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Book 44 Acts 001:001 The first book I wrote, Theophilus, concerned all that Jesus began both to do and to teach, 001:002 until the day in which he was received up, after he had given commandment through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. 001:003 To these he also showed himself alive after he suffered, by many proofs, appearing to them over a period of forty days, and speaking about God's Kingdom. 001:004 Being assembled together with them, he charged them, "Don't depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which you heard from me. 001:005 For John indeed baptized in water, but you will be baptized in the Holy Spirit not many days from now." 001:006 Therefore, when they had come together, they asked him, "Lord, are you now restoring the kingdom to Israel?" 001:007 He said to them, "It isn't for you to know times or seasons which the Father has set within his own authority. 001:008 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you. You will be witnesses to me in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the uttermost parts of the earth." 001:009 When he had said these things, as they were looking, he was taken up, and a cloud received him out of their sight. 001:010 While they were looking steadfastly into the sky as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white clothing, 001:011 who also said, "You men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? This Jesus, who was received up from you into the sky will come back in the same way as you saw him going into the sky." 001:012 Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mountain called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day's journey away. 001:013 When they had come in, they went up into the upper room, where they were staying; that is Peter, John, James, Andrew, Philip, Thomas, Bartholomew, Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, Simon the Zealot, and Judas the son of James. 001:014 All these with one accord continued steadfastly in prayer and supplication, along with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers. 001:015 In these days, Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples (and the number of names was about one hundred twenty), and said, 001:016 "Brothers, it was necessary that this Scripture should be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke before by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who was guide to those who took Jesus. 001:017 For he was numbered with us, and received his portion in this ministry. 001:018 Now this man obtained a field with the reward for his wickedness, and falling headlong, his body burst open, and all his intestines gushed out. 001:019 It became known to everyone who lived in Jerusalem that in their language that field was called 'Akeldama,' that is, 'The field of blood.' 001:020 For it is written in the book of Psalms, 'Let his habitation be made desolate. Let no one dwell therein;'{Psalm 69:25} and, 'Let another take his office.'{Psalm 109:8} 001:021 "Of the men therefore who have accompanied us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, 001:022 beginning from the baptism of John, to the day that he was received up from us, of these one must become a witness with us of his resurrection." 001:023 They put forward two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. 001:024 They prayed, and said, "You, Lord, who know the hearts of all men, show which one of these two you have chosen 001:025 to take part in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas fell away, that he might go to his own place." 001:026 They drew lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthias, and he was numbered with the eleven apostles. 002:001 Now when the day of Pentecost had come, they were all with one accord in one place. 002:002 Suddenly there came from the sky a sound like the rushing of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 002:003 Tongues like fire appeared and were distributed to them, and one sat on each of them. 002:004 They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other languages, as the Spirit gave them the ability to speak. 002:005 Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under the sky. 002:006 When this sound was heard, the multitude came together, and were bewildered, because everyone heard them speaking in his own language. 002:007 They were all amazed and marveled, saying to one another, "Behold, aren't all these who speak Galileans? 002:008 How do we hear, everyone in our own native language? 002:009 Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and people from Mesopotamia, Judea, Cappadocia, Pontus, Asia, 002:010 Phrygia, Pamphylia, Egypt, the parts of Libya around Cyrene, visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, 002:011 Cretans and Arabians: we hear them speaking in our languages the mighty works of God!" 002:012 They were all amazed, and were perplexed, saying one to another, "What does this mean?" 002:013 Others, mocking, said, "They are filled with new wine." 002:014 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and spoke out to them, "You men of Judea, and all you who dwell at Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to my words. 002:015 For these aren't drunken, as you suppose, seeing it is only the third hour of the day{about 9:00 AM}. 002:016 But this is what has been spoken through the prophet Joel: 002:017 'It will be in the last days, says God, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh. Your sons and your daughters will prophesy. Your young men will see visions. Your old men will dream dreams. 002:018 Yes, and on my servants and on my handmaidens in those days, I will pour out my Spirit, and they will prophesy. 002:019 I will show wonders in the sky above, and signs on the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and billows of smoke. 002:020 The sun will be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and glorious day of the Lord comes. 002:021 It will be, that whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.'{Joel 2:28-32} 002:022 "Men of Israel, hear these words! Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved by God to you by mighty works and wonders and signs which God did by him in the midst of you, even as you yourselves know, 002:023 him, being delivered up by the determined counsel and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by the hand of lawless men, crucified and killed; 002:024 whom God raised up, having freed him from the agony of death, because it was not possible that he should be held by it. 002:025 For David says concerning him, 'I saw the Lord always before my face, For he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved. 002:026 Therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced. Moreover my flesh also will dwell in hope; 002:027 because you will not leave my soul in Hades{or, Hell}, neither will you allow your Holy One to see decay. 002:028 You made known to me the ways of life. You will make me full of gladness with your presence.'{Psalm 16:8-11} 002:029 "Brothers, I may tell you freely of the patriarch David, that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. 002:030 Therefore, being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that of the fruit of his body, according to the flesh, he would raise up the Christ to sit on his throne, 002:031 he foreseeing this spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that neither was his soul left in Hades{or, Hell}, nor did his flesh see decay. 002:032 This Jesus God raised up, to which we all are witnesses. 002:033 Being therefore exalted by the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this, which you now see and hear. 002:034 For David didn't ascend into the heavens, but he says himself, 'The Lord said to my Lord, "Sit by my right hand, 002:035 until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet."'{Psalm 110:1} 002:036 "Let all the house of Israel therefore know certainly that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified." 002:037 Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Brothers, what shall we do?" 002:038 Peter said to them, "Repent, and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 002:039 For to you is the promise, and to your children, and to all who are far off, even as many as the Lord our God will call to himself." 002:040 With many other words he testified, and exhorted them, saying, "Save yourselves from this crooked generation!" 002:041 Then those who gladly received his word were baptized. There were added that day about three thousand souls. 002:042 They continued steadfastly in the apostles' teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and prayer. 002:043 Fear came on every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. 002:044 All who believed were together, and had all things in common. 002:045 They sold their possessions and goods, and distributed them to all, according as anyone had need. 002:046 Day by day, continuing steadfastly with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread at home, they took their food with gladness and singleness of heart, 002:047 praising God, and having favor with all the people. The Lord added to the assembly day by day those who were being saved. 003:001 Peter and John were going up into the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour{3:00 PM}. 003:002 A certain man who was lame from his mother's womb was being carried, whom they laid daily at the door of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask gifts for the needy of those who entered into the temple. 003:003 Seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked to receive gifts for the needy. 003:004 Peter, fastening his eyes on him, with John, said, "Look at us." 003:005 He listened to them, expecting to receive something from them. 003:006 But Peter said, "Silver and gold have I none, but what I have, that I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, get up and walk!" 003:007 He took him by the right hand, and raised him up. Immediately his feet and his ankle bones received strength. 003:008 Leaping up, he stood, and began to walk. He entered with them into the temple, walking, leaping, and praising God. 003:009 All the people saw him walking and praising God. 003:010 They recognized him, that it was he who used to sit begging for gifts for the needy at the Beautiful Gate of the temple. They were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him. 003:011 As the lame man who was healed held on to Peter and John, all the people ran together to them in the porch that is called Solomon's, greatly wondering. 