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Chap, she received the doctrines of Paul,

- and was baptized with all her family.

J 5 Then she besought us, saying, '' If

ye think me faithful to the Lord,

come and stay in my house." And

she pressed us to compliance.

16 Now, as we were going to pray

•nd cores er, there met us a maid-servant

anmbane navino. a Sr,irit of divination, who

young wo- or »

jnanl brought her masters much gain by

n l divining. She followed Paul and

us, crying out, "* These men are

servants of the Most High God,

and proclaim unto us the way of

18 salvation." And she continued to do this for mar;y days; so that Paul was wearied out, and turned, and said to the spirit, " I charge thee in the name of Jesus Christ, to come out of her; and it came out that moment."

19 But when her masters saw that for which the hope of their gain was gone,

suim *ey seized .1,aul and Silas, and betten, dragged them into the market place,

and thrown and brought them before the mauto prison. gistrates, saying, "These men,

20 these']ews, greatly trouble our ci

21 ty, and teach practices which it is not lawful for us Romans to re

22 ceive or observe." And the multitude rose up in a body upon them, and the magistrates tore off their clothes, and commanded them to

23 be beaten with rods. And when they had laid many stripes on them, they cast them into prison, and charged the gaoler to keep them

24 safely; who, having received these orders, threw them into the inner prison, and fastened their foet in the stocks.

25 Now, at midnight, as Paul and Being mi- Silas were praying, and singing deli "V Pra'ses to God, and the prisoners they con- were listening to them; on a sudvertthe fJCn ihere was a great earthquake, ganier and &0 th t tne foundations of the pri

bis family; r

1 Pretending to foretell future events by the inspiration of Apollo Pythius. t * She probably only repeated what she had

son were shaken, and the doors in- CHAPstantly opened, and the chains of XyIall the prisoners fell off. Then the 21 gaoler awaking out of sleep, and seeing the doors of the prison opened, drew a sword, and was going to destroy himself, supposing that the prisoners had escaped. But Paul cried out with a loud 28 voice, "Do thyself no harm, for we are all here." Then the gaoler 29 called fora light, and sprang in, and fell down trembling before Paul and Silas, and led them out, saying, '' Sirs, what must I do to be3 sav- 30 ed?" And they said, "Believe 31 on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou, and thy family shall be saved." Then they spake the word of the 32 Lord unto him, and to all that were in his family. And he took Paul 33 and Silas that very hour of the night, and washed the wounds which their stripes had made, and was immediately baptized, he and all his family; and when he had 34 brought them into his house, he set food before them, and he rejoiced exceedingly with all his family upon believing in God.

Now, when it was day, the ma- 35 gistrates sent the' officers, saying, sndattl« "Let those men go." And the r^„-.; gaoler told Paul of this order, say- tratesi«« mg, "The magistrates have sentthe "Vto discharge you: now, therefore, 36 come out, and depart in peace." But Paul said, "They have beaten 37 us who are Roman-citizens, publicly without any trial, and thrown us into prison, and now they are for sending us away privately. Not so indeed, but let them come themselves and conduct us out." And 38 the officers related these words to the magistrates ; who were affrighted, when they heard that Paul and Silas were Roman-citizens. So 39

heard Paul and Silas say of themselves.

3 To be in that way of salvation which you preach.

CHAP they came and besought them, 'and conducted them out, and desired them to leave the city. 40 Upon this Paul and Silas came out of the prison, and went to the house of Lydia; and after seeing the brethren, and exhorting them they departed. CHAP. Then Paul and Silas travelled 'through Amphipolis, and Apollorhtenvi. nia, and came to Thessalonica, * TMZ where there was a synagogue of the hem it Jews. Now Paul, as his custom tcssaio- was, went in among them; and ** for three Sabbath-days reasoned

3 with them from the scriptures,, explaining them, and proving thereby that it was necessary for the Christ to suffer death, and to rise from the dead; and that the same Jesus, whom I am declaring

