THE ACTS OF THE HOLY APOSTLES,
WRITTEN BY LUKE THE EVANGELIST
The 1560 Geneva New Testament With The Spelling
Modernized spelling by David L. Brown & James Krueger
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1 I have made the former treatise, O Theophilus, of all that JESUS
began to do, and teach,
2 Until the day, that he was taken up, after that he through the Holy
Ghost, had given commandments unto the Apostles, whom he had chosen:
3 To whom also he presented himself alive after that he had
suffered, by many infallible tokens, being seen of them by the space
of forty days, and speaking of those things which appertain to
the kingdom of God.
4 And when he had gathered them together, he commanded
them, that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the
promise of the Father, which said he, ye have heard of me.
5 For John indeed baptized with water, but ye shall be
baptized with the Holy Ghost within these few days.
6 When they therefore were come together, they asked of him,
saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?
7 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times, or the
seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power,
8 But ye shall receive power of the Holy Ghost, when he shall come on
you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all
Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he
was taken up: for a cloud took him up out of their sight.
10 And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven, as he went,
behold, two men stood by them in white apparel,
11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing into
heaven? This Jesus which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so
come, as ye have seen him go into heaven.
12 ∂ Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount that is called
the Mount of Olives, which is near to Jerusalem, containing a
Sabbath day's journey.
13 And when they were come in, they went up into an upper chamber,
where abode both Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew, Philip, and
Thomas, Bartholemew, and Matthew, James the son of Alpheus, and
Simon Zelotes, and Judas, James' brother.
14 These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication
with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.
15 ∂ And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples
and said (now the number of names that were in one place, were about an
hundred and twenty.)
16 Ye men and brethren, this Scripture must needs have been
fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before of
Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus.
17 For he was numbered with us, and had obtained fellowship in this
18 He therefore hath purchased a field with the reward of iniquity:
and when he had thrown down himself headlong, he burst asunder in the
midst, and all his bowels gushed out.
19 And it is known unto all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, in so much,
that that field is called in their own language, Aceldama, that is, The
field of blood.
20 For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be
void, and let no man dwell therein: also, Let another take his charge.
21 Wherefore, of these men which have companied with us, all the time
that the Lord Jesus was conversant among us,
22 Beginning from the baptism of John, unto the day that he was taken
up from us, must one of them be made a witness with us of his
23 And they presented two, Joseph called Barsabas, whose surname was
Justus, and Matthias.
24 And they prayed, saying, Thou Lord, which knowest the hearts of
all men, show whether of these two thou hast chosen,
25 That he may take the room of this ministration and Apostleship,
from which Judas hath gone astray, to go to his own place.
26 Then they gave forth their lots: and the lot fell on Matthias, and
he was by a common consent counted with the Eleven Apostles
1 And when the day of Pentecost was come, they were all with one
accord in one place.
2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing and
mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they sat.
3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues, like fire, and it sat
upon each of them.
4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak
with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
5 And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, men that feared God, of
every nation under heaven.
6 Now when this was noised, the multitude came together and were
astonished, because that every man heard them speak his own language.
7 And they wondered all, and marveled, saying among themselves,
Behold, are not all these which speak, of Galilee?
8 How then hear we every man our own language, wherein we were born?
9 Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the inhabitants of
Mesopotamia, and of Judea, and of Cappadocia, of Pontus, and Asia,
10 And of Phrygia, and Pamphylia, of Egypt, and of the parts of
Libya, which is beside Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, and Jews, and
11 Cretes, and Arabians: we heard them speak in our own tongues the
wonderful works of God.
12 They were all then amazed, and doubted, saying one to another,
What may this be?
13 And others mocked, and said, They are full of new wine.
14 But Peter standing with the Eleven, lift up his voice, and said
unto them, Ye men of Judea, and ye all that inhabit Jerusalem, be
this known unto you, and hearken unto my words.
15 For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, since it is but the
third hour of the day.
16 But this is that, which was spoken by the Prophet Joel,
17 And it shall be in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my
Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons, and your daughters shall prophesy,
and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream
18 And on my servants, and on mine handmaids I will pour out of my
Spirit in those days, and they shall prophesy.
19 And I will show wonders in heaven above, and tokens in the earth
beneath, blood, and fire, and the vapor of smoke.
20 The Sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood,
before that great and notable day of the Lord come.
21 And it shall be, that whosoever shall call on the Name of the
Lord, shall be saved.
22 Ye men of Israel, hear these words, JESUS of Nazareth, a man
approved of God among you with great works, and wonders, and signs,
which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:
23 Him, I say, have ye taken by the hands of the wicked, being
delivered by the determinate counsel, and foreknowledge of God, and have
crucified and slain:
24 Whom God hath raised up, and loosed the sorrows of death, because
it was unpossible that he should be holden of it.
25 For David saith concerning him, I beheld the Lord always before
me: for he is at my right hand, that l should not be shaken.
26 Therefore did mine heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad, and
moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope,
27 Because thou wilt not leave my soul in grave, neither wilt suffer
thine holy one to see corruption.
28 Thou hast showed me the ways of life, and shalt make me full of
joy with thy countenance.
29 Men and brethren, I may boldly speak unto you of the
Patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulcher
remaineth with us unto this day.
30 Therefore, seeing he was a Prophet, and knew that God had sworn
with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins he would raise up
Christ concerning the flesh to set him upon his throne,
31 He knowing this before, spake of the resurrection of Christ, that
his soul should not be left in grave, neither his flesh should see
32 This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.
33 Since then that he by the right hand of God hath been exalted, and
hath received of his Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed
forth this which ye now see and hear.
34 For David is not ascended into heaven, but he saith, The Lord said
to my Lord, Sit at my right hand,
35 Until I make thine enemies thy footstool.
36 Therefore, let all the house of Israel know for a surety,
that God hath made him both Lord, and Christ, this Jesus, I say,
whom ye have crucified.
37 Now when they heard it, they were pricked in their hearts,and said
unto Peter and the other Apostles, Men and brethren, what shall
38 Then Peter said unto them, Amend your lives, and be baptized every
one of you in the Name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins: and ye
shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
39 For the promise is made unto you, and to your children, and
to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall
40 And with many other words he besought, and exhorted them,
saying, Save yourselves from this froward generation.
41 Then they that gladly received his word, were baptized: and the
same day, there were added to the Church about three thousand
42 And they continued in the Apostles' doctrine, and fellowship, and
breaking of bread, and prayers.
43 ∂ And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were
done by the Apostles.
44 And all that believed, were in one place, and had all things
45 And they sold their possessions and goods and parted them to all
men, as every one had need.
46 And they continued daily with one accord in the Temple, and
breaking bread at home, did eat their meat together with gladness and
singleness of heart,
47 Praising God, and had favor with all the people: and the Lord
added to the Church from day to day, such as should be saved.
1 Now Peter and John went up together into the Temple, at the ninth
hour of prayer.
2 And a certain man which was a cripple from his mother's womb, was
carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the Temple called
Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the Temple.
3 Who seeing Peter and John, that they would enter into the Temple,
desired to receive an alms.
4 And Peter earnestly beholding him with John, said, Look on us.
5 And he gave heed unto them, trusting to receive some thing of them.
6 Then said Peter, Silver and gold have I none, but such as I have,
that give I thee: In the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and
7 And he took him by the right hand, and lift him up, and
immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.
8 And he leaped up, stood, and walked, and entered with them into the
Temple, walking and leaping, and praising God.
9 And all the people saw him walk, and praising God,
10 And they knew him, that it was he which sat for the alms at the
Beautiful gate of the Temple: and they were amazed, and sore astonished
at that, which was come unto him.
11 ∂ And as the cripple which was healed, held Peter and John, all
the people ran amazed unto them in the porch which is called Solomon's.
12 So when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, Ye men of
Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so steadfastly on us, as
though by our own power or godliness, we had made this man go?
13 The GOD of Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, the GOD of our fathers
hath glorified his Son Jesus, whom ye betrayed, and denied in the
presence of Pilate, when he had judged him to be delivered.
14 But ye denied the holy one and the just, and desired a murderer to
be given you,
15 And killed the Lord of life, whom God hath raised from the dead,
whereof we are witnesses.
16 And his Name hath made this man sound, whom ye see, and know,
through faith in his Name: and the faith which is by him, hath given to
him this disposition of his whole body in the presence of you all.
17 And now brethren, I know that through ignorance ye did it, as
did also your governors.
18 But those things which God before had showed by the mouth of all
his Prophets, that Christ should suffer, he hath thus fulfilled.
19 Amend your lives therefore, and turn, that your sins may be put
away, when the time of refreshing shall come from the presence of the
20 And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto
21 Whom the heaven must contain until the time that all things be
restored, which God had spoken by the mouth of all his holy Prophets
since the world began.
22 For Moses said unto the Fathers, The Lord your God shall raise up
unto you a Prophet, even of your brethren like unto me: ye shall
hear him in all things, whatsoever he shall say unto you.
23 For it shall be that every person which shall not hear that
Prophet, shall be destroyed out of the people.
24 Also all the Prophets from Samuel, and thenceforth as many as have
spoken, have likewise foretold of these days.
25 Ye are the children of the Prophets, and of the covenant, which
God hath made unto our fathers, saying to Abraham, Even in thy seed
shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed.
26 First unto you hath God raised up his Son Jesus, and him he hath
sent to bless you, in turning every one of you from your iniquities.
1 And as they spake unto the people, the Priests and the Captain of
the Temple, and the Sadducees came upon them,
2 Taking it grievously that they taught the people, and preached in
Jesus' Name the resurrection from the dead.
3 And they laid hands on them, and put them in hold, until the next
day: for it was now eventide.
4 Howbeit, many of them which heard the word, believed, and the
number of the men was about five thousand.
5 And it came to pass on the morrow, that their rulers, and Elders,
and Scribes, were gathered together at Jerusalem,
6 And Annas the chief Priest, and Caiaphas, and John, and Alexander,
and as many as were of the kindred of the high Priests.
7 And when they had set them before them, they asked, By what power,
or in what Name have ye done this?
8 Then Peter full of the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the
people, and Elders of Israel,
9 Forasmuch as we this day are examined of the good deed done
to the impotent man, to wit, by what means he is made whole,
10 Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by
the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye have crucified, whom God
raised again from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here
before you, whole.
11 This is the stone cast aside of you builders, which is become the
head of the corner.
12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for among men there is
given none other name under heaven, whereby we must be saved.
13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and understood
that they were unlearned men and without knowledge, they marveled, and
knew them, that they had been with Jesus:
14 And beholding also the man which was healed standing with them,
they had nothing to say against it.
15 Then they commanded them to go aside out of the Council, and
conferred among themselves,
16 Saying, What shall we do to these men? for surely a manifest sign
is done by them, and it is openly known to all them that dwell in
Jerusalem: and we cannot deny it.
17 But that it be noised no farther among the people, let us threaten
and charge them, that they speak henceforth to no man in this Name.
18 So they called them, and commanded them, that in no wise they
should speak or teach in the Name of Jesus.
19 But Peter and John answered unto them, and said, Whether it be
right in the sight of God, to obey you rather then God, judge ye.
20 For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.
21 So they threatened them, and let them go, and found nothing how to
punish them, because of the people: for all men praised God for that
which was done.
22 For the man was above forty years old, on whom this miracle of
healing was showed.
23 Then as soon as they were let go, they came to their fellows, and
showed all that the high Priests and Elders had said unto them.
24 And when they heard it, they lift up their voices to God with one
accord, and said, O Lord, thou art the God which hast made the heaven
and the earth, the sea, and all things that are in them.
25 Which by the mouth of thy servant David hast said, Why did the
Gentiles rage, and the people imagine vain things?
26 The Kings of the earth assembled, and the rulers came together
against the Lord, and against his Christ.
27 For doubtless, against thine holy Son Jesus, whom thou hadst
anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the
people of Israel gathered themselves together,
28 To do whatsoever thine hand, and thy counsel had determined before
to be done.
29 And now, O Lord, behold their threatenings, and grant unto thy
servants with all boldness to speak thy word,
30 So that thou stretch forth thine hand, that healing, and signs,
and wonders may be done by the Name of thine holy Son Jesus.
31 And when as they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were
assembled together, and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and
they spake the word of God boldly.
32 And the multitude of them that believed, were of one heart, and of
one soul: neither any of them said, that anything of that which he
possessed, was his own, but they had all things common.
33 And with great power gave the Apostles witness of the resurrection
of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.
34 Neither was there any among them, that lacked: for as many as were
possessors of lands or houses, sold them, and brought the price of the
things that were sold,
35 And laid it down at the Apostles' feet, and it was distributed
unto every man, according as he had need.
36 Also Joses which was called of the Apostles, Barnabas (that is by
interpretation the son of consolation) being a Levite, and of the
country of Cyprus,
37 Where as he had land, sold it, and brought the money, and laid it
down at the Apostles' feet.
1 But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a
2 And kept away part of the price, his wife also being of
counsel, and brought a certain part, and laid it down at the Apostles'
3 Then said Peter, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart, that
thou shouldest lie unto the Holy Ghost, and keep away part of the
price of the possession?
