Acts 17-19 American Standard Version

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The Uproar in Thessalonica

17 1  Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where was a synagogue of the Jews: 2  and Paul, as his custom was, went in unto them, and for three sabbath days reasoned with them from the Scriptures, 3  opening and alleging that it behooved the Christ to suffer, and to rise again from the dead; and that this Jesus, whom, [said he,] I proclaim unto you, is the Christ. 4  And some of them were persuaded, and consorted with Paul and Silas, and of the devout Greeks a great multitude, and of the chief women not a few. 5  But the Jews, being moved with jealousy, took unto them certain vile fellows of the rabble, and gathering a crowd, set the city on an uproar; and assaulting the house of Jason, they sought to bring them forth to the people. 6  And when they found them not, they dragged Jason and certain brethren before the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also; 7  whom Jason hath received: and these all act contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, [one] Jesus. 8  And they troubled the multitude and the rulers of the city, when they heard these things. 9  And when they had taken security from Jason and the rest, they let them go.

The Apostles at Beroea

10  And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Beroea: who when they were come thither went into the synagogue of the Jews. 11  Now these were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of the mind, examining the Scriptures daily, whether these things were so. 12  Many of them therefore believed; also of the Greek women of honorable estate, and of men, not a few. 13  But when the Jews of Thessalonica had knowledge that the word of God was proclaimed of Paul at Beroea also, they came thither likewise, stirring up and troubling the multitudes. 14  And then immediately the brethren sent forth Paul to go as far as to the sea: and Silas and Timothy abode there still. 15  But they that conducted Paul brought him as far as Athens: and receiving a commandment unto Silas and Timothy that they should come to him with all speed, they departed.

Paul at Athens

16  Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him as he beheld the city full of idols. 17  So he reasoned in the synagogue with Jews and the devout persons, and in the marketplace every day with them that met him. 18  And certain also of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers encountered him. And some said, What would this babbler say? others, He seemeth to be a setter forth of strange gods: because he preached Jesus and the resurrection. 19  And they took hold of him, and brought him unto the Areopagus, saying, May we know what this new teaching is, which is spoken by thee? 20  For thou bringest certain strange things to our ears: we would know therefore what these things mean. 21  (Now all the Athenians and the strangers sojourning there spent their time in nothing else, but either to tell or to hear some new thing.)

22  And Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus, and said, Ye men of Athens, in all things, I perceive that ye are very religious. 23  For as I passed along, and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription, TO AN UNKNOWN GOD. What therefore ye worship in ignorance, this I set forth unto you. 24  The God that made the world and all things therein, he, being Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; 25  neither is he served by men's hands, as though he needed anything, seeing he himself giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; 26  and he made of one every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, having determined [their] appointed seasons, and the bounds of their habitation; 27  that they should seek God, if haply they might feel after him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us: 28  for in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain even of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring. 29  Being then the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and device of man. 30  The times of ignorance therefore God overlooked; but now he commandeth men that they should all everywhere repent: 31  inasmuch as he hath appointed a day in which he will judge the world in righteousness by the man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.

32  Now when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked; but others said, We will hear thee concerning this yet again. 33  Thus Paul went out from among them. 34  But certain men clave unto him, and believed: among whom also was Dionysius the Areopagite, and a woman named Damaris, and others with them.

Paul at Corinth

18 1  After these things he departed from Athens, and came to Corinth. 2  And he found a certain Jew named Aquila, a man of Pontus by race, lately come from Italy, with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had commanded all the Jews to depart from Rome: and he came unto them; 3  and because he was of the same trade, he abode with them, and they wrought, for by their trade they were tentmakers. 4  And he reasoned in the synagogue every sabbath, and persuaded Jews and Greeks. 5  But when Silas and Timothy came down from Macedonia, Paul was constrained by the word, testifying to the Jews that Jesus was the Christ. 6  And when they opposed themselves and blasphemed, he shook out his raiment and said unto them, Your blood [be] upon your own heads; I am clean: from henceforth I will go unto the Gentiles.

7  And he departed thence, and went into the house of a certain man named Titus Justus, one that worshipped God, whose house joined hard to the synagogue. 8  And Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue, believed in the Lord with all his house; and many of the Corinthians hearing believed, and were baptized. 9  And the Lord said unto Paul in the night by a vision, Be not afraid, but speak and hold not thy peace: 10  for I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to harm thee: for I have much people in this city. 11  And he dwelt [there] a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.

12  But when Gallio was proconsul of Achaia, the Jews with one accord rose up against Paul and brought him before the judgment-seat, 13  saying, This man persuadeth men to worship God contrary to the law. 14  But when Paul was about to open his mouth, Gallio said unto the Jews, If indeed it were a matter of wrong or of wicked villany, O ye Jews, reason would that I should bear with you: 15  but if they are questions about words and names and your own law, look to it yourselves; I am not minded to be a judge of these matters. 16  And he drove them from the judgment-seat. 17  And they all laid hold on Sosthenes, the ruler of the synagogue, and beat him before the judgment-seat. And Gallio cared for none of these things.

18  And Paul, having tarried after this yet many days, took his leave of the brethren, and sailed thence for Syria, and with him Priscilla and Aquila: having shorn his head in Cenchreae; for he had a vow. 19  And they came to Ephesus, and he left them there: but he himself entered into the synagogue, and reasoned with the Jews. 20  And when they asked him to abide a longer time, he consented not; 21  but taking his leave of them, and saying, I will return again unto you if God will, he set sail from Ephesus.