003:012 When Peter saw it, he responded to the people, "You men of Israel, why do you marvel at this man? Why do you fasten your eyes on us, as though by our own power or godliness we had made him walk? 003:013 The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his Servant Jesus, whom you delivered up, and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he had determined to release him. 003:014 But you denied the Holy and Righteous One, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you, 003:015 and killed the Prince of life, whom God raised from the dead, to which we are witnesses. 003:016 By faith in his name has his name made this man strong, whom you see and know. Yes, the faith which is through him has given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all. 003:017 "Now, brothers{The word for "brothers" here may be also correctly translated "brothers and sisters" or "siblings."}, I know that you did this in ignorance, as did also your rulers. 003:018 But the things which God announced by the mouth of all his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he thus fulfilled. 003:019 "Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out, so that there may come times of refreshing from the presence of the Lord, 003:020 and that he may send Christ Jesus, who was ordained for you before, 003:021 whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God spoke long ago by the mouth of his holy prophets. 003:022 For Moses indeed said to the fathers, 'The Lord God will raise up a prophet for you from among your brothers, like me. You shall listen to him in all things whatever he says to you. 003:023 It will be, that every soul that will not listen to that prophet will be utterly destroyed from among the people.'{Deuteronomy 18:15,18-19} 003:024 Yes, and all the prophets from Samuel and those who followed after, as many as have spoken, they also told of these days. 003:025 You are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying to Abraham, 'In your seed will all the families of the earth be blessed.'{Genesis 22:18; 26:4} 003:026 God, having raised up his servant, Jesus, sent him to you first, to bless you, in turning away everyone of you from your wickedness." 004:001 As they spoke to the people, the priests and the captain of the temple and the Sadducees came to them, 004:002 being upset because they taught the people and proclaimed in Jesus the resurrection from the dead. 004:003 They laid hands on them, and put them in custody until the next day, for it was now evening. 004:004 But many of those who heard the word believed, and the number of the men came to be about five thousand. 004:005 It happened in the morning, that their rulers, elders, and scribes were gathered together in Jerusalem. 004:006 Annas the high priest was there, with Caiaphas, John, Alexander, and as many as were relatives of the high priest. 004:007 When they had stood them in the middle of them, they inquired, "By what power, or in what name, have you done this?" 004:008 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, "You rulers of the people, and elders of Israel, 004:009 if we are examined today concerning a good deed done to a crippled man, by what means this man has been healed, 004:010 be it known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, in him does this man stand here before you whole. 004:011 He is 'the stone which was regarded as worthless by you, the builders, which has become the head of the corner.'{Psalm 118:22} 004:012 There is salvation in none other, for neither is there any other name under heaven, that is given among men, by which we must be saved!" 004:013 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and had perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marveled. They recognized that they had been with Jesus. 004:014 Seeing the man who was healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it. 004:015 But when they had commanded them to go aside out of the council, they conferred among themselves, 004:016 saying, "What shall we do to these men? Because indeed a notable miracle has been done through them, as can be plainly seen by all who dwell in Jerusalem, and we can't deny it. 004:017 But so that this spreads no further among the people, let's threaten them, that from now on they don't speak to anyone in this name." 004:018 They called them, and charged them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus. 004:019 But Peter and John answered them, "Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, judge for yourselves, 004:020 for we can't help telling the things which we saw and heard." 004:021 When they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding no way to punish them, because of the people; for everyone glorified God for that which was done. 004:022 For the man on whom this miracle of healing was performed was more than forty years old. 004:023 Being let go, they came to their own company, and reported all that the chief priests and the elders had said to them. 004:024 When they heard it, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, "O Lord, you are God, who made the heaven, the earth, the sea, and all that is in them; 004:025 who by the mouth of your servant, David, said, 'Why do the nations rage, and the peoples plot a vain thing? 004:026 The kings of the earth take a stand, and the rulers take council together, against the Lord, and against his Christ{Christ (Greek) and Messiah (Hebrew) both mean Anointed One.}.'{Psalm 2:1-2} 004:027 "For truly, in this city against your holy servant, Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel, were gathered together 004:028 to do whatever your hand and your council foreordained to happen. 004:029 Now, Lord, look at their threats, and grant to your servants to speak your word with all boldness, 004:030 while you stretch out your hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of your holy Servant Jesus." 004:031 When they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were gathered together. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness. 004:032 The multitude of those who believed were of one heart and soul. Not one of them claimed that anything of the things which he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common. 004:033 With great power, the apostles gave their testimony of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. Great grace was on them all. 004:034 For neither was there among them any who lacked, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them, and brought the proceeds of the things that were sold, 004:035 and laid them at the apostles' feet, and distribution was made to each, according as anyone had need. 004:036 Joses, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas (which is, being interpreted, Son of Encouragement), a Levite, a man of Cyprus by race, 004:037 having a field, sold it, and brought the money and laid it at the apostles' feet. 005:001 But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira, his wife, sold a possession, 005:002 and kept back part of the price, his wife also being aware of it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles' feet. 005:003 But Peter said, "Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit, and to keep back part of the price of the land? 005:004 While you kept it, didn't it remain your own? After it was sold, wasn't it in your power? How is it that you have conceived this thing in your heart? You haven't lied to men, but to God." 005:005 Ananias, hearing these words, fell down and died. Great fear came on all who heard these things. 005:006 The young men arose and wrapped him up, and they carried him out and buried him. 005:007 About three hours later, his wife, not knowing what had happened, came in. 005:008 Peter answered her, "Tell me whether you sold the land for so much." She said, "Yes, for so much." 005:009 But Peter asked her, "How is it that you have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? Behold, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out." 005:010 She fell down immediately at his feet, and died. The young men came in and found her dead, and they carried her out and buried her by her husband. 005:011 Great fear came on the whole assembly, and on all who heard these things. 005:012 By the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were done among the people. They were all with one accord in Solomon's porch. 005:013 None of the rest dared to join them, however the people honored them. 005:014 More believers were added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women. 005:015 They even carried out the sick into the streets, and laid them on cots and mattresses, so that as Peter came by, at the least his shadow might overshadow some of them. 005:016 Multitudes also came together from the cities around Jerusalem, bringing sick people, and those who were tormented by unclean spirits: and they were all healed. 005:017 But the high priest rose up, and all those who were with him (which is the sect of the Sadducees), and they were filled with jealousy, 005:018 and laid hands on the apostles, and put them in public custody. 005:019 But an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors by night, and brought them out, and said, 005:020 "Go stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life." 005:021 When they heard this, they entered into the temple about daybreak, and taught. But the high priest came, and those who 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. 005:022 But the officers who came didn't find them in the prison. They returned and reported, 005:023 "We found the prison shut and locked, and the guards standing before the doors, but when we opened them, we found no one inside!" 005:024 Now when the high priest, the captain of the temple, and the chief priests heard these words, they were very perplexed about them and what might become of this. 005:025 One came and told them, "Behold, the men whom you put in prison are in the temple, standing and teaching the people." 005:026 Then the captain went with the officers, and brought them without violence, for they were afraid that the people might stone them. 005:027 When they had brought them, they set them before the council. The high priest questioned them, 005:028 saying, "Didn't we strictly charge you not to teach in this name? Behold, you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching, and intend to bring this man's blood on us." 005:029 But Peter and the apostles answered, "We must obey God rather than men. 005:030 The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom you killed, hanging him on a tree. 005:031 God exalted him with his right hand to be a Prince and a Savior, to give repentance to Israel, and remission of sins. 005:032 We are His witnesses of these things; and so also is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him." 005:033 But they, when they heard this, were cut to the heart, and determined to kill them. 005:034 But one stood up in the council, a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law, honored by all the people, and commanded to put the apostles out for a little while. 