Acts 13

First Missionary Journey

1Now there were at a  Antioch, in the b  church that was there c  prophets and d  teachers: e  Barnabas, and Simeon who was called Niger, and Lucius of f  Cyrene, and Manaen who had been brought up with g  Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. 2While they were ministering to the Lord and fasting h  the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for Me i  Barnabas and Saul for j  the work to which I have called them.” 3Then, when they had fasted and k  prayed and l  laid their hands on them, m  they sent them away.

4So, being n  sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia and from there they sailed to o  Cyprus. 5When they reached Salamis, they began to proclaim the word of God in p  the synagogues of the Jews; and they also had q  John as their helper. 6When they had gone through the whole island as far as Paphos, they found a r  magician, a Jewish s  false prophet whose name was Bar-Jesus, 7who was with the t  proconsul, Sergius Paulus, a man of intelligence. This man summoned Barnabas and Saul and sought to hear the word of God. 8But Elymas the u  magician (for so his name is translated) was opposing them, seeking to turn the v  proconsul away from w  the faith. 9But Saul, who was also known as Paul
Or having just been filled
,
y  filled with the Holy Spirit, fixed his gaze on him,
10and said, “You who are full of all deceit and fraud, you z  son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease to make crooked aa  the straight ways of the Lord? 11Now, behold, ab  the hand of the Lord is upon you, and you will be blind and not see the sun for a time.” And immediately a mist and a darkness fell upon him, and he went about seeking those who would lead him by the hand. 12Then the ac  proconsul believed when he saw what had happened, being amazed at ad  the teaching of the Lord.

13Now Paul and his companions put out to sea from ae  Paphos and came to af  Perga in ag  Pamphylia; but ah  John left them and returned to Jerusalem. 14But going on from Perga, they arrived at ai  Pisidian aj  Antioch, and on ak  the Sabbath day they went into al  the synagogue and sat down. 15After am  the reading of the Law and an  the Prophets ao  the synagogue officials sent to them, saying, “Brethren, if you have any word of exhortation for the people, say it.” 16Paul stood up, and ap  motioning with his hand said,

Men of Israel, and aq  you who fear God, listen:
17The God of this people Israel ar  chose our fathers and
Or exalted
,
at  made the people great during their stay in the land of Egypt, and with an uplifted arm au  He led them out from it.
18“For av  a period of about forty years aw  He put up with them in the wilderness. 19 ax  When He had destroyed ay  seven nations in the land of Canaan, He az  distributed their land as an inheritanceall of which took ba  about four hundred and fifty years. 20After these things He bb  gave them judges until bc  Samuel the prophet. 21Then they bd  asked for a king, and God gave them be  Saul the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, for forty years. 22After He had bf  removed him, He raised up David to be their king, concerning whom He also testified and said, ‘ bg  I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My heart, who will do all My
Lit wishes
will.’
23 bi  From the descendants of this man bj  according to promise, God has brought to Israel bk  a Savior, Jesus, 24after bl  John had proclaimed before
Lit the face of His entering
His coming a bn  baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel.
25And while John bo  was completing his course, bp  he kept saying, ‘What do you suppose that I am? I am not He. But behold, one is coming after me the sandals of whose feet I am not worthy to untie.’

26Brethren, sons of Abraham’s family, and those among you who fear God, to us the message of bq  this salvation has been sent. 27For those who live in Jerusalem, and their br  rulers, bs  recognizing neither Him nor the
Lit voices
utterances of bu  the prophets which are bv  read every Sabbath, fulfilled these by condemning Him.
28And though they found no ground for putting Him to death, they bw  asked Pilate that He be
Lit destroyed
executed.
29When they had by  carried out all that was written concerning Him, bz  they took Him down from ca  the
Lit wood
cross and cc  laid Him in a tomb.
30But God cd  raised Him from the dead; 31and for many days ce  He appeared to those who came up with Him from Galilee to Jerusalem, the very ones who are now cf  His witnesses to the people. 32“And we cg  preach to you the good news of ch  the promise made to the fathers, 33that God has fulfilled this promise
Late mss read to us their children
to our children in that He cj  raised up Jesus, as it is also written in the second Psalm, ‘ ck  You are My Son; today i have begotten You.’
34As for the fact that He cl  raised Him up from the dead, no longer to return to decay, He has spoken in this way: ‘ cm  I will give you the holy and
Lit trustworthy
sure blessings of David.’
35Therefore He also says in another Psalm, ‘ co  You will not
Lit give
allow Your
Or Devout or Pious
Holy One to
Lit see corruption
undergo decay.’
36“For cs  David, after he had
Or served his own generation by the purpose of God
served cu  the purpose of God in his own generation, cv  fell asleep, and was laid among his fathers and
Lit saw corruption
underwent decay;
37but He whom God cx  raised did not
Lit see corruption
undergo decay.
38Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that cz  through
Lit this One
Him forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you,
39and
Lit in or by
through Him dc  everyone who believes is
Lit justified
freed
Lit by
from all things, from which you could not be
Lit justified
freed
Lit by
through the Law of Moses.
40Therefore take heed, so that the thing spoken of dh  in the Prophets may not come upon you: 41di  Behold, you scoffers, and marvel, and
Lit disappear
perish;
For I am accomplishing a work in your days,
A work which you will never believe, though someone should describe it to you.’”

42As
Lit they
Paul and Barnabas were going out, the people kept begging that these
Lit words
things might be spoken to them the next dm  Sabbath.
43Now when the meeting of the synagogue had broken up, many of the Jews and of the dn  God-fearing
I.e. Gentile converts to Judaism
,
dp  proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas, who, speaking to them, were urging them to continue in dq  the grace of God.

Paul Turns to the Gentiles

44The next dr  Sabbath nearly the whole city assembled to hear the word of
One early ms reads God
the Lord.
45But when dt  the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy and began contradicting the things spoken by Paul, and were
Or slandering him
blaspheming.
46Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly and said, “It was necessary that the word of God be spoken to you dv  first; since you repudiate it and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, behold dw  we are turning to the Gentiles. 47For so the Lord has commanded us, dx  I have placed You as a dy  light for the Gentiles,
That You may
Lit be for salvation
bring salvation to the end of the earth.’”

48When the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying ea  the word of
Two early mss read God
the Lord; and as many as ec  had been appointed to eternal life believed.
49And ed  the word of the Lord was being spread through the whole region. 50But ee  the Jews incited the
Or worshiping
,
eg  devout women eh  of prominence and the leading men of the city, and instigated a persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and drove them out of their
Lit boundaries
district.
51But ej  they shook off the dust of their feet in protest against them and went to ek  Iconium. 52And the disciples were continually el  filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.
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