1 Now in the church that was at Antioch there were certain prophets and teachers:
Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen who had been
brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.
2 As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, Now separate to Me
Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.
3 Then, having fasted and prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them away.
4 So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia, and from there they
sailed to Cyprus.
5 And when they arrived in Salamis, they preached the Word of God in the synagogues
of the Jews. They also had John as their assistant.
6 Now when they had gone through the island to Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a
false prophet, a Jew whose name was Bar-Jesus,
7 who was with the proconsul, Sergius Paulus, an intelligent man. This man called for
Barnabas and Saul and sought to hear the Word of God.
8 But Elymas the sorcerer (for so his name is translated) withstood them, seeking to turn
the proconsul away from the faith.
9 Then Saul, who also is called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked intently at him
10 and said, O full of all deceit and all mischief, you son of the devil, you enemy of all
righteousness, will you not cease perverting the right ways of the Lord?
11 And now, lo, the hand of the Lord is upon you, and you shall be blind, not seeing the
sun for a time. And immediately a dark mist fell on him, and he went around seeking
someone to lead him by the hand.
12 Then the proconsul believed, when he saw what had been done, being astonished at
the doctrine of the Lord.
13 Now when Paul and his party set sail from Paphos, they came to Perga in Pamphylia;
and John, departing from them, returned to Jerusalem.
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 And after the reading of the Law and the Prophets, the rulers of the synagogue sent to
them, saying, Men and brethren, if you have any word of exhortation to the people,
16 Then 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 exalted the people when they
dwelt as strangers in the land of Egypt, and with an uplifted arm He brought them out of
18 Now for a time of about forty years He put up with their ways in the wilderness.
19 And when He had destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan, He distributed their
land to them by allotment.
20 After that He gave them judges for about four hundred and fifty years, until Samuel
21 And afterward they asked for a king; so 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 for them David as king, to whom also
He bore witness and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart,
who will do all My will.
23 From this man's seed, according to promise, God raised up for Israel a Savior, Jesus;
24 when John had first preached, before His coming on the scene, an immersion of
repentance to all the people of Israel.
25 And as John fulfilled his course, he said, Who do you think I am? I am not He. But
behold, there comes One after me, the sandals of whose feet I am not worthy to loose.
26 Men and brethren, sons of the family of Abraham, and those among you who fear
God, to you the Word of this salvation is sent.
27 For those who dwell in Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they did not know Him,
nor even the voices of the Prophets which are read every Sabbath, have fulfilled them in
28 And though they found no cause of death in Him, they asked Pilate that He should be
done away with.
29 Now when they had fulfilled all that was written concerning Him, they took Him
down from the tree and laid Him in a tomb.
30 But God raised Him from the dead.
31 He was seen for many days by those who came up with Him from Galilee to
Jerusalem, who are His witnesses to the people.
32 And we preach the gospel to you; the promise which was made to the fathers.
33 God has fulfilled this for us their children, in that He has raised up Jesus. As it is also
written in the second Psalm: You are My Son, today I have begotten You.
34 And that He raised Him from the dead, no more to return to corruption, He has
spoken thus: I will give you the holy and faithful promises of David.
35 Therefore He also says in another place: You will not allow Your Holy One to see corruption.
36 For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell asleep, was
buried with his fathers, and saw corruption;
37 but He whom God raised up saw no corruption.
38 Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through this One is preached to you
the remission of sins;
39 and by Him everyone who believes is justified from all things from which you could
not be justified by the Law of Moses.
40 Beware therefore, that what has been spoken in the Prophets may not come upon you:
41 Behold, you despisers, marvel and perish. For I work a work in your days, a work which you will by no means believe, though one were to declare it to you.
42 So when the Jews went out of the synagogue, the Gentiles begged that these words
might be preached to them the next Sabbath.
43 Now when the congregation had broken up, many of the Jews and devout proselytes
followed Paul and Barnabas, who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the
grace of God.
44 And on the next Sabbath almost the whole city came together to hear the Word of
45 But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy; and contradicting
and blaspheming, they opposed the things spoken by Paul.
46 Then Paul and Barnabas grew bold and said, It was necessary that the Word of God
should be spoken to you first; but since you thrust it away, and judge yourselves
unworthy of eternal life, behold, we turn to the Gentiles.
47 For thus the Lord has commanded us: I have set you as a light of the Gentiles, that you should be for salvation to the ends of the earth.
48 Now when the Gentiles heard this, they rejoiced and glorified the Word of the Lord.
And as many as had been appointed unto eternal life believed.
49 And the Word of the Lord was carried throughout all the region.
50 But the Jews stirred up the devout and influential women and the chief men of the
city, raised up persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them out of their
51 But they shook off the dust of their feet against them, and came unto Iconium.
52 And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.