Acts of the Apostles
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The first account I made, Theophilus, about all that YEHOSHUA began to do and teach,
2 until the day when He was taken up, after He, through The Holy Spirit, gave orders to the apostles whom He had chosen.
3 To whom also He presented Himself alive, after His passion, by many infallible proofs, appearing to them over a period of forty days, and speaking of the things concerning the kingdom of Elohim.
4 And gathering them together, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to await the promise of the Father, “Which,” He said, “you heard of from Me;
5 for Yehanan baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with The Holy Spirit not many days from now.”
6 And so when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Master, is it at this time You will restore the kingdom to Israel?”
7 And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons, which the Father has fixed by His own authority;
8 but you shall receive power after The Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Yehudah and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”
9 And after He had said these things, He was lifted up while they were looking on, and a cloud received Him out of their sight.
10 And while they looked intently toward the sky, while He was departing, behold, two men in white clothing stood beside them;
11 and they also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing into the sky? This YEHOSHUA, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven.”
12 Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey away.
13 And when they had come in, they went up to the upper room, where dwelled Peter, and James, and Yehochanan (John), and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas the son of James.
14 These all continued with one accord in devoting themselves to prayer, along with the women, and Mary the mother of YEHOSHUA, and with His brothers.
15 And at this time Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples (the number of names together was about one hundred and twenty), and said,
16 “Brethren, the Scripture had to be fulfilled, which The Holy Spirit, by the mouth of David spoke, concerning Judas, who became a guide to those who took YEHOSHUA.
17 For he was numbered among us, and obtained his portion in this ministry.”
18 (Now this man purchased a field with the price of his iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst open in the middle, and all his bowels gushed out.
19 And it became known to all who dwelled in Jerusalem; so that in their own language that field was called Aceldama, which is, The Field of Blood.)
20 “For it is written in the book of Psalms, ‘Let his habitation be desolate, and let none dwell in his tents;’ and, ‘Let another take his office.’ 1
21 Therefore of these men who have accompanied us all the time that Master YEHOSHUA went in and out among us,
22 beginning from the baptism of Yehanan, unto the day that He was taken up from us, one of these must be ordained as a witness with us of His resurrection.”
23 And they appointed two: Joseph called Barsabbas, who was also called Justus, and Matthias.
24 And they prayed, and said, “Thou, Master, who knows the hearts of all men, show which one of these two You have chosen,
25 that He may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas, by transgression fell, the he might go to his own place.”
26 And they drew lots, and the lot fell to Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.
And when the day of Pentecost had come, they were all with one accord in one place.
2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.
3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues, like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
4 And they were all filled with The Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as The Spirit gave them utterance.
5 Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem, Yehudi, devout men, from every nation under heaven.
6 And when this noise occurred, the multitude came together, and was confounded, because they were each one hearing them speak in their own language.
7 And they were amazed and marveled, saying, “Behold, are not all these who are speaking Galileans?
8 And how is it that we each hear them in our own language, to which we were born?
9 Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers of Mesopotamia, and Yehudah, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia,
10 and Phrygia, and Pamphylia, Egypt, and the districts of Libya around Cyrene, and strangers from Rome, both Yehudi and proselytes,
11 and Cretes, and Arabians; we hear them speak in our own languages, speaking of the wonderful works of Elohim.”
12 And they were all amazed, and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?”
13 But others were mocking, saying, “They are full of sweet wine.”
14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, raised his voice and said unto them: “People of Yehudah, and all you who dwell in Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and give heed to my words.
15 For these are not drunk, as you suppose, seeing it is only the third hour of the day;
16 but this is what was spoken of through the prophet Yehel:
17 ‘And it will come to pass after this,’ Elohim says, ‘That I will pour out My Spirit upon all mankind; and your sons and daughters will prophesy, your aged will dream dreams and your children and youth will see visions.
18 Even upon the servants and handmaids will I pour out My Spirit in those days.
19 And I will show wonders in the sky and on the earth; blood, fire and pillars of smoke.
20 The sun will be turned into darkness and the moon into blood before the great and fearful day of YEHOWAH comes.
21 And it will come to pass that whoever calls upon the name of YEHOWAH will be delivered.’ 2
22 People of Israel, hear these words: YEHOSHUA the Nazarene, a Man approved among you by Elohim with miracles, and wonders, and signs, which Elohim performed through Him in your midst, as you yourselves know;
23 Him, being delivered up by the predetermined purpose and foreknowledge of Elohim, you have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain.
24 Whom Elohim has raised up, having put an end to the agony of death, because it was not possible that He could be held in its power.
25 For David speaks concerning Him, ‘I have set YEHOWAH continually before me; because He is at my right hand, I will not be moved.
26 Therefore, my heart is glad and my glory rejoices; my flesh also shall rest securely.
27 For You will not forsake my soul to hell; nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption.
28 You will make known to me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.’ 3
29 Brethren, let me speak freely to you regarding the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his tomb is with us to this day.
30 Therefore, being a prophet, and knowing that Elohim had sworn an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Messiah to sit on his throne;
31 he seeing this beforehand, spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah; that His soul was not left in hell, nor did His flesh see corruption.
32 This YEHOSHUA has Elohim raised up again, to which we are all witnesses.
33 Therefore being exalted to the right hand of Elohim, and having received from the Father the promise of The Holy Spirit, He has poured forth this, which you now both see and hear.
34 For David is not ascended into the heavens, but he himself says: ‘YEHOWAH said to my Master, “Sit at My right hand
35 until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet.”’ 4
36 Therefore, let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that Elohim has made that same YEHOSHUA, whom you have crucified, both Master and Messiah.”
37 Now when they heard this, they were pierced in their heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brethren, what shall we do?”
38 And Peter said to them, “Repent, and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of YEHOSHUA ha Mashiach for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of The Holy Spirit.
39 For the promise is to you and your children, and to all who are far off, as many as the Master our Elohim shall call.”
40 And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, “Save yourselves from this perverse generation.”
41 Then those who received his word were baptized; and the same day there were added about three thousand souls.
42 And they continued devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to the breaking of bread, and to prayer.
43 And fear came upon every soul; and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.
44 And all that believed were together, and had all things in common;
45 and sold their possessions and goods, and shared them with all, as anyone might have need.
46 And day by day continuing with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,
47 praising Elohim, and having favor with all the people. And the Master added to the assembly daily, such as should be saved.
Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour.
2 And a certain man, lame from his mother’s womb, was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of those who entered into the temple.
3 Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, asked to receive alms.
4 And Peter, along with John, fastening his gaze upon him said, “Look at us!”
5 And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something from them.
6 But Peter said, “Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have, I give to you. In the name of YEHOSHUA ha Mashiach of Nazareth, rise up and walk.”
7 And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up; and immediately his feet and his ankle bones received strength.
8 And leaping up, he stood and walked, and entered into the temple with them, walking, and leaping, and praising Elohim.
9 And all the people saw him walking and praising Elohim;
10 and they knew that it was he who sat for alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple; and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.
11 And as the lame man, who had been healed, held on to Peter and John, all the people ran together unto them at the porch that is called Solomon’s, full of wonder.
12 And when Peter saw, he said to the people, “You people of Israel, why do you marvel at this? Or why do you look so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man walk?
13 The Elohim of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the Elohim of our fathers, has glorified His Son YEHOSHUA, whom you delivered up, and denied Him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let Him go.
14 But you denied The Holy One and The Just, and desired a murderer to be granted to you;
15 and killed the Prince of life, whom Elohim has raised from the dead; a fact to which we are witnesses.
16 And His name, through faith in His name, has made this man strong, whom you see and know. Yes, the faith which is by Him has given him this perfect health in the presence of you all.
17 And now, brethren, I know that through ignorance you did this, as did also your rulers.
18 But those things, which Elohim before had shown by the mouth of all His prophets, that His Messiah should suffer, He has thus fulfilled.
19 Repent therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing come from the presence of the Master;
20 and He will send YEHOSHUA, the Messiah, who is preached unto you,
21 whom the heavens must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which Elohim has spoken by the mouth of His holy prophets since the world began.
22 For Moses said, ‘Elohim will raise up for you a prophet from the midst of you, from your brethren, like unto me; unto Him you shall listen.’ 5
23 ‘And it shall come to pass, that whoever will not obey My words, which He shall speak in My name, I will require it of them.’ 6
24 Yes, and all the prophets from Samuel and those that follow after, as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold of these days.
25 And you are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which Elohim made with our fathers, saying to Abraham, ‘And in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed.’ 7
26 For unto you first Elohim, having raised up His Son YEHOSHUA, sent Him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from your iniquities.”
And as they spoke to the people, the priests and the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees, came upon them,
2 being grieved that they taught the people, and preached through YEHOSHUA the resurrection from the dead.
3 And they laid hands on them, and put them in jail until the next day, for it was already evening.
4 But many of those who heard the word believed; and the number of the men was about five thousand.
5 And it came to pass on the next day, that the rulers, and elders, and scribes,
6 and Annas the high priest, and Caiaphas, and John, and Alexander, and as many as were the kindred of the high priest; were gathered together at Jerusalem.
7 And when they had set them in their midst, they began to inquire, “By what power, or by what name, have you done this?”
8 Then Peter, filled with The Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people, and elders of Israel,
9 if we are this day being examined for the good deed done to the impotent man, by what means he is made whole;
10 be it known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of YEHOSHUA ha Mashiach of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom Elohim raised from the dead, by Him does this man stand here before you whole.
11 He is, ‘The stone that the builders rejected,’ but which, ‘Has become the chief stone of the corner.’ 8
12 Neither is there salvation in any other; for there is no other name under heaven given among mankind, whereby we must be saved.”
13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marveled; and recognized them as having been with YEHOSHUA.
14 And seeing the man who had been healed standing with them, they could say nothing in reply.
15 But when they had commanded them to go aside out of the Council, they conferred among themselves,
16 saying, “What shall we do with these men? For that indeed a notable miracle has been done by them is manifest to all that dwell in Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it.
17 But in order that it not spread any further among the people, let us threaten them; that they speak no more to anyone in this name.”
18 And summoning them, commanded them not to speak at all, or teach in the name of YEHOSHUA.
19 But Peter and John answered and said to them, “Whether it is right in the sight of Elohim to give heed to you more than to Elohim, you be the judge;
20 for we cannot stop speaking the things which we have seen and heard.”
21 And when they had threatened them further, they let them go, finding nothing for which they might punish them, because of the people; for all were glorifying Elohim for that which was done;
22 for the man was above forty years old, on whom this miracle of healing was done.
23 And being released, they went to their own company, and reported all that the chief priests and the elders had said to them.
24 And when they heard this, they lifted their voices to Elohim with one accord and said, “Master, You are the Elohim who has made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that is in them,
25 who by The Holy Spirit, through the mouth of Your servant, our father David, did say, ‘Why do the nations rage and the people speak with vanity?
26 The kings of the earth set themselves and the rulers take counsel together against YEHOWAH and against His Messiah.’ 9
27 For of a truth against Your Holy Child YEHOSHUA, whom You have anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together,
28 to do whatever Your hand and Your counsel predetermined to be done.
29 And now, Master, behold their threatening’s, and grant unto Your servants, that with all boldness we may speak Your word,
30 by stretching forth Your hand to heal; and the signs and wonders may be done by the name of Your Holy Child YEHOSHUA.”
31 And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with The Holy Spirit, and began to speak the word of Elohim with boldness.
32 And the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and soul; and none of them said that any of the things they possessed was their own, but they had all things in common.
33 And with great power the apostles were giving witness to the resurrection of Master YEHOSHUA, and great grace was upon them all.
34 Nor were there any among them that lacked; for as many as were possessors of land or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold,
35 and lay them at the apostles’ feet. And distribution was made unto every person according as they had need.
36 And Joses, a Levite of Cyprian birth, who was also called Barnabas by the apostles (which interpreted means, son of consolation),
37 having land, sold it and brought the money, and laid it at the apostles’ feet.
But a certain man named Yehnanias, with his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property,
2 and kept back part of the price; his wife also knowing, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles’ feet.
3 But Peter said, “Yehnanias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to The Holy Spirit, and to keep back part of the price of the land?
4 While it remained, was it not your own? And after it was sold, was it not under your control? Why have you conceived this deed in your heart? You have not lied to men, but to Elohim.”
5 And Yehnanias, hearing these words, fell down and breathed his last; and great fear came upon all who heard of it.
6 And the young men rose up, covered him up, and carried him out, and buried him.
7 And it was about the space of three hours after, when his wife, not knowing what had happened, came in.
8 And Peter said unto her, “Tell me whether you sold the land for so much?” And she said, “Yes, for so much.”
9 Then Peter said to her, “How is it that you have agreed together to test The Spirit of the Master? Behold, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and shall carry you out.”
10 And she immediately fell at his feet, and breathed her last; and the young men came in and found her dead; and carrying her forth, buried her by her husband.
