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Acts 13

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Barnabas and Saul Are Chosen and Sent
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1 The church at Antioch had several prophets and teachers. They were Barnabas, Simeon, also called Niger, Lucius from Cyrene, Manaen, who was Herod's
r 13.1 Herod's: Herod Antipas, the son of Herod the Great.
close friend, and Saul.
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1 Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.
which...: or, Herod's foster brother
2 While they were worshiping the Lord and going without eating,
s 13.2 going without eating: The Jews often went without eating as a way of showing how much they loved God. This is also called “fasting.”
the Holy Spirit told them, “Appoint Barnabas and Saul to do the work for which I have chosen them.”
2 As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.
3 Everyone prayed and went without eating for a while longer. Next, they placed their hands on Barnabas and Saul to show that they had been appointed to do this work. Then everyone sent them on their way. 3 And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.
Barnabas and Saul in Cyprus
4 After Barnabas and Saul had been sent by the Holy Spirit, they went to Seleucia. From there they sailed to the island of Cyprus.
4 So they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed unto Seleucia; and from thence they sailed to Cyprus.
5 They arrived at Salamis and began to preach God's message in the Jewish meeting places. They also had John
t 13.5,13 John: Whose other name was Mark (see 12.12,25).
as a helper.
5 And when they were at Salamis, they preached the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews: and they had also John to their minister.
6 Barnabas and Saul went all the way to the city of Paphos on the other end of the island, where they met a Jewish man named Bar-Jesus. He practiced witchcraft and was a false prophet.
6 And when they had gone through the isle unto Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was Barjesus:
7 He also worked for Sergius Paulus, who was very smart and was the governor of the island. Sergius Paulus wanted to hear God's message, and he sent for Barnabas and Saul. 7 Which was with the deputy of the country, Sergius Paulus, a prudent man; who called for Barnabas and Saul, and desired to hear the word of God.
8 But Bar-Jesus, whose other name was Elymas, was against them. He even tried to keep the governor from having faith in the Lord. 8 But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation) withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith.
9 Then Saul, better known as Paul, was filled with the Holy Spirit. He looked straight at Elymas
9 Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him,
10 and said, “You son of the devil! You are a liar, a crook, and an enemy of everything that is right. When will you stop speaking against the true ways of the Lord? 10 And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?
11 The Lord is going to punish you by making you completely blind for a while.”
Suddenly the man's eyes were covered by a dark mist, and he went around trying to get someone to lead him by the hand.
11 And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee, and thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun for a season. And immediately there fell on him a mist and a darkness; and he went about seeking some to lead him by the hand.
12 When the governor saw what had happened, he was amazed at this teaching about the Lord. So he put his faith in the Lord. 12 Then the deputy, when he saw what was done, believed, being astonished at the doctrine of the Lord.
Paul and Barnabas in Antioch of Pisidia
13 Paul and the others left Paphos and sailed to Perga in Pamphylia. But John
t 13.5,13 John: Whose other name was Mark (see 12.12,25).
left them and went back to Jerusalem.
13 Now when Paul and his company loosed from Paphos, they came to Perga in Pamphylia: and John departing from them returned to Jerusalem.
14 The rest of them went on from Perga to Antioch in Pisidia. Then on the Sabbath they went to the Jewish meeting place and sat down.
14 But when they departed from Perga, they came to Antioch in Pisidia, and went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and sat down.
15 After the reading of the Law and the Prophets,
u 13.15 the Law and the Prophets: The Jewish Scriptures, that is, the Old Testament.
the leaders sent someone over to tell Paul and Barnabas, “Friends, if you have anything to say that will help the people, please say it.”
15 And after the reading of the law and the prophets the rulers of the synagogue sent unto them, saying, Ye men and brethren, if ye have any word of exhortation for the people, say on.
