Preaching and Teaching from the Book of Acts

The Promise of Pentecost

Chapter 1

6   When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?
7   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.
8   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.

Pentecost

Chapter 2

14   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:
15   For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day.
16   But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;
17   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:
18   And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:
19   And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:
20   The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come:
21   And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
22   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:
23   Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:
24   Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.
25   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:
26   Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope:
27   Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.
28   Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance.
29   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.
30   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;
31   He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.
32   This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.
33   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.
34   For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The LORD said unto 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 hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.
37   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?
38   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.
39   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.

Peter responds to crowd after healing lame man

Chapter 3

12   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?
13   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.
14   But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you;
15   And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.
16   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.
17   And now, brethren, I wot that through ignorance ye did it, as did also your rulers.
18   But those things, which God before had shewed by the mouth of all his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he hath so fulfilled.
19   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;
20   And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you:
21   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.
22   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.
23   And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people.
24   Yea, and all the prophets from Samuel and those that follow after, as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold of these days.
25   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.
26   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.

Peter responds to confrontation after healing

Chapter 4

7   And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, By what power, or by what name, have ye done this?
8   Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel,
9   If we this day be examined of the good deed done to the impotent man, by what means he is made whole;
10   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.
11   This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner.
12   Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
13   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.
18   And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus.
19   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.
20   For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.

The apostle’s prayer after the confrontation.

Chapter 4

  25   Who by the mouth of thy servant David hast said, Why did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things?
26   The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ.
27   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,
28   For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done.
29   And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word,
30   By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus.
31   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.

The second confrontation: “Obey God rather than men.”

Chapter 5

28   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.
29   Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.
30   The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree.
31   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.
32   And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.

Stephen’s Defense

Chapter 7

2   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,
3   And said unto him, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and come into the land which I shall shew thee.
4   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.
5   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.
6   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.
7   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.
8   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.
9   And the patriarchs, moved with envy, sold Joseph into Egypt: but God was with him,
10   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.
11   Now there came a dearth over all the land of Egypt and Chanaan, and great affliction: and our fathers found no sustenance.
12   But when Jacob heard that there was corn in Egypt, he sent out our fathers first.
13   And at the second time Joseph was made known to his brethren; and Joseph’s kindred was made known unto Pharaoh.
14   Then sent Joseph, and called his father Jacob to him, and all his kindred, threescore and fifteen souls.
15   So Jacob went down into Egypt, and died, he, and our fathers,
16   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.
17   But when the time of the promise drew nigh, which God had sworn to Abraham, the people grew and multiplied in Egypt,
18   Till another king arose, which knew not Joseph.
19   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.
20   In which time Moses was born, and was exceeding fair, and nourished up in his father’s house three months:
21   And when he was cast out, Pharaoh’s daughter took him up, and nourished him for her own son.
22   And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and in deeds.
23   And when he was full forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brethren the children of Israel.
24   And seeing one of them suffer wrong, he defended him, and avenged him that was oppressed, and smote the Egyptian:
25   For he supposed his brethren would have understood how that God by his hand would deliver them: but they understood not.
26   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?
27   But he that did his neighbour wrong thrust him away, saying, Who made thee a ruler and a judge over us?
28   Wilt thou kill me, as thou diddest the Egyptian yesterday?
29   Then fled Moses at this saying, and was a stranger in the land of Madian, where he begat two sons.
30   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.
31   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,
32   Saying, I am the God of thy fathers, the God of Abrham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. Then Moses trembled, and durst not behold.
33   Then said the Lord to him, Put off thy shoes from thy feet: for the place where thou standest is holy ground.
34   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.
35   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.
36   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.
37   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.
38   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:
39   To whom our fathers would not obey, but thrust him from them, and in their hearts turned back again into Egypt,
40   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.
41   And they made a calf in those days, and offered sacrifice unto the idol, and rejoiced in the works of their own hands.
42   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?
43   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   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.
45   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;
46   Who found favour before God, and desired to find a tabernacle for the God of Jacob.
47   But Solomon built him an house.
48   Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet,
49   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?
50   Hath not my hand made all these things?
51   Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.
52   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:
53   Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it.
54   When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth.
55   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,
56   And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.
57   Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord,
58   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.
59   And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.
60   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.

