Bible: Acts 13:16-43

13:16 So Paul stood up, 1  gestured 2  with his hand and said,

Men of Israel, 3  and you Gentiles who fear God, 4  listen: 13:17 The God of this people Israel 5  chose our ancestors 6  and made the people great 7  during their stay as foreigners 8  in the country 9  of Egypt, and with uplifted arm 10  he led them out of it. 13:18 For 11  a period of about forty years he put up with 12  them in the wilderness. 13  13:19 After 14  he had destroyed 15  seven nations 16  in the land of Canaan, he gave his people their land as an inheritance. 17  13:20 All this took 18  about four hundred fifty years. After this 19  he gave them judges until the time of 20  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 21  forty years. 13:22 After removing him, God 22  raised up 23  David their king. He testified about him: 24 I have found David 25  the son of Jesse to be a man after my heart, 26  who will accomplish everything I want him to do.’ 27  13:23 From the descendants 28  of this man 29  God brought to Israel a Savior, Jesus, just as he promised. 30  13:24 Before 31  Jesus 32  arrived, John 33  had proclaimed a baptism for repentance 34  to all the people of Israel. 13:25 But while John was completing his mission, 35  he said repeatedly, 36 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!’ 37  13:26 Brothers, 38  descendants 39  of Abraham’s family, 40  and those Gentiles among you who fear God, 41  the message 42  of this salvation has been sent to us. 13:27 For the people who live in Jerusalem and their rulers did not recognize 43  him, 44  and they fulfilled the sayings 45  of the prophets that are read every Sabbath by condemning 46  him. 47  13:28 Though 48  they found 49  no basis 50  for a death sentence, 51  they asked Pilate to have him executed. 13:29 When they had accomplished 52  everything that was written 53  about him, they took him down 54  from the cross 55  and placed him 56  in a tomb. 13:30 But God raised 57  him from the dead, 13:31 and 58  for many days he appeared to those who had accompanied 59  him from Galilee to Jerusalem. These 60  are now his witnesses to the people. 13:32 And we proclaim to you the good news about the promise to our ancestors, 61  13:33 that this promise 62  God has fulfilled to us, their children, by raising 63  Jesus, as also it is written in the second psalm, ‘You are my Son; 64  today I have fathered you.’ 65  13:34 But regarding the fact that he has raised Jesus 66  from the dead, never 67  again to be 68  in a state of decay, God 69  has spoken in this way: ‘I will give you 70  the holy and trustworthy promises 71  made to David.’ 72  13:35 Therefore he also says in another psalm, 73 You will not permit your Holy One 74  to experience 75  decay.’ 76  13:36 For David, after he had served 77  God’s purpose in his own generation, died, 78  was buried with his ancestors, 79  and experienced 80  decay, 13:37 but the one 81  whom God raised up did not experience 82  decay. 13:38 Therefore let it be known to you, brothers, that through this one 83  forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, 13:39 and by this one 84  everyone who believes is justified 85  from everything from which the law of Moses could not justify 86  you. 87  13:40 Watch out, 88  then, that what is spoken about by 89  the prophets does not happen to you:

13:41Look, you scoffers; be amazed and perish! 90 

For I am doing a work in your days,

a work you would never believe, even if someone tells you.’ 91 

13:42 As Paul and Barnabas 92  were going out, 93  the people 94  were urging 95  them to speak about these things 96  on the next Sabbath. 13:43 When the meeting of the synagogue 97  had broken up, 98  many of the Jews and God-fearing proselytes 99  followed Paul and Barnabas, who were speaking with them and were persuading 100  them 101  to continue 102  in the grace of God.

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