Bible: Acts 13:1-14:28

The Church at Antioch Commissions Barnabas and Saul

13:1 Now there were these prophets and teachers in the church at Antioch: 1  Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, 2  Lucius the Cyrenian, 3  Manaen (a close friend of Herod 4  the tetrarch 5  from childhood 6 ) and Saul. 13:2 While they were serving 7  the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart 8  for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” 13:3 Then, after they had fasted 9  and 10  prayed and placed their hands 11  on them, they sent them off.

Paul and Barnabas Preach in Cyprus

13:4 So Barnabas and Saul, 12  sent out by the Holy Spirit, went down to Seleucia, 13  and from there they sailed to Cyprus. 14  13:5 When 15  they arrived 16  in Salamis, 17  they began to proclaim 18  the word of God in the Jewish synagogues. 19  (Now they also had John 20  as their assistant.) 21  13:6 When they had crossed over 22  the whole island as far as Paphos, 23  they found a magician, a Jewish false prophet named Bar-Jesus, 24  13:7 who was with the proconsul 25  Sergius Paulus, an intelligent man. The proconsul 26  summoned 27  Barnabas and Saul and wanted to hear 28  the word of God. 13:8 But the magician Elymas 29  (for that is the way his name is translated) 30  opposed them, trying to turn the proconsul 31  away from the faith. 13:9 But Saul (also known as Paul), 32  filled with the Holy Spirit, 33  stared straight 34  at him 13:10 and said, “You who are full of all deceit and all wrongdoing, 35  you son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness – will you not stop making crooked the straight paths of the Lord? 36  13:11 Now 37  look, the hand of the Lord is against 38  you, and you will be blind, unable to see the sun for a time!” Immediately mistiness 39  and darkness came over 40  him, and he went around seeking people 41  to lead him by the hand. 13:12 Then when the proconsul 42  saw what had happened, he believed, 43  because he was greatly astounded 44  at the teaching about 45  the Lord.

Paul and Barnabas at Pisidian Antioch

13:13 Then Paul and his companions put out to sea 46  from Paphos 47  and came to Perga 48  in Pamphylia, 49  but John 50  left them and returned to Jerusalem. 51  13:14 Moving on from 52  Perga, 53  they arrived at Pisidian Antioch, 54  and on the Sabbath day they went into 55  the synagogue 56  and sat down. 13:15 After the reading from the law and the prophets, 57  the leaders of the synagogue 58  sent them a message, 59  saying, “Brothers, 60  if you have any message 61  of exhortation 62  for the people, speak it.” 63  13:16 So Paul stood up, 64  gestured 65  with his hand and said,

Men of Israel, 66  and you Gentiles who fear God, 67  listen: 13:17 The God of this people Israel 68  chose our ancestors 69  and made the people great 70  during their stay as foreigners 71  in the country 72  of Egypt, and with uplifted arm 73  he led them out of it. 13:18 For 74  a period of about forty years he put up with 75  them in the wilderness. 76  13:19 After 77  he had destroyed 78  seven nations 79  in the land of Canaan, he gave his people their land as an inheritance. 80  13:20 All this took 81  about four hundred fifty years. After this 82  he gave them judges until the time of 83  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 84  forty years. 13:22 After removing him, God 85  raised up 86  David their king. He testified about him: 87 I have found David 88  the son of Jesse to be a man after my heart, 89  who will accomplish everything I want him to do.’ 90  13:23 From the descendants 91  of this man 92  God brought to Israel a Savior, Jesus, just as he promised. 93  13:24 Before 94  Jesus 95  arrived, John 96  had proclaimed a baptism for repentance 97  to all the people of Israel. 13:25 But while John was completing his mission, 98  he said repeatedly, 99 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!’ 100  13:26 Brothers, 101  descendants 102  of Abraham’s family, 103  and those Gentiles among you who fear God, 104  the message 105  of this salvation has been sent to us. 13:27 For the people who live in Jerusalem and their rulers did not recognize 106  him, 107  and they fulfilled the sayings 108  of the prophets that are read every Sabbath by condemning 109  him. 110  13:28 Though 111  they found 112  no basis 113  for a death sentence, 114  they asked Pilate to have him executed. 13:29 When they had accomplished 115  everything that was written 116  about him, they took him down 117  from the cross 118  and placed him 119  in a tomb. 13:30 But God raised 120  him from the dead, 13:31 and 121  for many days he appeared to those who had accompanied 122  him from Galilee to Jerusalem. These 123  are now his witnesses to the people. 13:32 And we proclaim to you the good news about the promise to our ancestors, 124  13:33 that this promise 125  God has fulfilled to us, their children, by raising 126  Jesus, as also it is written in the second psalm, ‘You are my Son; 127  today I have fathered you.’ 128  13:34 But regarding the fact that he has raised Jesus 129  from the dead, never 130  again to be 131  in a state of decay, God 132  has spoken in this way: ‘I will give you 133  the holy and trustworthy promises 134  made to David.’ 135  13:35 Therefore he also says in another psalm, 136 You will not permit your Holy One 137  to experience 138  decay.’ 139  13:36 For David, after he had served 140  God’s purpose in his own generation, died, 141  was buried with his ancestors, 142  and experienced 143  decay, 13:37 but the one 144  whom God raised up did not experience 145  decay. 13:38 Therefore let it be known to you, brothers, that through this one 146  forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, 13:39 and by this one 147  everyone who believes is justified 148  from everything from which the law of Moses could not justify 149  you. 150  13:40 Watch out, 151  then, that what is spoken about by 152  the prophets does not happen to you:

13:41Look, you scoffers; be amazed and perish! 153 

For I am doing a work in your days,

a work you would never believe, even if someone tells you.’ 154 

13:42 As Paul and Barnabas 155  were going out, 156  the people 157  were urging 158  them to speak about these things 159  on the next Sabbath. 13:43 When the meeting of the synagogue 160  had broken up, 161  many of the Jews and God-fearing proselytes 162  followed Paul and Barnabas, who were speaking with them and were persuading 163  them 164  to continue 165  in the grace of God.

