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44:005:004 Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was
sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived
this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but
44:005:005 And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the
ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these
44:005:006 And the young men arose, wound him up, and carried him out,
and buried him.
44:005:007 And it was about the space of three hours after, when his
wife, not knowing what was done, came in.
44:005:008 And Peter answered unto her, Tell me whether ye sold the land
for so much? And she said, Yea, for so much.
44:005:009 Then Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed
together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of
them which have buried thy husband are at the door, and shall
carry thee out.
44:005:010 Then fell she down straightway at his feet, and yielded up the
ghost: and the young men came in, and found her dead, and,
carrying her forth, buried her by her husband.
44:005:011 And great fear came upon all the church, and upon as many as
heard these things.
44:005:012 And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders
wrought among the people; (and they were all with one accord
in Solomon's porch.
44:005:013 And of the rest durst no man join himself to them: but the
people magnified them.
44:005:014 And believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both
of men and women.)
44:005:015 Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets,
and laid them on beds and couches, that at the least the
shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them.
44:005:016 There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto
Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with
unclean spirits: and they were healed every one.
44:005:017 Then the high priest rose up, and all they that were with him,
(which is the sect of the Sadducees,) and were filled with
44:005:018 And laid their hands on the apostles, and put them in the
44:005:019 But the angel of the Lord by night opened the prison doors,
and brought them forth, and said,
44:005:020 Go, stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words
of this life.
44:005:021 And when they heard that, they entered into the temple early
in the morning, and taught. But the high priest came, and they
that were with him, and called the council together, and all
the senate of the children of Israel, and sent to the prison
to have them brought.
44:005:022 But when the officers came, and found them not in the prison,
they returned and told,
44:005:023 Saying, The prison truly found we shut with all safety, and
the keepers standing without before the doors: but when we had
opened, we found no man within.
44:005:024 Now when the high priest and the captain of the temple and the
chief priests heard these things, they doubted of them
whereunto this would grow.
44:005:025 Then came one and told them, saying, Behold, the men whom ye
put in prison are standing in the temple, and teaching the
44:005:026 Then went the captain with the officers, and brought them
without violence: for they feared the people, lest they should
have been stoned.
44:005:027 And when they had brought them, they set them before the
council: and the high priest asked them,
44:005:028 Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not
teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with
your doctrine, and intend to bring this man's blood upon us.
44:005:029 Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought
to obey God rather than men.
44:005:030 The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and
hanged on a tree.
44:005:031 Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a
Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of
44:005:032 And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the
Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.
44:005:033 When they heard that, they were cut to the heart, and took
counsel to slay them.
44:005:034 Then stood there up one in the council, a Pharisee, named
Gamaliel, a doctor of the law, had in reputation among all the
people, and commanded to put the apostles forth a little
44:005:035 And said unto them, Ye men of Israel, take heed to yourselves
what ye intend to do as touching these men.
44:005:036 For before these days rose up Theudas, boasting himself to be
somebody; to whom a number of men, about four hundred, joined
themselves: who was slain; and all, as many as obeyed him,
were scattered, and brought to nought.
44:005:037 After this man rose up Judas of Galilee in the days of the
taxing, and drew away much people after him: he also perished;
and all, even as many as obeyed him, were dispersed.
44:005:038 And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them
alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will
come to nought:
44:005:039 But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be
found even to fight against God.
44:005:040 And to him they agreed: and when they had called the apostles,
and beaten them, they commanded that they should not speak in
the name of Jesus, and let them go.
44:005:041 And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing
that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.
44:005:042 And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not
to teach and preach Jesus Christ.
44:006:001 And in those days, when the number of the disciples was
multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against
the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily
44:006:002 Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto
them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word
of God, and serve tables.
44:006:003 Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest
report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint
over this business.
44:006:004 But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the
ministry of the word.
44:006:005 And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose
Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and
Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas,
and Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch:
44:006:006 Whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed,
they laid their hands on them.
44:006:007 And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples
multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the
priests were obedient to the faith.
44:006:008 And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and
miracles among the people.
44:006:009 Then there arose certain of the synagogue, which is called the
synagogue of the Libertines, and Cyrenians, and Alexandrians,
and of them of Cilicia and of Asia, disputing with Stephen.
44:006:010 And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit by
which he spake.
44:006:011 Then they suborned men, which said, We have heard him speak
blasphemous words against Moses, and against God.
44:006:012 And they stirred up the people, and the elders, and the
scribes, and came upon him, and caught him, and brought him to
44:006:013 And set up false witnesses, which said, This man ceaseth not
to speak blasphemous words against this holy place, and the
44:006:014 For we have heard him say, that this Jesus of Nazareth shall
destroy this place, and shall change the customs which Moses
44:006:015 And all that sat in the council, looking stedfastly on him,
saw his face as it had been the face of an angel.
44:007:001 Then said the high priest, Are these things so?
44:007:002 And he said, Men, brethren, and fathers, hearken; The God of
glory appeared unto our father Abraham, when he was in
Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Charran,
44:007:003 And said unto him, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy
kindred, and come into the land which I shall shew thee.
44:007:004 Then came he out of the land of the Chaldaeans, and dwelt in
Charran: and from thence, when his father was dead, he removed
him into this land, wherein ye now dwell.
44:007:005 And he gave him none inheritance in it, no, not so much as to
set his foot on: yet he promised that he would give it to him
for a possession, and to his seed after him, when as yet he
had no child.
44:007:006 And God spake on this wise, That his seed should sojourn in a
strange land; and that they should bring them into bondage,
and entreat them evil four hundred years.
44:007:007 And the nation to whom they shall be in bondage will I judge,
said God: and after that shall they come forth, and serve me
in this place.
44:007:008 And he gave him the covenant of circumcision: and so Abraham
begat Isaac, and circumcised him the eighth day; and Isaac
begat Jacob; and Jacob begat the twelve patriarchs.
44:007:009 And the patriarchs, moved with envy, sold Joseph into Egypt:
but God was with him,
44:007:010 And delivered him out of all his afflictions, and gave him
favour and wisdom in the sight of Pharaoh king of Egypt; and
he made him governor over Egypt and all his house.
44:007:011 Now there came a dearth over all the land of Egypt and
Chanaan, and great affliction: and our fathers found no
44:007:012 But when Jacob heard that there was corn in Egypt, he sent out
our fathers first.
44:007:013 And at the second time Joseph was made known to his brethren;
and Joseph's kindred was made known unto Pharaoh.
44:007:014 Then sent Joseph, and called his father Jacob to him, and all
his kindred, threescore and fifteen souls.
