Paul and Silas in Thessalonica

17 Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to (A)Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews. And Paul went in, (B)as was his custom, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them (C)from the Scriptures, (D)explaining and proving that it was necessary for (E)the Christ to suffer and (F)to rise from the dead, and saying, “This Jesus, whom I proclaim to you, is the Christ.” And (G)some of them were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, as did (H)a great many of the devout (I)Greeks and not a few of the leading women. (J)But the Jews[a] (K)were jealous, and taking (L)some wicked men of the rabble, they formed a mob, set the city in an uproar, and attacked the house of Jason, seeking to bring them out to the crowd. And when they could not find them, (M)they dragged Jason and some of the brothers before the city authorities, shouting, “These men who have turned the world upside down have come here also, and Jason has received them, and they are all acting against (N)the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is (O)another king, Jesus.” And the people and the city authorities were disturbed when they heard these things. And when they had taken money as security from Jason and the rest, they let them go.

Paul and Silas in Berea

10 (P)The brothers[b] immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived they (Q)went into the Jewish synagogue. 11 Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, (R)examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so. 12 (S)Many of them therefore believed, with not a few Greek (T)women of high standing as well as men. 13 But when the Jews from Thessalonica learned that the word of God was proclaimed by Paul at Berea also, they came there too, (U)agitating and stirring up the crowds. 14 Then the brothers (V)immediately sent Paul off on his way to the sea, but Silas and (W)Timothy remained there. 15 (X)Those who conducted Paul brought him as far as (Y)Athens, and after receiving a command (Z)for Silas and Timothy to come to him as soon as possible, they departed.

Paul in Athens

16 Now while Paul was waiting for them at Athens, his spirit was (AA)provoked within him as he saw that the city was (AB)full of idols. 17 So (AC)he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and the devout persons, and in the marketplace every day with those who happened to be there. 18 Some of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers also conversed with him. And some said, (AD)“What does this babbler wish to say?” Others said, “He seems to be a preacher of foreign divinities”—because (AE)he was preaching (AF)Jesus and the resurrection. 19 And they took him and brought him to (AG)the Areopagus, saying, “May we know what this (AH)new teaching is that you are presenting? 20 For you bring some (AI)strange things to our ears. We wish to know therefore what these things mean.” 21 Now all the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there would spend their time in nothing except telling or hearing something new.

Paul Addresses the Areopagus

22 So Paul, standing in the midst of the Areopagus, said: “Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are very religious. 23 For as I passed along and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription: (AJ)‘To the unknown god.’ (AK)What therefore you worship (AL)as unknown, this I proclaim to you. 24 (AM)The God who made the world and everything in it, being (AN)Lord of heaven and earth, (AO)does not live in temples made by man,[c] 25 nor is he served by human hands, (AP)as though he needed anything, since he himself (AQ)gives to all mankind (AR)life and breath and everything. 26 And (AS)he made from one man every nation of mankind to live (AT)on all the face of the earth, (AU)having determined allotted periods and (AV)the boundaries of their dwelling place, 27 (AW)that they should seek God, (AX)and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. (AY)Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, 28 for

(AZ)“‘In him we live and move and have our being’;[d]

as even some of (BA)your own poets have said,

“‘For we are indeed his offspring.’[e]

29 (BB)Being then God's offspring, (BC)we ought not to think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of man. 30 (BD)The times of ignorance (BE)God overlooked, but (BF)now he (BG)commands all people everywhere to repent, 31 because he has fixed (BH)a day on which (BI)he will judge the world (BJ)in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and (BK)of this he has given assurance to all (BL)by raising him from the dead.”

32 Now when they heard of (BM)the resurrection of the dead, (BN)some mocked. But others said, (BO)“We will hear you again about this.” 33 So Paul went out from their midst. 34 But some men joined him and believed, among whom also were Dionysius (BP)the Areopagite and a woman named Damaris and others with them.

Paul in Corinth

18 After this Paul[f] left Athens and went to Corinth. And he found a Jew named (BQ)Aquila, a native of Pontus, recently come from Italy with his wife (BR)Priscilla, because (BS)Claudius had commanded all the Jews to leave Rome. And he went to see them, and (BT)because he was of the same trade he stayed with them and worked, for they were tentmakers by trade. And (BU)he reasoned in the synagogue (BV)every Sabbath, and tried to persuade Jews and Greeks.

