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The Acts of the apostles

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Luke, author of the Gospel of Luke. The book begins with the gathering of the disciples and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the apostles and other followers and believers of Jesus. The book tells of certain ministries, the start of the early church and the conversion and missionary travels of the apostle Paul. The unspoken theme of the book is: through the power of the Spirit, the gospel goes forth.
twenty-eight chapters
62 AD.

Main events and the men in the book of Acts

Verse by verse, account of the book of Acts.

Acts chapter 1

1The gospel account (Gospel of Luke) that I wrote of all that Jesus did and taught, was for your sake most excellent Theophilus. 2How He gave commands to His apostles that He had chosen, through the Holy Spirit, until the day He was taken up, 3After which through many proofs He presented Himself alive, being with them for forty days and speaking of the things of the kingdom of God to them, Luke 1:1-4.

4When Jesus was assembled with His disciples, He commanded them; Do not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the Promise of the Father, the Holy Spirit, that I have told you of. 5For John baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now, Luke 24:49.

6Therefore, His disciples asked Him at that time if He would restore the kingdom to Israel? 7And He said to them, It is not for you to know the times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. 8But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you and you shall be witnesses to Me, throughout all the regions of the earth.

9When He had spoken these things to them, He was taken up in a cloud to heaven, from their sight. 10And while they stood gazing up towards heaven, two men in white apparel appeared before them and said; 11Why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus who was taken up from you, will also come as you saw Him go into heaven.

12Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount of Olivet, (approximately three quarters of a mile away). 13And the eleven disciples, Peter, James, John, Andrew, Philip, Thomas, Bartholomew, Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, Simon the Zealot and Judas the son of James, went up into the upper room. 14There they all were in one accord, continuing in prayer, along with Mary the mother of Jesus and His brothers.

The Ministry of Peter

15In those days, Peter stood up in the midst of the followers of Jesus, altogether there were about one hundred and twenty, and he spoke. 16Men and brothers, concerning the death and betrayal of Jesus Christ by Judas Iscariot, thus fulfilling the scripture that was spoken by David, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. 17Though this man was numbered with us and obtained a part of this ministry, (Judas Iscariot). 18With the wages of his iniquity, this man has purchased a field and now lies dead in that field. 19This became known in Jerusalem and this field is known as the field of blood, Matthew 27:3-10. 20For it is written in the book of Psalm; Let his dwelling place become vacant, no one shall dwell there and let another take His office, Psalm 109:8.

Matthias fills Judas Iscariot's office and becomes numbered with the twelve.

21Let this man be, one whom accompanied His disciples when the Lord Jesus was among us. 22From the early days of John the Baptist to the day of Christ's ascension when He was taken up from among us. Such a man must join with us and become a witness with us of His resurrection. 23And two men were suggested to fill the office. Joseph called Barsabas and Matthias. 24The disciples then prayed over the two names, saying; Lord You know the hearts of both men, show us who You have chosen. 25To take part in this ministry and to be an apostle in the office of Judas, who fell. 26Then they cast lots and the lot fell on Matthias and he became numbered with the twelve apostles.

Acts chapter 2

1When the Day of Pentecost had come, they were all in one place and of like mind. (The day of Pentecost is 50 days after Passover and was the time when the Feast of Weeks was held). 2Suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing wind and it filled the whole house where they were. 3Divided tongues as of fire, appeared to them and one sat upon each of them. 4And all were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

5Now there were devout Jew's dwelling in Jerusalem, men from many nations. 6Now when they heard this sound, they were confused, amazed and wondered. For everyone heard them speaking in their own native language. 7And they said, to each other, are not all these men who speak Galilean's?, (Galilee was a rural area, the poor side of town). 8Questioning why each man heard them in his own native language? 9-10For the men were from at least sixteen different nations and languages, men who were both Jews and converted Gentiles. 11Some of the men said, we hear them speaking in our own tongue and this is a wonderful work of God. 12And they were amassed and puzzled, wondering what this could mean? 13Yet others mocked them and said, they are full of new wine.

The start of Peter's public ministry.

14Peter then stood up with the Eleven and spoke; Men, Jews and those who live in Jerusalem, listen to my words and let this be known to you. 15These men are not drunk, for it is only 9:00am in the morning. 16But this is what was spoken by Joel the prophet;

17In the last days, God will pour out His Spirit on all flesh, Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men shall see visions and your old men shall dream dreams. 18I shall pour out My Spirit on My menservants and maidservants and they shall prophesy. 19I will show wonders in the heaven and signs in the earth, of blood, fire and smoke vapors shall be seen. 20The sun shall be turned into darkness and the moon into blood. Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the LORD. 21And it shall be that whoever calls on the name of the LORD Shall be saved, Joel 2:28-32.

22Men of Israel hear my words; Jesus of Nazareth was a Man proven by God and also to you through miracles, wonders and signs which God did through Him, in your sight. 23Being delivered up through the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you took Him into your lawless hands, crucified Him and put Him to death. 24But God raised Him up, having loosed Him from the grip of death, for it was impossible that death could hold Him.

25The patriarch David has also said about Him; I always kept the Lord before me, at my right hand, that I should not be moved. 26Therefore my heart rejoiced, having a song on my lips and even My flesh shall rest in hope. 27For You will not let Your Holy One see corruption, nor will You leave my soul in the grave. 28You have filled me with joy and revealed to me the ways of life, Psalm 16:8-11.

29Men and brothers, now we know that the patriarch David, is dead and buried, for his tomb is with us this day. 30David being a prophet knew, for God had given him His oath, that from one of his descendants, God would raise up Christ to sit upon David's throne over Israel, 31Knowing this beforehand, David spoke of the resurrection of Christ's soul from the grave, nor would His flesh see corruption. 32God raised up this Jesus, for we are all witnesses of this. 33Therefore having been raised up to the right hand of God and given the Father's promise of the Holy Spirit, that today you see and hear. 34For David himself did not ascend into the heavens, but has said; The LORD said to my soul, Sit at My right hand 35until I put Christ's enemies under His feet as a footstool, Psalm 110:1.

36Therefore let all of Israel know that God has made Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ. 37When the people heard this, they were deeply grieved and replied; What then shall we do? 38And Peter answered and said; Repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of your sins and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39For the promise is to you and your children and to those who are far away, as many as the Lord God calls.

40Peter testified with many other words and encouraged them saying; Be saved from this wicked and perverse, (morally corrupt) generation. 41Those who gladly received Peter's words were baptized and that day about three thousand souls were added to them. 42And they continued steadfastly in the doctrine and fellowship of the breaking of bread and in prayers. 43However when great signs and wonders were done by the apostle's hands, fear came upon everyone. 44Now all those who believed were together and had all things in common. 45Selling their possessions and divided them among all, as each had need. 46Continuing daily in the temple and being of like mind. Going from house to house, breaking bread, eating their food with gladness and simplicity of heart. 47Praising God, they found favor with all the people and the Lord added to the church daily, to those who were being saved.

Acts chapter 3

1Now around 3:00pm, at the hour of prayer, Peter and John went up to the temple. 2A man who had been lame from birth, was carried there daily to the entrance of the temple called beautiful, to beg. 3When the man saw Peter and John, he asked them for alms. 4As they both set their eyes upon him, Peter said; Look at us. 5And the lame man gave them his attention, expecting to receive something. 6Peter then said; Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk. 7Then he took him by the right hand and lifted him up and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. 8Leaping up he stood and entered the temple with them, walking, leaping and praising God. 9Now all the people saw him walking and praising God, 10And they knew it was he who sat begging at the temple and they were filled with wonder and amazement.

11Now as the man who had been lame yet held onto Peter and John, all the people gathered near to where they were, for they were greatly amassed. 12When Peter saw this, he spoke and said; Men of Israel, why do you marvel at this? Or look at us as though by our own power or godliness, we have made this man walk? 13The God of our fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, has glorified His son Jesus, whom you delivered up, even when Pilate, wished to let Him go. 14But you denied the Holy and Just One, demanding that a murderer be released instead. 15Killing the Prince of Life, whom God has raised from the dead and we are witnesses to this. 16The name of Jesus and faith in His name, has healed this man whom you know and has made him strong.

17Now I know that you did this in ignorance, as did also your rulers. 18Just as God foretold through the prophets, that the Christ had to suffer these things, that He has now fulfilled. 19Therefore repent and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out and you shall have the peace and refreshing from the LORD. 20That God may send Jesus Christ, whom was preached to you. 21whom Heaven must receive until the time of the complete restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of His prophets. 22For Moses had said to the fathers; God will raise up a Prophet from among your brothers, as He also raised me up and you will hear Him in all things. 23And every soul that refuses to hear and understand that Prophet shall be cut off from their people. 24Also all the prophets from Samuel on, also foretold of these days. 25And you are the descendants, the heirs of the prophets and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying to Abraham; In your Seed shall all the people of the earth be blessed, Genesis 22:18. 26For God having raised up His Son Jesus, has sent the Holy Spirit to you that everyone of you might turn away from his iniquities.

Acts chapter 4

1As Peter and John spoke; the priests, captions of the temple and the Sadducees came against them. 2For they were grieved that they were teaching Jesus Christ resurrected from the dead. 3So they laid hands on them and put them in custody until the next day, since it was already evening. 4However, many who had heard the Word came to believe and this number was about five thousand men.

5The next day, the rulers, elders, scribes, 6along with the high priest, Annas and his family, all gathered together at Jerusalem. 7And setting Peter and John in the midst of them, they asked them; By what power or by what authority have you done this healing? 8Peter then, being filled with the Holy Spirit, spoke saying; Rulers of the people and elders of Israel. 9If we are being judged for the good deed, of how this helpless man was made well. 10Then let it be made known that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified and God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole. 11This is the Stone that was rejected by you builders and has become the Cornerstone, Isaiah 28:16, 12Nor is there salvation in any other name.

13The council marveled at the boldness of Peter and John, for they realized that they were uneducated men who had been with Jesus. 14And since the man that had been healed was standing with them, they could not deny the healing miracle. 15So they sent the apostles out, and in private they conferred among themselves. 16As to what they should do with these men? Acknowledging that a notable miracle has been done through them, for it had become evident to all who dwell in Jerusalem and we cannot deny this. 17But that this stops right here and spreads no further among the people, let us threaten them. That they not speak or teach to anyone in the name of Jesus Christ.

18When they called the men back in, they commanded them not to preach or teach in the name of Jesus. 19But when Peter and John were told this, they replied; Whether it be right in the sight of God, to listen to God or man, you judge for yourselves. 20For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard. 21After hearing this, the council further threatened them and let them go. Because they did not see a way they could convict the men, since the people all glorified God, for what had been done. 22For the man whom had been healed was over forty years old.

23Being let go, the apostles returned to their own and reported what the chief priests and elders had said to them. 24And when the others had heard and all being of like mind, they rejoiced to God, saying; Lord God, who has made heaven and earth, the sea and all that is in them. 25As was said by Your servant David; Why do the nation's rage and why do the people plot vain things? 26The kings and rulers gather against the LORD and against His Christ, Psalm 2:1-2. 27For against Your anointed holy Servant Jesus both Herod, Pontius Pilate the Gentles and the people of Israel all gathered together. 28To carry out all of what Your hand had purposed.

29Now, Lord, observe the threats they make to us and grant Your servants that with boldness we may speak Your Word, 30By stretching out Your hand to heal and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus. 31After they had prayed, the place where they were was shaken and they were filled with the Holy Spirit, continuing to speak the Word with boldness.

32Now the multitudes of believers that were with the disciples, were all of like mind and soul, for they did not claim ownership of their possessions but held all things in common. 33And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ and great grace was upon them all. 34There was not a lack among anyone, for they who were landowners sold their properties and brought the proceeds 35to the apostles and they were distributed to each as they had need.

36Now Joses surnamed Barnabas by the apostles (which means; the son of encouragement), a Levite. 37Sold a field that was his and brought the proceeds to the apostles.