44:007:015 So Jacob went down into Egypt, and died, he, and our fathers,
44:007:016 And were carried over into Sychem, and laid in the sepulchre
that Abraham bought for a sum of money of the sons of Emmor
the father of Sychem.
44:007:017 But when the time of the promise drew nigh, which God had
sworn to Abraham, the people grew and multiplied in Egypt,
44:007:018 Till another king arose, which knew not Joseph.
44:007:019 The same dealt subtilly with our kindred, and evil entreated
our fathers, so that they cast out their young children, to
the end they might not live.
44:007:020 In which time Moses was born, and was exceeding fair, and
nourished up in his father's house three months:
44:007:021 And when he was cast out, Pharaoh's daughter took him up, and
nourished him for her own son.
44:007:022 And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and
was mighty in words and in deeds.
44:007:023 And when he was full forty years old, it came into his heart
to visit his brethren the children of Israel.
44:007:024 And seeing one of them suffer wrong, he defended him, and
avenged him that was oppressed, and smote the Egyptian:
44:007:025 For he supposed his brethren would have understood how that
God by his hand would deliver them: but they understood not.
44:007:026 And the next day he shewed himself unto them as they strove,
and would have set them at one again, saying, Sirs, ye are
brethren; why do ye wrong one to another?
44:007:027 But he that did his neighbour wrong thrust him away, saying,
Who made thee a ruler and a judge over us?
44:007:028 Wilt thou kill me, as thou diddest the Egyptian yesterday?
44:007:029 Then fled Moses at this saying, and was a stranger in the land
of Madian, where he begat two sons.
44:007:030 And when forty years were expired, there appeared to him in
the wilderness of mount Sina an angel of the Lord in a flame
of fire in a bush.
44:007:031 When Moses saw it, he wondered at the sight: and as he drew
near to behold it, the voice of the LORD came unto him,
44:007:032 Saying, I am the God of thy fathers, the God of Abraham, and
the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. Then Moses trembled,
and durst not behold.
44:007:033 Then said the Lord to him, Put off thy shoes from thy feet:
for the place where thou standest is holy ground.
44:007:034 I have seen, I have seen the affliction of my people which is
in Egypt, and I have heard their groaning, and am come down to
deliver them. And now come, I will send thee into Egypt.
44:007:035 This Moses whom they refused, saying, Who made thee a ruler
and a judge? the same did God send to be a ruler and a
deliverer by the hand of the angel which appeared to him in
44:007:036 He brought them out, after that he had shewed wonders and
signs in the land of Egypt, and in the Red sea, and in the
wilderness forty years.
44:007:037 This is that Moses, which said unto the children of Israel, A
prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your
brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear.
44:007:038 This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the
angel which spake to him in the mount Sina, and with our
fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us:
44:007:039 To whom our fathers would not obey, but thrust him from them,
and in their hearts turned back again into Egypt,
44:007:040 Saying unto Aaron, Make us gods to go before us: for as for
this Moses, which brought us out of the land of Egypt, we wot
not what is become of him.
44:007:041 And they made a calf in those days, and offered sacrifice unto
the idol, and rejoiced in the works of their own hands.
44:007:042 Then God turned, and gave them up to worship the host of
heaven; as it is written in the book of the prophets, O ye
house of Israel, have ye offered to me slain beasts and
sacrifices by the space of forty years in the wilderness?
44:007:043 Yea, ye took up the tabernacle of Moloch, and the star of your
god Remphan, figures which ye made to worship them: and I will
carry you away beyond Babylon.
44:007:044 Our fathers had the tabernacle of witness in the wilderness,
as he had appointed, speaking unto Moses, that he should make
it according to the fashion that he had seen.
44:007:045 Which also our fathers that came after brought in with Jesus
into the possession of the Gentiles, whom God drave out before
the face of our fathers, unto the days of David;
44:007:046 Who found favour before God, and desired to find a tabernacle
for the God of Jacob.
44:007:047 But Solomon built him an house.
44:007:048 Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands;
as saith the prophet,
44:007:049 Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool: what house
will ye build me? saith the Lord: or what is the place of my
44:007:050 Hath not my hand made all these things?
44:007:051 Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do
always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.
44:007:052 Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and
they have slain them which shewed before of the coming of the
Just One; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and
44:007:053 Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and
have not kept it.
44:007:054 When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and
they gnashed on him with their teeth.
44:007:055 But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly
into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on
the right hand of God,
44:007:056 And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man
standing on the right hand of God.
44:007:057 Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears,
and ran upon him with one accord,
44:007:058 And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the
witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man's feet, whose
name was Saul.
44:007:059 And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord
Jesus, receive my spirit.
44:007:060 And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay
not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he
44:008:001 And Saul was consenting unto his death. And at that time there
was a great persecution against the church which was at
Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the
regions of Judaea and Samaria, except the apostles.
44:008:002 And devout men carried Stephen to his burial, and made great
lamentation over him.
44:008:003 As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every
house, and haling men and women committed them to prison.
44:008:004 Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where
preaching the word.
44:008:005 Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached
Christ unto them.
44:008:006 And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things
which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he
44:008:007 For unclean spirits, crying with loud voice, came out of many
that were possessed with them: and many taken with palsies,
and that were lame, were healed.
44:008:008 And there was great joy in that city.
44:008:009 But there was a certain man, called Simon, which beforetime in
the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of
Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one:
44:008:010 To whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest,
saying, This man is the great power of God.
44:008:011 And to him they had regard, because that of long time he had
bewitched them with sorceries.
44:008:012 But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning
the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were
baptized, both men and women.
44:008:013 Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he
continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles
and signs which were done.
44:008:014 Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that
Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them
Peter and John:
44:008:015 Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they
might receive the Holy Ghost:
44:008:016 (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were
baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)
44:008:017 Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy
44:008:018 And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles'
hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money,
44:008:019 Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay
hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost.
44:008:020 But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because
thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with
44:008:021 Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart
is not right in the sight of God.
44:008:022 Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if
perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.
44:008:023 For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in
the bond of iniquity.
44:008:024 Then answered Simon, and said, Pray ye to the LORD for me,
that none of these things which ye have spoken come upon me.
44:008:025 And they, when they had testified and preached the word of the
Lord, returned to Jerusalem, and preached the gospel in many
villages of the Samaritans.
44:008:026 And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise,
and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from
Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert.
44:008:027 And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an
eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the
Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had
come to Jerusalem for to worship,
44:008:028 Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the
44:008:029 Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to
44:008:030 And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet
Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest?
