New Testament - Acts
1 THE first book have I written, O Theophilus, concerning all the things which our Lord Jesus Christ began to do and teach
2 Until the day when he ascended, after he, through the Holy Spirit, had given commandments to the apostles whom he had chosen,
3 The very ones to whom he had also shown himself alive, after he had suffered, with many wonders during the forty days, while appearing to them and talking with them concerning the kingdom of God;
4 And as he ate bread with them, he commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem but to wait for the promise of the Father, the one of whom you have heard from me.
5 For, he said, John baptized with water; but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days hence.
6 While they were assembled, they asked him, saying, Our Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?
7 He said to them, It is not for you to know the time or times which the Father has put under his own authority;
8 But when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, you shall receive power and you shall be witnesses to me both in Jerusalem and in all Judea also in the province of Samaria and to the uttermost part of the earth.
9 And when he had spoken these things, he ascended while they were looking at him; a cloud received him and he was hidden from their sight.
10 And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold two men stood by them in white robes;
11 And they said to them, Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus who has ascended from you into heaven shall so come in like manner as you have seen him ascend into heaven.
12 Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount which is called Olivet, Place of Olives, which is near to Jerusalem, about a mile away.
13 And after they had entered into the city, they went into an upper room, where stayed Peter and John and James and Andrew, and also Philip and Thomas and Matthew and Bartholomew and James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot and Judah the son of James.
14 These all continued together in prayer with one accord, also the women, and Mary the Mother of Jesus, and his brothers.
15 And in those days Simon Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples (there were there a number of men, about a hundred and twenty), and said,
16 Men and brethren, it was proper that the scripture should be fulfilled, that which the Holy Spirit foretold by the mouth of David concerning Judah, who was guide to them that seized Jesus.
17 For he was numbered with us and had a lot in this ministry.
18 He is the one who earned for himself a field with the price of sin; and falling headlong, he burst open in the midst and all his bowels gushed out.
19 And this very thing is known to all who dwell in Jerusalem; so that the field is called in the language of the country, Khakal-Dema which is to say Koriath-dem, the field of blood.
20 For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be desolate, and let no one dwell in it; and let his ministry be taken by another man.
21 It is necessary, therefore, that one of these men, who have been with us during all the time that our Lord Jesus went in and out among us,
22 Beginning from the baptism of John until the day he ascended from among us, become a partner with us as a witness of his resurrection.
23 So they appointed two: Joseph called Barshabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias.
24 And as they prayed, they said, O Lord, thou knowest what is in the hearts of all men; show which of these two thou dost choose,
25 That he may receive the lot to the ministry and apostleship, from which Judah has been relieved to go his own way.
26 Then they cast lots, and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.
1 AND when the day of Pentecost was fulfilled, while they were assembled together,
2 Suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
3 And there appeared to them tongues which were divided like flames of fire; and they rested upon each of them.
4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they began to speak in various languages, according to whatever the Spirit gave them to speak.
5 Now there dwelt at Jerusalem devout men and Jews from every nation under heaven.
6 And as the sound took place, all the people gathered together, and they were confused because every man heard them speak in his own language.
7 And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these who speak Galileans?
8 How is it that we hear every man in our own native language?
9 Parthians and Medes and Elamites and those who dwell in Mesopotamia, Jews and Cappadocians and those from Pontus and Asia Minor,
10 And those from the region of Phrygia and of Pamphylia and of Egypt, and of the regions of Lybia near Cyrene, and those who have come from Rome, both Jews and proselytes,
11 And those from Crete, and Arabians, behold we hear them speak in our own tongues of the wonderful works of God.
12 And they were all amazed and stunned, saying one to another, What does this mean?
13 Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine.
14 And afterwards Simon Peter stood up together with the eleven disciples, and lifted up his voice and said to them, Men of Jewish race, and all that dwell at Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and hearken to my words;
15 For these men are not drunken as you suppose, for behold it is but the third hour of the day.
16 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel:
17 It shall come to pass in the last days, said God, I will pour my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy and your young men shall see visions and your old men shall dream dreams;
18 And upon my menservants and upon my maidservants will I pour out my Spirit in those days; and they shall prophesy;
19 And I will show wonders in heaven and signs on the earth: blood and fire and vapor of smoke:
20 The sun shall be changed into darkness and the moon into blood, before that great and fearful day of the Lord shall come.
