Bible: Acts 13:13-48

Paul and Barnabas at Pisidian Antioch

13:13 Then Paul and his companions put out to sea 1  from Paphos 2  and came to Perga 3  in Pamphylia, 4  but John 5  left them and returned to Jerusalem. 6  13:14 Moving on from 7  Perga, 8  they arrived at Pisidian Antioch, 9  and on the Sabbath day they went into 10  the synagogue 11  and sat down. 13:15 After the reading from the law and the prophets, 12  the leaders of the synagogue 13  sent them a message, 14  saying, “Brothers, 15  if you have any message 16  of exhortation 17  for the people, speak it.” 18  13:16 So Paul stood up, 19  gestured 20  with his hand and said,

Men of Israel, 21  and you Gentiles who fear God, 22  listen: 13:17 The God of this people Israel 23  chose our ancestors 24  and made the people great 25  during their stay as foreigners 26  in the country 27  of Egypt, and with uplifted arm 28  he led them out of it. 13:18 For 29  a period of about forty years he put up with 30  them in the wilderness. 31  13:19 After 32  he had destroyed 33  seven nations 34  in the land of Canaan, he gave his people their land as an inheritance. 35  13:20 All this took 36  about four hundred fifty years. After this 37  he gave them judges until the time of 38  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 39  forty years. 13:22 After removing him, God 40  raised up 41  David their king. He testified about him: 42 I have found David 43  the son of Jesse to be a man after my heart, 44  who will accomplish everything I want him to do.’ 45  13:23 From the descendants 46  of this man 47  God brought to Israel a Savior, Jesus, just as he promised. 48  13:24 Before 49  Jesus 50  arrived, John 51  had proclaimed a baptism for repentance 52  to all the people of Israel. 13:25 But while John was completing his mission, 53  he said repeatedly, 54 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!’ 55  13:26 Brothers, 56  descendants 57  of Abraham’s family, 58  and those Gentiles among you who fear God, 59  the message 60  of this salvation has been sent to us. 13:27 For the people who live in Jerusalem and their rulers did not recognize 61  him, 62  and they fulfilled the sayings 63  of the prophets that are read every Sabbath by condemning 64  him. 65  13:28 Though 66  they found 67  no basis 68  for a death sentence, 69  they asked Pilate to have him executed. 13:29 When they had accomplished 70  everything that was written 71  about him, they took him down 72  from the cross 73  and placed him 74  in a tomb. 13:30 But God raised 75  him from the dead, 13:31 and 76  for many days he appeared to those who had accompanied 77  him from Galilee to Jerusalem. These 78  are now his witnesses to the people. 13:32 And we proclaim to you the good news about the promise to our ancestors, 79  13:33 that this promise 80  God has fulfilled to us, their children, by raising 81  Jesus, as also it is written in the second psalm, ‘You are my Son; 82  today I have fathered you.’ 83  13:34 But regarding the fact that he has raised Jesus 84  from the dead, never 85  again to be 86  in a state of decay, God 87  has spoken in this way: ‘I will give you 88  the holy and trustworthy promises 89  made to David.’ 90  13:35 Therefore he also says in another psalm, 91 You will not permit your Holy One 92  to experience 93  decay.’ 94  13:36 For David, after he had served 95  God’s purpose in his own generation, died, 96  was buried with his ancestors, 97  and experienced 98  decay, 13:37 but the one 99  whom God raised up did not experience 100  decay. 13:38 Therefore let it be known to you, brothers, that through this one 101  forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, 13:39 and by this one 102  everyone who believes is justified 103  from everything from which the law of Moses could not justify 104  you. 105  13:40 Watch out, 106  then, that what is spoken about by 107  the prophets does not happen to you:

13:41Look, you scoffers; be amazed and perish! 108 

For I am doing a work in your days,

a work you would never believe, even if someone tells you.’ 109 

13:42 As Paul and Barnabas 110  were going out, 111  the people 112  were urging 113  them to speak about these things 114  on the next Sabbath. 13:43 When the meeting of the synagogue 115  had broken up, 116  many of the Jews and God-fearing proselytes 117  followed Paul and Barnabas, who were speaking with them and were persuading 118  them 119  to continue 120  in the grace of God.

13:44 On the next Sabbath almost the whole city assembled together to hear the word of the Lord. 121  13:45 But when the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy, 122  and they began to contradict 123  what Paul was saying 124  by reviling him. 125  13:46 Both Paul and Barnabas replied courageously, 126 It was necessary to speak the word of God 127  to you first. Since you reject it and do not consider yourselves worthy 128  of eternal life, we 129  are turning to the Gentiles. 130  13:47 For this 131  is what the Lord has commanded us: ‘I have appointed 132  you to be a light 133  for the Gentiles, to bring salvation 134  to the ends of the earth. 135  13:48 When the Gentiles heard this, they began to rejoice 136  and praise 137  the word of the Lord, and all who had been appointed for eternal life 138  believed.

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