Acts 13-16

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Acts 13

Now there were at Antioch, in the assembly that was there, prophets and teachers, Barnabas, and Symeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen the foster-brother of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. 2 And as they ministered to Yahweh, and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work for which I have called them. 3 Then, when they had fasted and prayed and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.


4 So they, being sent forth by the Holy Spirit, went down to Seleucia; and from there they sailed to Cyprus. 5 And when they were at Salamis, they proclaimed the word of Yahweh in the synagogues of the Jews: and they also had John as their attendant. 6 And when they had gone through the whole island to Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was Bar-Yahshua; 7 who was with the proconsul, Sergius Paulus, a man of understanding. The same called to himself Barnabas and Saul, and sought to hear the word of Yahweh. 8 But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation) withstood them, seeking to turn aside the proconsul from the faith. 9 But Saul, who is also called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, fastened his eyes on him, 10 and said, Oh full of all guile and villainy, you son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease to pervert the right ways of Yahweh? 11 And now, behold, the hand of Yahweh is upon you, and you shall be blind, not seeing the sun for a season. And immediately there fell on him a mist and a darkness; and he went about seeking someone to lead him by the hand. 12 Then the proconsul, when he saw what was done, believed, being astonished at the teaching of Yahweh.


13 Now Paul and his company set sail from Paphos, and came to Perga in Pamphylia: and John departed from them and returned to Jerusalem. 14 But they, passing through from Perga, came to Antioch of Pisidia; and they went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and sat down. 15 And after the reading of the law and the prophets the rulers of the synagogue sent to them, saying, Brethren, if you have any word of exhortation for the people, speak. 16 And Paul stood up, and beckoning with the hand said,


Men of Israel, and you that fear Elohim, listen: 17 The Elohim of this people Israel chose our fathers, and exalted the people when they sojourned in the land of Egypt, and with a high arm He led them forth out of it. 18 And for about the time of forty years as a nursing father he bore them in the wilderness. 19 And when He had destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan, He gave them their land for an inheritance, for about four hundred and fifty years: 20 and after these things he gave them judges until Samuel the prophet. 21 And afterward they asked for a king: and Elohim gave to them Saul the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, for the space of forty years. 22 And when he had removed him, he raised up David to be their king; to whom also he bore witness and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after my own heart, who shall do all my will. 23 Of this man’s seed has Yahweh according to promise brought to Israel a Savior, Yahshua; 24 when John had first preached before his coming the baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel. 25 And as John was fulfilling his course, he said, What do you suppose that I am? I am not he. But behold, the one who comes after me, the sandals of whose feet I am not worthy to unloose. 26 Brethren, children of the stock of Abraham, and those among you that fear Yahweh, to us is the word of this salvation sent forth. 27 For they that dwell in Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they knew Him not, nor the voices of the prophets which are read every sabbath, fulfilled them by condemning him. 28 And though they found no cause of death in him, yet they asked Pilate that he be killed. 29 And when they had fulfilled all things that were written of him, they took him down from the tree, and laid him in a tomb. 30 But Yahweh raised him from the dead: 31 and he was seen for many days by them that came up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are now his witnesses to the people, 32 And we bring you good tidings of the promise made to the fathers, 33 that Yahweh has fulfilled the same to our children, in that he raised up Yahshua; as it is also written in the second psalm, You are my Son, this day have I begotten you. 34 And as concerning that he raised him up from the dead, now no more to return to corruption, he has spoken in this manner, I will give you the holy and sure blessings of David. 35 Because he says also in another psalm, You will riot give your Holy One to see corruption. 36 For David, after he had in his own generation served the counsel of Yahweh, fell asleep, and was laid with his fathers, and saw corruption: 37 but he whom Yahweh raised up saw no corruption. 38 Let it be known to you therefore, brethren, that through this man is proclaimed to you the remission of sins: 39 and by him every one that believes is justified from all things, from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses. 40 Beware therefore, lest that come upon you which is spoken in the prophets:


41 Behold, you despisers, and wonder, and perish;

For I work a work in your days,

A work which you shall in no wise believe, if one declares it to you.


