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Acts of the Apostles 1:


1:1 The former account I made, O Theophilus,
of all that Yah’shua began both to do and teach,
1:2 until the day in which He was taken up, after
He through His Holy Spirit had given
commandments to the apostles whom He had
chosen,
1:3 to whom He also presented Himself alive
after His suffering by many infallible proofs,
being seen by them during forty days and
speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom
of Yahweh.
1:4 And being assembled together with them,
He commanded them not to depart from
Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the
Father, "which," He said, "you have heard from
Me;
1:5 "for John truly baptized with water, but you
shall be baptized with His Holy Spirit not many
days from now."
1:6 Therefore, when they had come together,
they asked Him, saying, "Lord, will You at this
time restore the kingdom to Israel?"
1:7 And He said to them, "It is not for you to
know times or seasons which the Father has put
in His own authority.
1:8 "But you shall receive power when His Holy
Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be
witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea
and Samaria, and to the end of the earth."
1:9 Now when He had spoken these things,
while they watched, He was taken up, and a
cloud received Him out of their sight.
1:10 And while they looked steadfastly toward
the sky as He went up, behold, two men stood by
them in white apparel,
1:11 who also said, "Men of Galilee, why do you
stand gazing up into the sky? This same
Yah’shua, who was taken up from you into the
sky, will so come in like manner as you saw Him
go into the sky."
1:12 Then they returned to Jerusalem from the
mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a
Sabbath day's journey.
1:13 And when they had entered, they went up
into the upper room where they were staying:
Peter, James, John, and Andrew; Philip and
Thomas; Bartholomew and Matthew; James the
son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot; and Judas
the son of James.
1:14 These all continued with one accord in
prayer and supplication, with the women and
Mary the mother of Yah’shua, and with His
brothers.
1:15 And in those days Peter stood up in the
midst of the disciples (altogether the number of
names was about a hundred and twenty), and
said,
1:16 "Men and brethren, this Scripture had to be
fulfilled, which His Holy Spirit revealed before
by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who
became a guide to those who arrested Yah’shua;
1:17 "for he was numbered with us and obtained
a part in this ministry."
1:18 (Now this man purchased a field with the
wages of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst
open in the middle and all his entrails gushed
out.
1:19 And it became known to all those dwelling
in Jerusalem; so that field is called in their own
language, Akel Dama, that is, Field of Blood.)
1:20 "For it is written in the book of Psalms:
'Let his dwelling place be desolate,
And let no one live in it'; and,
'Let another take his office.'
1:21 "Therefore, of these men who have
accompanied us all the time that the Lord
Yah’shua went in and out among us,
1:22 "beginning from the baptism of John to that
day when He was taken up from us, one of these
must become a witness with us of His
resurrection."
1:23 And they proposed two: Joseph called
Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and
Matthias.
1:24 And they prayed and said, "You, Yahweh,
who know the hearts of all, show which of these
two You have chosen
1:25 "to take part in this ministry and apostleship
from which Judas by transgression fell, that he
might go to his own place."
1:26 And they cast their lots, and the lot fell on
Matthias. And he was numbered with the eleven
apostles.


Acts of the Apostles 2:
2:1 When the Day of Pentecost had fully come,
they were all with one accord in one place.
2:2 And suddenly there came a sound from the
air, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the
whole house where they were sitting.
2:3 Then there appeared to them divided
tongues, as of fire, and sat upon each of them.
2:4 And they were all filled with His Holy Spirit
and began to speak in other languages, as His
Spirit gave them utterance.
2:5 And there were dwelling in Jerusalem
Hebrews, devout men, from every nation under
the sky.
2:6 And when this sound occurred, the multitude
came together, and were confused, because
everyone heard them speak in his own language.
2:7 Then they were all amazed and marveled,
saying to one another, "Look, are not all these
who speak Galileans?
2:8 "And how is it that we hear, each in our own
language in which we were born?
2:9 "Parthians and Medes and Elamites, those
dwelling in Mesopotamia, Judea and
Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,
2:10 "Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the
parts of Libya adjoining Cyrene, visitors from
Rome, both Edomites and proselytes,
2:11 "Cretes and Arabs-we hear them speaking
in our own tongues the wonderful works of
Yahweh."
2:12 So they were all amazed and perplexed,
saying to one another, "Whatever could this
mean?"
2:13 Others mocking said, "They are full of new
wine."
2:14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven,
raised his voice and said to them, "Men of Judea
and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known
to you, and heed my words.
2:15 "For these are not drunk, as you suppose,
since it is only the third hour of the day.
2:16 "But this is what was spoken by the prophet
Joel:
2:17 'And it shall come to pass in the last days,
says Yahweh,
That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh;
Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
Your young men shall see visions,
Your old men shall dream dreams.
2:18 And on My menservants and on My
maidservants
I will pour out My Spirit in those days;
And they shall prophesy.
2:19 I will show wonders in the sky above
And signs in the earth beneath:
Blood and fire and vapor of smoke.
2:20 The sun shall be turned into darkness,
And the moon into blood, Before the coming of
the great and awesome day of Yahweh.
2:21 And it shall come to pass that whoever calls
on the name of Yahweh Shall be saved.'
2:22 "Men of Israel, hear these words: Yah’shua
of Nazareth, a Man attested by Yahweh to you
by miracles, wonders, and signs which Yahweh
did through Him in your midst, as you
yourselves also know-
2:23 "Him, being delivered by the determined
purpose and foreknowledge of Yahweh, you
have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and
put to death;
2:24 "whom Yahweh raised up, having loosed
the pains of death, because it was not possible
that He should be held by it.
2:25 "For David says concerning Him:
'I foresaw Yahweh always before my face,
For He is at my right hand, that I may not be
shaken.
2:26 Therefore my heart rejoiced, and my tongue
was glad;
Moreover my flesh also will rest in hope.
2:27 For You will not leave my body in the
grave, Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see
corruption.
2:28 You have made known to me the ways of
life;
You will make me full of joy in Your presence.'
2:29 "Men and brethren, let me speak freely to
you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead
and buried, and his tomb is with us to this day.
2:30 "Therefore, being a prophet, and knowing
that Yahweh had sworn with an oath to him that
of the fruit of his body, according to the flesh,
He would raise up the Messiah to sit on his
throne,
2:31 "he, foreseeing this, spoke concerning the
resurrection of the Messiah, that His body was
not left in the grave, nor did His flesh see
corruption.
2:32 "This Yah’shua, Yahweh has raised up, of
which we are all witnesses.
2:33 "Therefore being exalted to the right hand
of Yahweh, and having received from the Father
the promise of His Holy Spirit, He poured out
this which you now see and hear.
2:34 "For David did not ascend into the heavens,
but he says himself:
Yahweh said to my Lord,
"Sit at My right hand,
2:35 Till I make Your enemies Your footstool." '
2:36 "Therefore let all the house of Israel know
assuredly that Yahweh has made this Yah’shua,
whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah."
2:37 Now when they heard this, they were cut to
the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the
apostles, "Men and brethren, what shall we do?"
2:38 Then Peter said to them, "Repent, and let
every one of you be baptized in the name of
Yah’shua the Messiah for the remission of sins;
and you shall receive the gift of His Holy Spirit.
2:39 "For the promise is to you and to your
children, and to all who are afar off, as many as
Yahweh our God will call."
2:40 And with many other words he testified
and exhorted them, saying, "Be saved from this
perverse generation."
2:41 Then those who gladly received his word
were baptized; and that day about three thousand
bodies were added to them.
2:42 And they continued steadfastly in the
apostles' doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking
of bread, and in prayers.
2:43 Then fear came upon every body, and many
wonders and signs were done through the
apostles.
2:44 Now all who believed were together, and
had all things in common,
2:45 and sold their possessions and goods, and
divided them among all, as anyone had need.
2:46 So continuing daily with one accord in the
temple, and breaking bread from house to house,
they ate their food with gladness and simplicity
of heart,
2:47 praising Yahweh and having favor with all
the people. And Yahweh added to the
congregation daily those who were being saved.


Acts of the Apostles 3:
3:1 Now Peter and John went up together to the
temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour.
3:2 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 from those who entered the temple;
3:3 who, seeing Peter and John about to go into
the temple, asked for alms.
3:4 And fixing his eyes on him, with John, Peter
said, "Look at us."
3:5 So he gave them his attention, expecting to
receive something from them.
3:6 Then Peter said, "Silver and gold I do not
have, but what I have I give you: In the name of
Yah’shua the Messiah of Nazareth arise and
walk."
3:7 And he took him by the right hand and lifted
him up, and immediately his feet and ankle
bones received strength.
3:8 So he, leaping up, stood and walked and
entered the temple with them-walking, leaping,
and praising Yahweh.
3:9 And all the people saw him walking and
praising Yahweh.
3:10 Then they knew that it was he who sat
begging alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple;
and they were filled with wonder and amazement
at what had happened to him.
3:11 Now as the lame man who was healed held
on to Peter and John, all the people ran together
to them in the porch which is called Solomon's,
greatly amazed.
3:12 So when Peter saw it, he responded: "Men
of Israel, why do you marvel at this? Or why
look so intently at us, as though by our own
power or godliness we had made this man walk?
3:13 "The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the
God of our fathers, glorified His Servant
Yah’shua, whom you delivered up and denied in
the presence of Pilate, when he was determined
to let Him go.
3:14 "But you denied the Holy One and the Just,
and asked for a murderer to be granted to you,
3:15 "and killed the Prince of life, whom
Yahweh raised from the dead, of which we are
witnesses.
3:16 "And His name, through faith in His name,
has made this man strong, whom you see and
know. Yes, the faith which comes through Him
has given him this perfect soundness in the
presence of you all.
3:17 "Yet now, brethren, I know that you did it
in ignorance, as did also your rulers.
3:18 "But those things which Yahweh foretold
by the mouth of all His prophets, that the
Messiah would suffer, He has thus fulfilled.
3:19 "Repent therefore and be converted, that
your sins may be blotted out, so that times of
refreshing may come from the presence of
Yahweh,
3:20 "and that He may send Yah’shua the
Messiah, who was preached to you before,
3:21 "whom heaven must receive until the times
of restoration of all things, which Yahweh has
spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets
since the world began.
3:22 "For Moses truly said to the fathers,
'Yahweh your God will raise up for you a
Prophet like me from your brethren. Him you
shall hear in all things, whatever He says to you.
3:23 'And it shall be that everyone who will not
hear that Prophet shall be utterly destroyed from
among the people.'
3:24 "Yes, and all the prophets, from Samuel and
those who follow, as many as have spoken, have
also foretold these days.
3:25 "You are sons of the prophets, and of the
covenant which Yahweh made with our fathers,
saying to Abraham, 'And in your seed all the
families of the earth shall be blessed.'
3:26 "To you first, Yahweh, having raised up His
Servant Yah’shua, sent Him to bless you, in
turning away every one of you from your
iniquities."


Acts of the Apostles 4:
4:1 Now as they spoke to the people, the priests,
the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees
came upon them,
4:2 being greatly disturbed that they taught the
people and preached in Yah’shua the
resurrection from the dead.
4:3 And they laid hands on them, and put them
in custody until the next day, for it was already
evening.
4:4 However, many of those who heard the word
believed; and the number of the men came to be
about five thousand.
4:5 And it came to pass, on the next day, that
their rulers, elders, and scribes,
4:6 as well as Annas the high priest, Caiaphas,
John, and Alexander, and as many as were of the
family of the high priest, were gathered together
at Jerusalem.
4:7 And when they had set them in the midst,
they asked, "By what power or by what name
have you done this?"
4:8 Then Peter, filled with His Holy Spirit, said,
"Rulers of the people and elders of Israel:
4:9 "If we this day are judged for a good deed
done to a helpless man, by what means he has
been made well,
4:10 "let it be known to you all, and to all the
people of Israel, that by the name of Yah’shua
the Messiah of Nazareth, whom you crucified,
whom Yahweh raised from the dead, by Him this
man stands here before you whole.
4:11 "This is the 'stone which was rejected by
you builders, which has become the chief
cornerstone.'
4:12 "Nor is there salvation in any other, for
there is no other name under heaven given
among men by which we must be saved."
4:13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter
and John, and perceived that they were
uneducated and untrained men, they marveled.
And they realized they had been with Yah’shua.
4:14 And seeing the man who had been healed
standing with them, they could say nothing
against it.
4:15 But when they had commanded them to go
aside out of the council, they conferred among
themselves,
4:16 saying, "What shall we do to these men?
For, indeed, that a notable miracle has been done
through them is evident to all who dwell in
Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it.
4:17 "But so that it spreads no further among the
people, let us severely threaten them, that from
now on they speak to no man in this name."
4:18 And they called and commanded them not
to speak at all nor teach in the name of Yah’shua.
4:19 But Peter and John answered and said to
them, "Whether it is right in the sight of Yahweh
to listen to you more than to Yahweh, you judge.
4:20 "For we cannot but speak the things which
we have seen and heard."
4:21 So when they had further threatened them,
they let them go, finding no way of punishing
them, because of the people, since they all
glorified Yahweh for what had been done.
4:22 For the man was over forty years old on
whom this miracle of healing had been
performed.
4:23 And being let go, they went to their own
companions and reported all that the chief priests
and elders had said to them.
4:24 So when they heard that, they raised their
voice to Yahweh with one accord saying: "Lord,
You are Yahweh, who made heaven and earth
and the sea, and all that is in them,
4:25 "who by the mouth of Your servant David
have said:
'Why did the nations rage,
And the people plot vain things?
4:26 The kings of the earth took their stand,
And the rulers were gathered together
Against Yahweh and against His Messiah.'
4:27 "For truly against Your holy Servant
Yah’shua, whom You anointed, both Herod and
Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people
of Israel, were gathered together
4:28 "to do whatever Your hand and Your
purpose determined before to be done.
4:29 "Now, Yahweh, look on their threats, and
grant to Your servants that with all boldness they
may speak Your word,
4:30 "by stretching out Your hand to heal, and
that signs and wonders may be done through the
name of Your holy Servant Yah’shua."
4:31 And when they had prayed, the place where
they were assembled together was shaken; and
they were all filled with His Holy Spirit, and
they spoke the word of Yahweh with boldness.
4:32 Now the multitude of those who believed
were of one heart and one spirit; neither did
anyone say that any of the things he possessed
was his own, but they had all things in common.
4:33 And with great power the apostles gave
witness to the resurrection of the Messiah
Yah’shua. And great grace was upon them all.
4:34 Nor was there anyone among them who
lacked; for all who were possessors of lands or
houses sold them, and brought the proceeds of
the things that were sold,
4:35 and laid them at the apostles' feet; and they
distributed to each as anyone had need.
4:36 And Joses, who was also named Barnabas
by the apostles (which is translated Son of
Encouragement), a Levite of the country of
Cyprus,
4:37 having land, sold it, and brought the money
and laid it at the apostles' feet.


