Acts 13 New English Translation (NET Bible)
The Church at Antioch Commissions Barnabas and Saul
13 Now there were these prophets and teachers in the church at Antioch:[a] Barnabas, Simeon called Niger,[b] Lucius the Cyrenian,[c] Manaen (a close friend of Herod[d] the tetrarch[e] from childhood[f]) and Saul. 2 While they were serving[g] the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart[h] for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” 3 Then, after they had fasted[i] and[j] prayed and placed their hands[k] on them, they sent them off.
Paul and Barnabas Preach in Cyprus
4 So Barnabas and Saul,[l] sent out by the Holy Spirit, went down to Seleucia,[m] and from there they sailed to Cyprus.[n] 5 When[o] they arrived[p] in Salamis,[q] they began to proclaim[r] the word of God in the Jewish synagogues.[s] (Now they also had John[t] as their assistant.)[u] 6 When they had crossed over[v] the whole island as far as Paphos,[w] they found a magician, a Jewish false prophet named Bar-Jesus,[x] 7 who was with the proconsul[y] Sergius Paulus, an intelligent man. The proconsul[z] summoned[aa] Barnabas and Saul and wanted to hear[ab] the word of God. 8 But the magician Elymas[ac] (for that is the way his name is translated)[ad] opposed them, trying to turn the proconsul[ae] away from the faith. 9 But Saul (also known as Paul),[af] filled with the Holy Spirit,[ag] stared straight[ah] at him 10 and said, “You who are full of all deceit and all wrongdoing,[ai] you son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness—will you not stop making crooked the straight paths of the Lord?[aj] 11 Now[ak] look, the hand of the Lord is against[al] you, and you will be blind, unable to see the sun for a time!” Immediately mistiness[am] and darkness came over[an] him, and he went around seeking people[ao] to lead him by the hand. 12 Then when the proconsul[ap] saw what had happened, he believed,[aq] because he was greatly astounded[ar] at the teaching about[as] the Lord.
Paul and Barnabas at Pisidian Antioch
13 Then Paul and his companions put out to sea[at] from Paphos[au] and came to Perga[av] in Pamphylia,[aw] but John[ax] left them and returned to Jerusalem.[ay] 14 Moving on from[az] Perga,[ba] they arrived at Pisidian Antioch,[bb] and on the Sabbath day they went into[bc] the synagogue[bd] and sat down. 15 After the reading from the law and the prophets,[be] the leaders of the synagogue[bf] sent them a message,[bg] saying, “Brothers,[bh] if you have any message[bi] of exhortation[bj] for the people, speak it.”[bk] 16 So Paul stood up,[bl] gestured[bm] with his hand and said,
“Men of Israel,[bn] and you Gentiles who fear God,[bo] listen: 17 The God of this people Israel[bp] chose our ancestors[bq] and made the people great[br] during their stay as foreigners[bs] in the country[bt] of Egypt, and with uplifted arm[bu] he led them out of it. 18 For[bv] a period of about forty years he put up with[bw] them in the wilderness.[bx] 19 After[by] he had destroyed[bz] seven nations[ca] in the land of Canaan, he gave his people their land as an inheritance.[cb] 20 All this took[cc] about 450 years. After this[cd] he gave them judges until the time of[ce] Samuel the prophet. 21 Then they asked for a king, and God gave them Saul son of Kish, a man from the tribe of Benjamin, who ruled[cf] forty years. 22 After removing him, God[cg] raised up[ch] David their king. He testified about him:[ci] ‘I have found David[cj] the son of Jesse to be a man after my heart,[ck] who will accomplish everything I want him to do.’[cl] 23 From the descendants[cm] of this man[cn] God brought to Israel a Savior, Jesus, just as he promised.[co] 24 Before[cp] Jesus[cq] arrived, John[cr] had proclaimed a baptism for repentance[cs] to all the people of Israel. 25 But while John was completing his mission,[ct] he said repeatedly,[cu] ‘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!’[cv] 26 Brothers,[cw] descendants[cx] of Abraham’s family,[cy] and those Gentiles among you who fear God,[cz] the message[da] of this salvation has been sent to us. 27 For the people who live in Jerusalem and their rulers did not recognize[db] him,[dc] and they fulfilled the sayings[dd] of the prophets that are read every Sabbath by condemning[de] him.[df] 28 Though[dg] they found[dh] no basis[di] for a death sentence,[dj] they asked Pilate to have him executed. 29 When they had accomplished[dk] everything that was written[dl] about him, they took him down[dm] from the cross[dn] and placed him[do] in a tomb. 30 But God raised[dp] him from the dead, 31 and[dq] for many days he appeared to those who had accompanied[dr] him from Galilee to Jerusalem. These[ds] are now his witnesses to the people. 32 And we proclaim to you the good news about the promise to our ancestors,[dt] 33 that this promise[du] God has fulfilled to us, their children, by raising[dv] Jesus, as also it is written in the second psalm, ‘You are my Son;[dw] today I have fathered you.’[dx] 34 But regarding the fact that he has raised Jesus[dy] from the dead, never[dz] again to be[ea] in a state of decay, God[eb] has spoken in this way: ‘I will give you[ec] the holy and trustworthy promises[ed] made to David.’[ee] 35 Therefore he also says in another psalm,[ef] ‘You will not permit your Holy One[eg] to experience[eh] decay.’[ei] 36 For David, after he had served[ej] God’s purpose in his own generation, died,[ek] was buried with his ancestors,[el] and experienced[em] decay, 37 but the one[en] whom God raised up did not experience[eo] decay. 38 Therefore let it be known to you, brothers, that through this one[ep] forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, 39 and by this one[eq] everyone who believes is justified[er] from everything from which the law of Moses could not justify[es] you.[et] 40 Watch out,[eu] then, that what is spoken about by[ev] the prophets does not happen to you:
42 As Paul and Barnabas[ey] were going out,[ez] the people[fa] were urging[fb] them to speak about these things[fc] on the next Sabbath. 43 When the meeting of the synagogue[fd] had broken up,[fe] many of the Jews and God-fearing proselytes[ff] followed Paul and Barnabas, who were speaking with them and were persuading[fg] them[fh] to continue[fi] in the grace of God.
44 On the next Sabbath almost the whole city assembled together to hear the word of the Lord.[fj] 45 But when the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy,[fk] and they began to contradict[fl] what Paul was saying[fm] by reviling him.[fn] 46 Both Paul and Barnabas replied courageously,[fo] “It was necessary to speak the word of God[fp] to you first. Since you reject it and do not consider yourselves worthy[fq] of eternal life, we[fr] are turning to the Gentiles.[fs] 47 For this[ft] is what the Lord has commanded us: ‘I have appointed[fu] you to be a light[fv] for the Gentiles, to bring salvation[fw] to the ends of the earth.’”[fx] 48 When the Gentiles heard this, they began to rejoice[fy] and praise[fz] the word of the Lord, and all who had been appointed for eternal life[ga] believed. 49 So the word of the Lord was spreading[gb] through the entire region. 50 But the Jews incited[gc] 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 out[gd] of their region. 51 So after they shook[ge] the dust off their feet[gf] in protest against them, they went to Iconium.[gg] 52 And the disciples were filled with joy[gh] and with the Holy Spirit.