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Acts 13:1-52

13  And at Antioch, in the church that they had there, there were prophets and teachers, Barnabas and Symeon known as Niger and Lucius the Cyrenean, and Manahen a foster-brother of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. 2  And while they were holding divine services and fasting, the Holy Spirit said “Set Barnabas and Saul apart for the work I have called them to.” 3  Then they fasted and prayed and laid their hands on them and sent them off. 4  So, with the Holy Spirit setting them on their way, they came down to Seleucia and sailed from there to Cyprus; 5  and when they got to Salamis they announced the word of God in the Jews’ synagogues. And they also had John as their attendant. 6  And when they had come through the island clear to Paphos, they found a certain Jew magician and pretended prophet whose name was Bar-Jesu, 7  who was with the proconsul Sergius Paulus, a man of sense. The latter sent for Barnabas and Saul and requested to hear the word of God; 8*  but Elymas the conjuror (for this is the translation of his name) opposed them, trying to twist the proconsul away from the faith. 9  But Saul, also named Paul, filled with Holy Spirit, fixed his eyes on him 10  and said “O you man full of all trickery and unscrupulousness, son of the Devil, enemy of all honesty, will you never stop twisting the Lord’s straight paths? 11  now, lo, the Lord’s hand is on you, and you shall be blind, not seeing the sun, for a time.” And immediately a mist and darkness fell upon him, and he went around looking for anybody to lead him by the hand. 12  Then the proconsul, seeing what had taken place, believed, being astonished over the teaching of the Lord. 13  And, sailing from Paphos, Paul and his company came to Perga in Pamphylia. And John parted company with them and returned to Jerusalem; 14  but they, going through from Perga, arrived at the Pisidian Antioch, and went to the synagogue on the sabbath day and took seats. 15  And after the reading of the Law and the Prophets the directors of the synagogue sent word to them “Brethren, if you have in you any words of exhortation to the people, speak.” 16  And Paul stood up and beckoned for attention, and said “Men of Israel and you who fear God, listen. 17*  The God of this people Israel chose our fathers, and raised the people high during its immigrant life in Egypt, and brought them out of it with a high arm, and, 18**  when for a term of forty years he had borne with them in the wilderness, 19  demolished seven nations in Canaan and allotted their land to his people. 20*  And for about four hundred and fifty years he gave judges down to Samuel the prophet. 21  And next they asked for a king; and God gave them Saul the son of Kish, a man out of the tribe of Benjamin, for forty years, 22  and, removing him, raised up David for their king, the same to whom he testified in the words ‘I have found David the son of Jesse, a man to my mind, who will do all my will.’ 23  “From this man’s progeny, in accordance with promise, God has brought to Israel a Savior, Jesus, 24  when in advance of his advent John had proclaimed baptism for repentance to all the people of Israel. 25  And as John was rounding out his career he said ‘What do you suppose I am? I am not the one, but here is coming after me he whose shoes I am not worthy to take off.’ 26  “Brethren, sons of Abraham’s line and those of you who fear God, it is to us the words of this salvation are sent out. 27**  For the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and its rulers, being ignorant of this and of the utterances of the prophets which are read every sabbath, fulfilled these in the judgment they passed, 28  and, not having found any grounds for putting him to death, asked Pilate that be might be executed. 29  And when they had accomplished everything that was written about him they took him down from the tree and laid him in a tomb. 30*  But God raised him from the dead: 31  he appeared during a good many days to those who had gone up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are now his witnesses to the people. 32  “And we are bringing you word of the promise made to the fathers, 33**  that God has fulfilled this to us their children in raising Jesus, as it is written in the first psalm ‘My son art thou, I myself have today given you birth.’ 34  And because he raised him up from the dead, never again to return to decay, he has said thus: ‘I will give you David’s faithful godly meed’— 35*  because he also says in another psalm ‘Thou wilt not give thy godly one to see decay.’ 36  For David, after having in his generation served God’s will, went to rest and joined his fathers and saw decay; 37  but he whom God raised did not see decay. 38  “So be it known to you, brethren, that through him pardon of sins is announced to you, 39  and in him everyone who believes is justified from everything that you could not be justified from in Moses’s law. 40  So look out that what is said in the prophets does not come upon you, 41  ‘See, you despisers, and wonder, and fade away; for I am doing a deed in your days, a deed that you will not believe if one recounts it to you.’” 42  And as they were going out they requested that they might have these words spoken to them for the ensuing sabbath; 43  and when the meeting broke up many of the Jews and of the religious-minded proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas, who spoke to them prompting them to keep in touch with God’s grace. 44*  And on the following sabbath well-nigh all the city met to hear the word of the Lord. 45  But the Jews, seeing the crowds, were seized with jealousy and contradicted with blasphemies what Paul was saying. 46  And Paul and Barnabas spoke out squarely and said “It was necessary that the word of God must be spoken first to you; since you rebuff it and vote yourselves not worthy of the eternal life, here we turn to the foreign nations; 47  for so the Lord has commanded us, ‘I have set you for a light of nations, to have you be a salvation out to the remotest part of the earth.’” 48  And the foreigners were glad to hear it and glorified the word of God, and as many as were candidates for eternal life believed; 49  and the word of the Lord was broadcasted throughout the region. 50  But the Jews egged on the respectable religious women and the leading men of the city and stirred up a persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and they put them out of their territory. 51  But they shook out the dust from their feet against them and came to Iconium; 52  and the converts were filled with joy and Holy Spirit.


13:8 Var. Etemas and other forms
13:17 Var. of this people chose
13:18 Var. and for a term of about forty years he bore with them in the wilderness, and, demolishing seven nations in Canaan, allotted
13:18 Var. he fostered them in the wilderness
13:20 Var. to his people about four hundred and fifty years. And after that he gave judges
13:27 Var. its rulers
13:27 Var. rulers, not understanding the utterances of the prophets which are read every sabbath, fulfilled them and passed judgment without having found any grounds for putting him to death, and asked
13:30 Var. raised him: he appeared
13:33 Var. to our children Var. to their children
13:33 Var. the second psalm
13:35 Lit. in another ‘Thou
13:44 Var. word of God