4 Whilst it remained, appertained it not unto thee? and after it was
sold, was it not in thine own power? how is it that thou hast conceived
this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.
5 Now when Ananias heard these words, he fell down, and gave up the
ghost. Then great fear came on all them that heard these things.
6 And the young men rose up, and took him up, and carried him
out, and buried him.
7 And it came to pass about the space of three hours after, that his
wife came in, ignorant of that which was done.
8 And Peter said unto her, Tell me, sold ye the land for so much? And
she said, Yea, for so much.
9 Then Peter said unto her, Why have ye agreed together, to tempt the
Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of them which have buried thine
husband, are at the door, and shall carry thee out.
10 Then she fell down straightway at his feet, and yielded up the
ghost: and the young men came in, and found her dead, and carried her
out, and buried her by her husband.
11 And great fear came on all the Church, and on as many as heard
12 Thus by the hands of the Apostles were many signs and wonders
showed among the people (and they were all with one accord in Solomon's
13 And of the other durst no man join himself to them: nevertheless
the people magnified them,
14 Also the number of them that believed in the Lord, both of men and
women, grew more and more)
15 Insomuch that they brought the sick into the streets, and laid
them on beds and couches, that at the least way the shadow of Peter,
when he came by, might shadow some of them.
16 There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto
Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean
spirits, who were all healed.
17 Then the chief Priest rose up, and all they that were with him
(which was the sect of the Sadducees) and were full of indignation,
18 And laid hands on the Apostles, and put them in the common prison.
19 But the Angel of the Lord, by night opened the prison doors, and
brought them forth, and said,
20 Go your way, and stand in the Temple, and speak to the people all
the words of this life.
21 So when they heard it, they entered into the Temple early in the
morning and taught. And the chief Priest came, and they that were with
him, and called the Council together, and all the Elders of the children
of Israel, and sent to the prison, to cause them to be brought.
22 But when the officers came, and found them not in the prison, they
returned and told it,
23 Saying, Certainly we found the prison shut as sure as was
possible, and the keepers standing without, before the doors: but when
we had opened, we found no man within.
24 Then when the chief Priest, and the captain of the Temple,
and the high Priests heard these things, they doubted of them, whereunto
this would grow.
25 Then came one and showed them, saying, Behold, the men that ye put
in prison, are standing in the Temple, and teach the people.
26 Then went the captain with the officers, and brought them without
violence (for they feared the people, lest they should have been stoned)
27 And when they had brought them, they set them before the Council,
and the chief Priest asked them,
28 Saying, Did not we straightly command you, that ye should not
teach in this Name? and behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your
doctrine, and ye would bring this man's blood upon us.
29 Then Peter and the Apostles answered, and said, We ought rather to
obey God than men.
30 The God of our fathers hath raised up Jesus, whom ye slew, and
hanged on a tree.
31 Him hath God lift up with his right hand, to be a Prince
and a Savior, to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.
32 And we are his witnesses concerning these things which we say:
yea, and the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.
33 Now when they heard it, they burst for anger, and consulted to
34 Then stood there up in the Council a certain Pharisee named
Gamaliel, a doctor of the Law, honored of all the people, and commanded
to put the Apostles forth a little space,
35 And said unto them, Men of Israel, take heed to yourselves, what
ye intend to do touching these men.
36 For before these times, rose up Theudas boasting himself, to whom
resorted a number of men, about a four hundred, who was slain: and they
all which obeyed him, were scattered, and brought to nought.
37 After this man, arose up Judas of Galilee, in the days of the
tribute, and drew away much people after him: he also perished, and all
that obeyed him, were scattered abroad.
38 And now I say unto you, Refrain yourselves from these men, and let
them alone: for if this counsel, or this work be of men, it will come to
39 But if it be of God, ye cannot destroy it, lest ye be found even
fighters against God.
40 And to him they agreed, and called the Apostles: and when they had
beaten them, they commanded that they should not speak in the Name of
Jesus, and let them go.
41 So they departed from the Council, rejoicing, that they were
counted worthy to suffer rebuke for his Name.
42 And daily in the Temple, and from house to house they ceased not
to teach, and preach Jesus Christ.
1 And in those days, as the number of the disciples grew, there arose
a murmuring of the Grecians towards the Hebrews, because their widows
were neglected in the daily ministering.
2 Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples together, and
said, It is not meet that we should leave the word of God to serve the
3 Wherefore brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest
report, and full of the Holy Ghost, and of wisdom, which we may appoint
to this business.
4 And we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the
ministration of the word.
5 And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Steven a
man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and
Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a Proselyte of Antiochia,
6 Which they set before the Apostles: and they prayed, and laid their
hands on them.
7 And the word of God increased, and the number of the disciples was
multiplied in Jerusalem greatly, and a great company of the Priests were
obedient to the faith.
8 ∂ Now Steven full of faith and power, did great wonders and
miracles among the people.
9 Then there arose certain of the Synagogue, which are called
Libertines, and Cyrenians, and of Alexandria, and of them of Cilicia,
and of Asia, and disputed with Steven.
10 But they were not able to resist the wisdom, and the Spirit by the
which he spake.
11 Then they suborned men, which said, We have heard him speak
blasphemous words against Moses, and God.
12 Thus they moved the people and the Elders, and the Scribes: and
running upon him, caught him, and brought him to the Council,
13 And set forth false witnesses, which said, This man ceaseth not to
speak blasphemous words against this holy place, and the Law.
14 For we have heard him say, that this Jesus of Nazareth shall
destroy this place, and shall change the ordinances, which Moses gave
15 And as all that sat in the Council, looked steadfastly on him,
they saw his face as it had been the face of an Angel.
1 Then said the chief Priest, Are these things so?
2 And he said, Ye men, brethren and fathers, hearken. The God of
glory appeared unto our father Abraham, while he was in Mesopotamia,
before he dwelt in Charran,
3 And said unto him, Come out of thy country, and from thy kindred,
and come into the land, which I shall show thee.
4 Then came he out of the land of the Chaldeans, and dwelt in
Charran. And after that his father was dead, God brought him from
thence into this land, wherein ye now dwell,
5 And he gave him none inheritance in it, no, not the breadth of a
foot: yet he promised that he would give it to him for a possession, and
to his seed after him, when as yet he had no child.
6 But God spake thus, that his seed should be a sojourner in a
strange land, and that they should keep it in bondage, and entreat it
evil four hundred years.
7 But the nation to whom they shall be in bondage, will I judge,
saith God: and after that, they shall come forth and serve me in this
8 He gave him also the covenant of circumcision: and so Abraham
begat Isaac, and circumcised him the eight day: and Isaac begat
Jacob, and Jacob the twelve Patriarchs.
9 And the Patriarchs moved with envy sold Joseph into Egypt: but God
was with him,
10 And delivered him out of all his afflictions, and gave him favor
and wisdom in the sight of Pharaoh King of Egypt, who made him governor
over Egypt, and over his whole house.
11 Then came there a famine over all the land of Egypt and Canaan,
and great affliction, that our fathers found no sustenance.
12 But when Jacob heard that there was corn in Egypt, he sent
our fathers first.
13 And at the second time, Joseph was known of his brethren, and
Joseph's kindred was made known unto Pharaoh.
14 Then sent Joseph and caused his father to be brought, and all his
kindred, even threescore and fifteen souls.
15 So Jacob went down into Egypt, and he died, and our fathers,
16 And were removed into Sychem, and were put in the sepulcher, that
Abraham had bought for money of the sons of Emor, son of Sychem.
17 But when the time of the promise drew near, which God had sworn to
Abraham, the people grew and multiplied in Egypt,
18 Till another King arose, which knew not Joseph.
19 The same dealt subtly with our kindred, and evil entreated our
fathers, and made them to cast out their young children, that they
should not remain alive.
20 The same time was Moses born, and was acceptable unto God, which
was nourished up in his father's house three months.
21 And when he was cast out, Pharaoh's daughter took him up, and
nourished him for her own son.
22 And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was
mighty in words and in deeds.
23 Now when he was full forty year old, it came into his heart to
visit his brethren, the children of Israel.
24 And when he saw one of them suffer wrong, he defended him,
and avenged his quarrel that had the harm done to him, and smote the
25 For he supposed his brethren would have understand, that God by
his hand should give them deliverance: but they understood it not.
26 And the next day, he showed himself unto them as
they strove, and would have set them at one again, saying, Sirs, ye are
brethren: why do ye wrong one to another?
27 But he that did his neighbor wrong, thrust him away, saying, Who
made thee a prince, and a judge over us?
28 Wilt thou kill me, as thou didst the Egyptian yesterday?
29 Then fled Moses at that saying, and was a stranger in the land of
Median, where he begat two sons.
30 And when forty years were expired, there appeared to him in the
wilderness of Mount Sinai, an Angel of the Lord in a flame of fire, in a
31 And when Moses saw it, he wondered at the sight: and as he drew
near to consider it, the voice of the Lord came unto him, saying,
32 I am the God of thy fathers, the God of Abraham, and the God of
Isaac, and the God of Jacob. Then Moses trembled, and durst not behold
33 Then the Lord said to him, Put off thy shoes from thy feet: for
the place where thou standest, is holy ground.
34 I have seen, I have seen the affliction of my people, which is in
Egypt, and I have heard their groaning, and am come down to deliver
them: and now come, and I will send thee into Egypt.
35 This Moses whom they forsook, saying, Who made thee a prince and a
judge? the same God sent for a prince, and a deliverer by the hands of
the Angel, which appeared to him in the bush.
36 He brought them out, doing wonders, and miracles in the land of
Egypt, and in the Red Sea, and in the wilderness forty years.
37 This is that Moses, which said unto the children of Israel, A
Prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you, even of your
brethren, like unto me: him shall ye hear.
38 This is he that was in the Congregation, in the wilderness with
the Angel, which spake to him in mount Sinai, and with our fathers, who
received the lively oracles to give unto us.
39 To whom our fathers would not obey, but refused, and in their
hearts turned back again into Egypt,
40 Saying unto Aaron, Make us gods that may go before us: for we know
not what is become of this Moses that brought us out of the land of
41 And they made a calf in those days, and offered sacrifice unto the
idol, and rejoiced in the works of their own hands.
42 Then God turned himself away, and gave them up to serve the host
of heaven, as it is written in the book of the Prophets, O house of
Israel, have ye offered to me slain beasts and sacrifices by the space
of forty years in the wilderness?
43 And ye took up the tabernacle of Moloch, and the star of your god
Remphan, figures, which ye made to worship them: therefore I will carry
you away beyond Babylon.
44 Our fathers had the tabernacle of witness in the wilderness, as he
had appointed, speaking unto Moses, that he should make it according to
the fashion that he had seen.
45 Which tabernacle also our fathers received, and brought in
with Jesus into the possession of the Gentiles, which God drove out
before our fathers, unto the days of David:
46 Who found favor before God, and desired that he might find a
tabernacle for the God of Jacob.
47 But Solomon built him an house.
48 Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands, as
saith the Prophet,
49 Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool: what
house will ye build for me, saith the Lord? or what place is it that I
should rest in?
50 Hath not mine hand made all these things?
51 Ye stiffnecked and of uncircumcised hearts and ears, ye have
always resisted the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do
52 Which of the Prophets have not your fathers persecuted? And they
have slain them, which showed before of the coming of that Just, of whom
ye are now the betrayers and murderers,
53 Which have received the Law by the ordinance of Angels, and have
not kept it.
54 But when they heard these things, their hearts burst for anger,
and they gnashed at him with their teeth.
55 But he being full of the Holy Ghost, looked steadfastly into
heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand
56 And said, Behold, I see the heavens open, and the Son of man
standing at the right hand of God.
57 Then they gave a shout with a loud voice, and stopped their ears,
and ran upon him all at once,
58 And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses
laid down their clothes at a young man's feet, named Saul.
59 And they stoned Steven, who called on God, and said, Lord
Jesus, receive my spirit.
60 And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not
this sin to their charge. And when he had thus spoken, he slept.
1 And Saul consented to his death, and at that time, there was a
great persecution against the Church which was at Jerusalem, and they
were all scattered abroad through the regions of Judea and of Samaria,
except the Apostles.
2 Then certain men fearing God, carried Steven among them,
to be buried, and made great lamentation for him.
3 But Saul made havoc of the Church, and entered into every house,
and drew out both men and women, and put them into prison.
4 Therefore they that were scattered abroad, went to and fro
preaching the word.
5 ∂ Then came Philip into the city of Samaria, and preached Christ
6 And the people gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, with
one accord, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did.
7 For unclean spirits crying with a loud voice, came out of many that
were possessed of them: and many taken with palsies, and that
halted, were healed.
8 And there was great joy in that city.
9 And there was before in the city a certain man called Simon, which
used witchcraft, and bewitched the people of Samaria, saying, that he
himself was some great man.
10 To whom they gave heed from the least to the greatest, saying,
This man is the great power of God.
11 And they gave heed unto him, because that of long time he had
bewitched them with sorceries.
12 But as soon as they believed Philip, which preached the things
that concerned the kingdom of God, and in the Name of Jesus Christ, they
were baptized both men and women.