4 to you, is the Christ. Upon this some of them were convinced, and joined themselves to Paul and Silas; and of the devout Greeks,

great multitude. But the unbelieving Jews, moved with envy and vexation, taking with them a disorderly rabble, and raising a mob, made a riot through the city, and came to the house of Jason, with a design of bringing Paul and Si/as

6 out to the people. But not finding them there, they dragged Jason, and some of the brethren, before the magistrates, crying out, "These men that have turned the world

7 upside down, are come hither; and Jason hath entertained them; though they all act in opposition to the decrees of Cesar, by affirming that there is another king, one

8 Jesus." And the magistrates, as well as thecormnon people, were

9 alarmed upon hearing this; so they took security of Jason and the rest, and let them go.

1 These were famous philosophical sects among the Greeks. The Epicureans denied 2 Providence and a future state; and maintained that pleasure was the chief good. The

Then the brethren immediately Chap. sent away Paul and Silas in the XVI1night to Berea; who when they came 1 I thither, went into the synagogue F,ne chaof the Jews. And these were"

racter of the Bcrean

more ingenuous than those inThes- jews.
salonica, because they received the
word with all readiness of mind,
searching the scriptures daily,
whether these things were so;
and accordingly, many of them 12
believed; and of the Grecian wo-
men of high rank, and of men,
not a few.

But as soon as the Jews of Thes- 13 salonica knew that the word of God Pau' 6°" was preached by Paul in Berea,to Atixas' they came there also, raising a disturbance among the multitude. Upon this the brethren sent away 1 * Paul immediately to go toward the sea; but Silas and Timothy remained there still. Then they 15 who conducted Paul, brought him . to Athens; and after receiving from him an order to Silas ana Timothy, to come to him as soon as possible, they departed.

Now while Paul was waiting: for 16 them at Athens, his spirit waswhere he

greatly provoked within him, when convi'!,e5

spirit

when vi, ,u. he saw the city full of idols. He phiiosodiscoursed therefore in the synago-Phersgue with the Jews, and with the 17 Gentile proselytes, and in the market-place: daily, with such as came in his way. And some of 18 the ' Epicurean and 'Stoic philosophers met with him, some of whom said, " What doth this babbler mean to say?" And others said, " He seems to be a setter-forth of strange demons; because he preached to them the glad tidings of Jesus, and of the resurrection."

And they took him, and brought 19

Stoies were fatallists, and held that virtue was the only good; that all vices were equal; and that pain was no evil.

Chap. him to the court of Areopagus, saying, " We cannot understand I? t'l«n what this new doctrine, which is ««e Proposed by thee, is; for thou court of oringest strange things to our ears; justice, we wish, therefore, to know what

21 these things can mean?" (For all the Athenians, and the strangers that came among them, employed their leisure in nothing else, but in telling or hearing something new.)

22 Then Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus, and spoke thus:

»h«c he "Ye men of Athens! I perceive makes a u all together much given to rcspeech, ligious worship; tor as I was go

23 ing about and taking notice of vour deities, I found, among other things, an altar with this inscription, 'To THE UNKNOWN GoD.'

Whom therefore ye reverence without knowing him ; the same do I now make known unto you.

24 That God, the Creator of this world, and of all things which it eontaineth; that God, the Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not

25 in temples made with hands; nor doth he require service at men's hands to supply his wants; since he is the giver of life and breath

26 unto all mankind. And he made of one blood every nation of men, to dwell on the whole face of the

, earth, having fixed from the first the appointed times and bounda2T ries of their habitation; that they might seek for God, inasmuch as they would find him, by 'feeling after him ; for indeed he is not

28 far from every one of us, as in him we live and move, and have our being. And to this purpose some of your poets also have spok

[Antus.] en, " For we are indeed his ofi

29 spring." Since then we are God's offspring, we ought not to think this

1 Endeavouring to discover him, as men blind or in the dark do the object they are in pursuit of. The vord is admirably descriptive of that dark and ignorant state in

Divine Being like unto any golden, Chap. or silver, or stone image, a curious workmanship of man's fancy. God, however, condemning such 30 ignorance in these times, now chargcth all men every where to reform themselves; because he 31 hath fixed a day, in which he will 2judge the world in righteousness, bv a man whom he hath appointed, of whose appointment he; hath given proof to all' by raising him from the dead."

