Barnabas and Saul Sent Off

13 Now there were in the church at Antioch (A)prophets and (B)teachers, (C)Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger,[a] Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen a lifelong friend of (D)Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, (E)the Holy Spirit said, (F)“Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul (G)for the work to which I have called them.” Then after fasting and (H)praying they laid their hands on them and (I)sent them off.

Barnabas and Saul on Cyprus

So, being sent out (J)by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia, and from there they sailed to Cyprus. When they arrived at Salamis, they proclaimed the word of God (K)in the synagogues of the Jews. And they had (L)John to (M)assist them. When they had gone through the whole island as far as Paphos, they came upon a certain (N)magician, (O)a Jewish false prophet named Bar-Jesus. He was with (P)the proconsul, Sergius Paulus, a man of intelligence, who summoned Barnabas and Saul and sought to hear the word of God. But Elymas the (Q)magician (for that is the meaning of his name) (R)opposed them, seeking to turn (S)the proconsul away from the faith. But Saul, who was also called Paul, (T)filled with the Holy Spirit, looked intently at him 10 and said, “You (U)son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, full of all deceit and (V)villainy, will you not stop (W)making crooked (X)the straight paths of the Lord? 11 And now, behold, (Y)the hand of the Lord is upon you, and you will be blind and unable to see the sun for a time.” Immediately mist and darkness fell upon him, and he went about seeking (Z)people to lead him by the hand. 12 Then the proconsul believed, when he saw what had occurred, for he was astonished at (AA)the teaching of the Lord.

Paul and Barnabas at Antioch in Pisidia

13 Now Paul and his companions set sail from Paphos and came to Perga in Pamphylia. And (AB)John left them and returned (AC)to Jerusalem, 14 but they went on from Perga and came to Antioch in Pisidia. And (AD)on the Sabbath day (AE)they went into the synagogue and sat down. 15 After (AF)the reading from (AG)the Law and the Prophets, (AH)the rulers of the synagogue sent a message to them, saying, “Brothers, if you have any (AI)word of encouragement for the people, say it.” 16 So Paul stood up, and (AJ)motioning with his hand said:

“Men of Israel and (AK)you who fear God, listen. 17 (AL)The God of this people Israel (AM)chose our fathers and (AN)made the people great (AO)during their stay in the land of Egypt, and (AP)with uplifted arm he led them out of it. 18 And for about (AQ)forty years (AR)he put up with[b] them in the wilderness. 19 And (AS)after destroying (AT)seven nations in the land of Canaan, (AU)he gave them their land as an inheritance. 20 All this took about 450 years. And after that (AV)he gave them judges until (AW)Samuel the prophet. 21 Then (AX)they asked for a king, and God gave them Saul (AY)the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, for forty years. 22 And (AZ)when he had removed him, (BA)he raised up David to be their king, of whom he testified and said, (BB)‘I have found in David the son of Jesse (BC)a man after my heart, (BD)who will do all my will.’ 23 (BE)Of this man's offspring God has brought to Israel (BF)a Savior, Jesus, (BG)as he promised. 24 Before his coming, (BH)John had proclaimed (BI)a baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel. 25 And as John was finishing his course, (BJ)he said, ‘What do you suppose that I am? I am not he. No, but behold, after me one is coming, the sandals of whose feet I am not worthy to untie.’

26 “Brothers, sons of the family of Abraham, and those among you (BK)who fear God, to us has been sent (BL)the message of (BM)this salvation. 27 For those who live in Jerusalem and their rulers, because (BN)they did not recognize him nor understand (BO)the utterances of the prophets, which are read every Sabbath, (BP)fulfilled them by condemning him. 28 And (BQ)though they found in him no guilt worthy of death, (BR)they asked Pilate to have him executed. 29 And when (BS)they had carried out all that was written of him, (BT)they took him down from (BU)the tree and laid him in a tomb. 30 But (BV)God raised him from the dead, 31 and for many days (BW)he appeared to those (BX)who had come up with him (BY)from Galilee to Jerusalem, (BZ)who are now (CA)his witnesses to the people. 32 And we bring you the good news (CB)that what God promised to the fathers, 33 (CC)this he has fulfilled to us their children by raising Jesus, as also it is written in the second Psalm,

(CD)“‘You are my Son,
    today I have begotten you.’

