Now Paul and his companions set sail from Paphos and came to Perga in Pamphylia. And 1John left them and returned 2to Jerusalem,
but they went on from Perga and came to Antioch in Pisidia. And 3on the Sabbath day 4they went into the synagogue and sat down.
After 5the reading from 6the Law and the Prophets, 7the rulers of the synagogue sent a message to them, saying, "Brothers, if you have any 8word of encouragement for the people, say it."
So Paul stood up, and 9motioning with his hand said: "Men of Israel and 10you who fear God, listen.
11The God of this people Israel 12chose our fathers and 13made the people great 14during their stay in the land of Egypt, and 15with uplifted arm he led them out of it.
And for about 16forty years 17he put up with them in the wilderness.
And 18after destroying 19seven nations in the land of Canaan, 20he gave them their land as an inheritance.
All this took about 450 years. And after that 21he gave them judges until 22Samuel the prophet.
Then 23they asked for a king, and God gave them Saul 24the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, for forty years.
And 25when he had removed him, 26he raised up David to be their king, of whom he testified and said, 27'I have found in David the son of Jesse 28a man after my heart, 29who will do all my will.'
30Of this man's offspring God has brought to Israel 31a Savior, Jesus, 32as he promised.
Before his coming, 33John had proclaimed 34a baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel.
And as John was finishing his course, 35he 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.'
"Brothers, sons of the family of Abraham, and those among you 36who fear God, to us has been sent 37the message of 38this salvation.
For those who live in Jerusalem and their rulers, because 39they did not recognize him nor understand 40the utterances of the prophets, which are read every Sabbath, 41fulfilled them by condemning him.
And 42though they found in him no guilt worthy of death, 43they asked Pilate to have him executed.
And when 44they had carried out all that was written of him, 45they took him down from 46the tree and laid him in a tomb.
But 47God raised him from the dead,
and for many days 48he appeared to those 49who had come up with him 50from Galilee to Jerusalem, 51who are now 52his witnesses to the people.
And we bring you the good news 53that what God promised to the fathers,
54this he has fulfilled to us their children by raising Jesus, as also it is written in the second Psalm, 55"'You are my Son, today I have begotten you.'
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 56the holy and sure blessings of David.'
Therefore he says also in another psalm, 57"'You will not let your Holy One see corruption.'
For David, after he had 58served the purpose of God in his own generation, 59fell asleep and 60was laid with his fathers and saw corruption,
but he whom 61God raised up did not see corruption.
Let it be known to you therefore, brothers, 62that through this man 63forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you,
and by him 64everyone who believes is freed from everything 65from which you could not be freed by the law of Moses.
Beware, therefore, lest what is said in the Prophets should come about:
66"'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.'"
As they went out, the people begged that these things might be told them the next Sabbath.
And after the meeting of the synagogue broke up, many Jews and 67devout 68converts to Judaism followed Paul and Barnabas, who, as they spoke with them, urged them 69to continue in 70the grace of God.
The next Sabbath almost the whole city gathered to hear the word of the Lord.
71But 72when the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with 73jealousy and began to contradict what was spoken by Paul, 74reviling him.
And Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly, saying, "It was necessary that the word of God 75be spoken first to you. 76Since you thrust it aside and judge yourselves 77unworthy of eternal life, behold, we 78are turning to the Gentiles.
79For so the Lord has commanded us, saying, 80"'I have made you 81a light for the Gentiles, that you may 82bring salvation to the ends of the earth.'"
And when the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and 83glorifying the word of the Lord, and as many as were appointed to eternal life believed.
And the word of the Lord was spreading throughout the whole region.
84But the Jews incited the devout 85women of high standing and the leading men of the city, 86stirred up persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and 87drove them out of their district.
But they 88shook off the dust from their feet against them and went to Iconium.
And the disciples were filled 89with joy and 90with the Holy Spirit.