Acts 17-19 Darby’s Translation

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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.

Paul at Corinth

18 1  And after these things, having left Athens, he came to Corinth; 2  and finding a certain Jew by name Aquila, of Pontus by race, just come from Italy, and Priscilla his wife, (because Claudius had ordered all the Jews to leave Rome,) came to them, 3  and because they were of the same trade abode with them, and wrought. For they were tent-makers by trade. 4  And he reasoned in the synagogue every sabbath, and persuaded Jews and Greeks. 5  And when both Silas and Timotheus came down from Macedonia, Paul was pressed in respect of the word, testifying to the Jews that Jesus was the Christ. 6  But as they opposed and spoke injuriously, he shook his clothes, and said to them, Your blood be upon your own head: I [am] pure; from henceforth I will go to the nations.

7  And departing thence he came to the house of a certain [man], by name Justus, who worshipped God, whose house adjoined the synagogue. 8  But Crispus the ruler of the synagogue believed in the Lord with all his house; and many of the Corinthians hearing, believed, and were baptised. 9  And the Lord said by vision in [the] night to Paul, Fear not, but speak and be not silent; 10  because I am with thee, and no one shall set upon thee to injure thee; because I have much people in this city. 11  And he remained [there] a year and six months, teaching among them the word of God.

12  But when Gallio was proconsul of Achaia, the Jews with one consent rose against Paul and led him to the judgment-seat, 13  saying, This [man] persuades men to worship God contrary to the law. 14  But as Paul was going to open his mouth, Gallio said to the Jews, If indeed it was some wrong or wicked criminality, O Jews, of reason I should have borne with you; 15  but if it be questions about words, and names, and the law that ye have, see to it yourselves; [for] I do not intend to be judge of these things. 16  And he drove them from the judgment-seat. 17  And having all laid hold on Sosthenes the ruler of the synagogue, they beat him before the judgment-seat. And Gallio troubled himself about none of these things.

18  And Paul, having yet stayed [there] many days, took leave of the brethren and sailed thence to Syria, and with him Priscilla and Aquila, having shorn his head in Cenchrea, for he had a vow; 19  and he arrived at Ephesus, and left them there. But entering himself into the synagogue he reasoned with the Jews. 20  And when they asked him that he would remain for a longer time [with them] he did not accede, 21  but bade them farewell, saying, [I must by all means keep the coming feast at Jerusalem]; I will return to you again, if God will: and he sailed away from Ephesus.

Paul Returns to Antioch and Begins the Third Missionary Journey

22  And landing at Caesarea, and having gone up and saluted the assembly, he went down to Antioch. 23  And having stayed [there] some time, he went forth, passing in order through the country of Galatia and Phrygia, establishing all the disciples.

Apollos Preaches at Ephesus

24  But a certain Jew, Apollos by name, an Alexandrian by race, an eloquent man, who was mighty in the scriptures, arrived at Ephesus. 25  He was instructed in the way of the Lord, and being fervent in his spirit, he spoke and taught exactly the things concerning Jesus, knowing only the baptism of John. 26  And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue. And Aquila and Priscilla, having heard him, took him to [them] and unfolded to him the way of God more exactly. 27  And when he purposed to go into Achaia, the brethren wrote to the disciples engaging them to receive him, who, being come, contributed much to those who believed through grace. 28  For he with great force convinced the Jews publicly, shewing by the scriptures that Jesus was the Christ.

Paul at Ephesus

19 1  And it came to pass, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul, having passed through the upper districts, came to Ephesus, and finding certain disciples, 2  he said to them, Did ye receive [the] Holy Spirit when ye had believed? And they [said] to him, We did not even hear if [the] Holy Spirit was [come]. 3  And he said, To what then were ye baptised? And they said, To the baptism of John. 4  And Paul said, John indeed baptised [with] the baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe on him that was coming after him, that is, on Jesus. 5  And when they heard that, they were baptised to the name of the Lord Jesus. 6  And Paul having laid [his] hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied. 7  And all the men were about twelve.

