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an assault made both of the Gen- came into the city: and the next tiles, and also of the Jews with day he departed with Barnabas their rulers, to use them despite- to Derbe. And when they had fully, and to stone them, they preached the gospel to that city, were ware of it, and fled unto and had taught many, they reLystra and Derbe, cities of Ly- turned again to Lystra, and to caonia, and unto the region that Iconium, and Antioch, confirmlieth round about: and there they ing the souls of the disciples, and preached the gospel. And there exhorting them to continue in the sat a certain man at Lystra, im- faith, and that we must through potent in his feet, being a cripple much tribulation enter into the from his mother's womb, who ne. kingdom of God. And when they ver had walked: the same heard had ordained them elders in every Paul speak: who stedfastly be- church, and had prayed with fastholding him, and perceiving that ing, they commended them to he had faith to be healed, said the Lord, on whom they beliey. with a loud voice, Stand upright And after they had passed on thy feet. And he leaped and throughout Pisidia, they came to walked. And when the people | Pamphylia. And when they had saw what Paul had done, they preached the word in Perga, they lifted up their voices, saying in went down into Attalia : and the speech of Lycaonia, The gods thence sailed to Antioch, from are come down to us in the like- whence they had been recomness of men. And they called mended to the grace of God for Barnabas, Jupiter; and Paul, the work which they fulfilled. Mercurius, because he was thé And when they were come, and chief speaker. Then the priest of had gathered the church together, Jupiter, which was before their they rehearsed all that God had city, brought oxen and garlands done with them, and how he had unto the gates, and would have opened the door of faith unto the done sacritice with the people. Gentiles. And there they abode Which when the apostles, Bar- long time with the disciples. nabas and Paul, heard of, they rent their clothes, and ran in a
CHAP. XV. mong the people, crying out, and
April 18, August 17, Dec. 15. saying, Sirs, why do ye these things? We also are men of like St. Barnabas, Evening, to ver. 36. passions with you, and preach un- ND certain men which came to you that ye should turn from down from Judæa taught the these vanities unto the living God, brethren, and said, Except ye be which made heaven, and earth, circumcised after the manner of and the sea, and all things that Moses, ye cannot be saved. When are therein: who in times past therefore Paul and Barnabas had suffered all nations to walk in no small dissenzion and disputatheir own ways. Nevertheless he tion with them, they determined left not himself without witness, that Paul and Barnabas, and cerin that he did good, and gave us tain other of them, should go up rain from heaven, and fruitful to Jerusalem unto the apostles seasons, filling our hearts with and elders about this question. food and gladness. And with these And being brought on their way by sayings scarce restrained they the the church, they passed through people, that they had not done Phenice and Samaria, declaring sacrifice unto them. And there the conversion of the Gentiles: came thither certain Jews from and they caused great joy unto Antioch and Iconium, who per- all the brethren. And when they suaded the people, and, having were come to Jerusalem, they stoned Paul, drew him out of the were received of the church, and city, supposing he had been dead. of the apostles and elders, and Howbeit, as the disciples stood they declared all things that God round about him, he rose up, and had done with them. But there
rose up certain of the sect of the hath in every city them that Pharisees which believed, saying, preach him, being read in the That it was needful to circumcise
synagogues every sabbath day. them, and to command them to Then pleased it the apostles and keep the law of Moses. And the elders, with the whole church, apostles and elders came together to send chosen men of their own for to consider of this matter. company to Antioch with Paul And when there had been much and Barnabas ; namely, Judas disputing, Peter rose up, and said surnamed Barsabas, and Silas, unto them, Men and brethren, ye chief men among the brethren: know how that a good while ago and they wrote letters by them God made choice among us, that after this manner; The apostles the Gentiles by my mouth sliould and elders and brethren send hear the word of the gospel, and greeting unto the brethren which believe. And God, which know- are of the Gentiles in Antioch and eth the hearts, bare them witness, Syria and Cilicia: forasmuch as giving them the Holy Ghost, even we have heard, that certain which as he did unto us; and put no went out from us have troubled difference between us and them, you with words, subverting your purifying their hearts by faith. souls, saying, Ye must be circumNow therefore why tempt ye God, cised, and keep the law: to whom to put a yoke upon the neck of we gave no such commandment: the disciples, which neither our it seemed good unto us, being asfathers nor we were able to bear? sembled with one accord, to send But we believe that through the chosen men unto you with our grace of the Lord Jesus Christ beloved Barnabas and Paul, men we shall be saved, even as they. that have hazarded their lives Then all the multitude kept si- for the name of our Lord Jesus lence, and gave audience to Bar- Christ. We have sent therefore nabas and Paul, declaring what Judas and Silas, who shall also miracles and wonders God had
