The Book of Acts
The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus
began both to do and teach,
2 Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he
through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he
3 To 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:
4 And, 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.
5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be
baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.
6 When they therefore were come together, they asked of
him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to
7 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the
times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.
8 But ye shall receive power, 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
9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld,
he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.
10 And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he
went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;
11 Which 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.
12 Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called
Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a sabbath day's journey.
13 And 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.
14 These all continued with one accord in prayer and
supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his
15 And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the
disciples, and said, (the number of names together were about an hundred
16 Men 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.
17 For he was numbered with us, and had obtained part of
18 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.
19 And 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.
20 For 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.
21 Wherefore of these men which have companied with us all
the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us,
22 Beginning 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.
23 And they appointed two, Joseph called Barsabas, who was
surnamed Justus, and Matthias.
24 And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest
the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen,
25 That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship,
from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own
26 And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon
Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.
1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were
all with one accord in one place.
2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a
rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were
3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of
fire, and it sat upon each of them.
4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began
to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
5 And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men,
out of every nation under heaven.
6 Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came
together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in
his own language.
7 And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to
another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans?
8 And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we
9 Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in
Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia,
10 Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of
Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes,
11 Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our
tongues the wonderful works of God.
12 And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one
to another, What meaneth this?
13 Others mocking said, These men are full of new
14 But 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:
15 For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is
but the third hour of the day.
16 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet
17 And 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:
18 And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour
out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:
19 And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in
the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:
20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon
into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord come:
21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on
the name of the Lord shall be saved.
22 Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth,
a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which
God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:
23 Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and
foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified
24 Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of
death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.
25 For David speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the Lord
always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be
26 Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad;
moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope:
27 Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither
wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.
28 Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt
make me full of joy with thy countenance.
29 Men 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.
30 Therefore 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;
31 He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of
Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see
32 This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are
33 Therefore 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 and hear.
34 For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he
saith himself, The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right
35 Until I make thy foes thy footstool.
36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly,
that God hath made the same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and
37 Now 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?
38 Then 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.
39 For 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
40 And with many other words did he testify and exhort,
saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.
41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized:
and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand
42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine
and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.
43 And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and
signs were done by the apostles.
44 And all that believed were together, and had all things
45 And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them
to all men, as every man had need.
46 And 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,
47 Praising God, and having favour with all the people.
And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.
1 Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at
the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour.
2 And 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;
3 Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple
asked an alms.
4 And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said,
Look on us.
5 And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive
something of them.
6 Then 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
7 And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up:
and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.
8 And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with
them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.
9 And all the people saw him walking and praising
10 And 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.
11 And 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.
12 And 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
13 The 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
14 But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a
murderer to be granted unto you;
15 And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised
from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.
16 And 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.
17 And now, brethren, I wot that through ignorance ye did
it, as did also your rulers.
18 But those things, which God before had shewed by the
mouth of all his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he hath so
19 Repent 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.
20 And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was
preached unto you:
21 Whom the heaven must receive until the times of
restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his
holy prophets since the world began.
22 For 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.
23 And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will
not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people.
24 Yea, and all the prophets from Samuel and those that
follow after, as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold of these
25 Ye 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.
26 Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus,
sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his
1 And as they spake unto the people, the priests, and the
captain of the temple, and the Sadducees, came upon them,
2 Being grieved that they taught the people, and preached
through Jesus the resurrection from the dead.
3 And they laid hands on them, and put them in hold unto
the next day: for it was now eventide.
4 Howbeit many of them which heard the word believed; and
the number of the men was about five thousand.
5 And it came to pass on the morrow, that their rulers,
and elders, and scribes,
6 And 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.
7 And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, By
what power, or by what name, have ye done this?
8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them,
Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel,
9 If we this day be examined of the good deed done to the
impotent man, by what means he is made whole;
10 Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of
Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified,
whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before
11 This is the stone which was set at nought of you
builders, which is become the head of the corner.
12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is
none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be
13 Now 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.
14 And beholding the man which was healed standing with
them, they could say nothing against it.
15 But when they had commanded them to go aside out of the
council, they conferred among themselves,
16 Saying, 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.
17 But that it spread no further among the people, let us
straitly threaten them, that they speak henceforth to no man in this
18 And they called them, and commanded them not to speak
at all nor teach in the name of Jesus.
19 But 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,
20 For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen
21 So 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.
22 For the man was above forty years old, on whom this
miracle of healing was shewed.
23 And being let go, they went to their own company, and
reported all that the chief priests and elders had said unto them.
24 And 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:
25 Who by the mouth of thy servant David hast said, Why
did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things?
26 The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were
gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ.
27 For 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,
28 For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel
determined before to be done.
29 And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant
unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word,
30 By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs
and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus.
31 And 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 boldness.
32 And 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.
33 And with great power gave the apostles witness of the
resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.
34 Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as
many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the
prices of the things that were sold,
35 And laid them down at the apostles' feet: and
distribution was made unto every man according as he had need.
36 And Joses, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas,
(which is, being interpreted, The son of consolation,) a Levite, and of
the country of Cyprus,
37 Having land, sold it, and brought the money, and laid
it at the apostles' feet.
1 But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife,
sold a possession,
2 And kept back part of the price, his wife also being
privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles'
3 But 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
4 Whiles 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.
5 And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up
the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things.
6 And the young men arose, wound him up, and carried him
out, and buried him.
7 And it was about the space of three hours after, when
his wife, not knowing what was done, came in.
8 And Peter answered unto her, Tell me whether ye sold the
land for so much? And she said, Yea, for so much.
9 Then 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.
10 Then 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.
11 And great fear came upon all the church, and upon as
many as heard these things.
12 And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and
wonders wrought among the people; (and they were all with one accord in
13 And of the rest durst no man join himself to them: but
the people magnified them.
14 And believers were the more added to the Lord,
multitudes both of men and women.)
15 Insomuch 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.
16 There came also a multitude out of the cities round
about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with
unclean spirits: and they were healed every one.
17 Then the high priest rose up, and all they that were
with him, (which is the sect of the Sadducees,) and were filled with
18 And laid their hands on the apostles, and put them in
the common prison.
19 But the angel of the Lord by night opened the prison
doors, and brought them forth, and said,
20 Go, stand and speak in the temple to the people all the
words of this life.
21 And 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.
22 But when the officers came, and found them not in the
prison, they returned and told,
23 Saying, 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.
24 Now 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.
25 Then came one and told them, saying, Behold, the men
whom ye put in prison are standing in the temple, and teaching the
26 Then went the captain with the officers, and brought
them without violence: for they feared the people, lest they should have
27 And when they had brought them, they set them before
the council: and the high priest asked them,
28 Saying, 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.
29 Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We
ought to obey God rather than men.
30 The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew
and hanged on a tree.
