¶ The former treatise I made, O Theophilus, concerning all that Jesus began
both to do and to teach,
2 until the day in which he was received up, after that he had given commandment
through the Holy Ghost unto the apostles whom he had chosen:
3 To whom he also shewed himself alive after his passion by many proofs,
appearing unto them by the space of forty days, and speaking the things
concerning the kingdom of God:
4 and, being assembled together with them, he charged them not to depart from
Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, [said he], ye heard
5 For John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy
Ghost not many days hence.
6 ¶ They therefore, when they were come together, asked him, saying, Lord, dost
thou at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?
7 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know times or seasons, which the
Father hath set within his own authority.
8 But ye shall receive power, when the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall
be my witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea and Samaria, and unto the
uttermost part of the earth.
9 And when he had said these things, as they were looking, he was taken up; and
a cloud received him out of their sight.
10 And while they were looking stedfastly into heaven as he went, behold, two
men stood by them in white apparel;
11 which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye looking into heaven? this
Jesus, which was received up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner
as ye beheld him going into heaven.
12 ¶ Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is
nigh unto Jerusalem, a sabbath day’s journey off.
13 And when they were come in, they went up into the upper chamber, where they
were abiding; both Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas,
Bartholomew and Matthew, James [the son] of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and
Judas [the son] of James.
14 These all with one accord continued stedfastly in prayer, with the women, and
Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.
15 ¶ And in these days Peter stood up in the midst of the brethren, and said
(and there was a multitude of persons [gathered] together, about a hundred and
16 Brethren, it was needful that the scripture should be fulfilled, which the
Holy Ghost spake before by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who was guide to
them that took Jesus.
17 For he was numbered among us, and received his portion in this ministry.
18 (Now this man obtained a field with the reward of his iniquity; and falling
headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out.
19 And it became known to all the dwellers at Jerusalem; insomuch that in their
language that field was called Akeldama, that is, The field of blood.)
20 For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be made desolate,
And let no man dwell therein: and, His office let another take.
21 Of the men therefore which have companied with us all the time that the Lord
Jesus went in and went out among us,
22 beginning from the baptism of John, unto the day that he was received up from
us, of these must one become a witness with us of his resurrection.
23 And they put forward two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was surnamed Justus,
24 And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men,
shew of these two the one whom thou hast chosen,
25 to take the place in this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas fell
away, that he might go to his own place.
26 And they gave lots for them; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was
numbered with the eleven apostles.
1 ¶ And when the day of Pentecost was now come, they were all together in one
2 And suddenly there came from heaven a sound as of the rushing of a mighty
wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
3 And there appeared unto them tongues parting asunder, like as of fire; and it
sat upon each one of them.
4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other
tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
5 ¶ Now there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation
6 And when this sound was heard, the multitude came together, and were
confounded, because that every man heard them speaking in his own language.
7 And they were all amazed and marveled, saying, Behold, are not all these which
8 And how hear we, every man in our own language, wherein we were born?
9 Parthians and Medes and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, in Judaea
and Cappadocia, in Pontus and Asia,
10 in Phrygia and Pamphylia, in Egypt and the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and
sojourners from Rome, both Jews and proselytes,
11 Cretans and Arabians, we do hear them speaking in our tongues the mighty
works of God.
12 And they were all amazed, and were perplexed, saying one to another, What
13 But others mocking said, They are filled with new wine.
14 ¶ But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and spake
forth unto them, [saying], Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem,
be this known unto you, and give ear unto 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 hath been spoken by the prophet Joel;
17 And it shall be in the last days, saith God, I will pour forth 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 Yea and on my servants and on my handmaidens in those days Will I pour forth
of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy.
19 And I will shew wonders in the heaven above, And signs on 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
day of the Lord come, That great and notable [day]:
21 And it shall be, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be
22 Ye men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God
unto you by mighty works and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the
midst of you, even as ye yourselves know;
23 him, being delivered up by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God,
ye by the hand of lawless men did crucify and slay:
24 whom God raised up, having loosed the pangs of death: because it was not
possible that he should be holden of it.
25 For David saith concerning him, I beheld the Lord always before my face; For
he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved:
26 Therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced; Moreover my flesh also
shall dwell in hope:
27 Because thou wilt not leave my soul in Hades, Neither wilt thou give thy Holy
One to see corruption.
28 Thou madest known unto me the ways of life; Thou shalt make me full of
gladness with thy countenance.
29 Brethren, I may say unto you freely of the patriarch David, that he both died
and was buried, and his tomb is with us unto this day.
30 Being therefore a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to
him, that of the fruit of his loins he would set [one] upon his throne;
31 he foreseeing [this] spake of the resurrection of the Christ, that neither
was he left in Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption.
32 This Jesus did God raise up, whereof we all are witnesses.
33 Being therefore by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the
Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath poured forth this, which ye see
34 For David ascended not into the heavens: but he saith himself, The Lord said
unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand,
35 Till I make thine enemies the footstool of thy feet.
36 Let all the house of Israel therefore know assuredly, that God hath made him
both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom ye crucified.
37 ¶ Now when they heard [this], they were pricked in their heart, and said
unto Peter and the rest of the apostles, Brethren, what shall we do?
38 And Peter [said] unto them, Repent ye, and be baptized every one of you in
the name of Jesus Christ unto the remission of your sins; and ye shall receive
the gift of the Holy Ghost.
39 For to you is the promise, and to your children, and to all that are afar
off, [even] as many as the Lord our God shall call unto him.
40 And with many other words he testified, and exhorted them, saying, Save
yourselves from this crooked generation.
41 They then that received his word were baptized: and there were added [unto
them] in that day about three thousand souls.
42 ¶ And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship,
in the breaking of bread and the prayers.
43 And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the
44 And all that believed were together, and had all things common;
45 and they sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all, according
as any man had need.
46 And day by day, continuing stedfastly with one accord in the temple, and
breaking bread at home, they did take their food with gladness and singleness of
47 praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to
them day by day those that were being saved.
1 ¶ Now Peter and John were going up into the temple at the hour of prayer,
[being] the ninth [hour].
2 And a certain man that was lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom
they laid daily at the door 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 to receive an
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 from them.
6 But Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but what I have, that give I
thee. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.
7 And he took him by the right hand, and raised him up: and immediately his feet
and his ankle–bones received strength.
8 And leaping up, he stood, and began to walk; and he entered with them into the
temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.
9 And all the people saw him walking and praising God:
10 and they took knowledge of him, 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 he 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 man? or why fasten ye your eyes on us, as though by our own
power or godliness we had made him to walk?
13 The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath
glorified his Servant Jesus; whom ye delivered up, and denied before the face of
Pilate, when he had determined to release him.
14 But ye denied the Holy and Righteous One, and asked for a murderer to be
granted unto you,
15 and killed the Prince of life; whom God raised from the dead; whereof we are
16 And by faith in his name hath his name made this man strong, whom ye behold
and know: yea, the faith which is through him hath given him this perfect
soundness in the presence of you all.
17 And now, brethren, I wot that in ignorance ye did it, as did also your
18 But the things which God foreshewed by the mouth of all the prophets, that
his Christ should suffer, he thus fulfilled.
19 Repent ye therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out, that
so there may come seasons of refreshing from the presence of the Lord;
20 and that he may send the Christ who hath been appointed for you, [even]
21 whom the heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things,
whereof God spake by the mouth of his holy prophets which have been since the
22 Moses indeed said, A prophet shall the Lord God raise up unto you from among
your brethren, like unto me; to him shall ye hearken in all things whatsoever he
shall speak unto you.
23 And it shall be, that every soul, which shall not hearken to that prophet,
shall be utterly destroyed from among the people.
24 Yea and all the prophets from Samuel and them that followed after, as many as
have spoken, they also told of these days.
25 Ye are the sons of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with your
fathers, saying unto Abraham, And in thy seed shall all the families of the
earth be blessed.
26 Unto you first God, having raised up his Servant, sent him to bless you, in
turning away every one of you from your iniquities.
1 ¶ And as they spake unto the people, the priests and the captain of the
temple and the Sadducees came upon them,
2 being sore troubled because they taught the people, and proclaimed in Jesus
the resurrection from the dead.
3 And they laid hands on them, and put them in ward unto the morrow: for it was
4 But many of them that heard the word believed; and the number of the men came
to be about five thousand.
5 ¶ And it came to pass on the morrow, that their rulers and elders and scribes
were gathered together in Jerusalem;
6 and Annas the high priest [was there], and Caiaphas, and John, and Alexander,
and as many as were of the kindred of the high priest.
7 And when they had set them in the midst, they inquired, By what power, or in
what name, have ye done this?
8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the
people, and elders,
9 if we this day are examined concerning a good deed done to an impotent man, by
what means this man is made whole;
10 be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that in the name
of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead,
[even] in him doth this man stand here before you whole.
11 He is the stone which was set at nought of you the builders, which was made
the head of the corner.
12 And in none other is there salvation: for neither is there any other name
under heaven, that is given among men, wherein we must be saved.
13 Now when they beheld the boldness of Peter and John, and had perceived that
they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marveled; and they took knowledge of
them, that they had been with Jesus.
14 And seeing 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 wrought through them, is manifest to all that dwell in Jerusalem; and we
cannot deny it.
17 But that it spread no further among the people, let us threaten them, that
they speak henceforth to no man in this name.
18 And they called them, and charged 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 rather than unto God, judge ye:
20 for we cannot but speak the things which we saw and heard.
21 And they, when they had further threatened them, 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 more than forty years old, on whom this miracle of healing
23 ¶ And being let go, they came to their own company, and reported all that
the chief priests and the elders had said unto them.
24 And they, when they heard it, lifted up their voice to God with one accord,
and said, O Lord, thou that didst make the heaven and the earth and the sea, and
all that in them is:
25 who by the Holy Ghost, [by] the mouth of our father David thy servant, didst
say, Why did the Gentiles rage, And the peoples imagine vain things?
26 The kings of the earth set themselves in array, And the rulers were gathered
together, Against the Lord, and against his Anointed:
27 for of a truth in this city against thy holy Servant Jesus, whom thou didst
anoint, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the peoples of
Israel, were gathered together,
28 to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel foreordained to come to pass.
29 And now, Lord, look upon their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants to
speak thy word with all boldness,
30 while thou stretchest forth thy hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may
be done through the name of thy holy Servant Jesus.
31 And when they had prayed, the place was shaken wherein they were gathered
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 soul: and
not one [of them] said that aught of the things which he possessed was his own;
but they had all things common.
33 And with great power gave the apostles their witness of the resurrection of
the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.
34 For neither was there among them any 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 at the apostles’ feet: and distribution was made unto each,
according as any one had need.
36 And Joseph, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas (which is, being
interpreted, Son of exhortation), a Levite, a man of Cyprus by race,
37 having a field, sold it, and brought the money, and laid it at the
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’ feet.
3 But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thy heart to lie to the Holy
Ghost, and to keep back [part] of the price of the land?
4 Whiles it remained, did it not remain thine own? and after it was sold, was it
not in thy power? How is it that thou hast conceived this thing in thy 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 upon all that heard it.
6 And the young men arose and wrapped him round, and they carried him out and
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 But 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 they shall carry thee out.
10 And she fell down immediately at his feet, and gave up the ghost: and the
young men came in and found her dead, and they carried her out and buried her by
11 And great fear came upon the whole church, and upon all that heard these
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 Solomon’s porch.
