Acts 131 Now there were in the church at Antioch, several prophets and teachers; Barnabas, and Simon called Niger, and Lucius who was from the city Cyrene, and Menaen, a son of the guardians of Herod the Tetrarch, and Saul. 2 And while they were fasting and making supplication to God, the Holy Spirit said to them: Separate to me Saul and Barnabas, for the work to which I have called them. 3 And after they had fasted and prayed, they laid the hand on them, and sent them away. 4 And they, being sent forth by the Holy Spirit, went down to Seleucia, and from there they went by sea as far as Cyprus. 5 And when they entered the city of Salamis, they announced the word of our Lord in the synagogues of the Jews. And John ministered to them. 6 And when they had travelled over the whole island as far as the city Paphos, they found a certain man, a sorcerer, a Jew, who was a false prophet, and whose name was Bar-Suma. 7 He adhered to a wise man, who was the proconsul, and was called Sergius Paulus. And the proconsul sent for Saul and Barnabas, and requested to hear from them the word of God. 8 And this sorcerer, Bar-Suma, (whose name is interpreted, Elymas,) withstood them; because he wished to divert the proconsul from the faith. 9 And Saul who is called Paul, was filled with the Holy Spirit; and he looked upon him, 10 and said: O thou full of all subtilties, and all mischiefs, thou child of the calumniator, and enemy of all righteousness; wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord? 11 And now, the hand of the Lord is upon thee, and thou shalt be blind, and shalt not see the sun for a time. And immediately there fell upon him a mist and darkness; and he went about, inquiring who would take him by the hand. 12 And when the proconsul saw what occurred, he was astonished; and he believed the doctrine of the Lord. 13 And Paul and Barnabas went by sea, from the city of Paphos, and came to Perga, a city of Pamphylia. And John separated from them, and went away to Jerusalem. 14 And they departed from Perga, and came to Antioch, a city of Pisidia: and they entered the synagogue, on the sabbath day, and sat down. 15 And after the law had been read, and the prophets, the Elders of the synagogue sent to them, and said: Men, brethren, if ye have a word of exhortation, address the people. 16 And Paul arose, and waved his hand, and said: Men, sons of Israel, and ye that fear God, hear ye. 17 The God of this people chose our fathers, and raised them up, and multiplied them, when they resided in the land of Egypt; and, with a high arm, he brought them out of it. 18 And he fed them in the wilderness forty years. 19 And he extirpated seven nations in the land of Canaan, and gave them their land for an inheritance. 20 And for four hundred and fifty years he gave them judges, until Samuel the prophet. 21 And then they asked for themselves a king: and God gave them Saul the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, during forty years. 22 And he removed him, and raised up to them David as king: and he testified of him, and said: I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after my heart: he will do all my pleasure. 23 From the seed of this man, hath God raised up to Israel, as he promised, Jesus a deliverer. 24 And, before his advent, he sent John to proclaim the baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel. 25 And while John was fulfilling his ministry, he said: Who, suppose ye, that I am? I am not he. But lo, he cometh after me; of whom I am not worthy to untie his shoe-strings. 26 Men, brethren, children of the stock of Abraham, and all who, with you, fear God, to you is this word of life sent. 27 For, those inhabitants of Jerusalem and their chiefs, did not apprehend it; neither did they apprehend also the writings of the prophets, which are read every sabbath; but they condemned him, and fulfilled all the things written. 28 And while they found no ground for his death, they desired of Pilate that they might kill him. 29 And when they had fulfilled all that was written concerning him, they took him down from the cross, and laid him in a sepulchre. 30 But God raised him from the dead. 31 And he was seen many days, by them who came up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem; and they are now his witnesses to the people. 32 And lo, we also announce to you, that the promise, which was made to our fathers, 33 lo, God hath fulfilled it to us their children, in that he raised up Jesus; as it is written in the second psalm: Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. 34 And God hath so raised him from the dead, that he will not return again and see corruption; as he said: I will give to you the sure grace of David. 35 And again he said, in another place: Thou hast not given thy devout one to see corruption. 36 For David, in his generation, served the pleasure of God, and went to rest, and was added to his fathers, and saw corruption. 37 But this person, whom God raised up, did not see corruption. 38 Know therefore, brethren, that through this man remission of sins is proclaimed to you. 39 And every one that believeth in this man, is made just from all things, from which ye could not be made just by the law of Moses. 40 Beware, therefore, lest that come upon you, which is written in the prophets: 41 Behold, ye despisers, and wonder, and perish; for I work a work in your days, which ye will not believe, though a man relate it to you. 42 And when they had gone from them, they besought them to speak the same things to them the next sabbath day. 43 And when the synagogue was dismissed, many Jews went after them, and likewise proselytes who feared God. And they conversed with them, and persuaded them to adhere to the grace of God. 44 And the next sabbath, the whole city assembled to hear the word of God. 45 And when the Jews saw the great assembly, they were filled with envy, and set them selves against the words which Paul spoke, and blasphemed. 46 And Paul and Barnabas said openly: To you first, ought the word of God to be spoken; but because ye repel it from you, and decide, against yourselves, that ye are not worthy of life eternal, lo, we turn ourselves to the Gentiles. 47 For so hath our Lord commanded us; as it is written: I have set thee a light to the Gentiles; that thou shouldst be for life unto the ends of the earth. 48 And when the Gentiles heard this, they rejoiced and glorified God. And those believed, who were appointed to life eternal. 49 And the word of the Lord was talked of in all that region. 50 But the Jews stirred up the chiefs of the city, and the opulent women who with them feared God, and set up a persecution against Paul and against Barnabas, and expelled them from their borders. 51 And when they went out, they shook off the dust of their feet against them, and went to the city of Iconium. 52 And the disciples were filled with joy, and with the Holy Spirit.
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