005:035 He said to them, "You men of Israel, be careful concerning these men, what you are about to do. 005:036 For before these days Theudas rose up, making himself out 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 dispersed, and came to nothing. 005:037 After this man, Judas of Galilee rose up in the days of the enrollment, and drew away some people after him. He also perished, and all, as many as obeyed him, were scattered abroad. 005:038 Now I tell you, withdraw from these men, and leave them alone. For if this counsel or this work is of men, it will be overthrown. 005:039 But if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow it, and you would be found even to be fighting against God!" 005:040 They agreed with him. Summoning the apostles, they beat them and charged them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. 005:041 They therefore departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for Jesus' name. 005:042 Every day, in the temple and at home, they never stopped teaching and preaching Jesus, the Christ. 006:001 Now in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplying, a complaint arose from the Hellenists{The Hellenists used Greek language and culture, even though they were also of Hebrew descent.} against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily service. 006:002 The twelve summoned the multitude of the disciples and said, "It is not appropriate for us to forsake the word of God and serve tables. 006:003 Therefore select from among you, brothers, seven men of good report, full of the Holy Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business. 006:004 But we will continue steadfastly in prayer and in the ministry of the word." 006:005 These words pleased the whole multitude. They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolaus, a proselyte of Antioch; 006:006 whom they set before the apostles. When they had prayed, they laid their hands on them. 006:007 The word of God increased and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem exceedingly. A great company of the priests were obedient to the faith. 006:008 Stephen, full of faith and power, performed great wonders and signs among the people. 006:009 But some of those who were of the synagogue called "The Libertines," and of the Cyrenians, of the Alexandrians, and of those of Cilicia and Asia arose, disputing with Stephen. 006:010 They weren't able to withstand the wisdom and the Spirit by which he spoke. 006:011 Then they secretly induced men to say, "We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses and God." 006:012 They stirred up the people, the elders, and the scribes, and came against him and seized him, and brought him in to the council, 006:013 and set up false witnesses who said, "This man never stops speaking blasphemous words against this holy place and the law. 006:014 For we have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place, and will change the customs which Moses delivered to us." 006:015 All who sat in the council, fastening their eyes on him, saw his face like it was the face of an angel. 007:001 The high priest said, "Are these things so?" 007:002 He said, "Brothers and fathers, listen. The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham, when he was in Mesopotamia, before he lived in Haran, 007:003 and said to him, 'Get out of your land, and from your relatives, and come into a land which I will show you.'{Genesis 12:1} 007:004 Then he came out of the land of the Chaldaeans, and lived in Haran. From there, when his father was dead, God moved him into this land, where you are now living. 007:005 He gave him no inheritance in it, no, not so much as to set his foot on. He promised that he would give it to him for a possession, and to his seed after him, when he still had no child. 007:006 God spoke in this way: that his seed would live as aliens in a strange land, and that they would be enslaved and mistreated for four hundred years. 007:007 'I will judge the nation to which they will be in bondage,' said God, 'and after that will they come out, and serve me in this place.'{Genesis 15:13-14} 007:008 He gave him the covenant of circumcision. So Abraham became the father of Isaac, and circumcised him the eighth day. Isaac became the father of Jacob, and Jacob became the father of the twelve patriarchs. 007:009 "The patriarchs, moved with jealousy against Joseph, sold him into Egypt. God was with him, 007:010 and delivered him out of all his afflictions, and gave him favor and wisdom before Pharaoh, king of Egypt. He made him governor over Egypt and all his house. 007:011 Now a famine came over all the land of Egypt and Canaan, and great affliction. Our fathers found no food. 007:012 But when Jacob heard that there was grain in Egypt, he sent out our fathers the first time. 007:013 On the second time Joseph was made known to his brothers, and Joseph's race was revealed to Pharaoh. 007:014 Joseph sent, and summoned Jacob, his father, and all his relatives, seventy-five souls. 007:015 Jacob went down into Egypt, and he died, himself and our fathers, 007:016 and they were brought back to Shechem, and laid in the tomb that Abraham bought for a price in silver from the children of Hamor of Shechem. 007:017 "But as the time of the promise came close which God had sworn to Abraham, the people grew and multiplied in Egypt, 007:018 until there arose a different king, who didn't know Joseph. 007:019 The same took advantage of our race, and mistreated our fathers, and forced them to throw out their babies, so that they wouldn't stay alive. 007:020 At that time Moses was born, and was exceedingly handsome. He was nourished three months in his father's house. 007:021 When he was thrown out, Pharaoh's daughter took him up, and reared him as her own son. 007:022 Moses was instructed in all the wisdom of the Egyptians. He was mighty in his words and works. 007:023 But when he was forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brothers{The word for "brothers" here and where the context allows may be also correctly translated "brothers and sisters" or "siblings."}, the children of Israel. 007:024 Seeing one of them suffer wrong, he defended him, and avenged him who was oppressed, striking the Egyptian. 007:025 He supposed that his brothers understood that God, by his hand, was giving them deliverance; but they didn't understand. 007:026 "The day following, he appeared to them as they fought, and urged them to be at peace again, saying, 'Sirs, you are brothers. Why do you wrong one another?' 007:027 But he who did his neighbor wrong pushed him away, saying, 'Who made you a ruler and a judge over us? 007:028 Do you want to kill me, as you killed the Egyptian yesterday?'{Exodus 2:14} 007:029 Moses fled at this saying, and became a stranger in the land of Midian, where he became the father of two sons. 007:030 "When forty years were fulfilled, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in the wilderness of Mount Sinai, in a flame of fire in a bush. 007:031 When Moses saw it, he wondered at the sight. As he came close to see, a voice of the Lord came to him, 007:032 'I am the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.'{Exodus 3:6} Moses trembled, and dared not look. 007:033 The Lord said to him, 'Take your sandals off of your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground. 007:034 I have surely seen the affliction of my people that is in Egypt, and have heard their groaning. I have come down to deliver them. Now come, I will send you into Egypt.'{Exodus 3:5,7-8,10} 007:035 "This Moses, whom they refused, saying, 'Who made you a ruler and a judge?'—God has sent him as both a ruler and a deliverer by the hand of the angel who appeared to him in the bush. 007:036 This man led them out, having worked wonders and signs in Egypt, in the Red Sea, and in the wilderness for forty years. 007:037 This is that Moses, who said to the children of Israel, 'The Lord our God will raise up a prophet for you from among your brothers, like me.{TR adds "You shall listen to him."}'{Deuteronomy 18:15} 007:038 This is he who was in the assembly in the wilderness with the angel that spoke to him on Mount Sinai, and with our fathers, who received living oracles to give to us, 007:039 to whom our fathers wouldn't be obedient, but rejected him, and turned back in their hearts to Egypt, 007:040 saying to Aaron, 'Make us gods that will go before us, for as for this Moses, who led us out of the land of Egypt, we don't know what has become of him.'{Exodus 32:1} 007:041 They made a calf in those days, and brought a sacrifice to the idol, and rejoiced in the works of their hands. 007:042 But God turned, and gave them up to serve the army of the sky, as it is written in the book of the prophets, 'Did you offer to me slain animals and sacrifices forty years in the wilderness, O house of Israel? 007:043 You took up the tent of Moloch, the star of your god Rephan, the figures which you made to worship. I will carry you away{Amos 5:25-27} beyond Babylon.' 007:044 "Our fathers had the tent of the testimony in the wilderness, even as he who spoke to Moses commanded him to make it according to the pattern that he had seen; 007:045 which also our fathers, in their turn, brought in with Joshua when they entered into the possession of the nations, whom God drove out before the face of our fathers, to the days of David, 007:046 who found favor in the sight of God, and asked to find a habitation for the God of Jacob. 007:047 But Solomon built him a house. 007:048 However, the Most High doesn't dwell in temples made with hands, as the prophet says, 007:049 'heaven is my throne, and the earth a footstool for my feet. What kind of house will you build me?' says the Lord; 'or what is the place of my rest? 007:050 Didn't my hand make all these things?'{Isaiah 66:1-2} 007:051 "You stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Spirit! As your fathers did, so you do. 007:052 Which of the prophets didn't your fathers persecute? They killed those who foretold the coming of the Righteous One, of whom you have now become betrayers and murderers. 007:053 You received the law as it was ordained by angels, and didn't keep it!" 007:054 Now when they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed at him with their teeth. 007:055 But he, being full of the Holy Spirit, looked up steadfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God, 007:056 and said, "Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!" 007:057 But they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and rushed at him with one accord. 007:058 They threw him out of the city, and stoned him. The witnesses placed their garments at the feet of a young man named Saul. 007:059 They stoned Stephen as he called out, saying, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!" 007:060 He kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, "Lord, don't hold this sin against them!" When he had said this, he fell asleep. 