34 And as for the fact that he raised him from the dead, (CE)(CF)no more to return to corruption, he has spoken in this way,

“‘I will give you (CG)the holy and sure blessings of David.’

35 Therefore he says also in another psalm,

(CH)“‘You will not let your Holy One see corruption.’

36 For David, after he had (CI)served the purpose of God in his own generation, (CJ)fell asleep and (CK)was laid with his fathers and saw corruption, 37 but he whom (CL)God raised up did not see corruption. 38 Let it be known to you therefore, brothers, (CM)that through this man (CN)forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, 39 and by him (CO)everyone who believes is freed[c] from everything (CP)from which you could not be freed by the law of Moses. 40 Beware, therefore, lest what is said in the Prophets should come about:

41 (CQ)“‘Look, you scoffers,
    be astounded and perish;
for I am doing a work in your days,
    a work that you will not believe, even if one tells it to you.’”

42 As they went out, the people begged that these things might be told them the next Sabbath. 43 And after the meeting of the synagogue broke up, many Jews and (CR)devout (CS)converts to Judaism followed Paul and Barnabas, who, as they spoke with them, urged them (CT)to continue in (CU)the grace of God.

44 The next Sabbath almost the whole city gathered to hear the word of the Lord. 45 (CV)But (CW)when the Jews[d] saw the crowds, they were filled with (CX)jealousy and began to contradict what was spoken by Paul, (CY)reviling him. 46 And Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly, saying, “It was necessary that the word of God (CZ)be spoken first to you. (DA)Since you thrust it aside and judge yourselves (DB)unworthy of eternal life, behold, we (DC)are turning to the Gentiles. 47 (DD)For so the Lord has commanded us, saying,

(DE)“‘I have made you (DF)a light for the Gentiles,
    that you may (DG)bring salvation to the ends of the earth.’”

48 And when the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and (DH)glorifying the word of the Lord, and as many as were appointed to eternal life believed. 49 And the word of the Lord was spreading throughout the whole region. 50 (DI)But the Jews incited the devout (DJ)women of high standing and the leading men of the city, (DK)stirred up persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and (DL)drove them out of their district. 51 But they (DM)shook off the dust from their feet against them and went to Iconium. 52 And the disciples were filled (DN)with joy and (DO)with the Holy Spirit.

Paul and Barnabas at Iconium

14 Now at Iconium (DP)they entered together into the Jewish synagogue and spoke in such a way that a great number of both Jews and Greeks believed. (DQ)But the (DR)unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles and poisoned their minds against (DS)the brothers.[e] So they remained for a long time, speaking boldly for (DT)the Lord, who bore witness to (DU)the word of his grace, (DV)granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands. But the people of the city (DW)were divided; (DX)some sided with the Jews and some with the apostles. When an attempt was made by both Gentiles and Jews, with their rulers, (DY)to mistreat them and (DZ)to stone them, they learned of it and (EA)fled to (EB)Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia, and to the surrounding country, and there they continued to preach the gospel.

Paul and Barnabas at Lystra

Now at Lystra there was a man sitting who could not use his feet. He was (EC)crippled from birth and had never walked. He listened to Paul speaking. And Paul, looking intently at him and (ED)seeing that he had faith to be made well,[f] 10 said in a loud voice, “Stand upright on your feet.” And he (EE)sprang up and began walking. 11 And when the crowds saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voices, saying in Lycaonian, (EF)“The gods have come down to us in the likeness of men!” 12 Barnabas they called (EG)Zeus, and Paul, Hermes, because he was the chief speaker. 13 And the priest of (EH)Zeus, whose temple was at the entrance to the city, brought oxen and garlands to the gates and (EI)wanted to offer sacrifice with the crowds. 14 But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard of it, they (EJ)tore their garments and rushed out into the crowd, crying out, 15 “Men, (EK)why are you doing these things? We also are men, (EL)of like nature with you, and we bring you good news, that (EM)you should turn from these (EN)vain things to (EO)a living God, (EP)who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and all that is in them. 16 In past generations he (EQ)allowed all the nations (ER)to walk in their own ways. 17 Yet (ES)he did not leave himself without witness, for he (ET)did good by (EU)giving you rains from heaven and (EV)fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with (EW)food and (EX)gladness.” 18 Even with these words they scarcely restrained the people from offering sacrifice to them.

