1:1 The former writing have I made, O Theophilus, concerning all that YASHUWAH began both to do and teach,
2 until the day when He was taken up, after He had given commandments through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom He had chosen,
3 to whom He presented Himself alive after His passion by many infallible proofs, appearing to them for forty days, and speaking concerning the kingdom of Elohim.
4 Being assembled with them, He commanded them, “Do not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, of which you have heard from Me.
5 For John baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”
6 So when they had come together, they asked Him, “Master, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?”
7 He said to them, “It is not for you to know the times or the dates, which the Father has fixed by His own authority.
8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you shall be My witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
9 When He had spoken these things, while they looked, He was taken up. And a cloud received Him from their sight.
10 While they looked intently toward heaven as He ascended, suddenly two men stood by them in white garments.
11 They said, “Men of Galilee, why stand looking toward heaven? This same YASHUWAH, who was taken up from you to heaven, will come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.”
12 Then they returned to Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, which is a Sabbath day’s walk from Jerusalem.
13 When they had entered, they went up into the upper room, where they were staying: Peter, James, John, and Andrew; Philip and Thomas; Bartholomew and Matthew; James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot; and Judas the son of James.
14 These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women and Miriam the mother of YASHUWAH, and with His brothers.
15 In those days Peter stood up among the disciples (the number of people together was about a hundred and twenty), and said,
16 “Brothers, this Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit previously spoke by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became the guide to those who seized YASHUWAH.
17 For he was numbered with us and took part in this ministry.”
18 (Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity. And falling headlong, he burst asunder in the middle and all his organs spilled out.
19 It became known to all the residents of Jerusalem. So this field is called in their dialect Akeldama, that is, Field of Blood.)
20 “For it is written in the Book of Psalms,
‘Let his habitation become desolate,
and let no one live in it,’
‘Let another take his office.’
21 Therefore, of these men who have accompanied us while the Master YASHUWAH went in and out among us,
22 beginning from the baptism of John until the very day that He was taken up from us, one of these men must become with us a witness of His resurrection.”
23 So they proposed two, Joseph, called Barsabbas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias.
24 Then they prayed, “You, Sovereign YASHUWAH, who knows the hearts of all men, show which of these two You have chosen
25 to take the place in this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, to go to his own place.”
26 Then they cast lots, and the lot fell on Matthias. So he was numbered with the eleven apostles.
2:1 When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place.
2 Suddenly a sound like a mighty rushing wind came from heaven, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.
3 There appeared to them tongues as of fire, being distributed and resting on each of them,
4 and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to speak.
5 Now dwelling in Jerusalem were Jews, devout men, from every nation under heaven.
6 When this sound occurred, the multitude came together and were confounded, because each man heard them speaking in his own language.
7 They were all amazed and marveled, saying to each other, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans?
8 How is it that we hear, each in our own native language?
9 Parthians, Medes and Elamites, residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,
10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the regions of Libya near Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes,
11 Cretans and Arabs ~ we hear them speaking in our own languages the mighty works of Elohim.”
12 They were all amazed and perplexed, saying to each other, “What does this mean?”
13 Others mocking said, “These men are full of new wine.”
14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice and said to them, “Men of Judea and all you who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to my words.
15 For these are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is the third hour of the day.
16 But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:
‘In the last days it shall be,’ says Elohim,
‘that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh;
your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
your young men shall see visions,
and your old men shall dream dreams.
Even on My menservants and maidservants
I will pour out My Spirit in those days;
and they shall prophesy.
And I will show wonders in heaven above
and signs on the earth beneath:
blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke.
The sun shall be turned into darkness,
and the moon into blood,
before that great and glorious day of Sovereign YASHUWAH comes.
And whoever calls
on the name of Sovereign YASHUWAH shall be saved.’
22 “Men of Israel, hear these words: YASHUWAH of Nazareth was a man attested to you by Elohim with powerful works and wonders and signs, which Elohim did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves know.
23 You have taken Him, who was handed over to you by the ordained counsel and foreknowledge of Elohim, and by lawless hands have nailed to the torture wooden pole and killed Him,
24 whom Elohim raised up by loosening the pull of death, because it was not possible that He should be held by it.
25 For David says concerning Him:
‘I foresaw Sovereign YASHUWAH always before me,
for He is at my right hand,
that I may not be shaken.
Therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced;
moreover my flesh will dwell in hope.
For You will not abandon my soul in Hell,
nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption.
You have made known to me the ways of life;
You will make me full of joy with Your presence.’
29 “Brothers, I may speak confidently to you concerning the patriarch David, that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day.
30 But being a prophet, and knowing that Elohim had sworn with an oath to him, that of his seed according to the flesh, He would raise up the Messiah to sit on his throne,
31 he foresaw this and spoke concerning the resurrection of the Messiah, that His soul was not abandoned in Hell, nor did His flesh see corruption.
32 Elohim raised up this YASHUWAH, of which we all are witnesses.
33 Therefore being exalted to the right hand of Elohim, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He has poured out this which you now see and hear.
34 For David has not ascended to the heavens, yet he says:
‘Sovereign YASHUWAH said to my Master,
“Sit at My right hand,
Until I make Your enemies
36 “Therefore, let all the house of Israel assuredly know that Elohim has made this YASHUWAH, whom you have nailed to the torture wooden pole, both Master and the Messiah.”
37 When they heard this, they were stung in the heart and said to Peter and to the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”
38 Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of YASHUWAH the Messiah for the forgiveness of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
39 For the promise is to you, and to your children, and to all who are far away, as many as Sovereign YASHUWAH our Elohim will call.”
40 With many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation.”
41 Then those who gladly received his word were baptized, and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.
42 They continued steadfastly in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread and in the prayers.
43 Fear came to every soul. And many wonders and signs were done through the apostles.
44 All who believed were together and had all things in common.
45 They sold their property and goods and distributed them to all, according to their need.
46 And continuing daily with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart,
47 praising Elohim and having favor with all the people. And Sovereign YASHUWAH added to the Assembly daily those who were saved.
3:1 Now Peter and John went up together to the temple at the ninth hour, the hour of prayer.
2 A man lame from birth was being carried, whom people placed daily at the gate of the temple called Beautiful to ask alms from those who entered the temple.
3 Seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked for alms.
4 Peter, gazing at him with John, said, “Look at us.”
5 So he paid attention to them, expecting to receive something from them.
6 Then Peter said, “I have no silver and gold, but I give you what I have. In the name of YASHUWAH the Messiah of Nazareth, rise up and walk.”
7 He took him by the right hand and raised him up. Immediately his feet and ankles were strengthened.
8 Jumping up, he stood and walked and entered the temple with them, walking and jumping and praising Elohim.
9 All the people saw him walking and praising Elohim.
10 They knew that it was he who sat for alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple. And they were filled with wonder and amazement at what happened to him.
11 As the lame man who was healed held on to Peter and John, all the people ran together to them in the entrance that is called Solomon’s Porch, greatly amazed.
12 When Peter saw it, he answered the people: “Men of Israel, why do you marvel at this man? Or why do you stare at us, as if by our own power or piety we had made him walk?
13 The Elohim of Abraham and Isaac and Jacob, the Elohim of our fathers, has glorified His Son YASHUWAH, whom you handed over and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he had decided to release Him.
14 You denied the Holy and Righteous One and asked for a murderer to be granted to you,
15 and you killed the Creator of Life, whom Elohim has raised from the dead, of which we are witnesses.
16 And His name, by faith in His name, has made this man strong, whom you see and know. And faith which comes through Him has given him perfect health in your presence.
17 “Now brothers, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers.
18 But what Elohim foretold through all the prophets, that His the Messiah should suffer, He thus fulfilled.
19 Therefore repent and be converted, that your sins may be wiped away, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of Sovereign YASHUWAH,
20 and that He may send the One who previously was preached to you, YASHUWAH the Messiah,
21 whom the heavens must receive until the time of restoring what Elohim spoke through all His holy prophets since the world began.
22 For Moses indeed said to the fathers, ‘Sovereign YASHUWAH your Elohim will raise up for you a prophet like me from your brothers. You shall hear whatever He may say to you.
23 And it shall be that every soul who will not hear that prophet shall be utterly eliminated from the people.’
24 “Indeed, all the prophets since Samuel and those who follow, as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold these days.
25 You are the sons of the prophets and of the covenant which Elohim made with our fathers, saying to Abraham, ‘And in your seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.’
26 Elohim, having raised up His Son YASHUWAH, sent Him to you first, to bless you in turning every one of you from your iniquities.”
4:1 As they spoke to the people, the priests, the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees came upon them,
2 being greatly troubled because they taught the people and preached through YASHUWAH the resurrection from the dead.
3 And they seized them and put them in custody until the next day, for it was already evening.
4 But many of those who heard the word believed, and the number of the men grew to about five thousand.
5 On the next day their rulers and elders and scribes
6 were assembled at Jerusalem with Annas the high priest, and Caiaphas, and John and Alexander, and all who were of the family of the high priest.
7 When they had stood them in the midst, they asked, “By what power or by what name have you done this?”
8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders of Israel:
9 If we today are being examined concerning a good deed done to a crippled man, how this man has been healed,
10 be it known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of YASHUWAH the Messiah of Nazareth, whom you nailed to the torture wooden pole, whom Elohim raised from the dead, by Him this man stands before you whole.
11 He is
‘the stone you builders rejected,
which has become the cornerstone.’
12 There is no salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
13 When they saw the boldness of Peter and John and perceived that they were illiterate and uneducated men, they marveled. And they recognized that they had been with YASHUWAH.
14 But seeing the man who was healed standing with them, they had nothing to say against it.
15 So when they had commanded them to go outside of the Sanhedrin, they conferred among themselves,
16 saying, “What shall we do to these men? For, indeed, that an acknowledged miracle has been done through them is revealed to all who dwell in Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it.
17 But lest it spread further among the people, let us threaten them that they no longer speak to anyone in this name.”
18 Then they called them and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of YASHUWAH.
19 But Peter and John answered them, “Whether it is right in the sight of Elohim to listen to you more than to Elohim, you judge.
20 For we cannot help but declare what we have seen and heard.”
21 When they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding no way to punish them, because of the people. For all glorified Elohim for what was done,
22 for the man on whom this miracle of healing was did was over forty years old.
23 On being released, they went to their own people and reported what the chief priests and elders had said to them.
24 When they heard this, they lifted their voices in unity to Elohim and prayed, “Sovereign YASHUWAH, You are Elohim, who has made the heaven and the earth and the sea and everything in them,
25 and who by the mouth of Your servant David said:
‘Why did the nations rage,
and the people devise vain things?
The kings of the earth came,
and the rulers were assembled together
against Sovereign YASHUWAH
and against His Messiah.’
27 Indeed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel, were assembled together against Your holy Son YASHUWAH whom You have anointed,
28 to do what Your hand and Your counsel had foreordained to be done.
29 Now, Sovereign YASHUWAH, look on their threats and grant that Your servants may speak Your word with great boldness,
30 by stretching out Your hand to heal and that signs and wonders may be did in the name of Your holy Son YASHUWAH.”
31 When they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of Elohim with boldness.
32 All the believers were of one heart and one soul, and no one said that what he possessed was his own. But to them all things were in common.
33 With great power the apostles testified to the resurrection of the Master YASHUWAH, and great grace was on them all.
34 There was no one among them who lacked, for all those who were owners of land or houses sold them, and brought the income from what was sold,
35 and placed it at the apostles’ feet. And it was distributed to each according to his need.
36 Joseph, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means, Son of Encouragement), a Levite from the land of Cyprus,
37 sold a field he owned, and brought the money and placed it at the apostles’ feet.
5:1 Now a man named Ananias, with his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property.
2 He kept back part of the proceeds with his wife’s knowledge, and brought a part of it and placed it at the apostles’ feet.
3 Then Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to deceive the Holy Spirit and keep back part of the proceeds of the land?
4 While it remained unsold, was it not your own? And when it was sold, was it not under your authority? Why have you conceived this deed in your heart? You did not lie to men, but to Elohim.”