44:008:031 And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And
he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him.
44:008:032 The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led
as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his
shearer, so opened he not his mouth:
44:008:033 In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall
declare his generation? for his life is taken from the earth.
44:008:034 And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom
speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man?
44:008:035 Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture,
and preached unto him Jesus.
44:008:036 And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water:
and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me
to be baptized?
44:008:037 And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou
mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ
is the Son of God.
44:008:038 And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went
down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he
44:008:039 And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the
Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and
he went on his way rejoicing.
44:008:040 But Philip was found at Azotus: and passing through he
preached in all the cities, till he came to Caesarea.
44:009:001 And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against
the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest,
44:009:002 And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that
if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women,
he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.
44:009:003 And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there
shined round about him a light from heaven:
44:009:004 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him,
Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?
44:009:005 And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus
whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the
44:009:006 And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou
have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into
the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.
44:009:007 And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing
a voice, but seeing no man.
44:009:008 And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened,
he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought him
44:009:009 And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor
44:009:010 And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias;
and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said,
Behold, I am here, Lord.
44:009:011 And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street
which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas
for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth,
44:009:012 And hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and
putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight.
44:009:013 Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man,
how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem:
44:009:014 And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all
that call on thy name.
44:009:015 But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen
vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and
kings, and the children of Israel:
44:009:016 For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my
44:009:017 And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and
putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even
Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath
sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled
with the Holy Ghost.
44:009:018 And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been
scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was
44:009:019 And when he had received meat, he was strengthened. Then was
Saul certain days with the disciples which were at Damascus.
44:009:020 And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he
is the Son of God.
44:009:021 But all that heard him were amazed, and said; Is not this he
that destroyed them which called on this name in Jerusalem,
and came hither for that intent, that he might bring them
bound unto the chief priests?
44:009:022 But Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded the
Jews which dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is very
44:009:023 And after that many days were fulfilled, the Jews took counsel
to kill him:
44:009:024 But their laying await was known of Saul. And they watched the
gates day and night to kill him.
44:009:025 Then the disciples took him by night, and let him down by the
wall in a basket.
44:009:026 And when Saul was come to Jerusalem, he assayed to join
himself to the disciples: but they were all afraid of him, and
believed not that he was a disciple.
44:009:027 But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles, and
declared unto them how he had seen the Lord in the way, and
that he had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at
Damascus in the name of Jesus.
44:009:028 And he was with them coming in and going out at Jerusalem.
44:009:029 And he spake boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus, and
disputed against the Grecians: but they went about to slay
44:009:030 Which when the brethren knew, they brought him down to
Caesarea, and sent him forth to Tarsus.
44:009:031 Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee
and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the
Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied.
44:009:032 And it came to pass, as Peter passed throughout all quarters,
he came down also to the saints which dwelt at Lydda.
44:009:033 And there he found a certain man named Aeneas, which had kept
his bed eight years, and was sick of the palsy.
44:009:034 And Peter said unto him, Aeneas, Jesus Christ maketh thee
whole: arise, and make thy bed. And he arose immediately.
44:009:035 And all that dwelt at Lydda and Saron saw him, and turned to
44:009:036 Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which
by interpretation is called Dorcas: this woman was full of
good works and almsdeeds which she did.
44:009:037 And it came to pass in those days, that she was sick, and
died: whom when they had washed, they laid her in an upper
44:009:038 And forasmuch as Lydda was nigh to Joppa, and the disciples
had heard that Peter was there, they sent unto him two men,
desiring him that he would not delay to come to them.
44:009:039 Then Peter arose and went with them. When he was come, they
brought him into the upper chamber: and all the widows stood
by him weeping, and shewing the coats and garments which
Dorcas made, while she was with them.
44:009:040 But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed;
and turning him to the body said, Tabitha, arise. And she
opened her eyes: and when she saw Peter, she sat up.
44:009:041 And he gave her his hand, and lifted her up, and when he had
called the saints and widows, presented her alive.
44:009:042 And it was known throughout all Joppa; and many believed in
44:009:043 And it came to pass, that he tarried many days in Joppa with
one Simon a tanner.
44:010:001 There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a
centurion of the band called the Italian band,
44:010:002 A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house,
which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God alway.
44:010:003 He saw in a vision evidently about the ninth hour of the day
an angel of God coming in to him, and saying unto him,
44:010:004 And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is
it, Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are
come up for a memorial before God.
44:010:005 And now send men to Joppa, and call for one Simon, whose
surname is Peter:
44:010:006 He lodgeth with one Simon a tanner, whose house is by the sea
side: he shall tell thee what thou oughtest to do.
44:010:007 And when the angel which spake unto Cornelius was departed, he
called two of his household servants, and a devout soldier of
them that waited on him continually;
44:010:008 And when he had declared all these things unto them, he sent
them to Joppa.
44:010:009 On the morrow, as they went on their journey, and drew nigh
unto the city, Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about
the sixth hour:
44:010:010 And he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while
they made ready, he fell into a trance,
44:010:011 And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending upon
him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners,
and let down to the earth:
44:010:012 Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and
wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air.
44:010:013 And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat.
44:010:014 But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing
that is common or unclean.
44:010:015 And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God
hath cleansed, that call not thou common.
44:010:016 This was done thrice: and the vessel was received up again
44:010:017 Now while Peter doubted in himself what this vision which he
had seen should mean, behold, the men which were sent from
Cornelius had made enquiry for Simon's house, and stood before
44:010:018 And called, and asked whether Simon, which was surnamed Peter,
were lodged there.
44:010:019 While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said unto him,
Behold, three men seek thee.
44:010:020 Arise therefore, and get thee down, and go with them, doubting
nothing: for I have sent them.
44:010:021 Then Peter went down to the men which were sent unto him from
Cornelius; and said, Behold, I am he whom ye seek: what is the
cause wherefore ye are come?
44:010:022 And they said, Cornelius the centurion, a just man, and one
that feareth God, and of good report among all the nation of
the Jews, was warned from God by an holy angel to send for
thee into his house, and to hear words of thee.
44:010:023 Then called he them in, and lodged them. And on the morrow
Peter went away with them, and certain brethren from Joppa
44:010:024 And the morrow after they entered into Caesarea. And Cornelius
waited for them, and he had called together his kinsmen and
44:010:025 And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down
at his feet, and worshipped him.
44:010:026 But Peter took him up, saying, Stand up; I myself also am a
44:010:027 And as he talked with him, he went in, and found many that
were come together.
44:010:028 And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful
thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto
one of another nation; but God hath shewed me that I should
not call any man common or unclean.
