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.