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:
13:41 ‘Look, 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.