44:010:029 Therefore came I unto you without gainsaying, as soon as I was
sent for: I ask therefore for what intent ye have sent for me?
44:010:030 And Cornelius said, Four days ago I was fasting until this
hour; and at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and, behold,
a man stood before me in bright clothing,
44:010:031 And said, Cornelius, thy prayer is heard, and thine alms are
had in remembrance in the sight of God.
44:010:032 Send therefore to Joppa, and call hither Simon, whose surname
is Peter; he is lodged in the house of one Simon a tanner by
the sea side: who, when he cometh, shall speak unto thee.
44:010:033 Immediately therefore I sent to thee; and thou hast well done
that thou art come. Now therefore are we all here present
before God, to hear all things that are commanded thee of God.
44:010:034 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive
that God is no respecter of persons:
44:010:035 But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh
righteousness, is accepted with him.
44:010:036 The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching
peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:)
44:010:037 That word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all
Judaea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John
44:010:038 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and
with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that
were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.
44:010:039 And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the
land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged
on a tree:
44:010:040 Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly;
44:010:041 Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before God,
even to us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from
44:010:042 And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify
that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of
quick and dead.
44:010:043 To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name
whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.
44:010:044 While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all
them which heard the word.
44:010:045 And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished,
as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also
was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.
44:010:046 For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then
44:010:047 Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized,
which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?
44:010:048 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord.
Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.
44:011:001 And the apostles and brethren that were in Judaea heard that
the Gentiles had also received the word of God.
44:011:002 And when Peter was come up to Jerusalem, they that were of the
circumcision contended with him,
44:011:003 Saying, Thou wentest in to men uncircumcised, and didst eat
44:011:004 But Peter rehearsed the matter from the beginning, and
expounded it by order unto them, saying,
44:011:005 I was in the city of Joppa praying: and in a trance I saw a
vision, A certain vessel descend, as it had been a great
sheet, let down from heaven by four corners; and it came even
44:011:006 Upon the which when I had fastened mine eyes, I considered,
and saw fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and
creeping things, and fowls of the air.
44:011:007 And I heard a voice saying unto me, Arise, Peter; slay and
44:011:008 But I said, Not so, Lord: for nothing common or unclean hath
at any time entered into my mouth.
44:011:009 But the voice answered me again from heaven, What God hath
cleansed, that call not thou common.
44:011:010 And this was done three times: and all were drawn up again
44:011:011 And, behold, immediately there were three men already come
unto the house where I was, sent from Caesarea unto me.
44:011:012 And the Spirit bade me go with them, nothing doubting.
Moreover these six brethren accompanied me, and we entered
into the man's house:
44:011:013 And he shewed us how he had seen an angel in his house, which
stood and said unto him, Send men to Joppa, and call for
Simon, whose surname is Peter;
44:011:014 Who shall tell thee words, whereby thou and all thy house
shall be saved.
44:011:015 And as I began to speak, the Holy Ghost fell on them, as on us
at the beginning.
44:011:016 Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how that he said, John
indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the
44:011:017 Forasmuch then as God gave them the like gift as he did unto
us, who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ; what was I, that I
could withstand God?
44:011:018 When they heard these things, they held their peace, and
glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles
granted repentance unto life.
44:011:019 Now they which were scattered abroad upon the persecution that
arose about Stephen travelled as far as Phenice, and Cyprus,
and Antioch, preaching the word to none but unto the Jews
44:011:020 And some of them were men of Cyprus and Cyrene, which, when
they were come to Antioch, spake unto the Grecians, preaching
the LORD Jesus.
44:011:021 And the hand of the Lord was with them: and a great number
believed, and turned unto the Lord.
44:011:022 Then tidings of these things came unto the ears of the church
which was in Jerusalem: and they sent forth Barnabas, that he
should go as far as Antioch.
44:011:023 Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad,
and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would
cleave unto the Lord.
44:011:024 For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of
faith: and much people was added unto the Lord.
44:011:025 Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus, for to seek Saul:
44:011:026 And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it
came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with
the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were
called Christians first in Antioch.
44:011:027 And in these days came prophets from Jerusalem unto Antioch.
44:011:028 And there stood up one of them named Agabus, and signified by
the Spirit that there should be great dearth throughout all
the world: which came to pass in the days of Claudius Caesar.
44:011:029 Then the disciples, every man according to his ability,
determined to send relief unto the brethren which dwelt in
44:011:030 Which also they did, and sent it to the elders by the hands of
Barnabas and Saul.
44:012:001 Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands
to vex certain of the church.
44:012:002 And he killed James the brother of John with the sword.
44:012:003 And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further
to take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread.)
44:012:004 And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and
delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him;
intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people.
44:012:005 Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made
without ceasing of the church unto God for him.
44:012:006 And when Herod would have brought him forth, the same night
Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two
chains: and the keepers before the door kept the prison.
44:012:007 And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light
shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and
raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell
off from his hands.
44:012:008 And the angel said unto him, Gird thyself, and bind on thy
sandals. And so he did. And he saith unto him, Cast thy
garment about thee, and follow me.
44:012:009 And he went out, and followed him; and wist not that it was
true which was done by the angel; but thought he saw a vision.
44:012:010 When they were past the first and the second ward, they came
unto the iron gate that leadeth unto the city; which opened to
them of his own accord: and they went out, and passed on
through one street; and forthwith the angel departed from him.
44:012:011 And when Peter was come to himself, he said, Now I know of a
surety, that the LORD hath sent his angel, and hath delivered
me out of the hand of Herod, and from all the expectation of
the people of the Jews.
44:012:012 And when he had considered the thing, he came to the house of
Mary the mother of John, whose surname was Mark; where many
were gathered together praying.
44:012:013 And as Peter knocked at the door of the gate, a damsel came to
hearken, named Rhoda.
44:012:014 And when she knew Peter's voice, she opened not the gate for
gladness, but ran in, and told how Peter stood before the
44:012:015 And they said unto her, Thou art mad. But she constantly
affirmed that it was even so. Then said they, It is his angel.
44:012:016 But Peter continued knocking: and when they had opened the
door, and saw him, they were astonished.
44:012:017 But he, beckoning unto them with the hand to hold their peace,
declared unto them how the Lord had brought him out of the
prison. And he said, Go shew these things unto James, and to
the brethren. And he departed, and went into another place.
44:012:018 Now as soon as it was day, there was no small stir among the
soldiers, what was become of Peter.