Acts of the Apostles 5:
5:1 But a certain man named Ananias, with
Sapphira his wife, sold a possession.
5:2 And he kept back part of the proceeds, his
wife also being aware of it, and brought a certain
part and laid it at the apostles' feet.
5:3 But Peter said, "Ananias, why has Satan
filled your heart to lie to His Holy Spirit and
keep back part of the price of the land for
yourself?
5:4 "While it remained, was it not your own?
And after it was sold, was it not in your control?
Why have you conceived this thing in your
heart? You have not lied to men but to Yahweh."
5:5 Then Ananias, hearing these words, fell
down and breathed his last. So great fear came
upon all those who heard these things.
5:6 And the young men arose and wrapped him
up, carried him out, and buried him.
5:7 Now it was about three hours later when his
wife came in, not knowing what had happened.
5:8 And Peter answered her, "Tell me whether
you sold the land for so much?" She said, "Yes,
for so much."
5:9 Then Peter said to her, "How is it that you
have agreed together to test the Spirit of
Yahweh? Look, the feet of those who have
buried your husband are at the door, and they
will carry you out."
5:10 Then immediately she fell down at his feet
and breathed her last. And the young men came
in and found her dead, and carrying her out,
buried her by her husband.
5:11 So great fear came upon the congregation
and upon all who heard these things.
5:12 And through the hands of the apostles
many signs and wonders were done among the
people. And they were all with one accord in
Solomon's Porch.
5:13 Yet none of the rest dared join them, but the
people esteemed them highly.
5:14 And believers were increasingly added to
the congregation, multitudes of both men and
women,
5:15 so that they brought the sick out into the
streets and laid them on beds and couches, that at
least the shadow of Peter passing by might fall
on some of them.
5:16 Also a multitude gathered from the
surrounding cities to Jerusalem, bringing sick
people and those who were tormented by unclean
spirits, and they were all healed.
5:17 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
indignation,Acts of the Apostles 5:
5:18 and laid their hands on the apostles and put
them in the common prison.
5:19 But at night an angel of Yahweh opened the
prison doors and brought them out, and said,
5:20 "Go, stand in the temple and speak to the
people all the words of this life."
5:21 And when they heard that, they entered the
temple early in the morning and taught. But the
high priest and those with him came and called
the council together, with all the elders of the
children of Israel, and sent to the prison to have
them brought.
5:22 But when the officers came and did not
find them in the prison, they returned and
reported,
5:23 saying, "Indeed we found the prison shut
securely, and the guards standing outside before
the doors; but when we opened them, we found
no one inside!"
5:24 Now when the high priest, the captain of the
temple, and the chief priests heard these things,
they wondered what the outcome would be.
5:25 So one came and told them, saying, "Look,
the men whom you put in prison are standing in
the temple and teaching the people!"
5:26 Then the captain went with the officers and
brought them without violence, for they feared
the people, lest they should be stoned.
5:27 And when they had brought them, they set
them before the council. And the high priest
asked them,
5:28 saying, "Did we not strictly command you
not to teach in this name? And look, you have
filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to
bring this Man's blood on us!"
5:29 But Peter and the other apostles answered
and said: "We ought to obey Yahweh rather than
men.
5:30 "The God of our fathers raised up Yah’shua
whom you murdered by hanging on a tree.
5:31 "Him Yahweh has exalted to His right hand
to be Prince and Savior, to give repentance to
Israel and forgiveness of sins.
5:32 "And we are His witnesses to these things,
and so also is His Holy Spirit whom Yahweh has
given to those who obey Him."
5:33 When they heard this, they were furious
and plotted to kill them.
5:34 Then one in the council stood up, a Pharisee
named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law held in
respect by all the people, and commanded them
to put the apostles outside for a little while.
5:35 And he said to them: "Men of Israel, take
heed to yourselves what you intend to do
regarding these men.
5:36 "For some time ago Theudas rose up,
claiming to be somebody. A number of men,
about four hundred, joined him. He was slain,
and all who obeyed him were scattered and came
to nothing.
5:37 "After this man, Judas of Galilee rose up in
the days of the census, and drew away many
people after him. He also perished, and all who
obeyed him were dispersed.
5:38 "And now I say to you, keep away from
these men and let them alone; for if this plan or
this work is of men, it will come to nothing;
5:39 "but if it is of Yahweh, you cannot
overthrow it-lest you even be found to fight
against Yahweh."
5:40 And they agreed with him, and when they
had called for the apostles and beaten them, they
commanded that they should not speak in the
name of Yah’shua, and let them go.
5:41 So they departed from the presence of the
council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy
to suffer shame for His name.
5:42 And daily in the temple, and in every house,
they did not cease teaching and preaching
Yah’shua as the Messiah.


Acts of the Apostles 6:
6:1 Now in those days, when the number of the
disciples was multiplying, there arose a
complaint against the Hebrews by the Hellenists,
because their widows were neglected in the daily
distribution.
6:2 Then the twelve summoned the multitude of
disciples and said, "It is not desirable that we
should leave the word of Yahweh to serve tables.
6:3 "Therefore, brethren, seek out from among
you seven men of good reputation, full of His
Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint
over this business;
6:4 "but we will give ourselves continually to
prayer and to the ministry of the word."
6:5 And the saying pleased the whole multitude.
And they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and
His Holy Spirit, and Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor,
Timon, Parmenas,

Acts of the Apostles 6:
6:6 whom they set before the apostles; and when
they had prayed, they laid hands on them.
6:7 Then the word of Yahweh spread, and the
number of the disciples multiplied greatly in
Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were
obedient to the faith.
6:8 And Stephen, full of faith and power, did
great wonders and signs among the people.
6:9 Then there arose some from what is called
the Synagogue of the Freedmen (Cyrenians,
Alexandrians, and those from Cilicia and Asia),
disputing with Stephen.
6:10 And they were not able to resist the wisdom
and His Spirit by which he spoke.
6:11 Then they secretly induced men to say, "We
have heard him speak blasphemous words
against Moses and Yahweh."
6:12 And they stirred up the people, the elders,
and the scribes; and they came upon him, seized
him, and brought him to the council.
6:13 They also set up false witnesses who said,
"This man does not cease to speak blasphemous
words against this holy place and the law;
6:14 "for we have heard him say that this
Yah’shua of Nazareth will destroy this place and
change the customs that Moses delivered to us."
6:15 And all who sat in the council, looking
steadfastly at him, saw his face as the face of an
angel.


Acts of the Apostles 7:
7:1 Then the high priest said, "Are these things
so?"
7:2 And he said, "Brethren and fathers, listen:
The Yahweh of glory appeared to our father
Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia, before
he dwelt in Haran,
7:3 "and said to him, 'Get out of your country
and from your relatives, and come to a land that I
will show you.'
7:4 "Then he came out of the land of the
Chaldeans and dwelt in Haran. And from there,
when his father was dead, He moved him to this
land in which you now dwell.
7:5 "And Yahweh gave him no inheritance in it,
not even enough to set his foot on. But even
when Abraham had no child, He promised to
give it to him for a possession, and to his
descendants after him.
7:6 "But Yahweh spoke in this way: that his
descendants would dwell in a foreign land, and
that they would bring them into bondage and
oppress them four hundred years.
7:7 'And the nation to whom they will be in
bondage I will judge,' said Yahweh, 'and after
that they shall come out and serve Me in this
place.'
7:8 "Then He gave him the covenant of
circumcision; and so Abraham begot Isaac and
circumcised him on the eighth day; and Isaac
begot Jacob, and Jacob begot the twelve
patriarchs.
7:9 "And the patriarchs, becoming envious, sold
Joseph into Egypt. But Yahweh was with him
7:10 "and delivered him out of all his troubles,
and gave him favor and wisdom in the presence
of Pharaoh, king of Egypt; and he made him
governor over Egypt and all his house.
7:11 "Now a famine and great trouble came over
all the land of Egypt and Canaan, and our fathers
found no sustenance.
7:12 "But when Jacob heard that there was grain
in Egypt, he sent out our fathers first.
7:13 "And the second time Joseph was made
known to his brothers, and Joseph's family
became known to the Pharaoh.
7:14 "Then Joseph sent and called his father
Jacob and all his relatives to him, seventy-five
people.
7:15 "So Jacob went down to Egypt; and he died,
he and our fathers.
7:16 "And they were carried back to Shechem
and laid in the tomb that Abraham bought for a
sum of money from the sons of Hamor, the
father of Shechem.
7:17 "But when the time of the promise drew
near which Yahweh had sworn to Abraham, the
people grew and multiplied in Egypt
7:18 "till another king arose who did not know
Joseph.
7:19 "This man dealt treacherously with our
people, and oppressed our forefathers, making
them expose their babies, so that they might not
live.
7:20 "At this time Moses was born, and was well
pleasing to Yahweh; and he was brought up in
his father's house for three months.
7:21 "But when he was set out, Pharaoh's
daughter took him away and brought him up as
her own son.
7:22 "And Moses was learned in the wisdom of
the Egyptians and was mighty in words and
deeds.
7:23 "Now when he was forty years old, it came
into his heart to visit his brethren, the children of
Israel.
7:24 "And seeing one of them suffer wrong, he
defended and avenged him who was oppressed,
and struck down the Egyptian.
7:25 "For he supposed that his brethren would
have understood that Yahweh would deliver
them by his hand, but they did not understand.
7:26 "And the next day he appeared to two of
them as they were fighting, and tried to reconcile
them, saying, 'Men, you are brethren; why do
you wrong one another?'
7:27 "But he who did his neighbor wrong pushed
him away, saying, 'Who made you a ruler and a
judge over us?
7:28 'Do you want to kill me as you did the
Egyptian yesterday?'
7:29 "Then, at this saying, Moses fled and
became a dweller in the land of Midian, where
he had two sons.
7:30 "And when forty years had passed, an
Angel of Yahweh appeared to him in a flame of
fire in a bush, in the wilderness of Mount Sinai.
7:31 "When Moses saw it, he marveled at the
sight; and as he drew near to observe, the voice
of Yahweh came to him,
7:32 "saying, 'I am the God of your fathers-the
God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God
of Jacob.' And Moses shook not daring to look.
7:33 'Then Yahweh said to him, "Take your
sandals off your feet, for the place where you
stand is holy ground.
7:34 "I have surely seen the oppression of my
people who are in Egypt; I have heard their
groaning and have come down to deliver them.
And now come, I will send you to Egypt." '
7:35 "This Moses whom they rejected, saying,
'Who made you a ruler and a judge?' is the one
Yahweh sent to be a ruler and a deliverer by the
hand of the Angel who appeared to him in the
bush.
7:36 "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 forty years.
7:37 "This is that Moses who said to the
children of Israel, 'Yahweh your God will
raise up for you a Prophet like me from your
brethren. Him you shall hear.'
7:38 "This is he who was in the congregation in
the wilderness with the Angel who spoke to him
on Mount Sinai, and with our fathers, the one
who received the living oracles to give to us,
7:39 "whom our fathers would not obey, but
rejected. And in their hearts they turned back to
Egypt,
7:40 "saying to Aaron, 'Make us gods to go
before us; as for this Moses who brought us out
of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has
become of him.'
7:41 "And they made a calf in those days,
offered sacrifices to the idol, and rejoiced in the
works of their own hands.
7:42 "Then Yahweh turned and gave them up to
worship the host of the sky, as it is written in the
book of the Prophets:
'Did you offer Me slaughtered animals and
sacrifices during forty years in the wilderness,
O house of Israel?
7:43 You also took up the tabernacle of Moloch,
And the star of your god Remphan,
Images which you made to worship;
And I will carry you away beyond Babylon.'
7:44 "Our fathers had the tabernacle of witness
in the wilderness, as He appointed, instructing
Moses to make it according to the pattern that he
had seen,
7:45 "which our fathers, having received it in
turn, also brought with Joshua into the land
possessed by the Gentiles, whom Yahweh drove
out before the face of our fathers until the days
of David,
7:46 "who found favor before Yahweh and asked
to find a dwelling for the God of Jacob.
7:47 "But Solomon built Him a house.
7:48 "However, the Most High does not dwell in
temples made with hands, as the prophet says:
7:49 'Heaven is My throne,
And earth is My footstool.
What house will you build for Me? says
Yahweh,
Or what is the place of My rest?
7:50 Has My hand not made all these things?'
7:51 "You stiffnecked and uncircumcised in
heart and ears! You always resist His Holy
Spirit; as your fathers did, so do you.
7:52 "Which of the prophets did your fathers not
persecute? And they killed those who foretold
the coming of the Just One, of whom you now
have become the betrayers and murderers,
7:53 "who have received the law by the direction
of angels and have not kept it."
7:54 When they heard these things they were cut
to the heart, and they gnashed at him with their
teeth.
7:55 But he, being full of His Holy Spirit, gazed
into heaven and saw the glory of Yahweh, and
Yah’shua standing at the right hand of Yahweh,
7:56 and said, "Look! I see the heavens opened
and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of
Yahweh!"
7:57 Then they cried out in a loud voice, stopped
their ears, and ran at him with one accord;
7:58 and they cast him out of the city and stoned
him. And the witnesses laid down their clothes at
the feet of a young man named Saul.
7:59 And they stoned Stephen as he was calling
on Yahweh and saying, "Lord Yahweh, receive
my spirit."
7:60 Then he knelt down and cried out with a
loud voice, "Yahweh, do not charge them with
this sin." And when he had said this, he fell
asleep.