11 And great fear came upon the whole assembly, and upon as many as heard of these things.
12 And at the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were taking place among the people; and they were all with one accord in Solomon’s porch.
13 But none of the rest dared to join themselves to them; but the people magnified them.
14 And more believers were added unto the Master, multitudes of men and women;
15 insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that at the least the shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow them.
16 There also came a multitude out of the cities round about Jerusalem, bringing sick people, and those who were afflicted with unclean spirits; and they were healed; every one.
17 Then the high priest rose up, and all those who were with him, (which is the sect of the Sadducees), and they were filled with jealousy;
18 and they laid their hands upon the apostles, and put them in the common jail.
19 But an angel of the Master by night opened the prison doors, and brought them forth and said,
20 “Go, stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life.”
21 And when they heard this, they entered into the temple early in the morning, and taught. But the high priest came, and those with him, and they called together a council, even all the senate of the sons of Israel, and sent to the prison for them to be brought.
22 But when the officers came, and did not find them in the prison; they returned, and reported back,
23 saying, “Truly, we found the prison house locked quite securely, and the guards standing at the doors; but when we had opened up, we found no one inside.”
24 Now when the captain of the temple and the chief priests heard these words, they were doubtful about them, as to what would come of this.
25 But someone came and reported to them, “Behold, the men whom you put in prison are standing in the temple and teaching the people!”
26 Then the captain went along with the officers and brought them back without violence (for they were afraid of the people, lest they should be stoned).
27 And when they brought them, they stood them before the council. And the high priest questioned them,
28 saying, “We commanded you to not continue teaching in this name, and behold, you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching, and intend to bring this Man’s blood upon us.”
29 But Peter and the apostles answered and said, “We must obey Elohim rather than men.
30 The Elohim of our fathers raised up YEHOSHUA, whom you put to death by hanging Him on a cross;
31 He is the one whom Elohim exalted to His right hand, to be a Prince and a Deliverer, to grant repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.
32 And we are witnesses of these things; and so is The Holy Spirit, whom Elohim has given to those who obey Him.”
33 When they heard this, they were cut to the quick and took council to slay them.
34 But a certain Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the Law, respected by all the people, stood up in the council and commanded they put the men outside for a short time.
35 And he said to them, “Men of Israel, take heed to yourselves regarding what you propose to do with these men.
36 For before these days Theudas rose up, boasting to be somebody; and a group of about four hundred joined up with him. And he was slain; and all who followed him were dispersed and came to nothing.
37 After this man, Judas of Galilee rose up in the days of the census, and drew away some people after him, and he too perished, and all those who followed him were scattered.
38 And now I say to you, stay away from these men, and let them alone, for if this plan or action should be of men, it will be overthrown;
39 but if it is of Elohim, you will not be able to overthrow them; or else you may even be found fighting against Elohim.”
40 And they agreed with his advice; and after calling the apostles in, they flogged them, and commanded them to speak no more in the name of YEHOSHUA, and then released them.
41 So they went on their way from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they had been counted worthy to suffer shame for His name.
42 And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they kept right on teaching and preaching YEHOSHUA as the Messiah.
And at this time, while the number of disciples was increasing, a complaint arose on the part of the Hellenistic Yehudi, against the native Hebrews, because their widows were being overlooked in the daily serving of food.
2 And the twelve called the assembly of the disciples and said, “It is not reasonable for us to neglect the word of Elohim in order to serve tables.
3 Therefore, select from among you, seven men of good report, full of The Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may appoint over this task.
4 But we will devote ourselves to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.”
5 And the saying pleased the whole congregation; and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of The Holy Spirit, and Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas and Nicolas, a proselyte from Antioch,
6 whom they set before the apostles; and after praying, they laid their hands on them.
7 And the word of Elohim increased, and the number of the disciples continued to multiply greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were becoming obedient to the faith.
8 And Stephen, full of grace and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people.
9 Then there came some men from the Synagogue of the Libertines, and Cyrenians and Alexandrians, and some from Cilicia and Asia, who rose up and argued with Stephen.
10 And yet they were unable to cope with the wisdom and The Spirit with which he spoke.
11 Then they suborned men to say, “We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses and against Elohim.”
12 And they stirred up the people, the elders, and the scribes, and they came upon him and caught him, and brought him before the council.
13 And they put forward false witnesses who said, “This man does not cease to speak against this holy place, and the Law;
14 for we have heard him say that this YEHOSHUA of Nazareth will destroy this place, and alter the customs which Moses delivered to us.”
15 And all that sat in the council fixed their gaze upon him, and saw his face, as if it were the face of an angel.
And the high priest said, “Are these things so?”
2 And he said, “Hear me, brethren and fathers! The Elohim of glory appeared to our father Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia, before he lived in Haran,
3 and said to him, ‘Depart from your country, and from your family, and from your father’s house, to the land that I will show you.’ 10
4 And he left the land of the Chaldeans, and settled in Haran. And from there, when his father died, He removed him into this land in which you now dwell.
5 And He gave him no inheritance in it, not so much as a foot of it; and yet, He promised that He would give it to him as a possession; and to his seed after him, even though he had no child.
6 But Elohim spoke in this manner; that he should, ‘Know for certain that your seed will be strangers in a land that is not theirs; enslaved and afflicted four hundred years.’
7 ‘But also that I will judge that nation who enslaves them,’ said Elohim, ‘And afterward they will come out’, and ‘They will serve Me in this place.’ 11
8 And He gave him the covenant of circumcision; and so Abraham begat Isaac, and circumcised him on the eighth day; and Isaac begat Jacob, and Jacob begat the twelve patriarchs.
9 And the patriarchs jealously sold Yehoseph into Egypt, but Elohim was with him,
10 and delivered him from all his afflictions, and gave him favor and wisdom in the sight of Pharaoh, king of Egypt; and he made him governor over Egypt and all his house.
11 Now there came a famine over all the land of Egypt and Canaan, and great affliction; and our fathers could find no food.
12 But when Jacob heard that there was corn in Egypt, he sent our fathers there the first time.
13 And on the second visit Yehoseph was made known to his brothers, and Yehoseph’s kindred were made known to Pharaoh.
14 And Yehoseph sent, and called his father Jacob to him, and all his kindred came to him; seventy-five persons in all.
15 And Jacob went down to Egypt and there he died; he and our fathers.
16 And from there they were carried to Shechem, and laid in the cave that Abraham had purchased for a sum of money from the sons of Hamor in Shechem.
17 But when the time of the promise was approaching, which Elohim had sworn to Abraham, the people grew and multiplied in Egypt,
18 until ‘There arose a new king over Egypt, who did not know Yehoseph.’ 12
19 And it was he who dealt subtly with our kindred, and mistreated our fathers, so that they would cast out their young children, that they might not survive.
20 And it was at this time that Moses was born; and was exceedingly fair, and he was nurtured three months in his father’s house.
21 And when he was cast out, Pharaoh’s daughter took him away, and nurtured him as her own son.
22 And Moses was learned in all the ways of the Egyptians, and he was mighty in words and deeds.
23 And when he was forty years old, it entered his heart to visit his brethren, the children of Israel.
24 And seeing one of them suffer wrongly, he defended him and took vengeance for the oppressed by striking down the Egyptian.
25 And he supposed that his brethren understood that Elohim, by his hand, was delivering them, but they did not understand.
26 And the next day he showed himself to them as they fought together, and he tried to set them in peace, asking, ‘Why are you beating your companion?’
27 But the one who was injuring his neighbor pushed him away, saying, ‘Who made you a prince or a judge over us?
28 Do you intend to kill me as you killed the Egyptian?’ 13
29 And Moses fled at this saying, and was a stranger in the land of Midian; where he begat two sons.
30 And after forty years had passed, there appeared to him in the wilderness of Mount Sinai, a messenger of YEHOWAH, in a flame of fire in a bush.
31 And when Moses saw it, he wondered at the sight; and as he drew near to look more closely, the voice of YEHOWAH came unto him, saying,
32 ‘I am the Elohim of your father, the Elohim of Abraham, the Elohim of Isaac, and the Elohim of Jacob.’ And Moses trembled with fear and would not dare to look. 14
33 But YEHOWAH said to him, ‘Put off the sandals from your feet, for the place whereon you stand is holy ground.’ 15
34 ‘I have surely seen the affliction of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry,’ and, ‘I have come down to deliver them.’ Come now, and I will send you to Egypt. 16
35 This Moses, whom they rejected, saying, ‘Who made you a prince or a judge over us?’ Is the one whom Elohim did send to be a ruler and deliverer by the hand of the messenger who appeared to him in the bush.
36 And he brought them out, after he had shown wonders and signs in the land of Egypt, and in the Red Sea, and in the wilderness for forty years.
37 This is the Moses who said to the sons of Israel, ‘Elohim will raise up for you a prophet from the midst of you, from your brethren, like unto me.’ 17
38 This is he, who was in the assembly in the wilderness with the messenger which spoke to him on Mount Sinai, and who was with our fathers; who received the living oracles to give unto us:
39 To whom our fathers would not obey, but thrust Him from them, and in their hearts turned back again to Egypt,
40 saying unto Aaron, ‘Make us elohim who will go before us; for this Moses, the man who brought us up from the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.’ 18
41 And they made a calf in those days, and offered sacrifice unto the idol, and rejoiced in the works of their own hands.
42 But Elohim turned, and gave them up to worship the host of heaven, as it is written in the book of the prophets, ‘Did you offer unto Me sacrifices and grain offerings in the wilderness for forty years, O house of Israel?
43 While you also carried along the tabernacle of Molech and the image of Chiun: the star of your elohim, which you made for yourselves. Therefore, I will make you go into exile beyond Damascus.’ 19
44 Our fathers had the tabernacle of testimony in the wilderness, just as He who spoke to Moses directed him to make it according to the pattern which he had seen.
45 Which also our fathers that came after brought in with Yehoshuwah into the possession of the Gentiles, whom Elohim drove out before the face of our fathers, until the days of David.
46 Who found favor before Elohim, and desired to find a temple for the Elohim of Jacob.
47 But it was Solomon who built a house for Him.
48 However, the Most High does not dwell in houses made with human hands; as the prophet says:
49 ‘Heaven is My throne, and the earth is My footstool; where then is a house that you could build unto Me?’ says The Master, ‘Or where is the place of My rest?
50 for My hand has made all these things.’ 20
51 O stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, are you always resisting The Holy Spirit? for you are now doing just as your fathers did.
52 Which one of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? And they killed those who had shown beforehand of the coming of the Righteous One; of whom you have now become the betrayers and murderers;
53 you who received the law by the disposition of angels, and yet did not keep it.”
54 When they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and they began gnashing their teeth at him.
55 But he, being full of The Holy Spirit, looked up intently into heaven and saw the glory of Elohim, and YEHOSHUA standing at the right hand of Elohim;
56 and said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of Elohim.”
57 Then they cried out with a loud voice, and covered their ears, and they rushed upon him with one accord.
58 And they cast him out of the city, and stoned him, and the witnesses laid down their robes at the feet of a young man, whose name was Saul.
59 And they stoned Stephen as he called upon the Master and said, “Master YEHOSHUA, receive my spirit!”
60 And falling on his knees, he cried out with a loud voice, “Master, do not hold this sin against them!” And having said this, he fell asleep.
And Saul was consenting to his death. And at that time a great persecution arose against the assembly in Jerusalem; and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Yehudah and Samaria, except the apostles.
2 And some devout men carried Stephen, and burying him, made loud lamentation over him.
3 But Saul began to make havoc of the church, entering house after house; dragging off men and women, putting them in prison.
4 Therefore, those who had been scattered abroad went about preaching the word.
5 And Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Messiah to them.
6 And the multitudes with one accord were giving heed to what was said by Philip; hearing and seeing the signs which he did.
7 For unclean spirits were coming out of them with a loud voice; and many who had been taken with palsies, and who were lame, were healed.
8 And there was great joy in that city.
9 And there was a certain man named Simon, who before time practiced sorcery in the city, and amazed the people of Samaria, claiming to be someone great;
10 and they all, from smallest to greatest, gave heed to him, saying, “This man is the Great Power of Elohim.”
11 And they gave him regard, because he had for a long time astonished them with his sorceries.
12 But when they believed Philip preaching the good news about the kingdom of Elohim, and the name of YEHOSHUA ha Mashiach, they were being baptized, men and women alike.
13 And even Simon himself believed; and after being baptized, he continued on with Philip; and as he beheld signs and great miracles taking place, he was astonished.
14 Now when the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of Elohim, they sent to them Peter and John,
15 who came down and prayed for them, that they might receive The Holy Spirit.
16 For as of yet, He had not fallen upon any of them; they had only been baptized in the name of the Master YEHOSHUA.
17 Then they began laying their hands upon them, and they received The Holy Spirit.
18 And when Simon saw that The Spirit was given through the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money,
19 saying, “Give me also this power, so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive The Holy Spirit.”