Acts chapter 5

1But, a man named Ananias, with his wife Sapphira, also sold a possession. 2And together with his wife's consent, they kept back part of the proceeds and gave the rest to the apostles. 3But Peter, said; Why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit, keeping back part of the price. 4Before you sold it was it not your own? And after it was sold was it not under your own control? Why have you then conceived this in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God.

5When Ananias heard these words, he fell dead and great fear came on all those that heard of it. 6And the young men came and carried him out and buried him. 7About three hours later, Sapphira, his wife came in not knowing what had happened. 8Peter asked her if the land was sold for so much? And she said, Yes for this much. 9Peter then said to her, How is it that both, you and your husband have agreed to test the Spirit of the Lord? Those who have buried your husband, are here at the door and they will also carry you out. 10Instantly she fell down dead, she was carried out and buried with her husband. 11And great fear then came upon all the church and all who heard these things.

12Through the hands of the apostles, many signs and wonders were done, for they were all in one accord and met regularly at Solomon's temple. 13Yet none of the rest dared join them, however, the believers esteemed the apostles highly. 14And multitudes of both men and women, believers were added to the Lord. 15So many that they brought the sick out into the streets and laid them on beds, hoping that at least the shadow of Peter passing by might fall on them. 16And further multitude came from the cities around Jerusalem, bringing their sick and those being tormented by unclean spirits and they were all healed.

17Then the high priest and the entire sect of the Sadducees were filled with indignation. 18And they laid their hands on the apostles and put them into a common prison. 19However at night an angel of the Lord, opened the prison doors and brought them out. 20Instructing them to go to the temple and speak to the people the Words of eternal life.

21And thus they entered into the temple early in the morning and taught the people. Now the high priest and those with him called together a council and sent for the apostles from the prison. 22When the officers did not find them in the prison, they returned and brought back the report. 23That the prison was found to be secure and the guards were in place standing outside and in front of the doors. But, when we opened the doors, we found no one inside. 24Now when the high priest, the temple commander and the chief priests heard this, they were perplexed and wondered what might become of this. 25It was then reported to them, that the men whom you put in prison are standing in the temple and teaching the people.

26Hearing this, the captain and his officers went to the temple and brought the apostles back, without the use of violence, for they feared the people, lest they might be stoned. 27They set them before the council and the high priest questioned them. 28Saying; Did we not strictly command you not to teach in this name? And now you have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, intending to bring this Man's blood on us! 29But Peter and the other apostles answered saying: We will obey God rather than men. 30Jesus Christ whom you crucified, God has raised Him from the dead. 31The One that God has exalted to be a Ruler and Savior and to give repentance and remission of sins to Israel. 32We are witnesses of these things and so also is the Holy Spirit, that God has given to those who obey Him.

33When the council heard this, they were furious and plotted to kill them. 34But, Gamaliel a Pharisee, stood up, a well respected teacher of the law. Requesting that the apostles be put outside for a moment. 35He then spoke, saying; Men of Israel, give serious thought to what you intend to do regarding these men. 36For before our days, there was a man named Theudas, who rose up, claiming to be somebody, having about four hundred followers. He was slain and all who followed him were scattered and all came to nothing. 37After this man, Judas of Galilee rose up and drew away many people after him. He also perished and all who followed him were dispersed. 38Now I say to you, keep away from these men and let them alone, for if this plan or this work is of men, it will come to nothing. 39But if it is of God, you cannot overthrow it, lest you find yourselves fighting against God.

40They all agreed with this and when they had beaten the apostles. They again commanded that they should not speak in the name of Jesus and let them go. 41The apostles then departed, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name. 42And daily in the temple and in every house, they did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ.

Acts chapter 6
The ministry of Stephen.

1In those days, the number of believers was greatly increasing, however there arose a complaint from a group of Hebrews, called the Hellenists. Because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution. 2So the twelve disciples gathered the multitude together and said; It is not right that we should neglect teaching and preaching the Word of God for the sake of supervising the food distribution. 3Therefore brothers, seek out seven men of good reputation, filled with the Holy Spirit, that we can appoint for this task. 4This will allow us to give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the Word. 5This pleased the whole multitude and the seven chosen were Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit, Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas and Nicolas. 6These seven went before the apostles and they prayed and laid hands on them. 7The Word of God kept on spreading and the number of believers in Jerusalem continued to multiply, also a great company of the Priests were obedient to the faith.

8Stephen, a man full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people. 9Then a dispute arose, from members of the Synagogue of the Freedmen, Jews of Cyrenians and Alexandria as well as the provinces of Cilicia and Asia 10However, these men were not able to dispute Stephen's words for the wisdom of the Holy Spirit was with Him. 11These men then, in secret, persuaded men to speak against Stephen, saying that he spoke blasphemous words against Moses and God. 12This stirred up the people, the elders and the scribes. So they seized Stephen and brought him before the council. 13They then set up false witnesses to accuse Stephen of continually speaking blasphemous words against this holy place and the Law of Moses. 14For we have heard him say that Jesus of Nazareth shall destroy this place and shall change the customs of Moses. 15And all who sat in the council saw Stephen's face as the face as of an angel.

Acts chapter 7

1The high priest then questioned Stephen, saying; are these charges true?

2And Stephen answered, brethren, listen to me, God appeared to our father Abraham in Mesopotamia before he dwelt in the land of Haran, 3And God said to him; Leave your land, separate from your family and come into a land that I will show you. 4Abraham then left the land of Mesopotamia and dwelt in Haran. Now when his father died, he moved into this land that we dwell in today. 5Even when Abraham had no child, God promised to give this land to him and his descendants as a possession. 6However God also spoke of his descendant's dwelling and being in bondage in a foreign land for four hundred years. 7Then God said He would judge that nation, (Egypt) that kept the Israelites in bondage, and when they come out, they shall serve Him in that place. 8God then gave Abraham the covenant of circumcision. After that Abraham begot Isaac and circumcised him on the eighth day. Isaac begot Jacob and Jacob begot the twelve patriarchs.

9The patriarchs, becoming envious, sold Joseph into Egypt, but God was with him. 10And God delivered him out of his troubles, giving Joseph favor and wisdom in Pharaoh's sight, so much so that Joseph was made governor over all of Egypt. 11Now a great famine came over Egypt and Canaan and our fathers found no food. 12However when Jacob heard that there was grain in Egypt, he sent his older sons, of the twelve tribes. 13But on their second trip to Egypt Joseph made himself known to his brothers and Joseph's family was also made known to Pharaoh, 14Then Joseph called for his father, Jacob and all his relatives, seventy-five people to come down to Egypt. 15Jacob and his family then went down to Egypt where he died, as our forefathers have also died. 16And Jacob was carried into Shechem. And laid in the tomb that Abraham bought from Emmor the father of Shechem. 17As the fullness of the promise that God had sworn to Abraham was nearing, for the Hebrew people were multiplying in Egypt. 18Until the time when another king arose to power in Egypt, who did not know of Joseph. 19Thus he dealt treacherously with the Hebrew people, oppressing them and causing their newborns to be exposed, so that they would die.

20At this time Moses was born. And was brought up in his father's house for three months. 21And when he was left exposed to the elements, so as to perish, Pharaoh's daughter took him and brought him up as her own son. 22Moses then learned the wisdom of the Egyptians and became a powerful ruler in Egypt, in both speech and deeds. 23Now when he was forty years old, he decided to visit his Hebrew brethren. 24And seeing one of them suffering wrong, at the hands of an Egyptian, Moses struck the Egyptian dead. 25For he thought that his brothers would understand, that he was their deliverer sent by God's hand, but they did not understand.

26The next day he came across two Hebrews men that were fighting and attempting to make peace between the men. 27The man who wronged his neighbor, said to Moses; Who made you a ruler and a judge over us? 28Are you going to kill me as you did the Egyptian yesterday? 29When Moses heard this, he realized this was now known in all of Egypt. And He fled to the land of Midian and dwelt there, where he had two sons. 30After forty years had passed, an Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire in a bush, in the wilderness of Sinai. 31Seeing this Moses marveled and as he drew near, the voice of the Lord spoke to him; 32Saying; I am the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. 33Take your sandals off, for the place where you stand is holy ground. 34I have seen the oppression of My people in Egypt, hearing their cries and I have come down to deliver them. And I will send you back to Egypt to deliver My people.

35Moses whom the Hebrews had earlier refused as their deliverer, God sent him back to them to be a ruler and a redeemer by the hand of the Angel of the Lord. 36After Moses had worked wonders and miracles, he brought the people out of Egypt, crossed through the Red Sea and was in the wilderness for forty years. 37Moses also said, to the sons of Israel; The Lord God shall raise up a Prophet to you from your brothers, One like me and you shall hear Him. 38This is the very Moses, who was with the congregation in the wilderness, whom the Angel of the Lord spoke to on Mount Sinai and through our fathers we have received the living Word.

39But the children of Israel would not be obedient to Moses, even though he had God's living Word, for they rejected it and turned back to their old Egyptian ways. 40Telling Aaron to make gods to go before them, not knowing what had become of Moses, (for Moses remained on Mount Sinai for forty days). 41And they made a golden calf, offering sacrifices to the idol and rejoicing in the work of their own hands. 42So God gave them over to serve natural gods of this world, as it is written in the book of the Prophets; Israel, have you really offered to Me slain beasts and sacrifices these forty years in the wilderness? 43For you also took up the tabernacle of Moloch worshiping false gods, images that you made with your own hands. Thus I shall carry you away into exile, Amos 5:25-27.

44While in the wilderness Moses was directed to make the Tabernacle of the Testimony, according to the pattern that God had shown him. 45And the sons of Israel brought it with them, when Joshua brought them into the promise land, where God drove out the inhabitants before them and it remained there until the day of David. 46David finding favor with God, desired to build a house for God. 47But rather, his son Solomon, was given the task of building the temple. 48However, as the prophet Isaiah says; The Most High God does not dwell in temples made with hands.

49Heaven is My throne and earth is My footstool. What house could you possibly build for Me, where I can take My rest? 50For I have made all these things you see, Isaiah 66:1-2 51You stiff-necked stubborn people who reject God's Word from your heart and your hearing. Just as your fathers did, you also resist the Holy Spirit. 52Your fathers persecuted every prophet, even killing those who foretold of the coming of Christ, whom you thus betrayed and murdered. 53You have received the Law and it was delivered to you by angels, yet you still do not keep it.

54When the council heard all this, they were cut to the heart and they gnashed their teeth at Stephen. 55But Stephen, being full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at God's right hand. 56Stephen spoke this vision to the council. 57But upon hearing this, they cried out, covered their ears and all charged at him. 58They cast him out of the city and stoned him, laying down their clothes at the feet of a man named Saul. 59And as they stoned Stephen he was calling on God, saying; Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. 60He knelt down and cried out, saying; Lord, do not charge them with this sin and he then breathed his last.

Acts chapter 8
Saul persecutes the church and the believers scatter.

1Now Saul had consented to the death of Stephen and at that time a great persecution broke out against the church at Jerusalem. Scattering all the saints to regions of Judea and Samaria, everyone was scattered except for the apostles. 2Devout men buried Stephen and mourned over him greatly. 3As for Saul, he continued to persecute the church, entering house churches and dragging off both men and women committing them to prison. 4However, the saints that were scattered, went everywhere preaching the Word and further spreading the gospel.

5Philip went down to the city of Samaria and preached Christ there. 6And the multitudes having like mind, took the words that Philip spoke to heart, both hearing and seeing the miracles that he did. 7For unclean spirits cried with a loud voice and then came out of many, also many who were lame and paralyzed were healed 8and there was great joy in that city.

Simon the sorcerer was baptized, wishing to buy the gift of the Holy Spirit.

9Now there was a man named Simon, who had formally practiced sorcery in the city, astonishing the people of Samaria, claiming to be someone great. 10And all the people from the least to the greatest gave him respect, claiming that he has a great power of God. 11They were attentive to him because for a very long time he had amazed the people. 12But when they heard and believed Philip preaching the kingdom of God, together with the name of Jesus Christ, both men and woman were baptized. 13And even Simon himself believed and was baptized. Simon then continued on with Philip and he was amassed when he saw the miracles and mighty works that took place.