21 And it shall come to pass that whoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
22 Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man of God, who appeared among you by miracles and signs and wonders which God did by him among you, as you yourselves know,
23 The very one who was chosen for this purpose from the very beginning of knowledge and will of God, you have delivered into the hands of wicked men, and you have crucified and murdered him;
24 Whom God has raised up, having destroyed the pains of death, because it was not possible for Sheol to hold him.
25 For David said concerning him, I foresaw my Lord always, for he is on my right hand, so that I should not be shaken;
26 Therefore my heart is comforted and my glory is exalted; even my body shall rest in hope,
27 Because you will not leave my soul in Sheol, neither will you suffer your Holy One to see corruption.
28 You have revealed to me the way of life; you will fill me with joy with your presence.
29 Now men and brethren, permit me to speak to you openly concerning Patriarch David, who is dead and buried and whose sepulchre is with us to this day;
30 For he was a prophet, and he knew that God had sworn by an oath to him that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up one to sit on his throne.
31 So he foresaw and spoke concerning the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in the grave, neither did his body see corruption.
32 This very Jesus, God has raised up, and we are all his witnesses.
33 It is he who is exalted by the right hand of God and has received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, and has poured out gifts which you now see and hear.
34 For David did not ascend into heaven, because he himself said, The Lord said to my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand,
35 Until I make thy foes thy footstool.
36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this very Jesus, whom you have crucified, both Lord and Christ.
37 When they heard these things, their hearts were touched and they said to Simon and the rest of the apostles, Our brethren, what shall we do?
38 Then Simon said to them, Repent and be baptized, every one of you in the name of the Lord Jesus for the remission of sins, so that you may receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
39 For the promise was made to you and to your children, and for all of those who are far off, even as many as the very God shall call.
40 And he testified to them with many other words and besought them, saying, Save yourselves from this sinful generation.
41 And those men among them who readily accepted his word and believed were baptized, and about three thousand souls were added in that day.
42 And they continued steadfastly in the teaching, of the apostles and they took part in prayer and in the breaking of bread.
43 And fear came upon every soul; and many miracles and wonders were done by the apostles in Jerusalem.
44 And all believers were together and had all things in common;
45 And those who had possessions sold them and divided to each man according to his need.
46 And they went to the temple every day with one accord; and at home they broke bread and received food with joy and with a pure heart,
47 Praising God and finding favor with all the people. And our Lord daily increased the congregation of the church.
1 IT came to pass as Simon Peter and John were going up together to the temple at the time of prayer, at the ninth hour,
2 Behold a certain man, lame from his motherís womb, was carried by men who were accustomed to bring him and lay him at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, so that he might ask alms from those who entered into the temple.
3 And when he saw Simon Peter and John entering the temple, he begged of them to give him alms.
4 And Simon Peter and John looked at him and said, Look at us.
5 And he looked at them, expecting to receive something from them.
6 Then Simon Peter said to him, Gold and silver have I none; but what I have I give to you. In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.
7 And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up; and in that very hour his legs and his feet received strength.
8 And he, leaping up, stood and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking and leaping and praising God.
9 And all the people saw him walking and praising God;
10 And they recognized that he was the beggar who had sat daily and asked alms at the gate which is called Beautiful; and they were filled with amazement and wonder at what had happened.
11 And as he was assisted by Simon and John, all the people ran in astonishment towards them to the porch that is called Solomonís.
12 And when Simon Peter saw it, he said to them, Men of Israel, why are you wondering at this man or why are you looking at us as though by our own power or authority we had made this man to walk?
13 The God of Abraham and of Isaac and of Jacob, the God of our Fathers has glorified his Son Jesus whom you delivered up and denied in the presence of Pilate when he was determined to let him go.
14 But you denied the Holy One and the Righteous and asked a murderer to be given to you,
15 And killed the Prince of Life, whom God has raised from the dead; all of us are his witnesses.
16 Faith in his name has healed this man whom you see and know, and made him strong; it is the faith in him which has granted this healing before you all.
17 But now, my brethren, I know that you did this through ignorance just as your leaders did it.
18 But those things which God before had preached by the mouth of all the prophets that his Christ should suffer, he has so fulfilled.
19 Repent, therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out when the times of tranquillity shall come to you from before the presence of the Lord;
20 And he shall send to you One who has been prepared for you, even Jesus Christ,
21 Whom heaven must receive until all the things which God has spoken by the mouth of his holy prophets since the world began should be fulfilled.
22 For Moses said, The Lord shall raise up a prophet like me for you from among your brethren; listen to him in all that he shall say to you.
23 And it shall come to pass that every person who will not listen to that prophet shall be lost from his people.
24 Yea, and all the prophets from Samuel and those that follow after, as many as have spoken and preached, have likewise foretold of these days.