Acts of the Apostles 8:
8:1 Now Saul was consenting to his death. At
that time a great persecution arose against the
congregation which was at Jerusalem; and they
were all scattered throughout the regions of
Judea and Samaria, except the apostles.
8:2 And devout men carried Stephen to his
burial, and made great lamentation over him.
8:3 As for Saul, he made havoc of the
congregations, entering every house, and
dragging off men and women, committing them
to prison.
8:4 Therefore those who were scattered went
everywhere preaching the word.
8:5 Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria
and preached Yah’shua the Messiah to them.
8:6 And the multitudes with one accord heeded
the things spoken by Philip, hearing and seeing
the miracles which he did.
8:7 For unclean spirits, crying with a loud voice,
came out of many who were possessed; and
many who were paralyzed and lame were healed.
8:8 And there was great joy in that city.
8:9 But there was a certain man called Simon,
who previously practiced sorcery in the city and
astonished the people of Samaria, claiming that
he was someone great,
8:10 to whom they all gave heed, from the least
to the greatest, saying, "This man is the great
power of Yahweh."
8:11 And they heeded him because he had
astonished them with his sorceries for a long
time.
8:12 But when they believed Philip as he
preached the things concerning the kingdom of
Yahweh and the name of Yah’shua the Messiah,
both men and women were baptized.
8:13 Then Simon himself also believed; and
when he was baptized he continued with Philip,
and was amazed, seeing the miracles and signs
which were done.
8:14 Now when the apostles who were at
Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the
word of Yahweh, they sent Peter and John to
them,
8:15 who, when they had come down, prayed for
them that they might receive His Holy Spirit.
8:16 For as yet He had fallen upon none of them.
They had only been baptized in the name of the
Messiah Yah’shua.
8:17 Then they laid hands on them, and they
received His Holy Spirit.
8:18 And when Simon saw that through the
laying on of the apostles' hands His Holy Spirit
was given, he offered them money,
8:19 saying, "Give me this power also, that
anyone on whom I lay hands may receive His
Holy Spirit."
8:20 But Peter said to him, "Your money perish
with you, because you thought that the gift of
Yahweh could be purchased with money!
8:21 "You have neither part nor portion in this
matter, for your heart is not right in the sight of
Yahweh.
8:22 "Repent therefore of this your wickedness,
and pray Yahweh if perhaps the thought of your
heart may be forgiven you.
8:23 "For I see that you are poisoned by
bitterness and bound by iniquity."
8:24 Then Simon answered and said, "Pray to
Yahweh for me, that none of the things which
you have spoken may come upon me."

8:25 So when they had testified and preached the

word of Yahweh, they returned to Jerusalem,

preaching the gospel in many villages of the

Samaritans.

8:26 Now an angel of Yahweh spoke to Philip,

saying, "Arise and go toward the south along the

road which goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza."

This is desert.

8:27 So he arose and went. And behold, a man of

Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under

Candace the queen of the Ethiopians, who had

charge of all her treasury, and had come to

Jerusalem to worship,

8:28 was returning. And sitting in his chariot, he

was reading Isaiah the prophet.

8:29 Then His Spirit said to Philip, "Go near and

overtake this chariot."

8:30 So Philip ran to him, and heard him reading

the prophet Isaiah, and said, "Do you understand

what you are reading?"

8:31 And he said, "How can I, unless someone

guides me?" And he asked Philip to come up and

sit with him.

8:32 The place in the Scripture which he read

was this: "He was led as a sheep to the slaughter;

And as a lamb before its shearer is silent, So He

opened not His mouth.

8:33 In His humiliation His justice was taken

away, And who will declare His generation?

For His life is taken from the earth."

8:34 So the eunuch answered Philip and said, "I

ask you, of whom does the prophet say this, of

himself or of some other man?"

8:35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and

beginning at this verse, preached Yah’shua to

him.

8:36 Now as they went down the road, they came

to some water. And the eunuch said, "See, here is

water. What hinders me from being baptized?"

8:37 Then Philip said, "If you believe with all

your heart, you may." And he answered and said,

"I believe that Yah’shua the Messiah is the Son

of Yahweh."

8:38 So he commanded the chariot to stand still.

And both Philip and the eunuch went down into

the water, and he baptized him.

8:39 Now when they came up out of the water,

the Spirit of Yahweh caught Philip away, so that

the eunuch saw him no more; and he went on his

way rejoicing.

8:40 But Philip was found at Azotus. And

passing through, he preached in all the cities till

he came to Caesarea.

 

Acts of the Apostles 9:

9:1 Then Saul, still breathing threats and murder

against the disciples of the Messiah, went to the

high priest

9:2 and asked letters from him to the synagogues

of Damascus, so that if he found any who were

of the Way, whether men or women, he might

bring them bound to Jerusalem.

9:3 As he journeyed he came near Damascus,

and suddenly a light shone around him from the

sky.

9:4 Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice

saying to him, "Saul, Saul, why are you

persecuting Me?"

9:5 And he said, "Who are You, Lord?" Then the

Messiah said, "I am Yah’shua, whom you are

persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the

goads."

9:6 So he, trembling and astonished, said, "Lord,

what do You want me to do?" Then Yah’shua

said to him, "Arise and go into the city, and you

will be told what you must do."

9:7 And the men who journeyed with him stood

speechless, hearing a voice but seeing no one.

9:8 Then Saul arose from the ground, and when

his eyes were opened he saw no one. But they

led him by the hand and brought him into

Damascus.

9:9 And he was three days without sight, and

neither ate nor drank.

9:10 Now there was a certain disciple at

Damascus named Ananias; and to him Yah’shua

said in a vision, "Ananias." And he said, "Here I

am, Lord."

9:11 So Yah’shua said to him, "Arise and go to

the street called Straight, and inquire at the house

of Judas for one called Saul of Tarsus, for

behold, he is praying.

9:12 "And in a vision he has seen a man named

Ananias coming in and putting his hand on him,

so that he might receive his sight."

9:13 Then Ananias answered, "Lord, I have

heard from many about this man, how much

harm he has done to Your saints in Jerusalem.

9:14 "And here he has authority from the chief

priests to bind all who call on Your name."

9:15 But Yah’shua said to him, "Go, for he is a

chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before

Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel.

9:16 "For I will show him how many things he

must suffer for My name's sake."

9:17 And Ananias went his way and entered the

house; and laying his hands on him he said,

"Brother Saul, the Lord Yah’shua, who appeared

to you on the road as you came, has sent me that

you may receive your sight and be filled with

His Holy Spirit."

9:18 Immediately there fell from his eyes

something like scales, and he received his sight

at once; and he arose and was baptized.

9:19 So when he had received food, he was

strengthened. Then Saul spent some days with

the disciples at Damascus.

9:20 Immediately he preached Yah’shua the

Messiah in the synagogues, that He is the Son of

Yahweh.

9:21 Then all who heard were amazed, and said,

"Is this not he who destroyed those who called

on this name in Jerusalem, and has come here for

that purpose, so that he might bring them bound

to the chief priests?"

9:22 But Saul increased all the more in strength,

and confounded the Edomites who dwelt in

Damascus, proving that Yah’shua is the Messiah.

9:23 Now after many days were past, the

Edomites plotted to kill him.

9:24 But their plot became known to Saul. And

they watched the gates day and night, to kill him.

9:25 Then the disciples took him by night and let

him down through the wall in a large basket.

9:26 When Saul had come to Jerusalem, he tried

to join the disciples; but they were all afraid of

him, and did not believe that he was a disciple.

9:27 But Barnabas took him and brought him to

the apostles. And he declared to them how he

had seen the Messiah on the road, and that He

had spoken to him, and how he had preached

boldly at Damascus in the name of Yah’shua.

9:28 So he was with them at Jerusalem, coming

in and going out.

9:29 And he spoke boldly in the name of the

Messiah Yah’shua and disputed against the

Hellenists, but they attempted to kill him.

9:30 When the brethren found out, they brought

him down to Caesarea and sent him out to

Tarsus.

9:31 Then the congregations throughout Judea,

Galilee, and Samaria had peace and were edified.

And walking in the respect of Yahweh and in the

comfort of His Holy Spirit, they were multiplied.

9:32 Now it came to pass, as Peter went through

all parts of the country, that he also came down

to the saints who dwelt in Lydda.

9:33 There he found a certain man named

Aeneas who had been bedridden eight years and

was paralyzed.

9:34 And Peter said to him, "Aeneas, Yah’shua

the Messiah heals you. Arise and make your

bed." Then he arose immediately.

9:35 So all who dwelt at Lydda and Sharon saw

him and turned to Yahweh.

9:36 At Joppa there was a certain disciple

named Tabitha, which is translated Dorcas. This

woman was full of good works and charitable

deeds which she did.

9:37 But it happened in those days that she

became sick and died. When they had washed

her, they laid her in an upper room.

9:38 And since Lydda was near Joppa, and the

disciples had heard that Peter was there, they

sent two men to him, imploring him not to delay

in coming to them.

9:39 Then Peter arose and went with them. When

he had come they brought him to the upper

room. All the widows stood byweeping, showing

the tunics and garments which Dorcas had made

while she was with them.

9:40 But Peter put them all out, and knelt 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.

9:41 Then he gave her his hand and lifted her up;

and when he had called the saints and widows,

he presented her alive.

9:42 And it became known throughout all Joppa,

and many believed on Yah’shua the Messiah.

9:43 So it was that he stayed many days in Joppa

with Simon, a tanner.

 

Acts of the Apostles 10:

10:1 There was a certain man in Caesarea called

Cornelius, a centurion of what was called the

Italian Regiment,

10:2 a devout man and one who respected

Yahweh with all his household, who gave alms

generously to the people, and prayed to Yahweh

always.

10:3 About the ninth hour of the day he saw

clearly in a vision an angel of Yahweh coming in

and saying to him, "Cornelius!"

10:4 And when he observed him, he was afraid,

and said, "What is it, lord?" So he said to him,

"Your prayers and your alms have come up for a

memorial before Yahweh.

10:5 "Now send men to Joppa, and send for

Simon whose surname is Peter.

10:6 "He is lodging with Simon, a tanner, whose

house is by the sea. He will tell you what you

must do."

10:7 And when the angel who spoke to him had

departed, Cornelius called two of his household

servants and a devout soldier from among those

who waited on him continually.

10:8 So when he had explained all these things

to them, he sent them to Joppa.

10:9 The next day, as they went on their journey

and drew near the city, Peter went up on the

housetop to pray, about the sixth hour.

10:10 Then he became very hungry and wanted

to eat; but while they made ready, he fell into a

trance

10:11 and saw the sky opened and an object like

a great sheet bound at the four corners,

descending to him and let down to the earth.

10:12 In it were all kinds of four-footed animals

of the earth, wild beasts, creeping things, and

birds of the air.

10:13 And a voice came to him, "Rise, Peter; kill

and eat."

10:14 But Peter said, "Not so, Lord! For I have

never eaten anything common or unclean."

10:15 And a voice spoke to him again the second

time, "What Yahweh has cleansed you must not

call common."

10:16 This was done three times. And the object

was taken up into the sky again.

10:17 Now while Peter wondered within himself

what this vision which he had seen meant,

behold, the men who had been sent from

Cornelius had made inquiry for Simon's house,

and stood before the gate.

10:18 And they called and asked whether Simon,

whose surname was Peter, was lodging there.

10:19 While Peter thought about the vision, His

Spirit said to him, "Behold, three men are

seeking you.

10:20 "Arise therefore, go down and go with

them, doubting nothing; for I have sent them."

10:21 Then Peter went down to the men who had

been sent from Cornelius, and said, "Yes, I am

whom you seek. For what reason have you

come?"

10:22 And they said, "Cornelius the centurion, a

just man, one who respects Yahweh and has a

good reputation among all the nation of the

Hebrews, was divinely instructed by a holy angel

to summon you to his house, and to hear words

from you."

10:23 Then he invited them in and lodged them.

On the next day Peter went away with them, and

some brethren from Joppa accompanied him.

10:24 And the following day they entered

Caesarea. Now Cornelius was waiting, and had

called together his relatives and close friends.

10:25 As Peter was coming in, Cornelius met

him and fell down at his feet and worshiped him.

10:26 But Peter lifted him up, saying, "Stand up;

I myself am also a man."

10:27 And as he talked with him, he went in and

found many who had come together.

10:28 Then he said to them, "You know how

unlawful it is for an Edomite man to keep

company with or go to one of another nation. But

Yahweh has shown me that I should not call any

man common or unclean.

10:29 "Therefore I came without objection as

soon as I was sent for. I ask, then, for what

reason have you sent for me?"

10:30 So Cornelius said, "Four days ago I was

fasting until this hour; and at the ninth hour I

prayed in my house, and behold, a man stood

before me in bright clothing,

10:31 "and said, 'Cornelius, your prayer has been

heard, and your alms are remembered in the sight

of Yahweh.

10:32 'Send therefore to Joppa and call Simon

here, whose surname is Peter. He is lodging in

the house of Simon, a tanner, by the sea. When

he comes, he will speak to you.'

10:33 "So I sent to you immediately, and you

have done well to come. Now therefore, we are

all present before Yahweh, to hear all the things

commanded you by Yahweh."

10:34 Then Peter opened his mouth and said:

"In truth I perceive that Yahweh shows no

partiality.

10:35 "But in every nation whoever respects

Him and works righteousness is accepted by

Him.

10:36 "The word which Yahweh sent to the

children of Israel, preaching peace through

Yah’shua the Messiah-He is Lord of all-

10:37 "that word you know, which was

proclaimed throughout all Judea, and began from

Galilee after the baptism which John preached:

10:38 "how Yahweh anointed Yah’shua of

Nazareth with His Holy Spirit and power, who

went about doing good and healing all who were

oppressed by the devil for Yahweh was with

Him.

10:39 "We are witnesses of all He did both in the

land of the Edomites and in Jerusalem, whom

they killed by hanging on a tree.

10:40 "Him Yahweh raised up on the third day,

and showed Him openly,

10:41 "not to all the people, but to witnesses

chosen before by Yahweh, even to us who ate

and drank with Him after He rose from the dead.

10:42 "And He commanded us to preach to the

people, and to testify that He was ordained by

Yahweh to be Judge of the living and the dead.

10:43 "To Him all the prophets witness that,

through His name, whoever believes in Him will

receive remission of sins."

10:44 While Peter was still speaking these

words, His Holy Spirit fell upon all those who

heard the word.

10:45 And those of the circumcision who

believed were astonished, as many as came with

Peter, because the gift of His Holy Spirit had

been poured out on the Gentiles also.

10:46 For they heard them speak in new

languages and magnify Yahweh. Then Peter

answered,

10:47 "Can anyone forbid water, that these

should not be baptized who have received His

Holy Spirit just as we have?"

10:48 And he commanded them to be baptized in

the name of the Messiah. Then they asked him to

stay a few days

.

Acts of the Apostles 11:

11:1 Now the apostles and brethren who were in

Judea heard that the Gentiles had also received

the word of Yahweh.

11:2 And when Peter came up to Jerusalem,

those of the circumcision contended with him,

Acts of the Apostles 11:

11:3 saying, "You went in to uncircumcised men

and ate with them!"

11:4 But Peter explained it to them in order from

the beginning, saying:

11:5 "I was in the city of Joppa praying; and in a

trance I saw a vision, an object descending like a

great sheet, let down from the sky by four

corners; and it came to me.

11:6 "When I observed it intently and

considered, I saw four-footed animals of the

earth, wild beasts, creeping things, and birds of

the air.

11:7 "And I heard a voice saying to me, 'Rise,

Peter; kill and eat.'

11:8 "But I said, 'Not so, Lord! For nothing

common or unclean has at any time entered my

mouth.'

11:9 "But the voice answered me again from the

sky, 'What Yahweh has cleansed you must not

call common.'

11:10 "Now this was done three times, and all

were drawn up again into the sky.

