'Began' in the Bible
The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach,
Now those who had gathered together began to ask Jesus, "Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?"
And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
and they began selling their property and possessions and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need.
When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple, he began asking to receive alms.
And he began to give them his attention, expecting to receive something from them.
Then Peter took hold of his right hand and began to help him up. Immediately his feet and ankles became strong,
and he sprang to his feet, stood up, and began to walk. Then he went with them into the Temple, walking, jumping, and praising God.
Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.
They made Peter and John stand in front of them and began asking, "By what power or by what name did you do this?"
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.
So they ordered them to leave the Council and began to discuss the matter among themselves.
When they had prayed, the place where they were assembled was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak God's message with boldness.
In obedience to this, they entered the temple complex at daybreak and began to teach. When the high priest and those who were with him arrived, they convened the Sanhedrin-the full Senate of the sons of Israel-and sent [orders] to the jail to have them brought.
When they brought them back, they made them stand before the Council, and the high priest began to question them.
And the word of God kept spreading, and the number of disciples in Jerusalem was increasing greatly, and a large number of priests began obeying the faith.
But some men who belonged to the Synagogue of the Freedmen (as it was called), as well as some Cyrenians, Alexandrians, and men from Cilicia and Asia, stood up and began to debate with Stephen.
"When Moses saw it, he marveled at the sight; and as he approached to look more closely, there came the voice of the Lord:
I am the God of your forefathers-the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob. So Moses began to tremble and did not dare to look.
At that time they made an idol in the form of a calf, brought a sacrifice to the idol, and began rejoicing in the works of their hands.
While they were listening to these things, they became more and more furious and began to grind their teeth at him.
They threw him out of the city and began to stone him. And the witnesses laid their robes at the feet of a young man named Saul.
And Saul agreed completely with killing. Now on that day a great persecution began against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were forced to scatter throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria.
But Saul kept trying to destroy the church. Going into one house after another, he began dragging off men and women and throwing them in prison.
Philip went down to the city of Samaria and began to preach the Messiah to the people.
But when they believed Philip as he was proclaiming the good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they began to be baptized, both men and women.
Then they began laying their hands on them, and they were receiving the Holy Spirit.
Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.
Immediately he began proclaiming Jesus in the synagogues: "He is the Son of God."
and his hearers were all amazed, and began to ask one another, "Is not this the man who in Jerusalem tried to exterminate those who called upon that Name, and came here on purpose to carry them off in chains to the High Priests?"
When Peter was about to enter, Cornelius met him, bowed down at his feet, and began to worship him.
Then Peter began to speak: "In truth, I understand that God doesn't show favoritism,
That word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judaea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached;
Peter began to explain to them in an orderly sequence, saying:
And as I began to speak, the Holy Ghost fell on them, as on us at the beginning.
But there were some of them, Cypriot and Cyrenian men, who came to Antioch and began speaking to the Hellenists, proclaiming the good news about the Lord Jesus.
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;
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.
So Peter went out and began to follow him, not realizing that what was being done by the angel was real; he thought he was seeing a vision.
On an appointed day Herod, having put on his royal apparel, took his seat on the rostrum and began delivering an address to them.
The populace began to shout, "It's the voice of a god and not of a man!"
Arriving in Salamis, they began to preach God's word in the Jewish synagogues. They also had John to help them.
And [as] they were going out, they began urging [that] these things be spoken about to them on the next Sabbath.
But when the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy and began to oppose what Paul was saying by insulting him.
When the gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord. Meanwhile, all who had been destined to eternal life believed,
and the word of the Lord began to spread throughout the whole region.
he said in a loud voice, "Stand up straight on your feet!" Then the man jumped up and began to walk.
So he sprang up and began to walk about. Then the crowds, seeing what Paul had done, rent the air with their shouts in the Lycaonian language, saying, "The gods have assumed human form and have come down to us."
They began to call Barnabas Zeus, and Paul Hermes, because he was the main speaker.
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.
Some men came down from Judea and began to teach the brothers: "Unless you are circumcised according to the custom prescribed by Moses, you cannot be saved!"
On the Sabbath day, we went out the city gate and walked along the river, where we thought there was a place of prayer. We sat down and began talking to the women who had gathered there.
