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- And there were certain in Antioch, in the assembly there, prophets and teachers; both Barnabas, and Simeon who is called Niger, and Lucius the Cyrenian, Manaen also -- Herod the tetrarch's foster-brother -- and Saul;
- and in their ministering to the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, `Separate ye to me both Barnabas and Saul to the work to which I have called them,'
- then having fasted, and having prayed, and having laid the hands on them, they sent [them] away.
- These, indeed, then, having been sent forth by the Holy Spirit, went down to Seleucia, thence also they sailed to Cyprus,
- and having come unto Salamis, they declared the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews, and they had also John [as] a ministrant;
- and having gone through the island unto Paphos, they found a certain magian, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name [is] Bar-Jesus;
- who was with the proconsul Sergius Paulus, an intelligent man; this one having called for Barnabas and Saul, did desire to hear the word of God,
- and there withstood them Elymas the magian -- for so is his name interpreted -- seeking to pervert the proconsul from the faith.
- And Saul -- who also [is] Paul -- having been filled with the Holy Spirit, and having looked stedfastly on him,
- said, `O full of all guile, and all profligacy, son of a devil, enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease perverting the right ways of the Lord?
- and now, lo, a hand of the Lord [is] upon thee, and thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun for a season;' and presently there fell upon him a mist and darkness, and he, going about, was seeking some to lead [him] by the hand;
- then the proconsul having seen what hath come to pass, did believe, being astonished at the teaching of the Lord.
- And those about Paul having set sail from Paphos, came to Perga of Pamphylia, and John having departed from them, did turn back to Jerusalem,
- and they having gone through from Perga, came to Antioch of Pisidia, and having gone into the synagogue on the sabbath-day, they sat down,
- and after the reading of the law and of the prophets, the chief men of the synagogue sent unto them, saying, `Men, brethren, if there be a word in you of exhortation unto the people -- say on.'
- And Paul having risen, and having beckoned with the hand, said, `Men, Israelites, and those fearing God, hearken:
- the God of this people Israel did choose our fathers, and the people He did exalt in their sojourning in the land of Egypt, and with an high arm did He bring them out of it;
- and about a period of forty years He did suffer their manners in the wilderness,
- and having destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan, He did divide by lot to them their land.
- `And after these things, about four hundred and fifty years, He gave judges -- till Samuel the prophet;
- and thereafter they asked for a king, and God did give to them Saul, son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, for forty years;
- and having removed him, He did raise up to them David for king, to whom also having testified, he said, I found David, the [son] of Jesse, a man according to My heart, who shall do all My will.
- `Of this one's seed God, according to promise, did raise to Israel a Saviour -- Jesus,
- John having first preached, before his coming, a baptism of reformation to all the people of Israel;
- and as John was fulfilling the course, he said, Whom me do ye suppose to be? I am not [he], but, lo, he doth come after me, of whom I am not worthy to loose the sandal of [his] feet.
- `Men, brethren, sons of the race of Abraham, and those among you fearing God, to you was the word of this salvation sent,
- for those dwelling in Jerusalem, and their chiefs, this one not having known, also the voices of the prophets, which every sabbath are being read -- having judged [him] -- did fulfill,
- and no cause of death having found, they did ask of Pilate that he should be slain,
- and when they did complete all the things written about him, having taken [him] down from the tree, they laid him in a tomb;
- and God did raise him out of the dead,
- and he was seen for many days of those who did come up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are his witnesses unto the people.
- `And we to you do proclaim good news -- that the promise made unto the fathers,
- God hath in full completed this to us their children, having raised up Jesus, as also in the second Psalm it hath been written, My Son thou art -- I to-day have begotten thee.
- `And that He did raise him up out of the dead, no more to return to corruption, he hath said thus -- I will give to you the faithful kindnesses of David;
- wherefore also in another [place] he saith, Thou shalt not give Thy kind One to see corruption,
- for David, indeed, his own generation having served by the will of God, did fall asleep, and was added unto his fathers, and saw corruption,
- but he whom God did raise up, did not see corruption.
- `Let it therefore be known to you, men, brethren, that through this one to you is the forgiveness of sins declared,
- and from all things from which ye were not able in the law of Moses to be declared righteous, in this one every one who is believing is declared righteous;
- see, therefore, it may not come upon you that hath been spoken in the prophets:
- See, ye despisers, and wonder, and perish, because a work I -- I do work in your days, a work in which ye may not believe, though any one may declare [it] to you.'