13 Then Simon himself believed also and was baptized, and continued
with Philip, and wondered, when he saw the signs and great miracles
which were done.
14 ∂ Now when the Apostles, which were at Jerusalem, heard say, that
Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and
15 Which when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might
receive the Holy Ghost.
16 (For as yet, he was come down on none of them, but they were
baptized only in the Name of the Lord Jesus.)
17 Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy
18 And when Simon saw, that through laying on of the Apostles hands
the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money,
19 Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay the
hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost.
20 Then said Peter unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou
thinkest that the gift of God may be obtained with money.
21 Thou hast neither part nor fellowship in this business: for thine
heart is not right in the sight of God.
22 Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, that if it
be possible, the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.
23 For I see that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond
24 Then answered Simon, and said, Pray ye to the Lord for me, that
none of these things which ye have spoken, come upon me.
25 ∂ So they, when they had testified and preached the word of the
Lord, returned to Jerusalem, and preached the Gospel in many towns of
26 Then the Angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and
go toward the South unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto
Gaza, which is waste.
27 And he arose and went on: and behold, a certain Eunuch of Ethiopia
Candaces' the Queen of the Ethiopianís chief Governor, who had the rule
of all her treasure, and came to Jerusalem to worship:
28 And as he returned sitting in his chariot, he read Isaiah the
29 Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near and join thyself to
30 And Philip ran thither, and heard him read the Prophet Isaiah, and
said, But understandest thou what thou readest?
31 And he said, How can I, except I had a guide? And he desired
Philip, that he would come up and sit with him.
32 Now the place of the Scripture which he read, was this, He was led
as a sheep to the slaughter: and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so
opened he not his mouth.
33 In his humility his judgment hath been exalted: but who shall
declare his generation? for his life is taken from the earth.
34 Then the Eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee of whom
speaketh the Prophet this? of himself, or of some other man?
35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same Scripture, and
preached unto him Jesus.
36 And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water, and
the Eunuch said, See, here is water: what doth let me to
37 And Philip said unto him, If thou believest with all thine heart,
thou mayest. Then he answered, and said, I believe that that Jesus
Christ is the Son of God.
38 Then he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down
both into the water, both Philip and the Eunuch, and he baptized him.
39 And as soon as they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of
the Lord caught away Philip, that the Eunuch saw him no more: so he went
on his way rejoicing.
40 But Philip was found at Azotus, and he walked to and fro preaching
in all the cities, till he came to Cesarea.
1 And Saul yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the
disciples of the Lord, went unto the high Priest,
2 And desired of him letters to Damascus to the Synagogues, that if
he found any that were of that way (either men or women) he might bring
them bound unto Jerusalem.
3 Now as he journeyed, it came to pass that as he was come near to
Damascus, suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven.
4 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice, saying to him, Saul,
Saul, why persecutest thou me?
5 And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom
thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against pricks.
6 He then both trembling and astonished, said, Lord, what wilt
thou that I do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise and go into the city,
and it shall be told thee what thou shalt do.
7 The men also which journeyed with him, stood amazed, hearing his
voice, but seeing no man.
8 And Saul arose from the ground, and opened his eyes, but saw
no man. Then led they him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus,
9 Where he was three days without sight, and neither ate nor drank.
10 And there was a certain disciple at Damascus named Ananias, and to
him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I am
11 Then the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which
is called Straight, and seek in the house of Judas after one called Saul
of Tarsus: for behold, he prayeth.
12 (And he saw in a vision a man named Ananias coming in to him, and
putting his hands on him, that he might receive his sight.)
13 Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how
much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem.
14 Moreover here he hath authority of the high Priests, to bind all
that call on thy Name.
15 Then the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel
unto me, to bear my Name before the Gentiles, and Kings, and the
children of Israel.
16 For I will show him, how many things he must suffer for my Name's
17 Then Ananias went his way, and entered into the house, and put his
hands on him, and said, Brother Saul, the Lord hath sent me (even
Jesus that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest) that thou
mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.
18 And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been
scales, and suddenly he received sight, and arose, and was baptized,
19 And received meat, and was strengthened. So was Saul certain days
with the disciples which were at Damascus.
20 And straightway he preached Christ in the Synagogues, that he was
the Son of God,
21 So that all that heard him, were amazed, and said, Is not this he,
that destroyed them which called on this Name in Jerusalem, and came
hither for that intent, that he should bring them bound unto the high
22 But Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded the Jews
which dwelt at Damascus, confirming, that this was the Christ.
23 And after that many days were fulfilled, the Jews took counsel
together, to kill him.
24 But their laying await was known of Saul: now they watched the
gates day and night, that they might kill him.
25 Then the disciples took him by night, and put him through the
wall, and let him down in a basket.
26 And when Saul was come to Jerusalem, he assayed to join himself
with the disciples: but they were all afraid of him, and believed not
that he was a disciple.
27 But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the Apostles, and
declared to them, how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he had
spoken unto him, and how he had spoken boldly at Damascus in the Name of
28 And he was conversant with them at Jerusalem,
29 And spake boldly in the Name of the Lord Jesus, and spake and
disputed with the Grecians: but they went about to slay him.
30 But when the brethren knew it, they brought him to Cesarea, and
sent him forth to Tarsus.
31 Then had the Churches rest through all Judea, and Galilee, and
Samaria, and were edified, and walked in the fear of the Lord, and were
multiplied by the comfort of the Holy Ghost.
32 And it came to pass, as Peter walked throughout all quarters,
he came also to the saints which dwelt at Lydda.
33 And there he found a certain man named AEneas, which had kept his
bed eight years, and was sick of the palsy.
34 Then said Peter unto him, AEneas, Jesus Christ maketh thee whole:
arise and make up thy bed. And he arose immediately.
35 And all that dwelt at Lydda and Saron, saw him, and turned to the
36 There was also at Joppa a certain woman, a disciple named
Tabitha (which by interpretation is called Dorcas) she was full of good
works and alms which she did.
37 And it came to pass in those days, that she was sick and died: and
when they had washed her, they laid her in an upper chamber.
38 Now forasmuch as Lydda was near to Joppa, and the disciples had
heard that Peter was there, they sent unto him two men, desiring that he
would not delay to come unto them.
39 Then Peter arose and came with them: and when he was come, they
brought him into the upper chamber, where all the widows stood by him
weeping, and showing the coats and garments, which Dorcas made, while
she was with them.
40 But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed, and
turned him to the body, and said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened her
eyes, and when she saw Peter, sat up.
41 Then he gave her the hand and lift her up, and called the saints
and widows, and restored her alive.
42 And it was known throughout all Joppa, and many believed in the
43 And it came to pass that he tarried many days in Joppa with one
Simon a tanner.
1 Furthermore there was a certain man in Cesarea called Cornelius, a
captain of the band called the Italian band,
2 A devout man, and one that feared God with all his household, which
gave much alms to the people, and prayed God continually.
3 He saw in a vision evidently (about the ninth hour of the day) an
Angel of God coming in to him, and saying unto him, Cornelius.
4 But when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it,
Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are come up into
remembrance before God.
5 Now therefore send men to Joppa, and call for Simon, whose surname
6 He lodgeth with one Simon a tanner, whose house is by the sea side:
he shall tell thee what thou oughtest to do.
7 And when the Angel which spake unto Cornelius, was departed, he
called two of his servants, and a soldier that feared God, one of them
that waited on him,
8 And told them all things, and sent them to Joppa.
9 On the morrow as they went on their journey, and drew near unto the
city, Peter went up upon the house to pray, about the sixth hour.
10 Then waxed he an hungered, and would have eaten: but while
they made something ready, he fell into a trance.
11 And he saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel come down unto him,
as it had been a great sheet, knit at the four corners, and was
let down to the earth.
12 Wherein were all manner of four footed beasts of the earth, and
wild beasts and creeping things, and fowls of the heaven.
13 And there came a voice to him, Arise, Peter: kill, and eat.
14 But Peter said, Not so, Lord: for I have never eaten any thing
that is polluted, or unclean.
15 And the voice spake unto him again the second time, The
things that God hath purified, pollute thou not.
16 This was so done thrice: and the vessel was drawn up again into
17 ∂ Now while Peter doubted in himself what this vision which he had
seen, meant, behold, the men which were sent from Cornelius, had
inquired for Simon's house, and stood at the gate,
18 And called, and asked, whether Simon, which was surnamed Peter,
were lodged there.
19 And while Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said unto him,
Behold, three men seek thee.
20 Arise therefore, and get thee down, and go with them, and doubt
nothing: for I have sent them.
21 ∂ Then Peter went down to the men, which were sent unto him from
Cornelius, and said, Behold, I am he whom ye seek: what is the cause
wherefore ye are come?
22 And they said, Cornelius the captain, a just man, and one that
feareth God, and of good report among all the nation of the Jews, was
warned from heaven by an holy Angel, to send for thee into his house,
and to hear thy words.
23 Then called he them in, and lodged them, and the next day, Peter
went forth with them, and certain brethren from Joppa accompanied him.
24 ∂ And the day after, they entered into Cesarea. Now Cornelius
waited for them, and had called together his kinsmen, and special
25 And it came to pass as Peter came in, that Cornelius met him, and
fell down at his feet and worshipped him.
26 But Peter took him up, saying, Stand up: for even I myself am a
27 And as he talked with him, he came in, and found many that were
28 And he said unto them, Ye know that it is an unlawful thing for a
man that is a Jew, to company, or come unto one of another nation: but
God hath showed me, that I should not call any man polluted, or unclean.
29 Therefore came I unto you without saying nay, when I was sent for.
I ask therefore, for what intent have ye sent for me?
30 Then Cornelius said, Four days ago, about this hour, I fasted, and
at the ninth hour I prayed in mine house, and behold, a man stood before
me in bright clothing,
31 And said, Cornelius, thy prayer is heard, and thine alms are had
in remembrance in the sight of God.
32 Send therefore to Joppa, and call for Simon, whose surname is
Peter (he is lodged in the house of Simon a tanner by the sea side) who
when he cometh, shall speak unto thee.
33 Then sent I for thee immediately, and thou hast well done to come.
Now therefore are we all here present before God, to hear all things
that are commanded thee of God.
34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I
perceive, that God is no accepter of persons.
35 But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh
righteousness, is accepted with him.
36 Ye know the word which God hath sent to the children of Israel,
preaching peace by Jesus Christ, which is Lord of all.
37 Even the word which came through all Judea beginning in
Galilee, after the baptism which John preached,
38 To wit, how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy
Ghost, and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that
were oppressed of the devil: for God was with him.
39 And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land
of the Jews, and in Jerusalem: whom they slew, hanging him on a tree.
40 Him God raised up the third day, and caused that he was showed
41 Not to all the people, but unto the witnesses chosen before of
God, even to us which did eat and drink with him, after he arose
from the dead.
42 And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify,
that it is he that is ordained of God a judge of quick and dead.
43 To him also give all the Prophets witness, that through his Name
all that believe in him, shall receive remission of sins.
44 While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them
which heard the word.
45 So they of the circumcision which believed, were astonished, as
many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured
out the gift of the Holy Ghost.
46 For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then
47 Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which
have received the Holy Ghost, as well as we?
48 So he commanded them to be baptized in the Name of the Lord. Then
prayed they him to tarry certain days.
1 Now the Apostles and the brethren that were in Judea, heard, that
the Gentiles had also received the word of God.
2 And when Peter was come up to Jerusalem, they of the circumcision
contended against him,
3 Saying, Thou wentest in to men uncircumcised, and hast eaten with
4 Then Peter began, and expounded the thing in order to them,
5 I was in the city of Joppa, praying, and in a trance I saw this
vision, A certain vessel coming down as it had been a great
sheet, let down from heaven by the four corners, and it came to me.
6 Toward the which when I had fastened mine eyes, I considered, and
saw four-footed beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping
things, and fowls of the heaven.
7 Also I heard a voice, saying unto me, Arise, Peter: slay and eat.
8 And I said, God forbid, Lord: for nothing polluted or unclean hath
at any time entered into my mouth.
9 But the voice answered me the second time from heaven, The things
that God hath purified, pollute thou not.
10 And this was done three times, and all were taken up again into
11 Then behold, immediately there were three men already come unto
the house where I was, sent from Cesarea unto me.
12 And the Spirit said unto me, that I should go with them, without
doubting: moreover these six brethren came with me, and we entered into
the man's house.
13 And he showed us, how he had seen an Angel in his house, which
stood and said to him, Send men to Joppa, and call for Simon whose
surname is Peter.
14 He shall speak words unto thee, whereby both thou and all thine
house shall be saved.
15 And as I began to speak, the Holy Ghost fell on them, even as upon
us at the beginning.
16 Then I remembered the word of the Lord, how he said, John baptized
with water, but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost.
17 Forasmuch then as God gave them a like gift, as he did unto
us, when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I, that I could
18 When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified
God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto
19 ∂ And they which were scattered abroad because of the affliction
that arose about Steven, walked throughout till they came unto Phenice
and Cyprus, and Antiochia, preaching the word to no man, but unto the
20 Now some of them were men of Cyprus and of Cyrene, which when they
were come into Antiochia, spake unto the Grecians, and preached the Lord
21 And the hand of the Lord was with them so that a great number
believed and turned unto the Lord.