5 On hearing these words, Ananias fell down and died. And great fear came on all those who heard these things.
6 The young men rose and wrapped him up and carried him out and buried him.
7 About three hours later his wife came in, not knowing what had happened.
8 Peter said to her, “Tell me whether you sold the land for this amount?”
She said, “Yes, for that much.”
9 Peter said to her, “How is it that you have agreed together to test the Spirit of Sovereign YASHUWAH? Look! The feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out.”
10 At once she fell down at his feet and died. Upon entering, the young men found her dead and carried her out and buried her beside her husband.
11 Great fear came on the entire Assembly and on all those who heard these things.
12 Many signs and wonders were did among the people by the hands of the apostles. And they were all together in Solomon’s Porch.
13 No one else dared join them, but the people respected them.
14 Believers were increasingly added to Sovereign YASHUWAH, multitudes of both men and women,
15 so that they even brought the sick out into the streets and placed them on beds and mats, that at least the shadow of Peter passing by might touch some of them.
16 Crowds also came out of the cities surrounding Jerusalem, bringing the sick and those who were afflicted by evil spirits, and they were all healed.
17 Then the high priest and all those who were with him (that is, the sect of the Sadducees) rose up and were filled with jealousy.
18 They seized the apostles and put them in the common prison.
19 But during the night an angel of Sovereign YASHUWAH opened the prison doors and led them out, and said,
20 “Go, stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life.”
21 Having heard this, they entered the temple at dawn and taught.
But the high priest and those who were with him came and called together the Sanhedrin and the senate of all the sons of Israel, and sent to the prison to have them brought out.
22 But when the officers came and did not find them in the prison, they returned and reported,
23 “We found the prison securely shut and the guards standing outside before the doors. But when we opened it, we found no one inside.”
24 Now when the high priest, the captain of the temple, and the chief priests heard these things, they were in doubt of what might become of this.
25 Then one came and told them, “Look, the men whom you put in prison are standing in the temple and teaching the people.”
26 Then the captain with his escorts went and brought them, without force lest they should be stoned, for they feared the people.
27 When they had brought them, they stood them before the Sanhedrin. And the high priest questioned them,
28 saying, “Did we not strictly command you not to teach in this name? Yet now you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching, and you intend to bring on us this Man’s blood.”
29 Peter and the other apostles answered, “We must obey Elohim rather than men.
30 The Elohim of our fathers raised YASHUWAH, whom you killed by hanging on a tree.
31 Elohim exalted this Man to His right hand to be a Ruler and a Saviour, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins.
32 We are His witnesses to these words, as is the Holy Spirit whom Elohim has given to those who obey Him.”
33 When they heard this, they were cut to the heart and took counsel to kill them.
34 But a Pharisee in the Sanhedrin named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law honored by all the people, stood and ordered the apostles to be put outside for a little while.
35 Then he said to them, “Men of Israel, take heed to yourselves what you intend to do concerning these men.
36 For in previous days Theudas rose up, boasting to be somebody, to whom a number of about four hundred men joined themselves. He was killed, and all who obeyed him were dispersed and came to nothing.
37 After Theudas, Judas the Galilean rose up in the days of the census and drew away many people after him. This man also perished, and all who obeyed him were scattered.
38 Now I tell you, keep away from these men and leave them alone, because if this intention or this activity is of men, it will come to nothing.
39 But if it is of Elohim, you will not be able to overthrow them, lest perhaps you be found even fighting against Elohim.”
40 They agreed with him. When they had called in the apostles, they beat them, and commanded them not to speak in the name of YASHUWAH, and released them.
41 Then they departed from the presence of the Sanhedrin, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name.
42 Daily, in the temple and from house to house, they did not cease to teach and preach YASHUWAH the Messiah.
6:1 Now in those days, as the disciples were multiplied, there was murmuring among the Hellenists against the Hebrews, because their widows were overlooked in the daily distribution.
2 So the twelve called the multitude of disciples together and said, “It is not reasonable for us to leave the word of Elohim and serve tables.
3 Brothers, look among yourselves for seven men who are known to be full of the Holy Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint over this duty.
4 But we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word.”
5 And what was said pleased the whole multitude, and they chose Stephen, who was a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Procorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas, a proselyte from Antioch,
6 whom they presented before the apostles. And when they had prayed, they placed their hands on them.
7 So the word of Elohim spread, and the number of the disciples grew rapidly in Jerusalem, and a great number of the priests were obedient to the faith.
8 Now Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people.
9 Then some men rose up from what is called the Synagogue of the Freedmen (Cyrenians, Alexandrians, and those from Cilicia and of Asia), disputing with Stephen.
10 But they were not able to withstand the wisdom and the Spirit by which he spoke.
11 Then they secretly instigated men who said, “We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses and Elohim.”
12 So they stirred up the people and the elders and the scribes, and came upon him and seized him and led him to the Sanhedrin,
13 and set up false witnesses who said, “This man does not cease to speak blasphemous words against this holy place and the law.
14 For we have heard him say that this YASHUWAH of Nazareth will destroy this place, and will change the customs which Moses handed down to us.”
15 All who sat in the Sanhedrin, gazing at him, saw his face as the face of an angel.
7:1 Then the high priest said, “Are these things so?”
2 He said, “Brothers and fathers, listen! The Elohim of glory appeared to our father Abraham, when he was in Mesopotamia, before he lived in Harran,
3 and said to him, ‘Leave your country and your relatives, and come to the land which I will show you.’
4 “Then he departed from the land of the Chaldeans and lived in Harran. When his father died, He removed him from there to this land in which you now live.
5 He gave him no inheritance in it, nor a foothold, and promised to give it to him as a possession and to his descendants after him while he had no child.
6 Elohim spoke in this way, ‘Your descendants shall be sojourners in a land belonging to others, who will enslave them and mistreat them four hundred years.
7 And I will judge the nation to whom they will be enslaved,’ said Elohim. ‘After that they shall come out and worship Me in this place.’
8 Then He gave him the covenant of circumcision. And Abraham became the father of Isaac and circumcised him on the eighth day. And Isaac became the father of Jacob, and Jacob of the twelve patriarchs.
9 “The patriarchs, moved with envy, sold Joseph into Egypt. But Elohim was with him,
10 and delivered him out of all his afflictions, and gave him favor and wisdom before Pharaoh, king of Egypt, who appointed him governor over Egypt and all his house.
11 “Then a famine came over all Egypt and Canaan with great affliction, and our fathers found no sustenance.
12 But when Jacob heard that there was grain in Egypt, he sent out our fathers the first time.
13 During the second time Joseph was made known to his brothers, and Joseph’s family became known to Pharaoh.
14 Then Joseph sent and called for his father Jacob and all his kindred, seventy-five souls.
15 Then Jacob went down into Egypt. And he and our fathers died,
16 and were carried to Shechem and put in the tomb that Abraham had bought for a price of silver from the sons of Hamor, the father of Shechem.
17 “When the time of the promise drew near, which Elohim had sworn to Abraham, the people grew and multiplied in Egypt
18 until another king rose up who did not know Joseph.
19 He dealt deceitfully with our people and mistreated our fathers, forcing them to put out their young children, that they might not live.
20 “At that time Moses was born, and was fair in the sight of Elohim. And he was reared for three months in his father’s house.
21 When he was put out, Pharaoh’s daughter took him up and reared him as her own son.
22 Moses was educated in all the wisdom of the Egyptians and was powerful in words and in deeds.
23 “When he was forty years old, it came to his heart to visit his brothers, the sons of Israel.
24 But seeing one being wronged, he defended him, and avenged him who was oppressed, and struck the Egyptian.
25 He supposed that his brothers would understand that Elohim would deliver them by his hand, but they did not understand.
26 On the next day he appeared to them as they fought and tried to reconcile them in peace, saying, ‘Men, you are brothers. Why do you wrong each other?’
27 “But the one wronging his neighbor pushed him away, saying, ‘Who appointed you a ruler and a judge over us?
28 Will you kill me as you killed the Egyptian yesterday?’
29 Moses fled at this word and became a sojourner in the land of Midian, where he became the father of two sons.
30 “When forty years had passed, an angel of Sovereign YASHUWAH appeared to him in the wilderness of Mount Sinai, in a flame of fire in a bush.
31 When Moses saw it, he marveled at the sight. As he drew near to look at it, the voice of Sovereign YASHUWAH came to him, saying,
32 ‘I am the Elohim of your fathers, the Elohim of Abraham and the Elohim of Isaac and the Elohim of Jacob.’ Moses trembled and dared not look.
33 “Then Sovereign YASHUWAH said to him, ‘Take off the shoes from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.
34 I have indeed seen the oppression of My people who are in Egypt. I have heard their groaning, and I have come down to deliver them. Now come, I will send you to Egypt.’
35 “This Moses, whom they rejected, saying, ‘Who appointed you a ruler and a judge?’ Elohim sent as both ruler and redeemer by the hand of the angel who appeared to him in the bush.
36 He led them out after he had shown wonders and signs in the land of Egypt, and at the Red Sea, and for forty years in the wilderness.
37 “This is the Moses who said to the sons of Israel, ‘Sovereign YASHUWAH your Elohim will raise up for you a prophet like me from your brothers. Him you shall hear.’
38 This is he who was in the congregation in the wilderness with the angel who spoke to him on Mount Sinai, and with our fathers, who received living oracles to give to us,
39 whom our fathers would not obey, but thrust away. And in their hearts they turned back to Egypt,
40 saying to Aaron, ‘Make for us elohims to go before us. For we do not know what has become of this Moses, who led us out of the land of Egypt.’
41 So they made a calf in those days, and offered a sacrifice to the idol, and rejoiced in the works of their hands.
42 But Elohim turned and gave them up to worship the host of heaven, as it is written in the book of the Prophets:
‘O House of Israel, have you offered to Me slain animals and sacrifices
for forty years in the wilderness?
Yes, you even raised the shrine of Moloch,
and the star of your elohim Remphan,
idols which you made to worship;
therefore I will exile you beyond Babylon.’
44 “Our fathers had the tabernacle of witness in the wilderness, telling Moses to make it as He had commanded, according to the pattern that he had seen,
45 which our fathers, having received it, brought with Joshua into the land possessed by the Gentiles, whom Elohim drove out in front of our fathers until the days of David,
46 who found favor in the presence of Elohim and asked to find a tabernacle for the Elohim of Jacob.
47 But Solomon built Him a house.
48 “However, the Most High does not dwell in houses made with hands. As the prophet says:
‘Heaven is My throne,
and the earth is My footstool.
What house will you build for Me? says Sovereign YASHUWAH,
or what is the place of My rest?
Has not My hand made all these things?’
51 “You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears! You always resist the Holy Spirit. As your fathers did, so do you.
52 Which of the prophets have your fathers not persecuted? They have even killed those who foretold the coming of the Righteous One, of whom you have now become the betrayers and murderers,
53 who have received the law by the disposition of angels, but have not kept it.”
54 When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed their teeth at him.
55 But being full of the Holy Spirit, he gazed into heaven and saw the glory of Elohim, and YASHUWAH standing at the right hand of Elohim,
56 and said, “Look! I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of Elohim.”
57 Then they cried out with a loud voice, closed their ears, and rushed at him in unison.
58 And they threw him out of the city and stoned him. The witnesses laid down their garments at the feet of a young man named Saul.
59 They stoned Stephen as he was calling on Elohim, praying, “Master YASHUWAH, receive my spirit.”
60 Then he knelt down and cried with a loud voice, “Sovereign YASHUWAH, do not hold this sin against them.” Having said this, he fell asleep.
8:1 And Saul was consenting to his death.
On that day a great persecution broke out against the Assembly in Jerusalem. And they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles.
2 Devout men carried Stephen to his burial and made great lamentation over him.
3 But Saul ravaged the Assembly, entering house by house and dragging out both men and women and committing them to prison.
4 Therefore those who were scattered went everywhere preaching the word.
5 Philip went down to the city of Samaria and preached the Messiah to them.
6 When the multitudes heard Philip and saw the miracles which he did, they listened in unity to what he said.
7 For unclean spirits, crying with a loud voice, came out of many who were possessed. And many who were paralyzed or lame were healed.
8 So there was much joy in that city.
9 Now a man named Simon was previously in the city practicing sorcery and bewitched the nation of Samaria, saying he was someone great,
10 to whom they all listened, from the least to the greatest, saying, “This man is the great power of Elohim.”
