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Acts 13 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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Barnabas and Saul Are Commissioned
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 13:1 - Among the prophets and teachers of the church at Antioch of Syria were Barnabas, Simeon (called “the black man”[fn]), Lucius (from Cyrene), Manaen (the childhood companion of King Herod Antipas[fn]), and Saul.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 13:2 - One day as these men were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Dedicate Barnabas and Saul for the special work to which I have called them.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 13:3 - So after more fasting and prayer, the men laid their hands on them and sent them on their way.
Paul’s First Missionary Journey
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 13:4 - So Barnabas and Saul were sent out by the Holy Spirit. They went down to the seaport of Seleucia and then sailed for the island of Cyprus.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 13:5 - There, in the town of Salamis, they went to the Jewish synagogues and preached the word of God. John Mark went with them as their assistant.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 13:6 - Afterward they traveled from town to town across the entire island until finally they reached Paphos, where they met a Jewish sorcerer, a false prophet named Bar-Jesus.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 13:7 - He had attached himself to the governor, Sergius Paulus, who was an intelligent man. The governor invited Barnabas and Saul to visit him, for he wanted to hear the word of God.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 13:8 - But Elymas, the sorcerer (as his name means in Greek), interfered and urged the governor to pay no attention to what Barnabas and Saul said. He was trying to keep the governor from believing.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 13:9 - Saul, also known as Paul, was filled with the Holy Spirit, and he looked the sorcerer in the eye.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 13:10 - Then he said, “You son of the devil, full of every sort of deceit and fraud, and enemy of all that is good! Will you never stop perverting the true ways of the Lord?
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 13:11 - Watch now, for the Lord has laid his hand of punishment upon you, and you will be struck blind. You will not see the sunlight for some time.” Instantly mist and darkness came over the man’s eyes, and he began groping around begging for someone to take his hand and lead him.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 13:12 - When the governor saw what had happened, he became a believer, for he was astonished at the teaching about the Lord.
Paul Preaches in Antioch of Pisidia
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 13:13 - Paul and his companions then left Paphos by ship for Pamphylia, landing at the port town of Perga. There John Mark left them and returned to Jerusalem.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 13:14 - But Paul and Barnabas traveled inland to Antioch of Pisidia.[fn]
On the Sabbath they went to the synagogue for the services.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 13:15 - After the usual readings from the books of Moses[fn] and the prophets, those in charge of the service sent them this message: “Brothers, if you have any word of encouragement for the people, come and give it.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 13:16 - So Paul stood, lifted his hand to quiet them, and started speaking. “Men of Israel,” he said, “and you God-fearing Gentiles, listen to me.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 13:17 - “The God of this nation of Israel chose our ancestors and made them multiply and grow strong during their stay in Egypt. Then with a powerful arm he led them out of their slavery.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 13:18 - He put up with them[fn] through forty years of wandering in the wilderness.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 13:19 - Then he destroyed seven nations in Canaan and gave their land to Israel as an inheritance.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 13:20 - All this took about 450 years.
“After that, God gave them judges to rule until the time of Samuel the prophet.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 13:21 - Then the people begged for a king, and God gave them Saul son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, who reigned for forty years.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 13:22 - But God removed Saul and replaced him with David, a man about whom God said, ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart. He will do everything I want him to do.’[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 13:23 - “And it is one of King David’s descendants, Jesus, who is God’s promised Savior of Israel!
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 13:24 - Before he came, John the Baptist preached that all the people of Israel needed to repent of their sins and turn to God and be baptized.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 13:25 - As John was finishing his ministry he asked, ‘Do you think I am the Messiah? No, I am not! But he is coming soon—and I’m not even worthy to be his slave and untie the sandals on his feet.’
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 13:26 - “Brothers—you sons of Abraham, and also you God-fearing Gentiles—this message of salvation has been sent to us!
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 13:27 - The people in Jerusalem and their leaders did not recognize Jesus as the one the prophets had spoken about. Instead, they condemned him, and in doing this they fulfilled the prophets’ words that are read every Sabbath.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 13:28 - They found no legal reason to execute him, but they asked Pilate to have him killed anyway.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 13:29 - “When they had done all that the prophecies said about him, they took him down from the cross[fn] and placed him in a tomb.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 13:30 - But God raised him from the dead!
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 13:31 - And over a period of many days he appeared to those who had gone with him from Galilee to Jerusalem. They are now his witnesses to the people of Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 13:32 - “And now we are here to bring you this Good News. The promise was made to our ancestors,
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 13:33 - and God has now fulfilled it for us, their descendants, by raising Jesus. This is what the second psalm says about Jesus:
‘You are my Son.
Today I have become your Father.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 13:34 - For God had promised to raise him from the dead, not leaving him to rot in the grave. He said, ‘I will give you the sacred blessings I promised to David.’[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 13:35 - Another psalm explains it more fully: ‘You will not allow your Holy One to rot in the grave.’[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 13:36 - This is not a reference to David, for after David had done the will of God in his own generation, he died and was buried with his ancestors, and his body decayed.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 13:37 - No, it was a reference to someone else—someone whom God raised and whose body did not decay.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 13:38 - [fn]“Brothers, listen! We are here to proclaim that through this man Jesus there is forgiveness for your sins.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 13:39 - Everyone who believes in him is declared right with God—something the law of Moses could never do.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 13:40 - Be careful! Don’t let the prophets’ words apply to you. For they said,
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 13:41 - ‘Look, you mockers,
be amazed and die!
For I am doing something in your own day,
something you wouldn’t believe
even if someone told you about it.’[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 13:42 - As Paul and Barnabas left the synagogue that day, the people begged them to speak about these things again the next week.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 13:43 - Many Jews and devout converts to Judaism followed Paul and Barnabas, and the two men urged them to continue to rely on the grace of God.
Paul Turns to the Gentiles
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 13:44 - The following week almost the entire city turned out to hear them preach the word of the Lord.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 13:45 - But when some of the Jews saw the crowds, they were jealous; so they slandered Paul and argued against whatever he said.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 13:46 - Then Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly and declared, “It was necessary that we first preach the word of God to you Jews. But since you have rejected it and judged yourselves unworthy of eternal life, we will offer it to the Gentiles.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 13:47 - For the Lord gave us this command when he said,
‘I have made you a light to the Gentiles,
to bring salvation to the farthest corners of the earth.’[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 13:48 - When the Gentiles heard this, they were very glad and thanked the Lord for his message; and all who were chosen for eternal life became believers.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 13:49 - So the Lord’s message spread throughout that region.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 13:50 - Then the Jews stirred up the influential religious women and the leaders of the city, and they incited a mob against Paul and Barnabas and ran them out of town.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 13:51 - So they shook the dust from their feet as a sign of rejection and went to the town of Iconium.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 13:52 - And the believers[fn] were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.
NLT Footnotes
Greek who was called Niger.
Greek Herod the tetrarch.
Pamphylia and Pisidia were districts in what is now Turkey.
Pamphylia and Pisidia were districts in what is now Turkey.
Greek from the law.
Some manuscripts read He cared for them; compare Deut 1:31.
1 Sam 13:14.
Greek from the tree.
Or Today I reveal you as my Son. Ps 2:7.
Isa 55:3.
Ps 16:10.
English translations divide verses 38 and 39 in various ways.
Hab 1:5 (Greek version).
Isa 49:6.
Greek the disciples.

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