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Acts 18:23-22:30 Wycliffe Bible (WYC)

23 And when he had dwelled there somewhat of time, he went forth, walking by row [walking by order] through the country of Galatia, and Phrygia, and confirmed all the disciples [confirming all the disciples].

24 But a Jew, Apollos by name, a man of Alexandria of kind, a man eloquent, came to Ephesus; and he was mighty in scriptures. [Soothly some Jew, Apollos by name, a man of Alexandria of kind, a man eloquent, came to Ephesus, mighty in scriptures.]

25 This man was taught the way of the Lord, and was fervent in spirit, and spake, and taught diligently those things that were of Jesus, and knew only the baptism of John [knowing only the baptism of John].

26 And this man began to do trustily in the synagogue. Whom when Priscilla and Aquila heard, they took him [to], and more diligently expounded to him the way of the Lord.

27 And when he would go to Achaia, brethren excited [Soothly when he would go to Achaia, brethren admonished, or counseled], and wrote to the disciples, that they should receive him; which when he came, gave much to them that believed.

28 For he greatly overcame Jews, and showed openly by scriptures [showing openly by scriptures], that Jesus is Christ.

19 And it befell [Forsooth it was done], when Apollos was at Corinth, that Paul when he had gone the higher coasts, he came to Ephesus [came to Ephesus], and found some of the disciples.

And he said to them, Whether ye that believe have received the Holy Ghost? And they said to him, But neither have we heard, if the Holy Ghost is. [And he said to them, If ye have received the Holy Ghost believing? And they said to him, But neither we have heard, if the Holy Ghost is.]

And he said, Therefore in what thing be ye baptized? And they said, In the baptism of John.

And Paul said, John baptized the people in the baptism of penance, and taught, that they should believe in him that was to coming after him, that is, in Jesus. [Forsooth Paul said, John baptized in baptism of penance the people, saying, that they should believe into him that was to come after him, that is, into Jesus.]

When they heard these things, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.

And when Paul had laid on them his hands, the Holy Ghost came into them [the Holy Ghost came on them], and they spake with languages, and prophesied.

And all were almost twelve men.

And he went into the synagogue, and spake with trust three months, disputing and treating of the kingdom of God [disputing and softly moving of the kingdom of God].

But when some were harded, and believed not, and cursed the way of the Lord before the multitude, he went away from them, and separated the disciples, and disputed in the school of a mighty man each day.[a]

10 This was done by two years, so that all that dwelled in Asia heard the word of the Lord, Jews and heathen men.

11 And God did works of power not small by the hand of Paul, [God did virtues not little by the hand of Paul,]

12 so that on sick men the napkins [the sudaria, or girdles], were borne from his body, and sicknesses departed from them, and wicked spirits went out.

13 But also some of the Jewish exorcists went about, and assayed to call the name of the Lord Jesus Christ on them that had evil spirits, and said[b], I conjure you by Jesus, whom Paul preacheth.

14 And there were [some] seven sons of a Jew, Sceva, a prince of priests, that did this thing.

15 But the evil spirit answered, and said to them, I know Jesus, and I know Paul; but who be ye?

16 And the man in which was the worst devil, leaped on them, and had victory on both [and having lordship of both], and was strong against them, that they naked and wounded fled away from that house.

17 And this thing was made known to all the Jews and heathen men, that dwelled at Ephesus; and dread fell down on them all, and they magnified the name of the Lord Jesus.

18 And many men believed, and came [And many of them believing came], acknowledging and telling their deeds.

19 And many of them that followed curious things, brought together books, and burned them before all men; and when the prices of those were acounted [and the prices of them acounted], they found money of fifty thousand pence;

20 so strongly the word of God waxed, and was confirmed.

21 And when these things were filled [Soothly these things fulfilled], Paul purposed in spirit, after that Macedonia was passed and Achaia, to go to Jerusalem, and said, For after that I shall be there, it behooveth me also to see Rome [saying, For after that I shall be there, it behooveth me to see also Rome].

22 And he sent into Macedonia two men, that ministered to him, Timothy, and Erastus, and he dwelled [he dwelt] for a time in Asia.

23 And a great troubling was made in that day, of the way of the Lord. [Therefore there was made in that day a troubling not least, in the way of the Lord.]

24 For a man, Demetrius by name, a worker in silver, made silver houses to Diana, and gave to craftsmen much winning;[c]

25 which he called together [and] them that were such manner workmen [whom he called together, and them that were such manner workmen], and said, Men, ye know that of this craft winning is to us;

26 and ye see and hear, that this Paul counseleth and turneth away much people, not only of Ephesus, but almost of all Asia, and said, that they be not gods, that be made with hands.[d]

27 And not only this part shall be in peril to us, to come into reproof, but also the temple of the great Diana shall be acounted into nought [shall be counted into nought]; yea, and the majesty of her shall begin to be destroyed [but and the majesty of her shall be destroyed], whom all Asia and the world worshippeth.

