16 Paul stood up, and 1motioning with his hand said, "Men of Israel, and 2 you who fear God, listen:
17 "The God of this people Israel 3chose our fathers and 4made the people great during their stay in the land of Egypt, and with an uplifted arm 5He led them out from it.
18 "For 6a period of about forty years 7He put up with them in the wilderness.
19 "8When He had destroyed 9seven nations in the land of Canaan, He 10distributed their land as an inheritance -all of which took 11about four hundred and fifty years.
21 "Then they 14asked for a king, and God gave them 15Saul the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, for forty years.
22 "After He had 16removed him, He raised up David to be their king, concerning whom He also testified and said, '17I HAVE FOUND DAVID the son of Jesse, A MAN AFTER MY HEART, who will do all My will.'
24 after 21John had proclaimed before His coming * a 22baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel.
25 "And while John 23was completing his course, 24he 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 25this salvation has been sent.
27 "For those who live in Jerusalem, and their 26rulers, 27recognizing neither Him nor the utterances of 28the prophets which are 29read every Sabbath, fulfilled these by condemning Him.
28 "And though they found no ground for putting Him to death, they 30asked Pilate that He be executed.
29 "When they had 31carried out all that was written concerning Him, 32they took Him down from 33the cross and 34laid Him in a tomb.
30 "But God 35raised Him from the dead;
31 and for many days 36He appeared to those who came up with Him from Galilee to Jerusalem, the very ones who are now 37His witnesses to the people.
32 "And we 38preach to you the good news of 39the promise made to the fathers,
33 that God has fulfilled this promise to our children in that He 40raised up Jesus, as it is also written in the second Psalm, '41YOU ARE MY SON; TODAY I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU.'
34 "As for the fact that He 42raised Him up from the dead, no longer to return to decay, He has spoken in this way: '43I WILL GIVE YOU THE HOLY and SURE blessings OF DAVID.'
35 "Therefore He also says in another Psalm, '44YOU WILL NOT ALLOW YOUR HOLY ONE TO UNDERGO DECAY.'
36 "For 45David, after he had served 46the purpose of God in his own generation, 47fell asleep, and was laid among his fathers and underwent decay;
37 but He whom God 48raised did not undergo decay.
38 "Therefore let it be known to you, brethren *, that 49through Him forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you,
39 and through Him 50everyone who believes is freed from all things, from which you could not be freed through the Law of Moses.
40 "Therefore take heed, so that the thing spoken of 51in the Prophets may not come upon you:
41 '52BEHOLD, YOU SCOFFERS, AND MARVEL, AND PERISH; FOR I AM ACCOMPLISHING A WORK IN YOUR DAYS, A WORK WHICH YOU WILL NEVER * BELIEVE, THOUGH SOMEONE SHOULD DESCRIBE IT TO YOU.' "