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Acts 13 Disciples’ Literal New Testament (DLNT)

While Teaching In Antioch, The Spirit Sends Saul And Barnabas On a Missionary Journey

13 Now there were prophets and teachers at Antioch in[a] the church existing there— Barnabas and Simeon (the one being called Niger[b]) and Lucius the Cyrenian, and Manaen (one brought-up-with[c] Herod the tetrarch) and Saul. And while they were ministering[d] to[e] the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Separate now Barnabas and Saul for Me, for the work which I have called them to”. Then, having fasted and prayed and laid their hands on them, they sent[f] them away.

On Cyprus, Bar-Jesus The Magician Is Blinded, Sergius Paulus The Proconsul Believes

So indeed, having been sent-out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia, and from there sailed-away to Cyprus. And having come-to-be in Salamis, they were proclaiming the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews. And they also were having John as an assistant[g]. And having gone through the whole island as far as Paphos, they found a certain man who was a magician, a Jewish false-prophet for whom the name was Bar-Jesus[h] who was with the proconsul[i], Sergius Paulus, an intelligent man. This one, having summoned Barnabas and Saul, sought to hear the word of God. But the magician Elymas[j] (for so his name is translated) was opposing them, seeking to turn away the proconsul from the faith. But Saul (the one also called Paul), having been filled with the Holy Spirit, having looked-intently at him, 10 said “O son of the devil full of all deceit and all villainy[k], enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease perverting[l] the straight ways of the Lord? 11 And now, behold— the hand of the Lord is upon you and you shall be blind, not seeing the sun for a time”. And at-once mistiness and darkness fell upon him. And going around, he was seeking ones-leading-by-the-hand[m]. 12 Then the proconsul, having seen the thing having taken place, believed, being astounded at the teaching of the Lord.

In Perga John Mark Leaves. Paul And Barnabas Go On To Pisidian Antioch

13 And having put-to-sea from Paphos, the ones around[n] Paul came to Perga of Pamphylia. But John, having departed[o] from them, returned to Jerusalem. 14 But they, having gone through[p] from Perga, arrived at Pisidian Antioch. And having entered into the synagogue on the day of the Sabbath, they sat-down. 15 And after the reading of the Law and the Prophets, the synagogue-officials sent forth a message to them, saying, “Men, brothers, if there is any word of exhortation[q] among you for the people, speak”.

Paul Proclaims That John Announced The Coming of The Davidic Savior, Jesus

16 And Paul, having stood up, and having motioned with his hand, said “Men, Israelites, and the ones fearing God: listen. 17 The God of this people Israel chose our fathers. And He lifted-up the people during the stay in the land of Egypt, and with an uplifted arm led them out of it. 18 And for about a forty year period He put-up-with[r] them in the wilderness. 19 And having brought-down seven[s] nations in the land of Canaan, He gave them their land as-an-inheritance 20 about[t] in [a total of] four-hundred and fifty years. And after these things He gave them judges until Samuel the prophet. 21 And from there they asked-for a king. And God gave them Saul— the son of Kish, a man from the tribe of Benjamin— for forty years. 22 And having removed him, He raised-up David for them for a king— concerning whom also having testified, He said, ‘I found David the son of Jesse, a man in-accordance-with[u] My heart, who will do all My desires’. 23 From the seed of this one, in accordance with the promise, God brought a Savior for[v] Israel, Jesus— 24 John having publicly-proclaimed a baptism of repentance for all the people of Israel before the presence of His coming. 25 And as John was completing his course, he was saying, ‘What do you suppose that I am? I am not the One. But behold— He is coming after me, of Whom I am not worthy to untie the sandal of His feet’.

