Acts of the Apostles

Biblical Verses Omitted From Roman Catholic Mass Readings

Chapter 1 verses 18-19  have been omitted from the Mass readings.

[18] And he indeed hath possessed a field of the reward of iniquity, and being hanged, burst asunder in the midst: and all his bowels gushed out. [19] And it became known to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem: so that the same field was called in their tongue, Haceldama, that is to say, The field of blood.

Chapter 2 verses 12-13, 15-21 have been omitted from the Mass readings.

[12] And they were all astonished, and wondered, saying one to another: What meaneth this? [13] But others mocking, said: These men are full of new wine.

[15] For these are not drunk, as you suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day: [16] But this is that which was spoken of by the prophet Joel: [17] And it shall come to pass, in the last days, (saith the Lord,) I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams. [18] And upon my servants indeed, and upon my handmaids will I pour out in those days of my spirit, and they shall prophesy. [19] And I will shew wonders in the heaven above, and signs on the earth beneath: blood and fire, and vapour of smoke. [20] The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and manifest day of the Lord come. [21] And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord, shall be saved.

Chapter 3 is covered in full in the Mass Readings at some time during the three year cycle of readings.

Chapter 4 verse 22  has been omitted from the Mass readings.

[22] For the man was above forty years old, in whom that miraculous cure had been wrought.

Chapter 5 verses 1-11  have been omitted from the Mass readings.

[1] But a certain man named Ananias, with Saphira his wife, sold a piece of land, [2] And by fraud kept back part of the price of the land, his wife being privy thereunto: and bringing a certain part of it, laid it at the feet of the apostles. [3] But Peter said: Ananias, why hath Satan tempted thy heart, that thou shouldst lie to the Holy Ghost, and by fraud keep part of the price of the land? [4] Whilst it remained, did it not remain to thee? and after it was sold, was it not in thy power? Why hast thou conceived this thing in thy heart? Thou hast not lied to men, but to God. [5] And Ananias hearing these words, fell down, and gave up the ghost. And there came great fear upon all that heard it. [6] And the young men rising up, removed him, and carrying him out, buried him.

And it was about the space of three hours after, when his wife, not knowing what had happened, came in. [8] And Peter said to her: Tell me, woman, whether you sold the land for so much? And she said: Yea, for so much. [9] And Peter said unto her: Why have you agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? Behold the feet of them who have buried thy husband are at the door, and they shall carry thee out. [10] Immediately she fell down before his feet, and gave up the ghost. And the young men coming in, found her dead: and carried her out, and buried her by her husband. [11] And there came great fear upon the whole church, and upon all that heard these things.

Chapter 6 is covered in full in the Mass Readings at some time during the three year cycle of readings.

Chapter 7 verses 1-43  have been omitted from the Mass readings.

[1] Then the high priest said: Are these things so? [2] Who said: Ye men, brethren, and fathers, hear. The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham, when he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Charan. [3] And said to him: Go forth out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and come into the land which I shall shew thee. [4] Then he went out of the land of the Chaldeans, and dwelt in Charan. And from thence, after his father was dead, he removed him into this land, wherein you now dwell. [5] And he gave him no inheritance in it; no, not the pace of a foot: but he promised to give it him in possession, and to his seed after him, when as yet he had no child. [6] And God said to him: That his seed should sojourn in a strange country, and that they should bring them under bondage, and treat them evil four hundred years. [7] And the nation which they shall serve will I judge, said the Lord; and after these things they shall go out, and shall serve me in this place. [8] And he gave him the covenant of circumcision, and so he begot Isaac, and circumcised him the eighth day; and Isaac begot Jacob; and Jacob the twelve patriarchs.

[9] And the patriarchs, through envy, sold Joseph into Egypt; and God was with him, [10] And delivered him out of all his tribulations: and he gave him favour and wisdom in the sight of Pharao, the king of Egypt; and he appointed him governor over Egypt, and over all his house. [11] Now there came a famine upon all Egypt and Chanaan, and great tribulation; and our fathers found no food. [12] But when Jacob had heard that there was corn in Egypt, he sent our fathers first: [13] And at the second time, Joseph was known by his brethren, and his kindred was made known to Pharao. [14] And Joseph sending, called thither Jacob, his father, and all his kindred, seventy-five souls. [15] So Jacob went down into Egypt; and he died, and our fathers. [16] And they were translated into Sichem, and were laid in the sepulchre, that Abraham bought for a sum of money of the sons of Hemor, the son of Sichem.

[17] And when the time of the promise drew near, which God had promised to Abraham, the people increased, and were multiplied in Egypt, [18] Till another king arose in Egypt, who knew not Joseph. [19] This same dealing craftily with our race, afflicted our fathers, that they should expose their children, to the end they might not be kept alive. [20] At the same time was Moses born, and he was acceptable to God: who was nourished three months in his father's house. [21] And when he was exposed, Pharao's daughter took him up, and nourished him for her own son. [22] And Moses was instructed in all the wisdom of the Egyptians; and he was mighty in his words and in his deeds.

[23] And when he was full forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brethren, the children of Israel. [24] And when he had seen one of them suffer wrong, he defended him; and striking the Egyptian, he avenged him who suffered the injury. [25] And he thought that his brethren understood that God by his hand would save them; but they understood it not. [26] And the day following, he shewed himself to them when they were at strife; and would have reconciled them in peace, saying: Men, ye are brethren; why hurt you one another? [27] But he that did the injury to his neighbour thrust him away, saying: Who hath appointed thee prince and judge over us? [28] What, wilt thou kill me, as thou didst yesterday kill the Egyptian? [29] And Moses fled upon this word, and was a stranger in the land of Madian, where he begot two sons.

[30] And when forty years were expired, there appeared to him in the desert of mount Sina, an angel in a flame of fire in a bush. [31] And Moses seeing it, wondered at the sight. And as he drew near to view it, the voice of the Lord came unto him, saying: [32] I am the God of thy fathers; the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses being terrified, durst not behold. [33] And the Lord said to him: Loose the shoes from thy feet, for the place wherein thou standest, is holy ground. [34] Seeing I have seen the affliction of my people which is in Egypt, and I have heard their groaning, and am come down to deliver them. And now come, and I will send thee into Egypt. [35] This Moses, whom they refused, saying: Who hath appointed thee prince and judge? him God sent to be prince and redeemer by the hand of the angel who appeared to him in the bush. [36] He brought them out, doing wonders and signs in the land of Egypt, and in the Red Sea, and in the desert forty years. [37] This is that Moses who said to the children of Israel: A prophet shall God raise up to you of your own brethren, as myself: him shall you hear. [38] This is he that was in the church in the wilderness, with the angel who spoke to him on mount Sina, and with our fathers; who received the words of life to give unto us.

