And (A)he reasoned in the synagogue (B)every Sabbath, and tried to persuade Jews and Greeks.

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17 So (A)he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and the devout persons, and in the marketplace every day with those who happened to be there.

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The Ministry of Reconciliation

11 Therefore, knowing (A)the fear of the Lord, we persuade others. But (B)what we are is known to God, and I hope it is known also to your conscience.

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23 When they had appointed a day for him, they came to him at his lodging in greater numbers. From morning till evening (A)he expounded to them, testifying to (B)the kingdom of God and (C)trying to convince them about Jesus (D)both from the Law of Moses and from the Prophets.

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28 And Agrippa said to Paul, “In a short time would you persuade me to be (A)a Christian?”[a]

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Footnotes

  1. Acts 26:28 Or In a short time you would persuade me to act like a Christian!

26 And you see and hear that not only in Ephesus but in almost all of Asia this Paul has persuaded and turned away a great many people, (A)saying that (B)gods made with hands are not gods.

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And (A)he entered the synagogue and for three months spoke boldly, reasoning and persuading them (B)about the kingdom of God.

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13 saying, “This man is persuading people to worship God contrary to (A)the law.”

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11 Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, (A)examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.

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Paul and Silas in Thessalonica

17 Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to (A)Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews. And Paul went in, (B)as was his custom, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them (C)from the Scriptures, (D)explaining and proving that it was necessary for (E)the Christ to suffer and (F)to rise from the dead, and saying, “This Jesus, whom I proclaim to you, is the Christ.”

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14 but they went on from Perga and came to Antioch in Pisidia. And (A)on the Sabbath day (B)they went into the synagogue and sat down. 15 After (C)the reading from (D)the Law and the Prophets, (E)the rulers of the synagogue sent a message to them, saying, “Brothers, if you have any (F)word of encouragement for the people, say it.” 16 So Paul stood up, and (G)motioning with his hand said:

“Men of Israel and (H)you who fear God, listen. 17 (I)The God of this people Israel (J)chose our fathers and (K)made the people great (L)during their stay in the land of Egypt, and (M)with uplifted arm he led them out of it. 18 And for about (N)forty years (O)he put up with[a] them in the wilderness. 19 And (P)after destroying (Q)seven nations in the land of Canaan, (R)he gave them their land as an inheritance. 20 All this took about 450 years. And after that (S)he gave them judges until (T)Samuel the prophet. 21 Then (U)they asked for a king, and God gave them Saul (V)the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, for forty years. 22 And (W)when he had removed him, (X)he raised up David to be their king, of whom he testified and said, (Y)‘I have found in David the son of Jesse (Z)a man after my heart, (AA)who will do all my will.’ 23 (AB)Of this man's offspring God has brought to Israel (AC)a Savior, Jesus, (AD)as he promised. 24 Before his coming, (AE)John had proclaimed (AF)a baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel. 25 And as John was finishing his course, (AG)he said, ‘What do you suppose that I am? I am not he. No, but behold, after me one is coming, the sandals of whose feet I am not worthy to untie.’

26 “Brothers, sons of the family of Abraham, and those among you (AH)who fear God, to us has been sent (AI)the message of (AJ)this salvation. 27 For those who live in Jerusalem and their rulers, because (AK)they did not recognize him nor understand (AL)the utterances of the prophets, which are read every Sabbath, (AM)fulfilled them by condemning him. 28 And (AN)though they found in him no guilt worthy of death, (AO)they asked Pilate to have him executed. 29 And when (AP)they had carried out all that was written of him, (AQ)they took him down from (AR)the tree and laid him in a tomb. 30 But (AS)God raised him from the dead, 31 and for many days (AT)he appeared to those (AU)who had come up with him (AV)from Galilee to Jerusalem, (AW)who are now (AX)his witnesses to the people. 32 And we bring you the good news (AY)that what God promised to the fathers, 33 (AZ)this he has fulfilled to us their children by raising Jesus, as also it is written in the second Psalm,

(BA)“‘You are my Son,
    today I have begotten you.’

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

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

35 Therefore he says also in another psalm,

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

36 For David, after he had (BF)served the purpose of God in his own generation, (BG)fell asleep and (BH)was laid with his fathers and saw corruption, 37 but he whom (BI)God raised up did not see corruption. 38 Let it be known to you therefore, brothers, (BJ)that through this man (BK)forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, 39 and by him (BL)everyone who believes is freed[b] from everything (BM)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 (BN)“‘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 (BO)devout (BP)converts to Judaism followed Paul and Barnabas, who, as they spoke with them, urged them (BQ)to continue in (BR)the grace of God.

44 The next Sabbath almost the whole city gathered to hear the word of the Lord. 45 (BS)But (BT)when the Jews[c] saw the crowds, they were filled with (BU)jealousy and began to contradict what was spoken by Paul, (BV)reviling him. 46 And Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly, saying, “It was necessary that the word of God (BW)be spoken first to you. (BX)Since you thrust it aside and judge yourselves (BY)unworthy of eternal life, behold, we (BZ)are turning to the Gentiles. 47 (CA)For so the Lord has commanded us, saying,

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

48 And when the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and (CE)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 (CF)But the Jews incited the devout (CG)women of high standing and the leading men of the city, (CH)stirred up persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and (CI)drove them out of their district. 51 But they (CJ)shook off the dust from their feet against them and went to Iconium. 52 And the disciples were filled (CK)with joy and (CL)with the Holy Spirit.

Paul and Barnabas at Iconium

14 Now at Iconium (CM)they entered together into the Jewish synagogue and spoke in such a way that a great number of both Jews and Greeks believed.

Footnotes

  1. Acts 13:18 Some manuscripts he carried (compare Deuteronomy 1:31)
  2. Acts 13:39 Greek justified; twice in this verse
  3. Acts 13:45 Greek Ioudaioi probably refers here to Jewish religious leaders, and others under their influence, in that time; also verse 50

31 He said to him, ‘If they do not hear (A)Moses and the Prophets, (B)neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead.’”

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Jesus Rejected at Nazareth

16 (A)And he came to (B)Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And (C)as was his custom, (D)he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he stood up (E)to read.

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11 Is not Hezekiah misleading you, that he may give you over to die by famine and by thirst, when he tells you, “The Lord our God will deliver us from the hand of the king of Assyria”?

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27 May God enlarge Japheth,[a]
    and let him dwell in the tents of Shem,
    and let Canaan be his servant.”

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Footnotes

  1. Genesis 9:27 Japheth sounds like the Hebrew for enlarge

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