Bible: Acts 13:14-52
“Men of Israel, 15 and you Gentiles who fear God, 16 listen: 13:17 The God of this people Israel 17 chose our ancestors 18 and made the people great 19 during their stay as foreigners 20 in the country 21 of Egypt, and with uplifted arm 22 he led them out of it. 13:18 For 23 a period of about forty years he put up with 24 them in the wilderness. 25 13:19 After 26 he had destroyed 27 seven nations 28 in the land of Canaan, he gave his people their land as an inheritance. 29 13:20 All this took 30 about four hundred fifty years. After this 31 he gave them judges until the time of 32 Samuel the prophet. 13:21 Then they asked for a king, and God gave them Saul son of Kish, a man from the tribe of Benjamin, who ruled 33 forty years. 13:22 After removing him, God 34 raised up 35 David their king. He testified about him: 36 ‘I have found David 37 the son of Jesse to be a man after my heart, 38 who will accomplish everything I want him to do.’ 39 13:23 From the descendants 40 of this man 41 God brought to Israel a Savior, Jesus, just as he promised. 42 13:24 Before 43 Jesus 44 arrived, John 45 had proclaimed a baptism for repentance 46 to all the people of Israel. 13:25 But while John was completing his mission, 47 he said repeatedly, 48 ‘What do you think I am? I am not he. But look, one is coming after me. I am not worthy to untie the sandals on his feet!’ 49 13:26 Brothers, 50 descendants 51 of Abraham’s family, 52 and those Gentiles among you who fear God, 53 the message 54 of this salvation has been sent to us. 13:27 For the people who live in Jerusalem and their rulers did not recognize 55 him, 56 and they fulfilled the sayings 57 of the prophets that are read every Sabbath by condemning 58 him. 59 13:28 Though 60 they found 61 no basis 62 for a death sentence, 63 they asked Pilate to have him executed. 13:29 When they had accomplished 64 everything that was written 65 about him, they took him down 66 from the cross 67 and placed him 68 in a tomb. 13:30 But God raised 69 him from the dead, 13:31 and 70 for many days he appeared to those who had accompanied 71 him from Galilee to Jerusalem. These 72 are now his witnesses to the people. 13:32 And we proclaim to you the good news about the promise to our ancestors, 73 13:33 that this promise 74 God has fulfilled to us, their children, by raising 75 Jesus, as also it is written in the second psalm, ‘You are my Son; 76 today I have fathered you.’ 77 13:34 But regarding the fact that he has raised Jesus 78 from the dead, never 79 again to be 80 in a state of decay, God 81 has spoken in this way: ‘I will give you 82 the holy and trustworthy promises 83 made to David.’ 84 13:35 Therefore he also says in another psalm, 85 ‘You will not permit your Holy One 86 to experience 87 decay.’ 88 13:36 For David, after he had served 89 God’s purpose in his own generation, died, 90 was buried with his ancestors, 91 and experienced 92 decay, 13:37 but the one 93 whom God raised up did not experience 94 decay. 13:38 Therefore let it be known to you, brothers, that through this one 95 forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, 13:39 and by this one 96 everyone who believes is justified 97 from everything from which the law of Moses could not justify 98 you. 99 13:40 Watch out, 100 then, that what is spoken about by 101 the prophets does not happen to you:
13:41 ‘Look, you scoffers; be amazed and perish! 102
For I am doing a work in your days,
a work you would never believe, even if someone tells you.’” 103
13:42 As Paul and Barnabas 104 were going out, 105 the people 106 were urging 107 them to speak about these things 108 on the next Sabbath. 13:43 When the meeting of the synagogue 109 had broken up, 110 many of the Jews and God-fearing proselytes 111 followed Paul and Barnabas, who were speaking with them and were persuading 112 them 113 to continue 114 in the grace of God.
13:44 On the next Sabbath almost the whole city assembled together to hear the word of the Lord. 115 13:45 But when the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy, 116 and they began to contradict 117 what Paul was saying 118 by reviling him. 119 13:46 Both Paul and Barnabas replied courageously, 120 “It was necessary to speak the word of God 121 to you first. Since you reject it and do not consider yourselves worthy 122 of eternal life, we 123 are turning to the Gentiles. 124 13:47 For this 125 is what the Lord has commanded us: ‘I have appointed 126 you to be a light 127 for the Gentiles, to bring salvation 128 to the ends of the earth.’” 129 13:48 When the Gentiles heard this, they began to rejoice 130 and praise 131 the word of the Lord, and all who had been appointed for eternal life 132 believed. 13:49 So the word of the Lord was spreading 133 through the entire region. 13:50 But the Jews incited 134 the God-fearing women of high social standing and the prominent men of the city, stirred up persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and threw them out 135 of their region. 13:51 So after they shook 136 the dust off their feet 137 in protest against them, they went to Iconium. 138 13:52 And the disciples were filled with joy 139 and with the Holy Spirit.