14When the apostles at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the Word of God, they sent Peter and John to them. 15And when they had arrived, they prayed that they might receive the Holy Spirit. 16For as yet He had not fallen upon any of them. For they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 17Then the apostles laid their hands on them and they received. 18When Simon saw that through the laying on of the apostles' hands the Holy Spirit was given, he offered the apostles money for this gift. 19Saying; Give me this power so that I may also lay hands on people and they shall receive the Holy Spirit. 20But Peter said to him, may your money perish with you, because you thought that you could purchase the gift of God with money! 21Since your heart is not right in the sight of God, you do not have any part in this matter. 22Therefore, Repent of your wickedness and pray to God that the thoughts of your heart may be forgiven you. 23For I see that your heart is bitter and you are bound by your own iniquity. 24Then Simon spoke and said, Pray to the Lord for me, that none of the things which you have spoken come upon me. 25And when the apostles had preached the Word of the Lord, they returned to Jerusalem, preaching the gospel in many parts of Samara as they traveled.

Philip preaches Jesus to an Ethiopian.

26Now an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, saying; Go toward the road leading south to Gaza, take the desert path. 27There he found an Ethiopian man who had come to Jerusalem to worship and the man had great authority, for he had charge over all his queen's treasury. 28He was returning to his own country, sitting in his chariot, reading from the prophet Isaiah. 29Then the Spirit said to Philip; Go and overtake the chariot. 30So Philip ran to his chariot and hearing him reading, Philip asked the man if he understood what he was reading? 31The Ethiopian answer; How can I, unless someone explains it to me? And asked Philip to join him in the chariot.

32The Scripture he was reading was Isaiah 53:7-8. He was led as a sheep to the slaughter. And as a lamb before its sheerer is silent, He opened not His mouth. 33In His humiliation His justice was denied, who can relate to this wicked generation? For they took His very life from off the earth.

34The Ethiopian asked Philip, who the prophet is speaking of, himself or some other man? 35Philip then starting with that scripture and began to preach Jesus to the man. 36As they went down the road they pass a body of water and the Ethiopian asked Philip if anything hindered him from being baptized? 37Philip answered, If you believe with all your heart that Jesus is your Savior, then you may. And the Ethiopian replied; I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. 38So he commanded the chariot to stop and they both went down into the water and he was baptized. 39As they were both coming out of the water the Spirit of the Lord transposed Philip away to the country of Azotus. And the Ethiopian saw Philip no more, yet he went on his way rejoicing. 40And Philip now being in Azotus preached in all the cities until he came to Caesarea.

Acts chapter 9
The conversion of Saul while on the road to Damascus.

1Back in Jerusalem, Saul was still plotting against the disciples of the Lord and he even went so far as to go to the high priest. 2Asking for letters of authorization, addressed to the synagogues in Damascus, allowing him to bind any believers in Christ, whether it be man or woman and to bring them back to Jerusalem. 3Now as Saul was traveling, he came near to Damascus and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven. 4He fell to the ground and heard a voice, say; Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me? 5Saul replied; Who are You, Lord? The Lord answered; I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting, it will turn out badly for you to keep coming against Me. 6Saul was left trembling and astonished and asked; Lord, what do You wish me to do? And the Lord told him to; Arise and go into the city and you will be told what you must do there. 7The men with him were speechless, for they heard a voice but saw no one. 8Saul then arose, but was now blinded, so the men with him led him by the hand into Damascus. 9And Saul was there three days without sight, neither eating nor drinking.

Saul receives his eyesight from Ananias through baptism.

10Now a certain disciple was in Damascus named Ananias. And the Lord spoke to him in a vision and Ananias replied; here I am Lord. 11The Lord then said; Arise and go to the house of Judas and inquire for one there called Saul of Tarsus, for he is praying. 12And through a vision I have shown him that a man named Ananias is coming to lay hands on him, so that he will receive his sight. 13But Ananias answered; Lord, I have heard much about this man, the harm that he has done to Your saints in Jerusalem. 14That he even has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call upon Your name. 15But the Lord said to him; Go, for I have chosen him to bear My name before Gentiles, kings and the children of Israel. 16I will show him how many things he must suffer for My name's sake. 17So Ananias went his way, entered the house and laid his hands on Saul. Saying; Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road, has sent me that you may receive your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit. 18Immediately what seemed as scales fell from Saul's eyes and he received his sight, he then arose and was baptized. 19And when he had received food he was strengthened and stayed several days with the disciples at Damascus.

20Immediately Saul began to preach Jesus Christ, as the Son of God, in the synagogues. 21And all who heard him were amazed and said; Is this not the one who persecuted those who called on the name of Jesus in Jerusalem? And now he has come here for that purpose, so that he might bring them bound to the chief priests? 22But Saul increased all the more in strength and boldness, confounded the Jews, who dwelt in Damascus with his arguments, proving that Jesus is the Christ.

23After many days of Saul preaching Christ, the Jews plotted to kill him. 24But their plot became known to Saul, for the Jews were watching the city gates day and night, so as to ambush him. 25So at night time, the disciples helped him to escape by letting him down through an opening in the city wall, in a large basket.

26When Saul had come into Jerusalem, he tried joining the multitudes of believers, but they were afraid of him for they did not believe he was truly a disciple. 27However, Barnabas brought him to the apostles and Saul told them how he had seen and heard the Lord on the road and after being restored, he boldly preached at Damascus in the name of Jesus. 28Saul then stayed with the apostles, as one of them in Jerusalem, as he continued ministering. 29Speaking boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus and debating with the Hellenists. But, after a time, they also attempted to kill him. 30But when the brethren found out, they took Saul to Caesarea and from there they sent him on to Tarsus.

31It was a peaceful time and all the churches throughout Judea, Galilee and Samaria were edified. And all walked in the fear of the Lord and the comfort of the Holy Spirit and the churches multiplied.

32As Peter was going through the country, he also came down to the saints that dwelt in Lydda. 33There he found a man named Aeneas, who was paralyzed and had been bedridden for eight years. 34Peter said to him; Aeneas, Jesus Christ, now makes you whole, arise and make your bed. And he immediately arose. 35Then all those who dwelt at Lydda and Sharon, who saw what had happened to the man turned to the Lord.

36At Joppa, there was a saint named Tabitha. She had done many good works and charitable deeds. 37And it happened that she became sick and died and when they had washed the body, they laid her in the upper room. 38Since Lydda was near Joppa and they heard that Peter was there, the believers sent two men to him, begging him to come to them immediately. 39When Peter got there, he was led to the upper room where they had laid her. And all the widows were there weeping. Showing the various garments that Tabitha had made for them. 40Peter put all the widows out of the room, knelt down and prayed, then turning to the body he said; Tabitha, arise! She opened her eyes and when she saw Peter, she sat up. 41He then gave her his hand and helped her up and calling in the saints and the widows and he presented her alive to them. 42As this became known in Joppa, many others came to believe on the Lord. 43Peter then stayed there in Joppa with a man called Simon the tanner, for many days.

Acts chapter 10

1Cornelius, a centurion of the Italian Regiment, in Caesarea. 2Was a devout man for he and his household feared God and he gave alms generously to all people, for he continually prayed to God. 3About 3:00pm he had a vision, of an angel coming to him and saying; Cornelius! 4And when Cornelius observed him, he became frightened and said; What is it Lord? And he said; Your prayers and gifts have come as a memorial before God. 5Send men to Joppa and call for Peter. 6He is staying with Simon the tanner, whose house is by the seaside. He will tell you what you must do. 7After the angel had departed, Cornelius called two of his servants and a devout soldier of his. 8Explaining the situation to them and sending them off to Joppa.

Peter's vision, followed by him being called to Cornelius of Caesarea.

9The next day, as the men traveled. It was about twelve noon and Peter went up on the rooftop to pray. 10As he was very hungry and wished to eat, however the food was not yet ready and while they prepared the food, Peter fell into a trance. 11And Peter saw, heaven opened up and an object much like a great sheet descending to earth. 12On it were all kinds of four-footed animals, wild beasts, creeping things and birds. 13And a voice came to him and said; Rise, Peter; kill and eat. 14But Peter replied; No, Lord! I have never eaten anything common or unclean. 15The voice came back and said; What God has cleansed you must not call common. 16This was repeated three times and the object was taken up into heaven.

17While Peter was wondering about what this vision meant, the men looking for Peter that were sent by Cornelius arrived and stood before the gate. 18And they inquired as to where Peter was lodging. 19While Peter was still thinking about the vision, the Spirit spoke to him and said; Three men are seeking you. 20Therefore, arise, go with them, doubting nothing, for I have sent them. 21Peter then told the men that he was Peter the one they are seeking and he asked, why they had come? 22They answered, Cornelius the centurion, a just man and one who fears God and is well spoken of among all the Jews, was instructed by a holy angel of God to send for you to come to his house and speak to us. 23Peter then invited them in and gave them lodging. And on the next day Peter went with them, together with certain brothers from Joppa.

24The following day they entered Caesarea. Now Cornelius was waiting for them, along with his relatives and close friends that he had called. 25As Peter was coming in, Cornelius fell down at his feet and worshiped him. 26But Peter lifted him up, saying; Stand up, for I am also a man. 27As Peter talked with him, he entered into the house and saw the large crowd gathered. 28He then said; according to Jewish law, It is unlawful for a Jewish man to keep company with persons of other nations. But, God has shown me that I should not call any man common or unclean. 29Thus I came without objection, as soon as I was sent for. Now why have you sent for me?

30Cornelius then told Peter of his vision. Saying; About four days ago I was fasting and about 3:00pm, I saw a vision of a man in bright clothing. 31And he said; Cornelius, your prayer has been heard and your gifts are remembered in the sight of God. 32Therefore send for a man called Peter, he is in Joppa lodging in the house of Simon the tanner, when he comes, he will speak to you. 33So I sent for you immediately and you have done well to come. We are all here before God to hear what you have been instructed by the Lord to say.

34Peter then spoke saying; I perceive and understand now that God shows no partiality and is no respecter of persons. 35That in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him. 36The message of the good news is that God sent to the children of Israel, preaching peace through Jesus Christ, that He is Lord of all. 37That same Word that started in Galilee and proclaimed throughout all Judea, after the baptism which John preached. 38How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. Who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him. 39We are witnesses of all things which He did. Yet, they killed Him by hanging Him on a tree. 40But God raised Jesus up on the third day and caused Him to be plainly seen. 41He was not seen by all the people, but He witnessed to those that God had chosen and even to us who ate and drank with Him after He rose from the dead. 42And He commanded His chosen to preach and testify to the people, that He was appointed by God to be judge of the living and the dead. 43As the prophets have witnessed, that whoever believes on His name will receive remission of their sins.

44While Peter was still speaking, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who were listening to the message. 45And the Jews with Peter were amassed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also. 46For they heard them speak with tongues and magnify God. Then Peter spoke; 47Does anyone see why these should not be baptized, for they have received the Holy Spirit just as we have? 48And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. And they then asked him to stay a few days.

Acts chapter 11

1The apostles and brethren in Judea heard that the Gentiles had also received the Word of God. 2Now when Peter had come back into Jerusalem, certain Jewish believers contended with him. 3Saying to him, why have you gone into the house of the Gentiles and you have even eaten with them. 4So Peter explained to them, from the beginning. 5Of seeing the vision of the great sheet in Joppa and falling into a trance. I saw a vision of a sheet coming down from the sky and it came to me. 6When I had fixed my eyes on it, I saw four-footed animals, wild beasts, reptiles and birds. 7Hearing a voice saying; Rise, Peter; kill and eat. 8But I said; Not so Lord, for nothing common or unclean has at any time entered into my mouth. 9But the voice spoke a second time and said; What God has cleansed do not regard it as common or unholy. 10This was repeated three times and all was then taken back up into heaven. 11At that very moment, three men stood at the house where I was, having been sent to me from Caesarea. 12Then the Spirit told me to go with them without reservations, and six brothers also accompanied me and we entered the man's house.

