« Acts 1 »
King James Bible
Introduction for Theophilus
1The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach,
2Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given
commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen: 3To whom also he shewed himself alive
after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the
things pertaining to the kingdom of God:
Wait for the Holy Spirit
4And, being assembled together with [them], commanded them that they should not depart from
Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, [saith he], ye have heard of me. 5For
John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.
(Mark 16:19-20; Luke 24:50-53)
6When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time
restore again the kingdom to Israel? 7And 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. 8But ye shall receive power, after that
the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all
Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
9And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received
him out of their sight. 10And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold,
two men stood by them in white apparel; 11Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye
gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in
like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.
Matthias Replaces Judas
12Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a
sabbath day's journey. 13And when they were come in, they went up into an upper room, where
abode both Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew, Philip, and Thomas, Bartholomew, and
Matthew, James [the son] of Alphaeus, and Simon Zelotes, and Judas [the brother] of James.
14These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the
mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.
15And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples, and said, (the number of names
together were about an hundred and twenty,) 16Men [and] brethren, this scripture must needs
have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas,
which was guide to them that took Jesus. 17For he was numbered with us, and had obtained part
of this ministry. Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong,
he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out. 19And it was known unto all the
dwellers at Jerusalem; insomuch as that field is called in their proper tongue, Aceldama, that is to
say, The field of blood.
20For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell
therein: and his bishoprick let another take.
21Wherefore of these men which have companied with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in
and out among us, 22Beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken
up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection. 23And they appointed
two, Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. 24And they prayed, and
said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all [men], shew whether of these two thou hast
chosen, 25That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by
transgression fell, that he might go to his own place. 26And they gave forth their lots; and the lot
fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.
« Acts 2 »
King James Bible
The Holy Spirit at Pentecost
(Joel 2:28-32; John 14:15-26; John 16:5-16; Acts 10:44-48; Acts 19:1-7)
1And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2And
suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house
where they were sitting. 3And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat
upon each of them. 4And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other
tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
5And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. 6Now
when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that
every man heard them speak in his own language. 7And they were all amazed and marvelled,
saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans? 8And how hear we every
man in our own tongue, wherein we were born? 9Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the
dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia, 10Phrygia, and
Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and
proselytes, 11Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of
God. 12And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this?
13Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine.
Peter Preaches to the Crowd
14But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea,
and all [ye] that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words: 15For
these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is [but] the third hour of the day. 16But this is that
which was spoken by the prophet Joel;
17And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh:
and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your
old men shall dream dreams:
18And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they
19And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and
vapour of smoke:
20The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable
day of the Lord come:
21And it shall come to pass, [that] whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
22Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by
miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also
know: 23Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have
taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain: 24Whom God hath raised up, having loosed
the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.
25For David speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my
right hand, that I should not be moved:
26Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in
27Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see
28Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy
29Men [and] brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and
buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day. 30Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that
God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would
raise up Christ to sit on his throne; 31He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that
his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption. 32This Jesus hath God raised up,
whereof we all are witnesses. 33Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having
received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see
34For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The LORD said unto my Lord,
Sit thou on my right hand,
35Until I make thy foes thy footstool. 36Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that
God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.
Three Thousand Believe
37Now when they heard [this], they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest
of the apostles, Men [and] brethren, what shall we do? 38Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and
be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall
receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 39For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all
that are afar off, [even] as many as the Lord our God shall call. 40And with many other words did
he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation. 41Then they that
gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added [unto them] about
three thousand souls.
The Fellowship of Believers
42And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread,
and in prayers.
43And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles. 44And
all that believed were together, and had all things common; 45And sold their possessions and
goods, and parted them to all [men], as every man had need. 46And they, continuing daily with
one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with
gladness and singleness of heart, 47Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the
Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.
« Acts 3 »
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Healing the Lame Beggar
1Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, [being] the ninth
[hour]. 2And a certain man lame from his mother's womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the
gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple;
3Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms. 4And Peter, fastening his
eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us. 5And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive
something of them. 6Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee:
In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. 7And he took him by the right hand, and
lifted [him] up: and immediately his feet and ancle bones received strength. 8And he leaping up
stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.
9And all the people saw him walking and praising God: 10And they knew that it was he which sat
for alms at the Beautiful gate of the temple: and they were filled with wonder and amazement at
that which had happened unto him.
Peter Speaks in Solomon's Colonnade
11And as the lame man which was healed held Peter and John, all the people ran together unto
them in the porch that is called Solomon's, greatly wondering. 12And when Peter saw [it], he
answered unto the people, Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on
us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk? 13The God of
Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus; whom ye
delivered up, and denied him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let [him] go.
14But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you; 15And
killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses. 16And his
name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith
which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.
17And now, brethren, I wot that through ignorance ye did [it], as [did] also your rulers. 18But those
things, which God before had shewed by the mouth of all his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he
hath so fulfilled. 19Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when
the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; 20And he shall send Jesus Christ,
which before was preached unto you: 21Whom the heaven must receive until the times of
restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the
world began. 22For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up
unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say
unto you. 23And it shall come to pass, [that] every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be
destroyed from among the people. 24Yea, and all the prophets from Samuel and those that follow
after, as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold of these days. 25Ye are the children of the
prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying unto Abraham, And in thy
seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed. 26Unto you first God, having raised up his Son
Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.
« Acts 4 »
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Peter and John Before the Council
1And as they spake unto the people, the priests, and the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees,
came upon them, 2Being grieved that they taught the people, and preached through Jesus the
resurrection from the dead. 3And they laid hands on them, and put [them] in hold unto the next
day: for it was now eventide. 4Howbeit many of them which heard the word believed; and the
number of the men was about five thousand.
5And it came to pass on the morrow, that their rulers, and elders, and scribes, 6And Annas the high
priest, and Caiaphas, and John, and Alexander, and as many as were of the kindred of the high
priest, were gathered together at Jerusalem. 7And when they had set them in the midst, they
asked, By what power, or by what name, have ye done this? 8Then Peter, filled with the Holy
Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel, 9If we this day be examined of
the good deed done to the impotent man, by what means he is made whole; 10Be it known unto
you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye
crucified, whom God raised from the dead, [even] by him doth this man stand here before you
whole. 11This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of
the corner. 12Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven
given among men, whereby we must be saved.
Peter and John Threatened, Released
13Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and
ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.
14And beholding the man which was healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it.
15But when they had commanded them to go aside out of the council, they conferred among
themselves, 16Saying, What shall we do to these men? for that indeed a notable miracle hath been
done by them [is] manifest to all them that dwell in Jerusalem; and we cannot deny [it]. 17But that
it spread no further among the people, let us straitly threaten them, that they speak henceforth to
no man in this name. 18And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach
in the name of Jesus. 19But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in
the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. 20For we cannot but speak
the things which we have seen and heard. 21So when they had further threatened them, they let
them go, finding nothing how they might punish them, because of the people: for all [men]
glorified God for that which was done. 22For the man was above forty years old, on whom this
miracle of healing was shewed.
The Believers' Prayer for Boldness
23And being let go, they went to their own company, and reported all that the chief priests and
elders had said unto them. 24And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one
accord, and said, Lord, thou [art] God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all
that in them is:
25Who by the mouth of thy servant David hast said, Why did the heathen rage, and the people
imagine vain things?
26The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and
against his Christ.
27For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius
Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together, 28For to do whatsoever
thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done. 29And now, Lord, behold their
threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word, 30By
stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy
holy child Jesus. 31And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled
together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with
Sharing among Believers
32And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any [of
them] that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.
33And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great
grace was upon them all. 34Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were
possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold,
35And laid [them] down at the apostles' feet: and distribution was made unto every man according
as he had need.
36And Joses, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas, (which is, being interpreted, The son of
consolation,) a Levite, [and] of the country of Cyprus, 37Having land, sold [it], and brought the
money, and laid [it] at the apostles' feet.
« Acts 5 »
King James Bible
Ananias and Sapphira
1But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession, 2And kept back [part]
of the price, his wife also being privy [to it], and brought a certain part, and laid [it] at the apostles'
feet. 3But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to
keep back [part] of the price of the land? 4Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it
was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou
hast not lied unto men, but unto God. 5And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up
the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things. 6And the young men arose,
wound him up, and carried [him] out, and buried [him].
7And it was about the space of three hours after, when his wife, not knowing what was done, came
in. 8And Peter answered unto her, Tell me whether ye sold the land for so much? And she said,
Yea, for so much. 9Then Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the
Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of them which have buried thy husband [are] at the door, and
shall carry thee out. 10Then fell she down straightway at his feet, and yielded up the ghost: and
the young men came in, and found her dead, and, carrying [her] forth, buried [her] by her
husband. 11And great fear came upon all the church, and upon as many as heard these things.
The Apostles Heal Many
12And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people; (and
they were all with one accord in Solomon's porch. 13And of the rest durst no man join himself to
them: but the people magnified them. 14And believers were the more added to the Lord,
multitudes both of men and women.) 15Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets,
and laid [them] on beds and couches, that at the least the shadow of Peter passing by might
overshadow some of them. 16There came also a multitude [out] of the cities round about unto
Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were
healed every one.
The Apostles Arrested and Freed
17Then the high priest rose up, and all they that were with him, (which is the sect of the
Sadducees,) and were filled with indignation, 18And laid their hands on the apostles, and put them
in the common prison. 19But the angel of the Lord by night opened the prison doors, and brought
them forth, and said, 20Go, stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life.
21And when they heard [that], they entered into the temple early in the morning, and taught. But
the high priest came, and they that were with him, and called the council together, and all the
senate of the children of Israel, and sent to the prison to have them brought. 22But when the
officers came, and found them not in the prison, they returned, and told, 23Saying, The prison truly
found we shut with all safety, and the keepers standing without before the doors: but when we had
opened, we found no man within.
The Apostles Before the Council
24Now when the high priest and the captain of the temple and the chief priests heard these things,
they doubted of them whereunto this would grow. Then came one and told them, saying,
Behold, the men whom ye put in prison are standing in the temple, and teaching the people.
26Then went the captain with the officers, and brought them without violence: for they feared the
people, lest they should have been stoned.
27And when they had brought them, they set [them] before the council: and the high priest asked
them, 28Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and,
behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man's blood upon us.
29Then Peter and the [other] apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.
30The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree. 31Him hath God
exalted with his right hand [to be] a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and
forgiveness of sins. 32And we are his witnesses of these things; and [so is] also the Holy Ghost,
whom God hath given to them that obey him.
33When they heard [that], they were cut [to the heart], and took counsel to slay them. 34Then
stood there up one in the council, a Pharisee, named Gamaliel, a doctor of the law, had in
reputation among all the people, and commanded to put the apostles forth a little space; 35And
said unto them, Ye men of Israel, take heed to yourselves what ye intend to do as touching these
men. 36For before these days rose up Theudas, boasting himself to be somebody; to whom a
number of men, about four hundred, joined themselves: who was slain; and all, as many as obeyed
him, were scattered, and brought to nought. 37After this man rose up Judas of Galilee in the days
of the taxing, and drew away much people after him: he also perished; and all, [even] as many as
obeyed him, were dispersed. 38And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them
alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought: 39But if it be of God, ye
cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God.
40And to him they agreed: and when they had called the apostles, and beaten [them], they
commanded that they should not speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. 41And they
departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame
for his name. 42And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach
« Acts 6 »
King James Bible
The Seven Chosen to Serve
(1 Timothy 3:8-13)
1And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of
the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration.
2Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples [unto them], and said, It is not reason that
we should leave the word of God, and serve tables. 3Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you
seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this
business. 4But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word. 5And
the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the
Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a
proselyte of Antioch: 6Whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid
[their] hands on them.
7And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly;
and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith.
8And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people. 9Then
there arose certain of the synagogue, which is called [the synagogue] of the Libertines, and
Cyrenians, and Alexandrians, and of them of Cilicia and of Asia, disputing with Stephen. 10And they
were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit by which he spake. 11Then they suborned men,
which said, We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses, and [against] God.
12And they stirred up the people, and the elders, and the scribes, and came upon [him], and
caught him, and brought [him] to the council, 13And set up false witnesses, which said, This man
ceaseth not to speak blasphemous words against this holy place, and the law: 14For we have heard
him say, that this Jesus of Nazareth shall destroy this place, and shall change the customs which
Moses delivered us. 15And all that sat in the council, looking stedfastly on him, saw his face as it
had been the face of an angel.
« Acts 7 »
King James Bible
Stephen Addresses the Sanhedrin
1Then said the high priest, Are these things so?
2And he said, Men, brethren, and fathers, hearken; The God of glory appeared unto our father
Abraham, when he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Charran, 3And said unto him, Get thee
out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and come into the land which I shall shew thee. 4Then
came he out of the land of the Chaldaeans, and dwelt in Charran: and from thence, when his father
was dead, he removed him into this land, wherein ye now dwell. 5And he gave him none
inheritance in it, no, not [so much as] to set his foot on: yet he promised that he would give it to
him for a possession, and to his seed after him, when [as yet] he had no child. 6And God spake on
this wise, That his seed should sojourn in a strange land; and that they should bring them into
bondage, and entreat [them] evil four hundred years. 7And the nation to whom they shall be in
bondage will I judge, said God: and after that shall they come forth, and serve me in this place.
8And he gave him the covenant of circumcision: and so [Abraham] begat Isaac, and circumcised
him the eighth day; and Isaac [begat] Jacob; and Jacob [begat] the twelve patriarchs.
9And the patriarchs, moved with envy, sold Joseph into Egypt: but God was with him, 10And
delivered him out of all his afflictions, and gave him favour and wisdom in the sight of Pharaoh king
of Egypt; and he made him governor over Egypt and all his house.
11Now there came a dearth over all the land of Egypt and Chanaan, and great affliction: and our
fathers found no sustenance. 12But when Jacob heard that there was corn in Egypt, he sent out
our fathers first. 13And at the second [time] Joseph was made known to his brethren; and Joseph's
kindred was made known unto Pharaoh. 14Then sent Joseph, and called his father Jacob to [him],
and all his kindred, threescore and fifteen souls. 15So Jacob went down into Egypt, and died, he,
and our fathers, 16And were carried over into Sychem, and laid in the sepulchre that Abraham
bought for a sum of money of the sons of Emmor [the father] of Sychem.
17But when the time of the promise drew nigh, which God had sworn to Abraham, the people grew
and multiplied in Egypt, 18Till another king arose, which knew not Joseph. 19The same dealt
subtilly with our kindred, and evil entreated our fathers, so that they cast out their young children,
to the end they might not live. 20In which time Moses was born, and was exceeding fair, and
nourished up in his father's house three months: 21And when he was cast out, Pharaoh's daughter
took him up, and nourished him for her own son. 22And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the
Egyptians, and was mighty in words and in deeds. 23And when he was full forty years old, it came
into his heart to visit his brethren the children of Israel. 24And seeing one [of them] suffer wrong,
he defended [him], and avenged him that was oppressed, and smote the Egyptian: 25For he
supposed his brethren would have understood how that God by his hand would deliver them: but
they understood not. 26And the next day he shewed himself unto them as they strove, and would
have set them at one again, saying, Sirs, ye are brethren; why do ye wrong one to another? 27But
he that did his neighbour wrong thrust him away, saying, Who made thee a ruler and a judge over
us? 28Wilt thou kill me, as thou diddest the Egyptian yesterday? 29Then fled Moses at this saying,
and was a stranger in the land of Madian, where he begat two sons.
30And when forty years were expired, there appeared to him in the wilderness of mount Sina an
angel of the Lord in a flame of fire in a bush. 31When Moses saw [it], he wondered at the sight:
and as he drew near to behold [it], the voice of the Lord came unto him, 32[Saying], I [am] the
God of thy fathers, the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. Then Moses
trembled, and durst not behold. 33Then said the Lord to him, Put off thy shoes from thy feet: for
the place where thou standest is holy ground. 34I have seen, I have seen the affliction of my
people which is in Egypt, and I have heard their groaning, and am come down to deliver them. And
now come, I will send thee into Egypt.
35This Moses whom they refused, saying, Who made thee a ruler and a judge? the same did God
send [to be] a ruler and a deliverer by the hand of the angel which appeared to him in the bush.
36He brought them out, after that he had shewed wonders and signs in the land of Egypt, and in
the Red sea, and in the wilderness forty years. 37This is that Moses, which said unto the children of
Israel, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him
shall ye hear. 38This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spake to
him in the mount Sina, and [with] our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us: 39To
whom our fathers would not obey, but thrust [him] from them, and in their hearts turned back
again into Egypt, 40Saying unto Aaron, Make us gods to go before us: for [as for] this Moses,
which brought us out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him. 41And they made a
calf in those days, and offered sacrifice unto the idol, and rejoiced in the works of their own hands.
42Then God turned, and gave them up to worship the host of heaven; as it is written in the book of
the prophets, O ye house of Israel, have ye offered to me slain beasts and sacrifices [by the space
of] forty years in the wilderness? 43Yea, ye took up the tabernacle of Moloch, and the star of your
god Remphan, figures which ye made to worship them: and I will carry you away beyond Babylon.
44Our fathers had the tabernacle of witness in the wilderness, as he had appointed, speaking unto
Moses, that he should make it according to the fashion that he had seen. 45Which also our fathers
that came after brought in with Jesus into the possession of the Gentiles, whom God drave out
before the face of our fathers, unto the days of David; 46Who found favour before God, and
desired to find a tabernacle for the God of Jacob. 47But Solomon built him an house. 48Howbeit the
most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet,
49Heaven [is] my throne, and earth [is] my footstool: what house will ye build me? saith the Lord:
or what [is] the place of my rest?
50Hath not my hand made all these things?
51Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your
fathers [did], so [do] ye. 52Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they have
slain them which shewed before of the coming of the Just One; of whom ye have been now the
betrayers and murderers: 53Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not
The Stoning of Stephen
54When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with [their]
teeth. 55But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of
God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God, 56And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened,
and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God. 57Then they cried out with a loud voice,
and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord, 58And cast [him] out of the city, and
stoned [him]: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man's feet, whose name was
Saul. 59And they stoned Stephen, calling upon [God], and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.
60And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And
when he had said this, he fell asleep.
« Acts 8 »
King James Bible
Saul Persecutes the Church
1And Saul was consenting unto his death. And at that time there was a great persecution against
the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of
Judaea and Samaria, except the apostles. 2And devout men carried Stephen [to his burial], and
made great lamentation over him. 3As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every
house, and haling men and women committed [them] to prison.
Philip in Samaria
4Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word. 5Then Philip
went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them. 6And the people with one
accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he
did. 7For unclean spirits, crying with loud voice, came out of many that were possessed [with
them]: and many taken with palsies, and that were lame, were healed. 8And there was great joy in
Simon the Sorcerer
9But there was a certain man, called Simon, which beforetime in the same city used sorcery, and
bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one: 10To whom they all
gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is the great power of God. 11And to
him they had regard, because that of long time he had bewitched them with sorceries. 12But when
they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus
Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. 13Then Simon himself believed also: and when
he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which
14Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of
God, they sent unto them Peter and John: 15Who, when they were come down, prayed for them,
that they might receive the Holy Ghost: 16(For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they
were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.) 17Then laid they [their] hands on them, and they
received the Holy Ghost. 18And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles' hands the
Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money, 19Saying, Give me also this power, that on
whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost. 20But Peter said unto him, Thy money
perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.
21Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God.
22Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may
be forgiven thee. 23For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and [in] the bond of
iniquity. 24Then answered Simon, and said, Pray ye to the Lord for me, that none of these things
which ye have spoken come upon me.
25And they, when they had testified and preached the word of the Lord, returned to Jerusalem, and
preached the gospel in many villages of the Samaritans.
Philip and the Ethiopian
26And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way
that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert. 27And he arose and went: and,
behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians,
who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship, 28Was
returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet. 29Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go
near, and join thyself to this chariot. 30And Philip ran thither to [him], and heard him read the
prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest? 31And he said, How can I, except
some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him.
32The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and
like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth:
33In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? for his life
is taken from the earth.
34And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of
himself, or of some other man? 35Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture,
and preached unto him Jesus. 36And as they went on [their] way, they came unto a certain water:
and the eunuch said, See, [here is] water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? 37And Philip said,
If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus
Christ is the Son of God. 38And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both
into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him. 39And when they were come up
out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and
he went on his way rejoicing. 40But Philip was found at Azotus: and passing through he preached
in all the cities, till he came to Caesarea.
« Acts 9 »
King James Bible
Saul's Damascus Road Conversion
(Acts 22:1-21; Acts 26:1-23)
1And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto
the high priest, 2And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of
this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem. 3And as
he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from
heaven: 4And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest
thou me? 5And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou
persecutest: [it is] hard for thee to kick against the pricks. 6And he trembling and astonished said,
Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord [said] unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and
it shall be told thee what thou must do. 7And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless,
hearing a voice, but seeing no man. 8And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were
opened, he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought [him] into Damascus. 9And he
was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink.
Ananias Baptizes Saul
10And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and to him said the Lord in a
vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I [am here], Lord. 11And the Lord [said] unto him, Arise, and
go into the street which is called Straight, and inquire in the house of Judas for [one] called Saul,
of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth, 12And hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in,
and putting [his] hand on him, that he might receive his sight. 13Then Ananias answered, Lord, I
have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem: 14And
here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name. 15But the Lord said
unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles,
and kings, and the children of Israel: 16For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my
name's sake. 17And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on
him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, [even] Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest,
hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost. 18And
immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and
arose, and was baptized. 19And when he had received meat, he was strengthened. Then was Saul
certain days with the disciples which were at Damascus.
Saul Preaches Christ at Damascus
20And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God. 21But all that
heard [him] were amazed, and said; Is not this he that destroyed them which called on this name
in Jerusalem, and came hither for that intent, that he might bring them bound unto the chief
priests? 22But Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded the Jews which dwelt at
Damascus, proving that this is very Christ.
Saul Escapes from Damascus
(1 Samuel 19:11-24)
23And after that many days were fulfilled, the Jews took counsel to kill him: 24But their laying await
was known of Saul. And they watched the gates day and night to kill him. 25Then the disciples took
him by night, and let [him] down by the wall in a basket.
Saul in Jerusalem
26And when Saul was come to Jerusalem, he assayed to join himself to the disciples: but they were
all afraid of him, and believed not that he was a disciple. 27But Barnabas took him, and brought
[him] to the apostles, and declared unto them how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he
had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus. 28And he
was with them coming in and going out at Jerusalem. 29And he spake boldly in the name of the
Lord Jesus, and disputed against the Grecians: but they went about to slay him. 30[Which] when
the brethren knew, they brought him down to Caesarea, and sent him forth to Tarsus.
31Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and
walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied.
Peter Heals Aeneas
32And it came to pass, as Peter passed throughout all [quarters], he came down also to the saints
which dwelt at Lydda. 33And there he found a certain man named AEneas, which had kept his bed
eight years, and was sick of the palsy. 34And Peter said unto him, AEneas, Jesus Christ maketh
thee whole: arise, and make thy bed. And he arose immediately. 35And all that dwelt at Lydda and
Saron saw him, and turned to the Lord.
Peter Raises Dorcas from the Dead
36Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by interpretation is called
Dorcas: this woman was full of good works and almsdeeds which she did. 37And it came to pass in
those days, that she was sick, and died: whom when they had washed, they laid [her] in an upper
chamber. 38And forasmuch as Lydda was nigh to Joppa, and the disciples had heard that Peter was
there, they sent unto him two men, desiring [him] that he would not delay to come to them.
39Then Peter arose and went with them. When he was come, they brought him into the upper
chamber: and all the widows stood by him weeping, and shewing the coats and garments which
Dorcas made, while she was with them. 40But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and
prayed; and turning [him] to the body said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes: and when
she saw Peter, she sat up. 41And he gave her [his] hand, and lifted her up, and when he had called
the saints and widows, presented her alive. 42And it was known throughout all Joppa; and many
believed in the Lord. 43And it came to pass, that he tarried many days in Joppa with one Simon a
« Acts 10 »
King James Bible
Cornelius Sends for Peter
1There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian
[band], 2[A] devout [man], and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to
the people, and prayed to God alway. 3He saw in a vision evidently about the ninth hour of the day
an angel of God coming in to him, and saying unto him, Cornelius. 4And when he looked on him,
he was afraid, and said, What is it, Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are
come up for a memorial before God. 5And now send men to Joppa, and call for [one] Simon,
whose surname is Peter: 6He lodgeth with one Simon a tanner, whose house is by the sea side: he
shall tell thee what thou oughtest to do. 7And when the angel which spake unto Cornelius was
departed, he called two of his household servants, and a devout soldier of them that waited on him
continually; 8And when he had declared all [these] things unto them, he sent them to Joppa.
(Leviticus 11:1-47; Deuteronomy 14:1-21)
9On the morrow, as they went on their journey, and drew nigh unto the city, Peter went up upon
the housetop to pray about the sixth hour: 10And he became very hungry, and would have eaten:
but while they made ready, he fell into a trance, 11And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel
descending unto him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the
earth: 12Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping
things, and fowls of the air. 13And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat. 14But Peter
said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean. 15And the voice
[spake] unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, [that] call not thou common.
16This was done thrice: and the vessel was received up again into heaven.
Peter Summoned to Caesarea
17Now while Peter doubted in himself what this vision which he had seen should mean, behold, the
men which were sent from Cornelius had made inquiry for Simon's house, and stood before the
gate, 18And called, and asked whether Simon, which was surnamed Peter, were lodged there.
19While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said unto him, Behold, three men seek thee. 20Arise
therefore, and get thee down, and go with them, doubting nothing: for I have sent them. 21Then
Peter went down to the men which were sent unto him from Cornelius; and said, Behold, I am he
whom ye seek: what [is] the cause wherefore ye are come? 22And they said, Cornelius the
centurion, a just man, and one that feareth God, and of good report among all the nation of the
Jews, was warned from God by an holy angel to send for thee into his house, and to hear words of
thee. 23Then called he them in, and lodged [them]. And on the morrow Peter went away with
them, and certain brethren from Joppa accompanied him.
Peter at Caesarea
24And the morrow after they entered into Caesarea. And Cornelius waited for them, and had called
together his kinsmen and near friends. 25And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell
down at his feet, and worshipped [him]. 26But Peter took him up, saying, Stand up; I myself also
am a man. 27And as he talked with him, he went in, and found many that were come together.
28And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep
company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath shewed me that I should not call any
man common or unclean. 29Therefore came I [unto you] without gainsaying, as soon as I was sent
for: I ask therefore for what intent ye have sent for me?
30And Cornelius said, Four days ago I was fasting until this hour; and at the ninth hour I prayed in
my house, and, behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing, 31And said, Cornelius, thy prayer
is heard, and thine alms are had in remembrance in the sight of God. 32Send therefore to Joppa,
and call hither Simon, whose surname is Peter; he is lodged in the house of [one] Simon a tanner
by the sea side: who, when he cometh, shall speak unto thee. 33Immediately therefore I sent to
thee; and thou hast well done that thou art come. Now therefore are we all here present before
God, to hear all things that are commanded thee of God.
The Gentiles Hear the Good News
34Then Peter opened [his] mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of
persons: 35But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with
him. 36The word which [God] sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he
is Lord of all:) 37That word, [I say], ye know, which was published throughout all Judaea, and
began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached; 38How God anointed Jesus of
Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that
were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him. 39And we are witnesses of all things which he
did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree: 40Him
God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly; 41Not to all the people, but unto witnesses
chosen before of God, [even] to us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the dead.
42And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained
of God [to be] the Judge of quick and dead. 43To him give all the prophets witness, that through
his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.
The Gentiles Receive the Holy Spirit
(Joel 2:28-32; John 14:15-26; John 16:5-16; Acts 2:1-13; Acts 19:1-7)
44While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. 45And
they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because
that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost. 46For they heard them speak
with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter, 47Can any man forbid water, that these
should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? 48And he commanded
them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.
« Acts 11 »
King James Bible
Peter Reports to the Church at Jerusalem
1And the apostles and brethren that were in Judaea heard that the Gentiles had also received the
word of God. 2And when Peter was come up to Jerusalem, they that were of the circumcision
contended with him, 3Saying, Thou wentest in to men uncircumcised, and didst eat with them.
4But Peter rehearsed [the matter] from the beginning, and expounded [it] by order unto them,
saying, 5I was in the city of Joppa praying: and in a trance I saw a vision, A certain vessel
descend, as it had been a great sheet, let down from heaven by four corners; and it came even to
me: 6Upon the which when I had fastened mine eyes, I considered, and saw fourfooted beasts of
the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air. 7And I heard a voice saying
unto me, Arise, Peter; slay and eat. 8But I said, Not so, Lord: for nothing common or unclean hath
at any time entered into my mouth. 9But the voice answered me again from heaven, What God
hath cleansed, [that] call not thou common. 10And this was done three times: and all were drawn
up again into heaven. 11And, behold, immediately there were three men already come unto the
house where I was, sent from Caesarea unto me. 12And the spirit bade me go with them, nothing
doubting. Moreover these six brethren accompanied me, and we entered into the man's house:
13And he shewed us how he had seen an angel in his house, which stood and said unto him, Send
men to Joppa, and call for Simon, whose surname is Peter; 14Who shall tell thee words, whereby
thou and all thy house shall be saved. 15And as I began to speak, the Holy Ghost fell on them, as
on us at the beginning. 16Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how that he said, John indeed
baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost. 17Forasmuch then as God gave
them the like gift as [he did] unto us, who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ; what was I, that I
could withstand God? 18When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God,
saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life.
The Church at Antioch
19Now they which were scattered abroad upon the persecution that arose about Stephen travelled
as far as Phenice, and Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word to none but unto the Jews only.
20And some of them were men of Cyprus and Cyrene, which, when they were come to Antioch,
spake unto the Grecians, preaching the Lord Jesus. 21And the hand of the Lord was with them: and
a great number believed, and turned unto the Lord. 22Then tidings of these things came unto the
ears of the church which was in Jerusalem: and they sent forth Barnabas, that he should go as far
as Antioch. 23Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them
all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord. 24For he was a good man, and full
of the Holy Ghost and of faith: and much people was added unto the Lord. 25Then departed
Barnabas to Tarsus, for to seek Saul: 26And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch.
And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught
much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.
27And in these days came prophets from Jerusalem unto Antioch. 28And there stood up one of
them named Agabus, and signified by the spirit that there should be great dearth throughout all
the world: which came to pass in the days of Claudius Caesar. 29Then the disciples, every man
according to his ability, determined to send relief unto the brethren which dwelt in Judaea:
30Which also they did, and sent it to the elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul.
« Acts 12 »
King James Bible
James Killed, Peter Imprisoned
1Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth [his] hands to vex certain of the church. 2And
he killed James the brother of John with the sword. 3And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he
proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread.) 4And when he
had apprehended him, he put [him] in prison, and delivered [him] to four quaternions of soldiers to
keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people.
5Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God
6And when Herod would have brought him forth, the same night Peter was sleeping between two
soldiers, bound with two chains: and the keepers before the door kept the prison. 7And, behold,
the angel of the Lord came upon [him], and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the
side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from [his] hands. 8And the
angel said unto him, Gird thyself, and bind on thy sandals. And so he did. And he saith unto him,
Cast thy garment about thee, and follow me. 9And he went out, and followed him; and wist not
that it was true which was done by the angel; but thought he saw a vision. 10When they were past
the first and the second ward, they came unto the iron gate that leadeth unto the city; which
opened to them of his own accord: and they went out, and passed on through one street; and
forthwith the angel departed from him. 11And when Peter was come to himself, he said, Now I
know of a surety, that the Lord hath sent his angel, and hath delivered me out of the hand of
Herod, and [from] all the expectation of the people of the Jews. 12And when he had considered
[the thing], he came to the house of Mary the mother of John, whose surname was Mark; where
many were gathered together praying. 13And as Peter knocked at the door of the gate, a damsel
came to hearken, named Rhoda. 14And when she knew Peter's voice, she opened not the gate for
gladness, but ran in, and told how Peter stood before the gate. 15And they said unto her, Thou art
mad. But she constantly affirmed that it was even so. Then said they, It is his angel. 16But Peter
continued knocking: and when they had opened [the door], and saw him, they were astonished.
17But he, beckoning unto them with the hand to hold their peace, declared unto them how the
Lord had brought him out of the prison. And he said, Go shew these things unto James, and to the
brethren. And he departed, and went into another place.
18Now as soon as it was day, there was no small stir among the soldiers, what was become of
Peter. 19And when Herod had sought for him, and found him not, he examined the keepers, and
commanded that [they] should be put to death. And he went down from Judaea to Caesarea, and
The Death of Herod
20And Herod was highly displeased with them of Tyre and Sidon: but they came with one accord to
him, and, having made Blastus the king's chamberlain their friend, desired peace; because their
country was nourished by the king's [country]. 21And upon a set day Herod, arrayed in royal
apparel, sat upon his throne, and made an oration unto them. 22And the people gave a shout,
[saying, It is] the voice of a god, and not of a man. 23And immediately the angel of the Lord smote
him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost.
24But the word of God grew and multiplied.
25And Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerusalem, when they had fulfilled [their] ministry, and
took with them John, whose surname was Mark.
« Acts 13 »
King James Bible
Paul's First Missionary Journey
(Acts 15:36-41; Acts 18:23-28)
1Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and
Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with
Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. 2As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said,
Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. 3And when they had
fasted and prayed, and laid [their] hands on them, they sent [them] away.
