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Acts 13:1-2 The Passion Translation (TPT)

Saul and Barnabas Sent Out as Apostles

13 In the church at Antioch there were a number of prophets and teachers of the Word, including Barnabas, Simeon from Niger,[a] Lucius the Libyan, Manean (the childhood companion of King Herod Antipas),[b] and Saul. While they were worshiping as priests[c] before the Lord in prayer and fasting, the Holy Spirit said,[d] “I have called Barnabas and Saul to do an important work for me. Now, release them[e] to go and fulfill it.”


  1. Acts 13:1 The Aramaic word niger means “someone who works with wood, a carpenter.” The Latin word niger means “black.”
  2. Acts 13:1 Or “who was like a brother to Herod the tetrarch.”
  3. Acts 13:2 Or “serving the Lord.” The Greek word used here is also used for priestly duties.
  4. Acts 13:2 Here we see the Lord of the harvest, the Holy Spirit, sending out laborers into the harvest field. The Holy Spirit speaks in many different ways. Perhaps he spoke a prophecy through one of the prophets in the church, or a divine voice may have interrupted their worship. God’s Spirit still speaks today in any way he chooses.
  5. Acts 13:2 Or “appoint them.” The Greek word used here is found in the Septuagint of Num. 8:11 for consecrating Levites for God’s service as priests.
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