Now, when they heard of a re- 32 surrection of the dead, some scoff- bywaidii ed; and others said, " We w,ill^^ hear thee again of this matter." made. Upon this, Paul went out from 33 among them. However some men 34 joined themselves to him, and believed; among whom was Dionysius, a judge of the Areopagus, and a woman named Damaris, and others besides them.

Now after this Paul left Athens, CH^ and went to Corinth; and finding there a certain Jew, named Aquila,"".'?? born in 3Pontus, lately come from ^j.TM" Italy, with Priscilla his wife, be- findsAqui cause of an order from Claudius ''• the Roman emperor, that all Jews should depart from Rome; he applied himself unto them, and as he was of the same trade, he con- 3 tinned with them, working at it, for they were tent-makers by trade; and he discoursed in the syna- \ gogue, on every Sabbath, and endeavoured to convince Jews and 'Greeks.

But when Silas and Timothy 5 were come from Macedonia, the v5"d,„ mind of Paul was violently dis-*^,^ turbed bvthe opposition and wick- ottheJc* ed speeches of the Jews, whilst he het"rni was earnestly assuring them that tTMthe Jesus was the Christ, so that he Gemiio,

which mankind were before the gospel.

• See cha.. x. 42.

3 A province of the Lesser Asia.

* Grecising Jews. .

Chap, shook his upper garment, and said "unto them, "Your blood is upon your own heads, I am pure; henceforth I will goto the Gentiles." 1 So he departed thence, and went to the house of a man named Justus, a Gentile, who worshipped God, whose house was very near 8 the synagogue. But Crispus, the ruler of a synagogue, believed in the Lord with all his house: and many of the Corinthians, on hearing the .word, believed it, and were baptized. among Then the Lord said to Paul in a

*tema>sion.bynight, " Fear not, fori nyconverts.am with thee, and no one shall bang en, come upon thee to hurt thee, but

TMvisJiond'" sPeak ant^ be not s'lent; for I have many people in this city: and he staid amongst them a year and six months, teaching the word of God. 12 And when Gallio was governor

Callio re- 0f Achaia, the Jews rose up with

an «rinst oue consent against Paul, and

iin. brought him to the judgment-seat,

1,3 saying, " This man persuadeth

people to worship God contrary to

14 the law." , And when Paul was about to open his mouth, 'Gallio said to the Jews, " If this were a matter of injustice, or wicked mis^ chief, ye Jews, it would be reasonable for me to bear with you:

15 but if it be a question about words and names, and ytfur law, look to it yourselves, for I will not be

16 judge of such matters;" and he removed them from the judgment,

17 seat. Then several of the Greeks took Sosthenes, the ruler of the synagogue, and beat him before the judgment-seat; but Gallio did not regard it.

18 But Paul, after staying there many days longer, left the bre

* A person of the sweetest and mildest disposition, brother to the Stoic philosopher. Seneca.

* Probably a Nazaritc's vow of absti,

thren, and sailed thence into Syria, Chap. in company with Priscillaand Aqui- 'l' la, who had shorn his head atCen- He conchrea, for he had made a svow. firms *e.

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These Faul left at Ephesus, where different on his arrival, he had gone into the "ties, synagogue, and reasoned with the 20 Jews; and when they desired him to remain longer with them, he consented not; but parted from them, saying, "I must by all means keep 21 the approaching festival at Jerusalem j but I will come again unto you, God willing. So he went 22 from Ephesus; and after landing at Cesarea, and going up to Jerusalem, and saluting the church, he went down to Antioch: and 23 when he had staid some time there, he passed through the country of Galatia, and Phrygia, in order, confirming all the disciples.