28 When these things were heard, they were filled with ire, and cried, and said, Great is the Diana of the Ephesians. [These things heard, they be full-filled with ire, and cried, saying, Great the Diana of Ephesians.]

29 And the city was filled with confusion, and they made an assault with one will into the theatre [the theatre, or common beholding place], and took Gaius and Aristarchus, men of Macedonia, fellows of Paul.

30 And when Paul would have entered into the people, the disciples suffered not.

31 And also some of the princes of Asia, that were his friends, sent to him, and prayed [praying], that he should not give himself into the theatre.

32 And other men cried other thing [Soothly other men cried other things]; for the church was confused, and many knew not for what cause they were come together.

33 But of the people they drew away one Alexander, while Jews putted him forth [Soothly of the company they withdrew some man Alexander, Jews putting him]. And Alexander asked with his hand silence, and would yield a reason to the people.

34 And as they knew that he was a Jew, one voice of all men was made, crying as by twain hours [crying as by two hours], Great is Diana of Ephesians.

35 And when the scribe, that is, a town clerk, had ceased the people, he said, Men of Ephesus, what man is he, that knoweth not, that the city of Ephesians is the worshipper of the great Diana, and of the child of Jupiter?

36 Therefore when it may not be gainsaid to these things, it behooveth you to be ceased [Therefore when it may not be against-said to these things, it behooveth you to be ceased, or assuaged], and to do nothing follily;

37 for ye have brought these men, neither sacrilegers, neither blaspheming your goddess.

38 That if Demetrius, and the workmen that be with him, have cause against any man, there be courts, and dooms, and judges; accuse they each other. [That if Demetrius, and the workmen that be with him, have cause against any man, coming together of dooms be done, and proconsuls, or justices, be; accuse they them together.]

39 If ye seek aught of any other thing, it may be absolved in the lawful church. [If ye seek aught of any other thing, it may be assoiled in the lawful church.]

40 For why we be in peril to be reproved of this day's dissension, since no man is guilty, of whom we be able to yield reason of this running together. [For why and we be in peril to be reproved of this day's sedition, or dissension, since no man is guilty, of whom we may yield reason of this running together.]

41 And when he had said this thing, he let the people go. [And when he had said this thing, he left, or delivered, the church.]

20 And after [that] the noise ceased, Paul called the disciples, and admonished them, and said farewell; and he went forth, to go into Macedonia.

And when he had walked by those coasts, and had admonished them by many words [Soothly when he had walked by those parts, and had admonished them by much word], he came to Greece.

Where when he had been three months, the Jews laid ambush for him, that was to sail into Syria; and he had counsel to turn again by Macedonia.

And Sopater of Pyrri Berea followed him; of Thessalonians, Aristarchus, and Secundus, and Gaius Derbeus, and Timothy; and Asians, Tychicus and Trophimus.

These for they went before, abode us at Troas. [These when they went before, sustained, or abided, us at Troas.]

For we shipped after the days of therf loaves from Philippi, and came to them at Troas in five days, where we dwelt seven days.

And in the first day of the week, when we came to break bread, Paul disputed with them, and should go forth in the morrow [Paul disputed with them, he to going in the morrow]; and he drew along the sermon till into midnight.

And many lamps were in the solar, where we were gathered together.

And a young man [Soothly some young man], Eutychus by name, sat on the window, when he was fallen into an heavy sleep, while Paul disputed long, all sleeping he fell down from the third stage [Paul disputing long, he led by sleep fell down from the third stage]; and he was taken up, and was brought dead.

10 To whom when Paul came down, he lay on him, and embraced, and said [and embracing said], Do not ye be troubled; for his soul is in him.

11 And he went up, and brake bread, and ate, and spake enough unto the day [and spake enough till into the light]; and so he went forth.

12 And they brought the child alive, and they were comforted greatly [and they were comforted not least].

13 And we went up into a ship, and shipped into Assos, to take Paul from thence; for so he had assigned to make journey by land.[e]

14 And when he found us in Assos, we took him, and came to Mitylene.

15 And from thence we shipped in the day following, and we came against Chios [And from thence shipping, in the day following we came against Chios], and another day we havened at Samos, and in the day following we came to Miletus.

