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for we are all here.” 29 Then and desired them to depart from the geoler calling for lights, the city. 40 And they went out sprang in, and being in a tre- of the prison, and entered into mor, fell down before Paul and the house of Lydia : and, having Silas ; 30 and bringing them seen the brethren, they comout, said, “ Sirs, what must I forted them, and departed. do to be safe ?"* 31 And they Ch. XVII. 1 NOW when said, “ Believe in the Lord Je- they had passed through Am. sus Christ, and thou shalt be! phipolis and Apollonia, they safe, and thine household.” 32 came to Thessalonica, where And they spake to him the was a synagogue of the Jews. wurd of the Lord, and to all 2 And Paul, as his custom was, that were in his house. 33 And went in among them, and for he took them, in that hour of three sabbaths, discoursed to the night, and washed their them out of the scriptures; 3 stripes; and was immediately explaining, and proving therebaptized, he and all his house-by, that the Christ must needs hold. 34 And having brought have suffered, and have risen them into his house, he set food from the dead; and that “this before them, and greatly re- | Jesus, whom I announce to you, joiced with all his household, is the Christ.” 4 And some of believing in God.
them believed, and joined them. 35 And when it was day, the selves to Paul and Silas ; and a magistrates sent the officers, great multitude of the devout saying, “ Let those men go." Greeks, and of the chief wo36 Then the gaoler told these men not a few. 5 But the Jews words to Paul, “ The magis collecting some ill-disposed trates have sent to let you go; men of the lowest class, raised a now therefore depart, and go mob, and set the city in an up. in peace.” 37 But Paul said to roar, and assaulted the house them, “ They have beaten us of Jason, and sought after Paul publicly, uncondemned, who and Silas, that they might bring are Roman citizens, and have them out to the people. 6 And cast us into prison; and now do not finding them, they dragged they send us away privately? | Jason, and some of the brethren, No, truly : but let them come to the rulers of the city, crying themselves and bring us out.” out, “ They that have disturba 38 And the officers told these ed the world, are come hither words to the magistrates; who also ; 7 whom Jason hath receiv. feared when they heard that ed: and all these act contrary the men were Roman citizens. to the decrees of Cesar, saying 39 So they came and besought | that there is another king, one them, and brought them out, 1 Jesus.” 8 So they alarmed the
Mr. Wakefield explains it, to avoid punishment for wbat 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 these writings."
multitude, and the rulers of certain philosophers of the Epi. the city, who heard these things. cureans, and of the Stoics, en. 9 And having taken security of countered him. And some said, Jason, and of some others, they “ What will this babbler say ?" let them go.
and others, “ He seemeth to be 10 Then the brethren imme- a setter forth of foreign dediately sent away Paul and Simons : [because he preached to las, by night, to Berea: who, them the glad tidings of Jesus, having arrived, went into the and of the resurrection). 19 And synagogue of the Jews. 11 And they took him, and brought these were of a better dis- him to the Areopagus,* saying, position than those in Thessa-“ May we know what this new Ionica, because they received doctrine is, of which thou the word with all readiness of speakest ? For thou bringest mind, searching the scriptures certain strange things to our daily, to see whether these things ears: we desire therefore to were so. 12 Wherefore many know what these tings mean." of them believed ; and of Greek 21 (Now all the Athenians, women of rank, and of men, and the foreigners, who dwelt not a few. 13 But when the among them, employed their Jews of Thessalonica knew that leisure in nothing else, but the word of God was preached either in telling or hearing by Paul at Berea, they came some new thing.) thither also, stirring up the mul- i 22 Then Paul stood in the titudes. 14 And then the bre- midst of the Areopagus, and thren immediately sent away said, “ Men of Athens, I per. Paul, to go towards the sea: but ceive you are exceedingly ad. Silas and Timothy remained dicted to the worship of demons. there still. 15 And those who 23 For as I passed by, and beconducted Paul brought (him] held the objects of your devoto Athens : and having received tion, I found also an altar with a commandment to Silas and this inscription, "TO AN UNTimothy, that they should come KNOWN GOD.' Whom therefore to him with all speed, they de- ye ignorantly worship, him I parted.
