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Acts 14-15 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

14 And it came to pass in Iconium that together they both went into the synagogue of the Jews, and so spoke that a great multitude of both the Jews and also of the Greeks believed.

But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles and planted evil in their minds against the brethren.

A long time therefore they tarried among them, speaking boldly in the Lord, which gave testimony unto the word of His grace, and granted signs and wonders to be done by their hands.

But the multitude of the city was divided, and part held with the Jews and part with the apostles.

And when there was an assault made both by the Gentiles and also the Jews, with their rulers, to use them spitefully and to stone them,

they were aware of it and fled unto Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia, and unto the region that lieth round about.

And there they preached the Gospel.

And there sat at Lystra a certain man, impotent in his feet, being a cripple from his mother’s womb, who never had walked.

This same one heard Paul speak who, steadfastly beholding him and perceiving that he had faith to be healed,

10 said with a loud voice, “Stand upright on thy feet!” And he leaped and walked.

11 And when the people saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voices, saying in the language of Lycaonia, “The gods have come down to us in the likeness of men.”

12 And they called Barnabas, Jupiter, and Paul, Mercury, because he was the chief speaker.

13 Then the priest of Jupiter, who was in front of the city, brought oxen and garlands unto the gates and would have done sacrifice along with the people.

14 But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard of this, they rent their clothes and ran in among the people, crying out and saying,

15 “Sirs, why do ye these things? We also are men of like passions as you, and preach unto you that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God, who made heaven and earth and the sea, and all things that are therein,

16 and who in times past suffered all nations to walk in their own ways.

17 Nevertheless, He left not Himself without witness, in that He did good, and gave us rain from heaven and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness.”

18 But even with these sayings they scarcely restrained the people from doing sacrifice unto them.

19 And there came thither certain Jews from Antioch and Iconium who persuaded the people; and having stoned Paul, they dragged him out of the city, supposing he was dead.

20 However, as the disciples stood round about him, he rose up and came into the city; and the next day he departed with Barnabas to Derbe.

21 And when they had preached the Gospel to that city and had taught many, they returned again to Lystra and to Iconium and Antioch,

22 confirming the souls of the disciples and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the Kingdom of God.

23 And when they had ordained elders in every church and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord in whom they believed.

24 And after they had passed throughout Pisidia, they came to Pamphylia.

25 And when they had preached the Word in Perga, they went down into Attalia

26 and thence sailed to Antioch, from whence they had been commended to the grace of God for the work which they had fulfilled.

27 And when they had come and had gathered the church together, they recounted all that God had done with them, and how He had opened the door of faith unto the Gentiles.

28 And there they remained a long time with the disciples.

15 And certain men who came down from Judea taught the brethren and said, “Unless ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved.”

When therefore Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and disputation with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas and certain others of them should go up to Jerusalem unto the apostles and elders about this question.

And being sent on their way by the church, they passed through Phoenicia and Samaria, declaring the conversion of the Gentiles; and they caused great joy unto all the brethren.

And when they had come to Jerusalem, they were received by the church and by the apostles and elders, and they declared all things that God had done with them.

But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees who believed, saying that it was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the Law of Moses.

And the apostles and the elders came together to consider this matter.

And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up and said unto them, “Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the Word of the Gospel and believe.

And God, who knoweth the hearts, bore them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost even as He did unto us,

and put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.

10 Now therefore why tempt ye God to put a yoke upon the necks of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?

11 But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.”

12 Then all the multitude kept silence, and gave audience to Barnabas and Paul as they declared what miracles and wonders God had wrought among the Gentiles by them.

13 And after they had held their peace, James answered, saying, “Men and brethren, hearken unto me.

14 Simon hath declared how God at the first visited the Gentiles to take out from them a people for His name.

15 And to this agree the words of the Prophets, as it is written:

16 ‘After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which has fallen down. And I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up,

17 that the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles upon whom My name is called, saith the Lord who doeth all these things.’

18 Known unto God are all His works from the beginning of the world.

19 Therefore my judgment is that we trouble not those from among the Gentiles who are turned to God,

20 but that we write unto them that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood.

21 For Moses from olden times hath in every city those who preach him, he being read in the synagogues every Sabbath day.”

22 Then it pleased the apostles and elders, together with the whole church, to send men chosen from their own company to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas, namely Judas surnamed Barsabbas, and Silas, chief men among the brethren.

23 And they wrote letters to accompany them in this manner: “The apostles and elders and brethren send greetings unto the brethren who are of the Gentiles in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia:

24 Inasmuch as we have heard that certain ones who went out from us have troubled you with words, subverting your souls, saying, ‘Ye must be circumcised and keep the law’ — to whom we gave no such commandment —

25 it seemed good unto us, being assembled with one accord, to send chosen men unto you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul,

26 men who have hazarded their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

27 We have sent therefore Judas and Silas, who shall also tell you the same things by mouth.

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

29 that ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication. If ye keep yourselves from these things, ye shall do well. Fare ye well!”

30 So when they were sent off, they went to Antioch. And when they had gathered the multitude together, they delivered the epistle;

31 and when they had read it, they rejoiced in its consolation.

32 And Judas and Silas, being prophets also themselves, exhorted the brethren with many words, and strengthened them.

33 And after they had tarried there a space, they were let go in peace by the brethren to return unto the apostles.

34 Notwithstanding, it pleased Silas to remain there still.

35 Paul and Barnabas continued in Antioch, teaching and preaching the Word of the Lord, with many others also.

36 And some days later, Paul said unto Barnabas, “Let us go again and visit our brethren in every city where we have preached the Word of the Lord, and see how they do.”

37 And Barnabas determined to take with them John, whose surname was Mark.

38 But Paul thought it not good to take him with them, as he had departed from them in Pamphylia, and had not gone with them in the work.

39 And the contention was so sharp between them that they parted asunder, one from the other; and so Barnabas took Mark and sailed to Cyprus.

40 And Paul chose Silas and departed, being commended by the brethren unto the grace of God.

41 And he went through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches.


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