22 Then tidings of those things came unto the ears of the Church,
which was in Jerusalem, and they sent forth Barnabas that he should go
23 Who when he was come and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and
exhorted all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the
24 For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost, and faith, and
much people joined themselves unto the Lord.
25 ∂ Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus to seek Saul:
26 And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antiochia, and it
came to pass that a whole year they were conversant with the Church, and
taught much people, insomuch, that the disciples were first called
Christians in Antiochia.
27 In those days also came Prophets from Jerusalem unto Antiochia.
28 And there stood up one of them named Agabus, and signified by the
Spirit, that there should be great famine throughout all the world,
which also came to pass under Claudius Cesar.
29 Then the disciples, every man according to his ability, purposed
to send succor unto the brethren which dwelt in Judea.
30 Which thing they also did, and sent it to the Elders, by the hands
of Barnabas and Saul.
1 Now about that time, Herod the King stretched forth his
hands to vex certain of the Church.
2 And he killed James the brother of John with the sword.
3 And when he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further, to
take Peter also (then were the days of unleavened bread.)
4 And when he had caught him, he put him in prison, and delivered him
to four quaternions of soldiers to be kept, intending after the Passover
to bring him forth to the people.
5 So Peter was kept in prison, but earnest prayer was made of the
Church unto God for him.
6 And when Herod would have brought him out unto the people, the same
night slept Peter between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and the
keepers before the door kept the prison.
7 And behold, the Angel of the Lord came upon them, and a light
shined in the house, and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up,
saying, Arise quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands.
8 And the Angel said unto him, Gird thyself, and bind on thy sandals.
And so he did. Then he said unto him, Cast thy garment about thee, and
9 So Peter came out and followed him, and knew not that it was
true, which was done by the Angel, but thought he had seen a vision.
10 Now when they were past the first and the second watch, they came
unto the iron gate, that leadeth unto the city, which opened to them by
it own accord, and they went out, and passed through one street, and by
and by the Angel departed from him.
11 ∂ And when Peter was come to himself, he said, Now I know for a
truth, that the Lord hath sent his Angel, and hath delivered me out of
the hand of Herod, and from all the waiting for of the people of the
12 And as he considered the thing, he came to the house of
Mary, the mother of John, whose surname was Mark, where many were
gathered together and prayed.
13 And when Peter knocked at the entry door, a maid came forth to
hearken, named Rhoda,
14 But when she knew Peter's voice, she opened not the entry door
for gladness, but ran in, and told how Peter stood before the entry.
15 But they said unto her, Thou art mad. Yet she affirmed it
constantly, that it was so. Then said they, It is his Angel.
16 But Peter continued knocking, and when they had opened it, and saw
him, they were astonished.
17 And he beckoned unto them with the hand, to hold their peace, and
told them how the Lord had brought him out of the prison. And he said,
Go show these things unto James and to the brethren: and he departed and
went into another place.
18 ∂ Now as soon as it was day, there was no small trouble among the
soldiers, what was become of Peter.
19 And when Herod had sought for him, and found him not, he examined
the keepers, and commanded them to be led to be punished. And he went
down from Judea to Cesarea, and there abode.
20 Then Herod intended to make war against them of Tyrus and Sidon,
but they came all with one accord unto him, and persuaded Blastus the
King's Chamberlain, and they desired peace, because their country was
nourished by the King's land.
21 And upon a day appointed, Herod arrayed himself in royal apparel,
and sat on the judgment seat, and made an oration unto them.
22 And the people gave a shout, saying, The voice of God, and
not of man.
23 But immediately the Angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave
not glory unto God, so that he was eaten of worms, and gave up the
24 And the word of God grew, and multiplied.
25 So Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerusalem, when they had
fulfilled their office, and took with them John, whose surname was Mark.
1 There were also in the Church that was at Antiochia, certain
Prophets and teachers, as Barnabas, and Simeon called Niger, and Lucius
of Cyrene, and Manahen (which had been brought up with Herod the
Tetrarch) and Saul.
2 Now as they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost
said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul, for the work whereunto I have
3 Then fasted they and prayed, and laid their hands on them, and let
4 And they, after they were sent forth of the Holy Ghost, came down
unto Seleucia, and from thence they sailed to Cyprus.
5 And when they were at Salamis, they preached the word of God in the
Synagogues of the Jews: and they had also John to their minister.
6 So when they had gone throughout the Isle unto Paphus, they found a
certain sorcerer, a false prophet, being a Jew, named Barjesus,
7 Which was with the Deputy Sergius Paulus, a prudent man. He called
unto him Barnabas and Saul, and desired to hear the word of God.
8 But Elymas, the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation)
withstood them, and sought to turn away the Deputy from the faith.
9 Then Saul (which also is called Paul) being full of the Holy
Ghost, set his eyes on him,
10 And said, O full of all subtlety and all mischief, the child of
the devil, and enemy of all righteousness, will thou not cease to
pervert the straight ways of the Lord?
11 Now therefore behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee,
and thou shalt be blind, and not see the sun for a season. And
immediately there fell on him a mist and a darkness, and he went about,
seeking some to lead him by the hand.
12 Then the Deputy when he saw what was done, believed, and was
astonished at the doctrine of the Lord.
13 Now when Paul and they that were with him were departed by ship
from Paphus, they came to Perga a city of Pamphylia: then John
departed from them, and returned to Jerusalem.
14 But when they departed from Perga, they came to Antiochia a
city of Pisidia, and went into the Synagogue on the Sabbath day, and
15 And after the lecture of the Law and Prophets, the rulers of the
Synagogue sent unto them, saying, Ye men and brethren, if ye have any
word of exhortation for the people, say on.
16 Then Paul stood up and beckoned with the hand, and said, Men of
Israel, and ye that fear God, hearken.
17 The God of this people of Israel chose our fathers, and exalted
the people when they dwelt in the land of Egypt, and with an high arm
brought them out thereof.
18 And about the time of forty years, suffered he their manners in
19 And he destroyed seven nations in the land of Chanaan, and divided
their land to them by lot.
20 Then afterward he gave unto them Judges about four hundred and
fifty years, unto the time of Samuel the Prophet.
21 So after that they desired a King, and God gave unto them Saul,
the son of Cis, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, by the space of
22 And after he had taken him away, he raised up David to be their
King, of whom he witnessed, saying, I have found David the son of
Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which will do all things that I will.
23 Of this man's seed hath God according to his promise raised
up to Israel, the Savior Jesus:
24 When John had first preached before his coming the baptism of
repentance to all the people of Israel.
25 And when John had fulfilled his course, he said, Whom ye
think that I am, I am not he: but behold, there cometh one after me,
whose shoe of his feet I am not worthy to loose.
26 Ye men and brethren, children of the generation of Abraham, and
whosoever among you feareth God, to you is the word of this salvation
27 For the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they
knew him not, nor yet the words of the Prophets, which are read every
Sabbath day, they have fulfilled them in condemning him.
28 And though they found no cause of death in him, yet
desired they Pilate to kill him.
29 And when they had fulfilled all things that were written of him,
they took him down from the tree, and put him in a sepulcher.
30 But God raised him up from the dead.
31 And he was seen many days of them, which came up with him from
Galilee to Jerusalem, which are his witnesses unto the people.
32 And we declare unto you, that touching the promise made unto the
33 God hath fulfilled it unto us their children, in that he raised up
Jesus, even as it is written in the second Psalm, Thou art my Son: this
day have I begotten thee.
34 Now as concerning that he raised him up from the dead, no more to
return to the grave, he hath said thus, I will give you the holy things
of David, which are faithful.
35 Wherefore he saith also in another place, Thou wilt not suffer
thine Holy one to see corruption.
36 Howbeit, David after he had served his time by the counsel of God,
he slept, and was laid with his fathers, and saw corruption.
37 But he whom God raised up, saw no corruption.
38 Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that
through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins.
39 And from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the
Law of Moses, by him every one that believeth, is justified.
40 Beware therefore, lest that come upon you, which is spoken of in
41 Behold, ye despisers, and wonder, and vanish away: for I work a
work in your days, a work which ye shall not believe, if a man would
declare it you.
42 ∂ And when they were come out of the Synagogue of the Jews, the
Gentiles besought, that they would preach these words to them the next
43 Now when the congregation was dissolved, many of the Jews, and
proselytes that feared God, followed Paul and Barnabas, which spake to
them, and exhorted them to continue in the grace of God.
44 And the next Sabbath day came almost the whole city
together, to hear the word of God.
45 But when the Jews saw the people, they were full of envy, and
spake against those things, which were spoken of Paul, contrarying
them, and railing on them.
46 Then Paul and Barnabas spake boldly, and said, It was necessary
that the word of God should first have been spoken unto you: but seeing
ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life,
lo, we turn to the Gentiles.
47 For so hath the Lord commanded us, saying, I have made thee
a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be the salvation unto the
end of the world.
48 And when the Gentiles heard it, they were glad, and glorified the
word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained unto eternal life,
49 Thus the word of the Lord was published throughout the whole
50 But the Jews stirred certain devout and honorable women,
and the chief men of the city, and raised persecution against Paul and
Barnabas, and expelled them out of their coasts.
51 But they shook off the dust of their feet against them, and came
52 And the disciples were filled with joy, and with the Holy Ghost.
1 And it came to pass in Iconium, that they went both together into
the Synagogue of the Jews, and so spake, that a great multitude both of
the Jews and of the Grecians believed.
2 But the unbelieving Jews stirred up, and corrupted the minds of the
Gentiles against the brethren.
3 So therefore they abode there a long time, and spake boldly in the
Lord, which gave testimony unto the word of his grace, and caused signs
and wonders to be done by their hands.
4 But the people of the city were divided: and some were with the
Jews, and some with the Apostles.
5 And when there was an assault made both of the Gentiles, and of the
Jews with their rulers, to do them violence, and to stone them,
6 They were ware of it, and fled unto Lystra, and Derbe, cities of
Lycaonia, and unto the region round about,
7 And there were preaching the Gospel.
8 ∂ Now there sat a certain man at Lystra, impotent in his feet,
which was a cripple from his motherís womb, who had never walked.
9 He heard Paul speak: who beholding him, and perceiving that he had
faith to be healed,
10 Said with a loud voice, Stand upright on thy feet. And he leaped
up, and walked.
11 Then when the people saw what Paul had done, they lift up their
voices, saying in the speech of Lycaonia, Gods are come down to us in
the likeness of men.
12 And they called Barnabas, Jupiter, and Paul, Mercurius, because he
was the chief speaker.
13 Then Jupiter's priest, which was before their city, brought bulls
with garlands unto the gates, and would have sacrificed with the people.
14 But when the Apostles, Barnabas and Paul heard it, they rent their
clothes, and ran in among the people, crying,
15 And saying, O men, why do ye these things? We are even men subject
to the like passions that ye be, and preach unto you, that ye
should turn from these vain idols unto the living God, which made
heaven and earth, and the sea, and all things that in them are.
16 Who in times past suffered all the Gentiles to walk in their own
17 Nevertheless, he left not himself without witness, in that he did
good and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling
our hearts with food, and gladness,
18 And speaking these things, scarce refrained they the people, that
they had not sacrificed unto them.
19 Then there came certain Jews from Antiochia and Iconium, which
when they had persuaded the people, stoned Paul, and drew him out of the
city, supposing he had been dead.
20 Howbeit, as the disciples stood round about him, he arose up, and
came into the city, and the next day he departed with Barnabas to Derbe.
21 And after they had preached to that city, and had taught many,
they returned to Lystra, and to Iconium, and to Antiochia,
22 Confirming the disciples' hearts, and exhorting them to continue
in the faith, affirming that we must through many afflictions
enter into the kingdom of God.
23 And when they had ordained them Elders by election in every
Church, and prayed, and fasted, they commended them to the Lord in whom
24 Thus they went throughout Pisidia, and came to Pamphilia.
25 And when they had preached the word in Perga, they came down to
26 And thence sailed to Antiochia, from whence they had been
commended unto the grace of God, to the work which they had fulfilled.
27 And when they were come and had gathered the Church together, they
rehearsed all the things that God had done by them, and how he had
opened the door of faith unto the Gentiles.
28 So there they abode a long time with the disciples.
1 Then came down certain from Judea, and taught the brethren,
saying, Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye
cannot be saved.
2 And when there was great dissension, and disputation by Paul and
Barnabas against them, they ordained that Paul and Barnabas, and certain
other of them, should go up to Jerusalem unto the Apostles and Elders
about this question.
3 Thus being sent forth by the Church, they passed through Phenice,
and Samaria, declaring the conversion of the Gentiles: and they brought
great joy unto all the brethren.
4 And when they were come to Jerusalem, they were received of the
Church, and of the Apostles and Elders, and they declared what things
God had done by them.
5 But said they, certain of the sect of the Pharises, which
did believe, rose up, saying, that it was needful to circumcise them,
and to command them to keep the law of Moses.
6 Then the Apostles and Elders came together to look to this matter.
7 And when there had been great disputation, Peter rose up, and said
unto them, Ye men and brethren, ye know that a good while ago,
among us God chose out me, that the Gentiles by my mouth should
hear the word of the Gospel, and believe.
