Acts (Wycliffe – 1382)

The Book of Acts
Wycliffe: The Early Version (1382)
1:01 Thou Theophilus, first I made a sermon of all the things, that Jesus began to do and teach,
1:02 till into the day, in which he commanding to the apostles by the Holy Ghost, whom he chose, was taken up;
1:03 to whom and he shewed himself alive after his passion, by many arguments, appearing to them forty days, and speaking of the realm of God.
1:04 And he ate with them, and commanded to them, that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but abide the promise of the Father, which ye heard, he saith, by my mouth;
1:05 for soothly John baptized in water, but ye shall be baptized in the Holy Ghost, not after these many days.
1:06 Therefore they that had come together, asked him, saying, Lord, if in this time shalt thou restore the kingdom of Israel?
1:07 And he said to them, It is not yours to know the times or moments, which the Father hath put in his power;
1:08 but ye shall take the virtue of the Holy Ghost coming from above into you, and ye shall be witnesses to me in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and Samaria, and unto the uttermost of the earth.
1:09 And when he had said these things, in their sight he was lifted up, and a cloud received him from their eyes.
1:10 And when they beheld into heaven him going, lo! two men stood nigh beside them in white clothes,
1:11 which and said, Men of Galilee, what stand ye beholding into heaven? This Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall come so, as ye saw him going into heaven.
1:12 Then they turned again to Jerusalem, from the hill that is called Olivet, the which is beside Jerusalem, having the journey of a sabbath.
1:13 And when they had entered into the supping place, they went up into the higher things, where they dwelt, Peter and John, and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James of Alphaeus, and Simon Zelotes, and Judas of James.
1:14 All these were dwelling together in prayer, with women, and Mary, the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.
1:15 In those days Peter rose up in the middle of the brethren, and said; and there was a company of men together, almost an hundred and twenty;
1:16 Men brethren it behooveth the scripture to be fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost before-said by the mouth of David, of Judas that was leader of them that took Jesus;
1:17 which was numbered among us, and got the part of this ministry.
1:18 And forsooth this wielded a field of the hire of wickedness, and he hanged, burst apart the middle, and all his entrails were shed abroad.
1:19 And it was made known to all men dwelling in Jerusalem, so that that field was called Aceldama in the tongue of them, that is, the field of blood.
1:20 And it is written in the book of Psalms, The habitation of him be made desert, and be there none that dwell in it, and another take his bishopric.
1:21 Therefore it behooveth of these men, that be gathered together with us in all time, in which the Lord Jesus entered in, and went out among us,
1:22 beginning from the baptism of John unto the day in which he was taken up from us, that one of these be made a witness of his resurrection with us.
1:23 And they ordained two, Joseph, that was called Barsabas, that was named Justus, and Matthias.
1:24 And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, that knowest the hearts of all men, shew whom thou hast chosen of these two,
1:25 one to take the place of this ministry and apostlehood, of which Judas trespassed, that he should go into his place.
1:26 And they gave lots to them, and the lot felled on Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.
2:01 And when the days of were fulfilled, all the disciples were together in the same place.
2:02 And suddenly there was made a sound from heaven, as of a great wind coming, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
2:03 And tongues diversely parted as fire appeared to them, and it sat upon each of them.
2:04 And all were filled with the Holy Ghost, and they began to speak with diverse tongues, as the Holy Ghost gave to them to speak.
2:05 And there were in Jerusalem dwelling Jews, religious men, of each nation that is under heaven.
2:06 And when this voice was made, the multitude came together, and in soul was confounded, for each man heard them speaking in his own language.
2:07 Forsooth all men were astonished, and wondered, saying together, Whether not all these that speak be Galileans,
2:08 and how we heard each man his tongue in which we be born?
2:09 Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and they that dwell in Mesopotamia, Judaea, and Cappadocia, Pontus, and Asia,
2:10 Phrygia, and Pamphylia, Egypt, and the parts of Libya, that is about Cyrene, and comelings Romans, and Jews, and proselytes,
2:11 men of Crete and Arabia, we have heard them speaking in our tongues the great things of God.
2:12 And all were astonished, and wondered, saying together, What will this thing be?
2:13 And others scorned, saying, For these men be full of must.
2:14 Forsooth Peter standing with the eleven, raised his voice, and spake to them, Ye men Jews, and all that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known to you, and with ears perceive my words.
2:15 Soothly not as ye deem, these be drunken, when it is the third hour of the day;
2:16 but this it is, that was said by the prophet Joel,
2:17 And it shall be in the last days, the Lord saith, I shall pour out my Spirit on all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your elders shall dream swevens.
2:18 And on my servants and on mine handmaidens in those days I shall pour out of my Spirit, and they shall prophesy.
2:19 And I shall give great wonders in heaven above, and signs in earth beneath, blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke.
2:20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that the great and open day of the Lord shall come.
2:21 And it shall be, each man whichever shall call to help the name of the Lord, shall be safe.
2:22 Ye men of Israel, hear these words. Jesus of Nazareth, a man proved of God in you by virtues, and wonders, and tokens, which God did by him in the middle of you, as ye know,
2:23 him, the counsel determined, and by the prescience of God, betaken by the hands of wicked ye tormenting slew.
2:24 Whom God raised, when sorrows of hell were unbound, after that it was impossible him to be holden of it.
2:25 For David saith of him, I saw afar the Lord before me evermore, for he is on my right half, that I be not moved.
2:26 For this thing mine heart joyed, and my tongue gladded, and moreover my flesh shall rest in hope.
2:27 For thou shalt not leave my soul in hell, neither thou shalt give thine holy to see corruption.
2:28 Thou hast made known to me the ways of life, thou shalt full-fill me with mirth with thy face.
2:29 Men brethren, be it leaveful boldly to say to you of the patriarch David, for he is dead and buried, and his sepulchre is among us into this day.
2:30 Therefore when he was a prophet, and knew, that with an oath God had sworn to him, that of the fruit of his loins should one sit on his seat,
2:31 he seeing afar spake of the resurrection of Christ, for neither he was left in hell, neither his flesh saw corruption.
2:32 God raised this Jesus, to whom we all be witnesses.
2:33 Therefore he enhanced by the right hand of God, and by the promise of the Holy Ghost taken of the Father, he shedded out this, that ye see and hear.
2:34 For David ascended not into heaven; but he saith, The Lord said to my Lord, Sit thou on my right half,
2:35 till I put thine enemies the stool of thy feet.
2:36 Therefore most certainly know all the house of Israel, that God made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus, whom ye crucified.
2:37 When they heard these things, they were compuncted in heart; and they said to Peter and to other apostles, Men brethren, what shall we do?
2:38 And Peter said to them, Penance, he said, do ye, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, into remission of your sins; and ye shall take the gift of the Holy Ghost.
2:39 Forsooth repromission is to you, and to your sons, and to all that be far, whomever the Lord our God hath called to.
2:40 Also with other words full many he witnessed to them, and admonished them, saying, Be ye saved from this wicked generation.
2:41 Then they that received his word were baptized, and in that day souls were increased, about three thousand;
2:42 and they were lasting stably in the teaching of the apostles, and communing of breaking of bread, and in prayers.
2:43 Forsooth dread was made to each soul. And many wonders and signs were done by the apostles in Jerusalem, and great dread was in all.
2:44 And all that believed were together, and had all things common.
2:45 They sold possessions and substances, and parted those things to all men, as it was need to each.
2:46 Forsooth day by day they lasting together in the temple, and breaking bread about houses, took meat with gladness and simpleness of heart,
2:47 praising together God, and having grace to all the people. And the Lord increased them that were made safe, each day into the same thing.
3:01 And Peter and John went up into the temple, at the ninth hour of prayer.
3:02 And some man that was lame from the womb of his mother, was borne, whom they put each day at the gate of the temple, that is said fair, to ask alms of men that entered into the temple.
3:03 This, when he saw Peter and John beginning to enter into the temple, prayed that he should take alms.
3:04 Forsooth Peter with John beholding him, said, Behold into us.
3:05 And he beheld into them, hoping him to take something of them.
3:06 Forsooth Peter said, Silver and gold is not to me; but that that I have, I give to thee. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up, and go.
3:07 And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up; and anon his legs and his feet were strengthened together;
3:08 and he leaping stood, and wandered. And he entered with them into the temple, wandering, and leaping, and praising God.
3:09 And all the people saw him walking, and praising God.
3:10 And they knew him, that he it was that sat at alms at the fair gate of the temple. And they were full-filled with wonder, and ecstasy in that thing that befell to him.
3:11 Soothly when they saw Peter and John, all the people ran to them at the porch that is called of Solomon, wondering greatly.
3:12 And Peter saw, and answered to the people, Men of Israel, what wonder ye in this thing? or what behold ye us, as by our virtue, or power to walk?
3:13 God of Abraham, and God of Isaac, and God of Jacob, and God of our fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus, whom ye betrayed, and denied before the face of Pilate, when he deemed to be dismissed.
3:14 Ye forsooth denied the holy and just, and asked a man-homicide to be given to you.
3:15 And ye slew the maker of life, whom God raised from dead, of whom we be witnesses.
3:16 And in the faith of his name he hath confirmed this man, whom ye see and know; the name of him, and the faith that is by him, gave this full health in the sight of all you.
3:17 And now, brethren, I wot that by unwitting ye did, as also your princes.
3:18 But God that before-told by the mouth of all prophets, that his Christ should suffer, hath fulfilled so.
3:19 Therefore be ye repentant, and be ye converted, that your sins be done away, that when the times of refreshing shall come from the sight of the Lord,
3:20 and he shall send that Jesus Christ, that is now preached to you.
3:21 Whom it behooveth heaven to receive, till into the times of restitution of all things, which the Lord spake by the mouth of his holy prophets from the world.
3:22 For Moses said, For the Lord your God shall raise to you a prophet, of your brethren; as me, ye shall hear him upon all things, whatever he shall speak to you.
3:23 Forsooth it shall be, every soul that shall not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from the people.
3:24 And all prophets from Samuel and afterward, that spake, told these days.
3:25 Ye forsooth be the sons of prophets, and of the testament, that God ordained to our fathers, saying to Abraham, In thy seed all the families of earth shall be blessed.
3:26 God raising his Son first to you, sent him blessing you, that each man convert him from his wickedness.
4:01 And while they spake to the people, the priests and the magistrates of the temple, and the Sadducees came upon them,
4:02 sorrowing, that they taught the people, and told in Jesus the again-rising from dead.
4:03 And they laid hands on them, and put them into keeping till into the morrow; soothly it was now even.
4:04 But many of them that had heard the word, believed; and the number of men was made five thousand.
4:05 Forsooth in the morrow it was done, that the princes of them, and elder men and scribes were gathered in Jerusalem;
4:06 and Annas, prince of priests, and Caiaphas, and John, and Alexander, and how many ever were of the kindred of priests.
4:07 And they set them in the middle, and asked, In what virtue, or in what name, have ye done this thing?
4:08 Then Peter filled with the Holy Ghost, said to them, Ye princes of the people, and elder men, hear.
4:09 If we today be deemed in the good deed of a sick man, in which this man is made safe,
4:10 be it known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from dead men, in him this man standeth whole before you.
4:11 This is the stone, which was reproved of you building, which is made into the head of the corner;
4:12 and health is not in any other. For neither other name under heaven is given to men, in which it behooveth us to be made safe.
4:13 And they saw the steadfastness of Peter and of John, and when it was found that there were men without letters, and idiots, they wondered, and they knew them that they were with Jesus.
4:14 And seeing the man standing with them, that was healed, they might nothing against-say.
4:15 But they commanded them to go forth without the council. And they spake together,
4:16 saying, What shall we do to these men? soothly the sign is made known by them to all men, that dwell at Jerusalem; it is open, and we may not deny.
4:17 But that it be no more published into the people, menace we to them, that they speak no more in this name to any man.
4:18 And they calling them announced to them, that on no manner they should speak, nor teach, in the name of Jesus.
4:19 But Peter and John answered, and said to them, If it be rightful in the sight of God to hear you rather than God, deem ye.
4:20 Forsooth we may not not speak the things that we have seen and heard.
4:21 And they menacing left them, not finding how they should punish them, for the people; for all men clarified that thing that was done in that that befell.
4:22 For the man was more than forty years old, in whom this sign of health was made.
4:23 Forsooth they were let go, and came to theirs, and told to them, how many things the princes and elder men said to them.
4:24 And when they heard, with one heart they raised voice to the Lord, and said, Lord, thou that madest heaven and earth, sea, and all things that be in them,
4:25 which by the Holy Ghost, by the mouth of our father David, thy child, saidest, Why heathen men wrathed, and peoples thought vain things?
4:26 Kings of the earth stood nigh, and princes came together into one, against the Lord, and against his Christ.
4:27 For they came together verily in this city against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou anointedst, Herod and Pontius Pilate, with heathen men, and peoples of Israel,
4:28 to do the things, that thine hand and thy counsel deemed to be done.
4:29 And now, Lord, behold into the threatenings of them, and give to thy servants with all trust to speak thy word,
4:30 in that thing that thou hold forth thine hand, healths and signs and wonders to be made by the name of thine holy Son Jesus.
4:31 And when they had prayed, the place was moved, in which they were gathered; and all were filled with the Holy Ghost, and spake the word of God with trust.
4:32 And of the multitude of men believing was one heart and one soul; neither any man said any thing of those things that he wielded to be his own, but all things were common to them.
4:33 And with great virtue the apostles yielded witnessing of the again-rising of Jesus Christ our Lord, and great grace was in them all.
4:34 For neither any needy man was among them, for how many ever were possessors of fields, or houses, they sold, and brought the prices of those things that they sold,
4:35 and laid before the feet of the apostles. And it was parted to each, as it was need to each.
4:36 Forsooth Joseph, that was named Barnabas of the apostles, that is interpreted, the son of comfort, a Levite by kin, a man of Cyprus,
4:37 when he had a field, sold it, and brought the price, and laid it before the feet of the apostles.