31 Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince
and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of
32 And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is
also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.
33 When they heard that, they were cut to the heart, and
took counsel to slay them.
34 Then 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;
35 And said unto them, Ye men of Israel, take heed to
yourselves what ye intend to do as touching these men.
36 For 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.
37 After 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.
38 And 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
39 But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply
ye be found even to fight against God.
40 And 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.
41 And they departed from the presence of the council,
rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his
42 And daily in the temple, and in every house, they
ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.
1 And 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.
2 Then 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.
3 Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of
honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over
4 But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to
the ministry of the word.
5 And 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
6 Whom they set before the apostles: and when they had
prayed, they laid their hands on them.
7 And 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.
8 And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders
and miracles among the people.
9 Then 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.
10 And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the
spirit by which he spake.
11 Then they suborned men, which said, We have heard him
speak blasphemous words against Moses, and against God.
12 And they stirred up the people, and the elders, and the
scribes, and came upon him, and caught him, and brought him to the
13 And set up false witnesses, which said, This man
ceaseth not to speak blasphemous words against this holy place, and the
14 For we have heard him say, that this Jesus of Nazareth
shall destroy this place, and shall change the customs which Moses
15 And all that sat in the council, looking stedfastly on
him, saw his face as it had been the face of an angel.
1 Then said the high priest, Are these things so?
2 And 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,
3 And said unto him, Get thee out of thy country, and from
thy kindred, and come into the land which I shall shew thee.
4 Then 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.
5 And 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.
6 And 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.
7 And 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
8 And 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.
9 And the patriarchs, moved with envy, sold Joseph into
Egypt: but God was with him,
10 And delivered him out of all his afflictions, and gave
him favour and wisdom in the sight of Pharaoh king of Egypt; and he made
him governor over Egypt and all his house.
11 Now there came a dearth over all the land of Egypt and
Chanaan, and great affliction: and our fathers found no sustenance.
12 But when Jacob heard that there was corn in Egypt, he
sent out our fathers first.
13 And at the second time Joseph was made known to his
brethren; and Joseph's kindred was made known unto Pharaoh.
14 Then sent Joseph, and called his father Jacob to him,
and all his kindred, threescore and fifteen souls.
15 So Jacob went down into Egypt, and died, he, and our
16 And 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.
17 But when the time of the promise drew nigh, which God
had sworn to Abraham, the people grew and multiplied in Egypt,
18 Till another king arose, which knew not Joseph.
19 The same dealt subtilly with our kindred, and evil
entreated our fathers, so that they cast out their young children, to the
end they might not live.
20 In which time Moses was born, and was exceeding fair,
and nourished up in his father's house three months:
21 And when he was cast out, Pharaoh's daughter took him
up, and nourished him for her own son.
22 And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the
Egyptians, and was mighty in words and in deeds.
23 And when he was full forty years old, it came into his
heart to visit his brethren the children of Israel.
24 And seeing one of them suffer wrong, he defended him,
and avenged him that was oppressed, and smote the Egyptian:
25 For he supposed his brethren would have understood how
that God by his hand would deliver them: but they understood not.
26 And 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?
27 But he that did his neighbour wrong thrust him away,
saying, Who made thee a ruler and a judge over us?
28 Wilt thou kill me, as thou diddest the Egyptian
29 Then fled Moses at this saying, and was a stranger in
the land of Madian, where he begat two sons.
30 And 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.
31 When 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.
33 Then said the Lord to him, Put off thy shoes from thy
feet: for the place where thou standest is holy ground.
34 I have seen, I have seen the affliction of my people
which is in Egypt, and I have heard their groaning, and am come down to
deliver them. And now come, I will send thee into Egypt.
35 This 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.
36 He 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
37 This 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.
38 This 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:
39 To whom our fathers would not obey, but thrust him from
them, and in their hearts turned back again into Egypt,
40 Saying 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.
41 And they made a calf in those days, and offered
sacrifice unto the idol, and rejoiced in the works of their own
42 Then 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?
43 Yea, 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.
44 Our fathers had the tabernacle of witness in the
wilderness, as he had appointed, speaking unto Moses, that he should make
it according to the fashion that he had seen.
45 Which 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;
46 Who found favour before God, and desired to find a
tabernacle for the God of Jacob.
47 But Solomon built him an house.
48 Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with
hands; as saith the prophet,
49 Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool: what
house will ye build me? saith the Lord: or what is the place of my
50 Hath not my hand made all these things?
51 Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye
do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.
52 Which 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:
53 Who have received the law by the disposition of angels,
and have not kept it.
54 When they heard these things, they were cut to the
heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth.
55 But 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,
56 And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son
of man standing on the right hand of God.
57 Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped
their ears, and ran upon him with one accord,
58 And 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
59 And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying,
Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.
60 And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord,
lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell
1 And 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.
2 And devout men carried Stephen to his burial, and made
great lamentation over him.
3 As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into
every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison.
4 Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every
where preaching the word.
5 Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and
preached Christ unto them.
6 And the people with one accord gave heed unto those
things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he
7 For 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.
8 And there was great joy in that city.
9 But 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:
10 To whom they all gave heed, from the least to the
greatest, saying, This man is the great power of God.
11 And to him they had regard, because that of long time
he had bewitched them with sorceries.
12 But 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.
13 Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was
baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles
and signs which were done.
14 Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard
that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and
15 Who, 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.)
17 Then laid they their hands on them, and they received
the Holy Ghost.
18 And when Simon saw that through laying on of the
apostles' hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money,
19 Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I
lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost.
20 But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee,
because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with
21 Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy
heart is not right in the sight of God.
22 Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God,
if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.
23 For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness,
and in the bond of iniquity.
24 Then answered Simon, and said, Pray ye to the LORD for
me, that none of these things which ye have spoken come upon me.
25 And 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.
26 And 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.
27 And 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
28 Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias
29 Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join
thyself to this chariot.
30 And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the
prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest?
31 And he said, How can I, except some man should guide
me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him.
32 The place of the scripture which he read was this, He
was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his
shearer, so opened he not his mouth:
33 In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who
shall declare his generation? for his life is taken from the earth.
34 And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee,
of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other
35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same
scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.
36 And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain
water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be
37 And 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.
38 And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they
went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized
39 And 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.
40 But Philip was found at Azotus: and passing through he
preached in all the cities, till he came to Caesarea.
1 And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter
against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest,
2 And desired of him letters to Damascus to the
synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or
women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.
3 And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly
there shined round about him a light from heaven:
4 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto
him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?
5 And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am
Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the
6 And 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.
7 And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless,
hearing a voice, but seeing no man.
8 And 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
9 And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat
10 And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named
Ananias; and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said,
Behold, I am here, Lord.