8 And God which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, in giving unto
them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us.
9 And he put no difference between us and them, after that by faith
he had purified their hearts.
10 Now therefore, why tempt ye God, to lay a yoke on the disciples'
necks, which neither our fathers, nor we were able to bear?
11 But we believe, through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ to be
saved, even as they do.
12 Then all the multitude kept silence, and heard Barnabas and Paul,
which told what signs and wonders God had done among the Gentiles by
13 And when they held their peace, James answered, saying, Men and
brethren, hearken unto me.
14 Simeon hath declared, how God first did visit the Gentiles, to
take of them a people unto his Name.
15 And to this agree the words of the Prophets, as it is written,
16 After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of
David, which is fallen down, and the ruins thereof will I build again,
and I will set it up,
17 That the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the
Gentiles upon whom my Name is called, saith the Lord which doeth all
18 From the beginning of the world God knoweth all his works.
19 Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble not them of the Gentiles
that are turned to God,
20 But that we write unto them, that they abstain themselves from
filthiness of idols, and fornication, and that that is strangled, and
21 For Moses of old time hath in every city them that preach him,
seeing he is read in the Synagogues every Sabbath day.
22 Then it seemed good to the Apostles and Elders with the whole
Church, to send chosen men of their own company to Antiochia with Paul
and Barnabas: to wit, Judas whose surname was Barsabas and Silas,
which were chief men among the brethren,
23 And wrote letters by them after this manner, the
Elders, and the brethren, unto the brethren which are of the Gentiles in Antiochia, and in Syria, and in Cilicia, send greeting.
24 Forasmuch as we have heard, that certain which departed from us,
have troubled you with words, and cumbered your minds, saying, Ye must
be circumcised and keep the Law: to whom we gave no such commandment,
25 It seemed therefore good to us, when we were come together with
one accord, to send chosen men unto you, with our beloved Barnabas and
26 Men that have given up their lives for the Name of our Lord Jesus
27 We have therefore sent Judas and Silas, which shall also tell you
the same things by mouth.
28 For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay no more
burden upon you, than these necessary things,
29 That is, that ye abstain from things offered to idols, and
blood, and that that is strangled, and from fornication: from which if
ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well.
30 Now when they were departed, they came to Antiochia, and after
that they had assembled the multitude, they delivered the epistle.
31 And when they had read it, they rejoiced for the consolation.
32 And Judas and Silas being Prophets, exhorted the brethren with
many words, and strengthened them.
33 And after they had tarried there a space, they were let go in
peace of the brethren unto the Apostles.
34 Notwithstanding Silas thought good to abide there still.
35 Paul also and Barnabas continued in Antiochia, teaching and
preaching with many other the word of the Lord.
36 ∂ But after certain days, Paul said unto Barnabas, Let us return,
and visit our brethren in every city, where we have preached the word of
the Lord, and see how they do.
37 And Barnabas counseled to take with them John, called Mark.
38 But Paul thought it not meet to take him unto their company, which
departed from them from Pamphylia, and went not with them to the work.
39 Then were they so stirred that they departed asunder one from the
other, so that Barnabas took Mark, and sailed unto Cyprus.
40 And Paul chose Silas and departed, being commended of the brethren
unto the grace of God.
41 And he went through Syria and Cilicia, stablishing the Churches.
1 Then came he to Derbe and to Lystra: and behold, a certain disciple
was there named Timotheus, a woman's son, which was a Jewess and
believed, but his father was a Grecian.
2 Of whom the brethren which were at Lystra and Iconium, reported
3 Therefore Paul would that he should go forth with him, and took and
circumcised him, because of the Jews, which were in those quarters: for
they knew all, that his father was a Grecian.
4 And as they went through the cities, they delivered them the
decrees to keep, ordained of the Apostles and Elders, which were at
5 And so were the Churches stablished in the faith, and increased in
6 ∂ Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia, and the region of
Galatia, they were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in
7 Then came they to Mysia, and sought to go into Bithynia:but the
Spirit suffered them not.
8 Therefore they passed through Mysia, and came down to Troas,
9 Where a vision appeared to Paul in the night. There stood a man of
Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, Come into Macedonia, and help us.
10 And after he had seen the vision, immediately we prepared to go
into Macedonia, being assured that the Lord had called us to preach the
Gospel unto them.
11 Then went we forth from Troas, and with a straight course came to
Samothracia, and the next day to Neapolis,
12 ∂ And from thence to Philippi, which is the chief city in the
parts of Macedonia, and whose inhabitants came from Rome to dwell there,
and we were in that city abiding certain days.
13 And on the Sabbath day, we went out of the city, besides a river,
where they were wont to pray: and we sat down, and spake unto the women,
which were come together.
14 And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city
of the Thyatirians, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart
the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things, which Paul spake.
15 And when she was baptized, and her household, she besought us,
saying, If ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into mine
house, and abide there: and she constrained us.
16 And it came to pass that as we went to prayer, a certain maid
having a spirit of divination, met us, which gat her masters much
vantage with divining.
17 She followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the
servants of the most high God, which show unto us the way of salvation.
18 And this did she many days: but Paul being grieved, turned about,
and said to the spirit, I command thee in the Name of Jesus Christ, that
thou come out of her. And he came out the same hour.
19 Now when her masters saw that the hope of their gain was gone,
they caught Paul and Silas, and drew them into the market place unto the
20 And brought them to the governors, saying, These men which are
Jews, trouble our city,
21 And preach ordinances, which are not lawful for us to receive,
neither to observe, seeing we are Romans.
22 The people also rose up together against them, and the governors
rent their clothes, and commanded them to be beaten with rods.
23 And when they had beaten them sore, they cast them into
prison, commanding the jailor to keep them surely.
24 Who having received such commandment, cast them into the inner
prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks.
25 Now at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang a Psalm
unto God: and the prisoners heard them.
26 And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundation
of the prison was shaken: and by and by all the doors opened, and every
man's bands were loosed.
27 Then the keeper of the prison waked out of his sleep, and when he
saw the prison doors open, he drew out his sword and would have killed
himself, supposing the prisoners had been fled.
28 But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for
we are all here.
29 Then he called for a light and leaped in and came trembling, and
fell down before Paul and Silas,
30 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?
31 And they said, Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be
saved, and thine household.
32 And they preached unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that
were in his house.
33 Afterward he took them the same hour of the night, and washed
their stripes, and was baptized with all that belonged unto him,
34 And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before
them, and rejoiced that he with all his household believed in God.
35 And when it was day, the governors sent the sergeants, saying, Let
those men go.
36 Then the keeper of the prison told these words unto Paul,
saying, The governors have sent to loose you: now therefore get you
hence, and go in peace.
37 Then said Paul unto them, After that they have beaten us openly
uncondemned, which are Romans, they have cast us into prison, and now
would they put us out privily? nay verily: but let them come and bring
38 And the sergeants told these words unto the governors, who feared
when they heard that they were Romans.
39 Then came they and prayed them, and brought them out, and desired
them to depart out of the city.
40 And they went out of the prison, and entered into the house of
Lydia: and when they had seen the brethren, they comforted them, and
1 Now as they passed through Amphipolis, and Apollonia, they came to
Thessalonica, where was a Synagogue of the Jews.
2 And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three Sabbath
days disputed with them by the Scriptures,
3 Opening, and alleging that Christ must have suffered, and risen
again from the dead: and this is Jesus Christ, whom, said he,I
preach to you.
4 And some of them believed, and joined in company with Paul and
Silas: also of the Grecians that feared God a great multitude, and of
the chief women not a few.
5 But the Jews which believed not, moved with envy, took unto them
certain vagabonds and wicked fellows, and when they had assembled
the multitude, they made a tumult in the city, and made assault against
the house of Jason, and sought to bring them out to the people.
6 But when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain brethren
unto the heads of the city, crying, These are they which have subverted
the state of the world, and here they are,
7 Whom Jason hath received, and these all do against the decrees of
Cesar, saying that there is another King, one Jesus.
8 Then they troubled the people, and the heads of the city, when they
heard these things.
9 Notwithstanding when they had received sufficient assurance of
Jason and of the other, they let them go.
10 And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night
unto Berea, which when they were come thither, entered into the
Synagogue of the Jews.
11 These were also more noble men than they which were at
Thessalonica, which received the word with all readiness, and searched
the Scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
12 Therefore many of them believed, and of honest women, which were
Grecians, and men not a few.
13 ∂ But when the Jews of Thessalonica knew, that the word of God was
also preached of Paul at Berea, they came thither also, and moved the
14 But by and by the brethren sent away Paul to go as it were
to the sea: but Silas and Timotheus abode there still.
15 And they that did conduct Paul, brought him unto Athens: and when
they had received a commandment unto Silas and Timotheus that they
should come to him at once, they departed.
16 ∂ Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was stirred
in him, when he saw the city subject to idolatry.
17 Therefore he disputed in the Synagogue with the Jews, and with
them that were religious, and in the market daily with whomsoever he
18 Then certain Philosophers of the Epicures, and of the Stoics,
disputed with him, and some said, What will this babbler say? Others
said, He seemeth to be a setter forth of strange gods (because he
preached unto them Jesus, and the resurrection.)
19 And they took him, and brought him into Mars' street, saying, May
we not know, what this new doctrine, whereof thou speakest, is?
20 For thou bringest certain strange things unto our ears: we would
know therefore, what these things mean.
21 For all the Athenians, and strangers which dwelt there, gave
themselves to nothing else, but either to tell, or to hear some news.
22 Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars' street, and said, Ye men of
Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious.
23 For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar
wherein was written, UNTO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom ye then ignorantly
worship, him show I unto you.
24 God that made the world, and all things that are therein, seeing
that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with
25 Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any
thing, seeing he giveth to all life and breath and all things,
26 And hath made of one blood all mankind, to dwell on all the face
of the earth, and hath assigned the times which were ordained before,
and the bounds of their habitation,
27 That they should seek the Lord, if so be they might have groped
after him, and found him though doubtless he be not far from
every one of us.
28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being, as also certain
of your own Poets have said, For we are also his generation.
29 Forasmuch then, as we are the generation of God, we ought not to
think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone graven by
art and the invention of man.
30 And the time of this ignorance God regarded not: but now he
admonisheth all men every where to repent,
31 Because he hath appointed a day in the which he will judge the
world in righteousness, by that man whom he hath appointed, whereof
he hath given an assurance to all men, in that he hath raised him
from the dead.
32 Now when they heard of the resurrection from the dead, some
mocked, and other said, We will hear thee again of this thing.
33 And so Paul departed from among them.
34 Howbeit certain men clave unto Paul, and believed: among whom was
also Denys Areopagita, and a woman named Damaris, and other with them.
1 After these things, Paul departed from Athens, and came to
2 And found a certain Jew, named Aquila, born in Pontus, lately come
from Italy, and his wife Priscilla (because that Claudius had commanded
all Jews to depart from Rome) and he came unto them.
3 And because he was of the same craft, he abode with them and
wrought (for their craft was to make tents.)
4 And he disputed in the Synagogue every Sabbath day, and
exhorted the Jews, and the Grecians.
5 Now when Silas and Timotheus were come from Macedonia, Paul, burned
in spirit, testifying to the Jews that Jesus was the Christ.
6 And when they resisted and blasphemed, he shook his raiment, and
said unto them, Your blood be upon your own head: I am clean:
from henceforth will I go unto the Gentiles.
7 So he departed thence, and entered into a certain man's house,
named Justus, a worshipper of God, whose house joined hard to the
8 And Crispus the chief ruler of the Synagogue, believed in the Lord
with all his household: and many of the Corinthians hearing it, believed
and were baptized.
9 Then said the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision, Fear not, but
speak, and hold not thy peace.
10 For I am with thee, and no man shall lay hands on thee to
hurt thee: for I have much people in this city.
11 So he continued there a year and six months, and taught the word
of God among them.
12 ∂ Now when Gallio was Deputy of Achaia, the Jews arose with one
accord against Paul, and brought him to the judgment seat,
13 Saying, This fellow persuadeth men to worship God contrary to the
14 And as Paul was about to open his mouth, Gallio said unto the
Jews, If it were a matter of wrong, or an evil deed, O ye Jews, I would
according to reason maintain you.
15 But if it be a question of words, and names, and of your Law, look
ye to it yourselves: for I will be no judge of those things.
16 And he drove them from the judgment seat.
17 Then took all the Grecians Sosthenes the chief ruler of the
Synagogue, and beat him before the judgment seat: but Gallio cared
nothing for those things.
18 But when Paul had tarried there yet a good while, he took leave of
the brethren, and sailed into Syria (and with him Priscilla and Aquila)
after that he had shorn his head in Cenchrea: for he had a vow.
19 Then he came to Ephesus, and left them there: but he entered into
the Synagogue and disputed with the Jews.
20 Who desired him to tarry a longer time with them: but he would not
21 But bade them farewell, saying, I must needs keep this feast that
cometh, in Jerusalem: but I will return again unto you, if God will. So
he sailed from Ephesus.