tell you the same things by mouth. wrought among the Gentiles by For it seemed good to the Holy them. And after they had held Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you their peace, James answered, say- no greater burden than these neing, Men and brethren, hearken cessary things; that ye abstain unto me: Simeon hath declared from meats offered to idols, and how God at the first did visit the from blood, and from things stranGentiles, to take out of them a gled, and from fornication : from peopte for his name. And to this which if ye keep yourselves, ye agree the words of the prophets; shall do well. Fare ye well. So as it is written, After this I wilí when they were dismissed, they return, and will build again the came to Antioch: and when they tabernacle of David, which is fall- had gathered the multitude toen down; and I will build again gether, they delivered the epistle: the ruins thereof, and I will set it which when they had read, they up: that the residue of men might rejoiced for the consolation. And seek after the Lord, and all the Judas and Silas, being prophets Gentiles, upon whom my name also themselves, exhorted the breis called, saith the Lord, who thren with many words, and con. doeth all these things. Known firmed them. And after they had unto God are all his works from tarried there a space, they were the beginning of the world. Where- let go in peace from the brethren fore my sentence is, that we trou- unto the apostles. Notwithstandble not them, which from among ing it pleased Silas to abide there the Gentiles are turned to God: still. Paul also and Barnabas conbut that we write unto them, that tinued in Antioch, teaching and they abstain from pollutions of preaching the word of the Lord, idols, and from fornication, and with many others also. from things strangled, and from Ver. 36. And some days after blood. For Moses of old time Paul said unto Barnabas, Let us go again and visit our brethren in endeavoured to go into Mace. every city where we have preach- donia, assuredly gathering that ed the word of the Lord, and sce the Lord had called us for to how they do. And Barnabas de- preach the gospel unto them. termined to take with them John, Therefore loosing from Troas, we whose surname was Mark. But came with a straight course to Paul thought not good to take Samothracia, and the next day him with them, who departed to Neapolis; and from thence to from them from Pamphylia, and Philippi, which is the chief city went not with them to the work. of that part of Macedonia, and a And the contention was so sharp colony: and we were in that city between them, that they departed | abiding certain days. And on the asunder one from the other; and sabbath we went out of the city so Barnabas took Mark, and sail- by a river side, where prayer was ed unto Cyprus; and Paul chose wont to be made; and we sat Silas, and departed, being recom- down, and spake unto the women mended by the brethren unto the which resorted thither. And a cergrace of God. And he went tain woman named Lydia, a seller through Syria and Cilicia, con- of purple, of the city of Thyatira, firming the churches.
which worshipped God, heard us:
whose heart the Lord opened, CHAP. XVI.
that she attended unto the things
which were spoken of Paul. And April 19, August 18, Dec. 16.
when she was baptized, and her HEN came he to Derbe and household, she besought us, sayTHEN
Lystra: and, behold, a cer- ing, If ye have judged me to be tain disciple was there, named faithful to the Lord, come into Timotheus, the son of a certain my house, and abide there. And woman, which was a Jewess, and she constrained us. And it came believed; but his father was a to pass, as we went to prayer, a Greek: which was well reported certain damsel possessed with a of by the brethren that were at spirit of divination met us, which Lystra and Iconium. Him would brought her masters much gain Paul have to go forth with him; by soothsaying: the same followed and took and circumcised him be- Paul and us, and cried, saying, cause of the Jews which were in These men are the servants of the those quarters : for they knew all most high God, which shew unto that his father was a Greek. And us the way of salvation. And this as they went through the cities, did she many days. But Paul, they delivered them the decrees being grieved, turned and said to for to keep, that were ordained the spirit, I command thee in the of the apostles and elders which name of Jesus Christ to come out were at Jerusalem. And so were of her. And he came out the same the churches established in the hour. And when her masters saw faith, and increased in number that the hope of their gains was daily. Now when they had gone gone, they caught Paul and Silas, throughout Phrygia and the re- and drew them into the marketgion of Galatia, and were forbid- place unto the rulers, and brought den of the Holy Ghost to preach them to the magistrates, saying, the word in Asia, after they were These men, being Jews, do excome to Mysia, they assayed to ceedingly trouble our city, and go into Bithynia: but the Spirit teach customs, which are not lawsuffered them not. And they pass- ful for us to receive, neither to ing by Mysia came down to Troas. observe, being Romans. And the And a vision appeared to Paul in multitude rose up together against the night; There stood a man of them: and the magistrates rent Macedonia, and prayed him, say- off their clothes, and commanded ing, Come over into Macedonia, to beat them. And when they had and help us. And after he had laid many stripes upon them, they seen the vision, immediately we cast them into prison, charging
the jailor to keep them safely: out of the prison, and entered into who, having received such a the house of Lydia: and when charge, thrust them into the inner they had seen the brethren, they prison, and made their feet fast comforted them, and departed. in the stocks. And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang
CHAP. XVII. praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. And suddenly
