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same things in words also. 28 a sharp dispute, so that they For it hath seemed good to the separated from each other; and
holy spirit and to us, to lay Barnabas took Mark, and sail- upon you no greater burden ed to Cyprus.
than [these] necessary things ; 40 But Paul chose Silas, 29 that ye abstain from things and departed; having been reoffered to idols, and from blood, commended by the brethren to and from things strangled, and the favour of God. 41 And he from fornication : from which, went through Syria and Cilicia, if ye keep yourselves, ye will strengthening the churches. do well. Fare ye well."
CH. XVI. 1 Then he came 30 So, being dismissed, they to Derbè and Lystra. And bewent to Antioch: and, when hold, a certain disciple was they had gathered the multi- there, named Timothy, (the son tude together, they delivered of a believing Jewess, but his the epistle: 31 which, being father was a Greek :) 2 who read, they rejoiced at this com- was well reported of by the fort. 32 And Judas and Silas, brethren at Lystra and Iconium. : being themselves also prophets, 3 Paul was desirous that this
comforted the brethren with man should go forth with him; many words, and strengthened and he took and circumcised them. 33 And after they had him, because of the Jews that remained there for some time, were in those parts: for they they were dismissed with wishes all knew that his father was a of peace by the brethren, to Greek. 4 And as they went those who sent them. 34 [Not- through the cities, they deliverwithstanding, it pleased Silas to ed to them for their observance continue there still.] 35 But Paul the ordinances which had been and Barnabas abode in Antioch, made by the apostles and elders teaching and preaching, with at Jerusalem. 5 The churches many others, the glad tidings therefore were becoming conof the word of the Lord.
firmed in the faith, and increas36 And after some days, Pauling in number every day. said to Barnabas, “Let us go 6 Now when they had gone again, and visit our brethren, through Phrygia, and the counin every city where we have try of Galatia, and were forbidpreached the word of the Lord, den by the holy spirit 10 preach and see how they are.” 37 Then the word in Asia ; 7 after they Barnabas advised to take with came to Mysia, they attempted them John, whose surname was to go into Bithynia: but the Mark. 38 But Paul thought it spirit of Jesus would not permit not proper to take with them, them. 8 So when they had passhim who had departed from ed by Mysia, they came down them in Pamphylia, and had to Troas. 9 And a vision appearnot gone with them to the ed to Paul in the night: a man work, 39 There was therefore of Macedonia stood and be
sought him, saying, “Come days. But Paul being grieved, over into Macedonia, and help turned, and said to the spirit
, us.” 10 And after he had seen « I command thee in the name the vision, we immediately en- of Jesus Christ, to come out of deavoured to go into Mace- her.” And it came out that indonia; concluding that the stant. 19 And when her masters Lord had called us to preach saw that the hope of their gain the gospel to them.
was gone, they seized Paul and 11 We loosed therefore from Silas, and dragged them into the Troas, and came with a straight market-place, to the rulers. 20 course to Samothracia, and the And when they had brought next day to Neapolis; 12 and them to the magistrates, they thence to Philippi, which is a said, “These men, being Jews, chief city [of that part] of greatly trouble our city; 21 and Macedonia, and a colony. And teach customs which it is not we abode in that city some days. lawful for us to receive, or ob13 And on the sabbath day we serve, being Romans.” 22 And went out of the city by a river, the multitude rose up together where prayer was accustomed against them: and the magisto be made: and we sat down, trates tore off their clothes, and and spake to the women who commanded to beat them with resorted thither, 14 And a cer- rods. 23 And having laid tain woman heard us, named many stripes on them, they cast Lydia, a seller of purple, of the them into prison, and chargcity of Thyatira, a Greek whoed the gaoler to keep them worshipped God: whose heart safely: 24 who, having receiv. the Lord opened, so that she ed such a charge, cast them attended to the things which into the inner prison, and made were spoken by Paul. 15 And their feet fast in the stocks. when she had been baptized, 25 And at midnight, Paul and and her household, she besought Silas prayed,and sang praises to us, saying, “If ye judge me to God : and the prisoners heard be faithful to the Lord, come them. 26 And suddenly there into my house, and remain was a great earthquake, so that there.” And she constrained us. the foundations of the prison