13 But of the rest durst no man join himself to them: howbeit the people
14 and believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and
15 insomuch that they even carried out the sick into the streets, and laid them
on beds and couches, that, as Peter came by, at the least his shadow might
overshadow some one of them.
16 And there also came together the multitude from the cities round about
Jerusalem, bringing sick folk, and them that were vexed with unclean spirits:
and they were healed every one.
17 ¶ But the high priest rose up, and all they that were with him (which is the
sect of the Sadducees), and they were filled with jealousy,
18 and laid hands on the apostles, and put them in public ward.
19 But an angel of the Lord by night opened the prison doors, and brought them
out, and said,
20 Go ye, and stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this
21 And when they heard [this], they entered into the temple about daybreak, 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–house to have them brought.
22 But the officers that came found them not in the prison; and they returned,
23 saying, The prison–house we found shut in all safety, and the keepers
standing at the doors: but when we had opened, we found no man within.
24 Now when the captain of the temple and the chief priests heard these words,
they were much perplexed concerning them whereunto this would grow.
25 And there came one and told them, Behold, the men whom ye put in the prison
are in the temple standing and teaching the people.
26 ¶ Then went the captain with the officers, and brought them, [but] without
violence; for they feared the people, lest they should be stoned.
27 And when they had brought them, they set them before the council. And the
high priest asked them,
28 saying, We straitly charged you not to teach in this name: and behold, ye
have filled Jerusalem with your teaching, and intend to bring this man’s blood
29 But Peter and the apostles answered and said, We must obey God rather than
30 The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew, hanging him on a tree.
31 Him did God exalt with his right hand [to be] a Prince and a Saviour, for to
give repentance to Israel, and remission of sins.
32 And we are witnesses of these things; and [so is] the Holy Ghost, whom God
hath given to them that obey him.
33 But they, when they heard this, were cut to the heart, and were minded to
34 But there stood up one in the council, a Pharisee, named Gamaliel, a doctor
of the law, had in honour of all the people, and commanded to put the men forth
a little while.
35 And he said unto them, Ye men of Israel, take heed to yourselves as touching
these men, what ye are about to do.
36 For before these days rose up Theudas, giving 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 nought.
37 After this man rose up Judas of Galilee in the days of the enrollment, and
drew away [some of the] people after him: he also perished; and all, as many as
obeyed him, were scattered abroad.
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 be overthrown:
39 but if it is of God, ye will not be able to overthrow them; lest haply ye be
found even to be fighting against God.
40 And to him they agreed: and when they had called the apostles unto them, they
beat them and charged them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go.
41 They therefore departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they
were counted worthy to suffer dishonour for the Name.
42 And every day, in the temple and at home, they ceased not to teach and to
preach Jesus [as] the Christ.
1 ¶ Now in these days, when the number of the disciples was multiplying, there
arose a murmuring of the Grecian Jews against the Hebrews, because their widows
were neglected in the daily ministration.
2 And the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It
is not fit that we should forsake the word of God, and serve tables.
3 Look ye out therefore, brethren, from among you seven men of good report, full
of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business.
4 But we will continue stedfastly in prayer, and in 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 Spirit, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and
Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch:
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 exceedingly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to the
8 ¶ And Stephen, full of grace and power, wrought great wonders and signs among
9 But there arose certain of them that were of the synagogue called [the
synagogue] of the Libertines, and of the Cyrenians, and of the Alexandrians, and
of them of Cilicia and Asia, disputing with Stephen.
10 And they were not able to withstand the wisdom and the Spirit by which he
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 seized him, and brought him into the council,
13 and set up false witnesses, which said, This man ceaseth not to speak words
against this holy place, and the law:
14 for we have heard him say, that this Jesus of Nazareth shall destroy this
place, and shall change the customs which Moses delivered unto us.
15 And all that sat in the council, fastening their eyes on him, saw his face as
it had been the face of an angel.
1 ¶ And the high priest said, Are these things so?
2 And he said, Brethren and fathers, hearken. The God of glory appeared unto our
father Abraham, when he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Haran,
3 and said unto him, Get thee out of thy land, 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 Haran: and from
thence, when his father was dead, [God] removed him into this land, wherein ye
5 and he gave him none inheritance in it, no, not so much as to set his foot on:
and he promised that he would give it to him in 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
7 And the nation to which they shall be in bondage will I judge, said God: and
after that shall they come forth, and serve me in this place.
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 the
9 And the patriarchs, moved with jealousy against Joseph, sold him into Egypt:
and God was with him,
10 and delivered him out of all his afflictions, and gave him favour and wisdom
before Pharaoh king of Egypt; and he made him governor over Egypt and all his
11 Now there came a famine over all Egypt and Canaan, and great affliction: and
our fathers found no sustenance.
12 But when Jacob heard that there was corn in Egypt, he sent forth our fathers
the first time.
13 And at the second time Joseph was made known to his brethren; and Joseph’s
race became manifest unto Pharaoh.
14 And Joseph sent, and called to him Jacob his father, and all his kindred,
threescore and fifteen souls.
15 And Jacob went down into Egypt; and he died, himself, and our fathers;
16 and they were carried over unto Shechem, and laid in the tomb that Abraham
bought for a price in silver of the sons of Hamor in Shechem.
17 ¶ But as the time of the promise drew nigh, which God vouchsafed unto
Abraham, the people grew and multiplied in Egypt,
18 till there arose another king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph.
19 The same dealt subtilly with our race, and evil entreated our fathers, that
they should cast out their babes to the end they might not live.
20 At which season Moses was born, and was exceeding fair; and he was nourished
three months in his father’s house:
21 and when he was cast out, Pharaoh’s daughter took him up, and nourished him
for her own son.
22 And Moses was instructed in all the wisdom of the Egyptians; and he was
mighty in his words and works.
23 But when he was well–nigh 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, smiting the Egyptian:
25 and he supposed that his brethren understood how that God by his hand was
giving them deliverance; but they understood not.
26 And the day following he appeared unto them as they strove, and would have
set them at one again, saying, Sirs, ye are brethren; why do ye wrong one to
27 But he that did his neighbour wrong thrust him away, saying, Who made thee a
ruler and a judge over us?
28 Wouldest thou kill me, as thou killedst the Egyptian yesterday?
29 And Moses fled at this saying, and became a sojourner in the land of Midian,
where he begat two sons.
30 ¶ And when forty years were fulfilled, an angel appeared to him in the
wilderness of mount Sinai, in a flame of fire in a bush.
31 And when Moses saw it, he wondered at the sight: and as he drew near to
behold, there came a voice of the Lord,
32 I am the God of thy fathers, the God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob.
And Moses trembled, and durst not behold.
33 And the Lord said unto him, Loose the shoes from thy feet: for the place
whereon thou standest is holy ground.
34 I have surely seen the affliction of my people which is in Egypt, and have
heard their groaning, and I 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? him
hath God sent [to be] both a ruler and a deliverer with the hand of the angel
which appeared to him in the bush.
36 This man led them forth, having wrought wonders and signs in Egypt, and in
the Red sea, and in the wilderness forty years.
37 This is that Moses, which said unto the children of Israel, A prophet shall
God raise up unto you from among your brethren, like unto me.
38 This is he that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which
spake to him in the mount Sinai, and with our fathers: who received living
oracles to give unto us:
39 to whom our fathers would not be obedient, but thrust him from them, and
turned back in their hearts unto Egypt,
40 saying unto Aaron, Make us gods which shall go before us: for as for this
Moses, which led us forth out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of
41 And they made a calf in those days, and brought a sacrifice unto the idol,
and rejoiced in the works of their hands.
42 ¶ But God turned, and gave them up to serve the host of heaven; as it is
written in the book of the prophets, Did ye offer unto me slain beasts and
sacrifices Forty years in the wilderness, O house of Israel?
43 And ye took up the tabernacle of Moloch, And the star of the god Rephan, The
figures which ye made to worship them: And I will carry you away beyond Babylon.
44 Our fathers had the tabernacle of the testimony in the wilderness, even as he
appointed who spake unto Moses, that he should make it according to the figure
that he had seen.
45 Which also our fathers, in their turn, brought in with Joshua when they
entered on the possession of the nations, which God thrust out before the face
of our fathers, unto the days of David;
46 who found favour in the sight of God, and asked to find a habitation for the
God of Jacob.
47 But Solomon built him a house.
48 Howbeit the Most High dwelleth not in [houses] made with hands; as saith the
49 The heaven is my throne, And the earth the footstool of my feet: What manner
of house will ye build me? saith the Lord: Or what is the place of my rest?
50 Did not my hand make 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 did not your fathers persecute? and they killed them
which shewed before of the coming of the Righteous One; of whom ye have now
become betrayers and murderers;
53 ye who received the law as it was ordained by angels, and kept it not.
54 ¶ Now 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 But they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and rushed upon
him with one accord;
58 and they cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid
down their garments at the feet of a young man named Saul.
59 And they stoned Stephen, calling upon [the Lord], 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 asleep.
1 ¶ And Saul was consenting unto his death. And there arose on that day a great
persecution against the church which was in Jerusalem; and they were all
scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria, except the
2 And devout men buried Stephen, and made great lamentation over him.
3 But Saul laid waste the church, entering into every house, and haling men and
women committed them to prison.
4 ¶ They therefore that were scattered abroad went about preaching the word.
5 And Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and proclaimed unto them the
6 And the multitudes gave heed with one accord unto the things that were spoken
by Philip, when they heard, and saw the signs which he did.
7 For [from] many of those which had unclean spirits, they came out, crying with
a loud voice: and many that were palsied, and that were lame, were healed.
8 And there was much joy in that city.
9 But there was a certain man, Simon by name, which beforetime in the city used
sorcery, and amazed the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some
10 to whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man
is that power of God which is called Great.
11 And they gave heed to him, because that of long time he had amazed them with
12 But when they believed Philip preaching good tidings concerning the kingdom
of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.
13 And Simon also himself believed: and being baptized, he continued with
Philip; and beholding signs and great miracles wrought, he was amazed.
14 ¶ Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had
received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John:
15 who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the
16 for as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they had been baptized into
the name of the Lord Jesus.
17 Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.
18 Now when Simon saw that through the 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 my hands, he may
receive the Holy Ghost.
20 But Peter said unto him, Thy silver perish with thee, because thou hast
thought to obtain the gift of God with money.
21 Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right
22 Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray the Lord, if perhaps the
thought of thy heart shall be forgiven thee.
23 For I see that thou art in the gall of bitterness and in the bond of
24 And Simon answered and said, Pray ye for me to the Lord, that none of the
things which ye have spoken come upon me.
25 They therefore, when they had testified and spoken the word of the Lord,
returned to Jerusalem, and preached the gospel to many villages of the
26 ¶ But an angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward
the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza: the same is
27 And he arose and went: and behold, 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 for to worship;
28 and he was returning and sitting in his chariot, and was reading the prophet
29 And the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot.
30 And Philip ran to him, and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet, and said,
Understandest thou what thou readest?
31 And he said, How can I, except some one shall guide me? And he besought
Philip to come up and sit with him.
32 Now the place of the scripture which he was reading was this, He was led as a
sheep to the slaughter; And as a lamb before his shearer is dumb, So he openeth
not his mouth:
33 In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: His generation who shall
declare? 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 And Philip opened his mouth, and beginning from this scripture, preached unto
36 And as they went on the way, they came unto a certain water; and the eunuch
saith, Behold, [here is] water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?
38 And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they both went down into the
water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.
39 And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away
Philip; and the eunuch saw him no more, for he went on his way rejoicing.
