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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 Am
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?"* 31 And they said, "Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt bephipolis and Apollonia, they 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,
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 women 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 these 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.
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
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.)
10 Then the brethren imme-a setter forth of foreign dediately sent away Paul and Si- mons: [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 lonica, because they received doctrine is, of which thou the word with all readiness of speakest? For thou bringest 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.
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, ΤΟ 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 The supreme court at Athens.
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
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 How ever, 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
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 persua sion 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.
a year and six months; teach- | And he sailed from Ephesus. ing the word of God among
12 BUT when Gallio was deputy of Achaia, the Jews rose, with one consent, against Paul, and brought him to the judgment-seat; 13 saying, "This man persuadeth the people to worship God contrary to the Law." 14 And Paul being about to speak, Gallio said to the Jews "If it were a matter of injustice, or of wicked mischief, ye Jews, I might reasonably bear with you; 15 but if it be a question of doctrine, and of names, and of your law, look ye to it yourselves: [for] I will not be judge of such matters." 16 And he removed them from the judgment-seat. 17 Then all [the Greeks] took Sosthenes, the ruler of a synagogue, and beat him before the judgmentseat. But Gallio cared for none of those things.
18 AND Paul, after he had still remained there many days, bade farewel to the brethren, and sailed from thence into Syria, and Priscilla and Aquila with him; having shorn his head at Cenchrea: for he had a vow. 19 And he came to Ephesus, and left them there: and he himself entered into the synagogue, and discoursed to the Jews. 20 And when they desired him to remain with them for a longer time, he consented not; 21 but bade them farewel, and said, "[I must by all means keep the approaching feast, in Jerusalem; but] I will return to you, God willing." 22
And he landed at Cæsarea, and having gone up and saluted the church, he went down to Antioch. 23 And having passed some time there, he departed, and went over all the country of Galatia and Phrygia, in order; strengthening all the disciples.
24 AND a certain Jew, named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, and versed in the scriptures, came to Ephesus. 25 This man was instructed in the doctrine of the Lord: and, being fervent in spirit, he spake and taught exactly the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John: 26 and he began to speak freely in the synagogue. But when Aquila and Priscilla had heard him, they took him to them, and explained to him more accurately the way [of God]. 27 And as he was desirous to pass into Achaia, the brethren exhorted him, and wrote to the disciples to receive him: who, when he had come among them, helped those much that had believed, through the favour bestowed on him. 28 For he earnestly confuted the Jews, and that publicly; proving by the scriptures that Jesus was the Christ.
CH. XIX. 1 AND it came to pass that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul, having passed through the upper parts, came to Ephesus: and having met with some disciples, 2 he said to them, "Have ye received the holy spirit since ye believ
13 Then some of the Jews who went about as exorcists, took upon them to call, over those that had evil spirits, the name of the Lord Jesus, saying,
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." 3 And he said [to them,]"Into what then were ye baptized?" And they said, "Into John's baptism." 4 Then Paul said, "John baptized with the bap-"I adjure you, by Jesus, whom tism of reformation; saying to the people, that they should believe in him who was to come after him, that is, in Jesus." 5 And having heard this, they were baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus. 6 And Paul having put his hands upon them, the holy spirit came on them; and they spake in different languages, and prophesied. 7 Now all the men were about twelve.
8 NOW Paul spake freely in the synagogue, for three months, reasoning and recommending the things concerning the kingdom of God. 9 But as some were hardened, and would not believe, but spake evil of the way before the multitude, he withdrew from them, and separated the disciples; discoursing daily in the school of one Tyrannus. 10 And this he continued to do for the space of two years; so that all those who dwelt in Asia heard the word of the Lord, both Jews and Greeks.
11 And God wrought no common miracles by the hands of Paul: 12 so that, from his body, even handkerchiefs or aprons* were brought to the sick; and the diseases departed
Paul preacheth." 14 And there were seven sons of one Sceva à Jew, and a chief of the priests, who did so. 15 And the evil spirit answering, said, "Jesus I know, and I have some knowledge of Paul: but who are ye?" 16 And the man, in whom the evil spirit was, leaped on them, [and] overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded. 17 And this was known to all, both Jews and Greeks, dwelling at Ephesus: and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified. 18 And many who believed came, confessing and declaring their deeds. 19 Many of those also who had used magical arts, brought their books together, and burned them in the sight of all; and the value of them was computed, and found to be fifty thousand pieces of silver, 20 So mightily did the word of God grow and prevail.
21 NOW after these things were ended, Paul purposed in his mind, after passing through Macedonia and Achaia, to go to Jerusalem, saying, "After I have been there, I must also 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. p. 45.