About this Bible Study........The King James Version of
the Bible is written in a beautiful form of the English language. It can be hard
for modern English readers to understand. In this study, you will find
notes and summaries in brown just above the the verses from the Bible. We
recommend that you read the notes and summaries first, and then read the verses
in their KJV form.
Timeline of the Bible
God creates the world. --- God destroys the world with the flood,
but saves Noah and his family.---
God chooses Abraham and his
descendants to His people. ---Abraham's grandson, Jacob, has 12 sons
who lead the 12 tribes of Israel.--- The Israelites become slaves in
Egypt.--- God helps the Israelites escape and leads them to Canaan.
---The Israelites fight in wars and take control of Canaan.---Judges
lead the Israelites, but the Israelites want to have kings instead
of judges. --- David is Israel's greatest king. --- Israel divides
into 2 parts: Israel and Judah.--- The people of Israel and Judah
continue to sin and worship false gods.--- God allows the Assyrians
and the Babylonians to take the Israelites out of Israel and
Judah.--- The Israelites (Jews) live in Babylonia and then Persia. --- When Persia defeats the
Babylonians, the Jews go back to Judah.--- The Jews build God's
Temple in Jerusalem again.---
Greece defeats Persia, and the Greeks control Judah (also now called
Israel).--- The Jews become independent for 100 years.-- The Romans
take control of Israel.--- Jesus is born. At age 30, Jesus begins
his ministry. ---Jesus is crucified and then is resurrected.
This book of the Bible happens between theses times
Roman named Saul is converted to Christianity and becomes Paul.---
Christianity spreads. --- ◄
Paul write letters to Christians in other
places. In the year, 70 A.D., God's Temple in Jerusalem is destroyed
The Book of Acts
Acts tells the story of the early Christian
church and how Christianity spread to other parts of the world. It covers the
first years of the Christian church. Most people who study the Bible feel
that Jesus' disciple, Luke, was the author of Acts. They feel that the Book of Luke
and the Book of Acts were meant to be together. They also feel that Luke may
have planned to write a third book.
The 2 important people in the Book of Acts are
Peter and Paul. Some important events that happen in Acts are the coming
of the Holy Spirit, the persecution of Christians, the conversion of Saul (Paul),
and the spread of Christianity to other parts of the world.
Acts 16 - 18
Paul meets Timothy.
Paul goes to Macedonia instead of Asia.
Paul goes to Greece and speaks to the leaders in Athens.
Paul travels to many cities in Greece.
Paul meets Timothy.
Paul went to Derbe and Lystra. There was
a disciple there named Timotheus (Timothy). His mother was Jewish, and she had
become a Christian. His father was Greek.
 Then came he to Derbe and Lystra: and, behold, a
certain disciple was there, named Timotheus, the son of a certain woman, which
was a Jewess, and believed; but his father was a Greek:
The Christians in Lystra and Iconium said
good things about Timothy. Paul decided to take Timothy with him. But first,
Paul had Timothy circumcised. He did that because all of the Jews knew that
Timothy's father was Greek (his mother was Jewish so he needed to be
 Which was well reported of by the brethren that were at
Lystra and Iconium.
 Him would Paul have to go forth with him; and took and circumcised him
because of the Jews which were in those quarters: for they knew all that his
father was a Greek.
They traveled through the cities. They told the
Christians the rules that the apostles in Jerusalem had given (You
should not eat meat that was offered to idols. You should not eat meat with
blood in it or meat from animals that were strangled. You should not have
sexual relations outside of marriage.)
 And as they went through the cities, they delivered them the decrees for to
keep, that were ordained of the apostles and elders which were at Jerusalem.
The churches became stronger in faith. Every day, more and more people joined
 And so were the churches established in the faith, and increased in number
Paul goes to Macedonia instead of Asia.
They went through the areas of
Phrygia and Galatia. But the Holy Spirit did not let them preach in Asia.
 Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of Galatia, and
were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia,
They went to Mysia and planned to go into Bithynia. But
the Holy Spirit did not let them.
 After they were come to Mysia, they assayed to go into Bithynia: but the
Spirit suffered them not.
After they passed Mysia, they went to Troas.
 And they passing by Mysia came down to Troas.
Paul had a dream at night. A man from Macedonia was
standing there. He asked Paul to come to Macedonia to help them.
 And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; There stood a man of Macedonia,
and prayed him, saying, Come over into Macedonia, and help us.
After he saw the vision, they immediately left to go to
Macedonia. God had called them to preach there.