40 But Philip was found at Azotus: and passing through he preached the gospel to
all the cities, till he came to Caesarea.
1 ¶ But Saul, yet breathing threatening and slaughter against the disciples of
the Lord, went unto the high priest,
2 and asked of him letters to Damascus unto the synagogues, that if he found any
that were of the Way, whether men or women, he might bring them bound to
3 And as he journeyed, it came to pass that he drew nigh unto Damascus: and
suddenly there shone round about him a light out of heaven:
4 and he fell upon the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why
persecutest thou me?
5 And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And he [said], I am Jesus whom thou
6 but rise, and enter into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must
7 And the men that journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing the voice, but
beholding no man.
8 And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw nothing;
and they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus.
9 And he was three days without sight, and did neither eat nor drink.
10 ¶ Now there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and the Lord
said unto him in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I [am here], Lord.
11 And the Lord [said] unto him, Arise, and go to the street which is called
Straight, and inquire in the house of Judas for one named Saul, a man of Tarsus:
for behold, he prayeth;
12 and he hath seen a man named Ananias coming in, and laying his hands on him,
that he might receive his sight.
13 But Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard from many of this man, how much evil
he did to thy saints at Jerusalem:
14 and here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call upon
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 many things he must suffer for my name’s sake.
17 And Ananias departed, and entered into the house; and laying his hands on him
said, Brother Saul, the Lord, [even] Jesus, who appeared unto thee in the way
which thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mayest receive thy sight, and be
filled with the Holy Ghost.
18 And straightway there fell from his eyes as it were scales, and he received
his sight; and he arose and was baptized;
19 and he took food and was strengthened. And he was certain days with the
disciples which were at Damascus.
20 And straightway in the synagogues he proclaimed Jesus, that he is the Son of
21 And all that heard him were amazed, and said, Is not this he that in
Jerusalem made havock of them which called on this name? and he had come hither
for this intent, that he might bring them bound before the chief priests.
22 But Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded the Jews which dwelt
at Damascus, proving that this is the Christ.
23 ¶ And when many days were fulfilled, the Jews took counsel together to kill
24 but their plot became known to Saul. And they watched the gates also day and
night that they might kill him:
25 but his disciples took him by night, and let him down through the wall,
lowering him in a basket.
26 And when he was come to Jerusalem, he assayed to join himself to the
disciples: and they were all afraid of him, not believing that he was a
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
at Damascus he had preached boldly in the name of Jesus.
28 And he was with them going in and going out at Jerusalem,
29 preaching boldly in the name of the Lord: and he spake and disputed against
the Grecian Jews; but they went about to kill him.
30 And when the brethren knew it, they brought him down to Caesarea, and sent
him forth to Tarsus.
31 So the church throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria had peace, being
edified; and, walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy
Ghost, was multiplied.
32 ¶ And it came to pass, as Peter went throughout all parts, 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; for he was palsied.
34 And Peter said unto him, Aeneas, Jesus Christ healeth thee: arise, and make
thy bed. And straightway he arose.
35 And all that dwelt at Lydda and in Sharon saw him, and they turned to the
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 fell sick, and died: and when
they had washed her, they laid her in an upper chamber.
38 And as Lydda was nigh unto Joppa, the disciples, hearing that Peter was
there, sent two men unto him, entreating him, Delay not to come on unto us.
39 And Peter arose and went with them. And 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 to
the body, he said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes; and when she saw
Peter, she sat up.
41 And he gave her his hand, and raised her up; and calling the saints and
widows, he presented her alive.
42 And it became known throughout all Joppa: and many believed on the Lord.
43 And it came to pass, that he abode many days in Joppa with one Simon a
1 ¶ Now [there was] a certain man in Caesarea, Cornelius by name, a centurion
of the band called the Italian band,
2 a devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, who gave much alms
to the people, and prayed to God alway.
3 He saw in a vision openly, as it were about the ninth hour of the day, an
angel of God coming in unto him, and saying to him, Cornelius.
4 And he, fastening his eyes upon him, and being affrighted, said, What is it,
Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are gone up for a
memorial before God.
5 And now send men to Joppa, and fetch one Simon, who is surnamed Peter:
6 he lodgeth with one Simon a tanner, whose house is by the sea side.
7 And when the angel that spake unto him was departed, he called two of his
household–servants, and a devout soldier of them that waited on him
8 and having rehearsed all things unto them, he sent them to Joppa.
9 ¶ Now on the morrow, as they were on their journey, and drew nigh unto the
city, Peter went up upon the housetop to pray, about the sixth hour:
10 and he became hungry, and desired to eat: but while they made ready, he fell
into a trance;
11 and he beholdeth the heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending, as it
were a great sheet, let down by four corners upon the earth:
12 wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts and creeping things of the earth
and fowls of the heaven.
13 And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill and eat.
14 But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten anything that is common
15 And a voice [came] unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed,
make not thou common.
16 And this was done thrice: and straightway the vessel was received up into
17 Now while Peter was much perplexed in himself what the vision which he had
seen might mean, behold, the men that were sent by Cornelius, having made
inquiry for Simon’s house, stood before the gate,
18 and called and asked whether Simon, which was surnamed Peter, were lodging
19 ¶ And while Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said unto him, Behold,
three men seek thee.
20 But arise, and get thee down, and go with them, nothing doubting: for I have
21 And Peter went down to the men, and said, Behold, I am he whom ye seek: what
is the cause wherefore ye are come?
22 And they said, Cornelius a centurion, a righteous man and one that feareth
God, and well reported of by all the nation of the Jews, was warned [of God] by
a holy angel to send for thee into his house, and to hear words from thee.
23 So he called them in and lodged them. And on the morrow he arose and went
forth with them, and certain of the brethren from Joppa accompanied him.
24 And on the morrow they entered into Caesarea. And Cornelius was waiting for
them, having called together his kinsmen and his near friends.
25 And when it came to pass that Peter entered, Cornelius met him, and fell down
at his feet, and worshipped him.
26 But Peter raised him up, saying, Stand up; I myself also am a man.
27 And as he talked with him, he went in, and findeth many come together:
28 and he said unto them, Ye yourselves know how that it is an unlawful thing
for a man that is a Jew to join himself or come unto one of another nation; and
[yet] unto me hath God shewed that I should not call any man common or unclean:
29 wherefore also I came without gainsaying, when I was sent for. I ask
therefore with what intent ye sent for me.
30 And Cornelius said, Four days ago, until this hour, I was keeping the ninth
hour of prayer in my house; and behold, a man stood before me in bright apparel,
31 and saith, Cornelius, thy prayer is heard, and thine alms are had in
remembrance in the sight of God.
32 Send therefore to Joppa, and call unto thee Simon, who is surnamed Peter; he
lodgeth in the house of Simon a tanner, by the sea side.
33 Forthwith therefore I sent to thee; and thou hast well done that thou art
come. Now therefore we are all here present in the sight of God, to hear all
things that have been commanded thee of the Lord.
34 ¶ And 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
acceptable to him.
36 The word which he sent unto the children of Israel, preaching good tidings of
peace by Jesus Christ (he is Lord of all)––
37 that saying ye yourselves know, which was published throughout all Judaea,
beginning from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached;
38 [even] Jesus of Nazareth, how that God anointed him 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 country of the
Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom also they slew, hanging him on a tree.
40 Him God raised up the third day, and gave him to be made manifest,
41 not to all the people, but unto witnesses that were chosen before of God,
[even] to us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the dead.
42 And he charged us to preach unto the people, and to testify that this is he
which is ordained of God [to be] the Judge of quick and dead.
43 To him bear all the prophets witness, that through his name every one that
believeth on 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 amazed, as many as came with
Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy
46 For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter,
47 Can any man forbid the 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 Jesus Christ. Then prayed
they him to tarry certain days.
1 ¶ Now the apostles and the brethren that were in Judaea heard that the
Gentiles also had 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 began, and expounded [the matter] unto them in order, saying,
5 I was in the city of Joppa praying: and in a trance I saw a vision, a certain
vessel descending, as it were a great sheet let down from heaven by four
corners; and it came even unto me:
6 upon the which when I had fastened mine eyes, I considered, and saw the
fourfooted beasts of the earth and wild beasts and creeping things and fowls of
7 And I heard also a voice saying unto me, Rise, Peter; kill and eat.
8 But I said, Not so, Lord: for nothing common or unclean hath ever entered into
9 But a voice answered the second time out of heaven, What God hath cleansed,
make not thou common.
10 And this was done thrice: and all were drawn up again into heaven.
11 And behold, forthwith three men stood before the house in which we were,
having been sent from Caesarea unto me.
12 And the Spirit bade me go with them, making no distinction. And these six
brethren also accompanied me; and we entered into the man’s house:
13 and he told us how he had seen the angel standing in his house, and saying,
Send to Joppa, and fetch Simon, whose surname is Peter;
14 who shall speak unto thee words, whereby thou shalt be saved, thou and all
15 And as I began to speak, the Holy Ghost fell on them, even as on us at the
16 And I remembered the word of the Lord, how that he said, John indeed baptized
with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost.
17 If then God gave unto them the like gift as [he did] also unto us, when we
believed on the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I, that I could withstand God?
18 And when they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God,
saying, Then to the Gentiles also hath God granted repentance unto life.
19 ¶ They therefore that were scattered abroad upon the tribulation that arose
about Stephen travelled as far as Phoenicia, and Cyprus, and Antioch, speaking
the word to none save only to Jews.
20 But there were some of them, men of Cyprus and Cyrene, who, when they were
come to Antioch, spake unto the Greeks also, preaching the Lord Jesus.
21 And the hand of the Lord was with them: and a great number that believed
turned unto the Lord.
22 And the report concerning them came to the ears of the church which was in
Jerusalem: and they sent forth Barnabas as far as Antioch:
23 who, when he was come, and had seen the grace of God, was glad; and he
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 And he went forth to Tarsus to seek for Saul:
26 and when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass,
that even for a whole year they were gathered together with the church, and
taught much people; and that the disciples were called Christians first in
27 ¶ Now in these days there came down prophets from Jerusalem unto Antioch.
28 And there stood up one of them named Agabus, and signified by the Spirit that
there should be a great famine over all the world: which came to pass in the
days of Claudius.
29 And the disciples, every man according to his ability, determined to send
relief unto the brethren that dwelt in Judaea:
30 which also they did, sending it to the elders by the hand of Barnabas and
1 ¶ Now about that time Herod the king put forth his hands to afflict certain
of the church.
2 And he killed James the brother of John with the sword.
3 And when he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to seize Peter also.
And [those] were the days of unleavened bread.
4 And when he had taken him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four
quaternions of soldiers to guard him; intending after the Passover to bring him
forth to the people.
5 ¶ Peter therefore was kept in the prison: but prayer was made earnestly of
the church unto God for him.
6 And when Herod was about to bring him forth, the same night Peter was sleeping
between two soldiers, bound with two chains: and guards before the door kept the
7 And behold, an angel of the Lord stood by him, and a light shined in the cell:
and he smote Peter on the side, and awoke him, saying, Rise up quickly. And his
chains fell off from his hands.
8 And the angel said unto him, Gird thyself, and bind on thy sandals. And he did
so. And he saith unto him, Cast thy garment about thee, and follow me.
9 And he went out, and followed; and he wist not that it was true which was done
by the angel, but thought he saw a vision.