[39] Whom our fathers would not obey; but thrust him away, and in their hearts turned back into Egypt, [40] Saying to Aaron: Make us gods to go before us. For as for this Moses, who brought us out of the land of Egypt, we know not what is become of him. [41] And they made a calf in those days, and offered sacrifices to the idol, and rejoiced in the works of their own hands. [42] And God turned, and gave them up to serve the host of heaven, as it is written in the books of the prophets: Did you offer victims and sacrifices to me for forty years, in the desert, O house of Israel? [43] And you took unto you the tabernacle of Moloch, and the star of your god Rempham, figures which you made to adore them. And I will carry you away beyond Babylon.

Chapter 8 verses 9-11, 16-25  have been omitted from the Mass readings.

[9] There was therefore great joy in that city. Now there was a certain man named Simon, who before had been a magician in that city, seducing the people of Samaria, giving out that he was some great one: [10] To whom they all gave ear, from the least to the greatest, saying: This man is the power of God, which is called great. [11] And they were attentive to him, because, for a long time, he had bewitched them with his magical practices.

[16] For he was not as yet come upon any of them; but they were only baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. [17] Then they laid their hands upon them, and they received the Holy Ghost.

And when Simon saw, that by the imposition of the hands of the apostles, the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money, [19] Saying: Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I shall lay my hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost. But Peter said to him: [20] Keep thy money to thyself, to perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money. [21] Thou hast no part nor lot in this matter. For thy heart is not right in the sight of God. [22] Do penance therefore for this thy wickedness; and pray to God, that perhaps this thought of thy heart may be forgiven thee. [23] For I see thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bonds of iniquity. [24] Then Simon answering, said: Pray you for me to the Lord, that none of these things which you have spoken may come upon me. [25] And they indeed having testified and preached the word of the Lord, returned to Jerusalem, and preached the gospel to many countries of the Samaritans.

Chapter 9 verses 23-25, 43  have been omitted from the Mass readings.

[23] And when many days were passed, the Jews consulted together to kill him. [24] But their laying in wait was made known to Saul. And they watched the gates also day and night, that they might kill him. [25] But the disciples taking him in the night, conveyed him away by the wall, letting him down in a basket.

[43] And it came to pass, that he abode many days in Joppe, with one Simon a tanner.

Chapter 10 verses 1-13, 14b-24, 27-33  have been omitted from the Mass readings.

[1] And there was a certain man in Caesarea, named Cornelius, a centurion of that which is called the Italian band; [2] A religious man, and fearing God with all his house, giving much alms to the people, and always praying to God. [3] This man saw in a vision manifestly, about the ninth hour of the day, an angel of God coming in unto him, and saying to him: Cornelius. [4] And he, beholding him, being seized with fear, said: What is it, Lord? And he said to him: Thy prayers and thy alms are ascended for a memorial in the sight of God. [5] And now send men to Joppe, and call hither one Simon, who is surnamed Peter: [6] He lodgeth with one Simon a tanner, whose house is by the sea side. He will tell thee what thou must do. [7] And when the angel who spoke to him was departed, he called two of his household servants, and a soldier who feared the Lord, of them that were under him. [8] To whom when he had related all, he sent them to Joppe.

[9] And on the next day, whilst they were going on their journey, and drawing nigh to the city, Peter went up to the higher parts of the house to pray, about the sixth hour. [10] And being hungry, he was desirous to taste somewhat. And as they were preparing, there came upon him an ecstasy of mind. [11] And he saw the heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending, as it were a great linen sheet let down by the four corners from heaven to the earth: [12] Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts, and creeping things of the earth, and fowls of the air. [13] And there came a voice to him: Arise, Peter; kill and eat.  [14] ...for I never did eat any thing that is common and unclean. [15] And the voice spoke to him again the second time: That which God hath cleansed, do not thou call common. [16] And this was done thrice; and presently the vessel was taken up into heaven.

[17] Now, whilst Peter was doubting within himself, what the vision that he had seen should mean, behold the men who were sent from Cornelius, inquiring for Simon's house, stood at the gate. [18] And when they had called, they asked, if Simon, who is surnamed Peter, were lodged there. [19] And as Peter was thinking of the vision, the Spirit said to him: Behold three men seek thee. [20] Arise, therefore, get thee down and go with them, doubting nothing: for I have sent them. [21] Then Peter, going down to the men, said: Behold, I am he whom you seek; what is the cause for which you are come? [22] Who said: Cornelius, a centurion, a just man, and one that feareth God, and having good testimony from all the nation of the Jews, received an answer of an holy angel, to send for thee into his house, and to hear words of thee. [23] Then bringing them in, he lodged them. And the day following he arose, and went with them: and some of the brethren from Joppe accompanied him. [24] And the morrow after, he entered into Caesarea. And Cornelius waited for them, having called together his kinsmen and special friends.

[27] And talking with him, he went in, and found many that were come together. [28] And he said to them: You know how abominable it is for a man that is a Jew, to keep company or to come unto one of another nation: but God hath shewed to me, to call no man common or unclean. [29] For which cause, making no doubt, I came when I was sent for. I ask, therefore, for what cause you have sent for me? [30] And Cornelius said: Four days ago, unto this hour, I was praying in my house, at the ninth hour, and behold a man stood before me in white apparel, and said: [31] Cornelius, thy prayer is heard, and thy alms are had in remembrance in the sight of God. [32] Send therefore to Joppe, and call hither Simon, who is surnamed Peter: he lodgeth in the house of Simon a tanner, by the sea side. [33] Immediately therefore I sent to thee: and thou hast done well in coming. Now therefore all we are present in thy sight, to hear all things whatsoever are commanded thee by the Lord.

Chapter 11 verses 27-30  have been omitted from the Mass readings.

[27] And in these days there came prophets from Jerusalem to Antioch: [28] And one of them named Agabus, rising up, signified by the Spirit, that there should be a great famine over the whole world, which came to pass under Claudius. [29] And the disciples, every man according to his ability, purposed to send relief to the brethren who dwelt in Judea: [30] Which also they did, sending it to the ancients, by the hands of Barnabas and Saul.

Chapter 12 verses 12-23  have been omitted from the Mass readings.

