Standing up, Paul motioned with his hand and said: “Fellow Israelites and you Gentiles who worship God, listen to me!
References for Acts 13:16
The God of the people of Israel chose our ancestors; he made the people prosper during their stay in Egypt; with mighty power he led them out of that country;
References for Acts 13:17
for about forty years he endured their conduct in the wilderness;
References for Acts 13:18
and he overthrew seven nations in Canaan, giving their land to his people as their inheritance.
References for Acts 13:19
All this took about 450 years. “After this, God gave them judges until the time of Samuel the prophet.
References for Acts 13:20
Then the people asked for a king, and he gave them Saul son of Kish, of the tribe of Benjamin, who ruled forty years.
References for Acts 13:21
After removing Saul, he made David their king. God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’
References for Acts 13:22
“From this man’s descendants God has brought to Israel the Savior Jesus, as he promised.
References for Acts 13:23
Before the coming of Jesus, John preached repentance and baptism to all the people of Israel.
References for Acts 13:24
As John was completing his work, he said: ‘Who do you suppose I am? I am not the one you are looking for. But there is one coming after me whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.’
References for Acts 13:25
“Fellow children of Abraham and you God-fearing Gentiles, it is to us that this message of salvation has been sent.
References for Acts 13:26
The people of Jerusalem and their rulers did not recognize Jesus, yet in condemning him they fulfilled the words of the prophets that are read every Sabbath.
References for Acts 13:27
Though they found no proper ground for a death sentence, they asked Pilate to have him executed.
References for Acts 13:28
When they had carried out all that was written about him, they took him down from the cross and laid him in a tomb.
References for Acts 13:29
But God raised him from the dead,
References for Acts 13:30
and for many days he was seen by those who had traveled with him from Galilee to Jerusalem. They are now his witnesses to our people.
References for Acts 13:31
“We tell you the good news: What God promised our ancestors
References for Acts 13:32
he has fulfilled for us, their children, by raising up Jesus. As it is written in the second Psalm: “ ‘You are my son; today I have become your father.’
References for Acts 13:33
God raised him from the dead so that he will never be subject to decay. As God has said, “ ‘I will give you the holy and sure blessings promised to David.’
References for Acts 13:34
So it is also stated elsewhere: “ ‘You will not let your holy one see decay.’
References for Acts 13:35
“Now when David had served God’s purpose in his own generation, he fell asleep; he was buried with his ancestors and his body decayed.
References for Acts 13:36
But the one whom God raised from the dead did not see decay.
References for Acts 13:37
“Therefore, my friends, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you.
References for Acts 13:38
Through him everyone who believes is set free from every sin, a justification you were not able to obtain under the law of Moses.
References for Acts 13:39
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.’ ”
References for Acts 13:41
As Paul and Barnabas were leaving the synagogue, the people invited them to speak further about these things on the next Sabbath.
References for Acts 13:42
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.
References for Acts 13:43
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. They began to contradict what Paul was saying and heaped abuse on him.
References for Acts 13:45
Then Paul and Barnabas answered them boldly: “We had to speak the word of God to you first. Since you reject it and do not consider yourselves worthy of eternal life, we now turn to the Gentiles.
References for Acts 13:46
For this is what the Lord has commanded us: “ ‘I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.’ ”
References for Acts 13:47
When the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and honored the word of the Lord; and all who were appointed for eternal life believed.
References for Acts 13:48
The word of the Lord spread through the whole region.
References for Acts 13:49
But the Jewish leaders 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.
References for Acts 13:50
So they shook the dust off their feet as a warning to them and went to Iconium.
References for Acts 13:51
And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.
References for Acts 13:52