20 But Peter said to him, “Your money perish with you, because you thought you could obtain the gift of Elohim through wealth.
21 You shall have neither participation nor inheritance in this matter, for your heart is not right in the sight of Elohim.
22 Repent therefore of this wickedness of yours, and pray unto the Master that, if possible, the thought of your heart may be forgiven you;
23 for I see that you are in the gall of bitterness, and in the bondage of iniquity.”
24 But Simon answered and said, “You pray to the Master for me, that nothing of what you have said may come upon me.”
25 And they, when they had testified and preached the word of the Master, as they returned to Jerusalem, preached the gospel to many villages of the Samaritans.
26 But an angel of the Master spoke to Philip saying, “Rise up and go south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza,” which is a desert road.
27 And he rose up and went; and behold, there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of Ethiopia, who had charge of all her treasure; and he had come to Jerusalem to worship.
28 And he was returning; and sitting in his chariot, was reading the prophet Isaiyah.
29 And The Spirit said to Philip, “Go near and join this chariot.”
30 And Philip ran up, and heard him reading Isaiyah the prophet, and said, “Do you understand what you are reading?”
31 And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.
32 And the passage of Scripture that he was reading was, “He was oppressed, and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth. He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so He opened not His mouth.
33 He was taken from prison without justice, and who will declare His generation? For He was cut off out of the land of the living; for the transgressions of My people He was stricken.” 21
34 And the eunuch answered Philip and said, “Please tell me, of whom does the prophet speak? Of himself, or of some other man?”
35 And Philip opened his mouth, and beginning from this Scripture he preached YEHOSHUA to him.
36 And as they went on the way, they came unto some water; and the eunuch said, “Behold, water, what hinders me from being baptized?”
37 And Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” And he answered and said, “I believe that YEHOSHUA ha Mashiach is the Son of Elohim.”
38 And he commanded the chariot to stop; and they both went down into the water, Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.
39 And when they came up out of the water, The Spirit of the Master snatched Philip away; and the eunuch saw him no more, but went on his way rejoicing.
40 But Philip was found at Azotus; and passing through he preached in all the cities, until he came to Caesarea.
And Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Master, went to the high priest,
2 and asked of him letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to The Way, whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.
3 And as he journeyed, it came about that as he approached Damascus, suddenly a light from heaven shined round about him;
4 and he fell to the ground, and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute Me?”
5 And he said, “Who art Thou, Master?” And He said, “I am YEHOSHUA whom you are persecuting.”
6 But he, trembling and amazed said, “Master, what will you have me to do? And the Master said to him, “Rise up and go into the city, and it will be told you what you must do.”
7 And those traveling with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no one.
8 And Saul rose up from the ground, and though his eyes were open, he saw nothing; but they led him by hand, and brought him into Damascus.
9 And he was three days without sight, and neither ate nor drank.
10 Now there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Yehnanias; and the Master said to him in a vision, “Yehnanias.” And he said, “Behold, here am I, Master.”
11 And the Master said to him, “Rise up and go to the street called Straight, and inquire at the house of Yehudah for one called Saul, of Tarsus, for behold, he is praying,
12 and he has seen in a vision a man named Yehnanias coming in, and laying his hands upon him, so that he might receive his sight.”
13 Then Yehnanias answered, “Master, I have heard by many about this man, how much evil he has done to Your saints at Jerusalem.
14 And here he has authority from the chief priest to bind all who call upon Your name.”
15 But the Master said to him, “Go your way, for he is a chosen vessel of Mine, to bear My name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel;
16 for I will show him how much he must suffer for My name’s sake.”
17 And Yehnanias went his way, and entered the house, and putting his hands upon him said, “Brother Saul, the Master, YEHOSHUA, who appeared to you on the way as you came, has sent me so that you might receive your sight, and be filled with The Holy Spirit.”
18 And immediately there fell from his eyes, as it were, something like scales, and he received his sight, and he rose up and was baptized,
19 and receiving food, he was strengthened. Then Saul stayed for several days with the disciples who were at Damascus,
20 and immediately he preached YEHOSHUA in the synagogues, saying, “He is the Son of Elohim.”
21 And all who heard him were amazed, and were saying, “Is this not he who destroyed those who called upon this name in Jerusalem, and who had come here intending to bring them bound before the chief priest?”
22 But Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded the Yehudi who dwelled in Damascus, by proving that this is the Messiah.
23 And after many days had passed, the Yehudi took counsel together to do away with him,
24 but their plot became known to Saul. And they watched the gates day and night to kill him.
25 But the disciples took him by night, and let him down through the wall in a large basket.
26 And when Saul had come to Jerusalem, he tried to associate with the disciples; but they were all afraid of him, believing not that he was a disciple.
27 But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles, and declared to them how he had seen the Master on the way, and that He had talked with him; and how at Damascus he had preached boldly in the name of YEHOSHUA.
28 And he was with them, coming in and going out at Jerusalem,
29 and he spoke boldly in the name of YEHOSHUA ha Mashiach, disputing with the Greek speaking Yehudi; but they went about to put him to death.
30 But when the brethren learned of it, they brought him down to Caesarea and sent him away to Tarsus.
31 Then the Assembly throughout all Yehudah and Galilee and Samaria were emboldened, and walking in the fear of The Master, and in the comfort of The Holy Spirit, continued to increase.
32 And it came to pass, as Peter traveled throughout all those parts, he came down also to the saints who lived at Lydda.
33 And there he found a certain man named Aeneas, who had been bedridden eight years, and was sick of palsy.
34 And Peter said to him, “Aeneas, YEHOSHUA ha Mashiach makes you whole. Rise up and make your bed.” And immediately he rose up.
35 And all who dwelled in Lydda and Sharon saw him, and they turned to the Master.
36 Now there was in Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which in the Greek is interpreted as Dorcas; and this woman was full of good works and charitable acts, which she continually did.
37 And it came about in those days that she was sick, and died. And when they had washed her body, they laid it in an upper room.
38 And since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples had heard that Peter was there, and sent two men to him, entreating him, that he would not delay to come to them.
39 And Peter rose up and went with them. And when he had come, they brought him into the upper room; and all the widows stood beside him weeping, and showing all the tunics and garments that Dorcas used to make while she was with them.
40 But Peter put them all out, and kneeling down and prayed; and turning to the body, he said, “Tabitha, arise.” And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter, she sat up.
41 And he gave her his hand and raised her up; and calling the saints and widows, he presented her alive.
42 And it became known throughout Joppa, and many believed in the Master.
43 And it came about that he stayed many days in Joppa with one Simon, a tanner.
And there was a certain man at Caesarea named Cornelius, a centurion of the cohort that was called the Italic;
2 a devout man, and one who feared Elohim with all his house, who gave many alms to the people, and prayed to Elohim continually.
3 About the ninth hour of the day he clearly saw a vision of an angel of Elohim, coming in to him, and saying to him, “Cornelius!”
4 And when he looked upon him, he was afraid and said, “What is it, lord?” And he said to him, “Your prayers and alms have come up as a memorial before Elohim.
5 And now send men to Joppa, and call for a man named Simon, who is also called Peter;
6 he is lodging with one Simon, a tanner, whose house is by the sea. He shall tell you what you ought to do.”
7 And when the angel who was speaking to Cornelius had departed, he called two of his servants, and a devout soldier of those who waited upon him continually;
8 and after he declared all things to them, he sent them to Joppa.
9 And the next morning, as they went on their journey, and drew near to the city, Peter went up on the housetop to pray about the sixth hour.
10 And he became hungry, and would have eaten, but while they made preparations, he fell into a trance;
11 and he saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descended unto him, as like a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth;
12 and there was in it all manner of four-footed beasts, and creeping things, and of the fowls of the air.
13 And there came a voice to him, “Rise, Peter; kill and eat!”
14 But Peter said, “Not so, Master, for I have never eaten anything unholy or unclean.”
15 And the voice spoke again unto him a second time, “What Elohim has cleansed, call it not unholy.”
16 And this was done three times; and the vessel was received up again into heaven.
17 Now while Peter doubted in his mind what the vision which he had seen should mean, behold, the men who had been sent by Cornelius, having asked directions for Simon’s house, stood at the gate;
18 and calling out, they asked whether Simon, who was also called Peter, was lodging there.
19 And while Peter thought on the vision, The Spirit said to him, “Behold, three men seek you.
20 Rise up therefore, and go down, and go with them, doubting nothing; for I have sent them.”
21 And Peter went down to the men who were sent to him from Cornelius; and said, “Behold, I am he whom you seek. What is the reason you have come?”
22 And they said, “Cornelius, a centurion, a righteous man, and one that fears Elohim, and of good report of all the nation of the Yehudi, was told by Elohim, through a holy angel, to send for you to his house, and to hear words from you.”
23 Then he called them in, and lodged them. And in the morning Peter went away with them; and certain brethren from Joppa invited them in and gave them lodging. And on the next day he rose up and went away with them, and some of the brethren from Joppa accompanied him.
24 And the next day they entered Caesarea. And Cornelius was waiting for them, and had called together his relatives and close friends.
25 And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell at his feet and worshiped him.
26 But Peter raised him up, saying, “Stand up; I myself am also just a man.”
27 And as he talked with him, he went in, and found that many people had come together.
28 And he said to them, “You know how it is an unlawful thing for one who is a Yehud to keep company, or to come unto one of another nation; yet Elohim has shown me that I should not call any man unholy or unclean.
29 Therefore I came without objection when I was sent for. And so I ask for what reason you have sent for me.”
30 And Cornelius said, “Four days ago to this hour, I was fasting in my house during the ninth hour; and behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing,
31 and he said, ‘Cornelius, your prayer is heard, and your alms are held in remembered before Elohim.
32 Send therefore to Joppa, and call here Simon, who is also called Peter; he is lodged in the house of Simon the tanner by the sea. Who when he comes, shall speak unto you.’
33 Immediately therefore, I sent to you, and you have well done to come. Now then, we are all here present before Elohim, to hear all that you have been commanded by Elohim.”
34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, “Of a truth, I comprehend that Elohim is not one to show partiality,
35 but in every nation they who fear Him, and who do righteousness, are accepted by Him.
36 The word which He sent to the children of Israel, preaching peace through YEHOSHUA ha Mashiach; He is Master of all;
37 for you yourselves know the things that took place throughout all Yehudah, starting from Galilee, after the baptism which Yehanan preached;
38 how Elohim anointed YEHOSHUA of Nazareth with The Holy Spirit, and with power, and how He went about doing good, and healing all who were oppressed by the devil; for Elohim was with Him.
39 And we are witnesses of all the things He did both in the land of the Yehudi, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a cross.
40 Him Elohim raised up on the third day, and showed Him openly;
41 not to all the people, but to witnesses who were chosen beforehand by Elohim; even to us, who did eat and drink with Him , after He rose from the dead.
42 And He commanded us to preach to the people, and to testify that it is He who was ordained of Elohim to be the Judge of the living and the dead.
43 To Him all the prophets give witness, that through His name whoever believes in Him shall receive remission of sins.”
44 And while Peter was still speaking these words, The Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the word.
45 And those of the circumcised who believed were astonished; as many as came with Peter, because the gift of The Holy Spirit had been poured out upon the Gentiles also.
46 For they heard them speak in languages, magnifying Elohim. Then Peter said,
47 “Can anyone forbid water, that these should not be baptized, who have received The Holy Spirit just as we did?”
48 And he ordered them to be baptized in the name of YEHOSHUA ha Mashiach. Then they sought that he would remain with them for a few days.
And the apostles and brethren who were in Yehudah heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of Elohim;
2 and when Peter came up to Jerusalem, those who were circumcised took issue with him,
3 saying, “You went in to the uncircumcised, and ate with them.”
4 But Peter explained the matter from the beginning, declaring in order to them, saying,
5 “I was in the city of Joppa praying; and in a trance I saw a vision, a certain vessel coming down like a great sheet, let down from heaven by four corners; and it came down to me.
6 And when I had fixed my eyes upon it, behold, I saw four-footed beasts of the earth, and the wild beasts, and the creeping things, and the fowls of the air.
7 And I heard a voice saying to me, ‘Arise, Peter; kill and eat.’
8 But I said, ‘Not so, Master, for nothing unholy or unclean has ever entered my mouth.’
9 But the voice from heaven answered me again, ‘What Elohim has cleansed, no longer call unholy.’
10 And this was done three times, and everything was drawn back up into heaven.
11 And behold, immediately there were three men already come unto the house where I was, sent to me from Caesarea.
12 And The Spirit told me to go with them, doubting nothing. And these six brethren accompanied me, and we entered into the man’s house.
13 And he told us how he had seen the angel in his house, which stood and said, ‘Send to Joppa, and call for Simon, who is also called Peter;
14 who shall speak words to you whereby you and all your house will be saved.’
15 And as I began to speak, The Holy Spirit fell upon them, just as He did upon us at the beginning.
16 And I remembered the word of the Master, how He used to say, ‘Yehanan baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with The Holy Spirit.’
