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Jesus & the Kingdom

(Category 14 of 16)


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Conflict over Circumcision


1 And acertain men came down from Judea and taught the

CHAPTER 15 References

1 aGal. 2:12
bPhil. 3:2
2 aGal. 2:1
3 aRom. 15:24
bActs 14:27;
15:4, 12
7 aActs 10:20
8 aActs 1:24
bActs 2:4;
10:44, 47
1bore witness
9 aRom. 10:12
bActs 10:15,
10 aMatt. 23:4
11 aRom. 3:4;
5:15 1NU, M
omit Christ
12 aActs 14:27;
15:3, 4
13 aActs 12:17
14 aActs 15:7
16 aAmos 9:11,

ACTS 15:16

brethren, b“Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.”
2 Therefore, when Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and dispute with them, they determined that aPaul and Barnabas and certain others of them should go up to Jerusalem, to the apostles and elders, about this question.
3 So, abeing sent on their way by the church, they passed through Phoenicia and Samaria, bdescribing the conversion of the Gentiles; and they caused great joy to all the brethren.
4 And when they had come to Jerusalem, they were received by the church and the apostles and the elders; and they reported all things that God had done with them.
5 But some of the sect of the Pharisees who believed rose up, saying, “It is necessary to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses.”

The Jerusalem Council

6 Now the apostles and elders came together to consider this matter.
7 And when there had been much dispute, Peter rose up and said to them: a“Men and brethren, you know that a good while ago God chose among us, that by my mouth the Gentiles should hear the word of the gospel and believe.
8 “So God, awho knows the heart, 1acknowledged them by bgiving them the Holy Spirit, just as He did to us,
9 a“and made no distinction between us and them, bpurifying their hearts by faith.
10 “Now therefore, why do you test God aby putting a yoke on the neck of the disciples which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?
11 “But awe believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus 1Christ we shall be saved in the same manner as they.”
12 Then all the multitude kept silent and listened to Barnabas and Paul declaring how many miracles and wonders God had aworked through them among the Gentiles.
13 And after they had 1become silent, aJames answered, saying, “Men and brethren, listen to me:
14 a“Simon has declared how God at the first visited the Gentiles to take out of them a people for His name.
15 “And with this the words of the prophets agree, just as it is written:

16 ‘Aftera this I will return And will rebuild the tabernacle of David, which has fallen down; I will rebuild its ruins, And I will set it up;

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ACTS 15:17

17 So that the rest of mankind may seek the LORD, Even all the Gentiles who are called by My name, Says the 1LORD who does all these things.’

18 1“Known to God from eternity are all His works.
19 “Therefore aI judge that we should not trouble those from among the Gentiles who bare turning to God,
20 “but that we awrite to them to abstain bfrom things polluted by idols, cfrom 1sexual immorality, dfrom things strangled, and from blood.
21 “For Moses has had throughout many generations those who preach him in every city, abeing read in the synagogues every Sabbath.”

The Jerusalem Decree

22 Then it pleased the apostles and elders, with the whole church, to send chosen men of their own company to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas, namely, Judas who was also named aBarsabas,1 and Silas, leading men among the brethren.
23 They wrote this letter by them:

The apostles, the elders, and the brethren,

To the brethren who are of the Gentiles in Antioch, Syria, and Cilicia:


24 Since we have heard that asome who went out from us have troubled you with words, bunsettling your souls, 1saying, “You must be circumcised and keep the law”—to whom we gave no such commandment—
25 it seemed good to us, being assembled with one 1accord, to send chosen men to you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul,
26 amen who have risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
27 We have therefore sent Judas and Silas, who will also report the same things by word of mouth.
28 For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things:
29 athat you abstain from things offered to idols, bfrom blood, from things strangled, and from csexual1 immorality. If you keep yourselves from these, you will do well. Farewell.

Continuing Ministry in Syria

30 So when they were sent off, they came to Antioch; and when they had gathered the multitude together, they delivered the letter.