22 ∂ And when he came down to Cesarea, he went up to Jerusalem:
and when he had saluted the Church, he went down unto Antiochia.
23 Now when he had tarried there a while, he departed, and
went through the country of Galatia and Phrygia by order, strengthening
all the disciples.
24 And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, came to
Ephesus, an eloquent man, and mighty in the Scriptures.
25 The same was instructed in the way of the Lord, and he spake
fervently in the Spirit, and taught diligently the things of the Lord,
and knew but the baptism of John only.
26 And he began to speak boldly in the Synagogue. Whom when Aquila
and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him
the way of God more perfectly.
27 And when he was minded to go into Achaia, the brethren exhorting
him, wrote to the disciples to receive him: and after he was come
thither, he holp them much which had believed through grace.
28 For mightily he confuted publicly the Jews with great vehemence,
showing by the Scriptures, that Jesus was the Christ.
1 And it came to pass, while Apollos was at Corinthus, that Paul when
he passed through the upper coasts, came to Ephesus, and found certain
2 And said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye
believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether
there be an Holy Ghost.
3 And he said unto them, Unto what were ye then baptized? And they
said, Unto John's baptism.
4 Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of
repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe in him,
which should come after him, that is, in Christ Jesus.
5 So when they heard it, they were baptized in the Name of the Lord
6 And Paul laid his hands upon them, and the Holy Ghost came on them,
and they spake the tongues, and prophesied.
7 And all the men were about twelve.
8 ∂ Moreover he went into the Synagogue, and spake boldly for the
space of three months, disputing and exhorting to the things that
appertain to the kingdom of God.
9 But when certain were hardened, and disobeyed, speaking evil of the
way of God before the multitude, he departed from them, and
separated the disciples, and disputed daily in the school of one
10 And this was done by the space of two years, so that all they
which dwelt in Asia, heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and
11 And God wrought no small miracles by the hands of Paul,
12 So that from his body were brought unto the sick, kerchiefs or
handkerchiefs, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits
went out of them.
13 Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took in hand to name
over them which had evil spirits, the Name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We
adjure you by Jesus, whom Paul preacheth.
14 (And there were certain sons of Sceva a Jew, the Priest, about
seven which did this)
15 And the evil spirit answered, and said, Jesus I acknowledge, and
Paul I know: but who are ye?
16 And the man in whom the evil spirit was, ran on them, and overcame
them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house,
naked, and wounded.
17 And this was known to all the Jews and Grecians also, which dwelt
at Ephesus, and fear came on them all, and the Name of the Lord Jesus
18 And many that believed, came and confessed, and showed their
19 Many also of them which used curious arts, brought their books,
and burned them before all men: and they counted the price of them, and
found it fifty thousand pieces of silver.
20 So the word of God grew mightily, and prevailed.
21 ∂ Now when these things were accomplished, Paul purposed by the
Spirit to pass through Macedonia and Achaia, and to go to Jerusalem,
saying, After I have been there, I must also see Rome.
22 So sent he into Macedonia two of them that ministered unto him,
Timotheus and Erastus, but he remained in Asia for a season.
23 And the same time there arose no small trouble about that way.
24 For a certain man named Demetrius a silversmith, which made silver
temples of Diana, brought great gains unto the craftsmen:
25 Whom he called together, with the workmen of like things, and
said, Sirs, ye know that by this craft we have our goods.
26 Moreover ye see and hear, that not alone at Ephesus, but almost
throughout all Asia this Paul hath persuaded, and turned away much
people, saying, That they be not gods which are made with hands,
27 So that not only this thing is dangerous unto us, that the state
should be reproved, but also that the temple of the great goddess Diana
should be nothing esteemed, and that it would come to pass that her
magnificence, which all Asia and the world worshippeth, should be destroyed.
28 Now when they heard it, they were full of wrath, and cried out,
saying, Great is Diana of the Ephesians.
29 And the whole city was full of confusion, and they rushed into the
common place with one assent, and caught Gaius, and Aristarchus, men of
Macedonia, and Paul's companions of his journey.
30 And when Paul would have entered in unto the people, the disciples
suffered him not.
31 Certain also of the chief of Asia which were his friends, sent
unto him, desiring him that he would not present himself in the common
32 Some therefore cried one thing, and some another: for the assembly
was out of order, and the more part knew not wherefore they were come
33 And some of the company drew forth Alexander, the Jews
thrusting him forwards. Alexander then beckoned with the hand, and would
have excused the matter to the people.
34 But when they knew that he was a Jew, there arose a shout almost
for the space of two hours, of all men crying, Great is Diana of
35 Then the town clerk when he had stayed the people, said, Ye men of
Ephesus, what man is it that knoweth not how that the city of the
Ephesians is a worshipper of the great goddess Diana, and of the
image, which came down from Jupiter?
36 Seeing then that no man can speak against these things, ye ought
to be appeased, and to do nothing rashly.
37 For ye have brought hither these men, which have neither commit
sacrilege, neither do blaspheme your goddess.
38 Wherefore, if Demetrius and the craftsmen which are with him, have
a matter against any man, the law is open, and there are Deputies: let
them accuse one another.
39 But if ye inquire any thing concerning other matters it may be
determined in a lawful assembly.
40 For we are even in jeopardy to be accused of this day's sedition,
forasmuch as there is no cause, whereby we may give a reason of this
concourse of people.
41 And when he had thus spoken, he let the assembly depart.
1 Now after the tumult was ceased, Paul called the disciples unto
him, and embraced them, and departed to go into Macedonia.
2 And when he had gone through those parts, and had exhorted them
with many words, he came into Grecia.
3 And having tarried there three months, because the Jews laid
wait for him, as he was about to sail into Syria, he purposed to return
4 And there accompanied him into Asia Sopater of Berea, and of them
of Thessalonica, Aristarchus, and Secundus, and Gaius of Derbe, and
Timotheus, and of them of Asia Tychicus, and Trophimus.
5 These went before, and tarried us at Troas.
6 And we sailed forth from Philippi, after the days of unleavened
bread, and came unto them to Troas in five days, where we abode seven
7 And the first day of the week, the disciples being come together to
break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow, and
continued the preaching unto midnight.
8 And there were many lights in an upper chamber, where they were
9 And there sat in a window a certain young man, named Eutychus,
fallen into a deep sleep: and as Paul was long preaching, he overcome
with sleep, fell down from the third loft, and was taken up dead.
10 But Paul went down, and laid himself upon him, and embraced him,
saying, Trouble not yourselves: for his life is in him.
11 So when Paul was come up again, and had broken bread, and
eaten, he commented a long while till the dawning of the day, and
so he departed.
12 And they brought the boy alive, and they were not a little
13 ∂ Then we went forth to ship, and sailed unto the city
Assos, that we might receive Paul there: for so had he appointed, and
would himself go afoot.
14 Now when he was come unto us to Assos, and we had received him, we
came to Mitylenes.
15 And we sailed thence, and came the next day over against Chios,
and the next day we arrived at Samos, and tarried at Trogyllium: the
next day we came to Miletum.
16 For Paul had determined to sail by Ephesus, because he would not
spend the time in Asia: for he hasted to be, if he could possible, at
Jerusalem, at the day of Pentecost.
17 ∂ Wherefore from Miletum he sent to Ephesus, and called the Elders
of the Church.
18 Who when they were come to him, he said unto them, Ye know from
the first day that I came into Asia, after what manner I have been with
you at all seasons,
19 Serving the Lord with all modesty, and with many tears, and
temptations, which came unto me by the layings await of the Jews,
20 And how I kept back nothing that was profitable, but have showed
you, and taught you openly, and throughout every house,
21 Witnessing both to the Jews, and to the Grecians the repentance
toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.
22 And now behold, I go bound in the Spirit unto Jerusalem, and know
not what things shall come unto me there,
23 Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying, that
bonds and afflictions abide me.
24 But I pass not at all, neither is my life dear unto myself, so
that I may fulfill my course with joy, and the ministration which I have
received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the Gospel of the grace of God.
25 And now behold, I know that henceforth ye all, through whom I have
gone preaching the kingdom of God, shall see my face no more.
26 Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the
blood of all men.
27 For I have kept nothing back, but have showed you all the counsel
28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, whereof
the Holy Ghost hath made you Overseers, to feed the Church of God, which
he hath purchased with his own blood.
29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves
enter in among you, not sparing the flock.
30 Moreover of your own selves shall men arise speaking perverse
things, to draw disciples after them.
31 Therefore watch and remember, that by the space of three
years I ceased not to warn every one, both night and day with tears.
32 And now brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his
grace, which is able to build further, and to give you an inheritance,
among all them, which are sanctified.
33 I have coveted no man's silver, nor gold, nor apparel.
34 Yea, ye know, that these hands have ministered unto my
necessities, and to them that were with me.
35 I have showed you all things, how that so laboring, ye ought to
support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how that
he said, It is a blessed thing to give, rather than to receive.
36 And when he had thus spoken, he kneeled down, and prayed with them
37 Then they wept all abundantly, and fell on Paul's neck, and kissed
38 Being chiefly sorry for the words which he spake, That they should
see his face no more. And they accompanied him unto the ship.
1 And as we launched forth, and were departed from them, we came with
a straight course unto Coos, and the day following unto the Rhodes, and
from thence unto Patara.
2 And we found a ship that went over unto Phenice, and went aboard,
and set forth.
3 And when we had discovered Cyprus, we left it on the left hand, and
sailed toward Syria, and arrived at Tyrus: for there the ship unladed
4 And when we had found disciples, we tarried there seven days. And
they told Paul through the Spirit, that he should not go up to
5 But when the days were ended, we departed, and went our way, and
they all accompanied us with their wives and children, even out
of the city: and we kneeling down on the shore, prayed.
6 Then when we had embraced one another, we took ship, and they
7 And when we had ended the course from Tyrus, we arrived at
Ptolemais, and saluted the brethren, and abode with them one day.
8 And the next day, Paul and they that were with him, departed, and
came unto Cesarea: and we entered into the house of Philip the
Evangelist, which was one of the seven Deacons, and abode with
9 Now he had four daughters virgins, which did prophesy.
10 And as we tarried there many days, there came a certain Prophet
from Judea, named Agabus.
11 And when he was come unto us, he took Paul's girdle, and bound his
own hands and feet, and said, Thus saith the Holy Ghost, So shall the
Jews at Jerusalem bind the man that owneth this girdle, and shall
deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.
12 And when we had heard these things, both we and other of the same
place besought him that he would not go up to Jerusalem.
13 Then Paul answered, and said, What do ye weeping and breaking mine
heart? For I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem
for the Name of the Lord Jesus.
14 So when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, The will of
the Lord be done.
15 And after those days we trussed up our fardels, and went up to
16 There went with us also certain of the disciples of
Cesarea, and brought with them one Mnason of Cyprus, an old disciple,
with whom we should lodge.
17 And when we were come to Jerusalem, the brethren received us
18 And the next day Paul went in with us unto James: and all the
Elders were there assembled.
19 And when he had embraced them, he told by order all things, that
God had wrought among the Gentiles by his ministration.
20 So when they heard it, they glorified the Lord, and said unto him,
Thou seest, brother, how many thousand Jews there are which believe, and
they are all zealous of the Law.
21 Now they are informed of thee, that thou teachest all the Jews,
which are among the Gentiles, to forsake Moses, and sayest, that they
ought not to circumcise their children, neither to live after the
22 What is then to be done? the multitude must needs come
together: for they shall hear that thou art come.
23 Do therefore this that we say to thee. We have four men, which
have made a vow.
24 Them take, and purify thyself with them, and contribute with them,
that they may shave their heads: and all shall know, that those things,
whereof they have been informed concerning thee, are nothing, but that
thou thyself also walkest and keepest the Law.
25 For as touching the Gentiles, which believe, we have written, and
determined that they observe no such thing, but that they keep
themselves from things offered to idols, and from blood, and from that
that is strangled, and from fornication.
26 Then Paul took the men, and the next day was purified with them,
and entered into the Temple, declaring the accomplishment of the days of
the purification, until that an offering should be offered for every one
27 And when the seven days were almost ended, the Jews which were of
Asia (when they saw him in the Temple) moved all the people, and laid
hands on him,
28 Crying, Men of Israel, help: this is the man that teacheth all men
every where against the people, and the Law, and this place: moreover,
he hath brought Grecians into the Temple, and hath polluted this holy
29 For they had seen before Trophimus an Ephesian with him in the
city, whom they supposed that Paul had brought into the Temple.
30 Then all the city was moved, and the people ran together: and they
took Paul, and drew him out of the Temple, and forthwith the doors were
31 But as they went about to kill him, tidings came unto the chief
Captain of the band, that all Jerusalem was on an uproar.
32 Who immediately took soldiers and Centurions, and ran down unto
them: and when they saw the chief Captain and the soldiers, they left
beating of Paul.
33 Then the chief Captain came near and took him, and commanded him
to be bound with two chains, and demanded who he was, and what he had
34 And one cried this, another that, among the people. So when he
could not know the certainty for the tumult, he commanded him to be led
into the castle.
35 And when he came unto the grieces, it was so that he was born of
the soldiers, for the violence of the people.