42 And as they went out, they asked that these words might be spoken to them the next sabbath. 43 Now when the synagogue broke up, many of the Jews and devout proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas; who, speaking to them, urged them to continue in the grace of Yahweh.


44 And the next sabbath almost the whole city was gathered together to hear the word of Yahweh. 45 But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with jealousy, and contradicted the things which were spoken by Paul, and blasphemed. 46 And Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly, and said, It was necessary that the word of Yahweh should first be spoken to you. Since you thrust it from yourselves, and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles. 47 For so has Yahweh commanded us, saying,

I have set you for a light of the Gentiles,

That you should be for salvation to the utmost parts of the earth.


48 And as the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of Yahweh: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed. 49 And the word of Yahweh was spread abroad throughout the entire region. 50 But the Jews urged on the devout women of honorable estate, and the chief men of the city, and stirred up a persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and cast them out of their borders. 51 But they shook off the dust of their feet against them, and came to Iconium. 52 And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.



Acts 14

And it came to pass in Iconium that they entered together into the synagogue of the Jews, and so spoke that a great multitude both of Jews and of Greeks believed. 2 But the Jews that were disobedient stirred up the souls of the Gentiles, and made them evil affected against the brethren. 3 Therefore they waited a long time there, speaking boldly in Yahweh, who bore witness to the word of his grace, granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands. 4 But the multitude of the city was divided; and part held with the Jews, and part with the apostles. 5 And when there was made an onset both of the Gentiles and of the Jews with their rulers, to treat them shamefully and to stone them, 6 they became aware of it, and fled to the cities of Lycaonia, Lystra, and Derbe, and the region round about: 7 and there they preached the good tidings.


8 And at Lystra there sat a certain man, crippled in his feet, a cripple from his mother’s womb, who had never walked. 9 The same heard Paul speaking: who, fastening his eyes on him, and seeing that he had faith to be made whole, 10 said with a loud voice, Stand upright on your feet. And he leaped up and walked. 11 And when the multitudes saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voice, saying in the speech of Lycaonia, The elohim have come down to us in the likeness of men. 12 And they called Barnabas, Jupiter (Zeus), and Paul, Mercury (Hermes), because he was the chief speaker. 13 And the priest of Jupiter whose temple was before the city, brought oxen and garlands to the gates, and would have done sacrifice with the multitudes. 14 But when the apostles, Paul and Barnabas, heard about it, they tore their garments, and ran forward among the multitude, crying out 15 and saying, Sirs, why do you do these things? We also are men of like passions with you, and bring you good tidings, that you should turn from these vain things to a living Elohim, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea, and all that in them is: 16 who in the generations gone by allowed all the nations to walk in their own ways. 17 And yet he left not himself without witness, in that he did good and gave you from heaven rains and fruitful seasons, filling your hearts with food and gladness. 18 And with these sayings they were scarcely able to restrain the multitudes from doing sacrifice to them.


19 But Jews came to there from Antioch and Iconium: and having persuaded the multitudes, they stoned Paul, and dragged him out of the city, supposing that he was dead. 20 But as the disciples stood around him, he rose up, and entered the city: and on the next day he went forth with Barnabas to Derbe. 21 And when they had brought good tidings to that city, and had made many disciples, they returned to Lystra, and to Iconium, and to Antioch, 22 confirming the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that through many tribulations we must enter the Kingdom of Yahweh. 23 And when they had appointed for them elders in every assembly, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to Yahweh, on whom they had believed. 24 And they passed through Pisidia, and came to Pamphylia. 25 And when they had spoken the word in Perga, they went down to Attalia; 26 and from there they sailed to Antioch, from where they had been committed to the grace of Yahweh for the work which they had fulfilled. 27 And when they had come, and had gathered the assembly together, they retold all things Yahweh had done with them, and that he had opened a door of faith to the Gentiles. 28 And they stayed no little time with the disciples.



