The Holy Bible: The Acts of the Followers 18-21

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    18[1-6] Later Paul went from Athens, and came to Corinth; And found a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, who had just come from Italy, with his spouse Priscilla; ( because Claudius had told all Jews to leave Rome:) and came to them. And because they did the same kind of work, he stayed with them, and worked because they were all tentmakers by trade. And they argued in the place of worship every Seventh Day, and won over many of the Jews and the Greeks. And when Silas and Timothy had come from Macedonia, Paul was called by the spirit to clearly tell the Jews that Yeshua was the Christ. But when they argued against it, showing disrespect for God, he shook his clothing, saying to them, “Your blood is on your own heads; I’ve done what I was supposed to, and now I’ll go to the other peoples.”

    [7-11] And he left there, and went to someone’s house, named Justus, who worshipped God, whose house was right next door to the place of worship. And Crispus, the leading ruler of the place of worship, believed on Christ, along with his whole house; and many of the Corinthians who heard believed, and were baptized. Then God spoke to Paul in a dream by night, saying, “Don’t be afraid, but speak, and don’t be silent: I am with you, and no one will try to hurt you because I have many people in this place.” And he stayed there a year and a half, teaching the Word of God among them.

    [12-17] And when Gallio was the deputy of Achaia, the Jews, with one heart, stirred everyone up against Paul, and brought him to the judgment seat, saying, “This person teaches others to worship in a way that is against the Word of God.” And when Paul was just about to speak, Gallio said to the Jews, “If it were about some wrong or evil  action, Jews, I would put up with you and reson with you: But since it’s a question of words and names, and of your law, you see to it! I won’t judge these kinds of things.” And he ran them out from the judgment seat. Then all the Greeks took Sosthenes, a ruler of the place of worship, and beat him right in front of the judgment seat. And Gallio didn’t even care about that.

    [18-23] And Paul still stayed there a good while, and then took leave of the Christians there, and sailed into Syria, and Priscilla and Aquila went along; Paul had all his hair cut off in Cenchrea because he had made a promise. And he came to Ephesus, and left them there: but he himself went to the place of worship, and argued with the Jews. When they wanted him to stay a little longer with them, he said no; But told them goodbye, saying, I must keep the celebration that comes in Jerusalem if at all possible: but I’ll come back to you later, if its God will. And he sailed from Ephesus. And when he had landed at Caesarea, he went up and greeted the church there, then went down to Antioch. And after he had spent some time there, he left, and went over all the country of Galatia and Phrygia in order, strengthening all the followers.

    [24-28] And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, a great speaker, and knowledgeable in the Words, came to Ephesus. This person was taught in the way of Christ; and being strong in the spirit, he spoke and taught everything about the Christ perfectly, knowing only the baptism of John. And he began to speak without fear in the place of worship: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him aside, and explained to him the way of Christ more completely. And when he wanted to go on to Achaia, the Christians wrote, encouraging the followers to accept him. And when he came, he greatly helped those who had believed through grace and publicly won over the Jews, showing Yeshua to be Christ by the Words.

    19[1-12] And then, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding some followers, he asked, Have you gotten the Holy Spirit since you believed? And they said, “We haven’t even heard that there is any Holy Spirit.”So he asked them, Then into what baptism were you baptized? And they said, Into John’s baptism. Then Paul said, “The truth is, John baptized with the baptism of a changed life, saying to the people, to believe on the One who would come later, that is, on Christ Yeshua. When they heard this, they were baptized in the Name of Christ Yeshua. And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them; and they spoke in foreign languages, and preached. And there were twelve of them in all. And they went into the place of worship, and spoke without fear for about three months, arguing and prooving the things of the realm of God. But when some were doubtful, and didn’t believe, but spoke evil of that way to the crowds, he left, and separated the followers, teaching daily in the school of Tyrannus. And this happened for two years; so that all those who lived in Asia heard the Word of Christ Yeshua, both Jews and Greeks. And God did some amazing things by the hands of Paul: So that even handkerchiefs or aprons were brought from his body to the sick, and the diseases were healed, and the evil spirits left them.

    [13-20] Then some of the traveling Jews, exorcists, took it upon themselves to call the Name of Christ Yeshua over those who had evil spirits, saying, “We order you to come out by Yeshua whom Paul preaches.” And there were seven children of someone named Sceva, a Jew, and a leader of the priests, which did this. And the evil spirit answered, saying, “Yeshua I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?” And the person in whom the evil spirit was jumped on them, and attacked them, and overpowered them, so that they ran naked and wounded out of that house. And all the Jews and Greeks living at Ephesus found out about it; and great fear fell on them all, and the Name of Christ Yeshua became well known. And many that believed came, and confessed, telling what they had done. Many of them, who used witchcraft, brought their books together, and burned them in front of everyone: and they counted to see what they were worth, and found it to be fifty thousand silver coins. So the Word of God grew more and more and suceeded.