17 If Elohim therefore gave to them the same gift as He gave to us also after believing in the Master YEHOSHUA ha Mashiach, who was I that I could withstand Elohim?”
18 And when they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified Elohim, saying, “Then has Elohim also granted to the Gentiles repentance that leads to life.”
19 Then those who were scattered abroad, because of the persecution that arose in connection with Stephen, traveled as far as Phoenicia and Cyprus and Antioch, preaching the word to none but unto the Yehudi alone.
20 But there were some of them, men of Cyprus and Cyrene, who when they came to Antioch, spoke to the Greeks also, preaching the Master YEHOSHUA.
21 And the hand of the Master was with them, and a great number believed, and turned unto the Master.
22 Then tidings of these things came unto the ears of the Assembly, which was in Jerusalem; and they sent Barnabas, that he should go as far as Antioch.
23 And when he had come, and seen the grace of Elohim, he rejoiced and comforted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Master;
24 for he was a good man, and full of The Holy Spirit and of faith. And many people were added unto the Master.
25 And he departed for Tarsus to look for Saul;
26 and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught many people. And the disciples were called Messianics first in Antioch.
27 And in those days came prophets from Jerusalem to Antioch.
28 And there stood up one of them named Agabus, and signified by The Spirit that there would be a great famine throughout the world. And this came to pass in the days of Claudius Caesar.
29 Then the disciples, each according to their ability, determined to send relief unto the brethren who dwelled in Yehudah.
30 Which also they did, and sent it to the elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul.
Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to persecute certain members of the church.
2 And he killed James the brother of John with a sword.
3 And seeing that it pleased the Yehudi, he proceeded to arrest Peter also. These were during the days of Unleavened Bread.
4 And when he had caught him, he put him in prison, delivering him to four squads of soldiers to guard him, intending after the Passover to bring him out before the people.
5 Peter therefore was kept in the prison, but prayer for him was being made fervently by the church unto Elohim.
6 And the same night that Herod was about to bring him forward, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains; and sentries in front of the door kept watch over the prison.
7 And behold, an angel of the Master came upon him, and a light shone in the cell; and he struck Peter’s side and raised him up, saying, “Rise up quickly.” And his chains fell off his hands.
8 And the angel said to him, “Gird yourself and bind on your sandals.” And he did so. And he said to him, “Wrap your cloak around you and follow me.”
9 And he went out and followed him, and he did not know that what was being done by the angel was real, but thought he was seeing a vision.
10 And when they had passed the first and second sentries, they came to the iron gate that leads into the city, which opened to them by its own accord; and they went out and went along one street; and immediately the angel departed from him.
11 And when Peter came to himself, he said, “Now I know for sure that the Master has sent forth His angel and delivered me from the hand of Herod and from all that the Yehudi people were expecting.”
12 And when he acknowledged this, he went to the house of Mary, the mother of Yehochanan who was also called Mark, where many were gathered together and were praying.
13 And as Peter knocked at the door of the gate, a handmaid named Rhoda came to answer.
14 And when she recognized Peter’s voice, because of her joy she did not open the gate, but ran in and announced that Peter was standing in front of the gate.
15 And they said to her, “You are a maniac.” But she kept insisting that it was so. And they kept saying, “It is his angel.”
16 But Peter continued knocking; and when they had opened the door, they saw him and were astonished.
17 But signaling to them with his hand to be silent, he described to them how the Master had led him out of the prison. And he said, “Report these things to James and the brethren.” And he departed and went to another place.
18 Now as soon as it was day, there was no small disturbance among the soldiers, as to what could have become of Peter.
19 And when Herod had sought for him and had not found him, he examined the sentries and commanded that they be led away to execution. And he went down from Yehudah to Caesarea and dwelled there for a time.
20 Now Herod was highly displeased with the people of Tyre and Sidon; but with one accord they came to him, and having made Blastus the king’s chamberlain their friend, they desired peace, because their country was fed by the king’s country.
21 And on a set day Herod, arrayed in his royal apparel, took his seat on the throne and began offering an oration to them.
22 And the people cried out, “The voice of an el and not of a man!”
23 And immediately an angel of the Master struck him, because he did not give Elohim the glory, and he was eaten by worms and died.
24 But the word of Elohim grew and multiplied.
25 And Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerusalem, when they had fulfilled their ministry, taking along with them Yehochanan, who was also called Mark.
Now there were in the assembly at Antioch, certain prophets and teachers; Barnabas, and Simeon who was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.
2 And as they ministered unto the Master, and fasted, The Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work unto which I have called them.”
3 And when they had fasted and prayed and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.
4 So they, being sent out by The Holy Spirit, went down to Seleucia and from there they sailed to Cyprus.
5 And when they reached Salamis, they preached the word of Elohim in the synagogues of the Yehudi; and they also had Yehochanan as their helper.
6 And when they had gone through the whole island as far as Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet and Yehudi, whose name was Baryesus,
7 who was with the proconsul, Sergius Paulus, a prudent man, who called for Barnabas and Saul and sought to hear the word of Elohim.
8 But Elymas the sorcerer (for thus is his name interpreted) opposed them, seeking to turn the proconsul away from the faith.
9 But Saul, who was also known as Paul, filled with The Holy Spirit, set his eyes upon him,
10 and said, “You who are full of all deceit and mischief, you child of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease to pervert the right ways of the Master?
11 And now, behold, the hand of the Master is upon you, and you will be blind and not see the sun for a season.” And immediately a mist and darkness fell upon him, and he went about seeking those who would lead him by the hand.
12 Then the proconsul, when he saw what was done, believed, being astonished at the teaching of the Master.
13 Now when Paul and his company departed from Paphos, they came to Perga in Pamphylia; and Mark left them and returned to Jerusalem.
14 But leaving Perga, they came to Antioch in Pisidia, and went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and sat down.
15 And after the reading of the Law and the Prophets the rulers of synagogue sent to them, saying, “Brethren, if you have any word of exhortation for the people, say it.”
16 And Paul stood up, and motioning with his hand, he said, “Men of Israel, and you who fear Elohim, give audience:
17 The Elohim of this people of Israel chose our fathers, and exalted the people when they dwelled in the land of Egypt, and with an uplifted arm He led them forth from it.
18 And for a time of about forty years He endured their manners in the wilderness.
19 And when He had destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan, He divided their land to them by lot.
20 And after that He gave them judges until Samuel the prophet; a period of about four hundred and fifty years.
21 And then they asked for a king, and Elohim gave them Saul the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, (Benyahmin) for forty years.
22 And after He had removed him, He raised up David to be their king, to whom also He testified and said, ‘I have found David My servant,’ the son of Jesse, ‘A man after My own heart,’ who will do My will. 22
23 Of this man’s seed has Elohim, according to His promise, raised unto Israel a Deliverer, YEHOSHUA.
24 When Yehanan had first preached before His coming the baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel,
25 and while Yehanan fulfilled his course, he kept saying, ‘Who do you think I am? I am not He! But behold, One comes after me, whose shoes I am not worthy to untie.’
26 Men and brethren, children of the seed of Abraham, and those among you who fear Elohim, to you is the word of this salvation sent.
27 For those who dwell in Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they knew Him not, nor yet the voices of the prophets which are read every Sabbath, they have fulfilled them by condemning Him.
28 And though they found no cause of death, they yet asked Pilate that He be slain.
29 And when they had fulfilled all that was written of Him, they took Him down from the tree, and laid Him in a grave.
30 But Elohim raised Him from the dead;
31 and He was seen for many days by those who came up with Him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are His witnesses unto the people.
32 And we preach to you the good news of the promise that was made to the fathers,
33 that Elohim has fulfilled this promise to their children, in that He raised up YEHOSHUA again, as it is also written in the second Psalm, ‘You are My Son, today I have begotten You.’ 23
34 And as for the fact that He raised Him up from the dead, no more to return to decay, He said in this way, ‘I will tell the decree,’ and the sure blessings of David. 23
35 Therefore He also says in another Psalm, ‘You will not allow Your Holy One to see decay.’ 24
36 For David, after he had served his own generation, by the will of Elohim, fell asleep, and was laid among his fathers, and saw decay;
37 but He whom Elohim raised again, did not undergo decay.
38 Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through Him is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins,
39 and through Him all that believe are justified from all things, from which you could not be justified by the Law of Moses.
40 Beware therefore, lest it come upon you, which is spoken of in the prophets,
41 ‘Behold you nations; look; be amazed and marvel! For I work a work in your days that you will not believe, even though it is foretold.’” 25
42 And as the Yehudi were leaving the synagogue, the Gentiles sought that these words might be preached to them the next Sabbath.
43 Now when the congregation was broken up, many of the Yehudi and proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas, who, speaking with them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of Elohim.
44 And the next Sabbath, almost the whole city came together to hear the word of Elohim.
45 But when the Yehudi saw the multitudes, they were filled with jealousy, and spoke against those things which were spoken by Paul; contradicting and blaspheming.
46 And Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly and said, “It was necessary that the word of Elohim should first be spoken to you. But seeing that you cast it off from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, behold, we are turning to the Gentiles.
47 “For thus the Master has commanded us, ‘I have set You as a light unto the Gentiles,’ that You should be for salvation unto the ends of the earth.” 26
48 And when the Gentiles heard this, they rejoiced, and glorified the word of the Master. And as many as were appointed to eternal life believed.
49 And the word of the Master was spread throughout the entire region.
50 But the Yehudi stirred up the devout and noble women, and the leading men of the city, and stirred up persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and drove them out of their coasts.
51 But they shook off the dust of their feet against them, and came unto Iconium.
52 And the disciples were filled with joy and with The Holy Spirit.
And it came about that in Iconium they both entered the synagogue of the Yehudi, and so spoke that a great multitude believed, both of Yehudi and of Greeks.
2 But the unbelieving Yehudi stirred up the Gentiles, and affected them evilly against the brethren.
3 Therefore they dwelled there a long time, speaking boldly in the Master, who gave witness unto the word of His grace, granting that signs and wonders be done by their hands.
4 But the multitude of the city was divided; and some held with the Yehudi, and some with the apostles.
5 And when an assault was made by both the Gentiles and the Yehudi, with their rulers, to abuse and to stone them,
6 they became aware of it and fled unto Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia, and unto the region round about;
7 and there they preached the gospel.
8 And there sat a certain man at Lystra, impotent in his feet, being a cripple from his mother’s womb, who had never walked.
9 This man heard Paul speak, who beholding him, and perceiving that he had faith to be healed,
10 said with a loud voice, “Stand upright on your feet.” And he leaped up and walked.
11 And when the multitude saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voices, saying in the language of Lycaonia, “The elohim have come down to us in the likeness of men.”
12 And they called Barnabas, Zeus, and Paul, Hermes, because he was the chief speaker.
13 And the priest of Zeus, whose temple was outside the city, brought oxen and garlands to the gates, and wanted to offer sacrifice with the multitude.
14 But when the apostles, Barnabas and Paul, heard of it, they tore their robes and ran out among the people, crying out
15 and saying, “Men, why are you doing these things? We also are men of likeness with you, and preach unto you that you should turn from these vain things to the living Elohim, ‘Who made heaven and earth, the sea and all that is in them.’ 27
16 Who in times past allowed the nations to walk in their own ways.
17 Nevertheless, He did not leave Himself without witness, in that He did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness.”
18 And even saying these things, with great difficulty they restrained the people from offering sacrifice unto them.
19 And there came Yehudi from Antioch and Iconium, who persuaded the people, and having stoned Paul, dragged him out of the city, supposing him to be dead.
20 But as the disciples stood round about him, he rose up and entered the city. And the next day he departed with Barnabas to Derbe.
21 And after they had preached the gospel to that city, and had disciple many, they returned to Lystra, and to Iconium, and to Antioch,
22 strengthening the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, saying, “Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of Elohim.”
23 And when they had appointed elders in every church, having prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Master upon whom they had believed.
24 And after they passed through Pisidia, they came into Pamphylia.
25 And when they had preached the word in Perga, they went down into Attalia (Attalyah);
26 and from there they sailed to Antioch, to where they had been recommended to the grace of Elohim for the work that they fulfilled.
27 And when they arrived and gathered the church together, they reported all that Elohim had done with them, and how He had opened the door of faith unto the Gentiles.
28 And they dwelled a long time with the disciples.
And some men came down from Yehudah teaching the brethren, “Unless you are circumcised after the manner of Moses, you cannot be saved.”
2 When therefore, Paul and Barnabas had great dissension and dispute with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas, and certain others of them, should go up to Jerusalem to the apostles and elders about this dispute.
3 And being sent on their way by the church, they passed through both Phoenicia and Samaria, declaring the conversion of the Gentiles; and were bringing great joy unto all the brethren.
4 And when they arrived in Jerusalem, they were received by the church, and the apostles, and the elders, and they reported all that Elohim had done with them.