44:012:019 And when Herod had sought for him, and found him not, he
examined the keepers, and commanded that they should be put to
death. And he went down from Judaea to Caesarea, and there
44:012:020 And Herod was highly displeased with them of Tyre and Sidon:
but they came with one accord to him, and, having made Blastus
the king's chamberlain their friend, desired peace; because
their country was nourished by the king's country.
44:012:021 And upon a set day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat upon
his throne, and made an oration unto them.
44:012:022 And the people gave a shout, saying, It is the voice of a god,
and not of a man.
44:012:023 And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he
gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up
44:012:024 But the word of God grew and multiplied.
44:012:025 And Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerusalem, when they had
fulfilled their ministry, and took with them John, whose
surname was Mark.
44:013:001 Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain
prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called
Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been
brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.
44:013:002 As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost
said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I
have called them.
44:013:003 And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on
them, they sent them away.
44:013:004 So they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed unto
Seleucia; and from thence they sailed to Cyprus.
44:013:005 And when they were at Salamis, they preached the word of God
in the synagogues of the Jews: and they had also John to their
44:013:006 And when they had gone through the isle unto Paphos, they
found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name
44:013:007 Which was with the deputy of the country, Sergius Paulus, a
prudent man; who called for Barnabas and Saul, and desired to
hear the word of God.
44:013:008 But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation)
withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the
44:013:009 Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy
Ghost, set his eyes on him.
44:013:010 And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child
of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not
cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?
44:013:011 And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee, and thou
shalt be blind, not seeing the sun for a season. And
immediately there fell on him a mist and a darkness; and he
went about seeking some to lead him by the hand.
44:013:012 Then the deputy, when he saw what was done, believed, being
astonished at the doctrine of the Lord.
44:013:013 Now when Paul and his company loosed from Paphos, they came to
Perga in Pamphylia: and John departing from them returned to
44:013:014 But when they departed from Perga, they came to Antioch in
Pisidia, and went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and
44:013:015 And after the reading of the law and the prophets the rulers
of the synagogue sent unto them, saying, Ye men and brethren,
if ye have any word of exhortation for the people, say on.
44:013:016 Then Paul stood up, and beckoning with his hand said, Men of
Israel, and ye that fear God, give audience.
44:013:017 The God of this people of Israel chose our fathers, and
exalted the people when they dwelt as strangers in the land of
Egypt, and with an high arm brought he them out of it.
44:013:018 And about the time of forty years suffered he their manners in
44:013:019 And when he had destroyed seven nations in the land of
Chanaan, he divided their land to them by lot.
44:013:020 And after that he gave unto them judges about the space of
four hundred and fifty years, until Samuel the prophet.
44:013:021 And afterward they desired a king: and God gave unto them Saul
the son of Cis, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, by the space
of forty years.
44:013:022 And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to
be their king; to whom also he gave their testimony, and said,
I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own
heart, which shall fulfil all my will.
44:013:023 Of this man's seed hath God according to his promise raised
unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus:
44:013:024 When John had first preached before his coming the baptism of
repentance to all the people of Israel.
44:013:025 And as John fulfilled his course, he said, Whom think ye that
I am? I am not he. But, behold, there cometh one after me,
whose shoes of his feet I am not worthy to loose.
44:013:026 Men and brethren, children of the stock of Abraham, and
whosoever among you feareth God, to you is the word of this
44:013:027 For they that dwell at Jerusalem, and their rulers, because
they knew him not, nor yet the voices of the prophets which
are read every sabbath day, they have fulfilled them in
44:013:028 And though they found no cause of death in him, yet desired
they Pilate that he should be slain.
44:013:029 And when they had fulfilled all that was written of him, they
took him down from the tree, and laid him in a sepulchre.
44:013:030 But God raised him from the dead:
44:013:031 And he was seen many days of them which came up with him from
Galilee to Jerusalem, who are his witnesses unto the people.
44:013:032 And we declare unto you glad tidings, how that the promise
which was made unto the fathers,
44:013:033 God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that he
hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the
second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee.
44:013:034 And as concerning that he raised him up from the dead, now no
more to return to corruption, he said on this wise, I will
give you the sure mercies of David.
44:013:035 Wherefore he saith also in another psalm, Thou shalt not
suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.
44:013:036 For David, after he had served his own generation by the will
of God, fell on sleep, and was laid unto his fathers, and saw
44:013:037 But he, whom God raised again, saw no corruption.
44:013:038 Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through
this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins:
44:013:039 And by him all that believe are justified from all things,
from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.
44:013:040 Beware therefore, lest that come upon you, which is spoken of
in the prophets;
44:013:041 Behold, ye despisers, and wonder, and perish: for I work a
work in your days, a work which ye shall in no wise believe,
though a man declare it unto you.
44:013:042 And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the Gentiles
besought that these words might be preached to them the next
44:013:043 Now when the congregation was broken up, many of the Jews and
religious proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas: who, speaking
to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God.
44:013:044 And the next sabbath day came almost the whole city together
to hear the word of God.
44:013:045 But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with
envy, and spake against those things which were spoken by
Paul, contradicting and blaspheming.
44:013:046 Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary
that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but
seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of
everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles.
44:013:047 For so hath the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set thee to
be a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for
salvation unto the ends of the earth.
44:013:048 And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and
glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained
to eternal life believed.
44:013:049 And the word of the Lord was published throughout all the
44:013:050 But the Jews stirred up the devout and honourable women, and
the chief men of the city, and raised persecution against Paul
and Barnabas, and expelled them out of their coasts.
44:013:051 But they shook off the dust of their feet against them, and
came unto Iconium.
44:013:052 And the disciples were filled with joy, and with the Holy
44:014:001 And it came to pass in Iconium, that they went both together
into the synagogue of the Jews, and so spake, that a great
multitude both of the Jews and also of the Greeks believed.
44:014:002 But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles, and made
their minds evil affected against the brethren.
44:014:003 Long time therefore abode they speaking boldly in the Lord,
which gave testimony unto the word of his grace, and granted
signs and wonders to be done by their hands.
44:014:004 But the multitude of the city was divided: and part held with
the Jews, and part with the apostles.
44:014:005 And when there was an assault made both of the Gentiles, and
also of the Jews with their rulers, to use them despitefully,
and to stone them,
44:014:006 They were ware of it, and fled unto Lystra and Derbe, cities
of Lycaonia, and unto the region that lieth round about:
44:014:007 And there they preached the gospel.