008:001 Saul was consenting to his death. A great persecution arose against the assembly which was in Jerusalem in that day. They were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except for the apostles. 008:002 Devout men buried Stephen, and lamented greatly over him. 008:003 But Saul ravaged the assembly, entering into every house, and dragged both men and women off to prison. 008:004 Therefore those who were scattered abroad went around preaching the word. 008:005 Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and proclaimed to them the Christ. 008:006 The multitudes listened with one accord to the things that were spoken by Philip, when they heard and saw the signs which he did. 008:007 For unclean spirits came out of many of those who had them. They came out, crying with a loud voice. Many who had been paralyzed and lame were healed. 008:008 There was great joy in that city. 008:009 But there was a certain man, Simon by name, who used to practice sorcery in the city, and amazed the people of Samaria, making himself out to be some great one, 008:010 to whom they all listened, from the least to the greatest, saying, "This man is that great power of God." 008:011 They listened to him, because for a long time he had amazed them with his sorceries. 008:012 But when they believed Philip preaching good news concerning the Kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. 008:013 Simon himself also believed. Being baptized, he continued with Philip. Seeing signs and great miracles occurring, he was amazed. 008:014 Now when the apostles who were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them, 008:015 who, when they had come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Spirit; 008:016 for as yet he had fallen on none of them. They had only been baptized in the name of Christ Jesus. 008:017 Then they laid their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit. 008:018 Now when Simon saw that the Holy Spirit was given through the laying on of the apostles' hands, he offered them money, 008:019 saying, "Give me also this power, that whoever I lay my hands on may receive the Holy Spirit." 008:020 But Peter said to him, "May your silver perish with you, because you thought you could obtain the gift of God with money! 008:021 You have neither part nor lot in this matter, for your heart isn't right before God. 008:022 Repent therefore of this, your wickedness, and ask God if perhaps the thought of your heart may be forgiven you. 008:023 For I see that you are in the gall of bitterness and in the bondage of iniquity." 008:024 Simon answered, "Pray for me to the Lord, that none of the things which you have spoken happen to me." 008:025 They therefore, when they had testified and spoken the word of the Lord, returned to Jerusalem, and preached the Good News to many villages of the Samaritans. 008:026 But an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, saying, "Arise, and go toward the south to the way that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza. This is a desert." 008:027 He arose and went; and behold, there was a man of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was over all her treasure, who had come to Jerusalem to worship. 008:028 He was returning and sitting in his chariot, and was reading the prophet Isaiah. 008:029 The Spirit said to Philip, "Go near, and join yourself to this chariot." 008:030 Philip ran to him, and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet, and said, "Do you understand what you are reading?" 008:031 He said, "How can I, unless someone explains it to me?" He begged Philip to come up and sit with him. 008:032 Now the passage of the Scripture which he was reading was this, "He was led as a sheep to the slaughter. As a lamb before his shearer is silent, so he doesn't open his mouth. 008:033 In his humiliation, his judgment was taken away. Who will declare His generation? For his life is taken from the earth."{Isaiah 53:7,8} 008:034 The eunuch answered Philip, "Who is the prophet talking about? About himself, or about someone else?" 008:035 Philip opened his mouth, and beginning from this Scripture, preached to him Jesus. 008:036 As they went on the way, they came to some water, and the eunuch said, "Behold, here is water. What is keeping me from being baptized?" 008:037 {TR adds "Philip said, 'If you believe with all your heart, you may.' He answered, 'I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.'"} 008:038 He commanded the chariot to stand still, and they both went down into the water, both Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him. 008:039 When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught Philip away, and the eunuch didn't see him any more, for he went on his way rejoicing. 008:040 But Philip was found at Azotus. Passing through, he preached the Good News to all the cities, until he came to Caesarea. 009:001 But Saul, still breathing threats and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest, 009:002 and asked for letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus, that if he found any who were of the Way, whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. 009:003 As he traveled, it happened that he got close to Damascus, and suddenly a light from the sky shone around him. 009:004 He fell on the earth, and heard a voice saying to him, "Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?" 009:005 He said, "Who are you, Lord?" The Lord said, "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.{TR adds "It's hard for you to kick against the goads."} 009:006 But{TR omits "But" } rise up, and enter into the city, and you will be told what you must do." 009:007 The men who traveled with him stood speechless, hearing the sound, but seeing no one. 009:008 Saul arose from the ground, and when his eyes were opened, he saw no one. They led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus. 009:009 He was without sight for three days, and neither ate nor drank. 009:010 Now there was a certain disciple at Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, "Ananias!" He said, "Behold, it's me, Lord." 009:011 The Lord said to him, "Arise, and go to the street which is called Straight, and inquire in the house of Judah{or, Judas} for one named Saul, a man of Tarsus. For behold, he is praying, 009:012 and in a vision he has seen a man named Ananias coming in, and laying his hands on him, that he might receive his sight." 009:013 But Ananias answered, "Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much evil he did to your saints at Jerusalem. 009:014 Here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on your name." 009:015 But the Lord said to him, "Go your way, for he is my chosen vessel to bear my name before the nations and kings, and the children of Israel. 009:016 For I will show him how many things he must suffer for my name's sake." 009:017 Ananias departed, and entered into the house. Laying his hands on him, he said, "Brother Saul, the Lord, who appeared to you on the road by which you came, has sent me, that you may receive your sight, and be filled with the Holy Spirit." 009:018 Immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and he received his sight. He arose and was baptized. 009:019 He took food and was strengthened. Saul stayed several days with the disciples who were at Damascus. 009:020 Immediately in the synagogues he proclaimed the Christ, that he is the Son of God. 009:021 All who heard him were amazed, and said, "Isn't this he who in Jerusalem made havoc of those who called on this name? And he had come here intending to bring them bound before the chief priests!" 009:022 But Saul increased more in strength, and confounded the Jews who lived at Damascus, proving that this is the Christ. 009:023 When many days were fulfilled, the Jews conspired together to kill him, 009:024 but their plot became known to Saul. They watched the gates both day and night that they might kill him, 009:025 but his disciples took him by night, and let him down through the wall, lowering him in a basket. 009:026 When Saul had come to Jerusalem, he tried to join himself to the disciples; but they were all afraid of him, not believing that he was a disciple. 009:027 But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles, and declared to them how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken to him, and how at Damascus he had preached boldly in the name of Jesus. 009:028 He was with them entering into{TR and NU add "and going out"} Jerusalem, 009:029 preaching boldly in the name of the Lord. He spoke and disputed against the Hellenists,{The Hellenists were Hebrews who used Greek language and culture.} but they were seeking to kill him. 009:030 When the brothers{The word for "brothers" here and where the context allows may also be correctly translated "brothers and sisters" or "siblings."} knew it, they brought him down to Caesarea, and sent him off to Tarsus. 009:031 So the assemblies throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria had peace, and were built up. They were multiplied, walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit. 009:032 It happened, as Peter went throughout all those parts, he came down also to the saints who lived at Lydda. 009:033 There he found a certain man named Aeneas, who had been bedridden for eight years, because he was paralyzed. 009:034 Peter said to him, "Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you. Get up and make your bed!" Immediately he arose. 009:035 All who lived at Lydda and in Sharon saw him, and they turned to the Lord. 009:036 Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which when translated, means Dorcas.{"Dorcas" is Greek for "Gazelle."} This woman was full of good works and acts of mercy which she did. 009:037 It happened in those days that she fell sick, and died. When they had washed her, they laid her in an upper chamber. 009:038 As Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, hearing that Peter was there, sent two men{Reading from NU, TR; MT omits "two men"} to him, imploring him not to delay in coming to them. 009:039 Peter got up and went with them. When he had come, they brought him into the upper chamber. All the widows stood by him weeping, and showing the coats and garments which Dorcas had made while she was with them. 009:040 Peter put them all out, and kneeled down and prayed. Turning to the body, he said, "Tabitha, get up!" She opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter, she sat up. 009:041 He gave her his hand, and raised her up. Calling the saints and widows, he presented her alive. 009:042 And it became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed in the Lord. 009:043 It happened, that he stayed many days in Joppa with one Simon, a tanner. 