11 They listened to him, because for a long time he had bewitched them by his sorceries.
12 But when they believed Philip preaching about the kingdom of Elohim and the name of YASHUWAH the Messiah, both men and women were baptized.
13 Even Simon himself believed. And when he was baptized, he continued with Philip and was amazed as he watched the miracles and signs which were done.
14 Now when the apostles who were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of Elohim, they sent Peter and John to them.
15 When they came down, they prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit,
16 for still He had come on none of them. They were only baptized in the name of the Master YASHUWAH.
17 Then they laid their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.
18 When Simon saw that through the laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Spirit was given, he offered them money,
19 saying, “Give me also this power, that whomever I lay hands on may receive the Holy Spirit.”
20 Peter said to him, “May your money perish with you, because you thought you could purchase the gift of Elohim with money!
21 You have neither part nor share in this matter, for your heart is not right before Elohim.
22 Therefore repent of your wickedness, and ask Elohim if perhaps the intention of your heart may be forgiven you.
23 For I see that you are in the gall of bitterness and in the bond of iniquity.”
24 Then Simon answered, “Pray to Sovereign YASHUWAH for me that nothing you have spoken may come upon me.”
25 When they had testified and preached the word of Sovereign YASHUWAH, they returned to Jerusalem and preached the gospel in many villages of the Samaritans.
26 Now an angel of Sovereign YASHUWAH said to Philip, “Rise up and go toward the south on the way that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is desert.
27 So he rose up and went. And there was a man of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in command of her entire treasury. He had come to Jerusalem to worship.
28 He was returning, sitting in his chariot and reading the book of Isaiah the prophet.
29 The Spirit said to Philip, “Go to this chariot and stay with it.”
30 Then Philip ran to him, and heard him read the book of Isaiah the prophet, and said, “Do you understand what you are reading?”
31 He said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.
32 The passage of Scripture which he was reading was this:
“He was led as a sheep to slaughter;
and as a lamb before its shearer is silent,
so He opened not His mouth.
In His humiliation justice was denied Him;
who will speak of His generation?
For His life is taken from the earth.”
34 The eunuch said to Philip, “I ask you, of whom does the prophet speak, of himself or of someone else?”
35 Then Philip spoke, beginning with the same Scripture, and preached YASHUWAH to him.
36 As they went on their way, they came to some water. And the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. What hinders me from being baptized?”
37 Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” He answered, “I believe that YASHUWAH the Messiah is the Son of Elohim.”
38 And he commanded the chariot to halt. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him.
39 When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of Sovereign YASHUWAH took Philip away. And the eunuch saw him no more, and he went his way rejoicing.
40 But Philip was found at Azotus. And passing through, he preached the gospel in all the cities until he came to Caesarea.
9:1 Saul, still breathing out threats and murder against the disciples of the Master, went to the high priest,
2 and requested letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus, so that if he found any there of the Way, either men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.
3 As he went he drew near Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven shone around him.
4 He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute Me?”
5 He said, “Who are You, Master?”
The Master said, “I am YASHUWAH, whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads.”
6 Trembling and astonished, he said, “Master, what will You have me do?” The Master said to him, “Rise up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”
7 The men traveling with him stood speechless, hearing the voice, but seeing no one.
8 Saul rose up from the ground. And when his eyes were opened, he saw nothing. So they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus.
9 For three days he was without sight, and neither ate nor drank.
10 A disciple named Ananias was in Damascus. The Master said to him in a vision, “Ananias.”
He said, “Here I am, Master.”
11 The Master said to him, “Rise and go to Straight Street, and inquire at Judas’ house for someone named Saul of Tarsus, for he is praying,
12 and has seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in and putting his hand on him, so that he may see again.”
13 Ananias answered, “Master, I have heard from many about this man, how many evil things he has done to Your saints at Jerusalem.
14 And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on Your name.”
15 But the Master said to him, “Go your way. For this man is a chosen vessel of Mine, to bear My name before the Gentiles and their kings, and before the sons of Israel.
16 For I will show him how much he must suffer for My name’s sake.”
17 Then Ananias went his way and entered the house. Putting his hands on him, he said, “Brother Saul, the Master YASHUWAH, who appeared to you on the way as you came, has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.”
18 Immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and he could see again. And he rose up and was baptized.
19 When he had eaten, he was strengthened.
For several days Saul was with the disciples in Damascus.
20 Immediately he preached in the synagogues that the Messiah is the Son of Elohim.
21 All who heard him were amazed and said, “Is not this he who killed those who called on this name in Jerusalem, and came here with that intent, to bring them bound to the chief priests?”
22 Yet Saul increased all the more with power and confounded the Jews living in Damascus, proving that this One is the Messiah.
23 After many days had passed, the Jews arranged to kill him.
24 But their scheme was known by Saul. They watched the gates day and night to kill him.
25 But the disciples took him by night, and lowered him in a basket through the wall.
26 When Saul had come to Jerusalem, he tried to join the disciples. But they all feared him, not believing he was a disciple.
27 But Barnabas took him, and led him to the apostles, and declared to them how on the road he had seen the Master, and that He had spoken to him, and how he had boldly preached in Damascus in the name of YASHUWAH.
28 So he stayed with them while coming in and going out of Jerusalem.
29 And he spoke boldly in the name of the Master YASHUWAH and disputed against the Hellenists. But they tried to kill him.
30 When the brothers learned this, they brought him down to Caesarea, and sent him off to Tarsus.
31 Then the Assemblies throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria had peace and were built up. And walking in the fear of Sovereign YASHUWAH and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, they were multiplied.
32 As Peter passed through every region, he came down also to the saints who lived in Lydda.
33 There he found a man named Aeneas, who had been bedridden for eight years and was paralyzed.
34 Peter said to him, “Aeneas, YASHUWAH the Messiah heals you. Rise up and make your bed.” And immediately he rose up.
35 All those who lived in Lydda and Sharon saw him and turned to Sovereign YASHUWAH.
36 In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha, which is translated Dorcas. This woman was full of good works and almsgiving.
37 In those days she became ill and died. And when they had washed her, they placed her in an upper room.
38 Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, hearing that Peter was there, sent two men to him, pleading, “Do not delay to come to us.”
39 Peter rose up and went with them. When he arrived, they led him into the upper room. All the widows stood by him weeping, and showing the coats and garments which Dorcas had made while she was with them.
40 Peter put them all outside and knelt down and prayed. And turning to the body he said, “Tabitha, arise.” She opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up.
41 He gave her his hand and lifted her up. And when he had called the saints and widows, he presented her alive.
42 It became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed in the Master.
43 He remained in Joppa for many days with Simon, a tanner.
10:1 In Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, the centurion of a band of soldiers called the Italian Detachment,
2 a devout man and one who feared Elohim with all his household, who gave many alms to the people and continually prayed to Elohim.
3 About the ninth hour of the day he saw clearly in a vision an angel of Elohim coming in and saying to him, “Cornelius.”
4 When he looked at him he was afraid, and said, “What is it, Master?”
He said to him, “Your prayers and your alms have come up as a memorial before Elohim.
5 Now send men to Joppa, and bring back Simon whose surname is Peter.
6 He is lodging with Simon, a tanner, whose house is by the sea. He will tell you what you must do.”
7 When the angel who spoke to him had departed, Cornelius called two of his household servants and a devout soldier from among those who continually waited on him.
8 When he had explained everything to them, he sent them to Joppa.
9 The next day as they went on their journey and drew near the city, Peter went up on the housetop to pray about the sixth hour.
10 He became very hungry and desired to eat. But while they prepared a meal, he fell into a trance
11 and saw heaven opened, and a vessel like a great sheet, tied at the four corners, descending to him, and let down to the earth.
12 In it were all kinds of four-footed animals of the earth and wild beasts and reptiles and birds of the air.
13 Then a voice came to him, “Rise, Peter; kill and eat.”
14 Peter said, “Not at all, Master. For I have never eaten anything that is common or unclean.”
15 The voice spoke to him a second time: “What Elohim has cleansed, do not call common.”
16 This happened three times. And again the vessel was taken up into heaven.
17 Now while Peter wondered what this vision which he had seen might mean, the men who were sent by Cornelius had inquired for Simon’s house and stood at the gate,
18 and called and asked whether Simon, who was surnamed Peter, was lodging there.
19 While Peter thought about the vision, the Spirit said to him, “Three men are looking for you.
20 So rise and go down, and go with them, doubting nothing. For I have sent them.”
21 Then Peter went down to the men who were sent to him by Cornelius and said, “Here I am, the one you are seeking. Why have you come?”
22 They said, “Cornelius, a centurion, a man who is righteous and fears Elohim and is of good report throughout the nation of the Jews, was directed by a holy angel to summon you to his house to hear your words.”
23 Then he invited them in and gave them lodging.
The next day Peter went with them, and some brothers from Joppa accompanied him.
24 And the next day they entered Caesarea. Cornelius was waiting for them and had called together his relatives and close friends.
25 As Peter entered the house, Cornelius met him and fell down at his feet and worshipped him.
26 But Peter lifted him up, saying, “Stand up. I myself am a man.”
27 As he talked with him, he went in and found many who had come together.
28 He said to them, “You know how unlawful it is for a Jew to visit or approach a foreigner. But Elohim has shown me not to call any man common or unclean.
29 So when I was sent for, I came without question. Therefore I ask why you have sent for me.”
30 Cornelius said, “Four days ago I was fasting until this hour. At the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and suddenly a man stood before me in bright clothing,
31 and said, ‘Cornelius, your prayer has been heard, and your alms are remembered before Elohim.
32 Therefore send to Joppa for Simon, whose surname is Peter. He is lodging in the house of Simon, a tanner, by the sea. When he comes, he will speak to you.’
33 So immediately I sent for you, and you have done well to come. Now therefore we are all here, present before Elohim, to hear everything the Master has commanded you.”
34 Then Peter began to speak, saying, “Truthfully, I perceive that Elohim is no respecter of persons.
35 But in every nation he who fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him.
36 The word which He sent to the children of Israel, preaching peace through YASHUWAH the Messiah, who is Master of all,
37 the word, which you know, that was proclaimed throughout all Judea, beginning from Galilee after the baptism which John preached:
38 how Elohim anointed YASHUWAH of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for Elohim was with Him.
39 “We are witnesses of all that He did both in the land of the Jews and in Jerusalem, whom they killed by hanging on a tree.
40 But Elohim raised Him on the third day and presented Him publicly,
41 not to all the people, but to witnesses previously chosen by Elohim, to us who ate and drank with Him after He rose from the dead.
42 He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that it is He who was ordained by Elohim to be the Judge of the living and the dead.
43 To Him all the prophets bear witness that whoever believes in Him will receive remission of sins through His name.”
44 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell on all those who heard the word.
45 All the believers of the circumcision who had come with Peter were astonished, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles.
46 For they heard them speaking in other tongues and magnifying Elohim.
Then Peter continued,
47 “Can anyone forbid water for baptizing these, who have received the Holy Spirit as we have?”
48 So he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Master. Then they asked him to stay a few days.
11:1 The apostles and the brothers throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of Elohim.
2 So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, those who were circumcised disputed with him,
3 saying, “You went in and ate with uncircumcised men!”
4 Peter began explaining it to them in order, saying,
5 “I was in the city of Joppa praying. And in a trance I saw a vision: A vessel like a great sheet was descending, let down from heaven by four corners, and it came to me.
6 I considered what I had observed and saw four-footed creatures and wild beasts and reptiles and birds of the air.
7 Then I heard a voice saying to me, ‘Rise, Peter; kill and eat.’
8 “I said, ‘Not at all, Master. For nothing common or unclean has at any time entered my mouth.’
9 “The voice answered from heaven a second time, ‘What Elohim has cleansed, do not call common.’
10 This happened three times. And again everything was taken up into heaven.
11 “And immediately three men sent from Caesarea to me came to the house where I was.
12 The Spirit told me to go with them without hesitation. Moreover these six brothers came with me, and we entered the man’s house.
13 He told us how he had seen an angel in his house, who stood and said to him, ‘Send men to Joppa, and call for Simon whose surname is Peter.
14 He will speak words to you by which you and all your household will be saved.’
15 “As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell on them, as He fell on us at the beginning.
