From Paphos,1 Paul and his companions sailed to Perga in Pamphylia,2 where John3 left them to return to Jerusalem.
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From Perga they went on to Pisidian Antioch.4 On the Sabbath5 they entered the synagogue6 and sat down.
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After the reading from the Law7 and the Prophets, the synagogue rulers sent word to them, saying, "Brothers, if you have a message of encouragement for the people, please speak."
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Standing up, Paul motioned with his hand8 and said: "Men of Israel and you Gentiles who worship God, listen to me!
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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,9
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he endured their conduct10 for about forty years in the desert,11
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he overthrew seven nations in Canaan12 and gave their land to his people13 as their inheritance.14
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All this took about 450 years. "After this, God gave them judges15 until the time of Samuel the prophet.16
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Then the people asked for a king,17 and he gave them Saul18 son of Kish, of the tribe of Benjamin,19 who ruled forty years.
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After removing Saul,20 he made David their king.21 He testified concerning him: 'I have found David son of Jesse a man after my own heart;22 he will do everything I want him to do.'23
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"From this man's descendants24 God has brought to Israel the Savior25 Jesus,26 as he promised.27
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Before the coming of Jesus, John preached repentance and baptism to all the people of Israel.28
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As John was completing his work,29 he said: 'Who do you think I am? I am not that one.30 No, but he is coming after me, whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.'31
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"Brothers,32 children of Abraham,33 and you God-fearing Gentiles, it is to us that this message of salvation34 has been sent.
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The people of Jerusalem and their rulers did not recognize Jesus,35 yet in condemning him they fulfilled the words of the prophets36 that are read every Sabbath.
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Though they found no proper ground for a death sentence, they asked Pilate to have him executed.37
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When they had carried out all that was written about him,38 they took him down from the tree39 and laid him in a tomb.40
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But God raised him from the dead,41
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and for many days he was seen by those who had traveled with him from Galilee to Jerusalem.42 They are now his witnesses43 to our people.
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"We tell you the good news:44 What God promised our fathers45
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he has fulfilled for us, their children, by raising up Jesus.46 As it is written in the second Psalm: " 'You are my Son; today I have become your Father. '47
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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.'48
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So it is stated elsewhere: " 'You will not let your Holy One see decay.'49
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"For when David had served God's purpose in his own generation, he fell asleep;50 he was buried with his fathers51 and his body decayed.
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But the one whom God raised from the dead52 did not see decay.
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"Therefore, my brothers, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you.53
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Through him everyone who believes54 is justified from everything you could not be justified from by the law of Moses.55
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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.' "56
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As Paul and Barnabas were leaving the synagogue,57 the people invited them to speak further about these things on the next Sabbath.
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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.58
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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 abusively59 against what Paul was saying.60
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Then Paul and Barnabas answered them boldly: "We had to speak the word of God to you first.61 Since you reject it and do not consider yourselves worthy of eternal life, we now turn to the Gentiles.62
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For this is what the Lord has commanded us: " 'I have made you a light for the Gentiles,63 that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.' "64
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When the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and honored the word of the Lord;65 and all who were appointed for eternal life believed.
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The word of the Lord 66 spread through the whole region.
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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.67
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So they shook the dust from their feet68 in protest against them and went to Iconium.69
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And the disciples70 were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.71
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