Acts

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Copyright 1901 by Thomas Nelson & Sons
Copyright 1929 by the International Council of Religious Education

Chapter 8

[1]And Saul was consenting unto his death. And there arose on that day a great persecution against the church which was in Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria, except the apostles. [2]And devout men buried Stephen, and made great lamentation over him. [3]But Saul laid waste the church, entering into every house, and dragging men and women committed them to prison.

[4]They therefore that were scattered abroad, went about preaching the word. [5]And Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and proclaimed unto them the Christ. [6]And the multitudes gave heed with one accord unto the things that were spoken by Philip, when they heard, and saw the signs which he did. [7]For [from] many of those that had unclean spirits, they came out, crying with a loud voice: and many that were palsied, and that were lame, were healed. [8]And there was much joy in that city.

[9]But there was a certain man, Simon by name, who beforetime in the city used sorcery, and amazed the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one: [10]to whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is that power of God which is called Great. [11]And they gave heed to him, because that of long time he had amazed them with his sorceries. [12]But when they believed Philip preaching good tidings concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. [13]And Simon also himself believed: and being baptized, he continued with Philip; and beholding signs and great miracles wrought, he was amazed.

[14]Now when the apostles that were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John: [15]who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Spirit: [16]for as yet it was fallen upon none of them: only they had been baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus. [17] Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit. [18]Now when Simon saw that through the laying on of the apostles' hands the Holy Spirit was given, he offered them money, [19]saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay my hands, he may receive the Holy Spirit. [20]But Peter said unto him, Thy silver perish with thee, because thou hast thought to obtain the gift of God with money. [21]Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right before God. [22]Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray the Lord, if perhaps the thought of thy heart shall be forgiven thee. [23]For I see that thou art in the gall of bitterness and in the bond of iniquity. [24]And Simon answered and said, Pray ye for me to the Lord, that none of the things which ye have spoken come upon me. [25]They therefore, when they had testified and spoken the word of the Lord, returned to Jerusalem, and preached the gospel to many villages of the Samaritans.

[26]But an angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza: the same is desert. [27]And he arose and went: and behold, a man of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was over all her treasure, who had come to Jerusalem to worship; [28]and he was returning and sitting in his chariot, and was reading the prophet Isaiah. [29]And the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot. [30]And Philip ran to him, and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest? [31]And he said, How can I, except some one shall guide me? And he besought Philip to come up and sit with him. [32]Now the passage of the Scripture which he was reading was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; And as a lamb before his shearer is dumb, So he openeth not his mouth: [33]In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: His generation who shall declare? For his life is taken from the earth. [34]And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other? [35]And Philip opened his mouth, and beginning from this Scripture, preached unto him Jesus. [36]And as they went on the way, they came unto a certain water; and the eunuch saith, Behold, [here is] water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? [37][And Philip said, If thou believest with all thy heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.] [38]And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they both went down into the water, both Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him. [39]And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip; and the eunuch saw him no more, for he went on his way rejoicing. [40]But Philip was found at Azotus: and passing through he preached the gospel to all the cities, till he came to Caesarea.

Chapter 9

[1]But Saul, yet breathing threatening and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest, [2]and asked of him letters to Damascus unto the synagogues, that if he found any that were of the Way, whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. [3]And as he journeyed, it came to pass that he drew nigh unto Damascus: and suddenly there shone round about him a light out of heaven: [4]and he fell upon the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? [5]And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And he [said], I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: [6]but rise, and enter into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do. [7]And the men that journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing the voice, but beholding no man. [8]And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw nothing; and they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus. [9]And he was three days without sight, and did neither eat nor drink.