8  And entering into the synagogue, he spoke boldly during three months, reasoning and persuading [the things] concerning the kingdom of God. 9  But when some were hardened and disbelieved, speaking evil of the way before the multitude, he left them and separated the disciples, reasoning daily in the school of Tyrannus. 10  And this took place for two years, so that all that inhabited Asia heard the word of the Lord, both Jews and Greeks. 11  And God wrought no ordinary miracles by the hands of Paul, 12  so that even napkins or aprons were brought from his body [and put] upon the sick, and the diseases left them, and the wicked spirits went out.

13  And certain of the Jewish exorcists also, who went about, took in hand to call upon those who had wicked spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, I adjure you by Jesus, whom Paul preaches. 14  And there were certain [men], seven sons of Sceva, Jewish high priest, who were doing this. 15  But the wicked spirit answering said to them, Jesus I know, and Paul I am acquainted with; but ye, who are ye? 16  And the man in whom the wicked spirit was leaped upon them, and having mastered both, 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, who inhabited Ephesus, and fear fell upon all of them, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified. 18  And many of those that believed came confessing and declaring their deeds. 19  And many of those that practised curious arts brought their books [of charms] and burnt them before all. And they reckoned up the prices of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver. 20  Thus with might the word of the Lord increased and prevailed.

21  And when these things were fulfilled, Paul purposed in his spirit to go to Jerusalem, passing through Macedonia and Achaia, saying, After I have been there I must see Rome also. 22  And having sent into Macedonia two of those ministering to him, Timotheus and Erastus, he remained himself awhile in Asia.

The Riot at Ephesus

23  And there took place at that time no small disturbance about the way. 24  For a certain [man] by name Demetrius, a silver-beater, making silver temples of Artemis, brought no small gain to the artisans; 25  whom having brought together, and those who wrought in such things, he said, Men, ye know that our well-living arises from this work, 26  and ye see and hear that this Paul has persuaded and turned away a great crowd, not only of Ephesus, but almost of all Asia, saying that they are no gods which are made with hands. 27  Now not only there is danger for us that our business come into discredit, but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis be counted for nothing, and that her greatness should be destroyed whom the whole of Asia and the world reveres. 28  And having heard [this], and being filled with rage, they cried out, saying, Great [is] Artemis of the Ephesians. 29  And the [whole] city was filled with confusion, and they rushed with one accord to the theatre, having seized and carried off with [them] Gaius and Aristarchus, Macedonians, fellow-travellers of Paul. 30  But Paul intending to go in to the people, the disciples suffered him not; 31  and some of the Asiarchs also, who were his friends, sent to him and urged him not to throw himself into the theatre. 32  Different persons therefore cried out some different thing; for the assembly was tumultuous, and the most did not know for what cause they had come together. 33  But from among the crowd they put forward Alexander, the Jews pushing him forward. And Alexander, beckoning with his hand, would have made a defence to the people. 34  But, recognising that he was a Jew, there was one cry from all, shouting for about two hours, Great [is] Artemis of the Ephesians. 35  And the townclerk, having quieted the crowd, said, Ephesians, what man is there then who does not know that the city of the Ephesians is temple-keeper of Artemis the great, and of the [image] which fell down from heaven? 36  These things therefore being undeniable, it is necessary that ye should be calm and do nothing headlong. 37  For ye have brought these men, [who are] neither temple-plunderers, nor speak injuriously of your goddess. 38  If therefore Demetrius and the artisans who [are] with him have a matter against any one, the courts are being held, and there are proconsuls: let them accuse one another. 39  But if ye inquire anything concerning other matters, it will be settled in the regular assembly. 40  For also we are in danger to be put in accusation for sedition for this [affair] of to-day, no cause existing in reference to which we shall be able to give a reason for this concourse. 41  And having said these things, he dismissed the assembly.

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