11 And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the
street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for one
called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth,
12 And hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming
in, and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight.
13 Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of
this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem:
14 And here he hath authority from the chief priests to
bind all that call on thy name.
15 But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a
chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and
the children of Israel:
16 For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for
my name's sake.
17 And 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.
18 And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been
scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was
19 And when he had received meat, he was strengthened.
Then was Saul certain days with the disciples which were at
20 And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues,
that he is the Son of God.
21 But 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
22 But Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded
the Jews which dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is very Christ.
23 And after that many days were fulfilled, the Jews took
counsel to kill him:
24 But their laying await was known of Saul. And they
watched the gates day and night to kill him.
25 Then the disciples took him by night, and let him down
by the wall in a basket.
26 And 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.
27 But 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
28 And he was with them coming in and going out at
29 And 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.
31 Then 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.
32 And it came to pass, as Peter passed throughout all
quarters, he came down also to the saints which dwelt at Lydda.
33 And there he found a certain man named Aeneas, which
had kept his bed eight years, and was sick of the palsy.
34 And Peter said unto him, Aeneas, Jesus Christ maketh
thee whole: arise, and make thy bed. And he arose immediately.
35 And all that dwelt at Lydda and Saron saw him, and
turned to the Lord.
36 Now 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.
37 And it came to pass in those days, that she was sick,
and died: whom when they had washed, they laid her in an upper
38 And 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.
39 Then 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.
40 But 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.
41 And he gave her his hand, and lifted her up, and when
he had called the saints and widows, presented her alive.
42 And it was known throughout all Joppa; and many
believed in the Lord.
43 And it came to pass, that he tarried many days in Joppa
with one Simon a tanner.
1 There 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.
3 He saw in a vision evidently about the ninth hour of the
day an angel of God coming in to him, and saying unto him,
4 And 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.
5 And now send men to Joppa, and call for one Simon, whose
surname is Peter:
6 He lodgeth with one Simon a tanner, whose house is by
the sea side: he shall tell thee what thou oughtest to do.
7 And when the angel which spake unto Cornelius was
departed, he called two of his household servants, and a devout soldier of
them that waited on him continually;
8 And when he had declared all these things unto them, he
sent them to Joppa.
9 On the morrow, as they went on their journey, and drew
nigh unto the city, Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about the
10 And he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but
while they made ready, he fell into a trance,
11 And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending
upon him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let
down to the earth:
12 Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the
earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air.
13 And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and
14 But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten
any thing that is common or unclean.
15 And the voice spake unto him again the second time,
What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.
16 This was done thrice: and the vessel was received up
again into heaven.
17 Now while Peter doubted in himself what this vision
which he had seen should mean, behold, the men which were sent from
Cornelius had made enquiry for Simon's house, and stood before the
18 And called, and asked whether Simon, which was surnamed
Peter, were lodged there.
19 While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said unto
him, Behold, three men seek thee.
20 Arise therefore, and get thee down, and go with them,
doubting nothing: for I have sent them.
21 Then Peter went down to the men which were sent unto
him from Cornelius; and said, Behold, I am he whom ye seek: what is the
cause wherefore ye are come?
22 And they said, Cornelius the 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.
23 Then called he them in, and lodged them. And on the
morrow Peter went away with them, and certain brethren from Joppa
24 And the morrow after they entered into Caesarea. And
Cornelius waited for them, and he had called together his kinsmen and near
25 And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell
down at his feet, and worshipped him.
26 But Peter took him up, saying, Stand up; I myself also
am a man.
27 And as he talked with him, he went in, and found many
that were come together.
28 And 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.
29 Therefore came I unto you without gainsaying, as soon
as I was sent for: I ask therefore for what intent ye have sent for
30 And 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,
31 And said, Cornelius, thy prayer is heard, and thine
alms are had in remembrance in the sight of God.
32 Send therefore to Joppa, and call 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.
33 Immediately 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.
34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I
perceive that God is no respecter of persons:
35 But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh
righteousness, is accepted with him.
36 The word which God sent unto the children of Israel,
preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:)
37 That word, I say, ye know, which was published
throughout all Judaea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which
38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost
and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were
oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.
39 And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in
the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a
40 Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him
41 Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before
God, even to us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the
42 And 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
43 To him give all the prophets witness, that through his
name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.
44 While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell
on all them which heard the word.
45 And they of the circumcision which believed were
astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also
was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.
46 For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify
God. Then answered Peter,
47 Can any man forbid water, that these should not be
baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?
48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the
Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.
1 And the apostles and brethren that were in Judaea heard
that the Gentiles had also received the word of God.
2 And when Peter was come up to Jerusalem, they that were
of the circumcision contended with him,
3 Saying, Thou wentest in to men uncircumcised, and didst
eat with them.
4 But Peter rehearsed the matter from the beginning, and
expounded it by order unto them, saying,
5 I 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:
6 Upon 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.
7 And I heard a voice saying unto me, Arise, Peter; slay
8 But I said, Not so, Lord: for nothing common or unclean
hath at any time entered into my mouth.
9 But the voice answered me again from heaven, What God
hath cleansed, that call not thou common.
10 And this was done three times: and all were drawn up
again into heaven.
11 And, behold, immediately there were three men already
come unto the house where I was, sent from Caesarea unto me.
12 And the Spirit bade me go with them, nothing doubting.
Moreover these six brethren accompanied me, and we entered into the man's
13 And 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;
14 Who shall tell thee words, whereby thou and all thy
house shall be saved.
15 And as I began to speak, the Holy Ghost fell on them,
as on us at the beginning.
16 Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how that he
said, John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the
17 Forasmuch 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
18 When they heard these things, they held their peace,
and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted
repentance unto life.
19 Now 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
20 And some of them were men of Cyprus and Cyrene, which,
when they were come to Antioch, spake unto the Grecians, preaching the
21 And the hand of the Lord was with them: and a great
number believed, and turned unto the Lord.
22 Then 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.
23 Who, 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.
24 For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and
of faith: and much people was added unto the Lord.
25 Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus, for to seek
26 And 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.
27 And in these days came prophets from Jerusalem unto
28 And 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.
29 Then the disciples, every man according to his ability,
determined to send relief unto the brethren which dwelt in Judaea:
30 Which also they did, and sent it to the elders by the
hands of Barnabas and Saul.
1 Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his
hands to vex certain of the church.
2 And he killed James the brother of John with the
3 And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded
further to take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened
4 And 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.
5 Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made
without ceasing of the church unto God for him.
6 And 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.
7 And, 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
8 And 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.
9 And 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.
10 When 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.
11 And 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
12 And 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.
13 And as Peter knocked at the door of the gate, a damsel
came to hearken, named Rhoda.
