Acceptance and Opposition

14 In (A)Iconium (B)they entered the synagogue of the Jews together, and spoke in such a way (C)that a large number of people believed, both of Jews and of (D)Greeks. But (E)the [a](F)unbelieving Jews stirred up the [b]minds of the Gentiles and embittered them against (G)the brothers. Therefore they spent a long time there (H)speaking boldly with reliance upon the Lord, who was testifying to the word of His grace, granting that [c](I)signs and wonders be performed by their hands. (J)But the [d]people of the city were divided; and some [e]sided with (K)the Jews, while others, with (L)the apostles. And when an attempt was made by both the Gentiles and (M)the Jews with their rulers, to treat them abusively and to (N)stone them, they became aware of it and fled to the cities of (O)Lycaonia, (P)Lystra and (Q)Derbe, and the surrounding region; and there they continued to (R)preach the gospel.

In (S)Lystra (T)a man was sitting whose feet were incapacitated. He had been disabled from his mother’s womb, and had never walked. This man was listening to Paul as he spoke. Paul (U)looked at him intently and saw that he had (V)faith to be [f]made well, 10 and he said with a loud voice, “Stand upright on your feet!” (W)And the man leaped up and began to walk. 11 When the crowds saw what Paul had done, they raised their voice, saying in the (X)Lycaonian language, “(Y)The gods have become like men and have come down to us!” 12 And they began calling Barnabas, [g]Zeus, and Paul, [h]Hermes, since he was [i]the chief speaker. 13 Moreover, the priest of Zeus, whose temple was [j]just outside the city, brought oxen and garlands to the gates, and (Z)wanted to offer sacrifice with the crowds. 14 But when (AA)the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard about it, they (AB)tore their [k]robes and rushed out into the crowd, crying out 15 and saying, “Men, why are you doing these things? We are also (AC)men, of the same nature as you, (AD)preaching the gospel to you, to turn from these [l](AE)useless things to a (AF)living God, who (AG)made the heaven and the earth and the sea, and everything that is in them. 16 [m]In past generations He (AH)permitted all the [n]nations to (AI)go their own ways; 17 yet (AJ)He did not leave Himself without witness, in that He did good and (AK)gave you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, [o]satisfying your hearts with food and gladness.” 18 And even by saying these things, only with difficulty did they restrain the crowds from offering sacrifices to them.

19 But (AL)Jews came from (AM)Antioch and (AN)Iconium, and having won over the crowds, they (AO)stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, thinking that he was dead. 20 But while (AP)the disciples stood around him, he got up and entered the city. The next day he left with Barnabas for (AQ)Derbe. 21 And after they had (AR)preached the gospel to that city and had (AS)made a good number of disciples, they returned to (AT)Lystra, to (AU)Iconium, and to (AV)Antioch, 22 strengthening the souls of (AW)the disciples, encouraging them to continue in (AX)the faith, and saying, “(AY)It is through many tribulations that we must enter the kingdom of God.” 23 When (AZ)they had appointed (BA)elders for them in every church, having (BB)prayed with fasting, they (BC)entrusted them to the Lord in whom they had believed.

24 They passed through (BD)Pisidia and came into (BE)Pamphylia. 25 When they had spoken the word in (BF)Perga, they went down to Attalia. 26 From there they sailed to (BG)Antioch, (BH)where they had been (BI)entrusted to the grace of God for the work that they had [p]accomplished. 27 When they had arrived and gathered the church together, they began to (BJ)report all the things that God had done with them and [q]how He had opened a (BK)door of faith to the Gentiles. 28 And they spent [r]a long time with (BL)the disciples.

The Council in Jerusalem

15 (BM)Some men came down from Judea and began teaching (BN)the brothers, “Unless you are (BO)circumcised according to (BP)the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.” And after Paul and Barnabas had [s]a heated argument and (BQ)debate with them, (BR)the brothers determined that Paul and Barnabas and some others of them should go up to Jerusalem to the (BS)apostles and elders concerning this issue. Therefore, after being (BT)sent on their way by the church, they were passing through both (BU)Phoenicia and Samaria, (BV)describing in detail the conversion of the Gentiles, and they were bringing great joy to all (BW)the brothers and sisters. When they arrived in Jerusalem, they were received by the church, (BX)the apostles, and the elders, and they (BY)reported all that God had done with them. But some of (BZ)the sect of the (CA)Pharisees who had believed stood up, saying, “It is necessary to (CB)circumcise [t]them and to direct them to keep the Law of Moses.”

(CC)The apostles and the elders came together to [u]look into this [v]matter. After there had been much (CD)debate, Peter stood up and said to them, “[w]Brothers, you know that [x]in the early days (CE)God made a choice among you, that by my mouth the Gentiles would hear the word of (CF)the gospel and believe. And God, (CG)who knows the heart, testified to them (CH)giving them the Holy Spirit, just as He also did to us; and (CI)He made no distinction between us and them, (CJ)cleansing their hearts by faith. 10 Since this is the case, why are you (CK)putting God to the test by placing upon the neck of the disciples a yoke which (CL)neither our forefathers nor we have been able to bear? 11 But we believe that we are saved through (CM)the grace of the Lord Jesus, in the same way as they also are.”

12 All the people kept silent, and they were listening to Barnabas and Paul as they were (CN)relating all the (CO)signs and wonders that God had done through them among the Gentiles.

