13 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 Herod 4 the tetrarch 5 from childhood 6 ) and Saul. 2 While they were serving 7 the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart 8 for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” 3 Then, after they had fasted 9 and 10 prayed and placed their hands 11 on them, they sent them off.
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 5 When 15 they arrived 16 in Salamis, 17 they began to proclaim 18 the word of God in the Jewish synagogues. 19 (Now they also had John 20 as their assistant.) 21 6 When they had crossed over 22 the whole island as far as Paphos, 23 they found a magician, a Jewish false prophet named Bar-Jesus, 24 7 who was with the proconsul 25 Sergius Paulus, an intelligent man. The proconsul 26 summoned 27 Barnabas and Saul and wanted to hear 28 the word of God. 8 But the magician Elymas 29 (for that is the way his name is translated) 30 opposed them, trying to turn the proconsul 31 away from the faith. 9 But Saul (also known as Paul), 32 filled with the Holy Spirit, 33 stared straight 34 at him 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 11 Now 37 look, the hand of the Lord is against 38 you, and you will be blind, unable to see the sun for a time!” Immediately mistiness 39 and darkness came over 40 him, and he went around seeking people 41 to lead him by the hand. 12 Then when the proconsul 42 saw what had happened, he believed, 43 because he was greatly astounded 44 at the teaching about 45 the Lord.
13 Then Paul and his companions put out to sea 46 from Paphos 47 and came to Perga 48 in Pamphylia, 49 but John 50 left them and returned to Jerusalem. 51 14 Moving on from 52 Perga, 53 they arrived at Pisidian Antioch, 54 and on the Sabbath day they went into 55 the synagogue 56 and sat down. 15 After the reading from the law and the prophets, 57 the leaders of the synagogue 58 sent them a message, 59 saying, “Brothers, 60 if you have any message 61 of exhortation 62 for the people, speak it.” 63 16 So Paul stood up, 64 gestured 65 with his hand and said,
“Men of Israel, 66 and you Gentiles who fear God, 67 listen: 17 The God of this people Israel 68 chose our ancestors 69 and made the people great 70 during their stay as foreigners 71 in the country 72 of Egypt, and with uplifted arm 73 he led them out of it. 18 For 74 a period of about forty years he put up with 75 them in the wilderness. 76 19 After 77 he had destroyed 78 seven nations 79 in the land of Canaan, he gave his people their land as an inheritance. 80 20 All this took 81 about four hundred fifty years. After this 82 he gave them judges until the time of 83 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 84 forty years. 22 After removing him, God 85 raised up 86 David their king. He testified about him: 87 ‘I have found David 88 the son of Jesse to be a man after my heart, 89 who will accomplish everything I want him to do.’ 90 23 From the descendants 91 of this man 92 God brought to Israel a Savior, Jesus, just as he promised. 93 24 Before 94 Jesus 95 arrived, John 96 had proclaimed a baptism for repentance 97 to all the people of Israel. 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 26 Brothers, 101 descendants 102 of Abraham’s family, 103 and those Gentiles among you who fear God, 104 the message 105 of this salvation has been sent to us. 27 For the people who live in Jerusalem and their rulers did not recognize 106 him, 107 and they fulfilled the sayings 108 of the prophets that are read every Sabbath by condemning 109 him. 110 28 Though 111 they found 112 no basis 113 for a death sentence, 114 they asked Pilate to have him executed. 29 When they had accomplished 115 everything that was written 116 about him, they took him down 117 from the cross 118 and placed him 119 in a tomb. 30 But God raised 120 him from the dead, 31 and 121 for many days he appeared to those who had accompanied 122 him from Galilee to Jerusalem. These 123 are now his witnesses to the people. 32 And we proclaim to you the good news about the promise to our ancestors, 124 33 that this promise 125 God has fulfilled to us, their children, by raising 126 Jesus, as also it is written in the second psalm, ‘You are my Son; 127 today I have fathered you.’ 128 34 But regarding the fact that he has raised Jesus 129 from the dead, never 130 again to be 131 in a state of decay, God 132 has spoken in this way: ‘I will give you 133 the holy and trustworthy promises 134 made to David.’ 135 35 Therefore he also says in another psalm, 136 ‘You will not permit your Holy One 137 to experience 138 decay.’ 139 36 For David, after he had served 140 God’s purpose in his own generation, died, 141 was buried with his ancestors, 142 and experienced 143 decay, 37 but the one 144 whom God raised up did not experience 145 decay. 38 Therefore let it be known to you, brothers, that through this one 146 forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, 39 and by this one 147 everyone who believes is justified 148 from everything from which the law of Moses could not justify 149 you. 150 40 Watch out, 151 then, that what is spoken about by 152 the prophets does not happen to you:
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
42 As Paul and Barnabas 155 were going out, 156 the people 157 were urging 158 them to speak about these things 159 on the next Sabbath. 43 When the meeting of the synagogue 160 had broken up, 161 many of the Jews and God-fearing proselytes 162 followed Paul and Barnabas, who were speaking with them and were persuading 163 them 164 to continue 165 in the grace of God.
