The Bible Online: Book 44 Acts: 44:001:001 - 44: 013:052

 

44:001:001 The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that
Jesus began both to do and teach,

44:001:002 Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through
the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom
he had chosen:

44:001:003 To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many
infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking
of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:

44:001:004 And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that
they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the
promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.

44:001:005 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized
with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.

44:001:006 When they therefore were come together, they asked of him,
saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom
to Israel?

44:001:007 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or
the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.

44:001:008 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come
upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem,
and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part
of the earth.

44:001:009 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was
taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.

44:001:010 And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up,
behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;

44:001:011 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up
into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into
heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go
into heaven.

44:001:012 Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called
Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a sabbath day's journey.

44:001:013 And when they were come in, they went up into an upper room,
where abode both Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew,
Philip, and Thomas, Bartholomew, and Matthew, James the son of
Alphaeus, and Simon Zelotes, and Judas the brother of James.

44:001:014 These all continued with one accord in prayer and
supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus,
and with his brethren.

44:001:015 And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the
disciples, and said, (the number of names together were about
an hundred and twenty,)

44:001:016 Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been
fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake
before concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took
Jesus.

44:001:017 For he was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this
ministry.

44:001:018 Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity;
and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all
his bowels gushed out.

44:001:019 And it was known unto all the dwellers at Jerusalem; insomuch
as that field is called in their proper tongue, Aceldama, that
is to say, The field of blood.

44:001:020 For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be
desolate, and let no man dwell therein: and his bishoprick let
another take.

44:001:021 Wherefore of these men which have companied with us all the
time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us,

44:001:022 Beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that he
was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness
with us of his resurrection.

44:001:023 And they appointed two, Joseph called Barsabas, who was
surnamed Justus, and Matthias.

44:001:024 And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the
hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen,

44:001:025 That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from
which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own
place.

44:001:026 And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon
Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.

44:002:001 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all
with one accord in one place.

44:002:002 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing
mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were
sitting.

44:002:003 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire,
and it sat upon each of them.

44:002:004 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to
speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

44:002:005 And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of
every nation under heaven.

44:002:006 Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together,
and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak
in his own language.

44:002:007 And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another,
Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans?

44:002:008 And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were
born?

44:002:009 Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in
Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and
Asia,

44:002:010 Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya
about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes,

44:002:011 Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the
wonderful works of God.

44:002:012 And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to
another, What meaneth this?

44:002:013 Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine.

44:002:014 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice,
and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at
Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:

44:002:015 For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the
third hour of the day.

44:002:016 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;

44:002:017 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will
pour out of 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:

44:002:018 And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in
those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:

44:002:019 And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the
earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:

44:002:020 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into
blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord come:

44:002:021 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the
name of the Lord shall be saved.

44:002:022 Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man
approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs,
which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves
also know:

44:002:023 Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and
foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have
crucified and slain:

44:002:024 Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death:
because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.

44:002:025 For David speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always
before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not
be moved:

44:002:026 Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad;
moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope:

44:002:027 Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou
suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

44:002:028 Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make
me full of joy with thy countenance.

44:002:029 Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the
patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his
sepulchre is with us unto this day.

44:002:030 Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with
an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to
the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne;

44:002:031 He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ,
that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see
corruption.

44:002:032 This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.

44:002:033 Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having
received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath
shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.

44:002:034 For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith
himself, The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right
hand,

44:002:035 Until I make thy foes thy footstool.

44:002:036 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God
hath made the same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord
and Christ.

44:002:037 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart,
and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and
brethren, what shall we do?

44:002:038 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one
of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins,
and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

44:002:039 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all
that are afar off, even as many as the LORD our God shall
call.

44:002:040 And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying,
Save yourselves from this untoward generation.

44:002:041 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the
same day there were added unto them about three thousand
souls.

44:002:042 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and
fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

44:002:043 And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were
done by the apostles.

44:002:044 And all that believed were together, and had all things
common;

44:002:045 And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all
men, as every man had need.

44:002:046 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and
breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with
gladness and singleness of heart,

44:002:047 Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the
Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.

44:003:001 Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the
hour of prayer, being the ninth hour.

44:003:002 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 of them that entered into the temple;

44:003:003 Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an
alms.

44:003:004 And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look
on us.

44:003:005 And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of
them.

44:003:006 Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I
have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise
up and walk.

44:003:007 And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and
immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.

44:003:008 And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them
into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.

44:003:009 And all the people saw him walking and praising God:

44:003:010 And they knew that it was he which sat for alms at the
Beautiful gate of the temple: and they were filled with wonder
and amazement at that which had happened unto him.

44:003:011 And as the lame man which was healed held Peter and John, all
the people ran together unto them in the porch that is called
Solomon's, greatly wondering.

44:003:012 And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, Ye men of
Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on
us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this
man to walk?

44:003:013 The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our
fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus; whom ye delivered up,
and denied him in the presence of Pilate, when he was
determined to let him go.

44:003:014 But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a
murderer to be granted unto you;

44:003:015 And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the
dead; whereof we are witnesses.

44:003:016 And his name through faith in his name hath made this man
strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him
hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you
all.

44:003:017 And now, brethren, I wot that through ignorance ye did it, as
did also your rulers.