11:11 "At that very moment, three men stood

before the house where I was, having been sent

to me from Caesarea.

11:12 "Then His Spirit told me to go with them,

doubting nothing. Moreover these six brethren

accompanied me, and we entered his house.

11:13 "And he told us how he had seen an angel

standing in his house, who said to him, 'Send

men to Joppa, and call for Simon whose surname

is Peter,

11:14 'who will tell you words by which you and

all your household will be saved.'

11:15 "And as I began to speak, His Holy Spirit

fell upon them, as upon us at the beginning.

11:16 "Then I remembered the word of the

Messiah, how He said, 'John indeed baptized

with water, but you shall be baptized with His

Holy Spirit.'

11:17 "If therefore Yahweh gave them the same

gift as He gave us when we believed on the Lord

Yah’shua the Messiah, who was I that I could

withstand Yahweh?"

11:18 When they heard these things they became

silent; and they glorified Yahweh, saying, "Then

Yahweh has also granted to the Gentiles

repentance to life."

11:19 Now those who were scattered after the

persecution that arose over Stephen traveled as

far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching

the word to no one but the Hebrews only.

11:20 But some of them were men from Cyprus

and Cyrene, who, when they had come to

Antioch, spoke to the Hellenists, preaching the

Messiah who is Yah’shua.

11:21 And the hand of Yahweh was with them,

and a great number believed and turned to

Yahweh.

11:22 Then news of these things came to the ears

of the congregation in Jerusalem, and they sent

out Barnabas to go as far as Antioch.

11:23 When he came and had seen the grace of

Yahweh, he was glad, and encouraged them all

that with purpose of heart they should continue

with the Messiah.

11:24 For he was a good man, full of His Holy

Spirit and of faith. And a great many people

were added to the congregation.

11:25 Then Barnabas departed for Tarsus to seek

Saul.

11:26 And when he had found him, he brought

him to Antioch. So it was that for a whole year

they assembled with the congregation and taught

a great many people. And the disciples were first

called Nazarenes in Antioch.

11:27 And in these days prophets came from

Jerusalem to Antioch.

11:28 Then one of them, named Agabus, stood

up and showed by His Spirit that there was going

to be a great famine throughout all the world,

which also happened in the days of Claudius

Caesar.

11:29 Then the disciples, each according to his

ability, determined to send relief to the brethren

dwelling in Judea.

11:30 This they also did, and sent it to the elders

by the hands of Barnabas and Saul.

Acts of the Apostles 12:

12:1 Now about that time Herod the king

stretched out his hand to harass some from the

congregations.

12:2 Then he killed James the brother of John

with the sword.

12:3 And because he saw that it pleased the

Edomites, he proceeded further to seize Peter

also. Now it was during the Days of Unleavened

Bread.

12:4 So when he had arrested him, he put him in

prison, and delivered him to four squads of

soldiers to keep him, intending to bring him

before the people after Passover.

12:5 Peter was therefore kept in prison, but

constant prayer was offered to Yahweh for him

by the congregations.

12:6 And when Herod was about to bring him

out, that night Peter was sleeping, bound with

two chains between two soldiers; and the guards

before the door were keeping the prison.

12:7 Now behold, an angel of Yahweh stood by

him, and a light shone in the prison; and he

struck Peter on the side and raised him up,

saying, "Arise quickly!" And his chains fell off

his hands.

12:8 Then the angel said to him, "Gird yourself

and tie on your sandals"; and so he did. And he

said to him, "Put on your garment and follow

me."

12:9 So he went out and followed him, and did

not know that what was done by the angel was

real, but thought he was seeing a vision.

12:10 When they were past the first and the

second guard posts, they came to the iron gate

that leads to the city, which opened to them of its

own accord; and they went out and went down

one street, and immediately the angel departed

from him.

12:11 And when Peter had come to himself, he

said, "Now I know for certain that Yahweh has

sent His angel, and has delivered me from the

hand of Herod and from all the expectation of the

Edomite people."

12:12 So, when he had considered this, he came

to the house of Mary, the mother of John whose

surname was Mark, where many were gathered

together praying.

12:13 And as Peter knocked at the door of the

gate, a girl named Rhoda came to answer.

12:14 When she recognized Peter's voice,

because of her gladness she did not open the

gate, but ran in and announced that Peter stood

before the gate.

12:15 But they said to her, "You are beside

yourself!" Yet she kept insisting that it was so.

So they said, "It is his angel."

12:16 Now Peter continued knocking; and when

they opened the door and saw him, they were

astonished.

12:17 But motioning to them with his hand to

keep silent, he declared to them how Yahweh

had brought him out of the prison. And he said,

"Go, tell these things to James and to the

brethren." And he departed and went to another

place.

12:18 Then, as soon as it was day, there was no

small stir among the soldiers about what had

become of Peter.

12:19 But when Herod had searched for him and

not found him, he examined the guards and

commanded that they should be put to death.

And he went down from Judea to Caesarea, and

stayed there.

12:20 Now Herod had been very angry with the

people of Tyre and Sidon; but they came to him

with one accord, and having made Blastus the

king's personal aide their friend, they asked for

peace, because their country was supplied with

food by the king's country.

12:21 So on a set day Herod, arrayed in royal

apparel, sat on his throne and gave an oration.

12:22 And the people kept shouting, "The voice

of a god and not of a man!"

12:23 Then immediately an angel of Yahweh

struck him, because he did not give glory to

Yahweh. And he was eaten by worms and died.

12:24 But the word of Yahweh grew and

multiplied.

12:25 And Barnabas and Saul returned from

Jerusalem when they had fulfilled their ministry,

and they also took with them John whose

surname was Mark

.

Acts of the Apostles 13:

13:1 Now in the congregation that was at

Antioch there were certain prophets and

teachers: Barnabas, Simeon who was called

Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen who had been

brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.

13:2 As they ministered to Yahweh and fasted,

His Holy Spirit moved them, "Now separate to

Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I

have called them."

13:3 Then, having fasted and prayed, and laid

hands on them, they sent them away.

13:4 So, being sent out by His Holy Spirit, they

went down to Seleucia, and from there they

sailed to Cyprus.

13:5 And when they arrived in Salamis, they

preached the word of Yahweh in the synagogues

of the Hebrews. They also had John as an

assistant.

13:6 Now when they had gone through the island

to Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false

prophet, an Edomite whose name was Bar-Jesus,

13:7 who was with the proconsul, Sergius

Paulus, an intelligent man. This man called for

Barnabas and Saul and sought to hear the word

of Yahweh.

13:8 But Elymas the sorcerer (for so his name is

translated) withstood them, seeking to turn the

proconsul away from the faith.

13:9 Then Saul, who also is called Paul, filled

with His Holy Spirit, looked intently at him

13:10 and said, "O full of all deceit and all fraud,

you son of the devil, you enemy of all

righteousness, will you not cease perverting the

straight ways of Yahweh?

13:11 "And now, indeed, the hand of Yahweh is

upon you, and you shall be blind, not seeing the

sun for a time." And immediately a dark mist fell

on him, and he went around seeking someone to

lead him by the hand.

13:12 Then the proconsul believed, when he saw

what had been done, being astonished at the

teaching of the Messiah.

13:13 Now when Paul and his party set sail from

Paphos, they came to Perga in Pamphylia; and

John, departing from them, returned to

Jerusalem.

13:14 But when they departed from Perga, they

came to Antioch in Pisidia, and went into the

synagogue on the Sabbath day and sat down.

13:15 And after the reading of the Law and the

Prophets, the rulers of the synagogue sent to

them, saying, "Men and brethren, if you have

any word of exhortation for the people, say on."

13:16 Then Paul stood up, and motioning with

his hand said, "Men of Israel, and you who

respect Yahweh, listen:

13:17 "The God of this people Israel chose our

fathers, and exalted the people when they dwelt

as strangers in the land of Egypt, and with an

uplifted arm He brought them out of it.

13:18 "Now for a time of about forty years He

put up with their ways in the wilderness.

13:19 "And when He had destroyed seven

nations in the land of Canaan, He distributed

their land to them by allotment.

13:20 "After that He gave them judges for about

four hundred and fifty years, until Samuel the

prophet.

13:21 "And afterward they asked for a king; so

Yahweh gave them Saul the son of Kish, a man

of the tribe of Benjamin, for forty years.

13:22 "And when He had removed him, He

raised up for them David as king, to whom also

He gave testimony and said, 'I have found David

the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart, who

will do all My will.'

13:23 "From this man's seed, according to the

promise, Yahweh raised up for Israel a Savior-

Yah’shua-

13:24 "after John had first preached, before His

coming, the baptism of repentance to all the

people of Israel.

13:25 "And as John was finishing his course, he

said, 'Who do you think I am? I am not He. But

behold, there comes One after me, the sandals of

whose feet I am not worthy to loose.'

13:26 "Men and brethren, sons of the family of

Abraham, and those among you who respect

Yahweh, to you the word of this salvation has

been sent.

13:27 "For those who dwell in Jerusalem, and

their rulers, because they did not know Him, nor

even the voices of the Prophets which are read

every Sabbath, have fulfilled them in

condemning Him.

13:28 "And though they found no cause for death

in Him, they asked Pilate that He should be put

to death.

13:29 "Now when they had fulfilled all that was

written concerning Him, they took Him down

from the tree and laid Him in a tomb.

13:30 "But Yahweh raised Him from the dead.

13:31 "He was seen for many days by those who

came up with Him from Galilee to Jerusalem,

who are His witnesses to the people.

13:32 "And we declare to you glad tidings-that

promise which was made to the fathers.

13:33 "Yahweh has fulfilled this for us their

children, in that He has raised up Yah’shua. As it

is also written in the second Psalm:

'You are My Son,

Today I have begotten You.'

13:34 "And that He raised Him from the dead, no

more to return to corruption, He has spoken thus:

'I will give you the sure mercies of David.'

13:35 "Therefore He also says in another Psalm:

'You will not allow Your Holy One to see

corruption [decomposition].'

13:36 "For David, after he had served his own

generation by the will of Yahweh, fell asleep,

was buried with his fathers, and saw corruption;

13:37 "but He whom Yahweh raised up saw no

corruption [decomposition].

13:38 "Therefore let it be known to you,

brethren, that through this Man is preached to

you the forgiveness of sins;

13:39 "and by Him everyone who believes is

justified from all things from which you could

not be justified by the law of Moses.

13:40 "Beware therefore, lest what has been

spoken in the prophets come upon you:

13:41 "Behold, you despisers,

Marvel and perish!

For I work a work in your days,

A work which you will by no means believe,

Though one were to declare it to you.' "

13:42 So when the Hebrews went out of the

synagogue, the Gentiles begged that these words

might be preached to them the next Sabbath.

13:43 Now when the congregation had broken

up, many of the Hebrews and devout proselytes

followed Paul and Barnabas, who, speaking to

them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of

Yahweh.

13:44 On the next Sabbath almost the whole city

came together to hear the word of Yahweh.

13:45 But when the Edomites saw the

multitudes, they were filled with envy; and

contradicting and blaspheming, they opposed the

things spoken by Paul.

13:46 Then Paul and Barnabas grew bold and

said, "It was necessary that the word of Yahweh

should be spoken to you first; but since you

reject it, and judge yourselves unworthy of

everlasting life, behold, we turn to the Gentiles.

13:47 "For so Yahweh has commanded us:

'I have set you as a light to the Gentiles,

That you should be for salvation to the ends of

the earth.' "

13:48 Now when the Gentiles heard this, they

were glad and glorified the word of Yahweh.

And as many as had been appointed to eternal

life believed.

13:49 And the word of Yahweh was being

spread throughout all the region.

13:50 But the Edomites stirred up the devout and

prominent women and the chief men of the city,

raised up persecution against Paul and Barnabas,

and expelled them from their region.

13:51 But they shook off the dust from their feet

against them, and came to Iconium.

13:52 And the disciples were filled with joy and

with His Holy Spirit.

 

Acts of the Apostles 14:

14:1 Now it happened in Iconium that they went

together to the synagogue of the Hebrews, and so

spoke that a great multitude both of the Edomites

and of the Greeks believed.

14:2 But the unbelieving Edomites stirred up the

Gentiles and poisoned their minds against the

brethren.

14:3 Therefore they stayed there a long time,

speaking boldly in the Messiah, who was bearing

witness to the word of His grace, granting signs

and wonders to be done by their hands.

14:4 But the multitude of the city was divided:

part sided with the Edomites, and part with the

apostles.

14:5 And when a violent attempt was made by

both the Gentiles and Edomites, with their rulers,

to abuse and stone them,

14:6 they became aware of it and fled to Lystra

and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia, and to the

surrounding region.

14:7 And they were preaching the gospel there.

14:8 And in Lystra a certain man without

strength in his feet was sitting, a cripple from his

mother's womb, who had never walked.

14:9 This man heard Paul speaking. Paul,

observing him intently and seeing that he had

faith to be healed,

14:10 said with a loud voice, "Stand up straight

on your feet!" And he leaped and walked.

14:11 Now when the people saw what Paul had

done, they raised their voices, saying in the

Lycaonian language, "The gods have come down

to us in the likeness of men!"

14:12 And Barnabas they called Zeus, and Paul,

Hermes, because he was the chief speaker.

14:13 Then the priest of Zeus, whose temple was

in front of their city, brought oxen and garlands

to the gates, intending to sacrifice with the

multitudes.

14:14 But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul

heard this, they tore their clothes and ran in

among the multitude, crying out

14:15 and saying, "Men, why are you doing

these things? We also are men with the same

nature as you, and preach to you that you should

turn from these useless things to the living God,

who made the heaven, the earth, the sea, and all

things that are in them,

14:16 "who in bygone generations allowed all

nations to walk in their own ways.

14:17 "Nevertheless He did not leave Himself

without witness, in that He did good, gave us

rain from the sky and fruitful seasons, filling our

hearts with food and gladness."

14:18 And with these sayings they could

scarcely restrain the multitudes from sacrificing

to them.

14:19 Then Edomites from Antioch and

Iconium came there; and having persuaded the

multitudes, they stoned Paul and dragged him

out of the city, supposing him to be dead.

14:20 However, when the disciples gathered

around him, he rose up and went into the city.

And the next day he departed with Barnabas to

Derbe.

14:21 And when they had preached the gospel

to that city and made many disciples, they

returned to Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch,

14:22 strengthening the spirits of the disciples,

exhorting them to continue in the faith, and

saying, "We must through many tribulations

enter the kingdom of Yahweh."

14:23 So when they had appointed elders in

every congregation, and prayed with fasting,

they commended them to the Messiah in whom

they had believed.

14:24 And after they had passed through Pisidia,

they came to Pamphylia.

14:25 Now when they had preached the word in

Perga, they went down to Attalia.

