Acts 15; Acts 16

1 And some, coming down from Judea, taught the brethren: That, except you be circumcised after the manner of Moses, you cannot be saved. 2 And when Paul and Barnabas had no small contest with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas and certain others of the other side should go up to the apostles and priests to Jerusalem, about this question. 3 They therefore, being brought on their way by the church, passed through Phenice and Samaria, relating the conversion of the Gentiles. And they caused great joy to all the brethren. 4 And when they were come to Jerusalem, they were received by the church and by the apostles and ancients, declaring how great things God had done with them. 5 But there arose of the sect of the Pharisees some that believed, saying: They must be circumcised and be commanded to observe the law of Moses. 6 And the apostles and ancients assembled to consider of this matter. 7 And when there had been much disputing, Peter, rising up, said to them: Men, brethren, you know that in former days God made choice among us, that by my mouth the Gentiles should hear the word of the gospel and believe. 8 And God, who knoweth the hearts, gave testimony, giving unto them the Holy Ghost, as well as to us: 9 And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith. 10 Now therefore, why tempt you God to put a yoke upon the necks of the disciples which neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear? 11 But by the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, we believe to be saved, in like manner as they also. 12 And all the multitude held their peace: and they heard Barnabas and Paul telling what great signs and wonders God had wrought among the Gentiles by them. 13 And after they had held their peace, James answered, saying: Men, brethren, hear me. 14 Simon hath related how God first visited to take to the Gentiles, a people to his name. 15 And to this agree the words of the prophets, as it is written: 16 After these things I will return and will rebuild the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down: and the ruins thereof I will rebuild. And I will set it up: 17 That the residue of men may seek after the Lord, and all nations upon whom my name is invoked, saith the Lord, who doth these things. 18 To the Lord was his own work known from the beginning of the world. 19 For which cause, judge that they who from among the Gentiles are converted to God are not to be disquieted: 20 But that we write unto them, that they refrain themselves from the pollutions of idols and from fornication and from things strangled and from blood. 21 For Moses of old time hath in every city them that preach him in the synagogues, where he is read every sabbath. 22 Then it pleased the apostles and ancients, with the whole church, to choose men of their own company and to send to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas, namely, Judas, who was surnamed Barsabas, and Silas, chief men among the brethren. 23 Writing by their hands: The apostles and ancients, brethren, to the brethren of the Gentiles that are at Antioch and in Syria and Cilicia, greeting. 24 Forasmuch as we have heard that some going out from us have troubled you with words, subverting your souls, to whom we gave no commandment: 25 It hath seemed good to us, being assembled together, to choose out men and to send them unto you, with our well beloved Barnabas and Paul: 26 Men that have given their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. 27 We have sent therefore Judas and Silas, who themselves also will, by word of mouth, tell you the same things. 28 For it hath seemed good to the Holy Ghost and to us to lay no further burden upon you than these necessary things: 29 That you abstain from things sacrificed to idols and from blood and from things strangled and from fornication: from which things keeping yourselves, you shall do well. Fare ye well. 30 They therefore, being dismissed, went down to Antioch and, gathering together the multitude, delivered the epistle. 31 Which when they had read, they rejoiced for the consolation. 32 But Judas and Silas, being prophets also themselves, with many words comforted the brethren and confirmed them. 33 And after they had spent some time there, they were let go with peace by the brethren unto them that had sent them. 34 But it seemed good unto Silas to remain there: and Judas alone departed to Jerusalem. 35 And Paul and Barnabas continued at Antioch, teaching and preaching, with many others, the word of the Lord. 36 And after some days, Paul said to Barnabas: Let us return and visit our brethren in all the cities wherein we have preached the word of the Lord, to see how they do. 37 And Barnabas would have taken with them John also, that was surnamed Mark. 38 But Paul desired that he (as having departed from them out of Pamphylia and not gone with them to the work) might not be received. 39 And there arose a dissension so that they departed one from another. And Barnabas indeed, taking Mark, sailed to Cyprus. 40 But Paul, choosing Silas, departed, being delivered by the brethren to the grace of God. 41 And he went through Syria and Cilicia, confirming the churches, commanding them to keep the precepts of the apostles and the ancients.