10 And when they were past the first and the second ward, they came unto the
iron gate that leadeth into the city; which opened to them of its own accord:
and they went out, and passed on through one street; and straightway the angel
departed from him.
11 And when Peter was come to himself, he said, Now I know of a truth, that the
Lord hath sent forth his angel and delivered me out of the hand of Herod, and
from all the expectation of the people of the Jews.
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 and
13 And when he knocked at the door of the gate, a maid came to answer, named
14 And when she knew Peter’s voice, she opened not the gate for joy, but ran
in, and told that Peter stood before the gate.
15 And they said unto her, Thou art mad. But she confidently affirmed that it
was even so. And they said, It is his angel.
16 But Peter continued knocking: and when they had opened, they saw him, and
17 But he, beckoning unto them with the hand to hold their peace, declared unto
them how the Lord had brought him forth out of the prison. And he said, Tell
these things unto James, and to the brethren. And he departed, and went to
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 guards,
and commanded that they should be put to death. And he went down from Judaea to
Caesarea, and tarried there.
20 ¶ Now he was highly displeased with them of Tyre and Sidon: and they came
with one accord to him, and, having made Blastus the king’s chamberlain their
friend, they asked for peace, because their country was fed from the king’s
21 And upon a set day Herod arrayed himself in royal apparel, and sat on the
throne, and made an oration unto them.
22 And the people shouted, [saying], The voice of a god, and not of a man.
23 And immediately an angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the
glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost.
24 But the word of God grew and multiplied.
25 And Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerusalem, when they had fulfilled their
ministration, taking with them John whose surname was Mark.
1 ¶ Now there were at Antioch, in the church that was [there], prophets and
teachers, Barnabas, and Symeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and
Manaen the foster–brother of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.
2 And as they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate
me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.
3 Then, when they had fasted and prayed and laid their hands on them, they sent
4 ¶ So they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, went down to Seleucia; and
from thence they sailed to Cyprus.
5 And when they were at Salamis, they proclaimed the word of God in the
synagogues of the Jews: and they had also John as their attendant.
6 And when they had gone through the whole island unto Paphos, they found a
certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was Bar–Jesus;
7 which was with the proconsul, Sergius Paulus, a man of understanding. The same
called unto him Barnabas and Saul, and sought to hear the word of God.
8 But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation) withstood them,
seeking to turn aside the proconsul from the faith.
9 But Saul, who is also [called] Paul, filled with the Holy Ghost, fastened his
eyes on him,
10 and said, O full of all guile and all villany, thou son of the devil, thou
enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the
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 proconsul, when he saw what was done, believed, being astonished at
the teaching of the Lord.
13 Now Paul and his company set sail from Paphos, and came to Perga in Pamphylia:
and John departed from them and returned to Jerusalem.
14 ¶ But they, passing through from Perga, came to Antioch of Pisidia; and they
went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and sat down.
15 And after the reading of the law and the prophets the rulers of the synagogue
sent unto them, saying, Brethren, if ye have any word of exhortation for the
people, say on.
16 And Paul stood up, and beckoning with the hand said, Men of Israel, and ye
that fear God, hearken.
17 The God of this people Israel chose our fathers, and exalted the people when
they sojourned in the land of Egypt, and with a high arm led he them forth out
18 And for about the time of forty years suffered he their manners in the
19 And when he had destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan, he gave [them]
their land for an inheritance, for about four hundred and fifty years:
20 and after these things he gave [them] judges until Samuel the prophet.
21 And afterward they asked for a king: and God gave unto them Saul the son of
Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, for the space of forty years.
22 And when he had removed him, he raised up David to be their king; to whom
also he bare witness, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after
my heart, who shall do all my will.
23 Of this man’s seed hath God according to promise brought unto Israel a
24 when John had first preached before his coming the baptism of repentance to
all the people of Israel.
25 And as John was fulfilling his course, he said, What suppose ye that I am? I
am not [he]. But behold, there cometh one after me, the shoes of whose feet I am
not worthy to unloose.
26 Brethren, children of the stock of Abraham, and those among you that fear
God, to us is the word of this salvation sent forth.
27 For they that dwell in Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they knew him
not, nor the voices of the prophets which are read every sabbath, fulfilled
[them] by condemning [him].
28 And though they found no cause of death [in him], yet asked they of Pilate
that he should be slain.
29 And when they had fulfilled all things that were written of him, they took
him down from the tree, and laid him in a tomb.
30 But God raised him from the dead:
31 and he was seen for many days of them that came up with him from Galilee to
Jerusalem, who are now his witnesses unto the people.
32 And we bring you good tidings of the promise made unto the fathers,
33 how that God hath fulfilled the same unto our children, in that he raised up
Jesus; as also it is 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 hath spoken on this wise, I will give you the holy and sure
[blessings] of David.
35 Because he saith also in another [psalm], Thou wilt not give thy Holy One to
36 For David, after he had in his own generation served the counsel of God, fell
on sleep, and was laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption:
37 but he whom God raised up saw no corruption.
38 Be it known unto you therefore, brethren, that through this man is proclaimed
unto you remission of sins:
39 and by him every one that believeth is 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 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, if one declare it unto you.
42 ¶ And as they went out, they besought that these words might be spoken to
them the next sabbath.
43 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.
44 And the next sabbath almost the whole city was gathered together to hear the
word of God.
45 But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with jealousy, and
contradicted the things which were spoken by Paul, and blasphemed.
46 And Paul and Barnabas spake out boldly, and said, It was necessary that the
word of God should first be spoken to you. Seeing ye thrust it from you, and
judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles.
47 For so hath the Lord commanded us, [saying], I have set thee for a light of
the Gentiles, That thou shouldest be for salvation unto the uttermost part of
48 And as the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of
God: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed.
49 And the word of the Lord was spread abroad throughout all the region.
50 But the Jews urged on the devout women of honourable estate, and the chief
men of the city, and stirred up a persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and
cast them out of their borders.
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 Holy Ghost.
1 ¶ And it came to pass in Iconium, that they entered together into the
synagogue of the Jews, and so spake, that a great multitude both of Jews and of
2 But the Jews that were disobedient stirred up the souls of the Gentiles, and
made them evil affected against the brethren.
3 Long time therefore they tarried [there] speaking boldly in the Lord, which
bare witness unto the word of his grace, granting 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 made an onset both of the Gentiles and of the Jews with
their rulers, to entreat them shamefully, and to stone them,
6 they became aware of it, and fled unto the cities of Lycaonia, Lystra and
Derbe, and the region round about:
7 and there they preached the gospel.
8 ¶ And at Lystra there sat a certain man, impotent in his feet, a cripple from
his mother’s womb, who never had walked.
9 The same heard Paul speaking: who, fastening his eyes upon him, and seeing
that he had faith to be made whole,
10 said with a loud voice, Stand upright on thy feet. And he leaped up and
11 And when the multitudes saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voice,
saying in the speech of Lycaonia, The gods are come down to us in the likeness
12 And they called Barnabas, Jupiter; and Paul, Mercury, because he was the
13 And the priest of Jupiter whose [temple] was before the city, brought oxen
and garlands unto the gates, and would have done sacrifice with the multitudes.
14 But when the apostles, Barnabas and Paul, heard of it, they rent their
garments, and sprang forth among the multitude, crying out
15 and saying, Sirs, why do ye these things? We also are men of like passions
with you, and bring you good tidings, that ye should turn from these vain things
unto the living God, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea, and all that
in them is:
16 who in the generations gone by suffered all the nations to walk in their own
17 And yet he left not himself without witness, in that he did good, and gave
you from heaven rains and fruitful seasons, filling your hearts with food and
18 And with these sayings scarce restrained they the multitudes from doing
sacrifice unto them.
19 ¶ But there came Jews thither from Antioch and Iconium: and having persuaded
the multitudes, they stoned Paul, and dragged him out of the city, supposing
that he was dead.
20 But as the disciples stood round about him, he rose up, and entered into the
city: and on the morrow he went forth with Barnabas to Derbe.
21 And when they had preached the gospel to that city, and had made many
disciples, they returned to Lystra, and to Iconium, and to Antioch,
22 confirming the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the
faith, and that through many tribulations we must enter into the kingdom of God.
23 And when they had appointed for them elders in every church, and had prayed
with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they had believed.
24 And they passed through Pisidia, and came to Pamphylia.
25 And when they had spoken the word in Perga, they went down to Attalia;
26 and thence they sailed to Antioch, from whence they had been committed to the
grace of God for the work which they had fulfilled.
27 And when they were come, and had gathered the church together, they rehearsed
all things that God had done with them, and how that he had opened a door of
faith unto the Gentiles.
28 And they tarried no little time with the disciples.
1 ¶ And certain men came down from Judaea and taught the brethren, [saying],
Except ye be circumcised after the custom of Moses, ye cannot be saved.
2 And when Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and questioning with them,
[the brethren] appointed that Paul and Barnabas, and certain other of them,
should go up to Jerusalem unto the apostles and elders about this question.
3 They therefore, being brought on their way by the church, passed through both
Phoenicia 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 the
apostles and the elders, and they rehearsed all things that God had done with
5 But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees who believed, saying,
It is needful to circumcise them, and to charge them to keep the law of Moses.
6 ¶ And the apostles and the elders were gathered together to consider of this
7 And when there had been much questioning, Peter rose up, and said unto them,
Brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among you, that by
my mouth the Gentiles should hear the word of the gospel, and believe.
8 And God, which knoweth the heart, bare them witness, giving them the Holy
Ghost, even as he did unto us;
9 and he made no distinction between us and them, cleansing their hearts by
10 Now therefore why tempt ye God, that ye should put a yoke upon the neck of
the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?
11 But we believe that we shall be saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, in
like manner as they.
12 And all the multitude kept silence; and they hearkened unto Barnabas and Paul
rehearsing what signs and wonders God had wrought among the Gentiles by them.
13 And after they had held their peace, James answered, saying, Brethren,
hearken unto me:
14 Symeon hath rehearsed how first God 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 written,
16 After these things I will return, And I will build again the tabernacle of
David, which is fallen; And I will build again the ruins thereof, And I will set
17 That the residue of men may seek after the Lord, And all the Gentiles, upon
whom my name is called,
18 Saith the Lord, who maketh these things known from the beginning of the
19 Wherefore my judgment is, that we trouble not them which from among the
Gentiles turn to God;
20 but that we write unto them, that they abstain from the pollutions of idols,
and from fornication, and from what is strangled, and from blood.
21 For Moses from generations of old hath in every city them that preach him,
being read in the synagogues every sabbath.
22 ¶ Then it seemed good to the apostles and the elders, with the whole church,
to choose men out of their company, and send them to Antioch with Paul and
Barnabas; [namely], Judas called Barsabbas, and Silas, chief men among the
23 and they wrote [thus] by them, The apostles and the elder brethren unto the
brethren which are of the Gentiles in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia, greeting:
24 Forasmuch as we have heard that certain which went out from us have troubled
you with words, subverting your souls; to whom we gave no commandment;
25 it seemed good unto us, having come to one accord, to choose out men and send
them unto you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul,
26 men that have hazarded their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
27 We have sent therefore Judas and Silas, who themselves also shall tell you
the same things by word of 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 things sacrificed to idols, and from blood, and from
things strangled, and from fornication; from which if ye keep yourselves, it
shall be well with you. Fare ye well.
30 So they, when they were dismissed, came down to Antioch; and having gathered
the multitude together, they delivered the epistle.