5 But certain ones of the sect of the Pharisees, who had believed, rose up, saying, “It is necessary to circumcise them, and to direct them to keep the Law of Moses.”
6 And the apostles and the elders came together to consider this matter.
7 And after much disputing, Peter rose up and said to them, “Men and brethren, you know how some time ago Elohim made a choice among us, that by my mouth the Gentiles should hear the word of the gospel, and believe.
8 And Elohim, who knows the hearts, bore witness to them, giving them The Holy Spirit, just as He also did unto us;
9 and He put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.
10 Now therefore, why do you test Elohim by placing upon the neck of the disciples a yoke, which neither we nor our fathers have been able to bear?
11 But we believe that through the grace of the Master YEHOSHUA ha Mashiach, we shall be saved, even as they.”
12 And all the multitude kept silent, and gave audience to Barnabas and Paul, as they declared what miracles and wonders Elohim had brought to the Gentiles through them.
13 And after they had stopped speaking, James answered, saying, “Men and brethren; listen to me.
14 Simeon has declared how Elohim at first visited the Gentiles, taking them out of the people for His name.
15 And with this agree the words of the Prophets, as it is written,
16 ‘In that day I will raise up the booth of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up its ruins and rebuild it as in the days of old.’
17 that they may possess the remnant of Edom and all the nations upon whom My name called,
18 declares YEHOWAH who does this.’ 28
19 Therefore it is my judgment that we do not trouble those who are turning to Elohim from among the Gentiles,
20 but that we write unto them, that they abstain from things defiled by idols and from fornication, and from what is strangled, and from blood.
21 For Moses of old time has in every city those who preach him, being read in the synagogues every Sabbath.”
22 Then it pleased the apostles and the elders, with the whole church, to send chosen men from among them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas; with Judas called Barsabbas, and Silas, chief men among the brethren,
23 and they wrote to them in this manner: “The apostles and elders and the brethren, send greetings unto the brethren who are gentiles in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia.
24 Forasmuch as we have heard that certain from us have troubled you with words, subverting your souls, saying you must be circumcised, and keep the Law; to whom we gave no such command,
25 it seemed good to us, being assembled with one accord, to send chosen men to you, with our beloved Barnabas and Paul,
26 men who have hazarded their lives for the name of our Master YEHOSHUA ha Mashiach.
27 We have sent therefore Judas and Silas, who will also tell you the same things by mouth.
28 For it seemed good to The Holy Spirit, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things:
29 That you abstain from things sacrificed to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication; from which if you keep yourselves, you will do well. Farewell.”
30 So, when they were dismissed, they went to Antioch; and when they gathered the multitude together, they delivered the letter.
31 And when they had read it, they rejoiced because of the consolation.
32 And Judas and Silas, being prophets themselves, comforted the brethren with many words, and confirmed them.
33 And after they had tarried there for a time, they were sent away from the brethren in peace to those who had sent them out.
34 But it seemed good to Silas to remain there.
35 But Paul and Barnabas stayed in Antioch, teaching and preaching, the word of the Master, with many others also.
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 Master, and see how they are.”
37 And Barnabas purposed to take Yehochanan, called Mark, along with them also,
38 but Paul thought it not good to take him along, who had deserted them in Pamphylia, and had not gone with them to the work.
39 And the contention was such that they separated from one another, and Barnabas took Mark with him and sailed away to Cyprus.
40 But Paul chose Silas and departed, being committed by the brethren to the grace of the Master.
41 And he was traveling through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches.
And he came also to Derbe and to Lystra. And behold, a certain disciple was there, named Timothy, the son of a Yehudi woman, who was a believer, but his father was a Greek,
2 and he was well spoken of by the brethren who were in Lystra and Iconium.
3 Paul wanted this man to go with him; and he took him and circumcised him, because of the Yehudi who were in those parts, for they all knew that his father was Greek.
4 And as they were passing through the cities, they delivered the decrees, which had been decided upon by the apostles and elders who were in Jerusalem, for them to observe.
5 So the churches were being strengthened in the faith, and increased in number daily.
6 And they passed through Phrygia and Galatia, being forbidden by The Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia;
7 and when they had come to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but The Spirit of YEHOSHUA did not permit them;
8 and passing by Mysia, they came down to Troas.
9 And a vision appeared to Paul in the night: There stood a man of Macedonia, entreating him, and saying to him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.”
10 And after he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go into Macedonia, assured that Elohim had called us to preach the gospel unto them.
11 Therefore setting forth from Troas, we ran a straight course to Samothracia, and on the day following to Neapolis;
12 and from there to Philippi, which is the chief city of that part of Macedonia; and a Roman colony; and we were in that city abiding for some days.
13 And on the Sabbath day we went out of the city by the riverside, where prayer was customarily made, and we sat down, and spoke to the women who had assembled.
14 And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple fabrics from the city of Thyatira, who worshipped Elohim, heard us, and the Master opened her heart to regard the things spoken of by Paul.
15 And when she and her household were baptized, she urged us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Master, come into my house and dwell there.” And she constrained us.
16 And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain handmaid, possessed with a spirit of divination met us, who brought her lords much gain by fortune telling.
17 And she followed Paul and us, crying out, saying, “These men are bond-servants of the Most High Elohim, who are proclaiming unto us the way of salvation.”
18 And this she did many days. But Paul, grieved, turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of YEHOSHUA ha Mashiach to come out of her!” And it came out at that very instant.
19 And when her lords saw that their hope of profit was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the market place before the rulers,
20 and brought them to the chief magistrates, saying, “These men, being Yehudi, are exceedingly troubling our city,
21 and teach customs which are not lawful for us to receive or to observe, being Romans.”
22 And the multitude rose up together against them, and the magistrates tore off their robes, and commanded them to be beaten.
23 And when they had laid many blows upon them, they cast them into prison, commanding the jailer to watch them securely;
24 who, having received such a command, threw them into the inner prison, and fastened their feet in the stocks.
25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang hymns of praise unto Elohim, 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 everyone’s chains were loosed.
27 And the keeper of the prison, awakening from his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, drew his sword and was about to kill himself, supposing that the prisoners had fled.
28 But Paul cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Do yourself no harm, for we are all here!”
29 And he called for lights and rushed in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas,
30 and brought them out, and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
31 And they said, “Believe upon the Master YEHOSHUA ha Mashiach, and you shall be saved; you and your house.”
32 And they spoke unto him the word of the Master, and to all that were in his house.
33 And he took them that same hour of the night, and washed their wounds, and immediately he was baptized, he and his entire house.
34 And when he brought them into his house, he set food before them, and rejoiced, believing in Elohim with his entire house.
35 And when it was day, the magistrates sent their constables, saying, “Let those men go.”
36 And the keeper of the prison told these words to Paul, saying, “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 in public uncondemned, being Romans, and have cast us into prison; and now are they secretly sending us away? No indeed! But let them come themselves and bring us out.”
38 And the constables reported these words to the magistrates, and they were afraid when they heard that they were Romans,
39 and they came and appealed to them, and when they had brought them out, they kept begging them to leave the city.
40 And they went out of the prison, and entered the house of Lydia, and when they saw the brethren, they comforted them and departed.
Now when they had traveled through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Yehudi.
2 And as it was Paul’s manner, he went in unto them, and for three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures,
3 expounding and giving evidence that the Messiah had to suffer and rise again from the dead, and saying, “This YEHOSHUA whom I preach unto you is the Messiah.”
4 And some of them believed, and joined Paul and Silas, and a great multitude of the devout Greeks; and more than a few of the chief women.
5 But the unbelieving Yehudi, moved with jealousy, took unto them certain evil and vulgar men, and gathered a company, and set the entire city in an uproar, and assaulting the house of Jason, they sought to bring them out to the people.
6 And not finding them, they began dragging Jason and some brethren before the rulers of the city, shouting, “These men who have turned the world upside down have come here also;
7 and Jason has received them, and they all act contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, YEHOSHUA.”
8 And they agitated the crowd and the rulers of the city, when they heard these things.
9 And when they had taken enough money from Jason and the others, they released them.
10 And the brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea; and when they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Yehudi.
11 Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with readiness of mind, examining the Scriptures daily, to see whether these things were so.
12 Therefore many of them believed, along with more than a few honorable Greek women and men.
13 But when the Yehudi of Thessalonica learned that the word of Elohim was preached by Paul in Berea, they came there also, and agitated the people.
14 And then immediately the brethren sent Paul to go to the sea, but Silas and Timothy remained there.
15 Now those who conducted Paul brought him as far as Athens; and receiving a command for Silas and Timothy to come to him as soon as possible, they departed.
16 Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was being stirred within him, as he saw that the entire city was given to idols.
17 He was reasoning therefore, in the synagogue, with the Yehudi and the devout Gentiles, and in the market every day with those he met with.
18 Then some philosophers of the Epicureans and Stoics were conversing with him. And some said, “What will this babbler say?” Others, “He seems to be a proclaimer of strange deities,” because he preached unto them YEHOSHUA and the resurrection.
19 And they took him and brought him to the Areopagus, saying, “May we know what this new teaching of which you speak?
20 For you are bringing some strange things to our ears; and we want to know what these things mean.”
21 (Now all the Athenians and the strangers which were there spent their time in nothing else, other than telling or hearing about something new.)
22 And Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, “Men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are very religious.
23 For as I was passing through and examining the objects of your devotions, I also found an altar with this inscription, ‘TO THE UNKNOWN DEITY.’ Whom you therefore ignorantly worship; Him I proclaim to you.
24 The Elohim who made the world and all things in it, since He is Master of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands;
25 neither is He worshipped with human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all life, and breath, and all things;
26 and He made from one blood, every nation of humanity to dwell on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times, and the boundaries of their habitation,
27 that they should seek the Master, if perhaps they might find Him, though He is not far from each one of us;
28 for in Him we live, and move, and have being, as also certain of your own poets have said, ‘For we also are His offspring.’
29 Being then the offspring of Elohim, we ought not to think that The Divine One is like gold or silver or stone, a graven image formed by the art and human devices.
30 Therefore indeed, the times of this ignorance Elohim winked at; but now commands all men everywhere to repent,
31 because He has set a day, in which He will judge the world in righteousness through that Man whom He has appointed, having given assurance to all humanity that He has raised Him from the dead.”
32 And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked, but others said, “We shall hear you again concerning this.”
33 So Paul departed from among them.
34 But some men joined him, and believed, among whom also were Dionysius the Areopagite, and a woman named Damaris, and others with them.
After these things Paul left Athens and went to Corinth.
2 And he found a certain Yehud named Aquila, a native of Pontus, who recently came from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had commanded all the Yehudi to leave Rome. And he drew near to them,
3 and because he was of the same craft, he abided with them, and they were working; for they were tent-makers by occupation.
4 And he reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath, and persuaded the Yehudi and Greeks.
5 But when Silas and Timothy came down from Macedonia, Paul was pressed in the spirit, and began devoting himself completely to the word, testifying to the Yehudi that YEHOSHUA was the Messiah.
6 And when they opposed and blasphemed, he shook out his garments and said to them, “Your blood be upon your own heads! I am clean. From now on I will go to the Gentiles.”
7 And he departed from there and went to the house of a certain man named Justus, who worshipped Elohim; whose house adjoined the synagogue.
8 And Crispus, the chief of the synagogue, believed on the Master with all his house, and many of the Corinthians, hearing, believed, and were being baptized.
9 And the Master said to Paul in the night by a vision, “Fear not, but speak, and do not be silent;
10 for I am with you, and no one will attack you in order to harm you, for I have many people in this city.”
11 And he continued there a year and six months, teaching the word of Elohim among them.
12 But while Gallio was proconsul of Achaia, the Yehudi made insurrection with one accord against Paul and brought him before the judgment seat,
13 saying, “This man is persuading humanity to worship Elohim contrary to the law.”
14 But when Paul was about to open his mouth, Gallio said to the Yehudi, “If it were a matter of wrong or of wicked lewdness, O Yehudi, it would be reasonable for me to bear with you,
15 but if this is a question of words and names, and your own law, look after it yourselves; I will not judge in these matters.”
16 And he drove them away from the judgment seat.
17 Then all the Greeks took Sosthenes, the chief of the synagogue, and began beating him in front of the judgment seat. And Gallio was not concerned about any of these things.
18 And Paul, having remained much longer, took leave of the brethren and put out to sea for Syria, and with him was Priscilla and Aquila; and in Cenchrea he had his hair cut, for he was keeping a vow.
19 And they came to Ephesus, and he left them there, while he himself entered the synagogue and reasoned with the Yehudi.
20 And when they asked him to stay for a longer time, he did not consent,
21 but bidding them farewell, said, “I will return again unto you if Elohim wills.” And he sailed from Ephesus.
22 And when he had landed at Caesarea, he went up and greeted the church, and went down to Antioch.
23 And after spending some time there, he departed and passed over all the country of Galatia and Phrygia, strengthening all the disciples.
