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Acts 15:40Acts 18:22

6. The Second Journey

a. To Syria and Cilicia

40 But Paul chose aSilas and 1went out, having been commended to the bgrace of the Lord by the brothers.

41 And he passed through aSyria and Cilicia, bconfirming the cchurches.


b. To Derbe and Lystra

1 And he came also to aDerbe and to Lystra. And behold, a certain disciple named bTimothy was there, the son of a cJewish woman who was a believer, but of a Greek father;

2 He was well attested to by the abrothers in bLystra and cIconium.

3 Paul wanted this one to go forth with him; and he took him and 1acircumcised him 2because of the bJews who were in those places, for they all knew that his father was a Greek.

4 And as they went through the cities, they delivered to them the adecrees to keep which had been decided upon by the apostles and elders in Jerusalem.

5 And so the 1achurches were strengthened in the bfaith and cincreased in number ddaily.

c. To Philippi of Macedonia

(1) The Vision of a Macedonian

6 And they passed through the region of aPhrygia and Galatia, having been forbidden 1by the Holy bSpirit to speak the word in Asia.

7 And when they had come to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, yet the 1aSpirit of Jesus did 2not allow them.

8 And bypassing Mysia, they came down to aTroas.

9 And a 1avision appeared to Paul during the night: A certain man, a Macedonian, was standing and entreating him and saying, Come over into 2bMacedonia and help us.

10 And when he had seen the vision, 1we immediately 2endeavored to go forth into Macedonia, 3concluding that God had called us to announce the gospel to them.

(2) The Preaching and Its Fruits

11 And putting out to sea from 1Troas, we ran a straight course to 2Samothrace, and on the following day to 3Neapolis,

12 And from there to aPhilippi, which is the leading city of that part of Macedonia, a Roman 1colony; and we spent some days in this city.

13 And on the 1aSabbath day we went outside the gate by the briver, where we supposed there would be a place of 2prayer; and we sat down and spoke to the women who had come together.

14 And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple-dyed goods from the city of aThyatira who bworshipped God, was listening, whose heart the 1Lord copened to give heed to the things being spoken by Paul.

15 And when she was 1baptized, as well as her ahousehold, she entreated us, saying, If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, 2come into my 3house and abide. And she constrained us.

16 And as we were going to the place of prayer, a certain slave girl having a 1aspirit of 2Python met us, who brought her masters much profit by 3bdivining.

17 This woman followed after Paul and us and acried out, saying, These men are bslaves of the cMost High God, who announce to you a way of salvation.

18 And she did this for many days. But Paul was greatly disturbed; and turning, he said to the spirit, I charge you in the aname of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And it bcame out that very hour.

(3) The Imprisonment and the Release

19 But when her masters saw that their hope of aprofit had gone out, they laid hold of Paul and bSilas and cdragged them into the marketplace before the rulers.

20 And when they had brought them to the 1amagistrates, they said, These men, being Jews, are bthrowing our city into confusion,

21 And they are announcing acustoms which are not lawful for us, being bRomans, to accept or do.

22 And the crowd rose up together against them, and the magistrates tore off their garments and ordered some to abeat them with rods.

23 And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they threw them into aprison, charging the jailer to keep them securely,

24 Who, having received such a charge, threw them into the inner prison and secured their feet in the 1astocks.

25 And about amidnight Paul and Silas, while praying, sang hymns of praise to God; and the prisoners were listening to them.

26 And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison house were ashaken. And instantly all the doors were bopened and everyone's cbonds were unfastened.

27 And the jailer, waking up out of his sleep and seeing the doors of the prison opened, drew his sword and was about to ado away with himself, supposing that the prisoners had escaped.

28 But Paul called out with a loud voice, saying, Do no harm to yourself, for we are all here.

29 And the jailer asked for lights and rushed in; and trembling, he afell down before Paul and Silas.

30 And leading them outside, he said, Sirs, awhat must I do to be saved?

31 And they said, aBelieve on the Lord Jesus, and you shall be bsaved, you and your 1household.

32 And they spoke the word of God to him together with all those in his house.

33 And he took them with him in that very hour of the night and washed their wounds. And he was 1abaptized immediately, he and all his household.