Paul Stoned at Lystra

19 (EY)But Jews came from Antioch and Iconium, and having persuaded the crowds, (EZ)they stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing that he was dead. 20 But when the disciples gathered about him, he rose up and entered the city, and on the next day he went on with Barnabas to Derbe. 21 When they had preached the gospel to that city and had (FA)made many disciples, they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch, 22 (FB)strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them (FC)to continue in (FD)the faith, and saying that (FE)through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God. 23 And when they had (FF)appointed (FG)elders for them in every church, with prayer and fasting (FH)they committed them to the Lord in whom they had believed.

Paul and Barnabas Return to Antioch in Syria

24 Then 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 from there they sailed to Antioch, (FI)where they had been (FJ)commended to the grace of God for the work that they had fulfilled. 27 And when they arrived and gathered the church together, (FK)they declared all that God had done with them, and (FL)how he had (FM)opened (FN)a door of faith to the Gentiles. 28 And they remained no little time with the disciples.

The Jerusalem Council

15 (FO)But some men came down from Judea and were teaching (FP)the brothers, “Unless you are (FQ)circumcised (FR)according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.” And after Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and (FS)debate with them, Paul and Barnabas and (FT)some of the others were appointed to go up to Jerusalem to (FU)the apostles and the elders about this question. So, (FV)being sent on their way by the church, they passed through both Phoenicia and Samaria, (FW)describing in detail the conversion of the Gentiles, and (FX)brought great joy to all (FY)the brothers.[g] (FZ)When they came to Jerusalem, they were welcomed by the church and (GA)the apostles and the elders, and (GB)they declared all that God had done with them. But some believers who belonged to (GC)the party of the Pharisees rose up and said, (GD)“It is necessary (GE)to circumcise them and to order them to keep the law of Moses.”

(GF)The (GG)apostles and the elders were gathered together to consider this matter. And after there had been much (GH)debate, Peter stood up and said to them, “Brothers, you know that in the early days God made a choice among you, (GI)that by my mouth the Gentiles should hear (GJ)the word of (GK)the gospel and believe. And God, (GL)who knows the heart, (GM)bore witness to them, (GN)by giving them the Holy Spirit just as he did to us, and (GO)he made no distinction between us and them, (GP)having cleansed their hearts (GQ)by faith. 10 Now, therefore, why (GR)are you putting God to the test (GS)by placing a yoke on the neck of the disciples (GT)that neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear? 11 But we (GU)believe that we will be (GV)saved through (GW)the grace of the Lord Jesus, (GX)just as they will.”

12 And all the assembly fell silent, and they listened to Barnabas and Paul (GY)as they related what signs and wonders God had done through them among the Gentiles. 13 After they finished speaking, (GZ)James replied, “Brothers, listen to me. 14 (HA)Simeon has related how God first visited the Gentiles, to take from them (HB)a people for his name. 15 And with this the words of the prophets agree, just as it is written,

16 (HC)“‘After this I will return,
and I will rebuild the tent of David that has fallen;
I will rebuild its ruins,
     and I will restore it,
17 that the remnant[h] of mankind (HD)may seek the Lord,
    and all the Gentiles (HE)who are called by my name,
     says the Lord, who makes these things 18 (HF)known from of old.’

