Acts 13:1-4

Barnabas and Saul Sent Off

1 Now there were in the church at Antioch 1prophets and 2teachers, 3Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger,[a] Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen a member of the court of 4Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.
2 While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, 5the Holy Spirit said, 6"Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul 7for the work to which I have called them."
3 Then after fasting and 8praying they laid their hands on them and 9sent them off.

Barnabas and Saul on Cyprus

4 So, being sent out 10by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia, and from there they sailed to Cyprus.

Acts 13:1-4 In-Context

1 Now there were in the church at Antioch prophets and teachers, Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen a member of the court of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.
2 While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, "Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them."
3 Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off.
4 So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia, and from there they sailed to Cyprus.
5 When they arrived at Salamis, they proclaimed the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews. And they had John to assist them.
6 When they had gone through the whole island as far as Paphos, they came upon a certain magician, a Jewish false prophet named Bar-Jesus.
7 He was with the proconsul, Sergius Paulus, a man of intelligence, who summoned Barnabas and Saul and sought to hear the word of God.
8 But Elymas the magician (for that is the meaning of his name) opposed them, seeking to turn the proconsul away from the faith.

Cross References 10

  • 1. Acts 11:27; Acts 15:32; Acts 19:6; Acts 21:9, 10; Romans 12:6, 7; See 1 Corinthians 12:28, 29
  • 2. Acts 11:27; Acts 15:32; Acts 19:6; Acts 21:9, 10; Romans 12:6, 7; See 1 Corinthians 12:28, 29
  • 3. Acts 11:22-26
  • 4. See Luke 3:1
  • 5. [Acts 20:28]; See Acts 8:29
  • 6. Romans 1:1; Galatians 1:15
  • 7. See Acts 9:15
  • 8. See Acts 6:6
  • 9. Acts 14:26
  • 10. ver. 2; [Acts 16:6, 7]

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Niger is a Latin word meaning black, or dark
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