36 For the multitude of the people followed after, crying, Away with
37 And as Paul should have been led into the castle, he said unto the
chief Captain, May I speak unto thee? Who said, Canst thou speak
38 Art not thou the Egyptian, who before these days raised a
sedition, and led out into the wilderness four thousand men that were
39 Then Paul said, Doubtless I am a man which am a Jew, and citizen
of Tarsus, a famous city in Cilicia, and I beseech thee, suffer me to
speak unto the people.
40 And when he had given him license, Paul stood on the grieces, and
beckoned with the hand unto the people: and when there was made great
silence, he spake unto them in the Hebrew tongue, saying,
1 Ye men, brethren and fathers, hear my defense now towards you.
2 (And when they heard that he spake in the Hebrew tongue to them,
they kept the more silence, and he said)
3 I am verily a man, which am a Jew, born in Tarsus in
Cilicia, but brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel, and
instructed according to the perfect manner of the Law of the Fathers,
and was zealous toward God, as ye all are this day.
4 And I persecuted this way unto the death, binding and delivering
into prison both men and women,
5 As also the chief Priest doth bear me witness, and all the state of
the Elders: of whom also I received letters unto the brethren, and went
to Damascus to bring them which were there, bound unto Jerusalem, that
they might be punished.
6 ∂ And so it was, as I journeyed and was come near unto Damascus
about noon, that suddenly there shone from heaven a great light round
7 So I fell unto the earth, and heard a voice, saying unto me, Saul,
Saul, why persecutest thou me?
8 Then I answered, Who art thou, Lord? And he said to me, I am Jesus
of Nazareth, whom thou persecutest.
9 Moreover they that were with me, saw indeed a light and were
afraid: but they heard not the voice of him that spake unto me.
10 Then I said, What shall I do, Lord? And the Lord said unto me,
Arise, and go into Damascus: and there it shall be told thee of all
things, which are appointed for thee to do.
11 So when I could not see for the glory of that light, I was led by
the hand of them that were with me, and came into Damascus.
12 And one Ananias a godly man, as pertaining to the Law, having good
report of all the Jews which dwelt there,
13 Came unto me, and stood, and said unto me, Brother Saul, receive
thy sight: and that same hour I looked upon him.
14 And he said, The God of our fathers hath appointed thee, that thou
shouldest know his will, and shouldest see that Just one, and shouldest
hear the voice of his mouth.
15 For thou shalt be his witness unto all men of the things, which
thou hast seen and heard.
16 Now therefore why tarriest thou? Arise, and be baptized, and wash
away thy sins, in calling on the Name of the Lord.
17 ∂ And it came to pass, that when I was come again to Jerusalem,
and prayed in the Temple, I was in a trance,
18 And saw him saying unto me, Make haste, and get thee quickly out
of Jerusalem: for they will not receive thy witness concerning me.
19 Then I said, Lord, they know that I prisoned, and beat in every
Synagogue them that believed in thee.
20 And when the blood of thy martyr Steven was shed, I also stood by,
and consented unto his death, and kept the clothes of them that slew
21 Then he said unto me, Depart: for I will send thee far hence unto
22 ∂ And they heard unto this word, but then they lift up
their voices, and said, Away with such a fellow from the earth: for it
is not meet that he should live.
23 And as they cried and cast off their clothes, and threw dust into
24 The chief captain commanded him to be led into the castle, and
bade that he should be scourged, and examined, that he might know
wherefore they cried so on him.
25 And as they bound him with thongs, Paul said unto the Centurion
that stood by, Is it lawful for you to scourge one that is a Roman, and
26 Now when the Centurion heard it, he went, and told the chief
captain, saying, Take heed what thou doest: for this man is a Roman.
27 Then the chief captain came, and said to him, Tell me, art thou a
Roman? And he said, Yea.
28 And the chief captain answered, With a great sum obtained I this
burgeship. Then Paul said, But I was so born.
29 Then straightway they departed from him, which should have
examined him: and the chief captain also was afraid, after he knew that
he was a Roman, and that he had bound him.
30 On the next day, because he would have known the certainty
wherefore he was accused of the Jews, he loosed him from his
bonds, and commanded the high Priests and all their Council to come
together: and he brought Paul, and set him before them.
1 And Paul beheld earnestly the Council, and said, Men and
brethren, I have in all good conscience served God until this day.
2 Then the high Priest Ananias commanded them that stood by, to smite
him on the mouth.
3 Then said Paul to him, God will smite thee, thou whited wall: for
thou sittest to judge me according to the Law, and commandest thou me to
be smitten contrary to the Law?
4 And they that stood by, said, Revilest thou God's high Priest?
5 Then said Paul, I knew not, brethren, that he was the high Priest:
for it is written, Thou shalt not speak evil of the Ruler of thy people.
6 But when Paul perceived that the one part were of the Sadducees,
and the other of the Pharisees, he cried in the Council, Men and
brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee: I am accused of the
hope and resurrection of the dead.
7 And when he had said this, there was a dissension between the
Pharisees and the Sadducees, so that the multitude was divided.
8 For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, neither Angel,
nor spirit: but the Pharisees confess both.
9 Then there was a great cry: and the Scribes of the Pharisees part
rose up, and strove, saying, We find none evil in this man: but if a
spirit or an Angel hath spoken to him, let us not fight against God.
10 And when there was a great dissension, the chief captain, fearing
lest Paul should have been pulled in pieces of them, commanded the
soldiers to go down, and to take him from among them, and to bring him
into the castle.
11 Now the night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of
good courage, Paul: for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so
must thou bear witness also at Rome.
12 And when the day was come, certain of the Jews made an assembly,
and bound themselves with an oath, saying, that they would neither eat
nor drink, till they had killed Paul.
13 And they were more than forty, which had made this conspiracy.
14 And they came to the chief Priests and Elders, and said, We have
bound ourselves with a solemn oath, that we will eat nothing, until we
have slain Paul.
15 Now therefore, ye and the Council signify to the chief captain,
that he bring him forth unto you tomorrow, as though you would know
something more perfectly of him, and we, or ever he come near, will be
ready to kill him.
16 But when Paul's sister's son heard of their laying await, he went,
and entered into the castle, and told Paul,
17 And Paul called one of the Centurions unto him, and said, Bring
this young man unto the chief captain: for he hath a certain thing to
18 So he took him, and brought him to the chief captain, and said,
Paul the prisoner called me unto him, and prayed me to bring this young
man unto thee, which hath something to say unto thee.
19 Then the chief captain took him by the hand, and went apart with
him alone, and asked him, What hast thou to show me?
20 And he said, The Jews have conspired to desire thee, that thou
wouldest bring forth Paul tomorrow into the Council, as though they
would inquire somewhat of him more perfectly.
21 But let them not persuade thee: for there lie in wait for him of
them, more than forty men, which have bound themselves with an oath,
that they will neither eat nor drink, till they have killed him: and now
are they ready, and wait for thy promise.
22 The chief captain then let the young man depart, and charged him
to speak it to no man, that he had showed him these things.
23 And he called unto him two certain Centurions, saying, Make ready
two hundred soldiers, that they may go to Caesarea, and horsemen three
score and ten, and two hundred, with darts at the third hour of the
24 And let them make ready an horse that Paul being set on, may be
brought safe unto Felix the Governor.
25 And he wrote an epistle in this manner,
26 Claudius Lysias unto the most noble Governor Felix sendeth
27 As this man was taken of the Jews, and should have been killed of
them, I came upon them with the garrison, and rescued him, perceiving
that he was a Roman.
28 And when I would have known the cause, wherefore they accused him,
I brought him forth into their Council.
29 There I perceived that he was accused of questions of their
Law, but had no crime worthy of death, or of bonds.
30 And when it was showed me, how that the Jews laid wait for the
man, I sent him straightway to thee, and commanded his accusers
to speak before thee the things that they had against him. Farewell.
31 Then the soldiers as it was commanded them, took Paul, and brought
him by night to Antipatris.
32 And the next day, they left the horsemen to go with him, and
returned unto the castle.
33 Now when they came to Caesarea, they delivered the epistle to the
Governor, and presented Paul also unto him.
34 So when the Governor had read it, he asked of what province he
was: and when he understood that he was of Cilicia,
35 I will hear thee, said he, when thine accusers also are come, and
commanded him to be kept in Herod's judgment hall.
1 Now after five days, Ananias the high Priest came down with the
Elders, and with Tertullus a certain orator, which appeared
before the Governor against Paul.
2 And when he was called forth, Tertullus began to accuse him,
saying, Seeing that we have obtained great quietness through thee, and
that many worthy things are done unto this nation through thy
3 We acknowledge it wholly, and in all places, most noble Felix, with
4 But that I be not tedious unto thee, I pray thee, that thou
wouldest hear us of thy courtesy a few words.
5 Certainly we have found this man a pestilent fellow, and a mover of
sedition among all the Jews throughout the world and a chief maintainer
of the sect of the Nazarites:
6 And hath gone about to pollute the Temple: therefore we took him,
and would have judged him according to our Law:
7 But the chief captain Lysias came upon us, and with great violence
took him out of our hands,
8 Commanding his accusers to come to thee: of whom thou mayest (if
thou wilt inquire) know all these things whereof we accuse him.
9 And the Jews likewise affirmed, saying that it was so.
10 Then Paul, after that the governor had beckoned unto him that he
should speak, answered, I do the more gladly answer for myself,
forasmuch as I know that thou hast been of many years a judge unto this
11 Seeing that thou mayest know, that there are but twelve days since
I came up to worship in Jerusalem.
12 And they neither found me in the Temple disputing with any man,
neither making uproar among the people, neither in the Synagogues, nor
in the city.
13 Neither can they prove the things, whereof they now accuse me.
14 But this I confess unto thee, that after the way (which they call
heresy) so worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things which
are written in the Law and the Prophets,
15 And have hope towards God, that the resurrection of the dead which
they themselves look for also, shall be both of just and unjust.
16 And herein I endeavor myself to have alway a clear conscience
toward God, and toward men.
17 Now after many years, I came and brought alms to my nation and
18 At what time, certain Jews of Asia found me purified in the
19 Neither with multitude, nor with tumult.
20 Who ought to have been present before thee, and accuse me,
if they had ought against me.
21 Or let these themselves say, if they have found any unjust thing
in me, while I stood in the Council,
22 Except it be for this one voice, that I cried standing
among them, Of the resurrection of the dead am I accused of you this
23 Now when Felix heard these things, he deferred them, and said,
When I shall more perfectly know the things which concern this way, by
the coming of Lysias the chief Captain, I will decide your matter.
24 ∂ Then he commanded a Centurion to keep Paul, and that he should
have ease, and that he should forbid none of his acquaintance to
minister unto him, or to come unto him.
25 ∂ And after certain days, came Felix with his wife Drusilla, which
was a Jewess, and he called forth Paul, and heard him of the
faith in Christ.
26 And as he disputed of righteousness, and temperance,
and of the judgment to come, Felix trembled, and answered, Go thy way
for this time, and when I have convenient time, I will call for thee.
27 He hoped also that money should have been given him of Paul, that
he might loose him: wherefore he sent for him the oftener, and communed
28 When two years were expired, Porcius Festus came into Felix's
room: and Felix willing to get favor of the Jews, left Paul
1 When Festus was then come into the province, after three days he
went up from Caesarea unto Jerusalem.
2 Then the high Priest, and the chief of the Jews appeared before him
against Paul: and they besought him,
3 And desired favor against him, that he would send for him to
Jerusalem: and they laid wait to kill him by the way.
4 But Festus answered, that Paul should be kept at Caesarea, and that
he himself would shortly depart thither.
5 Let them therefore, said he, which among you are able, come down
with us: and if there be any wickedness in the man, let them accuse him.
6 ∂ Now when he had tarried among them no more than ten days, he went
down to Caesarea, and the next day sat in the judgment seat, and
commanded Paul to be brought.
7 And when he was come, the Jews which were come from Jerusalem,
stood about him and laid many and grievous complaints against Paul,
which they could not prove,
8 Forasmuch as he answered, that he had neither offended any thing
against the Law of the Jews, neither against the Temple, nor against
9 Yet Festus willing to get favor of the Jews, answered Paul, and
said, Wilt thou go up to Jerusalem, and there be judged of these things
10 Then said Paul, I stand at Caesar's judgment seat, where I ought
to be judged: to the Jews I have done no wrong, as thou very well
11 For if I have done wrong, or committed any thing worthy of death,
I refuse not to die: but if there be none of these things whereof they
accuse me, no man can deliver me to them: I appeal unto Caesar.
12 Then when Festus had spoken with the Council, he answered, Hast
thou appealed unto Caesar? unto Caesar shalt thou go.
13 ∂ And after certain days, King Agrippa and Bernice came down to
Caesarea to salute Festus.
14 And when they had remained there many days, Festus proposed Paul's
cause unto the King, saying, There is a certain man left in prison by
15 Of whom when I came to Jerusalem, the high Priests and Elders of
the Jews informed me, and desired to have judgment against him.
16 To whom I answered, that it is not the manner of the Romans for
favor to deliver any man to the death before that he which is accused,
have the accusers before him, and have place to defend himself,
concerning the crime.