31 And when they had read it, they rejoiced for the consolation.
32 And Judas and Silas, being themselves also prophets, exhorted the brethren
with many words, and confirmed them.
33 And after they had spent some time [there], they were dismissed in peace from
the brethren unto those that had sent them forth.
35 But Paul and Barnabas tarried in Antioch, teaching and preaching the word of
the Lord, with many others also.
36 ¶ And after some days Paul said unto Barnabas, Let us return now and visit
the brethren in every city wherein we proclaimed the word of the Lord, [and see]
how they fare.
37 And Barnabas was minded to take with them John also, who was called Mark.
38 But Paul thought not good to take with them him who withdrew from them from
Pamphylia, and went not with them to the work.
39 And there arose a sharp contention, so that they parted asunder one from the
other, and Barnabas took Mark with him, and sailed away unto Cyprus;
40 but Paul chose Silas, and went forth, being commended by the brethren to the
grace of the Lord.
41 And he went through Syria and Cilicia, confirming the churches.
1 ¶ And he came also to Derbe and to Lystra: and behold, a certain disciple was
there, named Timothy, the son of a Jewess which believed; but his father was a
2 The same was well reported of by the brethren that were at Lystra and Iconium.
3 Him would Paul have to go forth with him; and he took and circumcised him
because of the Jews that were in those parts: for they all knew that his father
was a Greek.
4 And as they went on their way through the cities, they delivered them the
decrees for to keep, which had been ordained of the apostles and elders that
were at Jerusalem.
5 So the churches were strengthened in the faith, and increased in number daily.
6 ¶ And they went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been
forbidden of the Holy Ghost to speak the word in Asia;
7 and when they were come over against Mysia, they assayed to go into Bithynia;
and the Spirit of Jesus suffered them not;
8 and passing by Mysia, they came down to Troas.
9 And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; There was a man of Macedonia
standing, beseeching him, and saying, Come over into Macedonia, and help us.
10 And when he had seen the vision, straightway we sought to go forth into
Macedonia, concluding that God had called us for to preach the gospel unto them.
11 Setting sail therefore from Troas, we made a straight course to Samothrace,
and the day following to Neapolis;
12 and from thence to Philippi, which is a city of Macedonia, the first of the
district, a [Roman] colony: and we were in this city tarrying certain days.
13 And on the sabbath day we went forth without the gate by a river side, where
we supposed there was a place of prayer; and we sat down, and spake unto the
women which were come together.
14 And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira,
one that worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, to give heed
unto the things which were spoken by Paul.
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 were going to the place of prayer, that a
certain maid having a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters
much gain by soothsaying.
17 The same following after Paul and us cried out, saying, These men are
servants of the Most High God, which proclaim unto you the way of salvation.
18 And this she did for many days. But Paul, being sore troubled, turned and
said to the spirit, I charge thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of
her. And it came out that very hour.
19 But when her masters saw that the hope of their gain was gone, they laid hold
on Paul and Silas, and dragged them into the marketplace before the rulers,
20 and when they had brought them unto the magistrates, they said, These men,
being Jews, do exceedingly trouble our city,
21 and set forth customs which it is not lawful for us to receive, or to
observe, being Romans.
22 And the multitude rose up together against them: and the magistrates rent
their garments off them, and commanded to beat them with rods.
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, cast them into the inner prison, and made
their feet fast in the stocks.
25 ¶ But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns unto God,
and the prisoners were listening to them;
26 and suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the
prison–house were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened; and every
one’s bands were loosed.
27 And the jailor 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
28 But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all
29 And he called for lights, and sprang in, and, trembling for fear, fell down
before Paul and Silas,
30 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?
31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus, and thou shalt be saved, thou and
32 And they spake the word of the Lord unto him, with all that were in his
33 And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and
was baptized, he and all his, immediately.
34 And he brought them up into his house, and set meat before them, and rejoiced
greatly, with all his house, having believed in God.
35 ¶ But when it was day, the magistrates sent the serjeants, saying, Let those
36 And the jailor reported the words to Paul, [saying], The magistrates have
sent to let you go: now therefore come forth, and go in peace.
37 But Paul said unto them, They have beaten us publicly, uncondemned, men that
are Romans, and have cast us into prison; and do they now cast us out privily?
nay verily; but let them come themselves and bring us out.
38 And the serjeants reported these words unto the magistrates: and they feared,
when they heard that they were Romans;
39 and they came and besought them; and when they had brought them out, they
asked them to go away from the city.
40 And they went out of the prison, and entered into [the house of] Lydia: and
when they had seen the brethren, they comforted them, and departed.
1 ¶ Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to
Thessalonica, where was a synagogue of the Jews:
2 and Paul, as his custom was, went in unto them, and for three sabbath days
reasoned with them from the scriptures,
3 opening and alleging, that it behoved the Christ to suffer, and to rise again
from the dead; and that this Jesus, whom, [said he], I proclaim unto you, is the
4 And some of them were persuaded, 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, being moved with jealousy, took unto them certain vile fellows
of the rabble, and gathering a crowd, set the city on an uproar; and assaulting
the house of Jason, they sought to bring them forth to the people.
6 And when they found them not, they dragged Jason and certain brethren before
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 act contrary to the decrees of Caesar,
saying that there is another king, [one] Jesus.
8 And they troubled the multitude and the rulers of the city, when they heard
9 And when they had taken security from Jason and the rest, they let them go.
10 ¶ And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Beroea:
who when they were come thither went into the synagogue of the Jews.
11 Now these were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received
the word with all readiness of mind, examining the scriptures daily, whether
these things were so.
12 Many of them therefore believed; also of the Greek women of honourable
estate, and of men, not a few.
13 But when the Jews of Thessalonica had knowledge that the word of God was
proclaimed of Paul at Beroea also, they came thither likewise, stirring up and
troubling the multitudes.
14 And then immediately the brethren sent forth Paul to go as far as to the sea:
and Silas and Timothy abode there still.
15 But they that conducted Paul brought him as far as Athens: and receiving a
commandment unto Silas and Timothy that they should come to him with all speed,
16 ¶ Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within
him, as he beheld the city full of idols.
17 So he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and the devout persons, and in
the marketplace every day with them that met with him.
18 And certain also of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers encountered him. And
some said, What would this babbler say? other some, He seemeth to be a setter
forth of strange gods: because he preached Jesus and the resurrection.
19 And they took hold of him, and brought him unto the Areopagus, saying, May we
know what this new teaching is, which is spoken by thee?
20 For thou bringest certain strange things to our ears: we would know therefore
what these things mean.
21 (Now all the Athenians and the strangers sojourning there spent their time in
nothing else, but either to tell or to hear some new thing.)
22 ¶ And Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus, and said, Ye men of Athens,
in all things I perceive that ye are somewhat superstitious.
23 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 ye worship in
ignorance, this set I forth unto you.
24 The God that made the world and all things therein, he, being Lord of heaven
and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;
25 neither is he served by men’s hands, as though he needed anything, seeing
he himself giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;
26 and he made of one every nation of men for to dwell on all the face of the
earth, having determined [their] appointed seasons, and the bounds of their
27 that they should seek God, if haply they might feel after him, and find him,
though he is not far from each one of us:
28 for in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain even of your own
poets have said, For we are also his offspring.
29 Being then the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is
like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and device of man.
30 The times of ignorance therefore God overlooked; but now he commandeth men
that they should all everywhere repent:
31 inasmuch as he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in
righteousness by the man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance
unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.
32 ¶ Now when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked; but
others said, We will hear thee concerning this yet again.
33 Thus Paul went out from among them.
34 But certain men clave unto him, and believed: among whom also was Dionysius
the Areopagite, and a woman named Damaris, and others with them.
1 ¶ After these things he departed from Athens, and came to Corinth.
2 And he found a certain Jew named Aquila, a man of Pontus by race, lately come
from Italy, with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had commanded all the Jews
to depart from Rome: and he came unto them;
3 and because he was of the same trade, he abode with them, and they wrought;
for by their trade they were tentmakers.
4 And he reasoned in the synagogue every sabbath, and persuaded Jews and Greeks.
5 But when Silas and Timothy came down from Macedonia, Paul was constrained by
the word, testifying to the Jews that Jesus was the Christ.
6 And when they opposed themselves, and blasphemed, he shook out 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 went into the house of a certain man named
Titus Justus, one that worshipped God, whose house joined hard to the synagogue.
8 And Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue, believed in the Lord with all his
house; and many of the Corinthians hearing believed, and were baptized.
9 And the Lord said unto 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 harm thee: for I have
much people in this city.
11 And he dwelt [there] a year and six months, teaching the word of God among
12 ¶ But when Gallio was proconsul of Achaia, the Jews with one accord rose up
against Paul, and brought him before the judgment–seat,
13 saying, This man persuadeth men to worship God contrary to the law.
14 But when Paul was about to open his mouth, Gallio said unto the Jews, If
indeed it were a matter of wrong or of wicked villany, O ye Jews, reason would
that I should bear with you:
15 but if they are questions about words and names and your own law, look to it
yourselves; I am not minded to be a judge of these matters.
16 And he drave them from the judgment–seat.
17 And they all laid hold on Sosthenes, the ruler of the synagogue, and beat him
before the judgment–seat. And Gallio cared for none of these things.
18 ¶ And Paul, having tarried after this yet many days, took his leave of the
brethren, and sailed thence for Syria, and with him Priscilla and Aquila; having
shorn his head in Cenchreae: for he had a vow.
19 And they came to Ephesus, and he left them there: but he himself entered into
the synagogue, and reasoned with the Jews.
20 And when they asked him to abide a longer time, he consented not;
21 but taking his leave of them, and saying, I will return again unto you, if
God will, he set sail from Ephesus.
22 And when he had landed at Caesarea, he went up and saluted the church, and
went down to Antioch.
23 And having spent some time [there], he departed, and went through the region
of Galatia and Phrygia in order, stablishing all the disciples.
24 ¶ Now a certain Jew named Apollos, an Alexandrian by race, a learned man,
came to Ephesus; and he was mighty in the scriptures.
25 This man had been instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in
spirit, he spake and taught carefully the things concerning Jesus, knowing only
the baptism of John:
26 and he began to speak boldly in the synagogue. But when Priscilla and Aquila
heard him, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more
27 And when he was minded to pass over into Achaia, the brethren encouraged him,
and wrote to the disciples to receive him: and when he was come, he helped them
much which had believed through grace:
28 for he powerfully confuted the Jews, [and that] publicly, shewing by the
scriptures that Jesus was the Christ.
1 ¶ And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed
through the upper country came to Ephesus, and found certain disciples:
2 and he said unto them, Did ye receive the Holy Ghost when ye believed? And
they [said] unto him, Nay, we did not so much as hear whether the Holy Ghost was
3 And he said, Into what then were ye baptized? And they said, Into John’s
4 And Paul said, John baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the
people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on
5 And when they heard this, they were baptized into 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 they were in all about twelve men.
8 ¶ And he entered into the synagogue, and spake boldly for the space of three
months, reasoning and persuading [as to] the things concerning the kingdom of
9 But when some were hardened and disobedient, speaking evil of the Way before
the multitude, he departed from them, and separated the disciples, reasoning
daily in the school of Tyrannus.
10 And this continued for the space of two years; so that all they which dwelt
in Asia heard the word of the Lord, both Jews and Greeks.
11 And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul:
12 insomuch that unto the sick were carried away from his body handkerchiefs or
aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out.
13 ¶ But certain also of the strolling Jews, exorcists, took upon them to name
over them which had the evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, I
adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth.