34 And he brought them 1up 2into his house and aset a table before them; and he bexulted because he had believed in God with all his household.

35 Now when day came, the magistrates sent the 1lictors, saying, Release those men.

36 And the jailer reported these words to Paul: The magistrates have sent that you may be released. Now therefore come out and go in peace.

37 But Paul said to them, They have beaten us publicly, uncondemned, men who are aRomans, and have thrown us into prison; and now secretly they are thrusting us out? No indeed! But let them come themselves and bring us out.

38 And the lictors reported these words to the magistrates. And they became afrightened when they heard that they were Romans.

39 And they came and entreated them. And when they had brought them out, they asked them to adepart from the city.

40 And they went out from the prison and entered the ahouse of Lydia; and when they saw the bbrothers, they exhorted them and went forth.


d. To Thessalonica

1 And they traveled through Amphipolis and Apollonia and came to 1aThessalonica, where there was a 2bsynagogue of the JEWS.

2 And according to his acustom Paul 1went in to them, and on three Sabbaths he reasoned with them from the bScriptures,

3 Opening and setting before them that the Christ had to asuffer and brise from the dead, and saying, This is the cChrist, the Jesus whom I announce to you.

4 And asome of them were persuaded and 1were joined to Paul and bSilas, as well as a great multitude of the cdevout dGreeks, and of the chief ewomen not a few.

5 But the Jews, becoming ajealous and taking along some evil men from among the loafers in the marketplace, gathered a crowd and bset the city in an uproar; and coming upon the house of cJason, they sought to bring them to the populace.

6 But when they did not find them, they adragged Jason and some brothers before the city officials, shouting, These men who have bupset the 1world have come here also,

7 Whom Jason has welcomed; and these all act contrary to the decrees of aCaesar, saying that there is another bking, Jesus.

8 And they stirred up the crowd and the city officials, who listened to these things.

9 And when they had taken bail from Jason and the rest, they released them.

e. To Berea

10 And the abrothers immediately sent Paul and Silas away during the night to Berea, who, when they arrived, went off into the bsynagogue of the JEWS.

11 Now these people were more 1noble than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with all eagerness, aexamining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so.

12 Therefore many of them believed, and there were not a few Greek awomen of high standing and men.

13 But when the Jews from Thessalonica found out that the word of God had been announced by Paul in Berea also, they came there as well, aagitating and stirring up the crowds.

f. To Athens

(1) Sent by the Brothers

14 And immediately the abrothers then sent Paul off, to bgo as far as the sea; and Silas and cTimothy remained there.

15 And those who conducted Paul brought him as far as 1aAthens; and receiving a command for Silas and bTimothy to come to him as quickly as possible, they went off.

(2) Reasoning with the Jews
and Confronting the Gentile Philosophers

16 And while Paul was waiting for them in Athens, ahis 1spirit was provoked within him as he beheld that the city was 2bfull of idols.

17 He reasoned therefore in the asynagogue with the Jews and the bdevout, and in the marketplace every day with those who happened to be there.

18 And some of the 1Epicurean and 2Stoic philosophers also confronted him. And some said, What would this 3babbler wish to say? And others, He seems to be an announcer of foreign 4deities -- because he was aannouncing Jesus and the bresurrection as the gospel.

(3) Preaching on the Areopagus

19 And they took hold of him and led him to the 1aAreopagus, saying, May we know what this bnew teaching is which is being spoken by you?

20 For you are bringing astrange things to our ears. We intend to know therefore 1what these things mean.

21 (Now all the Athenians and the foreigners sojourning there spent their time on nothing other than telling or hearing something new.)

22 And Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, 1Men of Athens, I observe that in every way you 2very much revere your deities.

23 For while I was passing through and carefully observing the objects of your aworship, I even found an altar on which was inscribed, To An UNKNOWN God. What therefore you worship bwithout knowing, this I announce to you.