24 And a certain Yehud named Apollos, born in Alexandria, an eloquent man, mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus.
25 This man was instructed in The Way of the Master; and being fervent in spirit, he spoke and taught perfectly the things concerning the Master, knowing only the baptism of Yehanan.
26 And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue. And when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of Elohim more perfectly.
27 And when he wanted to pass into Achaia, the brethren wrote, encouraging the disciples to welcome him. And when he had arrived, he helped greatly those who had believed through grace;
28 for he mightily convinced the Yehudi in public, showing by the Scriptures that YEHOSHUA was the Messiah.
And it came about that while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul, having passed through the upper coasts, came to Ephesus. And finding certain disciples,
2 he said to them, “Have you received The Holy Spirit when you believed?” And they said to him, “No, we have not heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”
3 And he said, “Unto what then were you baptized?” And they said, “Into Yehanan’s baptism.”
4 And Paul said, “Yehanan baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people that they should believe in Him who was coming after him, that is, in YEHOSHUA.”
5 And when they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Master YEHOSHUA.
6 And when Paul laid his hands upon them, The Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke with languages and prophesying.
7 And there were in all about twelve men.
8 And he went into the synagogue and spoke boldly for three months, disputing and persuading them about things concerning the kingdom of Elohim.
9 But when some were hardened and believed not, but spoke evil of The Way before the multitude, he departed from them, and separated the disciples, disputing daily in the school of Tyrannus.
10 And this continued for two years, so that all who dwelled in Asia heard the word of the Master YEHOSHUA, both Yehudi and Greeks.
11 And Elohim brought special miracles by the hands of Paul,
12 so that from his body were taken handkerchiefs or aprons to the sick, and the diseases left them, and the evil spirits went out.
13 Then certain of the wandering Yehudi, exorcists, took it upon themselves to call over those who had evil spirits the name of the Master, YEHOSHUA, saying, “I adjure you by YEHOSHUA whom Paul preaches.”
14 And the seven sons of one Sceva, a Yehud, and chief priest, did this.
15 And the evil spirit answered and said to them, “I know YEHOSHUA, and Paul I know, but who are you?”
16 And the man, in whom was the evil spirit, 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 the Yehudi and Greeks also dwelling in Ephesus; and fear fell upon them all, and the name of the Master YEHOSHUA was being magnified.
18 And many that believed came, and confessed, and showed their deeds.
19 And many of those who practiced magic brought their books together, and burned them in the sight of all; and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver.
20 So the word of the Master was growing mightily and prevailing.
21 Now after these things were finished, Paul purposed in The Spirit, when he had passed through Macedonia and Achaia, to go to Jerusalem, saying, “After I have been there, I must also see Rome.”
22 So he sent into Macedonia two of those who ministered unto him, Timothy and Erastus, but he himself stayed in Asia for a while.
23 At the same time there arose no small disturbance about The Way.
24 For a certain man named Demetrius, a silversmith, who made silver shrines of Artemis, and brought no little business to the craftsmen;
25 gathered together the workmen of similar trades, and said, “Men, you know that by this craft we have our prosperity.
26 And you see and hear that not only in Ephesus, but almost throughout all of Asia, this Paul has persuaded and turned away a considerable number of people, saying that deities made with hands are no deity at all.
27 So that not only is our craft in danger of falling into disrepute, but also that the temple of the great deity Artemis should be despised, and her magnificence should be destroyed, whom all Asia and the world worships.”
28 And when they heard this, they were filled with wrath, and cried out, saying, “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!”
29 And the city was filled with the confusion; and having caught Gaius and Aristarchus, men of Macedonia and Paul’s traveling companions, they rushed with one accord into the theatre.
30 And when Paul wanted to go into the assembly, the disciples would not let him.
31 And some of the chiefs of Asia, who were friends of his, sent to him, desiring that he would not adventure into the theater.
32 Some therefore cried one thing, and some another, for the assembly was confused, and the majority did not know for what cause they had come together.
33 And they drew Alexander out of the multitude, the Yehudi putting him forward; and having motioned with his hand, Alexander was intending to make a defense to the assembly.
34 But when they knew that he was a Yehud, all with one voice shouted for about two hours, “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!”
35 And when the town clerk had appeased the multitude, he said, “Men of Ephesus, what person is there that does not know how the city of the Ephesians is a worshipper of the great deity Artemis, and of the image which fell down from Jupiter?
36 Since then these things cannot be spoken against, you ought to be calm and to do nothing rash.
37 For you have brought here these men, who are neither robbers of churches, nor blasphemers of our deity.
38 So then, if Demetrius, and the craftsmen who are with him, have a complaint against any person, the law is open, and there are proconsuls available; let them bring charges against one another.
39 But if you desire anything beyond this, it shall be determined in a lawful assembly.
40 For we are in danger of being accused for this day’s uproar, since there is no real cause for it whereby we may give an account of this riot.”
41 And after saying this, he dismissed the assembly.
And after the uproar had ceased, Paul sent for the disciples, and when he had embraced them, departed to go into Macedonia.
2 And when he had gone through those areas, and had given them much exhortation, he came to Greece.
3 And he abode there three months, and when the Yehudi laid wait for him, as he was about to set sail for Syria, he purposed to return through Macedonia.
4 And he was accompanied into Asia by Sopater of Berea, son of Pyrrhus; and by Aristarchus and Secundus of the Thessalonians; and Gaius of Derbe, and Timothy; and Tychicus and Trophimus of Asia.
5 But these had gone on ahead and were waiting for us at Troas.
6 And we sailed from Philippi after the days of Unleavened Bread, and came to them at Troas within five days; and there we abode seven days.
7 And on the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart the next day, and continued his speech until midnight.
8 And there were many lamps in the upper room, where we were gathered together.
9 And there sat in a window a certain young man named Eutychus, falling into a deep sleep; and as Paul was long preaching, he sank down with sleep, and fell down from the third loft, and was taken up dead.
10 But Paul went down and fell upon him, and after embracing him, he said, “Do not be troubled, for his life is in him.”
11 And when he had gone back up, and had broken the bread and eaten, and talked with them a long while, even until the break of day, and so departed.
12 And they took away the boy alive, and were greatly comforted.
13 But we went before to ship, and sailed for Assos, intending from there to take Paul on board; for so he had arranged it, purposing himself to go by land.
14 And when he met us at Assos, we took him on board and came to Mitylene.
15 And sailing from there, we came the next day opposite Chios; and the next day we crossed over to Samos; and the day following we came to Miletus.
16 For Paul had determined to sail past Ephesus, so he would not have to spend time in Asia; for he hastened to be in Jerusalem, if possible, on the day of Pentecost.
17 And from Miletus he sent to Ephesus, and called to him the elders of the church.
18 And when they had come to him, he said to them, “You know, from the first day that I came into Asia, the manner in which I was with you the whole time,
19 serving the Master with all humility of mind, and with many tears, and with trials, which came upon me through the plots of the Yehudi;
20 and how I did not keep back anything that was profitable; but have shown you, and have taught you publicly, and from house to house,
21 testifying both to the Yehudi and Greeks, repentance toward Elohim, and faith in our Master YEHOSHUA ha Mashiach.
22 And now, behold, I go bound in spirit, to Jerusalem, not knowing what will befall me there,
23 except that The Holy Spirit solemnly witnesses in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions await me.
24 But none of these things concern me, for I do not count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my course with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Master YEHOSHUA, to testify of the gospel of the grace of Elohim.
25 And now, behold, I know that all of you, among whom I have gone along preaching the kingdom of Elohim, will see my face no more.
26 Therefore I take you to record this day, that I am innocent of the blood of all men.
27 For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of Elohim.
28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over which The Holy Spirit has made you overseers; to feed the church of Elohim, which He has purchased with His own blood.
29 For I know that after my departure, grievous wolves will enter in among you, not sparing the flock.
30 And from among your own selves people will arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.
31 Therefore watch, and remember, that in the space of three years I ceased not to warn each one of you, night and day, with tears.
32 And now, brethren, I commend you to Elohim and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and to give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.
33 I have coveted no one’s silver or gold or clothes.
34 You yourselves know that these hands ministered to my own needs, and to those who were with me.
35 I have shown you all things, how that by laboring hard you must support the weak, and remember the words of the Master YEHOSHUA, that He Himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
36 And when he had said these things, he knelt down and prayed with them all.
37 And they all wept sorely, and fell on Paul’s neck, and kissed him,
38 grieving most of all for the words he spoke, that they would see his face no more. And they accompanied him to the ship.
And when it came about, that after we had parted from them, and had set sail, we ran a straight course to Coos, and the following day to Rhodes, and from there to Patara;
2 and having found a ship crossing over to Phoenicia, we went aboard and set sail.
3 And when we had come in sight of Cyprus, leaving it on the left, we kept sailing to Syria and landed at Tyre; for there the ship was to unload its cargo.
4 And finding disciples, we tarried there seven days; and they kept telling Paul through The Spirit not to set foot in Jerusalem.
5 And when it came about that our days there were ended, we departed and went our way; and they all brought us on our way with wives and children, till we were out of the city. And kneeling down on the shore, we prayed.
6 And when we had bid farewell to one another, we went on board the ship, and they returned home again.
7 And when we had finished the course from Tyre, we came to Ptolemais; and after greeting the brethren, we remained with them for a day.
8 And on the next day we departed and came to Caesarea; and entering the house of Philip the evangelist, who was one of the seven, we remained with him.
9 And this man had four virgin daughters, who did prophesy.
10 And as we tarried there for some days, a certain prophet named Agabus came down from Yehudah.
11 And coming to us, he took Paul’s belt and bound his own feet and hands, and said, “Thus says The Holy Spirit, ‘So shall the Yehudi at Jerusalem bind the man who owns this belt, and deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles’”
12 And when we heard these things, we as well as the local residents began begging him not to go up to Jerusalem.
13 Then Paul answered, “What do you mean by weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Master YEHOSHUA.”
14 And since he would not be persuaded, we fell silent, remarking, “The will of the Master be done!”
15 And after these days we took up our baggage and went up to Jerusalem.
16 And some of the disciples from Caesarea also came with us, taking with them one Mnason of Cyprus, an old disciple, with whom we would lodge.
17 And when we had come to Jerusalem, the brethren received us gladly.
18 And the following day Paul went in with us to James; and all the elders were present.
19 And after greeting them, he declared down to the particulars the things that Elohim had done among the Gentiles by his ministry.
20 And when they heard it they glorified the Master, and said to him, “You see, brother, how many thousands of Yehudi there are who believe, and they are all zealous for the Law.
21 And they are informed about you, that you teach all the Yehudi who are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses, saying that they ought not to circumcise their children, nor to walk according to the customs.
22 What is there therefore, but for the multitude to come together, for they will certainly hear that you have come.
23 Therefore do this that we say to you. We have four men who have taken a vow;
24 take them and purify yourself along with them, and pay their expenses, that they may shave their heads. And all will know that those things that they were told about you are nothing; but that you yourself also walk orderly, keeping the Law.
25 But concerning the Gentiles who have believed, we have written and concluded that they observe no such thing, except that they keep themselves from things offered to idols, and from blood, and from what is strangled, and from fornication.”
26 Then Paul took the men, and the next day, purifying himself along with them, went into the temple, to signify the accomplishment of the days of purification, until the offering should be offered for each one of them.
27 And when the seven days were almost over, the Yehudi from Asia, upon seeing him in the temple, began to stir up all the multitude and laid hands on him,
28 crying out, “Men of Israel, help! This is the man who teaches all everywhere against the people, and the law, and this place. And furthermore, has brought Greeks also into the temple, and has defiled this holy place.”
29 For they had seen Trophimus the Ephesian with him before in the city with him, and they supposed that Paul had brought him into the temple.
30 And the entire city was aroused, and the people rushed together; and taking hold of Paul, they dragged him out of the temple; and immediately the doors were shut.
31 And as they went about to kill him, a report came up to the chief captain of the Roman cohort that all Jerusalem was in an uproar.
32 Who immediately took soldiers and centurions, and ran down to them; and when they saw the chief captain and the soldiers, they stopped beating Paul.
33 Then the chief captain came up and took him, and commanded him to be bound with two chains; and demanded who he was, and what he had done.
34 But some cried one thing, some another among the multitude, and when he could not know the certainty for the uproar, he commanded him to be brought into the castle.
35 And when he got to the stairs, it so happened that he was carried by the soldiers, because of the violence of the people;
36 for the multitude of the people followed after, crying, “Away with him!”
37 And as Paul was about to be led into the castle, he said to the chief captain, “May I speak unto you?” And he said, “Can you speak Greek?
38 Then you are not the Egyptian, who before these days made an uproar; and led out into the wilderness four thousand men that were murderers?”
39 But Paul said, “I am a Yehud of Tarsus in Cilicia, a citizen of no insignificant city; and I beg you, allow me to speak to the people.”