17 Therefore when they were come hither, without delay the day
following I sat on the judgment seat, and commanded the man to be
18 Against whom when the accusers stood up, they brought no crime of
such things as I supposed:
19 But had certain questions against him of their own superstition,
and of one Jesus which was dead, whom Paul affirmed to be alive.
20 And because I doubted of such manner of question, I asked him
whether he would go to Jerusalem, and there be judged of these things.
21 But because he appealed to be reserved to the examination of
Augustus, I commanded him to be kept, till I might send him to Caesar.
22 Then Agrippa said unto Festus, I would also hear the man myself.
Tomorrow, said he, thou shalt hear him.
23 And on the morrow when Agrippa was come and Bernice with great
pomp, and were entered into the Common hall with the chief captains and
chief men of the city, at Festus' commandment Paul was brought forth.
24 And Festus said, King Agrippa, and all men which are present with
us, ye see this man, about whom all the multitude of the Jews have
called upon me, both at Jerusalem, and here, crying, that he ought not
to live any longer.
25 Yet have I found nothing worthy of death, that he hath committed:
nevertheless, seeing that he hath appealed to Augustus, I have
determined to send him.
26 Of whom I have no certain thing to write unto my Lord: wherefore I
have brought him forth unto you, and specially unto thee, King Agrippa,
that after examination had, I might have somewhat to write.
27 For me thinketh it unreasonable to send a prisoner, and not to
show the causes which are laid against him.
1 Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Thou art permitted to speak for
thyself. So Paul stretched forth the hand, and answered for himself.
2 I think myself happy, King Agrippa, because I shall answer this day
before thee of all the things whereof I am accused of the Jews:
3 Chiefly, because thou hast knowledge of all customs, and questions
which are among the Jews: wherefore I beseech thee, to hear me
4 As touching my life from my childhood and what it was from
the beginning among mine own nation at Jerusalem, know all the Jews,
5 Which knew me heretofore (if they would testify) that after the
most strait sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee.
6 And now I stand and am accused for the hope of the promise made of
God unto our fathers.
7 Whereunto our twelve tribes instantly serving God day and
night, hope to come: for the which hope's sake, O King Agrippa, I am
accused of the Jews.
8 Why should it be thought a thing incredible unto you, that God
should raise again the dead?
9 I also verily thought in myself, that I ought to do many contrary
things against the Name of Jesus of Nazareth.
10 Which thing I also did in Jerusalem: for many of the Saints I shut
up in prison, having received authority of the high Priests, and when
they were put to death, I gave my sentence.
11 And I punished them throughout all the Synagogues, and compelled
them to blaspheme, and being more mad against them, I persecuted them,
even unto strange cities.
12 At which time, even as I went to Damascus with authority, and
commission from the high Priests,
13 At midday, O King, I saw in the way a light from heaven, passing
the brightness of the sun, shine round about me, and them which went
14 So when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking
unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why persecutest
thou me? It is hard for thee to kick against pricks.
15 Then I said, Who art thou, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus whom thou
16 But rise and stand up on thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee
for this purpose, to appoint thee a minister and a witness, both of the
things which thou hast seen, and of the things in the which I will
appear unto thee,
17 Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom
now I send thee,
18 To open their eyes, that they may turn from darkness to light, and
from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of
sins, and inheritance among them, which are sanctified by faith in me.
19 Wherefore, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the heavenly
20 But showed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and
throughout all the coasts of Judea, and then to the Gentiles,
that they should repent, and turn to God, and do works worthy amendment
21 For this cause the Jews caught me in the Temple, and went about to
22 Nevertheless, I obtained help of God, and continue unto this day,
witnessing both to small and to great, saying none other things, than
those which the Prophets and Moses did say should come,
23 To wit, that Christ should suffer, and that he should be
the first that should rise from the dead, and should show light unto the
people, and to the Gentiles.
24 And as he thus answered for himself, Festus said with a loud
voice, Paul, thou art besides thyself: much learning doth make thee mad.
25 But he said, I am not mad, O noble Festus, but I speak the words
of truth and soberness.
26 For the King knoweth of these things, before whom also I speak
boldly: for I am persuaded that none of these things are hid from him:
for this thing was not done in a corner.
27 O King Agrippa, believest thou the Prophets? I know that thou
28 Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to become a
29 Then Paul said, I would to God that not only thou, but also all
that hear me today, were both almost, and altogether such as I am,
except these bonds.
30 And when he had thus spoken, the King rose up, and the governor,
and Bernice, and they that sat with them.
31 And when they were gone apart, they talked between themselves,
saying, This man doeth nothing worthy of death, nor of bonds.
32 Then said Agrippa unto Festus, This man might have been loosed, if
he had not appealed unto Caesar.
1 Now when it was concluded, that we should sail into Italy, they
delivered both Paul, and certain other prisoners unto a Centurion named
Julius, of the band of Augustus.
2 And we entered into a ship of Adramyttium purposing to sail by the
coasts of Asia, and launched forth, and had Aristarchus of Macedonia, a
Thessalonian, with us.
3 And the next day we arrived at Sidon: and Julius courteously
entreated Paul, and gave him liberty to go unto his friends, that they
might refresh him.
4 And from thence we launched, and sailed hard by Cyprus, because the
winds were contrary.
5 Then sailed we over the sea by Cilicia, and Pamphilia, and came to
Myra, a city in Lycia.
6 And there the Centurion found a ship of Alexandria, sailing into
Italy, and put us therein.
7 And when we had sailed slowly many days, and scarce were come
against Gnidum, because the wind suffered us not, we sailed hard by
Candy, near to Salmone,
8 And with much ado sailed beyond it, and came unto a certain place
called the Fair Havens, near unto the which was the city Lasea.
9 So when much time was spent, and sailing was now jeopardous,
because also the Fast was now passed, Paul exhorted them,
10 And said unto them, Sirs, I see that this voyage will be with hurt
and much damage, not of the lading and ship only, but also of our lives.
11 Nevertheless the Centurion believed rather the governor and the
master of the ship, than those things which were spoken of Paul.
12 And because the haven was not commodious to winter in, many took
counsel to depart thence, if by any means they might attain to Phenice,
there to winter, which is an haven of Candy, and lieth toward the
Southwest and by West, and Northwest and by West.
13 And when the Southern wind blew softly, they supposing to obtain
their purpose, loosed nearer, and sailed by Candy.
14 But anon after, there arose by it a stormy wind called Euroclydon.
15 And when the ship was caught, and could not resist the wind, we
let her go, and were carried away.
16 And we ran under a little Isle named Clauda, and had much a do to
get the boat.
17 Which they took up and used all help, undergirding the ship,
fearing lest they should have fallen into Syrtes, and they let down the
vessel, and so were carried.
18 The next day when we were tossed with an exceeding tempest, they
lightened the ship.
19 And the third day we cast out with our own hands the tackling of
20 And when neither sun nor stars in many days appeared, and no small
tempest lay upon us, all hope that we should be saved, was then taken
21 But after long abstinence, Paul stood forth in the midst of them,
and said, Sirs, ye should have hearkened to me, and not have loosed from
Candy: so should ye have gained this hurt and loss.
22 But now I exhort you to be of good courage: for there shall be no
loss of any man's life among you, save of the ship only.
23 For there stood by me this night the Angel of God, whose I am, and
whom I serve,
24 Saying, Fear not, Paul: for thou must be brought before Caesar:
and lo, God hath given unto thee all that sail with thee.
25 Wherefore, sirs, be of good courage: for I believe God, that it
shall be so as it hath been told me.
26 Howbeit, we must be cast into a certain Island.
27 And when the fourteenth night was come, as we were carried to and
fro in the Adriatical sea about midnight, the shipmen deemed that
some country approached unto them,
28 And sounded, and found it twenty fathoms: and when they had gone a
little further, they sounded again, and found fifteen fathoms.
29 Then fearing lest they should have fallen into some rough places,
they cast four anchors out of the stern, and wished that the day were
30 Now as the mariners were about to flee out of the ship, and had
let down the boat into the sea under a color as though they would have
cast anchors out of the foreship,
31 Paul said unto the Centurion and the soldiers, Except these abide
in the ship, ye cannot be safe.
32 Then the soldiers cut off the ropes of the boat, and let it fall
33 And when it began to be day, Paul exhorted them all to take meat,
saying, This is the fourteenth day that ye have tarried, and continued
fasting, receiving nothing.
34 Wherefore I exhort you to take meat: for this is for your
safeguard: for there shall not an hair fall from the head of any of you.
35 And when he had thus spoken, he took bread, and gave thanks to
God, in presence of them all, and brake it, and began to eat.
36 Then were they all of good courage, and they also took meat.
37 Now we were in the ship in all two hundred, three score and
38 And when they had eaten enough, they lightened the ship, and cast
out the wheat into the sea.
39 And when it was day, they knew not the country, but they spied a
certain creek with a bank, into the which they were minded (if it were
possible) to thrust in the ship.
40 So when they had taken up the anchors, they committed the ship
unto the sea, and loosed the rudder bonds, and hoisted up the main
sail to the wind, and drew to the shore.
41 And when they fell into a place, where two seas met, they thrust
in the ship: and the forepart stuck fast, and could not be moved, but
the hinderpart was broken with the violence of the waves.
42 Then the soldiers counsel was to kill the prisoners, lest any of
them, when he had swum out, should flee away.
43 But the Centurion willing to save Paul, stayed them from this
counsel, and commanded that they that could swim, should cast
themselves first into the sea, and go out to land:
44 And the other, some on boards, and some on certain pieces
of the ship: and so it came to pass, that they came all safe to land.
1 And when they were come safe, then they knew that the Isle was
2 And the Barbarians showed us no little kindness: for they kindled a
fire, and received us every one, because of the present shower, and
because of the cold.
3 And when Paul had gathered a number of sticks, and laid them on the
fire, there came a viper out of the heat, and leapt on his hand.
4 Now when the Barbarians saw the worm hang on his hand, they said
among themselves, This man surely is a murderer, whom, though he hath
escaped the sea, yet Vengeance hath not suffered to live.
5 But he shook off the worm into the fire, and felt no harm.
6 Howbeit they waited when he should have swollen, or fallen down
dead suddenly: but after they had looked a great while, and saw no
inconvenience come to him, they changed their minds, and said, That he
was a God.
7 In the same quarters, the chief man of the Isle (whose name was
Publius) had possessions: the same received us, and lodged us three days
8 And so it was, that the father of Publius lay sick of the fever,
and of a bloody flux: to whom Paul entered in, and when he prayed, he
laid his hands on him, and healed him.
9 When this then was done, other also in the Isle, which had
diseases, came to him and were healed,
10 Which also did us great honor: and when we departed, they laded us
with things necessary.
11 ∂ Now after three months we departed in a ship of Alexandria,
which had wintered in the Isle, whose badge was Castor and Pollux.
12 And when we arrived at Syracuse, we tarried there three
13 And from thence we set a compass, and came to Rhegium: and after
one day, the South wind blew, and we came the second day to Putioli,
14 Where we found brethren, and were desired to tarry with them seven
days, and so we went toward Rome.
15 ∂ And from thence, when the brethren heard of us, they came to
meet us at the Market of Appius, and at the Three taverns, whom when
Paul saw, he thanked God, and waxed bold.
16 So when we came to Rome, the Centurion delivered the prisoners to
the general Captain: but Paul was suffered to dwell by himself with a
soldier that kept him.
17 And the third day after, Paul called the chief of the Jews
together: and when they were come, he said unto them, Men and
brethren, though I have committed nothing against the people, or Laws of
the fathers, yet was I delivered prisoner from Jerusalem into the
hands of the Romans.
18 Who when they had examined me, would have let me go, because there
was no cause of death in me.
19 But when the Jews spake contrary, I was constrained to appeal unto
Cesar, not because I had aught to accuse my nation of.
20 For this cause therefore have I called for you, to see you,
and to speak with you: for the hope of Israel's sake, I am bound
with this chain.
21 Then they said unto him, We neither received letters out of Judea
concerning thee, neither came any of the brethren that showed or spake
any evil of thee.
22 But we will hear of thee what thou thinkest: for as concerning
this sect, we know that everywhere it is spoken against.
23 And when they had appointed him a day, there came many unto him
into his lodging, to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom
of God, and preached unto them concerning Jesus both out of the Law of
Moses and out of the Prophets, from morning to night.
24 And some were persuaded with the things, which were spoken, and
some believed not.
25 Therefore when they agreed not among themselves, they departed,
after that Paul had spoken one word, to wit, Well spake the Holy
Ghost by Isaiah the Prophet unto our fathers,
26 Saying, Go unto this people, and say, By hearing ye shall hear,
and shall not understand, and seeing ye shall see, and not perceive.
27 For the heart of this people is waxed fat, and their ears are dull
of hearing, and with their eyes have they winked, lest they should see
with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand
with their hearts, and should return that I might heal them.
28 Be it known therefore unto you, that this salvation of God is sent
to the Gentiles, and they shall hear it.
29 And when he had said these things, the Jews departed, and had
great reasoning among themselves.
30 And Paul remained two years full in an house hired for himself,
and received all that came in unto him,
31 Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things, which
concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all boldness of speech, without let.