25 You are the children of the prophets and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying to Abraham, By your seed shall all the kindred of the earth be blessed.
26 Now it was for you first, God appointed and sent his Son to bless you if you turn and repent from your evils.
25 Thou art the One who spoke through the Holy Spirit by the mouth of thy servant David when he said, Why do the people rage and the nations devise worthless things?
29 Then Simon Peter with the rest of the apostles answered, saying to them, We must obey God rather than men.
30 The God of our fathers has raised up Jesus whom you murdered when you nailed him on the cross.
31 This very one God has appointed a Prince and a Saviour, and has lifted him up by his right hand so that he may grant repentance and forgiveness of sins to Israel.
32 And we are the witnesses of these words; so is also the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who believe in him.
1 THEN the high priest asked Stephen, Are these things so?
2 He said, Men, brethren and fathers, hearken: The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham when he was still in Mesopotamia before he came to dwell in Haran.
3 And he said to him, Get out of your land and from your relatives and come into the land which I shall show you.
4 Then Abraham left the land of the Chaldeans and came and settled in Haran and from thence, after his fatherís death, God removed him into this land in which you now live.
5 And he gave him no inheritance in it, no, not so much as to set his foot on; yet he promised that he would give it as an inheritance to him and to his posterity, when as yet he had no son.
6 God spoke to him and said, Your descendants will be settlers in a foreign land where they will be enslaved and mistreated for a period of four hundred years.
7 But the people to whom they will be enslaved I will condemn, said God, and after that, they shall go out and serve me in this land.
8 God gave Abraham the covenant of circumcision; and then Abraham begat Isaac, and circumcised him on the eighth day; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat our twelve patriarchs.
9 And our forefathers were jealous of Joseph; so they sold him into Egypt; but God was with him,
10 And he saved him from all his oppressors and gave him favor and wisdom before Pharaoh, king of Egypt; and Pharaoh appointed Joseph to be overlord over Egypt and over all his house.
11 Now there came a famine which brought great distress throughout Egypt and the land of Canaan so that our forefathers found no sustenance.
12 But when Jacob heard that there was wheat in Egypt, he sent out our forefathers on their first venture.
13 When they went the second time, Joseph made himself known to his brothers; and Josephís family was made known to Pharaoh.
14 Then Joseph sent and brought his father Jacob and all his family, seventy-five souls in number.
15 So Jacob went down to Egypt where he and our forefathers died.
16 And he was removed to Shechem and buried in the sepulchre which Abraham had bought for a sum of money from the sons of Hamor.
17 But when the time of the promise was at hand, which God had sworn to Abraham, the people had already increased and become strong in Egypt,
18 Till another king reigned over Egypt who knew not Joseph.
19 He dealt deceitfully with our kindred, ill treated our forefathers, and commanded that they cast out their male children to the end that they might not live.
20 During that very period Moses was born, and he was favored before God, so that for three months he was nourished in his fatherís house.
21 And when he was cast away by his mother, Pharaohís daughter found him and reared him as a son for herself.
22 So Moses was trained in all the wisdom of the Egyptians and he was well versed in his words and also in his deeds.
23 And when he was forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brethren, the children of Israel.
24 When he saw one of his own kindred mistreated, he avenged him and did justice to him, and killed the Egyptian who had mistreated him.
25 For he thought his brethren, the Israelites, would understand that God would grant them deliverance by his hand, but they understood not.
26 And the next day he found them quarreling one with another and he pleaded with them that they might be reconciled, saying, Men, you are brothers; why are you wronging one another?
27 But the one who was wronging his fellow thrust him aside and said to him, Who appointed you leader and judge over us?
28 Perhaps you want to kill me as you killed the Egyptian yesterday.
29 And because of this saying, Moses fled and took refuge in the land of Midian where two sons were born to him.
30 And when he had completed forty years, there appeared to him in the wilderness of mount Sinai an angel of the Lord in a flame of fire in a bush.
31 When Moses saw it, he wondered at the sight; and as he drew near to look at it, the Lord spoke to him in a loud voice,
32 Saying, I am the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham and of Isaac and of Jacob. And Moses trembled and dared not look at the sight.
33 Then the Lord said to him, Take off your shoes from your feet, for the ground on which you stand is holy.
34 Already I have seen the affliction of my people in Egypt, I have heard their groans, and I have come down to deliver them. And now come, I will send you into Egypt.
35 This Moses whom they had denied, saying, Who appointed you leader and judge over us? this very one God sent to be a leader and deliverer to them by the hand of the angel which had appeared to him in the bush.