16 And Paul purposed to ship over to Ephesus, lest any tarrying were made to him in Asia; for he hied, if it were possible to him, that he should be in the day of Pentecost at Jerusalem.

17 From Miletus he sent to Ephesus, and called the greatest men of birth of the church [and called the more men through birth, either the elder men, of the church].

18 And when they came to him, and were together, he said to them, Ye know from the first day, in which I came into Asia, how with you by each time I was,

19 serving to the Lord with all meekness, and mildness, and tears, and temptations, that felled to me of ambushings of Jews;

20 how I withdrew not of profitable things to you [how I withdrew nought of profitable things to you], that I told not to you, and taught you openly, and by houses;

21 and I witnessed to Jews and to heathen men [witnessing to Jews and heathen men] penance into God, and faith into our Lord Jesus Christ.

22 And now lo! I am bound in spirit, and go into Jerusalem; and I know not [unknowing] what things shall come to me in it,

23 but that the Holy Ghost by all cities witnesseth to me, and saith [saying], that bonds and tribulations at Jerusalem abide me.

24 But I dread nothing of these, neither I make my life preciouser than myself, so that I end my course [the while I end, or fulfill, my course], and the ministry of the word, which I received of the Lord Jesus, to witness the gospel of the grace of God.

25 And now lo! I know, that ye shall no more see my face, all ye by which I passed [all ye by whom I passed], preaching the kingdom of God.

26 Wherefore I witness to you this day, that I am clean of the blood of all men.

27 For I fled not away [For I flew not away], that I told not to you all the counsel of God.

28 Take ye attention to you [Take attention to you], and to all the flock, in which the Holy Ghost hath set you bishops, to rule the church of God, which he [hath] purchased with his blood.

29 I know, that after my departing, ravening wolves [snatching wolves] shall enter into you, not sparing the flock;

30 and men speaking depraved things shall rise of yourselves [and of yourselves men speaking wayward things shall rise], that they lead away disciples after them.

31 For which thing wake ye, holding in mind that by three years night and day I ceased not with tears admonishing each of you.

32 And now I betake you to God and to the word of his grace, that is mighty to edify and give heritage in all that be made holy.

33 And of no man I coveted silver, and gold, either cloak [or cloth],

34 as [ye] yourselves know; for to those things that were needful to me, and to these that be with me, these hands ministered.[f]

35 All these things I showed to you, for so it behooveth men travailing to receive frail men [to receive the sick], and to have mind of the word of the Lord Jesus; for he said, It is more blessful to give, than to receive [for he said, It is more blessed to give, more than to receive].

36 And when he had said these things, he kneeled, and prayed with all them.

37 And great weeping of all men was made; and they felled on the neck of Paul, and kissed him,

38 and sorrowed most in the word that he said, for they shall no more see his face[g]. And they led him to the ship.

21 And when it was done, that we should sail [that we should ship], and were passed away from them, with straight course we came to Coos, and the day following to Rhodes, and from thence to Patara, and from thence to Myra [and the day following to Rhodes, and from thence to Patara].

And when we found a ship passing over to [into] Phenicia, we went up into it, and sailed forth.

And when we appeared to Cyprus, we left it at the left half, and sailed into Syria, and came to Tyre. For there the ship should be uncharged [Soothly there the ship was to put out the charge].

And when we found disciples, we dwelled there seven days; which said by Spirit to Paul, that he should not go up to Jerusalem.

And when the days were filled [And the days fulfilled], we went forth, and all men with wives and children led forth us [till] without the city; and we kneeled in the sea brink, and we prayed.

And when we had made farewell together, we went up into the ship; and they turned again into their own places [soothly they turned again into their own things].

And when the ship sailing was filled from Tyre, we came down to Ptolemais, and when we had greeted well the brethren [and the brethren greeted well], we dwelled one day at them.

And another day we went forth, and came to Caesarea. And we entered into the house of Philip evangelist, that was one of the seven, and dwelled at him.

And to him were four daughters, virgins, that prophesied.

10 And when we dwelled there [by] some days, a prophet [some man prophet], Agabus by name, came over from Judaea.

11 This when he came to us, took the girdle of Paul, and bound together his feet and hands, and said, The Holy Ghost saith these things, Thus [the] Jews shall bind in Jerusalem the man, whose is this girdle; and they shall betake him into heathen men's hands.

12 Which thing when we heard, we prayed, and they that were of that place, that he should not go up to Jerusalem.

13 Then Paul answered, and said, What do ye, weeping and tormenting mine heart? For I am ready, not only to be bound, but also to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.