[12] And considering, he came to the house of Mary the mother of John, who was surnamed Mark, where many were gathered together and praying. [13] And when he knocked at the door of the gate, a damsel came to hearken, whose name was Rhode. [14] And as soon as she knew Peter's voice, she opened not the gate for joy, but running in she told that Peter stood before the gate. [15] But they said to her: Thou art mad. But she affirmed that it was so. Then said they: It is his angel. [16] But Peter continued knocking. And when they had opened, they saw him, and were astonished. [17] But he beckoning to them with his hand to hold their peace, told how the Lord had brought him out of prison, and he said: Tell these things to James, and to the brethren. And going out, he went into another place. [18] Now when day was come, there was no small stir among the soldiers, what was become of Peter. [19] And when Herod had sought for him, and found him not; having examined the keepers, he commanded they should be put to death; and going down from Judea to Caesarea, he abode there.

And he was angry with the Tyrians and the Sidonians. But they with one accord came to him, and having gained Blastus, who was the king's chamberlain, they desired peace, because their countries were nourished by him. [21] And upon a day appointed, Herod being arrayed in kingly apparel, sat in the judgment seat, and made an oration to them. [22] And the people made acclamation, saying: It is the voice of a god, and not of a man. [23] And forthwith an angel of the Lord struck him, because he had not given the honour to God: and being eaten up by worms, he gave up the ghost.

Chapter 13 verses 5b-12  have been omitted from the Mass readings.

[5] ...And they had John also in the ministry. [6] And when they had gone through the whole island, as far as Paphos, they found a certain man, a magician, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was Bar-jesu: [7] Who was with the proconsul Sergius Paulus, a prudent man. He sending for Barnabas and Saul, desired to hear the word of God. [8] But Elymas the magician (for so his name is interpreted) withstood them, seeking to turn away the proconsul from the faith. [9] Then Saul, otherwise Paul, filled with the Holy Ghost, looking upon him, [10] Said: O full of all guile, and of all deceit, child of the devil, enemy of all justice, thou ceasest not to pervert the right ways of the Lord. [11] And now behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee, and thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun for a time. And immediately there fell a mist and darkness upon him, and going about, he sought some one to lead him by the hand. [12] Then the proconsul, when he had seen what was done, believed, admiring at the doctrine of the Lord.

Chapter 14 verses 1-4  have been omitted from the Mass readings.

[1] And it came to pass in Iconium, that they entered together into the synagogue of the Jews, and so spoke that a very great multitude both of the Jews and of the Greeks did believe. [2] But the unbelieving Jews stirred up and incensed the minds of the Gentiles against the brethren. [3] A long time therefore they abode there, dealing confidently in the Lord, who gave testimony to the word of his grace, granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands. [4] And the multitude of the city was divided; and some of them indeed held with the Jews, but some with the apostles.

Chapter 15 verses 32-41  have been omitted from the Mass readings.

[32] But Judas and Silas, being prophets also themselves, with many words comforted the brethren, and confirmed them. [33] And after they had spent some time there, they were let go with peace by the brethren, unto them that had sent them. [34] But it seemed good unto Silas to remain there; and Judas alone departed to Jerusalem. [35] And Paul and Barnabas continued at Antioch, teaching and preaching, with many others, the word of the Lord. [36] And after some days, Paul said to Barnabas: Let us return and visit our brethren in all the cities wherein we have preached the word of the Lord, to see how they do. [37] And Barnabas would have taken with them John also, that was surnamed Mark; [38] But Paul desired that he (as having departed from them out of Pamphylia, and not gone with them to the work) might not be received. [39] And there arose a dissension, so that they departed one from another; and Barnabas indeed taking Mark, sailed to Cyprus. [40] But Paul choosing Silas, departed, being delivered by the brethren to the grace of God. [41] And he went through Syria and Cilicia, confirming the churches, commanding them to keep the precepts of the apostles and the ancients.

Chapter 16 verses 16-21, 35-40  have been omitted from the Mass readings.

[16] And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain girl, having a pythonical spirit, met us, who brought to her masters much gain by divining. [17] This same following Paul and us, cried out, saying: These men are the servants of the most high God, who preach unto you the way of salvation. [18] And this she did many days. But Paul being grieved, turned, and said to the spirit: I command thee, in the name of Jesus Christ, to go out from her. And he went out the same hour. [19] But her masters, seeing that the hope of their gain was gone, apprehending Paul and Silas, brought them into the marketplace to the rulers. [20] And presenting them to the magistrates, they said: These men disturb our city, being Jews; [21] And preach a fashion which it is not lawful for us to receive nor observe, being Romans.

[35] And when the day was come, the magistrates sent the serjeants, saying, Let those men go. [36] And the keeper of the prison told these words to Paul: 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 publicly, uncondemned, men that are Romans, and have cast us into prison: and now do they thrust us out privately? Not so; but let them come, [38] And let us out themselves. And the serjeants told these words to the magistrates. And they were afraid, hearing that they were Romans. [39] And coming, they besought them; and bringing them out, they desired them to depart out of the city. [40] And they went out of the prison, and entered into the house of Lydia; and having seen the brethren, they comforted them, and departed.

Chapter 17 verses 1-14, 16-21  have been omitted from the Mass readings.

[1] And when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews. [2] And Paul, according to his custom, went in unto them; and for three sabbath days he reasoned with them out of the scriptures: [3] Declaring and insinuating that the Christ was to suffer, and to rise again from the dead; and that this is Jesus Christ, whom I preach to you. [4] And some of them believed, and were associated to Paul and Silas; and of those that served God, and of the Gentiles a great multitude, and of noble women not a few. [5] But the Jews, moved with envy, and taking unto them some wicked men of the vulgar sort, and making a tumult, set the city in an uproar; and besetting Jason's house, sought to bring them out unto the people. [6] And not finding them, they drew Jason and certain brethren to the rulers of the city, crying: They that set the city in an uproar, are come hither also; [7] Whom Jason hath received; and these all do contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, Jesus. [8] And they stirred up the people, and the rulers of the city hearing these things, [9] And having taken satisfaction of Jason and of the rest, they let them go.

[10] But the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea. Who, when they were come thither, went into the synagogue of the Jews. [11] Now these were more noble than those in Thessalonica, who received the word with all eagerness, daily searching the scriptures, whether these things were so. [12] And many indeed of them believed, and of honourable women that were Gentiles, and of men not a few. [13] And when the Jews of Thessalonica had knowledge that the word of God was also preached by Paul at Berea, they came thither also, stirring up and troubling the multitude. [14] And then immediately the brethren sent away Paul, to go unto the sea; but Silas and Timothy remained there.

