Acts 14-15 Darby’s Translation

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Paul and Barnabas at Iconium

14 1  And it came to pass in Iconium that they entered together into the synagogue of the Jews, and so spake that a great multitude of both Jews and Greeks believed. 2  But the Jews who did not believe stirred up the minds of [those of] the nations and made [them] evil-affected against the brethren. 3  They stayed therefore a good while, speaking boldly, [confiding] in the Lord, who gave witness to the word of his grace, giving signs and wonders to be done by their hands. 4  And the multitude of the city was divided, and some were with the Jews and some with the apostles. 5  And when an assault was making, both of [those of] the nations and [the] Jews with their rulers, to use [them] ill and stone them, 6  they, being aware of it, fled to the cities of Lycaonia, Lystra and Derbe, and the surrounding country, 7  and there they were announcing the glad tidings.

Paul Stoned at Lystra

8  And a certain man in Lystra, impotent in his feet, sat, [being] lame from his mother's womb, who had never walked. 9  This [man] heard Paul speaking, who, fixing his eyes on him, and seeing that he had faith to be healed, 10  said with a loud voice, Rise up straight upon thy feet: and he sprang up and walked. 11  But the crowds, who saw what Paul had done, lifted up their voices in Lycaonian, saying, The gods, having made themselves like men, are come down to us. 12  And they called Barnabas Jupiter, and Paul Mercury, because he took the lead in speaking. 13  And the priest of Jupiter who was before the city, having brought bulls and garlands to the gates, would have done sacrifice along with the crowds. 14  But the apostles Barnabas and Paul, having heard [it], rent their garments, and rushed out to the crowd, crying 15  and saying, Men, why do ye these things? We also are men of like passions with you, preaching to you to turn from these vanities to the living God, who made the heaven, and the earth, and the sea, and all things in them; 16  who in the past generations suffered all the nations to go in their own ways, 17  though indeed he did not leave himself without witness, doing good, and giving to you from heaven rain and fruitful seasons, filling your hearts with food and gladness. 18  And saying these things, they with difficulty kept the crowds from sacrificing to them.

19  But there came Jews from Antioch and Iconium, and having persuaded the crowds and stoned Paul, drew him out of the city, supposing him to have died. 20  But while the disciples encircled him, he rose up and entered into the city. And on the morrow he went away with Barnabas to Derbe. 21  And having announced the glad tidings to that city, and having made many disciples, they returned to Lystra, and Iconium, and Antioch, 22  establishing the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to abide in the faith, and that through many tribulations we must enter into the kingdom of God. 23  And having chosen them elders in each assembly, having prayed with fastings, they committed them to the Lord, on whom they had believed.

The Return to Antioch in Syria

24  And having passed through Pisidia they came to Pamphylia, 25  and having spoken the word in Perga, they came down to Attalia; 26  and thence they sailed away to Antioch, whence they had been committed to the grace of God for the work which they had fulfilled. 27  And having arrived, and having brought together the assembly, they related to them all that God had done with them, and that he had opened a door of faith to the nations. 28  And they stayed no little time with the disciples.

The Council at Jerusalem

15 1  And certain persons, having come down from Judaea, taught the brethren, If ye shall not have been circumcised according to the custom of Moses, ye cannot be saved. 2  A commotion therefore having taken place, and no small discussion on the part of Paul and Barnabas against them, they arranged that Paul and Barnabas, and certain others from amongst them, should go up to Jerusalem to the apostles and elders about this question. 3  They therefore, having been set on their way by the assembly, passed through Phoenicia and Samaria, relating the conversion of [those of] the nations. And they caused great joy to all the brethren. 4  And being arrived at Jerusalem, they were received by the assembly, and the apostles, and the elders, and related all that God had wrought with them. 5  And some of those who were of the sect of the Pharisees, who believed, rose up from among [them], saying that they ought to circumcise them and enjoin them to keep the law of Moses.

6  And the apostles and the elders were gathered together to see about this matter. 7  And much discussion having taken place, Peter, standing up, said to them, Brethren, ye know that from the earliest days God amongst you chose that the nations by my mouth should hear the word of the glad tidings and believe. 8  And the heart-knowing God bore them witness, giving [them] the Holy Spirit as to us also, 9  and put no difference between us and them, having purified their hearts by faith. 10  Now therefore why tempt ye God, by putting a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear? 11  But we believe that we shall be saved by the grace of the Lord Jesus, in the same manner as they also. 12  And all the multitude kept silence and listened to Barnabas and Paul relating all the signs and wonders which God had wrought among the nations by them. 13  And after they had held their peace, James answered, saying, Brethren, listen to me: 14  Simon has related how God first visited to take out of [the] nations a people for his name. 15  And with this agree the words of the prophets; as it is written: 16  After these things I will return, and will rebuild the tabernacle of David which is fallen, and will rebuild its ruins, and will set it up, 17  so that the residue of men may seek out the Lord, and all the nations on whom my name is invoked, saith [the] Lord, who does these things 18  known from eternity. 19  Wherefore I judge, not to trouble those who from the nations turn to God; 20  but to write to them to abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from what is strangled, and from blood. 21  For Moses, from generations of old, has in every city those who preach him, being read in the synagogues every sabbath.

22  Then it seemed good to the apostles and to the elders, with the whole assembly, to send chosen men from among them with Paul and Barnabas to Antioch, Judas called Barsabas and Silas, leading men among the brethren, 23  having by their hand written [thus]: The apostles, and the elders, and the brethren, to the brethren who are from among [the] nations at Antioch, and [in] Syria and Cilicia, greeting: 24  Inasmuch as we have heard that some who went out from amongst us have troubled you by words, upsetting your souls, [saying that ye must be circumcised and keep the law]; to whom we gave no commandment; 25  it seemed good to us, having arrived at a common judgment, to send chosen men to you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul, 26  men who have given up their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. 27  We have therefore sent Judas and Silas, who themselves also will tell you by word [of mouth] the same things. 28  For it has seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things: 29  to abstain from things sacrificed to idols, and from blood, and from what is strangled, and from fornication; keeping yourselves from which ye will do well. Farewell. 30  They therefore, being let go, came to Antioch, and having gathered the multitude delivered to [them] the epistle. 31  And having read it, they rejoiced at the consolation. 32  And Judas and Silas, being themselves also prophets, exhorted the brethren with much discourse, and strengthened them. 33  And having passed some time [there], they were let go in peace from the brethren to those who sent them. 34   35  And Paul and Barnabas stayed in Antioch, teaching and announcing the glad tidings, with many others also, of the word of the Lord.

Paul Separates from Barnabas and Begins the Second Missionary Journey

36  But after certain days Paul said to Barnabas, Let us return now and visit the brethren in every city where we have announced the word of the Lord, [and see] how they are getting on. 37  And Barnabas proposed to take with [them] John also, called Mark; 38  but Paul thought it not well to take with them him who had abandoned them, [going back] from Pamphylia, and had not gone with them to the work. 39  There arose therefore very warm feeling, so that they separated from one another; and Barnabas taking Mark sailed away to Cyprus; 40  but Paul having chosen Silas went forth, committed by the brethren to the grace of God. 41  And he passed through Syria and Cilicia, confirming the assemblies.

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