16 Then I remembered the word of the Master, how He said, ‘John indeed baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’
17 If then Elohim gave them the same gift as He gave us when we believed in the Master YASHUWAH the Messiah, who was I to be able to hinder Elohim?”
18 When they heard these things, they were silent. And they glorified Elohim, saying, “Then Elohim has granted to the Gentiles also repentance unto life.”
19 Now those who were scattered by the persecution that arose over Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia and Cyprus and Antioch, preaching the word to no one except Jews.
20 Some of them were men of Cyprus and Cyrene, who, when they had come to Antioch, spoke to the Hellenists, preaching the Master YASHUWAH.
21 The hand of Sovereign YASHUWAH was with them, and a great number believed and turned to Sovereign YASHUWAH.
22 News of these things came to the ears of the Assembly which was in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch.
23 When he arrived and saw the grace of Elohim, he rejoiced and exhorted them all to remain with Sovereign YASHUWAH with a loyal heart.
24 For he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And many people were added to Sovereign YASHUWAH.
25 Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul.
26 When he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. For a whole year they met with the Assembly and taught a considerable multitude. And the disciples were first called Messianic in Antioch.
27 In these days prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch.
28 One of them, named Agabus, stood up and prophesied by the Spirit that there would be a great famine throughout all the world, which came to pass in the days of Claudius Caesar.
29 Then every disciple, according to his ability, determined to send relief to the brothers who lived in Judea.
30 Indeed they did, and sent it to the elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul.
12:1 About that time King Herod extended his hands to harm certain ones from the Assembly.
2 He killed James the brother of John with the sword.
3 Seeing that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to arrest Peter also. This happened during the Days of Unleavened Bread. (see: Luke 22:1)
4 When he had seized him, he put him in prison and handed him over to four squads of soldiers to guard him, intending to bring him before the people after the Passover season.
5 So Peter was kept in prison. But the Assembly prayed to Elohim without ceasing for him.
6 The same night when Herod would have brought him out, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains. And the guards before the door were securing the prison.
7 And suddenly an angel of Sovereign YASHUWAH approached him, and a light shone in the prison. He struck Peter on the side and woke him up, saying, “Rise up, quickly.” And the chains fell off his hands.
8 Then the angel said to him, “Dress yourself and put your sandals on.” And he did so. Then he said to him, “Wrap your cloak around you and follow me.”
9 He went out and followed him, and did not know that what was done by the angel was real, but thought he was seeing a vision.
10 When they had passed the first and the second guards, they came to the iron gate leading to the city, which opened to them by itself. And they went out and went forward one street. And immediately the angel left him.
11 When Peter had come to himself, he said, “Now I certainly know that Sovereign YASHUWAH has sent His angel and delivered me from the hand of Herod and from all that the Jewish people were expecting.”
12 Realizing this, he came to the house of Miriam, the mother of John, whose other name was Mark, where many were gathered together praying.
13 As Peter knocked at the door of the porch, a servant girl named Rhoda came to answer.
14 When she recognized Peter’s voice, from joy she did not open the door, but ran in and announced that Peter was standing at the door.
15 They said to her, “You are insane.” But she insisted that it was really so. So they said, “It is his angel.”
16 But Peter continued knocking. And when they opened the door and saw him, they were astonished.
17 Motioning to them with his hand to be quiet, he described to them how Sovereign YASHUWAH had led him out of the prison. And he said, “Go, tell these things to James and to the brothers.” Then he departed and went to another place.
18 Now when day came, there was a great disturbance among the soldiers about what had become of Peter.
19 When Herod had searched for him and did not find him, he examined the guards and commanded that they should be put to death.
But Peter went down from Judea to Caesarea, and stayed there.
20 Now Herod was very angry with the people of Tyre and Sidon. But they came to him in unity, and having made Blastus, the king’s personal servant, their friend, they asked for peace, because their country was fed by the king’s country.
21 On an appointed day, Herod, dressed in royal apparel, sat on his throne and gave a public speech to them.
22 The mob shouted, “It is the voice of a elohim, and not of a man!”
23 Immediately an angel of Sovereign YASHUWAH struck him, because he did not give Elohim the glory. And he was eaten by worms and died.
24 But the word of Elohim spread and increased.
25 When Barnabas and Saul had fulfilled their ministry, they returned from Jerusalem and took with them John, whose surname was Mark.
13:1 In the Assembly that was in Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.
2 As they worshipped Sovereign YASHUWAH and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”
3 Then after fasting and praying, they laid their hands on them and sent them off.
4 So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia, and from there they sailed to Cyprus.
5 When they arrived at Salamis, they preached the word of Elohim in the synagogues of the Jews. And they had John as an assistant.
6 When they had gone through the whole island to Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a Jewish false prophet, whose name was Baryeshua,
7 who was with the proconsul, Sergius Paulus, an intelligent man. This man called for Barnabas and Saul and sought to hear the word of Elohim.
8 But Elymas the sorcerer (which is his name by interpretation) opposed them, trying to divert the proconsul from the faith.
9 Then Saul, who also is called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, stared at him and said,
10 “You son of the devil, enemy of all righteousness, full of deceit and of all fraud, will you not cease perverting the right ways of Sovereign YASHUWAH?
11 Now, look! The hand of Sovereign YASHUWAH is against you, and you shall be blind, not seeing the sun for a time.”
Immediately mist and darkness fell on him, and he went about seeking someone to lead him by the hand.
12 When the proconsul saw what had happened, he believed and was astonished at the doctrine of the Master.
13 Now when Paul and his companions set sail from Paphos, they came to Perga in Pamphylia. And John departed from them and returned to Jerusalem.
14 But they departed from Perga and came to Antioch in Pisidia. And they went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day and sat down.
15 After the reading from the Law and the Prophets, the rulers of the synagogue sent word to them, saying, “Brothers, if you have any word of exhortation for the people, say it.”
16 Then Paul stood up, and motioning with his hand said: “Men of Israel, and you who fear Elohim, listen.
17 The Elohim of this people of Israel chose our fathers, and exalted the people when they lived as foreigners in the land of Egypt, and with great power He led them out of it.
18 For about forty years He endured their conduct in the desert.
19 When He had destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan, He gave them their land as an inheritance by lot.
20 “After about four hundred and fifty years, Elohim gave them judges until Samuel the prophet.
21 Then they requested a king. And Elohim gave them Saul the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, for forty years.
22 When He had removed him, He raised up David to be their king, of whom He testified, saying, ‘I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart, who will fulfill My entire will.’
23 “From this man’s descendants Elohim has raised a Saviour for Israel, YASHUWAH, according to His promise.
24 Before His coming John had preached a baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel.
25 As John was fulfilling his course, he said, ‘Who do you think I am? I am not He. But look! He is coming after me, the sandals of whose feet I am not worthy to untie.’
26 “Brothers, sons of the family of Abraham, and those of you who fear Elohim, the word of this salvation has been sent to us.
27 Because those who live in Jerusalem, and their rulers, did not know Him, in condemning Him they have fulfilled the voices of the Prophets which are read every Sabbath.
28 Though they found in Him no cause worthy of death, yet they asked Pilate to have Him killed.
29 When they had fulfilled all that was written of Him, they took Him down from the tree and placed Him in a tomb.
30 But Elohim raised Him from the dead,
31 and for many days He appeared to those who came up with Him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are now His witnesses to the people.
32 “We preach to you good news: The promise which was made to the fathers,
33 Elohim has fulfilled to us, their children, raising YASHUWAH. As it is written in the second Psalm:
‘You are My Son;
today I have become Your Father.’
34 That He raised Him from the dead, no more to return to corruption, He has spoken in this way:
‘I will give You the holy and sure blessings of David.’
35 So He says in another Psalm:
‘You will not let Your Holy One see decay.’
36 “For after David had served by the counsel of Elohim in his own generation, he fell asleep, was buried with his fathers, and saw decay.
37 But He whom Elohim raised up saw no decay.
38 “Therefore, brothers, let it be known to you that through this Man forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you,
39 and by Him everyone who believes is justified from everything from which you could not be justified by the Law of Moses.
40 Therefore beware, lest what is spoken of in the prophets come upon you:
‘Look, you scoffers,
marvel and perish!
For I will perform a work in your days
which you will never believe,
even if someone declares it to you.’”
42 When Paul and Barnabas went out of the synagogue, the Gentiles asked that these words might be preached to them the next Sabbath.
43 When the congregation was dismissed, many of the Jews and devout proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas, who spoke to them and urged them to continue in the grace of Elohim.
44 On the next Sabbath almost the whole city assembled to hear the word of Elohim.
45 But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with jealousy, blaspheming and contradicting what Paul was saying.
46 Then Paul and Barnabas boldly said, “It was necessary that the word of Elohim should be spoken to you first. But seeing you reject it, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, we are turning to the Gentiles.
47 For thus has the Master commanded us:
‘I have established you to be a light of the Gentiles,
that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.’”
48 When the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and glorified the word of Sovereign YASHUWAH. And all who were ordained to everlasting life believed.
49 The word of Sovereign YASHUWAH was spread throughout the entire region.
50 But the Jews stirred up the devout and honorable women and the chief men of the city, and raised up persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and drove them from their region.
51 So they shook off the dust of their feet against them and went to Iconium.
52 And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.
14:1 At Iconium they entered the synagogue of the Jews together and so spoke that a great multitude of both Jews and Greeks believed.
2 But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles and embittered their minds against the brothers.
3 So they continued there a long time, speaking boldly for the Master, who bore witness to His gracious word, granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands.
4 But the people of the city were divided. Some sided with the Jews, and others with the apostles.
5 When an assault was planned by both Gentiles and Jews, with their leaders, to attack them and to stone them,
6 they learned of it and fled to Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia, and to the surrounding region.
7 And there they preached the gospel.
8 In Lystra there sat a man, crippled in his feet, who had never walked and was lame from birth.
9 He heard Paul speaking, who looked intently at him and perceived that he had faith to be healed
10 and said with a loud voice, “Stand upright on your feet.” And he jumped up and walked.
11 When the multitudes saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voices, saying in Lycaonian, “The elohims have come down to us in the likeness of men!”
12 Barnabas they called Zeus, and Paul they called Hermes, because he was the main speaker.
13 The priest of Zeus, who was in front of the city, brought bulls and garlands to the gates to offer sacrifices with the multitudes.
14 But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard this, they tore their clothes and rushed out into the multitude, crying out,
15 “Men, why are you doing this? We also are men, of like nature with you, preaching to you to turn from these vain things to the living Elohim, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea, and everything that is in them,
16 who in times past allowed all nations to walk in their own ways.
17 Yet He did not leave Himself without witness, for He did good and gave us rain from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying our hearts with food and gladness.”
18 With these words they scarcely restrained the multitudes from sacrificing to them.
19 Then some Jews from Antioch and Iconium came there and persuaded the multitudes. They stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing he was dead.
20 But as the disciples gathered around him, he rose up and went into the city. The next day he departed with Barnabas for Derbe.
21 When they had preached the gospel to that city and had made many disciples, they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch,
22 strengthening the minds of the disciples and exhorting them to continue in the faith, to go through many afflictions and thus enter the kingdom of Elohim.
23 When they had appointed elders for them in every Assembly, with prayer and fasting, they commended them to the Master in whom they believed.
24 Then they passed throughout Pisidia and came to Pamphylia,
25 and when they had preached the word in Perga, they went down into Attalia.
26 From there they sailed to Antioch, where they had been commended to the grace of Elohim for the work which they had completed.
27 When they arrived and had assembled the Assembly, they reported what Elohim had done through them and how He had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles.
28 And there they stayed a long time with the disciples.
15:1 Some men came down from Judea and were teaching the brothers, “Unless you are circumcised in the tradition of Moses, you cannot be saved.”
2 Therefore when Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and dispute with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas, and certain others among them, should go up to Jerusalem to the apostles and elders about this question.
3 So being sent on their way by the Assembly, they passed through Phoenicia and Samaria, declaring the conversion of the Gentiles, and they brought great joy to all the brothers.
4 When they arrived in Jerusalem, they were welcomed by the Assembly and the apostles and the elders, and they declared what Elohim had done through them.
