Acts 13 (New American Standard)

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First Missionary Journey

1 Now there were at 1Antioch, in the 2church that was there, 3prophets and 4teachers : 5Barnabas, and Simeon who was called Niger, and Lucius of 6Cyrene, and Manaen who had been brought up with 7Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. 2 While they were ministering to the Lord and fasting, 8the Holy Spirit said, "Set apart for Me 9Barnabas and Saul for 10the work to which I have called them." 3 Then, when they had fasted and 11prayed and 12laid their hands on them, 13they sent them away. 4 So, being 14sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia and from there they sailed to 15Cyprus. 5 When they reached Salamis, they began to proclaim the word of God in 16the synagogues of the Jews ; and they also had 17John as their helper. 6 When they had gone through the whole island as far as Paphos, they found a 18magician, a Jewish 19false prophet whose name was Bar-Jesus, 7 who was with the 20proconsul, Sergius Paulus, a man of intelligence. This man summoned Barnabas and Saul and sought to hear the word of God. 8 But Elymas the 21magician (for so his name is translated ) was opposing them, seeking to turn the 22proconsul away from 23the faith. 9 But Saul, who was also known as Paul, a24filled with the Holy Spirit, fixed his gaze on him, 10 and said, "You who are full of all deceit and fraud, you 25son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease to make crooked 26the straight ways of the Lord ? 11 "Now, behold, 27the hand of the Lord is upon you, and you will be blind and not see the sun for a time." And immediately a mist and a darkness fell upon him, and he went about seeking those who would lead him by the hand. 12 Then the 28proconsul believed when he saw what had happened, being amazed at 29the teaching of the Lord. 13 Now Paul and his companions put out to sea from 30Paphos and came to 31Perga in 32Pamphylia ; but 33John left them and returned to Jerusalem. 14 But going on from Perga, they arrived at 34Pisidian 35Antioch, and on 36the Sabbath day they went into 37the synagogue and sat down. 15 After 38the reading of the Law and 39the Prophets 40the synagogue officials sent to them, saying, "Brethren , if you have any word of exhortation for the people, say it." 16 Paul stood up, and 41motioning with his hand said , "Men of Israel, and 42 you who fear God, listen : 17 "The God of this people Israel 43chose our fathers and b44made the people great during their stay in the land of Egypt, and with an uplifted arm 45He led them out from it. 18 "For 46a period of about forty years 47He put up with them in the wilderness. 19 "48When He had destroyed 49seven nations in the land of Canaan, He 50distributed their land as an inheritance -all of which took 51about four hundred and fifty years. 20 "After these things He 52gave them judges until 53Samuel the prophet. 21 "Then they 54asked for a king, and God gave them 55Saul the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, for forty years. 22 "After He had 56removed him, He raised up David to be their king, concerning whom He also testified and said, '57I HAVE FOUND DAVID the son of Jesse, A MAN AFTER MY HEART, who will do all My cwill.' 23 "58From the descendants of this man, 59according to promise, God has brought to Israel 60a Savior, Jesus, 24 after 61John had proclaimed before dHis coming a 62baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel. 25 "And while John 63was completing his course, 64he kept saying, 'What do you suppose that I am ? I am not He. But behold, one is coming after me the sandals of whose feet I am not worthy to untie.' 26 "Brethren , sons of Abraham's family, and those among you who fear God, to us the message of 65this salvation has been sent. 27 "For those who live in Jerusalem, and their 66rulers, 67recognizing neither Him nor the eutterances of 68the prophets which are 69read every Sabbath, fulfilled these by condemning Him. 28 "And though they found no ground for putting Him to death, they 70asked Pilate that He be fexecuted. 29 "When they had 71carried out all that was written concerning Him, 72they took Him down from 73the gcross and 74laid Him in a tomb. 30 "But God 75raised Him from the dead ; 31 and for many days 76He appeared to those who came up with Him from Galilee to Jerusalem, the very ones who are now 77His witnesses to the people. 32 "And we 78preach to you the good news of 79the promise made to the fathers, 33 that God has fulfilled this promise hto our children in that He 80raised up Jesus, as it is also written in the second Psalm, '81YOU ARE MY SON ; TODAY I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU.' 34 "As for the fact that He 82raised Him up from the dead, no longer to return to decay, He has spoken in this way : '83I WILL GIVE YOU THE HOLY and iSURE blessings OF DAVID.' 35 "Therefore He also says in another Psalm, '84YOU WILL NOT jALLOW YOUR kHOLY ONE TO lUNDERGO DECAY.' 36 "For 85David, after he had mserved 86the purpose of God in his own generation, 87fell asleep, and was laid among his fathers and nunderwent decay ; 37 but He whom God 88raised did not oundergo decay. 38 "Therefore let it be known to you, brethren , that 89through pHim forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, 39 and qthrough Him 90everyone who believes is rfreed sfrom all things, from which you could not be tfreed uthrough the Law of Moses. 40 "Therefore take heed, so that the thing spoken of 91in the Prophets may not come upon you: 41 '92BEHOLD, YOU SCOFFERS, AND MARVEL, AND vPERISH ; FOR I AM ACCOMPLISHING A WORK IN YOUR DAYS, A WORK WHICH YOU WILL NEVER BELIEVE, THOUGH SOMEONE SHOULD DESCRIBE IT TO YOU.' " 42 As wPaul and Barnabas were going out, the people kept begging that these xthings might be spoken to them the next 93Sabbath. 43 Now when the meeting of the synagogue had broken up, many of the Jews and of the 94God-fearing y95proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas, who, speaking to them, were urging them to continue in 96the grace of God.

Paul Turns to the Gentiles

44 The next 97Sabbath nearly the whole city assembled to hear the word of zthe Lord. 45 But when 98the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy and began contradicting the things spoken by Paul, and were aablaspheming. 46 Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly and said, "It was necessary that the word of God be spoken to you 99first ; since you repudiate it and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, behold, 100we are turning to the Gentiles. 47 "For so the Lord has commanded us, '101I HAVE PLACED YOU AS A 102LIGHT FOR THE GENTILES, THAT YOU MAY bbBRING SALVATION TO THE END OF THE EARTH.' " 48 When the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying 103the word of ccthe Lord ; and as many as 104had been appointed to eternal life believed. 49 And 105the word of the Lord was being spread through the whole region. 50 But 106the Jews incited the dd107devout women 108of prominence and the leading men of the city, and instigated a persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and drove them out of their eedistrict. 51 But 109they shook off the dust of their feet in protest against them and went to 110Iconium. 52 And the disciples were continually 111filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.
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