5:01 Forsooth some man, Ananias by name, with Sapphira, his wife, sold a field,
5:02 and defrauded of the price of the field; and his wife was witting. And he brought some part, and laid it before the feet of the apostles.
5:03 Forsooth Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan tempted thine heart, thee to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to defraud of the price of the field?
5:04 Whether it unsold was not thine; and when it was sold, it was in thy power? Why hast thou put this thing in thine heart? Thou hast not lied to men, but to God.
5:05 Forsooth Ananias hearing these words, felled down and died. And great dread was made on all that heard.
5:06 And young men rised, and moved him away, and bare him out, and buried.
5:07 Forsooth there was made as the space of three hours, and the wife of him not knowing that thing that was done, entered in.
5:08 And Peter answered to her, Woman, say to me, whether ye sold the field for so much? And she said, Yea, for so much.
5:09 And Peter said to her, What soothly came together to you, to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? Lo! the feet of them that have buried thine husband be at the door, and they shall bear thee out.
5:10 Anon she felled down at his feet, and died. And the young men entered, and found her dead, and they bare her out, and buried her to her husband.
5:11 And great dread was made in all the church, and into all that heard these things.
5:12 And by the hands of the apostles signs and many wonders were made in the people. And all were of one accord in the porch of Solomon.
5:13 But no man of others durst join himself with them, but the people magnified them.
5:14 And the multitude of men and of women believing in the Lord was more increased,
5:15 so that they brought out sick men into streets, and laid in little beds and couches, that Peter coming, namely the shadow of him should shadow each of them, and they were delivered from all sicknesses.
5:16 And the multitude of cities nigh to Jerusalem ran, bringing sick men, and that were travailed of unclean spirits, which all were healed.
5:17 But the prince of priests rose up, and all that were with him, that is the heresy of Sadducees, and were filled with envy;
5:18 and they laid hands on the apostles, and put them in common keeping.
5:19 Forsooth the angel of the Lord by night opened the gates of the prison, and led them out, and said,
5:20 Go ye, and stand ye, and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life.
5:21 Whom when they had heard, they entered early into the temple, and taught. And the prince of priests came, and they that were with him, and called together the council, and all the elder men of the children of Israel; and sent to the prison, that they should be brought forth.
5:22 Soothly when the ministers came, and, the prison opened, found them not, they turned again, and told,
5:23 saying, Forsooth We found the prison shut with all diligence, and the keepers standing at the gates; but we opened, and found no man therein.
5:24 And as the magistrates of the temple, and the princes of priests heard these words, they doubted of them, what should be done.
5:25 But a man came, and told to them, For lo! the men whom ye have put in prison, be in the temple, standing, and teaching the people.
5:26 Then the magistrate went with the ministers, and brought them without violence; for they dreaded the people, lest they should be stoned.
5:27 And when they had brought them, they set them in the council; and the prince of priests asked them,
5:28 saying, In commanding we commanded you, that ye should not teach in this name, and lo! ye have filled Jerusalem with your teaching, and ye will bring on us the blood of this man.
5:29 And Peter answered, and the apostles, and said, It behooveth to obey to God, more than to men.
5:30 The God of our fathers raised Jesus, whom ye slew, hanging in a tree.
5:31 God enhanced with his right hand this prince and Saviour, for to give penance to Israel, and remission of sins.
5:32 And we be witnesses of these words, and the Holy Ghost, whom God gave to all obeying to him.
5:33 When they heard these things, they were tormented, and thought to slay them.
5:34 But a man rose in the council, a Pharisee, Gamaliel by name, a doctor of the law, a worshipful man to all the people, and commanded the men to be put withoutforth to a short time.
5:35 And he said to them, Ye men of Israel, take attention to yourselves on these men, what ye shall do.
5:36 For before these days Theudas was, saying himself to be some man, to whom a number of men consented, about four hundred; which was slain, and all whoever believed to him, were scattered, and brought to nought.
5:37 After this, Judas of Galilee was in the days of profession, and turned away the people after him; and all how many ever consented to him, were scattered, and he perished.
5:38 And now therefore I say to you, depart ye from these men, and suffer ye them; for if this counsel or work is of men, it shall be undone;
5:39 forsooth if it is of God, ye be not able to undo them, lest peradventure and ye be found for to repugn God.
5:40 And they consented to him; and they called together the apostles, and announced to them, that were beaten, that they should no more speak in the name of Jesus, and they left them.
5:41 And they went joying from the sight of the council, that they were had worthy to suffer despising for the name of Jesus.
5:42 But each day they ceased not in the temple, and about houses, to teach and preach Jesus Christ.
6:01 But in those days, when the number of disciples increased, grutching of Greeks was made against Hebrews, for that their widows were despised in every day’s ministering.
6:02 And the twelve called together the multitude of disciples, and said, It is not rightful, that we leave the word of God, and minister to boards.
6:03 Therefore, brethren, behold ye men of you, of good witnessing, seven, full of the Holy Ghost and of wisdom, whom we shall ordain on this work;
6:04 forsooth we shall be busy to prayer and ministry of the word.
6:05 And the word pleased to all the multitude; and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas, a guest, a man of Antioch.
6:06 They ordained these before the sight of the apostles, and they prayed, and laid hands on them.
6:07 And the word of the Lord waxed, and the number of the disciples in Jerusalem was much multiplied; also a much company of priests obeyed to the faith.
6:08 Stephen, full of grace and strength, did wonders and great signs in the people.
6:09 But some rised of the synagogue, that was called of Libertines, and Cyrenians, and of men of Alexandria, and of them that were of Cilicia and of Asia, disputing with Stephen.
6:10 And they might not withstand the wisdom and the spirit, that spake.
6:11 Then they privily sent men, that should say, that they have heard him saying words of blasphemy against Moses and God.
6:12 And so they moved together the people, and the elder men, and the scribes; and they came together, and snatched him, and brought into the council.
6:13 And they ordained false witnesses, that said, This man ceaseth not to speak words against the holy place, and the law.
6:14 For we heard him saying, That this Jesus of Nazareth shall destroy this place, and shall change the traditions, which Moses betook to us.
6:15 And all men that sat in the council beholding him, saw the face of him as the face of an angel.
7:01 And the prince of priests said to Stephen, Whether these things have them so?
7:02 Which saith, Men, brethren, and fathers, hear ye. The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham, when he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Charran,
7:03 and said to him, Go out of thy land, and of thy kindred, and come into the land, which I shall shew to thee.
7:04 Then he went out of the land of Chaldaeans, and dwelt in Charran. And from thence after that his father was dead, he translated him into this land, in which ye dwell now.
7:05 And he gave not to him heritage in it, neither a pace of a foot, but he promised to give to him it into possession, and to his seed after him, when he had not a son.
7:06 Forsooth God spake to him, That his seed shall be a comeling in an alien land, and they shall subject them to servage, and shall evil treat them, four hundred years;
7:07 and I shall judge the folk, to whom they shall serve, saith the Lord. And after these things they shall go out, and they shall serve to me in this place.
7:08 And he gave to him the testament of circumcision; and so he gendered Isaac, and circumcised him in the eighth day. And Isaac gendered Jacob, and Jacob gendered the twelve patriarchs.
7:09 And the patriarchs had envy to Joseph, and sold him into Egypt. And God was with him,
7:10 and delivered him of all his tribulations, and gave him grace and wisdom in the sight of Pharao, king of Egypt. And he ordained him sovereign on Egypt, and on all his house.
7:11 And hunger came into all Egypt, and Canaan, and great tribulation; and our fathers found not meats.
7:12 Forsooth when Jacob heard, that wheat was in Egypt, he sent our fathers first.
7:13 And in the second time Joseph was known of his brethren, and his kin was made known to Pharao.
7:14 And Joseph sent, and called Jacob, his father, and all his kindred, in souls seventy and five.
7:15 And Jacob came down into Egypt, and was dead, he and our fathers;
7:16 and they were translated into Sychem, and were laid in the sepulchre, that Abraham bought by price of silver of the sons of Emmor, the son of Sychem.
7:17 And when the time of promise came nigh, which God had acknowledged to Abraham, the people waxed, and multiplied in Egypt,
7:18 till another king rose in Egypt, which knew not Joseph.
7:19 This beguiled our kin, and tormented our fathers, that they should put out their young children, for they should not live.
7:20 In the same time Moses was born, and he was accepted of God; and he was nursed three months in the house of his father.
7:21 Forsooth when he was put out, the daughter of Pharao took him up, and nourished him into her son.
7:22 And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of Egyptians, and he was mighty in his words and works.
7:23 But when the time of forty years was full-filled to him, it rose up into his heart, that he should visit his brethren, the sons of Israel.
7:24 And when he saw a man suffering wrong, he venged him, and did vengeance to him that suffered wrong, and killed the Egyptian.
7:25 For he guessed that his brethren should understand, that God by the hand of him should give to them health; but they understood not.
7:26 Forsooth in the day following he appeared to them chiding, and reconciled them in peace, saying, Men, ye be brethren; why harm ye each to other?
7:27 Forsooth he that did wrong to his neighbour, put him away, saying, Who ordained thee prince and doomsman upon us?
7:28 Whether thou wilt slay me, as yesterday thou killedst the Egyptian?
7:29 And in this word Moses flew, and was made a comeling in the land of Madian, where he begat two sons.
7:30 And forty years fulfilled, an angel appeared to him in fire of flame of a bush, in desert of the mount of Sina.
7:31 And Moses saw, and wondered on the sight. And when he nighed to behold, the voice of the Lord was made to him,
7:32 saying, I am God of your fathers, God of Abraham, and God of Isaac, and God of Jacob. Moses was made trembling, and durst not behold.
7:33 But God said to him, Do off the shoes of thy feet, for the place in which thou standest is holy earth.
7:34 I seeing saw the affliction of my people that is in Egypt, and I heard the mourning of them, and came down to deliver them. And now come thou, and I shall send thee into Egypt.
7:35 This Moses whom they denied, saying, Who ordained thee prince and doomsman upon us? God sent this prince and again-buyer, with the hand of the angel, that appeared to him in the bush.
7:36 This led them out, and did wonders and signs in the land of Egypt, and in the red sea, and in desert forty years.
7:37 This is Moses, that said to the sons of Israel, God shall raise to you a prophet of your brethren, and as me ye shall hear him.
7:38 This is, that was in the church in wilderness, with the angel that spake to him in the mount Sina, and with our fathers; which took words of life to give to us.
7:39 To whom our fathers would not obey, but put him away, and were turned away in their hearts into Egypt,
7:40 saying to Aaron, Make thou to us gods, that shall go before us; for to this Moses that led us out of the land of Egypt, we witen not, what is done to him.
7:41 And they made a calf in those days, and offered an host to the simulacrum; and they gladded in the works of their hands.
7:42 And God turned, and betook them to serve to the knighthood of heaven, as it is written in the book of the prophets, Whether ye, house of Israel, offered to me slain sacrifices, either sacrifices, forty years in desert?
7:43 And ye have taken the tabernacle of Moloch, and the star of your god Remphan, figures that ye have made to worship them; and I shall translate you into Babylon.
7:44 The tabernacle of witnessing was with our fathers in desert, as God disposed to them, speaking to Moses, that he should make it after the form that he saw.
7:45 Which also our fathers took with Jesus, and brought into the possession of heathen men, the which God put away from the face of our fathers, till into the days of David,
7:46 that found grace with God, and asked that he should find a tabernacle to God of Jacob.
7:47 Solomon forsooth built an house to him.
7:48 But the alder-highest dwelleth not in things made by hand, as he saith by the prophet,
7:49 Heaven is a seat to me, and the earth is the stool of my feet; what house shall ye build to me, saith the Lord, or which is the place of my resting?
7:50 Whether mine hand made not all these things?
7:51 With hard nol, and uncircumcised hearts and ears ye withstand evermore the Holy Ghost; and as your fathers, so ye.
7:52 Whom of the prophets have not your fathers pursued, and have slain them that before-told of the coming of the just man, whose traitors and manslayers ye were now?
7:53 Which took the law in ordinance of angels, and have not kept it.
7:54 And they heard these things, and were diversely tormented in their hearts, and gnashed with teeth on him.
7:55 But when Stephen was full of the Holy Ghost, he beheld into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right half of the virtue of God.
7:56 And he said, Lo! I see heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right half of the virtue of God.
7:57 And they cried with a great voice, and stopped their ears, and made with one will an assault into him.
7:58 And they casted him out of the city, and stoned him. And the witnesses did off their clothes, beside the feet of a young man, that was called Saul.
7:59 And they stoned Stephen in-calling, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.
7:60 And he kneeled, and cried with a great voice, and said, Lord, set not to them this sin. And when he had said this thing, he slept in the Lord.
8:01 But Saul was consenting to his death. And great persecution was made that day in the church, that was in Jerusalem. And all men were scattered by the countries of Judaea and Samaria, except the apostles.
8:02 Forsooth men dread-full buried Stephen, and made great mourning on him.
8:03 Forsooth Saul greatly destroyed the church, entering by houses, drawing men and women, betook into keeping.
8:04 Therefore they were scattered, passed forth, preaching the word of God.
8:05 And Philip came down into a city of Samaria, and preached to them Christ.
8:06 And the people gave attention to those things that were said of Philip, with one will hearing and seeing the signs that he did.
8:07 For many of them that had unclean spirits, crying with great voice, went out. Forsooth many sick in palsy, and crooked, were healed.
8:08 Therefore great joy was made in that city.
8:09 Forsooth there was some man, Simon by name, which before was in the city a witch, that had deceived the folk of Samaria, saying, that himself was some great man.
8:10 To whom all hearkened, from the least to the most, saying, This is the virtue of God, which is called great.
8:11 Forsooth all believed him, for this thing, that much time he had made them mad with his witchings.
8:12 Soothly when they had believed to Philip, evangelizing of the kingdom of God, in the name of Jesus Christ, men and women were baptized.
