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Weymouth New Testament in Modern Speech, Acts

Third Edition 1913


R. F. Weymouth




Book 44 Acts

001:001 My former narrative, Theophilus, dealt with all that Jesus
did and taught as a beginning, down to the day on which,

001:002 after giving instruction through the Holy Spirit to the Apostles
whom He had chosen, He was taken up to Heaven.

001:003 He had also, after He suffered, shown Himself alive to them
with many sure proofs, appearing to them at intervals during
forty days, and speaking of the Kingdom of God.

001:004 And while in their company He charged them not to leave
Jerusalem, but to wait for the Father's promised gift.
"This you have heard of," He said, "from me.

001:005 For John indeed baptized with water, but before many days
have passed you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit."

001:006 Once when they were with Him, they asked Him, "Master, is this
the time at which you are about to restore the kingdom of Israel?"

001:007 "It is not for you," He replied, "to know times or epochs
which the Father has reserved within His own authority;

001:008 and yet you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come
upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all
Judaea and Samaria and to the remotest parts of the earth."

001:009 When He had said this, and while they were looking
at Him, He was carried up, and a cloud closing beneath Him
hid Him from their sight.

001:010 But, while they stood intently gazing into the sky as He went,
suddenly there were two men in white garments standing by them,

001:011 who said, "Galilaeans, why stand looking into the sky?
This same Jesus who has been taken up from you into Heaven
will come in just the same way as you have seen Him
going into Heaven."

001:012 Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mountain called
the Oliveyard, which is near Jerusalem, about a mile off.

001:013 They entered the city, and they went up to the upper room which
was now their fixed place for meeting. Their names were Peter
and John, James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew
and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, Simon the Zealot,
and Judas the brother of James.

001:014 All of these with one mind continued earnest in prayer,
together with some women, and Mary the mother of Jesus,
and His brothers.

001:015 It was on one of these days that Peter stood up in the midst
of the brethren - the entire number of persons present being
about 120 - and said,

001:016 "Brethren, it was necessary that the Scripture should be fulfilled -
the prediction, I mean, which the Holy Spirit uttered by
the lips of David, about Judas, who acted as guide to those
who arrested Jesus.

001:017 For Judas was reckoned as one of our number, and a share
in this ministry was allotted to him."

001:018 (Now having bought a piece of ground with the money paid for his
wickedness he fell there with his face downwards, and, his body
bursting open, he became disembowelled.

001:019 This fact became widely known to the people of Jerusalem,
so that the place received the name, in their language,
of Achel-damach, which means `The Field of Blood.')

001:020 "For it is written in the Book of Psalms, "`Let his encampment
be desolate: let there be no one to dwell there'; and "`His
work let another take up.'

001:021 "It is necessary, therefore, that of the men who have been with us
all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us -

001:022 beginning from His baptism by John down to the day on which He
was taken up again from us into Heaven - one should be appointed
to become a witness with us as to His resurrection."

001:023 So two names were proposed, Joseph called Bar-sabbas -
and surnamed Justus - and Matthias.

001:024 And the brethren prayed, saying, "Thou, Lord, who knowest the hearts
of all, show clearly which of these two Thou hast chosen

001:025 to occupy the place in this ministry and Apostleship from
which Judas through transgression fell, in order to go
to his own place."

001:026 Then they drew lots between them. The lot fell on Matthias,
and a place among the eleven Apostles was voted to him.

002:001 At length, on the day of the Harvest Festival, they had all met
in one place;

002:002 when suddenly there came from the sky a sound as of a strong
rushing blast of wind. This filled the whole house where
they were sitting;

002:003 and they saw tongues of what looked like fire distributing
themselves over the assembly, and on the head of each person
a tongue alighted.

002:004 They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak
in foreign languages according as the Spirit gave them
words to utter.

002:005 Now there were Jews residing in Jerusalem, devout men from every
part of the world.

002:006 So when this noise was heard, they came crowding together,
and were amazed because everyone heard his own language spoken.

002:007 They were beside themselves with wonder, and exclaimed,
"Are not all these speakers Galilaeans?

002:008 How then does each of us hear his own native language
spoken by them?

002:009 Some of us are Parthians, Medes, Elamites. Some are inhabitants
of Mesopotamia, of Judaea or Cappadocia, of Pontus or the
Asian Province, of Phrygia or Pamphylia,

002:010 of Egypt or of the parts of Africa towards Cyrene.
Others are visitors from Rome - being either Jews or converts
from heathenism - and others are Cretans or Arabians.

002:011 Yet we all alike hear these Galilaeans speaking in our own
language about the wonderful things which God has done."

002:012 They were all astounded and bewildered, and asked one another,
"What can this mean?"

002:013 But others, scornfully jeering, said, "They are brim-full
of sweet wine."