44:014:008 And there sat a certain man at Lystra, impotent in his feet,
being a cripple from his mother's womb, who never had walked:
44:014:009 The same heard Paul speak: who stedfastly beholding him, and
perceiving that he had faith to be healed,
44:014:010 Said with a loud voice, Stand upright on thy feet. And he
leaped and walked.
44:014:011 And when the people saw what Paul had done, they lifted up
their voices, saying in the speech of Lycaonia, The gods are
come down to us in the likeness of men.
44:014:012 And they called Barnabas, Jupiter; and Paul, Mercurius,
because he was the chief speaker.
44:014:013 Then the priest of Jupiter, which was before their city,
brought oxen and garlands unto the gates, and would have done
sacrifice with the people.
44:014:014 Which when the apostles, Barnabas and Paul, heard of, they
rent their clothes, and ran in among the people, crying out,
44:014:015 And saying, Sirs, why do ye these things? We also are men of
like passions with you, and preach unto you that ye should
turn from these vanities unto the living God, which made
heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are
44:014:016 Who in times past suffered all nations to walk in their own
44:014:017 Nevertheless he left not himself without witness, in that he
did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons,
filling our hearts with food and gladness.
44:014:018 And with these sayings scarce restrained they the people, that
they had not done sacrifice unto them.
44:014:019 And there came thither certain Jews from Antioch and Iconium,
who persuaded the people, and having stoned Paul, drew him out
of the city, supposing he had been dead.
44:014:020 Howbeit, as the disciples stood round about him, he rose up,
and came into the city: and the next day he departed with
Barnabas to Derbe.
44:014:021 And when they had preached the gospel to that city, and had
taught many, they returned again to Lystra, and to Iconium,
44:014:022 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to
continue in the faith, and that we must through much
tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.
44:014:023 And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and
had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on
whom they believed.
44:014:024 And after they had passed throughout Pisidia, they came to
44:014:025 And when they had preached the word in Perga, they went down
44:014:026 And thence sailed to Antioch, from whence they had been
recommended to the grace of God for the work which they
44:014:027 And when they were come, and had gathered the church together,
they rehearsed all that God had done with them, and how he had
opened the door of faith unto the Gentiles.
44:014:028 And there they abode long time with the disciples.
44:015:001 And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the
brethren, and said, Except ye be circumcised after the manner
of Moses, ye cannot be saved.
44:015:002 When therefore Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and
disputation with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas,
and certain other of them, should go up to Jerusalem unto the
apostles and elders about this question.
44:015:003 And being brought on their way by the church, they passed
through Phenice and Samaria, declaring the conversion of the
Gentiles: and they caused great joy unto all the brethren.
44:015:004 And when they were come to Jerusalem, they were received of
the church, and of the apostles and elders, and they declared
all things that God had done with them.
44:015:005 But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which
believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and
to command them to keep the law of Moses.
44:015:006 And the apostles and elders came together for to consider of
44:015:007 And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and
said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good
while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my
mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe.
44:015:008 And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving
them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us;
44:015:009 And put no difference between us and them, purifying their
hearts by faith.
44:015:010 Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of
the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to
44:015:011 But we believe that through the grace of the LORD Jesus Christ
we shall be saved, even as they.
44:015:012 Then all the multitude kept silence, and gave audience to
Barnabas and Paul, declaring what miracles and wonders God had
wrought among the Gentiles by them.
44:015:013 And after they had held their peace, James answered, saying,
Men and brethren, hearken unto me:
44:015:014 Simeon hath declared how God at the first did visit the
Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name.
44:015:015 And to this agree the words of the prophets; as it is written,
44:015:016 After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle
of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the
ruins thereof, and I will set it up:
44:015:017 That the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the
Gentiles, upon whom my name is called, saith the Lord, who
doeth all these things.
44:015:018 Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the
44:015:019 Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble not them, which from
among the Gentiles are turned to God:
44:015:020 But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions
of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and
44:015:021 For Moses of old time hath in every city them that preach him,
being read in the synagogues every sabbath day.
44:015:022 Then pleased it the apostles and elders with the whole church,
to send chosen men of their own company to Antioch with Paul
and Barnabas; namely, Judas surnamed Barsabas and Silas, chief
men among the brethren:
44:015:023 And they wrote letters by them after this manner; The apostles
and elders and brethren send greeting unto the brethren which
are of the Gentiles in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia.
44:015:024 Forasmuch as we have heard, that certain which went out from
us have troubled you with words, subverting your souls,
saying, Ye must be circumcised, and keep the law: to whom we
gave no such commandment:
44:015:025 It seemed good unto us, being assembled with one accord, to
send chosen men unto you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul,
44:015:026 Men that have hazarded their lives for the name of our Lord
44:015:027 We have sent therefore Judas and Silas, who shall also tell
you the same things by mouth.
44:015:028 For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon
you no greater burden than these necessary things;
44:015:029 That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood,
and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if
ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well.
44:015:030 So when they were dismissed, they came to Antioch: and when
they had gathered the multitude together, they delivered the
44:015:031 Which when they had read, they rejoiced for the consolation.
44:015:032 And Judas and Silas, being prophets also themselves, exhorted
the brethren with many words, and confirmed them.
44:015:033 And after they had tarried there a space, they were let go in
peace from the brethren unto the apostles.
44:015:034 Notwithstanding it pleased Silas to abide there still.
44:015:035 Paul also and Barnabas continued in Antioch, teaching and
preaching the word of the Lord, with many others also.
44:015:036 And some days after Paul said unto Barnabas, Let us go again
and visit our brethren in every city where we have preached
the word of the LORD, and see how they do.
44:015:037 And Barnabas determined to take with them John, whose surname
44:015:038 But Paul thought not good to take him with them, who departed
from them from Pamphylia, and went not with them to the work.
44:015:039 And the contention was so sharp between them, that they
departed asunder one from the other: and so Barnabas took
Mark, and sailed unto Cyprus;
44:015:040 And Paul chose Silas, and departed, being recommended by the
brethren unto the grace of God.
44:015:041 And he went through Syria and Cilicia, confirming the
44:016:001 Then came he to Derbe and Lystra: and, behold, a certain
disciple was there, named Timotheus, the son of a certain
woman, which was a Jewess, and believed; but his father was a
44:016:002 Which was well reported of by the brethren that were at Lystra
44:016:003 Him would Paul have to go forth with him; and took and
circumcised him because of the Jews which were in those
quarters: for they knew all that his father was a Greek.
44:016:004 And as they went through the cities, they delivered them the
decrees for to keep, that were ordained of the apostles and
elders which were at Jerusalem.
44:016:005 And so were the churches established in the faith, and
increased in number daily.