14 And when she knew Peter's voice, she opened not the
gate for gladness, but ran in, and told how Peter stood before the
15 And they said unto her, Thou art mad. But she
constantly affirmed that it was even so. Then said they, It is his
16 But Peter continued knocking: and when they had opened
the door, and saw him, they were astonished.
17 But 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.
18 Now as soon as it was day, there was no small stir
among the soldiers, what was become of Peter.
19 And when Herod had sought for him, and found him not,
he examined the keepers, and commanded that they should be put to death.
And he went down from Judaea to Caesarea, and there abode.
20 And 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.
21 And upon a set day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat
upon his throne, and made an oration unto them.
22 And the people gave a shout, saying, It is the voice of
a god, and not of a man.
23 And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him,
because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up
24 But the word of God grew and multiplied.
25 And Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerusalem, when
they had fulfilled their ministry, and took with them John, whose surname
1 Now 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.
2 As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy
Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have
3 And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their
hands on them, they sent them away.
4 So they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed
unto Seleucia; and from thence they sailed to Cyprus.
5 And when they were at Salamis, they preached the word of
God in the synagogues of the Jews: and they had also John to their
6 And when they had gone through the isle unto Paphos,
they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was
7 Which 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.
8 But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by
interpretation) withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the
9 Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the
Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him.
10 And 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?
11 And 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.
12 Then the deputy, when he saw what was done, believed,
being astonished at the doctrine of the Lord.
13 Now when Paul and his company loosed from Paphos, they
came to Perga in Pamphylia: and John departing from them returned to
14 But when they departed from Perga, they came to Antioch
in Pisidia, and went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and sat
15 And 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.
16 Then Paul stood up, and beckoning with his hand said,
Men of Israel, and ye that fear God, give audience.
17 The 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.
18 And about the time of forty years suffered he their
manners in the wilderness.
19 And when he had destroyed seven nations in the land of
Chanaan, he divided their land to them by lot.
20 And after that he gave unto them judges about the space
of four hundred and fifty years, until Samuel the prophet.
21 And 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
22 And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them
David to be their king; to whom also he gave their testimony, and said, I
have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall
fulfil all my will.
23 Of this man's seed hath God according to his promise
raised unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus:
24 When John had first preached before his coming the
baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel.
25 And 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.
26 Men and brethren, children of the stock of Abraham, and
whosoever among you feareth God, to you is the word of this salvation
27 For 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.
28 And though they found no cause of death in him, yet
desired they Pilate that he should be slain.
29 And when they had fulfilled all that was written of
him, they took him down from the tree, and laid him in a sepulchre.
30 But God raised him from the dead:
31 And he was seen many days of them which came up with
him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are his witnesses unto the
32 And we declare unto you glad tidings, how that the
promise which was made unto the fathers,
33 God 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.
34 And 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.
35 Wherefore he saith also in another psalm, Thou shalt
not suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.
36 For David, after he had served his own generation by
the will of God, fell on sleep, and was laid unto his fathers, and saw
37 But he, whom God raised again, saw no
38 Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that
through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins:
39 And by him all that believe are justified from all
things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.
40 Beware therefore, lest that come upon you, which is
spoken of in the prophets;
41 Behold, 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.
42 And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the
Gentiles besought that these words might be preached to them the next
43 Now 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.
44 And the next sabbath day came almost the whole city
together to hear the word of God.
45 But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled
with envy, and spake against those things which were spoken by Paul,
contradicting and blaspheming.
46 Then 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 Gentiles.
47 For 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.
48 And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and
glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal
49 And the word of the Lord was published throughout all
50 But 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.
51 But they shook off the dust of their feet against them,
and came unto Iconium.
52 And the disciples were filled with joy, and with the
1 And it came to pass in Iconium, that they went both
together into the synagogue of the Jews, and so spake, that a great
multitude both of the Jews and also of the Greeks believed.
2 But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles, and
made their minds evil affected against the brethren.
3 Long 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.
4 But the multitude of the city was divided: and part held
with the Jews, and part with the apostles.
5 And when there was an assault made both of the Gentiles,
and also of the Jews with their rulers, to use them despitefully, and to
6 They were ware of it, and fled unto Lystra and Derbe,
cities of Lycaonia, and unto the region that lieth round about:
7 And there they preached the gospel.
8 And there sat a certain man at Lystra, impotent in his
feet, being a cripple from his mother's womb, who never had walked:
9 The same heard Paul speak: who stedfastly beholding him,
and perceiving that he had faith to be healed,
10 Said with a loud voice, Stand upright on thy feet. And
he leaped and walked.
11 And 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.
12 And they called Barnabas, Jupiter; and Paul, Mercurius,
because he was the chief speaker.
13 Then 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,
15 And 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:
16 Who in times past suffered all nations to walk in their
17 Nevertheless he left not himself without witness, in
that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons,
filling our hearts with food and gladness.
18 And with these sayings scarce restrained they the
people, that they had not done sacrifice unto them.
19 And 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.
20 Howbeit, 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.
21 And when they had preached the gospel to that city, and
had taught many, they returned again to Lystra, and to Iconium, and
22 Confirming 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.
23 And when they had ordained them elders in every church,
and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they
24 And after they had passed throughout Pisidia, they came
25 And when they had preached the word in Perga, they went
down into Attalia:
26 And thence sailed to Antioch, from whence they had been
recommended to the grace of God for the work which they fulfilled.
27 And 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.
28 And there they abode long time with the disciples.
1 And 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.
2 When therefore Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension
and disputation with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas, and
certain other of them, should go up to Jerusalem unto the apostles and
elders about this question.
3 And 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.
4 And 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.
5 But 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.
6 And the apostles and elders came together for to
consider of this matter.
7 And 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.
8 And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness,
giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us;
9 And put no difference between us and them, purifying
their hearts by faith.
10 Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the
neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to
11 But we believe that through the grace of the LORD Jesus
Christ we shall be saved, even as they.
12 Then 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.
13 And after they had held their peace, James answered,
saying, Men and brethren, hearken unto me:
14 Simeon hath declared how God at the first did visit the
Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name.
15 And to this agree the words of the prophets; as it is
16 After 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:
17 That 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.
18 Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of
19 Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble not them,
which from among the Gentiles are turned to God:
20 But that we write unto them, that they abstain from
pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and
21 For Moses of old time hath in every city them that
preach him, being read in the synagogues every sabbath day.
22 Then pleased it the apostles and elders with the whole
church, to send chosen men of their own company to Antioch with Paul and
Barnabas; namely, Judas surnamed Barsabas and Silas, chief men among the
23 And 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.
24 Forasmuch 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
25 It seemed good unto us, being assembled with one
accord, to send chosen men unto you with our beloved Barnabas and
26 Men that have hazarded their lives for the name of our
Lord Jesus Christ.