19 Therefore (HG)my judgment is that we should not trouble those of the Gentiles who (HH)turn to God, 20 but should write to them (HI)to abstain from (HJ)the things polluted by idols, and from (HK)sexual immorality, and from (HL)what has been strangled, and from (HM)blood. 21 For from ancient generations Moses has had in every city those who proclaim him, (HN)for he is read every Sabbath in the synagogues.”

The Council's Letter to Gentile Believers

22 Then it seemed good to (HO)the apostles and the elders, with the whole church, to choose men from among them and send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas. They sent Judas called (HP)Barsabbas, and (HQ)Silas, leading men among (HR)the brothers, 23 with the following letter: (HS)“The brothers, both (HT)the apostles and the elders, to the brothers[i] who are of the Gentiles in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia, (HU)greetings. 24 Since we have heard that (HV)some persons have gone out from us and (HW)troubled you[j] with words, unsettling your minds, although we gave them no instructions, 25 it has seemed good to us, having come (HX)to one accord, to choose men and send them to you with our (HY)beloved Barnabas and Paul, 26 (HZ)men who have (IA)risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. 27 We have therefore sent (IB)Judas and Silas, who themselves will tell you the same things by word of mouth. 28 For it has seemed good (IC)to the Holy Spirit and (ID)to us (IE)to lay on you no greater burden than these requirements: 29 (IF)that you abstain from (IG)what has been sacrificed to idols, and from blood, and from what has been strangled, and from sexual immorality. If you keep yourselves from these, you will do well. Farewell.”

30 So when they were sent off, they went down to Antioch, and having gathered the congregation together, they delivered the letter. 31 And when they had read it, they rejoiced because of its encouragement. 32 And Judas and Silas, who were themselves (IH)prophets, encouraged and (II)strengthened (IJ)the brothers with many words. 33 And after they had spent some time, they were sent off (IK)in peace by (IL)the brothers to those who had sent them.[k] 35 But (IM)Paul and Barnabas remained in Antioch, teaching and preaching the word of the Lord, with many others also.

Paul and Barnabas Separate

36 And after some days Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us return and visit (IN)the brothers (IO)in every city where we proclaimed the word of the Lord, and see how they are.” 37 Now Barnabas wanted to take with them (IP)John called Mark. 38 But Paul thought best not to take with them one (IQ)who had withdrawn from them in Pamphylia and had not gone with them to the work. 39 And there arose (IR)a sharp disagreement, so that they separated from each other. (IS)Barnabas took Mark with him and sailed away to Cyprus, 40 but Paul chose Silas and departed, (IT)having been commended by (IU)the brothers to (IV)the grace of the Lord. 41 And he went through Syria and Cilicia, (IW)strengthening the churches.

Timothy Joins Paul and Silas

16 Paul[l] came also to Derbe and to Lystra. A disciple was there, named (IX)Timothy, (IY)the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer, but his father was a Greek. He was well spoken of by (IZ)the brothers[m] at Lystra and Iconium. Paul wanted Timothy to accompany him, and he (JA)took him and circumcised him because of the Jews who were in those places, for they all knew that his father was a Greek. As they went on their way through the cities, they delivered to them for observance (JB)the decisions (JC)that had been reached by (JD)the apostles and elders who were in Jerusalem. (JE)So the churches were strengthened in (JF)the faith, and they increased in numbers (JG)daily.

The Macedonian Call

And (JH)they went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia. And when they had come up to Mysia, they attempted to go into Bithynia, but (JI)the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them. So, passing by Mysia, they went down (JJ)to Troas. And a vision appeared to Paul in the night: a man of Macedonia was standing there, urging him and saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” 10 And when Paul[n] had seen the vision, immediately (JK)we sought to go on into Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.

The Conversion of Lydia

11 So, setting sail from Troas, we (JL)made a direct voyage to Samothrace, and the following day to Neapolis, 12 and from there to (JM)Philippi, which is a leading city of the[o] district of Macedonia and (JN)a Roman colony. We remained in this city some days. 13 And (JO)on the Sabbath day we went outside the gate (JP)to the riverside, where we supposed there was a place of prayer, and we (JQ)sat down and spoke to the women who had come together. 14 One who heard us was a woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple goods, (JR)who was a worshiper of God. The Lord (JS)opened her heart to pay attention to what was said by Paul. 15 And after she was baptized, (JT)and her household as well, she urged us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come to my house and stay.” And she (JU)prevailed upon us.