Fulfilling The Scriptures, The Rulers Killed Jesus And God Raised Him Up

26 “Men, brothers, sons of the family of Abraham, and the ones among you fearing God: the message of this salvation was sent-out to us. 27 For the ones dwelling in Jerusalem and their rulers, not having known this One and the voices of the prophets being read every Sabbath— having condemned Him, fulfilled them. 28 And having found no charge worthy of death, they asked Pilate that He be executed. 29 And when they fulfilled all the things having been written about Him, having taken Him down from the cross, they laid Him in a tomb. 30 But God raised Him from the dead— 31 Who appeared for many days to the ones having come up with Him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who now are His witnesses to the people. 32 And we are announcing-as-good-news-to you the promise having been made to the fathers— 33 that God has fulfilled this promise for us their children, having raised-up[w] Jesus, as it has also been written in the second Psalm: ‘You are My Son. Today I have fathered You’ [Ps 2:7]. 34 And that[x] He raised Him up from the dead as One no longer going to return to decay, He has spoken in this manner [in Isa 55:3]: that ‘I will give You the holy, trustworthy[y] things of [z] David’. 35 Therefore[aa] also in another place it says, ‘You will not give[ab] Your holy One to see[ac] decay’ [Ps 16:10]. 36 For David, having served the purpose[ad] of God in his own generation, fell asleep and was put-with[ae] his fathers, and saw decay. 37 But He Whom God raised did not see decay.

Forgiveness Is Now Being Proclaimed To You. Don’t Be Scoffers

38 “Therefore let it be known to you, men, brothers, that through this One forgiveness of sins is being proclaimed to you. And from all things from which you could not be declared-righteous by the Law of Moses— 39 by[af] this One everyone believing is declared-righteous. 40 Therefore be watching-out that the thing having been spoken in the Prophets [in Hab 1:5] may not come upon you: 41 ‘Look, scoffers, and marvel and perish. Because I am working a work in your days, a work which you will never believe if someone tells you in detail’”.

At The Next Sabbath Meeting, The Jews Contradict Paul. He Turns To The Gentiles

42 And while they were going out, they were begging that these words might be spoken to them on the next Sabbath. 43 And the gathering[ag] having been released[ah], many of the Jews and of the worshiping proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas— who, speaking to them, were persuading them to continue-in the grace of God. 44 Now on the coming Sabbath, almost the whole city was gathered together to hear the word of the Lord. 45 But the Jews, having seen the crowds, were filled with jealousy. And they were contradicting[ai] the things being spoken by Paul, blaspheming. 46 And Paul and Barnabas, having spoken-boldly, said, “It was necessary that the word of God be spoken to you first. Since you are rejecting it and judging yourselves not worthy of eternal life, behold— we are turning to the Gentiles. 47 For thus the Lord has commanded us [in Isa 49:6]: ‘I have placed you for[aj] a light to the Gentiles, that you may be a light for salvation as far as the last place of the earth’”. 48 And the Gentiles, having heard it, were rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord. And all who had been appointed[ak] to eternal life believed.

The Jews Drive Paul And Barnabas Out of Their Districts

49 And the word of the Lord was being carried[al] through the whole region[am]. 50 But the Jews incited the prominent worshiping women and the leading men of the city, and aroused a persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and drove them out from their districts. 51 But the ones, having shaken-out the dust from their feet against them, went to Iconium. 52 And the disciples were being filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.