24 The 1God who amade the world and all things in it, this One, being bLord of heaven and earth, does cnot dwell in temples made with hands;

25 Neither is He served by human hands as though He needed anything in addition, since He Himself gives to all life and abreath and all things.

26 And He made from 1one aevery nation of men to dwell on all the bface of the earth, determining beforehand their 2appointed seasons and the cboundaries of their dwelling,

27 That they might aseek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, even though He is 1bnot far from each one of us;

28 For 1in Him we live and move and are, as even some 2poets among you have said, For we are also 3His 4race.

29 Being then the race of God, we ought not to suppose that 1what is divine is like agold or silver or stone, like an engraving of art and 2thought of man.

30 Therefore, having overlooked the atimes of bignorance, God now 1charges all men everywhere to crepent,

31 Because He has set a 1aday in which He is to bjudge the world in righteousness by the man whom He has designated, having furnished 2proof to all by craising Him from the dead.

32 And when they heard of a aresurrection of the dead, some bscoffed; and others said, We will hear you yet cagain concerning this.

33 Thus Paul went out from their midst.

34 But some men ajoined him and believed, among whom also was Dionysius the bAreopagite and a woman named Damaris and others with them.


g. To Corinth

(1) Meeting Aquila and Priscilla

1 After these things he departed from aAthens and came to bCorinth.

2 And having found a certain Jew named aAquila, a native of bPontus, recently come from cItaly, and Priscilla his wife (because 1dClaudius had ordered all the Jews to depart from eRome), he went to them.

3 And because he was of the same trade, he remained with them and aworked; for they were tentmakers by trade.

4 And he reasoned 1in the 2asynagogue every 3Sabbath, persuading both Jews and 4bGreeks.

(2) Preaching to the Jews and Encountering Their Opposition

5 And 1when both Silas and aTimothy came down from Macedonia, Paul was 2constrained by the word, solemnly btestifying to the Jews that Jesus was the cChrist.

6 But when they resisted and ablasphemed, he bshook out his garments and said to them, Your cblood be upon your head; I am clean. From now on I will 1go to the dGentiles.

7 And he left there and went into the house of one named Titius Justus, one who aworshipped God, whose house was next to the synagogue.

8 And aCrispus, the ruler of the synagogue, believed in the Lord with his whole 1bhousehold; and many of the Corinthians, when they heard, believed and were baptized.

9 And the Lord said to Paul in the anight by a 1vision, Do bnot be afraid, but speak and do not be silent;

10 Because I Myself am awith you, and no one will assail you to harm you, because I have many bpeople in this city.

11 And he 1remained there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.

12 But while Gallio was aproconsul of Achaia, the bJews rose up against Paul with one accord and cbrought him to the judgment seat,

13 Saying, This man incites men to worship God contrary to the law.

14 But when Paul was about to open his mouth, Gallio said to the Jews, If it were a matter of wrongdoing or some wicked crime, O Jews, I would for that reason tolerate you;

15 But if there are aquestions concerning words and names and your own blaw, look after it yourselves. A judge of these things I do not intend to be.

16 And he drove them away from the judgment seat.

17 And they all laid hold of 1Sosthenes, the ruler of the synagogue, and beat him in front of the judgment seat. And Gallio was not concerned about any of these things.

h. To Ephesus

18 And Paul, having remained there yet a considerable number of days, took leave of the brothers and sailed away to Syria, and with him Priscilla and aAquila, having bshorn his head in cCenchrea, for he had a 1vow.

19 And they arrived at aEphesus, and he left them there; but he 1entered into the bsynagogue and reasoned with the JEWS.

20 And when they asked him to remain for a longer time, he did not consent;

21 But taking leave of them and saying, I will come back to you again, God awilling, he put out to sea from Ephesus.

i. Back to Antioch, Ending the Second Journey

22 And coming down to Caesarea, he went up to Jerusalem and greeted the achurch and 1went down to bAntioch.