In the church at Antioch1 there were prophets2 and teachers:3 Barnabas,4 Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene,5 Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod6 the tetrarch) and Saul.
While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said,7 "Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work8 to which I have called them."93
So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them10 and sent them off.11
The two of them, sent on their way by the Holy Spirit,12 went down to Seleucia and sailed from there to Cyprus.135
When they arrived at Salamis, they proclaimed the word of God14 in the Jewish synagogues.15 John16 was with them as their helper.
They traveled through the whole island until they came to Paphos. There they met a Jewish sorcerer17 and false prophet18 named Bar-Jesus,
who was an attendant of the proconsul,19 Sergius Paulus. The proconsul, an intelligent man, sent for Barnabas and Saul because he wanted to hear the word of God.
But Elymas the sorcerer20 (for that is what his name means) opposed them and tried to turn the proconsul21 from the faith.229
Then Saul, who was also called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit,23 looked straight at Elymas and said,
"You are a child of the devil24 and an enemy of everything that is right! You are full of all kinds of deceit and trickery. Will you never stop perverting the right ways of the Lord?2511
Now the hand of the Lord is against you.26 You are going to be blind, and for a time you will be unable to see the light of the sun."27 Immediately mist and darkness came over him, and he groped about, seeking someone to lead him by the hand.
When the proconsul28 saw what had happened, he believed, for he was amazed at the teaching about the Lord.
From Paphos,29 Paul and his companions sailed to Perga in Pamphylia,30 where John31 left them to return to Jerusalem.
From Perga they went on to Pisidian Antioch.32 On the Sabbath33 they entered the synagogue34 and sat down.
After the reading from the Law35 and the Prophets, the synagogue rulers sent word to them, saying, "Brothers, if you have a message of encouragement for the people, please speak."
Standing up, Paul motioned with his hand36 and said: "Men of Israel and you Gentiles who worship God, listen to me!
The God of the people of Israel chose our fathers; he made the people prosper during their stay in Egypt, with mighty power he led them out of that country,3718
he endured their conducta38 for about forty years in the desert,3919
he overthrew seven nations in Canaan40 and gave their land to his people41 as their inheritance.4220
All this took about 450 years. "After this, God gave them judges43 until the time of Samuel the prophet.4421
Then the people asked for a king,45 and he gave them Saul46 son of Kish, of the tribe of Benjamin,47 who ruled forty years.
After removing Saul,48 he made David their king.49 He testified concerning him: 'I have found David son of Jesse a man after my own heart;50 he will do everything I want him to do.'5123
"From this man's descendants52 God has brought to Israel the Savior53 Jesus,54 as he promised.5524
Before the coming of Jesus, John preached repentance and baptism to all the people of Israel.5625
As John was completing his work,57 he said: 'Who do you think I am? I am not that one.58 No, but he is coming after me, whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.'5926
"Brothers,60 children of Abraham,61 and you God-fearing Gentiles, it is to us that this message of salvation62 has been sent.
The people of Jerusalem and their rulers did not recognize Jesus,63 yet in condemning him they fulfilled the words of the prophets64 that are read every Sabbath.
Though they found no proper ground for a death sentence, they asked Pilate to have him executed.6529
When they had carried out all that was written about him,66 they took him down from the tree67 and laid him in a tomb.6830
But God raised him from the dead,6931
and for many days he was seen by those who had traveled with him from Galilee to Jerusalem.70 They are now his witnesses71 to our people.
"We tell you the good news:72 What God promised our fathers7333
he has fulfilled for us, their children, by raising up Jesus.74 As it is written in the second Psalm: " 'You are my Son; today I have become your Father.b 'c7534
The fact that God raised him from the dead, never to decay, is stated in these words: " 'I will give you the holy and sure blessings promised to David.'d7635
So it is stated elsewhere: " 'You will not let your Holy One see decay.'e7736
"For when David had served God's purpose in his own generation, he fell asleep;78 he was buried with his fathers79 and his body decayed.
But the one whom God raised from the dead80 did not see decay.
"Therefore, my brothers, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you.8139
Through him everyone who believes82 is justified from everything you could not be justified from by the law of Moses.8340
Take care that what the prophets have said does not happen to you:
" 'Look, you scoffers, wonder and perish, for I am going to do something in your days that you would never believe, even if someone told you.'f "8442
As Paul and Barnabas were leaving the synagogue,85 the people invited them to speak further about these things on the next Sabbath.
When the congregation was dismissed, many of the Jews and devout converts to Judaism followed Paul and Barnabas, who talked with them and urged them to continue in the grace of God.8644
On the next Sabbath almost the whole city gathered to hear the word of the Lord.
When the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy and talked abusively87 against what Paul was saying.8846
Then Paul and Barnabas answered them boldly: "We had to speak the word of God to you first.89 Since you reject it and do not consider yourselves worthy of eternal life, we now turn to the Gentiles.9047
For this is what the Lord has commanded us: " 'I have made youg a light for the Gentiles,91 that youh may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.'i "9248
When the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and honored the word of the Lord;93 and all who were appointed for eternal life believed.
The word of the Lord94 spread through the whole region.
But the Jews incited the God-fearing women of high standing and the leading men of the city. They stirred up persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them from their region.9551
So they shook the dust from their feet96 in protest against them and went to Iconium.9752
And the disciples98 were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.99