40 And when he had given him liberty, Paul, standing on the stairs, beckoned to the people with his hand; and when there was a great silence, he spoke to them in the Hebrew language, saying,
“Men, brethren, and fathers, hear my defense which I now make unto you.”
2 And when they heard that he spoke in the Hebrew language, they kept even more silent. And he said,
3 “I am a Yehud, born in Tarsus of Cilicia, but brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel, and taught according to the perfect manner of the law of our fathers, and was zealous for Elohim, just as you all are today.
4 And I persecuted this Way to the death, binding and delivering both men and women into prisons,
5 as also the high priest and all the council of the elders can bear me witness. From them I also received letters to the brethren, and went to Damascus, to bring even those who were there to Jerusalem as prisoners to be punished.
6 And it came to pass, that as I made my journey, and was coming near unto Damascus about noontime, suddenly there shone from heaven a great light round about me.
7 and I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?’
8 And I answered, ‘Who art Thou, Master?’ And He said to me, ‘I am YEHOSHUA of Nazareth, whom you are persecuting.’
9 And those who were with me beheld the light, to be sure, and were fearful, but they heard not the voice of the One who was speaking to me.
10 And I said, ‘What shall I do, Master?’ And the Master said to me, ‘Rise up, and go into Damascus; and there it will be told you of all things that has been appointed for you to do.’
11 But since I could not see, because of the brightness of that light, I was led by the hand by those who were with me, and came into Damascus.
12 And a certain Yehnanias, a man who was devout by the standard of the Law, having a good report of all the Yehudi who dwelled there,
13 came to me, and standing near said to me, ‘Brother Saul, receive your sight!’ And at that very instant I looked up at him.
14 And he said, ‘The Elohim of our fathers has chosen you, that you should know His will, and to see the Righteous One, and to hear the voice of His mouth.
15 For you will be His witness unto all men of what you have seen and heard.
16 And now why do you tarry? Rise, and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling upon His name.’
17 And it came to pass, when I returned to Jerusalem, and was praying in the temple, that I was in a trance,
18 and I saw Him saying to me, ‘Make haste, and quickly get out of Jerusalem, for they will not receive your testimony about Me.’
19 And I said, ‘Master, they know that I imprisoned and beat in every synagogue those who believe on You.
20 And when the blood of Thy witness Stephen was shed, I also was standing by, consenting unto his death, and kept the cloaks of those who were slaying him.’
21 And He said to me, ‘Go, for I will send you far from here unto the Gentiles.’”
22 And they gave him audience to this statement, and then they lifted up their voices and said, “Away with such a fellow from the earth, for it is not fit that he should live.”
23 And as they were cried out, and cast off their clothes, and threw dust into the air,
24 the chief captain commanded him to be brought into the castle, stating that he should be examined by scourging; so that he might know why they cried out so against him.
25 And as they bound him with thongs, Paul said to the centurion who was standing by, “Is it lawful for you to scourge a man who is a Roman and uncondemned?”
26 And when the centurion heard this, he went to the chief captain and told him, saying, “What are you about to do? For this man is a Roman.”
27 And the chief captain came and said to him, “Tell me, are you a Roman?” And he said, “Yes.”
28 And the chief captain answered, “With a great sum of money I acquired this citizenship.” And Paul said, “But I was actually born a citizen.”
29 Then those who were about to examine him immediately let go of him; and the chief captain also was afraid when he found out that he was a Roman, and because he had put him in chains.
30 But on the next day, wanting to know for certain why he had been accused by the Yehudi, he released him and ordered the chief priests and all the council to assemble, and brought Paul down and set him before them.
And Paul, earnestly beholding the council, said, “Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before Elohim up to this day.”
2 And the high priest Yehnanias commanded those standing beside him to strike him on the mouth.
3 Then Paul said to him, “Elohim is going to strike you, you whitewashed wall! For do you sit to judge me according to the Law, and command that I be struck in violation of the Law?”
4 But those standing by said, “Do you revile Elohim’s high priest?”
5 And Paul said, “I was not aware, brethren, that he was high priest; for it is written, ‘You shall not curse a ruler of your people.’” 29
6 But when Paul perceived that one part were Sadducees and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, “Men, brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee; and I am on trial for the hope and resurrection of the dead!”
7 And when he said this, there arose a dissension between the Pharisees and Sadducees; and the multitude was divided.
8 For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, nor angels, nor a spirit; but the Pharisees confess them all.
9 And there arose a great cry; and the scribes of the Pharisees part stood up and argued, saying, “We find no evil in this man. But if a spirit or an angel has spoken to him, let us not fight against Elohim.”
10 And when there arose a great dissension, the chief captain, fearing Paul would be torn to pieces by them, commanded the soldiers to go down, and take him away from them by force, and bring him into the castle.
11 And on the night following, the Master stood at his side and said, “Be of good cheer, Paul; for as you have testified of Me in Jerusalem, so you must witness at Rome also.”
12 And when it was day, certain of the Yehudi formed a conspiracy and bound themselves under a curse, saying that they would neither eat nor drink until they had killed Paul.
13 And there were more than forty who formed this conspiracy.
14 And they came to the chief priests and the elders, and said, “We have bound ourselves under a curse to eat nothing until we have killed Paul.
15 Now, therefore, you and the council notify the chief captain to bring him down to you tomorrow, as though you were going to determine his case by a more perfect inquiry; and we for our part are ready to slay him before he comes near the place.”
16 But the son of Paul’s sister heard of their lying in wait, and he came and entered the castle and told Paul.
17 And Paul called one of the centurions to him and said, “Lead this young man to the chief captain, for he has something to report to him.”
18 So he took him and led him to the chief captain and said, “Paul the prisoner called me to him, and asked me to lead this young man to you, since he has something to tell you.”
19 And the chief captain took him by the hand and stepping aside, began to ask of him privately, “What is it that you have to report to me?”
20 And he said, “The Yehudi have agreed to ask you to bring Paul down tomorrow to the council, as though they were going to inquire somewhat more perfectly about him.
21 But do not yield to them, for there lie in wait for him more than forty men, who have bound themselves under a curse not to eat or drink until they kill him; and now they are ready and waiting for the promise from you.”
22 So the chief captain let the young man go, charging him, “Tell no one that you have shown these things to me.”
23 And he called to him two of the centurions, and said, “Make ready two hundred soldiers to go to Caesarea, with seventy horsemen and two hundred spearmen.”
24 And provide a beast to set Paul upon, and take him safely to Felix the governor.
25 And he wrote a letter in this manner:
26 “Claudius Lysias, to the most excellent governor Felix, greetings.
27 This man was seized by the Yehudi, and was about to be killed by them, when I came upon them with an army and rescued him, having learned that he was a Roman.
28 And wanting to know the cause for which they accused him, I brought him down to their council;
29 whom I perceived to be accused over questions about their Law, but under no accusation deserving death or bondage.
30 And when I was told that the Yehudi laid wait for the man, I sent him to you at once, also instructing his accusers to bring their charges against him unto you. Farewell”
31 So the soldiers, as it was commanded them, took Paul, and brought him by night to Antipatris.
32 But the next day, leaving the horsemen to go on with him, they returned to the castle.
33 And when they arrived at Caesarea, they delivered the letter to the governor, and they also presented Paul to him.
34 And when he had read it, he asked from what province he was; and when he learned that he was from Cilicia,
35 he said, “When your accusers arrive, I will give you a hearing also.” And he commanded for him to be kept in Herod’s judgment hall.
And after five days Yehnanias the high priest came down with some elders, with a certain orator named Tertullus; who informed the governor against Paul.
2 And when he had been summoned, Tertullus began to accuse him, saying to the governor, “Since we have through you enjoy great quietness and peace, and that very worthy deeds are done unto this nation by your providence,
3 we acknowledge this always, and in all places, most noble Felix, with all thankfulness.
4 But, that I may not be tedious with you any further, I beg you to grant us, by your clemency, a brief hearing;
5 for we have found this man a pestilent and a mover of sedition among all the Yehudi throughout the world, and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes.
6 Who also has gone about to profane the temple; whom we took, and would have judged according to our law.
7 But Lysias the chief captain came along, and with much violence took him out of our hands,
8 commanding his accusers to come before you; of whom you can, in examining him yourself, know the certainty of all the things of which we accuse him.”
9 And the Yehudi also assented, saying that these things were so.
10 And when the governor had beckoned to him to speak, Paul said, “Knowing that for many years you have been a judge to this nation, I cheerfully make my defense,
11 because you can take note that no more than twelve days ago I went up to Jerusalem to worship.
12 And neither in the temple, nor in the synagogues, nor in the city itself, did they find me disputing with anyone, or raising up the people.
13 Nor can they prove to you the things of which they now accuse me.
14 But this I confess to you, that according to The Way, which they call heresy, I do serve the Elohim of our fathers, believing all things written in the law and in the prophets;
15 having hope in Elohim, which these men also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both the righteous and the wicked.
16 And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward Elohim, and mankind.
17 Now after many years I came to bring alms to my nation, and offerings;
18 in which certain Yehudi from Asia found me purified in the temple, neither with multitude, nor with tumult;
19 who ought to have been here before you, and to accuse, if they should have anything against me.
20 Or else let these same here say if they have found any evil doing in me, when I stood before the council,
21 except for this one statement, which I cried out while standing among them, touching upon the resurrection of the dead; for which I am on trial before you this day.”
22 And when Felix heard these things, having a more exact knowledge about The Way, deferred them, and said, “When Lysias the chief captain comes down, I will know the fullness of this matter.”
23 And he commanded the centurion to keep Paul, and to let him have liberty, and that he should forbid none of his friends from ministering or coming to him.
24 But some days later, Felix came with Drusilla, his wife, who was also a Yehud and sent for Paul, and heard him speak concerning the faith in Messiah.
25 And as he reasoned of righteousness, self-control and the judgment to come, Felix trembled, and said, “Go your way for a time; and when I have season, I will call for you.”
26 He hoped also that money would be given him by Paul; that he might release him. Therefore he sent for him often, and communicated with him.
27 But after two years, Porcius Festus relieved Felix; and wishing to do the Yehudi a favor, Felix left Paul bound.
Now when Festus came into the province, after three days he went down from Caesarea to Jerusalem.
2 And the high priest and the chief of the Yehudi informed him against Paul and sought for him,
3 desiring a favor against him, that he would send for him to Jerusalem; laying wait along the way to kill him.
4 But Festus answered that Paul should be kept at Caesarea, and that he himself was about to depart shortly.
5 “Let them therefore,” said he, “who among you are able, go down with me, and accuse this man, if there be any wickedness in him.”
6 And when he had tarried among them more than ten days, he went down to Caesarea; and on the next day he sat upon the judgment seat and commanded Paul to be brought.
7 And when he arrived, the Yehudi who had come down from Jerusalem stood round about him, laying many and grievous charges against Paul, which they could not prove.
8 And Paul said in his own defense, “Neither against the law of the Yehudi, or against the temple, or even against Caesar, have I offended anything at all.”
9 But Festus, wishing to do the Yehudi a favor, answered Paul and said, “Will you go up to Jerusalem, and there be judged of these things before me?”
10 But Paul said, “I stand at Caesar’s tribunal, where I ought to be judged. I have done no wrong to the Yehudi, as you also very well know.
11 If then I am an offender, or have committed anything worthy of death, I do not refuse to die; but if none of those things is true, of which these accuse me, no one can deliver me unto them. I appeal to Caesar.”
12 Then when Festus conferred with his council, he answered, “You have appealed to Caesar, unto Caesar you shall go.”
13 And after several days, King Agrippa and Bernice arrived at Caesarea to welcome Festus.
14 And when they had been there many days, Festus laid Paul’s case before the king, saying, “There is a certain man left a prisoner by Felix;
15 about whom, when I was at Jerusalem, the chief priests and the elders of the Yehudi informed me, desiring judgment against him.
16 To whom I answered, ‘It is not the custom of the Romans to deliver anyone to die, before the accused meets their accusers face to face, and have an opportunity to answer for themselves concerning the charges.’
17 So, when they had assembled here, I made no delay, but on the next day sat on the judgment seat, and commanded the man to be brought forth.
18 Against whom, when the accusers stood up, they brought no accusation of such charges as I supposed,
19 but they had certain questions against him of their own religion, and of one YEHOSHUA, who was dead, but whom Paul affirmed to be alive.
20 And because I doubted such manner of questions, I asked whether he was willing to go to Jerusalem; and there be judged on these matters.
21 But when Paul appealed to be held in custody, unto the hearing of Augustus, I commanded him to be kept till I might send him to Caesar.”
22 And Agrippa said to Festus, “I also would like to hear the man myself.” “Tomorrow,” he said, “you shall hear him.”
23 And so, on the next day, when Agrippa had come together with Bernice, with great pomp, and had entered into the place of hearing, with the chief captains and prominent men of the city, at the command of Festus, Paul was brought in.