Now a certain Jew, named Apol- 24 los, born at Alexandria, an intel- Apoilos ligent man, and able in the scrip- chJfet' tures, came to Ephesus. This with great man was instructed in the doctrine efficacy at of the Lord; and being of a zeal- p esus* ous disposition, was constantly 25 speaking and teaching concerning the Lord, and exactly, for one' who knew ,only the baptism of' John. Accordingly he began to 26 speak with freedom in the synagogue; but when Aquila and Priscilla heard him, they took him to them, and explained to him the doctrine of God ,more exactly. And when Apollos was disposed to 27 go forwards into Achaia, the brethren, after3 exhorting him, wrote, to the disciples to receive him courteously; and when he was come among them, he helped the believers much by his gift; for he 23 was constantly arguing against the Jews, with great power, publicly,

nence from wine for a certain number of day's. Sse Numbers, vi. 3. in Bible at large.

3 To execute so good a purpose.

Y

CHAP. by proof from the scriptutfe«, that

XV1U" Jesus was the Christ.

Chap. Now, while Apollos Was at Co

XiX, rinth, Paul having passed through

Paul im- the upper parts of the country,

part* the came t0 gphesus ; where he found

apmt to . .f . .' , . ,

twelve certain disciples, and said Unto »en, them, " Did ye receive the holy

2 spirit, when ye believed?" And they said unto him, " We have not even so much as heard, whether there be a holy spirit."

3 Then he said unto them, " Unto what then were you baptized?" And thev said, ". Unto John's

4 baptism." Then Paul said, "John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying unto the people that they should believe in one who was coming after him; mean

5 ing Jesus." So when they heard this, they were baptized into the

6 name of the Lord Jesus. And after Paul had laid his hands on them, the holy spirit came on them, and they spoke in different languages,

1 and prophesied. And the men were twelve in all.

8 Now Paul went into the syna*nJ succeds gogue and discoursed for three ln h". • months with great freedom, per

preaching, & , ,V

though suading men concermng the Kingsome op- dom of God. But as some contiposehim. nue(l hardened and unconvinced,

9 reviling this doctrine before the multitude, he left them, and took away the disciples; disputing daily in the school of one Tyrannus.

10 And this he did for two years, so that all the inhabitants of this part o/Asia heard the doctrine of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks. ,,.11 And God wrought extraordinary miracles by the hands of Paul.

13 Then some of the Jews who

1 Persons who pretended to cast out demons, or heal malignant and inveterate diseases, by solemn adjurations.

* The man affecting to speak by the impulse of the supposed indwelling demon.

3 Without their upper garments.

went about as ' exorcist* took upon CHA?\ them to call over those who had evil spirits, the name of the The gospel Lord Jesus, savins, " We adjure :r°SPers

L i 'r & i ii , and prevail

you by that Jesus whom Paul mightily, preacheth." Now the seven sons 14 of Sceva, a chief priest of the Jews, were among those who did this. Then the evil "spirit answered, "I 15 know Jesus, and I am acquainted with Paul; but who'are ye?" Then 16 the man, in whom the evil spirit was, leaped on them, and overpowered them so much, as to make them flee from that 3 house naked, and wounded. Now this became 17 known to all, both Jews and Greeks, inhabitants of Ephesus; and fear fell upon them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified. And many whobeliev- IS ed came, confessing and declaring their deeds. Many of those also, 19 who had used magical arts, brought their books together, and burned them in public; and the value of them altogether was reckoned to be fifty thousand * pieces of silver. So 20 mightily did the word of God grow and prevail.

Now after these things were end- 21 ed, Paul purposed in his mind, PauI pot. when he had passed through Mace- £°?D t donia and Achaia, to go to Jerusalem, saying, " After I have been there, I must see Rome also." So he 22 sent into Macedonia two of his ministers, Timothy and Erastus; buthc himself continued a while in Asia.

Now at this time there arose 23 no small disturbance about this doc- Disturbtrine. For one Demetrius, a sil-fncl'*5srf' versnuth, who made silver 'models trius. of Diana's temple, furnished no small employment to the workmen*

4 Probably these were attic drachms, the value of one of which was nine pence; the whole sum, therefore, was 1875/.

b Resembling ths temple and image of Diana.

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