14 And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, a chief priest, which did
15 And the evil spirit answered and said unto them, 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 mastered both of
them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and
17 And this became known to all, both Jews and Greeks, that dwelt at Ephesus;
and fear fell upon them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified.
18 Many also of them that had believed came, confessing, and declaring their
19 And not a few of them that practised curious arts brought their books
together, and burned them in the sight of all: and they counted the price of
them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver.
20 So mightily grew the word of the Lord and prevailed.
21 ¶ Now 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 And having sent into Macedonia two of them that ministered unto him, Timothy
and Erastus, he himself stayed in Asia for a while.
23 And about that time there arose no small stir concerning the Way.
24 For a certain man named Demetrius, a silversmith, which made silver shrines
of Diana, brought no little business unto the craftsmen;
25 whom he gathered together, with the workmen of like occupation, and said,
Sirs, ye know that by this business we have our wealth.
26 And ye see and hear, that not alone at Ephesus, but almost throughout all
Asia, this Paul hath persuaded and turned away much people, saying that they be
no gods, which are made with hands:
27 and not only is there danger that this our trade come into disrepute; but
also that the temple of the great goddess Diana be made of no account, and that
she should even be deposed from her magnificence, whom all Asia and the world
28 And when they heard this, they were filled with wrath, and cried out, saying,
Great [is] Diana of the Ephesians.
29 And the city was filled with the confusion: and they rushed with one accord
into the theatre, having seized Gaius and Aristarchus, men of Macedonia,
Paul’s companions in travel.
30 And when Paul was minded to enter in unto the people, the disciples suffered
31 And certain also of the chief officers of Asia, being his friends, sent unto
him, and besought him not to adventure himself into the theatre.
32 Some therefore cried one thing, and some another: for the assembly was in
confusion; and the more part knew not wherefore they were come together.
33 And they brought Alexander out of the multitude, the Jews putting him
forward. And Alexander beckoned with the hand, and would have made a defence
unto the people.
34 But when they perceived that he was a Jew, all with one voice about the space
of two hours cried out, Great [is] Diana of the Ephesians.
35 And when the townclerk had quieted the multitude, he saith, Ye men of
Ephesus, what man is there who knoweth not how that the city of the Ephesians is
temple–keeper of the great Diana, and of the [image] which fell down from
36 Seeing then that these things cannot be gainsaid, ye ought to be quiet, and
to do nothing rash.
37 For ye have brought [hither] these men, which are neither robbers of temples
nor blasphemers of our goddess.
38 If therefore Demetrius, and the craftsmen that are with him, have a matter
against any man, the courts are open, and there are proconsuls: let them accuse
39 But if ye seek anything about other matters, it shall be settled in the
40 For indeed we are in danger to be accused concerning this day’s riot, there
being no cause [for it]: and as touching it we shall not be able to give account
of this concourse.
41 And when he had thus spoken, he dismissed the assembly.
1 ¶ And after the uproar was ceased, Paul having sent for the disciples and
exhorted them, took leave of them, and departed for to go into Macedonia.
2 And when he had gone through those parts, and had given them much exhortation,
he came into Greece.
3 And when he had spent three months [there], and a plot was laid against him by
the Jews, as he was about to set sail for Syria, he determined to return through
4 And there accompanied him as far as Asia Sopater of Beroea, [the son] of
Pyrrhus; and of the Thessalonians, Aristarchus and Secundus; and Gaius of Derbe,
and Timothy; and of Asia, Tychicus and Trophimus.
5 But these had gone before, and were waiting 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 tarried seven days.
7 ¶ And upon the first day of the week, when we were gathered together to break
bread, Paul discoursed with them, intending to depart on the morrow; and
prolonged his speech until midnight.
8 And there were many lights in the upper chamber, where we were gathered
9 And there sat in the window a certain young man named Eutychus, borne down
with deep sleep; and as Paul discoursed yet longer, being borne down by his
sleep he fell down from the third story, and was taken up dead.
10 And Paul went down, and fell on him, and embracing him said, Make ye no ado;
for his life is in him.
11 And when he was gone up, and had broken the bread, and eaten, and had talked
with them a long while, even till break of day, so he departed.
12 And they brought the lad alive, and were not a little comforted.
13 ¶ But we, going before to the ship, set sail for Assos, there intending to
take in Paul: for so had he appointed, intending himself to go by land.
14 And when he met us at Assos, we took him in, and came to Mitylene.
15 And sailing from thence, we came the following day over against Chios; and
the next day we touched at Samos; and the day after we came to Miletus.
16 For Paul had determined to sail past Ephesus, that he might not have to spend
time in Asia; for he was hastening, if it were possible for him, to be at
Jerusalem the day of Pentecost.
17 ¶ And from Miletus he sent to Ephesus, and called to him the elders of the
18 And when they were come to him, he said unto them, Ye yourselves know, from
the first day that I set foot in Asia, after what manner I was with you all the
19 serving the Lord with all lowliness of mind, and with tears, and with trials
which befell me by the plots of the Jews:
20 how that I shrank not from declaring unto you anything that was profitable,
and teaching you publicly, and from house to house,
21 testifying both to Jews and to 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 testifieth unto me in every city, saying that bonds
and afflictions abide me.
24 But I hold not my life of any account, as dear unto myself, so that I may
accomplish my course, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to
testify the gospel of the grace of God.
25 And now, behold, I know that ye all, among whom I went about preaching the
kingdom, shall see my face no more.
26 Wherefore I testify unto you this day, that I am pure from the blood of all
27 For I shrank not from declaring unto you the whole counsel of God.
28 Take heed unto yourselves, and to all the flock, in the which the Holy Ghost
hath made you bishops, to feed the church of God, which he purchased with his
29 I know that after my departing grievous wolves shall enter in among you, not
sparing the flock;
30 and from among your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to
draw away the disciples after them.
31 Wherefore watch ye, remembering that by the space of three years I ceased not
to admonish every one night and day with tears.
32 And now I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to
build [you] up, and to give [you] the inheritance among all them that are
33 I coveted no man’s silver, or gold, or apparel.
34 Ye yourselves know that these hands ministered unto my necessities, and to
them that were with me.
35 In all things I gave you an example, how that so labouring ye ought to help
the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself 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 kissed him,
38 Sorrowing most of all for the word which he had spoken, that they should
behold his face no more. And they brought him on his way unto the ship.
1 ¶ And when it came to pass that we were parted from them, and had set sail,
we came with a straight course unto Cos, and the next day unto Rhodes, and from
thence unto Patara:
2 and having found a ship crossing over unto Phoenicia, we went aboard, and set
3 And when we had come in sight of Cyprus, leaving it on the left hand, we
sailed unto Syria, and landed at Tyre: for there the ship was to unlade her
4 And having found the disciples, we tarried there seven days: and these said to
Paul through the Spirit, that he should not set foot in Jerusalem.
5 And when it came to pass that we had accomplished the days, we departed and
went on our journey; and they all, with wives and children, brought us on our
way, till we were out of the city: and kneeling down on the beach, we prayed,
6 and bade each other farewell; and we went on board the ship, but they returned
7 And when we had finished the voyage from Tyre, we arrived at Ptolemais; and we
saluted the brethren, and abode with them one day.
8 ¶ And on the morrow we departed, and came unto Caesarea: and entering into
the house of Philip the evangelist, who was one of the seven, we abode with him.
9 Now this man had four daughters, virgins, which did prophesy.
10 And as we tarried there many days, there came down from Judaea a certain
prophet, named Agabus.
11 And coming to us, and taking Paul’s girdle, he bound his own feet and
hands, 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
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 do ye, weeping and breaking my heart? for I am ready
not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord
14 And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, The will of the Lord
15 ¶ And after these days we took up our baggage, and went up to Jerusalem.
16 And there went with us also [certain] of the disciples from Caesarea,
bringing [with them] one Mnason of Cyprus, an early disciple, with whom we
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
19 And when he had saluted them, he rehearsed one by one the things which God
had wrought among the Gentiles by his ministry.
20 And they, when they heard it, glorified God; and they said unto him, Thou
seest, brother, how many thousands there are among the Jews of them which have
believed; and they are all zealous for the law:
21 and they have been informed concerning thee, that thou teachest all the Jews
which are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses, telling them not to circumcise
their children, neither to walk after the customs.
22 What is it therefore? they will certainly hear that thou art come.
23 Do therefore this that we say to thee: We have four men which have a vow on
24 these take, and purify thyself with them, and be at charges for them, that
they may shave their heads: and all shall know that there is no truth in the
things whereof they have been informed concerning thee; but that thou thyself
also walkest orderly, keeping the law.
25 But as touching the Gentiles which have believed, we wrote, giving judgment
that they should keep themselves from things sacrificed to idols, and from
blood, and from what is strangled, and from fornication.
26 Then Paul took the men, and the next day purifying himself with them went
into the temple, declaring the fulfillment of the days of purification, until
the offering was offered for every one of them.
27 ¶ And when the seven days were almost completed, the Jews from Asia, when
they saw him in the temple, stirred up all the multitude, and laid hands on him,
28 crying out, Men of Israel, help: This is the man, that teacheth all men
everywhere against the people, and the law, and this place: and moreover he
brought Greeks also into the temple, and hath defiled this holy place.
29 For they had before seen with him in the city Trophimus the Ephesian, whom
they supposed that Paul had brought into the temple.
30 And all the city was moved, and the people ran together: and they laid hold
on Paul, and dragged him out of the temple: and straightway the doors were shut.
31 And as they were seeking to kill him, tidings came up to the chief captain of
the band, that all Jerusalem was in confusion.
32 And forthwith he took soldiers and centurions, and ran down upon them: and
they, when they saw the chief captain and the soldiers, left off beating Paul.
33 Then the chief captain came near, and laid hold on him, and commanded him to
be bound with two chains; and inquired who he was, and what he had done.
34 And some shouted one thing, some another, among the crowd: and when he could
not know the certainty for the uproar, he commanded him to be brought into the
35 And when he came upon the stairs, so it was, that he was borne of the
soldiers for the violence of the crowd;
36 for the multitude of the people followed after, crying out, Away with him.
37 And as Paul was about to be brought into the castle, he saith unto the chief
captain, May I say something unto thee? And he said, Dost thou know Greek?
38 Art thou not then the Egyptian, which before these days stirred up to
sedition and led out into the wilderness the four thousand men of the Assassins?
39 But Paul said, I am a Jew, of Tarsus in Cilicia, a citizen of no mean city:
and I beseech thee, give me leave to speak unto the people.
40 And when he had given him leave, Paul, standing on the stairs, beckoned with
the hand unto the people; and when there was made a great silence, he spake unto
them in the Hebrew language, saying,
1 ¶ Brethren and fathers, hear ye the defence which I now make unto you.
2 And when they heard that he spake unto them in the Hebrew language, they were
the more quiet: and he saith,
3 ¶ I am a Jew, born in Tarsus of Cilicia, but brought up in this city, at the
feet of Gamaliel, instructed according to the strict manner of the law of our
fathers, being zealous for God, even 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 journeyed to
Damascus, to bring them also which were there unto Jerusalem in bonds, for to be
6 And it came to pass, that, as I made my journey, and drew 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 beheld indeed the light, 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 Damascus.
12 And one Ananias, a devout man according to the law, well reported of by all
the Jews that dwelt there,
13 came unto me, and standing by me said unto me, Brother Saul, receive thy
sight. And in that very hour I looked up on him.