24 And Festus said, “King Agrippa, and all men here present with us, you see this man, about whom all the multitude of the Yehudi have dealt with me, both at Jerusalem and here, crying that he ought not to live any longer.
25 But when I found that he had committed nothing worthy of death; and that he himself appealed to Augustus, I determined to send him.
26 Yet I have no certain thing to write unto my lord. Therefore I have brought him forth before you, and especially before you, King Agrippa, so that after the examination had taken place, I may have something to write.
27 For it seems unreasonable to me to send a prisoner, and not to signify the crimes against him.”
And Agrippa said to Paul, “You are permitted to speak for yourself.” Then Paul stretched forth his hand and answered for himself:
2 “I consider myself happy, King Agrippa, because I will answer for myself this day before you, in regard to all the things of which I am accused by the Yehudi.
3 This is especially so, because you are an expert in all customs and questions among the Yehudi. Therefore I beg you to listen to me patiently.
4 My manner of life, from my youth, which was at first among my own nation at Jerusalem, is known among all the Yehudi.
5 And since they have known about me for a long time, if they are willing to testify, it would be told that I lived as a Pharisee according to the strictest sect of our religion.
6 And now I stand judged for the hope of the promise made by Elohim to our fathers;
7 the promise to which our twelve tribes hope to attain, as they earnestly serve Elohim night and day. And for this hope, O King, I am being accused by the Yehudi.
8 Why should it be thought a thing so incredible among you people if Elohim should raise the dead?
9 So then, I truly thought to myself that I had to do many things against the name of YEHOSHUA of Nazareth.
10 Which is just what I did in Jerusalem; not only did I lock up many of the saints in prisons, having received authority from the chief priests, but also when they were being put to death, I cast my vote against them.
11 And I punished them often in every synagogue, and I compelled them to blaspheme; and being exceedingly enraged against them, I kept pursuing them even unto foreign cities.
12 Whereupon as I was journeying to Damascus, with the authority and commission of the chief priests,
13 at midday, O King, I saw on the way a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, shining round about me, and those who were journeying with me.
14 And when we had all fallen to the ground, I heard a voice saying to me in the Hebrew language, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.’
15 And I said, ‘Who are You, Master?’ And the Master said, ‘I am YEHOSHUA whom you are persecuting.
16 But rise up, and stand on your feet; for this purpose I have appeared to you, to appoint you a minister and a witness both of these things which you have seen, but also to the things in which I will show you;
17 delivering you from the people and from the Gentiles, to whom I am sending you,
18 to open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto Elohim, in order that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me.’
19 Consequently, King Agrippa, I did not prove disobedient to the heavenly vision,
20 but showed first unto those of Damascus, and also at Jerusalem, and then throughout all the region of Yehudah, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to Elohim, and do works appropriate to repentance.
21 For these reasons the Yehudi caught me in the temple, and went about to kill me.
22 And so, having obtained help from Elohim, I continue to this day witnessing both to small and great, stating nothing but what the Prophets and Moses said was to come;
23 that the Messiah was to suffer, and that He should be the first that should rise from the dead, and should show light unto the people, and to the Gentiles.”
24 And as Paul was speaking for himself, Festus said in a loud voice, “Paul, you are out of your mind! Your great learning is driving you mad.”
25 But he said, “I am not out of my mind, most excellent Festus, but I utter words of truth and soberness.
26 For the king knows about these matters; before whom also I speak freely; for I am persuaded that none of these things are hidden from him; for this thing was not done in a corner.
27 King Agrippa, do you believe the Prophets? I know that you do.”
28 And Agrippa replied to Paul, “In a short time you will persuade me to become a Messianic.”
29 And Paul said, “I pray to Elohim, that whether in a short or long time, not only you, but also all who hear me this day, might become such as I am, except for these chains.”
30 And when he had so spoken, the king rose up, and the governor, and Bernice, and those who were sitting with them,
31 and when they had drawn aside, they began talking to one another, saying, “This man does nothing worthy of death or bondage.”
32 And Agrippa said to Festus, “This man might have been set at liberty if he had not appealed to Caesar.”
And when it was determined that we should sail for Italy, they delivered Paul and certain other prisoners unto one named Julius, a centurion of the Augustus cohort.
2 And entering into an Adramyttian ship, we set sail along the coast of Asia, with Aristarchus, a Macedonian of Thessalonica, being with us.
3 And the next day we put in at Sidon; and Julius treated Paul courteously, and allowed him to go to his friends and to refresh himself.
4 And from there we sailed under the shelter of Cyprus because the winds were contrary.
5 And when we had sailed over the sea of Cilicia and Pamphylia, we landed at Myra in Lycia.
6 And there the centurion found an Alexandrian ship sailing for Italy, and he put us aboard.
7 And when we had sailed slowly for many days, and with difficulty had arrived off Cnidus, the wind not permitting, we sailed under Crete, opposite Salmone;
8 and hardly passing it we came to a place called Fair Havens, near unto which was the city of Lasea.
9 And when much time had passed, and when sailing was now dangerous, because the fast was already over, Paul began to admonish them,
10 and said to them, “Men, I perceive that this voyage will be attended with much hurt and damage, not only of the cargo and the ship, but also of our lives.”
11 But the centurion believed the captain and owner of the ship, more than by what was being said by Paul.
12 And because the harbor was inconvenient for wintering, the majority decided to depart from there also, if somehow they could reach Phenice, a harbor of Crete, which lies toward the southwest and the northwest, wintering there.
13 And when a south wind blew softly, supposing they had obtained their purpose, they got underway, sailing close by Crete.
14 But not long after there arose against it a tempestuous wind, called Euroklydon;
15 and when the ship was caught in it, and could not bear up under the wind, we let ourselves be driven along.
16 And running under a certain island called Clauda, we were scarcely able to gain control of the boat.
17 Which when they had taken it up, they used chains to undergird the ship; and fearing they should fall into quicksands, lowered the sails, and so were driven.
18 And being exceedingly tossed by the tempest, the next day they began to throw the cargo overboard.
19 And on the third day they threw the ship’s tackle overboard with their own hands.
20 And when neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small tempest was assailing us, from then on all hope of our being saved was taken away.
21 But after a long period without food, Paul stood in the midst of them and said, “Men, you ought to have heeded my advice and not to have set sail from Crete, and to have incurred this harm and loss.
22 And yet now I urge you to be of good cheer; for there shall be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship.
23 For this very night an angel of the Elohim, of whose I am, and of whom I serve, stood before me,
24 saying, ‘Fear not, Paul; you must be brought before Caesar. And behold, Elohim has given you all those who are sailing with you.’
25 Therefore, be of good cheer; for I believe Elohim, that it will be even as it was told me.
26 But we must run aground on a certain island.”
27 But when the fourteenth night had come, as we were driven about the Adriatic Sea, about midnight the sailors deemed that they drew near to some land.
28 And taking soundings, they found it to be twenty fathoms; and a little farther they sounded again, and found it to be fifteen fathoms.
29 Then fearing we might run aground on the rocks, they cast four anchors from the stern, and wished for daybreak.
30 And as the sailors were about to flee from off the ship, when they had let down the boat into the sea, on the pretext of laying out anchors from the bow,
31 Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers, “Unless these men remain on the ship, you yourselves cannot be saved.”
32 Then the soldiers cut off the ropes of the ship’s boat, and let it fall away.
33 And while the day was about to dawn, Paul was encouraging them all to eat, saying, “Today is the fourteenth day that you have waited and continued fasting, having taken nothing.
34 Therefore I beg you to eat, for this is for your health; for there shall not a hair from the head of any of you perish.”
35 And having said this, he took bread and gave thanks to Elohim in the presence of all; and he broke it and began to eat.
36 Then were they all of good cheer, and they also ate.
37 And we were in all on the ship two hundred and seventy-six souls.
38 And when they had eaten enough, they lightened the ship, by casting out the wheat into the sea.
39 And when it was day, they did not recognize the land; but they observed a certain bay with a shore, into which they resolved to drive the ship, if possible.
40 And taking up the anchors, they committed themselves to the sea, and loosening the ropes of the rudder, and hoisting the mainsail to the wind, they made toward the shore.
41 But striking a reef where two seas met, they ran the ship aground; and the forepart stuck fast and remained immovable, but the hind part was broken by the violence of the waves.
42 And the soldiers’ counsel was to kill the prisoners, that none of them should swim away and escape;
43 but the centurion, intending to bring Paul safely through, kept them from their purpose, and commanded that those who could swim should jump overboard first and get to land,
44 and the rest, some on boards, and some on parts of the ship, should follow. And so it came to pass that they all were brought safely to land.
And when they were safe, they then knew that the island was called Melita.
2 And the barbarous people showed us no little kindness; for they kindled a fire, and received each one of us, because of the rain, and because of the cold.
3 And when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks and laid them on the fire, there came out a viper, because of the heat, and fastened on his hand.
4 And when the barbarians saw the creature hanging from his hand, they said among themselves, “No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, although he has escaped the sea, yet vengeance has not allowed him to live.”
5 But he shook the creature off into the fire and felt no harm.
6 But they looked when he should have swollen, or fallen down dead. But after waiting a long time, and seeing no harm come to him, they changed their minds and began to say that he was a deity.
7 Now in the same quarters of that place were possessions of the chief man of the island, whose name was Publius, who received us, and lodged us there three days.
8 And it came to pass that the father of Publius lay sick of a fever and bloody dysentery. And Paul went in to see him, and after praying, he laid his hands on him and healed him.
9 So when this was done, others also, who had diseases on the island, came, and were healed.
10 And they also honored us with many honors. And when we departed, they supplied us with all we needed.
11 And at the end of three months we set sail on an Alexandrian ship, which had wintered at the island, and whose sign was Castor and Pollux.
12 And after we put in at Syracuse, we stayed there for three days.
13 And from there we sailed about and came to Rhegium, and after one day the south wind blew, and on the next day we came to Puteoli,
14 where we found some brethren, and were asked to tarry with them for seven days; and thus we went toward Rome.
15 And from there, when the brethren heard about us, they came to meet us as far as the market of Appius, and the three taverns; whom when Paul saw, he thanked Elohim and took courage.
16 And when we came to Rome, the centurion delivered the prisoners to the captain of the guard. But Paul was allowed to stay by himself, with a soldier who kept him.
17 And it came to pass that after three days Paul called the chief of the Yehudi together. And when they had come, he said to them, “Men and brethren, though I have committed nothing against our people, or the customs of our fathers, yet I was delivered prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans.
18 Who, when they had examined me, would have let me go, because there was no cause of death in me.
19 But when the Yehudi spoke against me, I was forced to appeal to Caesar; not that I had any accusation against my nation.
20 For this cause therefore, I have called for you, to see and to speak with you, because for the hope of Israel I am bound with this chain.”
21 And they said to him, “We have neither received letters from Yehudah concerning you, nor have any of the brethren that came showed or spoke anything harmful about you.
22 But we desire to hear from you what you think, for concerning this sect we know that everywhere it is spoken against.”
23 And when they had set for him a day, there came many to him at his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of Elohim, persuading them concerning YEHOSHUA, from both the law of Moses and the prophets, from morning until evening.
24 And some believed the things that were spoken, but others believed not.
25 And when they did not agree among themselves, they departed after Paul had spoken one word: “The Holy Spirit rightly spoke to our fathers, by Isaiyeh the prophet,
26 saying, ‘Go, and tell this people, “Hear you indeed, but understand not; and see you indeed, but perceive not.
27 Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears dull, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and turn back, and be healed.”’ 30
28 Be it known therefore, that the salvation of Elohim is sent to the Gentiles; and they will hear it.”
29 And when he had said these words, the Yehudi departed, having a great dispute among themselves.
30 And Paul dwelled two full years in his own rented house, and received all who came to him,
31 preaching the kingdom of Elohim, and teaching those things concerning the Master YEHOSHUA ha Mashiach with all confidence, unhindered.
1 Psalm 69:25 & Psalm 109:8
2 Yehel 2:28-32
3 Psalm 16:8-11
4 Psalm 110:1
5 Deuteronomy 18:15
6 Deuteronomy 18:19
7 Genesis 22:18
8 Psalm 118:22
9 Psalm 2:1-2
10 Genesis 12:1
11 Genesis 15:13-14
12 Exodus 1:8
13 Exodus 2:14
14 Exodus 3:6
15 Exodus 3:5
16 Exodus 3:7 & 8
17 Deuteronomy 18:15
18 Exodus 32:1
19 Amos 5:25-27
20 Isaiyah 66:1 & 2
21 Isaiyah 53:7-8
22 Psalm 89:20; 1 Samuel 13:14
23 Psalm 2:7
24 Psalm 16:10
25 Habakkuk 1:5
26 Isaiyah 42:6
27 Psalm 146:6
28 Amos 9:11 & 12
29 Exodus 22:28
30 Isaiyah 6:9-10