13Cornelius then told me of his vision, how he had seen an angel of the Lord, who told him to call for me. 14And that I would tell him what he must do so that he and his household could be saved. 15As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them, as had fallen upon us in the beginning. 16I then remembered the Word of the Lord, how Jesus said; John indeed baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit. 17Since God gave to them the same gift as we have and they also believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, Then who was I to then hinder and forbid God? 18When they heard this, they became silent and they glorified God, saying; For God has also granted to the Gentile's repentance to life.

19Now due to the persecution that arose after the death of Stephen, many believers had traveled to various countries, however they preached the Word only to the Jews. 20But some of the believers on their return trip from Antioch, spoke to the Greeks, proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ. 21And a great number of them believed and turned to the Lord, for His hand was with them. 22Then news of this came to the church in Jerusalem and they had Barnabas to go to Antioch. 23When Barnabas arrived and saw how the grace of God was upon the gentiles, he was glad. And greatly encouraged them all to remain faithful to the Lord. 24For Barnabas was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith and thus a great many people were added to the Lord.

25Barnabas then departed for Tarsus to seek Saul, 26And when he had found him, he brought him back with him to Antioch. There for a whole year they assembled with the church and taught a great many people. And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.

28In those days, prophets came from Jerusalem to Antioch. 28And a man named Agabus, stood up and prophesied that there would be a great famine throughout all the world and this came to pass in the days of Claudius Caesar. 29Then the disciples, each according to his ability, sent relief to the brethren dwelling in Judea. 30This they did by the hands of Barnabas and Saul.

Acts chapter 12

1About this time Herod, the king started harassing some from the church. 2He killed James the brother of John with the sword. 3And since it pleased the Jews, he also seized Peter, however it was during the time of the Passover. 4So Herod had Peter arrested and put into prison, guarded by four squads of soldiers, intending to bring him before the people after Passover.

5As Peter was in prison, constant prayer was offered up to God by the church. 6The night before Herod was about to bring him out. Peter was sleeping bound with two chains between two soldiers, behind a guarded door. 7Then an angel of the Lord stood by Peter and a light shone in the prison. The angel struck Peter on his side, so as to wake him up. Saying; Arise quickly! And the chains fell off his hands. 8Then the angel said; Gird yourself and put on your sandals and your garment and follow me. 9Peter followed the angel, not knowing if this was a vision. 10When they were past the first and second guard posts, they came to the iron gate leading to the city and it opened automatically. They entered the city, walked down a street and immediately the angel departed from Peter.

11When Peter realized where he was, he knew that the Lord has sent His angel to deliver him from the hand of Herod and from the expectations of the Jewish people. 12He then came to the house of Mary, the mother of John-Mark, (the writer of the gospel of Mark), as there were many gathered there praying for him. 13As Peter knocked at the door of the gate, a maid named Rhoda came and answered. 14When she recognized Peter's voice, because of her gladness, she did not open the gate, but announced to the others that Peter stood at the gate. 15But they did not believe her. At first they told her she was beside herself. As she kept on insisting it was Peter, she was told that it was his angel. 16But Peter kept on knocking and when the door was finely opened, seeing Peter, they were all astonished. 17Motioning to them with his hand to keep silent, Peter told them how the Lord had brought him out of prison. Peter then asked them to go and tell this to James and the rest of the brethren. Then Peter departed and went to another place. 18As soon as it was day, there was a great upset among the soldiers about what had become of Peter. 19But when all of Herod searching had come up empty, he examined the guards and commanded that they should be put to death. Then Herod went down to Caesarea and stayed there.

20Now Herod had been very angry with the people of Tyre and Sidon, for in the past the people had won the king's personal aide over as their friend. But, now all the people came to Herod and asked for peace, for their country was supplied with food by the king's country of Roman rule. 21Now Herod, arrayed in his royal apparel, sat on his throne giving an oration to the people. 22And the people in a loud voice replied back, The voice of a god and not of a man! 23Because Herod took these words to heart and did not give glory to God, an angel of the Lord struck him and he was eaten by worms and died. 24But, even with this, the Word of God grew and multiplied, in Tyre and Sidon.

The start of Paul's ministry.

25Now, Barnabas and Saul, after fulfilling their ministry in Jerusalem, returned and brought along with them John-Mark.

Acts chapter 13
Paul's, first missionary journey with Barnabas and John-Mark approximately 47ad.

1Now in the church at Antioch there were certain prophets and teachers, Barnabas, Simeon, Lucius, Manaen and Saul. 2As they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said; separate, Barnabas and Saul for the work that I have called them. 3And after further fasting and prayer, they laid their hands on them and sent them away.

4Being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they sailed to the city of Salamis, on the island of Cyprus. 5There they preached the Word of God to the Jews, in their synagogues and John joined them there as their assistant. 6Having preached through Salamis, they traveled to the city of Paphos. There they met a false prophet by the name of Bar-Jesus, a Jew and a sorcerer. 7Who was also with the proconsul, now the governor of the country, Sergius Paulus, called for Barnabas and Saul for he wanting to hear the Word of God. 8But the sorcerer withstood Barnabas and Saul, trying to keep the proconsul from coming to the faith. 9Then Saul, also called Paul, being filled with the Holy Spirit, looked intently at him. 10And rebuked him, saying; You are filled with deceit and fraud, a son of the devil and an enemy of righteousness, will you always pervert the ways of the Lord? 11For the hand of the Lord is upon you and you shall be blind for a time. Immediately, a darkness fell upon him and he had to be led around by the hand. 12When Sergius Paulus the governor saw what had been done he believed and was greatly astonished at the teaching of the Lord.

13When Paul and his party sailed from the island of Cyprus of the city of Paphos, they came to Perga. There, John departed from them and returned to Jerusalem. 14When they departed from Perga, they came to Antioch of Pisidia and went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day and sat down. 15After the reading of the Law and the Prophets, the rulers of the synagogue gave a word of invitation to anyone to speak if they had a word of exhortation for the people.

16So Paul stood up and said; Men of Israel and you who fear God, listen! 17The God of Israel chose our fathers, exalting the people when they were in the land of Egypt and with a mighty hand He brought them out of Egypt. 18For about forty years God endured their behavior in the wilderness. 19And after He had destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan, He gave them their inheritance by allotment. 20Judges were set up for about four hundred and fifty years, until Samuel the prophet. 21Afterward they asked for a king, so God gave them Saul the son of Kish, of the tribe of Benjamin and he reigned for forty years. 22After God had removed Saul, He raised up David the son of Jesse as king. God then gave testimony that David was a man after His own heart, who would do His will. 23From David's descendants, according to the promise, God raised up a Savior, Jesus for Israel. 24Before His coming, John the Baptist, preached and gave a baptism of repentance. 25As John was fulfilling his course, he said; I am not the Christ, but there comes One after me, whose sandals I am not worthy to loose. 26This Word of salvation has been sent to you, the sons of the family of Abraham and those among you who fear God. 27For those dwelling in Jerusalem and their rulers, did not recognize the Christ, or the voices of the Prophets, which are read every Sabbath. Yet, they have thus fulfilled what was prophesied to them by crucifying Christ on a tree. 28Even though they found no cause for death, yet their request was for Pilate to put Him to death. 29After they had fulfilled all that was written concerning Jesus. They took Him down from the tree and laid Him in a tomb. 30However, God raised Him from the dead. 31And after this, Jesus appeared for many days to the people who followed Him, within Galilee and Jerusalem and these bare witnesses of this. 32And we declare to you this good news, for the promise that was made to the fathers. 33God has fulfilled this for us, His children, in that He has raised up Jesus.

As it is written, You are My Son, Today I have begotten You, Psalm 2:7 34That He has raised Jesus from the dead, no more to return to corruption, As God has also spoken; I will give you the sure mercies of David, Isaiah 55:3. 35And will not allow Your Holy One to see corruption, Psalm 16:10.

36After David had served his own generation by the will of God, he was buried with his fathers and his body did see corruption. 37But Jesus whom God raised from the dead saw no corruption. 38Therefore, may you all know that through Jesus, the forgiveness of sins is preached to you through this Man. 39And by Him everyone who believes is justified, from all things because the law of Moses could not justify a man.

40Beware therefore, least what is spoken by the prophets comes upon you. 41Look here you cynics, who don't believe My works, marvel and perish! For the work I have done in your days you do not believe, even when one plainly declares it to you, Habakkuk 1:5.

42When Paul and Barnabas had left the synagogue, the Gentiles pleaded that these words might be further preached to them the next Sabbath. 43And many of the Jews and devout converts to Judaism also urged them to be steadfast in the grace of God. 44On the next Sabbath nearly the whole city came together to hear the Word of God. 45But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy. They begin contradicting what was spoken by Paul. 46Paul and Barnabas then grew bold, saying to the Jews; it was necessary that the Word should first be preached to you. But, since you have rejected it, judging yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, we have now turned to the Gentiles. 47For the Lord has commanded us, according to His scripture:

I have set you as a light to the Gentiles, That you should bring salvation to the ends of the earth, Isaiah 49:6

48When the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and glorified the Word of the Lord. And as many as were destined to believe on eternal life did. 49And the Word spread throughout the entire region. 50But the Jews stirred up the devout women and the men of influence of the city and brought persecution against Paul and Barnabas. So much so that they were expelled from the region. 51So Paul and Barnabas shook of the dust from their feet against them and went to Iconium. 52And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.

Acts chapter 14

1When Paul and Barnabas arrived at Iconium, they went to the Jewish synagogue and spoke. And a great multitude of both Jews and Greeks believed. 2However the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles, corrupting their minds against the brethren. 3Therefore Paul and Barnabas stayed there a long time, speaking boldly in the Lord. Bearing witness to the Word of His grace and doing signs and wonders through their hands. 4But the people in the city were divided, some believed the Jews and some the apostles. 5And assaults were made by both Jew and Gentiles lead by the rulers, in order to accuse and stone them, 6When they had become aware of the threats, they fled to Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia, 7and preached the gospel there.

8In Lystra, there was a man crippled from birth who had never walked. 9This man heard Paul speaking, and Paul observing him intently and seeing that he had faith to be healed, 10Said with a loud voice; Stand up on your feet! And the man leaped up and walked. 11Now when the people saw what Paul had done, in their native language, they said; The gods have come down to us in the likeness of men! 12Barnabas they called Zeus and Paul they called Hermes, for he was the chief speaker. 13Then the priests from the temple of Zeus came and brought oxen intending to sacrifice them with the others. 14But when the apostles saw and heard about this, they were distraught and ran in the midst of the multitude 15Saying; Men why are you doing these things? We are also men with the same human nature as you and we preach to you that you should turn from these useless things to the living God. Who made the heaven and earth and all the things that are in them. 16Whom in past generations allowed the nations to walk in their own ways. 17And He did not leave us without a witness of Himself, for He gave us rain from heaven and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness. 18But with this spoken, the apostles could scarcely restrain the multitudes from sacrificing to them.

19Then the Jews that had become antagonized with Paul's preaching in Antioch and Iconium came there. Having persuaded the multitudes, they stoned Paul and left him for dead. 20However, the disciples gathered around him and he rose up and went into the city. And the next day he departed with Barnabas to Derbe.

21When they had preached the gospel in Derbe and had made many disciples, they returned to Lystra, Iconium and Antioch. 22Strengthening the believers and encouraging them to continue in the faith, telling them that it is through many hardships that we shall enter the kingdom of God. 23When they had appointed elders in each church, through prayer and fasting, they then committed them unto the Lord. 24And they passed through Pisidia and came to Pamphylia. 25When they had preached the Word in Perga, they went down to Attalia. 26From there they sailed to Antioch where they had first been commended of their work of preaching the grace of God. 27Upon arrival they gathered the church together and they told of all that God had done through them, how He had brought the faith to the Gentiles. 28And they stayed there a long time with the fellow believers.