Paul and Silas in Prison

16 As we were going to (JV)the place of prayer, we were met by a slave girl who had (JW)a spirit of (JX)divination and (JY)brought her owners much gain by fortune-telling. 17 She followed Paul and us, (JZ)crying out, “These men are (KA)servants of (KB)the Most High God, who proclaim to you (KC)the way of salvation.” 18 And this she kept doing for many days. Paul, having become greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, (KD)“I command you (KE)in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And (KF)it came out that very hour.

19 But (KG)when her owners saw that their hope of gain was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and (KH)dragged them into the marketplace before the rulers. 20 And when they had brought them to the magistrates, they said, “These men are Jews, and they are disturbing our city. 21 They (KI)advocate customs that are not lawful for us (KJ)as Romans to accept or practice.” 22 The crowd joined in attacking them, and the magistrates tore the garments off them and gave orders (KK)to beat them with rods. 23 And when they had inflicted many blows upon them, they threw them into prison, ordering the jailer to keep them safely. 24 Having received this order, he put them into the inner (KL)prison and fastened their feet in (KM)the stocks.

The Philippian Jailer Converted

25 (KN)About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them, 26 and suddenly (KO)there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken. And immediately (KP)all the doors were opened, and (KQ)everyone's bonds were unfastened. 27 When the jailer woke and saw that the prison doors were open, he drew his sword and (KR)was about to kill himself, supposing that the prisoners had escaped. 28 But Paul cried with a loud voice, “Do not harm yourself, for we are all here.” 29 And the jailer[p] called for lights and rushed in, and trembling with fear he (KS)fell down before Paul and Silas. 30 Then he brought them out and said, “Sirs, (KT)what must I do to be (KU)saved?” 31 And they said, (KV)“Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you (KW)and your household.” 32 And they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. 33 And he took them (KX)the same hour of the night and washed their wounds; and he (KY)was baptized at once, he and all his family. 34 Then he brought them up into his house and set food before them. And he (KZ)rejoiced along with his entire household that he had believed in God.

35 But when it was day, the magistrates sent the police, saying, “Let those men go.” 36 And the jailer reported these words to Paul, saying, “The magistrates have sent to let you go. Therefore come out now and go in peace.” 37 But Paul said to them, “They have beaten us publicly, (LA)uncondemned, men who are Roman citizens, and have thrown us into prison; and do they now throw us out secretly? No! Let them come themselves and take us out.” 38 The police reported these words to the magistrates, and (LB)they were afraid when they heard that they were Roman citizens. 39 So they came and apologized to them. And they took them out and (LC)asked them to leave the city. 40 So they went out of the prison and visited (LD)Lydia. And when they had seen (LE)the brothers, they encouraged them and departed.