36 It was he who brought them out after he had performed miracles, wonders, and signs in the land of Egypt and in the Red sea and in the wilderness for forty years.
37 This is the Moses who said to the children of Israel, The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your brethren; give heed to him.
38 It was he who was in the congregation in the wilderness with the angel who spoke to him and to our fathers in mount Sinai. He is the one who received the living words to give to us.
39 Yet our fathers would not listen to him, but they left him, and in their hearts turned towards Egypt.
40 They said to Aaron, Make us gods to go before us, for this very Moses who brought us out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.
41 And they made a calf for themselves in those days and offered sacrifices to idols and were pleased with the work of their hands.
42 Then God turned and gave them up that they might worship the host of heaven as it is written in the book of the prophets, O Israelites, why have you offered me slain animals or sacrifices during the period of forty years in the wilderness?
43 Indeed you have borne the tabernacle of Malcom and the star of the god Derphan; and you have made images to worship them; therefore I will remove you beyond Babylon.
44 Behold the tabernacle of the testimony of our fathers was in the wilderness just as the Lord, who spoke to Moses, had commanded him to make it after the pattern which he had shown him.
45 And this very tabernacle, our fathers, together with Joshua, brought into the land which God took away from the peoples whom he drove out before them and gave it to them for an inheritance, and it was handed down until the days of David,
46 Who found favor before God and asked that he might find a dwelling place for the God of Jacob;
47 But Solomon built God a house.
48 Yet the Most High did not dwell in temples made with hands for as the prophet had said,
49 Heaven is my throne and earth is the footstool under my feet. What kind of house will you build me? says the Lord, or where is the place of my rest?
50 Behold, has not my hand made all these things?
51 O you stubborn and insincere in heart and hearing, you always resist the Holy Spirit; as your fathers did, so do you.
52 Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted and murdered? Especially have they slain those who foretold the coming of the Righteous One whom you betrayed and murdered.
53 You received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it.
54 When they heard these things, they were enraged, and gnashed their teeth at him.
55 But he, full of faith and Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God.
56 And he said, Behold I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.
57 Then they cried out with a loud voice and stopped their ears and with one accord shouted threats against Stephen.
58 And they seized him and took him outside the city and began to stone him. Those who testified against him placed their clothes under the care of a young man called Saul.
59 And they stoned Stephen as he prayed, saying, Our Lord Jesus, accept my spirit.
60 And as he knelt down, he cried with a loud voice and said, Our Lord, do not hold this sin against them. When he had said this, he passed away.
1 SAUL was pleased to have had a part in the murder of Stephen. At that very time there was severe persecution against the church at Jerusalem; and they were all, with the exception of the apostles, dispersed throughout the towns of Judea and Samaria.
1 NOW Saul was still filled with anger and with threats of murder against the disciples of our Lord,
2 And he asked the high priests to give him letters to the synagogues at Damascus, that if he should find anyone, man or woman, following this faith he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.
3 And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus; and suddenly a light from the sky shone round about him;
4 And he fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me? You make it hard for yourself by kicking against the pricks.
5 Saul answered, saying, Who are you my Lord? And our Lord said, I am Jesus of Nazareth whom you persecute;
6 Arise and go into the city, and there you will be told what you must do.
7 And the men who journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing only a voice, but seeing no man.
8 And Saul arose from the ground, but he could not see even though his eyes were open; and they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus.
9 And he was unable to see for three days, during which he neither ate nor drank.
10 Now there was in Damascus a disciple named Ananias, and the Lord said to him in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I am here, my LORD.
11 And our Lord said to him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight and enquire at the house of Judah for Saul of the city of Tarsus; for behold, he is praying,
12 And he has seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in and laying his hand on him to restore his sight.
13 Then Ananias said, My Lord, I have heard from many concerning this man, how much misery he has I brought to your saints in Jerusalem.
14 And behold here also he has authority from the high priests to bind all who call on your name.
15 But the Lord said to him, Arise and go; he is the agent whom I have chosen for myself to carry my name to the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel;
16 For I will show him how great things he must suffer for my nameís sake.
17 Then Ananias went to him at the house, and laying his hands on him, said, Saul, my brother, our Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the way when you were coming, has sent me that you may receive your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.
18 And in that hour, there fell from his eyes something like scales; and his eyesight was restored; and he arose and was baptized.