17 1NU LORD,
who makes
these things
18 1NU (continuing
v. 17)
known from
eternity (of
19 aActs 15:28;
b1 Thess. 1:9
20 aActs 21:25
b[1 Cor. 8:1;
10:20, 28] c[1 Cor. 6:9] dLev. 3:17 1Or
21 aActs 13:15,
22 aActs 1:23
1NU, M
24 aTitus 1:10,
11 bGal. 1:7;
5:10 1NU
omits saying,
“You must be
and keep the
25 1purpose or
26 aActs 13:50;
29 aActs 15:20;
21:25 bLev.
17:14 cCol. 3:5
1Or fornication
32 aEph. 4:11
bActs 14:22;
33 aHeb. 11:31
1NU those
who had sent
34 1NU, M
omit v. 34.
35 aActs 13:1
37 aActs 12:12,
25 1resolved
38 aActs 13:13
39 aActs 4:36;
40 aActs 11:23;
14:26 1committed
41 aActs 16:5

CHAPTER 16 References

1 aActs 14:6
bRom. 16:21
c2 Tim. 1:5;
3 a[Gal. 2:3;
5:2] 4 aActs
bActs 15:28,
5 aActs 2:47;
6 aGal. 1:1, 2
1The Roman
province of

31 When they had read it, they rejoiced over its encouragement.
32 Now Judas and Silas, themselves being aprophets also, bexhorted and strengthened the brethren with many words.
33 And after they had stayed there for a time, they were asent back with greetings from the brethren to 1the apostles.
34 1However, it seemed good to Silas to remain there.
35 aPaul and Barnabas also remained in Antioch, teaching and preaching the word of the Lord, with many others also.

Division over John Mark

36 Then after some days Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us now go back and visit our brethren in every city where we have preached the word of the Lord, and see how they are doing.”
37 Now Barnabas 1was determined to take with them aJohn called Mark.
38 But Paul insisted that they should not take with them athe one who had departed from them in Pamphylia, and had not gone with them to the work.
39 Then the contention became so sharp that they parted from one another. And so Barnabas took Mark and sailed to aCyprus;
40 but Paul chose Silas and departed, abeing 1commended by the brethren to the grace of God.
41 And he went through Syria and Cilicia, astrengthening the churches.

Timothy Joins Paul and Silas


1 Then he came to aDerbe and Lystra. And behold, a certain disciple was there, bnamed Timothy, cthe son of a certain Jewish woman who believed, but his father was Greek.
2 He was well spoken of by the brethren who were at Lystra and Iconium.
3 Paul wanted to have him go on with him. And he atook him and circumcised him because of the Jews who were in that region, for they all knew that his father was Greek.
4 And as they went through the cities, they delivered to them the adecrees to keep, bwhich were determined by the apostles and elders at Jerusalem.
5 aSo the churches were strengthened in the faith, and increased in number daily.

The Macedonian Call

6 Now when they had gone through Phrygia and the region of aGalatia, they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in 1Asia.
7 After they had come to Mysia,

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they tried to go into Bithynia, but the 1Spirit did not permit them.
8 So passing by Mysia, they acame down to Troas.
9 And a vision appeared to Paul in the night. A aman of Macedonia stood and pleaded with him, saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.”
10 Now after he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go ato Macedonia, concluding that the Lord had called us to preach the gospel to them.

Lydia Baptized at Philippi

11 Therefore, sailing from Troas, we ran a straight course to Samothrace, and the next day came to Neapolis,
12 and from there to aPhilippi, which is the 1foremost city of that part of Macedonia, a colony. And we were staying in that city for some days.
13 And on the Sabbath day we went out of the city to the riverside, where prayer was customarily made; and we sat down and spoke to the women who met there.
14 Now a certain woman named Lydia heard us. She was a seller of purple from the city of aThyatira, who worshiped God. bThe Lord opened her heart to heed the things spoken by Paul.
15 And when she and her household were baptized, she begged us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come to my house and stay.” So ashe persuaded us.

