The Church at Antioch Commissions Barnabas and Saul
13:1 Now there were these prophets and teachers in the church at Antioch:1 Barnabas, Simeon called Niger,2 Lucius the Cyrenian,3 Manaen (a close friend of Herod4 the tetrarch5 from childhood6) and Saul. 13:2 While they were serving7 the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart8 for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” 13:3 Then, after they had fasted9 and10 prayed and placed their hands11 on them, they sent them off.
Paul and Barnabas Preach in Cyprus
13:4 So Barnabas and Saul,12 sent out by the Holy Spirit, went down to Seleucia,13 and from there they sailed to Cyprus.14 13:5 When15 they arrived16 in Salamis,17 they began to proclaim18 the word of God in the Jewish synagogues.19 (Now they also had John20 as their assistant.)21 13:6 When they had crossed over22 the whole island as far as Paphos,23 they found a magician, a Jewish false prophet named Bar-Jesus,24 13:7 who was with the proconsul25 Sergius Paulus, an intelligent man. The proconsul26 summoned27 Barnabas and Saul and wanted to hear28 the word of God. 13:8 But the magician Elymas29 (for that is the way his name is translated)30 opposed them, trying to turn the proconsul31 away from the faith. 13:9 But Saul (also known as Paul),32 filled with the Holy Spirit,33 stared straight34 at him 13:10 and said, “You who are full of all deceit and all wrongdoing,35 you son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness – will you not stop making crooked the straight paths of the Lord?36 13:11 Now37 look, the hand of the Lord is against38 you, and you will be blind, unable to see the sun for a time!” Immediately mistiness39 and darkness came over40 him, and he went around seeking people41 to lead him by the hand. 13:12 Then when the proconsul42 saw what had happened, he believed,43 because he was greatly astounded44 at the teaching about45 the Lord.
Paul and Barnabas at Pisidian Antioch
13:13 Then Paul and his companions put out to sea46 from Paphos47 and came to Perga48 in Pamphylia,49 but John50 left them and returned to Jerusalem.51 13:14 Moving on from52 Perga,53 they arrived at Pisidian Antioch,54 and on the Sabbath day they went into55 the synagogue56 and sat down. 13:15 After the reading from the law and the prophets,57 the leaders of the synagogue58 sent them a message,59 saying, “Brothers,60 if you have any message61 of exhortation62 for the people, speak it.”63 13:16 So Paul stood up,64 gestured65 with his hand and said,
“Men of Israel,66 and you Gentiles who fear God,67 listen: 13:17 The God of this people Israel68 chose our ancestors69 and made the people great70 during their stay as foreigners71 in the country72 of Egypt, and with uplifted arm73 he led them out of it. 13:18 For74 a period of about forty years he put up with75 them in the wilderness.76 13:19 After77 he had destroyed78 seven nations79 in the land of Canaan, he gave his people their land as an inheritance.80 13:20 All this took81 about four hundred fifty years. After this82 he gave them judges until the time of83 Samuel the prophet. 13:21 Then they asked for a king, and God gave them Saul son of Kish, a man from the tribe of Benjamin, who ruled84 forty years. 13:22 After removing him, God85 raised up86 David their king. He testified about him:87 ‘I have found David88 the son of Jesse to be a man after my heart,89 who will accomplish everything I want him to do.’90 13:23 From the descendants91 of this man92 God brought to Israel a Savior, Jesus, just as he promised.93 13:24 Before94 Jesus95 arrived, John96 had proclaimed a baptism for repentance97 to all the people of Israel. 13:25 But while John was completing his mission,98 he said repeatedly,99 ‘What do you think I am? I am not he. But look, one is coming after me. I am not worthy to untie the sandals on his feet!’100 13:26 Brothers,101 descendants102 of Abraham’s family,103 and those Gentiles among you who fear God,104 the message105 of this salvation has been sent to us. 13:27 For the people who live in Jerusalem and their rulers did not recognize106 him,107 and they fulfilled the sayings108 of the prophets that are read every Sabbath by condemning109 him.110 13:28 Though111 they found112 no basis113 for a death sentence,114 they asked Pilate to have him executed. 13:29 When they had accomplished115 everything that was written116 about him, they took him down117 from the cross118 and placed him119 in a tomb. 13:30 But God raised120 him from the dead, 13:31 and121 for many days he appeared to those who had accompanied122 him from Galilee to Jerusalem. These123 are now his witnesses to the people. 13:32 And we proclaim to you the good news about the promise to our ancestors,124 13:33 that this promise125 God has fulfilled to us, their children, by raising126 Jesus, as also it is written in the second psalm, ‘You are my Son;127 today I have fathered you.’128 13:34 But regarding the fact that he has raised Jesus129 from the dead, never130 again to be131 in a state of decay, God132 has spoken in this way: ‘I will give you133 the holy and trustworthy promises134 made to David.’135 13:35 Therefore he also says in another psalm,136 ‘You will not permit your Holy One137 to experience138 decay.’139 13:36 For David, after he had served140 God’s purpose in his own generation, died,141 was buried with his ancestors,142 and experienced143 decay, 13:37 but the one144 whom God raised up did not experience145 decay. 13:38 Therefore let it be known to you, brothers, that through this one146 forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, 13:39 and by this one147 everyone who believes is justified148 from everything from which the law of Moses could not justify149 you.150 13:40 Watch out,151 then, that what is spoken about by152 the prophets does not happen to you:
13:41 ‘Look, you scoffers; be amazed and perish!153
For I am doing a work in your days,
a work you would never believe, even if someone tells you.’”154
13:42 As Paul and Barnabas155 were going out,156 the people157 were urging158 them to speak about these things159 on the next Sabbath. 13:43 When the meeting of the synagogue160 had broken up,161 many of the Jews and God-fearing proselytes162 followed Paul and Barnabas, who were speaking with them and were persuading163 them164 to continue165 in the grace of God.
13:44 On the next Sabbath almost the whole city assembled together to hear the word of the Lord.166 13:45 But when the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy,167 and they began to contradict168 what Paul was saying169 by reviling him.170 13:46 Both Paul and Barnabas replied courageously,171 “It was necessary to speak the word of God172 to you first. Since you reject it and do not consider yourselves worthy173 of eternal life, we174 are turning to the Gentiles.175 13:47 For this176 is what the Lord has commanded us: ‘I have appointed177 you to be a light178 for the Gentiles, to bring salvation179 to the ends of the earth.’”180 13:48 When the Gentiles heard this, they began to rejoice181 and praise182 the word of the Lord, and all who had been appointed for eternal life183 believed. 13:49 So the word of the Lord was spreading184 through the entire region. 13:50 But the Jews incited185 the God-fearing women of high social standing and the prominent men of the city, stirred up persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and threw them out186 of their region. 13:51 So after they shook187 the dust off their feet188 in protest against them, they went to Iconium.189 13:52 And the disciples were filled with joy190 and with the Holy Spirit.