[10]Now there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and the Lord said unto him in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I [am here], Lord. [11]And the Lord [said] unto him, Arise, and go to the street which is called Straight, and inquire in the house of Judas for one named Saul, a man of Tarsus: for behold, he prayeth; [12]and he hath seen a man named Ananias coming in, and laying his hands on him, that he might receive his sight. [13]But Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard from many of this man, how much evil he did to thy saints at Jerusalem: [14]and here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call upon thy name. [15]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: [16]for I will show him how many things he must suffer for my name's sake. [17]And Ananias departed, and entered into the house; and laying his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, [even] Jesus, who appeared unto thee in the way which thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mayest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Spirit. [18]And straightway there fell from his eyes as it were scales, and he received his sight; and he arose and was baptized; [19]and he took food and was strengthened.

And he was certain days with the disciples that were at Damascus. [20]And straightway in the synagogues he proclaimed Jesus, that he is the Son of God. [21]And all that heard him were amazed, and said, Is not this he that in Jerusalem made havoc of them that called on this name? and he had come hither for this intent, that he might bring them bound before the chief priests. [22]But Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded the Jews that dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is the Christ.

[23]And when many days were fulfilled, the Jews took counsel together to kill him: [24] but their plot became known to Saul. And they watched the gates also day and night that they might kill him: [25]but his disciples took him by night, and let him down through the wall, lowering him in a basket. [26]And when he was come to Jerusalem, he assayed to join himself to the disciples: and they were all afraid of him, not believing that he was a disciple. [27]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 at Damascus he had preached boldly in the name of Jesus. [28]And he was with them going in and going out at Jerusalem, [29]preaching boldly in the name of the Lord: and he spake and disputed against the Grecian Jews; but they were seeking to kill him. [30]And when the brethren knew it, they brought him down to Caesarea, and sent him forth to Tarsus.

[31]So the church throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria had peace, being edified; and, walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, was multiplied. [32]And it came to pass, as Peter went throughout all parts, he came down also to the saints that dwelt at Lydda. [33]And there he found a certain man named Aeneas, who had kept his bed eight years; for he was palsied. [34]And Peter said unto him, Aeneas, Jesus Christ healeth thee: arise and make thy bed. And straightway he arose. [35]And all that dwelt at Lydda and in Sharon saw him, and they turned to the Lord.

[36]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. [37]And it came to pass in those days, that she fell sick, and died: and when they had washed her, they laid her in an upper chamber. [38]And as Lydda was nigh unto Joppa, the disciples, hearing that Peter was there, sent two men unto him, entreating him, Delay not to come on unto us. [39]And Peter arose and went with them. And when he was come, they brought him into the upper chamber: and all the widows stood by him weeping, and showing the coats and garments which Dorcas made, while she was with them. [40]But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down and prayed; and turning to the body, he said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes; and when she saw Peter, she sat up. [41] And he gave her his hand, and raised her up; and calling the saints and widows, he presented her alive. [42]And it became known throughout all Joppa: and many believed on the Lord. [43]And it came to pass, that he abode many days in Joppa with one Simon a tanner.

Chapter 10

[1]Now [there was] a certain man in Caesarea, Cornelius by name, a centurion of the band called the Italian [band], [2]a devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, who gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God always. [3]He saw in a vision openly, as it were about the ninth hour of the day, an angel of God coming in unto him, and saying to him, Cornelius. [4]And he, fastening his eyes upon him, and being affrighted, said, What is it, Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are gone up for a memorial before God. [5]And now send men to Joppa, and fetch one Simon, who is surnamed Peter: [6]he lodgeth with one Simon a tanner, whose house is by the sea side. [7]And when the angel that spake unto him was departed, he called two of his household-servants, and a devout soldier of them that waited on him continually; [8]and having rehearsed all things unto them, he sent them to Joppa.

[9]Now on the morrow, as they were on their journey, and drew nigh unto the city, Peter went up upon the housetop to pray, about the sixth hour: [10]and he became hungry, and desired to eat: but while they made ready, he fell into a trance; [11]and he beholdeth the heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending, as it were a great sheet, let down by four corners upon the earth: [12]wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts and creeping things of the earth and birds of the heaven. [13]And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill and eat. [14]But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten anything that is common and unclean. [15]And a voice [came] unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, make not thou common. [16]And this was done thrice: and straightway the vessel was received up into heaven.