27 We have sent therefore Judas and Silas, who shall also
tell you the same things by mouth.
28 For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay
upon you no greater burden than these necessary things;
29 That 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.
30 So when they were dismissed, they came to Antioch: and
when they had gathered the multitude together, they delivered the
31 Which when they had read, they rejoiced for the
32 And Judas and Silas, being prophets also themselves,
exhorted the brethren with many words, and confirmed them.
33 And after they had tarried there a space, they were let
go in peace from the brethren unto the apostles.
34 Notwithstanding it pleased Silas to abide there
35 Paul also and Barnabas continued in Antioch, teaching
and preaching the word of the Lord, with many others also.
36 And 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.
37 And Barnabas determined to take with them John, whose
surname was Mark.
38 But Paul thought not good to take him with them, who
departed from them from Pamphylia, and went not with them to the
39 And the contention was so sharp between them, that they
departed asunder one from the other: and so Barnabas took Mark, and sailed
40 And Paul chose Silas, and departed, being recommended
by the brethren unto the grace of God.
41 And he went through Syria and Cilicia, confirming the
1 Then 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:
2 Which was well reported of by the brethren that were at
Lystra and Iconium.
3 Him 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.
4 And 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.
5 And so were the churches established in the faith, and
increased in number daily.
6 Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region
of Galatia, and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in
7 After they were come to Mysia, they assayed to go into
Bithynia: but the Spirit suffered them not.
8 And they passing by Mysia came down to Troas.
9 And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; There stood
a man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, Come over into Macedonia, and
10 And 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.
11 Therefore loosing from Troas, we came with a straight
course to Samothracia, and the next day to Neapolis;
12 And from thence to Philippi, which is the chief city of
that part of Macedonia, and a colony: and we were in that city abiding
13 And 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.
14 And 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
15 And when she was baptized, and her household, she
besought us, saying, If ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come
into my house, and abide there. And she constrained us.
16 And 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:
17 The 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
18 And 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.
19 And 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,
20 And brought them to the magistrates, saying, These men,
being Jews, do exceedingly trouble our city,
21 And teach customs, which are not lawful for us to
receive, neither to observe, being Romans.
22 And the multitude rose up together against them: and
the magistrates rent off their clothes, and commanded to beat them.
23 And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they
cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely:
24 Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into
the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks.
25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises
unto God: and the prisoners heard them.
26 And 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.
27 And 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.
28 But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no
harm: for we are all here.
29 Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came
trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas,
30 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to
31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and
thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
32 And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to
all that were in his house.
33 And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed
their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway.
34 And when he had brought them into his house, he set
meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his
35 And when it was day, the magistrates sent the
serjeants, saying, Let those men go.
36 And the keeper of the prison told this saying to Paul,
The magistrates have sent to let you go: now therefore depart, and go in
37 But 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
38 And the serjeants told these words unto the
magistrates: and they feared, when they heard that they were
39 And they came and besought them, and brought them out,
and desired them to depart out of the city.
40 And they went out of the prison, and entered into the
house of Lydia: and when they had seen the brethren, they comforted them,
1 Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and
Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where was a synagogue of the
2 And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and
three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures,
3 Opening 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.
4 And 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.
5 But 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.
6 And 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;
7 Whom Jason hath received: and these all do contrary to
the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, one
8 And they troubled the people and the rulers of the city,
when they heard these things.
9 And when they had taken security of Jason, and of the
other, they let them go.
10 And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas
by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the
11 These 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.
12 Therefore many of them believed; also of honourable
women which were Greeks, and of men, not a few.
13 But 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.
14 And then immediately the brethren sent away Paul to go
as it were to the sea: but Silas and Timotheus abode there still.
15 And they that conducted Paul brought him unto Athens:
and receiving a commandment unto Silas and Timotheus for to come to him
with all speed, they departed.
16 Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit
was stirred in him, when he saw the city wholly given to idolatry.
17 Therefore disputed he in the synagogue with the Jews,
and with the devout persons, and in the market daily with them that met
18 Then 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.
19 And they took him, and brought him unto Areopagus,
saying, May we know what this new doctrine, whereof thou speakest,
20 For 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
22 Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars' hill, and said,
Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too
23 For 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.
24 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing
that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with
25 Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he
needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all
26 And 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;
27 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might
feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of
28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as
certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his
29 Forasmuch 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.
30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now
commandeth all men every where to repent:
31 Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will
judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained;
whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him
from the dead.
32 And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead,
some mocked: and others said, We will hear thee again of this
33 So Paul departed from among them.
34 Howbeit certain men clave unto him, and believed: among
the which was Dionysius the Areopagite, and a woman named Damaris, and
others with them.
1 After these things Paul departed from Athens, and came
2 And 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.
3 And because he was of the same craft, he abode with
them, and wrought: for by their occupation they were tentmakers.
4 And he reasoned in the synagogue every sabbath, and
persuaded the Jews and the Greeks.
5 And when Silas and Timotheus were come from Macedonia,
Paul was pressed in the spirit, and testified to the Jews that Jesus was
6 And 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.
7 And he departed thence, and entered into a certain man's
house, named Justus, one that worshipped God, whose house joined hard to
8 And 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.
9 Then spake the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision, Be
not afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace:
10 For I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to
hurt thee: for I have much people in this city.
11 And he continued there a year and six months, teaching
the word of God among them.
12 And when Gallio was the deputy of Achaia, the Jews made
insurrection with one accord against Paul, and brought him to the judgment
13 Saying, This fellow persuadeth men to worship God
contrary to the law.
14 And when Paul was now about to open his mouth, Gallio
said unto the Jews, If it were a matter of wrong or wicked lewdness, O ye
Jews, reason would that I should bear with you:
15 But 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.
16 And he drave them from the judgment seat.
17 Then 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.
18 And Paul after this tarried there yet a good while, and
then took his leave of the brethren, and sailed thence into Syria, and
with him Priscilla and Aquila; having shorn his head in Cenchrea: for he
had a vow.
19 And he came to Ephesus, and left them there: but he
himself entered into the synagogue, and reasoned with the Jews.
20 When they desired him to tarry longer time with them,
he consented not;
21 But 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.
22 And when he had landed at Caesarea, and gone up, and
saluted the church, he went down to Antioch.
23 And 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.
24 And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an
eloquent man, and mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus.
25 This 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.
26 And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom
when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and
expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly.
27 And when he was 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:
28 For he mightily convinced the Jews, and that publickly,
shewing by the scriptures that Jesus was Christ.
1 And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth,
Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding
2 He 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.
3 And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized?
And they said, Unto John's baptism.
4 Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of
repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which
should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.
5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of
the Lord Jesus.
6 And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy
Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.
7 And all the men were about twelve.
8 And he went into the synagogue, and spake boldly for the
space of three months, disputing and persuading the things concerning the
kingdom of God.