010:001 Now there was a certain man in Caesarea, Cornelius by name, a centurion of what was called the Italian Regiment, 010:002 a devout man, and one who feared God with all his house, who gave gifts for the needy generously to the people, and always prayed to God. 010:003 At about the ninth hour of the day{3:00 PM}, he clearly saw in a vision an angel of God coming to him, and saying to him, "Cornelius!" 010:004 He, fastening his eyes on him, and being frightened, said, "What is it, Lord?" He said to him, "Your prayers and your gifts to the needy have gone up for a memorial before God. 010:005 Now send men to Joppa, and get Simon, who is surnamed Peter. 010:006 He lodges with one Simon, a tanner, whose house is by the seaside.{TR adds "This one will tell you what it is necessary for you to do."}" 010:007 When the angel who spoke to him had departed, Cornelius called two of his household servants and a devout soldier of those who waited on him continually. 010:008 Having explained everything to them, he sent them to Joppa. 010:009 Now on the next day as they were on their journey, and got close to the city, Peter went up on the housetop to pray at about noon. 010:010 He became hungry and desired to eat, but while they were preparing, he fell into a trance. 010:011 He saw heaven opened and a certain container descending to him, like a great sheet let down by four corners on the earth, 010:012 in which were all kinds of four-footed animals of the earth, wild animals, reptiles, and birds of the sky. 010:013 A voice came to him, "Rise, Peter, kill and eat!" 010:014 But Peter said, "Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten anything that is common or unclean." 010:015 A voice came to him again the second time, "What God has cleansed, you must not call unclean." 010:016 This was done three times, and immediately the vessel was received up into heaven. 010:017 Now while Peter was very perplexed in himself what the vision which he had seen might mean, behold, the men who were sent by Cornelius, having made inquiry for Simon's house, stood before the gate, 010:018 and called and asked whether Simon, who was surnamed Peter, was lodging there. 010:019 While Peter was pondering the vision, the Spirit said to him, "Behold, three{Reading from TR and NU. MT omits "three"} men seek you. 010:020 But arise, get down, and go with them, doubting nothing; for I have sent them." 010:021 Peter went down to the men, and said, "Behold, I am he whom you seek. Why have you come?" 010:022 They said, "Cornelius, a centurion, a righteous man and one who fears God, and well spoken of by all the nation of the Jews, was directed by a holy angel to invite you to his house, and to listen to what you say." 010:023 So he called them in and lodged them. On the next day Peter arose and went out with them, and some of the brothers from Joppa accompanied him. 010:024 On the next day they entered into Caesarea. Cornelius was waiting for them, having called together his relatives and his near friends. 010:025 When it happened that Peter entered, Cornelius met him, fell down at his feet, and worshiped him. 010:026 But Peter raised him up, saying, "Stand up! I myself am also a man." 010:027 As he talked with him, he went in and found many gathered together. 010:028 He said to them, "You yourselves know how it is an unlawful thing for a man who is a Jew to join himself or come to one of another nation, but God has shown me that I shouldn't call any man unholy or unclean. 010:029 Therefore also I came without complaint when I was sent for. I ask therefore, why did you send for me?" 010:030 Cornelius said, "Four days ago, I was fasting until this hour, and at the ninth hour,{3:00 P. M.} I prayed in my house, and behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing, 010:031 and said, 'Cornelius, your prayer is heard, and your gifts to the needy are remembered in the sight of God. 010:032 Send therefore to Joppa, and summon Simon, who is surnamed Peter. He lodges in the house of Simon a tanner, by the seaside. When he comes, he will speak to you.' 010:033 Therefore I sent to you at once, and it was good of you to come. Now therefore we are all here present in the sight of God to hear all things that have been commanded you by God." 010:034 Peter opened his mouth and said, "Truly I perceive that God doesn't show favoritism; 010:035 but in every nation he who fears him and works righteousness is acceptable to him. 010:036 The word which he sent to the children of Israel, preaching good news of peace by Jesus Christ—he is Lord of all— 010:037 that spoken word you yourselves know, which was proclaimed throughout all Judea, beginning from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached; 010:038 even Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed him with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. 010:039 We are witnesses of everything he did both in the country of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they also{TR omits "also"} killed, hanging him on a tree. 010:040 God raised him up the third day, and gave him to be revealed, 010:041 not to all the people, but to witnesses who were chosen before by God, to us, who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 010:042 He charged us to preach to the people and to testify that this is he who is appointed by God as the Judge of the living and the dead. 010:043 All the prophets testify about him, that through his name everyone who believes in him will receive remission of sins." 010:044 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell on all those who heard the word. 010:045 They of the circumcision who believed were amazed, as many as came with Peter, because the gift of the Holy Spirit was also poured out on the nations. 010:046 For they heard them speaking in other languages and magnifying God. Then Peter answered, 010:047 "Can any man forbid the water, that these who have received the Holy Spirit as well as we should not be baptized?" 010:048 He commanded them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked him to stay some days. 011:001 Now the apostles and the brothers{The word for "brothers" here and where context allows may also be correctly translated "brothers and sisters" or "siblings."} who were in Judea heard that the Gentiles had also received the word of God. 011:002 When Peter had come up to Jerusalem, those who were of the circumcision contended with him, 011:003 saying, "You went in to uncircumcised men, and ate with them!" 011:004 But Peter began, and explained to them in order, saying, 011:005 "I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in a trance I saw a vision: a certain container descending, like it was a great sheet let down from heaven by four corners. It came as far as me. 011:006 When I had looked intently at it, I considered, and saw the four-footed animals of the earth, wild animals, creeping things, and birds of the sky. 011:007 I also heard a voice saying to me, 'Rise, Peter, kill and eat!' 011:008 But I said, 'Not so, Lord, for nothing unholy or unclean has ever entered into my mouth.' 011:009 But a voice answered me the second time out of heaven, 'What God has cleansed, don't you call unclean.' 011:010 This was done three times, and all were drawn up again into heaven. 011:011 Behold, immediately three men stood before the house where I was, having been sent from Caesarea to me. 011:012 The Spirit told me to go with them, without discriminating. These six brothers also accompanied me, and we entered into the man's house. 011:013 He told us how he had seen the angel standing in his house, and saying to him, 'Send to Joppa, and get Simon, whose surname is Peter, 011:014 who will speak to you words by which you will be saved, you and all your house.' 011:015 As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell on them, even as on us at the beginning. 011:016 I remembered the word of the Lord, how he said, 'John indeed baptized in water, but you will be baptized in the Holy Spirit.' 011:017 If then God gave to them the same gift as us, when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I, that I could withstand God?" 011:018 When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, "Then God has also granted to the Gentiles repentance to life!" 011:019 They therefore who were scattered abroad by the oppression that arose about Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch, speaking the word to no one except to Jews only. 011:020 But there were some of them, men of Cyprus and Cyrene, who, when they had come to Antioch, spoke to the Hellenists,{A Hellenist is someone who keeps Greek customs and culture.} preaching the Lord Jesus. 011:021 The hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number believed and turned to the Lord. 011:022 The report concerning them came to the ears of the assembly which was in Jerusalem. They sent out Barnabas to go as far as Antioch, 011:023 who, when he had come, and had seen the grace of God, was glad. He exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they should remain near to the Lord. 011:024 For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Spirit and of faith, and many people were added to the Lord. 011:025 Barnabas went out to Tarsus to look for Saul. 011:026 When he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. It happened, that for a whole year they were gathered together with the assembly, and taught many people. The disciples were first called Christians in Antioch. 011:027 Now in these days, prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. 011:028 One of them named Agabus stood up, and indicated by the Spirit that there should be a great famine all over the world, which also happened in the days of Claudius. 011:029 As any of the disciples had plenty, each determined to send relief to the brothers who lived in Judea; 011:030 which they also did, sending it to the elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul. 012:001 Now about that time, Herod the king stretched out his hands to oppress some of the assembly. 012:002 He killed James, the brother of John, with the sword. 012:003 When he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to seize Peter also. This was during the days of unleavened bread. 012:004 When he had arrested him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four squads of four soldiers each to guard him, intending to bring him out to the people after the Passover. 012:005 Peter therefore was kept in the prison, but constant prayer was made by the assembly to God for him. 012:006 The same night when Herod was about to bring him out, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains. Guards in front of the door kept the prison. 012:007 And behold, an angel of the Lord stood by him, and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side, and woke him up, saying, "Stand up quickly!" His chains fell off from his hands. 012:008 The angel said to him, "Get dressed and put on your sandals." He did so. He said to him, "Put on your cloak, and follow me." 012:009 And he went out and followed him. He didn't know that what was being done by the angel was real, but thought he saw a vision. 