Paul in the Bible

Meaning: small; littlepar

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Then Paul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: but leading him by the hand, they brought him into Damascus.

all the Jewish converts, who came with Paul, were astonished to see that the gift of the holy spirit was diffused likewise among the Gentiles.

Then he went on to Tarsus to look for Saul [Note: Tarsus was the home town of Saul, who was later called Paul],

Who was with the proconsul, Sergius Paul, an intelligent man; he having called Barnabas and Saul, sought anxiously to hear the word of God.

And after the reading of the law of Moses and [the writings of] the prophets, the rulers of the synagogue sent [word] to Paul and Barnabas, saying, "Brothers, if you [men] have any message that will exhort [or encourage] the people, you may speak."

As they [Paul and Barnabas] went out [of the synagogue], the people earnestly begged that these things might be told to them [further] the next Sabbath.

So Paul and Barnabas shook the dust off their feet in protest against them and went to Iconium.

Now at Iconium [also Paul and Barnabas] went into the Jewish synagogue together and spoke with such power that a great number both of Jews and of Greeks believed (became Christians);

So [Paul and Barnabas] stayed on there for a long time, speaking freely and fearlessly and boldly in the Lord, Who continued to bear testimony to the Word of His grace, granting signs and wonders to be performed by their hands.

When there was an attempt both on the part of the Gentiles and the Jews together with their rulers, to insult and abuse and molest [Paul and Barnabas] and to stone them,

Paul and Barnabas found out about it and fled to the Lycaonian towns of Lystra and Derbe and to the surrounding territory.

Paul said in a loud voice, “Stand upright on your feet!” And he jumped up and started to walk around.

Even by saying this, it was all Paul and Barnabas could do to keep the crowds from offering sacrifices to them.

But as the disciples stood around [Paul's apparently lifeless body], he [surprisingly] stood up [fully restored to health] and entered the town. On the following day he went with Barnabas to Derbe.

Paul and Barnabas then went through Pisidia, and came into Pamphylia,

When therefore Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and disputation with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas, and certain other of them, should go up to Jerusalem unto the apostles and elders about this question.

After Paul and Barnabas had finished speaking, James responded, "Brothers, listen to me:

Then pleased it the apostles and elders, with the whole church, to send chosen men of their own company to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas; namely, Judas surnamed Barsabas, and Silas, chief men among the brethren:

with our beloved Barnabas and Paul, Men that have hazarded their lives, for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

So, when Paul, Barnabas, Judas and Silas left [the meeting] they went down to Antioch and, after gathering a large group [of the church] together, they presented the letter to them.

But it seemed good to Silas to continue there: Paul also and Barnabas stayed at Antioch,

A heated discussion developed [over this matter] so that Paul and Barnabas went their separate ways [over it], with Barnabas sailing for Cyprus and taking [John] Mark with him.

And [Paul] went down to Derbe and also to Lystra. A disciple named Timothy was there, the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer [she had become convinced that Jesus is the Messiah and the Author of eternal salvation, and yielded obedience to Him]; but [Timothy's] father was a Greek.

as the brethren of Lystra and Iconium gave him a good character, Paul had a mind he should accompany him.

And Paul and Silas passed through the territory of Phrygia and Galatia, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to proclaim the Word in [the province of] Asia.

And passing by Mysia, they came down to Troas. And a vision appeared to Paul by night:

After Paul saw the vision, we attempted immediately to go over to Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to proclaim the good news to them.

The crowd joined in the attack against them. Then the magistrates had Paul and Silas stripped of their clothes and ordered them beaten with rods.

The jailor immediately took Paul and Silas, and cleansed [and soothed] their wounded [backs] and then he and his [believing] household were immersed [into Christ].

Then the police reported these words to the magistrates. They were afraid when they heard that Paul and Silas were Roman citizens.

So [Paul and Silas] left the prison and went to Lydia's house; and when they had seen the brethren, they warned and urged and consoled and encouraged them and departed.

Now after [Paul and Silas] had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews.

explaining and declaring that it was necessary for Christ to suffer and [then] rise again from the dead. Paul was saying, "This Jesus, whom I am proclaiming to you, is the Christ."

But the unbelieving Jews were aroused to jealousy, and, getting hold of some wicked men (ruffians and rascals) and loungers in the marketplace, they gathered together a mob, set the town in an uproar, and attacked the house of Jason, seeking to bring [Paul and Silas] out to the people.

but as they failed to find Paul and Silas they haled Jason and some of the brothers before the politarchs, yelling, "These upsetters of the whole world have come here too!

Jason has welcomed them and [now] all of them [i.e., Paul, Silas, Jason and the others] are going against the [Roman] laws of Caesar by saying that someone else is [our] king; that Jesus is [king]!"

And then immediately the brethren sent away Paul to go as it were to the sea: but Silas and Timotheus abode there still.

And they that conducted Paul brought him unto Athens: and receiving a commandment unto Silas and Timotheus for to come to him with all speed, they departed.

Some Epicurean and Stoic philosophers also debated with him. Some asked, "What is this blabbermouth trying to say?" while others said, "He seems to be preaching about foreign gods." This was because Paul was telling the good news about Jesus and the resurrection.

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

When they heard Paul speak of a resurrection of dead men, some began to scoff. But others said, "We will hear you again on that subject."

Howbeit, certain men clave unto Paul and believed, among the which was Dionysius a senator, and a woman named Damaris, and others with them.

There he met a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, recently arrived from Italy with Priscilla his wife, due to the fact that Claudius had issued an edict that all the Jews were to leave Rome. And [Paul] went to see them,

Paul came to them, and because he was of the same trade with them, he lodged with them, and worked with them??or by trade they were tentmakers.

Every Sabbath day Paul held discussions in the synagogues, trying to convince [both] Jews and Greeks [i.e., Gentiles, that Jesus was the Messiah].

When the Jews resisted [Paul's efforts] and spoke against him and his message, he shook out his clothing [i.e., an expression of rejection and contempt] and said to them "Let your blood be on your own heads [i.e., you are responsible for whatever harm comes from your action]; I am not responsible. From now on I will go [and preach] to the Gentiles [only]."

Then Paul left the synagogue and went to the house of a person named Titius Justus, a Gentile who worshiped God, whose house was next door to the synagogue.

But Crispus, the leader of the synagogue, believed [that Jesus is the Messiah and acknowledged Him with joyful trust as Savior and Lord], together with his entire household; and many of the Corinthians who listened [to Paul also] believed and were baptized.

And when Paul was now about to open his mouth, Gallio said unto the Jews, If it were a matter of wrong or wicked lewdness, O ye Jews, reason would that I should bear with you:

And Paul after this tarried there yet a good while, and then took his leave of the brethren, and sailed thence into Syria, and with him Priscilla and Aquila; having shorn his head in Cenchrea: for he had a vow.

Then they arrived in Ephesus, and [Paul] left the others there; but he himself entered the synagogue and discoursed and argued with the Jews.

After spending some time in Antioch, Paul set out on a tour, visiting the whole of Galatia and Phrygia in order, and strengthening all the disciples.

And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples,

So Paul said, "Into what then were you baptized?" "Into John's baptism," they replied.

Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.

Thematic Bible



And going on board a ship of Adramyttium, about to sail along the coasts of Asia, we put to sea; Aristarchus, a Macedonian of Thessalonica, being with us.

And the city was filled with confusion; and they rushed with one accord into the theatre, having seized Gaius and Aristarchus, men of Macedonia, Pauls companions in travel.

And there accompanied him as far as Asia, Sopater, son of Pyrrhus, a Beroean; and of the Thessalonians, Aristarchus and Secundus, and Gaius of Derbe, and Timothy; and of Asia, Tychicus and Trophimus.

Aristarchus, my fellowprisoner, saluteth you, and Mark, the cousin of Barnabas, concerning whom ye received directions (if he come to you, receive him),

Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, Luke, my fellowlaborers, salute thee.


When I shall have sent Artemas to thee, or Tychicus, use diligence to come to me to Nicopolis; for there I have determined to pass the winter.


For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.


At my first defence no one came forward with me, but all forsook me. May it not be laid to their charge!


circumcised the eighth day, of the race of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of the Hebrews; as to the Law, a Pharisee;


Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy the brother, to the church of God which is in Corinth, with all the holy who are in all Achaia:

Paul, a called apostle of Christ Jesus, through the will of God, and Sosthenes the brother,

Paul, an apostle, not from men, nor through man, but through Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead,

and he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying to him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And he answered, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest. But arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.

But the Lord said to him, Go; for this man is to me a chosen vessel, to bear my name before nations, and kings, and the sons of Israel. For I myself will show him how great things he must suffer for my names sake.

And while they were ministering to the Lord, and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them. Then, after they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.

Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, a called apostle, set apart to preach the gospel of God,

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, to the saints who are [in Ephesus], and believers in Christ Jesus:

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy the brother,

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus, through the command of God, our Saviour, and Christ Jesus, our hope,

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus,


And now behold, I go, bound in my spirit, to Jerusalem, not knowing the things that will befall me there; save that the Holy Spirit witnesseth to me in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions await me. But I count life of no value to me, so that I may finish my course, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify the glad tidings of the grace of God.

Then answered Paul, What mean ye that ye weep, and break my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus. And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased; saying, The Lords will be done.



Then answered Paul, What mean ye that ye weep, and break my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.


Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you with all endurance, by signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds.

because the gospel preached by us came not to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit, and in much assurance; as ye well know what sort of persons we became among you for your sake.

holding forth the word of life, that I may have whereof to boast against the day of Christ, that I did not run in vain, or labor in vain.

Then Paul stood up, and beckoned with his hand and said, Men of Israel, and ye that fear God, hearken. The God of this people chose our fathers, and he exalted the people in their sojourn in the land of Egypt, and with a high arm he brought them out of it; and for about forty years he nourished them in the wilderness. read more.
And having destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan, he gave them their land as a possession. And after that, for about four hundred and fifty years, he gave judges, until Samuel the prophet. And afterward they asked for a king; and God gave them Saul the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, for forty years; and having removed him, he raised up to them David to be their king, to whom he gave testimony, saying, "I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after my own heart, who will do all my will." From the seed of this man hath God, according to his promise, brought to Israel a Saviour, Jesus; before whose coming forward John had first preached a baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel. And as John was finishing his course, he said, Who do ye think that I am? I am not He. But lo I there cometh after me one, the sandal of whose feet I am not worthy to loose. Brethren, sons of the stock of Abraham, and those among you who fear God, to you was the word of this salvation sent forth. For they that dwell at Jerusalem, and their rulers, not knowing him, nor the voices of the prophets which are read every sabbath, fulfilled them in condemning him. And though they found nothing deserving death in him, they asked of Pilate that he should be slain. And when they had accomplished all that was written of him, they took him down from the cross, and laid him in a tomb. But God raised him from the dead, and he was seen for many days by those who came up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are now his witnesses to the people. And we declare to you the glad tidings, that the promise which was made to the fathers God hath fulfilled to us their children, in raising up Jesus [from the dead]; as it is also written in the first Psalm: "Thou art my Son; I have this day begotten thee." And that he raised him up from the dead, no more to return to corruption, he hath thus spoken: "I will give you the sure holy things promised to David." Wherefore also in another Psalm he saith, "Thou wilt not suffer thy holy one to see corruption:" For David, after having in his own generation served the will of God, fell asleep, and was added to his fathers, and saw corruption; but he whom God raised from the dead did not see corruption. Be it therefore known to you, brethren, that through this man is announced to you the forgiveness of sins; and by him every one that believeth is justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses. Beware therefore, lest that come upon you which is spoken in the Prophets, "Behold, ye despisers, and wonder, and perish! for I work a work in your days, a work which ye will not believe, though one should plainly declare it to you." And as they were going out, they besought that these words might be spoken to them on the next sabbath. And when the synagogue broke up, many of the Jews and proselyte worshippers followed Paul and Barnabas; who, speaking to them, exhorted them to continue in the grace of God.

For though ye have ten thousand teachers in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I begot you through the gospel.

If I am not an apostle to others, yet surely I am to you; for the seal of my apostleship are ye in the Lord.

Whether, then, it were I or they, thus we preach, and thus ye believed.

Ye are our letter, written in our hearts, known and read by all men; since ye are manifestly shown to be a letter of Christ by means of our service, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not on tablets of stone, but on fleshly tablets of the heart.

For though he was crucified through weakness, yet he liveth through the power of God; for we also are weak in him, but we shall live together with him by the power of God toward you.


Wherefore I testify to you this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men; for I have not shunned to declare to you the whole counsel of God.

even as ye learned from Epaphras our beloved fellowservant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf;


circumcised the eighth day, of the race of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of the Hebrews; as to the Law, a Pharisee;


And having thus spoken, he kneeled down, and prayed with them all. And they all wept sorely, and fell on Pauls neck, and kissed him; sorrowing most of all for the word which he had spoken, that they were to see his face no more. And they accompanied him to the ship.


to the weak I became weak, that I might gain the weak; I have become all things to all, that I might by all means save some.


speaking boldly in the name of the Lord. And he often spoke and disputed with the Hellenists; but they were endeavoring to slay him.


And being persuaded of this, I know that I shall abide and continue with you all for your advancement and joy in your faith,

Him therefore I hope to send forthwith, as soon as I see how it will go with me; but I trust in the Lord that I also myself shall come soon.


