Bible: Acts 13:4-14:20
Paul and Barnabas Preach in Cyprus
13:4 So Barnabas and Saul, 1 sent out by the Holy Spirit, went down to Seleucia, 2 and from there they sailed to Cyprus. 3 13:5 When 4 they arrived 5 in Salamis, 6 they began to proclaim 7 the word of God in the Jewish synagogues. 8 (Now they also had John 9 as their assistant.) 10 13:6 When they had crossed over 11 the whole island as far as Paphos, 12 they found a magician, a Jewish false prophet named Bar-Jesus, 13 13:7 who was with the proconsul 14 Sergius Paulus, an intelligent man. The proconsul 15 summoned 16 Barnabas and Saul and wanted to hear 17 the word of God. 13:8 But the magician Elymas 18 (for that is the way his name is translated) 19 opposed them, trying to turn the proconsul 20 away from the faith. 13:9 But Saul (also known as Paul), 21 filled with the Holy Spirit, 22 stared straight 23 at him 13:10 and said, “You who are full of all deceit and all wrongdoing, 24 you son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness – will you not stop making crooked the straight paths of the Lord? 25 13:11 Now 26 look, the hand of the Lord is against 27 you, and you will be blind, unable to see the sun for a time!” Immediately mistiness 28 and darkness came over 29 him, and he went around seeking people 30 to lead him by the hand. 13:12 Then when the proconsul 31 saw what had happened, he believed, 32 because he was greatly astounded 33 at the teaching about 34 the Lord.
Paul and Barnabas at Pisidian Antioch
13:13 Then Paul and his companions put out to sea 35 from Paphos 36 and came to Perga 37 in Pamphylia, 38 but John 39 left them and returned to Jerusalem. 40 13:14 Moving on from 41 Perga, 42 they arrived at Pisidian Antioch, 43 and on the Sabbath day they went into 44 the synagogue 45 and sat down. 13:15 After the reading from the law and the prophets, 46 the leaders of the synagogue 47 sent them a message, 48 saying, “Brothers, 49 if you have any message 50 of exhortation 51 for the people, speak it.” 52 13:16 So Paul stood up, 53 gestured 54 with his hand and said,
“Men of Israel, 55 and you Gentiles who fear God, 56 listen: 13:17 The God of this people Israel 57 chose our ancestors 58 and made the people great 59 during their stay as foreigners 60 in the country 61 of Egypt, and with uplifted arm 62 he led them out of it. 13:18 For 63 a period of about forty years he put up with 64 them in the wilderness. 65 13:19 After 66 he had destroyed 67 seven nations 68 in the land of Canaan, he gave his people their land as an inheritance. 69 13:20 All this took 70 about four hundred fifty years. After this 71 he gave them judges until the time of 72 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 73 forty years. 13:22 After removing him, God 74 raised up 75 David their king. He testified about him: 76 ‘I have found David 77 the son of Jesse to be a man after my heart, 78 who will accomplish everything I want him to do.’ 79 13:23 From the descendants 80 of this man 81 God brought to Israel a Savior, Jesus, just as he promised. 82 13:24 Before 83 Jesus 84 arrived, John 85 had proclaimed a baptism for repentance 86 to all the people of Israel. 13:25 But while John was completing his mission, 87 he said repeatedly, 88 ‘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!’ 89 13:26 Brothers, 90 descendants 91 of Abraham’s family, 92 and those Gentiles among you who fear God, 93 the message 94 of this salvation has been sent to us. 13:27 For the people who live in Jerusalem and their rulers did not recognize 95 him, 96 and they fulfilled the sayings 97 of the prophets that are read every Sabbath by condemning 98 him. 99 13:28 Though 100 they found 101 no basis 102 for a death sentence, 103 they asked Pilate to have him executed. 13:29 When they had accomplished 104 everything that was written 105 about him, they took him down 106 from the cross 107 and placed him 108 in a tomb. 13:30 But God raised 109 him from the dead, 13:31 and 110 for many days he appeared to those who had accompanied 111 him from Galilee to Jerusalem. These 112 are now his witnesses to the people. 13:32 And we proclaim to you the good news about the promise to our ancestors, 113 13:33 that this promise 114 God has fulfilled to us, their children, by raising 115 Jesus, as also it is written in the second psalm, ‘You are my Son; 116 today I have fathered you.’ 117 13:34 But regarding the fact that he has raised Jesus 118 from the dead, never 119 again to be 120 in a state of decay, God 121 has spoken in this way: ‘I will give you 122 the holy and trustworthy promises 123 made to David.’ 124 13:35 Therefore he also says in another psalm, 125 ‘You will not permit your Holy One 126 to experience 127 decay.’ 128 13:36 For David, after he had served 129 God’s purpose in his own generation, died, 130 was buried with his ancestors, 131 and experienced 132 decay, 13:37 but the one 133 whom God raised up did not experience 134 decay. 13:38 Therefore let it be known to you, brothers, that through this one 135 forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, 13:39 and by this one 136 everyone who believes is justified 137 from everything from which the law of Moses could not justify 138 you. 139 13:40 Watch out, 140 then, that what is spoken about by 141 the prophets does not happen to you:
13:41 ‘Look, you scoffers; be amazed and perish! 142
For I am doing a work in your days,
a work you would never believe, even if someone tells you.’” 143
13:42 As Paul and Barnabas 144 were going out, 145 the people 146 were urging 147 them to speak about these things 148 on the next Sabbath. 13:43 When the meeting of the synagogue 149 had broken up, 150 many of the Jews and God-fearing proselytes 151 followed Paul and Barnabas, who were speaking with them and were persuading 152 them 153 to continue 154 in the grace of God.