44:003:018 But those things, which God before had shewed by the mouth of
all his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he hath so
fulfilled.

44:003:019 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be
blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the
presence of the Lord.

44:003:020 And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto
you:

44:003:021 Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of
all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy
prophets since the world began.

44:003:022 For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the
Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto
me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say
unto you.

44:003:023 And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not
hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people.

44:003:024 Yea, and all the prophets from Samuel and those that follow
after, as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold of these
days.

44:003:025 Ye are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which
God made with our fathers, saying unto Abraham, And in thy
seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed.

44:003:026 Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him
to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his
iniquities.

44:004:001 And as they spake unto the people, the priests, and the
captain of the temple, and the Sadducees, came upon them,

44:004:002 Being grieved that they taught the people, and preached
through Jesus the resurrection from the dead.

44:004:003 And they laid hands on them, and put them in hold unto the
next day: for it was now eventide.

44:004:004 Howbeit many of them which heard the word believed; and the
number of the men was about five thousand.

44:004:005 And it came to pass on the morrow, that their rulers, and
elders, and scribes,

44:004:006 And Annas the high priest, and Caiaphas, and John, and
Alexander, and as many as were of the kindred of the high
priest, were gathered together at Jerusalem.

44:004:007 And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, By what
power, or by what name, have ye done this?

44:004:008 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye
rulers of the people, and elders of Israel,

44:004:009 If we this day be examined of the good deed done to the
impotent man, by what means he is made whole;

44:004:010 Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel,
that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye
crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth
this man stand here before you whole.

44:004:011 This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders,
which is become the head of the corner.

44:004:012 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none
other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be
saved.

44:004:013 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and
perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they
marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been
with Jesus.

44:004:014 And beholding the man which was healed standing with them,
they could say nothing against it.

44:004:015 But when they had commanded them to go aside out of the
council, they conferred among themselves,

44:004:016 Saying, What shall we do to these men? for that indeed a
notable miracle hath been done by them is manifest to all them
that dwell in Jerusalem; and we cannot deny it.

44:004:017 But that it spread no further among the people, let us
straitly threaten them, that they speak henceforth to no man
in this name.

44:004:018 And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all
nor teach in the name of Jesus.

44:004:019 But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be
right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto
God, judge ye.

44:004:020 For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and
heard.

44:004:021 So when they had further threatened them, they let them go,
finding nothing how they might punish them, because of the
people: for all men glorified God for that which was done.

44:004:022 For the man was above forty years old, on whom this miracle of
healing was shewed.

44:004:023 And being let go, they went to their own company, and reported
all that the chief priests and elders had said unto them.

44:004:024 And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God
with one accord, and said, Lord, thou art God, which hast made
heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is:

44:004:025 Who by the mouth of thy servant David hast said, Why did the
heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things?

44:004:026 The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered
together against the Lord, and against his Christ.

44:004:027 For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast
anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles,
and the people of Israel, were gathered together,

44:004:028 For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined
before to be done.

44:004:029 And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy
servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word,

44:004:030 By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and
wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus.

44:004:031 And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were
assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy
Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.

44:004:032 And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and
of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things
which he possessed was his own; but they had all things
common.

44:004:033 And with great power gave the apostles witness of the
resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them
all.

44:004:034 Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as
were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the
prices of the things that were sold,

44:004:035 And laid them down at the apostles' feet: and distribution was
made unto every man according as he had need.

44:004:036 And Joses, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas, (which
is, being interpreted, The son of consolation,) a Levite, and
of the country of Cyprus,

44:004:037 Having land, sold it, and brought the money, and laid it at
the apostles' feet.

44:005:001 But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold
a possession,

44:005:002 And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to
it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles'
feet.

44:005:003 But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to
lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of
the land?

44:005:004 Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was
sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived
this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but
unto God.

44:005:005 And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the
ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these
things.

44:005:006 And the young men arose, wound him up, and carried him out,
and buried him.

44:005:007 And it was about the space of three hours after, when his
wife, not knowing what was done, came in.

44:005:008 And Peter answered unto her, Tell me whether ye sold the land
for so much? And she said, Yea, for so much.

44:005:009 Then Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed
together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of
them which have buried thy husband are at the door, and shall
carry thee out.

44:005:010 Then fell she down straightway at his feet, and yielded up the
ghost: and the young men came in, and found her dead, and,
carrying her forth, buried her by her husband.

44:005:011 And great fear came upon all the church, and upon as many as
heard these things.

44:005:012 And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders
wrought among the people; (and they were all with one accord
in Solomon's porch.

44:005:013 And of the rest durst no man join himself to them: but the
people magnified them.

44:005:014 And believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both
of men and women.)

44:005:015 Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets,
and laid them on beds and couches, that at the least the
shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them.

44:005:016 There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto
Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with
unclean spirits: and they were healed every one.

44:005:017 Then the high priest rose up, and all they that were with him,
(which is the sect of the Sadducees,) and were filled with
indignation,

44:005:018 And laid their hands on the apostles, and put them in the
common prison.

44:005:019 But the angel of the Lord by night opened the prison doors,
and brought them forth, and said,

44:005:020 Go, stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words
of this life.