19 And when he had received food, he was strengthened, and he remained several days with the disciples in Damascus.
20 From that time on, he preached in the Jewish synagogues concerning Jesus, that he is the Son of God.
28 So he said to them, You know well that it is unlawful for a Jew to associate with a stranger who is not of his tribe; but God has showed me that I should not call any man common or unclean.
38 Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, whom God anointed with the Holy Spirit and with power, and who, because God was with him, went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil.
39 And we are witnesses of all things which he did throughout the land of Judea and in Jerusalem. This very one the Jews nailed on a cross and killed him.
1 AND the apostles and the brethren who were in Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God.
17 Now, therefore, if God has equally given the gifts to the Gentiles who believe in our Lord Jesus Christ, just as he gave to us, who am I that I should dispute God?
26 And when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. And for the whole year they assembled together in the church and taught a great many people. The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch and from that time on.
11 And when Simon Peter came to himself he said, Now I surely know that the Lord has sent his angel and has delivered me out of the hand of Herod, the king, and from all that the Jews were conspiring against me.
17 The God of this people of Israel chose our forefathers and exalted and multiplied them when they dwelt as strangers in the land of Egypt, and with a strong arm he brought them out of it.
18 And he fed them in the wilderness for forty years.
19 And he destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan, and he gave them their land for an inheritance.
20 And for a period of four hundred and fifty years he gave them judges until the time of the prophet Samuel.
21 Then they asked for a king, and God gave them Saul the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, for a period of forty years.
22 And when in time God took Saul away he raised up to them David to be their king, concerning whom he testified, saying, I have found David, the son of Jesse, a man after my own heart, to do my will.
23 Of this manís offspring God has, according to his promise, raised to Israel a Saviour, Jesus,
24 Before whose coming, he had sent John to preach the baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel.
25 And as John fulfilled his ministry, he said, Who do you think I am? I am not he. But behold there comes one after me, the strings of whose shoes I am not worthy to untie.
26 O men and brethren, descendants of the family of Abraham, and whosoever among you reverences God, to you is the word of salvation sent.
27 For inasmuch as the inhabitants of Jerusalem and their leaders did not understand him nor the books of the prophets which are read every sabbath day, they condemned him; but all the things which were written have been fulfilled.
28 And though they found no cause for his death, they asked Pilate that they might kill him.
29 And when they had fulfilled all that was written of him, they lowered him from the cross and laid him in a sepulchre.
30 But God raised him from the dead;
31 And for many days he was seen by them who had come up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, and they are now his witnesses to the people.
32 And behold we also preach to you that that very promise which was made to our fathers,
33 Behold God has fulfilled it to us their children, for he has raised up Jesus, just as it is written in the second psalm, You are my son; this day I have begotten you.
34 And God raised him from the dead, no more to return to corruption, as he said, I will give you the sure mercies of David.
35 And again he said in another place, You shall not suffer your Holy One to see corruption.
36 For David, after he had served his own generation according to the will of God, died; though he was a greater man than his fathers, yet he saw corruption.
37 But he whom God raised did not see corruption.
38 Be it known to you, therefore, brethren, that through this very one is preached to you the forgiveness of sins:
39 And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses.
40 Beware, therefore, test that which is written in the prophets may come upon you.
41 Be careful, O you despisers, for you shall wonder and perish; for I will do a great work in your day which you will not believe even if a man tell it to you.
42 And as Paul and Barnabas were leaving them, the people besought them to speak these things to them the next sabbath.
43 Now when the congregation was dismissed, a great many Jews, and also proselytes who feared God, followed Paul and Barnabas, who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God.
44 And the next sabbath day the whole city gathered to hear the word of God.
45 But when the Jews saw the great crowd, they were filled with envy, and they bitterly opposed the words of Paul, and they blasphemed.
46 Then Paul and Barnabas said to them boldly, It was necessary that the word of God should first be spoken to you; but because you reject it, you have decided against yourselves and you are unworthy of everlasting life, so behold, we turn to the Gentiles.
47 For so has our Lord commanded us, as it is written, I have set you to be a light to the Gentiles, that you should be for salvation to the ends of the earth.
48 And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and glorified God; and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed.
23 For there has appeared to me this night the angel of God to whom I belong and whom I serve.
25 And as they were dismissed, disagreeing among themselves, Paul said to them this saying, Well spoke the Holy Spirit by the mouth of the prophet Isaiah against your fathers,
26 Saying, Go to this people and say, Hearing you shall hear and shall not understand; and seeing you shall see and shall not perceive.
28 Let this be known to you therefore: this salvation of God is sent to the Gentiles, for they will listen to it.
29 And when he had said these words, the Jews departed, arguing much among themselves.