And when Gallio was proconsul of Achaia, the Jews rose up with one accord against Paul, and brought him before the judgmentseat,

And when it was day, the Jews banded together, and bound themselves under a curse, saying that they would neither eat nor drink till they had killed Paul. And there were more than forty who took this oath together. And they came to the chief priests and the elders, and said, We have bound ourselves under a great curse, to taste nothing until we have killed Paul. read more.
Now therefore do ye with the council give notice to the chief captain, that he bring him down to you, as though ye were about to examine his case more thoroughly; and we are ready to kill him before he cometh near you.


Not that I speak on account of want; for I have learned, in whatever state I am, therewith to be content. I know how to be abased, and I know also how to abound; in every thing and in all things I have been well taught, both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to be in want;


I say also to the unmarried and the widows, it is good for them to remain as I am;


For while in this we groan, longing to be clothed upon with our habitation which is from heaven;

and are well pleased rather to be absent from the body, and to be at home with the Lord.

according to my earnest expectation and hope, that in nothing I shall be put to shame, but that with all boldness, as always, so also now, Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life, or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if to live in the flesh, if this is to me the fruit of my labor, then what I should choose, I cannot say; read more.
but I am held in a strait by the two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; for it is far better;


Then answered Paul, What mean ye that ye weep, and break my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.


Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, Luke, my fellowlaborers, salute thee.

Luke, the beloved physician, and Demas, salute you.


But Saul gained still more strength, and confounded the Jews who dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is the Christ.


For ye remember, brethren, our labor and toil, how laboring night and day, that we might not be burdensome to any of you, we preached to you the gospel of God.


For ye remember, brethren, our labor and toil, how laboring night and day, that we might not be burdensome to any of you, we preached to you the gospel of God.


But when it pleased him who set me apart from my very birth, and called me through his grace,


even as ye learned from Epaphras our beloved fellowservant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf;

Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ Jesus, saluteth you, always striving for you in his prayers, that ye may stand perfect and fully assured in all the will of God.

Epaphras, my fellowprisoner in Christ Jesus,


salute also the church that is in their house. Salute Epaenetus, my beloved, who is the first fruit gathered from Asia for Christ.


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

Erastus remained at Corinth, but Trophimus I left at Miletus sick.


Use diligence to come before winter. Eubulus saluteth thee, and Pudens, and Linus, and Claudia, and all the brethren.


And having thus spoken, he took bread, and gave thanks to God in presence of them all, and having broken it, he began to eat. Then were they all of good cheer, and they also took food.


Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer; for I believe God, that it will be just as it hath been told me.

nor did he waver in respect to the promise of God through unbelief, but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;


I have fought the good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith;


for I have not shunned to declare to you the whole counsel of God.

how I kept back nothing that was profitable, but have made it known to you, and have taught you publicly, and from house to house;


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

And Cornelius said, Four days ago, I was fasting till this hour; and at the ninth hour was praying in my house; and lo! a man stood before me in bright clothing,


by weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.


At my first defence no one came forward with me, but all forsook me. May it not be laid to their charge!


For from him, and through him, and to him are all things. To him be the glory for ever! Amen.


But arise and stand upon thy feet; for I have appeared to thee for this purpose, to prepare thee as a minister and a witness both of the things which thou sawest, and of those on account of which I will appear to thee;


But Saul gained still more strength, and confounded the Jews who dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is the Christ.


Thou knowest this, that all those in Asia turned away from me, of whom are Phygelus and Hermogenes.


Ye are witnesses, and so is God, how holily, and righteously, and unblamably we conducted ourselves toward you that believe;


having a hope in God, which they themselves also entertain, that there will be a resurrection both of the righteous and the unrighteous.


True is the saying, and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.


Salute Andronicus and Junias, my kinsmen, and my fellowprisoners, who are of note among the apostles, who also were in Christ before me.

that is, that I may be edified among you, and you also, through each others faith, both yours and mine.


serving the Lord with all humility, and with tears, and trials which befell me by the plots of the Jews;


though formerly I was a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and a doer of outrage; but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly, in unbelief;


whom Jason hath entertained; and they are all acting in opposition to the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, Jesus.

For we have found this man to be a pest, and a mover of sedition among all the Jews throughout the world, and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes;

saying, This man persuadeth people to worship God contrary to the law.

And his accusers standing around him brought no accusation of such things as I had conjectured, but had against him certain questions of their own religion, and of one Jesus that was dead, whom Paul affirmed to be alive.

and as I have nothing certain to write about him to the emperor, I have brought him forward before you, and specially before thee, king Agrippa, that when the examination hath been made, I may have something to write. For it seemeth to me unreasonable to send a prisoner and not signify the charges against him;


and because he was of the same trade, he abode with them, and worked; for they were tentmakers by trade.

I have coveted no mans silver, or gold, or apparel. Ye yourselves know, that these hands ministered to my necessities, and to those that were with me.

neither did we eat any mans bread for nought, but were working with labor and travail night and day, that we might not be burdensome to any of you.


And having thus spoken, he took bread, and gave thanks to God in presence of them all, and having broken it, he began to eat. Then were they all of good cheer, and they also took food.


Then it was decided by the apostles and the elders, with the whole church, to choose men from among themselves, and send them to Antioch, with Paul and Barnabas, namely, Judas called Barsabbas, and Silas, leading men among the brethren. And they wrote by them, "The apostles, and the elders, and the brethren, to the brethren who are from the gentiles in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia, greeting. Whereas we have heard, that some who went out from us have troubled you with words, subverting your souls, to whom we gave no command; read more.
it seemed good to us, having become of one mind, to choose men and send them to you, with our beloved Barnabas and Paul, men who have hazarded their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. We have sent therefore Judas and Silas, who will themselves tell you the same things by word of mouth. For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us, to lay upon you no further burden except these necessary things: to abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication; from which if ye keep yourselves, ye will do well. Farewell." They therefore being sent away came to Antioch; and when they had gathered the multitude together, they delivered the letter. And when they had read it, they rejoiced over the encouragement. And Judas and Silas, who were themselves prophets, exhorted the brethren with many words and confirmed them.


Nay more, I count all things to be loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as refuse, that I may gain Christ, and be found in him, not having my own righteousness, which is of the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God upon faith;


Ye yourselves know, that these hands ministered to my necessities, and to those that were with me.


But for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me especially Christ Jesus might show forth all his longsuffering, as an example to those who should hereafter believe in him to life everlasting.


Then answered Paul, What mean ye that ye weep, and break my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.


Then answered Paul, What mean ye that ye weep, and break my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.


Our mouth is open to you, O Corinthians, our heart is enlarged. Ye have not a narrow place in my heart, but ye have a narrow place for me in yours.


At my first defence no one came forward with me, but all forsook me. May it not be laid to their charge!

But we were gentle in the midst of you, even as a nurse cherisheth her own children;

And they on hearing it glorified God; and said to him, Thou seest, brother, how many thousands of believers there are among the Jews, and they are all zealots for the Law. But they have been informed concerning thee, that thou teachest all the Jews who are among the gentiles to forsake Moses, telling them not to circumcise their children, nor to walk after the customs. What then is to be done? The multitude will necessarily come together; for they will hear that thou hast come. read more.
Do this therefore that we advise thee. We have four men who have a vow on them. These take, and purify thyself with them, and pay the expenses for them, that they may shave their heads; and all will know that those things of which they have been informed concerning thee are nothing, but that thou thyself also walkest in observance of the Law. But concerning the gentile believers, we have written to them and decided that they should observe no such thing, save only to abstain from things offered to idols, and from blood, and from what hath been strangled, and from fornication. Then Paul took the men, and the next day having purified himself with them, entered the temple, announcing the completion of the days of the purification, until the offering was made for every one of them.


At my first defence no one came forward with me, but all forsook me. May it not be laid to their charge!


though formerly I was a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and a doer of outrage; but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly, in unbelief;


proclaiming the kingdom of God, and teaching the things concerning the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, without hindrance from any one.


And this she did for many days. But Paul, being much displeased, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And it came out immediately.

And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul; so that even handkerchiefs, or aprons, were carried from his body to the sick, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out.

And it happened that the father of Publius was lying sick with a fever and dysentery; to whom Paul went in, and, when he had prayed, laid his hands on him, and healed him. And when this was done, the others also who had diseases in the island came, and were healed;


And there sat on the window a certain young man named Eutychus, having fallen into a deep sleep; and as Paul was discoursing at great length, he sank down with sleep, and fell from thee third story, and was taken up dead. But Paul went down and fell on him, and having embraced him, said, Make no lamentations; for his life is in him. And having gone up again, and broken the bread and eaten, he talked a long while even till break of day, and so departed. read more.
And they brought the young man alive, and were not a little comforted.


And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee, and thou wilt be blind, not seeing the sun for a season. And immediately there fell on him a mist and darkness; and going about he sought to find some who would lead him by the hand.


said with a loud voice, Stand upright on thy feet. And he leaped up and walked.


He, however, shaking off the animal into the fire suffered no harm.


And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul; so that even handkerchiefs, or aprons, were carried from his body to the sick, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out.


But Paul went down and fell on him, and having embraced him, said, Make no lamentations; for his life is in him. And having gone up again, and broken the bread and eaten, he talked a long while even till break of day, and so departed. And they brought the young man alive, and were not a little comforted.


And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee, and thou wilt be blind, not seeing the sun for a season. And immediately there fell on him a mist and darkness; and going about he sought to find some who would lead him by the hand.


And this she did for many days. But Paul, being much displeased, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And it came out immediately.


said with a loud voice, Stand upright on thy feet. And he leaped up and walked.


He, however, shaking off the animal into the fire suffered no harm.


And it happened that the father of Publius was lying sick with a fever and dysentery; to whom Paul went in, and, when he had prayed, laid his hands on him, and healed him.


But Saul (who is also called Paul), filled with the Holy Spirit, fixed his eyes on him


And Paul looking earnestly upon the council, said: Brethren! I have ordered my life in all good conscience before God to this day.

I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers with pure conscience, as without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day,

My manner of life, then, from my youth, which was from the beginning among my own nation and at Jerusalem, all Jews know: and they know, if they are willing to testify, that from the first, according to the strictest sect of our religion, I lived a Pharisee.


For your obedience hath become known to all. Over you, then, I rejoice; but I would have you wise as to that which is good, and simple as to that which is evil.

Wherefore, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision;


Wherefore, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision;


together with Onesimus, the faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you. They will inform you of every thing here.

I beseech thee for my child, whom I begot in my bonds, Onesimus;


But thou art well acquainted with my teaching, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, patience,


But thou art well acquainted with my teaching, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, patience,


Paul, a called apostle of Christ Jesus, through the will of God, and Sosthenes the brother,

Paul, an apostle, not from men, nor through man, but through Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead,

But when it pleased him who set me apart from my very birth, and called me through his grace, to reveal his Son within me, that I might publish the glad tidings of him among the gentiles, immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood,

Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, a called apostle, set apart to preach the gospel of God,

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, to the saints who are [in Ephesus], and believers in Christ Jesus:

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy the brother,

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus, through the command of God, our Saviour, and Christ Jesus, our hope,

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus,

whereunto I was appointed a herald and an apostle, (I speak the truth, I lie not,) a teacher of the gentiles in faith and truth.

Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Christ Jesus, for the faith of Gods elect, and the knowledge of the truth which is according to godliness,

For I am the least of the apostles, one not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.

but in his own seasons manifested his word through the preaching with which I was intrusted by the commandment of God our Saviour:

for which I was appointed a herald, and an apostle, and a teacher of the gentiles.

And he said, The God of our fathers chose thee to know his will, and to see the Righteous One, and to hear a voice from his mouth; for thou shalt be a witness for him to all men of what thou hast seen and heard. And now why dost thou delay? Arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on his name. read more.
And it came to pass after my return to Jerusalem, while I was praying in the temple, that I fell into a trance, and saw him saying to me, Make haste, and go quickly out of Jerusalem; for they will not receive thy testimony concerning me. And I said, Lord, they know that I imprisoned, and beat in every synagogue, those that believed in thee; and when the blood of Stephen, thy witness, was shed, I myself was standing by and consenting, and keeping the garments of those who slew him. And he said to me, Depart; for I will send thee far hence to the gentiles.

But arise and stand upon thy feet; for I have appeared to thee for this purpose, to prepare thee as a minister and a witness both of the things which thou sawest, and of those on account of which I will appear to thee; delivering thee from the people, and from the gentiles, to whom I send thee, to open their eyes that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and an inheritance among the sanctified, by faith in me.

Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord? Are not ye my work in the Lord? If I am not an apostle to others, yet surely I am to you; for the seal of my apostleship are ye in the Lord.


as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and possessing all things.

But at midnight Paul and Silas praying, were singing praises to God; and the prisoners were listening to them.

Great is my confidence toward you, great is my glorying on your account; I am filled with comfort, I overflow with joy in all our trouble.

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say it, rejoice.


Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord? Are not ye my work in the Lord?

And last of all, as to one born out of due time, he appeared also to me.

And I thank him who gave me strength, Christ Jesus our Lord, that he accounted me faithful, putting me into the ministry, t though formerly I was a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and a doer of outrage; but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly, in unbelief;

For ye have heard of my conduct formerly in Judaism; that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and was destroying it,

And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus; and suddenly there shone around a him a light from heaven; and he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying to him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And he answered, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest. read more.
But arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do. And the men that journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing the voice, but seeing no one. And Saul arose from the earth; but when his eyes were opened, he saw nothing; and they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus. And he was three days without sight, and neither ate nor drank. And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias, and to him the Lord said in a vision, Ananias! And he said, Behold, I am here, Lord. And the Lord said to him, Arise, and go into the street called Straight, and inquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus; for lo! he prayeth, and hath seen a man, named Ananias, coming in and putting his hand on him, that he might receive sight. But Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how great evils he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem. And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name. But the Lord said to him, Go; for this man is to me a chosen vessel, to bear my name before nations, and kings, and the sons of Israel. For I myself will show him how great things he must suffer for my names sake. And Ananias went away, and entered the house; and putting his hands on him, he said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus who appeared to thee in the way thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mayst receive sight, and be filled with the Holy Spirit. And immediately there fell off from his eyes as it were scales; and he received sight, and arose, and was baptized. And having taken some food he was strengthened. And he was some days with the disciples in Damascus. And immediately he preached Jesus in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God. And all that heard him were amazed, and said, Is not this he that destroyed in Jerusalem those who called on this name? And he hath come hither for this purpose, that he may bring them bound to the chief priests. But Saul gained still more strength, and confounded the Jews who dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is the Christ.