1 And he came to Derbe and Lystra. And behold, there was a certain disciple there named Timothy, the son of a Jewish woman that believed: but his father was a Gentile. 2 To this man the brethren that were in Lystra and Iconium gave a good testimony. 3 Him Paul would have to go along with him: and taking him, he circumcised him, because of the Jews who were in those places. For they all knew that his father was a Gentile. 4 And as they passed through the cities, they delivered unto them the decrees for to keep, that were decreed by the apostles and ancients who were at Jerusalem. 5 And the churches were confirmed in faith and increased in number daily. 6 And when they had passed through Phrygia and the country of Galatia, they were forbidden by the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia. 7 And when they were come into Mysia, they attempted to go into Bithynia: and the Spirit of Jesus suffered them not. 8 And when they had passed through Mysia, they went down to Troas. 9 And a vision was shewed to Paul in the night, which was a man of Macedonia standing and beseeching him and saying: Pass over into Macedonia and help us. 10 And as soon as he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go into Macedonia: being assured that God had called us to preach the gospel to them. 11 And sailing from Troas, we came with a straight course to Samothracia, and the day following to Neapolis. 12 And from thence to Philippi, which is the chief city of part of Macedonia, a colony. And we were in this city some days conferring together. 13 And upon the Sabbath day, we went forth without the gate by a river side, where it seemed that there was prayer: and sitting down, we spoke to the women that were assembled. 14 And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, one that worshipped God, did hear: whose heart the Lord opened to attend to those things which were said by Paul. 15 And when she was baptized, and her household, she besought us, saying: If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house and abide there. And she constrained us. 16 And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain girl having a pythonical spirit met us, who brought to her masters much gain by divining. 17 This same following Paul and us, cried out, saying: These men are the servants of the Most High God, who preach unto you the way of salvation. 18 And this she did many days. But Paul being grieved, turned and said to the spirit: I command thee, in the name of Jesus Christ, to go from her. And he went out the same hour. 19 But her masters, seeing that the hope of their gain was gone, apprehending Paul and Silas, brought them into the market place to the rulers. 20 And presenting them to the magistrates, they said: These men disturb our city, being Jews: 21 And preach a fashion which it is not lawful for us to receive nor observe, being Romans. 22 And the people ran together against them: and the magistrates, rending off their clothes, commanded them to be beaten with rods. 23 And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the gaoler to keep them diligently. 24 Who having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison and made their feet fast in the stocks. 25 And at midnight, Paul and Silas, praying, praised God. And they that were in prison heard them. 26 And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken. And immediately all the doors were opened and the bands of all were loosed. 27 And the keeper of the prison, awakening out of his sleep and seeing the doors of the prison open, drawing his sword, would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled. 28 But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying: Do thyself no harm, for we all are here. 29 Then calling for a light, he went in: and trembling, fell down at the feet of Paul and Silas. 30 And bringing them out, he said: Masters, what must I do, that I may be saved? 31 But they said: believe in the Lord Jesus: and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. 32 And they preached the word of the Lord to him and to all that were in his house. 33 And he, taking them the same hour of the night, washed their stripes: and himself was baptized, and all his house immediately. 34 And when he had brought them into his own house, he laid the table for them: and rejoiced with all his house, believing God. 35 And when the day was come, the magistrates sent the serjeants, saying: Let those men go. 36 And the keeper of the prison told these words to Paul: The magistrates have sent to let you go. Now therefore depart. And go in peace. 37 But Paul said to them: They have beaten us publicly, uncondemned, men that are Romans, and have cast us into prison. And now do they thrust us out privately? Not so: but let them come. 38 And let us out themselves. And the serjeants told these words to the magistrates. And they were afraid: hearing that they were Romans. 39 And coming, they besought them: and bringing them out, they desired them to depart out of the city. 40 And they went out of the prison and entered into the house of Lydia: and having seen the brethren, they comforted them and departed.
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