Acts 13:1-25 New American Standard Bible

Barnabas and Saul Begin Their First Missionary Journey

13 1  Now there were at Antioch , in the church that was there, prophets and teachers : Barnabas , and Simeon who was called Niger , and Lucius of Cyrene , and Manaen who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch , and Saul . 2  While they were ministering to the Lord and fasting , the Holy Spirit said , "Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them." 3  Then , when they had fasted and prayed and laid their hands on them, they sent them away .

The Apostles Preach in Cyprus

4  So , being sent out by the Holy Spirit , they went down to Seleucia and from there they sailed to Cyprus . 5  When they reached Salamis , they began to proclaim the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews ; and they also had John as their helper . 6  When they had gone through the whole island as far as Paphos , they found a magician , a Jewish false prophet whose name was Bar-Jesus , 7  who was with the proconsul , Sergius Paulus , a man of intelligence . This man summoned Barnabas and Saul and sought to hear the word of God . 8  But Elymas the magician (for so his name is translated ) was opposing them, seeking to turn the proconsul away from the faith . 9  But Saul , who was also known as Paul , filled with the Holy Spirit , fixed his gaze on him, 10  and said , "You who are full of all deceit and fraud , you son of the devil , you enemy of all righteousness , will you not cease to make crooked the straight ways of the Lord ? 11  "Now , behold , the hand of the Lord is upon you, and you will be blind and not see the sun for a time ." And immediately a mist and a darkness fell upon him, and he went about seeking those who would lead him by the hand . 12  Then the proconsul believed when he saw what had happened , being amazed at the teaching of the Lord .

Paul and Barnabas at Antioch of Pisidia

13  Now Paul and his companions e put out to sea from Paphos and came to Perga in Pamphylia ; but John left them and returned to Jerusalem .

14  But going on from Perga , they arrived at Pisidian Antioch , and on the Sabbath day they went into the synagogue and sat down . 15  After the reading of the Law and the Prophets the synagogue officials sent to them, saying , "Brethren e , if you have any word of exhortation for the people , say it." 16  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 made the people great during their stay in the land of Egypt , and with an uplifted arm He led them out from it. 18  "For a period of about forty years He put up with them in the wilderness . 19  " When He had destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan , He distributed their land as an inheritance -all of which took about four hundred and fifty years . 20  "After these things He gave them judges until Samuel the prophet . 21  "Then they asked for a king , and God gave them Saul the son of Kish , a man of the tribe of Benjamin , for forty years . 22  "After He had removed him, He raised up David to be their king , concerning whom He also testified and said , ' I HAVE FOUND DAVID the son of Jesse , A MAN AFTER MY HEART , who will do all My will .' 23  " From the descendants of this man , according to promise , God has brought to Israel a Savior , Jesus , 24  after John had proclaimed before His coming e a baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel . 25  "And while John was completing his course , he kept saying , 'What do you suppose that I am ? I am not He. But behold , one is coming after me the sandals of whose feet I am not worthy to untie .'

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