Paul and Silas in Thessalonica

17 Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to (LF)Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews. And Paul went in, (LG)as was his custom, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them (LH)from the Scriptures, (LI)explaining and proving that it was necessary for (LJ)the Christ to suffer and (LK)to rise from the dead, and saying, “This Jesus, whom I proclaim to you, is the Christ.” And (LL)some of them were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, as did (LM)a great many of the devout (LN)Greeks and not a few of the leading women. (LO)But the Jews[q] (LP)were jealous, and taking (LQ)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, (LR)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 (LS)the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is (LT)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 (LU)The brothers[r] immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived they (LV)went into the Jewish synagogue. 11 Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, (LW)examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so. 12 (LX)Many of them therefore believed, with not a few Greek (LY)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, (LZ)agitating and stirring up the crowds. 14 Then the brothers (MA)immediately sent Paul off on his way to the sea, but Silas and (MB)Timothy remained there. 15 (MC)Those who conducted Paul brought him as far as (MD)Athens, and after receiving a command (ME)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 (MF)provoked within him as he saw that the city was (MG)full of idols. 17 So (MH)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, (MI)“What does this babbler wish to say?” Others said, “He seems to be a preacher of foreign divinities”—because (MJ)he was preaching (MK)Jesus and the resurrection. 19 And they took him and brought him to (ML)the Areopagus, saying, “May we know what this (MM)new teaching is that you are presenting? 20 For you bring some (MN)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: (MO)‘To the unknown god.’ (MP)What therefore you worship (MQ)as unknown, this I proclaim to you. 24 (MR)The God who made the world and everything in it, being (MS)Lord of heaven and earth, (MT)does not live in temples made by man,[s] 25 nor is he served by human hands, (MU)as though he needed anything, since he himself (MV)gives to all mankind (MW)life and breath and everything. 26 And (MX)he made from one man every nation of mankind to live (MY)on all the face of the earth, (MZ)having determined allotted periods and (NA)the boundaries of their dwelling place, 27 (NB)that they should seek God, (NC)and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. (ND)Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, 28 for

(NE)“‘In him we live and move and have our being’;[t]

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

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

29 (NG)Being then God's offspring, (NH)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 (NI)The times of ignorance (NJ)God overlooked, but (NK)now he (NL)commands all people everywhere to repent, 31 because he has fixed (NM)a day on which (NN)he will judge the world (NO)in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and (NP)of this he has given assurance to all (NQ)by raising him from the dead.”

32 Now when they heard of (NR)the resurrection of the dead, (NS)some mocked. But others said, (NT)“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 (NU)the Areopagite and a woman named Damaris and others with them.

Paul in Corinth

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

(OB)When Silas and Timothy arrived from Macedonia, Paul (OC)was occupied with the word, (OD)testifying to the Jews that the Christ was (OE)Jesus. And when they opposed and reviled him, (OF)he shook out his garments and said to them, (OG)“Your blood be on your own heads! (OH)I am innocent. (OI)From now on I will go to the Gentiles.” And he left there and went to the house of a man named Titius (OJ)Justus, (OK)a worshiper of God. His house was next door to the synagogue. (OL)Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue, believed in the Lord, together (OM)with his entire household. And many of the Corinthians hearing Paul believed and were baptized. And the Lord said to Paul (ON)one night in (OO)a vision, (OP)“Do not be afraid, but go on speaking and do not be silent, 10 (OQ)for I am with you, and (OR)no one will attack you to harm you, for (OS)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 (OT)proconsul of Achaia, (OU)the Jews[w] made a united attack on Paul and (OV)brought him before the tribunal, 13 saying, “This man is persuading people to worship God contrary to (OW)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 (OX)crime, O Jews, I would have reason to accept your complaint. 15 But (OY)since it is a matter of questions about words and names and (OZ)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 (PA)the brothers[x] and set sail for Syria, and with him (PB)Priscilla and Aquila. At (PC)Cenchreae (PD)he had cut his hair, for he was under a vow. 19 And they came to (PE)Ephesus, and he left them there, but (PF)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 (PG)if God wills,” and he set sail from Ephesus.

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

Apollos Speaks Boldly in Ephesus

24 Now a Jew named (PK)Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was an eloquent man, (PL)competent in the Scriptures. 25 He had been instructed in (PM)the way of the Lord. And (PN)being fervent in spirit,[y] he spoke and taught accurately the things concerning Jesus, though he knew only (PO)the baptism of John. 26 He began to speak boldly in the synagogue, but when (PP)Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained to him (PQ)the way of God more accurately. 27 And when he wished to cross to (PR)Achaia, (PS)the brothers encouraged him and (PT)wrote to the disciples to welcome him. When he arrived, (PU)he greatly helped those who through grace had believed, 28 for he powerfully refuted the Jews in public, showing by the Scriptures (PV)that the Christ was Jesus.