[17]Now while Peter was much perplexed in himself what the vision which he had seen might mean, behold, the men that were sent by Cornelius, having made inquiry for Simon's house, stood before the gate, [18]and called and asked whether Simon, who was surnamed Peter, were lodging there. [19]And while Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said unto him, Behold, three men seek thee. [20]But arise, and get thee down, and go with them, nothing doubting: for I have sent them. [21]And Peter went down to the men, and said, Behold, I am he whom ye seek: what is the cause wherefore ye are come? [22]And they said, Cornelius a centurion, a righteous man and one that feareth God, and well reported of by all the nation of the Jews, was warned [of God] by a holy angel to send for thee into his house, and to hear words from thee. [23]So he called them in and lodged them.

And on the morrow he arose and went forth with them, and certain of the brethren from Joppa accompanied him. [24]And on the morrow they entered into Caesarea. And Cornelius was waiting for them, having called together his kinsmen and his near friends. [25]And when it came to pass that Peter entered, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet, and worshipped him. [26]But Peter raised him up, saying, Stand up; I myself also am a man. [27]And as he talked with him, he went in, and findeth many come together: [28]and he said unto them, Ye yourselves know how it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to join himself or come unto one of another nation; and [yet] unto me hath God showed that I should not call any man common or unclean: [29] wherefore also I came without gainsaying, when I was sent for. I ask therefore with what intent ye sent for me. [30]And Cornelius said, Four days ago, until this hour, I was keeping the ninth hour of prayer in my house; and behold, a man stood before me in bright apparel, [31]and saith, Cornelius, thy prayer is heard, and thine alms are had in remembrance in the sight of God. [32]Send therefore to Joppa, and call unto thee Simon, who is surnamed Peter; he lodgeth in the house of Simon a tanner, by the sea side. [33]Forthwith therefore I sent to thee; and thou hast well done that thou art come. Now therefore we are all here present in the sight of God, to hear all things that have been commanded thee of the Lord.

[34] And Peter opened his mouth and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: [35]but in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is acceptable to him. [36]The word which he sent unto the children of Israel, preaching good tidings of peace by Jesus Christ (He is Lord of all.) -- [37]that saying ye yourselves know, which was published throughout all Judaea, beginning from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached; [38][even] Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed him with the Holy Spirit and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him. [39]And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the country of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom also they slew, hanging him on a tree. [40]Him God raised up the third day, and gave him to be made manifest, [41]not to all the people, but unto witnesses that were chosen before of God, [even] to us, who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. [42]And he charged us to preach unto the people, and to testify that this is he who is ordained of God [to be] the Judge of the living and the dead. [43]To him bear all the prophets witness, that through his name every one that believeth on him shall receive remission of sins.

[44]While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Spirit fell on all them that heard the word. [45] And they of the circumcision that believed were amazed, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Spirit. [46]For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter, [47]Can any man forbid the water, that these should not be baptized, who have received the Holy Spirit as well as we? [48]And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.

Chapter 11

[1]Now the apostles and the brethren that were in Judaea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God. [2]And when Peter was come up to Jerusalem, they that were of the circumcision contended with him, [3]saying, Thou wentest in to men uncircumcised, and didst eat with them. [4] But Peter began, and expounded [the matter] unto them in order, saying, [5]I was in the city of Joppa praying: and in a trance I saw a vision, a certain vessel descending, as it were a great sheet let down from heaven by four corners; and it came even unto me: [6]upon which when I had fastened mine eyes, I considered, and saw the fourfooted beasts of the earth and wild beasts and creeping things and birds of the heaven. [7]And I heard also a voice saying unto me, Rise, Peter; kill and eat. [8]But I said, Not so, Lord: for nothing common or unclean hath ever entered into my mouth. [9]But a voice answered the second time out of heaven, What God hath cleansed, make not thou common. [10]And this was done thrice: and all were drawn up again into heaven. [11]And behold, forthwith three men stood before the house in which we were, having been sent from Caesarea unto me. [12]And the Spirit bade me go with them, making no distinction. And these six brethren also accompanied me; and we entered into the man's house: [13]and he told us how he had seen the angel standing in his house, and saying, Send to Joppa, and fetch Simon, whose surname is Peter; [14] who shall speak unto thee words, whereby thou shalt be saved, thou and all thy house. [15]And as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell on them, even as on us at the beginning. [16]And I remembered the word of the Lord, how he said, John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized in the Holy Spirit. [17]If then God gave unto them the like gift as [he did] also unto us, when we believed on the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I, that I could withstand God? [18]And when they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then to the Gentiles also hath God granted repentance unto life.