002:014 Peter however, together with the Eleven, stood up and addressed
them in a loud voice. "Men of Judaea, and all you inhabitants
of Jerusalem," he said, "be in no uncertainty about this
matter but pay attention to what I say.

002:015 For this is not intoxication, as you suppose, it being only
the third hour of the day.

002:016 But that which was predicted through the Prophet Joel has happened:

002:017 "And it shall come to pass in the last days, God says,
that I will pour out My Spirit upon all mankind; and your sons
and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall
see visions, and your old men shall have dreams;

002:018 and even upon My bondservants, both men and women, at that time,
I will pour out My Spirit, and they shall prophesy.

002:019 I will display marvels in the sky above, and signs on the earth below,
blood and fire, and pillars of smoke.

002:020 The sun shall be turned into darkness and the moon into blood,
to usher in the day of the Lord - that great and illustrious day;

002:021 and every one who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.'

002:022 "Listen, Israelites, to what I say. Jesus, the Nazarene,
a man accredited to you from God by miracles and marvels
and signs which God did among you through Him, as you
yourselves know, Him -

002:023 delivered up through God's settled purpose and foreknowledge -
you by the hands of Gentiles have nailed to a cross and have
put to death.

002:024 But God has raised Him to life, having terminated the throes
of death, for in fact it was not possible for Him to be held
fast by death.

002:025 For David says in reference to Him, "`I constantly fixed my
eyes upon the Lord, because He is at my right hand in order
that I may continue unshaken.

002:026 For this reason my heart is glad and my tongue exults.
My body also shall rest in hope.

002:027 For Thou wilt not leave me in the Unseen World forsaken,
nor give up Thy holy One to undergo decay.

002:028 Thou hast made known to me the ways of Life: Thou wilt fill
me with gladness in Thy presence.'

002:029 "As to the patriarch David, I need hardly remind you, brethren,
that he died and was buried, and that we still have his
tomb among us.

002:030 Being a Prophet, however, and knowing that God had solemnly
sworn to him to seat a descendant of his upon his throne,

002:031 with prophetic foresight he spoke of the resurrection of the Christ,
to the effect that He was not left forsaken in the Unseen World,
nor did His body undergo decay.

002:032 This Jesus, God has raised to life - a fact to which all
of us testify.

002:033 "Being therefore lifted high by the mighty hand of God, He has
received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has
poured out this which you see and hear.

002:034 For David did not ascend into Heaven, but he says himself,
"`The Lord said to my Lord, Sit at My right hand

002:035 until I make thy foes a footstool under thy feet.'

002:036 "Therefore let the whole House of Israel know beyond
all doubt that God has made Him both LORD and CHRIST -
this Jesus whom you crucified."

002:037 Stung to the heart by these words, they said to Peter and the rest
of the Apostles, "Brethren, what are we to do?"

002:038 "Repent," replied Peter, "and be baptized, every one of you,
in the name of Jesus Christ, with a view to the remission
of your sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

002:039 For to you belongs the promise, and to your children,
and to all who are far off, whoever the Lord our God may call."

002:040 And with many more appeals he solemnly warned and entreated them,
saying, "Escape from this crooked generation."

002:041 Those, therefore, who joyfully welcomed his Message were baptized;
and on that one day about three thousand persons were
added to them;

002:042 and they were constant in listening to the teaching of the
Apostles and in their attendance at the Communion, that is,
the Breaking of the Bread, and at prayer.

002:043 Fear came upon every one, and many marvels and signs were done
by the Apostles.

002:044 And all the believers kept together, and had everything in common.

002:045 They sold their lands and other property, and distributed
the proceeds among all, according to every one's necessities.

002:046 And, day by day, attending constantly in the Temple with one accord,
and breaking bread in private houses, they took their meals
with great happiness and single-heartedness,

002:047 praising God and being regarded with favour by all the people.
Also, day by day, the Lord added to their number those whom
He was saving.

003:001 One day Peter and John were going up to the Temple for the hour
of prayer - the ninth hour - and, just then,

003:002 some men were carrying there one who had been lame from birth,
whom they were wont to place every day close to the Beautiful Gate
(as it was called) of the Temple, for him to beg from the people
as they went in.

003:003 Seeing Peter and John about to go into the Temple, he asked
them for alms.

003:004 Peter fixing his eyes on him, as John did also, said, "Look at us."

003:005 So he looked and waited, expecting to receive something from them.

003:006 "I have no silver or gold," Peter said, "but what I have, I give you.
In the name of Jesus Christ, the Nazarene - walk!"

003:007 Then taking his hand Peter lifted him up, and immediately
his feet and ankles were strengthened.

003:008 Leaping up, he stood upright and began to walk, and went into
the Temple with them, walking, leaping, and praising God.