44:005:021 And when they heard that, they entered into the temple early
in the morning, and taught. But the high priest came, and they
that were with him, and called the council together, and all
the senate of the children of Israel, and sent to the prison
to have them brought.

44:005:022 But when the officers came, and found them not in the prison,
they returned and told,

44:005:023 Saying, The prison truly found we shut with all safety, and
the keepers standing without before the doors: but when we had
opened, we found no man within.

44:005:024 Now when the high priest and the captain of the temple and the
chief priests heard these things, they doubted of them
whereunto this would grow.

44:005:025 Then came one and told them, saying, Behold, the men whom ye
put in prison are standing in the temple, and teaching the
people.

44:005:026 Then went the captain with the officers, and brought them
without violence: for they feared the people, lest they should
have been stoned.

44:005:027 And when they had brought them, they set them before the
council: and the high priest asked them,

44:005:028 Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not
teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with
your doctrine, and intend to bring this man's blood upon us.

44:005:029 Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought
to obey God rather than men.

44:005:030 The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and
hanged on a tree.

44:005:031 Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a
Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of
sins.

44:005:032 And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the
Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.

44:005:033 When they heard that, they were cut to the heart, and took
counsel to slay them.

44:005:034 Then stood there up one in the council, a Pharisee, named
Gamaliel, a doctor of the law, had in reputation among all the
people, and commanded to put the apostles forth a little
space;

44:005:035 And said unto them, Ye men of Israel, take heed to yourselves
what ye intend to do as touching these men.

44:005:036 For before these days rose up Theudas, boasting himself to be
somebody; to whom a number of men, about four hundred, joined
themselves: who was slain; and all, as many as obeyed him,
were scattered, and brought to nought.

44:005:037 After this man rose up Judas of Galilee in the days of the
taxing, and drew away much people after him: he also perished;
and all, even as many as obeyed him, were dispersed.

44:005:038 And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them
alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will
come to nought:

44:005:039 But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be
found even to fight against God.

44:005:040 And to him they agreed: and when they had called the apostles,
and beaten them, they commanded that they should not speak in
the name of Jesus, and let them go.

44:005:041 And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing
that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.

44:005:042 And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not
to teach and preach Jesus Christ.

44:006:001 And in those days, when the number of the disciples was
multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against
the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily
ministration.

44:006:002 Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto
them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word
of God, and serve tables.

44:006:003 Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest
report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint
over this business.

44:006:004 But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the
ministry of the word.

44:006:005 And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose
Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and
Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas,
and Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch:

44:006:006 Whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed,
they laid their hands on them.

44:006:007 And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples
multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the
priests were obedient to the faith.

44:006:008 And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and
miracles among the people.

44:006:009 Then there arose certain of the synagogue, which is called the
synagogue of the Libertines, and Cyrenians, and Alexandrians,
and of them of Cilicia and of Asia, disputing with Stephen.

44:006:010 And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit by
which he spake.

44:006:011 Then they suborned men, which said, We have heard him speak
blasphemous words against Moses, and against God.

44:006:012 And they stirred up the people, and the elders, and the
scribes, and came upon him, and caught him, and brought him to
the council,

44:006:013 And set up false witnesses, which said, This man ceaseth not
to speak blasphemous words against this holy place, and the
law:

44:006:014 For we have heard him say, that this Jesus of Nazareth shall
destroy this place, and shall change the customs which Moses
delivered us.

44:006:015 And all that sat in the council, looking stedfastly on him,
saw his face as it had been the face of an angel.

44:007:001 Then said the high priest, Are these things so?

44:007:002 And he said, Men, brethren, and fathers, hearken; The God of
glory appeared unto our father Abraham, when he was in
Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Charran,

44:007:003 And said unto him, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy
kindred, and come into the land which I shall shew thee.

44:007:004 Then came he out of the land of the Chaldaeans, and dwelt in
Charran: and from thence, when his father was dead, he removed
him into this land, wherein ye now dwell.

44:007:005 And he gave him none inheritance in it, no, not so much as to
set his foot on: yet he promised that he would give it to him
for a possession, and to his seed after him, when as yet he
had no child.

44:007:006 And God spake on this wise, That his seed should sojourn in a
strange land; and that they should bring them into bondage,
and entreat them evil four hundred years.

44:007:007 And the nation to whom they shall be in bondage will I judge,
said God: and after that shall they come forth, and serve me
in this place.

44:007:008 And he gave him the covenant of circumcision: and so Abraham
begat Isaac, and circumcised him the eighth day; and Isaac
begat Jacob; and Jacob begat the twelve patriarchs.

44:007:009 And the patriarchs, moved with envy, sold Joseph into Egypt:
but God was with him,

44:007:010 And delivered him out of all his afflictions, and gave him
favour and wisdom in the sight of Pharaoh king of Egypt; and
he made him governor over Egypt and all his house.

44:007:011 Now there came a dearth over all the land of Egypt and
Chanaan, and great affliction: and our fathers found no
sustenance.

44:007:012 But when Jacob heard that there was corn in Egypt, he sent out
our fathers first.

44:007:013 And at the second time Joseph was made known to his brethren;
and Joseph's kindred was made known unto Pharaoh.