8:13 Then also Simon himself believed; and when he was baptized, he drew to Philip; he seeing also signs and most virtues to be made, he was astonished, and wondered.
8:14 But when the apostles that were at Jerusalem, had heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent to them Peter and John.
8:15 The which, when they came, prayed for them, that they should receive the Holy Ghost;
8:16 forsooth not yet he came into any of them, but they were baptized only in the name of the Lord Jesus.
8:17 Then they laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.
8:18 And when Simon had seen, that the Holy Ghost was given by laying on of the hands of the apostles, he offered to them money,
8:19 saying, Give to me and this power, that on whomever I shall put on hands, he receive the Holy Ghost.
8:20 But Peter said to him, Thy money be with thee into perdition, for thou guessedst the gift of God for to be had with money.
8:21 Part is not to thee, neither sort, in this word, for thine heart is not rightful before God.
8:22 Therefore do thou penance for this wickedness of thee, and pray God, if peradventure this thought of thine heart be forgiven to thee.
8:23 For I see that thou art in the gall of bitterness and in the bond of wickedness.
8:24 And Simon answered, and said, Pray ye for me to the Lord, that nothing of these things that ye have said, come on me.
8:25 And they witnessed, and spake the word of the Lord, and went again to Jerusalem, and evangelized to many countries of Samaritans.
8:26 And an angel of the Lord spake to Philip, saying, Rise thou, and go against the south, to the way that goeth down from Jerusalem into Gaza; this is desert.
8:27 And he rose, and went forth. And lo! a man of Ethiopia, a mighty gelding of the queen Candace of Ethiopians, which was on all her riches, came to worship in Jerusalem.
8:28 And he turned again, sitting on his chariot, and reading Esaias, the prophet.
8:29 And the Spirit said to Philip, Nigh thou and join thee to this chariot.
8:30 And Philip ran to, and heard him reading Esaias, the prophet. And he said, Guessest thou, whether thou understandest, what things thou readest?
8:31 Which said, And how may I, if some man shall not shew to me? And he prayed Philip, that he should come up, and sit with him.
8:32 Forsooth the place of scripture that he read was this, As a sheep to slaying he was led, and as a lamb before a man shearing him is dumb without voice, so he opened not his mouth.
8:33 In meekness his doom was taken up; who shall tell out the generation of him? For his life shall be taken away from the earth.
8:34 And the gelding answered to Philip, and said, I beseech thee, of what prophet saith he this thing? of himself, or of any other?
8:35 And Philip opened his mouth, and began at this scripture, and preached to him Jesus.
8:36 And while they went by the way, they came to some water. And the gelding said, Lo! water; who forbiddeth me to be baptized?
8:37 And Philip said, If thou believest of all thine heart, it is leaveful. And he answered, and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
8:38 And he commanded the chariot to stand still. And they went down both into the water, Philip and the gelding, and he baptized him.
8:39 And when they were come up of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip, and the gelding saw him no more; and he went in his way joying.
8:40 And Philip was found in Azotus; and he passed forth, and he passing forth, evangelized to all cities, till he came to Caesarea.
9:01 But Saul, yet a breather of menaces, and beating against the disciples of the Lord, came to the prince of priests,
9:02 and asked of him letters into Damascus, to the synagogues; that if he found any men or women of this life, he should lead them bound to Jerusalem.
9:03 And when he made journey, it befell, that he came nigh to Damascus. And suddenly a light from heaven shone about him;
9:04 and he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying to him, Saul, Saul, what pursuest thou me?
9:05 And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom thou pursuest. It is hard to thee, for to kick against the prick.
9:06 And he trembling and wondering, said, Lord, what wilt thou me to do? And the Lord said to him, Rise up, and enter into the city, and it shall be said to thee, what it behooveth thee to do.
9:07 Forsooth those men that went with him, stood made afeared; soothly hearing a voice, forsooth seeing no man.
9:08 And Saul rose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw nothing. And they drew him by the hands, and led him into Damascus.
9:09 And he was three days not seeing; and he ate not, neither drank.
9:10 Forsooth some disciple was at Damascus, by name Ananias. And the Lord said to him in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Lo! I, Lord.
9:11 And the Lord said to him, Rise thou, and go into a street that is called Rectus; and seek, in the house of Judas, Saul by name, of Tarsus. For lo! he prayeth;
9:12 and he saw a man, Ananias by name, entering and putting to him hands, that he receive sight.
9:13 And Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard of many of this man, how great evil he did to thy saints in Jerusalem;
9:14 and this hath power of the princes of priests, to bind all men that call thy name to help.
9:15 And the Lord said to him, Go thou, for this is to me a vessel of choosing, that he bear my name before heathen men, and kings, and the sons of Israel.
9:16 For I shall shew to him, how great things it behooveth him to suffer for my name.
9:17 And Ananias went, and entered into the house; and he putting to him the hands, said, Saul brother, the Lord Jesus sent me, that appeared to thee in the way, in which thou camest, that thou see, and be full-filled with the Holy Ghost.
9:18 And anon there felled from his eyes as scales, and he received sight. And he rose, and was baptized.
9:19 And when he had taken meat, he was comforted. And he was by some days with the disciples, that were at Damascus.
9:20 And anon he entered into the synagogues, and preached the Lord Jesus, for this is the Son of God.
9:21 And all men that heard him, wondered, and said, Whether this is not he that impugned in Jerusalem them that called to help this name? and hither for this thing he came, that he should lead them bound to the princes of priests?
9:22 But Saul much the more waxed strong, and confounded the Jews that dwelled at Damascus, affirming for this is Christ.
9:23 And when many days were fulfilled, Jews made a counsel, that they should slay him.
9:24 And the ambushes of them were made known to Saul. And they kept the gates day and night, that they should slay him.
9:25 But his disciples took him by night, and delivered him, and let him down in a basket by the wall.
9:26 Forsooth when he came to Jerusalem, he attempted to join him to the disciples; and all dreaded him, and believed not that he was a disciple.
9:27 But Barnabas took, and led him to the apostles, and told to them, how in the way he had seen the Lord, and that he spake to him, and how in Damascus he did trustily in the name of Jesus.
9:28 And he was with them, entering and going out in Jerusalem,
9:29 doing trustily in the name of the Lord. And he spake to heathen men, and disputed with Greeks. And they sought to slay him.
9:30 Which thing when the brethren had known, they led him by night to Caesarea, and let him go to Tarsus.
9:31 And the church by all Judaea, and Galilee, and Samaria, had peace, and was edified, walking in the dread of the Lord, and was full-filled in the comfort of the Holy Ghost.
9:32 Forsooth it was made, that Peter, while he passed by all, came to the holy men that dwelled at Lydda.
9:33 Forsooth he found there some man, Aeneas by name, from eight years lying in bed; the which was sick in palsy.
9:34 And Peter said to him, Aeneas, the Lord Jesus Christ heal thee; rise thou, and array thee. And anon he rose.
9:35 And all men that dwelled at Lydda, and Saron, saw him, which were converted to the Lord.
9:36 Forsooth in Joppa was some discipless, by name Tabitha, which interpreted, is said Dorcas. This was full of good works and almsdeeds, that she did.
9:37 Forsooth it was made in those days, that she was sick and died. Which when they had washed, they laid her in a solar.
9:38 Forsooth when Lydda was nigh from Joppa, the disciples heard that Peter was therein, and sent two men to him, praying, That thou tarry not to come to us.
9:39 And Peter rose up, and came with them. And when he was come, they led him into the solar. And all the widows stood about him, weeping, and shewing coats and clothes, which Dorcas made to them.
9:40 And when all men were put withoutforth, Peter kneeled, and prayed. And he turned to the body, and said, Tabitha, rise up. And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter, she sat up.
9:41 Forsooth he gave to her the hand, and raised her. And when he had called the holy men and widows, he assigned her alive.
9:42 And it was made known by all Joppa; and many believed in the Lord.
9:43 And it was made, that many days he dwelled in Joppa, at one Simon, a currier.
10:01 Forsooth some man was in Caesarea, Cornelius by name, a centurion of the company of knights, that is said of Italy;
10:02 a religious man, and dreading the Lord, with all his household; doing many alms to the people, and praying the Lord evermore.
10:03 This saw in a vision openly, as in the ninth hour of the day an angel of God entering in to him, and saying to him, Cornelius.
10:04 And he beheld him, and was adread, and said, Who art thou, Lord? And he said to him, Thy prayers and thine almsdeeds have ascended up into mind, in the sight of the Lord.
10:05 And now send men into Joppa, and call one Simon, that is named Peter.
10:06 This is harboured at a man, Simon, currier, whose house is beside the sea. This shall say to thee, what it behooveth thee to do.
10:07 And when the angel that spake to him, had gone away, he called two men of his house, and a knight dreading the Lord, of them that obeyed to him.
10:08 And when he had told to them all these things, he sent them into Joppa.
10:09 And on the day following, while they made journey, and nighed to the city, Peter went up into the highest place of the house to pray, about the sixth hour.
10:10 And when he hungered, he would have eaten. But while they made ready, an excess of soul fell on him;
10:11 and he saw heaven opened, and some vessel coming down, as a great sheet with four cords, for to be sent down from heaven to earth,
10:12 in which were all four-footed beasts, and creeping things of the earth, and volatiles of heaven.
10:13 And a voice was made to him, Rise, Peter, slay, and eat.
10:14 And Peter said, Lord, far be it from me, for I never eat any common thing and unclean.
10:15 And again the second time the voice was made to him, That thing that God hath cleansed, thou shalt not say unclean.
10:16 And this thing was done by thrice; and anon the vessel was received again into heaven.
10:17 And the while Peter within himself doubted, what the vision was which he saw, lo! the men, that were sent from Cornelius, seeking the house of Simon, stood nigh at the gate.
10:18 And when they had called, they asked if Simon, that was named Peter, had there harbour.
10:19 And while Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said to him, Lo! three men seek thee.
10:20 Therefore rise thou, and go down, and go with them, nothing doubting, for I sent them.
10:21 And Peter came down to the men, and said, Lo! I am, whom ye seek; what is the cause, for which ye have come?
10:22 And they said, Cornelius, the centurion, a just man, and dreading God, and having good witnessing of all the folk of Jews, took answer of an holy angel, to call thee into his house, and to hear words of thee.
10:23 Therefore he led them in, and received in harbour; and that night they dwelled with him. And in the day following he rose, and went forth with them; and some of brethren from Joppa followed him.
10:24 And the tother day he entered into Caesarea. Forsooth Cornelius abode them, with his cousins, and necessary friends called together.
10:25 And it was done, when Peter had entered, Cornelius came meeting him, and fell down at his feet, and worshipped him.
10:26 Peter soothly raised him, saying, Rise, and I myself am a man, as and thou.
10:27 And he speaking with him, entered in, and found many that came together.
10:28 And he said to them, Ye know, how abominable it is to a man Jew, to be joined or to come to an alien; but God shewed to me, that no man say a man common, or unclean.
10:29 For which thing I came, when I was called, without doubting. Therefore I ask you, for what cause have ye called me?
10:30 And Cornelius saith, From the fourth day passed till to this hour, I fasting was praying in the ninth hour in mine house. And lo! a man stood before me in a white cloth,
10:31 and said, Cornelius, thy prayer is heard, and thine almsdeeds be in mind in the sight of God.
10:32 Therefore send into Joppa, and call Simon, that is named Peter; this is harboured in the house of Simon currier, beside the sea. This, when he shall come, shall speak to thee.
10:33 Therefore anon I sent to thee, and thou didest well in coming to us. Now therefore we all be present in thy sight, to hear the words, whatever be commanded to thee of the Lord.
10:34 And Peter opened his mouth, and said, In truth I have found, that God is no acceptor of persons;
10:35 but in each folk he that dreadeth God, and worketh rightwiseness, is accepted to him.
10:36 God sent a word to the children of Israel, shewing peace by Jesus Christ; this is the Lord of all men.
10:37 Ye know the word that is made through all Judaea, forsooth beginning from Galilee, after the baptism that John preached, Jesus of Nazareth;
10:38 how God anointed him with the Holy Ghost, and virtue; which passed forth in well doing, and healing all men oppressed of the devil, for God was with him.
10:39 And we be witnesses of all things, which he did in the country of Jews, and Jerusalem; whom they slew, hanging on a tree.
10:40 And God raised this in the third day, and gave him to be made known,
10:41 not to all the people, but to witnesses before-ordained of God; to us that ate and drank with him, after that he rose again from dead.
10:42 And he commanded to us to preach to the people, and to witness, that he it is, that is ordained of God doomsman of quick and dead.
10:43 To this all prophets bear witness, that all men that believe in him, shall receive remission of sins by his name.
10:44 And yet while that Peter spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all that heard the word.
10:45 And the faithful of circumcision wondered, that came with Peter, that also into nations the grace of the Holy Ghost is shed out.
10:46 Forsooth they heard them speak with tongues, and magnifying God. Then Peter answered,
10:47 Whether any man may forbid water, that these be not baptized, that have received the Holy Ghost as and we?
10:48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Then they prayed him, that he should dwell with them some days.
11:01 And the apostles, and the brethren that were in Judaea, heard that also heathen men received the word of God, and they glorified God.
11:02 But when Peter came to Jerusalem, they that were of circumcision, disputed against him,
11:03 saying, Why enteredst thou to men having prepuce, and hast eat with them?
11:04 Peter soothly beginning, expounded to them the order, saying,
11:05 I was in the city of Joppa praying, and I saw in excess of my soul a vision, some vessel coming down, as a great sheet with four corners for to be sent down from heaven; and it came unto me.
11:06 Into which I looking beheld, and saw four-footed beasts of the earth, and beasts, and creeping beasts, and volatiles of the air.
11:07 Forsooth I heard a voice saying to me, Peter, rise, slay, and eat.
11:08 But I said, Nay, Lord; for common thing or unclean entered never into my mouth.
