International Standard Version
Barnabas and Saul Travel to Cyprus
1Now Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius from Cyrene, Manaen, who grew up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul were prophets and teachers in the church at Antioch. 2While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set Barnabas and Saul apart for me to do the work for which I called them.” 3Then they fasted and prayed, laid their hands on them, and let them go. 4After they had been sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went to Seleucia and from there sailed to Cyprus. 5Arriving in Salamis, they began to preach God’s word in the Jewish synagogues. They also had John to help them.
6They went through the whole island as far as Paphos, where they found a Jewish occult practitioner and false prophet named Bar-jesus. 7He was associated with the proconsul Sergius Paulus, who was an intelligent man. He sent for Barnabas and Saul because he wanted to hear the word of God. 8But Elymas the occult practitioner (that is the meaning of his name) continued to oppose them and tried to turn the proconsul away from the faith. 9But Saul, also known asa Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked him straight in the eye 10and said, “You’re full of every form of deception and trickery, you son of the devil, you enemy of all that is right! You’ll never stop perverting the straight ways of the Lord, will you? 11Theb Lord is against you now, and you’ll be blind and unable to see the sun for a while!” At that moment a dark mist came over him, and he went around looking for someone to lead him by the hand. 12When the proconsul saw what had happened, he believed, because he was astonished at the Lord’s teaching.
Paul and Barnabas Go to Antioch in Pisidia
13Then Paul and his men set sail from Paphos and arrived in Perga in Pamphylia, where John left them and went back to Jerusalem. 14They left Perga and arrived in Antioch in Pisidia. On the Sabbath day, they went into the synagogue and sat down. 15After the reading of the Law and the Prophets, the synagogue leaders asked them,c “Brothers, if you have any message of encouragementd for the people, you may speak.”
16Then Paul stood up, motioned with his hand, and said:
“Men of Israel and you who fear God, listen! 17The God of this people Israel chose our ancestors and made them a great people during their stay in the land of Egypt, and with a public display of powere he led them out of there. 18After he had put up withf them for 40 years in the wilderness, 19he destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan. Then God gave their land to the Israelisg as an inheritance 20for about 450 years.
“After that, he gave them judges until the time of the prophet Samuel. 21When they demanded a king, God gave them Kish’s son Saul, from the tribe of Benjamin, for 40 years. 22Then Godh removed Sauli and made David their king, about whom he testified, ‘I have found that David, the son of Jesse, is a man after my own heart, who will carry out all my wishes.’j 23It was from this man’s descendants that God, as he promised, brought to Israel a Savior, who is Jesus. 24Before Jesus’ appearance, John had already preached a baptism of repentance to all the people in Israel. 25When John was finishing his work, he said, ‘Who do you think I am? I’m not the Messiah.k No, but he is coming after me, and I’m not worthy to untie the sandals on his feet.’
26“My brothers, descendants of Abraham’s family, and those among you who fear God, it is to usl that the message of this salvation has been sent. 27For the people who live in Jerusalem and their leaders, not knowing who Jesusm was, condemned him and so fulfilled the words of the prophets that are read every Sabbath. 28Although they found no reason to sentence him to death, they asked Pilate to have him executed. 29When they had finished doing everything that was written about him, they took him down from the tree and placed him in a tomb. 30But God raised him from the dead, 31and for many days he appeared to those who had come with him to Jerusalem from Galilee. These are now his witnesses to the people. 32We’re telling you the good news: What God promised our ancestors 33he has fulfilled for us, their descendants, by raising Jesus. As it is written in the second Psalm, ‘You are my Son. Today I have become your Father.’n 34Godo raised him from the dead, never to experience decay, as he said, ‘I’ll give you the holy promises made to David.’p 35In another Psalmq he says, ‘You will not let your Holy One experience decay.’r 36Now David, after he had served God’s purpose in his own generation, dieds and was buried with his ancestors, and so he experienced decay. 37However, the man whom God raised did not experience decay.
38“Therefore, brothers, you must understand that through him the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, 39and that everyone who believes in him is justified and freed from everything that kept you from being justified by the Law of Moses. 40So be careful that what the prophets said doesn’t happen to you:
41‘Look, you mockers!
Be amazed and die!
Since I am performing an action in your days,
one that you would not believe
even if someone told you!’”t
42As Paul and Barnabasu were leaving, the people kept urging them to tell them the same things the next Sabbath. 43When the meeting of the synagogue broke up, many Jews and devout converts to Judaism followed Paul and Barnabas, who kept talking to them and urging them to continue in the grace of God.
44The next Sabbath almost the whole town gathered to hear the word of the Lord.v 45But when the Jewish leadersw saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy and began to object to the statements made by Paul and even to abuse him.
46Then Paul and Barnabas boldly declared, “We had to speak God’s word to you first, but since you reject it and consider yourselves unworthy of eternal life, we are now going to turn to the gentiles. 47For that is what the Lord ordered us to do: ‘I have made you a light to the gentiles to be the means of salvation to the very ends of the earth.’”x
48When the gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord. Meanwhile, all who had been destined to eternal life believed, 49and the word of the Lord began to spread throughout the whole region. 50But the Jewish leadersy stirred up devout women of high social standing and the officials in the city, started a persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and drove them out of their territory. 51So Paul and Barnabasz shook the dust off their feet in protest against them and went to Iconium. 52Meanwhile, the disciples continued to be full of joy and the Holy Spirit.
a 13:9 Lit. who was also
b 13:11 Lit. The hand of the
c 13:15 Lit. sent to them
d 13:15 Or word of exhortation
e 13:17 Lit. with an uplifted arm
f 13:18 Other mss. read nourished
g 13:19 Lit. to them
h 13:22 Lit. But he
i 13:22 Lit. him
j 13:22 Cf. Ps 89:20; 1 Sam 13:14
k 13:25 Lit. one
l 13:26 Other mss. read to you
m 13:27 Lit. he
n 13:33 Cf. Ps 2:7
o 13:34 Lit. He
p 13:34 Cf. Isa 55:3 (LXX)
q 13:35 The Gk. lacks Psalm
r 13:35 Cf. Ps 16:10 (LXX)
s 13:36 Lit. fell asleep
t 13:41 Cf. Hab 1:5 (LXX)
u 13:42 Lit. As they
v 13:44 Other mss. read of God
w 13:45 i.e. Judean leaders; lit. the Jews
x 13:47 Cf. Isa 49:6
y 13:50 i.e. Judean leaders; lit. the Jews
z 13:51 Lit. So they