5 Then some believers of the sect of the Pharisees rose up, saying, “It is necessary to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the Law of Moses.”
6 The apostles and elders assembled to consider this matter.
7 After much disputing, Peter rose up and said to them, “Brothers, you know that some time ago Elohim decided among us, that by my mouth the Gentiles should hear the word of the gospel and believe.
8 Elohim, who knows the heart, approved of them, giving them the Holy Spirit just as He did to us,
9 and made no distinction between them and us, and purified their hearts by faith.
10 Now then, why test Elohim by putting a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear?
11 But we believe that through the grace of the Master YASHUWAH the Messiah we shall be saved, even as they.”
12 The entire assembly remained silent and listened to Barnabas and Paul declaring what signs and wonders Elohim had done through them among the Gentiles.
13 After they had become silent, James answered, “Brothers, listen to me.
14 Simon has declared how Elohim first visited the Gentiles to take from among them a people for His name.
15 With this the words of the prophets agree. As it is written:
‘After this I will return,
and I will rebuild the tabernacle of David, which has fallen;
I will rebuild its ruins,
and I will set it up;
that the rest of men may seek Sovereign YASHUWAH,
and all the Gentiles who are called by My name,
says Sovereign YASHUWAH who does all these things.’
Known to Elohim are all His works since the beginning of the world.
19 “Therefore my judgment is that we should not trouble those of the Gentiles who are turning to Elohim,
20 but that we write to them to abstain from food offered to idols, from sexual immorality, from strangled animals, and from blood.
21 For Moses has had in every city since early generations those who preach him, being read in the synagogues every Sabbath.”
22 Then it pleased the apostles and the elders, with the whole Assembly, to send chosen men from among them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas, namely, Judas called Barsabas, and Silas, leading men among the brothers.
23 They wrote this letter by their hand:
The apostles and the elders and the brothers,
To the brothers who are of the Gentiles in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia:
24 Since we have heard that some of us, whom we did not commission, have gone out and have troubled you with words, unsettling your minds, saying, “You must be circumcised and keep the law,”
25 it seemed good to us, being assembled in unity, to send chosen men to you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul,
26 men who have risked their lives for the name of our Master YASHUWAH the Messiah.
27 Therefore we have sent Judas and Silas, who will also speak to you, saying the same things.
28 For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to put on you no greater burden than these necessary things:
29 Abstain from food offered to idols, from sexual immorality, from strangled animals, and from blood. If you keep yourselves from these, you will do well.
30 So when they were dismissed, they went down to Antioch. And when they had assembled the congregation, they delivered the letter.
31 When they had read it, they rejoiced over the exhortation.
32 Judas and Silas, being prophets themselves, exhorted the brothers with many words and strengthened them.
33 After they had remained there for a time, they were sent off in peace by the brothers to the apostles.
34 But it seemed good to Silas to remain there.
35 And Paul and Barnabas remained in Antioch, teaching and preaching the word of Sovereign YASHUWAH, with many others also.
36 After some days Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us return and visit our brothers in every city where we preached the word of Sovereign YASHUWAH and see how they are doing.”
37 Barnabas determined to take with them John, who was called Mark.
38 But Paul thought it was not good to take with them one who had withdrawn from them in Pamphylia and had not gone with them to the work.
39 Then there arose a sharp contention, so that they separated from each other. Barnabas took Mark and sailed to Cyprus,
40 but Paul chose Silas and departed, being commended by the brothers to the grace of Elohim.
41 And he went through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the Assemblies.
16:1 Then he came to Derbe and then to Lystra. A disciple was there, named Timothy, the son of a Jewess who believed, but his father was a Greek.
2 He was well spoken of by the brothers who were at Lystra and Iconium.
3 Paul wanted him to travel with him. So he took him and circumcised him because of the Jews who were in those places, for they all knew that his father was a Greek.
4 As they went through the cities, they delivered to them the decrees to observe, that were set forth by the apostles and elders at Jerusalem.
5 So the Assemblies were strengthened in the faith, and increased in number daily.
6 They went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia and were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia.
7 When they came near Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit did not allow them.
8 So they passed by Mysia and went down to Troas.
9 During the night a vision appeared to Paul: A man of Macedonia stood and pleaded with him, saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.”
10 After he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go into Macedonia, concluding that the Master had called us to preach the gospel to them.
11 From Troas we set sail on a straight course to Samothrace and the next day to Neapolis,
12 and from there to Philippi, which is the main city of that part of Macedonia, and a colony. We stayed in this city several days.
13 On the Sabbath we went out of the city to a riverside, where prayer was customarily offered. And we sat down and spoke to the women who had assembled.
14 A woman named Lydia, a seller of purple fabric of the city of Thyatira, who worshipped Elohim, heard us. Sovereign YASHUWAH opened her heart to acknowledge what Paul said.
15 When she and her household were baptized, she entreated us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to Sovereign YASHUWAH, come to my house and remain there.” And she persuaded us.
16 On one occasion, as we went to the place of prayer, a servant girl possessed with a spirit of divination met us, who brought her masters much profit by fortune-telling.
17 She followed Paul and us, shouting, “These men are servants of the Most High Elohim, who proclaim to us the way of salvation.”
18 She did this for many days. But becoming greatly troubled, Paul turned to the spirit and said, “I command you in the name of YASHUWAH the Messiah to come out of her.” And it came out at that moment.
19 When her masters saw that the hope of their profits was gone, they seized Paul and Silas, and dragged them into the marketplace to the rulers.
20 And they brought them to the magistrates, saying, “These men, being Jews, greatly trouble our city
21 and teach customs which are not lawful for us, being Romans, to receive or observe.”
22 The multitude rose up together against them. And the magistrates tore the garments off them and gave orders to beat them.
23 After they had laid many stripes on them, they threw them into prison, commanding the jailer to guard them securely.
24 Having received such an order, he threw them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks.
25 At midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to Elohim, and the prisoners were listening to them.
26 Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken. And immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s shackles were loosened.
27 When the jailer awoke and saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had escaped.
28 But Paul shouted, “Do not harm yourself, for we are all here.”
29 He called for lights and rushed in, trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas.
30 He then led them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
31 They said, “Believe in the Master YASHUWAH the Messiah, and you and your household will be saved.”
32 And they spoke the word of Sovereign YASHUWAH to him and to all who were in his household.
33 In that hour of the night he took them and washed their wounds. And immediately he and his entire household were baptized.
34 Then he brought them up to his house and set food before them. And he rejoiced with his entire household believing in Elohim.
35 When it was day, the magistrates sent the sergeants, saying, “Release those men.”
36 The prison guard reported these words to Paul, saying, “The magistrates have sent to release you. Now therefore depart, and go in peace.”
37 But Paul said to them, “They have publicly beaten us, who are uncondemned Romans, and have thrown us into prison. And now do they secretly throw us out? Certainly not! Let them come themselves and bring us out.”
38 The sergeants reported these words to the magistrates, and they were afraid when they heard that they were Romans.
39 So they came and entreated them. And they brought them out, asking them to leave the city.
40 They went out of the prison and entered the house of Lydia. When they had seen the brothers, they exhorted them and departed.
17:1 When they had traveled through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews.
2 According to his custom, Paul went in, and on three Sabbaths he lectured to them from the Scriptures,
3 explaining and proving that the Messiah had to suffer and to rise from the dead, and saying, “This YASHUWAH, whom I preach to you, is the Messiah.”
4 Some of them were persuaded and joined with Paul and Silas, including a great multitude of devout Greeks and many leading women.
5 But the Jews who did not believe became jealous and, taking some evil men from the marketplace, gathered a multitude, stirred up the city, and attacked the house of Jason, trying to bring them out to the mob.
6 But when they did not find them, they dragged Jason and some brothers to the city officials, crying out, “These men who have turned the world upside down have come here also,
7 and Jason has received them. They are all acting contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, YASHUWAH.”
8 They troubled the multitude and the city officials when they heard these things.
9 When they had taken a bail payment from Jason and the rest, they released them.
10 The brothers immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea. When they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews.
11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with all eagerness, daily examining the Scriptures, to find out if these things were so.
12 Therefore many of them believed, including honorable Greek women and many Greek men.
13 But when the Jews of Thessalonica learned that the word of Elohim was preached by Paul at Berea, they came there also, stirring up the multitudes.
14 The brothers immediately sent Paul away to the sea. But Silas and Timothy remained there.
15 Those who escorted Paul brought him to Athens and departed with instructions for Silas and Timothy to come to him quickly.
16 While Paul waited for them in Athens, his spirit was provoked within him as he saw that the city was full of idols.
17 Therefore he disputed in the synagogue with the Jews and the devout persons, and in the marketplace daily with those who happened to there.
18 Then some of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers encountered him. And some said, “What will this babbler say?” Others said, “He seems to be a proclaimer of foreign elohims,” because he preached YASHUWAH and the resurrection to them.
19 They took hold of him and led him to the Areopagus, saying, “May we know what this new doctrine is of which you speak?
20 For you are bringing strange things to our ears. Therefore we want to know what these things mean.”
21 For all the Athenians and foreigners who lived there spent their time in nothing else, but either telling or hearing something new.
22 Then Paul stood in the middle of Mars' hill, and said: “Men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are very superstitious.
23 For as I passed by and looked up at your objects of worship, I found an altar with this inscription:
TO THE UNKNOWN ELOHIM.
Whom you therefore unknowingly worship, Him I proclaim to you.
24 “Elohim who made the world and all things in it, being Master of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by hands.
25 Nor is He served by men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives all men life and breath and all things.
26 He has made from one blood every nation of men to live on the entire face of the earth, having appointed fixed times and the boundaries of their habitation,
27 that they should seek Sovereign YASHUWAH so perhaps they might reach for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us.
28 ‘For in Him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are His offspring.’
29 “Therefore since we are the offspring of Elohim, we ought not to suppose that Elohim-Himself is like gold or silver or stone or an engraved work of art or an image of the reflection of man.
30 Elohim overlooked the times of ignorance, but now He commands all men everywhere to repent.
31 For He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by a Man whom He has appointed, having given assurance of this to all men by raising Him from the dead.”
32 When they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some scoffed. But others said, “We will hear you again concerning this matter.”
33 So Paul departed from them.
34 However, some men joined him and believed. Among them were Dionysius the Areopagite, and a woman named Damaris, and others with them.
18:1 After this, Paul left Athens and went to Corinth.
2 He found a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had commanded all the Jews to leave Rome. And he went to them.
3 And because he was of the same trade, he remained with them and worked, for they were tentmakers by trade.
4 He lectured in the synagogue every Sabbath and persuaded Jews and Greeks.
5 When Silas and Timothy came from Macedonia, Paul was pressed by the Spirit and testified to the Jews that YASHUWAH was the Messiah.
6 But when they opposed him and blasphemed, he shook out his garments and said to them, “Your blood be upon your heads. I am innocent. From now on I will go to the Gentiles.”
7 Then he departed from there and entered the house of a man named Justus, one who worshipped Elohim, whose house was next door to the synagogue.
8 Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue, believed in the Master with his entire household. And many of the Corinthians, who heard, believed and were baptized.
9 The Master spoke to Paul in the night through a vision, “Do not be afraid, but speak and do not be silent.
10 For I am with you, and no one shall attack you and hurt you, for I have many people in this city.”
11 So for a year and six months he sat among them, teaching the word of Elohim.
12 When Gallio was proconsul of Achaia, the Jews in unity attacked Paul and brought him to court,
13 saying, “This man is persuading men to worship Elohim contrary to the law.”
14 When Paul was about to speak, Gallio said to the Jews, “O Jews, if it were a matter of a misdemeanor or serious crime, I would rightly bear with you.
15 But if it is a question of words and names and your law, look into it yourselves. For I do not intend to be a judge of these matters.”
16 So he drove them out of court.
17 Then all the Greeks seized Sosthenes, the ruler of the synagogue, and beat him before the judgment seat. But none of these things mattered to Gallio.
18 Yet Paul remained many days. He had his hair cut in Cenchrea, for he had taken a vow. Then, bidding farewell to the brothers, he sailed to Syria, and Priscilla and Aquila were with him.