012:010 When they were past the first and the second guard, they came to the iron gate that leads into the city, which opened to them by itself. They went out, and went down one street, and immediately the angel departed from him. 012:011 When Peter had come to himself, he said, "Now I truly know that the Lord has sent out his angel and delivered me out of the hand of Herod, and from everything the Jewish people were expecting." 012:012 Thinking about that, he came to the house of Mary, the mother of John whose surname was Mark, where many were gathered together and were praying. 012:013 When Peter knocked at the door of the gate, a maid named Rhoda came to answer. 012:014 When she recognized Peter's voice, she didn't open the gate for joy, but ran in, and reported that Peter was standing in front of the gate. 012:015 They said to her, "You are crazy!" But she insisted that it was so. They said, "It is his angel." 012:016 But Peter continued knocking. When they had opened, they saw him, and were amazed. 012:017 But he, beckoning to them with his hand to be silent, declared to them how the Lord had brought him out of the prison. He said, "Tell these things to James, and to the brothers." Then he departed, and went to another place. 012:018 Now as soon as it was day, there was no small stir among the soldiers about what had become of Peter. 012:019 When Herod had sought for him, and didn't find him, he examined the guards, and commanded that they should be put to death. He went down from Judea to Caesarea, and stayed there. 012:020 Now Herod was very angry with the people of Tyre and Sidon. They came with one accord to him, and, having made Blastus, the king's personal aide, their friend, they asked for peace, because their country depended on the king's country for food. 012:021 On an appointed day, Herod dressed himself in royal clothing, sat on the throne, and gave a speech to them. 012:022 The people shouted, "The voice of a god, and not of a man!" 012:023 Immediately an angel of the Lord struck him, because he didn't give God the glory, and he was eaten by worms and died. 012:024 But the word of God grew and multiplied. 012:025 Barnabas and Saul returned to{TR reads "from" instead of "to"} Jerusalem, when they had fulfilled their service, also taking with them John whose surname was Mark. 013:001 Now in the assembly that was at Antioch there were some prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen the foster brother of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. 013:002 As they served the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, "Separate Barnabas and Saul for me, for the work to which I have called them." 013:003 Then, when they had fasted and prayed and laid their hands on them, they sent them away. 013:004 So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia. From there they sailed to Cyprus. 013:005 When they were at Salamis, they proclaimed the word of God in the Jewish synagogues. They had also John as their attendant. 013:006 When they had gone through the island to Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was Bar Jesus, 013:007 who was with the proconsul, Sergius Paulus, a man of understanding. This man summoned Barnabas and Saul, and sought to hear the word of God. 013:008 But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation) withstood them, seeking to turn aside the proconsul from the faith. 013:009 But Saul, who is also called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, fastened his eyes on him, 013:010 and said, "Full of all deceit and all cunning, you son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord? 013:011 Now, behold, the hand of the Lord is on you, and you will be blind, not seeing the sun for a season!" Immediately a mist and darkness fell on him. He went around seeking someone to lead him by the hand. 013:012 Then the proconsul, when he saw what was done, believed, being astonished at the teaching of the Lord. 013:013 Now Paul and his company set sail from Paphos, and came to Perga in Pamphylia. John departed from them and returned to Jerusalem. 013:014 But they, passing on from Perga, came to Antioch of Pisidia. They went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and sat down. 013:015 After the reading of the law and the prophets, the rulers of the synagogue sent to them, saying, "Brothers, if you have any word of exhortation for the people, speak." 013:016 Paul stood up, and beckoning with his hand said, "Men of Israel, and you who fear God, listen. 013:017 The God of this people{TR, NU add "Israel"} chose our fathers, and exalted the people when they stayed as aliens in the land of Egypt, and with an uplifted arm, he led them out of it. 013:018 For a period of about forty years he put up with them in the wilderness. 013:019 When he had destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan, he gave them their land for an inheritance, for about four hundred fifty years. 013:020 After these things he gave them judges until Samuel the prophet. 013:021 Afterward they asked for a king, and God gave to them Saul the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, for forty years. 013:022 When he had removed him, he raised up David to be their king, to whom he also testified, 'I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after my heart, who will do all my will.' 013:023 From this man's seed, God has brought salvation{TR, NU read "a Savior, Jesus" instead of "salvation"} to Israel according to his promise, 013:024 before his coming, when John had first preached the baptism of repentance to Israel.{TR, NU read "to all the people of Israel" instead of "to Israel"} 013:025 As John was fulfilling his course, he said, 'What do you suppose that I am? I am not he. But behold, one comes after me the sandals of whose feet I am not worthy to untie.' 013:026 Brothers, children of the stock of Abraham, and those among you who fear God, the word of this salvation is sent out to you. 013:027 For those who dwell in Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they didn't know him, nor the voices of the prophets which are read every Sabbath, fulfilled them by condemning him. 013:028 Though they found no cause for death, they still asked Pilate to have him killed. 013:029 When they had fulfilled all things that were written about him, they took him down from the tree, and laid him in a tomb. 013:030 But God raised him from the dead, 013:031 and he was seen for many days by those who came up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are his witnesses to the people. 013:032 We bring you good news of the promise made to the fathers, 013:033 that God has fulfilled the same to us, their children, in that he raised up Jesus. As it is also written in the second psalm, 'You are my Son. Today I have become your father.'{Psalm 2:7} 013:034 "Concerning that he raised him up from the dead, now no more to return to corruption, he has spoken thus: 'I will give you the holy and sure blessings of David.'{Isaiah 55:3} 013:035 Therefore he says also in another psalm, 'You will not allow your Holy One to see decay.'{Psalm 16:10} 013:036 For David, after he had in his own generation served the counsel of God, fell asleep, and was laid with his fathers, and saw decay. 013:037 But he whom God raised up saw no decay. 013:038 Be it known to you therefore, brothers{The word for "brothers" here and where the context allows may also be correctly translated "brothers and sisters" or "siblings."}, that through this man is proclaimed to you remission of sins, 013:039 and by him everyone who believes is justified from all things, from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses. 013:040 Beware therefore, lest that come on you which is spoken in the prophets: 013:041 'Behold, you scoffers, and wonder, and perish; for I work a work in your days, a work which you will in no way believe, if one declares it to you.'"{Habakkuk 1:5} 013:042 So when the Jews went out of the synagogue, the Gentiles begged that these words might be preached to them the next Sabbath. 013:043 Now when the synagogue broke up, many of the Jews and of the devout proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas; who, speaking to them, urged them to continue in the grace of God. 013:044 The next Sabbath almost the whole city was gathered together to hear the word of God. 013:045 But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with jealousy, and contradicted the things which were spoken by Paul, and blasphemed. 013:046 Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly, and said, "It was necessary that God's word should be spoken to you first. Since indeed you thrust it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, behold, we turn to the Gentiles. 013:047 For so has the Lord commanded us, saying, 'I have set you as a light for the Gentiles, that you should bring salvation to the uttermost parts of the earth.'"{Isaiah 49:6} 013:048 As the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of God. As many as were appointed to eternal life believed. 013:049 The Lord's word was spread abroad throughout all the region. 013:050 But the Jews stirred up the devout and prominent women and the chief men of the city, and stirred up a persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and threw them out of their borders. 013:051 But they shook off the dust of their feet against them, and came to Iconium. 013:052 The disciples were filled with joy with the Holy Spirit. 014:001 It happened in Iconium that they entered together into the synagogue of the Jews, and so spoke that a great multitude both of Jews and of Greeks believed. 014:002 But the disbelieving{or, disobedient} Jews stirred up and embittered the souls of the Gentiles against the brothers. 014:003 Therefore they stayed there a long time, speaking boldly in the Lord, who testified to the word of his grace, granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands. 014:004 But the multitude of the city was divided. Part sided with the Jews, and part with the apostles. 014:005 When some of both the Gentiles and the Jews, with their rulers, made a violent attempt to mistreat and stone them, 014:006 they became aware of it, and fled to the cities of Lycaonia, Lystra, Derbe, and the surrounding region. 014:007 There they preached the Good News. 014:008 At Lystra a certain man sat, impotent in his feet, a cripple from his mother's womb, who never had walked. 014:009 He was listening to Paul speaking, who, fastening eyes on him, and seeing that he had faith to be made whole, 014:010 said with a loud voice, "Stand upright on your feet!" He leaped up and walked. 014:011 When the multitude saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voice, saying in the language of Lycaonia, "The gods have come down to us in the likeness of men!" 014:012 They called Barnabas "Jupiter," and Paul "Mercury," because he was the chief speaker. 