Acts 131Now there were some men from the congregation that was in Antioch, prophets and teachers, including Barnabas, and Simeon called Niger, and Lucius the Cyrenian, and Manaen reared with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. 2And while they were serving the Lord, and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, Separate to me now Barnabas and Saul for the work that I have called them. 3Then, having fasted and prayed and laid hands on them, they sent them away. 4Indeed therefore these men, having been sent forth by the Holy Spirit, went down to Seleucia, and from there they sailed for Cyprus. 5And after becoming in Salamis, they proclaimed the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews, and they also had John for a helper. 6And after going through the island as far as Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a Jewish false prophet, whose name was Bar-jesus, 7who was with the proconsul, Sergius Paulus, an intelligent man. This man, having summoned Barnabas and Saul, sought to hear the word of God. 8But Elymas the sorcerer (for so his name is translated) opposed them, seeking to deviate the proconsul from the faith. 9But Saul (the man is also Paul) having been filled with the Holy Spirit, and having gazed on him, 10said, O man full of all deceit and all recklessness, thou son of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, will thou not cease distorting the straight ways of the Lord? 11And now, behold, a hand of the Lord is upon thee, and thou will be blind, not seeing the sun until a time. And immediately there fell on him gloom and darkness, and going around he sought hand-guides. 12Then the proconsul, who saw that which happened, believed, being astonished at the doctrine of the Lord. 13Now those around Paul, having launched from Paphos, they came to Perga in Pamphylia. But John, having departed from them, returned to Jerusalem. 14And they, having passed through from Perga, arrived at Antioch of Pisidia, and after entering into the synagogue on the sabbath day, they sat down. 15And after the reading of the law and the prophets the synagogue rulers sent to them, saying, Men, brothers, if there is among you a word of exhortation for the people, speak. 16And Paul having stood up, and having motioned with the hand, he said, Men! Israelites and those who fear God, listen. 17The God of this people Israel chose our fathers, and raised up the people during the sojourn in the land of Egypt. And with a lofty arm he brought them out of it. 18And for about a forty-year time he was patient with them in the wilderness. 19And having destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan, he allotted their land to them. 20And after these things he gave them judges about four hundred and fifty years until Samuel the prophet. 21And afterward they asked for a king, and God gave them Saul the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, for forty years. 22And having removed him, he raised up David for a king to them, also about whom he said, when he testified, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man according to my heart, who will do all my purposes. 23From this man's seed according to promise, God brought salvation to Israel, 24John having earlier proclaimed, before his coming presence, the immersion of repentance to Israel. 25And as John was fulfilling his course, he said, Whom do ye suppose me to be? I am not, but behold, he comes after me of whom I am not worthy to loose the shoes of his feet. 26Men, brothers, sons of the race of Abraham, and those among you who fear God, to you the word of this salvation was sent. 27For those who dwell in Jerusalem, and their rulers, not having known this and the voices of the prophets being read at every sabbath, they fulfilled, having condemned him. 28And not having found one cause of death in him, they asked for Pilate to kill him. 29And when they completed all the things written about him, having taken him down from the tree, they laid him in a tomb. 30But God raised him from the dead, 31who was seen for more days by those who came up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are witnesses of him to the people. 32And we proclaim good news to you: the promise to the fathers, which happened because God has fulfilled this to us their children, having raised up Jesus, 33as also it is written in the second psalm, Thou are my Son, today I have begotten thee. 34And because he raised him from the dead, no longer going to return to decay, he has spoken this way: I will give to you the faithful holy things of David. 35Therefore also he says in another, Thou will not give thy Holy Man to see decay. 36For indeed David, who served his own generation in the plan of God, became asleep, and was added near his fathers, and saw decay. 37But he whom God raised up saw no decay. 38Be it known to you therefore, men, brothers, that through this man remission of sins is proclaimed to you. 39And from all things of which ye could not be make righteous by the law of Moses, in this man every man who believes is made righteous. 40Watch therefore, lest that which is spoken in the prophets should come upon you: 41Behold, ye scoffers, and wonder, and perish, because I work a work in your days, which ye would, no, not believe, if some man should fully narrate it to you. 42And as they went out from the synagogue of the Jews, the Gentiles urged that these sayings be spoken to them the next sabbath. 43Now after the synagogue was dismissed, many of the Jews and of the devout proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas, who, while conversing, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God. 44And on the coming sabbath almost all the city was assembled to hear the word of God. 45But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled of envy, and contradicted the things spoken by Paul, contradicting and slandering. 46But having spoken boldly, Paul and Barnabas said, It was necessary for the word of God to be spoken first to you, but since ye thrust it away, and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles. 47For so the Lord has commanded us: I have placed thee for a light of Gentiles, for thee to be for salvation as far as the extremity of the earth. 48And hearing this, the Gentiles were glad and glorified the word of the Lord. And as many as were appointed for eternal life believed. 49And the word of the Lord was spread abroad through the whole region. 50But the Jews incited the religious women, and the prominent women, and the principle men of the city, and raised up a persecution against Paul and Barnabas. And they threw them out of their boundaries. 51But after shaking off the dust of their feet against them, they came to Iconium. 52And the disciples were filled with joy and the Holy Spirit.
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