003:009 All the people saw him walking and praising God;

003:010 and recognizing him as the man who used to sit at the Beautiful Gate
of the Temple asking for alms, they were filled with awe
and amazement at what had happened to him.

003:011 While he still clung to Peter and John, the people, awe-struck, ran up
crowding round them in what was known as Solomon's Portico.

003:012 Peter, seeing this, spoke to the people. "Israelites," he said,
"why do you wonder at this man? Or why gaze at us, as though
by any power or piety of our own we had enabled him to walk?

003:013 The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God of our forefathers,
has conferred this honour on His Servant Jesus, whom you
delivered up and disowned in the presence of Pilate,
when he had decided to let Him go.

003:014 Yes, you disowned the holy and righteous One, and asked
as a favour the release of a murderer.

003:015 The Prince of Life you put to death; but God has raised Him
from the dead, and we are witnesses as to that.

003:016 It is His name - faith in that name being the condition -
which has strengthened this man whom you behold and know;
and the faith which He has given has made this man sound
and strong again, as you can all see.

003:017 "And now, brethren, I know that it was in ignorance that you
did it, as was the case with your rulers also.

003:018 But in this way God has fulfilled the declarations He made
through all the Prophets, that His Christ would suffer.

003:019 Repent, therefore, and reform your lives, so that the record
of your sins may be cancelled, and that there may come seasons
of revival from the Lord,

003:020 and that He may send the Christ appointed beforehand
for you - even Jesus.

003:021 Heaven must receive Him until those times of which God has spoken
from the earliest ages through the lips of His holy Prophets -
the times of the reconstitution of all things.

003:022 Moses declared, "`The Lord your God will raise up a Prophet
for you from among your brethren as He has raised me.
In all that He says to you, you must listen to Him.

003:023 And every one, without exception, who refuses to listen to that
Prophet shall be utterly destroyed from among the People.'

003:024 Yes, and all the Prophets, from Samuel onwards - all who have spoken -
have also announced the coming of this present time.

003:025 "You are the heirs of the Prophets, and of the Covenant which God
made with your forefathers when He said to Abraham, `And through
your posterity all the families of the world shall be blessed.'

003:026 It is to you first that God, after raising His Servant from
the grave, has sent Him to bless you, by causing every one
of you to turn from your wickedness."

004:001 While they were saying this to the people, the Priests,
the Commander of the Temple Guard, and the Sadducees
came upon them,

004:002 highly incensed at their teaching the people and proclaiming
in the case of Jesus the Resurrection from among the dead.

004:003 They arrested the two Apostles and lodged them in custody till
the next day; for it was already evening.

004:004 But many of those who had listened to their preaching believed;
and the number of the adult men had now grown to be about 5,000.

004:005 The next day a meeting was held in Jerusalem of their
Rulers, Elders, and Scribes,

004:006 with Annas the High Priest, Caiaphas, John, Alexander, and the
other members of the high-priestly family.

004:007 So they made the Apostles stand in the centre, and demanded
of them, "By what power or in what name have you done this?"

004:008 Then Peter was filled with the Holy Spirit, and he replied,
"Rulers and Elders of the people,

004:009 if we to-day are under examination concerning the benefit
conferred on a man helplessly lame, as to how this man
has been cured;

004:010 be it known to you all, and to all the people of Israel,
that through the name of Jesus the Anointed, the Nazarene,
whom *you* crucified, but whom *God* has raised from among
the dead - through that name this man stands here before you
in perfect health.

004:011 This Jesus is the Stone treated with contempt by you the builders,
but it has been made the Cornerstone.

004:012 And in no other is the great salvation to be found; for, in fact,
there is no second name under Heaven that has been given
among men through which we are to be saved."

004:013 As they looked on Peter and John so fearlessly outspoken -
and also discovered that they were illiterate persons,
untrained in the schools - they were surprised; and now they
recognized them as having been with Jesus.

004:014 And seeing the man standing with them - the man who had been cured -
they had no reply to make.

004:015 So they ordered them to withdraw from the Sanhedrin while they
conferred among themselves.

004:016 "What are we to do with these men?" they asked one another;
for the fact that a remarkable miracle has been performed
by them is well known to every one in Jerusalem, and we
cannot deny it.

004:017 But to prevent the matter spreading any further among the people,
let us stop them by threats from speaking in the future
in this name to any one whatever."

004:018 So they recalled the Apostles, and ordered them altogether
to give up speaking or teaching in the name of Jesus.

004:019 But Peter and John replied, "Judge whether it is right in God's
sight to listen to you instead of listening to God.

004:020 As for us, what we have seen and heard we cannot
help speaking about."

004:021 The Court added further threats and then let them go,
being quite unable to find any way of punishing them on account
of the people, because all gave God the glory for the thing
that had happened.

