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Cv*p' turned to Jerusalem. And they went on from Perga, and came to Antioch, where they entered the synagogue on the Sabbath-day,

15 and sat down. And after the reading of the law and the prophets, the rulers of the synagogue sent unto them, saying, " Brethren, if ye have any word of exhortation to the people, speak."

16 Then Paul stood up and waved *,ul'«. his hand, and said, " Ye men of tneCsliu- Israel, and ye of the Gentiles who iogue. l fear God, hearken. The God of

17 this people Israel chose our fathers for himself, and made them prosper when they sojourned in the land of Egypt, and brought them out of

18 it with an high arm; and for the space of forty years fed them in the

19 desert. And when he had destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan, he divided their country

20 among our fathers. And after these things, during four hundred and fifty years he gave them judges,

21 until Samuel the prophet. And afterward they desired a king; and God gave them Saul the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of I5en

22jamin, during forty years. And when God had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom he also gave this testimony, " I have found David, the son of Jesse, a man after my own heart, who will 4per

23 form all my pleasure." Of this man's race, hath God, according to his promise, raised unto Israel,

24 a Saviour, Jesus: when John had first preached, before his appearance, the baptism of repentance to

25 all the people of Israel. And John, as he was fulfilling his course said, « Whom think ye that I am? I am not the Christ; but behold, one cometh after me, the sandals of whose feet I am not worthy to untie.'

1 Who have embraced the religion of the Jews.

"Brethren, sons of the race of Chap. Abraham, and whosoever of the Xlu" Gentiles among you feareth God, 26 unto you the doctrine of this salvation hath been sent; for the inha- 27 bitantsofjerusalem, and theirrulers, not attending to this doctrine, nor to the declarations of the prophets, which are read every Sabbath-day, fulfilled them by condemning Jesus. And though they found no 28 just cause of death in him, desired Pilate that he might be slain. So 29 after accomplishing all that had been written of him, they took him down from the cross, and laid him in a tomb. But God raised him up 30 from the dead; and he was seen 31 many days by those who had come up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are his witnesses to the people. And we declare unto 32 you glad tidings of the promise made, unto the fathers, how God hath performed this for their children, by sending Jesus to us; as 33 indeed it is written in the second psalm, ' Thou art my son, this day I have adopted thee.5 Now 34 that he raised him from the dead, to return no more to corruption, the scripture hath thus declared, 'I will give you the sure and gia- Isaiah, cious promises made to David.' *' 3' Wherefore it saith also in another 35 place, ' Thou wilt not suffer thy Ps3}m Holy One to see corruption.' For xvl" IO" David, after he had served the will 36 of God in his own generation, fell asleep, and was gathered to his fathers, and experienced corruption; but he whom God raised, 37 did not experience corruption.

"Be it known therefore unto 38 you, brethren, that through him forgiveness of sins is proclaimed unto you; and an acquittal from 39 all those sins from which ye could not be acquitted by the law of Moses. Take care then that this 40

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Chap, declaration of the prophets come !it not upon you, 'Behold! ye despiders, and be astonished, and hide yourselves; for I perform a work in your days, a work which ye will not at all believe, though a man plainly declare it unto you."

42 Now, as Paul and Barnabas Some of were going out of the synagogue, proves'' tl'e Pr0ple desired that the same to Judaism doctrine might be delivered to them bdieve. on the next Sabbath. And when

43 the congregation broke up, many of the Jews, and of the devout proselytes, went with Paul and Barnabas, who spoke to them, and persuaded them to continue in the gracious gospel of God.

44 And on the following Sabbath, The Jews almost the whole citv came togeenviou.lv ther to hear the word'of God. But.

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45 tudes, they were filled with envy, and contradicted those things which were spoken by Paul, adding also wicked speeches to their con

46 tradiction. Then Paul and Barnabas, with great presence of mind, paid unto them, " It was necessary that the word of God should be spoken first to you; but since ye put it from you, and do not think

I,roper to accept this offer of everasting life, behold! we turn to the 41 Gentiles; for thus hath the Lord Isaiah, commanded us, saying, "I have xhx. 6. g|ven thee for a l|ght to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be for salvation to the extremity of the earth."

48 Now when the Gentiles heard and drive this, they were glad, and glorified

then, away. Q0(^ ^ as mapy M were %,ell disposed, believed unto eternal life.

49 And the word of the Lord was published throughout all the country.

50 But the Jews stirred up the Gentile women of rank, who worshipped

'A town of Lycaonia in the Lesser Asia.

'Those who believed in Christ.

God, and the chief men of the city, and raised an uproar against Paul and Barnabas, and drove them out of their territories. But they shook 51 off the dust of their feet against them, and came to Iconium. And 52 the disciples were filled with joy and with the holy spirit.