14 And when we might not counsel him, we were still, and said [saying], The will of the Lord be done.

15 And after these days we were made ready [Soothly after these days we made ready], and went up to Jerusalem.

16 And some of the disciples came with us from Caesarea, and led with them a man [and led with them some man], Jason of Cyprus, an old disciple, at whom we should be harboured.

17 And when we came to Jerusalem, brethren received us willfully.

18 And in the day following Paul entered with us to James, and all the elder men were gathered.

19 Which when he had greeted [Whom when he had greeted], he told by all things, what [things] God had done in heathen men, by the ministry of him.

20 And when they heard, they magnified God, and said to him, Brother, thou seest how many thousands be in Jews, that have believed to God, and all be lovers of the law. [And when they heard, magnified God, and said to him, Thou brother, seest how many thousands be in Jews, that have believed to God, and all be followers, or lovers, of the law.]

21 And they heard of thee, that thou teachest departing from Moses of those Jews that be by heathen men, that say [saying], that they owe not to circumcise their sons, neither owe to enter by custom [neither owe to enter after custom].

22 Therefore what is [this]? It behooveth that the multitude come together; for they shall hear, that thou art come.

23 Therefore do thou this thing, that we say to thee. There be to us four men, that have a vow on them.

24 Take thou these men [These take to], and hallow thee with them; hang on them, that they shave their heads; and that all men know, that those things that they heard of thee be false, but that thou walkest, and thyself keepest the law.

25 But of these that believed of heathen men, we have written, deeming that they abstain them from thing offered to idols, and from blood, and also from strangled thing [deeming that they abstain them from things offered to idols, and blood, and strangled things], and from fornication.

26 Then Paul took the men, and in the day following he was purified with them, and entered into the temple, and showed the filling of days of purifying [showing the fulfilling of days of purifying], till the offering was offered for each of them.

27 And when seven days were ended, the Jews that were of Asia, when they saw him in the temple, stirred all the people, and laid hands on him,

28 and cried [crying], Men of Israel, help ye us. This is the man, that against the people and the law and this place teacheth every where all men, moreover and hath led heathen men into the temple, and hath defouled this holy place.

29 For they saw Trophimus of Ephesus in the city with him, whom they guessed that Paul had brought into the temple.

30 And all the city was moved, and a running together of the people was made. And they took Paul, and drew him out of the temple; and at once [and anon] the gates were closed.

31 And when they sought to slay him, it was told to the tribune of the company of knights, that all Jerusalem is confounded.

32 Which at once [Which anon] took knights, and centurions, and ran to them. And when they had seen the tribune, and the knights, they ceased to smite Paul.

33 Then the tribune came, and caught him, and commanded, that he were bound with two chains [Then the tribune coming to, caught him, and commanded to be bound with two chains]; and asked, who he was, and what he had done.

34 But others cried other thing among the people [Soothly others cried other thing in the company]. And when he might know no certain thing for the noise/And when he might not know [the] certain thing for the noise, he commanded him to be led into the castles.

35 And when Paul came to the grees, it befell that he was borne of knights, for strength of the people.

36 For the multitude of the people followed him, and cried [crying], Take him away.

37 And when Paul began to be led into the castles, he said to the tribune, Whether it is leaveful to me [If it is leaveful to me], to speak any thing to thee? And he said [Which said], Canst thou Greek?

38 Whether thou art not the Egyptian, which before these days movedest a noise, and leddest out into desert four thousand of men, menslayers?

39 And Paul said to him, For I am a Jew, of Tarsus of Cilicia, a citizen, which city is not unknown [Soothly I am a man Jew, of Tarsus of Cilicia, a citizen, or burgher, of a city not unknown]. And I pray thee, suffer me to speak to the people.

40 And when he suffered, Paul stood in the grees, and beckoned with the hand to the people. And when a great silence was made, he spake in Hebrew tongue, and said [saying],

22 Brethren and fathers [Men, brethren and fathers], hear ye what reason I yield now to you.

And when some heard that in Hebrew tongue he spake to them, they gave the more silence. And he said,

I am a man a Jew, born at Tarsus of Cilicia, nourished and in this city beside the feet of Gamaliel, taught by the truth of fathers' law, a lover of the law [nourished forsooth in this city beside the feet of Gamaliel, learned after the truth of fathers' law, follower, or lover, of the law], as also ye all be to day.

And I pursued this way till to the death, binding [together] and betaking into holds men and women,

as the prince of priests yieldeth witnessing to me, and all the greatest of birth [and all the more in birth]. Of whom also I took epistles to brethren, and went to Damascus, to bring from thence men bound into Jerusalem, that they should be pained.

