Acts 13:16-41

16 So Paul stood up, and 1motioning with his hand said: "Men of Israel and 2you who fear God, listen.
17 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.
18 And for about 8forty years 9he put up with[a] them in the wilderness.
19 And 10after destroying 11seven nations in the land of Canaan, 12he gave them their land as an inheritance.
20 All this took about 450 years. And after that 13he gave them judges until 14Samuel the prophet.
21 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.
22 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.'
23 22Of this man's offspring God has brought to Israel 23a Savior, Jesus, 24as he promised.
24 Before his coming, 25John had proclaimed 26a baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel.
25 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.'
26 "Brothers, sons of the family of Abraham, and those among you 28who fear God, to us has been sent 29the message of 30this salvation.
27 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.
28 And 34though they found in him no guilt worthy of death, 35they asked Pilate to have him executed.
29 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.
30 But 39God raised him from the dead,
31 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.
32 And we bring you the good news 45that what God promised to the fathers,
33 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.'
34 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.'
35 Therefore he says also in another psalm, 49"'You will not let your Holy One see corruption.'
36 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,
37 but he whom 53God raised up did not see corruption.
38 Let it be known to you therefore, brothers, 54that through this man 55forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you,
39 and by him 56everyone who believes is freed[b] from everything 57from which you could not be freed by the law of Moses.
40 Beware, therefore, lest what is said in the Prophets should come about:
41 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.'"

Acts 13:16-41 In-Context

14 but they went on from Perga and came to Antioch in Pisidia. And on the Sabbath day they went into the synagogue and sat down.
15 After the reading from the Law and the Prophets, the rulers of the synagogue sent a message to them, saying, "Brothers, if you have any word of encouragement for the people, say it."
16 So Paul stood up, and motioning with his hand said: "Men of Israel and you who fear God, listen.
17 The God of this people Israel chose our fathers and made the people great during their stay in the land of Egypt, and with uplifted arm he led them out of it.
18 And for about forty years he put up with them in the wilderness.
19 And after destroying seven nations in the land of Canaan, he gave them their land as an inheritance.
20 All this took about 450 years. And after that he gave them judges until Samuel the prophet.
21 Then they asked for a king, and God gave them Saul the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, for forty years.
22 And when he had removed him, he raised up David to be their king, of whom he testified and said, 'I have found in David the son of Jesse a man after my heart, who will do all my will.'
23 Of this man's offspring God has brought to Israel a Savior, Jesus, as he promised.
24 Before his coming, John had proclaimed a baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel.
25 And as John was finishing his course, he 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.'
26 "Brothers, sons of the family of Abraham, and those among you who fear God, to us has been sent the message of this salvation.
27 For those who live in Jerusalem and their rulers, because they did not recognize him nor understand the utterances of the prophets, which are read every Sabbath, fulfilled them by condemning him.
28 And though they found in him no guilt worthy of death, they asked Pilate to have him executed.
29 And when they had carried out all that was written of him, they took him down from the tree and laid him in a tomb.
30 But God raised him from the dead,
31 and for many days he appeared to those who had come up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are now his witnesses to the people.
32 And we bring you the good news that what God promised to the fathers,
33 this he has fulfilled to us their children by raising Jesus, as also it is written in the second Psalm, "'You are my Son, today I have begotten you.'
34 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 the holy and sure blessings of David.'
35 Therefore he says also in another psalm, "'You will not let your Holy One see corruption.'
36 For David, after he had served the purpose of God in his own generation, fell asleep and was laid with his fathers and saw corruption,
37 but he whom God raised up did not see corruption.
38 Let it be known to you therefore, brothers, that through this man forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you,
39 and by him everyone who believes is freed from everything from which you could not be freed by the law of Moses.
40 Beware, therefore, lest what is said in the Prophets should come about:
41 "'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.'"
42 As they went out, the people begged that these things might be told them the next Sabbath.
43 And after the meeting of the synagogue broke up, many Jews and devout converts to Judaism followed Paul and Barnabas, who, as they spoke with them, urged them to continue in the grace of God.