4So they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed unto Seleucia; and from thence they sailed
to Cyprus. 5And when they were at Salamis, they preached the word of God in the synagogues of
the Jews: and they had also John to [their] minister. 6And when they had gone through the isle
unto Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name [was] Barjesus:
7Which was with the deputy of the country, Sergius Paulus, a prudent man; who called for
Barnabas and Saul, and desired to hear the word of God. 8But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his
name by interpretation) withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith. 9Then
Saul, (who also [is called] Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him, 10And said, O full
of all subtilty and all mischief, [thou] child of the devil, [thou] enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou
not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord? 11And now, behold, the hand of the Lord [is] upon
thee, and thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun for a season. And immediately there fell on him a
mist and a darkness; and he went about seeking some to lead him by the hand. 12Then the
deputy, when he saw what was done, believed, being astonished at the doctrine of the Lord.
In Pisidian Antioch
13Now when Paul and his company loosed from Paphos, they came to Perga in Pamphylia: and
John departing from them returned to Jerusalem. 14But when they departed from Perga, they
came to Antioch in Pisidia, and went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and sat down. 15And
after the reading of the law and the prophets the rulers of the synagogue sent unto them, saying,
[Ye] men [and] brethren, if ye have any word of exhortation for the people, say on. 16Then Paul
stood up, and beckoning with [his] hand said, Men of Israel, and ye that fear God, give audience.
17The God of this people of Israel chose our fathers, and exalted the people when they dwelt as
strangers in the land of Egypt, and with an high arm brought he them out of it. 18And about the
time of forty years suffered he their manners in the wilderness. 19And when he had destroyed
seven nations in the land of Chanaan, he divided their land to them by lot. 20And after that he
gave [unto them] judges about the space of four hundred and fifty years, until Samuel the prophet.
21And afterward they desired a king: and God gave unto them Saul the son of Cis, a man of the
tribe of Benjamin, by the space of forty years. 22And when he had removed him, he raised up unto
them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the
[son] of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will. 23Of this man's seed hath
God according to [his] promise raised unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus: 24When John had first preached
before his coming the baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel. 25And as John fulfilled his
course, he said, Whom think ye that I am? I am not [he]. But, behold, there cometh one after me,
whose shoes of [his] feet I am not worthy to loose.
26Men [and] brethren, children of the stock of Abraham, and whosoever among you feareth God, to
you is the word of this salvation sent. 27For they that dwell at Jerusalem, and their rulers, because
they knew him not, nor yet the voices of the prophets which are read every sabbath day, they have
fulfilled [them] in condemning [him]. 28And though they found no cause of death [in him], yet
desired they Pilate that he should be slain. 29And when they had fulfilled all that was written of
him, they took [him] down from the tree, and laid [him] in a sepulchre. 30But God raised him from
the dead: 31And he was seen many days of them which came up with him from Galilee to
Jerusalem, who are his witnesses unto the people. 32And we declare unto you glad tidings, how
that the promise which was made unto the fathers, 33God hath fulfilled the same unto us their
children, in that he hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second psalm, Thou art
my Son, this day have I begotten thee. 34And as concerning that he raised him up from the dead,
[now] no more to return to corruption, he said on this wise, I will give you the sure mercies of
David. 35Wherefore he saith also in another [psalm], Thou shalt not suffer thine Holy One to see
corruption. 36For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell on sleep,
and was laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption: 37But he, whom God raised again, saw no
corruption. 38Be it known unto you therefore, men [and] brethren, that through this man is
preached unto you the forgiveness of sins: 39And by him all that believe are justified from all
things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses. 40Beware therefore, lest that
come upon you, which is spoken of in the prophets;
41Behold, ye despisers, and wonder, and perish: for I work a work in your days, a work which ye
shall in no wise believe, though a man declare it unto you.
The Gentiles Ask to Hear the Gospel
42And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the Gentiles besought that these words
might be preached to them the next sabbath. 43Now when the congregation was broken up, many
of the Jews and religious proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas: who, speaking to them,
persuaded them to continue in the grace of God.
44And the next sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God. 45But
when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy, and spake against those things
which were spoken by Paul, contradicting and blaspheming. 46Then Paul and Barnabas waxed
bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but
seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the
47For so hath the Lord commanded us, [saying], I have set thee to be a light of the Gentiles, that
thou shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of the earth.
48And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as
many as were ordained to eternal life believed. 49And the word of the Lord was published
throughout all the region. 50But the Jews stirred up the devout and honourable women, and the
chief men of the city, and raised persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them out of
their coasts. 51But they shook off the dust of their feet against them, and came unto Iconium.
52And the disciples were filled with joy, and with the Holy Ghost.
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Paul and Barnabas at Iconium
1And it came to pass in Iconium, that they went both together into the synagogue of the Jews, and
so spake, that a great multitude both of the Jews and also of the Greeks believed. 2But the
unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles, and made their minds evil affected against the brethren.
3Long time therefore abode they speaking boldly in the Lord, which gave testimony unto the word
of his grace, and granted signs and wonders to be done by their hands. 4But the multitude of the
city was divided: and part held with the Jews, and part with the apostles. 5And when there was an
assault made both of the Gentiles, and also of the Jews with their rulers, to use [them] despitefully,
and to stone them, 6They were ware of [it], and fled unto Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia, and
unto the region that lieth round about: 7And there they preached the gospel.
The Visit to Lystra and Derbe
8And there sat a certain man at Lystra, impotent in his feet, being a cripple from his mother's
womb, who never had walked: 9The same heard Paul speak: who stedfastly beholding him, and
perceiving that he had faith to be healed, 10Said with a loud voice, Stand upright on thy feet. And
he leaped and walked. 11And when the people saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voices,
saying in the speech of Lycaonia, The gods are come down to us in the likeness of men. 12And
they called Barnabas, Jupiter; and Paul, Mercurius, because he was the chief speaker. 13Then the
priest of Jupiter, which was before their city, brought oxen and garlands unto the gates, and would
have done sacrifice with the people. 14[Which] when the apostles, Barnabas and Paul, heard [of],
they rent their clothes, and ran in among the people, crying out, 15And saying, Sirs, why do ye
these things? We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you that ye should turn
from these vanities unto the living God, which made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things
that are therein: 16Who in times past suffered all nations to walk in their own ways. 17Nevertheless
he left not himself without witness, in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful
seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness. 18And with these sayings scarce restrained they
the people, that they had not done sacrifice unto them.
19And there came thither [certain] Jews from Antioch and Iconium, who persuaded the people, and,
having stoned Paul, drew [him] out of the city, supposing he had been dead. 20Howbeit, as the
disciples stood round about him, he rose up, and came into the city: and the next day he departed
with Barnabas to Derbe.
The Return to Syrian Antioch
21And when they had preached the gospel to that city, and had taught many, they returned again
to Lystra, and [to] Iconium, and Antioch, 22Confirming the souls of the disciples, [and] exhorting
them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of
God. 23And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting,
they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed.
24And after they had passed throughout Pisidia, they came to Pamphylia. 25And when they had
preached the word in Perga, they went down into Attalia:
The Report to the Church at Antioch
26And thence sailed to Antioch, from whence they had been recommended to the grace of God for
the work which they fulfilled. 27And when they were come, and had gathered the church together,
they rehearsed all that God had done with them, and how he had opened the door of faith unto the
Gentiles. 28And there they abode long time with the disciples.
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The Dispute over Circumcision
(Genesis 17:9-27; Leviticus 12:1-8; Joshua 5:1-9)
1And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brethren, [and said], Except ye be
circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved. 2When therefore Paul and Barnabas
had no small dissension and disputation with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas, and
certain other of them, should go up to Jerusalem unto the apostles and elders about this question.
3And being brought on their way by the church, they passed through Phenice and Samaria,
declaring the conversion of the Gentiles: and they caused great joy unto all the brethren. 4And
when they were come to Jerusalem, they were received of the church, and [of] the apostles and
elders, and they declared all things that God had done with them.
The Council at Jerusalem
5But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful
to circumcise them, and to command [them] to keep the law of Moses.
6And the apostles and elders came together for to consider of this matter. 7And when there had
been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men [and] brethren, ye know how that a
good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word
of the gospel, and believe. 8And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them
the Holy Ghost, even as [he did] unto us; 9And put no difference between us and them, purifying
their hearts by faith. 10Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the
disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? 11But we believe that through the
grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.
12Then all the multitude kept silence, and gave audience to Barnabas and Paul, declaring what
miracles and wonders God had wrought among the Gentiles by them.
13And after they had held their peace, James answered, saying, Men [and] brethren, hearken unto
me: 14Simeon hath declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a
people for his name. 15And to this agree the words of the prophets; as it is written,
16After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I
will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up:
17That the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is
called, saith the Lord, who doeth all these things.
18Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world. 19Wherefore my sentence is,
that we trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles are turned to God: 20But that we write
unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and [from] fornication, and [from] things
strangled, and [from] blood. 21For Moses of old time hath in every city them that preach him,
being read in the synagogues every sabbath day.
The Letter to the Gentile Believers
22Then pleased it the apostles and elders, with the whole church, to send chosen men of their own
company to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas; [namely], Judas surnamed Barsabas, and Silas, chief
men among the brethren: 23And they wrote [letters] by them after this manner; The apostles and
elders and brethren [send] greeting unto the brethren which are of the Gentiles in Antioch and
Syria and Cilicia: 24Forasmuch as we have heard, that certain which went out from us have
troubled you with words, subverting your souls, saying, [Ye must] be circumcised, and keep the
law: to whom we gave no [such] commandment: 25It seemed good unto us, being assembled with
one accord, to send chosen men unto you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul, 26Men that have
hazarded their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. 27We have sent therefore Judas and
Silas, who shall also tell [you] the same things by mouth. 28For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost,
and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things; 29That ye abstain from
meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from
which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well.
The Believers at Antioch Rejoice
30So when they were dismissed, they came to Antioch: and when they had gathered the multitude
together, they delivered the epistle: 31[Which] when they had read, they rejoiced for the
consolation. 32And Judas and Silas, being prophets also themselves, exhorted the brethren with
many words, and confirmed [them]. 33And after they had tarried [there] a space, they were let go
in peace from the brethren unto the apostles. 34Notwithstanding it pleased Silas to abide there still.
35Paul also and Barnabas continued in Antioch, teaching and preaching the word of the Lord, with
many others also.
Paul's Second Missionary Journey
(Acts 13:1-3; Acts 18:23-28)
36And some days after Paul said unto Barnabas, Let us go again and visit our brethren in every city
where we have preached the word of the Lord, [and see] how they do. 37And Barnabas
determined to take with them John, whose surname was Mark. 38But Paul thought not good to
take him with them, who departed from them from Pamphylia, and went not with them to the
work. 39And the contention was so sharp between them, that they departed asunder one from the
other: and so Barnabas took Mark, and sailed unto Cyprus;
40And Paul chose Silas, and departed, being recommended by the brethren unto the grace of God.
41And he went through Syria and Cilicia, confirming the churches.
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Timothy Joins Paul and Silas
1Then came he to Derbe and Lystra: and, behold, a certain disciple was there, named Timotheus,
the son of a certain woman, which was a Jewess, and believed; but his father [was] a Greek:
2Which was well reported of by the brethren that were at Lystra and Iconium. 3Him would Paul
have to go forth with him; and took and circumcised him because of the Jews which were in those
quarters: for they knew all that his father was a Greek. 4And as they went through the cities, they
delivered them the decrees for to keep, that were ordained of the apostles and elders which were
at Jerusalem. 5And so were the churches established in the faith, and increased in number daily.
Paul's Vision of the Macedonian
6Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of Galatia, and were forbidden of the
Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia, 7After they were come to Mysia, they assayed to go into
Bithynia: but the Spirit suffered them not. 8And they passing by Mysia came down to Troas. 9And a
vision appeared to Paul in the night; There stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying,
Come over into Macedonia, and help us. 10And after he had seen the vision, immediately we
endeavoured to go into Macedonia, assuredly gathering that the Lord had called us for to preach
the gospel unto them.
