Acts 13:26-52 World English Bible

26  Brothers, children of the stock of Abraham, and those among you who fear God, the word of this salvation is sent out to you. 27  For those who dwell in Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they didn’t know him, nor the voices of the prophets which are read every Sabbath, fulfilled them by condemning him. 28  Though they found no cause for death, they still asked Pilate to have him killed. 29  When they had fulfilled all things that were written about him, they took him down from the tree, and laid him in a tomb. 30  But God raised him from the dead, 31  and 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  We bring you good news of the promise made to the fathers, 33  that God has fulfilled the same to us, their children, in that he raised up Jesus. As it is also written in the second psalm,

‘You are my Son.
Today I have become your father.’ [1] 34  “Concerning that he raised him up from the dead, now no more to return to corruption, he has spoken thus: ‘I will give you the holy and sure blessings of David.’ [2] 35  Therefore he says also in another psalm, ‘You will not allow your Holy One to see decay.’ [3] 36  For David, after he had in his own generation served the counsel of God, fell asleep, and was laid with his fathers, and saw decay. 37  But he whom God raised up saw no decay. 38  Be it known to you therefore, brothers [4], that through this man is proclaimed to you 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, lest that come on you which is spoken in the prophets: 41  ‘Behold, you scoffers, and wonder, and perish;
for I work a work in your days,
a work which you will in no way believe, if one declares it to you.’” [5]

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 synagogue broke up, many of the Jews and of the devout proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas; who, speaking to them, urged them to continue in the grace of God. 44  The next Sabbath almost the whole city was gathered together to hear the word of God. 45  But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with jealousy, and contradicted the things which were spoken by Paul, and blasphemed. 46  Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly, and said, “It was necessary that God’s word should be spoken to you first. Since indeed you thrust it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, behold, we turn to the Gentiles. 47  For so has the Lord commanded us, saying,

‘I have set you as a light for the Gentiles,
that you should bring salvation to the uttermost parts of the earth.’” [6] 48  As the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of God. As many as were appointed to eternal life believed. 49  The Lord’s word was spread abroad throughout all the region. 50  But the Jews stirred up the devout and prominent women and the chief men of the city, and stirred up a persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and threw them out of their borders. 51  But they shook off the dust of their feet against them, and came to Iconium. 52  The disciples were filled with joy with the Holy Spirit.


Footnotes

[1] 13:33 Psalm 2:7

[2] 13:34 Isaiah 55:3

[3] 13:35 Psalm 16:10

[4] 13:38 The word for “brothers” here and where the context allows may also be correctly translated “brothers and sisters” or “siblings.”

[5] 13:41 Habakkuk 1:5

[6] 13:47 Isaiah 49:6

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