15:1And certain persons, having come down from Judaea, taught the brethren, If ye shall not have been circumcised according to the custom of Moses, ye cannot be saved.
15:2A commotion therefore having taken place, and no small discussion on the part of Paul and Barnabas against them, they arranged that Paul and Barnabas, and certain others from amongst them, should go up to Jerusalem to the apostles and elders about this question.
15:3They therefore, having been set on their way by the assembly, passed through Phoenicia and Samaria, relating the conversion of those of the nations. And they caused great joy to all the brethren.
15:4And being arrived at Jerusalem, they were received by the assembly, and the apostles, and the elders, and related all that God had wrought with them.
15:5And some of those who were of the sect of the Pharisees, who believed, rose up from among them, saying that they ought to circumcise them and enjoin them to keep the law of Moses.
15:6And the apostles and the elders were gathered together to see about this matter.
15:7And much discussion having taken place, Peter, standing up, said to them, Brethren, *ye* know that from the earliest days God amongst you chose that the nations by my mouth should hear the word of the glad tidings and believe.
15:8And the heart-knowing God bore them witness, giving them the Holy Spirit as to us also,
15:9and put no difference between us and them, having purified their hearts by faith.
15:10Now therefore why tempt ye God, by putting a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear?
15:11But we believe that we shall be saved by the grace of the Lord Jesus, in the same manner as they also.
15:12And all the multitude kept silence and listened to Barnabas and Paul relating all the signs and wonders which God had wrought among the nations by them.
15:13And after they had held their peace, James answered, saying, Brethren, listen to me:
15:14Simon has related how God first visited to take out of the nations a people for his name.
15:15And with this agree the words of the prophets; as it is written:
15:16After these things I will return, and will rebuild the tabernacle of David which is fallen, and will rebuild its ruins, and will set it up,
15:17so that the residue of men may seek out the Lord, and all the nations on whom my name is invoked, saith the Lord, who does these things
15:18known from eternity.
15:19Wherefore *I* judge, not to trouble those who from the nations turn to God;
15:20but to write to them to abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from what is strangled, and from blood.
15:21For Moses, from generations of old, has in every city those who preach him, being read in the synagogues every sabbath.
15:22Then it seemed good to the apostles and to the elders, with the whole assembly, to send chosen men from among them with Paul and Barnabas to Antioch, Judas called Barsabas and Silas, leading men among the brethren,
15:23having by their hand written thus: The apostles, and the elders, and the brethren, to the brethren who are from among the nations at Antioch, and in Syria and Cilicia, greeting:
15:24Inasmuch as we have heard that some who went out from amongst us have troubled you by words, upsetting your souls, saying that ye must be circumcised and keep the law; to whom we gave no commandment;
15:25it seemed good to us, having arrived at a common judgment, to send chosen men to you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul,
15:26men who have given up their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
15:27We have therefore sent Judas and Silas, who themselves also will tell you by word of mouth the same things.
15:28For it has seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things:
15:29to abstain from things sacrificed to idols, and from blood, and from what is strangled, and from fornication; keeping yourselves from which ye will do well. Farewell.
15:30They therefore, being let go, came to Antioch, and having gathered the multitude delivered to them the epistle.
15:31And having read it, they rejoiced at the consolation.
15:32And Judas and Silas, being themselves also prophets, exhorted the brethren with much discourse, and strengthened them.
15:33And having passed some time there, they were let go in peace from the brethren to those who sent them.
15:35And Paul and Barnabas stayed in Antioch, teaching and announcing the glad tidings, with many others also, of the word of the Lord.
15:36But after certain days Paul said to Barnabas, Let us return now and visit the brethren in every city where we have announced the word of the Lord, and see how they are getting on.
15:37And Barnabas proposed to take with them John also, called Mark;
15:38but Paul thought it not well to take with them him who had abandoned them, going back from Pamphylia, and had not gone with them to the work.
15:39There arose therefore very warm feeling, so that they separated from one another; and Barnabas taking Mark sailed away to Cyprus;
15:40but Paul having chosen Silas went forth, committed by the brethren to the grace of God.
15:41And he passed through Syria and Cilicia, confirming the assemblies.
16:1And he came to Derbe and Lystra: and behold, a certain disciple was there, by name Timotheus, son of a Jewish believing woman, but the father a Greek,
16:2who had a good testimony of the brethren in Lystra and Iconium.
16:3Him would Paul have go forth with him, and took him and circumcised him on account of the Jews who were in those places, for they all knew his father that he was a Greek.
16:4And as they passed through the cities they instructed them to observe the decrees determined on by the apostles and elders who were in Jerusalem.
16:5The assemblies therefore were confirmed in the faith, and increased in number every day.
16:7having come down to Mysia, they attempted to go to Bithynia, and the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them;
16:8and having passed by Mysia they descended to Troas.