Simon the Sorcerer

Chapter 8

9   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:
10   To whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is the great power of God.
11   And to him they had regard, because that of long time he had bewitched them with sorceries.
12   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.
13   Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done.

  18   And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money,
19   Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost.
20   But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.
21   Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God.
22   Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.
23   For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity.
24   Then answered Simon, and said, Pray ye to the Lord for me, that none of these things which ye have spoken come upon me.

Baptism is for Believers

Chapter 8

  35   Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.
36   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?
37   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.
38   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.

“No respecter of persons”

Chapter 10

34   Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:
35   But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.
36   The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:)
37   That word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judaea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached;
38   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.
39   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:
40   Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly;
41   Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before of God, even to us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the dead.
42   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.
43   To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.
44   While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.
45   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.
46   For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter,
47   Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?
48   And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.

Paul preaching to Jews

Chapter 13

16   Then Paul stood up, and beckoning with his hand said, Men of Israel, and ye that fear God, give audience.
17   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.
18   And about the time of forty years suffered he their manners in the wilderness.
19   And when he had destroyed seven nations in the land of Chanaan, he divided their land to them by lot.
20   And after that he gave unto them judges about the space of four hundred and fifty years, until Samuel the prophet.
21   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.
22   And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.
23   Of this man’s seed hath God according to his promise raised unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus:
24   When John had first preached before his coming the baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel.
25   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.
26   Men and brethren, children of the stock of Abraham, and whosoever among you feareth God, to you is the word of this salvation sent.
27   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.
28   And though they found no cause of death in him, yet desired they Pilate that he should be slain.
29   And when they had fulfilled all that was written of him, they took him down from the tree, and laid him in a sepulchre.
30   But God raised him from the dead:
31   And he was seen many days of them which came up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are his witnesses unto the people.
32   And we declare unto you glad tidings, how that the promise which was made unto the fathers,
33   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.
34   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.
35   Wherefore he saith also in another psalm, Thou shalt not suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.
36   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:
37   But he, whom God raised again, saw no corruption.
38   Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins:
39   And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.
40   Beware therefore, lest that come upon you, which is spoken of in the prophets;
41   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.
42   And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the Gentiles besought that these words might be preached to them the next sabbath.

  46   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.
47   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.

An example of shaking dust off feet, see Luke 9:5.

  50   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.
51   But they shook off the dust of their feet against them, and came unto Iconium.

through much tribulation”

Chapter 14

22   Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.

Should Gentile Believers Keep the Mosaic Law?

Chapter 15

7   And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe.
8   And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us;
9   And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.
10   Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?
11   But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.
12   Then all the multitude kept silence, and gave audience to Barnabas and Paul, declaring what miracles and wonders God had wrought among the Gentiles by them.
13   And after they had held their peace, James answered, saying, Men and brethren, hearken unto me:
14   Simeon hath declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name.
15   And to this agree the words of the prophets; as it is written,
16   After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up:
17   That the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called, saith the Lord, who doeth all these things.
18   Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world.
19   Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles are turned to God:
20   But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood.
21   For Moses of old time hath in every city them that preach him, being read in the synagogues every sabbath day.
22   Then pleased it the apostles and elders, with the whole church, to send chosen men of their own company to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas; namely, Judas surnamed Barsabas, and Silas, chief men among the brethren:
23   And they wrote letters by them after this manner; The apostles and elders and brethren send greeting unto the brethren which are of the Gentiles in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia:
24   Forasmuch as we have heard, that certain which went out from us have troubled you with words, subverting your souls, saying, Ye must be circumcised, and keep the law: to whom we gave no such commandment:
25   It seemed good unto us, being assembled with one accord, to send chosen men unto you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul,
26   Men that have hazarded their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
27   We have sent therefore Judas and Silas, who shall also tell you the same things by mouth.
28   For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things;
29   That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well.

The Philippian Jailer

Chapter 16

30   And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?
31   And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
32   And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house.