9 But 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
10 And 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
11 And God wrought special miracles by the hands of
12 So 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.
13 Then 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.
14 And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and
chief of the priests, which did so.
15 And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know,
and Paul I know; but who are ye?
16 And 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.
17 And 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.
18 And many that believed came, and confessed, and shewed
19 Many 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.
20 So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.
21 After 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.
22 So he sent into Macedonia two of them that ministered
unto him, Timotheus and Erastus; but he himself stayed in Asia for a
23 And the same time there arose no small stir about that
24 For a certain man named Demetrius, a silversmith, which
made silver shrines for Diana, brought no small gain unto the
25 Whom he called together with the workmen of like
occupation, and said, Sirs, ye know that by this craft we have our
26 Moreover ye see and hear, that not alone at Ephesus,
but almost throughout all Asia, this Paul hath persuaded and turned away
much people, saying that they be no gods, which are made with
27 So 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
28 And when they heard these sayings, they were full of
wrath, and cried out, saying, Great is Diana of the Ephesians.
29 And 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.
30 And when Paul would have entered in unto the people,
the disciples suffered him not.
31 And certain of the chief of Asia, which were his
friends, sent unto him, desiring him that he would not adventure himself
into the theatre.
32 Some therefore cried one thing, and some another: for
the assembly was confused: and the more part knew not wherefore they were
33 And 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.
34 But 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
35 And 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?
36 Seeing then that these things cannot be spoken against,
ye ought to be quiet, and to do nothing rashly.
37 For ye have brought hither these men, which are neither
robbers of churches, nor yet blasphemers of your goddess.
38 Wherefore if Demetrius, and the craftsmen which are
with him, have a matter against any man, the law is open, and there are
deputies: let them implead one another.
39 But if ye enquire any thing concerning other matters,
it shall be determined in a lawful assembly.
40 For 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
41 And when he had thus spoken, he dismissed the
1 And after the uproar was ceased, Paul called unto him
the disciples, and embraced them, and departed for to go into
2 And when he had gone over those parts, and had given
them much exhortation, he came into Greece,
3 And there abode three months. And when the Jews laid
wait for him, as he was about to sail into Syria, he purposed to return
4 And there accompanied him into Asia Sopater of Berea;
and of the Thessalonians, Aristarchus and Secundus; and Gaius of Derbe,
and Timotheus; and of Asia, Tychicus and Trophimus.
5 These going before tarried for us at Troas.
6 And we sailed away from Philippi after the days of
unleavened bread, and came unto them to Troas in five days; where we abode
7 And 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.
8 And there were many lights in the upper chamber, where
they were gathered together.
9 And 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
10 And Paul went down, and fell on him, and embracing him
said, Trouble not yourselves; for his life is in him.
11 When he therefore was come up again, and had broken
bread, and eaten, and talked a long while, even till break of day, so he
12 And they brought the young man alive, and were not a
13 And 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.
14 And when he met with us at Assos, we took him in, and
came to Mitylene.
15 And we sailed thence, and came the next day over
against Chios; and the next day we arrived at Samos, and tarried at
Trogyllium; and the next day we came to Miletus.
16 For 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.
17 And from Miletus he sent to Ephesus, and called the
elders of the church.
18 And when they were come to him, he said unto them, Ye
know, from the first day that I came into Asia, after what manner I have
been with you at all seasons,
19 Serving the LORD with all humility of mind, and with
many tears, and temptations, which befell me by the lying in wait of the
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
21 Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks,
repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.
22 And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto
Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there:
23 Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city,
saying that bonds and afflictions abide me.
24 But 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.
25 And now, behold, I know that ye all, among whom I have
gone preaching the kingdom of God, shall see my face no more.
26 Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure
from the blood of all men.
27 For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the
counsel of God.
28 Take 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.
29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous
wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.
30 Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking
perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.
31 Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of
three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with
32 And 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.
33 I have coveted no man's silver, or gold, or
34 Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have
ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me.
35 I 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.
36 And when he had thus spoken, he kneeled down, and
prayed with them all.
37 And they all wept sore, and fell on Paul's neck, and
38 Sorrowing most of all for the words which he spake,
that they should see his face no more. And they accompanied him unto the
1 And 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:
2 And finding a ship sailing over unto Phenicia, we went
aboard, and set forth.
3 Now 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.
4 And finding disciples, we tarried there seven days: who
said to Paul through the Spirit, that he should not go up to
5 And 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
6 And when we had taken our leave one of another, we took
ship; and they returned home again.
7 And when we had finished our course from Tyre, we came
to Ptolemais, and saluted the brethren, and abode with them one
8 And 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.
9 And the same man had four daughters, virgins, which did
10 And as we tarried there many days, there came down from
Judaea a certain prophet, named Agabus.
11 And when he was come unto us, he took Paul's girdle,
and bound his own hands and feet, and said, Thus saith the Holy Ghost, So
shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man that owneth this girdle, and
shall deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.
12 And when we heard these things, both we, and they of
that place, besought him not to go up to Jerusalem.
13 Then 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.
14 And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying,
The will of the Lord be done.
15 And after those days we took up our carriages, and went
up to Jerusalem.
16 There 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.
17 And when we were come to Jerusalem, the brethren
received us gladly.
18 And the day following Paul went in with us unto James;
and all the elders were present.
19 And when he had saluted them, he declared particularly
what things God had wrought among the Gentiles by his ministry.
20 And 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:
21 And 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
22 What is it therefore? the multitude must needs come
together: for they will hear that thou art come.
23 Do therefore this that we say to thee: We have four men
which have a vow on them;
24 Them 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.
25 As 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.
26 Then 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.
27 And 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,
28 Crying 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
30 And 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.
31 And as they went about to kill him, tidings came unto
the chief captain of the band, that all Jerusalem was in an uproar.
32 Who immediately took soldiers and centurions, and ran
down unto them: and when they saw the chief captain and the soldiers, they
left beating of Paul.
33 Then the chief captain came near, and took him, and
commanded him to be bound with two chains; and demanded who he was, and
what he had done.
34 And 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.
35 And when he came upon the stairs, so it was, that he
was borne of the soldiers for the violence of the people.
36 For the multitude of the people followed after, crying,
Away with him.
37 And 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
38 Art not thou that Egyptian, which before these days
madest an uproar, and leddest out into the wilderness four thousand men
that were murderers?
39 But 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.
40 And 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,
1 Men, 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,)
3 I 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.
4 And I persecuted this way unto the death, binding and
delivering into prisons both men and women.
5 As 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.
6 And 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.
7 And I fell unto the ground, and heard a voice saying
unto me, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?
8 And I answered, Who art thou, Lord? And he said unto me,
I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom thou persecutest.