Lydia Converted at Philippi
11Therefore loosing from Troas, we came with a straight course to Samothracia, and the next [day]
to Neapolis; 12And from thence to Philippi, which is the chief city of that part of Macedonia, [and] a
colony: and we were in that city abiding certain days. 13And on the sabbath we went out of the
city by a river side, where prayer was wont to be made; and we sat down, and spake unto the
women which resorted [thither].
14And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped
God, heard [us]: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were
spoken of Paul. 15And when she was baptized, and her household, she besought [us], saying, If ye
have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide [there]. And she
Paul and Silas in Prison
16And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination
met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying: 17The same followed Paul and us,
and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way
of salvation. 18And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I
command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.
19And when her masters saw that the hope of their gains was gone, they caught Paul and Silas, and
drew [them] into the marketplace unto the rulers, 20And brought them to the magistrates, saying,
These men, being Jews, do exceedingly trouble our city, 21And teach customs, which are not lawful
for us to receive, neither to observe, being Romans.
22And the multitude rose up together against them: and the magistrates rent off their clothes, and
commanded to beat [them]. 23And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast [them]
into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely: 24Who, having received such a charge, thrust
them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks.
The Conversion of the Jailer
25And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.
26And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken:
and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one's bands were loosed. 27And the keeper
of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword,
and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled. 28But Paul cried with a
loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here. 29Then he called for a light, and sprang
in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas, 30And brought them out, and said,
Sirs, what must I do to be saved?
31And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. 32And
they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house. 33And he took them
the same hour of the night, and washed [their] stripes; and was baptized, he and all his,
straightway. 34And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and
rejoiced, believing in God with all his house.
Paul and Silas are Released
35And when it was day, the magistrates sent the serjeants, saying, Let those men go. 36And the
keeper of the prison told this saying to Paul, The magistrates have sent to let you go: now
therefore depart, and go in peace. 37But Paul said unto them, They have beaten us openly
uncondemned, being Romans, and have cast [us] into prison; and now do they thrust us out
privily? nay verily; but let them come themselves and fetch us out. 38And the serjeants told these
words unto the magistrates: and they feared, when they heard that they were Romans. 39And they
came and besought them, and brought [them] out, and desired [them] to depart out of the city.
40And they went out of the prison, and entered into [the house of] Lydia: and when they had seen
the brethren, they comforted them, and departed.
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Paul Preaches at Thessalonica
1Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where
was a synagogue of the Jews: 2And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three
sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures, 3Opening and alleging, that Christ must
needs have suffered, and risen again from the dead; and that this Jesus, whom I preach unto you,
is Christ. 4And some of them believed, and consorted with Paul and Silas; and of the devout Greeks
a great multitude, and of the chief women not a few.
5But the Jews which believed not, moved with envy, took unto them certain lewd fellows of the
baser sort, and gathered a company, and set all the city on an uproar, and assaulted the house of
Jason, and sought to bring them out to the people. 6And when they found them not, they drew
Jason and certain brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned the world
upside down are come hither also; 7Whom Jason hath received: and these all do contrary to the
decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, [one] Jesus. 8And they troubled the people
and the rulers of the city, when they heard these things. 9And when they had taken security of
Jason, and of the other, they let them go.
Paul and Silas at Berea
10And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming [thither]
went into the synagogue of the Jews. 11These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that
they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those
things were so. 12Therefore many of them believed; also of honourable women which were
Greeks, and of men, not a few. 13But when the Jews of Thessalonica had knowledge that the word
of God was preached of Paul at Berea, they came thither also, and stirred up the people. 14And
then immediately the brethren sent away Paul to go as it were to the sea: but Silas and Timotheus
abode there still. 15And they that conducted Paul brought him unto Athens: and receiving a
commandment unto Silas and Timotheus for to come to him with all speed, they departed.
Paul at Athens
16Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was stirred in him, when he saw the city
wholly given to idolatry. 17Therefore disputed he in the synagogue with the Jews, and with the
devout persons, and in the market daily with them that met with him. 18Then certain philosophers
of the Epicureans, and of the Stoicks, encountered him. And some said, What will this babbler say?
other some, He seemeth to be a setter forth of strange gods: because he preached unto them
Jesus, and the resurrection. 19And they took him, and brought him unto Areopagus, saying, May
we know what this new doctrine, whereof thou speakest, [is]? 20For thou bringest certain strange
things to our ears: we would know therefore what these things mean. 21(For all the Athenians and
strangers which were there spent their time in nothing else, but either to tell, or to hear some new
Paul Before the Areopagus
22Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars' hill, and said, [Ye] men of Athens, I perceive that in all
things ye are too superstitious. 23For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar
with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare
I unto you. 24God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and
earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; 25Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as
though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; 26And hath
made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined
the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; 27That they should seek the Lord,
if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: 28For
in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we
are also his offspring. 29Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that
the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device. 30And the times
of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: 31Because
he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by [that] man whom
he hath ordained; [whereof] he hath given assurance unto all [men], in that he hath raised him
from the dead.
32And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked: and others said, We will
hear thee again of this [matter]. 33So Paul departed from among them. 34Howbeit certain men
clave unto him, and believed: among the which [was] Dionysius the Areopagite, and a woman
named Damaris, and others with them.
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Paul's Ministry in Corinth
1After these things Paul departed from Athens, and came to Corinth; 2And found a certain Jew
named Aquila, born in Pontus, lately come from Italy, with his wife Priscilla; (because that Claudius
had commanded all Jews to depart from Rome:) and came unto them. 3And because he was of the
same craft, he abode with them, and wrought: for by their occupation they were tentmakers. 4And
he reasoned in the synagogue every sabbath, and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks.
5And when Silas and Timotheus were come from Macedonia, Paul was pressed in the spirit, and
testified to the Jews [that] Jesus [was] Christ. 6And when they opposed themselves, and
blasphemed, he shook [his] raiment, and said unto them, Your blood [be] upon your own heads; I
[am] clean: from henceforth I will go unto the Gentiles. 7And he departed thence, and entered into
a certain [man's] house, named Justus, [one] that worshipped God, whose house joined hard to
the synagogue. 8And Crispus, the chief ruler of the synagogue, believed on the Lord with all his
house; and many of the Corinthians hearing believed, and were baptized. 9Then spake the Lord to
Paul in the night by a vision, Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace: 10For I am with
thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee: for I have much people in this city. 11And he
continued [there] a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.
Paul Before Gallio
12And when Gallio was the deputy of Achaia, the Jews made insurrection with one accord against
Paul, and brought him to the judgment seat, 13Saying, This [fellow] persuadeth men to worship
God contrary to the law. 14And when Paul was now about to open [his] mouth, Gallio said unto the
Jews, If it were a matter of wrong or wicked lewdness, O [ye] Jews, reason would that I should
bear with you: 15But if it be a question of words and names, and [of] your law, look ye [to it]; for I
will be no judge of such [matters]. 16And he drave them from the judgment seat. 17Then all the
Greeks took Sosthenes, the chief ruler of the synagogue, and beat [him] before the judgment seat.
And Gallio cared for none of those things.
Paul Returns to Antioch
18And Paul [after this] tarried [there] yet a good while, and then took his leave of the brethren, and
sailed thence into Syria, and with him Priscilla and Aquila; having shorn [his] head in Cenchrea: for
he had a vow. 19And he came to Ephesus, and left them there: but he himself entered into the
synagogue, and reasoned with the Jews. 20When they desired [him] to tarry longer time with
them, he consented not; 21But bade them farewell, saying, I must by all means keep this feast that
cometh in Jerusalem: but I will return again unto you, if God will. And he sailed from Ephesus.
22And when he had landed at Caesarea, and gone up, and saluted the church, he went down to
Paul's Third Missionary Journey
(Acts 13:1-3; Acts 15:36-41)
23And after he had spent some time [there], he departed, and went over [all] the country of Galatia
and Phrygia in order, strengthening all the disciples.
24And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, [and] mighty in the
scriptures, came to Ephesus. 25This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent
in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of
John. 26And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had
heard, they took him unto [them], and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly. 27And
when he was disposed to pass into Achaia, the brethren wrote, exhorting the disciples to receive
him: who, when he was come, helped them much which had believed through grace: 28For he
mightily convinced the Jews, [and that] publickly, shewing by the scriptures that Jesus was Christ.
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The Holy Spirit Received at Ephesus
(Joel 2:28-32; John 14:15-26; John 16:5-16; Acts 2:1-13; Acts 10:44-48)
1And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper
coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples, 2He said unto them, Have ye received the
Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether
there be any Holy Ghost. 3And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they
said, Unto John's baptism. 4Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance,
saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on
Christ Jesus. 5When they heard [this], they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6And
when Paul had laid [his] hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with
tongues, and prophesied. 7And all the men were about twelve.
Paul Ministers in Ephesus
8And he went into the synagogue, and spake boldly for the space of three months, disputing and
persuading the things concerning the kingdom of God. 9But when divers were hardened, and
believed not, but spake evil of that way before the multitude, he departed from them, and
separated the disciples, disputing daily in the school of one Tyrannus. 10And this continued by the
space of two years; so that all they which dwelt in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both
Jews and Greeks.
11And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul: 12So that from his body were brought
unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits
went out of them.
The Sons of Sceva
13Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil
spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth. 14And
there were seven sons of [one] Sceva, a Jew, [and] chief of the priests, which did so. 15And the
evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye? 16And the man in
whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that
they fled out of that house naked and wounded. 17And this was known to all the Jews and Greeks
also dwelling at Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified.
18And many that believed came, and confessed, and shewed their deeds. 19Many of them also
which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all [men]: and they
counted the price of them, and found [it] fifty thousand [pieces] of silver. 20So mightily grew the
word of God and prevailed.
The Riot in Ephesus
21After these things were ended, Paul purposed in the spirit, when he had passed through
Macedonia and Achaia, to go to Jerusalem, saying, After I have been there, I must also see Rome.
22So he sent into Macedonia two of them that ministered unto him, Timotheus and Erastus; but he
himself stayed in Asia for a season.
23And the same time there arose no small stir about that way. 24For a certain [man] named
Demetrius, a silversmith, which made silver shrines for Diana, brought no small gain unto the
craftsmen; 25Whom he called together with the workmen of like occupation, and said, Sirs, ye
know that by this craft we have our wealth. 26Moreover ye see and hear, that not alone at
Ephesus, but almost throughout all Asia, this Paul hath persuaded and turned away much people,
saying that they be no gods, which are made with hands: 27So that not only this our craft is in
danger to be set at nought; but also that the temple of the great goddess Diana should be
despised, and her magnificence should be destroyed, whom all Asia and the world worshippeth.