[16] Now whilst Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was stirred within him, seeing the city wholly given to idolatry. [17] He disputed, therefore, in the synagogue with the Jews, and with them that served God, and in the marketplace, every day with them that were there. [18] And certain philosophers of the Epicureans and of the Stoics disputed with him; and some said: What is it, that this word sower would say? But others: He seemeth to be a setter forth of new gods; because he preached to them Jesus and the resurrection. [19] And taking him, they brought him to the Areopagus, saying: May we know what this new doctrine is, which thou speakest of? [20] For thou bringest in certain new things to our ears. We would know therefore what these things mean. [21] (Now all the Athenians, and strangers that were there, employed themselves in nothing else, but either in telling or in hearing some new thing.)

Chapter 18 verses 2-8, 19-22  have been omitted from the Mass readings.

[2] And finding a certain Jew, named Aquila, born in Pontus, lately come from Italy, with Priscilla his wife, (because that Claudius had commanded all Jews to depart from Rome,) he came to them. [3] And because he was of the same trade, he remained with them, and wrought; (now they were tentmakers by trade.) [4] And he reasoned in the synagogue every sabbath, bringing in the name of the Lord Jesus; and he persuaded the Jews and the Greeks. [5] And when Silas and Timothy were come from Macedonia, Paul was earnest in preaching, testifying to the Jews, that Jesus is the Christ. [6] But they gainsaying and blaspheming, he shook his garments, and said to them: Your blood be upon your own heads; I am clean: from henceforth I will go unto the Gentiles. [7] And departing thence, he entered into the house of a certain man, named Titus Justus, one that worshipped God, whose house was adjoining to the synagogue. [8] And Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue, believed in the Lord, with all his house; and many of the Corinthians hearing, believed, and were baptized.

[19] And he came to Ephesus, and left them there. But he himself entering into the synagogue, disputed with the Jews. [20] And when they desired him, that he would tarry a longer time, he consented not; [21] But taking his leave, and saying: I will return to you again, God willing, he departed from Ephesus. [22] And going down to Caesarea, he went up to Jerusalem, and saluted the church, and so came down to Antioch.

Chapter 19 verses 9-40 have been omitted from the Mass readings

[9] But when some were hardened, and believed not, speaking evil of the way of the Lord, before the multitude, departing from them, he separated the disciples, disputing daily in the school of one Tyrannus. [10] And this continued for the space of two years, so that all they who dwelt in Asia, heard the word of the Lord, both Jews and Gentiles.

[11] And God wrought by the hand of Paul more than common miracles. [12] So that even there were brought from his body to the sick, handkerchiefs and aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the wicked spirits went out of them. [13] Now some also of the Jewish exorcists who went about, attempted to invoke over them that had evil spirits, the name of the Lord Jesus, saying: I conjure you by Jesus, whom Paul preacheth. [14] And there were certain men, seven sons of Sceva, a Jew, a chief priest, that did this. [15] But the wicked spirit, answering, said to them: Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?

[16] And the man in whom the wicked spirit was, leaping upon them, and mastering them both, prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded. [17] And this became known to all the Jews and the Gentiles that dwelt at Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified. [18] And many of them that believed, came confessing and declaring their deeds. [19] And many of them who had followed curious arts, brought together their books, and burnt them before all; and counting the price of them, they found the money to be fifty thousand pieces of silver. [20] So mightily grew the word of God, and was confirmed.

[21] And when these things were ended, Paul purposed in the spirit, when he had passed through Macedonia and Achaia, to go to Jerusalem, saying: After I have been there, I must see Rome also. [22] And sending into Macedonia two of them that ministered to him, Timothy and Erastus, he himself remained for a time in Asia. [23] Now at that time there arose no small disturbance about the way of the Lord. [24] For a certain man named Demetrius, a silversmith, who made silver temples for Diana, brought no small gain to the craftsmen; [25] Whom he calling together, with the workmen of like occupation, said: Sirs, you know that our gain is by this trade;

[26] And you see and hear, that this Paul by persuasion hath drawn away a great multitude, not only of Ephesus, but almost of all Asia, saying: They are not gods which are made by hands. [27] So that not only this our craft is in danger to be set at nought, but also the temple of great Diana shall be reputed for nothing; yea, and her majesty shall begin to be destroyed, whom all Asia and the world worshippeth. [28] Having heard these things, they were full of anger, and cried out, saying: Great is Diana of the Ephesians. [29] And the whole city was filled with confusion; and having caught Gaius and Aristarchus, men of Macedonia, Paul's companions, they rushed with one accord into the theatre. [30] And when Paul would have entered in unto the people, the disciples suffered him not.

[31] And some also of the rulers of Asia, who were his friends, sent unto him, desiring that he would not venture himself into the theatre. [32] Now some cried one thing, some another. For the assembly was confused, and the greater part knew not for what cause they were come together. [33] And they drew forth Alexander out of the multitude, the Jews thrusting him forward. And Alexander beckoning with his hand for silence, would have given the people satisfaction. [34] But as soon as they perceived him to be a Jew, all with one voice, for the space of about two hours, cried out: Great is Diana of the Ephesians. [35] And when the town clerk had appeased the multitudes, he said: Ye men of Ephesus, what man is there that knoweth not that the city of the Ephesians is a worshipper of the great Diana, and of Jupiter's offspring.

[36] For as much therefore as these things cannot be contradicted, you ought to be quiet, and to do nothing rashly. [37] For you have brought hither these men, who are neither guilty of sacrilege, nor of blasphemy against your goddess. [38] But if Demetrius and the craftsmen that are with him, have a matter against any man, the courts of justice are open, and there are proconsuls: let them accuse one another. [39] And if you inquire after any other matter, it may be decided in a lawful assembly. [40] For we are even in danger to be called in question for this day's uproar, there being no man guilty (of whom we may give account) of this concourse. And when he had said these things, he dismissed the assembly.

Chapter 20 verses 1-16 have been omitted from the Mass readings

[1] And after the tumult was ceased, Paul calling to him the disciples, and exhorting them, took his leave, and set forward to go into Macedonia. [2] And when he had gone over those parts, and had exhorted them with many words, he came into Greece; [3] Where, when he had spent three months, the Jews laid wait for him, as he was about to sail into Syria; so he took a resolution to return through Macedonia.

[4] And there accompanied him Sopater the son of Pyrrhus, of Berea; and of the Thessalonians, Aristarchus, and Secundus, and Gaius of Derbe, and Timothy; and of Asia, Tychicus and Trophimus. [5] These going before, stayed for us at Troas. [6] But we sailed from Philippi after the days of the Azymes, and came to them to Troas in five days, where we abode seven days.

