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Acts 13:14–14:23

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:

41 Behold, 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. 50 But the Jews stirred up the devout and prominent women and the chief men of the city, lraised up persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them from their region. 51 mBut they shook off the dust from their feet against them, and came to Iconium. 52 And the disciples nwere filled with joy and owith the Holy Spirit.

At Iconium

14 Now it happened in Iconium that they went together to the synagogue of the Jews, and so spoke that a great multitude both of the Jews and of the aGreeks believed. But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles and 1poisoned their 2minds against the brethren. Therefore they stayed there a long time, speaking boldly in the Lord, bwho was bearing witness to the word of His grace, granting signs and cwonders to be done by their hands.

But the multitude of the city was ddivided: part sided with the Jews, and part with the eapostles. And when a violent attempt was made by both the Gentiles and Jews, with their rulers, fto abuse and stone them, they became aware of it and gfled to Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia, and to the surrounding region. And they were preaching the gospel there.

Idolatry at Lystra

hAnd in Lystra a certain man without strength in his feet was sitting, a cripple from his mother’s womb, who had never walked. This man heard Paul speaking. 3Paul, observing him intently and seeing that he had faith to be healed, 10 said with a loud voice, i“Stand up straight on your feet!” And he leaped and walked. 11 Now when the people saw what Paul had done, they raised their voices, saying in the Lycaonian language, j“The gods have come down to us in the likeness of men!” 12 And Barnabas they called 4Zeus, and Paul, 5Hermes, because he was the chief speaker. 13 Then the priest of Zeus, whose temple was in front of their city, brought oxen and garlands to the gates, kintending to sacrifice with the multitudes.

14 But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard this, lthey tore their clothes and ran in among the multitude, crying out 15 and saying, “Men, mwhy are you doing these things? nWe also are men with the same nature as you, and preach to you that you should turn from othese useless things pto the living God, qwho made the heaven, the earth, the sea, and all things that are in them, 16 rwho in bygone generations allowed all nations to walk in their own ways. 17 sNevertheless He did not leave Himself without witness, in that He did good, tgave us rain from heaven and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with ufood and gladness.” 18 And with these sayings they could scarcely restrain the multitudes from sacrificing to them.

Stoning, Escape to Derbe

19 vThen Jews from Antioch and Iconium came there; and having persuaded the multitudes, wthey stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing him to be xdead. 20 However, when the disciples gathered around him, he rose up and went into the city. And the next day he departed with Barnabas to Derbe.

Strengthening the Converts

21 And when they had preached the gospel to that city yand made many disciples, they returned to Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch, 22 strengthening the souls of the disciples, zexhorting them to continue in the faith, and saying, a“We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God.” 23 So when they had bappointed elders in every church, and prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord in whom they had believed.

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