16 Paul got up. He motioned with his hand and said:
People of Israel, and everyone else who worships God, listen!
16 Then Paul stood up, and beckoning with his hand said, Men of Israel, and ye that fear God, give audience.
17 The God of Israel chose our ancestors, and he let our people prosper while they were living in Egypt. Then with his mighty power he led them out,
13.17 a Ex 1.7; b Ex 12.51.
17 The God of this people of Israel chose our fathers, and exalted the people when they dwelt as strangers in the land of Egypt, and with an high arm brought he them out of it.
18 and for about forty years he took care of
v 13.18 took care of: Some manuscripts have “put up with.”
them in the desert.
13.18 Nu 14.34; Dt 1.31.
18 And about the time of forty years suffered he their manners in the wilderness.
suffered...: or bore, or fed them as a nurse beareth, or feedeth, her child
19 He destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan and gave their land to our people.
13.19 a Dt 7.1; b Js 14.1.
19 And when he had destroyed seven nations in the land of Chanaan, he divided their land to them by lot.
20 All this happened in about 450 years.
13.20 a Jg 2.16; b 1S 3.20.
Then God gave our people judges until the time of the prophet Samuel,
20 And after that he gave unto them judges about the space of four hundred and fifty years, until Samuel the prophet.
21 but the people demanded a king. So for forty years God gave them King Saul, the son of Kish from the tribe of Benjamin.
13.21 a 1S 8.5; b 1S 10.21.
21 And afterward they desired a king: and God gave unto them Saul the son of Cis, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, by the space of forty years.
22 Later, God removed Saul and let David rule in his place. God said about him, “David the son of Jesse is the kind of person who pleases me most! He does everything I want him to do.”
13.22 a 1S 13.14; b 1S 16.12; Ps 89.20.
22 And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.
23 God promised that someone from David's family would come to save the people of Israel, and that one is Jesus.
23 Of this man's seed hath God according to his promise raised unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus:
24 But before Jesus came, John was telling everyone in Israel to turn back to God and be baptized.
13.24 Mk 1.4; Lk 3.3.
24 When John had first preached before his coming the baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel.
25 Then, when John's work was almost done, he said, “Who do you people think I am? Do you think I am the Promised One? He will come later, and I am not good enough to untie his sandals.”
13.25 a Jn 1.19
25 And as John fulfilled his course, he said, Whom think ye that I am? I am not he. But, behold, there cometh one after me, whose shoes of his feet I am not worthy to loose.
26 Now listen, you descendants of Abraham! Pay attention, all of you Gentiles who are here to worship God! Listen to this message about how to be saved, because it is for everyone.
26 Men and brethren, children of the stock of Abraham, and whosoever among you feareth God, to you is the word of this salvation sent.
27 The people of Jerusalem and their leaders didn't realize who Jesus was. And they didn't understand the words of the prophets that they read each Sabbath. So they condemned Jesus just as the prophets had said. 27 For they that dwell at Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they knew him not, nor yet the voices of the prophets which are read every sabbath day, they have fulfilled them in condemning him.
28-29 They did exactly what the Scriptures said they would. Even though they couldn't find any reason to put Jesus to death, they still asked Pilate to have him killed.
13.28,29 Mt 27.22,23; Mk 15.13,14; Lk 23.21-23; Jn 19.15.
13.29 Mt 27.57
After Jesus had been put to death, he was taken down from the cross
w 13.28,29 cross: This translates a Greek word that means “wood,” “pole,” or “tree.”
and placed in a tomb.
28 And though they found no cause of death in him, yet desired they Pilate that he should be slain.
30 But God raised him from death! 30 But God raised him from the dead:
31 Then for many days Jesus appeared to his followers who had gone with him from Galilee to Jerusalem. Now they are telling our people about him.
13.31 Ac 1.3.
31 And he was seen many days of them which came up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are his witnesses unto the people.
32 God made a promise to our ancestors. And we are here to tell you the good news
32 And we declare unto you glad tidings, how that the promise which was made unto the fathers,
33 that he has kept this promise to us. It is just as the second Psalm says about Jesus,
13.33 Ps 2.7.

