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Acts 13:1–49

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13 Now ain the church that was at Antioch there were certain prophets and teachers: bBarnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, cLucius of Cyrene, Manaen who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, d“Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work eto which I have called them.” Then, fhaving fasted and prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them away.

Preaching in Cyprus

So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia, and from there they sailed to gCyprus. And when they arrived in Salamis, hthey preached the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews. They also had iJohn as their assistant.

Now when they had gone through 1the island to Paphos, they found ja certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew whose name was Bar-Jesus, who was with the proconsul, Sergius Paulus, an intelligent man. This man called for Barnabas and Saul and sought to hear the word of God. But kElymas the sorcerer (for so his name is translated) 2withstood them, seeking to turn the proconsul away from the faith. Then Saul, who also is called Paul, lfilled with the Holy Spirit, looked intently at him 10 and said, “O full of all deceit and all fraud, myou son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease perverting the straight ways of the Lord? 11 And now, indeed, nthe hand of the Lord is upon you, and you shall be blind, not seeing the sun for a time.”

And immediately a dark mist fell on him, and he went around seeking someone to lead him by the hand. 12 Then the proconsul believed, when he saw what had been done, being astonished at the teaching of the Lord.

At Antioch in Pisidia

13 Now when Paul and his party set sail from Paphos, they came to Perga in Pamphylia; and oJohn, departing from them, returned to Jerusalem. 14 But when they departed from Perga, they came to Antioch in Pisidia, and pwent into the synagogue on the Sabbath day and sat down. 15 And qafter the reading of the Law and the Prophets, the rulers of the synagogue sent to them, saying, “Men and brethren, if you have rany word of 3exhortation for the people, say on.”

16 Then Paul stood up, and motioning with his hand said, “Men of Israel, and syou who fear God, listen: 17 The God of this people 4Israel tchose our fathers, and exalted the people uwhen they dwelt as strangers in the land of Egypt, and with 5an uplifted arm He vbrought them out of it. 18 Now wfor a time of about forty years He put up with their ways in the wilderness. 19 And when He had destroyed xseven nations in the land of Canaan, yHe distributed their land to them by allotment.

20 “After that zHe gave them judges for about four hundred and fifty years, auntil Samuel the prophet. 21 bAnd afterward they asked for a king; so God gave them cSaul the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, for forty years. 22 And dwhen He had removed him, eHe raised up for them David as king, to whom also He gave testimony and said, f‘I have found David the son of Jesse, ga man after My own heart, who will do all My will. 23 hFrom this man’s seed, according ito the promise, God raised up for Israel ja 6Savior—Jesus—24 kafter John had first preached, before His coming, the baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel. 25 And as John was finishing his course, he said, l‘Who do you think I am? I am not He. But behold, mthere comes One after me, the sandals of whose feet I am not worthy to loose.’

26 “Men and brethren, sons of the 7family of Abraham, and nthose among you who fear God, oto you the 8word of this salvation has been sent. 27 For those who dwell in Jerusalem, and their rulers, pbecause they did not know Him, nor even the voices of the Prophets which are read every Sabbath, have fulfilled them in condemning Him. 28 qAnd though they found no cause for death in Him, they asked Pilate that He should be put to death. 29 rNow when they had fulfilled all that was written concerning Him, sthey took Him down from the tree and laid Him in a tomb. 30 tBut God raised Him from the dead. 31 uHe was seen for many days by those who came up with Him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are His witnesses to the people. 32 And we declare to you glad tidings—vthat promise which was made to the fathers. 33 God has fulfilled this for us their children, in that He has raised up Jesus. As it is also written in the second Psalm:

w‘You are My Son,

Today I have begotten You.’

34 And that He raised Him from the dead, no more to return to 9corruption, He has spoken thus:

x‘I will give you the sure 1mercies of David.’

35 Therefore He also says in another Psalm:

y‘You will not allow Your Holy One to see corruption.’

36 “For David, after he had served 2his own generation by the will of God, zfell asleep, was buried with his fathers, and 3saw corruption; 37 but He whom God raised up 4saw no corruption. 38 Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that athrough this Man is preached to you the forgiveness of sins; 39 and bby Him everyone who believes is justified from all things from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses. 40 Beware therefore, lest what has been spoken in the prophets come upon you:

41Behold, cyou despisers,

Marvel and perish!

For I work a work in your days,

A work which you will by no means believe,

Though one were to declare it to you.’ ”

Blessing and Conflict at Antioch

42 5So when the Jews went out of the synagogue, the Gentiles begged that these words might be preached to them the next Sabbath. 43 Now when the congregation had broken up, many of the Jews and devout proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas, who, speaking to them, dpersuaded them to continue in ethe grace of God.

44 On the next Sabbath almost the whole city came together to hear the word of God. 45 But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy; and contradicting and blaspheming, they fopposed the things spoken by Paul. 46 Then Paul and Barnabas grew bold and said, g“It was necessary that the word of God should be spoken to you first; but hsince you reject it, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, behold, iwe turn to the Gentiles. 47 For so the Lord has commanded us:

j‘I have set you as a light to the Gentiles,

That you should be for salvation to the ends of the earth.’ ”

48 Now when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and glorified the word of the Lord. kAnd as many as had been appointed to eternal life believed.

49 And the word of the Lord was being spread throughout all the region.

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