44 On the next Sabbath almost the whole city assembled together to hear the word of the Lord. 166 45 But when the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy, 167 and they began to contradict 168 what Paul was saying 169 by reviling him. 170 46 Both Paul and Barnabas replied courageously, 171 “It was necessary to speak the word of God 172 to you first. Since you reject it and do not consider yourselves worthy 173 of eternal life, we 174 are turning to the Gentiles. 175 47 For this 176 is what the Lord has commanded us: ‘I have appointed 177 you to be a light 178 for the Gentiles, to bring salvation 179 to the ends of the earth.’” 180 48 When the Gentiles heard this, they began to rejoice 181 and praise 182 the word of the Lord, and all who had been appointed for eternal life 183 believed. 49 So the word of the Lord was spreading 184 through the entire region. 50 But the Jews incited 185 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 186 of their region. 51 So after they shook 187 the dust off their feet 188 in protest against them, they went to Iconium. 189 52 And the disciples were filled with joy 190 and with the Holy Spirit.
14 The same thing happened in Iconium 1 when Paul and Barnabas 2 went into the Jewish synagogue 3 and spoke in such a way that a large group 4 of both Jews and Greeks believed. 2 But the Jews who refused to believe 5 stirred up the Gentiles and poisoned their minds 6 against the brothers. 3 So they stayed there 7 for a considerable time, speaking out courageously for the Lord, who testified 8 to the message 9 of his grace, granting miraculous signs 10 and wonders to be performed through their hands. 4 But the population 11 of the city was divided; some 12 sided with the Jews, and some with the apostles. 5 When both the Gentiles and the Jews (together with their rulers) made 13 an attempt to mistreat 14 them and stone them, 15 6 Paul and Barnabas 16 learned about it 17 and fled to the Lycaonian cities of Lystra 18 and Derbe 19 and the surrounding region. 7 There 20 they continued to proclaim 21 the good news.
8 In 22 Lystra 23 sat a man who could not use his feet, 24 lame from birth, 25 who had never walked. 9 This man was listening to Paul as he was speaking. When Paul 26 stared 27 intently at him and saw he had faith to be healed, 10 he said with a loud voice, “Stand upright on your feet.” 28 And the man 29 leaped up and began walking. 30 11 So when the crowds saw what Paul had done, they shouted 31 in the Lycaonian language, 32 “The gods have come down to us in human form!” 33 12 They began to call 34 Barnabas Zeus 35 and Paul Hermes, 36 because he was the chief speaker. 13 The priest of the temple 37 of Zeus, 38 located just outside the city, brought bulls 39 and garlands 40 to the city gates; he and the crowds wanted to offer sacrifices to them. 41 14 But when the apostles 42 Barnabas and Paul heard about 43 it, they tore 44 their clothes and rushed out 45 into the crowd, shouting, 46 15 “Men, why are you doing these things? We too are men, with human natures 47 just like you! We are proclaiming the good news to you, so that you should turn 48 from these worthless 49 things to the living God, who made the heaven, the earth, 50 the sea, and everything that is in them. 16 In 51 past 52 generations he allowed all the nations 53 to go their own ways, 17 yet he did not leave himself without a witness by doing good, 54 by giving you rain from heaven 55 and fruitful seasons, satisfying you 56 with food and your hearts with joy.” 57 18 Even by saying 58 these things, they scarcely persuaded 59 the crowds not to offer sacrifice to them.
19 But Jews came from Antioch 60 and Iconium, 61 and after winning 62 the crowds over, they stoned 63 Paul and dragged him out of the city, presuming him to be dead. 20 But after the disciples had surrounded him, he got up and went back 64 into the city. On 65 the next day he left with Barnabas for Derbe. 66
21 After they had proclaimed the good news in that city and made many disciples, they returned to Lystra, 67 to Iconium, 68 and to Antioch. 69 22 They strengthened 70 the souls of the disciples and encouraged them to continue 71 in the faith, saying, “We must enter the kingdom 72 of God through many persecutions.” 73 23 When they had appointed elders 74 for them in the various churches, 75 with prayer and fasting 76 they entrusted them to the protection 77 of the Lord in whom they had believed. 24 Then they passed through 78 Pisidia and came into Pamphylia, 79 25 and when they had spoken the word 80 in Perga, 81 they went down to Attalia. 82 26 From there they sailed back to Antioch, 83 where they had been commended 84 to the grace of God for the work they had now completed. 85 27 When they arrived and gathered the church together, they reported 86 all the things God 87 had done with them, and that he had opened a door 88 of faith for the Gentiles. 28 So they spent 89 considerable 90 time with the disciples.