11:09 And the voice answered the second time from heaven, Those things that God hath cleansed, thou shalt not say unclean.
11:10 And this was done by thrice, and all things were received again into heaven.
11:11 And lo! three men anon stood nigh in the house, in which I was, sent from Caesarea to me.
11:12 And the Spirit said to me, that I should go with them, nothing doubting. Yea, and these six brethren came with me, and we entered into the house of the man.
11:13 And he told to us, how he saw an angel in his house, standing and saying to him, Send into Joppa, and call Simon, that is named Peter,
11:14 which shall speak to thee words, in which thou shalt be safe, and all thine house.
11:15 And when I had begun to speak, the Holy Ghost fell on them, and into us in the beginning.
11:16 And I bethought on the word of the Lord, as he said, Soothly John baptized in water, but ye shall be baptized in the Holy Ghost.
11:17 Therefore if God gave to them the same grace, and to us that believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I, that might forbid God, that he should not give the Holy Ghost to men believing in the name of Jesus Christ?
11:18 When these things were heard, they held peace, and glorified God, saying, Therefore also to heathen men God hath given penance to life.
11:19 And they that were scattered of the tribulation that was made under Stephen, walked forth till to Phenice, and Cyprus, and Antioch, to no man speaking the word, no but to Jews alone.
11:20 But some of them were men of Cyprus, and Cyrene; the which when they entered into Antioch, spake to Greeks, shewing the Lord Jesus.
11:21 And the hand of the Lord was with them, and much number of men believing was converted to the Lord.
11:22 And the word came to the ears of the church, that was at Jerusalem, on these things; and they sent Barnabas till to Antioch.
11:23 The which, when he had come, and seen the grace of the Lord, joyed, and admonished all men in purpose of heart to dwell in the Lord;
11:24 for he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost, and of faith. And much people was increased to the Lord.
11:25 And he went forth to Tarsus, to seek Saul;
11:26 and when he had found him, he led to Antioch. And all a year they lived there in the church, and taught much people, so that the disciples were named first at Antioch christian men.
11:27 And in these days prophets came over from Jerusalem to Antioch.
11:28 And one of them rising, Agabus by name, signified by the Spirit a great hunger to come in all the roundness of the earth’s, which was made under Claudius.
11:29 Forsooth the disciples purposed all, as each had, to send ministry to brethren dwelling in Judaea.
11:30 Which thing also they did, and sent it to the elder men, by the hands of Barnabas and Saul.
12:01 Forsooth in the same time, Herod the king sent hands, to torment some men of the church.
12:02 And he slew by sword James, the brother of John.
12:03 And he saw that it pleased to the Jews, and cast to take also Peter; and the days of therf loaves were.
12:04 And when he had caught Peter, he sent him into prison; and betook him to four quaternions of knights, to keep him, willing after pask to bring him forth to the people.
12:05 And Peter was kept in prison; but prayer was made of the church without ceasing to God for him.
12:06 But when Herod should bring him forth, in that night, Peter was sleeping between two knights, bound with two chains; and the keepers before the door kept the prison.
12:07 And lo! an angel of the Lord stood nigh, and light shone in the prison house. And the side of Peter smitten, he raised him, saying, Rise swiftly. And anon the chains felled down from his hands.
12:08 And the angel said to him, Gird thee, and do on thy hoses. And he did so. And he said to him, Do about to thee thy cloth, and follow me.
12:09 And he went out, and followed him; and he wist not that it was sooth, that was done by the angel; for he guessed himself to have seen a vision.
12:10 And they passed the first and the second ward, and came to the iron gate that leadeth to the city, the which willfully is opened to them. And they went out, and came forth into one street, and anon the angel passed away from him.
12:11 And Peter turning again to himself, said, Now I know verily, that the Lord sent his angel, and delivered me from the hand of Herod, and from all the abiding of the people of Jews.
12:12 And he beholding, came to the house of Mary, the mother of John, that is named Mark, where many were gathered together, and praying.
12:13 And when he knocked at the door of the gate, a damsel, Rhoda by name, came forth to see.
12:14 And when she knew the voice of Peter, for joy she opened not the gate, but ran in, and told, that Peter stood before the gate.
12:15 And they said to her, Thou maddest. But she affirmed, that it was so. And they said, It is his angel.
12:16 Forsooth Peter lasted knocking. And when they had opened the door, they saw him, and wondered.
12:17 Soothly he beckoning to them with hand to be still, told them how the Lord had led him out of the prison. And he said, Tell ye to James and to the brethren these things. And he went out, and went into another place.
12:18 And when the day was come, there was not little troubling among the knights, what was done of Peter.
12:19 And when Herod had sought him, and found not, after that he had made inquiring of the keepers, he commanded them to be brought to him. And he came down from Judaea into Caesarea, and dwelled there.
12:20 And he was wroth to men of Tyre and of Sidon. And they of one accord came to him, when they had counseled with Blastus, that was the king’s chamberlain, they asked peace, for that their countries were nourished by him.
12:21 Forsooth a day ordained, Herod clothed with king’s clothing, sat for doomsman, and spake to them.
12:22 And the people cried, The voice of God, and not of man.
12:23 Soothly anon an angel of the Lord smote him, for he had not given honour to God; and he was wasted of worms, and died.
12:24 And the word of the Lord waxed, and was multiplied.
12:25 Forsooth Barnabas and Saul turned again from Jerusalem, the ministry fulfilled, and took John, that was named Mark.
13:01 Forsooth there were in the church that was at Antioch, prophets and doctors, in which Barnabas, and Simon, that was called Black, and Lucius Cyreneus, and Manaen, that was the suckling-frère of Herod tetrarch, and Saul were.
13:02 And when they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said to them, Part ye to me Saul and Barnabas, into the work to which I have taken them.
13:03 Then they fasted, and prayed, and laid hands on them, and let them go.
13:04 And soothly they sent of the Holy Ghost, went forth to Seleucia, and from thence they went by boat to Cyprus.
13:05 And when they came to Salamis, they preached the word of God in the synagogues of Jews; and they had also John in ministry.
13:06 And when they had walked by all the isle unto Paphos, they found some man witch, a false prophet, a Jew, to whom the name was Barjesus,
13:07 that was with the proconsul Sergius Paulus, a prudent man. This called Barnabas and Paul, and desired to hear the word of God.
13:08 Soothly Elymas the witch withstood them; so soothly is interpreted his name; seeking to turn away the proconsul from belief.
13:09 Forsooth Saul, which and Paul is called, was filled with the Holy Ghost, and beheld into him,
13:10 and said, A! thou full of all guile, and all falseness, thou son of the devil, thou enemy of all rightwiseness, thou leavest not to subvert the rightful ways of the Lord.
13:11 And now lo! the hand of the Lord on thee, and thou shalt be blind, and not seeing sun till a time. And anon a mist fell down on him and darkness, and he going about, sought him that should give the hand to him.
13:12 Then the proconsul, when he had seen the deed, believed, wondering on the teaching of the Lord.
13:13 And when from Paphos Paul had gone by boat, and they that were with him, they came to Perga of Pamphylia; forsooth John departing from them, turned again to Jerusalem.
13:14 And they went from Perga, and came to Antioch of Pisidia; and they entered into the synagogue in the day of sabbaths, and sat.
13:15 Soothly after the reading of the law and prophets, the princes of the synagogue sent to them, saying, Men brethren, if any word of exhortation to the people is in you, say ye.
13:16 Forsooth Paul rising, and with hand bidding silence, saith, Men of Israel, and ye that dread God, hear.
13:17 God of the people of Israel chose our fathers, and enhanced the people, when they were comelings in the land of Egypt, and in an high arm he led them out of it;
13:18 and by the time of forty years he suffered their manners in desert.
13:19 And he destroying seven folks in the land of Canaan, by sort parted to them the land of them,
13:20 as after four hundred and fifty years. And after these things he gave doomsmen, till to Samuel, the prophet.
13:21 And from thence they asked a king, and God gave to them Saul, the son of Cis, a man of the lineage of Benjamin, by forty years.
13:22 And when he was done away, he raised to them David the king, to whom he bare witnessing, and said, I have found David, the son of Jesse, a man after mine heart, which shall do all my will.
13:23 Of whose seed after promise God led out to Israel a Saviour Jesus,
13:24 when John preached before the face of his coming the baptism of penance to all the people of Israel.
13:25 Forsooth when John fulfilled his course, he said, Whom ye deem me to be, I am not; but lo! there cometh after me, of whose I am not worthy to unbind the shoes of his feet.
13:26 Men brethren, sons of the kind of Abraham, and which that in you dread God, to you the word of this health is sent.
13:27 For they that dwell at Jerusalem, and princes of it, that knew not this Jesus, and the voices of prophets, that by every sabbath be read, deeming fulfilled;
13:28 and they found in him no cause of death, and asked of Pilate, that they should slay him.
13:29 And when they had ended all things that were written of him, they took him down off the tree, and laid him in a grave.
13:30 Forsooth God raised him from dead the third day;
13:31 which was seen by many days to them that went up together with him from Galilee into Jerusalem, which be till now his witnesses to the people.
13:32 And we shew to you the promise that was made to our fathers;
13:33 for God hath fulfilled this to their sons, and again-raised Jesus; and in the second psalm it is written, Thou art my Son, today I begat thee.
13:34 Forsooth that he again-raised him from dead, now no more to turn again into corruption, he said thus, For I shall give to you the holy true things of David.
13:35 Therefore and in another stead he saith, Thou shalt not give thine holy to see corruption.
13:36 Forsooth David in his generation, when he had ministered to the will of God, slept, and was laid with his fathers, and saw corruption;
13:37 soothly he whom God raised from dead men, saw not corruption.
13:38 Therefore, men brethren, be it known to you, that by him remission of sins is told to you,
13:39 from all sins, of which ye might not be justified in the law of Moses. In this each man that believeth, is justified.
13:40 Therefore see ye, that it come not to you, that is before-said in the prophets,
13:41 See ye, despisers, and wonder ye, and be ye scattered abroad; for I work a work in your days, a work that ye shall not believe, if any man shall tell it out to you.
13:42 And when they went out, they prayed, that in the sabbath following they should speak to them these words.
13:43 And when the synagogue was left, many of the Jews and comelings worshipping God followed Paul and Barnabas; the which speaking, softly counseled them, that they should dwell in the grace of God.
13:44 And in the sabbath following almost all the city came together, to hear the word of God.
13:45 And Jews saw the people, and were filled with envy, and against-said these things that were said of Paul, blaspheming.
13:46 Then Paul and Barnabas steadfastly said, To you it behooved first to speak the word of God; but for ye put it away, and have deemed you unworthy of everlasting life, lo! we turn to heathen men.
13:47 For so the Lord commanded us, I have set thee into light of heathen men, that thou be into health unto the uttermost of the earth.
13:48 Soothly heathen men hearing joyed, and glorified the word of the Lord; and believed, how many ever were ordained to everlasting life.
13:49 Forsooth the word of the Lord was far sown by all the country.
13:50 But the Jews stirred religious women, and honest, and the first men of the city, and stirred persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and cast them out of their countries.
13:51 And they shook away the powder of feet into them, and came to Iconium.
13:52 And the disciples were filled with joy and the Holy Ghost.
14:01 Forsooth it was done at Iconium, that together they entered into the synagogue of Jews, and spake, so that a full great multitude of Jews and Greeks believed.
14:02 But the Jews that were unbelieveful, raised persecution, and to wrath stirred the souls of heathen men against the brethren; but the Lord gave soon peace.
14:03 Therefore they dwelled much time, doing trustily in the Lord, bearing witnessing to the word of his grace, giving signs and wonders to be made by the hands of them.
14:04 But the multitude of the city was parted, and some were with the Jews, and some with the apostles.
14:05 But when there was made an assault of the heathen men and the Jews, with their princes, to punish with despisings, and to stone them,
14:06 they understood, and fled together to the cities of Lycaonia, and Lystra, and Derbe, and all the country in compass.
14:07 And they preached there the gospel, and all the multitude was moved together in the teaching of them. Paul and Barnabas dwelt at Lystra.
14:08 And some man at Lystra, sick in the feet, sat crooked from his mother’s womb, the which never had gone.
14:09 This heard Paul speaking; the which beholding him, and seeing for he had faith, that he should be made safe,
14:10 said with great voice, Rise thou upright on thy feet. And he leaped, and walked.
14:11 And the people, when they had seen that that Paul did, reared their voice in Lycaonian tongue, saying, Gods made like to men be come down to us.
14:12 And they called Barnabas Jupiter, and Paul Mercury, for he was leader of the word.
14:13 And the priest of Jupiter that was before the city, brought bulls and crowns before the gates, with peoples, and would have made sacrifice.
14:14 Which thing, when the apostles, Barnabas and Paul, heard, they rent their coats; and they skipped out among the people, crying,
14:15 and saying, Men, what do ye this thing? and we be deadly men like to you, and shew to you, that ye be converted from these vain things to the living God, that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that be in them;
14:16 which in generations passed suffered all folks to go into their own ways.
14:17 And yet he left not himself without witnessing in well doing, for he gave rains from heaven, and times of bearing fruit, full-filling with meat and gladness your hearts.
14:18 And they saying these things, scarcely assuaged the people, that they offered not to them.
14:19 Forsooth some Jews came out from Antioch and Iconium, and, the companies sweetly stirred, they stoning Paul, drew out of the city, guessing him to be dead.
14:20 Soothly when disciples compassed him, he rose and entered into the city; and the following day, he went forth with Barnabas into Derbe.
14:21 And when they had evangelized to that city, and taught many, they turned again to Lystra, and Iconium, and to Antioch;
14:22 confirming the souls of the disciples, and admonishing, that they should dwell in the faith, and saying, That by many tribulations it behooveth us to enter into the kingdom of heavens.
14:23 And when they had ordained priests to them by all cities, and had prayed with fastings, they betook them to the Lord, in whom they believed.
