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Acts Chapter 13

1Now there were some prophets and teachers here and there in the church which existed in Antioch: Barnabas, and Simeon surnamed Niger, and Lucius the Cyrenian, and Manaen of common upbringing with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. 2And as they were performing service to the Lord and fasting, the holy spirit said, “Set Barnabas and Saul completely apart for me for the work which I have called them to do.” 3Then, after fasting and praying, they laid their hands on them and dismissed them. 4So these men were sent out by the holy spirit and went down to Seleucia, and from there they sailed away to Cyprus. 5And when they arrived in Salamis, they proclaimed the word of God in the Jews' synagogues. They also had John as an assistant. 6When they had crossed the island as far as Paphos, they found a certain magician, a Jewish false prophet, who had the name Barjesus, 7who was with the proconsul Sergius Paulus, an intelligent man. He called for Barnabas and Saul, and was very keen to hear the word of God. 8But Elymas the magician – for that is his name when translated – opposed them, attempting to divert the proconsul from the faith. 9Then Saul, who is also known as Paul, filled with holy spirit, looked intently at him, 10and said, “You who are full of all deceit and all fraud, son of the devil, hostile to all righteousness, will you not cease from perverting the straight ways of the Lord? 11And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is against you, and you will be blind, not seeing the sun for a time.” And immediately a mist and darkness fell on him and he went about seeking guides. 12Then having seen what had taken place, the proconsul believed, and was astonished at the teaching of the Lord. 13Then Paul and his company put out to sea from Paphos and went to Perga in Pamphylia. But John took leave of them and returned to Jerusalem. 14And they crossed from Perga and arrived in Antioch of Pisidia, and went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day and sat down. 15And after the reading of the law and the prophets, the leaders of the synagogue sent assistants to them, who said, “Men and brothers, if any of you have a word of encouragement to the people, speak up.” 16Then Paul got up and signalled with his hand and said, “Men and Israelites, and you who fear God, listen. 17The God of this people chose our fathers, and exalted the people during their stay in the land of Egypt, and with a high arm he brought them out of it. 18And for about a forty year period he put up with their ways in the desert. 19And he destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan, and gave their land to them as an inheritance. 20And for about four hundred and fifty years after that he gave them judges, until Samuel the prophet. 21Then after that they asked for a king, and God gave them Saul the son of Kish, a man from the tribe of Benjamin, for forty years. 22Then he removed him and raised up David to them as king, to whom he also gave witness and said, ‘I have found David the son of Jesse to be a man after my heart who will carry out all my will.’ 23From the seed of this man God brought salvation to Israel according to his promise, 24John having proclaimed in advance of his coming the baptism of repentance to Israel. 25And as John was completing his course, he said, ‘Who do you think I am? I am not the one. But look, after me is coming one the shoes of whose feet I am not worthy to loosen.’ 26Men and brothers, sons of the stock of Abraham, and those among you who fear God, to you the word of this salvation has been sent. 27For those who live in Jerusalem and their rulers did not know this man, yet they fulfilled the voices of the prophets – which are read every Sabbath – when they judged him. 28And despite not finding any grounds for a death penalty, they asked Pilate for him to be executed. 29And when they had finished doing everything that stood written about him, they took him down from the wood and put him in a tomb. 30But God raised him from the dead, 31and he was seen for many days by those who went up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are witnesses of him to the people. 32And we preach to you the promise to the fathers which has taken place – that God has completely fulfilled it to their children – us – in raising up Jesus, 33as it also stands written in the second psalm,

‘You are my son;

Today I have begotten you.’

34And in that he raised him from the dead, no longer destined to return to decay, he has spoken as follows:

‘I will give you the faithful sacred things of David.’

35On account of this he also says in another place,

‘You will not permit your holy one to see decay.’

36For David, having served his own generation by the will of God, fell asleep and was added to his fathers and saw decay, 37but he whom God raised up did not see decay. 38So let it be known to you, men and brothers, that through this man, forgiveness of sins is declared to you, 39and that through this man everyone who believes is justified from all the things from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses. 40So see to it that what has been spoken by the prophets does not come upon you.

41‘Behold, you haughty ones,

And be amazed and vanish,

For I am carrying out a work in your days

Which you certainly would not believe

Even if someone declared it to you.’ ”

42And when the Jews had gone out of the synagogue, the Gentiles pleaded with them for the words to be spoken to them on the intervening Sabbath. 43And when the synagogue gathering had broken up, many of the Jews and the devout proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas, who addressed them and persuaded them to continue in the grace of God. 44And on the next Sabbath, almost all the city gathered to hear the word of God. 45And when the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy, and spoke against the things being spoken by Paul, contradicting and blaspheming. 46But speaking out boldly, Paul and Barnabas said, “It was necessary for the word of God to be spoken to you first. But since you discard it and do not judge yourselves worthy of age-abiding life, look, we are turning to the Gentiles. 47For this is what the Lord has commanded us:

‘I have appointed you as a light to the Gentiles,

For you to be for salvation

As far as the end of the earth.’ ”

48And the Gentiles, hearing this, rejoiced and glorified the word of the Lord, and those who were appointed to age-abiding life believed. 49And the word of the Lord was spread about through the whole of the region. 50But the Jews incited the devout women and those of high standing and the leading men of the city, and stirred up a persecution against Paul and Barnabas and threw them out of their territories. 51But they shook off the dust from their feet against them and went to Iconium. 52And the disciples were filled with joy and holy spirit.

Reference(s) in Chapter 13: v.22 ↔ Psalm 89:21MT (Psalm 89:20AV), Ruth 4:17, 1 Samuel 13:14 ● v.33 ↔ Psalm 2:7 ● v.34 ↔ Isaiah 55:3 ● v.35 ↔ Psalm 16:10 ● v.41 ↔ Habakkuk 1:5 ● v.47 ↔ Isaiah 49:6.

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