Acts 13:5
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New International Version
When they arrived at Salamis, they proclaimed the word of God in the Jewish synagogues. John was with them as their helper.

New Living Translation
There, in the town of Salamis, they went to the Jewish synagogues and preached the word of God. John Mark went with them as their assistant.

English Standard Version
When they arrived at Salamis, they proclaimed the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews. And they had John to assist them.

Berean Study Bible
When they arrived at Salamis, they proclaimed the word of God in the Jewish synagogues. And John was with them as their helper.

Berean Literal Bible
And having come into Salamis, they began proclaiming the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews. And they also had John as a helper.

New American Standard Bible
When they reached Salamis, they began to proclaim the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews; and they also had John as their helper.

King James Bible
And when they were at Salamis, they preached the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews: and they had also John to their minister.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Arriving in Salamis, they proclaimed God's message in the Jewish synagogues. They also had John as their assistant.

International Standard Version
Arriving in Salamis, they began to preach God's word in the Jewish synagogues. They also had John to help them.

NET Bible
When they arrived in Salamis, they began to proclaim the word of God in the Jewish synagogues. (Now they also had John as their assistant.)

New Heart English Bible
When they were at Salamis, they proclaimed the word of God in the Jewish synagogues. They had also John as their attendant.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And when they entered the city Salamna, they were preaching the word of our Lord in the synagogues of the Jews, and Yohannan was ministering to them.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Arriving in the city of Salamis, they began to spread God's word in the synagogues. John Mark had gone along to help them.

New American Standard 1977
And when they reached Salamis, they began to proclaim the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews; and they also had John as their helper.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And when they arrived at Salamis, they preached the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews, and they also had John as an attendant.

King James 2000 Bible
And when they were at Salamis, they preached the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews: and they had also John as their helper.

American King James Version
And when they were at Salamis, they preached the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews: and they had also John to their minister.

American Standard Version
And when they were at Salamis, they proclaimed the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews: and they had also John as their attendant.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And when they were come to Salamina, they preached the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews. And they had John also in the ministry.

Darby Bible Translation
And being in Salamis, they announced the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews. And they had John also as [their] attendant.

English Revised Version
And when they were at Salamis, they proclaimed the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews: and they had also John as their attendant.

Webster's Bible Translation
And when they were at Salamis, they preached the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews. And they had also John for their minister.

Weymouth New Testament
Having reached Salamis, they began to announce God's Message in the synagogues of the Jews. And they had John as their assistant.

World English Bible
When they were at Salamis, they proclaimed the word of God in the Jewish synagogues. They had also John as their attendant.

Young's Literal Translation
and having come unto Salamis, they declared the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews, and they had also John as a ministrant;
Study Bible
On Cyprus
4Then Barnabas and Saul, sent forth by the Holy Spirit, went down to Seleucia and sailed from there to Cyprus. 5When they arrived at Salamis, they proclaimed the word of God in the Jewish synagogues. And John was with them as their helper. 6They traveled through the whole island as far as Paphos, where they found a Jewish sorcerer and false prophet named Bar-Jesus,…
Cross References
Acts 9:20
Saul promptly began to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues, declaring, "He is the Son of God."

Acts 12:12
And when he had realized this, he went to the house of Mary the mother of John, also called Mark, where many people were gathered together praying.

Acts 13:14
And from Perga, they traveled inland to Pisidian Antioch, where they entered the synagogue on the Sabbath and sat down.

Acts 13:46
Then Paul and Barnabas answered them boldly: "It was necessary to speak the word of God to you first. But since you reject it and do not consider yourselves worthy of eternal life, we now turn to the Gentiles.

Acts 14:1
At Iconium, Paul and Barnabas entered the Jewish synagogue as usual, and they spoke so well that a great number of Jews and Greeks believed.

Acts 19:22
He sent two of his helpers, Timothy and Erastus, to Macedonia, while he stayed for a time in the province of Asia.

Acts 19:29
Soon the whole city was in disarray. They rushed together into the theatre, dragging with them Gaius and Aristarchus, Paul's traveling companions from Macedonia.
Treasury of Scripture

And when they were at Salamis, they preached the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews: and they had also John to their minister.

in the.

Acts 13:14,46 But when they departed from Perga, they came to Antioch in Pisidia, …

Acts 14:1 And it came to pass in Iconium, that they went both together into …

Acts 17:1-3,17 Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came …

Acts 18:4 And he reasoned in the synagogue every sabbath, and persuaded the …

Acts 19:8 And he went into the synagogue, and spoke boldly for the space of …

John.

Acts 12:25 And Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerusalem, when they had fulfilled …

Acts 15:37 And Barnabas determined to take with them John, whose surname was Mark.

Colossians 4:10 Aristarchus my fellow prisoner salutes you, and Marcus, sister's …

their.

Exodus 24:13 And Moses rose up, and his minister Joshua: and Moses went up into …

1 Kings 19:3,21 And when he saw that, he arose, and went for his life, and came to …

2 Kings 3:11 But Jehoshaphat said, Is there not here a prophet of the LORD, that …

Matthew 20:26 But it shall not be so among you: but whoever will be great among …

2 Timothy 4:11 Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with you: for he is …

(5) When they were at Salamis.--The city was, as stated above, at the east end of Cyprus. The mention of "synagogues" implies a considerable Jewish population, and to these the Apostles, following the general rule announced in Acts 13:46, naturally, in the first instance, turned.

They had also John to their minister.--The noun so rendered is not that commonly used for the "deacons" or "ministers" of the Church, but implies rather the attendance of personal service. It is probable, however, that he was employed in baptising converts, and, where a church was founded, in preparing for the Supper of the Lord. Looking to the after-work of Mark, it would hardly, perhaps, be too much to say that he was, more than any other disciple, the courier of the Apostolic Church.