 And after he had seen the vision, immediately we endeavored to go into
Macedonia, assuredly gathering that the Lord had called us for to preach the
gospel unto them.
After they left Troas, they went straight to
Samothracia. The next day, they went to Neapolis.
 Therefore loosing from Troas, we came with a straight course to Samothracia,
and the next day to Neapolis;
Then, they went to Philippi. It is the main city of
that part of Macedonia. It was a Roman colony. They stayed in that city
for some days.
 And from thence to Philippi, which is the chief city of that part of
Macedonia, and a colony: and we were in that city abiding certain days.
A woman named Lydia.
On the sabbath, they went out of the city to the side of the river. They went to
an area where people were praying. They sat down and talked to the women who
 And on the sabbath we went out of the city by a river side, where prayer
was wont to be made; and we sat down, and spake unto the women which resorted
One of the woman was named Lydia. She sold purple cloth. She was from the
city of Thyatira. She worshipped God, and she believed what Paul and Silas said
 And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of
Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she
attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul.
She was baptized, and the people in her household were
baptized. She asked Paul and Silas to come and stay at her house if they felt
she was faithful to the Lord. So they did.
 And when she was baptized, and her household, she besought us, saying, If
ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide
there. And she constrained us.
Paul heals a woman of an evil spirit, then he goes to jail.
One day, they were going to prayer.
They met a young woman. She was able to tell the future because she had a spirit
in her. She was a slave, and her masters made money from her telling the future.
 And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with
a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by
The woman followed Paul and Silas. She said, "These men
are the servants of the most high God. They show us the way to be saved."
 The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the
servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation.
She did this for many days. Paul got upset, and he
turned and talked to the spirit in the girl. He said, "I command you to come out
of her in the name of Jesus Christ." And then the spirit came out of her.
 And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the
spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he
came out the same hour.
The woman's masters were mad because they couldn't make
any more money with her now. They caught Paul and Silas and took them to the
 And when her masters saw that the hope of their gains was gone, they caught
Paul and Silas, and drew them into the marketplace unto the rulers,
They told the city officials that Paul and Silas were
Jews, and they were causing trouble in the city. They said that they were
teaching things that were against the law for Romans.
 And brought them to the magistrates, saying, These men, being Jews, do
exceedingly trouble our city,
 And teach customs, which are not lawful for us to receive, neither to
observe, being Romans.
The crowd was against Paul and Silas. They
leaders had their clothes ripped off and ordered them to be whipped. After
they were whipped many times, they threw them into jail. The man in charge
of them in jail put them in an inner part of the jail. He used chains on
their feet to keep them in large blocks of wood.
 And the multitude rose up together against them: and the magistrates rent
off their clothes, and commanded to beat them.
 And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison,
charging the jailor to keep them safely:
 Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and
made their feet fast in the stocks.
At midnight, Paul and Silas were
praying and singing praises to God. The other prisoners heard them. Suddenly,
there was a big earthquake. The jail shook down to the foundation. The jail
doors opened, and the prisoners' chains came loose.
 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the
prisoners heard them.
 And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the
prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one's
bands were loosed.
The man in charge of the jail woke up and saw the jail
doors open. He thought that the prisoners had escaped, and he took his sword out
to kill himself.
 And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the
prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself,
supposing that the prisoners had been fled.
But Paul yelled out to him and told him not to hurt
himself because they were all still there.
 But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are
The jailer got a light and hurried into the jail. He
was afraid and shaking, and he fell down in front of Paul and Silas. He asked
them what he should do to be saved.
 Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell
down before Paul and Silas,
 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?
They told him to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and he and his family would be
 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved,
and thy house.
Paul and Silas talked to him and his family about
Jesus. The jailer took them and washed off their backs where they got whipped.
Then the jailer and his whole family were baptized immediately.
 And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his
 And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and
was baptized, he and all his, straightway.
The jailer took Paul and Silas to his house and gave
them something to eat. He and his family rejoiced and worshipped God.
 And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and
rejoiced, believing in God with all his house.
The next day, the city leaders decided to let them out
of jail. They told the guards to go let them out.
 And when it was day, the magistrates sent the serjeants, saying, Let those
The jailer told Paul that the city officials decided to
let them go. He told them to leave in peace.
 And the keeper of the prison told this saying to Paul, The magistrates have
sent to let you go: now therefore depart, and go in peace.
