Acts 16-17 Bible in Basic English

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Timothy Accompanies Paul and Silas

16 1  And he came to Derbe and Lystra: and there was a certain disciple there named Timothy, whose mother was one of the Jews of the faith, but his father was a Greek; 2  Of whom the brothers at Lystra and Iconium had a high opinion. 3  Paul had a desire for him to go with him, and he gave him circumcision because of the Jews who were in those parts: for they all had knowledge that his father was a Greek. 4  And on their way through the towns, they gave them the rules which had been made by the Apostles and the rulers of the church at Jerusalem, so that they might keep them. 5  So the churches were made strong in the faith and were increased in number every day.

Paul's Vision of the Man of Macedonia

6  And after they had gone through the land of Phrygia and Galatia, the Holy Spirit did not let them take the word into Asia; 7  And having come to Mysia, they made an attempt to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not let them; 8  And going past Mysia, they came down to Troas. 9  And Paul had a vision in the night; a man of Macedonia came, requesting him, and saying, Come over into Macedonia and give us help. 10  And when he had seen the vision, straight away we made the decision to go into Macedonia, for it seemed certain to us that God had sent us to give the good news to them.

The Imprisonment at Philippi

11  So, from Troas we went straight by ship to Samothrace and the day after to Neapolis; 12  And from there to Philippi, which is the most important town of Macedonia and a Roman colony: and we were there for some days. 13  And on the Sabbath we went outside the town, by the river, where we had an idea that there would be a place of prayer; and, being seated, we had talk with the women who had come together. 14  And a certain woman named Lydia, a trader in purple cloth of the town of Thyatira, and a God-fearing woman, gave ear to us: whose heart the Lord made open to give attention to the things which Paul was saying. 15  And when she and her family had had baptism, she made a request to us, saying, If it seems to you that I am true to the Lord, come into my house and be my guests. And she made us come.

16  And when we were going to the place of prayer, we came across a girl with a spirit which gave knowledge of the future, whose masters made great profit from her power. 17  She came after Paul and us, crying out and saying, These men are the servants of the Most High God, who are giving you news of the way of salvation. 18  And this she did on a number of days. But Paul was greatly troubled and, turning, said to the spirit, I give you orders in the name of Jesus Christ, to come out of her. And it came out that very hour. 19  But when her masters saw that their hope of profit was gone, they took Paul and Silas, pulling them into the market-place before the rulers; 20  And when they had taken them before the authorities, they said, These men, who are Jews, are greatly troubling our town; 21  Teaching rules of living which it is not right for us to have or to keep, being Romans. 22  And the people made an attack on them all together: and the authorities took their clothing off them, and gave orders for them to be whipped. 23  And when they had given them a great number of blows, they put them in prison, giving orders to the keeper of the prison to keep them safely: 24  And he, having such orders, put them into the inner prison with chains on their feet.

25  But about the middle of the night, Paul and Silas were making prayers and songs to God in the hearing of the prisoners; 26  And suddenly there was an earth-shock, so that the base of the prison was moved: and all the doors came open, and everyone's chains came off. 27  And the keeper, coming out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, took his sword and was about to put himself to death, fearing that the prisoners had got away. 28  But Paul said in a loud voice, Do yourself no damage, for we are all here. 29  And he sent for lights and came rushing in and, shaking with fear, went down on his face before Paul and Silas, 30  And took them out and said, Sirs, what have I to do to get salvation? 31  And they said, Have faith in the Lord Jesus, and you and your family will have salvation. 32  And they gave the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. 33  And that same hour of the night, he took them, and when he had given attention to their wounds, he and all his family had baptism straight away. 34  And he took them into his house and gave them food, and he was full of joy, having faith in God with all his family.

35  But when it was day, the authorities sent the police, saying, Let these men go. 36  And the keeper said to Paul, The authorities have given orders to let you go: come out now, and go in peace. 37  But Paul said to them, They have given us who are Romans a public whipping without judging us, and have put us in prison. Will they now send us out secretly? no, truly, let them come themselves and take us out. 38  And the police gave an account of these words to the authorities, and they were full of fear on hearing that they were Romans; 39  Then they came and made prayers to them, requesting them, when they had taken them out, to go away from the town. 40  And they came out of the prison and went to the house of Lydia: and when they had seen the brothers they gave them comfort and went away.

