Acts 13

First Missionary Journey

Now 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. While 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.” Then, when they had fasted and k prayed and l laid their hands on them, m they sent them away.

So, being n sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia and from there they sailed to o Cyprus. When 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. When 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, who 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. But Elymas the u magician (for so his name is translated) was opposing them, seeking to turn the v proconsul away from w the faith. But Saul, who was also known as Paul
Or having just been filled
,
y filled with the Holy Spirit, fixed his gaze on him,
10 and 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? 11 Now, 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. 12 Then the ac proconsul believed when he saw what had happened, being amazed at ad the teaching of the Lord.

13 Now 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. 14 But 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. 15 After 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.” 16 Paul stood up, and ap motioning with his hand said,

Men of Israel, and aq you who fear God, listen:
17 The 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. 20 After these things He bb gave them judges until bc Samuel the prophet. 21 Then 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. 22 After 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, 24 after bl John had proclaimed before
Lit the face of His entering
His coming a bn baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel.
25 And 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.’

26 Brethren, sons of Abraham’s family, and those among you who fear God, to us the message of bq this salvation has been sent. 27 For 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.
28 And though they found no ground for putting Him to death, they bw asked Pilate that He be
Lit destroyed
executed.
29 When 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.
30 But God cd raised Him from the dead; 31 and 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, 33 that 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.’
34 As 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.’
35 Therefore 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;
37 but He whom God cx raised did not
Lit see corruption
undergo decay.
38 Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that cz through
Lit this One
Him forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you,
39 and
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.
40 Therefore take heed, so that the thing spoken of dh in the Prophets may not come upon you: 41 di  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.’”

42 As
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.
43 Now 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

44 The next dr Sabbath nearly the whole city assembled to hear the word of
One early ms reads God
the Lord.
45 But 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.
46 Paul 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. 47 For 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.’”

48 When 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.
49 And ed the word of the Lord was being spread through the whole region. 50 But 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.
51 But ej they shook off the dust of their feet in protest against them and went to ek Iconium. 52 And the disciples were continually el filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.
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