Paul Returns to Antioch and Begins the Third Missionary Journey

22  And when he had landed at Caesarea, he went up and saluted the church, and went down to Antioch. 23  And having spent some time [there], he departed, and went through the region of Galatia, and Phrygia, in order, establishing all the disciples.

Apollos Preaches at Ephesus

24  Now a certain Jew named Apollos, an Alexandrian by race, an eloquent man, came to Ephesus; and he was mighty in the scriptures. 25  This man had been instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in spirit, he spake and taught accurately the things concerning Jesus, knowing only the baptism of John: 26  and he began to speak boldly in the synagogue. But when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more accurately. 27  And when he was minded to pass over into Achaia, the brethren encouraged him, and wrote to the disciples to receive him: and when he was come, he helped them much that had believed through grace; 28  for he powerfully confuted the Jews, [and that] publicly, showing by the scriptures that Jesus was the Christ.

Paul at Ephesus

19 1  And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper country came to Ephesus, and found certain disciples: 2  and he said unto them, Did ye receive the Holy Spirit when ye believed? And they [said] unto him, Nay, we did not so much as hear whether the Holy Spirit was [given]. 3  And he said, Into what then were ye baptized? And they said, Into John's baptism. 4  And Paul said, John baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people that they should believe on him that should come after him, that is, on Jesus. 5  And when they heard this, they were baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus. 6  And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Spirit came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied. 7  And they were in all about twelve men.

8  And he entered into the synagogue, and spake boldly for the space of three months, reasoning and persuading [as to] the things concerning the kingdom of God. 9  But when some were hardened and disobedient, speaking evil of the Way before the multitude, he departed from them, and separated the disciples, reasoning daily in the school of Tyrannus. 10  And this continued for the space of two years; so that all they that dwelt in Asia heard the word of the Lord, both Jews and Greeks. 11  And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul: 12  insomuch that unto the sick were carried away from his body handkerchiefs or aprons, and the evil spirits went out.

13  But certain also of the strolling Jews, exorcists, took upon them to name over them that had the evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, I adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth. 14  And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, a chief priest, who did this. 15  And the evil spirit answered and said unto them, Jesus I know, and Paul I know, but who are ye? 16  And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and mastered both of them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded. 17  And this became known to all, both Jews and Greeks, that dwelt at Ephesus; and fear fell upon them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified. 18  Many also of them that had believed came, confessing, and declaring their deeds. 19  And not a few of them that practised magical arts brought their books together and burned them in the sight of all; and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver. 20  So mightily grew the word of the Lord and prevailed.

21  Now after these things were ended, Paul purposed in the spirit, when he had passed through Macedonia and Achaia, to go to Jerusalem, saying, After I have been there, I must also see Rome. 22  And having sent into Macedonia two of them that ministered unto him, Timothy and Erastus, he himself stayed in Asia for a while.

The Riot at Ephesus

23  And about that time there arose no small stir concerning the Way. 24  For a certain man named Demetrius, a silversmith, who made silver shrines of Diana, brought no little business unto the craftsmen; 25  whom he gathered together, with the workmen of like occupation, and said, Sirs, ye know that by this business we have our wealth. 26  And ye see and hear, that not alone at Ephesus, but almost throughout all Asia, this Paul hath persuaded and turned away much people, saying that they are no gods, that are made with hands: 27  and not only is there danger that this our trade come into disrepute; but also that the temple of the great goddess Diana be made of no account, and that she should even be deposed from her magnificence whom all Asia and the world worshippeth. 28  And when they heard this they were filled with wrath, and cried out, saying, Great is Diana of the Ephesus. 29  And the city was filled with the confusion: and they rushed with one accord into the theatre, having seized Gaius and Aristarchus, men of Macedonia, Paul's companions in travel. 30  And when Paul was minded to enter in unto the people, the disciples suffered him not. 31  And certain also of the Asiarchs, being his friends, sent unto him and besought him not to adventure himself into the theatre. 32  Some therefore cried one thing, and some another: for the assembly was in confusion; and the more part knew not wherefore they were come together. 33  And they brought Alexander out of the multitude, the Jews putting him forward. And Alexander beckoned with the hand, and would have made a defense unto the people. 34  But when they perceived that he was a Jew, all with one voice about the space of two hours cried out, Great is Diana of the Ephesians. 35  And when the townclerk had quieted the multitude, he saith, Ye men of Ephesus, what man is there who knoweth not that the city of the Ephesians is temple-keeper of the great Diana, and of the [image] which fell down from Jupiter? 36  Seeing then that these things cannot be gainsaid, ye ought to be quiet, and to do nothing rash. 37  For ye have brought [hither] these men, who are neither robbers of temples nor blasphemers of our goddess. 38  If therefore Demetrius, and the craftsmen that are with him, have a matter against any man, the courts are open, and there are proconsuls: let them accuse one another. 39  But if ye seek anything about other matters, it shall be settled in the regular assembly. 40  For indeed we are in danger to be accused concerning this day's riot, there being no cause [for it]: and as touching it we shall not be able to give account of this concourse. 41  And when he had thus spoken, he dismissed the assembly.

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