James’ Judgment

13 After they stopped speaking, [y](CP)James responded, saying, “[z]Brothers, listen to me. 14 (CQ)Simeon has described how God first concerned Himself about taking a people for His name from among the Gentiles. 15 The words of (CR)the Prophets agree with this, just as it is written:

16 (CS)After these things (CT)I will return,
And I will rebuild the fallen [aa]tabernacle of David,
And I will rebuild its ruins,
And I will restore it,
17 (CU)So that the rest of mankind may seek the Lord,
And all the Gentiles [ab](CV)who are called by My name,’
18 (CW)Says the Lord, who [ac](CX)makes these things known from long ago.

19 Therefore, it is (CY)my judgment that we do not cause trouble for those from the Gentiles who are turning to God, 20 but that we write to them that they abstain from [ad](CZ)things contaminated by idols, from (DA)acts of sexual immorality, from (DB)what has been [ae]strangled, and from blood. 21 For (DC)from ancient generations Moses has those who preach him in every city, since [af]he is read in the synagogues every Sabbath.”

22 Then it seemed good to (DD)the apostles and the elders, with the whole church, to choose men from among them to send to (DE)Antioch with Paul and Barnabas: Judas who was called Barsabbas, and (DF)Silas, leading men among (DG)the brothers, 23 and they [ag]sent this letter with them:

(DH)The apostles and the brothers who are elders, to (DI)the brothers and sisters in (DJ)Antioch, (DK)Syria, and (DL)Cilicia who are from the Gentiles: (DM)Greetings.

24 Since we have heard that (DN)some [ah]of our number to whom we gave no instruction have (DO)confused you by their [ai]teaching, upsetting your souls, 25 (DP)it seemed good to us, having [aj]become of one mind, to select men to send to you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul, 26 men who have [ak](DQ)risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. 27 Therefore, we have sent (DR)Judas and (DS)Silas, who themselves will also report the same things by word of mouth. 28 For (DT)it seemed good to (DU)the Holy Spirit and to (DV)us to lay upon you no greater burden than these essentials: 29 that you abstain from (DW)things sacrificed to idols, from (DX)blood, from (DY)things strangled, and from (DZ)acts of sexual immorality; [al]if you keep yourselves free from such things, you will do well. Farewell.”

30 So when they were sent away, (EA)they went down to Antioch; and after gathering the [am]congregation together, they delivered the letter. 31 When they had read it, they rejoiced because of its [an]encouragement. 32 (EB)Judas and (EC)Silas, also being (ED)prophets themselves, [ao]encouraged and strengthened (EE)the brothers and sisters with a lengthy message. 33 After they had spent time there, they were sent away from the brothers and sisters (EF)in peace to those who had (EG)sent them out.[ap] 35 But (EH)Paul and Barnabas stayed in Antioch, teaching and (EI)preaching (EJ)the word of the Lord, with many others also.

Second Missionary Journey

36 After some days Paul said to Barnabas, “Let’s return and visit the brothers and sisters in (EK)every city in which we proclaimed (EL)the word of the Lord, and see how they are.” 37 Barnabas wanted to take (EM)John, called Mark, along with them also. 38 But Paul was of the opinion that they should not take along with them this man who had (EN)deserted them [aq]in Pamphylia and had not gone with them to the work. 39 Now it turned into such a sharp disagreement that they separated from one another, and Barnabas took (EO)Mark with him and sailed away to (EP)Cyprus. 40 But Paul chose (EQ)Silas, and left after being (ER)entrusted by the brothers to the grace of the Lord. 41 And he was traveling through (ES)Syria and (ET)Cilicia, strengthening the churches.


  1. Acts 14:2 Or disobeying
  2. Acts 14:2 Lit souls
  3. Acts 14:3 I.e., confirming miracles
  4. Acts 14:4 Lit multitude
  5. Acts 14:4 Lit were
  6. Acts 14:9 Lit saved
  7. Acts 14:12 In Lat Jupiter, the chief pagan god of Rome
  8. Acts 14:12 In Lat Mercury, considered the messenger or spokesman for the pagan gods of Rome
  9. Acts 14:12 Lit the leader of the speaking
  10. Acts 14:13 Lit in front of
  11. Acts 14:14 Or outer garments
  12. Acts 14:15 I.e., idols
  13. Acts 14:16 Lit Who in past generations permitted
  14. Acts 14:16 Or Gentiles
  15. Acts 14:17 Lit filling
  16. Acts 14:26 Lit fulfilled
  17. Acts 14:27 Lit that
  18. Acts 14:28 Lit not a little
  19. Acts 15:2 Lit no little
  20. Acts 15:5 I.e., Gentile believers
  21. Acts 15:6 Lit see about
  22. Acts 15:6 Lit word
  23. Acts 15:7 Lit Men, brothers
  24. Acts 15:7 Lit from days of old
  25. Acts 15:13 Or Jacob
  26. Acts 15:13 Lit Men, brothers
  27. Acts 15:16 Or tent
  28. Acts 15:17 Lit upon whom My name is called
  29. Acts 15:18 Or does these things which were known
  30. Acts 15:20 Lit the pollutions of
  31. Acts 15:20 I.e., to retain the blood
  32. Acts 15:21 I.e., the books of Moses, Gen through Deut
  33. Acts 15:23 Lit wrote by their hand
  34. Acts 15:24 Lit from us
  35. Acts 15:24 Lit words
  36. Acts 15:25 Or met together
  37. Acts 15:26 Lit given over
  38. Acts 15:29 Lit from which keeping yourselves free
  39. Acts 15:30 Or multitude
  40. Acts 15:31 Or exhortation
  41. Acts 15:32 Or exhorted
  42. Acts 15:33 Late mss add as v 34: But it seemed good to Silas to remain there.
  43. Acts 15:38 Lit from

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