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The apostolic council The Acts. concerning circumcision. out of the city, supposing he hadland disputation with them, they been dead.

determined that Paul and Barna20 Howbeit as the disciples nabas, and certain other of them, stood round about him, he rose should go up to Jerusalem untó up, and came into the city : and the apostles and elders about this the next day he departed with question. Barnabas to Derbe.

3 And being brought on their 21 91 And when they hadpreach-way by the church, they passed ed the gospel to that city, and through Phenice and Samaria, dehad taught many, they returned claring the conversion of the Genagain to Lystra, and to Iconium, tiles : and they caused great joy and to Antioch,

unto all the brethren. 22 Confirming the souls of the 4 And when they were come to disciples, and exhorting them to Jerusalem, they were received of continue in the faith, and that we the church, and of the apostles must through much tribulation and elders, and they declared all enter into the kingdom of God. things that God had done with

23 And when they had ordain-them. ed them elders in every church,!. 5 But there rose up certain of and had prayed with fasting, the; the sect of the Pharisees which commended them to the Lord, on believed, saying, That it was whom they believed.

needful to circumcise them, and 24 And after they had passed to command them to keep the law throughout Pisidia, they came to of Moses. Pamphylia.

6 TAnd the apostles and elders, 25 And when they had preach- came together for to consider of ed the word in Perga, they went this matter. down into Attalia :

7 And, when there had been 26 And thence sailed to Anti- much disputing, Peter rose up, och, from whence they had been and said unto them, Men and recommended to the grace of God, brethren, ye know how that a for the work which they fulfilled. good while ago God made choice

27 And when they were come, among us, that the Gentiles by my and had gathered the church to-mouth should hear the word of gether, they rehearsed all that the gospel, and believe. God had done with them, and 8 And God which knoweth the how he had opened the door of hearts, bare them witness, giving faith unto the Gentiles.

them the Holy Ghost, even as be 28 And there they abode long did unto us; time with the disciples.

9 And put no difference beCHAP. XV. tween us and them, purifying Dissention about circumcision. their hearts by faith.

ND certain men which came 10 Now therefore why tempt

down from Judea, taught ye God, to put a yoke upon the the brethren, and said, Except neck of the disciples, which neiye be circumcised after the man-ther our fathers. nor we were able ner of Moses, ye cannot be saved. to bear?

2 When therefore Paul and 11 But we believe that, through Barnabas had no small dissention the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ,


The apostles' determination Chap. xv. sent to the churches. we shall be saved, even as they. Ichief men among the brethren:

12 | Then all the multitude. 23 And they wrote letters by kept silence, and gave audience to them after this manner: The aBarnabas and Paul, declaring postles, and elders, and brethren, what miracles and wonders God send greeting unto the brethren had wrought among the Gentiles which are of the Gentiles in Antiby them.

och, and Syria, and Cilicia : 13 | And after they had held 24 Forasmuch as

we have their peace, James answered, say- heard that certain which went ing, Men and brethren, hearken out from us have troubled you unto me:

with words, subverting your 14 Simeon hath declared how souls, saying, Ye must be circumGod at the first did visit the Gen- cised, and keep the law: to tiles, to take out of them a people whom we gave no such commandfor his name.

ment: 15 And to this agree the words 25 It seemed good unto us, of the prophets; as it is written, being assembled with one accord,

16 After this I will return, and to send chosen men unto you will build again the tabernacle of with our beloved Barnabas and David, which is fallen down; and Paul. I will build again the ruins there- 26 Men that have hazarded of, and I will set it up:

their lives for the naine of our 17 That the residue of men Lord Jesus Christ. might seek after the Lord, and alll 27 We have sent, therefore, Juthe Gentiles, upon whom my das and Silas, who shall also tell name is called, saith the Lord, you the same things by mouth. who doeth all these things.

28 For it seemed good to the 18 Known unto God are all his Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upworks from the beginning of the on you no greater burden than world.

these necessary things; 19 Wherefore my sentence is, 29 That ye abstain from meats that we trouble not them, which offered to idols, and from blood, from among the Gentiles are turn- and from things strangled, and ed to God:

from fornication: from which if 20 But that we write unto ye keep yourselves, ye shall do them, that they abstain from pol-well. Fare ye well.

