First Missionary Journey

13 Now there were (A)prophets and (B)teachers at (C)Antioch, in the (D)church that was there: (E)Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of (F)Cyrene, Manaen who had been brought up with (G)Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. While they were [a]serving the Lord and fasting, (H)the Holy Spirit said, “Set (I)Barnabas and Saul apart for Me for (J)the work to which I have called them.” Then, when they had fasted, (K)prayed, and (L)laid their hands on them, (M)they sent them away.

So, being (N)sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia and from there they sailed to (O)Cyprus. When they reached Salamis, they began to proclaim the word of God in (P)the synagogues of the Jews; and they also had (Q)John as their helper. When they had gone through the whole island as far as Paphos, they found a (R)magician, a Jewish (S)false prophet whose name was Bar-Jesus, who was with the (T)proconsul, Sergius Paulus, a man of intelligence. This man summoned Barnabas and Saul and sought to hear the word of God. But Elymas the (U)magician (for so his name is translated) was opposing them, seeking to turn the (V)proconsul away from (W)the faith. But Saul, who was also known as Paul, [b](X)filled with the Holy Spirit, stared at him, 10 and said, “[c]You who are full of all deceit and fraud, you (Y)son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, will you not stop making crooked (Z)the straight ways of the Lord? 11 Now, behold, (AA)the hand of the Lord is upon you, and you will be blind and not see the sun for a time.” And immediately a mist and a darkness fell upon him, and he went about seeking those who would lead him by the hand. 12 Then the (AB)proconsul believed when he saw what had happened, being amazed at (AC)the teaching of the Lord.

13 Now Paul and his companions put out to sea from (AD)Paphos and came to (AE)Perga in (AF)Pamphylia; but (AG)John left them and returned to Jerusalem. 14 But going on from Perga, they arrived at (AH)Pisidian (AI)Antioch, and on (AJ)the Sabbath day they went into (AK)the synagogue and sat down. 15 After (AL)the reading of the Law and (AM)the Prophets, (AN)the synagogue officials sent word to them, saying, “[d]Brothers, if you have any word of exhortation for the people, say it.” 16 Paul stood up, and (AO)motioning with his hand said,

“Men of Israel, and (AP)you who fear God, listen: 17 The God of this people Israel (AQ)chose our fathers and [e](AR)made the people great during their stay in the land of Egypt, and with an uplifted arm (AS)He led them out from it. 18 For (AT)a period of about forty years (AU)He put up with them in the wilderness. 19 (AV)When He had destroyed (AW)seven nations in the land of Canaan, He (AX)distributed their land as an inheritance—all of which took (AY)about 450 years. 20 After these things He (AZ)gave them judges until (BA)Samuel the prophet. 21 Then they (BB)asked for a king, and God gave them (BC)Saul the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, for forty years. 22 After He had (BD)removed him, He raised up David to be their king, concerning whom He also testified and said, ‘(BE)I have found David, the son of Jesse, a man after My heart, who will do all My [f]will.’ 23 (BF)From the descendants of this man, (BG)according to promise, God has brought to Israel (BH)a Savior, Jesus, 24 after (BI)John had proclaimed, before [g]His coming, a (BJ)baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel. 25 And while John (BK)was completing his course, (BL)he kept saying, ‘What do you suppose that I am? I am not He. But behold, one is coming after me, the sandals of whose feet I am not worthy to untie.’

26 [h]Brothers, sons of Abraham’s family, and those among you who fear God, to us the message of (BM)this salvation has been sent. 27 For those who live in Jerusalem, and their (BN)rulers, (BO)recognizing neither Him nor the [i]declarations of (BP)the prophets which are (BQ)read every Sabbath, fulfilled these by condemning Him. 28 And though they found no grounds for putting Him to death, they (BR)asked Pilate that He be executed. 29 When they had (BS)carried out everything that was written concerning Him, (BT)they took Him down from the [j](BU)cross and (BV)laid Him in a tomb. 30 But God (BW)raised Him from the dead; 31 and for many days (BX)He appeared to those who came up with Him from Galilee to Jerusalem, the very ones who are now (BY)His witnesses to the people. 32 And we (BZ)preach to you the good news of (CA)the promise made to the fathers, 33 that God has fulfilled this promise to those of us who are the descendants by (CB)raising Jesus, as it is also written in the second Psalm: ‘(CC)You are My Son; today I have fathered You.’ 34 As for the fact that He (CD)raised Him from the dead, never again to return to decay, He has spoken in this way: ‘(CE)I will give you the holy and faithful mercies of David.’ 35 Therefore, He also says in another Psalm: ‘(CF)You will not [k]allow Your [l]Holy One to [m]undergo decay.’ 36 For (CG)David, after he had [n]served God’s (CH)purpose in his own generation, (CI)fell asleep, and was [o]buried among his fathers and [p]underwent decay; 37 but He whom God (CJ)raised did not [q]undergo decay. 38 Therefore let it be known to you, [r]brothers, that (CK)through [s]Him forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, 39 and [t]through Him (CL)everyone who believes is [u]freed [v]from all things, from which you could not be [w]freed [x]through the Law of Moses. 40 Therefore, see that the thing spoken of (CM)in the Prophets does not come upon you:

41 (CN)Look, you scoffers, and be astonished, and [y]perish;
For I am accomplishing a work in your days,
A work which you will never believe, though someone should describe it to you.’”

42 As [z]Paul and Barnabas were going out, the people repeatedly begged to have these [aa]things spoken to them the next (CO)Sabbath. 43 Now when the meeting of the synagogue had broken up, many of the Jews and the (CP)God-fearing [ab](CQ)proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas, who were speaking to them and urging them to continue in (CR)the grace of God.

Paul Turns to the Gentiles

44 The next (CS)Sabbath nearly all the city assembled to hear the word of [ac]the Lord. 45 But when (CT)the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy and began contradicting the things spoken by Paul, and were [ad]blaspheming. 46 Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly and said, “It was necessary that the word of God be spoken to you (CU)first. Since you repudiate it and consider yourselves unworthy of eternal life, behold, (CV)we are turning to the Gentiles. 47 For so the Lord has commanded us,

(CW)I have appointed You as a (CX)light [ae]to the Gentiles,
That You may [af]bring salvation to the end of the earth.’”

48 When the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying (CY)the word of [ag]the Lord; and all who (CZ)had been appointed to eternal life believed. 49 And (DA)the word of the Lord was being spread through the whole region. 50 But (DB)the Jews incited the [ah](DC)devout women (DD)of prominence and the leading men of the city, and instigated a persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and drove them out of their [ai]region. 51 But (DE)they shook off the dust from their feet in protest against them and went to (DF)Iconium. 52 And the disciples were continually (DG)filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.

Acceptance and Opposition

14 In (DH)Iconium (DI)they entered the synagogue of the Jews together, and spoke in such a way (DJ)that a large number of people believed, both of Jews and of (DK)Greeks. But (DL)the [aj](DM)unbelieving Jews stirred up the [ak]minds of the Gentiles and embittered them against (DN)the brothers. Therefore they spent a long time there (DO)speaking boldly with reliance upon the Lord, who was testifying to the word of His grace, granting that [al](DP)signs and wonders be performed by their hands. (DQ)But the [am]people of the city were divided; and some [an]sided with (DR)the Jews, while others, with (DS)the apostles. And when an attempt was made by both the Gentiles and (DT)the Jews with their rulers, to treat them abusively and to (DU)stone them, they became aware of it and fled to the cities of (DV)Lycaonia, (DW)Lystra and (DX)Derbe, and the surrounding region; and there they continued to (DY)preach the gospel.

In (DZ)Lystra (EA)a man was sitting whose feet were incapacitated. He had been disabled from his mother’s womb, and had never walked. This man was listening to Paul as he spoke. Paul (EB)looked at him intently and saw that he had (EC)faith to be [ao]made well, 10 and he said with a loud voice, “Stand upright on your feet!” (ED)And the man leaped up and began to walk. 11 When the crowds saw what Paul had done, they raised their voice, saying in the (EE)Lycaonian language, “(EF)The gods have become like men and have come down to us!” 12 And they began calling Barnabas, [ap]Zeus, and Paul, [aq]Hermes, since he was [ar]the chief speaker. 13 Moreover, the priest of Zeus, whose temple was [as]just outside the city, brought oxen and garlands to the gates, and (EG)wanted to offer sacrifice with the crowds. 14 But when (EH)the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard about it, they (EI)tore their [at]robes and rushed out into the crowd, crying out 15 and saying, “Men, why are you doing these things? We are also (EJ)men, of the same nature as you, (EK)preaching the gospel to you, to turn from these [au](EL)useless things to a (EM)living God, who (EN)made the heaven and the earth and the sea, and everything that is in them. 16 [av]In past generations He (EO)permitted all the [aw]nations to (EP)go their own ways; 17 yet (EQ)He did not leave Himself without witness, in that He did good and (ER)gave you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, [ax]satisfying your hearts with food and gladness.” 18 And even by saying these things, only with difficulty did they restrain the crowds from offering sacrifices to them.