16 And it came to pass, as we were shaken; and immediately went to prayer, that a certain all the doors were opened, and damsel, having a spirit of di- the bands of all were loosed. vination, met us; who brought 27 And the gaoler awaking her masters much gain by di- out of his sleep, and seeing the vining. 17 She followed Paul prison-doors open, drew out and us, and cried out, saying, his sword, and was about to “ These men are the servants kill himself, supposing that the of the most high God, who de- prisoners had escaped. 28 But clare to us the way of salvation.” | Paul cried with a loud voice, 18 And she did this for many saying, “Do thyself no harm;
for we are all here.” 29 Then, and desired them to depart from the gaoler calling for lights, the city. 40 And they went out sprang in, and being in a treo of the prison, and entered into 3 mor, fell down before Paul and the house of Lydia : and, having
Silas ; 30 and bringing them seen the brethren, they comout, said,
Sirs, what must I forted them, and departed. do to be safe?"* 31 And they Ch. XVII. 1 NOW when said, “ Believe in the Lord Je- they had passed through Amsus Christ, and thou shalt be phipolis and Apollonia, they safe, and thine household.” 32 came to Thessalonica, where And they spake to him the was a synagogue of the Jews. wurd of the Lord, and to all 2 And Paul, as his custom was, that were in his house. 33 And went in among them, and for he took them, in that hour of three sabbaths, discoursed to the night, and washed their them out of the scriptures; 3 stripes; and was immediately explaining, and proving therebaptized, he and all his house - by, that the Christ must needs hold. 34 And having brought have suffered, and have risen them into his house, he set food from the dead; and that “this before them, and greatly re- Jesus, whom I announce to you, joiced with all his household, is the Christ.” 4 And some of believing in God.
them believed, and joined them35 And when it was day, the selves to Paul and Silas; and a magistrates sent the officers, great multitude of the devout saying, “ Let those men go." | Greeks, and of the chief wo36 Then the gaoler told these men not a few. 5 But the Jews words to Paul, “ The magis- collecting some ill-disposed irates have sent to let you go; men of the lowest class, raised a how therefore depart, and go mob, and set the city in an upn peace.” 37 But Paul said to roar, and assaulted the house hem, “ They have beaten us of Jason, and sought after Paul jublicly, uncondemned, who and Silas, that they might bring .re Roman citizens, and have them out to the people. 6 And ast us into prison; and now do not finding them, they dragged hey send us away privately? | Jason, and some of the brethren, No, truly : but let them come to the rulers of the city, crying hemselves and bring us out." out, “ They that have disturb8 And the officers told these ed the world, are come hither ords to the magistrates; who also ; 7 whom Jason hath receiveared when they heard that ed: and all these act contrary ie men were Roman citizens. to the decrees of Cesar, saying 9 So they came and besought that there is another king, one sem, and brought them out, I Jesus.”. 8 So they alarmed the
Mr. Wakefield explains it, to avoid punishment for what hath befallen the prisoners and e prison. This, he adds, “is beyond all doubt the sense of the passage; though Paul, in his ply, uses the words in a more expensive signification: a practice common in these writings."
let them go.
multitude, and the rulers of certain philosophers of the Epithe city, who heard these things. cureans, and of the Stoics, en9 And having taken security of countered him. And some said, Jason, and of some others, they “ What will this babbler say?"