     [21-27] After Paul had passed through Macedonia and Achaia, he decided in the spirit to go on to Jerusalem, thinking, after I’ve been there, I must also go to Rome. So he sent into Macedonia two of those who had ministered to him, Timothy and Erastus; but he himself stayed in Asia for a while. And at the same time there was a great stir about that way. Someone named Demetrius, a silversmith, which made silver objects of worship of Diana, and helped the salesmen make a lot of money, called together everyone in that occupation, saying, “People, you know that we make our money by this trade. Besides this, you see and hear, that not just at Ephesus, but almost throughout all of Asia, this Paul has won over and turned many people away from us, saying that the things which are made with hands aren’t gods at all: So that not only our employment is in danger of loosing its place; but also that the place of worship of the great goddess Diana would be hated, and her beauty would be destoyed, whom all Asia and the whole world worships.”

     [28-41] And when they heard this, they were very angry, and hollered out, saying, “Great is Diana of the Ephesians.” And the whole city was in an uproar: and having caught Gaius and Aristarchus, of Macedonia, Paul’s traveling companions, they rushed together into the theatre. And when Paul would have come to speak to the people, the other followers wouldn’t let him. And some of the leading of people of Asia, which were his friends, sent to him, begging him not to go into the theatre. So some cried one thing, and others cried out another because the whole crowd was confused; and most of them didn’t even know why they had come together. And they forced Alexander out of the crowd, the Jews putting him forward. And Alexander waved his hands to make his defense to the people. But when they knew that he was a Jew, they all called out with one voice for about two hours, “Great is Diana of the Ephesians.” And when the town clerk had quieted the people, he said, “You people of Ephesus, Everyone knows that the city of the Ephesians is a worshipper of the great goddess Diana, which came down from Jupiter! Seeing then that this can’t be argued against, you should be quiet, and do nothing rashly. You’ve brought these people here, which haven’t stolen anything from the place of worship, nor have spoken evil of your goddess. So if Demetrius, and the others which are with him, have a problem with anyone, court days are held, and there are officers: let them accuse one another. But if you have a problem with anything else, it’ll be decided on in a legal gathering. We’re in danger of being called into question for today’s uproar! There’s no reason for us to explain this meeting.” And after he had said this, he told the crowd to go.

    20[1-12] And after the uproar ended, Paul called the followers, and hugged them, and left to go into Macedonia. After he had gone through it, and had given the Christians there much encouragement, he came into Greece, and stayed there three months. And when the Jews tried to catch him, as he was about to sail into Syria, he planned to return through Macedonia. And Sopater of Berea; Aristarchus and Secundus of the Thessalonians; Gaius of Derbe, Timothy; Tychicus and Trophimus of Asia  all  went with him into Asia. They had gone on ahead, waiting for us at Troas. And we sailed away from Philippi after the holidays of unleavened bread, and came to them to Troas in five days; where we stayed seven days. And on Sunday, when the followers came together to break bread, Paul preached to them, being ready to leave the next day; and kept talking until midnight. And there were many lights in the upstairs room, where they were gathered together. And there sat in a window a certain young person named Eutychus, who had fallen into a deep sleep: and as Paul was preaching for a long time, he fell down as he was sleeping, and falling down from the third story window, and was found dead. And Paul went down, and fell on him, and holding on to him said, “Don’t worry, he’s still alive. So when they had came up again, and had broken bread, after having eaten, and talked for a long while, even till daybreak,  he went. And they brought the young person alive, and were greatly comforted.

    [13-16] And we went to the ship, and sailed to Assos, intending to take Paul in there, because he had chosen to go there on foot. And when he met us at Assos, we took him in, and came to Mitylene. And we sailed from there, and came the next day across from Chios; and the next day we arrived at Samos, and stayed at Trogyllium; and the next day we came to Miletus. Paul had decided to sail by Ephesus, not wanting to spend time in Asia because he was in a hurry, if it were possible, to be at Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost.

    [17-27] And from Miletus he sent to Ephesus, and called the elders of the church. And when they had come, he said, “You know, from the first day that I came into Asia, how I’ve lived among you at all times, serving God with a willing mind, and with many tears, and trials, which happened to me by the evil plans of the Jews: And how I didn’t keep anything back that was helpful to you, but have told you everything, having taught you publicly, and from house to house. I have told both the Jews, and also the Greeks, about having a changed life in God, and having faith in Yeshua, the Christ of God. And now I go trusting in the spirit to Jerusalem, not knowing what might happen to me there, except that the Holy Spirit witnesses in every city, saying that imprisonment and troubles await me. But none of this changes my mind, nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I might finish my way with joy, and the ministry, which I’ve gotten from Christ Yeshua, to tell others of the New Word of God’s grace. And now, I know that you all, among whom I’ve gone preaching the realm of God, won’t see me any more. So I tell you today, that I’m innocent of the blood of all people. I haven’t neglected telling you any of the words of God.