Some of them were persuaded and began to be associated with Paul and Silas, especially a large crowd of devout Greeks and the wives of many prominent men.
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;
So he began holding discussions in the synagogue with the Jews and other worshipers, as well as every day in the public square with anyone who happened to be there.
And some also of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers encountered him and began to engage in discussion. And some said, What is this babbler with his scrap-heap learning trying to say? Others said, He seems to be an announcer of foreign deities -- "because he preached Jesus and the resurrection.
When they heard about resurrection of the dead, some began to ridicule him. But others said, "We will hear you about this again."
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.
But when they began to oppose him and insult him, he shook out his clothes in protest and told them, "Your blood be on your own heads! I am innocent. From now on I will go to the gentiles."
Then all of them took Sosthenes, the synagogue leader, and began beating him in front of the judge's seat. But Gallio paid no attention to any of this.
And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly.
And when Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they began to speak with [other] languages and to prophesy.
When this became known to everyone living in Ephesus, Jews and Greeks alike, they all became terrified, and the name of the Lord Jesus began to be held in high honor.
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.
When they had heard this, they were filled with rage and began to cry out, "Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!"
On the first day of the week, when we had met to break bread, Paul began to address the people. Since he intended to leave the next day, he went on speaking until midnight.
A young man named Eutychus, who was sitting in a window, began to sink off into a deep sleep as Paul kept speaking longer and longer. Overcome by sleep, he fell down from the third floor and was picked up dead.
And they began to weep aloud and embraced Paul, and repeatedly kissed him,
When we had heard this, we as well as the local residents began begging him not to go up to Jerusalem.
After he had greeted them, he began to relate one by one the things which God had done among the Gentiles through his ministry.
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;
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,
The excitement spread through the whole city, and the people rushed in crowds to the Temple, and there laid hold of Paul and began to drag him out; and the Temple gates were immediately closed.
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.
Up to this point they listened to him, but then they began to shout, "Away with such a fellow from the earth! He's not fit to go on living!"
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!"
When he said this, an argument began between the Pharisees and the Sadducees, and the assembly was divided.
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?"
The commander took him by the hand and stepping aside, began to inquire of him privately, "What is it that you have to report to me?"
And when he was called forth, Tertullus began to accuse him, saying, Seeing that by thee we enjoy great quietness, and that very worthy deeds are done unto this nation by thy providence,
When Paul arrived, the Jewish leaders who had come down from Jerusalem surrounded him and began bringing a number of serious charges against him that they couldn't prove.
"When the accusers stood up, they began bringing charges against him not of such crimes as I was expecting,
Agrippa said to Paul, "It is permitted for you to speak for yourself." Then Paul stretched out his hand and began his defense:
As they were leaving, they began to say to each other, "This man hasn't been doing anything to deserve death or imprisonment."
Much time had been lost, and because navigation had become dangerous and the day of fasting had already past, Paul began to warn those on the ship,
When a gentle breeze began to blow from the south, they thought they could make it to Phoenix, so they hoisted anchor and began sailing along the shore of Crete.
Because we were being severely battered by the storm, they began to jettison the cargo the next day.
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.
Fearing that we might run aground on the rocks, they dropped four anchors from the stern and began praying for daylight to come.
And when he had thus spoken, he took bread, and gave thanks to God in presence of them all: and when he had broken it, he began to eat.
And having eaten enough food, they began to lighten the ship by throwing the grain overboard into the sea.
But they struck a sandbar and ran the ship aground. The bow jammed fast and remained immovable, but the stern began to break up with the pounding of the waves.
When the natives saw the creature hanging from his hand, they began saying to one another, "Undoubtedly this man is a murderer, and though he has been saved from the sea, justice has not allowed him to live."
But they were expecting that he was about to swell up or suddenly fall down dead. But after they had waited a long time and had seen nothing unusual happen to him, they changed their minds and began to say that he was a god.
Then we weighed anchor and came to Rhegium. A day later, a south wind began to blow, and on the second day we came to Puteoli.
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.
Disagreeing among themselves, they began to leave after Paul made one statement: "The Holy Spirit correctly spoke through the prophet Isaiah to your forefathers
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