9 And they that were with me saw indeed the light, and
were afraid; but they heard not the voice of him that spake to me.
10 And I said, What shall I do, LORD? And the Lord said
unto me, Arise, and go into Damascus; and there it shall be told thee of
all things which are appointed for thee to do.
11 And 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
12 And one Ananias, a devout man according to the law,
having a good report of all the Jews which dwelt there,
13 Came unto me, and stood, and said unto me, Brother
Saul, receive thy sight. And the same hour I looked up upon him.
14 And 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.
15 For thou shalt be his witness unto all men of what thou
hast seen and heard.
16 And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and
wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.
17 And it came to pass, that, when I was come again to
Jerusalem, even while I prayed in the temple, I was in a trance;
18 And saw him saying unto me, Make haste, and get thee
quickly out of Jerusalem: for they will not receive thy testimony
19 And I said, Lord, they know that I imprisoned and beat
in every synagogue them that believed on thee:
20 And 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.
21 And he said unto me, Depart: for I will send thee far
hence unto the Gentiles.
22 And 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.
23 And as they cried out, and cast off their clothes, and
threw dust into the air,
24 The 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.
25 And 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?
26 When the centurion heard that, he went and told the
chief captain, saying, Take heed what thou doest: for this man is a
27 Then the chief captain came, and said unto him, Tell
me, art thou a Roman? He said, Yea.
28 And the chief captain answered, With a great sum
obtained I this freedom. And Paul said, But I was free born.
29 Then straightway they departed from him which should
have examined him: and the chief captain also was afraid, after he knew
that he was a Roman, and because he had bound him.
30 On 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.
1 And Paul, earnestly beholding the council, said, Men and
brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this
2 And the high priest Ananias commanded them that stood by
him to smite him on the mouth.
3 Then 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?
4 And they that stood by said, Revilest thou God's high
5 Then 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
6 But 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.
7 And when he had so said, there arose a dissension
between the Pharisees and the Sadducees: and the multitude was
8 For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection,
neither angel, nor spirit: but the Pharisees confess both.
9 And 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
10 And 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.
11 And 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.
12 And 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.
13 And they were more than forty which had made this
14 And 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.
15 Now therefore ye with the council signify to the chief
captain that he bring him down unto you to morrow, as though ye would
enquire something more perfectly concerning him: and we, or ever he come
near, are ready to kill him.
16 And when Paul's sister's son heard of their lying in
wait, he went and entered into the castle, and told Paul.
17 Then 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.
18 So he took him, and brought him to the chief captain,
and said, Paul the prisoner called me unto him, and prayed me to bring
this young man unto thee, who hath something to say unto thee.
19 Then the chief captain took him by the hand, and went
with him aside privately, and asked him, What is that thou hast to tell
20 And he said, The Jews have agreed to desire thee that
thou wouldest bring down Paul to morrow into the council, as though they
would enquire somewhat of him more perfectly.
21 But 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.
22 So the chief captain then let the young man depart, and
charged him, See thou tell no man that thou hast shewed these things to
23 And 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;
24 And provide them beasts, that they may set Paul on, and
bring him safe unto Felix the governor.
25 And he wrote a letter after this manner:
26 Claudius Lysias unto the most excellent governor Felix
27 This 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.
28 And when I would have known the cause wherefore they
accused him, I brought him forth into their council:
29 Whom I perceived to be accused of questions of their
law, but to have nothing laid to his charge worthy of death or of
30 And 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.
31 Then the soldiers, as it was commanded them, took Paul,
and brought him by night to Antipatris.
32 On the morrow they left the horsemen to go with him,
and returned to the castle:
33 Who, when they came to Caesarea and delivered the
epistle to the governor, presented Paul also before him.
34 And when the governor had read the letter, he asked of
what province he was. And when he understood that he was of
35 I will hear thee, said he, when thine accusers are also
come. And he commanded him to be kept in Herod's judgment hall.
1 And after five days Ananias the high priest descended
with the elders, and with a certain orator named Tertullus, who informed
the governor against Paul.
2 And when he was called forth, Tertullus began to accuse
him, saying, Seeing that by thee we enjoy great quietness, and that very
worthy deeds are done unto this nation by thy providence,
3 We accept it always, and in all places, most noble
Felix, with all thankfulness.
4 Notwithstanding, that I be not further tedious unto
thee, I pray thee that thou wouldest hear us of thy clemency a few
5 For 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:
6 Who also hath gone about to profane the temple: whom we
took, and would have judged according to our law.
7 But the chief captain Lysias came upon us, and with
great violence took him away out of our hands,
8 Commanding his accusers to come unto thee: by examining
of whom thyself mayest take knowledge of all these things, whereof we
9 And the Jews also assented, saying that these things
10 Then 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
11 Because that thou mayest understand, that there are yet
but twelve days since I went up to Jerusalem for to worship.
12 And they neither found me in the temple disputing with
any man, neither raising up the people, neither in the synagogues, nor in
13 Neither can they prove the things whereof they now
14 But this I confess unto thee, that after the way which
they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things
which are written in the law and in the prophets:
15 And have hope toward God, which they themselves also
allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just
16 And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a
conscience void to offence toward God, and toward men.
17 Now after many years I came to bring alms to my nation,
18 Whereupon certain Jews from Asia found me purified in
the temple, neither with multitude, nor with tumult.
19 Who ought to have been here before thee, and object, if
they had ought against me.
20 Or else let these same here say, if they have found any
evil doing in me, while I stood before the council,
21 Except 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.
22 And 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.
23 And 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.
24 And 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.
25 And 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.
26 He hoped also that money should have been given him of
Paul, that he might loose him: wherefore he sent for him the oftener, and
communed with him.
27 But after two years Porcius Festus came into Felix'
room: and Felix, willing to shew the Jews a pleasure, left Paul
1 Now when Festus was come into the province, after three
days he ascended from Caesarea to Jerusalem.
2 Then the high priest and the chief of the Jews informed
him against Paul, and besought him,
3 And desired favour against him, that he would send for
him to Jerusalem, laying wait in the way to kill him.
4 But Festus answered, that Paul should be kept at
Caesarea, and that he himself would depart shortly thither.
5 Let them therefore, said he, which among you are able,
go down with me, and accuse this man, if there be any wickedness in
6 And 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.
7 And 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.
8 While 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.
9 But 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?
10 Then 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
11 For 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
12 Then Festus, when he had conferred with the council,
answered, Hast thou appealed unto Caesar? unto Caesar shalt thou
13 And after certain days king Agrippa and Bernice came
unto Caesarea to salute Festus.
