THE HOLY BIBLE Douay-Rheims

The Acts of the Apostles (Author Luke)

15:1¤ And some, coming down from Judea, taught the brethren: That, except you be circumcised after the manner of Moses, you cannot be saved.

15:2And when Paul and Barnabas had no small contest with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas and certain others of the other side should go up to the apostles and priests to Jerusalem, about this question.

15:3They therefore, being brought on their way by the church, passed through Phenice and Samaria, relating the conversion of the Gentiles. And they caused great joy to all the brethren.

15:4And when they were come to Jerusalem, they were received by the church and by the apostles and ancients, declaring how great things God had done with them.

15:5But there arose of the sect of the Pharisees some that believed, saying: They must be circumcised and be commanded to observe the law of Moses.

15:6And the apostles and ancients assembled to consider of this matter.

15:7And when there had been much disputing, Peter, rising up, said to them: Men, brethren, you know that in former days God made choice among us, that by my mouth the Gentiles should hear the word of the gospel and believe.

15:8And God, who knoweth the hearts, gave testimony, giving unto them the Holy Ghost, as well as to us:

15:9And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.

15:10Now therefore, why tempt you God to put a yoke upon the necks of the disciples which neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear?

15:11But by the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, we believe to be saved, in like manner as they also.

15:12And all the multitude held their peace: and they heard Barnabas and Paul telling what great signs and wonders God had wrought among the Gentiles by them.

15:13And after they had held their peace, James answered, saying: Men, brethren, hear me.

15:14Simon hath related how God first visited to take of the Gentiles, a people to his name.

15:15And to 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 down: and the ruins thereof I will rebuild. And I will set it up:

15:17That the residue of men may seek after the Lord, and all nations upon whom my name is invoked, saith the Lord, who doth these things.

15:18To the Lord was his own work known from the beginning of the world.

15:19For which cause, I judge that they who from among the Gentiles are converted to God are not to be disquieted:

15:20But that we write unto them, that they refrain themselves from the 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 in the synagogues, where he is read every sabbath.

15:22Then it pleased the apostles and ancients, with the whole church, to choose men of their own company and to send to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas, namely, Judas, who was surnamed Barsabas, and Silas, chief men among the brethren.

15:23Writing by their hands: The apostles and ancients, brethren, to the brethren of the Gentiles that are at Antioch and in Syria and Cilicia, greeting.

15:24Forasmuch as we have heard that some going out from us have troubled you with words, subverting your souls, to whom we gave no commandment:

15:25It hath seemed good to us, being assembled together, to choose out men and to send them unto you, with our well beloved Barnabas and Paul:

15:26Men that have given their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

15:27We have sent therefore Judas and Silas, who themselves also will, by word of mouth, tell you the same things.

15:28For it hath seemed good to the Holy Ghost and to us to lay no further burden upon you than these necessary things:

15:29That you abstain from things sacrificed to idols and from blood and from things strangled and from fornication: from which things keeping yourselves, you shall do well. Fare ye well.

15:30They therefore, being dismissed, went down to Antioch and, gathering together the multitude, delivered the epistle.

15:31Which when they had read, they rejoiced for the consolation.

15:32But Judas and Silas, being prophets also themselves, with many words comforted the brethren and confirmed them.

15:33And after they had spent some time there, they were let go with peace by the brethren unto them that had sent them.

15:34But it seemed good unto Silas to remain there: and Judas alone departed to Jerusalem.

15:35And Paul and Barnabas continued at Antioch, teaching and preaching, with many others, the word of the Lord.

15:36And after some days, Paul said to Barnabas: Let us return and visit our brethren in all the cities wherein we have preached the word of the Lord, to see how they do.

15:37And Barnabas would have taken with them John also, that was surnamed Mark.

15:38But Paul desired that he (as having departed from them out of Pamphylia and not gone with them to the work) might not be received.

15:39And there arose a dissension so that they departed one from another. And Barnabas indeed, taking Mark, sailed to Cyprus.

15:40But Paul, choosing Silas, departed, being delivered by the brethren to the grace of God.

15:41And he went through Syria and Cilicia, confirming the churches, commanding them to keep the precepts of the apostles and the ancients.

16:1¤ And he came to Derbe and Lystra. And behold, there was a certain disciple there named Timothy, the son of a Jewish woman that believed: but his father was a Gentile.

16:2To this man the brethren that were in Lystra and Iconium gave a good testimony.

16:3Him Paul would have to go along with him: and taking him, he circumcised him, because of the Jews who were in those places. For they all knew that his father was a Gentile.

16:4And as they passed through the cities, they delivered unto them the decrees for to keep, that were decreed by the apostles and ancients who were at Jerusalem.

16:5And the churches were confirmed in faith and increased in number daily.

16:6And when they had passed through Phrygia and the country of Galatia, they were forbidden by the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia.