And I persecuted this way [of belief] even to death, binding and putting into prisons both men and women, as also the highpriest beareth me witness, and all the elderhood; from whom I received letters to the brethren, and was on my way to Damascus to bring those also that were there, bound, to Jerusalem, that they might be punished. But it came to pass, as I was on my way, and approaching Damascus, that about noon there suddenly shone around me a great light from heaven; read more.
and I fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to me, Saul, Saul, why dost thou persecute me? And I answered, Who art thou, Lord? And he said to me, I am Jesus the Nazarene, whom thou persecutest. And they that were with me saw indeed the light, and were afraid; but the voice of him that spoke to me they did not hear. And I said, What shall I do, Lord? And the Lord said to me, Arise, and go into Damascus; and there thou wilt be told of all which it hath been appointed thee to do. And as I could not see by reason of the brightness of that light, I was led by the hand of those that were with me, and came into Damascus. But one Ananias, a devout man according to the Law, well spoken of by all the Jews who dwelt there, came to me, and standing over me said, Brother Saul, receive sight. And I immediately looked up upon him. And he said, The God of our fathers chose thee to know his will, and to see the Righteous One, and to hear a voice from his mouth; for thou shalt be a witness for him to all men of what thou hast seen and heard. And now why dost thou delay? Arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on his name. And it came to pass after my return to Jerusalem, while I was praying in the temple, that I fell into a trance, and saw him saying to me, Make haste, and go quickly out of Jerusalem; for they will not receive thy testimony concerning me. And I said, Lord, they know that I imprisoned, and beat in every synagogue, those that believed in thee;

I indeed thought with myself that I ought to do many things in opposition to the name of Jesus the Nazarene. Which I also did in Jerusalem; and many of the saints did I myself shut up in prisons, having received authority from the chief priests; and when they were put to death, I gave my voice against them. And I punished them often in all the synagogues, and compelled them to blaspheme; and being exceedingly mad against them, I pursued them even to foreign cities. read more.
And as I was going to Damascus on this business, with authority and a commission from the chief priests, at midday, on the road, O king, I saw a light from heaven above the brightness of the sun, shining around me and those who were journeying with me. And when we had all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking to me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? It is hard for thee to kick against the goads. And I said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus, whom thou persecutest.


And while they were ministering to the Lord, and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them. Then, after they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.

that I should be a minister of Christ Jesus to the gentiles, performing the office of a priest in respect to the gospel of God, that the oblation of the gentiles may be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Spirit.

But when it pleased him who set me apart from my very birth, and called me through his grace, to reveal his Son within me, that I might publish the glad tidings of him among the gentiles, immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood, neither did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me, but I went away into Arabia, and returned again to Damascus. read more.
Then, after three years, I went up to Jerusalem to become acquainted with Cephas, and stayed with him fifteen days; but no other of the apostles did I see, save James the brother of the Lord. Now as to what I am writing to you, behold, before God, I do not lie. Afterwards I came into the regions of Syria and Cilicia; and I was unknown by face to the churches of Judaea which were in Christ; but they were only hearing that "He who was once our persecutor is now preaching the faith which he was once destroying"; and they glorified God in me.

For I am speaking to you gentiles; inasmuch as I am the apostle of the gentiles, I magnify my office,

For thus hath the Lord commanded us: "I have set thee to be a light of the gentiles, that thou mayst bring salvation even to the end of the earth." And when the gentiles heard this, they rejoiced, and glorified the word of the Lord; and as many as were ordained to everlasting life, believed.

And it came to pass after my return to Jerusalem, while I was praying in the temple, that I fell into a trance, and saw him saying to me, Make haste, and go quickly out of Jerusalem; for they will not receive thy testimony concerning me. And I said, Lord, they know that I imprisoned, and beat in every synagogue, those that believed in thee; read more.
and when the blood of Stephen, thy witness, was shed, I myself was standing by and consenting, and keeping the garments of those who slew him. And he said to me, Depart; for I will send thee far hence to the gentiles.


circumcised the eighth day, of the race of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of the Hebrews; as to the Law, a Pharisee;

I am indeed a Jew, born in Tarsus of Cilicia, hut brought up in this city, taught at the feet of Gamaliel in the strictness of the Law of our fathers, being zealous for God, as ye all are this day.

But Paul, perceiving one part to be Sadducees, and the other Pharisees, cried aloud in the council, Brethren! I am a Pharisee, the son of Pharisees; for the hope of the resurrection of the dead I am now tried.

Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they Abrams offspring? So am I.

and they know, if they are willing to testify, that from the first, according to the strictest sect of our religion, I lived a Pharisee.

and made progress in Judaism beyond many of the same age with me in my nation, being more exceedingly zealous for the traditions of my fathers.


For I could wish to be myself accursed and cast out from Christ in behalf of my brethren, my kinsmen as to the flesh;

Therefore be watchful, and remember that for the space of three years, night and day, I ceased not to warn every one with tears.

For many walk, of whom I told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ;


My love is with you all in Christ Jesus.

For out of much distress and anguish of heart I wrote to you with many tears, not that ye should be made sorrowful, but that ye might know the exceeding love which I have for you.


And as he discoursed of righteousness, and temperance, and the judgment to come, Felix became alarmed, and answered, Go thy way for the present; and when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee.

But when they had stretched him out with the cords, Paul said to the centurion that stood by, Is it lawful for you to scourge a man that is a Roman, and uncondemned?

And the jailer reported these words to Paul: The magistrates have sent to release you; now therefore come out, and go in peace. But Paul said to them, They have publicly beaten us uncondemned, although we are Romans, and have thrust us into prison; and now do they thrust us out secretly? No; but let them come themselves, and bring us out.


in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in watchings, in fastings;

but after we had suffered before and had been shamefully treated, as ye know, at Philippi, we were bold in our God to speak to you the gospel of God in much conflict.

And when it was day, the magistrates sent the sergeants, saying, Release those men. And the jailer reported these words to Paul: The magistrates have sent to release you; now therefore come out, and go in peace. But Paul said to them, They have publicly beaten us uncondemned, although we are Romans, and have thrust us into prison; and now do they thrust us out secretly? No; but let them come themselves, and bring us out. read more.
And the sergeants reported these words to the magistrates; and they were afraid when they heard that they were Romans. And they came and besought them; and when they had brought them out, they entreated them to leave the city.

thrice I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have spent in the deep;


For ye remember, brethren, our labor and toil, how laboring night and day, that we might not be burdensome to any of you, we preached to you the gospel of God.

Ye yourselves know, that these hands ministered to my necessities, and to those that were with me.


Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil; the Lord will reward him according to his works;

And about that time there arose no small tumult concerning the faith. For a certain man named Demetrius, a silversmith, made silver shrines of Diana, and brought no small gain to the craftsmen. And having called them together, with the workmen of like occupation, he said, Sirs, ye know that by this craft we have our wealth; read more.
and ye see and hear, that this Paul hath persuaded and turned away much people, not only of Ephesus, but of almost all Asia, saying, that those are not gods, which are made with hands. And there is not only danger that this branch of our business will come into disrepute, but also that the temple of the great goddess Diana will be despised, and her magnificence destroyed, whom all Asia and the world worship. And hearing this they became full of wrath, and kept crying out, saying, Great is Diana of the Ephesians! And the city was filled with confusion; and they rushed with one accord into the theatre, having seized Gaius and Aristarchus, men of Macedonia, Pauls companions in travel. And when Paul wished to go in to the people, the disciples would not suffer him. And some also of the Asiarchs, who were his friends, sent to him, and entreated him not to venture into the theatre. Some therefore were crying one thing, and some another; for the assembly was in confusion, and the greater part knew not wherefore they had come together. And they brought forward Alexander out of the multitude, the Jews putting him forward; and Alexander beckoned with his hand, desiring to make his defence to the people. But when they knew that he was a Jew, all with one voice for about two hours cried out, Great is Diana of the Ephesians! But when the Recorder had quieted the multitude, he said, Men of Ephesus, who is there among men that doth not know that the city of the Ephesians is guardian of the great Diana, and of the image which fell down from Jupiter? Since then these things cannot be denied, ye ought to be quiet, and do nothing rashly. For ye have brought hither these men, who are neither robbers of temples, nor blasphemers of your goddess. If then Demetrius and the craftsmen with him have a complaint against any one, the courts are open, and there are proconsuls; let them bring their charges against each other. But if ye ask for any thing further, it shall be determined in the lawful assembly. For we are in danger of being called to answer concerning this days riot, there being no ground on which we shall be able to give an account of this concourse. And when he had thus spoken, he dismissed the assembly.

For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our distress which came upon us in Asia, that it was exceedingly heavy upon us beyond our strength, so that we despaired even of life;


Then answered Paul, What mean ye that ye weep, and break my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.

But whatever things were gain to me, those for the sake of Christ I have counted but loss. Nay more, I count all things to be loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as refuse, that I may gain Christ, and be found in him, not having my own righteousness, which is of the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God upon faith; read more.
that I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, while becoming like him in his death, if by any means I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained, or have been already perfected; but I press on, if I may also lay hold of that for which I was laid hold of by Christ. Brethren, I do not reckon myself to have laid hold of it; but one thing I do, forgetting the things that are behind, and stretching forth to the things that are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the heavenly calling of God in Christ Jesus.


persecutions, sufferings; what things came upon me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured, and out of them all the Lord delivered me.

But there came thither Jews from Antioch and Iconium; who, having persuaded the multitudes, and stoned Paul, dragged him out of the city, supposing him to be dead.

thrice I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have spent in the deep;


And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus; and suddenly there shone around a him a light from heaven; and he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying to him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And he answered, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest. read more.
But arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.

at midday, on the road, O king, I saw a light from heaven above the brightness of the sun, shining around me and those who were journeying with me. And when we had all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking to me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? It is hard for thee to kick against the goads. And I said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus, whom thou persecutest.


But Saul ravaged the church, entering house after house, and dragging both men and women, committed them to prison.

But Saul, yet breathing out threatening and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest,

And Saul was consenting to his death. And there arose on that day a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and all were scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria, except the apostles.

and having cast him out of the city, they stoned him. And the witnesses laid down their garments at the feet of a young man named Saul;

And I persecuted this way [of belief] even to death, binding and putting into prisons both men and women,


And having found out the disciples, we remained there seven days; and they told Paul, through the Spirit, not to go up to Jerusalem.

And while we were staying some days longer, there came down from Judaea a certain prophet, named Agabus; and coming to us, he took off Pauls girdle, and bound his own feet and hands, and said, Thus saith the Holy Spirit: So will the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man that owneth this girdle, and will deliver him into the hands of the gentiles. But when we heard this, both we, and they of that place, besought him not to go to Jerusalem. read more.
Then answered Paul, What mean ye that ye weep, and break my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus. And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased; saying, The Lords will be done.

And now behold, I go, bound in my spirit, to Jerusalem, not knowing the things that will befall me there; save that the Holy Spirit witnesseth to me in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions await me.


Then some of the wandering Jewish exorcists undertook to name over those who had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, I adjure you by that Jesus whom Paul preacheth. And there were seven sons of Scevas, a Jewish chief priest, who did this. And the evil spirit answering said, Jesus I knew, and Paul I well know; but who are ye? read more.
And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them both, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded. And this became known to all, both Jews and Greeks, who dwelt at Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified. And many of the believers came, confessing and declaring their practices. Many also of those who had practised magical arts brought their books together, and burned them before all men; and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver. So the word of the Lord grew and prevailed mightily.

But I shall remain at Ephesus until the Pentecost; for a door hath been opened to me great and effective, and there are many adversaries.


And this she did for many days. But Paul, being much displeased, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And it came out immediately.

And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul;


of the Jews five times I received forty stripes save one; thrice I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have spent in the deep; by journeyings often; by perils of rivers, by perils of robbers, by perils from my countrymen, by perils from the heathen, by perils in the city, by perils in the wilderness, by perils in the sea, by perils among false brethren; read more.
by weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness. Besides the other troubles, there is that which presseth upon me daily, the anxiety for all the churches. Who is weak, and I am not weak? who is in danger of stumbling, and I do not burn? If I must boast, I will boast of the things which belong to my weakness. The God and Father of the Lord Jesus, who is blessed for evermore, knoweth that I am not lying. In Damascus the governor under Aretas the king kept guard over the city of the Damascenes, in order to apprehend me; and through a window I was let down in a basket by the wall, and escaped his hands.


But his disciples took him by night, and let him down through the wall, lowering him in a basket. And when he had come to Jerusalem, he attempted to join himself to the disciples; and they were all afraid of him, not believing that he was a disciple.

Then, after three years, I went up to Jerusalem to become acquainted with Cephas, and stayed with him fifteen days; but no other of the apostles did I see, save James the brother of the Lord.