Acts chapter 15

1Now certain men from Judea came down to Antioch and started teaching that one could not be saved, unless they were circumcision according to the custom of Moses. (At that time Antioch was the epicenter of church doctrine and teachings would have quickly spread to other parts of the country). 2This brought a very great dilemma to Paul and Barnabas and they disputed with the men who taught this doctrine. And it was determined that Paul and Barnabas with others would go to Jerusalem and confer with the apostles and elders about this question. 3Being sent on their way by the church, they passed through Phoenicia and Samaria, declaring this controversy to the Gentiles and even this gave the brothers great joy. 4When they came to Jerusalem. They were received by the church, the apostles and the elders. And they reported all things that God had done through them. 5However some of the Pharisees who believed in Jesus, spoke up and said; It is necessary that the Gentile converts be circumcised and that they must keep the Law of Moses.

6Now the Apostles and elders came together to consider this matter of circumcision. 7And after much dispute, Peter spoke and said. Men and brethren, A good while ago God chose that through me the Gentiles should hear the Word of God and believe. 8God whom knew their hearts bore them witness, by giving them the Holy Spirit, just as He has given us the Holy Spirit. 9He made no distinction between us and them, cleansing their hearts by faith. 10Therefore, why do you now test God by putting a burden on the believers which neither our fathers, nor we were able to bear? 11For through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, as also in the same manner as they. 12And as the people remained silent as Barnabas and Paul spoke, declaring all the miracles and wonders God had worked through them among the Gentiles. 13After the crowd had become silent, James spoke, saying; Men and brethren, listen! 14Peter has declared to you how God visited the Gentiles to select some of them to bear His own name. 15And with this the words of the prophets also agree, as is written:

16After this I will return, I will rebuild the tabernacle of David. 17So that the rest of mankind may also seek the LORD, All the Gentiles, who are called by My name, says the LORD, Amos 9:11-12. 18For the Lord has been making these things known from the beginning of the world.

19Therefore I say that we should not trouble the Gentiles that are turning to God with rules of circumcision. 20But rather write them to abstain from idolatry and things polluted by idolatry, from sexual immorality, from eating meat of animals that have been strangled and from eating blood. 21For Moses proclaimed this in every city and it is also read in synagogues every Sabbath day.

22This pleased the apostles, elders and the rest of the church. And they sent back Judas and Silas, chief men among the brethren with Paul and Barnabas to Antioch. 23And they composed the following letter;

From the apostles, elders and the brethren,
To the brethren who are of the Gentiles in Antioch, Syria and Cilicia,
24We have heard that some who went out from us have troubled you with their words, saying; One must be circumcised and keep the law, of this, we have given no such commandment! 25Being all in agreement, we have sent chosen men to you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul. 26Men who have risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. 27Therefore we have also sent Judas and Silas, who will also report the same things to you. 28For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us that we should lay no greater burden on you but that which is necessary. 29That you abstain from things offered to idols, from eating meat of animals that have been strangled or of eating blood and to keep yourself from sexual immorality. If you keep yourselves from these, you will do well.

30When they had come to Antioch, they gather all the people together and delivered the letter. 31After reading the letter, all the people rejoiced for the comfort it gave them. 32Judas and Silas, also being prophets, spoke words of exhortation to the people. 33And after having stayed there for some time they were sent back to Jerusalem with greetings from the brethren. 34But it pleased Silas to remain. 35So Paul and Barnabas remained in Antioch, teaching and preaching.

36After some days Paul spoke to Barnabas about going back to the cities where they had first preached, to see how the new believers were doing. 37Barnabas, however, was determined to take John-Mark with them. 38But Paul insisted that they should not take him, for he had departed from them in Pamphylia and had not gone with them to do the work of the gospel. 39The contention between them became so hot that they parted from one another and Barnabas went with John-Mark and sailed to Cyprus.

Paul's, second missionary journey with Silas.

40Paul chose Silas and they departed, being sent off by the brethren under God's grace. 41And they went through Syria and Cilicia preaching and strengthen the churches.

Acts chapter 16
Timothy joins Paul and Silas on their missionary journey.

1After going through Syria and Cilicia, they came to Derbe and Lystra. There was a believer there by the name of Timothy, the son of a Jewish woman, however his father was Greek. 2Timothy was well spoken of by the brethren who were at Lystra and Iconium. 3And Paul wished for him to travel with them. But, because of the Jews in that region, for they all knew that his father was Greek, Paul circumcised Timothy. 4Now as they went through the cities, they instructed the people according to the letter that had been written by the apostles and elders at Jerusalem. 5And the churches were strengthened in the faith and increased in numbers daily.

6When they had gone through Phrygia and the region of Galatia. The Holy Spirit forbade them to preach the Word in Asia, (modern day Turkey). 7After they came to Mysia, they tried going into Bithynia, but the Spirit did not permit them. 8So passing by Mysia, they came to Troas. 9A vision then appeared to Paul, a man of Macedonia saying; Come to Macedonia and help us. 10Immediately after having the vision we set out for Macedonia, concluding that the Lord had called us to preach the gospel there.

11Sailing from Troas, we plotted a straight course to Macedonia and the next day came to Neapolis. 12From there we moved on to Philippi, which is the major city in, that part of Macedonia and we stayed there for some days. 13On the Sabbath we went out of the city to the riverside, where prayer was customarily made and we sat down and spoke to the women who gathered together there. 14A woman named Lydia heard us, she was a business woman from the city of Thyatira. A devout woman who worshiped God for the Lord opened her heart to comprehend the things spoken by Paul. 15When she and her entire household were baptized, she said to us; If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, then please stay at my house.

16Now as they were on their way to prayer, a certain slave girl who was possessed with a spirit of divination met them on the road. And through her fortune-telling, she brought much profit to her masters. 17This girl followed them around, crying out; These men are servants of the Most High God, they proclaim the way of salvation to us. 18After many days of this, Paul became greatly annoyed and he turned to the girl and said to the spirit, "I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her." And that very hour the spirit came out of her. 19But when her masters saw that their hope of profit was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace to the authorities and magistrates. 20Bringing the complaint against them that, these Jews exceedingly trouble our city, 21For they teach un-lawful customs that we being Romans are not allowed to observe. 22The magistrates showing their disapproval commanded them to be beaten with rods and all the people rose up against them. 23When they had beaten them with many blows, they threw them into prison, commanding the jailer to keep them secure. 24Having received such a command, the jailer put them into the inner prison and fastened their legs in the stocks.

25At midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God and all the prisoners were listening to them. 26Suddenly there was a great earthquake and the foundations of the prison was shaken. Immediately, all the prison doors were opened and everyone's chains were loosed. 27The keeper of the prison was awakened from his sleep and seeing the prison doors open, supposing the prisoners had all fled. He drew his sword and was about to kill himself. 28But Paul called with a loud voice, saying; Do not harm yourself, for we are all here. 29After a light was brought, the keeper ran into their cell, fell down trembling before Paul and Silas. 30And he brought them out, asked what he must do to be saved? 31They replied, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved, and your whole household. 32Then they spoke the Word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. 33And that same hour, he washed their wounds and immediately everyone in his family was baptized. 34Now when he had brought them into his house, He then set food before them and he and all of his household rejoiced, having believed in God.

35When it was day, the magistrates told the officers, to inform the keeper of the prison to let the men go. 36So the keeper told Paul and Silas to depart and go in peace. 37But Paul, was not about to be secretly dismissed. For he said to the keeper, we are of Roman citizenship and have been openly beaten and thrown into prison. Let them come themselves and tell us to go. 38The officers relayed their words to the magistrates and fear came over them when they heard that they were Romans. 39Then the magistrates came and pleaded with them, asking them to depart from the city. 40When they had left the prison they entered into Lydia's house and when they had seen the brethren, they encouraged them and departed.

Acts chapter 17

1When they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a Jewish synagogue. 2As Paul's custom was he went into it and for three Sabbaths shared the Scriptures with them. 3Reasoning with them that the Christ had to suffer and be risen from the dead and this Jesus that I preach to you is the Christ. 4Some of them were persuaded and many devout Greeks and some of the leading women joined Paul and Silas.

5But the unbelieving Jews became envious and gathered a mob of evil men together from the marketplace and set the city in an uproar. They attacked the house where Paul and Silas were thought to be staying. 6But when they did not find them, they dragged out the owner of the house and some of the brethren along with the rulers of the city, and said; The men who have turned the world upside down are staying at this man's house. 7They are behaving contrary to the laws of Caesar, saying there is another king called Jesus. 8Now when the rulers of the city heard this, they were troubled. 9So after they had fined the owner of the household, they let them all go.

10After that, the brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea. Having arrived there they again went into the synagogue of the Jews. 11The people there were more accepting than those in Thessalonica. In that they received the Word with all readiness and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so. 12Many of the Greeks, as well as the prominent women and men also believed. 13However when the Jews from Thessalonica learned that Paul was preaching at Berea, they came there and stirred up the crowds. 14So the brethren sent Paul away via the sea to Athens, but both Silas and Timothy stayed there. 15And some time later, Paul sent a command to Silas and Timothy to both come to him with all haste, so they departed.

16As Paul waited at Athens for Silas and Timothy to come, his spirit was saddened when he saw that the city was given over to idols. 17Therefore he reasoned with the Jews and with the Gentile believers in the synagogue and in the marketplace daily. 18But when Paul met a certain Epicurean and other Stoic philosophers, they wondered, what this babbler had to say. Some said, he seems to be proclaiming foreign gods, because he proclaimed Jesus and the resurrection. 19So they brought him up to the council that meets on Mars' Hill. Asking him to explain what this new doctrine he speaks of is? 20For these are strange concepts that you are telling us and we wish to know what these things mean. 21For all of Athens and the foreigners were caught up in philosophy, for most Athenians spent their days looking to share or hear new thoughts and ideas.

22As Paul stood in the midst of Mars' hill he said; Men of Athens, I perceive you as being very religious. 23Since I even found a statue, that you had, with the inscription: "to the unknown god". Therefore, let me now proclaim to you this One that you worship without knowledge. 24He is the God, who made the world and everything in it. He is Lord of heaven and earth and does not dwell in temples made with hands. 25Nether is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, for He has given life and breath to all things. 26He has made, every nation from one common blood, for men to dwell on the face of the earth. Determining their pre appointed times and even their dwelling places. 27So that they might diligently seek the Lord, that they might find Him, even though He is not far from each one of us. 28For in Him we live and move and have our being, as some of your own poets have also said, "We are His offspring". 29Therefore, since we are the offspring of God, we ought to realize that God's Divine Nature cannot be represented by things of gold, silver or stone, or objects shaped by mans hand. 30Truly, these were made in times of ignorance and God chose to overlook it, but now we must repent of these past sins. 31For God has appointed a day when He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man, Christ Jesus, whom He has ordained. And He has given us assurance of this by raising Christ Jesus from the dead. 32When the philosopher's heard Paul speak of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked it, while others were interested and wished to hear more on this matter. 33Then Paul departed, 34However, some men did join him and believed, among them was a man called Dionysius and a woman named Damaris and others as well.

Acts chapter 18

1Paul then departed from Athens and went to Corinth. 2There he found a Jewish man named Aquila and his wife Priscilla, who had recently left Italy, since Claudius the Roman emperor, had commanded all the Jews to depart from Rome. 3Because Paul and Aquila were both of the same trade, Paul stayed with them and they both worked their trade as tent makers. 4And Paul reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath persuading both Jews and Greeks.

5When Silas and Timothy arrived and joined Paul, the spirit compelled Paul to testify to the Jews that Jesus is the Christ. 6But when the Jews blasphemed and opposed him, he said; Your blood be upon your own heads, for I am clean, from now on I will go to the Gentiles and preach. 7He departed and entered a house of a man named Justus, who worshiped God and whose house was next door to the synagogue. 8The ruler of the synagogue, Crispus, also believed along with his household and many of the Corinthians hearing this believed and were baptized. 9Now, through a vision the Lord spoke to Paul in the night, saying; Do not be afraid, keep on speaking. 10For I am with you, no one will attack or hurt you for I have many people in this city. 11Thus he continued there a year and a half, teaching them the Word of God.