28And when they heard [these sayings], they were full of wrath, and cried out, saying, Great [is]
Diana of the Ephesians. 29And the whole city was filled with confusion: and having caught Gaius
and Aristarchus, men of Macedonia, Paul's companions in travel, they rushed with one accord into
the theatre. 30And when Paul would have entered in unto the people, the disciples suffered him
not. 31And certain of the chief of Asia, which were his friends, sent unto him, desiring [him] that he
would not adventure himself into the theatre. 32Some therefore cried one thing, and some
another: for the assembly was confused; and the more part knew not wherefore they were come
together. 33And they drew Alexander out of the multitude, the Jews putting him forward. And
Alexander beckoned with the hand, and would have made his defence unto the people. 34But when
they knew that he was a Jew, all with one voice about the space of two hours cried out, Great [is]
Diana of the Ephesians. 35And when the townclerk had appeased the people, he said, [Ye] men of
Ephesus, what man is there that knoweth not how that the city of the Ephesians is a worshipper of
the great goddess Diana, and of the [image] which fell down from Jupiter? 36Seeing then that
these things cannot be spoken against, ye ought to be quiet, and to do nothing rashly. 37For ye
have brought hither these men, which are neither robbers of churches, nor yet blasphemers of your
goddess. 38Wherefore if Demetrius, and the craftsmen which are with him, have a matter against
any man, the law is open, and there are deputies: let them implead one another. 39But if ye
inquire any thing concerning other matters, it shall be determined in a lawful assembly. 40For we
are in danger to be called in question for this day's uproar, there being no cause whereby we may
give an account of this concourse. 41And when he had thus spoken, he dismissed the assembly.
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Paul in Macedonia and Greece
1And after the uproar was ceased, Paul called unto [him] the disciples, and embraced [them], and
departed for to go into Macedonia. 2And when he had gone over those parts, and had given them
much exhortation, he came into Greece, 3And [there] abode three months. And when the Jews laid
wait for him, as he was about to sail into Syria, he purposed to return through Macedonia. 4And
there accompanied him into Asia Sopater of Berea; and of the Thessalonians, Aristarchus and
Secundus; and Gaius of Derbe, and Timotheus; and of Asia, Tychicus and Trophimus. 5These going
before tarried for us at Troas. 6And we sailed away from Philippi after the days of unleavened
bread, and came unto them to Troas in five days; where we abode seven days.
Eutychus Raised from the Dead
7And upon the first [day] of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul
preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.
8And there were many lights in the upper chamber, where they were gathered together. 9And
there sat in a window a certain young man named Eutychus, being fallen into a deep sleep: and as
Paul was long preaching, he sunk down with sleep, and fell down from the third loft, and was taken
up dead. 10And Paul went down, and fell on him, and embracing [him] said, Trouble not
yourselves; for his life is in him. 11When he therefore was come up again, and had broken bread,
and eaten, and talked a long while, even till break of day, so he departed. 12And they brought the
young man alive, and were not a little comforted.
From Troas to Miletus
13And we went before to ship, and sailed unto Assos, there intending to take in Paul: for so had he
appointed, minding himself to go afoot. 14And when he met with us at Assos, we took him in, and
came to Mitylene. 15And we sailed thence, and came the next [day] over against Chios; and the
next [day] we arrived at Samos, and tarried at Trogyllium; and the next [day] we came to Miletus.
16For Paul had determined to sail by Ephesus, because he would not spend the time in Asia: for he
hasted, if it were possible for him, to be at Jerusalem the day of Pentecost.
Paul's Farewell to the Ephesian Elders
17And from Miletus he sent to Ephesus, and called the elders of the church. 18And when they were
come to him, he said unto them, Ye know, from the first day that I came into Asia, after what
manner I have been with you at all seasons, 19Serving the Lord with all humility of mind, and with
many tears, and temptations, which befell me by the lying in wait of the Jews: 20[And] how I kept
back nothing that was profitable [unto you], but have shewed you, and have taught you publickly,
and from house to house, 21Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward
God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ. 22And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto
Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there: 23Save that the Holy Ghost
witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me. 24But none of these things
move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and
the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.
25And now, behold, I know that ye all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God,
shall see my face no more. 26Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I [am] pure from the
blood of all [men]. 27For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God. 28Take
heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you
overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. 29For I know
this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.
30Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after
them. 31Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn
every one night and day with tears. 32And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word
of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which
are sanctified. 33I have coveted no man's silver, or gold, or apparel. 34Yea, ye yourselves know,
that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me. 35I have
shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the
words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.
36And when he had thus spoken, he kneeled down, and prayed with them all. 37And they all wept
sore, and fell on Paul's neck, and kissed him, 38Sorrowing most of all for the words which he
spake, that they should see his face no more. And they accompanied him unto the ship.
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Paul's Journey to Jerusalem
1And it came to pass, that after we were gotten from them, and had launched, we came with a
straight course unto Coos, and the [day] following unto Rhodes, and from thence unto Patara:
2And finding a ship sailing over unto Phenicia, we went aboard, and set forth. 3Now when we had
discovered Cyprus, we left it on the left hand, and sailed into Syria, and landed at Tyre: for there
the ship was to unlade her burden. 4And finding disciples, we tarried there seven days: who said to
Paul through the Spirit, that he should not go up to Jerusalem. 5And when we had accomplished
those days, we departed and went our way; and they all brought us on our way, with wives and
children, till [we were] out of the city: and we kneeled down on the shore, and prayed. 6And when
we had taken our leave one of another, we took ship; and they returned home again.
7And when we had finished [our] course from Tyre, we came to Ptolemais, and saluted the
brethren, and abode with them one day.
Philip the Evangelist
8And the next [day] we that were of Paul's company departed, and came unto Caesarea: and we
entered into the house of Philip the evangelist, which was [one] of the seven; and abode with him.
9And the same man had four daughters, virgins, which did prophesy. 10And as we tarried [there]
many days, there came down from Judaea a certain prophet, named Agabus. 11And when he was
come unto us, he took Paul's girdle, and bound his own hands and feet, and said, Thus saith the
Holy Ghost, So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man that owneth this girdle, and shall deliver
[him] into the hands of the Gentiles. 12And when we heard these things, both we, and they of that
place, besought him not to go up to Jerusalem. 13Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and
to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the
name of the Lord Jesus. 14And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, The will of
the Lord be done.
15And after those days we took up our carriages, and went up to Jerusalem. 16There went with us
also [certain] of the disciples of Caesarea, and brought with them one Mnason of Cyprus, an old
disciple, with whom we should lodge.
Paul's Arrival at Jerusalem
17And when we were come to Jerusalem, the brethren received us gladly. 18And the [day] following
Paul went in with us unto James; and all the elders were present. 19And when he had saluted
them, he declared particularly what things God had wrought among the Gentiles by his ministry.
20And when they heard [it], they glorified the Lord, and said unto him, Thou seest, brother, how
many thousands of Jews there are which believe; and they are all zealous of the law: 21And they
are informed of thee, that thou teachest all the Jews which are among the Gentiles to forsake
Moses, saying that they ought not to circumcise [their] children, neither to walk after the customs.
22What is it therefore? the multitude must needs come together: for they will hear that thou art
come. 23Do therefore this that we say to thee: We have four men which have a vow on them;
24Them take, and purify thyself with them, and be at charges with them, that they may shave
[their] heads: and all may know that those things, whereof they were informed concerning thee,
are nothing; but [that] thou thyself also walkest orderly, and keepest the law. 25As touching the
Gentiles which believe, we have written [and] concluded that they observe no such thing, save only
that they keep themselves from [things] offered to idols, and from blood, and from strangled, and
from fornication. 26Then Paul took the men, and the next day purifying himself with them entered
into the temple, to signify the accomplishment of the days of purification, until that an offering
should be offered for every one of them.
Paul Seized in the Temple
27And when the seven days were almost ended, the Jews which were of Asia, when they saw him
in the temple, stirred up all the people, and laid hands on him, 28Crying out, Men of Israel, help:
This is the man, that teacheth all [men] every where against the people, and the law, and this
place: and further brought Greeks also into the temple, and hath polluted this holy place. 29(For
they had seen before with him in the city Trophimus an Ephesian, whom they supposed that Paul
had brought into the temple.) 30And all the city was moved, and the people ran together: and they
took Paul, and drew him out of the temple: and forthwith the doors were shut. 31And as they went
about to kill him, tidings came unto the chief captain of the band, that all Jerusalem was in an
uproar. 32Who immediately took soldiers and centurions, and ran down unto them: and when they
saw the chief captain and the soldiers, they left beating of Paul. 33Then the chief captain came
near, and took him, and commanded [him] to be bound with two chains; and demanded who he
was, and what he had done. 34And some cried one thing, some another, among the multitude: and
when he could not know the certainty for the tumult, he commanded him to be carried into the
castle. 35And when he came upon the stairs, so it was, that he was borne of the soldiers for the
violence of the people. 36For the multitude of the people followed after, crying, Away with him.
Paul Speaks to the People
37And as Paul was to be led into the castle, he said unto the chief captain, May I speak unto thee?
Who said, Canst thou speak Greek? 38Art not thou that Egyptian, which before these days madest
an uproar, and leddest out into the wilderness four thousand men that were murderers? 39But Paul
said, I am a man [which am] a Jew of Tarsus, [a city] in Cilicia, a citizen of no mean city: and, I
beseech thee, suffer me to speak unto the people. 40And when he had given him licence, Paul
stood on the stairs, and beckoned with the hand unto the people. And when there was made a
great silence, he spake unto [them] in the Hebrew tongue, saying,
« Acts 22 »
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Paul's Defense to the Crowd
(Acts 9:1-9; Acts 26:1-23)
1Men, brethren, and fathers, hear ye my defence [which I make] now unto you.
2(And when they heard that he spake in the Hebrew tongue to them, they kept the more silence:
and he saith,)
3I am verily a man [which am] a Jew, born in Tarsus, [a city] in Cilicia, yet brought up in this city at
the feet of Gamaliel, [and] taught according to the perfect manner of the law of the fathers, and
was zealous toward God, as ye all are this day. 4And I persecuted this way unto the death, binding
and delivering into prisons both men and women. 5As also the high priest doth bear me witness,
and all the estate of the elders: from whom also I received letters unto the brethren, and went to
Damascus, to bring them which were there bound unto Jerusalem, for to be punished.
6And it came to pass, that, as I made my journey, and was come nigh unto Damascus about noon,
suddenly there shone from heaven a great light round about me. 7And I fell unto the ground, and
heard a voice saying unto me, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? 8And I answered, Who art
thou, Lord? And he said unto me, I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom thou persecutest. 9And they that
were with me saw indeed the light, and were afraid; but they heard not the voice of him that spake
to me. 10And I said, What shall I do, Lord? And the Lord said unto me, Arise, and go into
Damascus; and there it shall be told thee of all things which are appointed for thee to do. 11And
when I could not see for the glory of that light, being led by the hand of them that were with me, I
came into Damascus.
12And one Ananias, a devout man according to the law, having a good report of all the Jews which
dwelt [there], 13Came unto me, and stood, and said unto me, Brother Saul, receive thy sight. And
the same hour I looked up upon him. 14And he said, The God of our fathers hath chosen thee, that
thou shouldest know his will, and see that Just One, and shouldest hear the voice of his mouth.
15For thou shalt be his witness unto all men of what thou hast seen and heard. 16And now why
tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.
17And it came to pass, that, when I was come again to Jerusalem, even while I prayed in the
temple, I was in a trance; 18And saw him saying unto me, Make haste, and get thee quickly out of
Jerusalem: for they will not receive thy testimony concerning me. 19And I said, Lord, they know
that I imprisoned and beat in every synagogue them that believed on thee: 20And when the blood
of thy martyr Stephen was shed, I also was standing by, and consenting unto his death, and kept
the raiment of them that slew him. 21And he said unto me, Depart: for I will send thee far hence
unto the Gentiles.