19 He arrived at Ephesus and left them there. But he himself went into the synagogue and lectured the Jews.
20 When they asked him to remain for a while longer, he did not consent,
21 but, bidding farewell, said, “I must by all means attend this upcoming feast in Jerusalem, but I will return to you if Elohim wills.” And he set sail from Ephesus.
22 When he had landed at Caesarea, he went up and greeted the Assembly and then went down to Antioch.
23 After spending some time there, he departed and passed through the entire region of Galatia and Phrygia in sequence, strengthening all the disciples.
24 Meanwhile a Jew named Apollos, born in Alexandria, who was an eloquent man and powerful in the Scriptures, came to Ephesus.
25 This man was instructed in the way of Sovereign YASHUWAH, knowing only the baptism of John, but being fervent in spirit, he accurately spoke and taught the things concerning the Master.
26 He began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Aquila and Priscilla heard him, they took him and explained the way of Elohim more accurately.
27 When Apollos intended to pass into Achaia, the brothers wrote to encourage the disciples to welcome him. On arriving, he greatly helped those who had believed through grace.
28 For he vehemently refuted the Jews publicly, proving from the Scriptures that YASHUWAH was the Messiah.
19:1 While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul passed through the upper regions and came to Ephesus. He found some disciples
2 and said to them, “Have you received the Holy Spirit since you believed?”
They said to him, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”
3 He said to them, “Into what then were you baptized?”
They said, “Into John’s baptism.”
4 Paul said, “John indeed baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people that they should believe in the One coming after him, that is, in the Messiah YASHUWAH.”
5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Master YASHUWAH.
6 When Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in other tongues and prophesied.
7 There were about twelve men in all.
8 He went into the synagogue and spoke boldly for three months, lecturing and persuading concerning the kingdom of Elohim.
9 But when some were hardened and did not believe, but spoke evil of the Way before the multitude, he withdrew from them and took the disciples, lecturing daily in the school of Tyrannus.
10 This continued for two years, so that all who lived in Asia heard the word of the Master YASHUWAH, both Jews and Greeks.
11 Elohim worked powerful miracles by the hands of Paul.
12 So handkerchiefs or aprons he had touched were brought to the sick, and the diseases left them, and the evil spirits went out of them.
13 Then some of the itinerant Jewish exorcists invoked the name of the Master YASHUWAH over those who had evil spirits, saying, “We command you to come out in the name of YASHUWAH whom Paul preaches.”
14 There were seven sons of a Jewish high priest named Sceva doing this.
15 The evil spirit answered, “I know YASHUWAH, and I know Paul, but who are you?”
16 Then the man in whom the evil spirit was jumped on them, overpowered them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled from that house naked and wounded.
17 This became known to all Jews and Greeks living in Ephesus. And fear fell on them all, and the name of the Master YASHUWAH was magnified.
18 Many who believed came confessing and telling their deeds.
19 Many who practiced magic brought their books together and burned them before everyone. They calculated their value, which equaled fifty thousand drachmas.
20 So the word of the Master powerfully grew and spread.
21 After these things happened, Paul determined in his spirit to pass through Macedonia and Achaia and go to Jerusalem, saying, “After I have been there, I must also see Rome.”
22 He sent two who ministered to him, Timothy and Erastus, into Macedonia, but he delayed in Asia for a time.
23 About that time great trouble arose about the Way.
24 For a silversmith named Demetrius, who made silver shrines for Artemis, brought much business to the craftsmen.
25 He gathered them together with the workmen of similar trades and said, “Men, you know that by this trade we have our wealth.
26 And you see and hear, not only at Ephesus, but almost throughout all Asia, that this Paul has persuaded and turned away many people, saying that these things made by hands are not elohims.
27 Now not only is our trade in danger of coming into disrepute, but also the temple of the great female elohim Artemis, whom all Asia and the world worship, may be discredited and her magnificence destroyed.”
28 When they heard this, they were full of anger and cried out, “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!”
29 The city was filled with confusion. And in unison they seized Gaius and Aristarchus, Paul’s traveling companions from Macedonia, and rushed into the theater.
30 When Paul intended to go in among the multitude, the disciples would not let him.
31 Even some of the rulers of Asia, who were his friends, sent to him begging him not to venture into the theater.
32 The assembly was confused. Therefore some cried out one thing and some another, and most of them did not know why they had come together.
33 The Jews pushed Alexander to the front as the multitude prompted him. Alexander motioned with his hand, wishing to make his defense to the mob.
34 But when they learned that he was a Jew, for about two hours they all with one voice cried out, “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!”
35 The city clerk quieted the multitude and said, “Men of Ephesus, what man is there who does not know that the city of the Ephesians is the guardian of the temple of the great Artemis and of the image which fell from heaven?
36 Seeing then that these things are undeniable, you ought to be quiet and do nothing rash.
37 For you have brought these men here who are neither temple robbers nor blasphemers of your female elohim.
38 So if Demetrius and the craftsmen who are with him have a complaint against anyone, the courts are open and there are proconsuls. Let them press charges against one another.
39 If you seek anything further, it shall be settled in the legal assembly.
40 For we are in danger of being charged with rioting today, since there is no reason we may give to account for this uproar.”
41 When he had said this, he dismissed the assembly.
20:1 After the uproar ceased, Paul summoned the disciples and embraced them and departed for Macedonia.
2 When he had gone through that region and had greatly exhorted them, he arrived in Greece,
3 and stayed there three months. When the Jews plotted against him as he was about to sail to Syria, he decided to return through Macedonia.
4 Accompanying him to Asia were Sopater of Berea, and Aristarchus and Secundus of Thessalonica, Gaius of Derbe, and Timothy, and Tychicus and Trophimus of Asia.
5 These men went forward and waited for us at Troas.
6 But we sailed away from Philippi after the Days of Unleavened Bread, and after five days we came to them at Troas, where we stayed for seven days.
7 On the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul, ready to leave the next day, preached to them and continued his message until midnight.
8 There were many lamps in the upper room where they were assembled.
9 A young man named Eutychus sat in the window, falling into a deep sleep as Paul spoke for a longer time. Being overcome by sleep, he fell down from the third floor and was taken up dead.
10 Paul went down and leaned over him, and embracing him said, “Do not be troubled, for he is alive.”
11 When he had gone up and had broken bread and eaten, he conversed for a long while until dawn and departed.
12 They took the lad in alive and were greatly comforted.
13 We went ahead to the ship and sailed to Assos, intending to take Paul on board there. For he had arranged this, intending to go on foot.
14 When he met us at Assos, we took him on board and went to Mitylene.
15 The day after sailing from there we arrived off Chios. And the next day we crossed over to Samos and stayed at Trogyllium, and the following day we came to Miletus.
16 Paul had decided to sail by Ephesus, to avoid spending time in Asia. For he was hurrying so he could be in Jerusalem, if possible, on the day of Pentecost.
17 From Miletus he sent to Ephesus for the elders of the Assembly.
18 When they came to him, he said to them, “You know how I always lived among you from the first day that I came to Asia,
19 serving the Master with all humility and with many tears and trials which befell me through the plots of the Jews.
20 I did not keep from declaring what was beneficial to you, and teaching you publicly and from house to house,
21 testifying to both Jews and Greeks of repentance toward Elohim and of faith in our Master YASHUWAH the Messiah.
22 “Now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what shall befall me there,
23 except that the Holy Spirit testifies to me in every city that imprisonment and afflictions await me.
24 But none of these things deter me. Nor do I count my life of value to myself, so that I may joyfully finish my course and the ministry which I have received from the Master YASHUWAH, to testify to the gospel of the grace of Elohim.
25 “Now I know that all you, among whom I went proclaiming the kingdom of Elohim, will see my face no more.
26 Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all men.
27 For I did not keep from declaring to you the whole counsel of Elohim.
28 Therefore take heed to yourselves and to the entire flock, over which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the Assembly of Elohim which He purchased with His own blood.
29 For I know that after my departure, dreadful wolves will enter among you, not sparing the flock.
30 Even from among you men will arise speaking perverse things, to draw the disciples away after them.
31 Therefore watch, remembering that for three years night and day I did not cease to warn everyone with tears.
32 “Now, brothers, I commend you to Elohim and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all who are sanctified.
33 I have not coveted anyone’s silver or gold or clothing.
34 Yes, you yourselves know that these hands have provided for my necessities and for those who were with me.
35 In all things I have shown you how, working like this, you must help the weak, remembering the words of the Master YASHUWAH, how He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’?”
36 Having said these things, he knelt down with all of them and prayed.
37 They all wept much and embraced Paul’s neck and kissed him,
38 grieving most over the words he spoke, that they were to see his face no more. Then they escorted him to the ship.
21:1 When we had withdrawn from them and set sail, we went on a straight course to Cos, the next day to Rhodes, and from there to Patara.
2 We found a ship crossing over to Phoenicia, went aboard, and set sail.
3 Having come in sight of Cyprus, we passed to the south of it and sailed to Syria, and landed at Tyre, for there the ship’s cargo was to be unloaded.
4 When we found the disciples, we remained there seven days. They told Paul through the Spirit not to go up to Jerusalem.
5 But when our days were over, we parted and traveled on. Everyone, with wives and children, escorted us until we were outside the city. And we knelt on the shore and prayed.
6 After bidding farewell to one another, we boarded the ship, and they returned home.
7 We finished the voyage from Tyre when we landed at Ptolemais, where we greeted the brothers and stayed with them for one day.
8 The next day we who were Paul’s companions departed, and arrived at Caesarea, and entered the house of Philip the evangelist, who was one of the seven, and stayed with him.
9 He had four virgin daughters who prophesied.
10 While we stayed there many days, a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea.
11 When he had arrived, he took Paul’s belt and bound his own hands and feet, saying, “The Holy Spirit says, ‘In this manner the Jews at Jerusalem shall bind the man who owns this belt and deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.’?”
12 When we heard these things, both we and the residents implored him not to go up to Jerusalem.
13 Then Paul answered, “What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be imprisoned, but also to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Master YASHUWAH.”
14 When he would not be persuaded, we kept silent and said, “Let the will of Sovereign YASHUWAH be done.”
15 After those days we got ready and went up to Jerusalem.
16 Some of the disciples from Caesarea went with us and brought with them Mnason of Cyprus, an early disciple, with whom we should lodge.
17 When we had come to Jerusalem, the brothers received us gladly.
18 On the next day Paul went with us to James, and all the elders were present.
19 He greeted them and recounted one by one what Elohim had done among the Gentiles through his ministry.
20 When they heard this, they glorified Sovereign YASHUWAH. Then they said to him, “You see, brother, how many thousands of Jews there are who believe, and they are all zealous for the law.
21 They have been informed concerning you that you teach all the Jews who are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses, telling them not to circumcise their children nor to observe the customs.
22 What then shall be done? The assembly will certainly meet, for they will hear that you have come.
23 Therefore do what we tell you. We have four men who have taken a vow.
24 Take these men and be purified with them, and pay their expenses so that they may have their heads shaved. Then all will know that what they were told concerning you is nothing, but that you yourself live in observance of the law.
25 As for the Gentiles who believe, we have written and concluded that they should observe no such thing, except that they abstain from food offered to idols, from sexual immorality, from strangled animals, and from blood.”
26 Then on the next day, Paul took the men and purified himself with them. And he went into the temple, announcing when the days of purification would be complete and an offering would be given for each one of them.
27 When the seven days were nearly concluded, the Jews from Asia saw him in the temple, stirred up all the people, and laid hands on him,
28 crying out, “Men of Israel, help! This is the man teaching all men everywhere against the people and the law and this place. He even brought Greeks into the temple and has defiled this holy place.”
29 For they had previously seen Trophimus the Ephesian in the city with him, whom they supposed Paul had brought into the temple.
30 Then the whole city was provoked, and the people ran together. They seized Paul and dragged him out of the temple. And immediately the doors were shut.
31 While they were trying to kill him, news came up to the commander of the battalion of soldiers that all Jerusalem was in an uproar.
32 He at once took soldiers and centurions, and ran down to them. When they saw the commander and the soldiers, they stopped beating Paul.
33 Then the commander came and arrested him, and ordered that he be bound with two chains. Then he asked who he was and what he had done.
34 Some in the multitude shouted one thing, some another. As he could not learn the truth because of the uproar, he commanded that he be brought into the barracks.
