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Acts 13:3-5 The Passion Translation (TPT)

So after they had fasted and prayed, they laid hands on them and sent them off.[a]

4–5 So Saul and Barnabas, and their assistant Mark (known as John), were directed by the Holy Spirit to go to Seleucia,[b] and from there they sailed to Cyprus.[c] When they arrived at Salamis,[d] they went to the synagogues and preached the manifestation of our Lord.[e]


  1. Acts 13:3 Or “dispatched them” (a military term). This was the commissioning of Barnabas and Saul as apostles. The word apostle means “sent one.” They were sent by the Holy Spirit and by the church and released as missionaries. The New Testament shows there were many other apostles besides the Twelve. See also Eph. 4:11-13.
  2. Acts 13:4 Implied in the text. Seleucia (modern-day Samandag) was a coastal city in Syria from which Paul and Barnabas left with John Mark for their first missionary journey in AD 49. Seleucia means “white light.”
  3. Acts 13:4 Cyprus was the home of Barnabas.
  4. Acts 13:4 Salamis is a city on the southeastern coast of Cyprus. Salamis means “in the middle of salty water.”
  5. Acts 13:4 As translated from the Aramaic. The Greek is “the word of God.”
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