Paul and Silas Imprisoned

16 Now it happened, as we went to prayer, that a certain slave girl apossessed with a spirit of divination met us, who brought her masters bmuch profit by fortune-telling.
17 This girl followed Paul and us, and cried out, saying, “These men are the servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us the way of salvation.”
18 And this she did for many days. But Paul, agreatly 1annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” bAnd he came out that very hour.
19 But awhen her masters saw that their hope of profit was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and bdragged them into the marketplace to the authorities.
20 And they brought them to the magistrates, and said, “These men, being Jews, aexceedingly trouble our city;
21 “and they teach customs which are not lawful for us, being Romans, to receive or observe.”
22 Then the multitude rose up to-

7 1NU adds of
8 aActs 16:11;
20:5; 2 Cor.
2:12; 2 Tim.
9 aActs 10:30
10 a2 Cor. 2:13
12 aActs 20:6;
Phil. 1:1;
1 Thess. 2:2
1Lit. first
14 aRev. 1:11;
2:18, 24 bLuke
15 aGen. 19:3;
33:11; Judg.
19:21; Luke
24:29; [Heb.
13:2] 16 aLev. 19:31;
20:6, 27; Deut.
18:11; 1 Sam.
28:3, 7; 2 Kin.
21:6; 1 Chr.
10:13; Is. 8:19
bActs 19:24
18 aMark 1:25,
34 bMark
19 aActs 16:16;
19:25, 26
bMatt. 10:18
20 a1 Kin.
18:17; Acts
22 a2 Cor. 6:5;
11:23, 25;
1 Thess. 2:2
26 aActs 4:31
bActs 5:19;
12:7, 10
30 aLuke 3:10;
Acts 2:37; 9:6;
31 a[John 3:16,
36; 6:47; Acts
13:38, 39;
Rom. 10:9–11;
1 John 5:10] 34 aMatt. 5:4;
Luke 5:29;
35 1lictors, lit.
rod bearers
37 aActs

ACTS 16:39

gether against them; and the magistrates tore off their clothes aand commanded them to be beaten with rods.
23 And when they had laid many stripes on them, they threw them into prison, commanding the jailer to keep them securely.
24 Having received such a charge, he put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks.

The Philippian Jailer Saved

25 But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.
26 aSuddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately ball the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed.
27 And the keeper of the prison, awaking from sleep and seeing the prison doors open, supposing the prisoners had fled, drew his sword and was about to kill himself.
28 But Paul called with a loud voice, saying, “Do yourself no harm, for we are all here.”
29 Then he called for a light, ran in, and fell down trembling before Paul and Silas.
30 And he brought them out and said, a“Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
31 So they said, a“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.”
32 Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house.
33 And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their stripes. And immediately he and all his family were baptized.
34 Now when he had brought them into his house, ahe set food before them; and he rejoiced, having believed in God with all his household.

Paul Refuses to Depart Secretly

35 And when it was day, the magistrates sent the 1officers, saying, “Let those men go.”
36 So the keeper of the prison reported these words to Paul, saying, “The magistrates have sent to let you go. Now therefore depart, and go in peace.”
37 But Paul said to them, “They have beaten us openly, uncondemned aRomans, and have thrown us into prison. And now do they put us out secretly? No indeed! Let them come themselves and get us out.”
38 And the officers told these words to the magistrates, and they were afraid when they heard that they were Romans.
39 Then they came and pleaded with them and brought them out,

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ACTS 16:40

and aasked them to depart from the city.
40 So they went out of the prison aand entered the house of Lydia; and when they had seen the brethren, they encouraged them and departed.

39 aMatt. 8:34
40 aActs 16:14

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A Joyful Return to Zion

A Song of Ascents.

1 WHEN athe LORD brought back 1the captivity of Zion, bWe were like those who dream.
2 Then aour mouth was filled with laughter, And our tongue with singing. Then they said among the 1nations, “The LORD has done great things for them.”
3 The LORD has done great things for us, And we are glad.

PSALM 126 References

1 aPs. 85:1;
Jer. 29:14;
Hos. 6:11; Joel
3:1 bActs 12:9
1Those of the
2 aJob 8:21
5 aIs. 35:10;
51:11; 61:7;
Jer. 31:9; [Gal.
6:9] 6 aIs. 61:3 1to
and fro 2Lit. a
bag of seed
for sowing
3with shouts
of joy

4 Bring back our captivity, O LORD, As the streams in the South.

5 aThose who sow in tears Shall reap in joy.
6 He who continually goes 1forth weeping, Bearing 2seed for sowing, Shall doubtless come again 3with arejoicing, Bringing his sheaves with him.




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