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same things in words also. 28 For it hath seemed good to the holy spirit and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than [these] necessary things; 29 that ye abstain from things offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which, if ye keep yourselves, ye will do well. Fare ye well.” 30 So, being dismissed, they went to Antioch : and, when they had gathered the multitude together, they delivered the epistle: 31 which, being read, they rejoiced at this comfort. 32 And Judas and Silas, being themselves also prophets, comforted the brethren with many words, and strengthened them. 33 And after they had remained there for some time, they were dismissed with wishes of peace by the brethren, to those who sent them. 34 [.Wotavithstanding, it fileased Silas to continue there still.] 35 But Paul and Barnabas abode in Antioch, teaching and preaching, with many others, the glad tidings of the word of the Lord. 36 AND after some days, Paul said to 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 are.” 37 Then Barnabas advised to take with them John, whose surname was Mark. 38 But Paul thought it not proper to take with them, him who had departed from them in Pamphylia, and had not gone with them to the work. 39 There was therefore

a sharp dispute, so that they separated from each other; and Barnabas took Mark, and sailed to Cyprus. 40 But Paul chose Silas, and departed; having been recommended by the brethren to the favour of God. 41 And he went through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches. CH. XVI. 1 Then he came to Derbè and Lystra. And behold, a certain disciple was there, named Timothy, (the son of a believing Jewess, but his father was a Greek:) 2 who was well reported of by the brethren at Lystra and Iconium. 3 Paul was desirous that this man should go forth with him; and he took and circumcised him, because of the Jews that were in those parts: for they all knew that his father was a Greek. 4 And as they went through the cities, they delivered to them for their observance the ordinances which had been made by the apostles and elders . at Jerusalem. 5 The churches therefore were becoming confirmed in the faith, and increasing in number every day. 6 Now when they had gone through Phrygia, and the country of Galatia, and were forbidden by the holy spirit to preach the word in Asia; 7 after they came to Mysia, they attempted to go into Bithynia: but the spirit of Jesus would not permit them. 8 So when they had passed by Mysia, they came down to Troas. 9 And a vision appeared to Paul in the night: a man of Macedonia stood and be

sought him, saying, “ Come over into Macedonia, and help us.” 10 And after he had seen the vision, we immediately endeavoured to go into Macedonia; concluding that the Lord had called us to preach the gospel to them. 11 WE loosed therefore from Troas, and came with a straight course to Samothracia, and the next day to Neapolis; 12 and thence to Philippi, which is a chief city [of that part] of Macedonia, and a colony. And we abode in that city some days. 13 And on the sabbath day we went out of the city by a river, where prayer was accustomed to be made: and we sat down, and spake to the women who resorted thither. 14 And a certain woman heard us, named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, a Greek who worshipped God: whose heart the Lord opened, so that she attended to the things which were spoken by Paul. 15 And when she had been baptized, and her household, she besought ws, saying, “If ye judge me to be faithful to the Iord, come into my house, and remain there.” And she constrained us. 16 And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, that a certain damsel, having a spirit of divination, met us; who brought her masters much gain by divining. 17 She followed Paul and us, and cried out, saying, * These men are the servants of the most high God, who declare to us the way of salvation.” 18 And she did this for 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 it came out that instant. 19 And when her masters saw that the hope of their gain was gone, they seized Paul and Silas, and dragged them into the market-place, to the rulers. 20 And when they had brought them to the magistrates, they said, “These men, being Jews, greatly trouble our city; 21 and teach customs which it is not lawful for us to receive, or observe, being Romans.” 22 And the multitude rose up together against them : and the magistrates tore off their clothes, and commanded to beat them with rods. 23 And having laid many stripes on them, they cast them into prison, and charged the gaoler to keep them safely : 24 who, having received such a charge, cast them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks. 25 And at midnight, Paul and Silas prayed,and sang praises to God : and the prisoners heard them. 26 And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened, and the bands of all were loosed. 27 And the gaoler awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison-doors open, drew out his sword, and was about to kill himself, supposing that the prisoners had escaped. 28 But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, “Do thyself no harm;

for we are all here.” 29 Then the gaoler calling for lights, sprang in, and being in a tremor, fell down before Paul and Silas; 30 and bringing them out, said, “Sirs, what must I do to be safe 2''” 31 And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be safe, and thine household.” 32 And they spake to him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house. 33 And he took them, in that hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was immediately baptized, he and all his household. 34 And having brought them into his house, he set food before them, and greatly rejoiced with all his household, believing in God. 35 And when it was day, the magistrates sent the officers, saying, “Let those men go.” 36 Then the gaoler told these words to Paul, “The magistrates have sent to let you go ; now therefore depart, and go in peace.” 37 But Paul said to them, “ They have beaten us publicly, uncondemned, who are Roman citizens, and have cast us into prison; and now do they send us away privately : No, truly : but let them come themselves and bring us out.” 38 And the officers told these words to the magistrates; who feared when they heard that the men were Roman citizens. 39 So they came and besought them, and brought them out,

and desired them to depart from the city. 40 And they went out of the prison, and entered into the house of Lydia ; and, having seen the brethren, they comforted them, and departed. CH. XVII. 1 NOW when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where was a synagogue of the Jews. 2 And Paul, as his custom was, went in among them, and for three sabbaths, discoursed to them out of the scriptures; 3 explaining, and proving thereby, that the Christ must needs have suffered, and have risen from the dead; and that “this Jesus, whom I announce to you, is the Christ.” 4 And some of them believed, and joined themselves to Paul and Silas; and a great multitude of the devout Greeks, and of the chief wo. men not a few. 5 But the Jews collecting some ill-disposed men of the lowest class, raised a mob, and set the city in an uproar, and assaulted the house of Jason, and sought after Paul and Silas, that they might bring them out to the people. 6 And not finding them, they dragged Jason, and some of the brethren, to the rulers of the city, crying out, “They that have disturbed the world, are come hither also ; 7 whom Jason hath received: and all these act contrary to the decrees of Cesar, saying that there is another king, one Jesus.” 8 So they alarmed the