16:7And when they were come into Mysia, they attempted to go into Bithynia: and the Spirit of Jesus suffered them not.

16:8And when they had passed through Mysia, they went down to Troas.

16:9And a vision was shewed to Paul in the night, which was a man of Macedonia standing and beseeching him and saying: Pass over into Macedonia and help us.

16:10And as soon as he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go into Macedonia: being assured that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.

16:11And sailing from Troas, we came with a straight course to Samothracia, and the day following to Neapolis.

16:12And from thence to Philippi, which is the chief city of part of Macedonia, a colony. And we were in this city some days conferring together.

16:13And upon the Sabbath day, we went forth without the gate by a river side, where it seemed that there was prayer: and sitting down, we spoke to the women that were assembled.

16:14And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, one that worshipped God, did hear: whose heart the Lord opened to attend to those things which were said by Paul.

16:15And when she was baptized, and her household, she besought us, saying: If you 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 girl having a pythonical spirit met us, who brought to her masters much gain by divining.

16:17This same following Paul and us, cried out, saying: These men are the servants of the Most High God, who preach unto you the way of salvation.

16:18And this she did many days. But Paul being grieved, turned and said to the spirit: I command thee, in the name of Jesus Christ, to go out from her. And he went out the same hour.

16:19But her masters, seeing that the hope of their gain was gone, apprehending Paul and Silas, brought them into the market place to the rulers.

16:20And presenting them to the magistrates, they said: These men disturb our city, being Jews:

16:21And preach a fashion which it is not lawful for us to receive nor observe, being Romans.

16:22And the people ran together against them: and the magistrates, rending off their clothes, commanded them to be beaten with rods.

16:23And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the gaoler to keep them diligently.

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, praying, praised God. And they that were in prison 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 the bands of all were loosed.

16:27And the keeper of the prison, awakening out of his sleep and seeing the doors of the prison open, drawing his sword, 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 all are here.

16:29Then calling for a light, he went in: and trembling, fell down at the feet of Paul and Silas.

16:30And bringing them out, he said: Masters, what must I do, that I may be saved?

16:31But they said: believe in the Lord Jesus: and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

16:32And they preached the word of the Lord to him and to all that were in his house.

16:33And he, taking them the same hour of the night, washed their stripes: and himself was baptized, and all his house immediately.

16:34And when he had brought them into his own house, he laid the table for them: and rejoiced with all his house, believing God.

16:35And when the day was come, the magistrates sent the serjeants, saying: Let those men go.

16:36And the keeper of the prison told these words to Paul: The magistrates have sent to let you go. Now therefore depart. And go in peace.

16:37But Paul said to them: They have beaten us publicly, uncondemned, men that are Romans, and have cast us into prison. And now do they thrust us out privately? Not so: but let them come.

16:38And let us out themselves. And the serjeants told these words to the magistrates. And they were afraid: hearing that they were Romans.

16:39And coming, they besought them: and bringing them out, they desired them to depart out of the city.

16:40And they went out of the prison and entered into the house of Lydia: and having seen the brethren, they comforted them and departed.

17:1¤ And when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews.

17:2And Paul, according to his custom, went in unto them. And for three sabbath days he reasoned with them out of the scriptures:

17:3Declaring and insinuating that the Christ was to suffer and to rise again from the dead; and that this is Jesus Christ, whom I preach to you.

17:4And some of them believed and were associated to Paul and Silas: and of those that served God and of the Gentiles a great multitude: and of noble women not a few.

17:5But the Jews, moved with envy and taking unto them some wicked men of the vulgar sort and making a tumult, set the city in an uproar: and besetting Jason's house, sought to bring them out unto the people.

17:6And not finding them, they drew Jason and certain brethren to the rulers of the city, crying: They that set the city in an uproar 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, Jesus.

17:8And they stirred up the people: and the rulers of the city, hearing these things,

17:9And having taken satisfaction of Jason and of the rest, they let them go.

17:10But the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea. Who, when they were come thither, went into the synagogue of the Jews.

17:11Now these were more noble than those in Thessalonica, who received the word with all eagerness, daily searching the scriptures, whether these things were so.

17:12And many indeed of them believed: and of honourable women that were Gentiles and of men, not a few.

17:13And when the Jews of Thessalonica had knowledge that the word of God was also preached by Paul at Berea, they came thither also, stirring up and troubling the multitude.

17:14And then immediately the brethren sent away Paul, to go unto the sea: but Silas and Timothy remained there.

17:15And they that conducted Paul brought him as far as Athens: and receiving a commandment from him to Silas and Timothy, that they should come to him with all speed, they departed.

17:16Now whilst Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was stirred within him, seeing the city wholly given to idolatry.

17:17He disputed, therefore, in the synagogue with the Jews and with them that served God: and in the market place, every day, with them that were there.