Paul the Roman Citizen
22And they gave him audience unto this word, and [then] lifted up their voices, and said, Away with
such a [fellow] from the earth: for it is not fit that he should live. 23And as they cried out, and cast
off [their] clothes, and threw dust into the air, 24The chief captain commanded him to be brought
into the castle, and bade that he should be examined by scourging; that he might know wherefore
they cried so against him. 25And as they bound him with thongs, Paul said unto the centurion that
stood by, Is it lawful for you to scourge a man that is a Roman, and uncondemned? 26When the
centurion heard [that], he went and told the chief captain, saying, Take heed what thou doest: for
this man is a Roman. 27Then the chief captain came, and said unto him, Tell me, art thou a
Roman? He said, Yea. 28And the chief captain answered, With a great sum obtained I this freedom.
And Paul said, But I was [free] born. 29Then straightway they departed from him which should
have examined him: and the chief captain also was afraid, after he knew that he was a Roman,
and because he had bound him.
30On the morrow, because he would have known the certainty wherefore he was accused of the
Jews, he loosed him from [his] bands, and commanded the chief priests and all their council to
appear, and brought Paul down, and set him before them.
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Paul Before the Sanhedrin
1And Paul, earnestly beholding the council, said, Men [and] brethren, I have lived in all good
conscience before God until this day. 2And the high priest Ananias commanded them that stood by
him to smite him on the mouth. 3Then said Paul unto him, God shall smite thee, [thou] whited
wall: for sittest thou to judge me after the law, and commandest me to be smitten contrary to the
law? 4And they that stood by said, Revilest thou God's high priest? 5Then said Paul, I wist not,
brethren, that he was the high priest: for it is written, Thou shalt not speak evil of the ruler of thy
6But when Paul perceived that the one part were Sadducees, and the other Pharisees, he cried out
in the council, Men [and] brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee: of the hope and
resurrection of the dead I am called in question. 7And when he had so said, there arose a
dissension between the Pharisees and the Sadducees: and the multitude was divided. 8For the
Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, neither angel, nor spirit: but the Pharisees confess
both. 9And there arose a great cry: and the scribes [that were] of the Pharisees' part arose, and
strove, saying, We find no evil in this man: but if a spirit or an angel hath spoken to him, let us not
fight against God. 10And when there arose a great dissension, the chief captain, fearing lest Paul
should have been pulled in pieces of them, commanded the soldiers to go down, and to take him
by force from among them, and to bring [him] into the castle.
11And the night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast
testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome.
The Plot to Kill Paul
12And when it was day, certain of the Jews banded together, and bound themselves under a curse,
saying that they would neither eat nor drink till they had killed Paul. 13And they were more than
forty which had made this conspiracy. 14And they came to the chief priests and elders, and said,
We have bound ourselves under a great curse, that we will eat nothing until we have slain Paul.
15Now therefore ye with the council signify to the chief captain that he bring him down unto you to
morrow, as though ye would inquire something more perfectly concerning him: and we, or ever he
come near, are ready to kill him.
16And when Paul's sister's son heard of their lying in wait, he went and entered into the castle, and
told Paul. 17Then Paul called one of the centurions unto [him], and said, Bring this young man unto
the chief captain: for he hath a certain thing to tell him. 18So he took him, and brought [him] to
the chief captain, and said, Paul the prisoner called me unto [him], and prayed me to bring this
young man unto thee, who hath something to say unto thee. 19Then the chief captain took him by
the hand, and went [with him] aside privately, and asked [him], What is that thou hast to tell me?
20And he said, The Jews have agreed to desire thee that thou wouldest bring down Paul to morrow
into the council, as though they would inquire somewhat of him more perfectly. 21But do not thou
yield unto them: for there lie in wait for him of them more than forty men, which have bound
themselves with an oath, that they will neither eat nor drink till they have killed him: and now are
they ready, looking for a promise from thee. 22So the chief captain [then] let the young man
depart, and charged [him, See thou] tell no man that thou hast shewed these things to me.
Paul Sent to Felix at Caesarea
23And he called unto [him] two centurions, saying, Make ready two hundred soldiers to go to
Caesarea, and horsemen threescore and ten, and spearmen two hundred, at the third hour of the
night; 24And provide [them] beasts, that they may set Paul on, and bring [him] safe unto Felix the
governor. 25And he wrote a letter after this manner:
26Claudius Lysias unto the most excellent governor Felix [sendeth] greeting.
27This man was taken of the Jews, and should have been killed of them: then came I with an army,
and rescued him, having understood that he was a Roman. 28And when I would have known the
cause wherefore they accused him, I brought him forth into their council: 29Whom I perceived to
be accused of questions of their law, but to have nothing laid to his charge worthy of death or of
30And when it was told me how that the Jews laid wait for the man, I sent straightway to thee, and
gave commandment to his accusers also to say before thee what [they had] against him. Farewell.
31Then the soldiers, as it was commanded them, took Paul, and brought [him] by night to
Antipatris. 32On the morrow they left the horsemen to go with him, and returned to the castle:
33Who, when they came to Caesarea, and delivered the epistle to the governor, presented Paul
also before him. 34And when the governor had read [the letter], he asked of what province he
was. And when he understood that [he was] of Cilicia; 35I will hear thee, said he, when thine
accusers are also come. And he commanded him to be kept in Herod's judgment hall.
« Acts 24 »
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Tertullus Accuses Paul Before Felix
1And after five days Ananias the high priest descended with the elders, and [with] a certain orator
[named] Tertullus, who informed the governor against Paul. 2And when he was called forth,
Tertullus began to accuse [him], saying, Seeing that by thee we enjoy great quietness, and that
very worthy deeds are done unto this nation by thy providence, 3We accept [it] always, and in all
places, most noble Felix, with all thankfulness. 4Notwithstanding, that I be not further tedious unto
thee, I pray thee that thou wouldest hear us of thy clemency a few words. 5For we have found this
man [a] pestilent [fellow], and a mover of sedition among all the Jews throughout the world, and a
ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes: 6Who also hath gone about to profane the temple: whom
we took, and would have judged according to our law. 7But the chief captain Lysias came [upon
us], and with great violence took [him] away out of our hands, 8Commanding his accusers to come
unto thee: by examining of whom thyself mayest take knowledge of all these things, whereof we
accuse him. 9And the Jews also assented, saying that these things were so.
Paul Defends His Testimony
10Then Paul, after that the governor had beckoned unto him to speak, answered, Forasmuch as I
know that thou hast been of many years a judge unto this nation, I do the more cheerfully answer
for myself: 11Because that thou mayest understand, that there are yet but twelve days since I
went up to Jerusalem for to worship. 12And they neither found me in the temple disputing with any
man, neither raising up the people, neither in the synagogues, nor in the city: 13Neither can they
prove the things whereof they now accuse me. 14But this I confess unto thee, that after the way
which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in
the law and in the prophets: 15And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that
there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust. 16And herein do I exercise
myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and [toward] men. 17Now after
many years I came to bring alms to my nation, and offerings. 18Whereupon certain Jews from Asia
found me purified in the temple, neither with multitude, nor with tumult. 19Who ought to have
been here before thee, and object, if they had ought against me. 20Or else let these same [here]
say, if they have found any evil doing in me, while I stood before the council, 21Except it be for this
one voice, that I cried standing among them, Touching the resurrection of the dead I am called in
question by you this day.
Felix Holds Paul in Custody
22And when Felix heard these things, having more perfect knowledge of [that] way, he deferred
them, and said, When Lysias the chief captain shall come down, I will know the uttermost of your
matter. 23And he commanded a centurion to keep Paul, and to let [him] have liberty, and that he
should forbid none of his acquaintance to minister or come unto him.
24And after certain days, when Felix came with his wife Drusilla, which was a Jewess, he sent for
Paul, and heard him concerning the faith in Christ. 25And as he reasoned of righteousness,
temperance, and judgment to come, Felix trembled, and answered, Go thy way for this time; when
I have a convenient season, I will call for thee. 26He hoped also that money should have been
given him of Paul, that he might loose him: wherefore he sent for him the oftener, and communed
with him. 27But after two years Porcius Festus came into Felix' room: and Felix, willing to shew the
Jews a pleasure, left Paul bound.
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Paul's Trial Before Festus
1Now when Festus was come into the province, after three days he ascended from Caesarea to
Jerusalem. 2Then the high priest and the chief of the Jews informed him against Paul, and
besought him, 3And desired favour against him, that he would send for him to Jerusalem, laying
wait in the way to kill him. 4But Festus answered, that Paul should be kept at Caesarea, and that
he himself would depart shortly [thither]. 5Let them therefore, said he, which among you are able,
go down with [me], and accuse this man, if there be any wickedness in him.
6And when he had tarried among them more than ten days, he went down unto Caesarea; and the
next day sitting on the judgment seat commanded Paul to be brought. 7And when he was come,
the Jews which came down from Jerusalem stood round about, and laid many and grievous
complaints against Paul, which they could not prove. 8While he answered for himself, Neither
against the law of the Jews, neither against the temple, nor yet against Caesar, have I offended
any thing at all. 9But Festus, willing to do the Jews a pleasure, answered Paul, and said, Wilt thou
go up to Jerusalem, and there be judged of these things before me?
Paul Appeals to Caesar
10Then said Paul, I stand at Caesar's judgment seat, where I ought to be judged: to the Jews have
I done no wrong, as thou very well knowest. 11For if I be an offender, or have committed any
thing worthy of death, I refuse not to die: but if there be none of these things whereof these
accuse me, no man may deliver me unto them. I appeal unto Caesar. 12Then Festus, when he had
conferred with the council, answered, Hast thou appealed unto Caesar? unto Caesar shalt thou go.
Festus Consults King Agrippa
13And after certain days king Agrippa and Bernice came unto Caesarea to salute Festus. 14And
when they had been there many days, Festus declared Paul's cause unto the king, saying, There is
a certain man left in bonds by Felix: 15About whom, when I was at Jerusalem, the chief priests and
the elders of the Jews informed [me], desiring [to have] judgment against him. 16To whom I
answered, It is not the manner of the Romans to deliver any man to die, before that he which is
accused have the accusers face to face, and have licence to answer for himself concerning the
crime laid against him. 17Therefore, when they were come hither, without any delay on the
morrow I sat on the judgment seat, and commanded the man to be brought forth. 18Against whom
when the accusers stood up, they brought none accusation of such things as I supposed: 19But
had certain questions against him of their own superstition, and of one Jesus, which was dead,
whom Paul affirmed to be alive. 20And because I doubted of such manner of questions, I asked
[him] whether he would go to Jerusalem, and there be judged of these matters. 21But when Paul
had appealed to be reserved unto the hearing of Augustus, I commanded him to be kept till I might
send him to Caesar. 22Then Agrippa said unto Festus, I would also hear the man myself. To
morrow, said he, thou shalt hear him.
Paul Before Agrippa and Bernice
23And on the morrow, when Agrippa was come, and Bernice, with great pomp, and was entered
into the place of hearing, with the chief captains, and principal men of the city, at Festus'
commandment Paul was brought forth. 24And Festus said, King Agrippa, and all men which are
here present with us, ye see this man, about whom all the multitude of the Jews have dealt with
me, both at Jerusalem, and [also] here, crying that he ought not to live any longer. 25But when I
found that he had committed nothing worthy of death, and that he himself hath appealed to
Augustus, I have determined to send him. 26Of whom I have no certain thing to write unto my
lord. Wherefore I have brought him forth before you, and specially before thee, O king Agrippa,
that, after examination had, I might have somewhat to write. 27For it seemeth to me unreasonable
to send a prisoner, and not withal to signify the crimes [laid] against him.
