Acts 16-17 Darby’s Translation

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Timothy Accompanies Paul and Silas

16 1  And he came to Derbe and Lystra: and behold, a certain disciple was there, by name Timotheus, son of a Jewish believing woman, but [the] father a Greek, 2  who had a [good] testimony of the brethren in Lystra and Iconium. 3  Him would Paul have go forth with him, and took [him and] circumcised him on account of the Jews who were in those places, for they all knew his father that he was a Greek. 4  And as they passed through the cities they instructed them to observe the decrees determined on by the apostles and elders who were in Jerusalem. 5  The assemblies therefore were confirmed in the faith, and increased in number every day.

Paul's Vision of the Man of Macedonia

6  And having passed through Phrygia and the Galatian country, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia, 7  having come down to Mysia, they attempted to go to Bithynia, and the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them; 8  and having passed by Mysia they descended to Troas. 9  And a vision appeared to Paul in the night: There was a certain Macedonian man, standing and beseeching him, and saying, Pass over into Macedonia and help us. 10  And when he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go forth to Macedonia, concluding that the Lord had called us to announce to them the glad tidings.

The Imprisonment at Philippi

11  Having sailed therefore away from Troas, we went in a straight course to Samothracia, and on the morrow to Neapolis, 12  and thence to Philippi, which is [the] first city of that part of Macedonia, a colony. And we were staying in that city certain days. 13  And on the sabbath day we went outside the gate by the river, where it was the custom for prayer to be, and we sat down and spoke to the women who had assembled. 14  And a certain woman, by name Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, who worshipped God, heard; whose heart the Lord opened to attend to the things spoken by Paul. 15  And when she had been baptised and her house, she besought [us], saying, If ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house and abide [there]. And she constrained us.

16  And it came to pass as we were going to prayer that a certain female slave, having a spirit of Python, met us, who brought much profit to her masters by prophesying. 17  She, having followed Paul and us, cried saying, These men are bondmen of the Most High God, who announce to you [the] way of salvation. 18  And this she did many days. And Paul, being distressed, turned, and said to the spirit, I enjoin thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And it came out the same hour. 19  And her masters, seeing that the hope of their gains was gone, having seized Paul and Silas, dragged [them] into the market before the magistrates; 20  and having brought them up to the praetors, said, These men utterly trouble our city, being Jews, 21  and announce customs which it is not lawful for us to receive nor practise, being Romans. 22  And the crowd rose up too against them; and the praetors, having torn off their clothes, commanded to scourge [them]. 23  And having laid many stripes upon them they cast [them] into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely; 24  who, having received such a charge, cast them into the inner prison, and secured their feet to the stocks.

25  And at midnight Paul and Silas, in praying, were praising God with singing, and the prisoners listened to them. 26  And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison shook, and all the doors were immediately opened, and the bonds of all loosed. 27  And the jailor being awakened out of his sleep, and seeing the doors of the prison opened, having drawn a sword was going to kill himself, thinking the prisoners had fled. 28  But Paul called out with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm, for we are all here. 29  And having asked for lights, he rushed in, and, trembling, fell down before Paul and Silas. 30  And leading them out said, Sirs, what must I do that I may be saved? 31  And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus and thou shalt be saved, thou and thy house. 32  And they spoke to him the word of the Lord, with all that were in his house. 33  And he took them the same hour of the night and washed [them] from their stripes; and was baptised, he and all his straightway. 34  And having brought them into his house he laid the table [for them], and rejoiced with all his house, having believed in God.

35  And when it was day, the praetors sent the lictors, saying, Let those men go. 36  And the jailor reported these words to Paul: The praetors have sent that ye may be let go. Now therefore go out and depart in peace. 37  But Paul said to them, Having beaten us publicly uncondemned, us who are Romans, they have cast us into prison, and now they thrust us out secretly? no, indeed, but let them come themselves and bring us out. 38  And the lictors reported these words to the praetors. And they were afraid when they heard they were Romans. 39  And they came and besought them, and having brought them out, asked them to go out of the city. 40  And having gone out of the prison, they came to Lydia; and having seen the brethren, they exhorted them and went away.