14 And he said, The God of our fathers hath appointed thee to know his will, and
to see the Righteous One, and to hear a voice from his mouth.
15 For thou shalt be a witness for him unto all men of what thou hast seen and
16 And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins,
calling on his name.
17 And it came to pass, that, when I had returned to Jerusalem, and while I
prayed in the temple, I fell into a trance,
18 and saw him saying unto me, Make haste, and get thee quickly out of
Jerusalem: because they will not receive of thee testimony concerning me.
19 And I said, Lord, they themselves know that I imprisoned and beat in every
synagogue them that believed on thee:
20 and when the blood of Stephen thy witness was shed, I also was standing by,
and consenting, and keeping the garments of them that slew him.
21 And he said unto me, Depart: for I will send thee forth far hence unto the
22 ¶ And they gave him audience unto this word; and they lifted up their voice,
and said, Away with such a fellow from the earth: for it is not fit that he
23 And as they cried out, and threw off their garments, and cast dust into the
24 the chief captain commanded him to be brought into the castle, bidding that
he should be examined by scourging, that he might know for what cause they so
shouted against him.
25 And when they had tied him up with the thongs, Paul said unto the centurion
that stood by, Is it lawful for you to scourge a man that is a Roman, and
26 And when the centurion heard it, he went to the chief captain, and told him,
saying, What art thou about to do? for this man is a Roman.
27 And the chief captain came, and said unto him, Tell me, art thou a Roman? And
he said, Yea.
28 And the chief captain answered, With a great sum obtained I this citizenship.
And Paul said, But I am [a Roman] born.
29 They then which were about to examine him straightway departed from him: and
the chief captain also was afraid, when he knew that he was a Roman, and because
he had bound him.
30 But on the morrow, desiring to know the certainty, wherefore he was accused
of the Jews, he loosed him, and commanded the chief priests and all the council
to come together, and brought Paul down, and set him before them.
1 ¶ And Paul, looking stedfastly on the council, said, Brethren, I have lived
before God in all good conscience until this day.
2 And the high priest Ananias commanded them that stood by him to smite him on
3 Then said Paul unto him, God shall smite thee, thou whited wall: and sittest
thou to judge me according to the law, and commandest me to be smitten contrary
to the law?
4 And they that stood by said, Revilest thou God’s high priest?
5 And Paul said, I wist not, brethren, that he was high priest: for it is
written, Thou shalt not speak evil of a ruler of thy people.
6 ¶ But when Paul perceived that the one part were Sadducees, and the other
Pharisees, he cried out in the council, Brethren, I am a Pharisee, a son of
Pharisees: touching the hope and resurrection of the dead I am called in
7 And when he had so said, there arose a dissension between the Pharisees and
Sadducees: and the assembly was divided.
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 clamour: and some of the scribes of the Pharisees’
part stood up, and strove, saying, We find no evil in this man: and what if a
spirit hath spoken to him, or an angel?
10 And when there arose a great dissension, the chief captain, fearing lest Paul
should be torn in pieces by them, commanded the soldiers to go down and take him
by force from among them, and bring him into the castle.
11 And the night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer:
for as thou hast testified concerning me at Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness
also at Rome.
12 ¶ And when it was day, the Jews banded together, and bound themselves under
a curse, saying that they would neither eat nor drink till they had killed Paul.
13 And they were more than forty which made this conspiracy.
14 And they came to the chief priests and the elders, and said, We have bound
ourselves under a great curse, to taste nothing until we have killed Paul.
15 Now therefore do ye with the council signify to the chief captain that he
bring him down unto you, as though ye would judge of his case more exactly: and
we, or ever he come near, are ready to slay him.
16 But Paul’s sister’s son heard of their lying in wait, and he came and
entered into the castle, and told Paul.
17 And Paul called unto him one of the centurions, and said, Bring this young
man unto the chief captain: for he hath something to tell him.
18 So he took him, and brought him to the chief captain, and saith, Paul the
prisoner called me unto him, and asked me to bring this young man unto thee, who
hath something to say to thee.
19 And the chief captain took him by the hand, and going aside asked him
privately, What is that thou hast to tell me?
20 And he said, The Jews have agreed to ask thee to bring down Paul tomorrow
unto the council, as though thou wouldest inquire somewhat more exactly
21 Do not thou therefore yield unto them: for there lie in wait for him of them
more than forty men, which have bound themselves under a curse, neither to eat
nor to drink till they have slain him: and now are they ready, looking for the
promise from thee.
22 So the chief captain let the young man go, charging him, Tell no man that
thou hast signified these things to me.
23 And he called unto him two of the centurions, and said, Make ready two
hundred soldiers to go as far as Caesarea, and horsemen threescore and ten, and
spearmen two hundred, at the third hour of the night:
24 and [he bade them] provide beasts, that they might set Paul thereon, and
bring him safe unto Felix the governor.
25 And he wrote a letter after this form:
26 Claudius Lysias unto the most excellent governor Felix, greeting.
27 This man was seized by the Jews, and was about to be slain of them, when I
came upon them with the soldiers, and rescued him, having learned that he was a
28 And desiring to know the cause wherefore they accused him, I brought him down
unto their council:
29 whom I found to be accused about questions of their law, but to have nothing
laid to his charge worthy of death or of bonds.
30 And when it was shewn to me that there would be a plot against the man, I
sent him to thee forthwith, charging his accusers also to speak against him
31 So the soldiers, as it was commanded them, took Paul, and brought him by
night to Antipatris.
32 But on the morrow they left the horsemen to go with him, and returned to the
33 and they, when they came to Caesarea, and delivered the letter to the
governor, presented Paul also before him.
34 And when he had read it, he asked of what province he was; and when he
understood that he was of Cilicia,
35 I will hear thy cause, said he, when thine accusers also are come: and he
commanded him to be kept in Herod’s palace.
1 ¶ And after five days the high priest Ananias came down with certain elders,
and [with] an orator, one Tertullus; and they informed the governor against
2 And when he was called, Tertullus began to accuse him, saying, Seeing that by
thee we enjoy much peace, and that by thy providence evils are corrected for
3 we accept it in all ways and in all places, most excellent Felix, with all
4 But, that I be not further tedious unto thee, I entreat thee to hear us of thy
clemency a few words.
5 For we have found this man a pestilent fellow, and a mover of insurrections
among all the Jews throughout the world, and a ringleader of the sect of the
6 who moreover assayed to profane the temple: on whom also we laid hold:
8 from whom thou wilt be able, by examining him thyself, to take knowledge of
all these things, whereof we accuse him.
9 And the Jews also joined in the charge, affirming that these things were so.
10 ¶ And when the governor had beckoned unto him to speak, Paul answered,
Forasmuch as I know that thou hast been of many years a judge unto this nation,
I do cheerfully make my defence:
11 seeing that thou canst take knowledge, that it is not more than twelve days
since I went up to worship at Jerusalem:
12 and neither in the temple did they find me disputing with any man or stirring
up a crowd, nor in the synagogues, nor in the city.
13 Neither can they prove to thee the things whereof they now accuse me.
14 But this I confess unto thee, that after the Way which they call a sect, so
serve I the God of our fathers, believing all things which are according to the
law, and which are written in the prophets:
15 having hope toward God, which these also themselves look for, that there
shall be a resurrection both of the just and unjust.
16 Herein do I also exercise myself to have a conscience void of offence toward
God and men alway.
17 Now after many years I came to bring alms to my nation, and offerings:
18 amidst which they found me purified in the temple, with no crowd, nor yet
with tumult: but [there were] certain Jews from Asia––
19 who ought to have been here before thee, and to make accusation, if they had
aught against me.
20 Or else let these men themselves say what wrong–doing they found, when 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 before you this day.
22 ¶ But Felix, having more exact knowledge concerning the Way, deferred them,
saying, When Lysias the chief captain shall come down, I will determine your
23 And he gave order to the centurion that he should be kept in charge, and
should have indulgence; and not to forbid any of his friends to minister unto
24 But after certain days, Felix came with Drusilla, his wife, which was a
Jewess, and sent for Paul, and heard him concerning the faith in Christ Jesus.
25 And as he reasoned of righteousness, and temperance, and the judgment to
come, Felix was terrified, and answered, Go thy way for this time; and when I
have a convenient season, I will call thee unto me.
26 He hoped withal that money would be given him of Paul: wherefore also he sent
for him the oftener, and communed with him.
27 But when two years were fulfilled, Felix was succeeded by Porcius Festus; and
desiring to gain favour with the Jews, Felix left Paul in bonds.
1 ¶ Festus therefore, having come into the province, after three days went up
to Jerusalem from Caesarea.
2 And the chief priests and the principal men of the Jews informed him against
Paul; and they besought him,
3 asking favour against him, that he would send for him to Jerusalem; laying
wait to kill him on the way.
4 Howbeit Festus answered, that Paul was kept in charge at Caesarea, and that he
himself was about to depart [thither] shortly.
5 Let them therefore, saith he, which are of power among you, go down with me,
and if there is anything amiss in the man, let them accuse him.
6 And when he had tarried among them not more than eight or ten days, he went
down unto Caesarea; and on the morrow he sat on the judgment–seat, and
commanded Paul to be brought.
7 And when he was come, the Jews which had come down from Jerusalem stood round
about him, bringing against him many and grievous charges, which they could not
8 while Paul said in his defence, Neither against the law of the Jews, nor
against the temple, nor against Caesar, have I sinned at all.
9 But Festus, desiring to gain favour with the Jews, answered Paul, and said,
Wilt thou go up to Jerusalem, and there be judged of these things before me?
10 But Paul said, I am standing before Caesar’s judgment–seat, where I ought
to be judged: to the Jews have I done no wrong, as thou also very well knowest.
11 If then I am a wrong–doer, and have committed anything worthy of death, I
refuse not to die: but if none of those things is [true], whereof these accuse
me, no man can give me up unto them. I appeal unto Caesar.
12 Then Festus, when he had conferred with the council, answered, Thou hast
appealed unto Caesar: unto Caesar shalt thou go.
13 ¶ Now when certain days were passed, Agrippa the king and Bernice arrived at
Caesarea, and saluted Festus.
14 And as they tarried there many days, Festus laid Paul’s case before the
king, saying, There is a certain man left a prisoner by Felix:
15 about whom, when I was at Jerusalem, the chief priests and the elders of the
Jews informed [me], asking for sentence against him.
16 To whom I answered, that it is not the custom of the Romans to give up any
man, before that the accused have the accusers face to face, and have had
opportunity to make his defence concerning the matter laid against him.
17 When therefore they were come together here, I made no delay, but on the next
day sat down on the judgment–seat, and commanded the man to be brought.
18 Concerning whom, when the accusers stood up, they brought no charge of such
evil things as I supposed;
19 but had certain questions against him of their own religion, and of one
Jesus, who was dead, whom Paul affirmed to be alive.
20 And I, being perplexed how to inquire concerning these things, asked whether
he would go to Jerusalem, and there be judged of these matters.
21 But when Paul had appealed to be kept for the decision of the emperor, I
commanded him to be kept till I should send him to Caesar.
22 And Agrippa [said] unto Festus, I also could wish to hear the man myself.
Tomorrow, saith he, thou shalt hear him.
23 So on the morrow, when Agrippa was come, and Bernice, with great pomp, and
they were entered into the place of hearing, with the chief captains, and the
principal men of the city, at the command of Festus Paul was brought in.
24 And Festus saith, King Agrippa, and all men which are here present with us,
ye behold this man, about whom all the multitude of the Jews made suit to me,
both at Jerusalem and here, crying that he ought not to live any longer.
