From Perga they went on to Pisidian Antioch.1 On the Sabbath2 they entered the synagogue3 and sat down.
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After the reading from the Law4 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 hand5 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,6
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he endured their conduct7 for about forty years in the desert,8
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he overthrew seven nations in Canaan9 and gave their land to his people10 as their inheritance.11
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All this took about 450 years. "After this, God gave them judges12 until the time of Samuel the prophet.13
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Then the people asked for a king,14 and he gave them Saul15 son of Kish, of the tribe of Benjamin,16 who ruled forty years.
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After removing Saul,17 he made David their king.18 He testified concerning him: 'I have found David son of Jesse a man after my own heart;19 he will do everything I want him to do.'20
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"From this man's descendants21 God has brought to Israel the Savior22 Jesus,23 as he promised.24
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Before the coming of Jesus, John preached repentance and baptism to all the people of Israel.25
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As John was completing his work,26 he said: 'Who do you think I am? I am not that one.27 No, but he is coming after me, whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.'28
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"Brothers,29 children of Abraham,30 and you God-fearing Gentiles, it is to us that this message of salvation31 has been sent.
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The people of Jerusalem and their rulers did not recognize Jesus,32 yet in condemning him they fulfilled the words of the prophets33 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.34
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When they had carried out all that was written about him,35 they took him down from the tree36 and laid him in a tomb.37
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But God raised him from the dead,38
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and for many days he was seen by those who had traveled with him from Galilee to Jerusalem.39 They are now his witnesses40 to our people.
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"We tell you the good news:41 What God promised our fathers42
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he has fulfilled for us, their children, by raising up Jesus.43 As it is written in the second Psalm: " 'You are my Son; today I have become your Father. '44
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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.'45
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So it is stated elsewhere: " 'You will not let your Holy One see decay.'46
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"For when David had served God's purpose in his own generation, he fell asleep;47 he was buried with his fathers48 and his body decayed.
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But the one whom God raised from the dead49 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.50
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Through him everyone who believes51 is justified from everything you could not be justified from by the law of Moses.52
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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.' "53
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