44:007:014 Then sent Joseph, and called his father Jacob to him, and all
his kindred, threescore and fifteen souls.

44:007:015 So Jacob went down into Egypt, and died, he, and our fathers,

44:007:016 And were carried over into Sychem, and laid in the sepulchre
that Abraham bought for a sum of money of the sons of Emmor
the father of Sychem.

44:007:017 But when the time of the promise drew nigh, which God had
sworn to Abraham, the people grew and multiplied in Egypt,

44:007:018 Till another king arose, which knew not Joseph.

44:007:019 The same dealt subtilly with our kindred, and evil entreated
our fathers, so that they cast out their young children, to
the end they might not live.

44:007:020 In which time Moses was born, and was exceeding fair, and
nourished up in his father's house three months:

44:007:021 And when he was cast out, Pharaoh's daughter took him up, and
nourished him for her own son.

44:007:022 And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and
was mighty in words and in deeds.

44:007:023 And when he was full forty years old, it came into his heart
to visit his brethren the children of Israel.

44:007:024 And seeing one of them suffer wrong, he defended him, and
avenged him that was oppressed, and smote the Egyptian:

44:007:025 For he supposed his brethren would have understood how that
God by his hand would deliver them: but they understood not.

44:007:026 And the next day he shewed himself unto them as they strove,
and would have set them at one again, saying, Sirs, ye are
brethren; why do ye wrong one to another?

44:007:027 But he that did his neighbour wrong thrust him away, saying,
Who made thee a ruler and a judge over us?

44:007:028 Wilt thou kill me, as thou diddest the Egyptian yesterday?

44:007:029 Then fled Moses at this saying, and was a stranger in the land
of Madian, where he begat two sons.

44:007:030 And when forty years were expired, there appeared to him in
the wilderness of mount Sina an angel of the Lord in a flame
of fire in a bush.

44:007:031 When Moses saw it, he wondered at the sight: and as he drew
near to behold it, the voice of the LORD came unto him,

44:007:032 Saying, I am the God of thy fathers, the God of Abraham, and
the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. Then Moses trembled,
and durst not behold.

44:007:033 Then said the Lord to him, Put off thy shoes from thy feet:
for the place where thou standest is holy ground.

44:007:034 I have seen, I have seen the affliction of my people which is
in Egypt, and I have heard their groaning, and am come down to
deliver them. And now come, I will send thee into Egypt.

44:007:035 This Moses whom they refused, saying, Who made thee a ruler
and a judge? the same did God send to be a ruler and a
deliverer by the hand of the angel which appeared to him in
the bush.

44:007:036 He brought them out, after that he had shewed wonders and
signs in the land of Egypt, and in the Red sea, and in the
wilderness forty years.

44:007:037 This is that Moses, which said unto the children of Israel, A
prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your
brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear.

44:007:038 This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the
angel which spake to him in the mount Sina, and with our
fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us:

44:007:039 To whom our fathers would not obey, but thrust him from them,
and in their hearts turned back again into Egypt,

44:007:040 Saying unto Aaron, Make us gods to go before us: for as for
this Moses, which brought us out of the land of Egypt, we wot
not what is become of him.

44:007:041 And they made a calf in those days, and offered sacrifice unto
the idol, and rejoiced in the works of their own hands.

44:007:042 Then God turned, and gave them up to worship the host of
heaven; as it is written in the book of the prophets, O ye
house of Israel, have ye offered to me slain beasts and
sacrifices by the space of forty years in the wilderness?

44:007:043 Yea, ye took up the tabernacle of Moloch, and the star of your
god Remphan, figures which ye made to worship them: and I will
carry you away beyond Babylon.

44:007:044 Our fathers had the tabernacle of witness in the wilderness,
as he had appointed, speaking unto Moses, that he should make
it according to the fashion that he had seen.

44:007:045 Which also our fathers that came after brought in with Jesus
into the possession of the Gentiles, whom God drave out before
the face of our fathers, unto the days of David;

44:007:046 Who found favour before God, and desired to find a tabernacle
for the God of Jacob.

44:007:047 But Solomon built him an house.

44:007:048 Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands;
as saith the prophet,

44:007:049 Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool: what house
will ye build me? saith the Lord: or what is the place of my
rest?

44:007:050 Hath not my hand made all these things?

44:007:051 Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do
always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.

44:007:052 Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and
they have slain them which shewed before of the coming of the
Just One; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and
murderers:

44:007:053 Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and
have not kept it.

44:007:054 When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and
they gnashed on him with their teeth.

44:007:055 But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly
into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on
the right hand of God,

44:007:056 And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man
standing on the right hand of God.

44:007:057 Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears,
and ran upon him with one accord,

44:007:058 And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the
witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man's feet, whose
name was Saul.

44:007:059 And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord
Jesus, receive my spirit.

44:007:060 And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay
not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he
fell asleep.

44:008:001 And Saul was consenting unto his death. And at that time there
was a great persecution against the church which was at
Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the
regions of Judaea and Samaria, except the apostles.

44:008:002 And devout men carried Stephen to his burial, and made great
lamentation over him.

44:008:003 As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every
house, and haling men and women committed them to prison.

44:008:004 Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where
preaching the word.