12However when Gallio was the Roman governor, the Jews rose up against Paul and brought him to the judgment seat. 13Saying; This fellow persuades men to worship God contrary to the law. 14Just before Paul was about to speak, Gallio said to the Jews. This matter does not concern me, if it were a matter of wrongdoing or a wicked crime, I would judge it. 15But since it is a question of words and names and of your own law, look into it yourselves, for I do not wish to be a judge over such matters. 16And he dismissed the case and drove them away from his judgment seat. 17Then all the Greeks took Sosthenes, the ruler of the synagogue and beat him before the judgment seat. But, Gallio turned his back to the entire matter.

18After that Paul remained a good while in Corinth with Priscilla and Aquila and then all three left for Syria. Paul had his hair cut off at Cenchrea, since he had taken a vow. 19They then came to Ephesus where he left Aquila and Priscilla but Paul entered into the synagogue and began to reason with the Jews. 20The Jews at Ephesus asked Paul to stay longer, however he did not consent. 21But said that he must get back to Jerusalem for an upcoming feast. However, God willing, I will return to you and he sailed from Ephesus. 22When he landed at Caesarea and had greeted the church there, he continued onto Antioch.

Paul's, third missionary journey, about 54ad.

23After he had spent some time in Antioch, he departed and went over the region of Galatia and Phrygia, strengthening all the believers.

24A certain Jew, very well versed in the scriptures named Apollos, came to Ephesus. 25He had been instructed in the way of the Lord and being fervent in his spirit, he taught accurately the things of the Lord, even though he had only the baptism of John the Baptist. 26When Aquila and Priscilla heard him speaking boldly in the synagogue, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately. 27Apollos then desired to cross over to Achaia, so the other disciples gave him a letter of reference to take with him. And when he had crossed over he greatly helped the other brethren who believed in Christ. 28For he vigorously refuted the Jews publicly, showing from the Scriptures that Jesus is the Christ.

Acts chapter 19

1While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul, having passed through those regions came to Ephesus. And finding some believers there 2He asked them, if they had received the Holy Spirit upon believing? And they answered him; We had not even heard that there was a Holy Spirit. 3Paul then asked them; what were you baptized into? And they replied; into John's baptism. 4Paul spoke and said; John the Baptist, gave a baptism of repentance, telling the people that they should believe on the coming Christ, (Jesus). 5When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them and they spoke with tongues and prophesied. 7There were twelve men in all.

8Then as his custom, Paul went into their synagogues, speaking boldly and reasoning with the people the things of God, for three months. 9But when some of the people hardened their hearts, refusing to believe and speaking evil of the Way. Paul withdrew from the synagogue and took along the new believers with him. He then continued to reason with them daily in the school of Tyrannus. 10And Paul continued in this for two years, long enough for all who dwelt in Asia to hear the Word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks.

11Now God was working extraordinary miracles by the hands of Paul. 12So that even handkerchiefs and aprons that he had put on his body, were taken to the sick and the diseases left and evil spirits also went out of them.

Seven sons of Sceva, casting out spirits by the name of Jesus that Paul preaches.

13When some of the traveling Jewish exorcists saw this, they begin using the name of the Lord Jesus to cast out evil spirits, saying; "We exorcise you by the name of Jesus, whom Paul preaches." 14This was done by the seven sons of a Jewish priest named Sceva. 15However, the evil spirit answered and said; "Jesus I know and Paul I know, but who are you?" 16The possessed man then overpowered and overtook them. So that they fled out of the house wounded and naked. 17This became widely known to both Jews and Greeks dwelling in Ephesus and the fear of the Lord fell upon them all and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified.

18Many who had believed came confessing past deeds and making full confessions. 19Also many of those who had practiced magic brought their books together and burned them, in the presence of all. And when they had tallied up the value from all the books, it totaled fifty thousand pieces of silver, (this would be at least one hundred thousand dollars). 20And the Word of the Lord grew mightily and prevailed.

21After all these things had happened in Ephesus. As Paul was passing through Macedonia and Achaia on his way back to Jerusalem, he sensed in his spirit that he must also go to Rome. 22So Paul sent Timothy and Erastus to Macedonia, both who had previous ministered to him, however Paul stayed in Asia for a time. 23About that time there arose a great commotion concerning the way of the Lord. 24A silversmith named Demetrius, who profited greatly by making silver shrines of the goddess Diana. 25Called all the men together of similar trades and said; Men, this trade is what gives us our prosperity. 26And not only at Ephesus but throughout most of Asia, this Paul has persuaded many saying they are not gods that are made with hands. 27Not only is our trade in danger but also the temple of the great goddess Diana may have her magnificence destroyed, whom all Asia and the world worships.

28When they heard this, they were filled with wrath and cried out; Great is Diana of the Ephesians! 29And the whole city was filled with confusion. They rushed into the theater where Paul's traveling companions were and seized the three that were there, Gaius, Aristarchus and Macedonians. 30When Paul found out about this, he wanted to go into the theater but the other disciples would not allow it. 31Even some of the city officials that Paul knew, urged him not to enter in. 32For the assembly was now acting in confusion, some were speaking one thing and some spoke another, while most did not even know why they had come together. 33The Jews put Alexander forward, one of the three men and he started to make his defense to the people. 34But when they discovered that he was a Jew. The multitude cried out for about two hours, "Great is Diana of the Ephesians!" 35When at last the city clerk quieted the crowd, he spoke: Men of Ephesus, everyone knows that our city of Ephesians is the guardian of the goddess Diana that fell down from Zeus. 36And this cannot be denied, therefore you ought to be quiet and do nothing rashly. 37You have brought these men here without cause, they are neither robbers nor blasphemers of your goddess. 38If Demetrius and his fellow craftsmen have a case against these men. The courts are open and will hear it. 39Any further matters shall be determined in a lawful assembly. 40As for this un-lawful assembly, it is in danger of being called in question for today's uproar, for there is no justification for this disorderly gathering. 41When he had said these things, he dismissed the assembly.

Acts chapter 20

1After the uproar had stilled, Paul called all the disciples together, embraced them, departed from Ephesus and sailed for Macedonia. 2When Paul had gone over that region, preaching in their synagogues and encouraging them. He came to Greece 3He then stayed there three months. However, when the Jews plotted against him, he decided to return through Macedonia rather than traveling straight to Syria. 4Paul's traveling companions: Sopater from Berea, Aristarchus and Secundus from Thessalonians, Gaius from Derbe, Timothy, Tychicus and Trophimus went as far as Asia. 5For these men went on ahead and waited for us at Troas. 6And after the days of the Passover and Unleavened Bread, we sailed away from Philippi and in five days came to them at Troas and we stayed there for seven days.

7On the Sabbath, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul, being ready to depart the next day, spoke to them and continued his message until midnight. 8In the upper room where they were gathered, there were many lamps. 9And a young man named Eutychus was sitting on the sill of the window and he was overcome by sleep. As Paul continued speaking, he fell out of the third story window and was taken up dead. 10But Paul went down, fell on him and embraced him and said, do not be troubled for his life is within him. 11Now when they had come back up into the room they broke bread, ate and talked until daybreak. Then at daybreak Paul departed. 12And the youth went home alive and all the brethren were greatly comforted.

13We then sailed to Assos and we tried to convince Paul to come on board with us, for he intended to go on foot. 14When we met up with Paul at Assos, we took him on board and we sailed to Mitylene. 15We sailed by Chios and after two days came to Samos where we stayed at Trogyllium, the next day we came to Miletus. 16But Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus and not spend time in Asia, for he wished to be back in Jerusalem on the Day of Pentecost.

17From the city of Miletus, Paul set out for Ephesus and called for the elders of the church. (not wanting to go into the city of Ephesus, for that was where the stirring of the goddess Diana took place, chapter 19:21). 18When the elders had come to him, he said to them; Men you know, the manner in which I have lived among you, from the first day until now. 19Serving the Lord in all humility, with many tears and trials that happened to me by the plotting of the Jews. 20How I held back nothing but taught all that was helpful to you, teaching both publicly and house to house. 21Preaching repentance towards God and faith towards our Lord Jesus Christ, to both the Jews and to the Greeks. 22Now I go back to Jerusalem compelled by the Holy Spirit not knowing what may happen to me there. 23Except that within the Holy Spirit I see that chains and tribulations await me. 24But, none of these things move me, for I do not count my life dear. Rather I wish to finish my race with joy, the ministry that I have received from the Lord Jesus and to testify of God's gospel of grace.

25And now I leave you who I have preached the kingdom of God to, knowing that you will not see me again. 26Therefore I declare to you this day, that I am innocent of the blood of all men. 27For I have not ceased to declare to you the whole Word of God. 28Therefore be advised, you and the entire church body, which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which Jesus purchased with His own blood. 29For I know, that after my departure wolves will come in among you, to disrupt and break up the church body. 30Also, even from among yourself men will rise up, speaking perverse, (morally corrupt) things, to draw away fellow believers after themselves. 31Beware of this! And remember that for three years I did not cease to warn people of this.

32Now as I leave, brethren, I commend you to God and to the Word of His grace, that is able to build you up and give all those who are sanctified an inheritance. 33I have not coveted anyone's gold, silver nor their apparel. 34You know that my own hands have provided for my necessities and for those who were with me. 35Through my labors, I have shown you, that you must support the weak. Remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that It is more blessed to give than to receive. 36When Paul had said these things, he knelt down and prayed with them all. 37Then they wept and kissed Paul on his neck, 38With much sorrow, for they recalled his words, that they would not see him again. And they accompanied him to the ship.

Acts chapter 21

1As we departed, we set sail charting a straight course for Cos, the next day we came to Rhodes and from there to Patara. 2And finding a ship sailing to Phoenicia, we boarded it and set sail. 3We sailed past Cyprus and sailed on to Syria, landing at Tyre and the ship unloaded her cargo. 4finding fellow believers we stayed there seven days. And they told Paul, through the Spirit, not to go up to Jerusalem. 5When we came to the end of our stay. They all saw us off, together with their wives and their children until we were outside of the city. On the shore, we knelt down and prayed. 6We then boarded the ship and they returned to their homes. 7When we departed from Tyre, we came to Ptolemais, greeted the brethren and stayed with them one day. 8The next day we departed and came to Caesarea. There we entered the house of an evangelist named Philip, who was one of the original seven who waited tables in the early church, verse 8:5. 9Philip had four virgin daughters who had the gift of prophecy. 10As we stayed there many days, a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea. 11He took Paul's belt and bound his own hands and feet and said, Thus says the Holy Spirit, the Jews at Jerusalem will bind the man who owns this belt and will deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles. 12When we heard this, we all pleaded with Paul not to go up to Jerusalem. 13But Paul answered and said; Why are you weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus. 14When they could not persuade Paul otherwise, they said; "May the will of the Lord be done."

15After this, we packed our baggage and went up to Jerusalem. 16And some of the fellow believers from Caesarea went with us, along with a man from Cyprus, called Mnason a believer at whose house we stayed at. 17When we got to Jerusalem the brethren received us gladly. 18The next day Paul went with us to see James and all the elders were also present. 19Paul greeted them and told them of the things which God had done among the Gentiles through his ministry. 20When they heard it, they glorified the Lord. Then they said to Paul; We have thousands of Jews who believe here, but they are all zealous for the Law. 21And they have heard that you teach all the Jews among the Gentiles to forsake the law of Moses, saying that they ought not to circumcise their children nor to walk according to the customs of Moses. 22Therefore, we need to address this matter before a multitude of people come together, for the people will surely hear that you are here. 23Thus do as we tell you. We have four men in the process of their purification, due to a vow that they have taken. 24Join them in their purification, pay the temple offering and have your head shaven. So that the Jews may see that those things they were informed about you are nothing. For they will see that you walk orderly and keep the law. 25Concerning the believing Gentiles we have written that they need not observe any such thing except that they keep themselves from things offered to idols, from blood, from things strangled and from sexual immorality.