19 But (ES)Jews came from (ET)Antioch and (EU)Iconium, and having won over the crowds, they (EV)stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, thinking that he was dead. 20 But while (EW)the disciples stood around him, he got up and entered the city. The next day he left with Barnabas for (EX)Derbe. 21 And after they had (EY)preached the gospel to that city and had (EZ)made a good number of disciples, they returned to (FA)Lystra, to (FB)Iconium, and to (FC)Antioch, 22 strengthening the souls of (FD)the disciples, encouraging them to continue in (FE)the faith, and saying, “(FF)It is through many tribulations that we must enter the kingdom of God.” 23 When (FG)they had appointed (FH)elders for them in every church, having (FI)prayed with fasting, they (FJ)entrusted them to the Lord in whom they had believed.

24 They passed through (FK)Pisidia and came into (FL)Pamphylia. 25 When they had spoken the word in (FM)Perga, they went down to Attalia. 26 From there they sailed to (FN)Antioch, (FO)where they had been (FP)entrusted to the grace of God for the work that they had [ay]accomplished. 27 When they had arrived and gathered the church together, they began to (FQ)report all the things that God had done with them and [az]how He had opened a (FR)door of faith to the Gentiles. 28 And they spent [ba]a long time with (FS)the disciples.


  1. Acts 13:2 Lit performing ministry to
  2. Acts 13:9 Or having just been filled
  3. Acts 13:10 Lit O full of
  4. Acts 13:15 Lit Men, brothers
  5. Acts 13:17 Or exalted
  6. Acts 13:22 Lit wishes
  7. Acts 13:24 Lit the face of His entering
  8. Acts 13:26 Lit Men, brothers
  9. Acts 13:27 Lit voices
  10. Acts 13:29 Lit wood; see Deut 21:23
  11. Acts 13:35 Lit give
  12. Acts 13:35 Or Devout; or Pious
  13. Acts 13:35 Lit see corruption
  14. Acts 13:36 Or served his own generation by the purpose of God
  15. Acts 13:36 Lit gathered to his
  16. Acts 13:36 Lit saw corruption
  17. Acts 13:37 Lit see corruption
  18. Acts 13:38 Lit men, brothers
  19. Acts 13:38 Lit this One
  20. Acts 13:39 Lit in; or by
  21. Acts 13:39 Or justified
  22. Acts 13:39 Lit by
  23. Acts 13:39 Or justified
  24. Acts 13:39 Lit by
  25. Acts 13:41 Lit disappear
  26. Acts 13:42 Lit they
  27. Acts 13:42 Lit words
  28. Acts 13:43 I.e., Gentile converts to Judaism
  29. Acts 13:44 One early ms God
  30. Acts 13:45 Or slandering him
  31. Acts 13:47 Lit of
  32. Acts 13:47 Lit be for salvation
  33. Acts 13:48 Two early mss God
  34. Acts 13:50 Or worshiping
  35. Acts 13:50 Lit boundaries
  36. Acts 14:2 Or disobeying
  37. Acts 14:2 Lit souls
  38. Acts 14:3 I.e., confirming miracles
  39. Acts 14:4 Lit multitude
  40. Acts 14:4 Lit were
  41. Acts 14:9 Lit saved
  42. Acts 14:12 In Lat Jupiter, the chief pagan god of Rome
  43. Acts 14:12 In Lat Mercury, considered the messenger or spokesman for the pagan gods of Rome
  44. Acts 14:12 Lit the leader of the speaking
  45. Acts 14:13 Lit in front of
  46. Acts 14:14 Or outer garments
  47. Acts 14:15 I.e., idols
  48. Acts 14:16 Lit Who in past generations permitted
  49. Acts 14:16 Or Gentiles
  50. Acts 14:17 Lit filling
  51. Acts 14:26 Lit fulfilled
  52. Acts 14:27 Lit that
  53. Acts 14:28 Lit not a little

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