• Mr. Wakefield explains it, to avoid punishment for what hath befallen the prisoners and the prison. This, he adds, “is beyond all doubt the sense of the passage; though Paul, in his

reply, uses the words in a more extensive signification: a practice common in

ese writings.”

multitude, and the rulers of the city, who heard these things. 9 And having taken security of Jason, and of some others, they let them go. 10 Then the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas, by night, to Berea: who, having arrived, went into the synagogue of the Jews. 11 And these were of a better disposition than those in Thessalonica, because they received the word with all readiness of mind, searching the scriptures daily, to see whether these things were so. 12 Wherefore many of them believed ; and of Greek women of rank, and of men, not a few. 13 But when the Jews of Thessalonica knew that the word of God was preached by Paul at Berea, they came thither also, stirring up the multitudes. 14 And then the brethren immediately sent away Paul, to go towards the sea; but Silas and Timothy remained there still. 15 And those who conducted Paul brought [him] to Athens : and having received a commandment to Silas and Timothy, that they should come to him with all speed, they departed. 16 NOW while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit within him was greatly troubled, on beholding the city full of idols. 17. He discoursed therefore, in the synagogue with the Jews, and with other devout persons; and in the marketplace daily with such as presented themselves. 18 Then

certain philosophers of the Epicureans, and of the Stoics, encountered him. And some said, “What will this babbler say and others, “He seemeth to be a setter forth of foreign demons : [because he preached to them the glad tidings of Jesus, and of the resurrection]. 19 And they took him, and brought him to the Areopagus," saying, “May we know what this new doctrine is, of which thou speakest ? For thou bringest certain strange things to our ears: we desire therefore to know what these things mean.” 21 (Now all the Athenians, and the foreigners, who dwelt among them, employed their leisure in nothing else, but either in telling or hearing some new thing.) 22 Then Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus, and said, “Men of Athens, I perceive you are exceedingly addicted to the worship of demons. 23 For as I passed by, and beheld the objects of your devotion, I found also an altar with this inscription, “To AN UNKNowN GoD.’ Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him I announce to you. 24 The God who made the world, and all things therein, he, being Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; 25 nor is he served by the hands of men, as if he needed any thing; since he giveth to all, life, and breath, and all things; 26 and hath made of one [blood] the whole nation of men, to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined their appointed times, and the bounds of their habitation; 27 that they might seek God, if perhaps they might search him out and find him; though he be not far from every one of us: 28 for through him we live, and move, and have our being ; as also some of your own [poets.] have said: “For we are even his offspring.” 29 Wherefore, being the offspring of God, we ought not to imagine the Deity to be like gold, or silver, or stone, the engraving of man’s art and device 30 However, the times of this ignorance God hath overlooked; but now commandeth all men, in all places, to reform : 31 because he hath appointed a day, in which he will judge the world in righteousness, by a man whom he hath appointed ; of which he hath given a proof to all, in that he hath raised him from the dead.” 32 And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some scoffed : and others said, “We will hear thee again concerning this subject.” 33 And then Paul departed from among them. 34 However, some men joined themselves to him, among whom also was Dionysius the Areopagite, and a woman named Damaris, and others with them. CH. XVIII. 1 NOW after these things, Paul departed from Athens, and came to Corinth. 2 And he met with a certain

* The supreme court at Athens.

Jew, named Aquila, born in Pontus, lately come from Italy, with his wife Priscilla, (in consequence of Claudius having commanded all the Jews to depart from Rome,) and he went to them : 3 and because he was of the same occupation, he abode with them, and worked : [for by occupation, they were tent-makers.”] 4 And he discoursed in the synagogue on every sabbath; and used persuasion to Jews and Greeks. 5 And when Silas and Timothy were come from Macedonia, Paul was employed, with them, in the word, testifying to the Jews that Jesus was the Christ, 6 And when they opposed themselves, and spake evil, he shook his raiment, and said to them, “Your blood is upon your own heads ; I am pure: henceforth I will go to the gentiles.” 7 And he went thence, and entered into the house of a certain man named Justus, a Greek who worshipped God, whose house was adjoining to the synagogue. 8 Now Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue, believed in the Lord with all his house : and many of the Corinthians, on hearing, believed, and were baptized. 9 Then the Lord spake to Paul, by a vision in the night, saying, “Fear not, but speak, and be not silent: 10 for I am with thee; and no one shall lay hands on thee to hurt thee: for I have many people in this city.” 11 And he dwelt there

* Or, makers of mechanical instruments. See Marshes Michaelis, vol. iv. p. 184.

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