Cross References 58

  • 1. See Acts 12:17
  • 2. ver. 26; Acts 10:2, 22
  • 3. See Matthew 15:31
  • 4. Deuteronomy 7:6-8
  • 5. Numbers 24:7
  • 6. Acts 7:17; Ex. 1:1, 7, 12; Psalms 105:23, 24
  • 7. Exodus 6:6; Exodus 13:14, 16
  • 8. See Acts 7:36
  • 9. [Deuteronomy 9:5-24]
  • 10. See Acts 7:45
  • 11. Deuteronomy 7:1
  • 12. Joshua 14:1, 2; Joshua 19:51; Psalms 78:55; Psalms 136:21, 22
  • 13. Judges 2:16; Judges 3:9
  • 14. See Acts 3:24
  • 15. 1 Samuel 8:5; 1 Samuel 10:1
  • 16. 1 Samuel 9:1, 2
  • 17. 1 Sam. 15:23, 26, 28; 1 Samuel 16:1; [Hosea 13:11]
  • 18. 1 Samuel 16:13; 2 Samuel 2:4; 2 Samuel 5:3
  • 19. Cited from Psalms 89:20
  • 20. Acts 7:46; Cited from 1 Samuel 13:14
  • 21. ver. 36
  • 22. See Matthew 1:1
  • 23. See Luke 2:11
  • 24. Psalms 132:11; [ver. 32, 33]
  • 25. Acts 1:22; Matthew 3:1
  • 26. Acts 19:4; Mark 1:4; Luke 3:3; [Acts 2:38; Matthew 3:11]
  • 27. John 1:20, 27; [Matthew 3:11; Mark 1:7; Luke 3:16]
  • 28. ver. 16
  • 29. Acts 10:36; [Ephesians 1:13]
  • 30. [Acts 5:20]; See Acts 4:12
  • 31. [2 Corinthians 3:14, 15]; See Acts 3:17
  • 32. ver. 15; [Acts 15:21]
  • 33. See Luke 24:20, 26, 27, 44
  • 34. [Mark 14:55; Luke 23:22]
  • 35. Acts 2:23; Acts 3:14, 15; Luke 23:23
  • 36. Luke 18:31; Luke 24:44; John 19:28, 30, 36, 37
  • 37. Matthew 27:59, 60; Mark 15:46; Luke 23:53; John 19:38, 41, 42
  • 38. See Acts 5:30
  • 39. See Acts 2:24
  • 40. See Acts 1:3
  • 41. Mark 15:41
  • 42. Acts 1:11; Acts 2:7
  • 43. See Luke 24:48
  • 44. See Acts 1:8
  • 45. Acts 26:6; Romans 4:13; Romans 15:8; Galatians 3:16; [Romans 9:4]
  • 46. [ver. 23; Luke 1:69-73]
  • 47. Hebrews 1:5; Hebrews 5:5; Cited from Psalms 2:7
  • 48. Cited from Isaiah 55:3
  • 49. Acts 2:27; Cited from Psalms 16:10
  • 50. ver. 22; Acts 20:27
  • 51. 2 Samuel 7:12; 1 Kings 2:10; [Acts 2:29]
  • 52. Judges 2:10
  • 53. ver. 30
  • 54. Luke 24:47; 1 John 2:12
  • 55. Acts 5:31
  • 56. Romans 3:28; See Acts 10:43
  • 57. Romans 2:13; Romans 3:20; Romans 8:3; Galatians 2:16; Galatians 3:11; Ephesians 2:9; 2 Timothy 1:9; Titus 3:5; [Hebrews 7:19]
  • 58. Cited from Habakkuk 1:5; [Isaiah 29:14]

Footnotes 2

  • [a]. Some manuscripts he carried (compare Deuteronomy 1:31)
  • [b]. Greek justified; twice in this verse
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