[19]They therefore that were scattered abroad upon the tribulation that arose about Stephen travelled as far as Phoenicia, and Cyprus, and Antioch, speaking the word to none save only to Jews. [20]But there were some of them, men of Cyprus and Cyrene, who, when they were come to Antioch, spake unto the Greeks also, preaching the Lord Jesus. [21]And the hand of the Lord was with them: and a great number that believed turned unto the Lord. [22]And the report concerning them came to the ears of the church which was in Jerusalem: and they sent forth Barnabas as far as Antioch: [23]who, when he was come, and had seen the grace of God, was glad; and he exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord: [24]for he was a good man, and full of the Holy Spirit and of faith: and much people was added unto the Lord. [25] And he went forth to Tarsus to seek for Saul; [26]and when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that even for a whole year they were gathered together with the church, and taught much people, and that the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.

[27]Now in these days there came down prophets from Jerusalem unto Antioch. [28]And there stood up one of them named Agabus, and signified by the Spirit that there should be a great famine over all the world: which came to pass in the days of Claudius. [29]And the disciples, every man according to his ability, determined to send relief unto the brethren that dwelt in Judea: [30]which also they did, sending it to the elders by the hand of Barnabas and Saul.

Chapter 12

[1]Now about that time Herod the king put forth his hands to afflict certain of the church. [2]And he killed James the brother of John with the sword. [3]And when he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to seize Peter also. And [those] were the days of unleavened bread. [4]And when he had taken him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to guard him; intending after the Passover to bring him forth to the people. [5]Peter therefore was kept in the prison: but prayer was made earnestly of the church unto God for him. [6]And when Herod was about to bring him forth, the same night Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains: and guards before the door kept the prison. [7] And behold, an angel of the Lord stood by him, and a light shined in the cell: and he smote Peter on the side, and awoke him, saying, Rise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands. [8]And the angel said unto him, Gird thyself, and bind on thy sandals. And he did so. And he saith unto him, Cast thy garment about thee, and follow me. [9]And he went out, and followed; and he knew not that it was true which was done by the angel, but thought he saw a vision. [10]And when they were past the first and the second guard, they came unto the iron gate that leadeth into the city; which opened to them of its own accord: and they went out, and passed on through one street; and straightway the angel departed from him. [11]And when Peter was come to himself, he said, Now I know of a truth, that the Lord hath sent forth his angel and delivered me out of the hand of Herod, and from all the expectation of the people of the Jews. [12]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 and were praying. [13]And when he knocked at the door of the gate, a maid came to answer, named Rhoda. [14]And when she knew Peter's voice, she opened not the gate for joy, but ran in, and told that Peter stood before the gate. [15]And they said unto her, Thou art mad. But she confidently affirmed that it was even so. And they said, It is his angel. [16]But Peter continued knocking: and when they had opened, they saw him, and were amazed. [17]But he, beckoning unto them with the hand to hold their peace, declared unto them how the Lord had brought him forth out of the prison. And he said, Tell these things unto James, and to the brethren. And he departed, and went to another place. [18] Now as soon as it was day, there was no small stir among the soldiers, what was become of Peter. [19]And when Herod had sought for him, and found him not, he examined the guards, and commanded that they should be put to death. And he went down from Judaea to Caesarea, and tarried there.

