Acts 13

Preparing for the Mission Field

1 In the church that was at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius the Cyrenian, Manaen, a close friend of
Herod/Herodians: The name of the Idumean family ruling Palestine from 37 b.c. to a.d. 95; the main rulers from this family mentioned in the NT are: Herod Antipas(4 b.c.-a.d. 39) son of Herod the Great; ruled one-fourth of his father's kingdom (Galilee and Perea); killed John the Baptist and mocked Jesus; Herod I (37 b.c.-4 b.c.) also known as Herod the Great; built the great temple in Jerusalem and massacred the male babies in Bethlehem; Herod Agrippa I (A.D. 3744) The grandson of Herod the Great; he beheaded James the apostle and imprisoned Peter; Herod Agrippa II (A.D. 52ca 95) The great-grandson of Herod the Great; he heard Paul's defense. Herodians were political supporters of Herod the Great and his family
Herod the tetrarch, b and Saul.

2As they were ministering to
Or were worshiping
the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work I have called them to.” d
3 Then after they had fasted, prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them off. e

The Mission to Cyprus

4 Being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they came down to Seleucia, and from there they sailed to Cyprus. 5 Arriving in Salamis, they proclaimed God’s message in the Jewish
synagogue(s): A place where the Jewish people met for prayer, worship and teaching of the Scriptures
synagogues. They also had John as their assistant. g
6When they had gone through the whole island as far as Paphos, they came across a sorcerer, a Jewish false prophet named Bar-Jesus. h 7 He was with the
proconsul: The chief Roman government official in a senatorial province who presided over Roman court hearings
proconsul, Sergius Paulus, an intelligent man. This man summoned Barnabas and Saul and desired to hear God’s message. j
8 But Elymas the sorcerer (this is the meaning of his name) opposed k them and tried to turn the proconsul away from the faith. l

9 Then Saul – also called Paul – filled with the Holy Spirit, stared straight at the sorcerer 10and said, “You son of the Devil, m full of all deceit and all fraud, enemy of all righteousness! Won’t you ever stop perverting the straight paths n of the Lord? 11 Now, look! The Lord’s hand is against you. o You are going to be blind, and will not see the sun for a time.” Suddenly a mist and darkness fell on him, and he went around seeking someone to lead him by the hand.

12 Then the proconsul, seeing what happened, believed and was astonished at the teaching about the Lord. p

Paul’s Sermon in Antioch of Pisidia

13 Paul and his companions set sail from Paphos and came to Perga in Pamphylia. John, however, left them and went back to Jerusalem. q 14 They continued their journey from Perga and reached Antioch in Pisidia. On the Sabbath day they went into the synagogue and sat down. r 15 After the reading of the Law and the Prophets, the leaders of the synagogue sent word to them, saying, “Brothers, if you have any message of encouragement for the people, you can speak.” s

16 Then Paul stood up and motioned with his hand and said: “Men of Israel, and you who fear God, listen! t 17 The God of this people Israel chose our ancestors, exalted the people during their stay in the land of Egypt, and led them out of it with a mighty
Lit with an uplifted
arm. v
18 And for about 40 years He put up with them
Other mss read He cared for them
in the wilderness; x
19 then after destroying seven nations in the land of Canaan, y He gave their land to them as an inheritance. 20This all took about 450 years. After this, He gave them judges until Samuel the prophet. z 21 Then they asked for a king, so God gave them Saul the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, for 40 years. aa 22After removing him, ab He raised up David as their king and testified about him: ‘I have found David the son of Jesse, a man loyal to Me, ac , ad who will carry out all My will.’

23 “From this man’s descendants, according to the promise, God brought the Savior, Jesus,
Other mss read brought salvation
to Israel. af
24 Before He came to public attention,
Lit Before the face of His entrance
John had previously proclaimed a baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel. ah
25 Then as John was completing his life’s work, he said, ‘Who do you think I am? I am not the One. But look! Someone is coming after me, and I am not worthy to untie the sandals on His feet.’ ai

26 “Brothers, sons of Abraham’s race, and those among you who fear God, the message of this salvation has been sent to us. aj 27 For the residents of Jerusalem and their rulers, since they did not recognize Him or the voices of the prophets that are read every Sabbath, have fulfilled their words
Lit fulfilled them
by condemning Him. al
28Though they found no grounds for the death penalty, they asked
Pilate: Pontius Pilate was governor of the province of Judea a.d. 26-36.
Pilate to have Him killed. an
29 When they had fulfilled all that had been written about Him, they took Him down from the tree and put Him in a tomb. ao 30 But God raised Him from the dead, ap 31and He appeared for many days to those who came with Him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are now His witnesses to the people. aq 32 And we ourselves proclaim to you the good news of the promise that was made to our ancestors. ar 33 God has fulfilled this for us, their children, by raising up Jesus, as it is written in the second Psalm:

You are My Son;
today I have become Your Father.
Or I have begotten You
at , au

34 Since He raised Him from the dead, never to return to decay, He has spoken in this way, I will grant you the faithful covenant blessings
Lit faithful holy things
made to David.
aw , ax
35 Therefore He also says in another passage, You will not allow Your Holy One to see decay. ay , az 36 For David, after serving his own generation in God’s plan, fell
asleep: A term used in reference to those who have died
asleep, bb was buried with his fathers, and decayed. bc
37 But the One God raised up did not decay. 38 Therefore, let it be known to you, brothers, that through this man forgiveness of sins is being proclaimed to you, bd 39 and everyone who believes in Him is
justification/justify/justified: The act of God as judge that declares sinners (who were in the wrong) to be right or righteous in His sight. God is just in doing this because Jesus died on the cross to take away their sins and to give them His own righteousness (2Co 5:21). The sinner receives this justification by faith and by grace when he trusts Christ's work.
justified from everything that you could not be justified from through the law of Moses. bf
40 So beware that what is said in the prophets does not happen to you:

41 Look, you scoffers,
marvel and vanish away,
because I am doing a work in your days,
a work that you will never believe,
even if someone were to explain it to you.” bg , bh

Paul and Barnabas in Antioch

42 As they
Paul and Barnabas
were leaving, the people
Other mss read they were leaving the synagogue of the Jews, the Gentiles
begged that these matters be presented to them the following Sabbath.
43After the synagogue had been dismissed, many of the Jews and devout
proselyte: A person from another race or religion who went through a prescribed ritual to become a Jew
proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas, who were speaking with them and persuading them to continue in the grace of God. bl

44 The following Sabbath almost the whole town assembled to hear the message of the Lord.
Other mss read of God
45 But when the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy and began to oppose what Paul was saying by insulting him. bn

46 Then Paul and Barnabas boldly said: “It was necessary that God’s message be spoken to you first. But since you reject it and consider yourselves unworthy of eternal life, we now turn to the Gentiles! bo 47 For this is what the Lord has commanded us:

I have made you
a light for the Gentiles
to bring salvation
to the ends
Lit the end
of the earth.”
bq , br

48When the Gentiles heard this, they rejoiced and glorified the message of the Lord, and all who had been appointed to eternal life believed. 49 So the message of the Lord spread through the whole region. 50 But the Jews incited the prominent women, who worshiped God, and the leading men of the city. They stirred up persecution against Paul and Barnabas and expelled them from their district. bs 51 But they shook the dust off their feet bt against them bu and went to Iconium. 52 And the disciples were filled with joy and the Holy Spirit. bv
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