Acts 15

And certain men came down from Judea and taught the brethren, saying, Unless you are circumcised after the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved. 2 And when Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and questioning with them, the brethren appointed that Paul and Barnabas, and certain other of them, should go up to Jerusalem to the apostles and elders about this question. 3 They therefore, being brought on their way by the assembly, passed through both Phoenicia and Samaria, declaring the conversion of the Gentiles: and they caused great joy to all the brethren. 4 And when they had come to Jerusalem, they were received by the assembly and the apostles and the elders, and they retold all things that Yahweh had done with them. 5 But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees who believed, saying, It is necessary to circumcise them, and to charge them to keep the law of Moses.


6 And the apostles and the elders gathered together to consider this matter. 7 And when there had been much questioning, Peter rose up, and said to them,

Brethren, you know that a good while ago Yahweh made choice among you, that by my mouth the Gentiles should hear the word of the good tidings, and believe. 8 And Yahweh, who knows the heart, bore them witness, giving them the Holy Spirit, even as he did to us; 9 and he made no distinction between us and them, cleansing their hearts by faith. 10 Now why do you make a trial of Yahweh, that you should put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? 11 But we believe that we shall be saved through the grace of the Sovereign Yahshua, in the same manner as they.


12 And all the multitude kept silence; and they listened to Paul and Barnabas retelling what signs and wonders Yahweh had wrought among the Gentiles through them. 13 And after they held their peace, Jacob answered, saying,

Brethren, listen to me: 14 Simeon has told how Yahweh first visited the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name. 15 And to this agree the words of the prophets; as it is written,

16 After these things I will return,

And I will build again the tabernacle of David, which has fallen;

And I will build again the ruins of it,

And I will set it up:

17 That the residue of men may seek after Yahweh,

And all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called,

18 Says Yahweh, who makes these things known from old.


19 Therefore my judgment is, that we do not trouble them that from among the Gentiles turn to Yahweh; 20 but that we write to them, that they abstain from the 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 them that preach him, being read in the synagogues every sabbath.


22 Then it seemed good to the apostles and elders, with the whole assembly, to choose men out of their company, and send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas; namely, Judah called Barsabba, and Silas, chief men among the brethren: 23 and they wrote thus by them, The apostles and the elders, brethren, to the brethren who are of the Gentiles in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia, greetings: 24 Since we have heard that certain who went out from us have troubled you with words, subverting your souls; to whom we gave no commandment; 25 it seemed good to us, having come to one accord, to choose out men and send them to you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul, 26 men that have given up their lives for the name of our Sovereign, Yahshua the Messiah. 27 We have sent therefore Judah and Silas, who themselves also shall tell you the same things by word of mouth. 28 For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things: 29 that you abstain from things sacrificed to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication; from which if you keep yourselves, it shall be well with you, Farewell to you.


30 So they, when they were dismissed, came down to Antioch; and having gathered the multitude together, they delivered the letter. 31 And when they had read it, they rejoiced for the consolation. 32 And Judah and Silas, being themselves also prophets, exhorted the brethren with many words, and confirmed them. 33 And after they had spent some time there, they were dismissed in peace from the brethren to those that had sent them forth. 35 But Paul and Barnabas waited in Antioch, teaching and preaching the word of Yahweh with many others also.


36 And after some days Paul said to Silas, Let us return now and visit the brethren in every city in which we proclaimed the word of Yahweh, and see how they are doing. 37 And Barnabas was minded to take with him John also who was called Mark. 38 But Paul thought it not good to take with them him who withdrew from them from Pamphylia, and went not with them to the work. 39 And there arose a sharp contention, so that they parted asunder one from the other, and Barnabas took Mark with him, and sailed away to Cyprus; 40 but Paul chose Silas, and went forth, being commended by the brethren to the grace of Yahweh. 41 And he went through Syria and Cilicia, confirming the assemblies.