14 And when they had been there many days, Festus declared
Paul's cause unto the king, saying, There is a certain man left in bonds
15 About whom, when I was at Jerusalem, the chief priests
and the elders of the Jews informed me, desiring to have judgment against
16 To 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.
17 Therefore, 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.
18 Against whom when the accusers stood up, they brought
none accusation of such things as I supposed:
19 But had certain questions against him of their own
superstition, and of one Jesus, which was dead, whom Paul affirmed to be
20 And because I doubted of such manner of questions, I
asked him whether he would go to Jerusalem, and there be judged of these
21 But when Paul had appealed to be reserved unto the
hearing of Augustus, I commanded him to be kept till I might send him to
22 Then Agrippa said unto Festus, I would also hear the
man myself. To morrow, said he, thou shalt hear him.
23 And 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
24 And 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.
25 But 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.
26 Of 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
27 For it seemeth to me unreasonable to send a prisoner,
and not withal to signify the crimes laid against him.
1 Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Thou art permitted to speak
for thyself. Then Paul stretched forth the hand, and answered for
2 I 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:
3 Especially because I know thee to be expert in all
customs and questions which are among the Jews: wherefore I beseech thee
to hear me patiently.
4 My manner of life from my youth, which was at the first
among mine own nation at Jerusalem, know all the Jews;
5 Which knew me from the beginning, if they would testify,
that after the most straitest sect of our religion I lived a
6 And now I stand and am judged for the hope of the
promise made of God, unto our fathers:
7 Unto 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.
8 Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you,
that God should raise the dead?
9 I verily thought with myself, that I ought to do many
things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth.
10 Which 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
11 And I punished them oft in every synagogue, and
compelled them to blaspheme; and being exceedingly mad against them, I
persecuted them even unto strange cities.
12 Whereupon as I went to Damascus with authority and
commission from the chief priests,
13 At 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.
14 And 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
15 And I said, Who art thou, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus
whom thou persecutest.
16 But 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;
17 Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles,
unto whom now I send thee,
18 To 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.
19 Whereupon, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto
the heavenly vision:
20 But 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
21 For these causes the Jews caught me in the temple, and
went about to kill me.
22 Having 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:
23 That 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.
24 And as he thus spake for himself, Festus said with a
loud voice, Paul, thou art beside thyself; much learning doth make thee
25 But he said, I am not mad, most noble Festus; but speak
forth the words of truth and soberness.
26 For 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.
27 King Agrippa, believest thou the prophets? I know that
28 Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me
to be a Christian.
29 And 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.
30 And when he had thus spoken, the king rose up, and the
governor, and Bernice, and they that sat with them:
31 And when they were gone aside, they talked between
themselves, saying, This man doeth nothing worthy of death or of
32 Then said Agrippa unto Festus, This man might have been
set at liberty, if he had not appealed unto Caesar.
1 And 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.
2 And 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.
3 And the next day we touched at Sidon. And Julius
courteously entreated Paul, and gave him liberty to go unto his friends to
4 And when we had launched from thence, we sailed under
Cyprus, because the winds were contrary.
5 And when we had sailed over the sea of Cilicia and
Pamphylia, we came to Myra, a city of Lycia.
6 And there the centurion found a ship of Alexandria
sailing into Italy; and he put us therein.
7 And 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;
8 And, hardly passing it, came unto a place which is
called The fair havens; nigh whereunto was the city of Lasea.
9 Now when much time was spent, and when sailing was now
dangerous, because the fast was now already past, Paul admonished
10 And 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.
11 Nevertheless the centurion believed the master and the
owner of the ship, more than those things which were spoken by
12 And 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.
13 And when the south wind blew softly, supposing that
they had obtained their purpose, loosing thence, they sailed close by
14 But not long after there arose against it a tempestuous
wind, called Euroclydon.
15 And when the ship was caught, and could not bear up
into the wind, we let her drive.
16 And running under a certain island which is called
Clauda, we had much work to come by the boat:
17 Which 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.
18 And we being exceedingly tossed with a tempest, the
next day they lightened the ship;
19 And the third day we cast out with our own hands the
tackling of the ship.
20 And 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
21 But 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.
22 And 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.
23 For there stood by me this night the angel of God,
whose I am, and whom I serve,
24 Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before
Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee.
25 Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God,
that it shall be even as it was told me.
26 Howbeit we must be cast upon a certain island.
27 But 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;
28 And sounded, and found it twenty fathoms: and when they
had gone a little further, they sounded again, and found it fifteen
29 Then fearing lest we should have fallen upon rocks,
they cast four anchors out of the stern, and wished for the day.
30 And 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,
31 Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers, Except
these abide in the ship, ye cannot be saved.
32 Then the soldiers cut off the ropes of the boat, and
let her fall off.
33 And 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.
34 Wherefore 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
35 And when he had thus spoken, he took bread, and gave
thanks to God in presence of them all: and when he had broken it, he began
36 Then were they all of good cheer, and they also took
37 And we were in all in the ship two hundred threescore
and sixteen souls.
38 And when they had eaten enough, they lightened the
ship, and cast out the wheat into the sea.
39 And when it was day, they knew not the 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.
40 And 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.
41 And 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.
42 And the soldiers' counsel was to kill the prisoners,
lest any of them should swim out, and escape.
43 But 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:
44 And 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
1 And when they were escaped, then they knew that the
island was called Melita.
2 And 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.
3 And 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
4 And 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
5 And he shook off the beast into the fire, and felt no
6 Howbeit 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
7 In 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.
8 And 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.
9 So when this was done, others also, which had diseases
in the island, came, and were healed:
10 Who also honoured us with many honours; and when we
departed, they laded us with such things as were necessary.
11 And after three months we departed in a ship of
Alexandria, which had wintered in the isle, whose sign was Castor and
12 And landing at Syracuse, we tarried there three
13 And from thence we fetched a compass, and came to
Rhegium: and after one day the south wind blew, and we came the next day
14 Where we found brethren, and were desired to tarry with
them seven days: and so we went toward Rome.
15 And from thence, when the brethren heard of us, they
came to meet us as far as Appii forum, and The three taverns: whom when
Paul saw, he thanked God, and took courage.
16 And 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.
17 And 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.
18 Who, when they had examined me, would have let me go,
because there was no cause of death in me.
19 But when the Jews spake against it, I was constrained
to appeal unto Caesar; not that I had ought to accuse my nation of.
20 For 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.
21 And 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.
22 But we desire to hear of thee what thou thinkest: for
as concerning this sect, we know that every where it is spoken
23 And 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.
24 And some believed the things which were spoken, and
some believed not.
25 And 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,
26 Saying, Go unto this people, and say, Hearing ye shall
hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and not
27 For 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.
28 Be it known therefore unto you, that the salvation of
God is sent unto the Gentiles, and that they will hear it.
29 And when he had said these words, the Jews departed,
and had great reasoning among themselves.
30 And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house,
and received all that came in unto him,
31 Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things
which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man