44:016:006 Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of
Galatia, and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the
word in Asia,
44:016:007 After they were come to Mysia, they assayed to go into
Bithynia: but the Spirit suffered them not.
44:016:008 And they passing by Mysia came down to Troas.
44:016:009 And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; There stood a man
of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, Come over into
Macedonia, and help us.
44:016:010 And after he had seen the vision, immediately we endeavoured
to go into Macedonia, assuredly gathering that the Lord had
called us for to preach the gospel unto them.
44:016:011 Therefore loosing from Troas, we came with a straight course
to Samothracia, and the next day to Neapolis;
44:016:012 And from thence to Philippi, which is the chief city of that
part of Macedonia, and a colony: and we were in that city
abiding certain days.
44:016:013 And on the sabbath we went out of the city by a river side,
where prayer was wont to be made; and we sat down, and spake
unto the women which resorted thither.
44:016:014 And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the
city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart
the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were
spoken of Paul.
44:016:015 And when she was baptized, and her household, she besought us,
saying, If ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come
into my house, and abide there. And she constrained us.
44:016:016 And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel
possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought
her masters much gain by soothsaying:
44:016:017 The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men
are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the
way of salvation.
44:016:018 And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned
and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus
Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.
44:016:019 And when her masters saw that the hope of their gains was
gone, they caught Paul and Silas, and drew them into the
marketplace unto the rulers,
44:016:020 And brought them to the magistrates, saying, These men, being
Jews, do exceedingly trouble our city,
44:016:021 And teach customs, which are not lawful for us to receive,
neither to observe, being Romans.
44:016:022 And the multitude rose up together against them: and the
magistrates rent off their clothes, and commanded to beat
44:016:023 And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them
into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely:
44:016:024 Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner
prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks.
44:016:025 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto
God: and the prisoners heard them.
44:016:026 And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the
foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the
doors were opened, and every one's bands were loosed.
44:016:027 And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and
seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would
have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been
44:016:028 But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm:
for we are all here.
44:016:029 Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling,
and fell down before Paul and Silas,
44:016:030 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be
44:016:031 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou
shalt be saved, and thy house.
44:016:032 And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that
were in his house.
44:016:033 And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their
stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway.
44:016:034 And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat
before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his
44:016:035 And when it was day, the magistrates sent the serjeants,
saying, Let those men go.
44:016:036 And the keeper of the prison told this saying to Paul, The
magistrates have sent to let you go: now therefore depart, and
go in peace.
44:016:037 But Paul said unto them, They have beaten us openly
uncondemned, being Romans, and have cast us into prison; and
now do they thrust us out privily? nay verily; but let them
come themselves and fetch us out.
44:016:038 And the serjeants told these words unto the magistrates: and
they feared, when they heard that they were Romans.
44:016:039 And they came and besought them, and brought them out, and
desired them to depart out of the city.
44:016:040 And they went out of the prison, and entered into the house of
Lydia: and when they had seen the brethren, they comforted
them, and departed.
44:017:001 Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia,
they came to Thessalonica, where was a synagogue of the Jews:
44:017:002 And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three
sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures,
44:017:003 Opening and alleging, that Christ must needs have suffered,
and risen again from the dead; and that this Jesus, whom I
preach unto you, is Christ.
44:017:004 And some of them believed, and consorted with Paul and Silas;
and of the devout Greeks a great multitude, and of the chief
women not a few.
44:017:005 But the Jews which believed not, moved with envy, took unto
them certain lewd fellows of the baser sort, and gathered a
company, and set all the city on an uproar, and assaulted the
house of Jason, and sought to bring them out to the people.
44:017:006 And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain
brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying, These that have
turned the world upside down are come hither also;
44:017:007 Whom Jason hath received: and these all do contrary to the
decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, one
44:017:008 And they troubled the people and the rulers of the city, when
they heard these things.
44:017:009 And when they had taken security of Jason, and of the other,
they let them go.
44:017:010 And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night
unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the
44:017:011 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they
received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the
scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
44:017:012 Therefore many of them believed; also of honourable women
which were Greeks, and of men, not a few.
44:017:013 But when the Jews of Thessalonica had knowledge that the word
of God was preached of Paul at Berea, they came thither also,
and stirred up the people.
44:017:014 And then immediately the brethren sent away Paul to go as it
were to the sea: but Silas and Timotheus abode there still.
44:017:015 And they that conducted Paul brought him unto Athens: and
receiving a commandment unto Silas and Timotheus for to come
to him with all speed, they departed.
44:017:016 Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was
stirred in him, when he saw the city wholly given to idolatry.
44:017:017 Therefore disputed he in the synagogue with the Jews, and with
the devout persons, and in the market daily with them that met
44:017:018 Then certain philosophers of the Epicureans, and of the
Stoicks, encountered him. And some said, What will this
babbler say? other some, He seemeth to be a setter forth of
strange gods: because he preached unto them Jesus, and the
44:017:019 And they took him, and brought him unto Areopagus, saying, May
we know what this new doctrine, whereof thou speakest, is?
44:017:020 For thou bringest certain strange things to our ears: we would
know therefore what these things mean.
44:017:021 (For all the Athenians and strangers which were there spent
their time in nothing else, but either to tell, or to hear
some new thing.)
44:017:022 Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars' hill, and said, Ye men
of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too
44:017:023 For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an
altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom
therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you.
44:017:024 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he
is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with
44:017:025 Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed
any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all
44:017:026 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on
all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times
before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;
44:017:027 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after
him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:
44:017:028 For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain
also of your own poets have said, For we are also his
44:017:029 Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to
think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone,
graven by art and man's device.
44:017:030 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now
commandeth all men every where to repent:
44:017:031 Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge
the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained;
whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath
raised him from the dead.
44:017:032 And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some
mocked: and others said, We will hear thee again of this
44:017:033 So Paul departed from among them.
44:017:034 Howbeit certain men clave unto him, and believed: among the
which was Dionysius the Areopagite, and a woman named Damaris,
and others with them.
44:018:001 After these things Paul departed from Athens, and came to
44:018:002 And found a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, lately
come from Italy, with his wife Priscilla; (because that
Claudius had commanded all Jews to depart from Rome:) and came
44:018:003 And because he was of the same craft, he abode with them, and
wrought: for by their occupation they were tentmakers.
44:018:004 And he reasoned in the synagogue every sabbath, and persuaded
the Jews and the Greeks.
44:018:005 And when Silas and Timotheus were come from Macedonia, Paul
was pressed in the spirit, and testified to the Jews that
Jesus was Christ.