[7] And on the first day of the week, when we were assembled to break bread, Paul discoursed with them, being to depart on the morrow: and he continued his speech until midnight. [8] And there were a great number of lamps in the upper chamber where we were assembled. [9] And a certain young man named Eutychus, sitting on the window, being oppressed with a deep sleep, (as Paul was long preaching,) by occasion of his sleep fell from the third loft down, and was taken up dead. [10] To whom, when Paul had gone down, he laid himself upon him, and embracing him, said: Be not troubled, for his soul is in him. [11] Then going up, and breaking bread and tasting, and having talked a long time to them, until daylight, so he departed. [12] And they brought the youth alive, and were not a little comforted.

But we, going aboard the ship, sailed to Assos, being there to take in Paul; for so he had appointed, himself purposing to travel by land. [14] And when he had met with us at Assos, we took him in, and came to Mitylene. [15] And sailing thence, the day following we came over against Chios; and the next day we arrived at Samos; and the day following we came to Miletus. [16] For Paul had determined to sail by Ephesus, lest he should be stayed any time in Asia. For he hasted, if it were possible for him, to keep the day of Pentecost at Jerusalem.

Chapter 21 verses 1-40 have been omitted from the Mass readings

[1] And when it came to pass that, being parted from them, we set sail, we came with a straight course to Coos, and the day following to Rhodes, and from thence to Patara. [2] And when we had found a ship sailing over to Phenice, we went aboard, and set forth. [3] And when we had discovered Cyprus, leaving it on the left hand, we sailed into Syria, and came to Tyre: for there the ship was to unlade her burden. [4] And finding disciples, we tarried there seven days: who said to Paul through the Spirit, that he should not go up to Jerusalem. [5] And the days being expired, departing we went forward, they all bringing us on our way, with their wives and children, till we were out of the city: and we kneeled down on the shore, and we prayed.

[6] And when we had bid one another farewell, we took ship; and they returned home. [7] But we having finished the voyage by sea, from Tyre came down to Ptolemais: and saluting the brethren, we abode one day with them. [8] And the next day departing, we came to Caesarea. And entering into the house of Philip the evangelist, who was one of the seven, we abode with him. [9] And he had four daughters, virgins, who did prophesy. [10] And as we tarried there for some days, there came from Judea a certain prophet, named Agabus.

[11] Who, when he was come to us, took Paul's girdle: and binding his own feet and hands, he said: Thus saith the Holy Ghost: The man whose girdle this is, the Jews shall bind in this manner in Jerusalem, and shall deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles. [12] Which when we had heard, both we and they that were of that place, desired him that he would not go up to Jerusalem. [13] Then Paul answered, and said: What do you mean weeping and afflicting my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound, but to die also in Jerusalem, for the name of the Lord Jesus. [14] And when we could not persuade him, we ceased, saying: The will of the Lord be done. [15] And after those days, being prepared, we went up to Jerusalem.

[16] And there went also with us some of the disciples from Caesarea, bringing with them one Mnason a Cyprian, an old disciple, with whom we should lodge. [17] And when we were come to Jerusalem, the brethren received us gladly. [18] And the day following, Paul went in with us unto James; and all the ancients were assembled. [19] Whom when he had saluted, he related particularly what things God had wrought among the Gentiles by his ministry. [20] But they hearing it, glorified God, and said to him: Thou seest, brother, how many thousands there are among the Jews that have believed: and they are all zealous for the law.

[21] Now they have heard of thee that thou teachest those Jews, who are among the Gentiles, to depart from Moses: saying, that they ought not to circumcise their children, nor walk according to the custom. [22] What is it therefore? the multitude must needs come together: for they will hear that thou art come. [23] Do therefore this that we say to thee. We have four men, who have a vow on them. [24] Take these, and sanctify thyself with them: and bestow on them, that they may shave their heads: and all will know that the things which they have heard of thee, are false; but that thou thyself also walkest keeping the law. [25] But as touching the Gentiles that believe, we have written, decreeing that they should only refrain themselves from that which has been offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangles, and from fornication.

[26] Then Paul took the men, and the next day being purified with them, entered into the temple, giving notice of the accomplishment of the days of purification, until an oblation should be offered for every one of them. [27] But when the seven days were drawing to an end, those Jews that were of Asia, when they saw him in the temple, stirred up all the people, and laid hands upon him, crying out: [28] Men of Israel, help: This is the man that teacheth all men everywhere against the people, and the law, and this place; and moreover hath brought in Gentiles into the temple, and hath violated this holy place. [29] (For they had seen Trophimus the Ephesian in the city with him, whom they supposed that Paul had brought into the temple.) [30] And the whole city was in an uproar: and the people ran together. And taking Paul, they drew him out of the temple, and immediately the doors were shut.

[31] And as they went about to kill him, it was told the tribune of the band, That all Jerusalem was in confusion. [32] Who, forthwith taking with him soldiers and centurions, ran down to them. And when they saw the tribune and the soldiers they left off beating Paul. [33] Then the tribune coming near, took him, and commanded him to be bound with two chains: and demanded who he was, and what he had done. [34] And some cried one thing, some another, among the multitude. And when he could not know the certainty for the tumult, he commanded him to be carried into the castle. [35] And when he was come to the stairs, it fell out that he was carried by the soldiers, because of the violence of the people.

[36] For the multitude of the people followed after, crying: Away with him. [37] And as Paul was about to be brought into the castle, he saith to the tribune: May I speak something to thee? Who said: Canst thou speak Greek? [38] Art not thou that Egyptian who before these days didst raise a tumult, and didst lead forth into the desert four thousand men that were murderers? [39] But Paul said to him: I am a Jew of Tarsus in Cilicia, a citizen of no mean city. And I beseech thee, suffer me to speak to the people. [40] And when he had given him leave, Paul standing on the stairs, beckoned with his hand to the people. And a great silence being made, he spoke unto them in the Hebrew tongue, saying:

Chapter 22 verses 1-2, 17-29 have been omitted from the Mass readings

[1] Men, brethren, and fathers, hear ye the account which I now give unto you. [2] (And when they heard that he spoke to them in the Hebrew tongue, they kept the more silence.)

[17] And it came to pass, when I was come again to Jerusalem, and was praying in the temple, that I was in a trance, [18] And saw him saying unto me: Make haste, and get thee quickly out of Jerusalem; because they will not receive thy testimony concerning me. [19] And I said: Lord, they know that I cast into prison, and beat in every synagogue, them that believed in thee. [20] And when the blood of Stephen thy witness was shed, I stood by and consented, and kept the garments of them that killed him. [21] And he said to me: Go, for unto the Gentiles afar off, will I send thee.