    [28-38] So be sure of yourselves, and to all the people, which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to take care of the church of God, which has been bought with the Christ’s own blood. I know that after I leave, evil people who are as wild wolves will come in among you, tearing the people apart as if they were a flock of sheep. Even out of your own selves, some will come, speaking evil things, to lead the followers away after themselves. So watch, and remember, that for three years I didn’t stop warning everyone, night and day, with tears. And now, Christians, I give you to God, and to the Word of God’s grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all those who are set apart. I’ve wanted no one’s money or clothes. Yes, you yourselves know, that these hands have worked for whatever I and those who were with me needed. I’ve shown you in every way, how that by working you should support the weak. And remember the Words of Christ Yeshua, who said, ‘It’s more blessed to give than to get’.” And when they had said this, he kneeled down, and prayed with them all. And they all cried very much, hugging Paul’s neck, and kissing him, being sorry most of all for what he had said about them not seeing him any more. And they walked him to the ship.

    21[1-14] And then after we had left them, and started out, we sailed straight to Cos, and the next day, on to Rhodes, and from there, on to Patara: And finding a ship to Phenicia, we boarded it, and set out. Now when we had seen Cyprus, we left it on the left hand and sailed to Syria, and landed at Tyre, because the ship was to be unloaded of its cargo there. And we stayed there for seven days, and found followers, who said to Paul through the Spirit, don’t go up to Jerusalem. And at the end of those days, we left, and went on our way. The followers walked with us on our way, along with their families, till we were out of the city.  Then we kneeled down on the shore, and prayed. And when we had said goodbye to one another, we boarded the ship; and they went back home. And after we left from Tyre, we came to Ptolemais, and greeted the Christians there, and stayed a day with them. And the next day, we that were of Paul’s company went, and came to Caesarea: and we went to the house of Philip, the evangelist, which was one of seven; and stayed with him. And this person had four daughters, who had never been sexually active, who preached. And as we stayed there many days, there came down from Judea a certain great preacher, named Agabus. And when they came to us, they took Paul’s belt, and tied their own hands and feet up, saying, “The Holy Spirit said, ‘The Jews at Jerusalem will tie up the person that owns this belt, and will deliver him into the hands of the other peoples.’ And when we heard this, both we, and the people of that place, begged him not to go up to Jerusalem. Then Paul said, Why are you crying and breaking my heart? I am ready not only to be tied up, but also to die at Jerusalem for the Name of Christ Yeshua. And when he wouldn’t change his mind, we stopped, saying, “May the will of God be done.”

     [15-26] And after that, we packed our stuff, and went up to Jerusalem. Some of the followers of Caesarea went with us, and brought with them Mnason of Cyprus, an old follower, with whom we would stay. And when we had come to Jerusalem, the Christians gladly took us in. And the next day Paul went with us to James; and all the elders were there, also. And when he had greeted them, he told them in detail all the things God had done among the other peoples by his ministry. And when they heard it, they praised God, saying, “You see, Christian, how many thousands of Jews there are which believe; and they’re all passionate about the Word of God. But they have heard of you, that you teach all the Jews, who live among the other peoples, to turn away from Moses, saying that they shouldn’t cut the foreskins of their children, nor to practice that way of life. What then, should we do? The crowd will come together as soon as they hear that you’ve come. So do what we say to you: There are four people who have made promises; Them take, and purify yourself with them, and pay for them to have their heads shaved: and then everyone will know that the things they were told about you, aren’t true; but that you yourself also walk orderly, and obey the Word of God. About the other peoples which believe, we’ve written and decided that they don’t have to do this, except only that they keep themselves from foods offered in worship of other things, and from anything that’s been strangled, or still has its blood, and from sexual sin.” Then Paul took the others, and the next day purifying himself with them, went into the place of worship, to signify the end of the days of purification, so that an offering could be offered for all of them.

   [27-40] And when the seven days were almost ended, the Jews which were of Asia, when they saw him in the place of worship, stirred up all the people, and took him, crying out, “People of Israel, help: This is the person, that teaches everyone every where against the people, and the Word of God, and this place: and has also brought Greeks into the place of worship, making it unholy. (because they had seen Trophimus an Ephesian with him before in the city, whom they thought Paul had brought into the place of worship.) And the whole city was upset, and a mob of people came together, taking Paul out of the place of worship, and shut the doors. And as they tried to kill him, news came to the leading captain of the guard that all Jerusalem was in an uproar, who quickly took soldiers and guards, and ran down to them. And when the people saw the leading captain and the guards, they stopped beating Paul. Then the leading captain came near, and took him, and ordered him to be held with two chains; and demanded to know who he was, and what he had done. And some cried out one thing, and some another, among the crowd: and when he couldn’t find out for sure what has started the disorder, he ordered him to be carried into the prison. And when Paul got to the stairs, he had to be picked up and carried off by the guards because the people were so violent. The crowd of people followed them, hollering out, “Take him away!” And as Paul was to being led into the prison, he said to the leading captain, “May I speak to you? Who answered, Can you speak Greek? Aren’t you that Egyptian, which made an uproar to these days, and led four thousand people who were murderers out into the countryside?” But Paul said, I am a Jew of Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, a citizen of no rough city: And I beg you, let me speak to the people.” And when he had given him permission, Paul stood on the stairs, and waved his hand to the people. And when it was silent, he spoke to them in the Hebrew tongue.

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