announce to you. 24 The God 16 NOW while Paul waited | who made the world, and all for them at Athens, his spirit things therein, he, being Lord within him was greatly troubled, of heaven and earth, dwelleth on beholding the city full of not in temples made with idols. 17 He discoursed there-hands; 25 nor is he served by fore, in the synagogue with the the hands of men, as if he needJews, and with other devouted any thing; since he giveth persons; and in the market to all, life, and breath, and all place daily with such as pre-things; 26 and hath made of sented themselves. 18 Then I one (blood] the whole nation
• The supreme court at Athens.
of men, to dwell on all the Jew, named Aquila, born in face of the earth, and hath de- Pontus, lately come from Italy, termined their appointed times, with his wife Priscilla, (in conand the bounds of their habita-sequence of Claudius having tion ; 27 that they might seek commanded all the Jews to deGod, if perhaps they might part from Rome,) and he went search him out and find him; to them: 3 and because he was though he be not far from every of the same occupation, he one of us : 28 for through him abode with them, and worked : we live, and move, and have [for by occupation, they were our being; as also some of your tent-makers.*] 4 And he dis. own Fpoets have said ; . For coursed in the synagogue on we are even his offspring. 29 every sabbath; and used persuaWherefore, being the offspring sion to Jews and Greeks. of God, we ought not to ima- 5 And when Silas and Ti. gine the Deity to be like gold, mothy were come from Maceor silver, or stone, the engraving donia, Paul was employed, with of man's art and device 30 How them, in the word, testifying to ever, the times of this ignorance the Jews that Jesus was the God hath overlooked; but now Christ. 6 And when they opcommandeth all men, in all posed themselves, and spake places, to reform : 31 because evil, he shook his raiment, and he hath appointed a day, in said to them, “ Your blood is which he will judge the world | upon your own heads; I am in righteousness, by a man pure: henceforth I will go to whom he hath appointed ; of the gentiles.” 7 And he went which he hath given a proof to thence, and entered into the all, in that he hath raised him house of a certain man named from the dead." 32 And when Justus, a Greek who worshipped they heard of the resurrection God, whose house was adjoinof the dead, some scoffed : and ing to the synagogue. 8 Now others said, “We will hear thee Crispus, the ruler of the synaagain concerning this subject." gogue, believed in the Lord 33 And then Paul departed from with all his house : and many among them. 34 However, some of the Corinthians, on hearing, men joined themselves to him, believed, and were baptized. among whom also was Diony- 9 Then the Lord spake to sius the Areopagite, and a wo- Paul, by a vision in the night, man named Damaris, and others saying, “ Fear not, but speak, with them.
and be not silent: 10 for I am Ch. XVIII. 1 NOW after with thee; and no one shall these things, Paul departed from lay hands on thee to hurt thee: Athens, and came to Corinth. for I have many people in this 2 And he met with a certain city.” 11 And he dwelt there
* Or, makers of mechanical instruments. See Marshes Michaelis, vol. iv. p. 184.
a year and six months ; teach- | And he sailed from Ephesus. ing the word of God among And he landed at Cæsarea, and them.
having gone up and saluted 12 But when Gallio was de the church, he went down to puty of Achaia, the Jews rose, Antioch. 23 And having passed with one consent, against Paul, some time there, he departed, and brought him to the judg- and went over all the country ment-seat; 13 saying, “This man of Galatia and Phrygia, in persuadeth the people to wor order; strengthening all the ship God contrary to the Law.” disciples. 14 And Paul being about to 24 And a certain Jew, named speak, Gallio said to the Jews | Apollos, born at Alexandria, “ If it were a matter of injus- | an eloquent man, and versed tice, or of wicked mischief, ye in the scriptures, came to Jews, I might reasonably bear Ephesus. 25 This man was inwith you ; 15 but if it be a structed in the doctrine of the question of doctrine, and of Lord: and, being fervent in names, and of your law, look ye spirit, he spake and taught to it yourselves : [for] I will exactly the things of the Lord, not be judge of such matters.” knowing only the baptism of 16 And he removed them from John: 26 and he began to speak the judgment-seat. 17 Then all freely in the synagogue. But [the Greeks) took Sosthenes, when Aquila and Priscilla had the ruler of a synagogue, and heard him, they took him to beat him before the judgmento them, and explained to him seat. But Gallio cared for none more accurately the way of of those things.