35 When he came onto the stairs, he was carried by the soldiers because of the violence of the people.
36 For the mob of people followed, crying out, “Away with him!”
37 As Paul was about to be brought into the barracks, he said to the commander, “May I speak to you?”
He replied, “Do you know how to speak Greek?
38 Are you not the Egyptian who in past days caused an uproar and led the four thousand men of the Sicarii out into the wilderness?”
39 Paul said, “I am a Jew, from Tarsus of Cilicia, a citizen of no common city. I beg of you, permit me to speak to the people.”
40 When he had given him permission, Paul stood on the stairs and motioned with his hand to the people. When there was great silence, he addressed them in the Hebrew language, saying,
22:1 “Brothers and fathers, hear my defense which I now make to you.”
2 When they heard that he addressed them in the Hebrew language, they became even more quiet.
Then he said,
3 “I am a Jew, born in Tarsus of Cilicia, but brought up in this city. At the feet of Gamaliel I was trained in the strict tradition of the law of the fathers, being zealous toward Elohim as you all are today.
4 I persecuted this Way to the death, arresting and imprisoning both men and women,
5 as even the high priest and the council of elders bear witness of me. From them I received letters to the brothers in Damascus, where I went to take even those who were there and lead them in chains to Jerusalem to be punished.
6 “As I journeyed and came near Damascus, about noon suddenly a great light from heaven shone around me.
7 I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, ‘Saul, Saul, why do you persecute Me?’
8 “I answered, ‘Who are You, Master?’
“He said to me, ‘I am YASHUWAH of Nazareth, whom you are persecuting.’
9 Those who were with me saw the light and were afraid, but they did not hear the voice of Him who was speaking to me.
10 “I said, ‘What shall I do, Master?’
“The Master said to me, ‘Rise and go into Damascus. There you will be told what you have been appointed to do.’
11 Since I was blinded by the glory of that light, those who were with me led me by the hand into Damascus.
12 “Ananias, a devout man according to the law, who was well spoken of by all the Jews living there,
13 came and stood by me, and said, ‘Brother Saul, receive your sight.’ And at that moment I looked up at him.
14 “Then he said, ‘The Elohim of our fathers has appointed you to know His will and to see the Just One and to hear His voice,
15 for you will be His witness to all men of what you have seen and heard.
16 And now why do you wait? Rise, be baptized and wash away your sins, and call on the name of the Master.’
17 “When I returned to Jerusalem and was praying in the temple, I fell into a trance
18 and saw Him saying to me, ‘Hurry! Get out of Jerusalem immediately, for they will not receive your testimony concerning Me.’
19 “I said, ‘Master, they know that I imprisoned and beat those who believed in You in every synagogue.
20 And when the blood of Your martyr Stephen was shed, I was standing by consenting to his death, guarding the clothes of those who killed him.’
21 “Then He said to me, ‘Depart, for I will send you far away to the Gentiles.’ ”
22 They listened to him up to this word, and then they lifted up their voices and said, “Away with such a man from the earth, for he is not fit to live!”
23 As they shouted and threw off their garments and threw dust into the air,
24 the commander ordered him to be brought into the barracks and examined with scourging, so that he might learn what crime they were alleging against him.
25 As they stretched him forward with straps, Paul said to the centurion standing by, “Is it legal for you to flog an uncondemned Roman citizen?”
26 On hearing this, the centurion reported to the commander, saying, “What are you doing? This man is a Roman citizen.”
27 The commander came and said to him, “Tell me, are you a Roman citizen?”
He said, “Yes.”
28 The commander answered, “I bought my citizenship for a large sum.”
So Paul said, “But I was born a citizen.”
29 Therefore those who were about to examine Paul immediately backed away from him. And the commander feared, knowing that he was a Roman citizen and because he had bound him.
30 On the next day, desiring to know exactly why he was accused by the Jews, he released him and ordered the chief priests and all the Sanhedrin to assemble, and he brought Paul down to stand before them.
23:1 Paul looked at the Sanhedrin and said, “Brothers, I have lived in all good conscience before Elohim until this day.”
2 The high priest Ananias ordered those who stood by him to strike him on the mouth.
3 Then Paul said to him, “Elohim will strike you, you whitewashed wall! Do you sit judging me according to the law, yet order me to be struck contrary to the law?”
4 Those who stood by said, “Do you criticize Elohim’s high priest?”
5 Paul said, “Brothers, I did not know that he was the high priest. For it is written, ‘You shall not speak evil of the ruler of your people.’”
6 Then Paul, knowing that one sect were Sadducees and the other Pharisees, cried out among the Sanhedrin, “Brothers, I am a Pharisee, a son of a Pharisee. I am being judged for my hope in the resurrection of the dead.”
7 When he had said this, dissension arose between the Pharisees and the Sadducees, and the assembly was divided.
8 For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, nor angel, nor spirit. But the Pharisees acknowledge them all.
9 There was a great outcry. The scribes that were from the sect of Pharisees stood up and argued, “We find no evil in this man. But if a spirit or an angel has spoken to him, let us not fight against Elohim.”
10 When much dissension arose, fearing that Paul would be torn to pieces by them, the commander ordered the soldiers to go down and take him from them by force and bring him into the barracks.
11 The following night the Master stood by him and said, “Take courage, Paul. For as you have testified about Me in Jerusalem, so you must also testify at Rome.”
12 At daybreak some of the Jews conspired under oath, saying they would neither eat nor drink until they had killed Paul.
13 There were more than forty who had conspired.
14 They went to the chief priests and elders and said, “We have bound ourselves under oath not to eat until we have killed Paul.
15 So now, with the Sanhedrin, tell the commander to bring him down to you tomorrow, pretending to inquire further concerning him. We are ready to kill him before he arrives.”
16 But when the son of Paul’s sister heard of the treachery, he went and entered the barracks and told Paul.
17 Then Paul called one of the centurions over and said, “Take this young man to the commander, for he has something to tell him.”
18 So he took him to the commander and said, “Paul the prisoner sent for me and asked me to bring you this young man who has something to tell you.”
19 Then the commander took him by the hand, went aside privately, and asked him, “What is it you have to tell me?”
20 The boy said, “The Jews have agreed to ask you to bring Paul down tomorrow to the Sanhedrin, pretending to inquire further concerning him.
21 Do not trust them. More than forty men, who have bound themselves with an oath to neither eat nor drink until they have killed him, are waiting for him. And now they are ready, waiting for your promise.”
22 The commander dismissed the young man and ordered him, “Tell no one that you have reported these things to me.”
23 Then he summoned two centurions and said, “Prepare two hundred infantrymen, seventy mounted soldiers, and two hundred light infantrymen with spears to go to Caesarea at the third hour of the night.
24 And provide mounts so Paul may ride and take him safely to Felix the governor.”
25 He wrote a letter that went like this:
26 Claudius Lysias,
To His Excellency Governor Felix:
27 This man was seized by the Jews and was about to be killed by them. When I learned that he was a Roman citizen, I came with soldiers and rescued him.
28 Being minded to learn what crime they alleged, I took him to their Sanhedrin.
29 I found him being accused of controversial matters about their law, but charged with nothing worthy of death or imprisonment.
30 When it was revealed to me that there was a plot against the man, at once I sent him to you and ordered the accusers to state before you their charges against him.
31 So the soldiers, according to their orders, took Paul by night to Antipatris.
32 The next day they let the cavalry depart with him and they returned to the barracks.
33 When they arrived in Caesarea and delivered the letter to the governor, they presented Paul also to him.
34 Upon reading the letter, the governor asked what province he was from. When he learned that he was from Cilicia,
35 he said, “I will hear you when your accusers also arrive.” And he ordered that he be guarded in Herod’s Praetorium.
24:1 After five days Ananias the high priest arrived with some of the elders and a lawyer named Tertullus. They brought before the governor their charges against Paul.
2 When he was summoned, Tertullus began to accuse him, saying, “Since through you we enjoy much peace, and your foresight is bringing reforms to this nation,
3 with all thankfulness, most excellent Felix, we always welcome it everywhere.
4 But not to detain you further, I beg you to briefly hear us in your patience.
5 “We have found this man a troublemaker, instigating riots among all the Jews throughout the world, and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes.
6 He even tried to profane the temple. So we seized him and wanted to judge him according to our law.
7 But the commander, Lysias, came to us and forcefully took him out of our hands,
8 ordering his accusers to come before you. By examining him yourself you will be able to learn about all these things concerning which we accuse him.”
9 The Jews assented, alleging these things to be true.
10 After the governor motioned to him to speak, Paul answered, “Knowing that for many years you have been a judge over this nation, I cheerfully defend myself.
11 You may verify that it is no more than twelve days since I went up to Jerusalem to worship.
12 They did not find me in the temple or in the synagogues or in the city disputing with anyone or stirring up a multitude.
13 They cannot prove the things concerning which they now accuse me.
14 However, I affirm that in accordance with the Way, which they call a sect, I worship the Elohim of my fathers and believe everything written in the Law and in the Prophets.
15 I have hope in Elohim that there will be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and the unjust, which they also expect.
16 In this do I always strive to have a clear conscience toward Elohim and toward men.
17 “Now after many years I came to bring alms and offerings to my nation,
18 when some Jews from Asia found me purified in the temple, neither with a multitude nor an uproar.
19 They ought to be here before you to accuse me if they have any charges.
20 Or let these men say what crime they found in me when I stood before the Sanhedrin,
21 unless it is concerning this one statement which I cried out while standing among them, ‘Concerning the resurrection of the dead, I am being judged by you this day.’?”
22 When Felix, who had more exact knowledge concerning the Way, had heard this, he adjourned the proceedings and said, “When Lysias the commander arrives, I will decide your case.”
23 Then he ordered the centurion to guard Paul, and to let him have liberty, and to forbid none of his own people from attending to him.
24 After several days, when Felix arrived with his wife Drusilla, who was a Jewess, he sent for Paul and heard him speak concerning faith in the Messiah.
25 As he lectured about righteousness, self-control, and the coming judgment, Felix was afraid and answered, “For now, leave! When time permits, I will send for you.”
26 At the same time he hoped that money would be given him by Paul, that he might release him. So he sent for him more often and conversed with him.
27 But after two years Porcius Festus succeeded Felix. And Felix, desiring to do the Jews a favor, left Paul imprisoned.
25:1 Now three days after Festus had come into the province, he went from Caesarea up to Jerusalem.
2 The high priest and the elders of the Jews spoke to him against Paul. And they begged him,
3 asking as a favor against him, that he would summon him to Jerusalem, plotting to kill him along the way.
4 Festus said that Paul should be kept at Caesarea and that he himself intended to go there shortly.
5 He also said, “Let the men in authority go down with me. If there is anything wrong in the man, let them accuse him.”
6 Having stayed among them more than ten days, he went down to Caesarea. And the next day he sat on the judgment seat and ordered that Paul be brought in.
7 When he arrived, the Jews who had come down from Jerusalem stood around him and brought many serious charges against him which they could not prove,
8 while he defended himself, saying, “Neither against the law of the Jews, nor against the temple, nor against Caesar have I sinned at all.”
9 Desiring to do the Jews a favor, Festus answered, “Are you willing to go up to Jerusalem to be judged concerning these charges before me?”
10 Paul said, “I am standing before Caesar’s judgment seat, where I ought to be judged. I have done no wrong to the Jews, as you know very well.
11 If I am doing wrong or have done anything worthy of death, I do not refuse to die. But if these are empty charges of which these men accuse me, no one may deliver me to them. I appeal to Caesar.”
12 When Festus had conferred with the council, he then answered, “To Caesar you have appealed. To Caesar you shall go.”
13 After several days King Agrippa and Bernice arrived at Caesarea to welcome Festus.
14 When they had been there many days, Festus stated Paul’s case to the king, saying, “There is a man left as a prisoner by Felix.
15 When I was at Jerusalem, the chief priests and the elders of the Jews informed me about him, asking for a sentence against him.
16 “I answered, ‘It is not the custom of the Romans to deliver any man to die before he who is accused meets the accusers face to face and has the opportunity to make his defense concerning the charge brought against him.’
17 So when they assembled here, without delay I sat on the judgment seat the next day and ordered that the man be brought in.
