1Now in Antioch there were prophets and teachers in the local congregation, Bar′na‧bas as well as Sym′e‧on who was called Ni′ger, and Lucius of Cy‧re′ne, and Man′a‧en who was educated with Herod the district ruler, and Saul.2As they were publicly ministering to Jehovah and fasting, the holy spirit said: “Of all persons set Bar′na‧bas and Saul apart for me for the work to which I have called them.”3Then they fasted and prayed and laid their hands upon them and let them go.
4Accordingly these men, sent out by the holy spirit, went down to Se‧leu′cia, and from there they sailed away to Cy′prus.5And when they got to be in Sal′a‧mis they began publishing the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews. They had John also as an attendant.
6When they had gone through the whole island as far as Pa′phos, they met up with a certain man, a sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew whose name was Bar‐Je′sus,7and he was with the proconsul Sergius Paulus, an intelligent man. Calling Bar′na‧bas and Saul to him, this man earnestly sought to hear the word of God.8But El′y‧mas the sorcerer (that, in fact, is the way his name is translated) began opposing them, seeking to turn the proconsul away from the faith.9Saul, who is also Paul, becoming filled with holy spirit, looked at him intently10and said: “O man full of every sort of fraud and every sort of villainy, you son of the Devil, you enemy of everything righteous, will you not quit distorting the right ways of Jehovah?11Well, then, look! Jehovah’s hand is upon you, and you will be blind, not seeing the sunlight for a period of time.” Instantly a thick mist and darkness fell upon him, and he went around seeking men to lead him by the hand.12Then the proconsul, upon seeing what had happened, became a believer, as he was astounded at the teaching of Jehovah.
13The men, together with Paul, now put out to sea from Pa′phos and arrived at Perga in Pam‧phyl′i‧a. But John withdrew from them and returned to Jerusalem.14They, however, went on from Perga and came to Antioch in Pi‧sid′i‧a and, going into the synagogue on the sabbath day, they took a seat.15After the public reading of the Law and of the Prophets the presiding officers of the synagogue sent out to them, saying: “Men, brothers, if there is any word of encouragement for the people that YOU have, tell it.”16So Paul rose, and motioning with his hand, he said:
“Men, Israelites and YOU [others] that fear God, hear.17The God of this people Israel chose our forefathers, and he exalted the people during their alien residence in the land of Egypt and brought them out of it with an uplifted arm.18And for a period of about forty years he put up with their manner of action in the wilderness.19After destroying seven nations in the land of Ca′naan, he distributed the land of them by lot:20all that during about four hundred and fifty years.
“And after these things he gave them judges until Samuel the prophet.21But from then on they demanded a king, and God gave them Saul son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, for forty years.22And after removing him, he raised up for them David as king, respecting whom he bore witness and said, ‘I have found David the son of Jes′se, a man agreeable to my heart, who will do all the things I desire.’23From the offspring of this [man] according to his promise God has brought to Israel a savior, Jesus,24after John, in advance of the entry of that One, had preached publicly to all the people of Israel baptism [in symbol] of repentance.25But as John was fulfilling his course, he would say, ‘What do YOU suppose I am? I am not he. But, look! one is coming after me the sandals of whose feet I am not worthy to untie.’
26“Men, brothers, YOU sons of the stock of Abraham and those [others] among YOU who fear God, the word of this salvation has been sent forth to us.27For the inhabitants of Jerusalem and their rulers did not know this One, but, when acting as judges, they fulfilled the things voiced by the Prophets, which things are read aloud every Sabbath,28and, although they found no cause for death, they demanded of Pilate that he be executed.29When, now, they had accomplished all the things written about him, they took him down from the stake and laid him in a memorial tomb.30But God raised him up from the dead;31and for many days he became visible to those who had gone up with him from Gal′i‧lee to Jerusalem, who are now his witnesses to the people.
32“And so we are declaring to YOU the good news about the promise made to the forefathers,33that God has entirely fulfilled it to us their children in that he resurrected Jesus; even as it is written in the second psalm, ‘You are my son, I have become your Father this day.’34And that fact that he resurrected him from the dead destined no more to return to corruption, he has stated in this way, ‘I will give YOU people the loving‐kindnesses to David that are faithful.’35Hence he also says in another psalm, ‘You will not allow your loyal one to see corruption.’36For David, on the one hand, served the express will of God in his own generation and fell asleep [in death] and was laid with his forefathers and did see corruption.37On the other hand, he whom God raised up did not see corruption.
38“Let it therefore be known to YOU, brothers, that through this One a forgiveness of sins is being published to YOU;39and that from all the things from which YOU could not be declared guiltless by means of the law of Moses, everyone who believes is declared guiltless by means of this One.40Therefore see to it that what is said in the Prophets does not come upon YOU,41‘Behold it, YOU scorners, and wonder at it, and vanish away, because I am working a work in YOUR days, a work that YOU will by no means believe even if anyone relates it to YOU in detail.’”
42Now when they were going out, the people began entreating for these matters to be spoken to them on the following sabbath.43So after the synagogue assembly was dissolved, many of the Jews and of the proselytes who worshiped [God] followed Paul and Bar′na‧bas, who in speaking to them began urging them to continue in the undeserved kindness of God.
44The next sabbath nearly all the city gathered together to hear the word of Jehovah.45When the Jews got sight of the crowds, they were filled with jealousy and began blasphemously contradicting the things being spoken by Paul.46And so, talking with boldness, Paul and Bar′na‧bas said: “It was necessary for the word of God to be spoken first to YOU. Since YOU are thrusting it away from YOU and do not judge yourselves worthy of everlasting life, look! we turn to the nations.47In fact, Jehovah has laid commandment upon us in these words, ‘I have appointed you as a light of nations, for you to be a salvation to the extremity of the earth.’”
48When those of the nations heard this, they began to rejoice and to glorify the word of Jehovah, and all those who were rightly disposed for everlasting life became believers.49Furthermore, the word of Jehovah went on being carried throughout the whole country.50But the Jews stirred up the reputable women who worshiped [God] and the principal men of the city, and they raised up a persecution against Paul and Bar′na‧bas and threw them outside their boundaries.51These shook the dust off their feet against them and went to I‧co′ni‧um.52And the disciples continued to be filled with joy and holy spirit.