Paul’s sermon on Mars’ Hill

Chapter 17

22   Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars’ hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious.
23   For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you.
24   God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;
25   Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;
26   And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;
27   That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:
28   For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.
29   Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device.
30   And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:
31   Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.

Paul’s Farewell Sermon

Chapter 20

18   And when they were come to him, he said unto them, Ye know, from the first day that I came into Asia, after what manner I have been with you at all seasons,
19   Serving the Lord with all humility of mind, and with many tears, and temptations, which befell me by the lying in wait of the Jews:
20   And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you publickly, and from house to house,
21   Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.
22   And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there:
23   Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me.
24   But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.
25   And now, behold, I know that ye all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, shall see my face no more.
26   Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men.
27   For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.
28   Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.
29   For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.
30   Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.
31   Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.
32   And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.
33   I have coveted no man’s silver, or gold, or apparel.
34   Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me.
35   I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.

Gentiles and the Law?

Chapter 21

25   As touching the Gentiles which believe, we have written and concluded that they observe no such thing, save only that they keep themselves from things offered to idols, and from blood, and from strangled, and from fornication.

Paul’s Defense and Testimony

Chapter 22

1   Men, brethren, and fathers, hear ye my defence which I make now unto you.
2   (And when they heard that he spake in the Hebrew tongue to them, they kept the more silence: and he saith,)
3   I am verily a man which am a Jew, born in Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, yet brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel, and taught according to the perfect manner of the law of the fathers, and was zealous toward God, as ye all are this day.
4   And I persecuted this way unto the death, binding and delivering into prisons both men and women.
5   As also the high priest doth bear me witness, and all the estate of the elders: from whom also I received letters unto the brethren, and went to Damascus, to bring them which were there bound unto Jerusalem, for to be punished.
6   And it came to pass, that, as I made my journey, and was come nigh unto Damascus about noon, suddenly there shone from heaven a great light round about me.
7   And I fell unto the ground, and heard a voice saying unto me, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?
8   And I answered, Who art thou, Lord? And he said unto me, I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom thou persecutest.
9   And they that were with me saw indeed the light, and were afraid; but they heard not the voice of him that spake to me.
10   And I said, What shall I do, Lord? And the Lord said unto me, Arise, and go into Damascus; and there it shall be told thee of all things which are appointed for thee to do.
11   And when I could not see for the glory of that light, being led by the hand of them that were with me, I came into Damascus.
12   And one Ananias, a devout man according to the law, having a good report of all the Jews which dwelt there,
13   Came unto me, and stood, and said unto me, Brother Saul, receive thy sight. And the same hour I looked up upon him.
14   And he said, The God of our fathers hath chosen thee, that thou shouldest know his will, and see that Just One, and shouldest hear the voice of his mouth.
15   For thou shalt be his witness unto all men of what thou hast seen and heard.
16   And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.
17   And it came to pass, that, when I was come again to Jerusalem, even while I prayed in the temple, I was in a trance;
18   And saw him saying unto me, Make haste, and get thee quickly out of Jerusalem: for they will not receive thy testimony concerning me.
19   And I said, Lord, they know that I imprisoned and beat in every synagogue them that believed on thee:
20   And when the blood of thy martyr Stephen was shed, I also was standing by, and consenting unto his death, and kept the raiment of them that slew him.
21   And he said unto me, Depart: for I will send thee far hence unto the Gentiles.

Paul Before Felix

Chapter 24

10   Then Paul, after that the governor had beckoned unto him to speak, answered, Forasmuch as I know that thou hast been of many years a judge unto this nation, I do the more cheerfully answer for myself:
11   Because that thou mayest understand, that there are yet but twelve days since I went up to Jerusalem for to worship.
12   And they neither found me in the temple disputing with any man, neither raising up the people, neither in the synagogues, nor in the city:
13   Neither can they prove the things whereof they now accuse me.
14   But this I confess unto thee, that after the way which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets:
15   And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust.
16   And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men.
17   Now after many years I came to bring alms to my nation, and offerings.
18   Whereupon certain Jews from Asia found me purified in the temple, neither with multitude, nor with tumult.
19   Who ought to have been here before thee, and object, if they had ought against me.
20   Or else let these same here say, if they have found any evil doing in me, while I stood before the council,
21   Except it be for this one voice, that I cried standing among them, Touching the resurrection of the dead I am called in question by you this day.