13:44 On the next Sabbath almost the whole city assembled together to hear the word of the Lord. 166  13:45 But when the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy, 167  and they began to contradict 168  what Paul was saying 169  by reviling him. 170  13:46 Both Paul and Barnabas replied courageously, 171 It was necessary to speak the word of God 172  to you first. Since you reject it and do not consider yourselves worthy 173  of eternal life, we 174  are turning to the Gentiles. 175  13:47 For this 176  is what the Lord has commanded us: ‘I have appointed 177  you to be a light 178  for the Gentiles, to bring salvation 179  to the ends of the earth. 180  13:48 When the Gentiles heard this, they began to rejoice 181  and praise 182  the word of the Lord, and all who had been appointed for eternal life 183  believed. 13:49 So the word of the Lord was spreading 184  through the entire region. 13:50 But the Jews incited 185  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 186  of their region. 13:51 So after they shook 187  the dust off their feet 188  in protest against them, they went to Iconium. 189  13:52 And the disciples were filled with joy 190  and with the Holy Spirit.

Paul and Barnabas at Iconium

14:1 The same thing happened in Iconium 191  when Paul and Barnabas 192  went into the Jewish synagogue 193  and spoke in such a way that a large group 194  of both Jews and Greeks believed. 14:2 But the Jews who refused to believe 195  stirred up the Gentiles and poisoned their minds 196  against the brothers. 14:3 So they stayed there 197  for a considerable time, speaking out courageously for the Lord, who testified 198  to the message 199  of his grace, granting miraculous signs 200  and wonders to be performed through their hands. 14:4 But the population 201  of the city was divided; some 202  sided with the Jews, and some with the apostles. 14:5 When both the Gentiles and the Jews (together with their rulers) made 203  an attempt to mistreat 204  them and stone them, 205  14:6 Paul and Barnabas 206  learned about it 207  and fled to the Lycaonian cities of Lystra 208  and Derbe 209  and the surrounding region. 14:7 There 210  they continued to proclaim 211  the good news.

Paul and Barnabas at Lystra

14:8 In 212  Lystra 213  sat a man who could not use his feet, 214  lame from birth, 215  who had never walked. 14:9 This man was listening to Paul as he was speaking. When Paul 216  stared 217  intently at him and saw he had faith to be healed, 14:10 he said with a loud voice, “Stand upright on your feet.” 218  And the man 219  leaped up and began walking. 220  14:11 So when the crowds saw what Paul had done, they shouted 221  in the Lycaonian language, 222 The gods have come down to us in human form! 223  14:12 They began to call 224  Barnabas Zeus 225  and Paul Hermes, 226  because he was the chief speaker. 14:13 The priest of the temple 227  of Zeus, 228  located just outside the city, brought bulls 229  and garlands 230  to the city gates; he and the crowds wanted to offer sacrifices to them. 231  14:14 But when the apostles 232  Barnabas and Paul heard about 233  it, they tore 234  their clothes and rushed out 235  into the crowd, shouting, 236  14:15 Men, why are you doing these things? We too are men, with human natures 237  just like you! We are proclaiming the good news to you, so that you should turn 238  from these worthless 239  things to the living God, who made the heaven, the earth, 240  the sea, and everything that is in them. 14:16 In 241  past 242  generations he allowed all the nations 243  to go their own ways, 14:17 yet he did not leave himself without a witness by doing good, 244  by giving you rain from heaven 245  and fruitful seasons, satisfying you 246  with food and your hearts with joy.” 247  14:18 Even by saying 248  these things, they scarcely persuaded 249  the crowds not to offer sacrifice to them.

14:19 But Jews came from Antioch 250  and Iconium, 251  and after winning 252  the crowds over, they stoned 253  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 254  into the city. On 255  the next day he left with Barnabas for Derbe. 256 

Paul and Barnabas Return to Antioch in Syria

14:21 After they had proclaimed the good news in that city and made many disciples, they returned to Lystra, 257  to Iconium, 258  and to Antioch. 259  14:22 They strengthened 260  the souls of the disciples and encouraged them to continue 261  in the faith, saying, “We must enter the kingdom 262  of God through many persecutions.” 263  14:23 When they had appointed elders 264  for them in the various churches, 265  with prayer and fasting 266  they entrusted them to the protection 267  of the Lord in whom they had believed. 14:24 Then they passed through 268  Pisidia and came into Pamphylia, 269  14:25 and when they had spoken the word 270  in Perga, 271  they went down to Attalia. 272  14:26 From there they sailed back to Antioch, 273  where they had been commended 274  to the grace of God for the work they had now completed. 275  14:27 When they arrived and gathered the church together, they reported 276  all the things God 277  had done with them, and that he had opened a door 278  of faith for the Gentiles. 14:28 So they spent 279  considerable 280  time with the disciples.

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