14:24 And they passing Pisidia, came to Pamphylia;
14:25 and they speaking the word of the Lord in Perga, came down into Italy.
14:26 And from thence they went by boat to Antioch, from whence they were taken to the grace of God, into the work that they fulfilled.
14:27 And when they were come, and had gathered the church, they told how many things God did with them, and that he had opened to heathen men the door of faith.
14:28 Forsooth they dwelled a time not little with the disciples.
15:01 And some men came down from Judaea, and taught brethren, That but ye be circumcised after the law of Moses, ye be not able to be saved.
15:02 Therefore when there was made not a little dissension to Paul and Barnabas against them, they ordained, that Paul and Barnabas, and some others of them, should go up to the apostles and priests in Jerusalem, on this question.
15:03 Therefore they, led forth of the church, passed by Phenice and Samaria; telling the living of heathen men, and they made great joy to all the brethren.
15:04 Soothly when they came to Jerusalem, they were received of the church, and of the apostles, and elder men, and told how many things God did with them.
15:05 But some of the heresy of the Pharisees, that believed, rised, saying, That it behooveth them to be circumcised, and to command to keep also the law of Moses.
15:06 And the apostles and elder men came together, to see of this word.
15:07 And when there was made a great seeking thereof, Peter rose, and said to them, Men brethren, ye know, that of old days in you God chose by my mouth heathen men, to hear the word of the gospel, and to believe;
15:08 and God, that knew the hearts, bare witnessing, giving to them the Holy Ghost, as also to us;
15:09 and nothing diversed between us and them, cleansing the hearts of them by faith.
15:10 Now therefore what tempt ye God, to put a yoke on the neck of the disciples, which neither we, neither our fathers might bear?
15:11 But by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ we believe to be saved, as also they.
15:12 And all the multitude held peace, and heard Barnabas and Paul, telling how many signs and wonders God did by them in heathen men.
15:13 And after that they held peace, James answered, saying, Men brethren, hear me.
15:14 Simon told, how first God visited, to take of heathen men a people to his name.
15:15 And to him the words of prophets accord, as it is written,
15:16 After this I shall turn again, and build the tabernacle of David, that fell down; and I shall build again the cast down things of it, and I shall raise it;
15:17 that others of men seek the Lord, and all folks on whom my name is called to help; the Lord doing this thing, saith.
15:18 From the world, to the Lord his work is known.
15:19 For which thing I deem them that of heathen men be converted to God, to be not unquieted,
15:20 but to write to them, that they abstain them from defoulings of simulacra, and from fornication, and strangled things, and blood.
15:21 For Moses of old times hath in all cities them that preach him in synagogues, whereby each sabbath he is read.
15:22 Then it pleased to the apostles, and elder men, with all the church, to choose men of them, and send to Antioch, with Paul and Barnabas, Judas, that was named Barsabas, and Silas, the first men among brethren;
15:23 and wrote by the hands of them, Apostles and elder brethren to them that be at Antioch, and Syria, and Cilicia, brethren of heathen men, greeting.
15:24 For we heard that some went out from us, and troubled you with words, turning upside-down your souls, to which men we commanded not,
15:25 it pleased to us gathered into one, to choose men, and send to you, with our most dear-worthy Barnabas and Paul,
15:26 men that gave their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
15:27 Therefore we sent Judas and Silas, and they shall tell the same things to you by words.
15:28 For it is seen to the Holy Ghost and to us, to put to you nothing more of charge, than these needful things,
15:29 that ye abstain you from the offered things of simulacra, and blood strangled, and fornication. From which ye keeping you, shall do well. Fare ye well.
15:30 Therefore they dismissed, came down to Antioch; and, when the multitude was gathered, they betook the epistle;
15:31 which when they had read, they joyed on the comfort.
15:32 Forsooth Judas and Silas and they, when they were prophets, with full much word comforted brethren, and confirmed them.
15:33 But after that they had been there a little while, they were dismissed with peace of brethren, to them that had sent them.
15:34 But it was seen to Silas, to dwell there; and Judas went alone to Jerusalem.
15:35 And Paul and Barnabas dwelt at Antioch, teaching and preaching the word of the Lord, with many others.
15:36 But after some days, Paul said to Barnabas, We turning again, visit our brethren by all cities, in which we have preached the word of the Lord, how they have them.
15:37 And Barnabas would take with him John, that was named Mark.
15:38 But Paul prayed him, that he that departed from them from Pamphylia, and went not with them into the work, should not be received.
15:39 And dissension was made, so that they departed atwain. And Barnabas took Mark, and came by boat to Cyprus.
15:40 Forsooth Paul chose Silas, and went forth, taken to the grace of God from brethren.
15:41 Forsooth he went by Syria and Cilicia, confirming the church, commanding to keep the precepts of the apostles and elder men.
16:01 And he came into Derbe and Lystra. And lo! a disciple was there, by name Timothy, the son of a woman Jewess faithful, and of the father heathen.
16:02 And The brethren that were in Lystra and Iconium, yielded good witnessing to him.
16:03 Paul would him to go forth with himself, and he took, and circumcised him, for Jews that were in those places. For all knew, that his father was heathen.
16:04 Forsooth When they passed by cities, they betook to them to keep the teachings, that were deemed of apostles and elder men, that were at Jerusalem.
16:05 And the churches were confirmed in faith, and increased in number each day.
16:06 And they passed Phrygia, and the country of Galatia, and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to speak the word of God in Asia.
16:07 And when they came to Mysia, they assayed to go into Bithynia, and the Spirit of Jesus suffered them not.
16:08 But when they had passed by Mysia, they came down to Troas;
16:09 and a vision in night was shewed to Paul. Some man of Macedonia was standing, and praying him, and saying, Go thou into Macedonia, and help us.
16:10 And as he had seen the vision, anon we sought to go forth into Macedonia, made certain that God had called us to evangelize to them.
16:11 Soothly we going by boat from Troas, with straight course came to Samothracia; and the day following to Neapolis;
16:12 and from thence to Philippi, that is the first part of Macedonia, the city of colony. And we were in this city some days, speaking together.
16:13 Soothly in the day of sabbaths, we went out without the gate beside the flood, where prayer was seen to be; and we sat, and spake to women that came together.
16:14 And some woman, Lydia by name, a purpless of the city of Thyatira, worshipping God, heard; whose heart the Lord opened to give attention to these things, that were said of Paul.
16:15 And when she was baptized and her house, she prayed, saying, If ye have deemed me to be faithful to the Lord, enter ye into mine house, and dwell. And she constrained us.
16:16 And it was done, when we went to prayer, some wench having a spirit of divination, met us, which gave great winning to her lords in divining.
16:17 This followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men be servants of the high God, that tell to you the way of health.
16:18 And this she did in many days. And Paul sorrowed, and turned, and said to the spirit, I command to thee in the name of Jesus Christ, to go out of her. And he went out in the same hour.
16:19 And the lords of her saw, that the hope of their winning went away, catching Paul and Silas, they led them into the market to the princes.
16:20 And they brought them to the magistrates, and said, These men distrouble our city, for they be Jews,
16:21 and shew a custom, which it is not leaveful to us to receive, neither do, since we be Romans.
16:22 And the people ran against them, and the magistrates, and when they had rent the coats of them, they commanded them to be beaten with rods.
16:23 And when they had given to them many wounds, they sent them into prison, commanding to the keeper, that he diligently should keep them.
16:24 Which, when he had taken such a precept, sent them into the inner prison, and restrained the feet of them in a tree.
16:25 And at midnight Paul and Silas worshipped, and praised God; and they that were in the keeping heard them.
16:26 And suddenly a great earth-moving was made, so that the foundaments of the prison were moved. And anon all the doors were opened, and the bonds of all were loosed.
16:27 And the keeper of the prison was awaked, and seeing the gates of the prison opened, and with a sword drawn out he would have slain himself, weening the bound men to have fled.
16:28 But Paul cried with a great voice, saying, Do thou no harm to thyself, for all we be here.
16:29 And he asked light, and entered in, and trembling he fell down to Paul and Silas at the feet.
16:30 And he brought them withoutforth, and said, Lords, what behooveth me to do, that I be made safe?
16:31 And they said, Believe thou in the Lord Jesus, and thou shalt be safe, and thine house.
16:32 And they spake to him the word of the Lord, with all that were in his house.
16:33 And he took them in the same hour of the night, and washed their wounds. And he was baptized, and all his house anon.
16:34 And when he had brought them into his house, he set to them a board. And he gladded with all his house, believing to God.
16:35 And when day was made, the magistrates sent tormentors, saying, Dismiss ye those men.
16:36 And the keeper of the prison told these words to Paul, That the magistrates have sent, that ye be delivered; now therefore go ye out, and go in peace.
16:37 Forsooth Paul said to them, They sent into prison us, beaten openly uncondemned, men Romans, and now privily they cast us out; not so, but come they, and themselves cast us out.
16:38 And the constables told these words to the magistrates; and they dreaded, for they heard that they were Romans.
16:39 And they came, and besought them, and they brought them out, and prayed, that they should go out of the city.
16:40 And they went out of the prison, entered into Lydia. And the brethren seen, they comforted them, and went forth.
17:01 And when they had passed by Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where was a synagogue of Jews.
17:02 Soothly after custom, Paul entered into them, and by three sabbaths he declared to them of the scriptures,
17:03 opening and shewing for it behooved Christ to suffer, and rise again from dead, and that this is Jesus Christ, whom I tell to you.
17:04 And some of them believed, and were joined to Paul and Silas; and of heathen men worshipping a great multitude, and noble women not few.
17:05 But the Jews had envy, and took of the common people some evil men, and a company made, they moved the city. And they came to Jason’s house, and sought to bring them to the people.
17:06 And when they found them not, they drew Jason and some brethren to the princes of the city, crying, That these it be, that moved the world, and hither they came,
17:07 whom Jason received. And these all do against the commandments of Caesar, saying, that Jesus is another king.
17:08 And they moved the people, and the princes of the city, hearing these things.
17:09 And when satisfaction was taken of Jason, and of others, they left them.
17:10 Forsooth anon by night brethren sent Paul and Silas into Berea. The which when they came, entered into the synagogue of Jews.
17:11 Soothly these were the nobler of them that be at Thessalonica, which received the word with all desire, each day seeking the scriptures, if these things had them so.
17:12 And many of them believed and of honest heathen women and men not a few.
17:13 But when the Jews in Thessalonica had known, that also at Berea the word of God was preached of Paul, they came also thither, moving and distroubling the multitude.
17:14 And anon brethren dismissed Paul then, that he should go to the sea; but Silas and Timothy dwelt there.
17:15 And they that led forth Paul, led him unto Athens. And when they had taken a commandment of him to Silas and Timothy, that full hieingly they should come to him, they went forth.
17:16 And while Paul abode them at Athens, his spirit was moved in him, for he saw the city given to idolatry.
17:17 Therefore he disputed in the synagogue with Jews, and men worshipping, in the market by all days to them that heard.
17:18 And some Epicureans, and Stoics, and philosophers disputed with him. And some said, What will this sower of words say? And others said, He seemeth to be a teller of new fiends; for he told to them Jesus, and the again-rising.
17:19 And they took and led him to Areopagus, saying, Be we able to know, what is this new doctrine, that is said of thee?
17:20 For thou bringest in some new things to our ears; therefore we will know, what these things will be.
17:21 For all men of Athens and comelings harboured gave attention to none other thing, but either to say, or to hear, some new thing.
17:22 And Paul stood in the middle of Areopagus, and said, Men of Athens, by all things I see you as vain worshippers.
17:23 For I passed, and saw your simulacra, and found an altar, in which was written, To the unknown God. Therefore which thing ye unknowing worship, this thing I shew to you.
17:24 God that made the world and all things that be in it, this, for he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made by hand,
17:25 neither is worshipped by man’s hands, having need of any thing, for he giveth life to all men, and breathing, and all things;
17:26 and made of one all the kind of men for to inhabit on all the face of the earth, determining times ordained, and terms of habitation of them,
17:27 to seek God, if peradventure they feel him, either find, though he be not far from each of you.
17:28 For in him we live, and move, and be. As also some of your poets said, Soothly we be also the kin of him.
17:29 Therefore since we be the kin of God, we shall not deem that godly thing is like to gold, or silver, or stone, to graving of craft and thought of man.
17:30 For God despiseth the times of this unknowing, and now showeth to men, that all every where do penance;
17:31 for that he hath ordained a day, in which he shall deem the world in equity, in a man in which he ordained, and gave faith to all men, raising him from dead.
17:32 Soothly when they heard the again-rising of dead, some scorned, and some said, We shall hear thee again of this thing.
17:33 So Paul went out of the middle of them.
17:34 Forsooth some men cleaved to him, and believed. Among which Dionysius Areopagite was, and a woman, by name Damaris, and others with them.
18:01 After these things Paul went out of Athens, and came to Corinth.
18:02 And he found a man, a Jew, Aquila by name, of Pontus by kind, that late came from Italy, and Priscilla, his wife, for that Claudius commanded all Jews to depart from Rome; and he came to them.
18:03 And for that he was of the same craft, he dwelled with them, and wrought; soothly they were of tentmakers craft.
18:04 And he disputed in the synagogue by each sabbath, putting among the name of the Lord Jesus; and he softly counseled Jews and Greeks.
18:05 And when Silas and Timothy came from Macedonia, Paul gave busyness to the word, and witnessed to the Jews, that Jesus is Christ.
18:06 Forsooth when they against-said and blasphemed, he shook off his clothes, and said to them, Your blood be on your head; I clean from henceforth, shall go to heathen men.
18:07 And he passed from thence, and entered into the house of a just man, by name Titus, that worshipped God, whose house was joined to the synagogue.
18:08 And Crispus, prince of the synagogue, believed to the Lord, with all his house. And many of the Corinthians hearing believed, and were christened.
18:09 And the Lord said by night to Paul by a vision, Do not thou dread, but speak, and be not still;
18:10 for I am with thee, and no man shall be put to thee to harm thee, for much people is to me in this city.