14:26 From there they sailed to Antioch, where

they had been commended to the grace of

Yahweh for the work which they had completed.

14:27 Now when they had come and gathered

the congregation together, they reported all that

Yahweh had done with them, and that He had

opened the door of faith to the Gentiles.

14:28 So they stayed there a long time with the

disciples.

15:1 And certain men came down from Judea

and taught the brethren, "Unless you are

circumcised according to the custom of Moses,

you cannot be saved."

15:2 Therefore, when Paul and Barnabas had no

small 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 question.

15:3 So, being sent on their way by the

congregation, they passed through Phoenicia and

Samaria, describing the conversion of the

Gentiles; causing great joy to all the brethren.

15:4 And when they had come to Jerusalem, they

were received by the congregation and the

apostles and the elders; and they reported all

things that Yahweh had done with them.

15:5 But some of the sect of the Pharisees who

believed rose up, saying, "It is necessary to

circumcise them, and to command them to keep

the law of Moses."

15:6 Now the apostles and elders came together

to consider this matter.

15:7 And when there had been much dispute,

Peter rose up and said to them: "Men and

brethren, you know that a good while ago

Yahweh chose among us, that by my mouth the

Gentiles should hear the word of the gospel and

believe.

15:8 "So Yahweh, who knows the heart,

acknowledged them by giving them His Holy

Spirit, just as He did to us,

15:9 "and made no distinction between us and

them, purifying their hearts by faith.

15:10 "Now therefore, why do you test Yahweh

by putting a yoke on the neck of the disciples

which neither our fathers nor we were able to

bear?

15:11 "But we believe that through the grace of

the Lord Yahweh we shall be saved in the same

manner as they."

15:12 Then all the multitude kept silent and

listened to Barnabas and Paul declaring how

many miracles and wonders Yahweh had worked

through them among the Gentiles.

15:13 And after they had become silent, James

answered saying "Men and brethren listen to me:

15:14 "Simon has declared how Yahweh at the

first visited the Gentiles to take out of them a

people for His name.

15:15 "And with this the words of the prophets

agree, just as it is written:

15:16 'After this I will return

And will rebuild the tabernacle of David, which

has fallen down;

I will rebuild its ruins,

And I will set it up;

15:17 So that the rest of mankind may seek the

Messiah,

Even all the Gentiles who are called by My

name,

Says Yahweh who does all these things.'

15:18 "Known to Yahweh from eternity are all

His works.

15:19 "Therefore I judge that we should not

trouble those from among the Gentiles who are

turning to Yahweh,

15:20 "but that we write to them to abstain from

things polluted by idols, from sexual immorality,

from things strangled, and from blood.

15:21 "For Moses has had throughout many

generations those who preach him in every city,

being read in the synagogues every Sabbath."

15:22 Then it pleased the apostles and elders,

with the whole congregation, to send chosen men

of their own company to Antioch with Paul and

Barnabas, namely, Judas who was also named

Barsabas, and Silas, leading men among the

brethren.

15:23 They wrote this letter by them: The

apostles, the elders, and the brethren, To the

brethren who are of the Gentiles in Antioch,

Syria, and Cilicia: Greetings.

15:24 Since we have heard that some who went

out from us have troubled you with words,

unsettling your spirits, saying, "You must be

circumcised and keep the law"-to whom we gave

no such commandment-

15:25 it seemed good to us, being assembled

with one accord, to send chosen men to you with

our beloved Barnabas and Paul,

15:26 men who have risked their lives for the

name of our Lord Yah’shua the Messiah.

15:27 We have therefore sent Judas and Silas,

who will also report the same things by word of

mouth.

15:28 For it seemed good by His Holy Spirit, and

to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than

these necessary things:

15:29 that you abstain from things offered to

idols, from blood, from things strangled, and

from sexual immorality. If you keep yourselves

from these, you will do well. Farewell.

15:30 So when they were sent off, they came to

Antioch; and when they had gathered the

multitude together, they delivered the letter.

15:31 When they had read it, they rejoiced over

its encouragement.

15:32 Now Judas and Silas, themselves being

prophets also, exhorted and strengthened the

brethren with many words.

15:33 And after they had stayed there for a time,

they were sent back with greetings from the

brethren to the apostles.

15:34 However, it seemed good to Silas to

remain there.

15:35 Paul and Barnabas also remained in

Antioch, teaching and preaching the word of

Yahweh, with many others also.

15:36 Then after some days Paul said to

Barnabas, "Let us now go back and visit our

brethren in every city where we have preached

the word of Yahweh, and see how they are

doing."

15:37 Now Barnabas was determined to take

with them John called Mark.

15:38 But Paul insisted that they should not take

with them the one who had departed from them

in Pamphylia, and had not gone with them to the

work.

15:39 Then the contention became so sharp that

they parted from one another. And so Barnabas

took Mark and sailed to Cyprus;

15:40 but Paul chose Silas and departed, being

commended by the brethren to the grace of

Yahweh.

15:41 And he went through Syria and Cilicia,

strengthening the congregations.

 

Acts of the Apostles 16:

16:1 Then he came to Derbe and Lystra. And

behold, a certain disciple was there, named

Timothy, the son of a certain Hebrew woman

who believed, but his father was Greek.

16:2 He was well spoken of by the brethren who

were at Lystra and Iconium.

16:3 Paul wanted to have him go on with him.

And he took him and circumcised him because

of the Edomites who were in that region, for they

all knew that his father was Greek.

16:4 And as they went through the cities, they

delivered to them the decrees to keep, which

were determined by the apostles and elders at

Jerusalem.

16:5 So the congregations were strengthened in

the faith, and increased in number daily.

16:6 Now when they had gone through Phrygia

and the region of Galatia, they were forbidden by

His Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia.

16:7 After they had come to Mysia, they tried to

go into Bithynia, but His Spirit did not permit

them.

16:8 So passing by Mysia, they came down to

Troas.

16:9 And a vision appeared to Paul in the night.

A man of Macedonia stood and pleaded with

him, saying, "Come over to Macedonia and help

us."

16:10 Now after he had seen the vision,

immediately we sought to go to Macedonia,

concluding that Yahweh had called us to preach

the gospel to them.

16:11 Therefore, sailing from Troas, we ran a

straight course to Samothrace, and the next day

came to Neapolis,

16:12 and from there to Philippi, which is the

foremost city of that part of Macedonia, a

colony. And we were staying in that city for

some days.

16:13 And on the Sabbath day we went out of

the city to the riverside, where prayer was

customarily made; and we sat down and spoke to

the women who met there.

16:14 Now a certain woman named Lydia heard

us. She was a seller of purple from the city of

Thyatira, who worshiped Yahweh. Yahweh

opened her heart to heed the things spoken by

Paul.

16:15 And when she and her household were

baptized, she begged us, saying, "If you have

judged me to be faithful to Yahweh, come to my

house and stay." So she persuaded us.

16:16 Now it happened, as we went to prayer,

that a certain slave girl possessed with a spirit of

divination met us, who brought her masters

much profit by fortune-telling.

16:17 This girl followed Paul and us, and cried

out, saying, "These men are the servants of the

Most High God, who proclaim to us the way of

salvation."

16:18 And this she did for many days. But Paul,

greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, "I

command you in the name of Yah’shua the

Messiah to come out of her." And he came out

that very hour.

16:19 But when her masters saw that their hope

of profit was gone, they seized Paul and Silas

and dragged them into the marketplace to the

authorities.

16:20 And they brought them to the magistrates,

and said, "These men, being Edomites,

exceedingly trouble our city;

16:21 "and they teach customs which are not

lawful for us, being Romans, to receive or

observe."

16:22 Then the multitude rose up together

against them; and the magistrates tore off their

clothes and commanded them to be beaten with

rods.

16:23 And when they had laid many stripes on

them, they threw them into prison, commanding

the jailer to keep them securely.

16:24 Having received such a charge, he put

them into the inner prison and fastened their feet

in the stocks.

16:25 But at midnight Paul and Silas were

praying and singing hymns to Yahweh, and the

prisoners were listening to them.

16:26 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.

16:27 And the keeper of the prison, awaking

from sleep and seeing the prison doors open,

supposing the prisoners had fled, drew his sword

and was about to kill himself.

16:28 But Paul called with a loud voice, saying,

"Do yourself no harm, for we are all here."

16:29 Then he called for a light, ran in, and fell

down trembling before Paul and Silas.

16:30 And he brought them out and said, "Sirs,

what must I do to be saved?"

16:31 So they said, "Believe on the Lord

Yah’shua the Messiah, and you will be saved,

you and your household."

16:32 Then they spoke the word of Yahweh to

him and to all who were in his house.

16:33 And he took them the same hour of the

night and washed their stripes. And immediately

he and all his family were baptized.

16:34 Now when he had brought them into his

house, he set food before them; and he rejoiced,

having believed in the Messiah with all his

household.

16:35 And when it was day, the magistrates sent

the officers, saying, "Let those men go."

16:36 So the keeper of the prison reported these

words to Paul, saying, "The magistrates have

sent to let you go. Now therefore depart, and go

in peace."

16:37 But Paul said to them, "They have beaten

us openly, uncondemned Romans, and have

thrown us into prison. And now do they put us

out secretly? No indeed! Let them come

themselves and get us out."

16:38 And the officers told these words to the

magistrates, and they were afraid when they

heard that they were Romans.

16:39 Then they came and pleaded with them

and brought them out, and asked them to depart

from the city.

16:40 So they went out of the prison and entered

the house of Lydia; and when they had seen the

brethren, they encouraged them and departed.

 

Acts of the Apostles 17:

17:1 Now when they had passed through

Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to

Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of

the Hebrews.

17:2 Then Paul, as his custom was, went in to

them, and for three Sabbaths reasoned with them

from the Scriptures,

17:3 explaining and demonstrating that the

Messiah had to suffer and rise again from the

dead, and saying, "This Yah’shua whom I preach

to you is the Messiah."

17:4 And some of them were persuaded; and a

great multitude of the devout Greeks, and not a

few of the leading women, joined Paul and Silas.

17:5 But the Edomites who were not persuaded,

becoming envious, took some of the evil men

from the marketplace, and gathering a mob, set

all the city in an uproar and attacked the house of

Jason, and sought to bring them out to the

people.

17:6 But when they did not find them, they

dragged Jason and some brethren to the rulers of

the city, crying out, "These who have turned the

world upside down have come here too.

17:7 "Jason has harbored them, and these are all

acting contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying

there is another king-Yah’shua."

17:8 And they troubled the crowd and the rulers

of the city when they heard these things.

17:9 So when they had taken security from Jason

and the rest, they let them go.

17:10 Then the brethren immediately sent Paul

and Silas away by night to Berea. When they

arrived, they went into the synagogue of the

Hebrews.

17:11 These were more fair-minded than those in

Thessalonica, in that they received the word with

all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to

find out whether these things were so.

17:12 Therefore many of them believed, and also

not a few of the Greeks, prominent women as

well as men.

17:13 But when the Edomites from Thessalonica

learned that the word of Yahweh was preached

by Paul at Berea, they came there also and stirred

up the crowds.

17:14 Then immediately the brethren sent Paul

away, to go to the sea; but both Silas and

Timothy remained there.

17:15 So those who conducted Paul brought him

to Athens; and receiving a command for Silas

and Timothy to come to him with all speed, they

departed.

17:16 Now while Paul waited for them at

Athens, his spirit was provoked within him when

he saw that the city was given over to idols.

17:17 Therefore he reasoned in the synagogue

with the Edomites and with the Gentile

worshipers, and in the marketplace daily with

those who happened to be there.

17:18 Then certain Epicurean and Stoic

philosophers encountered him. And some said,

"What does this babbler want to say?" Others

said, "He seems to be a proclaimer of foreign

gods," because he preached to them Yah’shua

and the resurrection.

17:19 And they took him and brought him to the

Areopagus, saying, "May we know what this

new doctrine is of which you speak?

17:20 "For you are bringing some strange things

to our ears. Therefore we want to know what

these things mean."

17:21 For all the Athenians and the foreigners

who were there spent their time in nothing else

but either to tell or to hear some new thing.

17:22 Then Paul stood in the midst of the

Areopagus and said, "Men of Athens, I perceive

that in all things you are very religious;

17:23 "for as I was passing through and

considering the objects of your worship, I even

found an altar with this inscription: TO THE

UNKNOWN GOD. Therefore, the One whom

you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to

you:

17:24 "Yahweh, who made the world and

everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and

earth, and He does not dwell in temples made

with hands.

17:25 "Nor is He worshiped with men's hands, as

though He needed anything, since He gives to all

life, breath, and all things.

17:26 "And He has made from one blood every

nation of men to dwell on all the face of the

earth, and has determined their preappointed

times and the boundaries of their dwellings,

17:27 "so that they should seek Yahweh, in the

hope that they might grope for Him and find

Him, though He is not far from each one of us;

17:28 "for in Him we live and move and have

our being, as also some of your own poets have

said, 'For we are also His offspring.'

17:29 "Therefore, since we are the offspring of

Yahweh, we ought not to think that the Divine

Nature is like gold or silver or stone, something

shaped by art and man's devising.

17:30 "Truly, these times of ignorance Yahweh

overlooked, but now commands all men

everywhere to repent,

17:31 "because He has appointed a day on which

He will judge the world in righteousness by the

Man whom He has ordained. He has given

assurance of this to all by raising Him from the

dead."

17:32 And when they heard of the resurrection of

the dead, some mocked, while others said, "We

will hear you again on this matter."

17:33 So Paul departed from among them.

17:34 However, some men joined him and

believed, among them Dionysius the Areopagite,

a woman named Damaris, and others with them.

18:1 After these things Paul departed from

Athens and went to Corinth.

18:2 And he found a certain Hebrew named

Aquila, born in Pontus, who had recently come

from Italy with his wife Priscilla (because

Claudius had commanded all the Hebrews to

depart from Rome); and he came to them.

18:3 So, because he was of the same trade, he

stayed with them and worked; for by occupation

they were tentmakers.

18:4 And he reasoned in the synagogue every

Sabbath, persuading both Edomites and Greeks.

18:5 When Silas and Timothy had come from

Macedonia, Paul was compelled by His Spirit,

and testified to the Edomites that Yah’shua is the

Messiah.

18:6 But when they opposed him and

blasphemed, he shook his garments and said to

them, "Your blood be upon your own heads; I

am clean. From now on I go to the Gentiles."

18:7 And he departed from there and entered the

house of a certain man named Justus, one who

worshiped Yahweh, whose house was next door

to the synagogue.

18:8 Then Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue,

believed on the Messiah with all his household.

And many of the Corinthians, hearing, believed

and were baptized.