Acts 16

And he came also to Derbe and to Lystra: and behold, a certain disciple was there, named Timothy, the son of a Jewess that believed; but his father was a Greek. 2 The same was well reported of by the brethren that were at Lystra and Iconium. 3 Him would Paul have to go forth with him; and he took and circumcised him because of the Jews that were in those parts: for they all knew his father was a Greek. 4 And as they went on their way through the cities, they delivered the decrees to keep which had been ordained of the apostles and elders that were at Jerusalem. 5 So the assemblies were strengthened in the faith, and increased in number daily. 6 And they went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia; 7 and when they had come over against Mysia, they attempted to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Yahshua did not permit them; 8 and passing by Mysia, they came down to Troas. 9 And a vision appeared to Paul in the night: There was a man of Macedonia standing, beseeching him, and saying, Come over into Macedonia and help us. 10 And when he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go forth into Macedonia, concluding that Yahweh had called us to preach the good tidings to them.


11 Setting sail therefore from Troas, we made a straight course for Samothrace, and the day following to Neapolis; 12 and from there to Philippi, which is a city of Macedonia, the first of the district, a Roman colony: and we were waiting in this city certain days. 13 And on the sabbath day we went outside the gate by a river side, where we supposed there was a place of prayer; and we sat down, and spoke to the women that had gathered together. 14 And one of the women was named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, one that worshiped Yahweh, heard us: whose heart Yahweh opened to give heed to the things which were spoken by Paul. 15 And when she was baptized, and her household, she entreated us, saying, If you have judged me to be faithful to Yahweh, come to my house, and remain there. And she constrained us.


16 And it came to pass, as we were going to the place of prayer, that a certain maid having a spirit of divination met us, who brought her masters much gain by fortune telling. 17 The same following after Paul and us cried out, saying, These men are servants of the Most High El, who proclaim to you the way of salvation. 18 And this she did for many days. But Paul, being very troubled, turned and said to the spirit, I command you in the name of Yahshua the Messiah to come out of her. And it came out that very hour.


19 But when her masters saw that the hope of their gain was gone, they laid hold on Paul and Silas, and dragged them into the marketplace before the rulers, 20 and when they had brought them to the magistrates, they said, These men, being Jews, greatly trouble our city, 21 and set forth customs which it is not lawful for us to receive, or to observe, being Romans. 22 And the multitude rose up together against them: and the magistrates rent their clothing from off them, and commanded to have them beaten with rods. 23 And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailer to keep them safely: 24 who, having received such a charge, cast them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks. 25 But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing songs of praise to Yahweh, and the prisoners were listening to them; 26 and suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison-house were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened; and everyone’s bands were loosed. 27 And the jailer, being roused out of sleep and seeing the prison doors open, drew his sword and was about to kill himself, supposing that the prisoners had escaped. 28 But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do yourself no harm: for we are all here! 29 And he called for lights and sprang in, and, trembling for fear, fell down before Paul and Silas, 30 and brought them out and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? 31 And they said, Believe on the Sovereign Yahshua, and you shall be saved, you and your house. 32 And they spoke the word of Yahweh to him, with all that were in his house. 33 And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, immediately. 34 And he brought them up into his house, and set food before them, and rejoiced greatly, with all his house, having believed in Yahweh.


35 But when it was day, the magistrates sent the sergeants, saying, Let those men go. 36 And the jailer reported the words to Paul, saying, The magistrates have sent to let you go: now come forth, and go in peace. 37 But Paul said to them, They have beaten us publicly, uncondemned, men that are Romans, and have cast us into prison; and do they now cast us out privately? No, truly; but let them come themselves and bring us out. 38 And the sergeants reported these words to the magistrates: and they feared when they heard that they were Romans; 39 and they came and entreated them; and when they had brought them out, they asked them to go away from the city. 40 And they went out of the prison, and entered into the house of Lydia: and when they had seen the brethren, they comforted them, and departed.


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