Bible: Acts 13:4-52

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:

13:41Look, 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.

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