“You are my son because today
I have become your Father.”
33 God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee.

34 God raised Jesus from death and will never let his body decay. It is just as God said,
13.34 Is 55.3 (LXX).

“I will make to you
the same holy promise
that I made to David.”
34 And as concerning that he raised him up from the dead, now no more to return to corruption, he said on this wise, I will give you the sure mercies of David.
mercies: Gr. holy, or just things: which word the Septuagint in many places, uses for that which is in the Hebrew, mercies

35 And in another psalm it says, “God will never let the body of his Holy One decay.”
13.35 Ps 16.10.
35 Wherefore he saith also in another psalm, Thou shalt not suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.
36 When David was alive, he obeyed God. Then after he died, he was buried in the family grave, and his body decayed.
36 For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell on sleep, and was laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption:
after...: or, after he had in his own age served the will of God
37 But God raised Jesus from death, and his body did not decay. 37 But he, whom God raised again, saw no corruption.
38 My friends, the message is that Jesus can forgive your sins! The Law of Moses could not set you free from all your sins.
38 Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins:
39 But everyone who has faith in Jesus is set free. 39 And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.
40 Make sure that what the prophets have said doesn't happen to you. They said, 40 Beware therefore, lest that come upon you, which is spoken of in the prophets;

41 “Look, you people
13.41 Hb 1.5 (LXX).
who make fun of God!
Be amazed
and disappear.
I will do something today
that you won't believe,
even if someone
tells you about it!”
41 Behold, ye despisers, and wonder, and perish: for I work a work in your days, a work which ye shall in no wise believe, though a man declare it unto you.

42 As Paul and Barnabas were leaving the meeting, the people begged them to say more about these same things on the next Sabbath.
42 And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the Gentiles besought that these words might be preached to them the next sabbath.
the next...: Gr. in the week between, or, in the sabbath between
43 After the service, many Jews and a lot of Gentiles who worshiped God went with them. Paul and Barnabas begged them all to remain faithful to God, who had been so kind to them. 43 Now when the congregation was broken up, many of the Jews and religious proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas: who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God.
44 The next Sabbath almost everyone in town came to hear the message about the Lord.
x 13.44,48 the Lord: Some manuscripts have “God.”
44 And the next sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God.
45 When the Jewish people saw the crowds, they were very jealous. They insulted Paul and spoke against everything he said. 45 But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy, and spake against those things which were spoken by Paul, contradicting and blaspheming.
46 But Paul and Barnabas bravely said:
We had to tell God's message to you before we told it to anyone else. But you rejected the message! This proves that you don't deserve eternal life. Now we are going to the Gentiles.
46 Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles.
47 The Lord has given us this command,
13.47 Is 42.6; 49.6.

“I have placed you here
as a light
for the Gentiles.
You are to take
the saving power of God
to people everywhere on earth.”
47 For so hath the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set thee to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of the earth.

48 This message made the Gentiles glad, and they praised what they had heard about the Lord.
x 13.44,48 the Lord: Some manuscripts have “God.”
Everyone who had been chosen for eternal life then put their faith in the Lord.
48 And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed.
49 The message about the Lord spread all over that region.
49 And the word of the Lord was published throughout all the region.
50 But the Jewish leaders went to some of the important men in the town and to some respected women who were religious. They turned them against Paul and Barnabas and started making trouble for them. They even chased them out of that part of the country. 50 But the Jews stirred up the devout and honourable women, and the chief men of the city, and raised persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them out of their coasts.
51 Paul and Barnabas shook the dust from that place off their feet
y 13.51 shook the dust from that place off their feet: This was a way of showing rejection.
and went on to the city of Iconium.
13.51 Mt 10.14; Mk 6.11; Lk 9.5; 10.11.
51 But they shook off the dust of their feet against them, and came unto Iconium.
52 But the Lord's followers in Antioch were very happy and were filled with the Holy Spirit.
52 And the disciples were filled with joy, and with the Holy Ghost.

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