(BW)When Silas and Timothy arrived from Macedonia, Paul (BX)was occupied with the word, (BY)testifying to the Jews that the Christ was (BZ)Jesus. And when they opposed and reviled him, (CA)he shook out his garments and said to them, (CB)“Your blood be on your own heads! (CC)I am innocent. (CD)From now on I will go to the Gentiles.” And he left there and went to the house of a man named Titius (CE)Justus, (CF)a worshiper of God. His house was next door to the synagogue. (CG)Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue, believed in the Lord, together (CH)with his entire household. And many of the Corinthians hearing Paul believed and were baptized. And the Lord said to Paul (CI)one night in (CJ)a vision, (CK)“Do not be afraid, but go on speaking and do not be silent, 10 (CL)for I am with you, and (CM)no one will attack you to harm you, for (CN)I have many in this city who are my people.” 11 And he stayed a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.

12 But when Gallio was (CO)proconsul of Achaia, (CP)the Jews[g] made a united attack on Paul and (CQ)brought him before the tribunal, 13 saying, “This man is persuading people to worship God contrary to (CR)the law.” 14 But when Paul was about to open his mouth, Gallio said to the Jews, “If it were a matter of wrongdoing or vicious (CS)crime, O Jews, I would have reason to accept your complaint. 15 But (CT)since it is a matter of questions about words and names and (CU)your own law, see to it yourselves. I refuse to be a judge of these things.” 16 And he drove them from the tribunal. 17 And they all seized Sosthenes, the ruler of the synagogue, and beat him in front of the tribunal. But Gallio paid no attention to any of this.

Paul Returns to Antioch

18 After this, Paul stayed many days longer and then took leave of (CV)the brothers[h] and set sail for Syria, and with him (CW)Priscilla and Aquila. At (CX)Cenchreae (CY)he had cut his hair, for he was under a vow. 19 And they came to (CZ)Ephesus, and he left them there, but (DA)he himself went into the synagogue and reasoned with the Jews. 20 When they asked him to stay for a longer period, he declined. 21 But on taking leave of them he said, “I will return to you (DB)if God wills,” and he set sail from Ephesus.

22 When he had landed at Caesarea, he (DC)went up and greeted the church, and then went down to Antioch. 23 After spending some time there, he departed and (DD)went from one place to the next through the region of Galatia and Phrygia, (DE)strengthening all the disciples.

Apollos Speaks Boldly in Ephesus

24 Now a Jew named (DF)Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was an eloquent man, (DG)competent in the Scriptures. 25 He had been instructed in (DH)the way of the Lord. And (DI)being fervent in spirit,[i] he spoke and taught accurately the things concerning Jesus, though he knew only (DJ)the baptism of John. 26 He began to speak boldly in the synagogue, but when (DK)Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained to him (DL)the way of God more accurately. 27 And when he wished to cross to (DM)Achaia, (DN)the brothers encouraged him and (DO)wrote to the disciples to welcome him. When he arrived, (DP)he greatly helped those who through grace had believed, 28 for he powerfully refuted the Jews in public, showing by the Scriptures (DQ)that the Christ was Jesus.

Paul in Ephesus

19 And it happened that while (DR)Apollos was at Corinth, Paul passed (DS)through the inland[j] country and came to Ephesus. There he found some disciples. And he said to them, (DT)“Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” And they said, “No, (DU)we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” And he said, (DV)“Into what then were you baptized?” They said, “Into (DW)John's baptism.” And Paul said, (DX)“John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people (DY)to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, Jesus.” On hearing this, (DZ)they were baptized in[k] the name of the Lord Jesus. And (EA)when Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and (EB)they began speaking in tongues and (EC)prophesying. There were about twelve men in all.

And (ED)he entered the synagogue and for three months spoke boldly, reasoning and persuading them (EE)about the kingdom of God. (EF)But when some became stubborn and (EG)continued in unbelief, speaking evil of (EH)the Way before the congregation, he withdrew from them and took the disciples with him, reasoning daily in the hall of Tyrannus.[l] 10 This continued for (EI)two years, so that (EJ)all the residents of Asia heard the word of the Lord, both Jews and Greeks.

The Sons of Sceva

11 And (EK)God was doing extraordinary miracles by the hands of Paul, 12 (EL)so that even handkerchiefs or aprons that had touched his skin were carried away to the sick, and their diseases left them and (EM)the evil spirits came out of them. 13 Then some of the itinerant Jewish (EN)exorcists (EO)undertook to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, (EP)“I adjure you by the Jesus whom Paul proclaims.” 14 Seven sons of a Jewish high priest named Sceva were doing this. 15 But the evil spirit answered them, (EQ)“Jesus I know, and Paul I recognize, but who are you?” 16 And the man in whom was the evil spirit leaped on them, mastered all[m] of them and overpowered them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded. 17 And this became known to all the residents of Ephesus, both Jews and Greeks. And fear fell upon them all, and (ER)the name of the Lord Jesus was extolled. 18 Also many of those who were now believers came, (ES)confessing and divulging their practices. 19 And a number of those who had practiced magic arts brought their books together and burned them in the sight of all. And they counted the value of them and found it came to fifty thousand pieces of silver. 20 So the word of the Lord (ET)continued to increase and prevail mightily.

