So Paul stood up, and 1motioning with his hand said: "Men of Israel and 2you who fear God, listen.
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3The God of this people Israel 4chose our fathers and 5made the people great 6during their stay in the land of Egypt, and 7with uplifted arm he led them out of it.
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And for about 8forty years 9he put up with them in the wilderness.
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And 10after destroying 11seven nations in the land of Canaan, 12he gave them their land as an inheritance.
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All this took about 450 years. And after that 13he gave them judges until 14Samuel the prophet.
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Then 15they asked for a king, and God gave them Saul 16the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, for forty years.
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And 17when he had removed him, 18he raised up David to be their king, of whom he testified and said, 19'I have found in David the son of Jesse 20a man after my heart, 21who will do all my will.'
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22Of this man's offspring God has brought to Israel 23a Savior, Jesus, 24as he promised.
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Before his coming, 25John had proclaimed 26a baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel.
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And as John was finishing his course, 27he said, 'What do you suppose that I am? I am not he. No, but behold, after me one is coming, the sandals of whose feet I am not worthy to untie.'
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"Brothers, sons of the family of Abraham, and those among you 28who fear God, to us has been sent 29the message of 30this salvation.
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For those who live in Jerusalem and their rulers, because 31they did not recognize him nor understand 32the utterances of the prophets, which are read every Sabbath, 33fulfilled them by condemning him.
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And 34though they found in him no guilt worthy of death, 35they asked Pilate to have him executed.
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And when 36they had carried out all that was written of him, 37they took him down from 38the tree and laid him in a tomb.
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But 39God raised him from the dead,
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and for many days 40he appeared to those 41who had come up with him 42from Galilee to Jerusalem, 43who are now 44his witnesses to the people.
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And we bring you the good news 45that what God promised to the fathers,
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46this he has fulfilled to us their children by raising Jesus, as also it is written in the second Psalm, 47"'You are my Son, today I have begotten you.'
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And as for the fact that he raised him from the dead, no more to return to corruption, he has spoken in this way, "'I will give you 48the holy and sure blessings of David.'
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Therefore he says also in another psalm, 49"'You will not let your Holy One see corruption.'
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For David, after he had 50served the purpose of God in his own generation, 51fell asleep and 52was laid with his fathers and saw corruption,
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but he whom 53God raised up did not see corruption.
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Let it be known to you therefore, brothers, 54that through this man 55forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you,
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and by him 56everyone who believes is freed from everything 57from which you could not be freed by the law of Moses.
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Beware, therefore, lest what is said in the Prophets should come about:
58"'Look, you scoffers, be astounded and perish; for I am doing a work in your days, a work that you will not believe, even if one tells it to you.'"
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As they went out, the people begged that these things might be told them the next Sabbath.
And after the meeting of the synagogue broke up, many Jews and 59devout 60converts to Judaism followed Paul and Barnabas, who, as they spoke with them, urged them 61to continue in 62the grace of God.
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The next Sabbath almost the whole city gathered to hear the word of the Lord.
63But 64when the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with 65jealousy and began to contradict what was spoken by Paul, 66reviling him.
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And Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly, saying, "It was necessary that the word of God 67be spoken first to you. 68Since you thrust it aside and judge yourselves 69unworthy of eternal life, behold, we 70are turning to the Gentiles.
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71For so the Lord has commanded us, saying, 72"'I have made you 73a light for the Gentiles, that you may 74bring salvation to the ends of the earth.'"
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And when the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and 75glorifying the word of the Lord, and as many as were appointed to eternal life believed.
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And the word of the Lord was spreading throughout the whole region.
76But the Jews incited the devout 77women of high standing and the leading men of the city, 78stirred up persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and 79drove them out of their district.
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But they 80shook off the dust from their feet against them and went to Iconium.
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And the disciples were filled 81with joy and 82with the Holy Spirit.
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