. lutions of idols, and from fornica- 30 So, when they were dismistion, and from things strangled, sed, they came to Antioch: and and from blood.

when they had gathered the mul21 For Moses of old time hath titude together, they delivered in every city them that preach the epistle : him, being read in the synagogues 31 Which when they had read, every sabbath day.

they rejoiced for the consolation. 22 Then pleased it the apostles 32 And Judas and Silas, being andelders, with the whole church, prophets also themselves, exhortto send chosen men of their own ed the brethren with many words, company to Antioch with Paul and confirmed them. and Barnabas; namely, Judas 33 And after they had tarried surnamed Barsabas, and Silas, libere a space; they were let go in

Timothy circumcised. The Acts. Lydia converted peace from the brethren unto the Jews which were in those quarapostles.

ters : for they knew all that his 34 Notwithstanding, it pleased father was a Greek. Silas to abide there still.

4 And as they went through the 35 Paul also and Barnabas con- cities, they delivered them the tinued in Antioch, teaching and decrees for to keep, that were preaching the word of the Lord, ordained of the apostles and elders with many others also.

which were at Jerusalem. 36 TAnd some days after, Paul 5 And so were the churches said unto Barnabas, Let us go established in the faith, and inagain and visit our brethren in eve-creased in number daily. ry city where we have preached 6 Now, when they had gone the word of the Lord, and see how throughout Phrygia, and the regithey do.

on of Galatia, and were forbidden 37 And Barnabas determined of the Holy Ghost to preach the to take with them John, whose word in Asia, surname was Mark.

7 After they were come to My38 But Paul thought not good sia, they assayed to go into Bito take him with them, who de- thynia : but the Spirit suffered parted from them from Pamphy-them not. lia, and went not with them to the 8 And they, passing by Mysia, work.

came down to Troas. 39 And the contention was so 9 And a vision appeared to sharp between them, that they Paul in the night: There stood a departed asunder one from the man of Macedonia, and prayed other; and so Barnabas took him, saying, Come over into Mark, and sailed unto Cyprus; Macedonia, and help us.

40 And Paul chose Silas, and 10 And after he had seen the departed, being recommended by vision, immediately we endeathe brethren unto the grace of voured to go into Macedonia, God.

assuredly gathering that the Lord 41 And he went through Syria had called us for to preach the gosa and Cilicia, confirming the pel unto them. churches.

11 Therefore, loosing from TroCHAP. XVI. as, we came with a straight course Paul circumciseth Timothy. to Samothracia, and the next day 'HEN came he to Derbe and to Neapolis ;

Lystra: and, behold, a cer- 12 And from thence to Philiptain disciple was there, named pi, which is the chief city of that Timotheus, the son of a certain part of Macedonia, and a colony: woman, which was a Jewess, and and we were in that city abiding believed; but his father was a certain days. Greek:

13 And on the sabbath, we 2 Which was well reported of went out of thecity by a river side, by the brethren that were at Lys- where prayer was wont to be tra and Iconium.

made; and we sat down, and 3 Him would Paul have to go spake unto the women which reforth with him; and took and cir- sorted thither. cumcised him, because of the 14 T: And a certain woman,


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Paul and Silas imprisoned. Chap. xvi. The jailor converted. named Lydia, a seller of purple, 24 Who, having received such of the city of Thyatira, which a charge, thrust them into the inworshipped God, heard us: whose ner prison, and made their feet heart the Lord opened, that she fast in the stocks. attended unto the things which 25 | And at midnight Paul and were spoken of Paul.