A Riot at Ephesus

21 Now after these events Paul resolved in the Spirit (EU)to pass through (EV)Macedonia and Achaia and (EW)go to Jerusalem, saying, “After I have been there, (EX)I must also see Rome.” 22 And having sent into Macedonia two of (EY)his helpers, (EZ)Timothy and Erastus, he himself stayed in Asia (FA)for a while.

23 About that time (FB)there arose no little disturbance concerning (FC)the Way. 24 For a man named Demetrius, a silversmith, who made silver shrines of Artemis, (FD)brought no little business to the craftsmen. 25 (FE)These he gathered together, with the workmen in similar trades, and said, “Men, you know that from this business we have our wealth. 26 And you see and hear that not only in Ephesus but in almost all of Asia this Paul has persuaded and turned away a great many people, (FF)saying that (FG)gods made with hands are not gods. 27 And there is danger not only that this trade of ours may come into disrepute but also that the temple of the (FH)great goddess Artemis may be counted as nothing, and that she may even be deposed from her magnificence, she whom all Asia and the world worship.”

28 When they heard this they were enraged and were crying out, (FI)“Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!” 29 So the city was filled with the confusion, and they rushed together into the theater, dragging with them Gaius and (FJ)Aristarchus, Macedonians who were Paul's (FK)companions in travel. 30 But when Paul wished to go in among the crowd, the disciples would not let him. 31 And even some of the Asiarchs,[n] who were friends of his, sent to him and were urging him not to venture into the theater. 32 (FL)Now some cried out one thing, some another, for the assembly was in confusion, and most of them did not know why they had come together. 33 Some of the crowd prompted Alexander, whom the Jews had put forward. And Alexander, (FM)motioning with his hand, wanted to make a defense to the crowd. 34 But when they recognized that he was a Jew, for about two hours they all cried out with one voice, (FN)“Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!”

35 And when the town clerk had quieted the crowd, he said, “Men of Ephesus, who is there who does not know that the city of the Ephesians is temple keeper of the great Artemis, and of the sacred stone that fell from (FO)the sky?[o] 36 Seeing then that these things cannot be denied, you ought to be quiet and do nothing rash. 37 For you have brought (FP)these men here who are neither (FQ)sacrilegious nor blasphemers of our goddess. 38 If therefore Demetrius and the craftsmen with him have a complaint against anyone, the courts are open, and there are (FR)proconsuls. Let them bring charges against one another. 39 But if you seek anything further,[p] it shall be settled in the regular assembly. 40 For we really are in danger of being charged with rioting today, since there is no cause that we can give to justify this commotion.” 41 And when he had said these things, he dismissed the assembly.

Paul in Macedonia and Greece

20 After the uproar ceased, Paul sent for the disciples, and after encouraging them, he said farewell and (FS)departed for Macedonia. When he had gone through those regions and had given them much encouragement, he came to Greece. There he spent three months, and when (FT)a plot was made against him by the Jews[q] as he was about to set sail for Syria, he decided to return through Macedonia. Sopater the Berean, son of Pyrrhus, accompanied him; and of the Thessalonians, (FU)Aristarchus and Secundus; and (FV)Gaius of Derbe, and (FW)Timothy; and the Asians, (FX)Tychicus and (FY)Trophimus. These went on ahead and were waiting for (FZ)us at (GA)Troas, but we sailed away from Philippi after (GB)the days of Unleavened Bread, and in five days we came to them at Troas, where we stayed for seven days.

Eutychus Raised from the Dead

(GC)On the first day of the week, when we were gathered together (GD)to break bread, Paul talked with them, intending to depart on the next day, and he prolonged his speech until midnight. There were many lamps in (GE)the upper room where we were gathered. And a young man named Eutychus, sitting at the window, sank into a deep sleep as Paul talked still longer. And being overcome by sleep, he (GF)fell down from the third story and was taken up dead. 10 But Paul went down and (GG)bent over him, and taking him in his arms, said, (GH)“Do not be alarmed, for his life is in him.” 11 And when Paul had gone up and (GI)had broken bread and eaten, he conversed with them a long while, until daybreak, and so departed. 12 And they took the youth away alive, and were not a little comforted.