God]. 27 And as he was de18 And l'aul, after he had sirous to pass into Achaia, the still remained there many days, | brethren exhorted him, and bade farewel to the brethren, wrote to the disciples to receive and sailed from thence into him : who, when he had come Syria, and Priscilla and Aquila among them, helped those much with him; having shorn his that had believed, through the head at Cenchirea : for he had favour bestowed on him. 28 For a vow. 19 And he came to he earnestly confuted the Jews, Ephesus, and left them there :/ and that publicly ; proving by and he himself entered into the scriptures that Jesus was the synagogue, and discoursed the Christ. to the Jews. 20 And when they Ch. XIX. 1 And it came to desired him to remain with pass that, while Apollos was at them for a longer time, he con- Corinth, Paul, having passed sented not; 21 but bade them through the upper parts, came farewel, and said, “[I must by to Ephesus: and having met all means keep the approaching with some disciples, 2 he said feast, in Jerusalem ; but] I will to them, “ Have ye received return to you, God willing." 22 the holy spirit since ye belier
ed ?" And they [said] to him, from them, and the evil spirits " We have not even heard were expelled. whether there be a holy spirit.” 13 Then some of the Jews 3 And he said (to them, “Into who went about as exorcists, what then were ye baptized ?" took upon them to call, over And they said, “ Into John's those that had evil spirits, the baptism." 4 Then Paul said, name of the Lord Jesus, saying, 6 John baptized with the bap- “ I adjure you, by Jesus, whom tism of reformation ; saying to Paul preacheth.” 14 And there the people, that they should were seven sons of one Sceva a believe in him who was to come Jew, and a chief of the priests, after him, that is, in Jesus.” 5 who did so. 15 And the evil And having heard this, they spirit answering, said, “ Jesus were baptized into the name of | I know, and I have some knowthe Lord Jesus. 6 And Paul ledge of Paul: but who are ye?” having put his hands upon 16 And the man, in whom the them, the holy spirit came on evil spirit was, leaped on them, them; and they spake in differ. [and overcame them, and preent languages, and prophesied. vailed against them, so that 7 Now all the men were about they fed out of that house twelve.
naked and wounded. 17 And 8 NOW Paul spake freely this was known to all, both in the synagogue, for three Jews and Greeks, dwelling at months, reasoning and recom- Ephesus: and fear fell on them mending the things concerning all, and the name of the Lord the kingdom of God. 9 But as Jesus was magnified. 18 And some were hardened, and would many who believed came, connot believe, but spake evil of fessing and declaring their the way before the multitude, deeds. 19 Many of those also he withdrew from them, and who had used magical arts, separated the disciples ; dis- brought their books together, coursing daily in the school of and burned them in the sight of one Tyrannus. 10 And this he all; and the value of them was continued to do for the space of computed, and found to be fifty two years; so that all those who thousand pieces of silver. 20 So dwelt in Asia heard the word mightily did the word of God of the Lord, both Jews and grow and prevail. Greeks.
21 NOW after these things 11 And God wrought no were ended, Paul purposed in common miracles by the hands his mind, after passing through of Paul: 12 so that, from his Macedonia and Achaia, to go body, even handkerchiefs or to Jerusalem, saying, “ After I aprons* were brought to the have been there, I must also sick; and the diseases departed I see Rome.” 22 So he sent into
* The original words are from the Latin sudaria and semicinctia; and, from the use of these words, Mr. Evanson infers that this sentence is spurious. Disson. pe 45.