44:008:005 Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached
Christ unto them.

44:008:006 And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things
which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he
did.

44:008:007 For unclean spirits, crying with loud voice, came out of many
that were possessed with them: and many taken with palsies,
and that were lame, were healed.

44:008:008 And there was great joy in that city.

44:008:009 But there was a certain man, called Simon, which beforetime in
the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of
Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one:

44:008:010 To whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest,
saying, This man is the great power of God.

44:008:011 And to him they had regard, because that of long time he had
bewitched them with sorceries.

44:008:012 But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning
the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were
baptized, both men and women.

44:008:013 Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he
continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles
and signs which were done.

44:008:014 Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that
Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them
Peter and John:

44:008:015 Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they
might receive the Holy Ghost:

44:008:016 (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were
baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)

44:008:017 Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy
Ghost.

44:008:018 And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles'
hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money,

44:008:019 Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay
hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost.

44:008:020 But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because
thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with
money.

44:008:021 Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart
is not right in the sight of God.

44:008:022 Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if
perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.

44:008:023 For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in
the bond of iniquity.

44:008:024 Then answered Simon, and said, Pray ye to the LORD for me,
that none of these things which ye have spoken come upon me.

44:008:025 And they, when they had testified and preached the word of the
Lord, returned to Jerusalem, and preached the gospel in many
villages of the Samaritans.

44:008:026 And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise,
and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from
Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert.

44:008:027 And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an
eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the
Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had
come to Jerusalem for to worship,

44:008:028 Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the
prophet.

44:008:029 Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to
this chariot.

44:008:030 And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet
Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest?

44:008:031 And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And
he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him.

44:008:032 The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led
as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his
shearer, so opened he not his mouth:

44:008:033 In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall
declare his generation? for his life is taken from the earth.

44:008:034 And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom
speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man?

44:008:035 Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture,
and preached unto him Jesus.

44:008:036 And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water:
and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me
to be baptized?

44:008:037 And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou
mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ
is the Son of God.

44:008:038 And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went
down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he
baptized him.

44:008:039 And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the
Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and
he went on his way rejoicing.

44:008:040 But Philip was found at Azotus: and passing through he
preached in all the cities, till he came to Caesarea.

44:009:001 And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against
the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest,

44:009:002 And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that
if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women,
he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.

44:009:003 And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there
shined round about him a light from heaven:

44:009:004 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him,
Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?

44:009:005 And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus
whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the
pricks.

44:009:006 And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou
have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into
the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.

44:009:007 And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing
a voice, but seeing no man.

44:009:008 And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened,
he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought him
into Damascus.

44:009:009 And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor
drink.

44:009:010 And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias;
and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said,
Behold, I am here, Lord.

44:009:011 And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street
which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas
for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth,

44:009:012 And hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and
putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight.

44:009:013 Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man,
how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem:

44:009:014 And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all
that call on thy name.

44:009:015 But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen
vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and
kings, and the children of Israel:

44:009:016 For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my
name's sake.

44:009:017 And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and
putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even
Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath
sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled
with the Holy Ghost.

44:009:018 And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been
scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was
baptized.

44:009:019 And when he had received meat, he was strengthened. Then was
Saul certain days with the disciples which were at Damascus.

44:009:020 And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he
is the Son of God.

44:009:021 But all that heard him were amazed, and said; Is not this he
that destroyed them which called on this name in Jerusalem,
and came hither for that intent, that he might bring them
bound unto the chief priests?

44:009:022 But Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded the
Jews which dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is very
Christ.

44:009:023 And after that many days were fulfilled, the Jews took counsel
to kill him:

44:009:024 But their laying await was known of Saul. And they watched the
gates day and night to kill him.

44:009:025 Then the disciples took him by night, and let him down by the
wall in a basket.

44:009:026 And when Saul was come to Jerusalem, he assayed to join
himself to the disciples: but they were all afraid of him, and
believed not that he was a disciple.

44:009:027 But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles, and
declared unto them how he had seen the Lord in the way, and
that he had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at
Damascus in the name of Jesus.

44:009:028 And he was with them coming in and going out at Jerusalem.

44:009:029 And he spake boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus, and
disputed against the Grecians: but they went about to slay
him.

44:009:030 Which when the brethren knew, they brought him down to
Caesarea, and sent him forth to Tarsus.

44:009:031 Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee
and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the
Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied.

44:009:032 And it came to pass, as Peter passed throughout all quarters,
he came down also to the saints which dwelt at Lydda.

44:009:033 And there he found a certain man named Aeneas, which had kept
his bed eight years, and was sick of the palsy.

44:009:034 And Peter said unto him, Aeneas, Jesus Christ maketh thee
whole: arise, and make thy bed. And he arose immediately.

44:009:035 And all that dwelt at Lydda and Saron saw him, and turned to
the Lord.

44:009:036 Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which
by interpretation is called Dorcas: this woman was full of
good works and almsdeeds which she did.

44:009:037 And it came to pass in those days, that she was sick, and
died: whom when they had washed, they laid her in an upper
chamber.

44:009:038 And forasmuch as Lydda was nigh to Joppa, and the disciples
had heard that Peter was there, they sent unto him two men,
desiring him that he would not delay to come to them.