And that I might not be too much lifted up by the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan, to buffet me, that I might not be too much lifted up. In respect to this I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me; and he said to me, My grace is sufficient for thee; for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather boast in my weaknesses, that the strength of Christ may abide upon me.

Nay, ye know that it was on account of an infirmity of the flesh that I preached the gospel to you the former time, and my trial which was in my flesh ye did not despise nor spurn; but received me as an angel of God, yea, as Christ Jesus.


They abode therefore a long time there, speaking boldly in reliance on the Lord, who gave testimony to the word of his grace, granting signs and wonders to be wrought by their a hands.

And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul;


For being free from all men, yet I made myself a servant to all, that I might gain the more; and to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain Jews; to those under the Law, as under the Law, not being myself under the Law, that I might gain those under the Law; to those without the Law, as without the Law, being not without a law before God, but under the law of Christ, that I might gain those without the Law; read more.
to the weak I became weak, that I might gain the weak; I have become all things to all, that I might by all means save some.


It is indeed not expedient for me to boast; I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord. I know a man in Christ, fourteen years ago,whether in the body, I know not, or whether out of the body, I know not; God knoweth,such a one caught up even to the third heaven. And I know such a man, whether in the body, or without the body, I know not; God knoweth, read more.
that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.


I am indeed a Jew, born in Tarsus of Cilicia, hut brought up in this city, taught at the feet of Gamaliel in the strictness of the Law of our fathers, being zealous for God, as ye all are this day.

But Paul said, I am a Jew of Tarsus, a citizen of no mean city of Cilicia; and I beseech thee, suffer me to speak to the people.

And the Lord said to him, Arise, and go into the street called Straight, and inquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus; for lo! he prayeth,


But the unbelieving Jews, taking with them certain bad men of the idlers in the marketplace, and gathering a crowd, set the city in an uproar; and having come to the house of Jason, they endeavored to bring them out to the people; but not finding them, they dragged Jason and some of the brethren before the city magistrates, crying out, These men that have turned the world upside down have come hither also; whom Jason hath entertained; and they are all acting in opposition to the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, Jesus. read more.
And they alarmed the multitude and the city magistrates when they heard these things. And having taken security of Jason and of the others, they let them go.

Paul, and Silvanus, and Timothy, to the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace be to you, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. We ought to thank God always for you, brethren, as is fit, because your faith increaseth exceedingly, and the love of every one of you all toward each ether aboundeth; read more.
so that we ourselves glory in you among the churches of God, for your constancy and faith in all your persecutions and the afflictions which ye endure;


Then the chief captain came near and laid hold of him, and commanded him to be bound with two chains; and inquired who he was, and what he had done. And some cried one thing, and some another, among the multitude. And not being able to gain certain knowledge on account of the uproar, he ordered him to be carried into the castle. And when he reached the stairs, he was obliged to be borne by the soldiers, on account of the violence of the crowd; read more.
for the multitude of the people were following, crying out, Away with him! And as he was about to be led into the castle, Paul saith to the chief captain, May I speak to thee? And he said, Canst thou speak Greek? Art thou not then the Egyptian, who before these days made an insurrection, and led out into the wilderness those four thousand men of the assassins? But Paul said, I am a Jew of Tarsus, a citizen of no mean city of Cilicia; and I beseech thee, suffer me to speak to the people. And when he had given him leave, Paul stood on the stairs, and beckoned with his hand to the people, and there was a great silence; and he spoke to them in the Hebrew tongue, saying,

Brethren and fathers, hear my defence, which I now make to you. And on hearing him speak to them in the Hebrew tongue, they kept the more silence. And he saith: I am indeed a Jew, born in Tarsus of Cilicia, hut brought up in this city, taught at the feet of Gamaliel in the strictness of the Law of our fathers, being zealous for God, as ye all are this day. read more.
And I persecuted this way [of belief] even to death, binding and putting into prisons both men and women, as also the highpriest beareth me witness, and all the elderhood; from whom I received letters to the brethren, and was on my way to Damascus to bring those also that were there, bound, to Jerusalem, that they might be punished. But it came to pass, as I was on my way, and approaching Damascus, that about noon there suddenly shone around me a great light from heaven; and I fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to me, Saul, Saul, why dost thou persecute me? And I answered, Who art thou, Lord? And he said to me, I am Jesus the Nazarene, whom thou persecutest. And they that were with me saw indeed the light, and were afraid; but the voice of him that spoke to me they did not hear. And I said, What shall I do, Lord? And the Lord said to me, Arise, and go into Damascus; and there thou wilt be told of all which it hath been appointed thee to do. And as I could not see by reason of the brightness of that light, I was led by the hand of those that were with me, and came into Damascus. But one Ananias, a devout man according to the Law, well spoken of by all the Jews who dwelt there, came to me, and standing over me said, Brother Saul, receive sight. And I immediately looked up upon him. And he said, The God of our fathers chose thee to know his will, and to see the Righteous One, and to hear a voice from his mouth; for thou shalt be a witness for him to all men of what thou hast seen and heard. And now why dost thou delay? Arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on his name. And it came to pass after my return to Jerusalem, while I was praying in the temple, that I fell into a trance, and saw him saying to me, Make haste, and go quickly out of Jerusalem; for they will not receive thy testimony concerning me. And I said, Lord, they know that I imprisoned, and beat in every synagogue, those that believed in thee; and when the blood of Stephen, thy witness, was shed, I myself was standing by and consenting, and keeping the garments of those who slew him. And he said to me, Depart; for I will send thee far hence to the gentiles.


Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you with all endurance, by signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds.


But Paul said to them, They have publicly beaten us uncondemned, although we are Romans, and have thrust us into prison; and now do they thrust us out secretly? No; but let them come themselves, and bring us out.

But when they had stretched him out with the cords, Paul said to the centurion that stood by, Is it lawful for you to scourge a man that is a Roman, and uncondemned? When the centurion heard this, he went and told the chief captain, saying, What art thou about to do? For this man is a Roman. Then the chief captain came and said to him, Tell me, art thou a Roman? He said, Yes. read more.
The chief captain answered, For a great sum I obtained this citizenship. And Paul said, But I was born a Roman.


For ye sympathized with those in bonds, and ye took joyfully the plundering of your goods, knowing that ye have for yourselves a better and an enduring substance.

but after we had suffered before and had been shamefully treated, as ye know, at Philippi, we were bold in our God to speak to you the gospel of God in much conflict.


But Saul (who is also called Paul), filled with the Holy Spirit, fixed his eyes on him

But Saul, yet breathing out threatening and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest,

And Saul was consenting to his death. And there arose on that day a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and all were scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria, except the apostles.


and because he was of the same trade, he abode with them, and worked; for they were tentmakers by trade.

I have coveted no mans silver, or gold, or apparel. Ye yourselves know, that these hands ministered to my necessities, and to those that were with me. In all ways I showed you that so laboring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that he himself said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.


Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, I, who present indeed am lowly among you, but am bold toward you when absent;

For his letters, saith one, are weighty and strong; but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible.

And though I am rude in speech, yet I am not in knowledge; but this did we in every respect manifest to you in all things.


On the morrow, wishing to have certain knowledge why he was accused by the Jews, he released him, and ordered the chief priests and all the council to assemble; and bringing Paul down, he set him before them.

And Paul looking earnestly upon the council, said: Brethren! I have ordered my life in all good conscience before God to this day. And the highpriest, Ananias, commanded those who stood by him to smite him on the mouth. Then Paul said to him, God will smite thee, thou whited wall! Art thou then sitting to judge me according to the law, and dost thou command me to be smitten contrary to the law? read more.
And they that stood by said, Dost thou revile Gods highpriest? Then said Paul, I knew not, brethren, that he was highpriest; for it is written, "Thou shalt not speak evil of a ruler of thy people."


For ye remember, brethren, our labor and toil, how laboring night and day, that we might not be burdensome to any of you, we preached to you the gospel of God.

neither did we eat any mans bread for nought, but were working with labor and travail night and day, that we might not be burdensome to any of you.


I say then, Hath God cast off his people? Far be it I For I myself am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.

circumcised the eighth day, of the race of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of the Hebrews; as to the Law, a Pharisee;


I have fought the good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith; henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me at that day, and not to me only, but to all those who have loved his appearing.


And after some days Agrippa the king and Bernice came to Caesarea to greet Festus. And while they were making a stay of some days there, Festus laid the case of Paul before the king, saying, There is a certain man left in bonds by Felix, against whom, when I was at Jerusalem, the chief priests and the elders of the Jews brought a complaint, asking for judgment against him. read more.
To whom I answered, It is not the custom of the Romans to give up any man on a charge, before the accused hath the accusers face to face, and hath opportunity to answer for himself concerning the crime laid against him. When therefore they had come together here, without any delay I sat on the judgmentseat on the day after, and ordered the man to be brought forward. And his accusers standing around him brought no accusation of such things as I had conjectured, but had against him certain questions of their own religion, and of one Jesus that was dead, whom Paul affirmed to be alive. And I being at a loss about such questions, asked him if he was willing to go to Jerusalem and there be put on trial for these matters. But Paul having appealed to be kept in custody for the judgment of Augustus, I ordered him to be kept till I should send him up to Caesar. Then Agrippa said to Festus, I should like to hear the man myself. Tomorrow, said he, thou shalt hear him. Accordingly on the morrow Agrippa and Bernice came with great pomp, and entered into the place of hearing, with the chief captains and principal men of the city, and at the order of Festus Paul was brought forward. And Festus said: King Agrippa, and all men who are here present with us! Ye see this man about whom the whole multitude of the Jews applied to me both at Jerusalem and here, crying out that he ought no longer to live. But having found that he had done nothing deserving death, and he himself having appealed to Augustus, I determined to send him; and as I have nothing certain to write about him to the emperor, I have brought him forward before you, and specially before thee, king Agrippa, that when the examination hath been made, I may have something to write. For it seemeth to me unreasonable to send a prisoner and not signify the charges against him;


For this cause I endure all things for the sake of the elect, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus, with everlasting glory.


And having landed at Caesarea and gone up and saluted the church, he went down to Antioch.

But the brethren obtaining knowledge of it, brought him down to Caesarea, and sent him forth to Tarsus.


And now why dost thou delay? Arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on his name.

And immediately there fell off from his eyes as it were scales; and he received sight, and arose, and was baptized.


I am indeed a Jew, born in Tarsus of Cilicia, hut brought up in this city, taught at the feet of Gamaliel in the strictness of the Law of our fathers, being zealous for God, as ye all are this day.

My manner of life, then, from my youth, which was from the beginning among my own nation and at Jerusalem, all Jews know:


But there came thither Jews from Antioch and Iconium; who, having persuaded the multitudes, and stoned Paul, dragged him out of the city, supposing him to be dead. But the disciples having gathered around him, he rose up, and came into the city. And the next day he departed with Barnabas to Derbe. And when they had published the glad tidings to that city, and had made many disciples, they went back to Lystra, and to Iconium, and to Antioch; read more.
confirming the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and saying that it is through many afflictions that we mast enter into the kingdom of God. And having appointed for them elders in every church, they prayed with fasting, and commended them to the Lord, in whom they believed.


But there came thither Jews from Antioch and Iconium; who, having persuaded the multitudes, and stoned Paul, dragged him out of the city, supposing him to be dead. But the disciples having gathered around him, he rose up, and came into the city. And the next day he departed with Barnabas to Derbe. And when they had published the glad tidings to that city, and had made many disciples, they went back to Lystra, and to Iconium, and to Antioch; read more.
confirming the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and saying that it is through many afflictions that we mast enter into the kingdom of God. And having appointed for them elders in every church, they prayed with fasting, and commended them to the Lord, in whom they believed.


And now behold, I go, bound in my spirit, to Jerusalem, not knowing the things that will befall me there; save that the Holy Spirit witnesseth to me in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions await me. But I count life of no value to me, so that I may finish my course, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify the glad tidings of the grace of God. read more.
And now, behold, I know that ye all, among whom I went about preaching the kingdom, will see my face no more. Wherefore I testify to you this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men; for I have not shunned to declare to you the whole counsel of God. Take heed therefore to yourselves, and to all the flock over which the Holy Spirit made you overseers, to feed the church of the Lord, which he purchased with his own blood. For I know this, that after my departure grievous wolves will enter in among you, not sparing the flock. And from among yourselves will men arise speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them. Therefore be watchful, and remember that for the space of three years, night and day, I ceased not to warn every one with tears. And now I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, who is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all the sanctified. I have coveted no mans silver, or gold, or apparel. Ye yourselves know, that these hands ministered to my necessities, and to those that were with me. In all ways I showed you that so laboring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that he himself said, It is more blessed to give than to receive. And having thus spoken, he kneeled down, and prayed with them all. And they all wept sorely, and fell on Pauls neck, and kissed him; sorrowing most of all for the word which he had spoken, that they were to see his face no more. And they accompanied him to the ship.


And when Gallio was proconsul of Achaia, the Jews rose up with one accord against Paul, and brought him before the judgmentseat, saying, This man persuadeth people to worship God contrary to the law. And as Paul was about to open his mouth, Gallio said to the Jews, If it were some act of injustice or wicked misdeed, O Jews, with reason I should bear with you; read more.
but if it be questions of doctrine, and names, and your law, look to it yourselves; I will not be a judge of these matters. And he drove them from the judgmentseat. But they all laid hold of Sosthenes, the ruler of the synagogue, and beat him before the judgmentseat; and Gallio cared for none of these things. And Paul, having stayed many days longer, took leave of the brethren, and sailed thence to Syria, and with him Priscilla and Aquila, after he had shaved his head in Cenchreae, for he had a vow.


