Acts 13 (PKJV)

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  • 1 Now in the church that was at Antioch there were certain prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.
  • 2 As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, “Now separate to 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.
  • 4 So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they departed to Seleucia, and from there they sailed to Cyprus.
  • 5 And when they arrived in Salamis, they preached the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews. They also had John as their assistant.
  • 6 Now when they had gone through the island to Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew whose name was Barjesus,
  • 7 who was with the proconsul of the country, Sergius Paulus, a prudent man. This man called for Barnabas and Saul and sought to hear the word of God.
  • 8 But Elymas the sorcerer (for so his name is translated) opposed them, seeking to turn the proconsul away from the faith.
  • 9 Then Saul (who also is called Paul) filled with the Holy Spirit, looked intently at him
  • 10 and said, “O full of all deceit and all fraud, you child of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease perverting the right ways of the Lord?
  • 11 And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon you, and you will be blind, not seeing the sun for a season.” And immediately a mist fell on him and darkness, and he went around seeking someone to lead him by the hand.
  • 12 Then the proconsul believed, when he saw what had been done, being astonished at the doctrine of the Lord.
  • 13 Now when Paul and his company set sail from Paphos, they came to Perga in Pamphylia; and John, departing from them, returned to Jerusalem.
  • 14 But when they departed from Perga, they came to Antioch in Pisidia, and went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day and sat down.
  • 15 And after the reading of the Law and the Prophets, the rulers of the synagogue sent to them, saying, “You men and brethren, if you have any word of exhortation for the people, say on.”
  • 16 Then Paul stood up, and motioning with his hand said, “Men of Israel, and you who reverence God, pay attention:
  • 17 The God of this people Israel chose our fathers, and lifted up the people when they dwelt as strangers in the land of Egypt, and with an uplifted arm He brought them out of it.
  • 18 Now for a time of about forty years He endured with their ways in the wilderness.
  • 19 And when He had destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan, He distributed their land to them by allotment.
  • 20 “After that He gave judges to them for the period of four hundred and fifty years, until Samuel the prophet.
  • 21 And afterward they desired a king; so God gave them Saul the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, for the period of forty years.
  • 22 And when He had removed him, He raised up for them David as king, to whom also He gave testimony and said, ‘I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart, who will fulfill all My will.’
  • 23 From this man’s seed, according to His promise, God raised up for Israel a Savior, Jesus;
  • 24 after John had first preached, before His coming, the baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel.
  • 25 And as John fulfilled his course, he said, ‘Who do you think I am? I am not He. But behold, there comes One after me, the sandals of His feet I am not worthy to loose.’
  • 26 “Men and brethren, children of the family of Abraham, and those among you who reverence God, to you the word of this salvation has been sent.
  • 27 Because, those who dwell in Jerusalem, and their rulers, since they did not know Him, nor even the voices of the Prophets which are read every Sabbath day, have fulfilled them in condemning Him.
  • 28 And though they found no reason for death in Him, they asked Pilate that He should be killed.
  • 29 Now when they had fulfilled all that was written concerning Him, they took Him down from the tree and laid Him in a tomb.
  • 30 But God raised Him from the dead.
  • 31 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 And we declare to you glad tidings; how that promise which was made to the fathers,
  • 33 God has fulfilled this for us their children, in that He has raised up Jesus again. As it is also written in the second Psalm: ‘You are My Son, today I have begotten You.’
  • 34 And concerning how He raised Him from the dead, now no more to return to corruption, He has spoken in this way: ‘I will give you the sure mercies of David.’
  • 35 Therefore He also says in another Psalm: ‘You will not allow Your Holy One to see corruption.’
  • 36 “Because David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell asleep, was buried with his fathers, and saw corruption;
  • 37 but He whom God raised up saw no corruption.
  • 38 Therefore let it be known to you, men and brethren, that through this Man is preached to you the forgiveness 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 what has been spoken in the prophets come upon you:
  • 41 ‘Behold, you despisers, marvel and perish! Because, I work a work in your days, a work which you will by no means believe, though one were to declare it to you.’”
  • 42 So when the Jews had gone out of the synagogue, the Gentiles begged that these words might be preached to them the next Sabbath.
  • 43 Now when the congregation had broken up, many of the Jews and devout proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas, who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God.
  • 44 And the next Sabbath day almost the entire city came together to hear the word of God.
  • 45 But when the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with envy; and contradicting and blaspheming, they opposed the things spoken by Paul.
  • 46 Then Paul and Barnabas grew bold and said, “It was necessary that the word of God should be spoken to you first; but since you reject it, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, behold, we turn to the Gentiles.
  • 47 Because, so has the Lord commanded us, saying ‘I have set you as a light to the Gentiles, that you should exist for salvation to the ends of the earth.’”
  • 48 Now when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and glorified the word of the Lord. And as many as believed were ordained to eternal life.
  • 49 And the word of the Lord was being spread throughout the entire region.
  • 50 But the Jews stirred up the devout and prominent women and the chief men of the city, raised up persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them from their region.
  • 51 But they shook off the dust from their feet against them, and came to Iconium.
  • 52 And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.

(King James Version 2016 Edition, 2016)

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