25 But I found that he had committed nothing worthy of death: and as he himself
appealed to the emperor I 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, king Agrippa, that,
after examination had, I may have somewhat to write.
27 For it seemeth to me unreasonable, in sending a prisoner, not withal to
signify the charges against him.
1 ¶ And Agrippa said unto Paul, Thou art permitted to speak for thyself. Then
Paul stretched forth his hand, and made his defence:
2 I think myself happy, king Agrippa, that I am to make my defence before thee
this day touching all the things whereof I am accused by the Jews:
3 especially because thou art expert in all customs and questions which are
among the Jews: wherefore I beseech thee to hear me patiently.
4 My manner of life then from my youth up, which was from the beginning among
mine own nation, and at Jerusalem, know all the Jews;
5 having knowledge of me from the first, if they be willing to testify, how that
after the straitest sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee.
6 And now I stand [here] to be judged for the hope of the promise made of God
unto our fathers;
7 unto which [promise] our twelve tribes, earnestly serving [God] night and day,
hope to attain. And concerning this hope I am accused by the Jews, O king!
8 Why is it judged incredible with you, if God doth 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 And this I also did in Jerusalem: and I both shut up many of the saints in
prisons, having received authority from the chief priests, and when they were
put to death, I gave my vote against them.
11 And punishing them oftentimes in all the synagogues, I strove to make them
blaspheme; and being exceedingly mad against them, I persecuted them even unto
12 ¶ Whereupon as I journeyed to Damascus with the authority and commission of
the chief priests,
13 at midday, O king, I saw on the way a light from heaven, above the brightness
of the sun, shining round about me and them that journeyed with me.
14 And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice saying unto me in
the Hebrew language, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? it is hard for thee to
kick against the goad.
15 And I said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou
16 But arise, and stand upon thy feet: for to this end have I appeared unto
thee, to appoint thee a minister and a witness both of the things wherein thou
hast seen me, and of the things wherein I will appear unto thee;
17 delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom I send
18 to open their eyes, that they may turn from darkness to light, and from the
power of Satan unto God, that they may receive remission of sins and an
inheritance among them that are sanctified by faith in me.
19 Wherefore, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision:
20 but declared both to them of Damascus first, and at Jerusalem, and throughout
all the country of Judaea, and also to the Gentiles, that they should repent and
turn to God, doing works worthy of repentance.
21 For this cause the Jews seized me in the temple, and assayed to kill me.
22 Having therefore obtained the help that is from God, I stand unto this day
testifying both to small and great, saying nothing but what the prophets and
Moses did say should come;
23 how that the Christ must suffer, [and] how that he first by the resurrection
of the dead should proclaim light both to the people and to the Gentiles.
24 ¶ And as he thus made his defence, Festus saith with a loud voice, Paul,
thou art mad; thy much learning doth turn thee to madness.
25 But Paul saith, I am not mad, most excellent Festus; but speak forth words of
truth and soberness.
26 For the king knoweth of these things, unto whom also I speak freely: for I am
persuaded that none of these things is hidden from him; for this hath not been
done in a corner.
27 King Agrippa, believest thou the prophets? I know that thou believest.
28 And Agrippa [said] unto Paul, With but little persuasion thou wouldest fain
make me a Christian.
29 And Paul [said], I would to God, that whether with little or with much, not
thou only, but also all that hear me this day, might become such as I am, except
30 And the king rose up, and the governor, and Bernice, and they that sat with
31 and when they had withdrawn, they spake one to another, saying, This man
doeth nothing worthy of death or of bonds.
32 And Agrippa said 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 for Italy, they delivered
Paul and certain other prisoners to a centurion named Julius, of the Augustan
2 And embarking in a ship of Adramyttium, which was about to sail unto the
places on the coast of Asia, we put to sea, Aristarchus, a Macedonian of
Thessalonica, being with us.
3 And the next day we touched at Sidon: and Julius treated Paul kindly, and gave
him leave to go unto his friends and refresh himself.
4 And putting to sea from thence, we sailed under the lee of Cyprus, because the
winds were contrary.
5 And when we had sailed across the sea which is off Cilicia and Pamphylia, we
came to Myra, [a city] of Lycia.
6 And there the centurion found a ship of Alexandria sailing for Italy; and he
put us therein.
7 And when we had sailed slowly many days, and were come with difficulty over
against Cnidus, the wind not further suffering us, we sailed under the lee of
Crete, over against Salmone;
8 and with difficulty coasting along it we came unto a certain place called Fair
Havens; nigh whereunto was the city of Lasea.
9 And when much time was spent, and the voyage was now dangerous, because the
Fast was now already gone by, Paul admonished them,
10 and said unto them, Sirs, I perceive that the voyage will be with injury and
much loss, not only of the lading and the ship, but also of our lives.
11 But the centurion gave more heed to the master and to the owner of the ship,
than to those things which were spoken by Paul.
12 ¶ And because the haven was not commodious to winter in, the more part
advised to put to sea from thence, if by any means they could reach Phoenix, and
winter [there]; [which is] a haven of Crete, looking north–east and
13 And when the south wind blew softly, supposing that they had obtained their
purpose, they weighed anchor and sailed along Crete, close in shore.
14 But after no long time there beat down from it a tempestuous wind, which is
15 and when the ship was caught, and could not face the wind, we gave way [to
it], and were driven.
16 And running under the lee of a small island called Cauda, we were able, with
difficulty, to secure the boat:
17 and when they had hoisted it up, they used helps, under–girding the ship;
and, fearing lest they should be cast upon the Syrtis, they lowered the gear,
and so were driven.
18 And as we laboured exceedingly with the storm, the next day they began to
throw [the freight] overboard;
19 and the third day they cast out with their own hands the tackling of the
20 And when neither sun nor stars shone upon [us] for many days, and no small
tempest lay on [us], all hope that we should be saved was now taken away.
21 ¶ And when they had been long without food, then Paul stood forth in the
midst of them, and said, Sirs, ye should have hearkened unto me, and not have
set sail from Crete, and have gotten this injury and loss.
22 And now I exhort you to be of good cheer: for there shall be no loss of life
among you, but [only] of the ship.
23 For there stood by me this night an angel of the God whose I am, whom also I
24 saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must stand before Caesar: and lo, God hath
granted thee all them that sail with thee.
25 Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even
so as it hath been spoken unto me.
26 Howbeit we must be cast upon a certain island.
27 But when the fourteenth night was come, as we were driven to and fro in the
[sea of] Adria, about midnight the sailors surmised that they were drawing near
to some country;
28 and they sounded, and found twenty fathoms: and after a little space, they
sounded again, and found fifteen fathoms.
29 And fearing lest haply we should be cast ashore on rocky ground, they let go
four anchors from the stern, and wished for the day.
30 And as the sailors were seeking to flee out of the ship, and had lowered the
boat into the sea, under colour as though they would lay out anchors from the
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 away the ropes of the boat, and let her fall off.
33 And while the day was coming on, Paul besought them all to take some food,
saying, This day is the fourteenth day that ye wait and continue fasting, having
34 Wherefore I beseech you to take some food: for this is for your safety: for
there shall not a hair perish from the head of any of you.
35 And when he had said this, and had taken bread, he gave thanks to God in the
presence of all: and he brake it, and began to eat.
36 Then were they all of good cheer, and themselves also took food.
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, throwing out the
wheat into the sea.
39 And when it was day, they knew not the land: but they perceived a certain bay
with a beach, and they took counsel whether they could drive the ship upon it.
40 And casting off the anchors, they left them in the sea, at the same time
loosing the bands of the rudders; and hoisting up the foresail to the wind, they
made for the beach.
41 But lighting upon a place where two seas met, they ran the vessel aground;
and the foreship struck and remained unmoveable, but the stern began to break up
by 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, desiring to save Paul, stayed them from their purpose; and
commanded that they which could swim should cast themselves overboard, and get
first to the land:
44 and the rest, some on planks, and some on [other] things from the ship. And
so it came to pass, that they all escaped safe to the land.
1 ¶ And when we were escaped, then we knew that the island was called Melita.
2 And the barbarians shewed us no common kindness: for they kindled a fire, and
received us all, because of the present rain, and because of the cold.
3 But when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks, and laid them on the fire, a
viper came out by reason of the heat, and fastened on his hand.
4 And when the barbarians saw the beast hanging from his hand, they said one to
another, No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he hath escaped from the
sea, yet Justice hath not suffered to live.
5 Howbeit he shook off the beast into the fire, and took no harm.
6 But they expected that he would have swollen, or fallen down dead suddenly:
but when they were long in expectation, and beheld nothing amiss came to him,
they changed their minds, and said that he was a god.
7 Now in the neighbourhood of that place were lands belonging to the chief man
of the island, named Publius; who received us, and entertained us three days
8 And it was so, that the father of Publius lay sick of fever and dysentery:
unto whom Paul entered in, and prayed, and laying his hands on him healed him.
9 And when this was done, the rest also which had diseases in the island came,
and were cured:
10 who also honoured us with many honours; and when we sailed, they put on board
such things as we needed.
11 ¶ And after three months we set sail in a ship of Alexandria, which had
wintered in the island, whose sign was The Twin Brothers.
12 And touching at Syracuse, we tarried there three days.
13 And from thence we made a circuit, and arrived at Rhegium: and after one day
a south wind sprang up, and on the second day we came to Puteoli:
14 where we found brethren, and were entreated to tarry with them seven days:
and so we came to Rome.
15 And from thence the brethren, when they heard of us, came to meet us as far
as The Market of Appius, and The Three Taverns: whom when Paul saw, he thanked
God, and took courage.
16 And when we entered into Rome, Paul was suffered to abide by himself with the
soldier that guarded him.
17 ¶ And it came to pass, that after three days he called together those that
were the chief of the Jews: and when they were come together, he said unto them,
I, brethren, though I had done nothing against the people, or the customs of our
fathers, yet was delivered prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans:
18 who, when they had examined me, desired to set me at liberty, 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 aught to accuse my nation of.
20 For this cause therefore did I entreat you to see and to speak with [me]: for
because of the hope of Israel I am bound with this chain.
21 And they said unto him, We neither received letters from Judaea concerning
thee, nor did any of the brethren come hither and report or speak any harm of
22 But we desire to hear of thee what thou thinkest: for as concerning this
sect, it is known to us that everywhere it is spoken against.
23 ¶ And when they had appointed him a day, they came to him into his lodging
in great number; to whom he expounded [the matter], testifying the kingdom of
God, and persuading them concerning Jesus, both from the law of Moses and from
the prophets, from morning till evening.
24 And some believed the things which were spoken, and some disbelieved.
25 And when they agreed not among themselves, they departed, after that Paul had
spoken one word, Well spake the Holy Ghost by Isaiah the prophet unto your
26 saying, Go thou unto this people, and say, By hearing ye shall hear, and
shall in no wise understand; And seeing ye shall see, and shall in no wise
27 For this people’s heart is waxed gross, And their ears are dull of hearing,
And their eyes they have closed; Lest haply they should perceive with their
eyes, And hear with their ears, And understand with their heart, And should turn
again, And I should heal them.
28 Be it known therefore unto you, that this salvation of God is sent unto the
Gentiles: they will also hear.
30 ¶ And he abode two whole years in his own hired dwelling, and received all
that went in unto him,
31 preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching the things concerning the Lord
Jesus Christ with all boldness, none forbidding him.