  1. Acts 13:1 Or, throughout.
  2. Acts 13:1 This is a Latin name, meaning ‘black’.
  3. Acts 13:1 Or, a childhood-companion of.
  4. Acts 13:2 Or, rendering-priestly-service.
  5. Acts 13:2 That is, praying or worshiping. Or, for. That is, teaching or prophesying.
  6. Acts 13:3 Or, let them go.
  7. Acts 13:5 Or, helper.
  8. Acts 13:6 Or, Bar-Joshua. Bar means ‘son of ’.
  9. Acts 13:7 That is, the Roman governor of the province.
  10. Acts 13:8 This is not a translation of Bar-Jesus, nor it is a Greek word otherwise known to us. Luke’s intent is currently unclear to us.
  11. Acts 13:10 Or, fraud.
  12. Acts 13:10 Or, making-crooked.
  13. Acts 13:11 Or, hand-leaders, guides.
  14. Acts 13:13 That is, around Paul as their leader.
  15. Acts 13:13 Or, gone-away, left, withdrawn. Or more strongly (based on one’s understanding of this event), abandoned, deserted. Compare 15:38.
  16. Acts 13:14 That is, gone through the Taurus mountain range.
  17. Acts 13:15 Or, encouragement.
  18. Acts 13:18 Some manuscripts say ‘carried’, meaning ‘cared-for’, as in the Hebrew of Deut 1:31, where this same variation occurs in the Greek manuscripts.
  19. Acts 13:19 See Deut 7:1.
  20. Acts 13:20 That is, about 450 years after they left the land for Egypt. Some manuscripts instead have this phrase in the next sentence, He gave them judges for about 450 years.
  21. Acts 13:22 Or, in-harmony-with.
  22. Acts 13:23 Or, to.
  23. Acts 13:33 That is, brought to Israel, as this word is used in 3:22; or, raised from the dead, as this word is used next in v 34.
  24. Acts 13:34 That is, And as to the fact that.
  25. Acts 13:34 Or, faithful, sure, dependable.
  26. Acts 13:34 That is, promised to.
  27. Acts 13:35 If Messiah permanently fulfills what was promised to David, He cannot decay in the grave as David did. This is why Ps 16 says He will not see decay.
  28. Acts 13:35 That is, permit.
  29. Acts 13:35 That is, experience.
  30. Acts 13:36 Or, plan.
  31. Acts 13:36 Or, added-to.
  32. Acts 13:39 That is, by means of this One, in contrast with ‘not... by the Law’. Or, in, so that it says ‘Moses— everyone believing in this One is declared-righteous’.
  33. Acts 13:43 Or, synagogue, congregation, meeting.
  34. Acts 13:43 Or, dismissed.
  35. Acts 13:45 Or, speaking against.
  36. Acts 13:47 That is, to be a light.
  37. Acts 13:48 Or, assigned, arrayed, arranged. That is, predestined by God to believe; or, providentially arranged for eternal life that day as ripe fruit ready for harvest.
  38. Acts 13:49 Or, spread.
  39. Acts 13:49 That is, the region of Phrygia, in which Pisidian Antioch (v 14) was located. This region is in the Roman province of Galatia.
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Acts 13 New International Version (NIV)

13 Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch) and Saul. While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.

On Cyprus

The two of them, sent on their way by the Holy Spirit, went down to Seleucia and sailed from there to Cyprus. When they arrived at Salamis, they proclaimed the word of God in the Jewish synagogues. John was with them as their helper.

They traveled through the whole island until they came to Paphos. There they met a Jewish sorcerer and false prophet named Bar-Jesus, who was an attendant of the proconsul, Sergius Paulus. The proconsul, an intelligent man, sent for Barnabas and Saul because he wanted to hear the word of God. But Elymas the sorcerer (for that is what his name means) opposed them and tried to turn the proconsul from the faith. Then Saul, who was also called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked straight at Elymas and said, 10 “You are a child of the devil and an enemy of everything that is right! You are full of all kinds of deceit and trickery. Will you never stop perverting the right ways of the Lord? 11 Now the hand of the Lord is against you. You are going to be blind for a time, not even able to see the light of the sun.”

Immediately mist and darkness came over him, and he groped about, seeking someone to lead him by the hand. 12 When the proconsul saw what had happened, he believed, for he was amazed at the teaching about the Lord.

In Pisidian Antioch

13 From Paphos, Paul and his companions sailed to Perga in Pamphylia, where John left them to return to Jerusalem. 14 From Perga they went on to Pisidian Antioch. On the Sabbath they entered the synagogue and sat down. 15 After the reading from the Law and the Prophets, the leaders of the synagogue sent word to them, saying, “Brothers, if you have a word of exhortation for the people, please speak.”

