Acts 13:1–25

Now in the church at Antiocht there were prophetsu and teachers:v Barnabas,w Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene,x Manaen (who had been brought up with Herody the tetrarch) and Saul. While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said,z “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the worka to which I have called them.”b So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on themc and sent them off.d

On Cyprus

The two of them, sent on their way by the Holy Spirit,e went down to Seleucia and sailed from there to Cyprus.f When they arrived at Salamis, they proclaimed the word of Godg in the Jewish synagogues.h Johni was with them as their helper.

They traveled through the whole island until they came to Paphos. There they met a Jewish sorcererj and false prophetk named Bar-Jesus, who was an attendant of the proconsul,l Sergius Paulus. The proconsul, an intelligent man, sent for Barnabas and Saul because he wanted to hear the word of God. But Elymas the sorcererm (for that is what his name means) opposed them and tried to turn the proconsuln from the faith.o Then Saul, who was also called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit,p looked straight at Elymas and said, 10 “You are a child of the devilq and an enemy of everything that is right! You are full of all kinds of deceit and trickery. Will you never stop perverting the right ways of the Lord?r 11 Now the hand of the Lord is against you.s You are going to be blind for a time, not even able to see the light of the sun.”t

Immediately mist and darkness came over him, and he groped about, seeking someone to lead him by the hand. 12 When the proconsulu saw what had happened, he believed, for he was amazed at the teaching about the Lord.

In Pisidian Antioch

13 From Paphos,v Paul and his companions sailed to Perga in Pamphylia,w where Johnx left them to return to Jerusalem. 14 From Perga they went on to Pisidian Antioch.y On the Sabbathz they entered the synagoguea and sat down. 15 After the reading from the Lawb and the Prophets, the leaders of the synagogue sent word to them, saying, “Brothers, if you have a word of exhortation for the people, please speak.”

16 Standing up, Paul motioned with his handc and said: “Fellow Israelites and you Gentiles who worship God, listen to me! 17 The God of the people of Israel chose our ancestors; he made the people prosper during their stay in Egypt; with mighty power he led them out of that country;d 18 for about forty years he endured their conducta e in the wilderness;f 19 and he overthrew seven nations in Canaan,g giving their land to his peopleh as their inheritance.i 20 All this took about 450 years.

“After this, God gave them judgesj until the time of Samuel the prophet.k 21 Then the people asked for a king,l and he gave them Saulm son of Kish, of the tribe of Benjamin,n who ruled forty years. 22 After removing Saul,o he made David their king.p God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart;q he will do everything I want him to do.’r

23 “From this man’s descendantss God has brought to Israel the Saviort Jesus,u as he promised.v 24 Before the coming of Jesus, John preached repentance and baptism to all the people of Israel.w 25 As John was completing his work,x he said: ‘Who do you suppose I am? I am not the one you are looking for.y But there is one coming after me whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.’z

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