13 But going ahead to the ship, we set sail for Assos, intending to take Paul aboard there, for so he had arranged, intending himself to go by land. 14 And when he met us at Assos, we took him on board and went to Mitylene. 15 And sailing from there we came the following day opposite Chios; the next day we touched at Samos; and[r] the day after that we went to Miletus. 16 For Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus, so that he might not have to spend time in Asia, for he was hastening (GJ)to be at Jerusalem, if possible, (GK)on the day of Pentecost.

Paul Speaks to the Ephesian Elders

17 Now from Miletus he sent to Ephesus and called (GL)the elders of the church to come to him. 18 And when they came to him, he said to them:

(GM)“You yourselves know (GN)how I lived among you the whole time (GO)from the first day that I set foot in Asia, 19 (GP)serving the Lord (GQ)with all humility and with (GR)tears and with trials that happened to me through (GS)the plots of the Jews; 20 how I (GT)did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, and (GU)teaching you in public and from house to house, 21 (GV)testifying both to Jews and to Greeks of (GW)repentance toward God and of (GX)faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.[s] 22 And now, behold, I am going to Jerusalem, constrained (GY)by[t] the Spirit, not knowing what will happen to me there, 23 except that (GZ)the Holy Spirit testifies to me in every city that (HA)imprisonment and (HB)afflictions await me. 24 But (HC)I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only (HD)I may finish my course and (HE)the ministry (HF)that I received from the Lord Jesus, (HG)to testify to (HH)the gospel of (HI)the grace of God. 25 And now, behold, (HJ)I know that none of you among whom I have gone about (HK)proclaiming the kingdom will see my face again. 26 Therefore (HL)I testify to you this day that (HM)I am innocent of the blood of all, 27 for (HN)I did not shrink from declaring to you (HO)the whole counsel of God. 28 (HP)Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all (HQ)the flock, in which (HR)the Holy Spirit has made you (HS)overseers, (HT)to care for (HU)the church of God,[u] which he (HV)obtained (HW)with his own blood.[v] 29 I (HX)know that after my departure (HY)fierce wolves will come in among you, (HZ)not sparing the flock; 30 and (IA)from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them. 31 Therefore (IB)be alert, remembering that (IC)for three years I did not cease night or day (ID)to admonish every one (IE)with tears. 32 And now (IF)I commend you to God and to (IG)the word of his grace, which is able to (IH)build you up and to give you (II)the inheritance among all those who are sanctified. 33 (IJ)I coveted no one's silver or gold or apparel. 34 (IK)You yourselves know that (IL)these hands ministered to my necessities and (IM)to those who were with me. 35 In all things (IN)I have shown you that (IO)by working hard in this way we must (IP)help the weak and (IQ)remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed (IR)to give than to receive.’

36 And when he had said these things, (IS)he knelt down and prayed with them all. 37 And (IT)there was much weeping on the part of all; (IU)they embraced Paul and (IV)kissed him, 38 being sorrowful most of all because of (IW)the word he had spoken, that they would not see his face again. And (IX)they accompanied him to the ship.


  1. Acts 17:5 Greek Ioudaioi probably refers here to Jewish religious leaders, and others under their influence, in that time; also verse 13
  2. Acts 17:10 Or brothers and sisters; also verse 14
  3. Acts 17:24 Greek made by hands
  4. Acts 17:28 Probably from Epimenides of Crete
  5. Acts 17:28 From Aratus's poem “Phainomena”
  6. Acts 18:1 Greek he
  7. Acts 18:12 Greek Ioudaioi probably refers here to Jewish religious leaders, and others under their influence, in that time; also verses 14 (twice), 28
  8. Acts 18:18 Or brothers and sisters; also verse 27
  9. Acts 18:25 Or in the Spirit
  10. Acts 19:1 Greek upper (that is, highland)
  11. Acts 19:5 Or into
  12. Acts 19:9 Some manuscripts add from the fifth hour to the tenth (that is, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
  13. Acts 19:16 Or both
  14. Acts 19:31 That is, high-ranking officers of the province of Asia
  15. Acts 19:35 The meaning of the Greek is uncertain
  16. Acts 19:39 Some manuscripts seek about other matters
  17. Acts 20:3 Greek Ioudaioi probably refers here to Jewish religious leaders, and others under their influence, in that time; also verse 19
  18. Acts 20:15 Some manuscripts add after remaining at Trogyllium
  19. Acts 20:21 Some manuscripts omit Christ
  20. Acts 20:22 Or bound in
  21. Acts 20:28 Some manuscripts of the Lord
  22. Acts 20:28 Or with the blood of his Own

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