- And having gone forth out of the synagogue of the Jews, the nations were calling upon [them] that on the next sabbath these sayings may be spoken to them,
- and the synagogue having been dismissed, many of the Jews and of the devout proselytes did follow Paul and Barnabas, who, speaking to them, were persuading them to remain in the grace of God.
- And on the coming sabbath, almost all the city was gathered together to hear the word of God,
- and the Jews having seen the multitudes, were filled with zeal, and did contradict the things spoken by Paul -- contradicting and speaking evil.
- And speaking boldly, Paul and Barnabas said, `To you it was necessary that first the word of God be spoken, and seeing ye do thrust it away, and do not judge yourselves worthy of the life age-during, lo, we do turn to the nations;
- for so hath the Lord commanded us: I have set thee for a light of nations -- for thy being for salvation unto the end of the earth.'
- And the nations hearing were glad, and were glorifying the word of the Lord, and did believe -- as many as were appointed to life age-during;
- and the word of the Lord was spread abroad through all the region.
- And the Jews stirred up the devout and honourable women, and the first men of the city, and did raise persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and did put them out from their borders;
- and they having shaken off the dust of their feet against them, came to Iconium,
- and the disciples were filled with joy and the Holy Spirit.
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- And it came to pass in Iconium, that they did enter together into the synagogue of the Jews, and spake, so that there believed both of Jews and Greeks a great multitude;
- and the unbelieving Jews did stir up and made evil the souls of the nations against the brethren;
- long time, indeed, therefore, did they abide speaking boldly in the Lord, who is testifying to the word of His grace, and granting signs and wonders to come to pass through their hands.
- And the multitude of the city was divided, and some were with the Jews, and some with the apostles,
- and when there was a purpose both of the nations and of the Jews with their rulers to use [them] despitefully, and to stone them,
- they having become aware, did flee to the cities of Lycaonia, Lystra, and Derbe, and to the region round about,
- and there they were proclaiming good news.
- And a certain man in Lystra, impotent in the feet, was sitting, being lame from the womb of his mother -- who never had walked,
- this one was hearing Paul speaking, who, having stedfastly beheld him, and having seen that he hath faith to be saved,
- said with a loud voice, `Stand up on thy feet upright;' and he was springing and walking,
- and the multitudes having seen what Paul did, did lift up their voice, in the speech of Lycaonia, saying, `The gods, having become like men, did come down unto us;'
- they were calling also Barnabas Zeus, and Paul Hermes, since he was the leader in speaking.
- And the priest of the Zeus that is before their city, oxen and garlands unto the porches having brought, with the multitudes did wish to sacrifice,
- and having heard, the apostles Barnabas and Paul, having rent their garments, did spring into the multitude, crying
- and saying, `Men, why these things do ye? and we are men like-affected with you, proclaiming good news to you, from these vanities to turn unto the living God, who made the heaven, and the earth, and the sea, and all the things in them;
- who in the past generations did suffer all the nations to go on in their ways,
- though, indeed, without witness He did not leave himself, doing good -- from heaven giving rains to us, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness;'
- and these things saying, scarcely did they restrain the multitudes from sacrificing to them.
- And there came thither, from Antioch and Iconium, Jews, and they having persuaded the multitudes, and having stoned Paul, drew him outside of the city, having supposed him to be dead;
- and the disciples having surrounded him, having risen he entered into the city, and on the morrow he went forth with Barnabas to Derbe.
- Having proclaimed good news also to that city, and having discipled many, they turned back to Lystra, and Iconium, and Antioch,
- confirming the souls of the disciples, exhorting to remain in the faith, and that through many tribulations it behoveth us to enter into the reign of God,
- and having appointed to them by vote elders in every assembly, having prayed with fastings, they commended them to the Lord in whom they had believed.
- And having passed through Pisidia, they came to Pamphylia,
- and having spoken in Perga the word, they went down to Attalia,
- and thence did sail to Antioch, whence they had been given by the grace of God for the work that they fulfilled;
- and having come and gathered together the assembly, they declared as many things as God did with them, and that He did open to the nations a door of faith;
- and they abode there not a little time with the disciples.
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