26So Paul went through the purification ceremony with the other four men. Having been purified with them, he then entered the temple to announce the completion of the ceremony and at that time to pay the temple offering. 27Just as the seven days of the purification rite were almost up, the Jews from Asia seeing him in the temple, stirred up the whole crowd and laid hands on him. 28Saying; Men of Israel help us! This is the man who teaches all men contrary to the law and our customs. Furthermore, he has also defiled this holy place by bringing Greeks into the temple. 29For they had earlier seen Trophimus the Ephesian in the city with Paul and they supposed that Paul had brought him into the temple. 30And the entire city was disturbed by this and all the people came and seized Paul. They dragged him out of the temple, closing the gates behind him.

31Now as they were seeking to kill Paul, news came to the commander of the garrison that all Jerusalem was in an uproar. 32Immediately he brought soldiers and centurions and came down to where the people were. And when they saw the commander and the soldiers, they quit beating Paul. 33The commander then came near, took and bound Paul with two chains, asking who he was and what he had done. 34Some said one thing while others said another. So when he could not ascertain the truth, he commanded that Paul be taken to the barracks. 35When Paul came to the steps, he was actually carried by the soldiers due to the violence of the mob. 36For the entire mob cried out, saying; Away with him!

37As Paul was about to be led into the barracks, he asked the commander, if he could speak? The commander replied, can you speak Greek? 38For the commander mistook Paul as being an Egyptian rebel, who in the past caused a riot and led four thousand men, murderers out into the wilderness. 39But Paul said to the commander; I am Jew from Tarsus, in Cilicia. And further asked, if he could speak to the people. 40After getting permission, Paul stood on the stairs, motioned to the people with his hands. And when it was silent, he spoke in the Hebrew language.

Acts chapter 22

1Men and brethren, hear my defense! 2When they heard Paul speaking in the Hebrew tongue, the crowd grew very quiet.

3I am a Jew, born in Tarsus of Cilicia, raised in Jerusalem and learned under Gamaliel, according to the strictness of our fathers' law. Being as zealous toward God as you all are today. 4I persecuted the followers of the Way of the Lord, binding and delivering them to prisons both men and women. 5As the high priest and the council of elders will all verify, I received from them letters of authorization to bring back believers of this Way in chains to Jerusalem to be punished.

6As I journeyed to Damascus, suddenly a great light from heaven shone around me. 7I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me? 8And I answered; Who are You, Lord? And He said; I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom you are persecuting. 9Those who were with me saw the light and were afraid, yet did not hear the voice. 10I then said; What shall I do, Lord? And the Lord said to me; Go into Damascus and you will be told all things that are appointed for you to do. 11When I got up, I could not see because of the glory of that light, so I was led by the hand into Damascus. 12Ananias, a devout man according to the law, with a good reputation among all the Jews, dwelt there. 13He came to me and said; Brother Saul, receive your sight. And that very hour I received my sight. 14He then said; The God of our fathers has chosen you that you should know His will, to see the Just One and to hear His voice. 15For you will be His witness to all men of what you have seen and heard. 16And now why are you waiting? Be baptized, wash away your sins and call on the name of the Lord.

17When I had returned to Jerusalem, I was praying in the temple and fell into a trance. 18And saw Him saying to me; Get out of Jerusalem quickly, for the Jews will not receive your testimony concerning Me. 19I questioned and said; Lord, the Jews know that in all the synagogues, I imprisoned and beat those who believed on You. 20And when the blood of Your martyr Stephen was shed, I also consented to his death, even guarding the clothes of those who were killing him. 21Then He said to me; Depart, for I will send you far from here to the Gentiles.

22The crowd listened to Paul until he mentioned, being sent to the Gentiles. At this they shouted, saying; Away with such a fellow, for he is not fit to live! 23And as they shouted, they showed signs of their distress by tearing their garments and throwing dust into the air, 24Then the commander had Paul brought into the barracks. And was going to examine him under scourging, thinking this might tell him why the crowd shouted against him so. 25As they bound him with thongs, Paul said to the centurion; Is it lawful for you to scourge a Roman citizen who has not been condemned? 26When the centurion heard this, he told the commander and said; Use care in what you do to this man, for he is a Roman. 27Then the commander came to Paul and asked him, if he was a Roman citizen? And Paul said; "Yes". 28The commander replied; With a great sum of money, I bought this citizenship. But, Paul answered; I was born a Roman. 29Immediately after this, the commander and those who were about to examine Paul withdrew. And the commander was also afraid because Paul was a Roman and he had bound him.

30The next day, because the commander still wanted to know why Paul was accused by the Jews, he released him from his bonds and commanded the chief priests and their council to appear before him and brought Paul down and set him before them.

Acts chapter 23

1Paul, looking earnestly at the council, said; Men and brethren, I have lived in all good consciences before God to this very day. 2After Paul said this, the high priest, Ananias, commanded those who stood by Paul that he be struck on the mouth. 3Paul responded to this abrupt action by saying; God will strike you, you whitewashed wall, (clean on the outside but not on the inside) you hypocrite! For you judge me according to the law, but you ordered me to be struck contrary to the law? 4Those who stood by said to Paul; Do you abuse God's high priest in such a manor? 5To which Paul replied, I did not know that he was the high priest. For it is written; You shall not speak evil of a ruler of your people, Exodus 22:28.

6Now when Paul perceived that the council was made up of Sadducees and Pharisees, he spoke; Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee. It is concerning the hope and the resurrection of the dead that I am being judged. 7When he had said this a dissension arose between the Pharisees and the Sadducees and the assembly was divided. 8For the Sadducees say there is no resurrection and no angels or spirits, but the Pharisees openly confess both. 9There was then a great uproar. And the scribes of the Pharisees' stood and said; We find no evil in this man, if a spirit or an angel has spoken to him, let us not fight against God. 10This caused even a greater dissension among the council. So for Paul's safety, the commander ordered his solders to take Paul by force and bring him back to the barracks, least he be torn apart by the council.

11The next night the Lord spoke to Paul and said; Be of good cheer Paul, for as you have testified for Me in Jerusalem, so you will also bear witness in Rome. 12When it was day, some of the Jews conspired and bound themselves under an oath, saying, we will neither eat nor drink until we have killed Paul. 13For there were over forty Jews, who had conspired to this. 14Then they went to the chief priests and elders and told them of the oath, they had bound themselves with. 15Desiring that the counsel suggest to the commander that Paul be brought down tomorrow for further questioning. And we will wait in ambush and kill him. 16But Paul's sister's son heard of their ambush and went and told Paul in the barracks. 17Paul then called a centurion and had him take the boy to the commander.

18-19The young man was then taken to the commander and spoke to him in private and said; 20The Jews are going to ask you to bring Paul down to the council tomorrow for further questioning. 21But do not yield to them, for there are more than forty men planning an ambush against him. For they have bound themselves with an oath not to eat nor drink until they have killed Paul. 22So the commander sent away the young man, instructing him not to tell anyone that he had been informed.

23The commander then called for two centurions to prepare two hundred soldiers, seventy horsemen and two hundred spearmen to go to Caesarea at 9:00pm. 24Providing a mount for Paul to sit on and take him safely to Felix the governor. 25And the commander wrote the following letter.

Claudius Lysias,
To the most excellent governor Felix:
27This man was seized and was about to be killed by the Jews. I rescued him by the presents of my troops and have learned that he is a Roman citizen. 28Attempting to learn why the Jews accused him, I brought him before their council. 29As I found out that he was accused concerning questions of the Jewish law, but had nothing charged against him deserving death or chains. 30When it was told me that the Jews planned an ambush against this man, I sent him immediately to you, commanding his accusers to state before you the charges against him.

31As the soldiers were commanded, they took Paul by night and brought him to Antipatris, (the Roman military city). 32The next day the foot solders returned to Jerusalem and left the horsemen to go on with Paul to Caesarea. 33When they came to Caesarea, they delivered the letter and Paul to governor Felix, 34When Felix had read the letter, he asked Paul what province he was from? And when he understood that he was from Cilicia. 35Felix said; I will hear your case when your accusers also have come. And he commanded Paul to be kept in Herod's Praetorium.

Acts chapter 24

1After five days, Ananias the high priest, the elders and a certain spokesman, came down to Caesarea to testify against Paul. 2First the Jews stated their case against Paul. They opened up their accusal by saying; We are very thankful for all the peace and prosperity that your foresight has brought to our land. 3And we accept and acknowledge it always, great governor Felix. 4Nevertheless, we beg you to hear, a few words from us. 5We have found this man Paul, a creator of dissension among all the Jews throughout the world and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes. 6He has even tried to profane our temple, so we seized him and were going to judge him according to our law. 7But commander Lysias came by and with great violence took him away from us. 8Commanding his accusers to come to you. Now by examining him yourself, you will find all these things that we have accused him of to be true. 9And all the Jews who were assembled, asserted that these things were so.

10Then Paul, being motioned that he could speak, said; I know that you have been a judge of this nation for many years and therefore, I gladly answer for myself. 11No more than twelve days ago, I went up to worship in Jerusalem, as can be verified. 12The Jews did not find me disputing in the temple nor was I inciting crowds in the synagogues or in the city. 13Nor can they prove the things of which they now accuse me of. 14But I do say this to you; according to the Way which they call a sect of the Nazarenes. Yes I do so worship the God of my fathers, believing all things that are written in the Law and the Prophets. 15I have hope in God, which they themselves also accept. That there will be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and the unjust. 16With this being so, I strive always to have a blameless conscience before God and men. 17Now after many years, I came back to Jerusalem to bring alms and offerings to my nation. 18I was peaceably in the temple in the process of my purification and some Jews from Asia found me there. 19These men ought to be present before you accusing me, if they had anything against me. 20Therefore let those who are here tell you what wrong I have done, when I had previous stood before their council. 21For I am before you today because of this one statement, Concerning the resurrection of the dead.

22When Felix heard these things, having more accurate knowledge of the Way. He adjourned the proceedings saying; When Lysias the commander comes down, I will decide your case. 23Felix then commanded an officer to keep Paul in custody, letting him have limited liberties, not hindering anyone to minister or come to him. 24Some days later, Felix along with his wife Drusilla, who was a Jew, sent for Paul to hear him concerning the faith in Christ. 25As Paul reasoned of righteousness, temperance and the Judgment to come, Felix became troubled, telling Paul to go and that he would call for him at a later time. 26But Felix actually hoped that Paul would give him a bribe so that he might free him. Therefore, he sent for and talked with Paul frequently. 27But at the end of two years Porcius Festus succeeded Felix. And Felix, wishing to do the Jews a favor, left Paul bound.

Acts chapter 25

1When the new governor Festus had come into his own province, after three days he went to Jerusalem. 2There the high priest and the chief men of the Jew informed and petitioned him against Paul. 3Asking Festus, if they could summon Paul back to Jerusalem, (planning again to ambush him along the road and kill him). 4But Festus answered that Paul should be kept at Caesarea and that he was going back there shortly. 5Therefore, let those who have authority among you go down with me and accuse this man, to see if he is guilty of any wrongdoing.

6After Festus had stayed among them ten more days, he went down to Caesarea. The very next day he commanded that Paul be brought before the judgment seat. 7When Festus had come into Caesarea, the Jews, who came down from Jerusalem laid many serious accusations against Paul that they could not prove. 8Paul then answered for himself, saying; Nether the law of the Jews, or against the temple, nor against Caesar, have I offended. 9But the governor, wishing to do a favor for the Jews. Spoke to Paul and said; Are you willing to go up to Jerusalem and be judged before me, concerning these things? 10Paul replied, I am standing at Caesar's judgment seat, where I ought to be judged. To the Jews, I have done no wrong, as you very well know. 11If I have offended or committed anything deserving of death, then convict me. But, if there is nothing in these things of which these men accuse me, no one shall deliver me to them, I appeal to Caesar. 12When the governor had conferred with his council, he spoke and said; You have appealed to Caesar? To Caesar, you shall go!