44:009:039 Then Peter arose and went with them. When he was come, they
brought him into the upper chamber: and all the widows stood
by him weeping, and shewing the coats and garments which
Dorcas made, while she was with them.

44:009:040 But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed;
and turning him to the body said, Tabitha, arise. And she
opened her eyes: and when she saw Peter, she sat up.

44:009:041 And he gave her his hand, and lifted her up, and when he had
called the saints and widows, presented her alive.

44:009:042 And it was known throughout all Joppa; and many believed in
the Lord.

44:009:043 And it came to pass, that he tarried many days in Joppa with
one Simon a tanner.

44:010:001 There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a
centurion of the band called the Italian band,

44:010:002 A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house,
which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God alway.

44:010:003 He saw in a vision evidently about the ninth hour of the day
an angel of God coming in to him, and saying unto him,
Cornelius.

44:010:004 And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is
it, Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are
come up for a memorial before God.

44:010:005 And now send men to Joppa, and call for one Simon, whose
surname is Peter:

44:010:006 He lodgeth with one Simon a tanner, whose house is by the sea
side: he shall tell thee what thou oughtest to do.

44:010:007 And when the angel which spake unto Cornelius was departed, he
called two of his household servants, and a devout soldier of
them that waited on him continually;

44:010:008 And when he had declared all these things unto them, he sent
them to Joppa.

44:010:009 On the morrow, as they went on their journey, and drew nigh
unto the city, Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about
the sixth hour:

44:010:010 And he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while
they made ready, he fell into a trance,

44:010:011 And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending upon
him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners,
and let down to the earth:

44:010:012 Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and
wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air.

44:010:013 And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat.

44:010:014 But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing
that is common or unclean.

44:010:015 And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God
hath cleansed, that call not thou common.

44:010:016 This was done thrice: and the vessel was received up again
into heaven.

44:010:017 Now while Peter doubted in himself what this vision which he
had seen should mean, behold, the men which were sent from
Cornelius had made enquiry for Simon's house, and stood before
the gate,

44:010:018 And called, and asked whether Simon, which was surnamed Peter,
were lodged there.

44:010:019 While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said unto him,
Behold, three men seek thee.

44:010:020 Arise therefore, and get thee down, and go with them, doubting
nothing: for I have sent them.

44:010:021 Then Peter went down to the men which were sent unto him from
Cornelius; and said, Behold, I am he whom ye seek: what is the
cause wherefore ye are come?

44:010:022 And they said, Cornelius the centurion, a just man, and one
that feareth God, and of good report among all the nation of
the Jews, was warned from God by an holy angel to send for
thee into his house, and to hear words of thee.

44:010:023 Then called he them in, and lodged them. And on the morrow
Peter went away with them, and certain brethren from Joppa
accompanied him.

44:010:024 And the morrow after they entered into Caesarea. And Cornelius
waited for them, and he had called together his kinsmen and
near friends.

44:010:025 And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down
at his feet, and worshipped him.

44:010:026 But Peter took him up, saying, Stand up; I myself also am a
man.

44:010:027 And as he talked with him, he went in, and found many that
were come together.

44:010:028 And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful
thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto
one of another nation; but God hath shewed me that I should
not call any man common or unclean.

44:010:029 Therefore came I unto you without gainsaying, as soon as I was
sent for: I ask therefore for what intent ye have sent for me?

44:010:030 And 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,

44:010:031 And said, Cornelius, thy prayer is heard, and thine alms are
had in remembrance in the sight of God.

44:010:032 Send therefore to Joppa, and call hither Simon, whose surname
is Peter; he is lodged in the house of one Simon a tanner by
the sea side: who, when he cometh, shall speak unto thee.

44:010:033 Immediately therefore I sent to thee; and thou hast well done
that thou art come. Now therefore are we all here present
before God, to hear all things that are commanded thee of God.

44:010:034 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive
that God is no respecter of persons:

44:010:035 But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh
righteousness, is accepted with him.

44:010:036 The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching
peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:)

44:010:037 That word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all
Judaea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John
preached;

44:010:038 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and
with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that
were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.

44:010:039 And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the
land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged
on a tree:

44:010:040 Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly;

44:010:041 Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before God,
even to us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from
the dead.

44:010:042 And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify
that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of
quick and dead.

44:010:043 To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name
whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.

44:010:044 While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all
them which heard the word.

44:010:045 And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished,
as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also
was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.

44:010:046 For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then
answered Peter,

44:010:047 Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized,
which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?

44:010:048 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord.
Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.

44:011:001 And the apostles and brethren that were in Judaea heard that
the Gentiles had also received the word of God.

44:011:002 And when Peter was come up to Jerusalem, they that were of the
circumcision contended with him,

44:011:003 Saying, Thou wentest in to men uncircumcised, and didst eat
with them.

44:011:004 But Peter rehearsed the matter from the beginning, and
expounded it by order unto them, saying,

44:011:005 I was in the city of Joppa praying: and in a trance I saw a
vision, A certain vessel descend, as it had been a great
sheet, let down from heaven by four corners; and it came even
to me:

44:011:006 Upon the which when I had fastened mine eyes, I considered,
and saw fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and
creeping things, and fowls of the air.