[20]Now he was highly displeased with them of Tyre and Sidon: and they came with one accord to him, and, having made Blastus the king's chamberlain their friend, they asked for peace, because their country was fed from the king's country. [21]And upon a set day Herod arrayed himself in royal apparel, and sat on the throne, and made an oration unto them. [22]And the people shouted, [saying], The voice of a god, and not of a man. [23] And immediately an angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost.

[24]But the word of God grew and multiplied. [25] And Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerusalem, when they had fulfilled their ministration, taking with them John whose surname was Mark.

Chapter 13

[1]Now there were at Antioch, in the church that was [there], prophets and teachers, Barnabas, and Symeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen the foster-brother of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. [2]And as they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. [3]Then, when they had fasted and prayed and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.

[4]So they, being sent forth by the Holy Spirit, went down to Seleucia; and from thence they sailed to Cyprus. [5]And when they were at Salamis, they proclaimed the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews: and they had also John as their attendant. [6]And when they had gone through the whole island unto Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was Bar-jesus; [7]who was with the proconsul, Sergius Paulus, a man of understanding. The same called unto him Barnabas and Saul, and sought to hear the word of God. [8]But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation) withstood them, seeking to turn aside the proconsul from the faith. [9]But Saul, who is also [called] Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, fastened his eyes on him, [10]and said, O full of all guile and all villany, thou son of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord? [11]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. [12]Then the proconsul, when he saw what was done, believed, being astonished at the teaching of the Lord.

[13]Now Paul and his company set sail from Paphos, and came to Perga in Pamphylia: and John departed from them and returned to Jerusalem. [14] But they, passing through from Perga, came to Antioch of Pisidia; and they went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and sat down. [15]And after the reading of the law and the prophets the rulers of the synagogue sent unto them, saying, Brethren, if ye have any word of exhortation for the people, say on. [16]And Paul stood up, and beckoning with the hand said, Men of Israel, and ye that fear God, hearken: [17]The God of this people Israel chose our fathers, and exalted the people when they sojourned in the land of Egypt, and with a high arm led he them forth out of it. [18]And for about the time of forty years as a nursing-father bare he them in the wilderness. [19]And when he had destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan, he gave [them] their land for an inheritance, for about four hundred and fifty years: [20]and after these things he gave [them] judges until Samuel the prophet. [21]And afterward they asked for a king: and God gave unto them Saul the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, for the space of forty years. [22]And when he had removed him, he raised up David to be their king; to whom also he bare witness and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My heart, who shall do all My will. [23]Of this man's seed hath God according to promise brought unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus; [24]when John had first preached before his coming the baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel. [25]And as John was fulfilling his course, he said, What suppose ye that I am? I am not [he]. But behold, there cometh one after me the shoes of whose feet I am not worthy to unloose. [26] Brethren, children of the stock of Abraham, and those among you that fear God, to us is the word of this salvation sent forth. [27]For they that dwell in Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they knew him not, nor the voices of the prophets which are read every sabbath, fulfilled [them] by condemning [him]. [28]And though they found no cause of death [in him], yet asked they of Pilate that he should be slain. [29]And when they had fulfilled all things that were written of him, they took him down from the tree, and laid him in a tomb. [30]But God raised him from the dead: [31]and he was seen for many days of them that came up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are now his witnesses unto the people. [32]And we bring you good tidings of the promise made unto the fathers, [33] that God hath fulfilled the same unto our children, in that he raised up Jesus; as also it is written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee. [34]And as concerning that he raised him up from the dead, now no more to return to corruption, he hath spoken on this wise, I will give you the holy and sure [blessings] of David. [35]Because he saith also in another [psalm], Thou wilt not give Thy Holy One to see corruption. [36]For David, after he had in his own generation served the counsel of God, fell asleep, and was laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption: [37]but he whom God raised up saw no corruption. [38]Be it known unto you therefore, brethren, that through this man is proclaimed unto you remission of sins: [39]and by him every one that believeth is justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses. [40]Beware therefore, lest that come upon [you] which is spoken in the prophets: [41]Behold, ye despisers, and wonder, and perish; For I work a work in your days, A work which ye shall in no wise believe, if one declare it unto you. [42]And as they went out, they besought that these words might be spoken to them the next sabbath. [43]Now when the synagogue broke up, many of the Jews and of the devout proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas; who, speaking to them, urged them to continue in the grace of God.

