK EVIL OF A RULER OF YOUR PEOPLE.'"

730

"While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own? And after it was sold, was it not under your control? Why is it that you have conceived this deed in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God."

731

"In the generations gone by He permitted all the nations to go their own ways;

732

Even Simon himself believed; and after being baptized, he continued on with Philip, and as he observed signs and great miracles taking place, he was constantly amazed.

733

"So in the present case, I say to you, stay away from these men and let them alone, for if this plan or action is of men, it will be overthrown;

734

that the Christ was to suffer, and that by reason of His resurrection from the dead He would be the first to proclaim light both to the Jewish people and to the Gentiles."

735

Paul said, "John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in Him who was coming after him, that is, in Jesus."

736

and they began selling their property and possessions and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need.

737

The priest of Zeus, whose temple was just outside the city, brought oxen and garlands to the gates, and wanted to offer sacrifice with the crowds.

738

"And we preach to you the good news of the promise made to the fathers,

740

But Paul said to them, "They have beaten us in public without trial, men who are Romans, and have thrown us into prison; and now are they sending us away secretly? No indeed! But let them come themselves and bring us out."

741

Then Paul said to him, "God is going to strike you, you whitewashed wall! Do you sit to try me according to the Law, and in violation of the Law order me to be struck?"

742

While Paul was saying this in his defense, Festus said in a loud voice, "Paul, you are out of your mind! Your great learning is driving you mad."

743

When considerable time had passed and the voyage was now dangerous, since even the fast was already over, Paul began to admonish them,

744

"So, having obtained help from God, I stand to this day testifying both to small and great, stating nothing but what the Prophets and Moses said was going to take place;

745

and passing by Mysia, they came down to Troas.

746

not to all the people, but to witnesses who were chosen beforehand by God, that is, to us who ate and drank with Him after He arose from the dead.

747

And when he wanted to go across to Achaia, the brethren encouraged him and wrote to the disciples to welcome him; and when he had arrived, he greatly helped those who had believed through grace,

748

Now when several days had elapsed, King Agrippa and Bernice arrived at Caesarea and paid their respects to Festus.

750

When the angel who was speaking to him had left, he summoned two of his servants and a devout soldier of those who were his personal attendants,

752

saying, "We gave you strict orders not to continue teaching in this name, and yet, you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and intend to bring this man's blood upon us."

753

After three days Paul called together those who were the leading men of the Jews, and when they came together, he began saying to them, "Brethren, though I had done nothing against our people or the customs of our fathers, yet I was delivered as a prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans.

754

And they all took hold of Sosthenes, the leader of the synagogue, and began beating him in front of the judgment seat. But Gallio was not concerned about any of these things.

756

Agrippa said to Paul, "You are permitted to speak for yourself." Then Paul stretched out his hand and proceeded to make his defense:

757

"But it happened that as I was on my way, approaching Damascus about noontime, a very bright light suddenly flashed from heaven all around me,

758

"If, then, I am a wrongdoer and have committed anything worthy of death, I do not refuse to die; but if none of those things is true of which these men accuse me, no one can hand me over to them. I appeal to Caesar."

759

And they began calling Barnabas, Zeus, and Paul, Hermes, because he was the chief speaker.

760

After Paul had been summoned, Tertullus began to accuse him, saying to the governor, "Since we have through you attained much peace, and since by your providence reforms are being carried out for this nation,

761

"The patriarchs became jealous of Joseph and sold him into Egypt. Yet God was with him,

762

"And how is it that we each hear them in our own language to which we were born?

763

She continued doing this for many days. But Paul was greatly annoyed, and turned and said to the spirit, "I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her!" And it came out at that very moment.

764

This became known to all, both Jews and Greeks, who lived in Ephesus; and fear fell upon them all and the name of the Lord Jesus was being magnified.

765

And coming to us, he took Paul's belt and bound his own feet and hands, and said, "This is what the Holy Spirit says: 'In this way the Jews at Jerusalem will bind the man who owns this belt and deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.'"

766

"In regard to all the things of which I am accused by the Jews, I consider myself fortunate, King Agrippa, that I am about to make my defense before you today;

767

When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away; and the eunuch no longer saw him, but went on his way rejoicing.

768

And he left for Tarsus to look for Saul;

769

Then when he arrived and witnessed the grace of God, he rejoiced and began to encourage them all with resolute heart to remain true to the Lord;

770

"And having received it in their turn, our fathers brought it in with Joshua upon dispossessing the nations whom God drove out before our fathers, until the time of David.

771

But when the fourteenth night came, as we were being driven about in the Adriatic Sea, about midnight the sailors began to surmise that they were approaching some land.