18:11 And he dwelled there a year and six months, teaching among them the word of God.
18:12 But when Gallio was proconsul of Achaia, the Jews rised up with one will against Paul, and led him to the doom,
18:13 saying, Against the law this counseleth men to worship God.
18:14 Soothly when Paul began to open the mouth, Gallio said to Jews, Forsooth, if there were any wicked thing, or worst trespass, ye men Jews, rightly I should sustain you;
18:15 but if questions be of the word, and of names of your law, ye yourselves see; I will not be doomsman of these things.
18:16 And he drove them from the doom place.
18:17 And all took Sosthenes, prince of the synagogue, and smote him before the doom place; and nothing of these was to charge to Gallio.
18:18 And when Paul had abided many days, saying farewell to brethren, by boat came to Syria, and with him, Priscilla and Aquila, which had clipped his head in Cenchrea; for he had a vow.
18:19 And he came to Ephesus, and there he left them; and he went into the synagogue, and disputed with Jews.
18:20 And when they prayed, that he should dwell more time, he consented not,
18:21 but he made farewell to brethren, and saying, It behooveth me to make the solemn day coming at Jerusalem, and again I shall turn again to you, God willing; and he went forth from Ephesus.
18:22 And he came down to Caesarea, and ascended up, and greeted the church, and came down to Antioch.
18:23 And when he had dwelled there somewhat of time, he went forth, walking by order through the country of Galatia, and Phrygia, confirming all the disciples.
18:24 Soothly some Jew, Apollos by name, a man of Alexandria of kind, a man eloquent, came to Ephesus, mighty in scriptures.
18:25 This man was taught the way of the Lord, and was fervent in spirit, and spake, and taught diligently those things that were of Jesus, knowing only the baptism of John.
18:26 And this man began to do trustily in the synagogue. Whom when Priscilla and Aquila heard, they took him to, and more diligently expounded to him the way of the Lord.
18:27 Soothly when he would go to Achaia, brethren admonished, and wrote to the disciples, that they should receive him; which when he came, gave much to them that believed.
18:28 For he greatly overcame Jews, shewing openly by scriptures, that Jesus is Christ.
19:01 Forsooth it was done, when Apollos was at Corinth, that Paul when he had gone the higher coasts, came to Ephesus, and found some of the disciples.
19:02 And he said to them, If ye have received the Holy Ghost believing? And they said to him, But neither we have heard, if the Holy Ghost is.
19:03 And he said, Therefore in what thing be ye baptized? And they said, In the baptism of John.
19:04 Forsooth Paul said, John baptized in baptism of penance the people, saying, that they should believe into him that was to come after him, that is, into Jesus.
19:05 When they heard these things, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
19:06 And when Paul had laid on them his hands, the Holy Ghost came on them, and they spake with languages, and prophesied.
19:07 And all were almost twelve men.
19:08 And he went into the synagogue, and spake with trust three months, disputing and softly moving of the kingdom of God.
19:09 Soothly when some were endured and believed not, cursing the way of the Lord before the multitude, he went away from them, and parted the disciples, each day disputing in the school of some tyrant.
19:10 This was done by two years, so that all that dwelled in Asia heard the word of the Lord, Jews and heathen men.
19:11 God did virtues not little by the hand of Paul,
19:12 so that on sick men the sudaria were borne from his body, and sicknesses departed from them, and wicked spirits went out.
19:13 Forsooth and some of the Jewish exorcists, going about, attempted to in-call the name of the Lord Jesus Christ on them that had evil spirits, saying, I conjure you by Jesus, whom Paul preacheth.
19:14 And there were some seven sons of a Jew, Sceva, a prince of priests, that did this thing.
19:15 But the evil spirit answered, and said to them, I know Jesus, and I know Paul; but who be ye?
19:16 And the man in which was the worst devil, leaped on them, and having lordship of both, and was strong against them, that they naked and wounded fled away from that house.
19:17 And this thing was made known to all the Jews and heathen men, that dwelled at Ephesus; and dread fell down on them all, and they magnified the name of the Lord Jesus.
19:18 And many of them believing came, acknowledging and telling their deeds.
19:19 And many of them that followed curious things, brought together books, and burned them before all men; and the prices of them acounted, they found money of fifty thousand pence;
19:20 so strongly the word of God waxed, and was confirmed.
19:21 Soothly these things fulfilled, Paul purposed in spirit, after that Macedonia was passed and Achaia, to go to Jerusalem, saying, For after that I shall be there, it behooveth me to see also Rome.
19:22 And he sent into Macedonia two men, that ministered to him, Timothy, and Erastus, and he dwelt for a time in Asia.
19:23 Therefore there was made in that day a troubling not least, in the way of the Lord.
19:24 Forsooth some man, Demetrius by name, an argentary, making silveren houses to Diana, gave to craftsmen not little winning;
19:25 whom he called together, and them that were such manner workmen, and said, Men, ye know that of this craft winning is to us;
19:26 and ye see and hear, that not only of Ephesus, but almost of all Asia, this Paul counseleth and turneth away much company, saying, that they be not gods, that be made by hands.
19:27 And not only this part shall be in peril to us, to come into reproof, but also the temple of the great Diana shall be counted into nought; yea, but and the majesty of her shall be destroyed, whom all Asia and the world worshippeth.
19:28 These things heard, they be full-filled with ire, and cried, saying, Great the Diana of Ephesians.
19:29 And the city was filled with confusion, and they made an assault with one will into the theatre, and took Gaius and Aristarchus, men of Macedonia, fellows of Paul.
19:30 And when Paul would have entered into the people, the disciples suffered not.
19:31 And also some of the princes of Asia, that were his friends, sent to him, praying, that he should not give himself into the theatre.
19:32 Soothly other men cried other things; for the church was confused, and many knew not for what cause they were come together.
19:33 Soothly of the company they withdrew some man Alexander, Jews putting him. And Alexander asked with his hand silence, and would yield a reason to the people.
19:34 And as they knew that he was a Jew, one voice of all men was made, crying as by two hours, Great is Diana of Ephesians.
19:35 And when the scribe had ceased the people, he said, Men of Ephesus, what man is he, that knoweth not, that the city of Ephesians is the worshipper of the great Diana, and of the child of Jupiter?
19:36 Therefore when it may not be against-said to these things, it behooveth you to be ceased, and to do nothing follily;
19:37 for ye have brought these men, neither sacrilegers, neither blaspheming your goddess.
19:38 That if Demetrius, and the workmen that be with him, have cause against any man, coming together of dooms be done, and proconsuls be; accuse they them together.
19:39 If ye seek aught of any other thing, it may be assoiled in the lawful church.
19:40 For why and we be in peril to be reproved of this day’s sedition, since no man is guilty, of whom we may yield reason of this running together.
19:41 And when he had said this thing, he left the church.
20:01 And after that the noise ceased, Paul called the disciples, and admonished them, and said farewell; and he went forth, to go into Macedonia.
20:02 Soothly when he had walked by those parts, and had admonished them by much word, he came to Greece.
20:03 Where when he had been three months, the Jews laid ambush for him, that was to sail into Syria; and he had counsel to turn again by Macedonia.
20:04 And Sopater of Pyrri Berea followed him; of Thessalonians, Aristarchus, and Secundus, and Gaius Derbeus, and Timothy; and Asians, Tychicus and Trophimus.
20:05 These when they went before, sustained us at Troas.
20:06 For we shipped after the days of therf loaves from Philippi, and came to them at Troas in five days, where we dwelt seven days.
20:07 And in the first day of the week, when we came to break bread, Paul disputed with them, he to going in the morrow; and he drew along the sermon till into midnight.
20:08 And many lamps were in the solar, where we were gathered together.
20:09 Soothly some young man, Eutychus by name, sat on the window, when he was fallen into an heavy sleep, Paul disputing long, he led by sleep fell down from the third stage; and he was taken up, and was brought dead.
20:10 To whom when Paul came down, he lay on him, and embracing said, Do not ye be troubled; for his soul is in him.
20:11 And he went up, and brake bread, and ate, and spake enough till into the light; and so he went forth.
20:12 And they brought the child alive, and they were comforted not least.
20:13 Soothly we ascending up into a ship, shipped into Assos, from thence we to receiving Paul; for so he had disposed, to making journey by land.
20:14 And when he found us in Assos, we took him, and came to Mitylene.
20:15 And from thence shipping, in the day following we came against Chios, and another day we havened at Samos, and in the day following we came to Miletus.
20:16 And Paul purposed to ship over to Ephesus, lest any tarrying were made to him in Asia; for he hied, if it were possible to him, that he should be in the day of Pentecost at Jerusalem.
20:17 From Miletus he sent to Ephesus, and called the more men through birth of the church.
20:18 And when they came to him, and were together, he said to them, Ye know from the first day, in which I came into Asia, how with you by each time I was,
20:19 serving to the Lord with all meekness, and mildness, and tears, and temptations, that felled to me of ambushings of Jews;
20:20 how I withdrew nought of profitable things to you, that I told not to you, and taught you openly, and by houses;
20:21 witnessing to Jews and heathen men penance into God, and faith into our Lord Jesus Christ.
20:22 And now lo! I am bound in spirit, and go into Jerusalem; unknowing what things shall come to me in it,
20:23 but that the Holy Ghost by all cities witnesseth to me, saying, that bonds and tribulations at Jerusalem abide me.
20:24 But I dread nothing of these, neither I make my life preciouser than myself, the while I end my course, and the ministry of the word, which I received of the Lord Jesus, to witness the gospel of the grace of God.
20:25 And now lo! I know, that ye shall no more see my face, all ye by whom I passed, preaching the kingdom of God.
20:26 Wherefore I witness to you this day, that I am clean of the blood of all men.
20:27 For I flew not away, that I told not to you all the counsel of God.
20:28 Take attention to you, and to all the flock, in which the Holy Ghost hath set you bishops, to rule the church of God, which he hath purchased with his blood.
20:29 I know, that after my departing, snatching wolves shall enter into you, not sparing the flock;
20:30 and of yourselves men speaking wayward things shall rise, that they lead away disciples after them.
20:31 For which thing wake ye, holding in mind that by three years night and day I ceased not with tears admonishing each of you.
20:32 And now I betake you to God and to the word of his grace, that is mighty to edify and give heritage in all that be made holy.
20:33 And of no man I coveted silver, and gold, or cloth,
20:34 as ye yourselves know; for to those things that were needful to me, and to those that be with me, these hands ministered.
20:35 All these things I shewed to you, for so it behooveth men travailing to receive the sick, and to have mind of the word of the Lord Jesus; for he said, It is more blessed to give, more than to receive.
20:36 And when he had said these things, he kneeled, and prayed with all them.
20:37 And great weeping of all men was made; and they felled on the neck of Paul, and kissed him,
20:38 sorrowing most in the word that he said, for they should no more see his face. And they led him to the ship.
21:01 And when it was done, that we should ship, and were passed away from them, with straight course we came to Coos, and the day following to Rhodes, and from thence to Patara.
21:02 And when we found a ship passing into Phenicia, we went up into it, and sailed forth.
21:03 And when we appeared to Cyprus, we left it at the left half, and sailed into Syria, and came to Tyre. Soothly there the ship was to put out the charge.
21:04 And when we found disciples, we dwelled there seven days; which said by Spirit to Paul, that he should not go up to Jerusalem.
21:05 And the days fulfilled, we went forth, and all men with wives and children led forth us till without the city; and we kneeled in the sea brink, and we prayed.
21:06 And when we had made farewell together, we went up into the ship; soothly they turned again into their own things.
21:07 And when the ship sailing was filled from Tyre, we came down to Ptolemais, and the brethren greeted well, we dwelled one day at them.
21:08 And another day we went forth, and came to Caesarea. And we entered into the house of Philip evangelist, that was one of the seven, and dwelled at him.
21:09 And to him were four daughters, virgins, that prophesied.
21:10 And when we dwelled thereby some days, some man prophet, Agabus by name, came over from Judaea.
21:11 This when he came to us, took the girdle of Paul, and bound together his feet and hands, and said, The Holy Ghost saith these things, Thus the Jews shall bind in Jerusalem the man, whose is this girdle; and they shall betake him into heathen men’s hands.
21:12 Which thing when we heard, we prayed, and they that were of that place, that he should not go up to Jerusalem.
21:13 Then Paul answered, and said, What do ye, weeping and tormenting mine heart? For I am ready, not only to be bound, but also to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.
21:14 And when we might not counsel him, we were still, saying, The will of the Lord be done.
21:15 Soothly after these days we made ready, and went up to Jerusalem.
21:16 And some of the disciples came with us from Caesarea, and led with them some man, Jason of Cyprus, an old disciple, at whom we should be harboured.
21:17 And when we came to Jerusalem, brethren received us willfully.
21:18 And in the day following Paul entered with us to James, and all the elder men were gathered.
21:19 Whom when he had greeted, he told by all things, what things God had done in heathen men, by the ministry of him.
21:20 And when they heard, magnified God, and said to him, Thou brother, seest how many thousands be in Jews, that have believed to God, and all be followers of the law.
21:21 And they heard of thee, that thou teachest departing from Moses of those Jews that be by heathen men, saying, that they owe not to circumcise their sons, neither owe to enter after custom.
21:22 Therefore what is this? It behooveth that the multitude come together; for they shall hear, that thou art come.
21:23 Therefore do thou this thing, that we say to thee. There be to us four men, that have a vow on them.
21:24 These take to, and hallow thee with them; hang on them, that they shave their heads; and that all men know, that those things that they heard of thee be false, but that thou walkest, and thyself keepest the law.
21:25 But of these that believed of heathen men, we have written, deeming that they abstain them from things offered to idols, and blood, and strangled things, and from fornication.
21:26 Then Paul took the men, and in the day following he was purified with them, and entered into the temple, shewing the fulfilling of days of purifying, till the offering was offered for each of them.