The Uproar in Thessalonica

17 1  And having journeyed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where was the synagogue of the Jews. 2  And according to Paul's custom he went in among them, and on three sabbaths reasoned with them from the scriptures, 3  opening and laying down that the Christ must have suffered and risen up from among the dead, and that this is the Christ, Jesus whom I announce to you. 4  And some of them believed, and joined themselves to Paul and Silas, and of the Greeks who worshipped, a great multitude, and of the chief women not a few. 5  But the Jews having been stirred up to jealousy, and taken to [themselves] certain wicked men of the lowest rabble, and having got a crowd together, set the city in confusion; and having beset the house of Jason sought to bring them out to the people; 6  and not having found them, dragged Jason and certain brethren before the politarchs, crying out, These [men] that have set the world in tumult, are come here also, 7  whom Jason has received; and these all do contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying, that there is another king, Jesus. 8  And they troubled the crowd and the politarchs when they heard these things. 9  And having taken security of Jason and the rest, they let them go.

The Apostles at Beroea

10  But the brethren immediately sent away, in the night, Paul and Silas to Berea; who, being arrived, went away into the synagogue of the Jews. 11  And these were more noble than those in Thessalonica, receiving the word with all readiness of mind, daily searching the scriptures if these things were so. 12  Therefore many from among them believed, and of Grecian women of the upper classes and men not a few. 13  But when the Jews from Thessalonica knew that the word of God was announced in Berea also by Paul, they came there also, stirring up the crowds. 14  And then immediately the brethren sent away Paul to go as to the sea; but Silas and Timotheus abode there. 15  But they that conducted Paul brought him as far as Athens; and, having received a commandment to Silas and Timotheus, that they should come to him as quickly as possible, they departed.

Paul at Athens

16  But in Athens, while Paul was waiting for them, his spirit was painfully excited in him seeing the city given up to idolatry. 17  He reasoned therefore in the synagogue with the Jews, and those who worshipped, and in the market-place every day with those he met with. 18  But some also of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers attacked him. And some said, What would this chatterer say? and some, He seems to be an announcer of foreign demons, because he announced the glad tidings of Jesus and the resurrection [to them]. 19  And having taken hold on him they brought [him] to Areopagus, saying, Might we know what this new doctrine which is spoken by thee [is]? 20  For thou bringest certain strange things to our ears. We wish therefore to know what these things may mean. 21  Now all [the] Athenians and the strangers sojourning there spent their time in nothing else than to tell and to hear the news.

22  And Paul standing in the midst of Areopagus said, Athenians, in every way I see you given up to demon worship; 23  for, passing through and beholding your shrines, I found also an altar on which was inscribed, To the unknown God. Whom therefore ye reverence, not knowing [him], him I announce to you. 24  The God who has made the world and all things which are in it, he, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands, 25  nor is served by men's hands as needing something, himself giving to all life and breath and all things; 26  and has made of one blood every nation of men to dwell upon the whole face of the earth, having determined ordained times and the boundaries of their dwelling, 27  that they may seek God; if indeed they might feel after him and find him, although he is not far from each one of us: 28  for in him we live and move and exist; as also some of the poets amongst you have said, For we are also his offspring. 29  Being therefore [the] offspring of God, we ought not to think that which is divine to be like gold or silver or stone, [the] graven form of man's art and imagination. 30  God therefore, having overlooked the times of ignorance, now enjoins men that they shall all everywhere repent, 31  because he has set a day in which he is going to judge the habitable earth in righteousness by [the] man whom he has appointed, giving the proof [of it] to all [in] having raised him from among [the] dead.

32  And when they heard [of the] resurrection of the dead, some mocked, and some said, We will hear thee again also concerning this. 33  Thus Paul went out of their midst. 34  But some men joining themselves to him believed; among whom also was Dionysius the Areopagite, and a woman by name Damaris, and others with them.

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