772

And immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he regained his sight, and he got up and was baptized;

773

But some days later Felix arrived with Drusilla, his wife who was a Jewess, and sent for Paul and heard him speak about faith in Christ Jesus.

774

Then immediately the brethren sent Paul out to go as far as the sea; and Silas and Timothy remained there.

775

All the circumcised believers who came with Peter were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also.

776

"We are witnesses of all the things He did both in the land of the Jews and in Jerusalem They also put Him to death by hanging Him on a cross.

777

and he will speak words to you by which you will be saved, you and all your household.'

778

'HEAVEN IS MY THRONE, AND EARTH IS THE FOOTSTOOL OF MY FEET; WHAT KIND OF HOUSE WILL YOU BUILD FOR ME?' says the Lord, 'OR WHAT PLACE IS THERE FOR MY REPOSE?

779

And the Lord said to him, "Get up and go to the street called Straight, and inquire at the house of Judas for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying,

780

Then he left there and went to the house of a man named Titius Justus, a worshiper of God, whose house was next to the synagogue.

782

Having said this, he took bread and gave thanks to God in the presence of all, and he broke it and began to eat.

783

but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them; or else you may even be found fighting against God."

785

"But God turned away and delivered them up to serve the host of heaven; as it is written in the book of the prophets, 'IT WAS NOT TO ME THAT YOU OFFERED VICTIMS AND SACRIFICES FORTY YEARS IN THE WILDERNESS, WAS IT, O HOUSE OF ISRAEL?

786

But Peter, along with John, fixed his gaze on him and said, "Look at us!"

787

'But get up and stand on your feet; for this purpose I have appeared to you, to appoint you a minister and a witness not only to the things which you have seen, but also to the things in which I will appear to you;

788

And all the more believers in the Lord, multitudes of men and women, were constantly added to their number,

789

"And those who were with me saw the light, to be sure, but did not understand the voice of the One who was speaking to me.

790

And there occurred a great uproar; and some of the scribes of the Pharisaic party stood up and began to argue heatedly, saying, "We find nothing wrong with this man; suppose a spirit or an angel has spoken to him?"

792

and because he was of the same trade, he stayed with them and they were working, for by trade they were tent-makers.

794

Because the harbor was not suitable for wintering, the majority reached a decision to put out to sea from there, if somehow they could reach Phoenix, a harbor of Crete, facing southwest and northwest, and spend the winter there.

795

'YOU HAVE MADE KNOWN TO ME THE WAYS OF LIFE; YOU WILL MAKE ME FULL OF GLADNESS WITH YOUR PRESENCE.'

796

And he took them that very hour of the night and washed their wounds, and immediately he was baptized, he and all his household.

797

[But it seemed good to Silas to remain there.]

798

When our days there were ended, we left and started on our journey, while they all, with wives and children, escorted us until we were out of the city After kneeling down on the beach and praying, we said farewell to one another.

799

After these days we got ready and started on our way up to Jerusalem.

800

But these had gone on ahead and were waiting for us at Troas.

801

And the brethren, when they heard about us, came from there as far as the Market of Appius and Three Inns to meet us; and when Paul saw them, he thanked God and took courage.

802

For they were hearing them speaking with tongues and exalting God. Then Peter answered,

803

at midday, O King, I saw on the way a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, shining all around me and those who were journeying with me.

804

And when they heard that he was addressing them in the Hebrew dialect, they became even more quiet; and he said,

805

When they had gone a long time without food, then Paul stood up in their midst and said, "Men, you ought to have followed my advice and not to have set sail from Crete and incurred this damage and loss.

806

"And as I punished them often in all the synagogues, I tried to force them to blaspheme; and being furiously enraged at them, I kept pursuing them even to foreign cities.

807

"For this reason, therefore, I requested to see you and to speak with you, for I am wearing this chain for the sake of the hope of Israel."

808

After looking up the disciples, we stayed there seven days; and they kept telling Paul through the Spirit not to set foot in Jerusalem.

809

Then the proconsul believed when he saw what had happened, being amazed at the teaching of the Lord.

810

"For you first, God raised up His Servant and sent Him to bless you by turning every one of you from your wicked ways."

811

On the following day he entered Caesarea. Now Cornelius was waiting for them and had called together his relatives and close friends.

812

But the son of Paul's sister heard of their ambush, and he came and entered the barracks and told Paul.

813

The men who traveled with him stood speechless, hearing the voice but seeing no one.

814

'And when the blood of Your witness Stephen was being shed, I also was standing by approving, and watching out for the coats of those who were slaying him.'

815

"While so engaged as I was journeying to Damascus with the authority and commission of the chief priests,