The Uproar in Thessalonica

17 1  Now when they had gone through Amphipolis and Apollonia they came to Thessalonica, where there was a Synagogue of the Jews: 2  And Paul, as he generally did, went in to them, and on three Sabbath days had discussions with them from the holy Writings, 3  Saying to them clearly and openly that Christ had to be put to death and come back to life again; and that this Jesus, whom, he said, I am preaching to you, is the Christ. 4  And some of them had faith, and were joined to Paul and Silas; and a number of the God-fearing Greeks, and some of the chief women. 5  But the Jews, being moved with envy, took with them certain low persons from among the common people, and getting together a great number of people, made an outcry in the town, attacking the house of Jason with the purpose of taking them out to the people. 6  And when they were not able to get them, they took Jason and some of the brothers by force before the rulers of the town, crying, These men, who have made trouble all over the world have now come here; 7  Whom Jason has taken into his house: and they are acting against the orders of Caesar, saying that there is another king, Jesus. 8  And hearing these things the people and the rulers of the town were troubled. 9  And having made Jason and the others give an undertaking to keep the peace, they let them go.

The Apostles at Beroea

10  And the brothers straight away sent Paul and Silas away by night to Beroea: and they, when they came there, went to the Synagogue of the Jews. 11  Now these were more noble than the Jews of Thessalonica, for they gave serious attention to the word, searching in the holy Writings every day, to see if these things were so. 12  And a number of them had faith, and no small number of the Greek women of high position and of the men. 13  But when the Jews of Thessalonica had news that Paul was preaching the word at Beroea, they came there, troubling the people and working them up. 14  So the brothers sent Paul straight away to the sea: but Silas and Timothy kept there still. 15  But those who went with Paul took him as far as Athens, and then went away, with orders from him to Silas and Timothy to come to him quickly.

Paul at Athens

16  Now while Paul was waiting for them at Athens, his spirit was troubled, for he saw all the town full of images of the gods. 17  So he had discussions in the Synagogue with the Jews and God-fearing Gentiles, and every day in the market-place with those who were there. 18  And some of those who were supporters of the theories of the Epicureans and the Stoics, had a meeting with him. And some said, What is this talker of foolish words saying? And others, He seems to be a preacher of strange gods: because he was preaching of Jesus and his coming back from the dead. 19  And they took him to Mars' Hill, saying, Will you make clear to us what is this new teaching of yours? 20  For you seem to us to say strange things, and we have a desire to get the sense of them. 21  (Now all the Athenians and the men from other lands who come there were giving all their time to talking or hearing of anything new.)

22  And Paul got to his feet on Mars' Hill and said, O men of Athens, I see that you are overmuch given to fear of the gods. 23  For when I came by, I was looking at the things to which you give worship, and I saw an altar with this writing on it, TO THE GOD OF WHOM THERE IS NO KNOWLEDGE. Now, what you, without knowledge, give worship to, I make clear to you. 24  The God who made the earth and everything in it, he, being Lord of heaven and earth, is not housed in buildings made with hands; 25  And he is not dependent on the work of men's hands, as if he had need of anything, for he himself gives to all life and breath and all things; 26  And he has made of one blood all the nations of men living on all the face of the earth, ordering their times and the limits of their lands, 27  So that they might make search for God, in order, if possible, to get knowledge of him and make discovery of him, though he is not far from every one of us: 28  For in him we have life and motion and existence; as certain of your verse writers have said, For we are his offspring. 29  If then we are the offspring of God, it is not right for us to have the idea that God is like gold or silver or stone, formed by the art or design of man. 30  Those times when men had no knowledge were overlooked by God; but now he gives orders to all men in every place to undergo a change of heart: 31  Because a day has been fixed in which all the world will be judged in righteousness by the man who has been marked out by him for this work; of which he has given a sign to all men by giving him back from the dead.

32  Now on hearing about the coming back from death, some of them made sport of it, but others said, Let us go more fully into this another time. 33  And so Paul went away from among them. 34  But some men gave him their support: among whom was Dionysius the Areopagite, and a woman named Damaris, and others with them.

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