1Now there were at 1Antioch, in the 2church that was there, 3prophets and 4teachers : 5Barnabas, and Simeon who was calledNiger, and Lucius of 6Cyrene, and Manaen who had been brought up with 7Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.
While they were ministering to the Lord and fasting, 8the HolySpiritsaid, "Setapart for Me 9Barnabas and Saul for 10the work to which I have called them."
3Then, when they had fasted and 11prayed and 12laid their hands on them, 13they sent them away.
4So, being 14sent out by the HolySpirit, they wentdown to Seleucia and from there they sailed to 15Cyprus.
When they reachedSalamis, they began to proclaim the word of God in 16the synagogues of the Jews ; and they alsohad17John as their helper.
When they had gonethrough the wholeisland as far as Paphos, they found a 18magician, a Jewish19falseprophetwhosename was Bar-Jesus,
7who was with the 20proconsul, SergiusPaulus, a man of intelligence. ThismansummonedBarnabas and Saul and sought to hear the word of God.
But Elymas the 21magician (for so his name is translated ) was opposing them, seeking to turn the 22proconsulaway from 23the faith.
But Saul, who was also known as Paul, a24filled with the HolySpirit, fixed his gaze on him,
and said, "You who are full of alldeceit and fraud, you 25son of the devil, you enemy of allrighteousness, will you not cease to makecrooked26the straightways 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 darknessfell upon him, and he wentaboutseeking those who would lead him by the hand.
12Then the 28proconsulbelieved when he saw what had happened, being amazed at 29the teaching of the Lord.
13NowPaul and his companionsput out to sea from 30Paphos and came to 31Perga in 32Pamphylia ; but 33Johnleft them and returned to Jerusalem.
But going on from Perga, they arrived at 34Pisidian35Antioch, and on 36the Sabbathday they went into 37the synagogue and satdown.
15After38the reading of the Law and 39the Prophets40the synagogueofficialssent to them, saying, "Brethren , if you have anyword of exhortation for the people, say it."
16Paulstood up, and 41motioning with his handsaid , "Men of Israel, and 42 you who fearGod, listen :
"The God of thispeopleIsrael43chose our fathers and b44made the peoplegreatduring their stay in the land of Egypt, and with an upliftedarm45He led them out from it.
"For 46a period of aboutfortyyears47He put up with them in the wilderness.
"48When He had destroyed49sevennations in the land of Canaan, He 50distributed their land as an inheritance -all of which took 51aboutfourhundred and fiftyyears.
20"Afterthesethings He 52gave them judgesuntil53Samuel the prophet.
21"Then they 54asked for a king, and Godgave them 55Saul the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, for fortyyears.
22"After He had 56removed him, He raised up David to be their king, concerning whom He alsotestified and said, '57I HAVE FOUNDDAVID the son of Jesse, A MANAFTER MY HEART, who will doall My cwill.'
"58From the descendants of thisman, 59according to promise, God has brought to Israel60a Savior, Jesus,
after 61John had proclaimedbeforedHis coming a 62baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel.
"And whileJohn63was completing his course, 64he kept saying, 'What do you suppose that I am ? I am not He. But behold, one is comingafter me the sandals of whosefeet I am not worthy to untie.'
26"Brethren , sons of Abraham'sfamily, and thoseamong you who fearGod, to us the message of 65thissalvation has been sent.
"For those who live in Jerusalem, and their 66rulers, 67recognizing neither Him nor the eutterances of 68the prophets which are 69readeverySabbath, fulfilled these by condemning Him.
"And though they foundnoground for putting Him to death, they 70askedPilate that He be fexecuted.
29"When they had 71carried out all that was writtenconcerning Him, 72they took Him down from 73the gcross and 74laid Him in a tomb.
"But God75raised Him from the dead ;
and for manydays76He appeared to those who came up with Him from Galilee to Jerusalem, the very oneswho are now77His witnesses to the people.
"And we 78preach to you the goodnews of 79the promisemade to the fathers,
that God has fulfilledthis promise hto our children in that He 80raised up Jesus, as it is alsowritten in the secondPsalm, '81YOU ARE MY SON ; TODAY I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU.'
"As for the fact that He 82raised Him up from the dead, nolonger to return to decay, He has spoken in thisway : '83I WILL GIVE YOU THE HOLY and iSURE blessings OF DAVID.'
35"Therefore He alsosays in another Psalm, '84YOU WILL NOT jALLOW YOUR kHOLYONE TO lUNDERGODECAY.'
"For 85David, after he had mserved86the purpose of God in his owngeneration, 87fellasleep, and was laidamong his fathers and nunderwentdecay ;
but He whomGod88raised did not oundergodecay.
38"Therefore let it be known to you, brethren , that 89throughpHim forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you,
and qthrough Him 90everyone who believes is rfreedsfrom allthings, from which you could not be tfreeduthrough the Law of Moses.
40"Thereforetakeheed, so that the thingspoken of 91in the Prophets may not come upon you:
'92BEHOLD, YOU SCOFFERS, AND MARVEL, AND vPERISH ; FOR I AM ACCOMPLISHING A WORK IN YOUR DAYS, A WORKWHICH YOU WILL NEVERBELIEVE, THOUGHSOMEONE SHOULD DESCRIBE IT TO YOU.' "
As wPaul and Barnabas were going out, the people kept begging that thesexthings might be spoken to them the next93Sabbath.
43Now when the meeting of the synagogue had broken up, many of the Jews and of the 94God-fearingy95proselytesfollowedPaul and Barnabas, who, speaking to them, were urging them to continue in 96the grace of God.
The next97Sabbathnearly the wholecityassembled to hear the word of zthe Lord.
But when 98the Jewssaw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy and began contradicting the thingsspoken by Paul, and were aablaspheming.
46Paul and Barnabasspoke out boldly and said, "It was necessary that the word of God be spoken to you 99first ; since you repudiate it and judgeyourselvesunworthy of eternallife, behold, 100we are turning to the Gentiles.
"For so the Lord has commanded us, '101I HAVE PLACED YOU AS A 102LIGHT FOR THE GENTILES, THAT YOU MAY bbBRINGSALVATION TO THE END OF THE EARTH.' "
When the Gentilesheard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying103the word of ccthe Lord ; and as many as 104had beenappointed to eternallifebelieved.
And 105the word of the Lord was being spreadthrough the wholeregion.
But 106the Jewsincited the dd107devoutwomen108of prominence and the leadingmen of the city, and instigated a persecutionagainstPaul and Barnabas, and drove them out of their eedistrict.
But 109they shookoff the dust of their feet in protest against them and went to 110Iconium.
And the disciples were continually 111filled with joy and with the HolySpirit.