26 “Brothers, sons of the family of Abraham, and those among you (A)who fear God, to us has been sent (B)the message of (C)this salvation. 27 For those who live in Jerusalem and their rulers, because (D)they did not recognize him nor understand (E)the utterances of the prophets, which are read every Sabbath, (F)fulfilled them by condemning him. 28 And (G)though they found in him no guilt worthy of death, (H)they asked Pilate to have him executed. 29 And when (I)they had carried out all that was written of him, (J)they took him down from (K)the tree and laid him in a tomb. 30 But (L)God raised him from the dead, 31 and for many days (M)he appeared to those (N)who had come up with him (O)from Galilee to Jerusalem, (P)who are now (Q)his witnesses to the people. 32 And we bring you the good news (R)that what God promised to the fathers, 33 (S)this he has fulfilled to us their children by raising Jesus, as also it is written in the second Psalm,

(T)“‘You are my Son,
    today I have begotten you.’

34 And as for the fact that he raised him from the dead, (U)(V)no more to return to corruption, he has spoken in this way,

“‘I will give you (W)the holy and sure blessings of David.’

35 Therefore he says also in another psalm,

(X)“‘You will not let your Holy One see corruption.’

36 For David, after he had (Y)served the purpose of God in his own generation, (Z)fell asleep and (AA)was laid with his fathers and saw corruption, 37 but he whom (AB)God raised up did not see corruption. 38 Let it be known to you therefore, brothers, (AC)that through this man (AD)forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, 39 and by him (AE)everyone who believes is freed[a] from everything (AF)from which you could not be freed by the law of Moses. 40 Beware, therefore, lest what is said in the Prophets should come about:

41 (AG)“‘Look, you scoffers,
    be astounded and perish;
for I am doing a work in your days,
    a work that you will not believe, even if one tells it to you.’”

42 As they went out, the people begged that these things might be told them the next Sabbath. 43 And after the meeting of the synagogue broke up, many Jews and (AH)devout (AI)converts to Judaism followed Paul and Barnabas, who, as they spoke with them, urged them (AJ)to continue in (AK)the grace of God.

44 The next Sabbath almost the whole city gathered to hear the word of the Lord. 45 (AL)But (AM)when the Jews[b] saw the crowds, they were filled with (AN)jealousy and began to contradict what was spoken by Paul, (AO)reviling him. 46 And Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly, saying, “It was necessary that the word of God (AP)be spoken first to you. (AQ)Since you thrust it aside and judge yourselves (AR)unworthy of eternal life, behold, we (AS)are turning to the Gentiles. 47 (AT)For so the Lord has commanded us, saying,

(AU)“‘I have made you (AV)a light for the Gentiles,
    that you may (AW)bring salvation to the ends of the earth.’”

48 And when the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and (AX)glorifying the word of the Lord, and as many as were appointed to eternal life believed. 49 And the word of the Lord was spreading throughout the whole region. 50 (AY)But the Jews incited the devout (AZ)women of high standing and the leading men of the city, (BA)stirred up persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and (BB)drove them out of their district. 51 But they (BC)shook off the dust from their feet against them and went to Iconium. 52 And the disciples were filled (BD)with joy and (BE)with the Holy Spirit.

Read full chapter

Footnotes

  1. Acts 13:39 Greek justified; twice in this verse
  2. Acts 13:45 Greek Ioudaioi probably refers here to Jewish religious leaders, and others under their influence, in that time; also verse 50

Jacob Blesses Ephraim and Manasseh

48 After this, Joseph was told, “Behold, your father is ill.” So he took with him his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim. And it was told to Jacob, “Your son Joseph has come to you.” Then Israel summoned his strength and sat up in bed. And Jacob said to Joseph, (A)“God Almighty[a] appeared to me at (B)Luz in the land of Canaan and blessed me, and said to me, ‘Behold, I will make you fruitful and multiply you, and I will make of you a company of peoples and will give this land to your offspring after you (C)for an everlasting possession.’ And now your (D)two sons, who were born to you in the land of Egypt before I came to you in Egypt, (E)are mine; Ephraim and Manasseh shall be mine, as Reuben and Simeon are. And the children that you fathered after them shall be yours. They shall be called by the name of their brothers in their inheritance. As for me, when I came from Paddan, to my sorrow (F)Rachel died in the land of Canaan on the way, when there was still some distance[b] to go to Ephrath, and I buried her there on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem).”

When Israel saw Joseph's sons, he said, “Who are these?” Joseph said to his father, (G)“They are my sons, whom God has given me here.” And he said, “Bring them to me, please, that (H)I may bless them.” 10 Now (I)the eyes of Israel were dim with age, so that he could not see. So Joseph brought them near him, (J)and he kissed them and embraced them. 11 And Israel said to Joseph, (K)“I never expected to see your face; and behold, God has let me see your offspring also.” 12 Then Joseph removed them from his knees, and he bowed himself with his face to the earth. 13 And Joseph took them both, Ephraim in his right hand toward Israel's left hand, and Manasseh in his left hand toward Israel's right hand, and brought them near him. 14 (L)And Israel stretched out his right hand and laid it on the head of Ephraim, who was the younger, and his left hand on the head of Manasseh, (M)crossing his hands (for Manasseh was the firstborn). 15 And he blessed Joseph and said,

“The God (N)before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked,
    the God who has been my shepherd all my life long to this day,
16 (O)the angel who has (P)redeemed me from all evil, bless the boys;
    and in them let (Q)my name be carried on, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac;
    and let them (R)grow into a multitude[c] in the midst of the earth.”

17 When Joseph saw that his father (S)laid his right hand on the head of Ephraim, it displeased him, and he took his father's hand to move it from Ephraim's head to Manasseh's head. 18 And Joseph said to his father, “Not this way, my father; since this one is the firstborn, put your right hand on his head.” 19 But his father refused and said, (T)“I know, my son, I know. He also shall become a people, and he also shall be great. Nevertheless, (U)his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his offspring shall become a multitude[d] of nations.” 20 So he blessed them that day, saying,

“By you Israel will pronounce blessings, saying,
(V)‘God make you as Ephraim and as Manasseh.’”

Thus he put Ephraim before Manasseh. 21 Then Israel said to Joseph, “Behold, I am about to die, but (W)God will be with you and will bring you again to the land of your fathers. 22 Moreover, I have given to (X)you rather than to your brothers one mountain slope[e] that I took from the hand of the Amorites with my sword and with my bow.”

Footnotes

  1. Genesis 48:3 Hebrew El Shaddai
  2. Genesis 48:7 Or about two hours' distance
  3. Genesis 48:16 Or let them be like fish for multitude
  4. Genesis 48:19 Hebrew fullness
  5. Genesis 48:22 Or one portion of the land; Hebrew shekem, which sounds like the town and district called Shechem

Bible Gateway Recommends

Psalms, ESV Illuminated Scripture Journal
Psalms, ESV Illuminated Scripture Journal
Retail: $14.99
Our Price: $8.99
Save: $6.00 (40%)
5.0 of 5.0 stars
ESV Student Study Bible, Trutone, Chestnut
ESV Student Study Bible, Trutone, Chestnut
Retail: $39.99
Our Price: $22.99
Save: $17.00 (43%)
4.5 of 5.0 stars
ESV Action Study Bible Boys, Virtual Leather, Slate Gray
ESV Action Study Bible Boys, Virtual Leather, Slate Gray
Retail: $39.99
Our Price: $20.99
Save: $19.00 (48%)
4.5 of 5.0 stars