And when Gallio was proconsul of Achaia, the Jews rose up with one accord against Paul, and brought him before the judgmentseat, saying, This man persuadeth people to worship God contrary to the law. And as Paul was about to open his mouth, Gallio said to the Jews, If it were some act of injustice or wicked misdeed, O Jews, with reason I should bear with you; read more.
but if it be questions of doctrine, and names, and your law, look to it yourselves; I will not be a judge of these matters. And he drove them from the judgmentseat. But they all laid hold of Sosthenes, the ruler of the synagogue, and beat him before the judgmentseat; and Gallio cared for none of these things. And Paul, having stayed many days longer, took leave of the brethren, and sailed thence to Syria, and with him Priscilla and Aquila, after he had shaved his head in Cenchreae, for he had a vow.


where we found brethren, and were entreated to remain with them seven days; and so we went toward Rome. And from thence, the brethren having heard of us came to meet us as far as Appii Forum, and the Three Taverns; at the sight of whom Paul thanked God and took courage. And when we had come to Rome, Paul was permitted to dwell by himself, with the soldier that guarded him.


And from Miletus he sent to Ephesus, and called the elders of the church. And when they had come to him, he said to them: Ye yourselves know, from the first day that I came into Asia, after what manner I have been with you the whole time, serving the Lord with all humility, and with tears, and trials which befell me by the plots of the Jews; read more.
how I kept back nothing that was profitable, but have made it known to you, and have taught you publicly, and from house to house; testifying to both Jews and Greeks repentance toward God, and faith in our Lord Jesus.


And it came to pass that after three days he called together the chief men of the Jews, and when they had met he said to them, Brethren, I, though I had done nothing against the people, or the customs of our fathers, was delivered up a prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans; who, when they had examined me, wished to release me, because I had done nothing deserving death. But when the Jews spoke against it, I was constrained to appeal to Caesar; not that I had any charge to bring against my nation. read more.
For this reason therefore I have called for you, to see you and speak to you; for it is on account of the hope of Israel that I am bound with this chain. And they said to him, We neither received letters from Judea concerning thee, nor did any one of the brethren that came report or speak any evil of thee. But we think it proper to hear from thee what thou thinkest; for with regard to this sect, we know that it is everywhere spoken against. And when they had appointed him a day, many came to him at his lodging; to whom he expounded, and earnestly testified, the kingdom of God, endeavoring to persuade them concerning Jesus both from the Law of Moses, and from the Prophets, from morning till evening. And some believed the things spoken, and some believed not. So, disagreeing with one another, they took their departure, after Paul had spoken one word: Well did the Holy Spirit speak through Isaiah the prophet to your fathers, saying, "Go to this people, and say, Hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see and not perceive. For the heart of this people hath become gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart and turn from their ways, and I should heal them." Be it therefore known to you, that to the gentiles this salvation of God hath been sent; they, moreover, will hear. (...)


And after three months we put to sea in a ship of Alexandria, which had wintered in the island, whose sign was Castor and Pollux. And landing at Syracuse, we stayed there three days; and from thence we made a circuit, and came to Rhegium; and after one day a south wind arose, and we came on the second day to Puteoli,


And when we arrived at Jerusalem, the brethren received us gladly. And the day following Paul went in with us to James; and all the elders were present. And having embraced them, he recounted particularly what things God had wrought among the gentiles through his ministry. read more.
And they on hearing it glorified God; and said to him, Thou seest, brother, how many thousands of believers there are among the Jews, and they are all zealots for the Law. But they have been informed concerning thee, that thou teachest all the Jews who are among the gentiles to forsake Moses, telling them not to circumcise their children, nor to walk after the customs. What then is to be done? The multitude will necessarily come together; for they will hear that thou hast come. Do this therefore that we advise thee. We have four men who have a vow on them. These take, and purify thyself with them, and pay the expenses for them, that they may shave their heads; and all will know that those things of which they have been informed concerning thee are nothing, but that thou thyself also walkest in observance of the Law. But concerning the gentile believers, we have written to them and decided that they should observe no such thing, save only to abstain from things offered to idols, and from blood, and from what hath been strangled, and from fornication.


We however, going forward to the ship, put to sea for Assos, intending to take in Paul from that place; for so he had appointed, intending himself to go on foot. And when he met us at Assos, we took him on board, and came to Mitylene; and sailing thence, we came the following day over against Chios. And the next day we arrived at Samos; and having tarried at Trogyllium, we came the next day to Miletus. read more.
For Paul had determined to sail past Ephesus, that he might not be detained in Asia; for he was hastening, if it were possible for him, to be at Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost.


And some days after, Paul said to Barnabas, Let us go again and visit the brethren in every city where we have preached the word of the Lord, and see how they are. And Barnabas determined to take with them John, called Mark. But Paul did not think it proper to take with them a man who had left them in Pamphylia, and went not with them to the work. read more.
And there arose a sharp contention, so that they parted from each other, and Barnabas took Mark and sailed to Cyprus. And Paul chose Silas and went forth, having been commended by the brethren to the grace of the Lord. And he went through Syria and Cilicia, confirming the churches.


And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night to Berea; who, having come there, went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily, whether these things were so. Many of them therefore believed; and of the Grecian women of rank and men, not a few.


And it came to pass, as we were going to the place of prayer, that a certain bondmaid having a soothsaying spirit met us, who brought her masters much gain by soothsaying. This woman followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, who announce to you the way of salvation. And this she did for many days. But Paul, being much displeased, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And it came out immediately.


Then Paul took the men, and the next day having purified himself with them, entered the temple, announcing the completion of the days of the purification, until the offering was made for every one of them. And when the seven days were almost ended, the Jews from Asia, having seen him in the temple, stirred up the whole multitude, and laid hands on him, crying out, Men of Israel, help! This is the man that teacheth every one everywhere against the people, and the Law, and this place; and besides he even brought Greeks into the temple, and hath polluted this holy place. read more.
For they had before seen with him in the city Trophimus, the Ephesian, whom they supposed that Paul had brought into the temple. And the whole city was in motion, and the people ran together; and they laid hold of Paul and dragged him out of the temple; and forthwith the doors were shut. And while they were endeavoring to kill him, tidings came up to the chief captain of the band, that all Jerusalem was in an uproar; who immediately took soldiers and centurions, and ran down to them. And seeing the chief captain and the soldiers, they left off beating Paul. Then the chief captain came near and laid hold of him, and commanded him to be bound with two chains; and inquired who he was, and what he had done.


But her masters seeing that the hope of their gain was gone, laid hold of Paul and Silas, and dragged them into the marketplace to the rulers; and having brought them before the magistrates, said, These men are grievously disturbing our city, being Jews; and they teach customs which it is not lawful for us Romans to receive or observe. read more.
And the multitude rose up together against them, and the magistrates, tearing off their clothes, commanded to beat them with rods; and when they had laid on them many stripes, they cast them into prison, charging the jailer to keep them safely; who having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks. But at midnight Paul and Silas praying, were singing praises to God; and the prisoners were listening to them. And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and all the doors were immediately opened, and the bands of all were loosed. And the jailer awakening out of sleep, and seeing the prisondoors open, drew his sword, and was about to kill himself, supposing that the prisoners had escaped. But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm, for we are all here. Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and fell down trembling before Paul and Silas; and having brought them out, he said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe in the Lord Jesus, and thou wilt be saved, and thy household. And they spoke to him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house. And he took them with him at that hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and he was immediately baptized, himself and all that belonged to him. And when he had brought them up into his house, he set food before them, and rejoiced with all his house, having become a believer in God.


Now while Paul was waiting for them at Athens, his spirit was stirred within him, when he saw the city full of idols. Therefore he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and the devout [Greeks], and in the market daily with those that met him. And some of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers also conversed with him. And some said, What doth this babbler mean to say? and others, He seemeth to be a setter forth of foreign gods; because he brought the glad tidings of Jesus and the resurrection. read more.
And they took him and brought him to Mars hill, saying, May we know what this new doctrine is, of which thou speakest? For thou bringest certain strange things to our ears. We would know therefore what these things mean. Now all the Athenians, and the strangers residing among them, spent their leisure for nothing else but to tell or to hear something new. Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars hill, and said, Men of Athens, in all things I perceive that ye are very devout. For while passing along and observing your objects of worship, I found also an altar with this inscription, "To an unknown God." What therefore ye, without knowledge of it, worship, that do I make known to you. The God who made the world and all things therein, he, being Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; nor doth he receive service at the hands of men, as though he needed anything, since it is he that giveth to all life and breath and all things. And he made of one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, having fixed appointed times, and the bounds of their habitation; that they should seek God, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he is not far from every one of us. For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as also some of your own poets have said: "For we are also his offspring." Being then the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Deity is like to gold or silver or stone, graven by the art and device of man. The times indeed of ignorance God overlooked; but now commandeth all men every where to repent; inasmuch as he hath fixed a day, in which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he hath appointed; having given assurance to all by raising him from the dead. And when they heard of a resurrection of the dead, some mocked; but ethers said, We will hear thee again about this matter. Thus Paul departed from among them. But certain men joined themselves to him, and believed; among whom was Dionysius the Areopagite; and a woman named Damaris, and others with them.


And setting sail from Troas, we came with a straight course to Samothrace, and on the day following to Neapolis; and thence to Philippi, which is a chief city of the province of Macedonia, a colony. And we remained in the city some days. And on the sabbathday we went forth out of the gate to a riverside, where was wont to be a place of prayer, and we sat down, and spoke to the women who had assembled. read more.
And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, who worshipped God, was listening; whose heart the Lord opened to attend to the things which were spoken by Paul. And when she had been baptized, and her household, she besought us, saying, If ye have judged me to be a believer in the Lord, come into my house, and abide. And she constrained us.


But not long after, there rushed against it a tempestuous wind, called Euroclydon. And the ship being caught, and unable to face the wind, we gave up to it, and were driven along. And running under a certain small island called Clauda, we were hardly able to get possession of the boat; read more.
which when they had taken up, they used helps, undergirding the ship; and fearing lest they should run into the Syrtis, they lowered the sail and so were driven. And as we were violently tempesttossed, the next day they began to lighten the vessel; and the third day we cast out with our own hands the movables of the ship. And as neither sun nor stars had appeared for many days, and no small tempest lay on us, thenceforward all hope that we should be saved was taken away. And after there had been much abstinence from food, Paul stood up in the midst of them and said, Sirs, ye should have hearkened to me, and not have put to sea from Crete, nod thus brought upon yourselves this injury and loss. And now I exhort you to be of good cheer; for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship. For there stood by me this night an angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve, saying, Fear not, Paul! Thou must stand before Caesar; and lo, God hath given thee all those that sail with thee. Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer; for I believe God, that it will be just as it hath been told me. But we must be cast upon some island. And when the fourteenth night had come on, as we were driven onward in the Adriatic sea, about midnight the sailors suspected that they were near some country; and sounding, they found twenty fathoms; and having gone a little further and sounded again, they found fifteen fathoms; then fearing lest we should fall upon rocks, they cast four anchors out of the stern, and wished for day. And as the sailors were seeking means to escape from the ship, when they had lowered the boat into the sea, under the pretence that they were about to carry out anchors from the foreship, Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers, If these men do not stay in the ship, ye cannot be saved. Then the soldiers cut off the ropes of the boat, and let it fall off. And while the day was coming on, Paul exhorted them all to take food; saying, This is the fourteenth day that ye have waited, and continued fasting, having taken nothing. Wherefore I exhort you to take food; for this is for your safety; for there shall not a hair be lost from the head of one of you. And having thus spoken, he took bread, and gave thanks to God in presence of them all, and having broken it, he began to eat. Then were they all of good cheer, and they also took food. And there were of us in the ship in all two hundred and seventysix souls. And when they had eaten enough, they lightened the ship, casting out the grain into the sea. And when it was day, they did not know the land; but they observed a certain creek having a beach, into which they determined, if possible, to run the ship. And cutting away the anchors, they left them in the sea, and at the same time unfastening the rudderbands, and hoisting the foresail to the wind, they made toward the beach. And falling into a place having the sea on both sides, they ran the ship aground; and the prow stuck fast, and remained immovable, but the stern was breaking to pieces with the violence [of the waves]. And on the part of the soldiers there was a plan to kill the prisoners, lest any one should swim out and escape. But the centurion, wishing to save Paul, kept them from their purpose, and ordered those who could swim to cast themselves first into the sea, and get to land, and the rest, some on boards, and others on something from the ship. And in this way it came to pass, that they all escaped safe to land.


And Paul, having stayed many days longer, took leave of the brethren, and sailed thence to Syria, and with him Priscilla and Aquila, after he had shaved his head in Cenchreae, for he had a vow. And they came to Ephesus, and he left them there; but he himself entered the synagogue, and reasoned with the Jews. And when they asked him to stay longer, he consented not; read more.
but having taken leave of them, saying, I will return to you, if God will, he set sail from Ephesus. And having landed at Caesarea and gone up and saluted the church, he went down to Antioch. And after he had spent some time there, he departed, going through the Galatian country and Phrygia in order, strengthening all the disciples.


And after three months we put to sea in a ship of Alexandria, which had wintered in the island, whose sign was Castor and Pollux. And landing at Syracuse, we stayed there three days; and from thence we made a circuit, and came to Rhegium; and after one day a south wind arose, and we came on the second day to Puteoli,


But when the Jews of Thessalonica knew that at Beroea, too, the word of God was preached by Paul, they came hither also, and stirred up the multitudes. And then immediately the brethren sent away Paul to go to the sea; but Silas and Timothy remained there. And they who conducted Paul brought him to Athens; and having received a commandment to Silas and Timothy to come to him as soon as possible, they departed.