18:9 Now Yahweh spoke to Paul in the night by

a vision, "Do not be afraid, but speak, and do not

keep silent;

18:10 "for I am with you, and no one will attack

you to hurt you; for I have many people in this

city."

18:11 And he continued there a year and six

months, teaching the word of Yahweh among

them.

18:12 When Gallio was proconsul of Achaia, the

Edomites with one accord rose up against Paul

and brought him to the judgment seat,

18:13 saying, "This fellow persuades men to

worship Yahweh contrary to the law."

18:14 And when Paul was about to open his

mouth, Gallio said to the Edomites, "If it were a

matter of wrongdoing or wicked crimes, O

Edomites, there would be reason why I should

bear with you.

18:15 "But if it is a question of words and names

and your own law, look to it yourselves; for I do

not want to be a judge of such matters."

18:16 And he drove them from the judgment

seat.

18:17 Then all the Greeks took Sosthenes, the

ruler of the synagogue, and beat him before the

judgment seat. But Gallio took no notice of these

things.

18:18 So Paul still remained a good while. Then

he took leave of the brethren and sailed for Syria,

and Priscilla and Aquila were with him. He had

his hair cut off at Cenchrea, for he had taken a

vow.

18:19 And he came to Ephesus, and left them

there; but he himself entered the synagogue and

reasoned with the Edomites.

18:20 When they asked him to stay a longer time

with them, he did not consent,

18:21 but took leave of them, saying, "I must by

all means keep this coming feast in Jerusalem;

but I will return again to you, Yahweh willing."

And he sailed from Ephesus.

18:22 And when he had landed at Caesarea, and

gone up and greeted the congregation, he went

down to Antioch.

18:23 After he had spent some time there, he

departed and went over the region of Galatia and

Phrygia in order, strengthening all the disciples.

18:24 Now a certain Hebrew named Apollos,

born at Alexandria, an eloquent man and mighty

in the Scriptures, came to Ephesus.

18:25 This man had been instructed in the way

of Yahweh; and being fervent in spirit, he spoke

and taught accurately the things of the Messiah,

though he knew only the baptism of John.

18:26 So he began to speak boldly in the

synagogue. When Aquila and Priscilla heard

him, they took him aside and explained to him

the way of Yahweh more accurately.

18:27 And when he desired to cross to Achaia,

the brethren wrote, exhorting the disciples to

receive him; and when he arrived, he greatly

helped those who had believed through grace;

18:28 for he vigorously refuted the Edomites

publicly, showing from the Scriptures that

Yah’shua is the Messiah.

 

Acts of the Apostles 19:

19:1 And it happened, while Apollos was at

Corinth, that Paul, having passed through the

upper regions, came to Ephesus. And finding

some disciples

19:2 he said to them, "Did you receive His Holy

Spirit when you believed?" So they said to him,

"We have not so much as heard whether there is

a Holy Spirit."

19:3 And he said to them, "Into what then were

you baptized?" So they said, "Into John's baptism

of repentence."

19:4 Then Paul said, "John indeed baptized with

a baptism of repentance, saying to the people that

they should believe on Him who would come

after him, that is, on the Messiah, Yah’shua."

19:5 When they heard this, they were baptized in

the name of the Messiah Yah’shua.

19:6 And when Paul had laid hands on them, His

Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke in

new languages and prophesied.

19:7 Now the men were about twelve in all.

19:8 And he went into the synagogue and spoke

boldly for three months, reasoning and

persuading concerning the things of the kingdom

of Yahweh.

19:9 But when some were hardened and did not

believe, but spoke evil of the Way before the

multitude, he departed from them and withdrew

the disciples, reasoning daily in the school of

Tyrannus.

19:10 And this continued for two years, so that

all who dwelt in Asia heard the word of the

Messiah Yah’shua, both Hebrews and Greeks.

19:11 Now Yahweh worked unusual miracles

by the hands of Paul,

19:12 so that even handkerchiefs or aprons were

brought from his body to the sick, and the

diseases left them and the evil spirits went out of

them.

19:13 Then some of the itinerant Edomite

exorcists took it upon themselves to call the

name of the Messiah Yah’shua over those who

had evil spirits, saying, "We exorcise you by the

Yah’shua whom Paul preaches."

19:14 Also there were seven sons of Sceva, an

Edomite chief priest, who did so.

19:15 And the evil spirit answered and said,

"Yah’shua I know, and Paul I know; but who are

you?"

19:16 Then the man in whom the evil spirit was

leaped on them, overpowered them, and

prevailed against them, so that they fled out of

that house naked and wounded.

19:17 This became known both to all Edomites

and Greeks dwelling in Ephesus; and fear fell on

them all, and the name of the Messiah Yah’shua

was magnified.

19:18 And many who had believed came

confessing and telling their deeds.

19:19 Also, many of those who had practiced

magic brought their books together and burned

them in the sight of all. And they counted up the

value of them, and it totaled fifty thousand pieces

of silver.

19:20 So the word of Yahweh grew mightily and

prevailed.

19:21 When these things were accomplished,

Paul purposed in his spirit, when he had passed

through Macedonia and Achaia, to go to

Jerusalem, saying, "After I have been there, I

must also see Rome."

19:22 So he sent into Macedonia two of those

who ministered to him, Timothy and Erastus, but

he himself stayed in Asia for a time.

19:23 And about that time there arose a great

commotion about the Way.

19:24 For a certain man named Demetrius, a

silversmith, who made silver shrines of Diana,

brought no small profit to the craftsmen.

19:25 He called them together with the workers

of similar occupation, and said: "Men, you know

that we have our prosperity by this trade.

19:26 "Moreover you see and hear that not only

at Ephesus, but throughout almost all Asia, this

Paul has persuaded and turned away many

people, saying that they are not gods which are

made with hands.

19:27 "So not only is this trade of ours in danger

of falling into disrepute, but also the temple of

the great goddess Diana may be despised and her

magnificence destroyed, whom all Asia and the

world worship."

19:28 Now when they heard this, they were full

of wrath and cried out, saying, "Great is Diana of

the Ephesians!"

19:29 So the whole city was filled with

confusion, and rushed into the theater with one

accord, having seized Gaius and Aristarchus,

Macedonians, Paul's travel companions.

19:30 And when Paul wanted to go in to the

people, the disciples would not allow him.

19:31 Then some of the officials of Asia, who

were his friends, sent to him pleading that he

would not venture into the theater.

19:32 Some therefore cried one thing and some

another, for the assembly was confused, and

most of them did not know why they had come

together.

19:33 And they drew Alexander out of the

multitude, the Edomites putting him forward.

And Alexander motioned with his hand, and

wanted to make his defense to the people.

19:34 But when they found out that he was a

Hebrew, all with one voice cried out for about

two hours, "Great is Diana of the Ephesians!"

19:35 And when the city clerk had quieted the

crowd, he said: "Men of Ephesus, what man is

there who does not know that the city of the

Ephesians is temple guardian of the great

goddess Diana, and of the image which fell

down from Zeus?

19:36 "Therefore, since these things cannot be

denied, you ought to be quiet and do nothing

rashly.

19:37 "For you have brought these men here who

are neither robbers of temples nor blasphemers

of your goddess.

19:38 "Therefore, if Demetrius and his fellow

craftsmen have a case against anyone, the courts

are open and there are proconsuls. Let them

bring charges against one another.

19:39 "But if you have any other inquiry to

make, it shall be determined in the lawful

assembly.

19:40 "For we are in danger of being called in

question for today's uproar, there being no reason

which we may give to account for this disorderly

gathering."

19:41 And when he had said these things, he

dismissed the assembly.

 

Acts of the Apostles 20:

20:1 After the uproar had ceased, Paul called the

disciples to himself, embraced them, and

departed to go to Macedonia.

20:2 Now when he had gone over that region and

encouraged them with many words, he came to

Greece

20:3 and stayed three months. And when the

Edomites plotted against him as he was about to

sail to Syria, he decided to return through

Macedonia.

20:4 And Sopater of Berea accompanied him to

Asia-also Aristarchus and Secundus of the

Thessalonians, and Gaius of Derbe, and

Timothy, and Tychicus and Trophimus of Asia.

20:5 These men, going ahead, waited for us at

Troas.

20:6 But we sailed away from Philippi after the

Days of Unleavened Bread, and in five days

joined them at Troas, where we stayed seven

days.

20:7 Now on the first day of the week, when the

disciples came together to break bread, Paul,

ready to depart the next day, spoke to them and

continued his message until midnight.

20:8 There were many lamps in the upper room

where they were gathered together.

20:9 And in a window sat a certain young man

named Eutychus, who was sinking into a deep

sleep. He was overcome by sleep; and as Paul

continued speaking, he fell down from the third

story and was taken up dead.

20:10 But Paul went down, fell on him, and

embracing him said, "Do not trouble yourselves,

for his life is in him."

20:11 Now when he had come up, had broken

bread and eaten, and talked a long while, even

till daybreak, he departed.

20:12 And they brought the young man in alive,

and they were not a little comforted.

20:13 Then we went ahead to the ship and sailed

to Assos, there intending to take Paul on board;

for so he had given orders, intending himself to

go on foot.

20:14 And when he met us at Assos, we took

him on board and came to Mitylene.

20:15 We sailed from there, and the next day

came opposite Chios. The following day we

arrived at Samos and stayed at Trogyllium. The

next day we came to Miletus.

20:16 For Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus,

so that he would not have to spend time in Asia;

for he was hurrying to be at Jerusalem, if

possible, on the Day of Pentecost.

20:17 From Miletus he sent to Ephesus and

called for the elders of the congregation.

20:18 And when they had come to him, he said

to them: "You know, from the first day that I

came to Asia, in what manner I always lived

among you,

20:19 "serving Yahweh with all humility, with

many tears and trials which happened to me by

the plotting of the Edomites;

20:20 "how I kept back nothing that was helpful,

but proclaimed it to you, and taught you publicly

and from house to house,

20:21 "testifying to Hebrews, and also to Greeks,

repentance toward Yahweh and faith toward our

Lord Yah’shua the Messiah.

20:22 "And see, now I go bound in the spirit to

Jerusalem, not knowing the things that will

happen to me there,

20:23 "except that His Holy Spirit reveals in

every city, saying that chains and tribulations

await me.

20:24 "But none of these things move me; nor do

I count my life dear to myself, so that I may

finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I

received from the Messiah Yah’shua, to testify to

the gospel of the grace of Yahweh.

20:25 "And indeed, now I know that you all,

among whom I have gone preaching the

kingdom of Yahweh, will see my face no more.

20:26 "Therefore I testify to you this day that I

am innocent of the blood of all men.

20:27 "For I have not shunned to declare to you

the whole counsel of Yahweh.

20:28 "Therefore take heed to yourselves and to

all the flock, among which His Holy Spirit has

made you overseers, to shepherd the

congregations of Yahweh which He purchased

through His own blood.

20:29 "For I know this, that after my departure

savage wolves will come in among you, not

sparing the flock.

20:30 "Also from among yourselves men will

rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away

the disciples after themselves.

20:31 "Therefore watch, and remember that for

three years I did not cease to warn everyone

night and day with tears.

20:32 "So now, brethren, I commend you to

Yahweh and to the word of His grace, which is

able to build you up and give you an inheritance

among all those who are sanctified.

20:33 "I have coveted no one's silver or gold or

apparel.

20:34 "Yes, you yourselves know that these

hands have provided for my necessities, and for

those who were with me.

20:35 "I have shown you in every way, by

laboring like this, that you must support the

weak. And remember the words of the Messiah

Yah’shua, that He said, 'It is more blessed to

give than to receive.' "

20:36 And when he had said these things, he

knelt down and prayed with them all.

20:37 Then they all wept freely, and fell on

Paul's neck and kissed him,

20:38 sorrowing most of all for the words which

he spoke, that they would see his face no more.

And they accompanied him to the ship.

 

Acts of the Apostles 21:

21:1 Now it came to pass, that when we had

departed from them and set sail, running a

straight course we came to Cos, the following

day to Rhodes, and from there to Patara.

21:2 And finding a ship sailing over to

Phoenicia, we went aboard and set sail.

21:3 When we had sighted Cyprus, we passed it

on the left, sailed to Syria, and landed at Tyre;

for there the ship was to unload her cargo.

21:4 And finding disciples, we stayed there

seven days. They told Paul through His Spirit not

to go up to Jerusalem.

21:5 When we had come to the end of those

days, we departed and went on our way; and they

all accompanied us, with wives and children, till

we were out of the city. And we knelt down on

the shore and prayed.

21:6 When we had taken our leave of one

another, we boarded the ship, and they returned

home.

21:7 And when we had finished our voyage from

Tyre, we came to Ptolemais, greeted the

brethren, and stayed with them one day.

21:8 On the next day we who were Paul's

companions departed and came to Caesarea, and

entered the house of Philip the evangelist, who

was one of the seven, and stayed with him.

21:9 Now this man had four virgin daughters

who prophesied.

21:10 And as we stayed many days, a certain

prophet named Agabus came down from Judea.

21:11 When he had come to us, he took Paul's

belt, bound his own hands and feet, and said,

"Thus reveals His Holy Spirit, 'So shall the

Edomites at Jerusalem bind the man who owns

this belt, and deliver him into the hands of the

Gentiles.' "

21:12 Now when we heard these things, both we

and those from that place pleaded with him not

to go up to Jerusalem.

21:13 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 Messiah Yah’shua."

21:14 So when he would not be persuaded, we

ceased, saying, "The will of Yahweh be done."

21:15 And after those days we packed and went

up to Jerusalem.

21:16 Also some of the disciples from Caesarea

went with us and brought with them a certain

Mnason of Cyprus, an early disciple, with whom

we were to lodge.

21:17 And when we had come to Jerusalem, the

brethren received us gladly.

21:18 On the following day Paul went in with us

to James, and all the elders were present.

21:19 When he had greeted them, he told in

detail those things which Yahweh had done

among the Gentiles through his ministry.

21:20 When they heard it they glorified Yahweh.

And said to him, "You see, brother, how many

myriads of Hebrews there are who have

believed, and they are all zealous for the law;

21:21 "but they have been informed about you

that you teach all the Hebrews who are among

the Gentiles to forsake Moses, saying that they

ought not to circumcise their children nor to

walk according to the customs.

21:22 "What then? The assembly must certainly

meet, for they will hear that you have come.

21:23 "Therefore do what we tell you: We have

four men who have taken a vow.

21:24 "Take them and be purified with them, and

pay their expenses so that they may shave their

heads, and that all may know that those things of

which they were informed concerning you are

nothing, but that you yourself also walk orderly

and keep the law.

21:25 "But concerning the Gentiles who believe,

we have written and decided that they should

observe no such thing, except that they should

keep themselves from things offered to idols,

from blood, from things strangled, and from

sexual immorality."