Paul Before Agrippa

Chapter 26

1   Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Thou art permitted to speak for thyself. Then Paul stretched forth the hand, and answered for himself:
2   I think myself happy, king Agrippa, because I shall answer for myself this day before thee touching all the things whereof I am accused of the Jews:
3   Especially because I know thee to be expert in all customs and questions which are among the Jews: wherefore I beseech thee to hear me patiently.
4   My manner of life from my youth, which was at the first among mine own nation at Jerusalem, know all the Jews;
5   Which knew me from the beginning, if they would testify, that after the most straitest sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee.
6   And now I stand and am judged for the hope of the promise made of God unto our fathers:
7   Unto which promise our twelve tribes, instantly serving God day and night, hope to come. For which hope’s sake, king Agrippa, I am accused of the Jews.
8   Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you, that God should raise the dead?
9   I verily thought with myself, that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth.
10   Which thing I also did in Jerusalem: and many of the saints did I shut up in prison, having received authority from the chief priests; and when they were put to death, I gave my voice against them.
11   And I punished them oft in every synagogue, and compelled them to blaspheme; and being exceedingly mad against them, I persecuted them even unto strange cities.
12   Whereupon as I went to Damascus with authority and commission from the chief priests,
13   At midday, O king, I saw in the way a light from heaven, above the brightness of the sun, shining round about me and them which journeyed with me.
14   And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.
15   And I said, Who art thou, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest.
16   But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee;
17   Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee,
18   To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.
19   Whereupon, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision:
20   But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.
21   For these causes the Jews caught me in the temple, and went about to kill me.
22   Having therefore obtained help of God, I continue unto this day, witnessing both to small and great, saying none other things than those which the prophets and Moses did say should come:
23   That Christ should suffer, and that he should be the first that should rise from the dead, and should shew light unto the people, and to the Gentiles.
24   And as he thus spake for himself, Festus said with a loud voice, Paul, thou art beside thyself; much learning doth make thee mad.
25   But he said, I am not mad, most noble Festus; but speak forth the words of truth and soberness.
26   For the king knoweth of these things, before whom also I speak freely: for I am persuaded that none of these things are hidden from him; for this thing was not done in a corner.
27   King Agrippa, believest thou the prophets? I know that thou believest.
28   Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.
29   And Paul said, I would to God, that not only thou, but also all that hear me this day, were both almost, and altogether such as I am, except these bonds.

“abide in the ship”

Chapter 27

30   And as the shipmen were about to flee out of the ship, when they had let down the boat into the sea, under colour as though they would have cast anchors out of the foreship,
31   Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers, Except these abide in the ship, ye cannot be saved.

Paul Preaches to Jews in Rome

Chapter 28

17   And it came to pass, that after three days Paul called the chief of the Jews together: and when they were come together, he said unto them, Men and brethren, though I have committed nothing against the people, or customs of our fathers, yet was I delivered prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans.
18   Who, when they had examined me, would have let me go, because there was no cause of death in me.
19   But when the Jews spake against it, I was constrained to appeal unto Caesar; not that I had ought to accuse my nation of.
20   For this cause therefore have I called for you, to see you, and to speak with you: because that for the hope of Israel I am bound with this chain.
21   And they said unto him, We neither received letters out of Judaea concerning thee, neither any of the brethren that came shewed or spake any harm of thee.
22   But we desire to hear of thee what thou thinkest: for as concerning this sect, we know that every where it is spoken against.
23   And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening.
24   And some believed the things which were spoken, and some believed not.
25   And when they agreed not among themselves, they departed, after that Paul had spoken one word, Well spake the Holy Ghost by Esaias the prophet unto our fathers,
26   Saying, Go unto this people, and say, Hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and not perceive:
27   For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
28   Be it known therefore unto you, that the salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles, and that they will hear it.

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