And when these things were ended, Paul resolved to pass through Macedonia and Achaia, and to go to Jerusalem, saying, After I have been there, I must also see Rome. And having sent into Macedonia two of those who ministered to him, Timothy and Erastus, he himself stayed in Asia for a season.


Then it was decided by the apostles and the elders, with the whole church, to choose men from among themselves, and send them to Antioch, with Paul and Barnabas, namely, Judas called Barsabbas, and Silas, leading men among the brethren.

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


And in those days prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. And one of them named Agabus stood up, and signified by the Spirit, that there was about to be a great famine over the whole world; which came to pass in the days of Claudius. And according as any one of the disciples was prospered, they determined every one of them to send relief to the brethren who dwelt in Judaea; read more.
which also they did, sending it to the elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul.


And having gone through Pisidia, they came to Pamphylia; and when they had spoken the word in Perga, they went down to Attalia, and thence set sail for Antioch, whence they had been commended to the grace of God, for the work which they had accomplished. read more.
And when they had arrived and had gathered the church together, they related what great things God had wrought with them, and that he had opened a door of faith to the gentiles. And they abode no little time with the disciples.


But not long after, there rushed against it a tempestuous wind, called Euroclydon. And the ship being caught, and unable to face the wind, we gave up to it, and were driven along. And running under a certain small island called Clauda, we were hardly able to get possession of the boat; read more.
which when they had taken up, they used helps, undergirding the ship; and fearing lest they should run into the Syrtis, they lowered the sail and so were driven. And as we were violently tempesttossed, the next day they began to lighten the vessel; and the third day we cast out with our own hands the movables of the ship. And as neither sun nor stars had appeared for many days, and no small tempest lay on us, thenceforward all hope that we should be saved was taken away. And after there had been much abstinence from food, Paul stood up in the midst of them and said, Sirs, ye should have hearkened to me, and not have put to sea from Crete, nod thus brought upon yourselves this injury and loss. And now I exhort you to be of good cheer; for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship. For there stood by me this night an angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve, saying, Fear not, Paul! Thou must stand before Caesar; and lo, God hath given thee all those that sail with thee. Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer; for I believe God, that it will be just as it hath been told me. But we must be cast upon some island. And when the fourteenth night had come on, as we were driven onward in the Adriatic sea, about midnight the sailors suspected that they were near some country; and sounding, they found twenty fathoms; and having gone a little further and sounded again, they found fifteen fathoms; then fearing lest we should fall upon rocks, they cast four anchors out of the stern, and wished for day. And as the sailors were seeking means to escape from the ship, when they had lowered the boat into the sea, under the pretence that they were about to carry out anchors from the foreship, Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers, If these men do not stay in the ship, ye cannot be saved. Then the soldiers cut off the ropes of the boat, and let it fall off. And while the day was coming on, Paul exhorted them all to take food; saying, This is the fourteenth day that ye have waited, and continued fasting, having taken nothing. Wherefore I exhort you to take food; for this is for your safety; for there shall not a hair be lost from the head of one of you. And having thus spoken, he took bread, and gave thanks to God in presence of them all, and having broken it, he began to eat. Then were they all of good cheer, and they also took food. And there were of us in the ship in all two hundred and seventysix souls. And when they had eaten enough, they lightened the ship, casting out the grain into the sea. And when it was day, they did not know the land; but they observed a certain creek having a beach, into which they determined, if possible, to run the ship. And cutting away the anchors, they left them in the sea, and at the same time unfastening the rudderbands, and hoisting the foresail to the wind, they made toward the beach. And falling into a place having the sea on both sides, they ran the ship aground; and the prow stuck fast, and remained immovable, but the stern was breaking to pieces with the violence [of the waves]. And on the part of the soldiers there was a plan to kill the prisoners, lest any one should swim out and escape. But the centurion, wishing to save Paul, kept them from their purpose, and ordered those who could swim to cast themselves first into the sea, and get to land, and the rest, some on boards, and others on something from the ship. And in this way it came to pass, that they all escaped safe to land.


And he abode two whole years in his own hired house and gladly received all that came in to him, proclaiming the kingdom of God, and teaching the things concerning the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, without hindrance from any one.


And they, going on from Perga, came to Antioch in Pisidia; and they went into the synagogue on the sabbathday, and sat down. And after the reading of the Law and the Prophets, the rulers of the synagogue sent to them, saying, Brethren, if ye have any word of exhortation for the people, speak. Then Paul stood up, and beckoned with his hand and said, Men of Israel, and ye that fear God, hearken. read more.
The God of this people chose our fathers, and he exalted the people in their sojourn in the land of Egypt, and with a high arm he brought them out of it; and for about forty years he nourished them in the wilderness. And having destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan, he gave them their land as a possession. And after that, for about four hundred and fifty years, he gave judges, until Samuel the prophet. And afterward they asked for a king; and God gave them Saul the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, for forty years; and having removed him, he raised up to them David to be their king, to whom he gave testimony, saying, "I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after my own heart, who will do all my will." From the seed of this man hath God, according to his promise, brought to Israel a Saviour, Jesus; before whose coming forward John had first preached a baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel. And as John was finishing his course, he said, Who do ye think that I am? I am not He. But lo I there cometh after me one, the sandal of whose feet I am not worthy to loose. Brethren, sons of the stock of Abraham, and those among you who fear God, to you was the word of this salvation sent forth. For they that dwell at Jerusalem, and their rulers, not knowing him, nor the voices of the prophets which are read every sabbath, fulfilled them in condemning him. And though they found nothing deserving death in him, they asked of Pilate that he should be slain. And when they had accomplished all that was written of him, they took him down from the cross, and laid him in a tomb. But God raised him from the dead, and he was seen for many days by those who came up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are now his witnesses to the people. And we declare to you the glad tidings, that the promise which was made to the fathers God hath fulfilled to us their children, in raising up Jesus [from the dead]; as it is also written in the first Psalm: "Thou art my Son; I have this day begotten thee." And that he raised him up from the dead, no more to return to corruption, he hath thus spoken: "I will give you the sure holy things promised to David." Wherefore also in another Psalm he saith, "Thou wilt not suffer thy holy one to see corruption:" For David, after having in his own generation served the will of God, fell asleep, and was added to his fathers, and saw corruption; but he whom God raised from the dead did not see corruption. Be it therefore known to you, brethren, that through this man is announced to you the forgiveness of sins; and by him every one that believeth is justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses. Beware therefore, lest that come upon you which is spoken in the Prophets, "Behold, ye despisers, and wonder, and perish! for I work a work in your days, a work which ye will not believe, though one should plainly declare it to you."


And as they were going out, they besought that these words might be spoken to them on the next sabbath.

And the word of the Lord was spread abroad throughout the whole country.


And he called to him two of the centurions, saying, Make ready two hundred soldiers to go to Caesarea, and seventy horsemen, and two hundred spearmen, at the third hour of the night; and provide beasts, whereon they may set Paul, and carry him safe to Felix the governor. And he wrote a letter after this manner: read more.
Claudius Lysias to the moss excellent governor Felix, greeting. This man was taken by the Jews, and was about to be killed by them; but I came upon them with the soldiery, and rescued him, having learned that he was a Roman. And wishing to know the crime of which they accused him, I brought him down to their council; but I found him to be accused only on account of questions of their law, and to have nothing laid to his charge deserving death or bonds. And having been informed of a plot against the man, I sent him at once to thee, and directed his accusers also to bring their charges against him before thee. Then the soldiers, as was commanded them, took Paul, and brought him by night to Antipatris. But on the morrow they left the horsemen to go on with him, and returned to the castle. And they, when they had come to Caesarea, and delivered the letter to the governor, presented Paul also before him.


And when it was day, the Jews banded together, and bound themselves under a curse, saying that they would neither eat nor drink till they had killed Paul. And there were more than forty who took this oath together. And they came to the chief priests and the elders, and said, We have bound ourselves under a great curse, to taste nothing until we have killed Paul. read more.
Now therefore do ye with the council give notice to the chief captain, that he bring him down to you, as though ye were about to examine his case more thoroughly; and we are ready to kill him before he cometh near you.


But Pauls sisters son hearing of the plot went, and entering the castle, told Paul. Then Paul called one of the centurions to him, and said, Take this young man to the chief captain; for he hath something to tell him. So he took him and brought him to the chief captain, and said, Paul the prisoner called me to him, and asked me to bring this young man to thee, as he hath something to say to thee. read more.
Then the chief captain took him by the hand and went aside privately, and asked him, What is it that thou hast to tell me? And he said, The Jews have agreed to ask thee to bring down Paul tomorrow into the council, as though thou wert about to inquire more thoroughly concerning him. But do not thou yield to them; for there lie in wait for him more than forty men of them, who have bound themselves with an oath neither to eat nor drink till they have killed him; and they are now ready, looking for the promise from thee. The chief captain then dismissed the young man with the charge, Tell no one that thou hast disclosed these things to me.


And the multitudes, seeing what Paul had done, lifted up their voices, saying, in the language of Lycaonia, The gods have come down to us in the likeness of men. And they called Barnabas, Jupiter; and Paul, Mercury, because he was the chief speaker. Then the priest of Jupiter, that was in front of the city, brought oxen and garlands to the gates, and would have offered sacrifice with the multitudes. read more.
But the apostles, Barnabas and Paul, when they heard of it, rent their garments, and rushed forth to the multitude, crying out and saying, Men, why do ye these things? We also are men of like nature with you, bringing to you glad tidings, that ye may turn from these vanities to the living God, who made heaven and earth and sea, and all things that are therein; who in the ages past suffered all the nations to walk in their own ways; although he left not himself without witness, in that he did good, giving you rain from heaven and fruitful seasons, filling your hearts with food and gladness. And with these words, they hardly restrained the multitudes from sacrificing to them.


But Paul said, I stand at the judgmentseat of Caesar, where I ought to be tried. To the Jews I have done no wrong, as thou also very well knowest. If indeed I am an offender, and have done anything deserving death, I refuse not to die; but if there be nothing in the charges which they bring against me, no man can give me up to them. I appeal to Caesar. Then Festus having conferred with the council, answered, Thou hast appealed to Caesar; to Caesar shalt thou go.


And he went to Tarsus, to seek for Saul; and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. And it came to pass, that for a whole year they came together in the church, and taught a great multitude; and the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.


the chief captain ordered him to be brought into the castle, and bade that he should be examined by scourging; that he might ascertain for what cause they were thus crying out against him. But when they had stretched him out with the cords, Paul said to the centurion that stood by, Is it lawful for you to scourge a man that is a Roman, and uncondemned? When the centurion heard this, he went and told the chief captain, saying, What art thou about to do? For this man is a Roman. read more.
Then the chief captain came and said to him, Tell me, art thou a Roman? He said, Yes. The chief captain answered, For a great sum I obtained this citizenship. And Paul said, But I was born a Roman. They therefore who were about to examine him left him immediately. And the chief captain also was alarmed when he knew that he was a Roman, and because he had bound him. On the morrow, wishing to have certain knowledge why he was accused by the Jews, he released him, and ordered the chief priests and all the council to assemble; and bringing Paul down, he set him before them.


But the Jews stirred up the women of rank who worshipped God, and the chief men of the city, and raised a persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and drove them from their borders. But they shook off the dust of their feet against them, and came to Iconium.


And he discoursed in the synagogue every sabbath, and endeavored to persuade both Jews and Greeks. And when both Silas and Timothy had come from Macedonia, Paul was wholly engaged in the word, testifying to the Jews, that Jesus was the Christ. And when they set themselves against him, and reviled, he shook his garments, and said to them, Your blood be upon your own heads! I am clean; from this time I will go to the gentiles. read more.
And he departed thence, and went to the house of a certain man, named Justus, a worshipper of God, whose house was very near the synagogue. And Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue, believed in the Lord with all his house; and many of the Corinthians upon hearing believed, and were baptized. And the Lord said to Paul through a vision in the night, Be not afraid, but speak on, and be not silent; for I am with thee, and no one shall lay hands on thee, to hurt thee; for I have much people in this city. And he continued there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.


And he discoursed in the synagogue every sabbath, and endeavored to persuade both Jews and Greeks. And when both Silas and Timothy had come from Macedonia, Paul was wholly engaged in the word, testifying to the Jews, that Jesus was the Christ. And when they set themselves against him, and reviled, he shook his garments, and said to them, Your blood be upon your own heads! I am clean; from this time I will go to the gentiles. read more.
And he departed thence, and went to the house of a certain man, named Justus, a worshipper of God, whose house was very near the synagogue. And Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue, believed in the Lord with all his house; and many of the Corinthians upon hearing believed, and were baptized. And the Lord said to Paul through a vision in the night, Be not afraid, but speak on, and be not silent; for I am with thee, and no one shall lay hands on thee, to hurt thee; for I have much people in this city. And he continued there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.


And on the morrow we departed, and came to Caesarea; and entering the house of Philip the evangelist, who was one of the seven, we stayed with him. And this man had four daughters, virgins, who prophesied. And while we were staying some days longer, there came down from Judaea a certain prophet, named Agabus; read more.
and coming to us, he took off Pauls girdle, and bound his own feet and hands, and said, Thus saith the Holy Spirit: So will the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man that owneth this girdle, and will deliver him into the hands of the gentiles. But when we heard this, both we, and they of that place, besought him not to go to Jerusalem. Then answered Paul, What mean ye that ye weep, and break my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus. And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased; saying, The Lords will be done. And after those days we got ready our baggage, and went up to Jerusalem.