Now, at' Iconium, Paul and Barnabas went together into the synagogue of theJews,and spake in such a manner that a great multitude, both of the Jews and Greeks, believed. But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles, and made their minds ill affected to the * brethren.' The apostles abode however a long time there, speaking freely concerning the Lord, who bore testimony to his gracious doctrine, by granting signs and wonders to be performed by their hands. So the multitude of the city was divided, and part held with the Jews, and part with the apostles. But when both the Gentiles and the Jews,with their rulers,had a design to assault and stone them, they were aware of it, and escaped to Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia, and to the neighbouring country; and there they preached the gospel.

And there was a man at Lystra, who had no use of his feet, having been lame from his birth, and never walked: this man was listening to the speech of Paul, who looked stedfastly at him, and perceiving that he had 3 faith, so as to be restored, said with a loud voice, "Stand upright on thy feet;" and he rose up with a leap, and began to walk about. Now when the 11 multitudes saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voices, saying in the language of Lycaonia, "The gods are come down to us

3 That he was disposed to believe the gospel.

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in the likeness of men." And they called Barnabas, J upiter; antl Paul,

1 2 Mercury, because he was the chief

13 speaker. Then the priest of Jupiter, the guardian-god of the city, brought oxen; and garlands, to the gates, and together with the multi

1 i tude was going to offer sacrifice. But when the apostles, Barnabas and Paul, heard of this, they rent their clothes, and rushed in among the multitudes, crying out, and saying, "Sirs, why are ye doing thus i We too are but men of like infirmities with yourselves, declaring unto you glad tidings, that ye may turn from these vanities to the living God, who made heaven and earth, and the sea, and all things

16 in them; who in the ages past suffered all the Gentiles to walk in

J7 their own ways, though he indeed by no means left himself without testimony, doing good by giving rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, and filling your hearts with

18 food and gladness." And by these words they could hardly restrain the multitudes from offering sacrifices to them.

19 Then some Jews from Antioch, TMireco, ancl Iconium, came thither, and fomthe having gained over the multitudes, crueitreat- stoned Paul, and dragged him out

nthe of the city, supposing him to be dead. But while the disciples were standing around him, he arose up, and went into the city. And on the next day he departed

21 with Barnabas to Derbe. And when they had preached the gospel to that city, and had made many disciples, they returned to Lystra, and to Iconium, and to' Antioch,

22 confirming the minds of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, saying, that through many afflictions we must enter into the kingdom of God.

23 Then after appointing elders in the

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church for them, and praying, and Chap.
fasting, they commended them to
the Lord, on whom they had be-
lieved. And after they had pass- 24
ed through Pisidia, they came to
Pamphyha; and after preaching 25
the word at Perga, they came down
to Attalia, and thence sailed away 26
fora Antioch, from which place
they had been recommended to the
favour of God for the work which
they had fulfilled. And when they 2T
were come, and had gathered the
church together, they related what
God had done by their means, and
how he had opened the door of
faith to the Gentiles; and they
continued there a good while with
the disciples.

Now, some men came down from Judea, and taught the brethren, saying, " Unless ye be Dispute circumcised according to the cus-aboutt. % tom taught by Moses, ye cannot be circujij-' saved." As therefore Paul andciiion. Barnabas differed with them much 2 in opinion, and could not settle the ."

dispute, the brethren determined
that Paul and Barnabas, with some
other of their number, should go
up to Jerusalem to the apostles and
elders about this question. They, 3
therefore, being thus sent by the
church,-passed through Phenicia,
and Samaria, declaring the conver-
sion of the Gentiles, and caused
great joy to all the brethren. Now, 4
when they were come to Jerusalem,
they were received with approbation
by the church, and bij the apostles
and the elders, and related what
God had done by their means, and 5
how believers of the, sect of the
Pharisees had risen up, and said,
that it was proper to circumcise the'
Gentiles, and command thein to
keep the law of Moses.

Accordingly the apostles and" the 6 elders met together, to consider this matter, and aiter much dc

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bate, Peter rose up, and said unto them, " Brethren, ye know that a good while since God made choice of us, that] the Gentiles by my mouth might hear the word of the gospel, and believe. And God who knoweth the heart bare testimony to them, by giving unto them the holy spirit, even as he had given it also unto us, and made no difference between us and them, considering them as purified in their hearts, by faith in Christ. Now, therefore, why do ye try God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers, nor we have been able to bear. But I believe as well as Barnabas, and Paul, that the Gentiles shall be saved through the gracious gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ."