And they heard him until this word, and then lifted up their voice, saying: Away with such an one from the earth; for it is not fit that he should live. [23] And as they cried out and threw off their garments, and cast dust into the air, [24] The tribune commanded him to be brought into the castle, and that he should be scourged and tortured: to know for what cause they did so cry out against him. [25] And when they had bound him with thongs, Paul saith to the centurion that stood by him: Is it lawful for you to scourge a man that is a Roman, and uncondemned? [26] Which the centurion hearing, went to the tribune, and told him, saying: What art thou about to do? For this man is a Roman citizen. [27] And the tribune coming, said to him: Tell me, art thou a Roman? But he said: Yea. [28] And the tribune answered: I obtained the being free of this city with a great sum. And Paul said: But I was born so. [29] Immediately therefore they departed from him that were about to torture him. The tribune also was afraid after he understood that he was a Roman citizen, and because he had bound him.

Chapter 23 verses 1-5, 12-35 have been omitted from the Mass readings

[1] And Paul looking upon the council, said: Men, brethren, I have conversed with all good conscience before God until this present day. [2] And the high priest Ananias commanded them that stood by him to strike him on the mouth. [3] Then Paul said to him: God shall strike thee, thou whited wall. For sittest thou to judge me according to the law, and contrary to the law commandest me to be struck? [4] And they that stood by said: Dost thou revile the high priest of God? [5] And Paul said: I knew not, brethren, that he is the high priest. For it is written: Thou shalt not speak evil of the prince of thy people.

[12] And when day was come, some of the Jews gathered together, and bound themselves under a curse, saying, that they would neither eat, nor drink, till they killed Paul. [13] And they were more than forty men that had made this conspiracy. [14] Who came to the chief priests and the ancients, and said: We have bound ourselves under a great curse that we will eat nothing till we have slain Paul. [15] Now therefore do you with the council signify to the tribune, that he bring him forth to you, as if you meant to know something more certain touching him. And we, before he come near, are ready to kill him. [16] Which when Paul's sister's son had heard, of their lying in wait, he came and entered into the castle and told Paul. [17] And Paul, calling to him one of the centurions, said: Bring this young man to the tribune, for he hath some thing to tell him. [18] And he taking him, brought him to the tribune, and said: Paul, the prisoner, desired me to bring this young man unto thee, who hath some thing to say to thee. [19] And the tribune taking him by the hand, went aside with him privately, and asked him: What is it that thou hast to tell me? [20] And he said: The Jews have agreed to desire thee, that thou wouldst bring forth Paul tomorrow into the council, as if they meant to inquire some thing more certain touching him. [21] But do not thou give credit to them; for there lie in wait for him more than forty men of them, who have bound themselves by oath neither to eat, nor to drink, till they have killed him: and they are now ready, looking for a promise from thee. [22] The tribune therefore dismissed the young man, charging him that he should tell no man, that he had made known these things unto him.

Then having called two centurions, he said to them: Make ready two hundred soldiers to go as far as Caesarea, and seventy horsemen, and two hundred spearmen for the third hour of the night: [24] And provide beasts, that they may set Paul on, and bring him safe to Felix the governor. [25] (For he feared lest perhaps the Jews might take him away by force and kill him, and he should afterwards be slandered, as if he was to take money.) And he wrote a letter after this manner: [26] Claudius Lysias to the most excellent governor, Felix, greeting. [27] This man being taken by the Jews, and ready to be killed by them, I rescued coming in with an army, understanding that he is a Roman: [28] And meaning to know the cause which they objected unto him, I brought him forth into their council. [29] Whom I found to be accused concerning questions of their law; but having nothing laid to his charge worthy of death or of bands. [30] And when I was told of ambushes that they had prepared for him, I sent him to thee, signifying also to his accusers to plead before thee. Farewell.

Then the soldiers, according as it was commanded them, taking Paul, brought him by night to Antipatris. [32] And the next day, leaving the horsemen to go with him, they returned to the castle. [33] Who, when they were come to Caesarea, and had delivered the letter to the governor, did also present Paul before him. [34] And when he had read it, and had asked of what province he was, and understood that he was of Cilicia; [35] I will hear thee, said he, when thy accusers come. And he commanded him to be kept in Herod's judgment hall.

Chapter 24 verses 1-27 have been omitted from the Mass readings

[1] And after five days the high priest Ananias came down, with some of the ancients, and one Tertullus an orator, who went to the governor against Paul. [2] And Paul being called for, Tertullus began to accuse him, saying: Whereas through thee we live in much peace, and many things are rectified by thy providence, [3] We accept it always and in all places, most excellent Felix, with all thanksgiving. [4] But that I be no further tedious to thee, I desire thee of thy clemency to hear us in few words. [5] We have found this to be a pestilent man, and raising seditions among all the Jews throughout the world, and author of the sedition of the sect of the Nazarenes.

[6] Who also hath gone about to profane the temple: whom, we having apprehended, would also have judged according to our law. [7] But Lysias the tribune coming upon us, with great violence took him away out of our hands; [8] Commanding his accusers to come to thee: of whom thou mayest thyself, by examination, have knowledge of all these things, whereof we accuse him. [9] And the Jews also added, and said that these things were so. [10] Then Paul answered, (the governor making a sign to him to speak:) Knowing that for many years thou hast been judge over this nation, I will with good courage answer for myself.

[11] For thou mayest understand, that there are yet but twelve days, since I went up to adore in Jerusalem: [12] And neither in the temple did they find me disputing with any man, or causing any concourse of the people, neither in the synagogues, nor in the city: [13] Neither can they prove unto thee the things whereof they now accuse me. [14] But this I confess to thee, that according to the way, which they call a heresy, so do I serve the Father and my God, believing all things which are written in the law and the prophets: [15] Having hope in God, which these also themselves look for, that there shall be a resurrection of the just and unjust.

[16] And herein do I endeavour to have always a conscience without offence toward God, and towards men. [17] Now after many years, I came to bring alms to my nation, and offerings, and vows. [18] In which I was found purified in the temple: neither with multitude, nor with tumult. [19] But certain Jews of Asia, who ought to be present before thee, and to accuse, if they had any thing against me: [20] Or let these men themselves say, if they found in me any iniquity, when standing before the council,

[21] Except it be for this one voice only that I cried, standing among them, Concerning the resurrection of the dead am I judged this day by you. [22] And Felix put them off, having most certain knowledge of this way, saying: When Lysias the tribune shall come down, I will hear you. [23] And he commanded a centurion to keep him, and that he should be easy, and that he should not prohibit any of his friends to minister unto him. [24] And after some days, Felix, coming with Drusilla his wife, who was a Jew, sent for Paul, and heard of him the faith, that is in Christ Jesus. [25] And as he treated of justice, and chastity, and of the judgment to come, Felix being terrified, answered: For this time, go thy way: but when I have a convenient time, I will send for thee.