[44]And the next sabbath almost the whole city was gathered together to hear the word of God. [45]But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with jealousy, and contradicted the things which were spoken by Paul, and blasphemed. [46]And Paul and Barnabas spake out boldly, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first be spoken to you. Seeing ye thrust it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles. [47]For so hath the Lord commanded us, [saying], I have set thee for a light of the Gentiles, That thou shouldest be for salvation unto the uttermost part of the earth. [48]And as the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of God: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed. [49]And the word of the Lord was spread abroad throughout all the region. [50]But the Jews urged on the devout women of honorable estate, and the chief men of the city, and stirred up a persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and cast them out of their borders. [51]But they shook off the dust of their feet against them, and came unto Iconium. [52]And the disciples were filled with joy with the Holy Spirit.

Chapter 14

[1]And it came to pass in Iconium that they entered together into the synagogue of the Jews, and so spake that a great multitude both of Jews and of Greeks believed. [2]But the Jews that were disobedient stirred up the souls of the Gentiles, and made them evil affected against the brethren. [3]Long time therefore they tarried [there] speaking boldly in the Lord, who bare witness unto the word of his grace, granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands. [4]But the multitude of the city was divided; and part held with the Jews, and part with the apostles. [5]And when there was made an onset both of the Gentiles and of the Jews with their rulers, to treat them shamefully and to stone them, [6]they became aware of it, and fled unto the cities of Lycaonia, Lystra and Derbe, and the region round about: [7]and there they preached the gospel.

[8]And at Lystra there sat a certain man, impotent in his feet, a cripple from his mother's womb, who never had walked. [9]The same heard Paul speaking, who, fastening eyes upon him, and seeing that he had faith to be made whole, [10]said with a loud voice, Stand upright on thy feet. And he leaped up and walked. [11]And when the multitude saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voice, saying in the speech of Lycaonia, The gods are come down to us in the likeness of men. [12]And they called Barnabas, Jupiter; and Paul, Mercury, because he was the chief speaker. [13]And the priest of Jupiter whose [temple] was before the city, brought oxen and garlands unto the gates, and would have done sacrifice with the multitudes. [14]But when the apostles, Barnabas and Paul, heard of it, they rent their garments, and sprang forth among the multitude, crying out [15]and saying, Sirs, why do ye these things? We also are men of like passions with you, and bring you good tidings, that ye should turn from these vain things unto a living God, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea, and all that in them is: [16]who in the generations gone by suffered all the nations to walk in their own ways. [17]And yet He left not himself without witness, in that he did good and gave you from heaven rains and fruitful seasons, filling your hearts with food and gladness. [18]And with these sayings scarce restrained they the multitudes from doing sacrifice unto them.

[19]But there came Jews thither from Antioch and Iconium: and having persuaded the multitudes, they stoned Paul, and dragged him out of the city, supposing that he was dead. [20]But as the disciples stood round about him, he rose up, and entered into the city: and on the morrow he went forth with Barnabas to Derbe. [21]And when they had preached the gospel to that city, and had made many disciples, they returned to Lystra, and to Iconium, and to Antioch, [22]confirming the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that through many tribulations we must enter into the kingdom of God. [23]And when they had appointed for them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they had believed. [24]And they passed through Pisidia, and came to Pamphylia. [25]And when they had spoken the word in Perga, they went down to Attalia; [26]and thence they sailed to Antioch, from whence they had been committed to the grace of God for the work which they had fulfilled. [27] And when they were come, and had gathered the church together, they rehearsed all things that God had done with them, and that he had opened a door of faith unto the Gentiles. [28]And they tarried no little time with the disciples.