After this manner; you should pray, Our Father Who is in heaven, hallowed is Your Name.
“This is the day which Yahweh has made; We will
rejoice and be glad in it”! (Psalms 118:24)
This is the day to be joyfully encouraged!
For today, you hold in your hand, a faithful English
translation of the Word of Yahweh, our One True
God Almighty and Creator of all this is!
Natural Israelite Bible English Version
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
1:23 And they proposed two: Joseph called
Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and
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
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
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
2:12 So they were all amazed and perplexed,
saying to one another, "Whatever could this
2:13 Others mocking said, "They are full of new
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
2:17 'And it shall come to pass in the last days,
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
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
2:26 Therefore my heart rejoiced, and my tongue
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
2:28 You have made known to me the ways of
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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,
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
4:15 But when they had commanded them to go
aside out of the council, they conferred among
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
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
'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
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
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
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
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
5:22 But when the officers came and did not
find them in the prison, they returned and
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
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
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
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
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
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,
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
Acts of the Apostles 7:
7:1 Then the high priest said, "Are these things
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
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
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
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
7:19 "This man dealt treacherously with our
people, and oppressed our forefathers, making
them expose their babies, so that they might not
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
7:23 "Now when he was forty years old, it came
into his heart to visit his brethren, the children of
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
9:4 Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice
saying to him, "Saul, Saul, why are you
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
10:35 "But in every nation whoever respects
Him and works righteousness is accepted by
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
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
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
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
11:9 "But the voice answered me again from the
sky, 'What Yahweh has cleansed you must not
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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-
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
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
13:28 "And though they found no cause for death
in Him, they asked Pilate that He should be put
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Even all the Gentiles who are called by My
Says Yahweh who does all these things.'
15:18 "Known to Yahweh from eternity are all
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
16:8 So passing by Mysia, they came down to
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
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
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
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
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
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
16:22 Then the multitude rose up together
against them; and the magistrates tore off their
clothes and commanded them to be beaten with
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
18:10 "for I am with you, and no one will attack
you to hurt you; for I have many people in this
18:11 And he continued there a year and six
months, teaching the word of Yahweh among
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
19:20 So the word of Yahweh grew mightily and
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
19:28 Now when they heard this, they were full
of wrath and cried out, saying, "Great is Diana of
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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,
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
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
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
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
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
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
23:16 So when Paul's sister's son heard of their
ambush, he went and entered the barracks and
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
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
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
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
23:31 Then the soldiers, as they were
commanded, took Paul and brought him by night
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
25:18 "When the accusers stood up, they brought
no accusation against him of such things as I
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
28:10 They also honored us in many ways; and
when we departed, they provided such things as
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
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
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,
'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
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
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
28:30 Then Paul dwelt two whole years in his
own rented house, and received all who came to
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.