15 Now some men came down from Judea 1 and began to teach the brothers, “Unless you are circumcised 2 according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.” 2 When Paul and Barnabas had a major argument and debate 3 with them, the church 4 appointed Paul and Barnabas and some others from among them to go up to meet with 5 the apostles and elders in Jerusalem 6 about this point of disagreement. 7 3 So they were sent on their way by the church, and as they passed through both Phoenicia 8 and Samaria, they were relating at length 9 the conversion of the Gentiles and bringing great joy 10 to all the brothers. 4 When they arrived in Jerusalem, they were received 11 by the church and the apostles and the elders, and they reported 12 all the things God had done with them. 13 5 But some from the religious party of the Pharisees 14 who had believed stood up and said, “It is necessary 15 to circumcise the Gentiles 16 and to order them to observe 17 the law of Moses.”
6 Both the apostles and the elders met together to deliberate 18 about this matter. 7 After there had been much debate, 19 Peter stood up and said to them, “Brothers, you know that some time ago 20 God chose 21 me to preach to the Gentiles so they would hear the message 22 of the gospel 23 and believe. 24 8 And God, who knows the heart, 25 has testified 26 to them by giving them the Holy Spirit just as he did to us, 27 9 and he made no distinction 28 between them and us, cleansing 29 their hearts by faith. 10 So now why are you putting God to the test 30 by placing on the neck of the disciples a yoke 31 that neither our ancestors 32 nor we have been able to bear? 11 On the contrary, we believe that we are saved through 33 the grace of the Lord Jesus, in the same way as they are.” 34
12 The whole group kept quiet 35 and listened to Barnabas and Paul while they explained all the miraculous signs 36 and wonders God had done among the Gentiles through them. 13 After they stopped speaking, 37 James replied, 38 “Brothers, listen to me. 14 Simeon 39 has explained 40 how God first concerned himself 41 to select 42 from among the Gentiles 43 a people for his name. 15 The 44 words of the prophets agree 45 with this, as it is written,
16 ‘After this 46 I 47 will return,
and I will rebuild the fallen tent 48 of David;
I will rebuild its ruins and restore 49 it,
17 so that the rest of humanity 50 may seek the Lord,
namely, 51 all the Gentiles 52 I have called to be my own,’ 53 says the Lord, 54 who makes these things 18 known 55 from long ago. 56
19 “Therefore I conclude 57 that we should not cause extra difficulty 58 for those among the Gentiles 59 who are turning to God, 20 but that we should write them a letter 60 telling them to abstain 61 from things defiled 62 by idols and from sexual immorality and from what has been strangled 63 and from blood. 21 For Moses has had those who proclaim him in every town from ancient times, 64 because he is read aloud 65 in the synagogues 66 every Sabbath.”
22 Then the apostles and elders, with the whole church, decided 67 to send men chosen from among them, Judas called Barsabbas and Silas, 68 leaders among the brothers, to Antioch 69 with Paul and Barnabas. 23 They sent this letter with them: 70
From the apostles 71 and elders, your brothers, 72 to the Gentile brothers and sisters 73 in Antioch, 74 Syria, 75 and Cilicia, greetings! 24 Since we have heard that some have gone out from among us with no orders from us and have confused 76 you, upsetting 77 your minds 78 by what they said, 79 25 we have unanimously 80 decided 81 to choose men to send to you along with our dear friends Barnabas and Paul, 26 who 82 have risked their lives 83 for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. 84 27 Therefore we are sending 85 Judas and Silas 86 who will tell you these things themselves in person. 87 28 For it seemed best to the Holy Spirit and to us 88 not to place any greater burden on you than these necessary rules: 89 29 that you abstain from meat that has been sacrificed to idols 90 and from blood and from what has been strangled 91 and from sexual immorality. 92 If you keep yourselves from doing these things, 93 you will do well. Farewell. 94
30 So when they were dismissed, 95 they went down to Antioch, 96 and after gathering the entire group 97 together, they delivered the letter. 31 When they read it aloud, 98 the people 99 rejoiced at its encouragement. 100 32 Both Judas and Silas, who were prophets themselves, encouraged and strengthened the brothers with a long speech. 101 33 After 102 they had spent some time there, 103 they were sent off in peace by the brothers to those who had sent them. 34 [[EMPTY]] 104 35 But Paul and Barnabas remained in Antioch, 105 teaching and proclaiming (along with many others) 106 the word of the Lord. 107
36 After some days Paul said to Barnabas, “Let’s return 108 and visit the brothers in every town where we proclaimed the word of the Lord 109 to see how they are doing.” 110 37 Barnabas wanted to bring John called Mark along with them too, 38 but Paul insisted 111 that they should not take along this one who had left them in Pamphylia 112 and had not accompanied them in the work. 39 They had 113 a sharp disagreement, 114 so that they parted company. Barnabas took along 115 Mark and sailed away to Cyprus, 116 40 but Paul chose Silas and set out, commended 117 to the grace of the Lord by the brothers and sisters. 118 41 He passed through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening 119 the churches.