Silas prayed, and sang praises 15 And when she was baptized, unto God : and the prisoners and her houshold, she besought heard them. us, saying, If ye have judged me 26 And suddenly there was a to be faithful to the Lord, come great earthquake, so that the founinto my house, and abide there. dations of the prison were shaken: And she constrained us. and immediately all the door's

16 1 And it came to pass, as were opened, and every one's we went to prayer, a certain dam- bands were loosed. sel, possessed with a spirit of divi- 27 And the keeper of the prison nation, met us, which brought awaking out of his sleep, and seeher masters much gain by sooth-ing the prison doors open, he saying:

drew out his sword, and would 17 The same followed Paul and have killed himself, supposing us, and cried, saying, These men that the prisoners had been fied. are the servants of the most high 28 But Paul cried with a loud God, which shew unto us the voice, saying, Do thyself no way of salvation.

harm; for we are all here. 18 And this did she many days. 29 Then he called for a light, But Paul, being grieved, turned, and sprang in, and çame tremand said to the spirit, I command bling, and fell down before Paul thee in the name of Jesus Christ and Silas; to come out of her. And he camel 30 And brought them out, and out the same hour.

said, Sirs, what must I do to be 19 1 And when her masters saved ? saw that the hope of their gains 31 And they said, Believe on was gone, they caught Paul and the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou Silas, and drew them into the shalt be saved, and thy house. market-place unto the rulers, 32 And they spake unto hiin

20 And brought them to the the word of the Lord, and to all magistrates, saying, These men, that were in his house. being Jews, do exceedingly trou- 33 And he took them the same ble our city,

hour of the night, and washed 21 And teach customs which their stripes; and was baptized, are not lawful for us to receive, he and all his, straightway. neither to observe, being Romans.). 34 And when he had brought

22 And the multitude rose up them into his house, he set meat together against them; and the before them, and rejoiced, believ. magistrates rent off their clothes, ing in God with all his house. and commanded to beat them. 35 | And when it was day, the

23 And when they had laid ma. magistrates sent the sergeants, ny stripes upon them, they cast saying, Let those men go. them into prison, charging the 36 And the keeper of the prijailor to keep them safely: son told this saying to Paul, The Paul preacheth at Thessalonica, The Acts.

and at Berea. magistrates have sent to let youfan uproar, and assaulted the go: now, therefore, depart, and house of Jason, and sought to go in peace.

bring them out to the people. 37 But Paul said unto them, 6 And when they found them They have beaten us openly un- not, they drew Jason, and certain condemned, being Romans, and brethren, unto the rulers of the have cast us into prison; and now city, crying, These that have do they thrust us out privily? nay, turned the world upside down verily; but let them come them- are come hither also; selves and fetch us out.

7 Whom Jason hath received: 38 And the sergeants told these and these all do contrary to the words unto the magistrates: and decrees of Cesar, saying, that they feared when they heard that there is another king, one Jesus. they were Romans.

8 And they troubled the people 39 And they came and besought and the rulers of the city, when them, and brought them out, and they heard these things. desired them to depart out of the 9 And when they had taken secity.

curity of Jason, and of the other, 40 And they went out of the they let them go. prison, and entered into the house 10 1 And the brethren immeof Lydia: and when they had seen diately sent away Paul and Silas the brethren, they comforted by night unto Berea: who com. them, and departed.

ing thither, went into the synaCHẤP. XVII.

gogue of the Jews. Paul preacherb at Thessalonica. 11 These were more noble than

through Amphipolis and A- received the word with all readipollonia, they came to Thessalo- ness of mind, and searched the nica, where was a synagogue of scriptures daily, whether those the Jews:

things were so. 2 And Paul, as his manner was, 12 Therefore many of them went in unto them, and three sab- believed; also of honourable wobath days reasoned with them out men which were Greeks, and of of the scriptures,

men not a few. 3 Opening and alledging that 131 But when the Jews of Christ must needs have suffered, Thessalonica had knowledge that and risen again from the dead, the word of God was preached of and that this Jesus, whom I Paul at Berea, they came thither preach unto you, is Christ. also, and stirred up the people.

4 And some of them believed, 14 And then immediately the and consorted with Paul and Si- brethren sent away Paul, to go las; and of the devout Greeks aas it were to the sea : but Silas great multitude, and of the chief and Timotheus abode there still. women not a few.

15 And they that conducted 5 9 But the Jews which believ- Paul, brought him unto Athens : ed not, moved with envy, took and receiving a commandment unto them certain lewd fellows offunto Silas and Timotheus for to the baser sort, and gathered a come to him with all speed they company, and set all the city on departed.

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