And passing by Mysia, they came to Troas. And a vision appeared to Paul in the night. There stood a man of Macedonia beseeching him and saying, Come over into Macedonia and help us. And when he had seen the vision, we immediately endeavored to go into Macedonia, concluding that the Lord had called us to publish the glad tidings to them.


But Paul went down and fell on him, and having embraced him, said, Make no lamentations; for his life is in him.


said with a loud voice, Stand upright on thy feet. And he leaped up and walked.


And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee, and thou wilt be blind, not seeing the sun for a season. And immediately there fell on him a mist and darkness; and going about he sought to find some who would lead him by the hand.


But I count life of no value to me, so that I may finish my course, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify the glad tidings of the grace of God.


Wherefore, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision;


And the night following, the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good courage; for as thou hast borne witness concerning me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome.


For there stood by me this night an angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve,


and saw him saying to me, Make haste, and go quickly out of Jerusalem; for they will not receive thy testimony concerning me.


And much time having been spent, and the voyage being now dangerous, because the Fast had already gone by, Paul advised them, saying, Sirs, I perceive that this voyage will be with injury and much loss, not only of the lading and the ship, but also of our lives. But the centurion believed the master and the owner of the ship more than what was spoken by Paul. read more.
And as the harbor was not well situated for wintering, the greater part advised to sail thence also, if by any means they might reach Phoenix, a harbor of Crete, looking toward the southwest and northwest, and there winter. And when a south wind blew gently, supposing that they had obtained their purpose, they weighed anchor, and coasted along close by Crete.


who was with the proconsul of the country, Sergius Paulus, an intelligent man. He, having called for Barnabas and Saul, desired to hear the word of God. But Elymas the magian (for so is his name interpreted) withstood them, seeking so turn away the proconsul from the faith. But Saul (who is also called Paul), filled with the Holy Spirit, fixed his eyes on him read more.
and said, O full of all deceit, and of all mischief, son of the Devil, enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord? And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee, and thou wilt be blind, not seeing the sun for a season. And immediately there fell on him a mist and darkness; and going about he sought to find some who would lead him by the hand. Then the proconsul, when he saw what had taken place, believed, being astonished at the doctrine of the Lord.


And when they had gone through the whole island as far as Paphos, they found a certain magian, a Jewish false prophet, whose name was Barjesus, who was with the proconsul of the country, Sergius Paulus, an intelligent man. He, having called for Barnabas and Saul, desired to hear the word of God. But Elymas the magian (for so is his name interpreted) withstood them, seeking so turn away the proconsul from the faith. read more.
But Saul (who is also called Paul), filled with the Holy Spirit, fixed his eyes on him and said, O full of all deceit, and of all mischief, son of the Devil, enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord? And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee, and thou wilt be blind, not seeing the sun for a season. And immediately there fell on him a mist and darkness; and going about he sought to find some who would lead him by the hand. Then the proconsul, when he saw what had taken place, believed, being astonished at the doctrine of the Lord.


And immediately he preached Jesus in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God.

But Saul gained still more strength, and confounded the Jews who dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is the Christ.


And when he had come to Jerusalem, he attempted to join himself to the disciples; and they were all afraid of him, not believing that he was a disciple. But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles, and related to them how he had seen the Lord on the road, and that he had spoken to him, and hew he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus. And he was with them going in and out at Jerusalem, read more.
speaking boldly in the name of the Lord. And he often spoke and disputed with the Hellenists; but they were endeavoring to slay him.


And in the neighborhood of that place were lands be longing to the chief man of the island, whose name was Publius; who welcomed us, and entertained us kindly three days. And it happened that the father of Publius was lying sick with a fever and dysentery; to whom Paul went in, and, when he had prayed, laid his hands on him, and healed him. And when this was done, the others also who had diseases in the island came, and were healed; read more.
who also honored us with many honors, and when we put to sea, loaded us with such things as were necessary.


Festus therefore having come into the province, after three days went up from Caesarea to Jerusalem. And the chief priests and the leaders of the Jews brought a complaint before him against Paul, and besought him, asking for themselves a favor against him, that he would send for him to Jerusalem, intending to place men in wait to kill him on the road. read more.
But Festus answered that Paul was in custody at Caesarea, and that he himself was going thither shortly. Let those therefore, said he, who have authority among you, go down with me and accuse this man, if he is guilty of anything. And having tarried among them not more than eight or ten days, he went down to Caesarea; and on the morrow, sitting on the judgmentseat, ordered Paul to be brought. And when he had come, the Jews who came down from Jerusalem stood around, bringing many and heavy charges which they could not prove; while Paul said in his defence, Neither against the law of the Jews, nor against the temple, nor against Caesar have I committed any offence. But Festus, wishing to gain favor with the Jews, answered Paul and said, Art thou willing to go up to Jerusalem, and there be tried on these charges before me? But Paul said, I stand at the judgmentseat of Caesar, where I ought to be tried. To the Jews I have done no wrong, as thou also very well knowest. If indeed I am an offender, and have done anything deserving death, I refuse not to die; but if there be nothing in the charges which they bring against me, no man can give me up to them. I appeal to Caesar. Then Festus having conferred with the council, answered, Thou hast appealed to Caesar; to Caesar shalt thou go.


It is indeed not expedient for me to boast; I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord. I know a man in Christ, fourteen years ago,whether in the body, I know not, or whether out of the body, I know not; God knoweth,such a one caught up even to the third heaven. And I know such a man, whether in the body, or without the body, I know not; God knoweth, read more.
that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.


But after many days had passed, the Jews took counsel together to kill him; but their plot became known to Saul; and they were even watching the gates day and night to kill him.


And at Lystra there sat a certain man who had not the use of his feet, a cripple from his birth, who never had walked. This man heard Paul speaking; who looking steadily at him, and perceiving that he had faith to be healed, said with a loud voice, Stand upright on thy feet. And he leaped up and walked.


For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our distress which came upon us in Asia, that it was exceedingly heavy upon us beyond our strength, so that we despaired even of life; yea, we ourselves had within ourselves the sentence of death, that we might not trust in ourselves, but in God who raiseth the dead; who delivered us from such peril of death, and is delivering; in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us, read more.
you also unitedly helping us by prayer, so that for this blessing bestowed on us by means of many, thanks may be given by many on your behalf.


And having found out the disciples, we remained there seven days; and they told Paul, through the Spirit, not to go up to Jerusalem. And when we had completed the days, we departed, and went our way, they all accompanying us, with wives and children, till we were out of the city; and having kneeled down on the shore and prayed, we took leave of each other, and went on board the ship; and they returned home. read more.
But we, finishing our voyage, came down from Tyre to Ptolemais; and having embraced the brethren, remained with them one day.


And when it was determined that we should sail for Italy, they delivered Paul and certain other prisoners to a centurion named Julius, of the Augustan band. And going on board a ship of Adramyttium, about to sail along the coasts of Asia, we put to sea; Aristarchus, a Macedonian of Thessalonica, being with us. And the next day we landed at Sidon; and Julius treated Paul kindly, and gave him leave to go to his friends, and receive their care. read more.
And thence putting to sea, we sailed under Cyprus, because the winds were contrary. And having sailed over the sea along Cilicia and Pamphylia, we came to Myra, a city of Lycia.


And having gone through Phrygia and the Galatian country, on being forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia, they came to Mysia, and were attempting to go into Bithynia; but the Spirit of Jesus did not permit them.


After these things, Paul departed from Athens, and came to Corinth. And having found a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, lately come from Italy, and Priscilla his wife, (because Claudius had commanded all the Jews to depart from Rome,) he came to them; and because he was of the same trade, he abode with them, and worked; for they were tentmakers by trade.


And it came to pass in Iconium, that they went together into the synagogue of the Jews, and so spoke that a great multitude both of Jews and Greeks believed. But the Jews that disbelieved stirred up and embittered the minds of the gentiles against the brethren. They abode therefore a long time there, speaking boldly in reliance on the Lord, who gave testimony to the word of his grace, granting signs and wonders to be wrought by their a hands. read more.
But the multitude of the city was divided; and some held with the Jews, and some with the apostles. And when a movement was made both of the gentiles, and the Jews with their rulers, to abuse and stone them, they became aware of it, and fled to the cities of Lycaonia, Lystra and Derbe, and the neighboring country;


And there the centurion, finding a ship of Alexandria about to sail for Italy, put us on board of it. And sailing slowly some days, and having with difficulty arrived over against Cnidus, the wind not permitting us to put in, we sailed under Crete, over against Salmone; and coasting along it with difficulty we came to a place called Fair Havens, near which was the city Lasea.


And after the tumult had ceased, Paul called to him the disciples, and having embraced them departed to go into Macedonia. And when he had gone through those regions, and had given them much exhortation, he came into Greece. And when he had stayed three months, a plot having been laid for him by the Jews as he was about to sail for Syria, he resolved to return through Macedonia. read more.
And there accompanied him as far as Asia, Sopater, son of Pyrrhus, a Beroean; and of the Thessalonians, Aristarchus and Secundus, and Gaius of Derbe, and Timothy; and of Asia, Tychicus and Trophimus. These having gone forward waited for us at Troas. But we set sail from Philippi, after the days of unleavened bread, and came to them at Troas in five days, where we abode seven days.


And having gone through Phrygia and the Galatian country, on being forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia, they came to Mysia, and were attempting to go into Bithynia; but the Spirit of Jesus did not permit them.


And it happened that the father of Publius was lying sick with a fever and dysentery; to whom Paul went in, and, when he had prayed, laid his hands on him, and healed him.


He, however, shaking off the animal into the fire suffered no harm.


And the Lord said to Paul through a vision in the night, Be not afraid, but speak on, and be not silent;


And a vision appeared to Paul in the night. There stood a man of Macedonia beseeching him and saying, Come over into Macedonia and help us.


And having found out the disciples, we remained there seven days; and they told Paul, through the Spirit, not to go up to Jerusalem. And when we had completed the days, we departed, and went our way, they all accompanying us, with wives and children, till we were out of the city; and having kneeled down on the shore and prayed, we took leave of each other, and went on board the ship; and they returned home. read more.
But we, finishing our voyage, came down from Tyre to Ptolemais; and having embraced the brethren, remained with them one day.


But when Paul and Barnabas had had no small dissension and debate with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas, and certain others of them, should go up to Jerusalem to the apostles and elders about this question.

And having come to Jerusalem, they were welcomed by the church, and by the apostles and elders, and they related what great things God had wrought with them.


And when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where was the synagogue of the Jews. And Paul, as his custom was, went in among them, and for three sabbaths discoursed to them out of the Scriptures, explaining them, and setting forth that it was necessary for the Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead, and that "this is the Christ,Jesus whom I am making known to you." read more.
And some of them were convinced, and joined themselves to Paul and Silas, and of the devout Greeks a great multitude, and of the women of high rank not a few.


And there came down certain men from Judaea, and taught the brethren, Unless ye are circumcised after the custom of Moses, ye cannot be saved. But when Paul and Barnabas had had no small dissension and debate with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas, and certain others of them, should go up to Jerusalem to the apostles and elders about this question.


And it came to pass, after we had torn ourselves from them, and had put to sea, that we came with a straight course to Cos, and the day following to Rhodes, and from thence to Patara. And finding a ship crossing over to Phenicia, we went aboard, and put to sea. And having come in sight of Cyprus, we passed it on the left, and sailed to Syria, and landed at Tyre; for there the ship was to unlade her cargo.


And having escaped, we learned that the island was called Melita. And the barbarians showed us no little kindness; for they kindled a fire, and received us all, because of the rain which had come on, and because of the cold.


And when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks, and laid it on the fire, there came forth a viper by reason of the heat, and fastened on his hand. And when the barbarians saw the animal hanging from his hand, they said to one another, No doubt this man is a murderer, whom though he hath escaped the sea, Justice hath not permitted to live. He, however, shaking off the animal into the fire suffered no harm. read more.
But they were looking for his becoming swollen, or suddenly falling down dead. But after looking a great while, and seeing no harm come to him they changed their minds, and said that he was a god.


And he came to Derbe and Lystra; and lo! a certain disciple was there, named Timothy, the son of a believing Jewess, but whose father was a Greek; who was well a spoken of by the brethren in Lystra and Iconium. Him Paul wished to go forth with him, and took and circumcised him on account of the Jews who were in those places; for they all knew that his father was a Greek. read more.
And as they journeyed through the cities, they delivered to them for their observance the decrees which had been ordained by the apostles and elders that were at Jerusalem. The churches therefore were established in the faith, and increased in number daily.


And all the multitude became silent, and listened to Barnabas and Paul, while they related what great signs and wonders God had wrought among the gentiles by them.


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


And the night following, the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good courage; for as thou hast borne witness concerning me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome.


But Saul, yet breathing out threatening and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest, and asked of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any who were of this way of belief, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.


And Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerusalem, having performed their service, taking with them also John, surnamed Mark.


And Paul and his company, having put to sea from Paphos, came to Perga in Pamphylia. But John, departing from them, returned to Jerusalem.


he said, I will hear thee fully, when thy accusers also have arrived. And he ordered him to be kept in Herods palace.


And some days after, Paul said to Barnabas, Let us go again and visit the brethren in every city where we have preached the word of the Lord, and see how they are.


and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. And it came to pass, that for a whole year they came together in the church, and taught a great multitude; and the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.


And when they had come out of the prison, they went into the house of Lydia; and when they saw the brethren, they exhorted them, and departed.


But after two years Felix was succeeded by Porcius Festus; and Felix, wishing to gain favor with the Jews, left Paul bound.