And it was done, while I went, and approached to Damascus, at midday suddenly from heaven a great plenty of light shone about me. [Forsooth it was done, while I went and nighed to Damascus, in the midday suddenly from heaven a copious light shone about me.]

And I felled down to the earth, and heard a voice from heaven, saying to me, Saul, Saul, what pursuest thou me? It is hard to thee to kick against the prick [It is hard for thee for to kick against the prick].

And I answered, Who art thou Lord? And he said to me, I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom thou pursuest.

And they that were with me saw but the light [And they that were with me saw soothly the light], but they heard not the voice of him, that spake with me.

10 And I said, Lord, what shall I do? And the Lord said to me, Rise thou, and go to Damascus; and there it shall be said to thee, of all things which it behooveth thee to do.

11 And when I saw not, for the clarity of that light, I was led by the hand of fellows, and I came to Damascus.

12 And a man, Ananias, that by the law had witnessing of all Jews dwelling in Damascus, [Forsooth some man, Ananias, after the law having witnessing of all Jews dwelling in Damascus,]

13 came to me, and stood nigh, and said to me, Saul, brother, behold. And I in the same hour beheld into him.

14 And he said, God of our fathers hath before-ordained thee, that thou shouldest know the will of him, and shouldest see the rightful man [and shouldest see just Christ], and hear the voice of his mouth.

15 For thou shalt be his witness to all men, of those things that thou hast seen and heard.

16 And now, what dwellest thou? Rise up, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, by the name of him called to help [Rise up, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, in-call the name of him].

17 And it was done to me, as I turned again into [to] Jerusalem, and prayed in the temple, that I was made in ravishing of soul,

18 and I saw him saying to me, Hie thou, and go out fast of Jerusalem, for they shall not receive thy witnessing of me.

19 And I said, Lord, they know, that I was closing together in prison, and beating by synagogues them that believed into thee [them that believed in thee].

20 And when the blood of Stephen, thy witness, was shed out [was shed], I stood nigh, and consented, and kept the clothes of men that slew him.

21 And he said to me, Go thou, for I shall send thee far to nations.

22 And they heard him till [to] this word; and they raised their voice, and said, Take away from the earth such a manner man; for it is not leaveful, that he live.

23 And when they cried, and cast away their clothes, and threw dust in the air,

24 the tribune commanded him to be led into the castles, and to be beaten with scourges, and to be tormented, that he knew [that he should know], for what cause they cried so to him.

25 And when they had bound him with cords, Paul said to a centurion standing nigh to him, Whether it is leaveful to you, to scourge a Roman, and uncondemned? [And when they had restrained him with bonds, or ropes, Paul said to a centurion standing nigh to him, If it is leaveful to you, to scourge a man Roman, and uncondemned?]

26 And when this thing was heard, the centurion went to the tribune, and told to him, and said [saying], What art thou to doing? for this man is a citizen of Rome [forsooth this man is a citizen Roman].

27 And the tribune came nigh, and said to him, Say thou to me, whether thou art a Roman [Forsooth the tribune coming to, said to him, Say thou to me, if thou art a Roman]? And he said, Yea.

28 And the tribune answered, I with much sum got this freedom. And Paul said, And I was born a citizen of Rome [And Paul saith, I soothly and am born].

29 Therefore at once [Therefore anon] they that should have tormented him, departed away from him. And the tribune dreaded, after that he knew, that he was a citizen of Rome, and for he had bound him [and that he had bound him].

30 But in the day following he would know more diligently, for what cause he were accused of the Jews, and unbound him, and commanded [the] priests and all the council to come together. And he brought forth Paul, and set him among them.


  1. Acts 19:9 Soothly when some were endured, or made hard, and believed not, cursing the way of the Lord before the multitude, he went away from them, and parted the disciples, each day disputing in the school of some tyrant, or strong man.
  2. Acts 19:13 Forsooth and some of the Jewish exorcists, or conjurers, going about, attempted to in-call the name of the Lord Jesus Christ on them that had evil spirits, saying
  3. Acts 19:24 Forsooth some man, Demetrius by name, an argentary, making silveren houses to Diana, that is, a false goddess, gave to craftsmen not little winning;
  4. Acts 19:26 and ye see and hear, that not only of Ephesus, but almost of all Asia, this Paul counseleth and turneth away much company, saying, that they be not gods, that be made by hands.
  5. Acts 20:13 Soothly we ascending up into a ship, shipped into Assos, from thence we to receiving Paul; for so he had disposed, to making journey by land.
  6. Acts 20:34 as ye yourselves know; for to those things that were needful to me, and to those that be with me, these hands ministered.
  7. Acts 20:38 sorrowing most in the word that he said, for they should no more see his face

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