16 Standing up, Paul motioned with his hand and said: “Fellow Israelites and you Gentiles who worship God, listen to me! 17 The God of the people of Israel chose our ancestors; he made the people prosper during their stay in Egypt; with mighty power he led them out of that country; 18 for about forty years he endured their conduct[a] in the wilderness; 19 and he overthrew seven nations in Canaan, giving their land to his people as their inheritance. 20 All this took about 450 years.

“After this, God gave them judges until the time of Samuel the prophet. 21 Then the people asked for a king, and he gave them Saul son of Kish, of the tribe of Benjamin, who ruled forty years. 22 After removing Saul, he made David their king. God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’

23 “From this man’s descendants God has brought to Israel the Savior Jesus, as he promised. 24 Before the coming of Jesus, John preached repentance and baptism to all the people of Israel. 25 As John was completing his work, he said: ‘Who do you suppose I am? I am not the one you are looking for. But there is one coming after me whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.’

26 “Fellow children of Abraham and you God-fearing Gentiles, it is to us that this message of salvation has been sent. 27 The people of Jerusalem and their rulers did not recognize Jesus, yet in condemning him they fulfilled the words of the prophets that are read every Sabbath. 28 Though they found no proper ground for a death sentence, they asked Pilate to have him executed. 29 When they had carried out all that was written about him, they took him down from the cross and laid him in a tomb. 30 But God raised him from the dead, 31 and for many days he was seen by those who had traveled with him from Galilee to Jerusalem. They are now his witnesses to our people.

32 “We tell you the good news: What God promised our ancestors 33 he has fulfilled for us, their children, by raising up Jesus. As it is written in the second Psalm:

“‘You are my son;
    today I have become your father.’[b]

34 God raised him from the dead so that he will never be subject to decay. As God has said,

“‘I will give you the holy and sure blessings promised to David.’[c]

35 So it is also stated elsewhere:

“‘You will not let your holy one see decay.’[d]

36 “Now when David had served God’s purpose in his own generation, he fell asleep; he was buried with his ancestors and his body decayed. 37 But the one whom God raised from the dead did not see decay.

38 “Therefore, my friends, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. 39 Through him everyone who believes is set free from every sin, a justification you were not able to obtain under the law of Moses. 40 Take care that what the prophets have said does not happen to you:

41 “‘Look, you scoffers,
    wonder and perish,
for I am going to do something in your days
    that you would never believe,
    even if someone told you.’[e]

42 As Paul and Barnabas were leaving the synagogue, the people invited them to speak further about these things on the next Sabbath. 43 When the congregation was dismissed, many of the Jews and devout converts to Judaism followed Paul and Barnabas, who talked with them and urged them to continue in the grace of God.

44 On the next Sabbath almost the whole city gathered to hear the word of the Lord. 45 When the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy. They began to contradict what Paul was saying and heaped abuse on him.

46 Then Paul and Barnabas answered them boldly: “We had to speak the word of God to you first. Since you reject it and do not consider yourselves worthy of eternal life, we now turn to the Gentiles. 47 For this is what the Lord has commanded us:

“‘I have made you[f] a light for the Gentiles,
    that you[g] may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.’[h]

48 When the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and honored the word of the Lord; and all who were appointed for eternal life believed.

49 The word of the Lord spread through the whole region. 50 But the Jewish leaders incited the God-fearing women of high standing and the leading men of the city. They stirred up persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them from their region. 51 So they shook the dust off their feet as a warning to them and went to Iconium. 52 And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.


  1. Acts 13:18 Some manuscripts he cared for them
  2. Acts 13:33 Psalm 2:7
  3. Acts 13:34 Isaiah 55:3
  4. Acts 13:35 Psalm 16:10 (see Septuagint)
  5. Acts 13:41 Hab. 1:5
  6. Acts 13:47 The Greek is singular.
  7. Acts 13:47 The Greek is singular.
  8. Acts 13:47 Isaiah 49:6
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