44:018:006 And when they opposed themselves, and blasphemed, he shook his
raiment, and said unto them, Your blood be upon your own
heads; I am clean; from henceforth I will go unto the
44:018:007 And he departed thence, and entered into a certain man's
house, named Justus, one that worshipped God, whose house
joined hard to the synagogue.
44:018:008 And Crispus, the chief ruler of the synagogue, believed on the
Lord with all his house; and many of the Corinthians hearing
believed, and were baptized.
44:018:009 Then spake the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision, Be not
afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace:
44:018:010 For I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee:
for I have much people in this city.
44:018:011 And he continued there a year and six months, teaching the
word of God among them.
44:018:012 And when Gallio was the deputy of Achaia, the Jews made
insurrection with one accord against Paul, and brought him to
the judgment seat,
44:018:013 Saying, This fellow persuadeth men to worship God contrary to
44:018:014 And when Paul was now about to open his mouth, Gallio said
unto the Jews, If it were a matter of wrong or wicked
lewdness, O ye Jews, reason would that I should bear with you:
44:018:015 But if it be a question of words and names, and of your law,
look ye to it; for I will be no judge of such matters.
44:018:016 And he drave them from the judgment seat.
44:018:017 Then all the Greeks took Sosthenes, the chief ruler of the
synagogue, and beat him before the judgment seat. And Gallio
cared for none of those things.
44:018:018 And Paul after this tarried there yet a good while, and then
took his leave of the brethren, and sailed thence into Syria,
and with him Priscilla and Aquila; having shorn his head in
Cenchrea: for he had a vow.
44:018:019 And he came to Ephesus, and left them there: but he himself
entered into the synagogue, and reasoned with the Jews.
44:018:020 When they desired him to tarry longer time with them, he
44:018:021 But bade them farewell, saying, I must by all means keep this
feast that cometh in Jerusalem: but I will return again unto
you, if God will. And he sailed from Ephesus.
44:018:022 And when he had landed at Caesarea, and gone up, and saluted
the church, he went down to Antioch.
44:018:023 And after he had spent some time there, he departed, and went
over all the country of Galatia and Phrygia in order,
strengthening all the disciples.
44:018:024 And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an
eloquent man, and mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus.
44:018:025 This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being
fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the
things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John.
44:018:026 And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when
Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and
expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly.
44:018:027 And when he was disposed to pass into Achaia, the brethren
wrote, exhorting the disciples to receive him: who, when he
was come, helped them much which had believed through grace:
44:018:028 For he mightily convinced the Jews, and that publickly,
shewing by the scriptures that Jesus was Christ.
44:019:001 And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul
having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and
finding certain disciples,
44:019:002 He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye
believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard
whether there be any Holy Ghost.
44:019:003 And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And
they said, Unto John's baptism.
44:019:004 Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of
repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe
on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.
44:019:005 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the
44:019:006 And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost
came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.
44:019:007 And all the men were about twelve.
44:019:008 And he went into the synagogue, and spake boldly for the space
of three months, disputing and persuading the things
concerning the kingdom of God.
44:019:009 But when divers were hardened, and believed not, but spake
evil of that way before the multitude, he departed from them,
and separated the disciples, disputing daily in the school of
44:019:010 And this continued by the space of two years; so that all they
which dwelt in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both
Jews and Greeks.
44:019:011 And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul:
44:019:012 So that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs
or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil
spirits went out of them.
44:019:013 Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them
to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the LORD
Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth.
44:019:014 And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of
the priests, which did so.
44:019:015 And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul
I know; but who are ye?
44:019:016 And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and
overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled
out of that house naked and wounded.
44:019:017 And this was known to all the Jews and Greeks also dwelling at
Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord
Jesus was magnified.
44:019:018 And many that believed came, and confessed, and shewed their
44:019:019 Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books
together, and burned them before all men: and they counted the
price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver.
44:019:020 So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.
44:019:021 After these things were ended, Paul purposed in the spirit,
when he had passed through Macedonia and Achaia, to go to
Jerusalem, saying, After I have been there, I must also see
44:019:022 So he sent into Macedonia two of them that ministered unto
him, Timotheus and Erastus; but he himself stayed in Asia for
44:019:023 And the same time there arose no small stir about that way.
44:019:024 For a certain man named Demetrius, a silversmith, which made
silver shrines for Diana, brought no small gain unto the
44:019:025 Whom he called together with the workmen of like occupation,
and said, Sirs, ye know that by this craft we have our wealth.
44:019:026 Moreover ye see and hear, that not alone at Ephesus, but
almost throughout all Asia, this Paul hath persuaded and
turned away much people, saying that they be no gods, which
are made with hands:
44:019:027 So that not only this our craft is in danger to be set at
nought; but also that the temple of the great goddess Diana
should be despised, and her magnificence should be destroyed,
whom all Asia and the world worshippeth.
44:019:028 And when they heard these sayings, they were full of wrath,
and cried out, saying, Great is Diana of the Ephesians.
44:019:029 And the whole city was filled with confusion: and having
caught Gaius and Aristarchus, men of Macedonia, Paul's
companions in travel, they rushed with one accord into the
44:019:030 And when Paul would have entered in unto the people, the
disciples suffered him not.
44:019:031 And certain of the chief of Asia, which were his friends, sent
unto him, desiring him that he would not adventure himself
into the theatre.
44:019:032 Some therefore cried one thing, and some another: for the
assembly was confused: and the more part knew not wherefore
they were come together.
44:019:033 And they drew Alexander out of the multitude, the Jews putting
him forward. And Alexander beckoned with the hand, and would
have made his defence unto the people.
44:019:034 But when they knew that he was a Jew, all with one voice about
the space of two hours cried out, Great is Diana of the
44:019:035 And when the townclerk had appeased the people, he said, Ye
men of Ephesus, what man is there that knoweth not how that
the city of the Ephesians is a worshipper of the great goddess
Diana, and of the image which fell down from Jupiter?
44:019:036 Seeing then that these things cannot be spoken against, ye
ought to be quiet, and to do nothing rashly.
44:019:037 For ye have brought hither these men, which are neither
robbers of churches, nor yet blasphemers of your goddess.
44:019:038 Wherefore if Demetrius, and the craftsmen which are with him,
have a matter against any man, the law is open, and there are
deputies: let them implead one another.
44:019:039 But if ye enquire any thing concerning other matters, it shall
be determined in a lawful assembly.
44:019:040 For we are in danger to be called in question for this day's
uproar, there being no cause whereby we may give an account of