014:013 The priest of Jupiter, whose temple was in front of their city, brought oxen and garlands to the gates, and would have made a sacrifice along with the multitudes. 014:014 But when the apostles, Barnabas and Paul, heard of it, they tore their clothes, and sprang into the multitude, crying out, 014:015 "Men, why are you doing these things? We also are men of like passions with you, and bring you good news, that you should turn from these vain things to the living God, who made the sky and the earth and the sea, and all that is in them; 014:016 who in the generations gone by allowed all the nations to walk in their own ways. 014:017 Yet he didn't leave himself without witness, in that he did good and gave you{TR reads "us" instead of "you"} rains from the sky and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness." 014:018 Even saying these things, they hardly stopped the multitudes from making a sacrifice to them. 014:019 But some Jews from Antioch and Iconium came there, and having persuaded the multitudes, they stoned Paul, and dragged him out of the city, supposing that he was dead. 014:020 But as the disciples stood around him, he rose up, and entered into the city. On the next day he went out with Barnabas to Derbe. 014:021 When they had preached the Good News to that city, and had made many disciples, they returned to Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch, 014:022 confirming the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that through many afflictions we must enter into the Kingdom of God. 014:023 When they had appointed elders for them in every assembly, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they had believed. 014:024 They passed through Pisidia, and came to Pamphylia. 014:025 When they had spoken the word in Perga, they went down to Attalia. 014:026 From there they sailed to Antioch, from where they had been committed to the grace of God for the work which they had fulfilled. 014:027 When they had arrived, and had gathered the assembly together, they reported all the things that God had done with them, and that he had opened a door of faith to the nations. 014:028 They stayed there with the disciples for a long time. 015:001 Some men came down from Judea and taught the brothers, "Unless you are circumcised after the custom of Moses, you can't be saved." 015:002 Therefore when Paul and Barnabas had no small discord and discussion with them, they appointed Paul and Barnabas, and some others of them, to go up to Jerusalem to the apostles and elders about this question. 015:003 They, being sent on their way by the assembly, passed through both Phoenicia and Samaria, declaring the conversion of the Gentiles. They caused great joy to all the brothers.{The word for "brothers" here and where the context allows may also be correctly translated "brothers and sisters" or "siblings."} 015:004 When they had come to Jerusalem, they were received by the assembly and the apostles and the elders, and they reported all things that God had done with them. 015:005 But some of the sect of the Pharisees who believed rose up, saying, "It is necessary to circumcise them, and to charge them to keep the law of Moses." 015:006 The apostles and the elders were gathered together to see about this matter. 015:007 When there had been much discussion, Peter rose up and said to them, "Brothers, you know that a good while ago God made a choice among you, that by my mouth the nations should hear the word of the Good News, and believe. 015:008 God, who knows the heart, testified about them, giving them the Holy Spirit, just like he did to us. 015:009 He made no distinction between us and them, cleansing their hearts by faith. 015:010 Now therefore why do you tempt God, that you should put a yoke on the neck of the disciples which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? 015:011 But we believe that we are saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus,{TR adds "Christ"} just as they are." 015:012 All the multitude kept silence, and they listened to Barnabas and Paul reporting what signs and wonders God had done among the nations through them. 015:013 After they were silent, James answered, "Brothers, listen to me. 015:014 Simeon has reported how God first visited the nations, to take out of them a people for his name. 015:015 This agrees with the words of the prophets. As it is written, 015:016 'After these things I will return. I will again build the tent of David, which has fallen. I will again build its ruins. I will set it up, 015:017 That the rest of men may seek after the Lord; All the Gentiles who are called by my name, Says the Lord, who does all these things.{Amos 9:11-12} 015:018 All his works are known to God from eternity.' 015:019 "Therefore my judgment is that we don't trouble those from among the Gentiles who turn to God, 015:020 but that we write to them that they abstain from the pollution of idols, from sexual immorality, from what is strangled, and from blood. 015:021 For Moses from generations of old has in every city those who preach him, being read in the synagogues every Sabbath." 015:022 Then it seemed good to the apostles and the elders, with the whole assembly, to choose men out of their company, and send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas: Judas called Barsabbas, and Silas, chief men among the brothers.{The word for "brothers" here and where the context allows may also be correctly translated "brothers and sisters" or "siblings."} 015:023 They wrote these things by their hand: "The apostles, the elders, and the brothers, to the brothers who are of the Gentiles in Antioch, Syria, and Cilicia: greetings. 015:024 Because we have heard that some who went out from us have troubled you with words, unsettling your souls, saying, 'You must be circumcised and keep the law,' to whom we gave no commandment; 015:025 it seemed good to us, having come to one accord, to choose out men and send them to you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul, 015:026 men who have risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. 015:027 We have sent therefore Judas and Silas, who themselves will also tell you the same things by word of mouth. 015:028 For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit, and to us, to lay no greater burden on you than these necessary things: 015:029 that you abstain from things sacrificed to idols, from blood, from things strangled, and from sexual immorality, from which if you keep yourselves, it will be well with you. Farewell." 015:030 So, when they were sent off, they came to Antioch. Having gathered the multitude together, they delivered the letter. 015:031 When they had read it, they rejoiced over the encouragement. 015:032 Judas and Silas, also being prophets themselves, encouraged the brothers with many words, and strengthened them. 015:033 After they had spent some time there, they were sent back with greetings from the brothers to the apostles. 015:034 {Some manuscripts add: But it seemed good to Silas to stay there.} 015:035 But Paul and Barnabas stayed in Antioch, teaching and preaching the word of the Lord, with many others also. 015:036 After some days Paul said to Barnabas, "Let's return now and visit our brothers in every city in which we proclaimed the word of the Lord, to see how they are doing." 015:037 Barnabas planned to take John, who was called Mark, with them also. 015:038 But Paul didn't think that it was a good idea to take with them someone who had withdrawn from them in Pamphylia, and didn't go with them to do the work. 015:039 Then the contention grew so sharp that they separated from each other. Barnabas took Mark with him, and sailed away to Cyprus, 015:040 but Paul chose Silas, and went out, being commended by the brothers to the grace of God. 015:041 He went through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the assemblies. 016:001 He came to Derbe and Lystra: and behold, a certain disciple was there, named Timothy, the son of a Jewess who believed; but his father was a Greek. 016:002 The brothers who were at Lystra and Iconium gave a good testimony about him. 016:003 Paul wanted to have him go out with him, and he took and circumcised him because of the Jews who were in those parts; for they all knew that his father was a Greek. 016:004 As they went on their way through the cities, they delivered the decrees to them to keep which had been ordained by the apostles and elders who were at Jerusalem. 016:005 So the assemblies were strengthened in the faith, and increased in number daily. 016:006 When they had gone through the region of Phrygia and Galatia, they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia. 016:007 When they had come opposite Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit didn't allow them. 016:008 Passing by Mysia, they came down to Troas. 016:009 A vision appeared to Paul in the night. There was a man of Macedonia standing, begging him, and saying, "Come over into Macedonia and help us." 016:010 When he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go out to Macedonia, concluding that the Lord had called us to preach the Good News to them. 016:011 Setting sail therefore from Troas, we made a straight course to Samothrace, and the day following to Neapolis; 016:012 and from there to Philippi, which is a city of Macedonia, the foremost of the district, a Roman colony. We were staying some days in this city. 016:013 On the Sabbath day we went forth outside of the city by a riverside, where we supposed there was a place of prayer, and we sat down, and spoke to the women who had come together. 016:014 A certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, one who worshiped God, heard us; whose heart the Lord opened to listen to the things which were spoken by Paul. 016:015 When she and her household were baptized, she begged us, saying, "If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and stay." So she persuaded us. 016:016 It happened, as we were going to prayer, that a certain girl having a spirit of divination met us, who brought her masters much gain by fortune telling. 016:017 Following Paul and us, she cried out, "These men are servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us the way of salvation!" 016:018 She was doing this for many days. But Paul, becoming greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, "I charge you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her!" It came out that very hour. 016:019 But when her masters saw that the hope of their gain was gone, they seized Paul and Silas, and dragged them into the marketplace before the rulers. 016:020 When they had brought them to the magistrates, they said, "These men, being Jews, are agitating our city, 016:021 and set forth customs which it is not lawful for us to accept or to observe, being Romans." 