Verse 5. - Proclaimed for preached, A.V.; as their attendant for to their minister, A.V. (ὑπηρέτην). It is a word taken from the synagogue, where it denotes an inferior minister (see Luke 4:20). In Acts 5:22 the ὑπηρέται are the apparitors of the high priest. Here it is synonymous with διάκονος, a deacon. John was to Barnabas and Saul what Joshua was to Moses, Elisha to Elijah, etc. Peter, when he went to Caesarea, was accompanied by six brethren (Acts 11:12). And when they were at Salamis,.... A chief city of Cyprus; and so Herodotus (f) calls it Salamis of Cyprus; and in this island it is placed by Pliny (g) and Ptolomy (h): it was built by Teucer, the son of Telamon, after his return from the Trojan war; and so called by him, from his native country Salamine, in Greece, as is generally agreed by historians (i): it was the birth place of the famous philosopher Solon, who is from thence called Salaminius; he died in the island of Cyprus, in the eightieth year of his age; and before he died, gave orders to carry his bones to Salamis, and being reduced to ashes, to scatter them throughout the province (k): it was also claimed by the Cyprians, as the birth place of Homer, and is said (l) to be prophesied of that it should be; it was afterwards called Constantia, and now Famagusta, and is in the hands of the Turks; of it Jerom (m) thus writes:

"Salamis, a city in the island of Cyprus, now called Constantia, which, in the time of the Emperor Trajan, the Jews destroyed, having killed all the inhabitants of it:''

which shows what a multitude of Jews dwelt in this island, and even in this place; hence, in this verse, mention is afterwards made of synagogues of Jews in it, where the apostles preached, and which was the reason of their coming hither. This place, with the whole island, was taken from the Venetians by Mustapha, general to Selimus the Second, emperor of the Turks, in the year 1571, after a siege of eleven months; which, when he was possessed of, contrary to the agreement made, he put all the Christians to death; and having cut off the ears and nose of Bragadinus, the governor of it, took off his skin alive (n). Epiphanius, an ancient writer of the fourth century, famous for his books against heresies, was bishop of this place (o), when it was called Constantia, from Constantins Augustus, the emperor; and before him, we read of Gelasius, bishop of this place, who was in the council of Nice; there was a church here in the fifth century; and mention is made of a presbyter of it, in the sixth century, present at the fifth council at Constantinople; and in the seventh century, a bishop of this church was in the sixth council of Constantinople; and in the Nicene synod, in the "eighth" century, John, bishop of this place, assisted (p):

they preached the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews; the Jews being in great numbers in these parts, to them the apostles first preached, though they were sent unto the Gentiles; and this they continued to do, till the Jews put away the Gospel, which made their way more clear and open to the Gentiles:

and they had also John to their minister: this was John Mark, whom they brought with them from Jerusalem, Acts 12:12 who waited upon them, and provided for them the necessaries of life; for this is not to be understood of the ministry of the word, which is peculiarly ascribed to them, or of his being an assistant to them in it; nor can it be understood of his being the minister in any of the synagogues for them, to bring out the book of the law, and direct public service, where it cannot be thought he should have any such office and authority; but of his ministering in civil and secular things to the apostles, or to the poor by their orders.

(f) L. 4. c. 162. (g) Nat. Hist. l. 5. c. 31. (h) Geograph. l. 5. c. 14. (i) Vellei Patercul. Hist. l. 1. in initio, Isocratis Evagoras, p. 375. Vid. Horat. Carmin. l. 1. ode 7. (k) Laert. Vit. Philosoph. l. 1. p. 30, 41. (l) Pausanias, l. 10. p. 656. (m) De locis Hebraicis, fol. 96. I.((n) Petav. Rational. Temp. par. 1. l. 9. c. 12. p. 507. (o) Epitaph. Paulae, fol. 58. K & Vita Hilarion. fol 82. M. (p) Magdeburg. Hist. Eccles. cent. 4. c. 2. p. 5. cent. 5. c. 2. p. 6. cent. 6. c. 2. p. 5. cent. 7. c. 2. p. 4. cent. 8. c. 2. p. 6. 5. and when they were at Salamis—the Grecian capital of the island, on the eastern side, and not many hours' sail from Seleucia. At this busy mercantile port immense numbers of Jews were settled, which accounts for what is here said, that they had more than one synagogue, in which Barnabas and Saul preached, while other cities had one only.

they had … John—Mark.

to their minister—"for their officer". (See on [2002]Lu 4:20). With what fruit they preached here is not said. Probably their feeling was what Paul afterwards expressed at Antioch in Pisidia (Ac 13:46).13:4-13 Satan is in a special manner busy with great men and men in power, to keep them from being religious, for their example will influence many. Saul is here for the first time called Paul, and never after Saul. Saul was his name as he was a Hebrew; Paul was his name as he was a citizen of Rome. Under the direct influence of the Holy Ghost, he gave Elymas his true character, but not in passion. A fulness of deceit and mischief together, make a man indeed a child of the devil. And those who are enemies to the doctrine of Jesus, are enemies to all righteousness; for in it all righteousness is fulfilled. The ways of the Lord Jesus are the only right ways to heaven and happiness. There are many who not only wander from these ways themselves, but set others against these ways. They commonly are so hardened, that they will not cease to do evil. The proconsul was astonished at the force of the doctrine upon his own heart and conscience, and at the power of God by which it was confirmed. The doctrine of Christ astonishes; and the more we know of it, the more reason we shall see to wonder at it. Those who put their hand to the plough and look back, are not fit for the kingdom of God. Those who are not prepared to face opposition, and to endure hardship, are not fitted for the work of the ministry.
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