Paul in Ephesus

19 And it happened that while (PW)Apollos was at Corinth, Paul passed (PX)through the inland[z] country and came to Ephesus. There he found some disciples. And he said to them, (PY)“Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” And they said, “No, (PZ)we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” And he said, (QA)“Into what then were you baptized?” They said, “Into (QB)John's baptism.” And Paul said, (QC)“John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people (QD)to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, Jesus.” On hearing this, (QE)they were baptized in[aa] the name of the Lord Jesus. And (QF)when Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and (QG)they began speaking in tongues and (QH)prophesying. There were about twelve men in all.

And (QI)he entered the synagogue and for three months spoke boldly, reasoning and persuading them (QJ)about the kingdom of God. (QK)But when some became stubborn and (QL)continued in unbelief, speaking evil of (QM)the Way before the congregation, he withdrew from them and took the disciples with him, reasoning daily in the hall of Tyrannus.[ab] 10 This continued for (QN)two years, so that (QO)all the residents of Asia heard the word of the Lord, both Jews and Greeks.

The Sons of Sceva

11 And (QP)God was doing extraordinary miracles by the hands of Paul, 12 (QQ)so that even handkerchiefs or aprons that had touched his skin were carried away to the sick, and their diseases left them and (QR)the evil spirits came out of them. 13 Then some of the itinerant Jewish (QS)exorcists (QT)undertook to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, (QU)“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, (QV)“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[ac] 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 (QW)the name of the Lord Jesus was extolled. 18 Also many of those who were now believers came, (QX)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 (QY)continued to increase and prevail mightily.

A Riot at Ephesus

21 Now after these events Paul resolved in the Spirit (QZ)to pass through (RA)Macedonia and Achaia and (RB)go to Jerusalem, saying, “After I have been there, (RC)I must also see Rome.” 22 And having sent into Macedonia two of (RD)his helpers, (RE)Timothy and Erastus, he himself stayed in Asia (RF)for a while.

23 About that time (RG)there arose no little disturbance concerning (RH)the Way. 24 For a man named Demetrius, a silversmith, who made silver shrines of Artemis, (RI)brought no little business to the craftsmen. 25 (RJ)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, (RK)saying that (RL)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 (RM)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, (RN)“Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!”


  1. Acts 13:1 Niger is a Latin word meaning black, or dark
  2. Acts 13:18 Some manuscripts he carried (compare Deuteronomy 1:31)
  3. Acts 13:39 Greek justified; twice in this verse
  4. Acts 13:45 Greek Ioudaioi probably refers here to Jewish religious leaders, and others under their influence, in that time; also verse 50
  5. Acts 14:2 Or brothers and sisters
  6. Acts 14:9 Or be saved
  7. Acts 15:3 Or brothers and sisters; also verse 22
  8. Acts 15:17 Or rest
  9. Acts 15:23 Or brothers and sisters; also verses 32, 33, 36
  10. Acts 15:24 Some manuscripts some persons from us have troubled you
  11. Acts 15:33 Some manuscripts insert verse 34: But it seemed good to Silas to remain there
  12. Acts 16:1 Greek He
  13. Acts 16:2 Or brothers and sisters; also verse 40
  14. Acts 16:10 Greek he
  15. Acts 16:12 Or that
  16. Acts 16:29 Greek he
  17. Acts 17:5 Greek Ioudaioi probably refers here to Jewish religious leaders, and others under their influence, in that time; also verse 13
  18. Acts 17:10 Or brothers and sisters; also verse 14
  19. Acts 17:24 Greek made by hands
  20. Acts 17:28 Probably from Epimenides of Crete
  21. Acts 17:28 From Aratus's poem “Phainomena”
  22. Acts 18:1 Greek he
  23. 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
  24. Acts 18:18 Or brothers and sisters; also verse 27
  25. Acts 18:25 Or in the Spirit
  26. Acts 19:1 Greek upper (that is, highland)
  27. Acts 19:5 Or into
  28. Acts 19:9 Some manuscripts add from the fifth hour to the tenth (that is, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
  29. Acts 19:16 Or both

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