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ed.* 49 And the word of the a man who had no use of his

Lord was published throughout all the country. 50 But the Jews stirred up the gentile women of rank, who worshipped God, and the chief men of the city, and raised a persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and drove them out of their borders. 51 But they shook off the dust of their feet against them, and came to Iconium. 52 And the disciples were filled with joy, and with a holy spirit.

feet, being lame from his birth, and who had never walked: 9 this man heard Paul speaking: who, having stedfastly looked on him, and perceiving that he had faith to be restored, 10 said with a loud voice, "Stand upright, on thy feet." And he leaped and walked. 11 And the multitude seeing what Paul had done, lifted up their voices, in the Lycaonian dialect, saying, "The gods are come down to us in the likeness of men.”

CH. XIV. 1 AND it came to pass, in Iconium, that they went 12 And they called Barnabas, both together in the synagogue Jupiter; and Paul, Mercury, of the Jews, and so spake that because he was the chief speaka great multitude, both of Jews er. 13 Then the priest of Juand of Greeks, believed. 2 (But piter, whose temple was before the unbelieving Jews stirred up their city, brought bulls and and disaffected the minds of garlands to the gates, and, tothe gentiles against the breth-gether with the multitudes, ren.) 3 They however, staid would have offered sacrifice. there a considerable time,speak- 14 But the apostles, Barnaing freely concerning the Lord, bas and Paul, hearing of it, who gave testimony to his gra- rent their clothes, and rushed cious word, and granted that in among the multitudes, crysigns and wonders should be ing out, 15 and saying, "Men, done by their hands. 4 But the why do ye these things? We multitude of the city was divid- also are men of like infirmities ed and part held with the with yourselves, and proclaim Jews, and part with the apostles. to you glad tidings, that ye 5 And when there was a de- should turn from these vanities sign, both of the gentiles, and to the living God; who made of the Jews and their rulers, to heaven, and earth, and the sea, assault and stone them, 6 they, and all things in them: 16 who, having intelligence of it, fled to in the past generations, sufferthe cities of Lycaonia, to Ly-ed all the nations to walk in stra and Derbè, and the region around; 7 and proclaimed there the glad tidings.


8 NOW at Lystra there sat]

their own ways. 17 Nevertheless, he left not himself without witness; doing good, giving [you] rain from heaven and

Another import of the words is, As many of the gentiles believed, as were inwardly dispos ed to receive the doctrine of aionian life; i. e. as had an orderly and well-prepared mind for that purpose; as had disposed themselves to it.' Or, as many as were disposed, believed to aionian life.' See 1 Tim. i. 16.

fruitful seasons, and filling your hearts with food and gladness." 18 And by saying this, they with difficulty restrained the multitudes from offering sacrifice to them.

19 But certain Jews came thither from Antioch and Iconium; who gained over the multitudes, and having stoned Paul, dragged him out of the city, supposing him to be dead. 20 However, the disciples having surrounded him, he rose up, and entered into the city.

by them; and how he had opened the door of faith to the gentiles. 28 And they resided there with the disciples, a considerable time.

CH. XV. 1 NOW certain persons who had come down from Judea, were teaching the brethren, saying, "Unless ye be circumcised according to the custom taught by Moses, ye cannot be saved." 2 Paul and Barnabas, therefore, having much dissention [and dispute] with them, the brethren deterAND on the morrow, he and mined that Paul and Barnabas, Barnabas departed to Derbè. and some others of them, should 21 And when they had preach-go up to the apostles and elders ed the gospel to that city, and at Jerusalem, concerning this had made many disciples, they question. 3 And, having been returned to Lystra, and Ico- conducted on their way by the nium, and Antioch; 22 strength-church, they passed through ening the minds of the disci- Phenicia and Samaria, declarples, and exhorting them to ing the conversion of the gencontinue in the faith; and say-tiles; and caused great joy to ing that we must enter into the all the brethren. 4 And having kingdom of God through many come to Jerusalem, they were afflictions. 23 And having ap-received by the church, and by pointed to them elders in every the apostles, and the elders; church, they prayed with fast-and they related what God had ing, and commended them to the Lord, on whom they had believed. 24 And after they had passed through Pisidia, they came to Pamphylia. 25 And having preached the word at Perga, they went down into Attalia: 26 and from thence 6 THEN the apostles and the they sailed to Antioch, whence elders came together, to consithey had been recommended to der of this matter. 7 But much the favour of God for the work debate having arisen, Peter which they had fulfilled. 27 rose up, and said to them, Having arrived, and gathered" Men, brethren, ye know that together the church, they re- in former days God made lated what things God had done choice among us, that the gen

done by them. 5 But that some of the sect of the Pharisees, who believed, had risen up, saying, "It is necessary to circumcise them,* and to command them to keep the law of Moses."

* The gentiles.

the gentiles turn to God; 20 but write to them, that they abstain from the polluted offerings to idols, and from fornication,* [and from things strangled] and from blood. 21 For from ancient generationsMoses, in every city, hath those who preach him; being read in the synagogues on every sabbath.”

tiles by my mouth should hear | my judgment is, that we disthe word of the gospel, and quiet not those who from among should believe. 8 And God, who knoweth the heart, bare them witness, and gave to them the holy spirit, even as to us; 9 and made no difference between us and them, having purified their hearts through faith. 10 Now therefore why do ye try God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? 11 But we believe that we shall be saved through the favour of the Lord Jesus, in like manner as they also."

12 Then all the multitude kept silence, and hearkened to Barnabas and Paul, while they related what miracles and wonders God had wrought among the gentiles by them.

22 THEN it seemed good to the apostles and the elders, and the whole church, to choose men from amongst themselves, and send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas; namely, Judas surnamed Barsabas, and Silas, leading men among the brethren: 23 having written a letter by them to this effect: "The apostles and the elders, [and the] brethren, send greeting to the brethren who are of the gentiles in Antioch, and Syria, and Cilicia. 24 Whereas we have heard, that some who went out from us, have troubled you with words, unsettling your minds, [saying that ye must be circumcised and keep the law ;] to whom we gave no such instruction: 25 it hath seemed good to us, being assembled with one mind, to choose men and send them to you, together with our beloved Barnabas and Paul, 26 men who have hazarded their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. 27 We have therefore sent Judas and 19 Wherefore Silas; who will tell you the

13 And when they were silent, James spake, saying, "Men, brethren, hearken to me. 14 Simon Peter* hath declared how God first regarded the gentiles, to take out of them a people [for] his name. 15 And to this the words of the prophets agree; as it is written, 16 'After these things I will again build up the fallen tabernacle of David; and I will build up its ruins, and will restore it: 17 that the residue of men may seek after the Lord, and all the nations over which my name is called, 18 saith the Lord, who doth the things known to him from the age.

* Gr. Simeon.



ogrelas s. xoigelas swine's flesh; instead of zogveias fornication: so also, in ver. 29. See Griesbach, note.

same things in words also. 28 | a sharp dispute, so that they For it hath seemed good to the separated from each other; and holy spirit and to us, to lay Barnabas took Mark, and sailupon you no greater burdened to Cyprus. 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."

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 deliver. ed 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 increas

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 [Notwithstanding, it pleased 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, Pauling in number every day. 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

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 days. But Paul being grieved,

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 us, saying, "If ye judge me to be faithful to the Lord, 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

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 ;

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