[26] Hoping also withal, that money should be given him by Paul; for which cause also oftentimes sending for him, he spoke with him. [27] But when two years were ended, Felix had for successor Portius Festus. And Felix being willing to shew the Jews a pleasure, left Paul bound.

Chapter 25 verses 1-12, 22-27 have been omitted from the Mass readings

[1] Now when Festus was come into the province, after three days, he went up to Jerusalem from Caesarea. [2] And the chief priests, and principal men of the Jews, went unto him against Paul: and they besought him, [3] Requesting favour against him, that he would command him to be brought to Jerusalem, laying wait to kill him in the way. [4] But Festus answered: That Paul was kept in Caesarea, and that he himself would very shortly depart thither. [5] Let them, therefore, saith he, among you that are able, go down with me, and accuse him, if there be any crime in the man.

And having tarried among them no more than eight or ten days, he went down to Caesarea, and the next day he sat in the judgment seat; and commanded Paul to be brought. [7] Who being brought, the Jews stood about him, who were come down from Jerusalem, objecting many and grievous causes, which they could not prove; [8] Paul making answer for himself: Neither against the law of the Jews, nor against the temple, nor against Caesar, have I offended in any thing. [9] But Festus, willing to shew the Jews a pleasure, answering Paul, said: Wilt thou go up to Jerusalem, and there be judged of these things before me? [10] Then Paul said: I stand at Caesar's judgment seat, where I ought to be judged. To the Jews I have done no injury, as thou very well knowest. [11] For if I have injured them, or have committed any thing worthy of death, I refuse not to die. But if there be none of these things whereof they accuse me, no man may deliver me to them: I appeal to Caesar. [12] Then Festus having conferred with the council, answered: Hast thou appealed to Caesar? To Caesar shalt thou go.

[22] And Agrippa said to Festus: I would also hear the man, myself. Tomorrow, said he, thou shalt hear him. [23] And on the next day, when Agrippa and Bernice were come with great pomp, and had entered into the hall of audience, with the tribunes, and principal men of the city, at Festus' commandment, Paul was brought forth. [24] And Festus saith: King Agrippa, and all ye men who are here present with us, you see this man, about whom all the multitude of the Jews dealt with me at Jerusalem, requesting and crying out that he ought not to live any longer. [25] Yet have I found nothing that he hath committed worthy of death. But forasmuch as he himself hath appealed to Augustus, I have determined to send him. [26] Of whom I have nothing certain to write to my lord. For which cause I have brought him forth before you, and especially before thee, O king Agrippa, that examination being made, I may have what to write. [27] For it seemeth to me unreasonable to send a prisoner, and not to signify the things laid to his charge.

Chapter 26 verses 1-18, 24-32 have been omitted from the Mass readings

[1] Then Agrippa said to Paul: Thou art permitted to speak for thyself. Then Paul stretching forth his hand, began to make his answer. [2] I think myself happy, O king Agrippa, that I am to answer for myself this day before thee, touching all the things whereof I am accused by the Jews. [3] Especially as thou knowest all, both customs and questions that are among the Jews: Wherefore I beseech thee to hear me patiently. [4] And my life indeed from my youth, which was from the beginning among my own nation in Jerusalem, all the Jews do know: [5] Having known me from the beginning (if they will give testimony) that according to the most sure sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee. [6] And now for the hope of the promise that was made by God to the fathers, do I stand subject to judgment: [7] Unto which, our twelve tribes, serving night and day, hope to come. For which hope, O king, I am accused by the Jews. [8] Why should it be thought a thing incredible, that God should raise the dead? [9] And I indeed did formerly think, that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth. [10] Which also I did at Jerusalem, and many of the saints did I shut up in prison, having received authority of the chief priests: and when they were put to death, I brought the sentence. [11] And oftentimes punishing them, in every synagogue, I compelled them to blaspheme: and being yet more mad against them, I persecuted them even unto foreign cities. 

Whereupon when I was going to Damascus with authority and permission of the chief priest, [13] At midday, O king, I saw in the way a light from heaven above the brightness of the sun, shining round about me, and them that were in company with me. [14] And when we were all fallen down on the ground, I heard a voice speaking to me in the Hebrew tongue: Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? It is hard for thee to kick against the goad. [15] And I said: Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord answered: I am Jesus whom thou persecutest. [16] But rise up, and stand upon thy feet: for to this end have I appeared to thee, that I may make thee a minister, and a witness of those things which thou hast seen, and of those things wherein I will appear to thee, [17] Delivering thee from the people, and from the nations, unto which now I send thee: [18] To open their eyes, that they may be converted from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and a lot among the saints, by the faith that is in me.

[24] As he spoke these things, and made his answer, Festus said with a loud voice: Paul, thou art beside thyself: much learning doth make thee mad. [25] And Paul said: I am not mad, most excellent Festus, but I speak words of truth and soberness. [26] For the king knoweth of these things, to whom also I speak with confidence. For I am persuaded that none of these things are hidden from him. For neither was any of these things done in a corner. [27] Believest thou the prophets, O king Agrippa? I know that thou believest. [28] And Agrippa said to Paul: In a little thou persuadest me to become a Christian. [29] And Paul said: I would to God, that both in a little and in much, not only thou, but also all that hear me, this day, should become such as I also am, except these bands. [30] And the king rose up, and the governor, and Bernice, and they that sat with them. [31] And when they were gone aside, they spoke among themselves, saying: This man hath done nothing worthy of death or of bands. [32] And Agrippa said to Festus: This man might have been set at liberty, if he had not appealed to Caesar.