21:26 Then Paul took the men, and the next day,

having been purified with them, entered the

temple to announce the expiration of the days of

purification, at which time an offering should be

made for each one of them.

21:27 Now when the seven days were almost

ended, the Edomites from Asia, seeing him in the

temple, stirred up the whole crowd and laid

hands on him,

21:28 crying out, "Men of Israel, help! This is

the man who teaches all men everywhere against

the people, the law, and this place; and

furthermore he also brought Greeks into the

temple and has defiled this holy place."

21:29 (For they had previously seen Trophimus

the Ephesian with him in the city, whom they

supposed that Paul had brought into the temple.)

21:30 And all the city was disturbed; and the

people ran together, seized Paul, and dragged

him out of the temple; and immediately the doors

were shut.

21:31 Now as they were seeking to kill him,

news came to the commander of the garrison that

all Jerusalem was in an uproar.

21:32 He immediately took soldiers and

centurions, and ran down to them. And when

they saw the commander and the soldiers, they

stopped beating Paul.

21:33 Then the commander came near and took

him, and commanded him to be bound with two

chains; and he asked who he was and what he

had done.

21:34 And some among the multitude cried one

thing and some another. So when he could not

ascertain the truth because of the tumult, he

commanded him to be taken into the barracks.

21:35 When he reached the stairs, he had to be

carried by the soldiers because of the violence of

the mob.

21:36 For the multitude of the people followed

after, crying out, "Away with him!"

21:37 Then as Paul was about to be led into the

barracks, he said to the commander, "May I

speak to you?" He replied, "Can you speak

Greek?

21:38 "Are you not the Egyptian who some time

ago stirred up a rebellion and led the four

thousand assassins out into the wilderness?"

21:39 But Paul said, "I am a Hebrew from

Tarsus, in Cilicia, a citizen of no mean city; and I

implore you, permit me to speak to the people."

21:40 So when he had given him permission,

Paul stood on the stairs and motioned with his

hand to the people. And when there was a great

silence, he spoke to them in the Hebrew

language, saying,

Acts of the Apostles 22:

22:1 "Brethren and fathers, hear my defense

before you now."

22:2 And when they heard that he spoke to them

in the Hebrew language, they kept all the more

silent. Then he said:

22:3 "I am indeed a Hebrew, born in Tarsus of

Cilicia, but brought up in this city at the feet of

Gamaliel, taught according to the strictness of

our fathers' law, and was zealous toward Yahweh

as you all are today.

22:4 "I persecuted this Way to the death, binding

and delivering into prisons both men and

women,

22:5 "as also the high priest bears me witness,

and all the council of the elders, from whom I

also received letters to the brethren, and went to

Damascus to bring in chains even those who

were there to Jerusalem to be punished.

22:6 "Now it happened, as I journeyed and came

near Damascus at about noon, suddenly a great

light from the sky shone around me.

22:7 "And I fell to the ground and heard a voice

saying to me, 'Saul, Saul, why are you

persecuting Me?'

22:8 "So I answered, 'Who are You, Lord?' And

He said to me, 'I am Yah’shua of Nazareth,

whom you are persecuting.'

22:9 "And those who were with me indeed saw

the light and were afraid, but they did not hear

the voice of Him who spoke to me.

22:10 "So I said, 'What shall I do, Lord?' And the

Messiah said to me, 'Arise and go into

Damascus, and there you will be told all things

which are appointed for you to do.'

22:11 "And since I could not see for the glory of

that light, being led by the hand of those who

were with me, I came into Damascus.

22:12 "Then a certain Ananias, a devout man

according to the law, having a good testimony

with all the Hebrews who dwelt there,

22:13 "came to me; and he stood and said to me,

'Brother Saul, receive your sight.' And at that

same hour I looked up at him.

22:14 "Then he said, 'The God of our fathers has

chosen you that you should know His will, and

see the Just One, and hear the voice of His

mouth.

22:15 'For you will be His witness to all men of

what you have seen and heard.

22:16 'And now why are you waiting? Arise and

be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on

the name of the Messiah.'

22:17 "Now it happened, when I returned to

Jerusalem and was praying in the temple, that I

was in a trance

22:18 "and saw Him saying to me, 'Make haste

and get out of Jerusalem quickly, for they will

not receive your testimony concerning Me.'

22:19 "So I said, 'Lord, they know that in every

synagogue I imprisoned and beat those who

believe on You.

22:20 'And when the blood of Your martyr

Stephen was shed, I also was standing by

consenting to his death, and guarding the clothes

of those who were killing him.'

22:21 "Then He said to me, 'Depart, for I will

send you far from here to the Gentiles.' "

22:22 And they listened to him until this word,

and then they raised their voices and said, "Away

with such a fellow from the earth, for he is not fit

to live!"

22:23 Then, as they cried out and tore off their

clothes and threw dust into the air,

22:24 the commander ordered him to be brought

into the barracks, and said that he should be

examined under scourging, so that he might

know why they shouted so against him.

22:25 And as they bound him with thongs, Paul

said to the centurion who stood by, "Is it lawful

for you to scourge a man who is a Roman, and

uncondemned?"

22:26 When the centurion heard that, he went

and told the commander, saying, "Take care

what you do, for this man is a Roman."

22:27 Then the commander came and said to

him, "Tell me, are you a Roman?" He said,

"Yes."

22:28 The commander answered, "With a large

sum I obtained this citizenship." And Paul said,

"But I was born a citizen."

22:29 Then immediately those who were about

to examine him withdrew from him; and the

commander was also afraid after he found out

that he was a Roman, and because he had bound

him.

22:30 The next day, because he wanted to know

for certain why he was accused by the Edomites,

he released him from his bonds, and commanded

the chief priests and all their council to appear,

and brought Paul down and set him before them.

 

Acts of the Apostles 23:

23:1 Then Paul, looking earnestly at the council,

said, "Men and brethren, I have lived in all good

conscience before Yahweh until this day."

23:2 And the high priest Ananias commanded

those who stood by him to strike him on the

mouth.

23:3 Then Paul said to him, "Yahweh will strike

you, you whitewashed wall! For you sit to judge

me according to the law, and do you command

me to be struck contrary to the law?"

23:4 And those who stood by said, "Do you

revile Yahweh's high priest?"

23:5 Then Paul said, "I did not know, brethren,

that he was the high priest; for it is written, 'You

shall not speak evil of a ruler of your people.' "

23:6 But when Paul perceived that one part were

Sadducees and the other Pharisees, he cried out

in the council, "Men and brethren, I am a

Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee; concerning the

hope and resurrection of the dead I am being

judged!"

23:7 And when he had said this, a dissension

arose between the Pharisees and the Sadducees;

and the assembly was divided.

23:8 For Sadducees say that there is no

resurrection-and no angel or spirit; but the

Pharisees confess both.

23:9 Then there arose a loud outcry. And the

scribes of the Pharisees' party arose and

protested, saying, "We find no evil in this man;

but if a spirit or an angel has spoken to him, let

us not fight against Yahweh."

23:10 Now when there arose a great dissension,

the commander, fearing lest Paul might be pulled

to pieces by them, commanded the soldiers to go

down and take him by force from among them,

and bring him into the barracks.

23:11 But the following night Yah’shua stood

by him and said, "Be of good cheer, Paul; for as

you have testified for Me in Jerusalem, so you

must also bear witness at Rome."

23:12 And when it was day, some of the

Edomites banded together and bound themselves

under an

oath, saying that they would neither eat nor drink

till they had killed Paul.

23:13 Now there were more than forty who had

formed this conspiracy.

23:14 They came to the chief priests and elders,

and said, "We have bound ourselves under a

great oath that we will eat nothing until we have

killed Paul.

23:15 "Now you, therefore, together with the

council, suggest to the commander that he be

brought down to you tomorrow, as though you

were going to make further inquiries concerning

him; but we are ready to kill him before he

comes near."

23:16 So when Paul's sister's son heard of their

ambush, he went and entered the barracks and

told Paul.

23:17 Then Paul called one of the centurions to

him and said, "Take this young man to the

commander, for he has something to tell him."

23:18 So he took him and brought him to the

commander and said, "Paul the prisoner called

me to him and asked me to bring this young man

to you. He has something to say to you."

23:19 Then the commander took him by the

hand, went aside and asked privately, "What is it

that you have to tell me?"

23:20 And he said, "The Edomites have agreed

to ask that you bring Paul down to the council

tomorrow, as though they were going to inquire

more fully about him.

23:21 "But do not yield to them, for more than

forty of them lie in wait for him, men who have

bound themselves by an oath that they will

neither eat nor drink till they have killed him;

and now they are ready, waiting for the promise

from you."

23:22 So the commander let the young man

depart, and commanded him, "Tell no one that

you have revealed these things to me."

23:23 And he called for two centurions, saying,

"Prepare two hundred soldiers, seventy

horsemen, and two hundred spearmen to go to

Caesarea at the third hour of the night;

23:24 "and provide mounts to set Paul on, and

bring him safely to Felix the governor."

23:25 He wrote a letter in the following manner:

23:26 Claudius Lysias, to the most excellent

governor Felix: Greetings.

23:27 This man was seized by the Edomites and

was about to be killed by them. Coming with the

troops I rescued him, having learned that he was

a Roman.

23:28 I wanted to know the reason they accused

him, so I brought him before their council.

23:29 I found out that he was accused

concerning questions of their law, but had

nothing charged against him deserving of death

or chains.

23:30 And when it was told me that the

Edomites lay in wait for the man, I sent him

immediately to you, and also commanded his

accusers to state before you the charges against

him. Farewell.

23:31 Then the soldiers, as they were

commanded, took Paul and brought him by night

to Antipatris.

23:32 The next day they left the horsemen to go

on with him, and returned to the barracks.

23:33 When they came to Caesarea and had

delivered the letter to the governor, they also

presented Paul to him.

23:34 And when the governor had read it, he

asked what province he was from. And when he

understood that he was from Cilicia,

23:35 he said, "I will hear you when your

accusers also have come." And he commanded

him to be kept in Herod's Praetorium

.

Acts of the Apostles 24:

24:1 Now after five days Ananias the high priest

came down with the elders and a certain orator

named Tertullus. These gave evidence to the

governor against Paul.

24:2 And when he was called upon, Tertullus

began his accusation, saying: "Seeing that

through you we enjoy great peace, and prosperity

is being brought to this nation by your foresight,

24:3 "we accept it always and in all places, most

noble Felix, with all thankfulness.

24:4 "Nevertheless, not to be tedious to you any

further, I beg you to hear, by your courtesy, a

few words from us.

24:5 "For we have found this man a plague, a

creator of dissension among all the Edomites

throughout the world, and a ringleader of the sect

of the Nazarenes.

24:6 "He even tried to profane the temple, and

we seized him, and wanted to judge him

according to our law.

24:7 "But the commander Lysias came by and

with great violence took him out of our hands,

24:8 "commanding his accusers to come to you.

By examining him yourself you may ascertain all

these things of which we accuse him."

24:9 And the Edomites also assented,

maintaining that these things were so.

24:10 Then Paul, after the governor had nodded

to him to speak, answered: "Inasmuch as I know

that you have been for many years a judge of this

nation, I do the more cheerfully answer for

myself,

24:11 "because you may ascertain that it is no

more than twelve days since I went up to

Jerusalem to worship.

24:12 "And they neither found me in the temple

disputing with anyone nor inciting the crowd,

either in the synagogues or in the city.

24:13 "Nor can they prove the things of which

they now accuse me.

24:14 "But this I confess to you, that according

to the Way which they call a sect, so I worship

the God of my fathers, believing all things which

are written in the Law and in the Prophets.

24:15 "I have hope in Yahweh, which they

themselves also accept, that there will be a

resurrection of the dead, both of the just and the

unjust.

24:16 "This being so, I myself always strive to

have a conscience without offense toward

Yahweh and men.

24:17 "Now after many years I came to bring

alms and offerings to my nation,

24:18 "in the midst of which some Hebrews from

Asia found me purified in the temple, neither

with a mob nor with tumult.

24:19 "They ought to have been here before you

to object if they had anything against me.

24:20 "Or else let those who are here themselves

say if they found any wrongdoing in me while I

stood before the council,

24:21 "unless it is for this one statement which I

cried out, standing among them, 'Concerning the

resurrection of the dead I am being judged by

you this day.' "

24:22 But when Felix heard these things, having

more accurate knowledge of the Way, he

adjourned the proceedings and said, "When

Lysias the commander comes down, I will make

a decision on your case."

24:23 So he commanded the centurion to keep

Paul and to let him have liberty, and told him not

to forbid any of his friends to provide for or visit

him.

24:24 And after some days, when Felix came

with his wife Drusilla, who was Edomite, he sent

for Paul and heard him concerning the faith in

Messiah.

24:25 Now as he reasoned about righteousness,

self-control, and the judgment to come, Felix

was afraid and answered, "Go away for now;

when I have a convenient time I will call for

you."

24:26 Meanwhile he also hoped that money

would be given him by Paul, that he might

release him. Therefore he sent for him more

often and conversed with him.

24:27 But after two years Porcius Festus

succeeded Felix; and Felix, wanting to do the

Edomites a favor, left Paul bound.

 

Acts of the Apostles 25:

25:1 Now when Festus had come to the

province, after three days he went up from

Caesarea to Jerusalem.

25:2 Then the high priest and the chief men of

the Edomites informed him against Paul; and

they petitioned him,

25:3 asking a favor against him, that he would

summon him to Jerusalem-while they lay in

ambush along the road to kill him.

25:4 But Festus answered that Paul should be

kept at Caesarea, and that he himself was going

there shortly.

25:5 "Therefore," he said, "let those who have

authority among you go down with me and

accuse this man, to see if there is any fault in

him."

25:6 And when he had remained among them

more than ten days, he went down to Caesarea.

And the next day, sitting on the judgment seat,

he commanded Paul to be brought.

25:7 When he had come, the Edomites who had

come down from Jerusalem stood about and laid

many serious complaints against Paul, which

they could not prove,

25:8 while he answered for himself, "Neither

against the law of the Hebrews, nor against the

temple, nor against Caesar have I offended in

anything at all."

25:9 But Festus, wanting to do the Edomites a

favor, answered Paul and said, "Are you willing

to go up to Jerusalem and there be judged before

me concerning these things?"

25:10 So Paul said, "I stand at Caesar's judgment

seat, where I ought to be judged. To the Hebrews

I have done no wrong, as you very well know.

25:11 "For if I am an offender, or have

committed anything deserving of death, I do not

object to dying; but if there is nothing in these

things of which these men accuse me, no one can

deliver me to them. I appeal to Caesar."

25:12 Then Festus, when he had conferred with

the council, answered, "You have appealed to

Caesar? To Caesar you shall go!"