16:9And a vision appeared to Paul in the night: There was a certain Macedonian man, standing and beseeching him, and saying, Pass over into Macedonia and help us.
16:10And when he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go forth to Macedonia, concluding that the Lord had called us to announce to them the glad tidings.
16:11Having sailed therefore away from Troas, we went in a straight course to Samothracia, and on the morrow to Neapolis,
16:12and thence to Philippi, which is the first city of that part of Macedonia, a colony. And we were staying in that city certain days.
16:13And on the sabbath day we went outside the gate by the river, where it was the custom for prayer to be, and we sat down and spoke to the women who had assembled.
16:14And a certain woman, by name Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, who worshipped God, heard; whose heart the Lord opened to attend to the things spoken by Paul.
16:15And when she had been baptised and her house, 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 were going to prayer that a certain female slave, having a spirit of Python, met us, who brought much profit to her masters by prophesying.
16:17She, having followed Paul and us, cried saying, These men are bondmen of the Most High God, who announce to you the way of salvation.
16:18And this she did many days. And Paul, being distressed, turned, and said to the spirit, I enjoin thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And it came out the same hour.
16:19And her masters, seeing that the hope of their gains was gone, having seized Paul and Silas, dragged them into the market before the magistrates;
16:20and having brought them up to the praetors, said, These men utterly trouble our city, being Jews,
16:21and announce customs which it is not lawful for us to receive nor practise, being Romans.
16:23And having laid many stripes upon them they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely;
16:24who, having received such a charge, cast them into the inner prison, and secured their feet to the stocks.
16:25And at midnight Paul and Silas, in praying, were praising God with singing, and the prisoners listened to them.
16:26And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison shook, and all the doors were immediately opened, and the bonds of all loosed.
16:27And the jailor being awakened out of his sleep, and seeing the doors of the prison opened, having drawn a sword was going to kill himself, thinking the prisoners had fled.
16:28But Paul called out with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm, for we are all here.
16:29And having asked for lights, he rushed in, and, trembling, fell down before Paul and Silas.
16:30And leading them out said, Sirs, what must I do that I may be saved?
16:31And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus and thou shalt be saved, thou and thy house.
16:32And they spoke to him the word of the Lord, with all that were in his house.
16:33And he took them the same hour of the night and washed them from their stripes; and was baptised, he and all his straightway.
16:34And having brought them into his house he laid the table for them, and rejoiced with all his house, having believed in God.
16:36And the jailor reported these words to Paul: The praetors have sent that ye may be let go. Now therefore go out and depart in peace.
16:37But Paul said to them, Having beaten us publicly uncondemned, us who are Romans, they have cast us into prison, and now they thrust us out secretly? no, indeed, but let them come themselves and bring us out.
16:38And the lictors reported these words to the praetors. And they were afraid when they heard they were Romans.
16:39And they came and besought them, and having brought them out, asked them to go out of the city.
16:40And having gone out of the prison, they came to Lydia; and having seen the brethren, they exhorted them and went away.
17:1And having journeyed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where was the synagogue of the Jews.
17:2And according to Paul's custom he went in among them, and on three sabbaths reasoned with them from the scriptures,
17:3opening and laying down that the Christ must have suffered and risen up from among the dead, and that this is the Christ, Jesus whom *I* announce to you.
17:5But the Jews having been stirred up to jealousy, and taken to themselves certain wicked men of the lowest rabble, and having got a crowd together, set the city in confusion; and having beset the house of Jason sought to bring them out to the people;
17:6and not having found them, dragged Jason and certain brethren before the politarchs, crying out, These men that have set the world in tumult, are come here also,
17:7whom Jason has received; and these all do contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying, that there is another king, Jesus.
17:8And they troubled the crowd and the politarchs when they heard these things.
17:9And having taken security of Jason and the rest, they let them go.
17:10But the brethren immediately sent away, in the night, Paul and Silas to Berea; who, being arrived, went away into the synagogue of the Jews.
17:11And these were more noble than those in Thessalonica, receiving the word with all readiness of mind, daily searching the scriptures if these things were so.
17:12Therefore many from among them believed, and of Grecian women of the upper classes and men not a few.
17:13But when the Jews from Thessalonica knew that the word of God was announced in Berea also by Paul, they came there also, stirring up the crowds.
17:14And then immediately the brethren sent away Paul to go as to the sea; but Silas and Timotheus abode there.
17:15But they that conducted Paul brought him as far as Athens; and, having received a commandment to Silas and Timotheus, that they should come to him as quickly as possible, they departed.
17:16But in Athens, while Paul was waiting for them, his spirit was painfully excited in him seeing the city given up to idolatry.
17:17He reasoned therefore in the synagogue with the Jews, and those who worshipped, and in the market-place every day with those he met with.