13Now, after some days king Agrippa and Bernice came to Caesarea to greet Festus. 14After they had been there many days, Festus brought up Paul's case before the king, saying; Felix had left this man in prison. 15About whom the chief priest and elders of the Jews, informed me of when I was in Jerusalem, asking for a judgment against him. 16To them I replied, It is the custom of the Romans that every man have a trial before his accusers face to face and that he can plead his case. 17Therefore the Jews quickly came together and I sat on the judgment seat and commanded the man to be brought in. 18When his accusers spoke, they brought no accusation against him as I had expected. 19But they had some questions against him concerning their own religion and a certain man named Jesus, who had died, but Paul affirmed to be alive. 20Being unaware of such matters, I asked whether he was willing to go to Jerusalem and be judged there concerning these matters. 21But Paul then appealed to Caesar, so I commanded him to be kept until I could send him to Caesar.

22King Agrippa was interested and wished to hear the man Paul, so Festus arranged that the next day they would hear Paul. 23And when king Agrippa and Bernice had entered the auditorium making a grand display, for commanders and many prominent men of the city were there and at Festus command Paul was brought in. 24Festus then spoke, Honored king and all present with us. This man, the whole assembly of the Jews has petitioned me both at Jerusalem and here, saying; this man is not fit to live any longer. 25But, when I found he had committed nothing deserving of death and that he had appealed to Caesar, I decided to send him to Caesar. 26But now I have nothing certain to write to Caesar concerning him. Therefore, I have brought him out before all of you, especially before you King Agrippa, so that after examining him that I may have something to write. 27For it seems to me to be unreasonable to send a prisoner and not to specify the charges against him.

Acts chapter 26

1Then king Agrippa said to Paul, You may speak for yourself.
Paul then gesturing with his hands and said; 2Today I am happy because I shall answer for myself before you of the things that the Jews have accused me of. 3For I know that you are an expert in all customs concerning the Jews, therefore, I ask you to hear me patiently. 4I was raised in Jerusalem, all the Jews know this. 5They knew me from the first, according to the strictest sect of our religion, I lived as a Pharisee. 6And now I stand here today being judged for the hope of the promise made by God to our fathers. 7The same promise that the twelve tribes serving God day and night hoped to attain. And of this hope, I am being accused by the Jews. 8Why should it be thought unreasonable to any of you that God raises the dead?

9I also once thought, that I needed to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth. 10This I did in Jerusalem and carried many saints who followed this Way off to prison, having been given the authority to do so by the chief priests. And when they were put to death, I cast my vote against them. 11In every synagogue I punished them, compelling them to blaspheme, for I was enraged by them and persecuted them even into foreign cities.

12While enraged, I journeyed to Damascus with authority from the chief priests, to bind and persecute these believers. 13At noon, I saw a bright light from heaven brighter than the sun, shining around me, as did those who journeyed with me also saw it. 14When we had all fallen to the ground, I heard a voice speaking to me in the Hebrew language, saying; Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me? It will turn out badly for you to keep coming against Me. 15And I said; Who are You, Lord? And He said; I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. 16Now rise, for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to make you a minister and a witness both of the things which you have seen and of the things which I will yet reveal to you. 17I will deliver you from the Jewish people, as well as from the Gentiles, to whom I now send you. 18To open their eyes that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God. That those who are sanctified by faith in Me, may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance.

19Therefore king Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision. 20Declaring, to those in Damascus, Jerusalem, in Judea and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent, turn to God and do works showing their repentance. 21And it was for these reasons the Jews seized me in the temple and tried to kill me. 22Therefore, having obtained help from God, this day I stand before you witnessing both to small and great, saying no other things than those which the prophets and Moses said would come. 23That Christ would suffer and be the first raised from the dead, proclaiming a light to the Jews and to the Gentiles.

24As Paul was making his defense, Festus, the governor, said in a loud voice; Paul, you are beside yourself! Much learning is making you mad! 25But Paul said; Most noble Festus, I am not mad, but speak words of truth and reason. 26For the king before whom I speak, knows these things. I am convinced that none of these things have escaped your attention, since this thing has not been done in secret. 27I know that the King believes in the prophets. 28The king then said to Paul; You almost persuade me to become a Christian. 29Paul replied; My wish is that not only you, but all who hear me might become as I am, except for these chains. 30When Paul had said this, the king, the governor, Bernice and all who sat with them stood up. 31After conferring among themselves, their consensus was that Paul had done nothing deserving of death or chains. 32Then the king said to Festus; This man might have been set free if he had not appealed to Caesar.

Acts chapter 27
Paul's, forth missionary journey, now as he is a prisoner, about 60ad.

1It was decided to sail for Italy and Paul was brought onboard along with other prisoners. All the prisoners were put into the custody of a centurion named Julius. 2When we had all boarded the ship, Aristarchus, a fellow believer was also with us and our plan was to sail along the coast of Asia. 3The next day when we had landed at Sidon, Julius the centurion gave Paul the liberty to go ashore to his friends and receive care. 4When we had put out to sea again, we sailed under the shelter of the isle of Cyprus, because the winds were contrary. 5And we docked at Myra, a city of Lycia. 6There the centurion found an Alexandrian ship sailing for Italy and he put all of us on board. 7After many days of sailing slowly, with great difficulty we arrived at Cnidus, for the winds were not permitting us to proceed, so we sailed under the shelter of Crete. 8And we docked at Fair Havens, on the isle of Crete.

9Sailing now became very dangerous. because it was near the end of September. So Paul advised the centurion in command. 10Saying; Men, I perceive that this voyage will end in disaster and much loss, not only to the ship and its cargo but also to our lives. 11But the centurion was persuaded by the helmsman and the owner of the ship rather than by what Paul had spoken. 12And since the harbor was unsuitable to winter in, the majority advised to set sail.

13When the south wind blew softly and it looked like the winds were favorable, we then put out to sea and sailed close to the shoreline of Crete. 14But not long after we left the protection of the isle of Crete, a tempestuous head wind arose. 15And when the ship became caught in the storm, we were unable to direct her, so we let the winds drive her. 16Running under the shelter of an island, with much difficulty we secured the life raft on board. 17And the ship's crew also under girded the ship with cables. Then fearing that the ship might be run aground, we raised the sails and were driven by the storm. 18Because we were being tossed so by the storm, the next day they lightened the ship's load. 19On the third day we threw the ship's tackle overboard. 20When we could see neither sun nor stars for many days and the storm raged on, all hope that we would be saved had vanished.

21However, after a long abstinence from food. Paul stood in the midst of them and said; Men, you should have listened to me and not have sailed from Crete, incurring this disaster and loss. 22Now I urge you to take heart for there will be no loss of life among you, only the ship will be lost. 23For this night an Angel of my God stood by me, to whom I belong and whom I serve. 24Saying to me; Do not be afraid, Paul, for you must be brought before Caesar. And God has granted you the lives of all those who sail with you. 25So take heart men, for I believe that it will be just as God told me. 26However, we must run aground on a certain island.

27Now when fourteen days had passed and we were still being tossed in the Adriatic Sea, the sailors sensed we were drawing near to land. 28Soundings were taken and were estimated at one hundred and twenty feet and as they had gone further the soundings were showing ninety feet. 29Then fearing we might break up on the rocks, we dropped four anchors off the stern and prayed that day might come. 30But the sailors were secretly attempting to escape, for they had let down the life raft under the false premise of putting out anchors from the bow. 31However Paul saw this and said to the centurion and the solders, unless these men stay in the ship, we cannot be saved. 32The soldiers then cut away the ropes of the life raft and it drifted away. 33As day was about to dawn, Paul encouraged them all to take food, saying; Today is the fourteenth day we have been without food. 34Therefore I urge you to take nourishment, for this is for your survival, none of you shall be harmed. 35When he had said these things, he took bread and gave thanks to God in the presence of them all and he broke it and ate. 36They all being encouraged, also took food themselves. 37All together there were two hundred and seventy-six persons on the ship. 38And when they had finished eating, they lightened the ship and threw out the last of the wheat.

39When day had come, they did not recognize the land, but seeing a bay with a beach, they planned to run the ship aground there. 40They then cut the anchors, loosened the rudder ropes and hoisted the mainsail and headed for shore. 41But coming upon a crosscurrent the ship ran aground, the bow of the ship struck fast between two rocks and remained immovable, but the stern was being broken up by the violence of the waves. 42The soldiers' plan was to kill the prisoners, lest any of them should swim away and escape. 43However, the centurion wanting to save Paul, stopped any killings. 44Commanding that those who could swim to jump overboard and for the rest to grab onto boards or parts of the ship and escaped safely to land.

Acts chapter 28

1The island that we had come to was called Malta. (approximate eighty miles south of the isle of Sicily). 2The natives showed us unusual kindness and made us to feel very welcome, as they started a fire for us because of the rain and the cold. 3But, when Paul had gathered a bunch of sticks and placed them on the fire, a snake came out and rapped itself around his hand. 4When the natives saw the snake hanging from his hand, they believed that he was a murderer and even though he had escaped the sea, yet justice did not allow him to live. 5Paul, however, shook off the creature into the fire and suffered no harm. 6The natives were however expecting Paul to swell up or fall down dead, but after they had watched him for a long time and nether happened. They changed their minds and said he was a god.

7A man called Publius, a leading citizen of the island, received us and entertained us for three days. 8During this time Paul, found out that the host's father lay sick with a fever and dysentery. Paul then went to him, prayed and laid hands on him and healed him. 9When the natives on the island saw this, all the sick on the island also came to Paul and were healed. 10The natives of the island showed us great respect, honoring us with many gifts. And when we set sail, they provided for our needs.

11After three months we sailed in an Alexandrian ship that had wintered at the island. 12Landing at Syracuse on the isle of Sicily, we stayed there three days. 13Then we went on to Rhegium and the next day came to Puteoli. 14At Puteoli we found brethren and stayed with them, for seven days, as we journeyed on to Rome. 15When the other brethren heard about our journey, they came from places as far as sixty miles away. When I, Paul saw this, I thanked God, for it gave me new courage.

Apostle Paul under Roman house arrest.

16When we came to Rome, the centurion delivered the prisoners to the captain of the guard, but Paul was permitted to dwell by himself, yet under guard. 17After three days, Paul called the leaders of the Jews together and addressed them, saying; Men and brethren, though I have done nothing wrong against our people or the customs of our fathers. Yet, I have been delivered as a prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans. 18When I was examined by the authorities, they wanted to let me go, because no cause for death could be found. 19But when the Jews spoke against me, I was compelled to appeal to Caesar. I did this not because I had a charge to make against my country. 20This is why I have called you to see and speak with you, for I am bound with this chain for the hope of Israel.

21Then the Jewish council said to him; We have not received letters from Judea concerning you, nor have we heard any reports or any evil spoken of you. 22But we do wish to hear concerning this religious sect, for it is spoken against everywhere. 23So a day was set up and many came to his lodging, to hear Paul testify of the kingdom of God. Persuading them concerning Jesus from both the law of Moses and the Prophets from morning until evening. 24Some were persuaded while others disbelieved. 25So when they did not agree among themselves, they departed after Paul had said one last word to them. from Isaiah the prophet;

26Go to these people and say: Hearing you will hear and shall not understand, seeing you will see and not perceive. 27For the hearts of these people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing and their eyes they have closed, Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, So that I should heal them, Isaiah 6:9-10.

28Therefore let it be known to you that the salvation of God has been sent to the Gentiles and they will hear it! 29When he had said these words, the Jews departed and a great dispute arose among them. 30Paul dwelt two whole years in his own rented house in Rome, receiving all who came to him. 31Preaching the kingdom of God and teaching the things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ with all confidence and no one forbid him from doing so.