But Paul was a Roman citizen. He said that he should
have had a trial. They had put him into jail without a trial. Now they want to
put them out quietly. Paul said no, that the city officials should come and
let them out themselves.
 But Paul said unto them, They have beaten us openly uncondemned, being
Romans, and have cast us into prison; and now do they thrust us out privily? nay
verily; but let them come themselves and fetch us out.
The guards told the city leaders what Paul said. Then
the leaders were afraid because Paul was a Roman. So they went to the jail
themselves and let them out. They wanted them to leave the city.
 And the serjeants told these words unto the magistrates: and they feared,
when they heard that they were Romans.
 And they came and besought them, and brought them out, and desired them to
depart out of the city.
After they got out of jail, they went back to Lydia's
house. After they met with the Christians, they left the city.
 And they went out of the prison, and entered into the house of Lydia and
when they had seen the brethren, they comforted them, and departed.
Paul goes to Thessalonica.
Paul and Silas passed through Amphipolis and
Apollonia. Then they arrived in the city of Thessalonica. There was a
Jewish synagogue in this city.
 Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to
Thessalonica, where was a synagogue of the Jews:
As before, Paul went into the synagogue. For 3
sabbath days, he told them about Jesus. He used the scriptures that said the
Messiah would come and suffer and then rise from the dead. He told them
that Jesus was the Messiah.
 And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days
reasoned with them out of the scriptures,
 Opening and alleging, that Christ must needs have suffered, and risen again
from the dead; and that this Jesus, whom I preach unto you, is Christ.
Some of the Jews believed Paul and joined him and
Silas. Many of the Greeks believed him, and many of the women leaders
 And some of them believed, and consorted with Paul and Silas; and of the
devout Greeks a great multitude, and of the chief women not a few.
The Jews that did not believe him were jealous.
They got some bad men to start a riot so that they could hurt Paul and Silas.
Paul and Silas were staying at the house of a man named Jason. The Jews went to
Jason's house to bring them out, but they were not there. So, they caught Jason
and some of the Christian brothers and took them to the city leaders. They told
the leaders about Paul and Silas saying Jesus was the king. They said that Jason
was letting them stay with him. They said it was all against Caesar.
 But the Jews which believed not, moved with envy, took unto them certain
lewd fellows of the baser sort, and gathered a company, and set all the city on
an uproar, and assaulted the house of Jason, and sought to bring them out to the
 And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain brethren unto the
rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned the world upside down are
come hither also;
 Whom Jason hath received: and these all do contrary to the decrees of
Caesar, saying that there is another king, one Jesus.
The city leaders and other people in the city were
upset about this. They made Jason and the others pay money, then they let them
 And they troubled the people and the rulers of the city, when they heard
 And when they had taken security of Jason, and of the other, they let them
Paul goes to Berea, then Athens.
The Christians sent Paul and Silas to Berea during the
night. They went to the synagogue to talk to the Jews. The Jews in Berea
listened to the words Paul and Silas said. Then they checked the
scriptures to see if they were right.
 And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea:
who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews.
 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the
word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether
those things were so.
Many of the Jews in Berea believed in Jesus and also
many honorable Greek men and women believed.
 Therefore many of them believed; also of honourable women which were
Greeks, and of men, not a few.
When the Jews in Thessalonica found out that Paul
was preaching the word of God in Berea, they went there. They stirred up
trouble with the people. The people immediately sent Paul away to the sea coast.
Silas and Timothy stayed in Berea.
 But when the Jews of Thessalonica had knowledge that the word of God was
preached of Paul at Berea, they came thither also, and stirred up the people.
 And then immediately the brethren sent away Paul to go as it were to the
sea: but Silas and Timotheus abode there still.
Some of the men from Berea went with Paul until he
got to Athens. Then they went back to Berea and took with a message for Silas
and Timothy. The message was for them to hurry and come to Athens with
 And they that conducted Paul brought him unto Athens: and receiving a
commandment unto Silas and Timotheus for to come to him with all speed, they
Paul waited for Silas and Timothy in
Athens. While he waited, he got upset because the city had so many idols.
 Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was stirred in him,
when he saw the city wholly given to idolatry.
He talked about this with the Jews in the synagogue
and the people who were with them. He talked about this with people he met in the
 Therefore disputed he in the synagogue with the Jews, and with the devout
persons, and in the market daily with them that met with him.
Some of the Greek philosophers who were Epicureans and Stoics saw him. Paul was
preaching about Jesus and His resurrection. Some of the Greek philosophers called
Paul a babbler. Others said he seemed to be talking about strange gods.