21:27 And when seven days were ended, the Jews that were of Asia, when they saw him in the temple, stirred all the people, and laid hands on him,
21:28 crying, Men of Israel, help ye us. This is the man, that against the people and the law and this place teacheth every where all men, moreover and hath led heathen men into the temple, and hath defouled this holy place.
21:29 For they saw Trophimus of Ephesus in the city with him, whom they guessed that Paul had brought into the temple.
21:30 And all the city was moved, and a running together of the people was made. And they took Paul, and drew him out of the temple; and anon the gates were closed.
21:31 And when they sought to slay him, it was told to the tribune of the company of knights, that all Jerusalem is confounded.
21:32 Which anon took knights, and centurions, and ran to them. And when they had seen the tribune, and the knights, they ceased to smite Paul.
21:33 Then the tribune coming to, caught him, and commanded to be bound with two chains; and asked, who he was, and what he had done.
21:34 Soothly others cried other thing in the company. And when he might know no certain thing for the noise, he commanded him to be led into the castles.
21:35 And when Paul came to the grees, it befell that he was borne of knights, for strength of the people.
21:36 For the multitude of the people followed him, crying, Take him away.
21:37 And when Paul began to be led into the castles, he said to the tribune, If it is leaveful to me, to speak any thing to thee? Which said, Canst thou Greek?
21:38 Whether thou art not the Egyptian, which before these days movedst a noise, and leddest out into desert four thousand of men, menslayers?
21:39 And Paul said to him, Soothly I am a man Jew, of Tarsus of Cilicia, a citizen of a city not unknown. And I pray thee, suffer me to speak to the people.
21:40 And when he suffered, Paul stood in the grees, and beckoned with the hand to the people. And when a great silence was made, he spake in Hebrew tongue, saying,
22:01 Men, brethren and fathers, hear ye what reason I yield now to you.
22:02 And when some heard that in Hebrew tongue he spake to them, they gave the more silence. And he said,
22:03 I am a man a Jew, born at Tarsus of Cilicia, nourished forsooth in this city beside the feet of Gamaliel, learned after the truth of fathers’ law, follower of the law, as also ye all be today.
22:04 And I pursued this way till to the death, binding together and betaking into holds men and women,
22:05 as the prince of priests yieldeth witnessing to me, and all the more in birth. Of whom also I took epistles to brethren, and went to Damascus, to bring from thence men bound into Jerusalem, that they should be pained.
22:06 Forsooth it was done, while I went and nighed to Damascus, in the midday suddenly from heaven a copious light shone about me.
22:07 And I felled down to the earth, and heard a voice from heaven, saying to me, Saul, Saul, what pursuest thou me? It is hard for thee for to kick against the prick.
22:08 And I answered, Who art thou Lord? And he said to me, I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom thou pursuest.
22:09 And they that were with me saw soothly the light, but they heard not the voice of him, that spake with me.
22:10 And I said, Lord, what shall I do? And the Lord said to me, Rise thou, and go to Damascus; and there it shall be said to thee, of all things which it behooveth thee to do.
22:11 And when I saw not, for the clarity of that light, I was led by the hand of fellows, and I came to Damascus.
22:12 Forsooth some man, Ananias, after the law having witnessing of all Jews dwelling in Damascus,
22:13 came to me, and stood nigh, and said to me, Saul, brother, behold. And I in the same hour beheld into him.
22:14 And he said, God of our fathers hath before-ordained thee, that thou shouldest know the will of him, and shouldest see just Christ, and hear the voice of his mouth.
22:15 For thou shalt be his witness to all men, of those things that thou hast seen and heard.
22:16 And now, what dwellest thou? Rise up, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, in-call the name of him.
22:17 And it was done to me, as I turned again to Jerusalem, and prayed in the temple, that I was made in ravishing of soul,
22:18 and I saw him saying to me, Hie thou, and go out fast of Jerusalem, for they shall not receive thy witnessing of me.
22:19 And I said, Lord, they know, that I was closing together in prison, and beating by synagogues them that believed in thee.
22:20 And when the blood of Stephen, thy witness, was shed, I stood nigh, and consented, and kept the clothes of men that slew him.
22:21 And he said to me, Go thou, for I shall send thee far to nations.
22:22 And they heard him to this word; and they raised their voice, and said, Take away from the earth such a manner man; for it is not leaveful, that he live.
22:23 And when they cried, and cast away their clothes, and threw dust in the air,
22:24 the tribune commanded him to be led into the castles, and to be beaten with scourges, and to be tormented, that he should know, for what cause they cried so to him.
22:25 And when they had restrained him with bonds, Paul said to a centurion standing nigh to him, If it is leaveful to you, to scourge a man Roman, and uncondemned?
22:26 And when this thing was heard, the centurion went to the tribune, and told to him, saying, What art thou to doing? forsooth this man is a citizen Roman.
22:27 Forsooth the tribune coming to, said to him, Say thou to me, if thou art a Roman? And he said, Yea.
22:28 And the tribune answered, I with much sum got this freedom. And Paul saith, I soothly and am born.
22:29 Therefore anon they that should have tormented him, departed away from him. And the tribune dreaded, after that he knew, that he was a citizen of Rome, and that he had bound him.
22:30 But in the day following he would know more diligently, for what cause he were accused of the Jews, and unbound him, and commanded the priests and all the council to come together. And he brought forth Paul, and set him among them.
23:01 Paul forsooth beholding into the council, saith, Men brethren, I with all good conscience have lived before God, till into this day.
23:02 Soothly Ananias, prince of priests, commanded to men standing nigh, to smite his mouth.
23:03 Then Paul said to him, Thou wall made white, God shall smite thee; and thou sitting deemest me after the law, and against the law commandest me to be smitten.
23:04 And they that stood nigh, said, Cursest thou the high priest of God?
23:05 And Paul said, Brethren, I knew not, that he is the prince of priests; for it is written, Thou shalt not curse the prince of thy people.
23:06 Forsooth Paul witting, for one part was of Sadducees, and the tother of Pharisees, he cried in the council, Men brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of Pharisees; of the hope and again-rising of dead I am deemed.
23:07 And when he had said this thing, dissension was made between the Pharisees and the Sadducees, and the multitude was parted.
23:08 Forsooth Sadducees say, to be no rising again of dead, neither angel, neither spirit; forsooth Pharisees acknowledge both.
23:09 And a great cry was made. And some of the Pharisees rised up, and fought, saying, We find nothing of evil in this man; what if a spirit spake to him, or angel?
23:10 And when great dissension was made, the tribune dreading, lest Paul should be drawn to pieces of them, commanded knights to go down, and to snatch him from the middle of them, and to lead him into castles.
23:11 And in the night following the Lord stood nigh to him, and said, Be thou steadfast; for as thou hast witnessed of me in Jerusalem, so it behooveth thee to witness also at Rome.
23:12 And when the day was come, some of the Jews gathered them, and made a vow, saying, that they should neither eat, nor drink, till they slew Paul.
23:13 And there were more than forty men, that made this conjuration.
23:14 And they went to the princes of priests, and elder men, and said, With devotion we have avowed us, that we shall not taste any thing, till we have slain Paul.
23:15 Now therefore make ye known to the tribune, with the council, that he bring him forth to you, as if ye should know something more certainly of him; and we be ready to slay him, before that he come nigh.
23:16 Which thing when the son of Paul’s sister had heard the ambush, he came, and entered into the castles, and told Paul.
23:17 And Paul called to him one of the centurions, and said, Lead this young man to the tribune, for he hath something to shew to him.
23:18 And he took him, and led to the tribune, and said, Paul, that is bound, prayed me to lead to thee this young man, that hath something to speak to thee.
23:19 And the tribune took his hand, and went with him asides half, and asked him, What thing is it, that thou hast to shew to me?
23:20 And he said, The Jews be accorded to pray thee, that tomorrow thou bring forth Paul into the council, as if they should inquire something more certainly of him.
23:21 But believe thou not to them; for more than forty men of them ambush him, which have avowed, that they shall neither eat nor drink, till they slay him; and now they be ready, abiding thy promise.
23:22 Therefore the tribune left the young man, and commanded, that he should speak to no man, that he had made these things known to him.
23:23 And he called together two centurions, and he said to them, Make ye ready two hundred knights, that they go to Caesarea, and horsemen seventy, and spearmen two hundred, from the third hour of the night.
23:24 And make ye ready juments, that they putting Paul upon, should lead him safe to Felix, president. For the tribune dreaded, lest the Jews would take him by the way, and slay him, and afterward he might be challenged, as he had taken money.
23:25 And He wrote to him an epistle, containing these things.
23:26 Claudius Lysias to the best Felix, president, health.
23:27 This man taken of Jews, and beginning to be slain of them, I came above with company, and delivered, for it was known that he is a Roman.
23:28 And I willing to know the cause, which they put against him, led him into the council of them.
23:29 Whom I found to be accused of questions of the law of them, forsooth having no crime worthy the death, or bonds.
23:30 And when it was told to me of the ambush that they made ready to him, I sent him to thee, and I announced also to the accusers, that they say at thee. Farewell.
23:31 Soothly knights, after thing commanded to them, took Paul, and led him by night into Antipatris.
23:32 And in the day following, when the horsemen were left, that they should go with him, they turned again to the castles.
23:33 Which when they came to Caesarea, and took the epistle to the president, they set before him also Paul.
23:34 And when he had read, and asked, of what province he was, and knew that he was of Cilicia,
23:35 I shall hear thee, he said, when thine accusers shall come. And he commanded him to be kept in the moot hall of Herod.
24:01 And after five days, Ananias, prince of priests, came down with some elder men, and Tertullus, some oratour, which went to the president against Paul.
24:02 And Paul summoned, Tertullus began to accuse, saying, When in much peace we do by thee, and many things be amended by thy providence,
24:03 evermore and every where, thou best Felix, we have received with all doing of thankings.
24:04 But lest I tarry thee longer, I pray thee, shortly hear us for thy meekness.
24:05 We have found this man bearing pestilence and stirring sedition to all the Jews in all the world, and author of sedition of the sect of Nazarenes;
24:06 and he also endeavored to defoul the temple; whom also we took, and would deem, after our law.
24:07 Soothly Lysias, the tribune, came with great strength above, and delivered him out of our hands;
24:08 commanding his accusers to come to thee, of whom thou deeming, mayest know of all these things, of which we accuse him.
24:09 Forsooth and Jews casted to, saying that these things had them so.
24:10 And Paul answered, when the president granted to him to say, Of many years I know thee, that thou art doomsman to this folk, and I shall do enough for me with good reason.
24:11 For thou mayest know, for to me be no more than twelve days, since I came up for to worship in Jerusalem;
24:12 and neither in the temple they found me disputing with any man, neither making concourse of the people, neither in the synagogues, neither in city;
24:13 neither they may prove to thee, of which things they now accuse me.
24:14 But I acknowledge to thee this thing, that after the sect which they say heresy, so I serve to God the Father, believing to all things that be written in the law and prophets;
24:15 having hope into God, which and they themselves abide, the again-rising to come of just men and wicked.
24:16 In this thing and I study without hurting, to have conscience to God, and to men evermore.
24:17 But after many years, I came to do almsdeeds to my folk, and offerings, and vows;
24:18 in which they found me purified in the temple, not with company, neither with noise. And they caught me, crying, and saying, Take away our enemy. And some Jews of Asia,
24:19 whom it behooved to be now present at thee, and accuse, if they had any thing against me,
24:20 or these themselves say, if they found in me any thing of wickedness, since I stand in the council,
24:21 but only of this one voice, by which I cried standing among them, For of the again-rising of dead I am deemed this day of you.
24:22 Soothly Felix deferred them, most certainly he knowing of the way, and said, When Lysias, the tribune, shall come down, I shall hear you.
24:23 And he commanded to a centurion to keep him, and to have rest, neither to forbid any man to minister of his own things to him.
24:24 And after some days Felix came, with Drusilla his wife, that was a Jewess, and called Paul, and heard of him the faith that is in Christ Jesus.
24:25 And while he disputed of rightwiseness, and chastity, and of doom to come, Felix was made trembling, and answered, That pertaineth now, go; soothly in time covenable I shall call thee.
24:26 Also he hoped, that money should be given to him of Paul; for which thing and oft he called him, and spake with him.
24:27 Soothly two years fulfilled, Felix took a successor, Porcius Festus; forsooth Felix willing to give grace to Jews, left Paul bound.
25:01 Therefore when Festus came into the province, after the third day he went up to Jerusalem from Caesarea.
25:02 And the prince of priests, and the first of Jews went to him against Paul, and prayed him,
25:03 and asked grace against him, that he should command him to be led to Jerusalem; setting ambush to slay him in the way.
25:04 But Festus answered, that Paul should be kept in Caesarea; soothly that he himself should go forth more ripely.
25:05 Therefore he said, They that in you be mighty, come down together; and if any crime is in the man, accuse him.
25:06 Soothly he dwelling among them no more than eight or ten days, came down to Caesarea; and the tother day he sat for doomsman, and commanded Paul to be brought.
25:07 And when he was brought forth, Jews stood about him, which came down from Jerusalem, putting against him many and grievous causes, which they might not prove.
25:08 For Paul yielded reason in all things, That neither against the law of Jews, neither against the temple, neither against Caesar, I sinned any thing.
25:09 Forsooth Festus willing to give grace to the Jews, answering to Paul, said, Wilt thou go up to Jerusalem, and there be deemed of these things before me?
25:10 At the doom place of Caesar I stand, where it behooveth me to be deemed. I have not harmed the Jews, as thou knowest well.
25:11 For if I have harmed, or done any thing worthy death, I forsake not to die; soothly if nothing of these is, that they accuse me, no man may give me to them. I appeal to Caesar.
25:12 Then Festus spake with the council, and answered, To Caesar thou hast appealed, to Caesar thou shalt go.
25:13 And when some days were passed, Agrippa king, and Bernice came down to Caesarea, to greet well Festus.