44:011:007 And I heard a voice saying unto me, Arise, Peter; slay and
eat.

44:011:008 But I said, Not so, Lord: for nothing common or unclean hath
at any time entered into my mouth.

44:011:009 But the voice answered me again from heaven, What God hath
cleansed, that call not thou common.

44:011:010 And this was done three times: and all were drawn up again
into heaven.

44:011:011 And, behold, immediately there were three men already come
unto the house where I was, sent from Caesarea unto me.

44:011:012 And the Spirit bade me go with them, nothing doubting.
Moreover these six brethren accompanied me, and we entered
into the man's house:

44:011:013 And he shewed us how he had seen an angel in his house, which
stood and said unto him, Send men to Joppa, and call for
Simon, whose surname is Peter;

44:011:014 Who shall tell thee words, whereby thou and all thy house
shall be saved.

44:011:015 And as I began to speak, the Holy Ghost fell on them, as on us
at the beginning.

44:011:016 Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how that he said, John
indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the
Holy Ghost.

44:011:017 Forasmuch then as God gave them the like gift as he did unto
us, who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ; what was I, that I
could withstand God?

44:011:018 When they heard these things, they held their peace, and
glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles
granted repentance unto life.

44:011:019 Now they which were scattered abroad upon the persecution that
arose about Stephen travelled as far as Phenice, and Cyprus,
and Antioch, preaching the word to none but unto the Jews
only.

44:011:020 And some of them were men of Cyprus and Cyrene, which, when
they were come to Antioch, spake unto the Grecians, preaching
the LORD Jesus.

44:011:021 And the hand of the Lord was with them: and a great number
believed, and turned unto the Lord.

44:011:022 Then tidings of these things came unto the ears of the church
which was in Jerusalem: and they sent forth Barnabas, that he
should go as far as Antioch.

44:011:023 Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad,
and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would
cleave unto the Lord.

44:011:024 For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of
faith: and much people was added unto the Lord.

44:011:025 Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus, for to seek Saul:

44:011:026 And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it
came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with
the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were
called Christians first in Antioch.

44:011:027 And in these days came prophets from Jerusalem unto Antioch.

44:011:028 And there stood up one of them named Agabus, and signified by
the Spirit that there should be great dearth throughout all
the world: which came to pass in the days of Claudius Caesar.

44:011:029 Then the disciples, every man according to his ability,
determined to send relief unto the brethren which dwelt in
Judaea:

44:011:030 Which also they did, and sent it to the elders by the hands of
Barnabas and Saul.

44:012:001 Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands
to vex certain of the church.

44:012:002 And he killed James the brother of John with the sword.

44:012:003 And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further
to take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread.)

44:012:004 And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and
delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him;
intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people.

44:012:005 Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made
without ceasing of the church unto God for him.

44:012:006 And when Herod would have brought him forth, the same night
Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two
chains: and the keepers before the door kept the prison.

44:012:007 And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light
shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and
raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell
off from his hands.

44:012:008 And the angel said unto him, Gird thyself, and bind on thy
sandals. And so he did. And he saith unto him, Cast thy
garment about thee, and follow me.

44:012:009 And he went out, and followed him; and wist not that it was
true which was done by the angel; but thought he saw a vision.

44:012:010 When they were past the first and the second ward, they came
unto the iron gate that leadeth unto the city; which opened to
them of his own accord: and they went out, and passed on
through one street; and forthwith the angel departed from him.

44:012:011 And when Peter was come to himself, he said, Now I know of a
surety, that the LORD hath sent his angel, and hath delivered
me out of the hand of Herod, and from all the expectation of
the people of the Jews.

44:012:012 And when he had considered the thing, he came to the house of
Mary the mother of John, whose surname was Mark; where many
were gathered together praying.

44:012:013 And as Peter knocked at the door of the gate, a damsel came to
hearken, named Rhoda.

44:012:014 And when she knew Peter's voice, she opened not the gate for
gladness, but ran in, and told how Peter stood before the
gate.

44:012:015 And they said unto her, Thou art mad. But she constantly
affirmed that it was even so. Then said they, It is his angel.

44:012:016 But Peter continued knocking: and when they had opened the
door, and saw him, they were astonished.

44:012:017 But he, beckoning unto them with the hand to hold their peace,
declared unto them how the Lord had brought him out of the
prison. And he said, Go shew these things unto James, and to
the brethren. And he departed, and went into another place.

44:012:018 Now as soon as it was day, there was no small stir among the
soldiers, what was become of Peter.

44:012:019 And when Herod had sought for him, and found him not, he
examined the keepers, and commanded that they should be put to
death. And he went down from Judaea to Caesarea, and there
abode.

44:012:020 And Herod was highly displeased with them of Tyre and Sidon:
but they came with one accord to him, and, having made Blastus
the king's chamberlain their friend, desired peace; because
their country was nourished by the king's country.

44:012:021 And upon a set day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat upon
his throne, and made an oration unto them.

44:012:022 And the people gave a shout, saying, It is the voice of a god,
and not of a man.

44:012:023 And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he
gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up
the ghost.

44:012:024 But the word of God grew and multiplied.

44:012:025 And Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerusalem, when they had
fulfilled their ministry, and took with them John, whose
surname was Mark.