25:13 And after some days King Agrippa and

Bernice came to Caesarea to greet Festus.

25:14 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,

25:15 "about whom the chief priests and the

elders of the Edomites informed me, when I was

in Jerusalem, asking for a judgment against him.

25:16 "To them I answered, 'It is not the custom

of the Romans to deliver any man to destruction

before the accused meets the accusers face to

face, and has opportunity to answer for himself

concerning the charge against him.'

25:17 "Therefore when they had come together,

without any delay, the next day I sat on the

judgment seat and commanded the man to be

brought in.

25:18 "When the accusers stood up, they brought

no accusation against him of such things as I

supposed,

25:19 "but had some questions against him about

their own religion and about a certain Yah’shua,

who had died, whom Paul affirmed to be alive.

25:20 "And because I was uncertain of such

questions, I asked whether he was willing to go

to Jerusalem and there be judged concerning

these matters.

25:21 "But when Paul appealed to be reserved

for the decision of Augustus, I commanded him

to be kept till I could send him to Caesar."

25:22 Then Agrippa said to Festus, "I also would

like to hear the man myself." "Tomorrow," he

said, "you shall hear him."

25:23 So the next day, when Agrippa and

Bernice had come with great pomp, and had

entered the auditorium with the commanders and

the prominent men of the city, at Festus'

command Paul was brought in.

25:24 And Festus said: "King Agrippa and all

men here present with us, you see this man about

whom the whole assembly of the Edomites

petitioned me, both at Jerusalem and here, crying

out that he was not fit to live any longer.

25:25 "But when I found that he had committed

nothing deserving of death, and that he himself

had appealed to Augustus, I decided to send him.

25:26 "I have nothing certain to write to my lord

concerning him. Therefore I have brought him

out before you, and especially before you, King

Agrippa, so that after the examination has taken

place I may have something to write.

25:27 "For it seems to me unreasonable to send a

prisoner and not state the charges against him."

 

Acts of the Apostles 26:

26:1 Then Agrippa said to Paul, "You are

permitted to speak for yourself." So Paul

stretched out his hand and answered for himself:

26:2 "I think myself happy, King Agrippa,

because today I shall answer for myself before

you concerning all the things of which I am

accused by the Edomites, especially

26:3 "because you are expert in all customs and

questions which have to do with the Hebrews.

Therefore I beg you to hear me patiently.

26:4 "My manner of life from my youth, which

was spent from the beginning among my own

nation at Jerusalem, all the Hebrews know.

26:5 "They knew me from the first, if they were

willing to testify, that according to the strictest

sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee.

26:6 "And now I stand judged for the hope of the

promise made by Yahweh to our fathers.

26:7 "To this promise our twelve tribes, earnestly

serving Yahweh night and day, hope to attain.

For this hope's sake, King Agrippa, I am accused

by the Edomites.

26:8 "Why should it be thought incredible by

you that Yahweh raises the dead?

26:9 "Indeed, I myself thought I must do many

things contrary to the name of Yah’shua the

Messiah.

26:10 "This I also did in Jerusalem, and many of

the saints I shut up in prison, having received

authority from the chief priests; and when they

were put to death, I cast my vote against them.

26:11 "And I punished them often in every

synagogue and compelled them to blaspheme;

and being exceedingly enraged against them, I

persecuted them even to foreign cities.

26:12 "While thus occupied, as I journeyed to

Damascus with authority and commission from

the chief priests,

26:13 "at midday, O king, along the road I saw a

light from the sky, brighter than the sun, shining

around me and those who journeyed with me.

26:14 "And when we all had fallen to the ground,

I heard a voice speaking to me in the Hebrew

language, 'Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting

Me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.'

26:15 "So I said, 'Who are You, Lord?' And He

said, 'I am Yah’shua, whom you are persecuting.

26:16 'But rise and stand on your feet; for I have

appeared to you for this purpose, to make you a

minister and a witness both of the things which

you have seen and of the things which I will yet

reveal to you.

26:17 'I will deliver you from the Edomite

people, as well as from the Gentiles, to whom I

now send you,

26:18 'to open their eyes, in order to turn them

from darkness to light, and from the power of

Satan to Yahweh, that they may receive

forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among

those who are sanctified by faith in Me.'

26:19 "Therefore, King Agrippa, I was not

disobedient to the heavenly vision,

26:20 "but declared first to those in Damascus

and in Jerusalem, and throughout all the region

of Judea, and then to the Gentiles, that they

should repent, turn to Yahweh, and do works

befitting repentance.

26:21 "For these reasons the Edomites seized me

in the temple and tried to kill me.

26:22 "Therefore, having obtained help from

Yahweh, to this day I stand, witnessing both to

small and great, saying no other things than

those which the prophets and Moses said would

come-

26:23 "that the Messiah would suffer, that He

would be the first to rise from the dead, and

would proclaim light to the Hebrew people and

to the Gentiles."

26:24 Now as he thus made his defense, Festus

said with a loud voice, "Paul, you are beside

yourself! Much learning is driving you mad!"

26:25 But he said, "I am not mad, most noble

Festus, but speak the words of truth and reason.

26:26 "For the king, before whom I also speak

freely, knows these things; for I am convinced

that none of these things escapes his attention,

since this thing was not done in a corner.

26:27 "King Agrippa, do you believe the

prophets? I know that you do believe."

26:28 Then Agrippa said to Paul, "You almost

persuade me to become a Nazarene."

26:29 And Paul said, "I would to Yahweh that

not only you, but also all who hear me today,

might become both almost and altogether such as

I am, except for these chains."

26:30 When he had said these things, the king

stood up, as well as the governor and Bernice

and those who sat with them;

26:31 and when they had gone aside, they talked

among themselves, saying, "This man is doing

nothing deserving of death or chains."

26:32 Then Agrippa said to Festus, "This man

might have been set free if he had not appealed

to Caesar."

 

Acts of the Apostles 27:

27:1 And when it was decided that we should

sail to Italy, they delivered Paul and some other

prisoners to one named Julius, a centurion of the

Augustan Regiment.

27:2 So, entering a ship of Adramyttium, we put

to sea, meaning to sail along the coasts of Asia.

Aristarchus, a Macedonian of Thessalonica, was

with us.

27:3 And the next day we landed at Sidon. And

Julius treated Paul kindly and gave him liberty to

go to his friends and receive care.

27:4 When we had put to sea from there, we

sailed under the shelter of Cyprus, because the

winds were contrary.

27:5 And when we had sailed over the sea which

is off Cilicia and Pamphylia, we came to Myra, a

city of Lycia.

27:6 There the centurion found an Alexandrian

ship sailing to Italy, and he put us on board.

27:7 When we had sailed slowly many days, and

arrived with difficulty off Cnidus, the wind not

permitting us to proceed, we sailed under the

shelter of Crete off Salmone.

27:8 Passing it with difficulty, we came to a

place called Fair Havens, near the city of Lasea.

27:9 Now when much time had been spent, and

sailing was now dangerous because the Fast was

already over, Paul advised them,

27:10 saying, "Men, I perceive that this voyage

will end with disaster and much loss, not only of

the cargo and ship, but also our lives."

27:11 Nevertheless the centurion was more

persuaded by the helmsman and the owner of the

ship than by the things spoken by Paul.

27:12 And because the harbor was not suitable to

winter in, the majority advised to set sail from

there also, if by any means they could reach

Phoenix, a harbor of Crete opening toward the

southwest and northwest, and winter there.

27:13 When the south wind blew softly,

supposing that they had obtained their desire,

putting out to sea, they sailed close by Crete.

27:14 But not long after, a tempestuous head

wind arose, called Euroclydon.

27:15 So when the ship was caught, and could

not head into the wind, we let her drive.

27:16 And running under the shelter of an island

called Clauda, we secured the skiff with

difficulty.

27:17 When they had taken it on board, they

used cables to undergird the ship; and fearing

lest they should run aground on the Syrtis Sands,

they struck sail and so were driven.

27:18 And because we were exceedingly

tempest-tossed, the next day they lightened the

ship.

27:19 On the third day we threw the ship's tackle

overboard with our own hands.

27:20 Now when neither sun nor stars appeared

for many days, and no small tempest beat on us,

all hope that we would be saved was finally

given up.

27:21 But after long abstinence from food, then

Paul stood in the midst of them and said, "Men,

you should have listened to me, and not have

sailed from Crete and incurred this disaster and

loss.

27:22 "And now I urge you to take heart, for

there will be no loss of life among you, but only

of the ship.

27:23 "For there stood by me this night an angel

of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve,

27:24 "saying, 'Do not be afraid, Paul; you must

be brought before Caesar; and indeed Yahweh

has granted you all those who sail with you.'

27:25 "Therefore take heart, men, for I believe

Yahweh that it will be just as it was told me.

27:26 "However, we must run aground on a

certain island."

27:27 Now when the fourteenth night had come,

as we were driven up and down in the Adriatic

Sea, about midnight the sailors sensed that they

were drawing near some land.

27:28 And they took soundings and found it to

be twenty fathoms; and when they had gone a

little farther, they took soundings again and

found it to be fifteen fathoms.

27:29 Then, fearing lest we should run aground

on the rocks, they dropped four anchors from the

stern, and prayed for day to come.

27:30 And as the sailors were seeking to escape

from the ship, when they had let down the skiff

into the sea, under pretense of putting out

anchors from the prow,

27:31 Paul said to the centurion and the soldiers,

"Unless these men stay in the ship, you cannot be

saved."

27:32 Then the soldiers cut away the ropes of the

skiff and let it fall off.

27:33 And as day was about to dawn, Paul

implored them all to take food, saying, "Today is

the fourteenth day you have waited and

continued without food, and eaten nothing.

27:34 "Therefore I urge you to take nourishment,

for this is for your survival, since not a hair will

fall from the head of any of you."

27:35 And when he had said these things, he

took bread and gave thanks to Yahweh in the

presence of them all; and when he had broken it

he began to eat.

27:36 Then they were all encouraged, and also

took food themselves.

27:37 And in all we were two hundred and

seventy-six persons on the ship.

27:38 So when they had eaten enough, they

lightened the ship and threw out the wheat into

the sea.

27:39 When it was day, they did not recognize

the land; but they observed a bay with a beach,

onto which they planned to run the ship if

possible.

27:40 And they let go the anchors and left them

in the sea, meanwhile loosing the rudder ropes;

and they hoisted the mainsail to the wind and

made for shore.

27:41 But striking a place where two seas met,

they ran the ship aground; and the prow stuck

fast and remained immovable, but the stern was

being broken up by the violence of the waves.

27:42 And the soldiers' plan was to kill the

prisoners, lest any of them should swim away

and escape.

27:43 But the centurion, wanting to save Paul,

kept them from their purpose, and commanded

that those who could swim should jump

overboard first and get to land,

27:44 and the rest, some on boards and some on

parts of the ship. And so it was that they all

escaped safely to land.

 

Acts of the Apostles 28:

28:1 Now when they had escaped, they then

found out that the island was called Malta.

28:2 And the natives showed us unusual

kindness; for they kindled a fire and made us all

welcome, because of the rain that was falling and

because of the cold.

28:3 But when Paul had gathered a bundle of

sticks and laid them on the fire, a viper came out

because of the heat, and coiled on his hand.

28:4 So when the natives saw the creature

hanging from his hand, they said to one another,

"No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though

he has escaped the sea, yet justice does not allow

to live."

28:5 But he shook off the creature into the fire

and suffered no harm.

28:6 However, they were expecting that he

would swell up or suddenly fall down dead. But

after they had looked for a long time and saw no

harm come to him, they changed their minds and

said that he was a god.

28:7 In that region there was an estate of the

leading citizen of the island, whose name was

Publius, who received us and entertained us

courteously for three days.

28:8 And it happened that the father of Publius

lay sick of a fever and dysentery. Paul went in to

him and prayed, and he laid his hands on him

and healed him.

28:9 So when this was done, the rest of those on

the island who had diseases also came and were

healed.

28:10 They also honored us in many ways; and

when we departed, they provided such things as

were necessary.

28:11 After three months we sailed in an

Alexandrian ship whose figurehead was the

Twin Brothers, which had wintered at the island.

28:12 And landing at Syracuse, we stayed three

days.

28:13 From there we circled round and reached

Rhegium. And after one day the south wind

blew; and the next day we came to Puteoli,

28:14 where we found brethren, and were invited

to stay with them seven days. And so we went

toward Rome.

28:15 And from there, when the brethren heard

about us, they came to meet us as far as Appii

Forum and Three Inns. When Paul saw them, he

thanked Yahweh and took courage.

28:16 Now when we came to Rome, the

centurion delivered the prisoners to the captain

of the guard; but Paul was permitted to dwell by

himself with the soldier who guarded him.

28:17 And it came to pass after three days that

Paul called the leaders of the Hebrews together.

So when they had come together, he said to

them: "Men and brethren, though I have done

nothing against our people or the customs of our

fathers, yet I was delivered as a prisoner from

Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans,

28:18 "who, when they had examined me,

wanted to let me go, because there was no cause

for putting me to death.

28:19 "But when the Edomites spoke against it, I

was compelled to appeal to Caesar, not that I had

anything of which to accuse my nation.

28:20 "For this reason therefore I have called for

you, to see you and speak with you, because for

the hope of Israel I am bound with this chain."

28:21 Then they said to him, "We neither

received letters from Judea concerning you, nor

have any of the brethren who came reported or

spoken any evil of you.

28:22 "But we desire to hear from you what you

think; for concerning this sect, we know that it is

spoken against everywhere."

28:23 So when they had appointed him a day,

many came to him at his lodging, to whom he

explained and solemnly testified of the kingdom

of Yahweh, persuading them concerning

Yah’shua from both the Law of Moses and the

Prophets, from morning till evening.

28:24 And some were persuaded by the things

which were spoken, and some disbelieved.

28:25 So when they did not agree among

themselves, they departed after Paul had said one

word: "His Holy Spirit revealed rightly through

Isaiah the prophet to our fathers,

28:26 "saying,

'Go to this people and say:

"Hearing you will hear, and shall not understand;

And seeing you will see, and not perceive;

28:27 For the hearts of this people have grown

dull.

Their ears are hard of hearing,

And their eyes they have closed,

Lest they should see with their eyes and hear

with their ears,

Lest they should understand with their hearts and

turn,

So that I should heal them." '

28:28 "Therefore let it be known to you that the

salvation of Yahweh has been sent to the

Gentiles, and they will hear it!"

28:29 And when he had said these words, the

Hebrews departed and had a great dispute among

themselves.

28:30 Then Paul dwelt two whole years in his

own rented house, and received all who came to

him,

28:31 preaching the kingdom of Yahweh and

teaching the things which concern the Lord

Yah’shua the Messiah with all confidence, no

one forbidding him.