13:44 On the next Sabbath almost the whole city assembled together to hear the word of the Lord. 155 13:45 But when the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy, 156 and they began to contradict 157 what Paul was saying 158 by reviling him. 159 13:46 Both Paul and Barnabas replied courageously, 160 “It was necessary to speak the word of God 161 to you first. Since you reject it and do not consider yourselves worthy 162 of eternal life, we 163 are turning to the Gentiles. 164 13:47 For this 165 is what the Lord has commanded us: ‘I have appointed 166 you to be a light 167 for the Gentiles, to bring salvation 168 to the ends of the earth.’” 169 13:48 When the Gentiles heard this, they began to rejoice 170 and praise 171 the word of the Lord, and all who had been appointed for eternal life 172 believed. 13:49 So the word of the Lord was spreading 173 through the entire region. 13:50 But the Jews incited 174 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 175 of their region. 13:51 So after they shook 176 the dust off their feet 177 in protest against them, they went to Iconium. 178 13:52 And the disciples were filled with joy 179 and with the Holy Spirit.
Paul and Barnabas at Iconium
14:1 The same thing happened in Iconium 180 when Paul and Barnabas 181 went into the Jewish synagogue 182 and spoke in such a way that a large group 183 of both Jews and Greeks believed. 14:2 But the Jews who refused to believe 184 stirred up the Gentiles and poisoned their minds 185 against the brothers. 14:3 So they stayed there 186 for a considerable time, speaking out courageously for the Lord, who testified 187 to the message 188 of his grace, granting miraculous signs 189 and wonders to be performed through their hands. 14:4 But the population 190 of the city was divided; some 191 sided with the Jews, and some with the apostles. 14:5 When both the Gentiles and the Jews (together with their rulers) made 192 an attempt to mistreat 193 them and stone them, 194 14:6 Paul and Barnabas 195 learned about it 196 and fled to the Lycaonian cities of Lystra 197 and Derbe 198 and the surrounding region. 14:7 There 199 they continued to proclaim 200 the good news.
Paul and Barnabas at Lystra
14:8 In 201 Lystra 202 sat a man who could not use his feet, 203 lame from birth, 204 who had never walked. 14:9 This man was listening to Paul as he was speaking. When Paul 205 stared 206 intently at him and saw he had faith to be healed, 14:10 he said with a loud voice, “Stand upright on your feet.” 207 And the man 208 leaped up and began walking. 209 14:11 So when the crowds saw what Paul had done, they shouted 210 in the Lycaonian language, 211 “The gods have come down to us in human form!” 212 14:12 They began to call 213 Barnabas Zeus 214 and Paul Hermes, 215 because he was the chief speaker. 14:13 The priest of the temple 216 of Zeus, 217 located just outside the city, brought bulls 218 and garlands 219 to the city gates; he and the crowds wanted to offer sacrifices to them. 220 14:14 But when the apostles 221 Barnabas and Paul heard about 222 it, they tore 223 their clothes and rushed out 224 into the crowd, shouting, 225 14:15 “Men, why are you doing these things? We too are men, with human natures 226 just like you! We are proclaiming the good news to you, so that you should turn 227 from these worthless 228 things to the living God, who made the heaven, the earth, 229 the sea, and everything that is in them. 14:16 In 230 past 231 generations he allowed all the nations 232 to go their own ways, 14:17 yet he did not leave himself without a witness by doing good, 233 by giving you rain from heaven 234 and fruitful seasons, satisfying you 235 with food and your hearts with joy.” 236 14:18 Even by saying 237 these things, they scarcely persuaded 238 the crowds not to offer sacrifice to them.
14:19 But Jews came from Antioch 239 and Iconium, 240 and after winning 241 the crowds over, they stoned 242 Paul and dragged him out of the city, presuming him to be dead. 14:20 But after the disciples had surrounded him, he got up and went back 243 into the city. On 244 the next day he left with Barnabas for Derbe. 245