15:1And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brethren, and said, Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved.
15:2When therefore Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and disputation with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas, and certain other of them, should go up to Jerusalem unto the apostles and elders about this question.
15:3And being brought on their way by the church, they passed through Phenice and Samaria, declaring the conversion of the Gentiles: and they caused great joy unto all the brethren.
15:4And when they were come to Jerusalem, they were received of the church, and of the apostles and elders, and they declared all things that God had done with them.
15:5But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses.
15:6And the apostles and elders came together for to consider of this matter.
15:7And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe.
15:8And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us;
15:9And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.
15:10Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?
15:11But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.
15:12Then all the multitude kept silence, and gave audience to Barnabas and Paul, declaring what miracles and wonders God had wrought among the Gentiles by them.
15:13And after they had held their peace, James answered, saying, Men and brethren, hearken unto me:
15:14Simeon hath declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name.
15:15And to this agree the words of the prophets; as it is written,
15:16After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up:
15:17That the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called, saith the Lord, who doeth all these things.
15:18Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world.
15:19Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles are turned to God:
15:20But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood.
15:21For Moses of old time hath in every city them that preach him, being read in the synagogues every sabbath day.
15:22Then pleased it the apostles and elders, with the whole church, to send chosen men of their own company to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas; namely, Judas surnamed Barsabas, and Silas, chief men among the brethren:
15:23And they wrote letters by them after this manner; The apostles and elders and brethren send greeting unto the brethren which are of the Gentiles in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia:
15:24Forasmuch as we have heard, that certain which went out from us have troubled you with words, subverting your souls, saying, Ye must be circumcised, and keep the law: to whom we gave no such commandment:
15:25It seemed good unto us, being assembled with one accord, to send chosen men unto you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul,
15:26Men that have hazarded their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
15:27We have sent therefore Judas and Silas, who shall also tell you the same things by mouth.
15:28For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things;
15:29That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well.
15:30So when they were dismissed, they came to Antioch: and when they had gathered the multitude together, they delivered the epistle:
15:31Which when they had read, they rejoiced for the consolation.
15:32And Judas and Silas, being prophets also themselves, exhorted the brethren with many words, and confirmed them.
15:33And after they had tarried there a space, they were let go in peace from the brethren unto the apostles.
15:34Notwithstanding it pleased Silas to abide there still.
15:35Paul also and Barnabas continued in Antioch, teaching and preaching the word of the Lord, with many others also.
15:36And some days after Paul said unto Barnabas, Let us go again and visit our brethren in every city where we have preached the word of the Lord, and see how they do.
15:37And Barnabas determined to take with them John, whose surname was Mark.
15:38But Paul thought not good to take him with them, who departed from them from Pamphylia, and went not with them to the work.
15:39And the contention was so sharp between them, that they departed asunder one from the other: and so Barnabas took Mark, and sailed unto Cyprus;
15:40And Paul chose Silas, and departed, being recommended by the brethren unto the grace of God.
15:41And he went through Syria and Cilicia, confirming the churches.
16:1Then came he to Derbe and Lystra: and, behold, a certain disciple was there, named Timotheus, the son of a certain woman, which was a Jewess, and believed; but his father was a Greek:
16:2Which was well reported of by the brethren that were at Lystra and Iconium.
16:3Him would Paul have to go forth with him; and took and circumcised him because of the Jews which were in those quarters: for they knew all that his father was a Greek.
16:4And as they went through the cities, they delivered them the decrees for to keep, that were ordained of the apostles and elders which were at Jerusalem.
16:5And so were the churches established in the faith, and increased in number daily.
16:6Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of Galatia, and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia,
16:7After they were come to Mysia, they assayed to go into Bithynia: but the Spirit suffered them not.
16:8And they passing by Mysia came down to Troas.
16:9And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; There stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, Come over into Macedonia, and help us.
16:10And after he had seen the vision, immediately we endeavoured to go into Macedonia, assuredly gathering that the Lord had called us for to preach the gospel unto them.
16:11Therefore loosing from Troas, we came with a straight course to Samothracia, and the next day to Neapolis;
16:12And from thence to Philippi, which is the chief city of that part of Macedonia, and a colony: and we were in that city abiding certain days.
16:13And on the sabbath we went out of the city by a river side, where prayer was wont to be made; and we sat down, and spake unto the women which resorted thither.
16:14And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul.
16:15And when she was baptized, and her household, she besought us, saying, If ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide there. And she constrained us.
16:16And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying:
16:17The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation.
16:18And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.
16:19And when her masters saw that the hope of their gains was gone, they caught Paul and Silas, and drew them into the marketplace unto the rulers,
16:20And brought them to the magistrates, saying, These men, being Jews, do exceedingly trouble our city,
16:21And teach customs, which are not lawful for us to receive, neither to observe, being Romans.
16:22And the multitude rose up together against them: and the magistrates rent off their clothes, and commanded to beat them.
16:23And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely:
16:24Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks.
16:25And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.
16:26And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one's bands were loosed.
16:27And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled.
16:28But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here.
16:29Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas,
16:30And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?
16:31And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
16:32And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house.
16:33And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway.
16:34And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house.
16:35And when it was day, the magistrates sent the serjeants, saying, Let those men go.
16:36And the keeper of the prison told this saying to Paul, The magistrates have sent to let you go: now therefore depart, and go in peace.
16:37But Paul said unto them, They have beaten us openly uncondemned, being Romans, and have cast us into prison; and now do they thrust us out privily? nay verily; but let them come themselves and fetch us out.