Chapter 27 verses 1-44 have been omitted from the Mass readings

[1] And when it was determined that he should sail into Italy, and that Paul, with the other prisoners, should be delivered to a centurion, named Julius, of the band Augusta, [2] Going on board a ship of Adrumetum, we launched, meaning to sail by the coasts of Asia, Aristarchus, the Macedonian of Thessalonica, continuing with us. [3] And the day following we came to Sidon. And Julius treating Paul courteously, permitted him to go to his friends, and to take care of himself. [4] And when we had launched from thence, we sailed under Cyprus, because the winds were contrary. [5] And sailing over the sea of Cilicia, and Pamphylia, we came to Lystra, which is in Lycia:

[6] And there the centurion finding a ship of Alexandria sailing into Italy, removed us into it. [7] And when for many days we had sailed slowly, and were scarce come over against Gnidus, the wind not suffering us, we sailed near Crete by Salmone: [8] And with much ado sailing by it, we came into a certain place, which is called Good-havens, nigh to which was the city of Thalassa. [9] And when much time was spent, and when sailing now was dangerous, because the fast was now past, Paul comforted them, [10] Saying to them: Ye men, I see that the voyage beginneth to be with injury and much damage, not only of the lading and ship, but also of our lives.

[11] But the centurion believed the pilot and the master of the ship, more than those things which were said by Paul. [12] And whereas it was not a commodious haven to winter in, the greatest part gave counsel to sail thence, if by any means they might reach Phenice to winter there, which is a haven of Crete, looking towards the southwest and northwest. [13] And the south wind gently blowing, thinking that they had obtained their purpose, when they had loosed from Asson, they sailed close by Crete. [14] But not long after, there arose against it a tempestuous wind, called Euroaquilo. [15] And when the ship was caught, and could not bear up against the wind, giving up the ship to the winds, we were driven.

[16] And running under a certain island, that is called Cauda, we had much work to come by the boat. [17] Which being taken up, they used helps, undergirding the ship, and fearing lest they should fall into the quicksands, they let down the sail yard, and so were driven. [18] And we being mightily tossed with the tempest, the next day they lightened the ship. [19] And the third day they cast out with their own hands the tackling of the ship. [20] And when neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small storm lay on us, all hope of our being saved was now taken away.

[21] And after they had fasted a long time, Paul standing forth in the midst of them, said: You should indeed, O ye men, have hearkened unto me, and not have loosed from Crete, and have gained this harm and loss. [22] And now I exhort you to be of good cheer. For there shall be no loss of any man's life among you, but only of the ship. [23] For an angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve, stood by me this night, [24] Saying: Fear not, Paul, thou must be brought before Caesar; and behold, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee. [25] Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer; for I believe God that it shall so be, as it hath been told me.

[26] And we must come unto a certain island. [27] But after the fourteenth night was come, as we were sailing in Adria, about midnight, the shipmen deemed that they discovered some country. [28] Who also sounding, found twenty fathoms; and going on a little further, they found fifteen fathoms. [29] Then fearing lest we should fall upon rough places, they cast four anchors out of the stern, and wished for the day. [30] But as the shipmen sought to fly out of the ship, having let down the boat into the sea, under colour, as though they would have cast anchors out of the forepart of the ship,

[31] Paul said to the centurion, and to the soldiers: Except these stay in the ship, you cannot be saved. [32] Then the soldiers cut off the ropes of the boat, and let her fall off. [33] And when it began to be light, Paul besought them all to take meat, saying: This day is the fourteenth day that you have waited, and continued fasting, taking nothing. [34] Wherefore I pray you to take some meat for your health's sake; for there shall not an hair of the head of any of you perish. [35] And when he had said these things, taking bread, he gave thanks to God in the sight of them all; and when he had broken it, he began to eat.

[36] Then were they all of better cheer, and they also took some meat. [37] And we were in all in the ship, two hundred threescore and sixteen souls. [38] And when they had eaten enough, they lightened the ship, casting the wheat into the sea. [39] And when it was day, they knew not the land; but they discovered a certain creek that had a shore, into which they minded, if they could, to thrust in the ship. [40] And when they had taken up the anchors, they committed themselves to the sea, loosing withal the rudder bands; and hoisting up the mainsail to the wind, they made towards shore.

[41] And when we were fallen into a place where two seas met, they run the ship aground; and the forepart indeed, sticking fast, remained unmoveable: but the hinder part was broken with the violence of the sea. [42] And the soldiers' counsel was, that they should kill the prisoners, lest any of them, swimming out, should escape. [43] But the centurion, willing to save Paul, forbade it to be done; and he commanded that they who could swim, should cast themselves first into the sea, and save themselves, and get to land. [44] And the rest, some they carried on boards, and some on those things that belonged to the ship. And so it came to pass, that every soul got safe to land.

Chapter 28 verses 1-10, 21-29 have been omitted from the Mass readings

[1] And when we had escaped, then we knew that the island was called Melita. But the barbarians shewed us no small courtesy. [2] For kindling a fire, they refreshed us all, because of the present rain, and of the cold. [3] And when Paul had gathered together a bundle of sticks, and had laid them on the fire, a viper coming out of the heat, fastened on his hand. [4] And when the barbarians saw the beast hanging on his hand, they said one to another: Undoubtedly this man is a murderer, who though he hath escaped the sea, yet vengeance doth not suffer him to live. [5] And he indeed shaking off the beast into the fire, suffered no harm. [6] But they supposed that he would begin to swell up, and that he would suddenly fall down and die. But expecting long, and seeing that there came no harm to him, changing their minds, they said, that he was a god. [7] Now in these places were possessions of the chief man of the island, named Publius, who receiving us, for three days entertained us courteously. [8] And it happened that the father of Publius lay sick of a fever, and of a bloody flux. To whom Paul entered in; and when he had prayed, and laid his hands on him, he healed him. [9] Which being done, all that had diseases in the island, came and were healed: [10] Who also honoured us with many honours, and when we were to set sail, they laded us with such things as were necessary.

[21] But they said to him: We neither received letters concerning thee from Judea, neither did any of the brethren that came hither, relate or speak any evil of thee. [22] But we desire to hear of thee what thou thinkest; for as concerning this sect, we know that it is everywhere contradicted.

[23] And when they had appointed him a day, there came very many to him unto his lodgings; to whom he expounded, testifying the kingdom of God, and persuading them concerning Jesus, out of the law of Moses and the prophets, from morning until evening. [24] And some believed the things that were said; but some believed not. [25] And when they agreed not among themselves, they departed, Paul speaking this one word: Well did the Holy Ghost speak to our fathers by Isaias the prophet, [26] Saying: Go to this people, and say to them: With the ear you shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing you shall see, and shall not perceive. [27] For the heart of this people is grown gross, and with their ears have they heard heavily, and their eyes they have shut; lest perhaps they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. [28] Be it known therefore to you, that this salvation of God is sent to the Gentiles, and they will hear it. [29] And when he had said these things, the Jews went out from him, having much reasoning among themselves.