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Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But there were Prophets in the Church of Antiakia and Teachers: BarNaba and Shimeon who is called Niger, Luqius, who is from the city Qorina, Manael, son of the rearers of Herodus the Tetrarch, and Shaul.
And as they were fasting and beseeching God, The Spirit of Holiness said to them, “Separate to me Shaul and BarNaba for the work to which I have called them.”
And after they had fasted and prayed, they placed hands upon them and they sent them.
4When they were sent by The Spirit of Holiness, they went down to those in Seluqia and from there they journeyed by sea unto Quprus.
5And 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.
6And as they traveled the whole island to the city of Paphos, they found a Jewish man, a Sorcerer who was a false Prophet, whose name was Bar Shuma.
7This man adhered to a wise man who was the Proconsul and he was called Sergius Paulus; the Proconsul called Shaul and BarNaba and he was requesting to hear from them the word of God.
8But the Sorcerer Bar Shuma, whose name is translated Alumas, withstood them because he wanted to turn aside the Proconsul from the faith.
9But Shaul, who was called Paulus, was filled with The Spirit of Holiness, and he stared at him.
10And he said, “Oh, full of all treacheries and all evils! Son of The Devil and enemy of all righteousness! You do not cease to twist the straight ways of THE LORD JEHOVAH!
11Now the hand of THE LORD JEHOVAH is upon you and you will be blind, and you will not see the sun for a time.” At that moment a blackness and darkness fell upon him and he was going around and seeking someone to take his hand.
12And when the Proconsul saw what happened, he was amazed and he believed in the teaching of THE LORD JEHOVAH.
13But Paulus and BarNaba journeyed by sea from Paphos, the city, and they came to the city Perga of Pamphylia and Yohannan separated from them and went on to Jerusalem.
14But they went forth from Perga and came to Antiakia, a city of Pisidia, and they entered a synagogue and sat down on the Sabbath day.
15And when The Law and The Prophets were read, the Elders of the synagogue sent to them and said, “Men, brothers, if you have a word of comfort, speak with the people.”
16And Paulus stood and lifted his hand and said, “Men, Sons of Israel and those who are worshipers of God, listen.
17The God of this people chose our fathers and raised up and multiplied them when they were foreigners in the land of Egypt and with a high arm he brought them forth from it.
18And he sustained them in the wilderness forty years.
19And he destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan, and he gave them their land for an inheritance.
20For four hundred fifty years he gave them Judges until Samuel The Prophet.
21And then they asked for themselves a King, and God gave them Shaul, son of Qish, a man from the tribe of Benjamin, for forty years.
22And he removed him and raised up for them David The King and testified of him and said, 'I have found David the son of Jesse, a man according to my heart. He shall do all my pleasure.'
23From the seed of this man God raised up to Israel, according to what was promised, Yeshua The Savior.
24And he sent Yohannan to preach the baptism of repentance before his coming to all the people of Israel.
25And when Yohannan had finished his ministry, he was saying, 'I am not who you think I am. Behold, he comes after me, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to loose.'
26Men, brothers and children of the lineage of Abraham, and those who worship God with you: To you He has been sent: The Word of Life.
27And these inhabitants of Jerusalem and their Leaders did not understand him nor the Scriptures of The Prophets which are read on every Sabbath, but they judged him and they fulfilled these things which are written.
28And when they found no cause of death, they asked Pilatus to kill him.
29And when they had fulfilled everything that was written about him, they took him down from the cross and laid him in a tomb.
30But God raised him from among the dead.
31He appeared for many days to those who came up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, and they are now his witnesses to the people.
32We also, behold, we preach good news to you, that The Promise which was to our fathers,
33Behold, God has fulfilled it to us their children, because he raised Yeshua, as it is written in the second Psalm: 'You are my Son; today I have begotten you.'
34And so God raised him from among the dead that he will not return again to see destruction, as it says: 'I shall give you the favor of faithful David.'
35Again, it says in another place: 'You have not given your Pure One to see corruption.'
36For David served the will of God in his generation and he fell asleep and was added to his fathers and he saw corruption.
37But This One whom God raised did not see corruption.
38Therefore, know brothers, that by This One, the forgiveness of sins is preached to you.
39And all who believe in This One are justified of all things from which you cannot be justified by the law of Moses.
40Beware therefore, lest that which is written in The Prophets come upon you:
41'Behold, scorners, and marvel and be destroyed, for I will do a work in your days, which you will not believe even if a man reports it to you.' ''
42And as they were going out from their presence, they asked of them that they would speak these words with them on another Sabbath.
43And when the synagogue was dismissed, many Jews followed them, even foreigners who were worshipers of God, and they were speaking and persuading them to be joined to the grace of God.
44And on another Sabbath, the whole city gathered to hear the word of God.
45And when the Jews saw the great crowds, they were filled with anger, and they were opposing the words which Paulus was speaking and they were blaspheming.
46But Paulus and BarNaba said: “It was necessary that the word of God be spoken to you publicly first, but because you drive it away from you and you determine against yourselves that you are unworthy of eternal life, behold, we turn to the Gentiles.”
47“For so our Lord commanded us just as it is written: 'I have set you as a light to the Gentiles to be life unto the ends of The Earth.'”
48And as the Gentiles were hearing, they were rejoicing and glorifying God, and they that were appointed to eternal life believed.
49And the word of THE LORD JEHOVAH was spoken in that whole region.
50But the Jews stirred up the Leaders of the city and those honorable women who were worshiping God with them and they raised persecutions against Paulus and against BarNaba and expelled them from their borders.
51When they went forth, they shook the dust of their feet off against them and they came to the city Iqonion.
52And the disciples were filled with joy and The Spirit of Holiness.