004:022 For the man was over forty years of age on whom this miracle
of restoration to health had been performed.

004:023 After their release the two Apostles went to their friends,
and told them all that the High Priests and Elders had said.

004:024 And they, upon hearing the story, all lifted up their voices
to God and said, "O Sovereign Lord, it is Thou who didst make
Heaven and earth and sea, and all that is in them,

004:025 and didst say through the Holy Spirit by the lips of our forefather
David Thy servant, "`Why have the nations stamped and raged,
and the peoples formed futile plans?

004:026 The kings of the earth came near, and the rulers assembled
together against the Lord and against His Anointed.'"

004:027 "They did indeed assemble in this city in hostility to Thy holy
Servant Jesus whom Thou hadst anointed - Herod and Pontius Pilate
with the Gentiles and also the tribes of Israel -

004:028 to do all that Thy power and Thy will had predetermined
should be done.

004:029 And now, Lord, listen to their threats, and enable Thy servants
to proclaim Thy Message with fearless courage,

004:030 whilst Thou stretchest out Thine arm to cure men, and to give
signs and marvels through the name of Thy holy Servant Jesus."

004:031 When they had prayed, the place in which they were assembled shook,
and they were, one and all, filled with the Holy Spirit,
and proceeded to tell God's Message with boldness.

004:032 Among all those who had embraced the faith there was but one heart
and soul, so that none of them claimed any of his possessions
as his own, but everything they had was common property;

004:033 while the Apostles with great force of conviction delivered
their testimony as to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus;
and great grace was upon them all.

004:034 And, in fact, there was not a needy man among them,
for all who were possessors of lands or houses sold them,
and brought the money which they realised,

004:035 and gave it to the Apostles, and distribution was made to every
one according to his wants.

004:036 In this way Joseph, whom the Apostles gave the name of Bar-nabas -
signifying `Son of Encouragement' - a Levite, a native of Cyprus,

004:037 sold a farm which he had, and brought the money and gave it
to the Apostles.

005:001 There was a man of the name of Ananias who, with his wife Sapphira,
sold some property but,

005:002 with her full knowledge and consent, dishonestly kept back
part of the price which he received for it, though he brought
the rest and gave it to the Apostles.

005:003 "Ananias," said Peter, "why has Satan taken possession of your heart,
that you should try to deceive the Holy Spirit and dishonestly
keep back part of the price paid you for this land?

005:004 While it remained unsold, was not the land your own?
And when sold, was it not at your own disposal?
How is it that you have cherished this design in your heart?
It is not to men you have told this lie, but to God."

005:005 Upon hearing these words Ananias fell down dead, and all who
heard the words were awe-struck.

005:006 The younger men, however, rose, and wrapping the body up,
carried it out and buried it.

005:007 About three hours had passed, when his wife came in,
knowing nothing of what had happened.

005:008 Peter at once questioned her. "Tell me," he said,
"whether you sold the land for so much." "Yes," she replied,
"for so much."

005:009 "How was it," replied Peter, "that you two agreed to try
an experiment upon the Spirit of the Lord? The men who have
buried your husband are already at the door, and they will
carry you out."

005:010 Instantly she fell down dead at his feet, and the young men came
in and found her dead. So they carried her out and buried
her by her husband's side.

005:011 This incident struck terror into the whole Church, and into
the hearts of all who heard of it.

005:012 Many signs and marvels continued to be done among the people
by the Apostles; and by common consent they all met
in Solomon's Portico.

005:013 But none of the others dared to attach themselves to them.
Yet the people held them in high honour -

005:014 and more and more believers in the Lord joined them,
including great numbers both of men and women -

005:015 so that they would even bring out their sick friends into
the streets and lay them on light couches or mats, in order
that when Peter came by, at least his shadow might fall
on one or other of them.

005:016 The inhabitants, too, of the towns in the neighbourhood
of Jerusalem came in crowds, bringing sick persons and some
who were harassed by foul spirits, and they were cured,
one and all.

005:017 This roused the High Priest. He and all his party - the sect
of the Sadducees - were filled with angry jealousy

005:018 and laid hands upon the Apostles, and put them into the public jail.

005:019 But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the prison
doors and brought them out, and said,

005:020 "Go and stand in the Temple, and go on proclaiming to the people
all this Message of Life."

005:021 Having received that command they went into the Temple,
just before daybreak, and began to teach: So when the High Priest
and his party came, and had called together the Sanhedrin
as well as all the Elders of the descendants of Israel,
they sent to the jail to fetch the Apostles.

005:022 But the officers went and could not find them in the prison.
So they came back and brought word,

005:023 saying, "The jail we found quite safely locked, and the warders
were on guard at the doors, but upon going in we found


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