And a great dissension arising, the chief captain, fearing that Paul would be torn in pieces by them, ordered the soldiers to go down and take him by force from among them, and bring him into the castle.


And Paul and his company, having put to sea from Paphos, came to Perga in Pamphylia. But John, departing from them, returned to Jerusalem.


And on the morrow we departed, and came to Caesarea; and entering the house of Philip the evangelist, who was one of the seven, we stayed with him.


And having come to Salamis, they preached the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews; and they had also John as an assistant.


And when they had gone through the whole island as far as Paphos, they found a certain magian, a Jewish false prophet, whose name was Barjesus,


They therefore being sent forth by the Holy Spirit, came down to Seleucia, and from thence sailed to Cyprus.


They therefore being sent forth by the Holy Spirit, came down to Seleucia, and from thence sailed to Cyprus.



But now I am going to Jerusalem on a service of relief to the saints.


But now I am going to Jerusalem on a service of relief to the saints.


as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and possessing all things.

For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.


And the Lord said to him, Arise, and go into the street called Straight, and inquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus; for lo! he prayeth,


And it happened that the father of Publius was lying sick with a fever and dysentery; to whom Paul went in, and, when he had prayed, laid his hands on him, and healed him.


And the Lord said to him, Arise, and go into the street called Straight, and inquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus; for lo! he prayeth,


But when it pleased him who set me apart from my very birth, and called me through his grace,


But her masters seeing that the hope of their gain was gone, laid hold of Paul and Silas, and dragged them into the marketplace to the rulers; and having brought them before the magistrates, said, These men are grievously disturbing our city, being Jews; and they teach customs which it is not lawful for us Romans to receive or observe. read more.
And the multitude rose up together against them, and the magistrates, tearing off their clothes, commanded to beat them with rods; and when they had laid on them many stripes, they cast them into prison, charging the jailer to keep them safely; who having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks. But at midnight Paul and Silas praying, were singing praises to God; and the prisoners were listening to them. And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and all the doors were immediately opened, and the bands of all were loosed. And the jailer awakening out of sleep, and seeing the prisondoors open, drew his sword, and was about to kill himself, supposing that the prisoners had escaped. But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm, for we are all here. Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and fell down trembling before Paul and Silas; and having brought them out, he said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe in the Lord Jesus, and thou wilt be saved, and thy household. And they spoke to him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house. And he took them with him at that hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and he was immediately baptized, himself and all that belonged to him. And when he had brought them up into his house, he set food before them, and rejoiced with all his house, having become a believer in God. And when it was day, the magistrates sent the sergeants, saying, Release those men. And the jailer reported these words to Paul: The magistrates have sent to release you; now therefore come out, and go in peace. But Paul said to them, They have publicly beaten us uncondemned, although we are Romans, and have thrust us into prison; and now do they thrust us out secretly? No; but let them come themselves, and bring us out. And the sergeants reported these words to the magistrates; and they were afraid when they heard that they were Romans. And they came and besought them; and when they had brought them out, they entreated them to leave the city. And when they had come out of the prison, they went into the house of Lydia; and when they saw the brethren, they exhorted them, and departed.

And when the seven days were almost ended, the Jews from Asia, having seen him in the temple, stirred up the whole multitude, and laid hands on him, crying out, Men of Israel, help! This is the man that teacheth every one everywhere against the people, and the Law, and this place; and besides he even brought Greeks into the temple, and hath polluted this holy place. For they had before seen with him in the city Trophimus, the Ephesian, whom they supposed that Paul had brought into the temple. read more.
And the whole city was in motion, and the people ran together; and they laid hold of Paul and dragged him out of the temple; and forthwith the doors were shut. And while they were endeavoring to kill him, tidings came up to the chief captain of the band, that all Jerusalem was in an uproar; who immediately took soldiers and centurions, and ran down to them. And seeing the chief captain and the soldiers, they left off beating Paul. Then the chief captain came near and laid hold of him, and commanded him to be bound with two chains; and inquired who he was, and what he had done. And some cried one thing, and some another, among the multitude. And not being able to gain certain knowledge on account of the uproar, he ordered him to be carried into the castle. And when he reached the stairs, he was obliged to be borne by the soldiers, on account of the violence of the crowd; for the multitude of the people were following, crying out, Away with him! And as he was about to be led into the castle, Paul saith to the chief captain, May I speak to thee? And he said, Canst thou speak Greek? Art thou not then the Egyptian, who before these days made an insurrection, and led out into the wilderness those four thousand men of the assassins? But Paul said, I am a Jew of Tarsus, a citizen of no mean city of Cilicia; and I beseech thee, suffer me to speak to the people. And when he had given him leave, Paul stood on the stairs, and beckoned with his hand to the people, and there was a great silence; and he spoke to them in the Hebrew tongue, saying,


Now the Spirit saith expressly, that in the latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and teachings of demons,


And they all wept sorely, and fell on Pauls neck, and kissed him; sorrowing most of all for the word which he had spoken, that they were to see his face no more. And they accompanied him to the ship.

And while we were staying some days longer, there came down from Judaea a certain prophet, named Agabus; and coming to us, he took off Pauls girdle, and bound his own feet and hands, and said, Thus saith the Holy Spirit: So will the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man that owneth this girdle, and will deliver him into the hands of the gentiles. But when we heard this, both we, and they of that place, besought him not to go to Jerusalem. read more.
Then answered Paul, What mean ye that ye weep, and break my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus. And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased; saying, The Lords will be done.

And now behold, I go, bound in my spirit, to Jerusalem, not knowing the things that will befall me there; save that the Holy Spirit witnesseth to me in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions await me. But I count life of no value to me, so that I may finish my course, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify the glad tidings of the grace of God. read more.
And now, behold, I know that ye all, among whom I went about preaching the kingdom, will see my face no more.


And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night to Berea; who, having come there, went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily, whether these things were so. Many of them therefore believed; and of the Grecian women of rank and men, not a few. read more.
But when the Jews of Thessalonica knew that at Beroea, too, the word of God was preached by Paul, they came hither also, and stirred up the multitudes. And then immediately the brethren sent away Paul to go to the sea; but Silas and Timothy remained there. And they who conducted Paul brought him to Athens; and having received a commandment to Silas and Timothy to come to him as soon as possible, they departed.


And they on hearing it glorified God; and said to him, Thou seest, brother, how many thousands of believers there are among the Jews, and they are all zealots for the Law. But they have been informed concerning thee, that thou teachest all the Jews who are among the gentiles to forsake Moses, telling them not to circumcise their children, nor to walk after the customs. What then is to be done? The multitude will necessarily come together; for they will hear that thou hast come. read more.
Do this therefore that we advise thee. We have four men who have a vow on them. These take, and purify thyself with them, and pay the expenses for them, that they may shave their heads; and all will know that those things of which they have been informed concerning thee are nothing, but that thou thyself also walkest in observance of the Law. But concerning the gentile believers, we have written to them and decided that they should observe no such thing, save only to abstain from things offered to idols, and from blood, and from what hath been strangled, and from fornication. Then Paul took the men, and the next day having purified himself with them, entered the temple, announcing the completion of the days of the purification, until the offering was made for every one of them.


But Paul, perceiving one part to be Sadducees, and the other Pharisees, cried aloud in the council, Brethren! I am a Pharisee, the son of Pharisees; for the hope of the resurrection of the dead I am now tried.


since we are careful of this, that no one should blame us in our management of this abundant liberality;


they became aware of it, and fled to the cities of Lycaonia, Lystra and Derbe, and the neighboring country;


Him Paul wished to go forth with him, and took and circumcised him on account of the Jews who were in those places; for they all knew that his father was a Greek.


But Paul, perceiving one part to be Sadducees, and the other Pharisees, cried aloud in the council, Brethren! I am a Pharisee, the son of Pharisees; for the hope of the resurrection of the dead I am now tried.


but they were only hearing that "He who was once our persecutor is now preaching the faith which he was once destroying";


Then answered Paul, What mean ye that ye weep, and break my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.


And last of all, as to one born out of due time, he appeared also to me.


But whatever things were gain to me, those for the sake of Christ I have counted but loss. Nay more, I count all things to be loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as refuse, that I may gain Christ, and be found in him, not having my own righteousness, which is of the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God upon faith;


But avoid the profane and old wives fables; and exercise thyself unto godliness.


But arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.


For our glorying is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and the sincerity which is of God, not in fleshly wisdom, but in the grace of God, we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially toward you.


For our glorying is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and the sincerity which is of God, not in fleshly wisdom, but in the grace of God, we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially toward you.


Timothy, my fellowlaborer, salutes you, and Lucius and Jason and Sosipater my kinsmen.


Then answered Paul, What mean ye that ye weep, and break my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.


But Saul gained still more strength, and confounded the Jews who dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is the Christ.


But there came thither Jews from Antioch and Iconium; who, having persuaded the multitudes, and stoned Paul, dragged him out of the city, supposing him to be dead.

thrice I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have spent in the deep;


Moreover, brethren, we make known to you the grace of God which hath been bestowed in the churches of Macedonia; that under a great trial of distress the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty increased the riches of their liberality; for according to their power, I bear witness, and beyond their power, they gave of their own accord, read more.
begging of us with much entreaty the favor of sharing in the ministration to the saints; and this, not as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and to us by the will of God; so that we urged Titus, that, as he had already made a beginning, so he would also finish among you this bounty also. But as ye abound in every thing, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and all earnestness, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this exercise of liberality also. I speak not by way of command, but by reason of the earnestness of others, and to prove the genuineness of your love.

For concerning the ministering to the saints, it is superfluous for me to write to you. For I know your readiness of mind, of which I boast in behalf of you to the Macedonians, that Achaia was prepared a year ago; and your zeal stirred up the greater part of them. But I sent the brethren, that our boasting of you should not prove unfounded in this respect; that, as I said, ye may be prepared; read more.
lest, should the Macedonians come with me, and find you unprepared, we (not to say ye) should be put to shame in respect to this confidence. I thought it necessary therefore to exhort the brethren to go before to you, and make up beforehand your bounty, which was already announced, that the same might be ready, as a matter of bounty, and not of covetousness.


so that ye may approve the things that are most excellent, in order that ye may be pure and without offence against the day of Christ, being filled with the fruit of righteousness which is through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God. But I wish you to know, brethren, that things with me have resulted in the furtherance of the gospel; read more.
so that my bonds have become known in connection with Christ in the whole camp of the imperial guards, and to all the rest; and that the great part of the brethren, made confident in the Lord by my bonds, are much more bold to speak the word without fear. Some indeed preach Christ even from envy and strife, and some also from good will. They who are of love, knowing that I am set for the defence of the gospel; but they who are of a factious spirit preach Christ with no pure intent, thinking to stir up affliction to my bonds. What then? Notwithstanding, in every way, whether in pretence or in truth, Christ is preached; and therein do I rejoice, yea, and shall rejoice. For I know that this will turn out to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, according to my earnest expectation and hope, that in nothing I shall be put to shame, but that with all boldness, as always, so also now, Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life, or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if to live in the flesh, if this is to me the fruit of my labor, then what I should choose, I cannot say;


But Paul, perceiving one part to be Sadducees, and the other Pharisees, cried aloud in the council, Brethren! I am a Pharisee, the son of Pharisees; for the hope of the resurrection of the dead I am now tried. And when he had said this, there arose a dissension between the Pharisees and the Sadducees; and the multitude was divided. For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, and no angel or spirit; but the Pharisees affirm both. read more.
And there arose a great clamor; and scribes of the party of the Pharisees arose, and contended, saying, We find nothing amiss in this man; but if a spirit hath spoken to him or an angel And a great dissension arising, the chief captain, fearing that Paul would be torn in pieces by them, ordered the soldiers to go down and take him by force from among them, and bring him into the castle.


Him Paul wished to go forth with him, and took and circumcised him on account of the Jews who were in those places; for they all knew that his father was a Greek.


The Lord give mercy to the house of Onesiphorus, because he often refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain; but on the contrary, when he arrived at Rome, he sought me out very diligently, and found me. The Lord grant to him that he may find mercy from the Lord in that day: and what services he rendered me at Ephesus, thou knowest very well.


I commend to you Phoebe our sister, who is a deaconess of the church at Cenchreae; that ye may receive her in the Lord in a manner worthy of the holy, and assist her in whatever business she may need your aid; for she hath been a helper of many, and of myself also. Salute Prisca and Aquila, my fellowlaborers in Christ Jesus; read more.
who for my life laid down their own necks; to whom not I alone give thanks, but also all the churches of the gentiles;


And having thus spoken, he took bread, and gave thanks to God in presence of them all, and having broken it, he began to eat.


And having thus spoken, he took bread, and gave thanks to God in presence of them all, and having broken it, he began to eat.


And from thence, the brethren having heard of us came to meet us as far as Appii Forum, and the Three Taverns; at the sight of whom Paul thanked God and took courage.


And from thence, the brethren having heard of us came to meet us as far as Appii Forum, and the Three Taverns; at the sight of whom Paul thanked God and took courage.


But arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.


For which cause I suffer also these things. But I am not ashamed; for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which he hath committed to me unto that day.


as I also strive to please all in all things, not seeking my own advantage, but that of the many; that they may be saved.

Not that I seek for such a gift, but I do seek for fruit that may abound to your account.

neither did we eat any mans bread for nought, but were working with labor and travail night and day, that we might not be burdensome to any of you.

What then? Notwithstanding, in every way, whether in pretence or in truth, Christ is preached; and therein do I rejoice, yea, and shall rejoice.


as I also strive to please all in all things, not seeking my own advantage, but that of the many; that they may be saved.


by weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.


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