Then all the multitude listened in silence to Barnabas and Paul, while they related what signs and wonders God had wrought by them among the Gentiles. Now, when they had done speaking, James answered, "Brethren, hearken unto me: Simon Peter hath related how God some time ago showed kindness to the Gentiles, by taking out of them a people for his name. And with this agree the words of the prophets, as it is written, 'Afterthese things I will again build up the fallen tabernacle of David, and I will build up its ruins, and will restore it, that the residue of men may seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, over whom mvname is ' called, saith the Lord, who doeth all these things.' Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world. Whercfore my opinion is, that we give no

1 Who are iny creatures and children in reality, as well as the Jews.

* -1 his most probably means either marrying persons not converted to Christianity, or wtthiu the degrees of affinity, prohibit^

improper trouble to those Gentiles C^P. who turn to God; but charge them by letter, to abstain from the pol- 20 luted offerings to idols, and from * fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood, for the Jewish Christians must be averse to such as practise these things; because Moses has of oldhis preach- 21 ers in every city, and is read on every Sabbath in the synagogues."

Upon this, it seemed good to 29 the apostles, and the elders, and all Thedtcithe church, to choose men from "i^* among themselves, and send them to Antioch with Paul, and Barnabas, namely, Judas surnamed Barsabas, and Silas, leading men among the brethren, by whom 23 they sent the following letter:

"The apostles, and the elderp, and h sen! l? the brethren,wish health unto //**?jv ^J^h, brethren of the Gentiles in Anti-and other och, and Syria and Cilicia. Foras- churches, much as we have heard, that some 2+ who went out from us have troub- **, led you with their words, and unsettled your minds, by enjoining circumcision, and the keeping of the law, to whom we gave no such commission; we have all agreed to 25 send chosen men uato you, with our beloved brethren Barnabas and Paul, men who have hazarded 26 their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. We have ac- 27 cordingly sent them,and also Judas and Silas, who will tell you the same things that we have written. For it hath seemed good to the ho- 28 ly spirit, and to us, to lay upon you no other burden than these necessary, things: To abstain from the 29 polluted offerings to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication, from which

by the Levitical law. Fornication in the usual sense of the word is condemned by Christianity as an heinous offence. See Gal. v. 21.

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Chap. jfve jjeep yourselves, ye will do XVl right. Fare ye well."

30 So the messengers went away, '!°ca and came to Antioch, and delivered the letter to all the brethren assembled together, who read it, and

31 rejoiced at this encouragement.

32 Then Judas and Silas, being themselves also teachers, exhorted the brethren with manv vvords^ and

33 confirmed tliem; and after staying some time, they went in peace from the brethren to those who sent

34 them, except Silas, who thought

35 proper to continue there. Moreover Paul and Barnabas also staid at Antioch, teaching and preaching, with many others also, the glad tidings of the word of the Lord.

Now, after some days, Paul said to Barnabas, "Let us go again and see how the brethren go on in every city, where we preached the

37 word of the Lord." And Barnabas determined to take with them

38 John called Mark; but Paul did not think fit to take with them a man, who had left them in Pamphylia, and not gone with4 them

39 to the work. The dispute therefore was so sharp between them, that they parted from each other, and so Barnabas took Mark with

40 him; but Paul chose Silas, and departed also, after he had been commended to the favour of God by the brethren, and passed through

41 Syria and Cilicia, confirming the churches.

C\v P' Now, when Paul came to Derbe, and Lystra, he found at the latter 'a'I nwets place, a certain disciple, named wbylt Timothy (the son of a believing lstral .Jewess, but his father was a Gen

2 tile) well spoken of by the brethren

3 about Lystra and Iconium. This man Paul wished to go forth with

1 That he might not offend the Jews. The apostle did not consider circumcision as

unlawful,but only not necessary to salvation. • Paul and Luke..

him ; so he took and ' circumcised him because of the Jews that were in those parts; for they all knew that his father was a Greek. And as they went through the cities, they delivered to them for their observance,the ordinances which had been made by the apostles and elders at Jerusalem. So the churches were established in the faith, and increased in number every day.

Now, when they had passed through Phrygia, and the country of Galatia, being hindered by the holy spirit from publishing the word in the proconsular Asia, they came 7 to Mysia, and attempted to go into Bithynia; but the spirit imparted to them by Jesus, suffered them not. So they went by Mysia, and 8 came down to Troas. And Paul 9 saw a vision in the night, a man of Macedonia standing Iry him, and entreating him in these words, "Cross over into Macedonia, and. help us." And after he had seen 10 the vision, * we immediately endeavoured to go into Macedonia, concluding that the Lord had called us to preach the gospel there. We 11 bore away accordingly from Troas, and came straight to 3 Samothrace, and the next day to Neapolis, and thence to Philippi, which is a chief city in that part of Macedonia, and a colony. And we abode in that city some days.

.And on the Sabbath day, we went out at the city-gate, by a river's side, to a place where prayer was usually made, and we sat down, and spake to the women who resorted thither. And a certain woman 1* heard us, named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of * Thyatira, a Gentile, who worshipped God ; and the Lord so opened her heart, that

» An island in the ./Egean sea. 4 In the proconsular Asia, not far from Sardes.

CHAP. XVI.

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Where Iff converts Lydia,

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