18 When the accusers stood up, they brought no accusation against him of such crimes as I had supposed.
19 But they had disagreements with him about their own superstition and about a Man named YASHUWAH, who had died, but whom Paul asserted was alive.
20 Being perplexed about such questions, I asked if he would be willing to go to Jerusalem and be tried there concerning these charges.
21 But when Paul had appealed to be under guard for the decision of Caesar, I ordered that he be secured until I could send him to Caesar.”
22 Then Agrippa said to Festus, “I would like to hear the man myself.”
He said, “Tomorrow you shall hear him.”
23 The next day Agrippa and Bernice came with great pomp, and they entered the hall with the commanders and the leading men of the city. When Festus gave the order, Paul was brought in.
24 Festus said, “King Agrippa, and all the men who are present with us, you see this man, concerning whom the whole assembly of the Jews petitioned me, both at Jerusalem and here, shouting that he ought not to live any longer.
25 I found that he had committed nothing worthy of death. But when he himself appealed to Caesar, I decided to send him.
26 But I have nothing to write to His Majesty concerning him. Therefore I have brought him before you, and especially before you, King Agrippa, so that upon examination, I might have something to write.
27 For it seems unreasonable to me to send a prisoner without signifying the charges against him.”
26:1 Then Agrippa said to Paul, “You are permitted to speak for yourself.”
So Paul stretched out his hand and made his defense:
2 “King Agrippa, I consider myself blessed that today I shall make my defense before you against all the accusations of the Jews,
3 especially because you are an expert in all customs and controversies of the Jews. Therefore I beg you to patiently listen to me.
4 “My manner of life from my youth, spent from the beginning in my own nation and at Jerusalem, is known by all the Jews.
5 They knew me from the beginning and could testify, if they wished, how according to the strictest sect of our religion I lived as a Pharisee.
6 And now I stand on trial for hope in the promise made by Elohim to our fathers,
7 to which our twelve tribes hope to attain, as they earnestly serve Elohim day and night. Concerning this hope, King Agrippa, I am accused by the Jews.
8 Why is it judged incredible by you that Elohim raises the dead?
9 “I, too, thought that I must do many things contrary to the name of YASHUWAH of Nazareth,
10 which I indeed did in Jerusalem and locked up many of the saints in prison by authority from the chief priests. And when they were killed, I cast my vote against them.
11 I punished them often in every synagogue and compelled them to blaspheme. And being extremely enraged against them, I persecuted them even to foreign cities.
12 “So I went to Damascus with authority and a commission from the chief priests.
13 At midday, O King, I saw along the way a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, shining around me and those who journeyed with me.
14 When we had all fallen to the ground, I heard a voice saying to me in the Hebrew language, ‘Saul, Saul, why do you persecute Me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.’
15 “I said, ‘Who are You, Master?’
“He said, ‘I am YASHUWAH whom you are persecuting.
16 But rise and stand on your feet. For I have appeared to you for this purpose, to appoint you as a servant and a witness both of what you have seen and of what I will yet reveal to you.
17 I will deliver you from your people and from the Gentiles to whom I now send you,
18 to open their eyes and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to Elohim, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.’
19 “Therefore, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision,
20 but declared first to those at Damascus, then at Jerusalem and throughout all the region of Judea, and also to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to Elohim and do works proving their repentance.
21 For these reasons the Jews seized me in the temple and tried to kill me.
22 Therefore having obtained help from Elohim, I continue to this day, testifying both to small and great, saying nothing but what the prophets and Moses said would happen:
23 that the Messiah must suffer, that He would be the first who would rise from the dead, and would announce light to His own people and to the Gentiles.”
24 So as he made his defense, Festus said with a loud voice, “Paul, you are mad. Much learning is turning you to madness.”
25 Paul said, “I am not mad, most excellent Festus. I speak the words of truth and reason.
26 The king, before whom I also speak freely, knows about these things. For I am persuaded that none of this is hidden from him, for this was not done in a corner.
27 King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know that you believe.”
28 Then Agrippa said to Paul, “You almost persuade me to be a Messianic.”
29 Paul said, “I pray to Elohim that not only you, but all who hear me this day, might become not only almost, but thoroughly and altogether, what I am, except for these chains.”
30 When he had said this, the king rose, as well as the governor and Bernice and those who sat with them.
31 When they had gone aside, they said to one another, “This man is doing nothing deserving death or imprisonment.”
32 And Agrippa said to Festus, “This man could have been set free if he had not appealed to Caesar.”
27:1 When it was decided that we should sail into Italy, they handed Paul and some other prisoners over to a centurion of the Augustan Regiment, named Julius.
2 Boarding a ship from Adramyttium, we put out to sea, meaning to sail along the coasts of Asia. Aristarchus, a Macedonian of Thessalonica, was with us.
3 The next day we landed at Sidon. And Julius treated Paul kindly and gave him leave to go to his friends and be given care.
4 From there we put out to sea and sailed under the lee of Cyprus, because the winds were against us.
5 Sailing across the sea off of Cilicia and Pamphylia, we came to Myra, a city of Lycia.
6 There the centurion found a ship of Alexandria sailing to Italy, and he put us on board.
7 We sailed slowly for many days, and arrived with difficulty off Cnidus, and as the wind did not allow us to proceed, we sailed under the lee of Crete off Salmone.
8 Sailing past it with difficulty, we came to a place called Fair Havens, near the city of Lasea.
9 As much time had been lost and as the voyage was now dangerous, because the Day of Atonement was already over, Paul advised them,
10 saying, “Men, I perceive that this voyage will be with injury and much loss, not only of the cargo and ship, but also of our lives.”
11 But the centurion was persuaded more by the captain and the owner of the ship than by what Paul said.
12 Since the harbor was not suitable to winter in, the majority decided to sail on from there, if somehow we might reach Phoenix, a harbor in Crete, facing southwest and northwest, and winter there.
13 When a south wind blew gently, supposing that they had obtained the necessary conditions, they weighed anchor and sailed along the shore of Crete.
14 But soon afterward a tempestuous wind swept through, called the Euroclydon.
15 When the ship was overpowered and could not head into the wind, we let her drift.
16 Drifting under the lee of an island called Cauda, we could scarcely secure the rowboat.
17 When they had hoisted it aboard, they used ropes to undergird the ship. And fearing that they might run aground on the sand of Syrtis, they let down the mast, and so were driven.
18 We were violently tossed by the storm. The next day they threw cargo overboard.
19 On the third day we threw the tackle of the ship overboard with our own hands.
20 When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small storm was upon us, all hope that we should be saved was lost.
21 After they had long abstained from food, Paul stood in their midst and said, “Men, you should have listened to me and not have set sail from Crete, incurring this injury and loss.
22 But now I advise you to take courage, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship.
23 For there stood by me this night the angel of Elohim to whom I belong and whom I serve,
24 saying, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul. You must stand before Caesar. And, look! Elohim has given you all those who sail with you.’
25 Therefore, men, take courage, for I believe Elohim that it will be exactly as it was told to me.
26 Nevertheless, we must be shipwrecked on a certain island.”
27 When the fourteenth night came, while we were drifting in the Adriatic Sea, about midnight the sailors supposed that they were approaching land.
28 They took soundings and found the water to be one hundred and twenty feet deep. When they had gone a little farther, they took soundings again and found it to be ninety feet deep.
29 Fearing that we might run aground on the rocks, they dropped four anchors from the stern and prayed for day to come.
30 When the sailors strove to abandon ship and lowered the rowboat into the sea, under the pretext of lowering anchors out of the bow,
31 Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers, “Unless these sailors remain in the ship, you cannot be saved.”
32 Then the soldiers cut away the ropes of the rowboat and let her fall off.
33 As day was about to dawn, Paul asked them all to eat, saying, “Today is the fourteenth day that you have waited and continued without food, having eaten nothing.
34 So I urge you to eat. This is for your preservation, for not a hair shall fall from your head.”
35 When he had said this, he took some bread and gave thanks to Elohim in the presence of them all. And when he had broken it he began to eat.
36 Then they were all encouraged, and they also ate food themselves.
37 In all we were two hundred and seventy-six persons on the ship.
38 When they had eaten enough, they lightened the ship and threw the wheat into the sea.
39 When it was day, they did not recognize the land. But they noticed a bay with a shore, into which they were determined to run the ship if possible.
40 Casting off the anchors, they left them in the sea while loosening the ropes that secured the rudders. Then they hoisted the mainsail to the wind and made for shore.
41 But striking a sandbar where two seas met, they ran the ship aground. The bow stuck and remained immovable, but the stern was broken up by the violent surf.
42 The soldiers’ plan was to kill the prisoners, lest any of them should swim away and escape.
43 But the centurion, wanting to save Paul, prevented them from their intent and ordered those who could swim to abandon ship first and get to land,
44 and the rest on planks or on pieces of the ship. And in this way they all escaped safely to land.
28:1 When they had escaped, they learned that the island was called Malta.
2 The natives showed extraordinary kindness, for they kindled a fire and welcomed us all, because of the rain and the cold.
3 When Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks and put them on the fire, a viper driven out by the heat fastened on his hand.
4 When the natives saw the creature hanging from his hand, they said to one another, “Surely this man is a murderer. Though he has escaped from the sea, justice does not allow him to live.”
5 But he shook off the creature into the fire and suffered no harm.
6 They expected him to swell up or suddenly fall down dead. But while they waited and saw no harm befall him, they changed their minds and said that he was a elohim.
7 In that area was an estate of the chief man of the island, named Publius, who had welcomed us and courteously housed us for three days.
8 It happened that the father of Publius lay sick with a fever and dysentery. Paul visited him and, placing his hands on him, prayed and healed him.
9 When this happened, the rest on the island who had diseases also came and were healed.
10 They honored us in many ways. And when we sailed, they provided us with necessary supplies.
11 After three months we sailed in an Alexandrian ship whose figurehead was the Twin Brothers, which had wintered at the island.
12 Landing at Syracuse, we waited there for three days.
13 From there we circled around and sailed to Rhegium. After one day the south wind blew, and the next day we arrived at Puteoli.
14 There we found brothers, and were invited to remain with them for seven days. And so we went to Rome.
15 From there, when the brothers heard of us, they traveled as far as the Forum of Appius and the Three Taverns to meet us. When Paul saw them, he thanked Elohim and took courage.
16 When we arrived at Rome, the centurion handed the prisoners over to the captain of the guard. But Paul was allowed to remain by himself with the soldier who guarded him.
17 After three days Paul called the leaders of the Jews together. When they had assembled, he said to them, “Brothers, having done nothing contrary to our people or the customs of our fathers, I was delivered as a prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans.
18 When they had examined me, they were determined to release me, because there was no charge against me deserving death.
19 But when the Jews objected, I was compelled to appeal to Caesar, not that I had any charge to bring against my nation.
20 For this reason I have asked to see you and speak with you, because I am bound with this chain for the hope of Israel.”
21 They said to him, “We have not received any letters from Judea concerning you, and none of the brothers that have come have reported or spoken any evil of you.
22 But we think it is proper to hear from you what you think. For concerning this sect, we know that it is spoken against everywhere.”
23 When they had arranged a day to be with him, many came to him at his residence. From morning until evening he explained and solemnly testified of the kingdom of Elohim to them, persuading them concerning YASHUWAH from both the Law of Moses and the Prophets.
24 Some believed what was said, but some did not believe.
25 Being in disagreement with one another, they were dismissed after Paul had said one word: “The Holy Spirit accurately spoke to our fathers through Isaiah the prophet,
‘Go to this people and say:
You shall certainly hear, but never understand;
and you shall certainly see, but never perceive;
for the heart of this people has grown dull.
Their ears are hard of hearing,
and they have closed their eyes,
lest they should see with their eyes
and hear with their ears
and understand with their heart
and turn, and I would heal them.’
28 “Therefore let it be known to you that the salvation of Elohim has been sent to the Gentiles. They will hear it!”
29 When he had said these words, the Jews departed and disputed greatly among themselves.
30 Paul remained two whole years in his own rented house. He welcomed all who came to him,
31 boldly and freely preaching the kingdom of Elohim and teaching those things which concern the Master YASHUWAH the Messiah, with all confidence, no man forbidding him.