17:18And certain philosophers of the Epicureans and of the Stoics disputed with him. And some said: What is it that this word sower would say? But others: He seemeth to be a setter forth of new gods. Because he preached to them Jesus and the resurrection.

17:19And taking him, they brought him to the Areopagus, saying: May we know what this new doctrine is, which thou speakest of?

17:20For thou bringest in certain new things to our ears. We would know therefore what these things mean.

17:21(Now all the Athenians and strangers that were there employed themselves in nothing else, but either in telling or in hearing some new thing.)

17:22But Paul, standing in the midst of the Areopagus, said: Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are too superstitious.

17:23For passing by and seeing your idols, I found an altar also, on which was written: To the Unknown God. What therefore you worship without knowing it, that I preach to you:

17:24God, who made the world and all things therein, he being Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands.

17:25Neither is he served with men's hands, as though he needed any thing: seeing it is he who giveth to all life and breath and all things:

17:26And hath made of one, all mankind, to dwell upon the whole face of the earth, determining appointed times and the limits of their habitation.

17:27That they should seek God, if haply they may feel after him or find him, although he be not far from every one of us.

17:28For in him we live and move and are: as some also of your own poets said: For we are also his offspring.

17:29Being therefore the offspring of God, we must not suppose the divinity to be like unto gold or silver or stone, the graving of art and device of man.

17:30And God indeed having winked at the times of this ignorance, now declareth unto men that all should every where do penance.

17:31Because he hath appointed a day wherein he will judge the world in equity, by the man whom he hath appointed: giving faith to all, by raising him up from the dead.

17:32And when they had heard of the resurrection of the dead, some indeed mocked. But others said: We will hear thee again concerning this matter.

17:33So Paul went out from among them.

17:34But certain men, adhering to him, did believe: among whom was also Dionysius the Areopagite and a woman named Damaris and others with them.

18:1¤ After these things, departing from Athens, he came to Corinth.

18:2And finding a certain Jew, named Aquila, born in Pontus, lately come from Italy, with Priscilla his wife (because that Claudius had commanded all Jews to depart from Rome), he came to them.

18:3And because he was of the same trade, he remained with them and wrought. (Now they were tentmakers by trade.)

18:4And he reasoned in the synagogue every sabbath, bringing in the name of the Lord Jesus. And he persuaded the Jews and the Greeks.

18:5And when Silas and Timothy were come from Macedonia, Paul was earnest in preaching, testifying to the Jews that Jesus is the Christ.

18:6But they gainsaying and blaspheming, he shook his garments and said to them: Your blood be upon your own heads: I am clean. From henceforth I will go unto the Gentiles.

18:7And departing thence, he entered into the house of a certain man, named Titus Justus, one that worshipped God, whose house was adjoining to the synagogue.

18:8And Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue, believed in the Lord, with all his house. And many of the Corinthians hearing, believed and were baptized.

18:9And the Lord said to Paul in the night, by a vision: Do not fear, but speak. And hold not thy peace,

18:10Because I am with thee and no man shall set upon thee, to hurt thee. For I have much people in this city.

18:11And he stayed 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 accord rose up against Paul and brought him to the judgment seat,

18:13Saying: This man persuadeth men to worship God contrary to the law.

18:14And when Paul was beginning to open his mouth, Gallio said to the Jews: If it were some matter of injustice or an heinous deed, O Jews, I should with reason bear with you.

18:15But if they be questions of word and names and of your law, look you to it. I will not be judge of such things.

18:16And he drove them from the judgment seat.

18:17And all laying hold on Sosthenes, the ruler of the synagogue, beat him before the judgment seat. And Gallio cared for none of those things.

18:18But Paul, when he had stayed yet many days, taking his leave of the brethren, sailed thence into Syria (and with him Priscilla and Aquila), having shorn his head in Cenchrae. For he had a vow.

18:19And he came to Ephesus and left them there. But he himself, entering into the synagogue, disputed with the Jews.

18:20And when they desired him that he would tarry a longer time, he consented not:

18:21But taking his leave and saying: I will return to you again, God willing, he departed from Ephesus.

18:22And going down to Caesarea, he went up to Jerusalem and saluted the church: and so came down to Antioch.

18:23And after he had spent some time there, he departed and went through the country of Galatia and Phrygia, in order, confirming all the disciples.

18:24Now a certain Jew, named Apollo, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, came to Ephesus, one mighty in the scriptures.

18:25This man was instructed in the way of the Lord: and being fervent in spirit, spoke and taught diligently the things that are of Jesus, knowing only the baptism of John.

18:26This man therefore began to speak boldly in the synagogue. Whom when Priscilla and Aquila had heard, they took him to them and expounded to him the way of the Lord more diligently.

18:27And whereas he was desirous to go to Achaia, the brethren exhorting wrote to the disciples to receive him. Who, when he was come, helped them much who had believed.

18:28For with much vigour he convinced the Jews openly, shewing by the scriptures that Jesus is the Christ.



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