016:022 The multitude rose up together against them, and the magistrates tore their clothes off of them, and commanded them to be beaten with rods. 016:023 When they had laid many stripes on them, they threw them into prison, charging the jailer to keep them safely, 016:024 who, having received such a charge, threw them into the inner prison, and secured their feet in the stocks. 016:025 But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. 016:026 Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone's bonds were loosened. 016:027 The jailer, being roused out of sleep and seeing the prison doors open, drew his sword and was about to kill himself, supposing that the prisoners had escaped. 016:028 But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, "Don't harm yourself, for we are all here!" 016:029 He called for lights and sprang in, and, fell down trembling before Paul and Silas, 016:030 and brought them out and said, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?" 016:031 They said, "Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household." 016:032 They spoke the word of the Lord to him, and to all who were in his house. 016:033 He took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes, and was immediately baptized, he and all his household. 016:034 He brought them up into his house, and set food before them, and rejoiced greatly, with all his household, having believed in God. 016:035 But when it was day, the magistrates sent the sergeants, saying, "Let those men go." 016:036 The jailer reported these words to Paul, saying, "The magistrates have sent to let you go; now therefore come out, and go in peace." 016:037 But Paul said to them, "They have beaten us publicly, without a trial, men who are Romans, and have cast us into prison! Do they now release us secretly? No, most certainly, but let them come themselves and bring us out!" 016:038 The sergeants reported these words to the magistrates, and they were afraid when they heard that they were Romans, 016:039 and they came and begged them. When they had brought them out, they asked them to depart from the city. 016:040 They went out of the prison, and entered into Lydia's house. When they had seen the brothers, they encouraged them, and departed. 017:001 Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a Jewish synagogue. 017:002 Paul, as was his custom, went in to them, and for three Sabbath days reasoned with them from the Scriptures, 017:003 explaining and demonstrating that the Christ had to suffer and rise again from the dead, and saying, "This Jesus, whom I proclaim to you, is the Christ." 017:004 Some of them were persuaded, and joined Paul and Silas, of the devout Greeks a great multitude, and not a few of the chief women. 017:005 But the unpersuaded Jews took along{TR reads "And the Jews who were unpersuaded, becoming envious and taking along" instead of "But the unpersuaded Jews took along"} some wicked men from the marketplace, and gathering a crowd, set the city in an uproar. Assaulting the house of Jason, they sought to bring them out to the people. 017:006 When they didn't find them, they dragged Jason and certain brothers{The word for "brothers" here and where the context allows may be also correctly translated "brothers and sisters" or "siblings."} before the rulers of the city, crying, "These who have turned the world upside down have come here also, 017:007 whom Jason has received. These all act contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, Jesus!" 017:008 The multitude and the rulers of the city were troubled when they heard these things. 017:009 When they had taken security from Jason and the rest, they let them go. 017:010 The brothers immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Beroea. When they arrived, they went into the Jewish synagogue. 017:011 Now these were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of the mind, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so. 017:012 Many of them therefore believed; also of the prominent Greek women, and not a few men. 017:013 But when the Jews of Thessalonica had knowledge that the word of God was proclaimed by Paul at Beroea also, they came there likewise, agitating the multitudes. 017:014 Then the brothers immediately sent out Paul to go as far as to the sea, and Silas and Timothy still stayed there. 017:015 But those who escorted Paul brought him as far as Athens. Receiving a commandment to Silas and Timothy that they should come to him very quickly, they departed. 017:016 Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him as he saw the city full of idols. 017:017 So he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and the devout persons, and in the marketplace every day with those who met him. 017:018 Some of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers also{TR omits "also"} were conversing with him. Some said, "What does this babbler want to say?" Others said, "He seems to be advocating foreign deities," because he preached Jesus and the resurrection. 017:019 They took hold of him, and brought him to the Areopagus, saying, "May we know what this new teaching is, which is spoken by you? 017:020 For you bring certain strange things to our ears. We want to know therefore what these things mean." 017:021 Now all the Athenians and the strangers living there spent their time in nothing else, but either to tell or to hear some new thing. 017:022 Paul stood in the middle of the Areopagus, and said, "You men of Athens, I perceive that you are very religious in all things. 017:023 For as I passed along, and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription: 'TO AN UNKNOWN GOD.' What therefore you worship in ignorance, this I announce to you. 017:024 The God who made the world and all things in it, he, being Lord of heaven and earth, doesn't dwell in temples made with hands, 017:025 neither is he served by men's hands, as though he needed anything, seeing he himself gives to all life and breath, and all things. 017:026 He made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the surface of the earth, having determined appointed seasons, and the boundaries of their dwellings, 017:027 that they should seek the Lord, if perhaps they might reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. 017:028 'For in him we live, and move, and have our being.' As some of your own poets have said, 'For we are also his offspring.' 017:029 Being then the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold, or silver, or stone, engraved by art and design of man. 017:030 The times of ignorance therefore God overlooked. But now he commands that all people everywhere should repent, 017:031 because he has appointed a day in which he will judge the world in righteousness by the man whom he has ordained; of which he has given assurance to all men, in that he has raised him from the dead." 017:032 Now when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked; but others said, "We want to hear you again concerning this." 017:033 Thus Paul went out from among them. 017:034 But certain men joined with him, and believed, among whom also was Dionysius the Areopagite, and a woman named Damaris, and others with them. 018:001 After these things Paul departed from Athens, and came to Corinth. 018:002 He found a certain Jew named Aquila, a man of Pontus by race, who had recently come from Italy, with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had commanded all the Jews to depart from Rome. He came to them, 018:003 and because he practiced the same trade, he lived with them and worked, for by trade they were tent makers. 018:004 He reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath, and persuaded Jews and Greeks. 018:005 But when Silas and Timothy came down from Macedonia, Paul was compelled by the Spirit, testifying to the Jews that Jesus was the Christ. 018:006 When they opposed him and blasphemed, he shook out his clothing and said to them, "Your blood be on your own heads! I am clean. From now on, I will go to the Gentiles!" 018:007 He departed there, and went into the house of a certain man named Justus, one who worshiped God, whose house was next door to the synagogue. 018:008 Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue, believed in the Lord with all his house. Many of the Corinthians, when they heard, believed and were baptized. 018:009 The Lord said to Paul in the night by a vision, "Don't be afraid, but speak and don't be silent; 018:010 for I am with you, and no one will attack you to harm you, for I have many people in this city." 018:011 He lived there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them. 018:012 But when Gallio was proconsul of Achaia, the Jews with one accord rose up against Paul and brought him before the judgment seat, 018:013 saying, "This man persuades men to worship God contrary to the law." 018:014 But when Paul was about to open his mouth, Gallio said to the Jews, "If indeed it were a matter of wrong or of wicked crime, you Jews, it would be reasonable that I should bear with you; 018:015 but if they are questions about words and names and your own law, look to it yourselves. For I don't want to be a judge of these matters." 018:016 He drove them from the judgment seat. 018:017 Then all the Greeks laid hold on Sosthenes, the ruler of the synagogue, and beat him before the judgment seat. Gallio didn't care about any of these things. 018:018 Paul, having stayed after this many more days, took his leave of the brothers,{The word for "brothers" here and where the context allows may also be correctly translated "brothers and sisters" or "siblings."} and sailed from there for Syria, together with Priscilla and Aquila. He shaved his head in Cenchreae, for he had a vow. 018:019 He came to Ephesus, and he left them there; but he himself entered into the synagogue, and reasoned with the Jews. 018:020 When they asked him to stay with them a longer time, he declined; 018:021 but taking his leave of them, and saying, "I must by all means keep this coming feast in Jerusalem, but I will return again to you if God wills," he set sail from Ephesus. 018:022 When he had landed at Caesarea, he went up and greeted the assembly, and went down to Antioch. 018:023 Having spent some time there, he departed, and went through the region of Galatia, and Phrygia, in order, establishing all the disciples. 018:024 Now a certain Jew named Apollos, an Alexandrian by race, an eloquent man, came to Ephesus. He was mighty in the Scriptures. 018:025 This man had been instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in spirit, he spoke and taught accurately the things concerning Jesus, although he knew only the baptism of John. 018:026 He began to speak boldly in the synagogue. But when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside, and explained to him the way of God more accurately. 018:027 When he had determined to pass over into Achaia, the brothers encouraged him, and wrote to the disciples to receive him. When he had come, he greatly

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