Acts 17-19 New King James Version

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The Uproar in Thessalonica

17 Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews. 2  Then Paul, as his custom was, went in to them, and for three Sabbaths reasoned with them from the Scriptures, 3  explaining and demonstrating that the Christ had to suffer and rise again from the dead, and saying, "This Jesus whom I preach to you is the Christ." 4  And some of them were persuaded; and a great multitude of the devout Greeks, and not a few of the leading women, joined Paul and Silas. 5  But the Jews who were not persuaded, becoming envious, took some of the evil men from the marketplace, and gathering a mob, set all the city in an uproar and attacked the house of Jason, and sought to bring them out to the people. 6  But when they did not find them, they dragged Jason and some brethren to the rulers of the city, crying out, "These who have turned the world upside down have come here too. 7  Jason has harbored them, and these are all acting contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying there is another king--Jesus." 8  And they troubled the crowd and the rulers of the city when they heard these things. 9  So when they had taken security from Jason and the rest, they let them go.

The Apostles at Beroea

10  Then the brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea. When they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews. 11  These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so. 12  Therefore many of them believed, and also not a few of the Greeks, prominent women as well as men. 13  But when the Jews from Thessalonica learned that the word of God was preached by Paul at Berea, they came there also and stirred up the crowds. 14  Then immediately the brethren sent Paul away, to go to the sea; but both Silas and Timothy remained there. 15  So those who conducted Paul brought him to Athens; and receiving a command for Silas and Timothy to 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 when he saw that the city was given over to idols. 17  Therefore he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and with the Gentile worshipers, and in the marketplace daily with those who happened to be there. 18  Then certain Epicurean and Stoic philosophers encountered him. And some said, "What does this babbler want to say?" Others said, "He seems to be a proclaimer of foreign gods," because he preached to them Jesus and the resurrection. 19  And they took him and brought him to the Areopagus, saying, "May we know what this new doctrine is of which you speak? 20  For you are bringing some strange things to our ears. Therefore we want to know what these things mean." 21  For all the Athenians and the foreigners who were there spent their time in nothing else but either to tell or to hear some new thing.

22  Then Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, "Men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are very religious; 23  for as I was passing through and considering the objects of your worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Therefore, the One whom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you: 24  God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. 25  Nor is He worshiped with men's hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things. 26  And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, 27  so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for 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 also some of your own poets have said, 'For we are also His offspring.' 29  Therefore, since we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, something shaped by art and man's devising. 30  Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, 31  because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead."

32  And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked, while others said, "We will hear you again on this matter." 33  So Paul departed from among them. 34  However, some men joined him and believed, among them Dionysius the Areopagite, a woman named Damaris, and others with them.

Paul at Corinth

18 After these things Paul departed from Athens and went to Corinth. 2  And he found a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla (because Claudius had commanded all the Jews to depart from Rome); and he came to them. 3  So, because he was of the same trade, he stayed with them and worked; for by occupation they were tentmakers. 4  And he reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath, and persuaded both Jews and Greeks. 5  When Silas and Timothy had come from Macedonia, Paul was compelled by the Spirit, and testified to the Jews that Jesus is the Christ. 6  But when they opposed him and blasphemed, he shook his garments and said to them, "Your blood be upon your own heads; I am clean. From now on I will go to the Gentiles."

7  And he departed from there and entered the house of a certain man named Justus, one who worshiped God, whose house was next door to the synagogue. 8  Then Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue, believed on the Lord with all his household. And many of the Corinthians, hearing, believed and were baptized. 9  Now the Lord spoke to Paul in the night by a vision, "Do not be afraid, but speak, and do not keep silent; 10  for I am with you, and no one will attack you to hurt you; for I have many people in this city." 11  And he continued there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.

12  When Gallio was proconsul of Achaia, the Jews with one accord rose up against Paul and brought him to the judgment seat, 13  saying, "This fellow persuades men to worship God contrary to the law." 14  And when Paul was about to open his mouth, Gallio said to the Jews, "If it were a matter of wrongdoing or wicked crimes, O Jews, there would be reason why I should bear with you. 15  But if it is a question of words and names and your own law, look to it yourselves; for I do not want to be a judge of such matters." 16  And he drove them from the judgment seat. 17  Then all the Greeks took Sosthenes, the ruler of the synagogue, and beat him before the judgment seat. But Gallio took no notice of these things.

18  So Paul still remained a good while. Then he took leave of the brethren and sailed for Syria, and Priscilla and Aquila were with him. He had his hair cut off at Cenchrea, for he had taken a vow. 19  And he came to Ephesus, and left them there; but he himself entered the synagogue and reasoned with the Jews. 20  When they asked him to stay a longer time with them, he did not consent, 21  but took leave of them, saying, "I must by all means keep this coming feast in Jerusalem; but I will return again to you, God willing." And he sailed from Ephesus.