April 20, August 19, Dec. 17. that the foundations of the prison through Amphipolis and Awere shaken: and immediately all pollonia, they came to Thessathe doors were opened, and every sonica, where was a synagogue one's bands were loosed. And the of the Jews : and Paul, as his keeper of the prison awaking out manner was, went in unto them, of his sleep, and seeing the prison and three sabbath days reasoned doors open, he drew out his sword, with them out of the scriptures, and would have killed himself, opening and alleging, that Christ supposing that the prisoners had must needs have suffered, and been fied. But Paul cried with a risen again from the dead; and loud voice, saying, Do thyself no that this Jesus, whom I preach harm: for we are all here. Then unto you, is Christ. And some of he called for a light, and sprang them believed, and consorted with in, and came trembling, and fell Paul and Silas; and of the dedown before Paul and Silas, and vout Greeks a great multitude, brought them out, and said, Sirs, and of the chief women not a few. what must I do to be saved? And But the Jews which believed not, they said, Believe on the Lord moved with envy, took unto them Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be certain lewd fellows of the baser saved, and thy house. And they sort, and gathered a company, spake unto him the word of the and set all the city on an uproar, Lord, and to all that were in his and assaulted the house of Jason, house. And he took them the and sought to bring them out to same hour of the night, and wash the people. And when they found ed tiuir stripes; and was baptized, them not, they drew Jason and he and all hiis, straightway. And certain brethren unto the rulers when he had brought them into of the city, crying, These that his house, he set meat before have turned the world upside them, and rejoiced, believing in down are come hither also; whom God with all his house. And when Jason hath received: and these it was day, the magistrates sent all do contrary to the decrees of the serjeants, saying, Let those Cæsar, saying that there is anomen go. And the keeper of the ther king, one Jesus. And they prison told this saying to Paul, troubled the people and the rulThe magistrates have sent to let ers of the city, when they heard you go: now therefore depart, these things. And when they had and go in peace. But Paul said taken security of Jason, and of unto them, They have beaten us the other, they let them go. And openly uncondemned, being Ro- the brethren immediately sent amans, and have cast us into way Paul and Silas by night unto prison; and now do they thrust Berea: who coming thither went us out privily? nay verily; but into the synagogue of the Jews. let them come themselves and These were more noble than those fetch us out. And the serjeants in Thessalonica, in that they retold these words unto the magis- ceived the word with all readiness trates : and they feared, when of mind, and searched the scripthey heard that they were Ro- tures daily, whether those things mans. And they came and be. were so. Therefore inany of them sought them, and brought them believed; also of honourable wo. out, and desired them to depart men which were Greeks, and of out of the city. And they went men, not a few. But when the Jews of Thessalonica had know- men for to dwell on all the face ledge that the word of God was of the earth, and hath determined preached of Paul at Berea, they the times before appointed, and came thither also, and stirred up the bounds of their habitation ; the people. And then immediate- that they should seek the Lord, ly the brethren sent away Paul if haply they might feel after him, to go as it were to the sea : but and find him, though he be not Silas and Timotheus abode there far from every one of us : for in still. And they that conducted him we live, and move, and have Paul brought him unto Athens : our being; as certain also of your and receiving a commandment own poets have said, For we are unto Silas and Timotheus for to also "his offspring. Forasmuch come to him with all speed, they then as we are the offspring of departed. Now while Paul wait. God, we ought not to think that ed for them at Athens, his spirit the Godhead is like unto gold, or was stirred in him, when he saw silver, or stone, graven by art and the city wholly given to idolatry. man's device. And the times of Therefore disputed he in the syn- this ignorance God winked at; agogue with the Jews, and with but now commandeth all men the devout persons, and in the every where to repent: because market daily with them that met he hath appointed a day, in the with him. Then certain philoso- which he will judge the world in phers of the Epicureans, and of righteousness by that man whom the Stoicks, encountered him. he hath ordained ; whereof he hath And some said, What will this given assurance unto all men, in babbler say ? other some, le that he hath raised him from the seemeth to be a setter forth of dead. And when they heard of strange gods: because he preach- the resurrection of the dead, some ed unto them Jesus, and the re- mocked: and others said, We will surrection. And they took him, hear thee again of this matter. So and brought him unto Areopagus, Paul departed from among them. saying, May we know what this Howbeit certain men clave unto new doctrine, whereof thou speak- him, and believed: among the est, is ? For thou bringest certain which was Dionysius the Areopastrange things to our ears: we gite, and a woman named Dawould know therefore what these maris, and others with them. things mean. (For all the Athenians and strangers which were
CHAP. XVIII. there spent their time in nothing else, but either to tell, or to hear
April 21, August 20, Dec. 18. some new thing.) Then Paul stood
FTER these things Paul de. in the midst of Mars' hill, and parted from Athens, and came said, Ye men of Athens, Í per- to Corinth; and found a certain ceive that in all things ye are Jew named Aquila, born in Pontoo superstitious. For as I passed tus, lately come from Italy, with by, and beheld your devotions, I his wife Priscilla; (because that found an altar with this inscrip- Claudius had commanded all Jews tion, TO THE UNKNOWN to depart from Rome:) and came GOD. Whom therefore ye igno- unto them. And because he was rantly worship, him declare I anto of the same craft, he abode with you. God that made the world them, and wrought: for by their and all things therein, seeing occupation they were tentmakers. that he is Lord of heaven and And he reasoned in the synagogue earth, dwelleth not in temples every sabbath, and persuaded the made with hands; neither is wor- Jews and the Greeks. And when shipped with men's hands, as Silas and Timotheus were come though he needed any thing, see- from Macedonia, Paul was pressing he giveth to all life, and ed in the spirit, and testified to breath, and all things; and hath the Jews that Jesus was Christ. made of one blood all nations of And when they opposed them