44:013:001 Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain
prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called
Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been
brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.

44:013:002 As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost
said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I
have called them.

44:013:003 And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on
them, they sent them away.

44:013:004 So they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed unto
Seleucia; and from thence they sailed to Cyprus.

44:013:005 And when they were at Salamis, they preached the word of God
in the synagogues of the Jews: and they had also John to their
minister.

44:013:006 And when they had gone through the isle unto Paphos, they
found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name
was Barjesus:

44:013:007 Which was with the deputy of the country, Sergius Paulus, a
prudent man; who called for Barnabas and Saul, and desired to
hear the word of God.

44:013:008 But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation)
withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the
faith.

44:013:009 Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy
Ghost, set his eyes on him.

44:013:010 And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child
of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not
cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?

44:013:011 And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee, and thou
shalt be blind, not seeing the sun for a season. And
immediately there fell on him a mist and a darkness; and he
went about seeking some to lead him by the hand.

44:013:012 Then the deputy, when he saw what was done, believed, being
astonished at the doctrine of the Lord.

44:013:013 Now when Paul and his company loosed from Paphos, they came to
Perga in Pamphylia: and John departing from them returned to
Jerusalem.

44:013:014 But when they departed from Perga, they came to Antioch in
Pisidia, and went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and
sat down.

44:013:015 And after the reading of the law and the prophets the rulers
of the synagogue sent unto them, saying, Ye men and brethren,
if ye have any word of exhortation for the people, say on.

44:013:016 Then Paul stood up, and beckoning with his hand said, Men of
Israel, and ye that fear God, give audience.

44:013:017 The God of this people of Israel chose our fathers, and
exalted the people when they dwelt as strangers in the land of
Egypt, and with an high arm brought he them out of it.

44:013:018 And about the time of forty years suffered he their manners in
the wilderness.

44:013:019 And when he had destroyed seven nations in the land of
Chanaan, he divided their land to them by lot.

44:013:020 And after that he gave unto them judges about the space of
four hundred and fifty years, until Samuel the prophet.

44:013:021 And afterward they desired a king: and God gave unto them Saul
the son of Cis, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, by the space
of forty years.

44:013:022 And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to
be their king; to whom also he gave their testimony, and said,
I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own
heart, which shall fulfil all my will.

44:013:023 Of this man's seed hath God according to his promise raised
unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus:

44:013:024 When John had first preached before his coming the baptism of
repentance to all the people of Israel.

44:013:025 And as John fulfilled his course, he said, Whom think ye that
I am? I am not he. But, behold, there cometh one after me,
whose shoes of his feet I am not worthy to loose.

44:013:026 Men and brethren, children of the stock of Abraham, and
whosoever among you feareth God, to you is the word of this
salvation sent.

44:013:027 For they that dwell at Jerusalem, and their rulers, because
they knew him not, nor yet the voices of the prophets which
are read every sabbath day, they have fulfilled them in
condemning him.

44:013:028 And though they found no cause of death in him, yet desired
they Pilate that he should be slain.

44:013:029 And when they had fulfilled all that was written of him, they
took him down from the tree, and laid him in a sepulchre.

44:013:030 But God raised him from the dead:

44:013:031 And he was seen many days of them which came up with him from
Galilee to Jerusalem, who are his witnesses unto the people.

44:013:032 And we declare unto you glad tidings, how that the promise
which was made unto the fathers,

44:013:033 God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that he
hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the
second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee.

44:013:034 And as concerning that he raised him up from the dead, now no
more to return to corruption, he said on this wise, I will
give you the sure mercies of David.

44:013:035 Wherefore he saith also in another psalm, Thou shalt not
suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

44:013:036 For David, after he had served his own generation by the will
of God, fell on sleep, and was laid unto his fathers, and saw
corruption:

44:013:037 But he, whom God raised again, saw no corruption.

44:013:038 Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through
this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins:

44:013:039 And by him all that believe are justified from all things,
from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.

44:013:040 Beware therefore, lest that come upon you, which is spoken of
in the prophets;

44:013:041 Behold, ye despisers, and wonder, and perish: for I work a
work in your days, a work which ye shall in no wise believe,
though a man declare it unto you.

44:013:042 And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the Gentiles
besought that these words might be preached to them the next
sabbath.

44:013:043 Now when the congregation was broken up, many of the Jews and
religious proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas: who, speaking
to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God.

44:013:044 And the next sabbath day came almost the whole city together
to hear the word of God.

44:013:045 But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with
envy, and spake against those things which were spoken by
Paul, contradicting and blaspheming.

44:013:046 Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary
that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but
seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of
everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles.

44:013:047 For so hath the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set thee to
be a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for
salvation unto the ends of the earth.

44:013:048 And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and
glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained
to eternal life believed.

44:013:049 And the word of the Lord was published throughout all the
region.

44:013:050 But the Jews stirred up the devout and honourable women, and
the chief men of the city, and raised persecution against Paul
and Barnabas, and expelled them out of their coasts.

44:013:051 But they shook off the dust of their feet against them, and
came unto Iconium.

44:013:052 And the disciples were filled with joy, and with the Holy
Ghost.

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