 Then certain philosophers of the Epicureans, and of the Stoicks,
encountered him. And some said, What will this babbler say? other some, He
seemeth to be a setter forth of strange gods: because he preached unto them
Jesus, and the resurrection.
Areopagus is another name for Mars Hill. It is a marble hill that is
close to the Acropolis in Athens. It was a place that the
Greeks used for court and trials. This is where Paul gave his speech
about the "Unknown God".
Paul speaks to city leaders at Mars Hill.
They took Paul to Areopagus (also called
Mars Hill). They asked him what he had been talking about. They had never heard
of it before. They wanted to know what it meant.
 And they took him, and brought him unto Areopagus, saying, May we know what
this new doctrine, whereof thou speakest, is?
 For thou bringest certain strange things to our ears: we would know
therefore what these things mean.
People from Athens and people who visited there enjoyed
hearing about new things.
 (For all the Athenians and strangers which were there spent their time in
nothing else, but either to tell, or to hear some new thing.)
Paul stood up in the middle of Mars Hill. He said
that he could see that the men of Athens worshipped the Greek gods. Paul
said he saw one altar that said, "To the Unknown God." Since the people of
Athens do not know who that is, he will tell them.
 Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars' hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I
perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious.
 For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this
inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him
declare I unto you.
God made the world and everything in the world. He is the Lord of heaven
and earth. He doesn't live in temples made with human hands.
 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of
heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;
He gave life and breath to all things. He does not need
any help from man.
 Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing,
seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;
All men came from Adam, the one man that God made.
God decided which parts of the earth each man will live in.
 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face
of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of
God is not far from any of us. God wants everyone
to seek after Him. In God, we live and are alive. The Greeks' own poets have
said that we are His children.
 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and
find him, though he be not far from every one of us:
 For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your
own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.
Since we are God's children, we should not think of the
Godhead (God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit) like gold, silver, or stone
statues made by men.
 Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that
the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's
In the past, men were ignorant about this. God forgave
them then. But now He commands all men to repent and stop worshiping statues.
 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men
every where to repent:
God has planned a day when He will fairly judge the
world through Jesus Christ. He has shown this by raising Jesus from the
 Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in
righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance
unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.
When the people in the audience heard Paul talk
about Jesus being raised from the dead, some of them made fun of it. Other
people said they would hear more about it later.
 And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked: and
others said, We will hear thee again of this matter.
Then Paul left Mars Hill. But some men believed him and
went with him. These men were Dionysius and some other men. There was also
a woman named Damaris. Dionysius was an Aeropagite (one of the city
 So Paul departed from among them.
 Howbeit certain men clave unto him, and believed: among the which was
Dionysius the Areopagite, and a woman named Damaris, and others with them.
Paul meets Aquila and Priscilla in the city of Corinth.
Paul left Athens and went to the city of Corinth.
 After these things Paul departed from Athens, and came to Corinth;
|Claudius was the
emperor of the Roman Empire from they years A.D. 41 to 54. He
forced all of the Jews to leave Rome.
He met a couple named Aquila and Priscilla. They
were Jewish. Aquila was born in the area named Pontus. They had just come
from Rome after Emperor Claudius commanded all of the Jews to leave.
 And found a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, lately come from
Italy, with his wife Priscilla; (because that Claudius had commanded all Jews to
depart from Rome:) and came unto them.
Aquila and Priscilla did the same kind of work that
Paul did. They all made tents. He stayed with them and worked with them.
 And because he was of the same craft, he abode with them, and wrought: for
by their occupation they were tentmakers.
Every sabbath, he spoke at the synagogue and tried to
persuade the Jews and Greeks to believe in Jesus Christ.
 And he reasoned in the synagogue every sabbath, and persuaded the Jews and
Silas and Timothy came from Macedonia. After they
arrived, Paul worked harder to testify to the Jews that Jesus was Christ.
But the Jews were against him. They spoke against him. Paul shook
his clothes to show that he was shaking off the dust of them. He said
their deaths will be their own faults. He told them that from then on, he
would preach to the Gentiles.
 And when Silas and Timotheus were come from Macedonia, Paul was pressed in
the spirit, and testified to the Jews that Jesus was Christ.
 And when they opposed themselves, and blasphemed, he shook his raiment, and
said unto them, Your blood be upon your own heads; I am clean: from henceforth I
will go unto the Gentiles.
He left and went to the house of a man named
Justus. Justus worshipped God. His house was next to the synagogue.