and others, “ He seemeth to be 10 Then the brethren imme-a setter forth of foreign de. diately sent away Paul and Si.mons : [because he preached to las, by night, to Berea : who, them the glad tidings of Jesus, having arrived, went into the and of the resurrection]. 19 And synagogue of the Jews. 11 And they took him, and brought these were of a better dis- him to the Areopagus,* saying, position than those in Thessa- “ May we know what this new lonica, because they received doctrine is, of which thou the word with all readiness of speakest ? For thou bringest mind, searching the scriptures certain strange things to our daily, to see whether these things ears : we desire therefore to
12 Wherefore many know what these things mean." of them believed ; and of Greek 21 (Now all the Athenians, women of rank, and of men, and the foreigners, who dwelt not a few. 13 But when the among them, employed their Jews of Thessalonica knew that leisure in nothing else, but the word of God was preached either in telling or hearing by Paul at Berea, they came some new thing.) thither also, stirring up the mul 22 Then Paul stood in the titudes. 14 And then the bre- midst of the Areopagus, and thren immediately sent away said, “ Men of Athens, I. perPaul, to go towards the sea: but ceive you are exceedingly adSilas and Timothy remained dicted to the worship of demons
. there still. 15 And those who 23 For as I passed by, and be. conducted Paul brought [him] held the objects of your devoto Athens : and having received tion, I found also an altar with a commandment to Silas and this inscription, 'TO AN UNTimothy, that they should come KNOWN. GOD. Whom therefore to him with all speed, they de- ye ignorantly worship, bim ! parted.
announce to you. 24 The God 16 NOW while Paul waited who made the world, and all for them at Athens, his spirit things therein, he, being Lord within him was greatly troubled, of heaven and earth, dwelleth on beholding the city full of not in temples made with idols. 17 He discoursed there- hands ; 25 nor is he served by fore, in the synagogue with the the hands of men, as if he needJews, and with other devout ed any thing ; since he giveth persons; and in the market to all, life, and breath, and all place daily with such as pre- things; 26_and hath made of sented themselves. 18 Then lone (blood] the whole nation
* The supreme court at Athens.
of men, to dwell on all the Jew, named Aquila, born in face of the earth, and hath de- Pontus, lately come from Italy, termined their appointed times, with his wife Priscilla, (in conand the bounds of their habita- sequence of Claudius having tion ; 27 that they might seek commanded all the Jews to de God, if perhaps they might part from Rome,) and he went search him out and find him; to them: 3 and because he was though he be not far from every of the same occupation, he one of us: 28 for through him abode with them, and worked: we live, and move, and have [for by occupation, they were our being; as also some of your tent-makers.*] 4 And he disown (poets] have said ; . For coursed in the synagogue on we are even his offspring.' 29 every sabbath; and used persuaWherefore, being the offspring sion to Jews and Greeks. of God, we ought not to ima 5 And when Silas and Tigine the Deity to be like gold, mothy were come from Maceor silver, or stone, the engraving donia, Paul was employed, with of man's art and device. 30 How-them, in the word, testifying to ever, the times of this ignorance the Jews that Jesus was the God hath overlooked; but now Christ. 6 And when they opcommandeth all men, in all posed themselves, and spake places, to reform: 31 because evil, he shook his raiment, and he hath appointed a day, in said to them, “ Your blood is which he will judge the world upon your own heads; I am in righteousness, by a man pure: henceforth I will go to whom he hath appointed ; of the gentiles.” 7 And he went which he hath given a proof to thence, and entered into the all, in that he hath raised him house of a certain man named from the dead.” 32 And when Justus, a Greek who worshipped they heard of the resurrection God, whose house was adjoinof the dead, some scoffed : and ing to the synagogue. 8 Now others said, “We will hear thee Crispus, the ruler of the synaagain concerning this subject." | gogue, believed in the Lord 33 And then Paul departed from with all his house : and many among them. 34 However, some of the Corinthians, on hearing, men joined themselves to him, believed, and were baptized. among whom also was Diony 9 Then the Lord spake to sius the Areopagite, and a w Paul, by a vision in the night, man named Damaris, and others saying, “ Fear not, but speak, with them.
and be not silent: 10 for I am Ch. XVIII. 1 NOW after with thee; and no one shall these things, Paul departed from lay hands on thee to hurt thee: Athens, and came to Corinth. for I have many people in this 2 And he met with a certain city.” 11 And he dwelt there
* Or, makers of mechanical instruments. See Marshes Michaelis, vol. iv. p. 184.