25:14 And when they dwelled there many days, Festus shewed to the king of Paul, saying, Some man is left bound of Felix,
25:15 of which, when I was at Jerusalem, princes of priests and the elder men of the Jews came to me, asking damnation against him.
25:16 To whom I answered, It is not custom to Romans, to damn any man, before that he that is accused have his accusers present, and take place of defending, to wash away crimes that be put against him.
25:17 Therefore when they came together hither, without any delay, in the day following I sat for doomsman, and commanded the man to be brought.
25:18 Of whom when the accusers stood nigh, they said no cause, of which things I had suspicion of evil.
25:19 But they had against him some questions of their vain worshipping, and of one Jesus dead, whom Paul affirmed to live.
25:20 And I doubted of such manner questions, and said, Whether he would go to Jerusalem, and there be deemed of these things?
25:21 But for Paul appealed, that he should be kept to the knowing of the emperor, I commanded him to be kept, till I shall send him to Caesar.
25:22 Soothly Agrippa said to Festus, And I myself would hear the man. To morrow, he said, thou shalt hear him.
25:23 And on the tother day, when Agrippa and Bernice came with much ambition, and entered into the auditorium, with tribunes and the principal men of the city, when Festus bade, Paul was brought.
25:24 And Festus said, King Agrippa, and all men that be with us, ye see this man, of which all the multitude of Jews prayed me at Jerusalem, asking and crying, that it behooveth not that he live more.
25:25 But I found, that he had done nothing worthy of death; soothly him appealing this thing to the emperor, I deemed to send.
25:26 Of which man I have not, what thing certain I shall write to the lord. For which thing I brought him to you, and most to thee, O king Agrippa, that when asking is made, I have what I shall write.
25:27 For it is seen to me without reason, to send a bound man, and not to signify the cause of him.
26:01 And Agrippa said to Paul, It is suffered to thee, to speak for thyself. Then Paul held forth the hand, and began to yield reason.
26:02 Of all things, in which I am accused of the Jews, thou king Agrippa, I guess me blessed at thee, when I shall defend me this day;
26:03 most for thou knowest all things that be among Jews, customs and questions. For which thing, I beseech, hear me patiently.
26:04 And soothly all Jews before-witting me from the beginning, have known my life from youth;
26:05 that from the beginning was in my folk in Jerusalem, if they will bear witness, for after the most certain sect of our religion, I lived a Pharisee.
26:06 And now for the hope of repromission, that is made to our fathers of God, I stand subject in doom;
26:07 in which hope our twelve lineages serving night and day hope to come; of which hope, thou king, I am accused of the Jews.
26:08 What unbelieveful thing is deemed of you, if God raiseth dead men?
26:09 And soothly I guessed, that I ought to do many contrary things against the name of Jesus of Nazareth.
26:10 Which thing and I did in Jerusalem, and I inclosed many of saints in prisons, power taken of the princes of priests. And when they were slain, I gave the sentence.
26:11 And by all synagogues oft I punished them, and constrained to blaspheme; and more I waxing mad against them, pursued to alien cities.
26:12 In which, the while I went to Damascus, with power and suffering of the princes of priests,
26:13 in the midday, in the way I saw, thou king, from heaven light shined about me, over the shining of the sun, and them that went together with me.
26:14 And when we all had fallen down into the earth, I heard a voice saying to me in Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, what pursuest thou me? it is hard for thee, for to kick against the prick.
26:15 And I said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus, whom thou pursuest.
26:16 But rise up, and stand on thy feet. For why to this thing I appeared to thee, that I ordain thee minister and witness of those things that thou hast seen, and of those things in which I shall appear to thee;
26:17 delivering thee from peoples and folks, into which now I send thee,
26:18 to open the eyes of them, that they be turned from darknesses to light, and from power of Satan to God, that they take remission of sins, and sort among saints, by faith that is in me.
26:19 Wherefore, thou king Agrippa, I was not unbelieveful to the heavenly vision;
26:20 I shewed to them that be at Damascus first, and at Jerusalem, and by all the country of Judaea, and to heathen men, that they should do penance, and be converted to God, and do worthy works of penance.
26:21 For this cause Jews took me, when I was in the temple, and would slay me.
26:22 But I was helped by the help of God till into this day, and stand, witnessing to less and more. Nothing saying over than which things the prophets and Moses spake that shall come,
26:23 if Christ is passable, if the first of the again-rising of dead, that shall shew light to the people and to heathen men.
26:24 When he spake these things, and yielded reason, Festus said with great voice, Paul, thou maddest; many letters turn thee to madness.
26:25 And Paul said, I mad not, thou best Festus, but I speak out the words of truth and soberness.
26:26 For also the king, to whom I speak steadfastly, knoweth of these things; for I deem, that nothing of these is hid from him; for neither in a corner was aught of these things done.
26:27 Believest thou, king Agrippa, to prophets? I know that thou believest.
26:28 Soothly Agrippa said to Paul, A little thou counselest me for to be made a christian man.
26:29 And Paul said, I desire with God, both in little and in great, not only thee, and all these that hear today, to be made such as I am, except these bonds.
26:30 And the king rose up, and the president, and Bernice, and they that sat nigh to them.
26:31 Which when they went away, spake together, saying, That this man hath not done any thing worthy death, or bonds.
26:32 Forsooth Agrippa said to Festus, This man might be dismissed, if he had not appealed to Caesar.
27:01 But as it was deemed him to ship into Italy, they betook Paul with other kept to a centurion, by name Julius, of the company of knights of the emperor.
27:02 And we went up into the ship of Adramyttium, and began to sail, and were borne about the places of Asia, while Aristarchus of Macedonia, Thessalonica, dwelled still with us.
27:03 And in the day following, we came to Sidon; and Julius treated courteously Paul, and suffered him to go to friends, and to do the care of him.
27:04 And when we had taken up from thence, we under-sailed to Cyprus, for that winds were contrary.
27:05 And we sailed in the sea of Cilicia and Pamphylia, and came to Lystra, that is Lycia.
27:06 And there the centurion found a ship of Alexandria, sailing into Italy, and put us over into it.
27:07 And when many days we sailed slowly, and scarcely came against Cnidus, the wind forbidding us, we sailed to Crete, beside Salmone.
27:08 And scarcely we beside sailing, came into some place, that is called of good haven, to whom the city Lasea was nigh.
27:09 And when much time was passed, and when now sailing was not secure, for that fasting was passed, Paul comforted them,
27:10 and said to them, Men, I see that sailing beginneth to be with wrong and much harm, not only of charge and ship, but also of our lives.
27:11 But the centurion believed more to the governor, and to the lord of the ship, than to these things that were said of Paul.
27:12 And when the haven was not able to dwell in winter, full many ordained counsel to sail thence, if in any manner they might come to Phenice, to wintern in the haven of Crete, which beholdeth to Africa and to Corum.
27:13 Soothly the south blowing, they guessing them to hold purpose, when they had taken up from Assos, sailed to Crete.
27:14 Soothly not after much time, the wind Tifonyk, that is called north east, sent him against it.
27:15 And when the ship was snatched, and might not endeavour into the wind, the ship given to blowings, we were borne.
27:16 Soothly we running into some isle that is called Clauda, scarcely might get a little boat.
27:17 The which taken up, with helps, they used girding together of the ship, dreading lest they should fall into the sandy places; the vessel under-set, so they were borne.
27:18 Soothly us thrown with great tempest, in the day following they made casting out.
27:19 And the third day with their hands they cast away the instruments of the ship.
27:20 Soothly neither sun neither stars appearing by many days, and tempest not little shewing nigh, now all the hope of our health was done away.
27:21 And when much fasting had been, then Paul standing in the middle of them said, A! men, it behooved me heard, to not take away from Crete, and to win this wrong and casting out.
27:22 And now I counsel you to be of good comfort; soothly there shall be loss of no soul of you, except of the ship.
27:23 For an angel of God, whose I am, and to whom I serve, stood nigh to me this night,
27:24 saying, Paul, dread thou not; it behooveth thee to stand nigh to Caesar. And lo! God hath given to thee all that be in the ship with thee.
27:25 For which thing, ye men, be of good comfort; for I believe to my God, that so it shall be, as it is said to me.
27:26 And it behooveth us to come into some isle.
27:27 But afterward that in the fourteen day the night came on us sailing in the stony sea, about midnight the shipmen supposed some country to appear to them.
27:28 The which sending down a plummet, found twenty fathoms of deepness. And after a little they departed thence, found fifteen fathoms.
27:29 Soothly they dreading lest we should fall into sharp places, from the last part of the ship sending four anchors, desired day to be made.
27:30 And when the shipmen sought to flee from the ship, when they had sent a little boat into the sea, under colour as they should begin to stretch forth the anchors from the former part of the ship,
27:31 Paul said to the centurion and to the knights, But these dwell in the ship, ye may not be made safe.
27:32 Then the knights cut away the cords of the little boat, and suffered it to fall away.
27:33 And when the day was come, Paul prayed all men to take meat, saying, The fourteenth day this day ye abide, and dwell fasting, nothing taken.
27:34 Wherefore I pray you to take meat, for your health; for of none of you the hair of the head shall perish.
27:35 And when he had said these things, he taking bread did thankings to God in the sight of all men; and when he had broken, he began to eat.
27:36 Forsooth all made more patient, and they took meat.
27:37 Soothly we were all the souls in the ship, two hundred seventy and six.
27:38 And they full-filled with meat, discharged the ship, casting out wheat into the sea.
27:39 Soothly when day was made, they knew not land; forsooth they beheld some haven having a water bank, into which they thought, if they might, to cast the ship.
27:40 And when they had taken up the anchors, they betook them into the sea, and slaked together the jointures of rudders. And with a little sail lifted up, after blowing of the wind they went to the bank.
27:41 And when we felled into a place of gravel gone all about with the sea, they hurtled the ship. And the former part fixed, dwelled unmoveable, and the last part was broken of the strength of the sea.
27:42 Soothly the counsel of the knights’ was, to slay men in the keeping, lest any should escape, when he had swum out.
27:43 Forsooth the centurion willing to keep Paul, forbade to be done. And he commanded them that might swim, to send them first into the sea, and escape, and go out to the land.
27:44 And some others they bare in boards, some on those things that were of the ship. And so it was made, that all the souls escaped to the land.
28:01 And when we had escaped, then we knew that the isle was called Melita.
28:02 Soothly barbarians gave to us not little humanity. And when a fire was kindled, they refreshed us all, for the rain that came, and the cold.
28:03 But when Paul had gathered a quantity of cuttings of vines, and laid on the fire, an adder, when she came forth from the heat, assailed his hand.
28:04 Therefore as barbarians saw the beast hanging in his hand, they said together, Soothly this man is a man-queller; which when he escaped from the sea, God’s vengeance suffereth him not to live.
28:05 And he soothly shaking off the beast into the fire, suffered nothing of evil.
28:06 And they guessed that he should be turned into swelling, and fall down suddenly, and die. Forsooth them long abiding, and seeing nothing of evil to be done in him, they turned them together, and said, that he was God.
28:07 And in those places were manors of the prince of the isle, Publius by name, which received us by three days benignly, and ‘found’ us.
28:08 And it befell, that the father of Publius lay travailed with fevers and dysentery. To whom Paul entered, and when he had prayed, and laid his hands on him, he healed him.
28:09 And when this thing was done, all that in the isle had sicknesses, came to, and were cured.
28:10 Which also honoured us in many worships, and to us shipping, inputted what things were necessary.
28:11 And after three months we shipped in a ship of Alexandria, that had wintered in the isle, to which was an excellent sign of Castor.
28:12 And when we came to Syracuse, we dwelled there three days.
28:13 From thence we sailed about, and came to Rhegium; and after one day, while the south blew, in the second day we came to Puteoli.
28:14 Where when we found brethren, we were prayed to dwell there with them seven days. And so we came to Rome.
28:15 And from thence, when brethren had heard, they came to us till to the market of Appii, and to the Three taverns. Whom when Paul had seen, he did thankings to God, and took trust.
28:16 And when we came to Rome, it was suffered to Paul to dwell by himself, with a knight keeping him.
28:17 And after the third day, he called together the first of the Jews. And when they came, he said to them, Men brethren, I did nothing against the people or custom of fathers, and I was bound at Jerusalem, and was betaken into the hands of Romans.
28:18 Which when they had asked of me, would dismiss me, for that no cause of death was in me.
28:19 But for Jews against-said, I was constrained to appeal to Caesar; not as having any thing to accuse my folk.
28:20 Therefore for this cause I prayed to see you, and speak to you; for for the hope of Israel I am gird about with this chain.
28:21 And they said to him, Neither we have received letters of thee from Judaea, neither any of brethren coming shewed, or spake any evil thing of thee.
28:22 But we pray to hear of thee, what things thou feelest; for of this sect it is known to us, that every where it is against-said.
28:23 Soothly when they had ordained a day to him, more came to him into the hostelry. To whom he expounded, witnessing the kingdom of God, and counseled them of Jesus, of the law of Moses, and of prophets, from the morrow till the eventide.
28:24 And some believed to these things that were said of Paul, some believed not.
28:25 When they were not consenting together, they departed, Paul saying one word, For the Holy Ghost spake well by Esaias, the prophet, to our fathers,
28:26 saying, Go thou to this people, and say to them, With ears ye shall here, and ye shall not understand; and ye seeing shall see, and ye shall not behold.
28:27 The heart of this people is enfatted, and with ears they heard heavily, and they closed together their eyes, lest peradventure they see with eyes, and with ears hear, and by heart understand, and be converted, and I heal them.
28:28 Therefore be it known to you, that this health of God is sent to heathen men, and they shall hear.
28:29 And when he had said these things, Jews went out from him, and had much question among themselves.
28:30 Soothly he dwelled all two years in his hired place; and he received all that entered to him,
28:31 preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching what things be of the Lord Jesus Christ, with all trust, without forbidding. Amen.
1. Terence P. Noble