16:38And the serjeants told these words unto the magistrates: and they feared, when they heard that they were Romans.
16:39And they came and besought them, and brought them out, and desired them to depart out of the city.
16:40And they went out of the prison, and entered into the house of Lydia: and when they had seen the brethren, they comforted them, and departed.
17:1Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where was a synagogue of the Jews:
17:2And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures,
17:3Opening and alleging, that Christ must needs have suffered, and risen again from the dead; and that this Jesus, whom I preach unto you, is Christ.
17:4And some of them believed, and consorted with Paul and Silas; and of the devout Greeks a great multitude, and of the chief women not a few.
17:5But the Jews which believed not, moved with envy, took unto them certain lewd fellows of the baser sort, and gathered a company, and set all the city on an uproar, and assaulted the house of Jason, and sought to bring them out to the people.
17:6And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also;
17:7Whom Jason hath received: and these all do contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, one Jesus.
17:8And they troubled the people and the rulers of the city, when they heard these things.
17:9And when they had taken security of Jason, and of the other, they let them go.
17:10And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews.
17:11These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
17:12Therefore many of them believed; also of honourable women which were Greeks, and of men, not a few.
17:13But when the Jews of Thessalonica had knowledge that the word of God was preached of Paul at Berea, they came thither also, and stirred up the people.
17:14And then immediately the brethren sent away Paul to go as it were to the sea: but Silas and Timotheus abode there still.
17:15And they that conducted Paul brought him unto Athens: and receiving a commandment unto Silas and Timotheus for to come to him with all speed, they departed.
17:16Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was stirred in him, when he saw the city wholly given to idolatry.
17:17Therefore disputed he in the synagogue with the Jews, and with the devout persons, and in the market daily with them that met with him.
17:18Then certain philosophers of the Epicureans, and of the Stoicks, encountered him. And some said, What will this babbler say? other some, He seemeth to be a setter forth of strange gods: because he preached unto them Jesus, and the resurrection.
17:19And they took him, and brought him unto Areopagus, saying, May we know what this new doctrine, whereof thou speakest, is?
17:20For thou bringest certain strange things to our ears: we would know therefore what these things mean.
17:21(For all the Athenians and strangers which were there spent their time in nothing else, but either to tell, or to hear some new thing.)
17:22Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars' hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious.
17:23For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you.
17:24God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;
17:25Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;
17:26And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;
17:27That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:
17:28For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.
17:29Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device.
17:30And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:
17:31Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.
17:32And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked: and others said, We will hear thee again of this matter.
17:33So Paul departed from among them.
17:34Howbeit certain men clave unto him, and believed: among the which was Dionysius the Areopagite, and a woman named Damaris, and others with them.
18:1After these things Paul departed from Athens, and came to Corinth;
18:2And found a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, lately come from Italy, with his wife Priscilla; (because that Claudius had commanded all Jews to depart from Rome:) and came unto them.
18:3And because he was of the same craft, he abode with them, and wrought: for by their occupation they were tentmakers.
18:4And he reasoned in the synagogue every sabbath, and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks.
18:5And when Silas and Timotheus were come from Macedonia, Paul was pressed in the spirit, and testified to the Jews that Jesus was Christ.
18:6And when they opposed themselves, and blasphemed, he shook his raiment, and said unto them, Your blood be upon your own heads; I am clean: from henceforth I will go unto the Gentiles.
18:7And he departed thence, and entered into a certain man's house, named Justus, one that worshipped God, whose house joined hard to the synagogue.
18:8And Crispus, the chief ruler of the synagogue, believed on the Lord with all his house; and many of the Corinthians hearing believed, and were baptized.
18:9Then spake the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision, Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace:
18:10For I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee: for I have much people in this city.
18:11And he continued there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.
18:12And when Gallio was the deputy of Achaia, the Jews made insurrection with one accord against Paul, and brought him to the judgment seat,
18:13Saying, This fellow persuadeth men to worship God contrary to the law.
18:14And when Paul was now about to open his mouth, Gallio said unto the Jews, If it were a matter of wrong or wicked lewdness, O ye Jews, reason would that I should bear with you:
18:15But if it be a question of words and names, and of your law, look ye to it; for I will be no judge of such matters.
18:16And he drave them from the judgment seat.
18:17Then all the Greeks took Sosthenes, the chief ruler of the synagogue, and beat him before the judgment seat. And Gallio cared for none of those things.
18:18And Paul after this tarried there yet a good while, and then took his leave of the brethren, and sailed thence into Syria, and with him Priscilla and Aquila; having shorn his head in Cenchrea: for he had a vow.
18:19And he came to Ephesus, and left them there: but he himself entered into the synagogue, and reasoned with the Jews.
18:20When they desired him to tarry longer time with them, he consented not;
18:21But bade them farewell, saying, I must by all means keep this feast that cometh in Jerusalem: but I will return again unto you, if God will. And he sailed from Ephesus.
18:22And when he had landed at Caesarea, and gone up, and saluted the church, he went down to Antioch.
18:23And after he had spent some time there, he departed, and went over all the country of Galatia and Phrygia in order, strengthening all the disciples.
18:24And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, and mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus.
18:25This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John.
18:26And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly.
18:27And when he was disposed to pass into Achaia, the brethren wrote, exhorting the disciples to receive him: who, when he was come, helped them much which had believed through grace:
18:28For he mightily convinced the Jews, and that publickly, shewing by the scriptures that Jesus was Christ.