Paul Returns to Antioch and Begins the Third Missionary Journey

22  And when he had landed at Caesarea, and gone up and greeted the church, he went down to Antioch. 23  After he had spent some time there, he departed and went over the region of Galatia and Phrygia in order, strengthening all the disciples.

Apollos Preaches at Ephesus

24  Now a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man and mighty in the Scriptures, came to Ephesus. 25  This man had been instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in spirit, he spoke and taught accurately the things of the Lord, though he knew only the baptism of John. 26  So he began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Aquila and Priscilla heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately. 27  And when he desired to cross to Achaia, the brethren wrote, exhorting the disciples to receive him; and when he arrived, he greatly helped those who had believed through grace; 28  for he vigorously refuted the Jews publicly, showing from the Scriptures that Jesus is the Christ.

Paul at Ephesus

19 And it happened, while Apollos was at Corinth, that Paul, having passed through the upper regions, came to Ephesus. And finding some disciples 2  he said to them, "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?" So they said to him, "We have not so much as heard whether there is a Holy Spirit." 3  And he said to them, "Into what then were you baptized?" So they said, "Into John's baptism." 4  Then Paul said, "John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe on Him who would come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus." 5  When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6  And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied. 7  Now the men were about twelve in all.

8  And he went into the synagogue and spoke boldly for three months, reasoning and persuading concerning the things of the kingdom of God. 9  But when some were hardened and did not believe, but spoke evil of the Way before the multitude, he departed from them and withdrew the disciples, reasoning daily in the school of Tyrannus. 10  And this continued for two years, so that all who dwelt in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks. 11  Now God worked unusual miracles by the hands of Paul, 12  so that even handkerchiefs or aprons were brought from his body to the sick, and the diseases left them and the evil spirits went out of them.

13  Then some of the itinerant Jewish exorcists took it upon themselves to call the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, "We exorcise you by the Jesus whom Paul preaches." 14  Also there were seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, who did so. 15  And the evil spirit answered and said, "Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?" 16  Then the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, overpowered them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded. 17  This became known both to all Jews and Greeks dwelling in Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified. 18  And many who had believed came confessing and telling their deeds. 19  Also, many of those who had practiced magic brought their books together and burned them in the sight of all. And they counted up the value of them, and it totaled fifty thousand pieces of silver. 20  So the word of the Lord grew mightily and prevailed.

21  When these things were accomplished, 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  So he sent into Macedonia two of those who ministered to him, Timothy and Erastus, but he himself stayed in Asia for a time.

The Riot at Ephesus

23  And about that time there arose a great commotion about the Way. 24  For a certain man named Demetrius, a silversmith, who made silver shrines of Diana, brought no small profit to the craftsmen. 25  He called them together with the workers of similar occupation, and said: "Men, you know that we have our prosperity by this trade. 26  Moreover you see and hear that not only at Ephesus, but throughout almost all Asia, this Paul has persuaded and turned away many people, saying that they are not gods which are made with hands. 27  So not only is this trade of ours in danger of falling into disrepute, but also the temple of the great goddess Diana may be despised and her magnificence destroyed, whom all Asia and the world worship." 28  Now when they heard this, they were full of wrath and cried out, saying, "Great is Diana of the Ephesians!" 29  So the whole city was filled with confusion, and rushed into the theater with one accord, having seized Gaius and Aristarchus, Macedonians, Paul's travel companions. 30  And when Paul wanted to go in to the people, the disciples would not allow him. 31  Then some of the officials of Asia, who were his friends, sent to him pleading that he would not venture into the theater. 32  Some therefore cried one thing and some another, for the assembly was confused, and most of them did not know why they had come together. 33  And they drew Alexander out of the multitude, the Jews putting him forward. And Alexander motioned with his hand, and wanted to make his defense to the people. 34  But when they found out that he was a Jew, all with one voice cried out for about two hours, "Great is Diana of the Ephesians!" 35  And when the city clerk had quieted the crowd, he said: "Men of Ephesus, what man is there who does not know that the city of the Ephesians is temple guardian of the great goddess Diana, and of the image which fell down from Zeus? 36  Therefore, since these things cannot be denied, you ought to be quiet and do nothing rashly. 37  For you have brought these men here who are neither robbers of temples nor blasphemers of your goddess. 38  Therefore, if Demetrius and his fellow craftsmen have a case against anyone, the courts are open and there are proconsuls. Let them bring charges against one another. 39  But if you have any other inquiry to make, it shall be determined in the lawful assembly. 40  For we are in danger of being called in question for today's uproar, there being no reason which we may give to account for this disorderly gathering." 41  And when he had said these things, he dismissed the assembly.

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