Acts 13:3
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New International Version
So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.

New Living Translation
So after more fasting and prayer, the men laid their hands on them and sent them on their way.

English Standard Version
Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off.

Berean Study Bible
So after they had fasted and prayed, they laid their hands on them and sent them off.

Berean Literal Bible
Then having fasted and having prayed and having laid the hands on them, they sent them off.

New American Standard Bible
Then, when they had fasted and prayed and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.

King James Bible
And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then after they had fasted, prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them off.

International Standard Version
Then they fasted and prayed, laid their hands on them, and let them go.

NET Bible
Then, after they had fasted and prayed and placed their hands on them, they sent them off.

New Heart English Bible
Then, when they had fasted and prayed and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And after they had fasted and prayed, they placed hands upon them and they sent them.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
After fasting and praying, Simeon, Lucius, and Manaen placed their hands on Barnabas and Saul, and released them [from their work in Antioch].

New American Standard 1977
Then, when they had fasted and prayed and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And when they had fasted and prayed and laid their hands on them, they released them.

King James 2000 Bible
And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.

American King James Version
And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.

American Standard Version
Then, when they had fasted and prayed and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Then they, fasting and praying, and imposing their hands upon them, sent them away.

Darby Bible Translation
Then, having fasted and prayed, and having laid [their] hands on them, they let [them] go.

English Revised Version
Then, when they had fasted and prayed and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.

Webster's Bible Translation
And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.

Weymouth New Testament
So, after fasting and prayer and the laying on of hands, they let them go.

World English Bible
Then, when they had fasted and prayed and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.

Young's Literal Translation
then having fasted, and having prayed, and having laid the hands on them, they sent them away.
Study Bible
Paul's First Missionary Journey
2While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” 3So after they had fasted and prayed, they laid their hands on them and sent them off. 4Then Barnabas and Saul, sent forth by the Holy Spirit, went down to Seleucia and sailed from there to Cyprus.…
Cross References
Luke 2:37
and then was a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple, but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying.

Acts 1:24
And they prayed, "Lord, You know everyone's heart. Show us which of these two You have chosen

Acts 6:6
They presented these seven to the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them.

Acts 13:4
Then Barnabas and Saul, sent forth by the Holy Spirit, went down to Seleucia and sailed from there to Cyprus.

Acts 14:23
Paul and Barnabas appointed elders for them in each church, praying and fasting as they entrusted them to the Lord, in whom they had believed.

Acts 14:26
From Attalia they sailed to Antioch, where they had been commended to the grace of God for the work they had just completed.
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And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.

the had.

Acts 13:2 As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said…

Acts 6:6 Whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they …

Acts 8:15-17 Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive …

Acts 9:17 And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting …

Acts 14:23 And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed …

Numbers 27:23 And he laid his hands on him, and gave him a charge, as the LORD …

1 Timothy 4:14 Neglect not the gift that is in you, which was given you by prophecy, …

1 Timothy 5:22 Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men's …

2 Timothy 1:6 Why I put you in remembrance that you stir up the gift of God, which …

2 Timothy 2:2 And the things that you have heard of me among many witnesses, the …

they sent.

Acts 14:26 And there sailed to Antioch, from where they had been recommended …

Acts 15:40 And Paul chose Silas, and departed, being recommended by the brothers …

Romans 10:15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, …

3 John 1:6,8 Which have borne witness of your charity before the church: whom …

(3) And when they had fasted and prayed.--The repetition of the words that had been used in Acts 13:2 seems to imply that the fast was prolonged till the laying-on of hands had been completed. The new command called for that intensity of spiritual life of which fasting was more or less the normal condition.

And laid their hands on them.--See Note on Acts 6:6. This was, as before, the formal act by which the Church attested its acceptance of the divine mission of those on whom hands were laid, and implored for them the divine blessing.

Verse 3. - Then for and, A.V. It does not follow that the laying on of hands was on the same day. On the contrary, the mention of the fasting again in this verse makes it impossible so to understand it. Doubtless, on receiving this intimation of the Spirit, they fixed a day for the ordination, and prepared for it by fasting and prayer. The ember days of the Church before ordinations are m accordance with this precedent of Holy Scripture. With this departure of Barnabas and Saul commences the second and main part of the Acts of the apostles. And when they had fasted and prayed,.... Not when they had done fasting and praying, at the time the Holy Ghost made an impulse on their minds, to separate two of their brethren to a work they were appointed to; but at another time, which was fixed for that purpose; when they fasted and prayed, not for direction, who they were to set apart and send; for the persons were before pointed out to them, but that they might have every needful gift and qualification for the work, and be succeeded in it:

and laid their hands on them; not as ordaining them, for this was not an ordination; the Apostle Paul particularly was not ordained an apostle by man, but by Jesus Christ; who personally appeared to him, and made and ordained him his minister and apostle; and much less by men inferior to himself, as Simeon, Lucius, and Manaen were; but this was a gesture and ceremony used among the Jews, when they wished any blessing or happiness to attend any persons; and so these prophets, when they separated Paul and Barnabas from their company, and were parting from them, put their hands on them, and wished them all prosperity and success: could this be thought to be an ordination, as it cannot, since both of them were stated and authorized ministers of the word, and one of them an apostle long before this; there might seem some likeness between it and the Jewish ordination of elders, which was done by three (b), as here were Simeon, Lucius, and Manaen; but then this was not done without the land of Israel, as here, nor by imposition of hands (c): now when they had thus prayed for them, and wished them well, they sent them away; to do the work they were called unto; not in an authoritative way, but in a friendly manner they parted with them, and bid them farewell.

(b) Misn. Sanhedrin, c. 1. sect. 3.((c) Maimon. & Bartenora in ib. & Maimon. Hilchot Sanhedrin, c. 4. sect. 2, 3.3. laid their hands on them—(See on [2001]Ac 6:6)—"recommending them to the grace of God for the work which they had to fulfil" (Ac 14:26).

sent them away—with the double call—of the Spirit first, and next of the Church. So clothed, their mission is thus described: "They being sent forth by the Holy Ghost." Have we not here for all time the true principle of appointment to sacred offices?13:1-3 What an assemblage was here! In these names we see that the Lord raises up instruments for his work, from various places and stations in life; and zeal for his glory induces men to give up flattering connexions and prospects to promote his cause. It is by the Spirit of Christ that his ministers are made both able and willing for his service, and taken from other cares that would hinder in it. Christ's ministers are to be employed in Christ's work, and, under the Spirit's guidance, to act for the glory of God the Father. They are separated to take pains, and not to take state. A blessing upon Barnabas and Saul in their present undertaking was sought for, and that they might be filled with the Holy Ghost in their work. Whatever means are used, or rules observed, the Holy Ghost alone can fit ministers for their important work, and call them to it.
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