17:18But some also of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers attacked him. And some said, What would this chatterer say? and some, He seems to be an announcer of foreign demons, because he announced the glad tidings of Jesus and the resurrection to them.
17:19And having taken hold on him they brought him to Areopagus, saying, Might we know what this new doctrine which is spoken by thee is?
17:20For thou bringest certain strange things to our ears. We wish therefore to know what these things may mean.
17:21Now all the Athenians and the strangers sojourning there spent their time in nothing else than to tell and to hear the news.
17:23for, passing through and beholding your shrines, I found also an altar on which was inscribed, To the unknown God. Whom therefore ye reverence, not knowing him, him I announce to you.
17:24The God who has made the world and all things which are in it, *he*, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands,
17:25nor is served by men's hands as needing something, himself giving to all life and breath and all things;
17:26and has made of one blood every nation of men to dwell upon the whole face of the earth, having determined ordained times and the boundaries of their dwelling,
17:27that they may seek God; if indeed they might feel after him and find him, although he is not far from each one of us:
17:28for in him we live and move and exist; as also some of the poets amongst you have said, For we are also his offspring.
17:29Being therefore the offspring of God, we ought not to think that which is divine to be like gold or silver or stone, the graven form of man's art and imagination.
17:30God therefore, having overlooked the times of ignorance, now enjoins men that they shall all everywhere repent,
17:31because he has set a day in which he is going to judge the habitable earth in righteousness by the man whom he has appointed, giving the proof of it to all in having raised him from among the dead.
17:32And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked, and some said, We will hear thee again also concerning this.
17:33Thus Paul went out of their midst.
17:34But some men joining themselves to him believed; among whom also was Dionysius the Areopagite, and a woman by name Damaris, and others with them.
18:1And after these things, having left Athens, he came to Corinth;
18:2and finding a certain Jew by name Aquila, of Pontus by race, just come from Italy, and Priscilla his wife, (because Claudius had ordered all the Jews to leave Rome,) came to them,
18:3and because they were of the same trade abode with them, and wrought. For they were tent-makers by trade.
18:4And he reasoned in the synagogue every sabbath, and persuaded Jews and Greeks.
18:6But as they opposed and spoke injuriously, he shook his clothes, and said to them, Your blood be upon your own head: *I* am pure; from henceforth I will go to the nations.
18:7And departing thence he came to the house of a certain man, by name Justus, who worshipped God, whose house adjoined the synagogue.
18:8But Crispus the ruler of the synagogue believed in the Lord with all his house; and many of the Corinthians hearing, believed, and were baptised.
18:9And the Lord said by vision in the night to Paul, Fear not, but speak and be not silent;
18:10because *I* am with thee, and no one shall set upon thee to injure thee; because I have much people in this city.
18:11And he remained there a year and six months, teaching among them the word of God.
18:12But when Gallio was proconsul of Achaia, the Jews with one consent rose against Paul and led him to the judgment-seat,
18:13saying, This man persuades men to worship God contrary to the law.
18:14But as Paul was going to open his mouth, Gallio said to the Jews, If indeed it was some wrong or wicked criminality, O Jews, of reason I should have borne with you;
18:15but if it be questions about words, and names, and the law that ye have, see to it yourselves; for *I* do not intend to be judge of these things.
18:16And he drove them from the judgment-seat.
18:17And having all laid hold on Sosthenes the ruler of the synagogue, they beat him before the judgment-seat. And Gallio troubled himself about none of these things.
18:18And Paul, having yet stayed there many days, took leave of the brethren and sailed thence to Syria, and with him Priscilla and Aquila, having shorn his head in Cenchrea, for he had a vow;
18:19and he arrived at Ephesus, and left them there. But entering himself into the synagogue he reasoned with the Jews.
18:20And when they asked him that he would remain for a longer time with them he did not accede,
18:21but bade them farewell, saying, I must by all means keep the coming feast at Jerusalem; I will return to you again, if God will: and he sailed away from Ephesus.
18:22And landing at Caesarea, and having gone up and saluted the assembly, he went down to Antioch.
18:23And having stayed there some time, he went forth, passing in order through the country of Galatia and Phrygia, establishing all the disciples.
18:24But a certain Jew, Apollos by name, an Alexandrian by race, an eloquent man, who was mighty in the scriptures, arrived at Ephesus.
18:25He was instructed in the way of the Lord, and being fervent in his spirit, he spoke and taught exactly the things concerning Jesus, knowing only the baptism of John.
18:26And *he* began to speak boldly in the synagogue. And Aquila and Priscilla, having heard him, took him to them and unfolded to him the way of God more exactly.
18:27And when he purposed to go into Achaia, the brethren wrote to the disciples engaging them to receive him, who, being come, contributed much to those who believed through grace.
18:28For he with great force convinced the Jews publicly, shewing by the scriptures that Jesus was the Christ.