 And he departed thence, and entered into a certain man's house, named
Justus, one that worshipped God, whose house joined hard to the synagogue.
The leader of the synagogue was named Crispus. He
believed in Jesus and all of his family did, too. Many other people in
Corinth believed in Jesus and were baptized.
 And Crispus, the chief ruler of the synagogue, believed on the Lord with all
his house; and many of the Corinthians hearing believed, and were baptized.
God spoke to Paul in a dream. He told Paul not to be
afraid. Paul should not stop talking. God said He is with him and no one will
hurt him. God said He has many people in the city of Corinth.
 Then spake the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision, Be not afraid, but
speak, and hold not thy peace:
 For I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee: for I have
much people in this city.
Paul stayed in Corinth a year and 6 months. He taught
God's word to the people in the city.
 And he continued there a year and six months, teaching the word of God
The city of Corinth was in the area named Achaia. When
Gallio was the leader of Achaia, the Jews fought against Paul. They brought him
to court for judgment. They accused Paul of persuading men to worship God
against the law.
 And when Gallio was the deputy of Achaia, the Jews made insurrection with
one accord against Paul, and brought him to the judgment seat,
 Saying, This fellow persuadeth men to worship God contrary to the law.
Paul was getting ready to speak. But Gallio said
that since the Jews were accusing him of breaking the Jewish laws, they should
handle it. He would not judge Paul.
 And when Paul was now about to open his mouth, Gallio said unto the Jews,
If it were a matter of wrong or wicked lewdness, O ye Jews, reason would that I
should bear with you:
 But if it be a question of words and names, and of your law, look ye to it;
for I will be no judge of such matters.
Gallio sent them away from his court. The Greeks
beat up Sosthenes, the leader of the Jewish synagogue. They beat him up in
front of Gallio's court, but Gallio didn't care.
 And he drave them from the judgment seat.
 Then all the Greeks took Sosthenes, the chief ruler of the synagogue, and
beat him before the judgment seat. And Gallio cared for none of those things.
Paul stayed there in Corinth for a long time. He
made a promise to God, so he shaved his head. Then he left and sailed to Syria.
Priscilla and Aquila went with him.
 And Paul after this tarried there yet a good while, and then took his leave
of the brethren, and sailed thence into Syria, and with him Priscilla and
Aquila; having shorn his head in Cenchrea: for he had a vow.
Paul leaves Corinth.
They arrived in Ephesus. Paul went to the synagogue and
tried to persuade the Jews to believe in Jesus. They wanted him to stay
there, but he said no. He told them he planned to go to Jerusalem for the feast.
He said he must leave, but he would return if it was God's will. Paul
sailed away from Ephesus, but Aquila and Priscilla stayed there.
 And he came to Ephesus, and left them there: but he himself entered into
the synagogue, and reasoned with the Jews.
 When they desired him to tarry longer time with them, he consented not;
 But bade them farewell, saying, I must by all means keep this feast that
cometh in Jerusalem: but I will return again unto you, if God will. And he
sailed from Ephesus.
Paul landed at Caesarea. He visited the church there,
then he went to Antioch. He stayed there a while, then he left. He
went all over the country of Galatia and Phrygia to encourage and support the
Christians in those places.
 And when he had landed at Caesarea, and gone up, and saluted the church, he
went down to Antioch.
 And after he had spent some time there, he departed, and went over all the
country of Galatia and Phrygia in order, strengthening all the disciples.
Apollos preaches to the Jews.
There was a Jew named Apollos. He was born in
Alexandria. He could speak well, and he knew a lot about the scriptures.
He came to Ephesus.
 And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, and
mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus.
Apollos knew a lot about the Lord. He was enthusiastic
and taught about the Lord. But, he only knew about John's baptism.
 This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the
spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the
baptism of John.
He talked boldly in the synagogue. Aquila and Priscilla
heard him. They talked to him and explained about Jesus.
 And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and
Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of
God more perfectly.
Apollos decided to travel to the area of Achaia. The Christians wrote to the
disciples in Achaia. They asked them to welcome him when he arrived.
After he was there, he helped the other Christians a lot.
 And when he was disposed to pass into Achaia, the brethren wrote, exhorting
the disciples to receive him: who, when he was come, helped them much which had
believed through grace:
Apollos was strong in using the
scriptures to show Jewish people that Jesus was Christ the Messiah.
 For he mightily convinced the Jews, and that publickly, shewing by the
scriptures that Jesus was Christ.