« Acts 26 »
King James Bible
Paul's Testimony to Agrippa
(Acts 9:1-9; Acts 22:1-21)
1Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Thou art permitted to speak for thyself. Then Paul stretched forth the
hand, and answered for himself:
2I think myself happy, king Agrippa, because I shall answer for myself this day before thee touching
all the things whereof I am accused of the Jews: 3Especially [because I know] thee to be expert in
all customs and questions which are among the Jews: wherefore I beseech thee to hear me
4My manner of life from my youth, which was at the first among mine own nation at Jerusalem,
know all the Jews; 5Which knew me from the beginning, if they would testify, that after the most
straitest sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee. 6And now I stand and am judged for the hope of the
promise made of God unto our fathers: 7Unto which [promise] our twelve tribes, instantly serving
[God] day and night, hope to come. For which hope's sake, king Agrippa, I am accused of the
Jews. 8Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you, that God should raise the dead?
9I verily thought with myself, that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of
Nazareth. 10Which thing I also did in Jerusalem: and many of the saints did I shut up in prison,
having received authority from the chief priests; and when they were put to death, I gave my voice
against [them]. 11And I punished them oft in every synagogue, and compelled [them] to
blaspheme; and being exceedingly mad against them, I persecuted [them] even unto strange
12Whereupon as I went to Damascus with authority and commission from the chief priests, 13At
midday, O king, I saw in the way a light from heaven, above the brightness of the sun, shining
round about me and them which journeyed with me. 14And when we were all fallen to the earth, I
heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why persecutest
thou me? [it is] hard for thee to kick against the pricks. 15And I said, Who art thou, Lord? And he
said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest. 16But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared
unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou
hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee; 17Delivering thee from the
people, and [from] the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee, 18To open their eyes, [and] to turn
[them] from darkness to light, and [from] the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive
forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.
19Whereupon, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision: 20But shewed first
unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and [then] to
the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance. 21For
these causes the Jews caught me in the temple, and went about to kill [me]. 22Having therefore
obtained help of God, I continue unto this day, witnessing both to small and great, saying none
other things than those which the prophets and Moses did say should come: 23That Christ should
suffer, [and] that he should be the first that should rise from the dead, and should shew light unto
the people, and to the Gentiles.
Festus Interrupts Paul's Defense
24And as he thus spake for himself, Festus said with a loud voice, Paul, thou art beside thyself;
much learning doth make thee mad. 25But he said, I am not mad, most noble Festus; but speak
forth the words of truth and soberness. 26For the king knoweth of these things, before whom also
I speak freely: for I am persuaded that none of these things are hidden from him; for this thing
was not done in a corner. 27King Agrippa, believest thou the prophets? I know that thou believest.
28Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian. 29And Paul said, I
would to God, that not only thou, but also all that hear me this day, were both almost, and
altogether such as I am, except these bonds.
30And when he had thus spoken, the king rose up, and the governor, and Bernice, and they that sat
with them: 31And when they were gone aside, they talked between themselves, saying, This man
doeth nothing worthy of death or of bonds. 32Then said Agrippa unto Festus, This man might have
been set at liberty, if he had not appealed unto Caesar.
« Acts 27 »
King James Bible
Paul Sails for Rome
1And when it was determined that we should sail into Italy, they delivered Paul and certain other
prisoners unto [one] named Julius, a centurion of Augustus' band. 2And entering into a ship of
Adramyttium, we launched, meaning to sail by the coasts of Asia; [one] Aristarchus, a Macedonian
of Thessalonica, being with us. 3And the next [day] we touched at Sidon. And Julius courteously
entreated Paul, and gave [him] liberty to go unto his friends to refresh himself. 4And when we had
launched from thence, we sailed under Cyprus, because the winds were contrary. 5And when we
had sailed over the sea of Cilicia and Pamphylia, we came to Myra, [a city] of Lycia. 6And there the
centurion found a ship of Alexandria sailing into Italy; and he put us therein. 7And when we had
sailed slowly many days, and scarce were come over against Cnidus, the wind not suffering us, we
sailed under Crete, over against Salmone; 8And, hardly passing it, came unto a place which is
called The fair havens; nigh whereunto was the city [of] Lasea.
9Now when much time was spent, and when sailing was now dangerous, because the fast was now
already past, Paul admonished [them], 10And said unto them, Sirs, I perceive that this voyage will
be with hurt and much damage, not only of the lading and ship, but also of our lives.
11Nevertheless the centurion believed the master and the owner of the ship, more than those
things which were spoken by Paul. 12And because the haven was not commodious to winter in, the
more part advised to depart thence also, if by any means they might attain to Phenice, [and there]
to winter; [which is] an haven of Crete, and lieth toward the south west and north west.
The Storm at Sea
(Jeremiah 6:10-21; Jeremiah 25:15-33; Jonah 1:4-10; Romans 1:18-32)
13And when the south wind blew softly, supposing that they had obtained [their] purpose, loosing
[thence], they sailed close by Crete.
14But not long after there arose against it a tempestuous wind, called Euroclydon. 15And when the
ship was caught, and could not bear up into the wind, we let [her] drive. 16And running under a
certain island which is called Clauda, we had much work to come by the boat: 17Which when they
had taken up, they used helps, undergirding the ship; and, fearing lest they should fall into the
quicksands, strake sail, and so were driven. 18And we being exceedingly tossed with a tempest, the
next [day] they lightened the ship; 19And the third [day] we cast out with our own hands the
tackling of the ship. 20And when neither sun nor stars in many days appeared, and no small
tempest lay on [us], all hope that we should be saved was then taken away.
21But after long abstinence Paul stood forth in the midst of them, and said, Sirs, ye should have
hearkened unto me, and not have loosed from Crete, and to have gained this harm and loss. 22And
now I exhort you to be of good cheer: for there shall be no loss of [any man's] life among you, but
of the ship. 23For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve,
24Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all
them that sail with thee. 25Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be
even as it was told me. 26Howbeit we must be cast upon a certain island.
The Shipwreck on Malta
27But when the fourteenth night was come, as we were driven up and down in Adria, about
midnight the shipmen deemed that they drew near to some country; 28And sounded, and found
[it] twenty fathoms: and when they had gone a little further, they sounded again, and found [it]
fifteen fathoms. 29Then fearing lest we should have fallen upon rocks, they cast four anchors out
of the stern, and wished for the day. 30And as the shipmen were about to flee out of the ship,
when they had let down the boat into the sea, under colour as though they would have cast
anchors out of the foreship, 31Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers, Except these abide in
the ship, ye cannot be saved. 32Then the soldiers cut off the ropes of the boat, and let her fall off.
33And while the day was coming on, Paul besought [them] all to take meat, saying, This day is the
fourteenth day that ye have tarried and continued fasting, having taken nothing. 34Wherefore I
pray you to take [some] meat: for this is for your health: for there shall not an hair fall from the
head of any of you. 35And when he had thus spoken, he took bread, and gave thanks to God in
presence of them all: and when he had broken [it], he began to eat. 36Then were they all of good
cheer, and they also took [some] meat. 37And we were in all in the ship two hundred threescore
and sixteen souls. 38And when they had eaten enough, they lightened the ship, and cast out the
wheat into the sea.
39And when it was day, they knew not the land: but they discovered a certain creek with a shore,
into the which they were minded, if it were possible, to thrust in the ship. 40And when they had
taken up the anchors, they committed [themselves] unto the sea, and loosed the rudder bands,
and hoised up the mainsail to the wind, and made toward shore. 41And falling into a place where
two seas met, they ran the ship aground; and the forepart stuck fast, and remained unmoveable,
but the hinder part was broken with the violence of the waves. 42And the soldiers' counsel was to
kill the prisoners, lest any of them should swim out, and escape. 43But the centurion, willing to
save Paul, kept them from [their] purpose; and commanded that they which could swim should
cast [themselves] first [into the sea], and get to land: 44And the rest, some on boards, and some
on [broken pieces] of the ship. And so it came to pass, that they escaped all safe to land.
« Acts 28 »
King James Bible
Paul at Malta
1And when they were escaped, then they knew that the island was called Melita. 2And the
barbarous people shewed us no little kindness: for they kindled a fire, and received us every one,
because of the present rain, and because of the cold. 3And when Paul had gathered a bundle of
sticks, and laid [them] on the fire, there came a viper out of the heat, and fastened on his hand.
4And when the barbarians saw the [venomous] beast hang on his hand, they said among
themselves, No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he hath escaped the sea, yet
vengeance suffereth not to live. 5And he shook off the beast into the fire, and felt no harm.
6Howbeit they looked when he should have swollen, or fallen down dead suddenly: but after they
had looked a great while, and saw no harm come to him, they changed their minds, and said that
he was a god.
7In the same quarters were possessions of the chief man of the island, whose name was Publius;
who received us, and lodged us three days courteously. 8And it came to pass, that the father of
Publius lay sick of a fever and of a bloody flux: to whom Paul entered in, and prayed, and laid his
hands on him, and healed him. 9So when this was done, others also, which had diseases in the
island, came, and were healed: 10Who also honoured us with many honours; and when we
departed, they laded [us] with such things as were necessary.
Paul Arrives at Rome
11And after three months we departed in a ship of Alexandria, which had wintered in the isle,
whose sign was Castor and Pollux. 12And landing at Syracuse, we tarried [there] three days. 13And
from thence we fetched a compass, and came to Rhegium: and after one day the south wind blew,
and we came the next day to Puteoli: 14Where we found brethren, and were desired to tarry with
them seven days: and so we went toward Rome. 15And from thence, when the brethren heard of
us, they came to meet us as far as Appii forum, and The three taverns: whom when Paul saw, he
thanked God, and took courage.
16And when we came to Rome, the centurion delivered the prisoners to the captain of the guard:
but Paul was suffered to dwell by himself with a soldier that kept him.
Paul Preaches at Rome
17And it came to pass, that after three days Paul called the chief of the Jews together: and when
they were come together, he said unto them, Men [and] brethren, though I have committed
nothing against the people, or customs of our fathers, yet was I delivered prisoner from Jerusalem
into the hands of the Romans. 18Who, when they had examined me, would have let [me] go,
because there was no cause of death in me. 19But when the Jews spake against [it], I was
constrained to appeal unto Caesar; not that I had ought to accuse my nation of. 20For this cause
therefore have I called for you, to see [you], and to speak with [you]: because that for the hope of
Israel I am bound with this chain. 21And they said unto him, We neither received letters out of
Judaea concerning thee, neither any of the brethren that came shewed or spake any harm of thee.
22But we desire to hear of thee what thou thinkest: for as concerning this sect, we know that every
where it is spoken against.
23And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into [his] lodging; to whom he
expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the
law of Moses, and [out of] the prophets, from morning till evening. 24And some believed the things
which were spoken, and some believed not. 25And when they agreed not among themselves, they
departed, after that Paul had spoken one word, Well spake the Holy Ghost by Esaias the prophet
unto our fathers,
26Saying, Go unto this people, and say, Hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing
ye shall see, and not perceive:
27For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have
they closed; lest they should see with [their] eyes, and hear with [their] ears, and understand with
[their] heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
28Be it known therefore unto you, that the salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles, and [that]
they will hear it. 29And when he had said these words, the Jews departed, and had great reasoning
30And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received all that came in unto him,
31Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ,
with all confidence, no man forbidding him.