Acts 13:18
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New International Version
for about forty years he endured their conduct in the wilderness;

King James Bible
And about the time of forty years suffered he their manners in the wilderness.

Darby Bible Translation
and for a time of about forty years he nursed them in the desert.

World English Bible
For a period of about forty years he put up with them in the wilderness.

Young's Literal Translation
and about a period of forty years He did suffer their manners in the wilderness,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

About the time of forty years - The space of time between their coming out of Egypt, and going into the promised land.

Suffered he their manners - Ετροποφορησεν αυτους; He dealt indulgently with them: howsoever they behaved towards him, he mercifully bore with, and kindly treated them. But instead of ετροποφορησεν, ACE, some others, with the Syriac, Arabic, Coptic, Ethiopic, and some of the fathers, read ετροφοφορησεν, which signifies, he nourished and fed them, or bore them about in his arms as a tender nurse does her child. This reading confirms the marginal conjecture, and agrees excellently with the scope of the place, and is a reading at least of equal value with that in the commonly received text. Griesbach has admitted it, and excluded the other. Both, when rightly understood, speak nearly the same sense; but the latter is the most expressive, and agrees best with Paul's discourse, and the history to which he alludes. See the same form of expression, Numbers 11:12; Exodus 19:4; Isaiah 46:3, Isaiah 46:4; Isaiah 63:9.

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Acts 7:36,39-43 He brought them out, after that he had showed wonders and signs in the land of Egypt, and in the Red sea...

Exodus 16:2,35 And the whole congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness...

Numbers 14:22,33,34 Because all those men which have seen my glory, and my miracles, which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness...

Deuteronomy 9:7,21-24 Remember, and forget not, how you provoked the LORD your God to wrath in the wilderness...

Nehemiah 9:16-21 But they and our fathers dealt proudly, and hardened their necks, and listened not to your commandments...

Psalm 78:17-42 And they sinned yet more against him by provoking the most High in the wilderness...

Psalm 95:8-11 Harden not your heart, as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness...

Psalm 106:13-29 They soon forgot his works; they waited not for his counsel...

Ezekiel 20:10-17 Why I caused them to go forth out of the land of Egypt, and brought them into the wilderness...

Amos 5:25,26 Have you offered to me sacrifices and offerings in the wilderness forty years, O house of Israel...

1 Corinthians 10:1-10 Moreover, brothers, I would not that you should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud...

Hebrews 3:7-10,16-19 Why (as the Holy Ghost said, To day if you will hear his voice...

suffered. 'Gr. [tropophoreo,] perhaps for [trophophoreo,] bore, or fed them as a nurse beareth or feedeth her child. De.

1:31; according to the LXX., and so Chrysostom.'

Easter Tuesday
Text: Acts 13, 26-39. 26 Brethren, children of the stock of Abraham, and those among you that fear God, to us is the word of this salvation sent forth. 27 For they that dwell in Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they knew him not, nor the voices of the prophets which are read every sabbath, fulfilled them by condemning him. 28 And though they found no cause of death in him, yet asked they of Pilate that he should be slain. 29 And when they had fulfilled all things that were written of him, they
Martin Luther—Epistle Sermons, Vol. II

'Full of the Holy Ghost'
'And the disciples were filled with joy, and with the Holy Ghost.'--Acts xiii. 52. That joy was as strange as a garden full of flowers would be in bitter winter weather. For everything in the circumstances of these disciples tended to make them sad. They had been but just won from heathenism, and they were raw, ignorant, unfit to stand alone. Paul and Barnabas, their only guides, had been hunted out of Antioch by a mob, and it would have been no wonder if these disciples had felt as if they had been
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture: The Acts

Ninth Day for God's Spirit on Our Mission Work
WHAT TO PRAY.--For God's Spirit on our Mission Work "The evangelisation of the world depends first of all upon a revival of prayer. Deeper than the need for men--ay, deep down at the bottom of our spiritless life, is the need for the forgotten secret of prevailing, world-wide prayer." "As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate Me Barnabas and Saul. Then when they had fasted and prayed, they sent them away. So they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed."--ACTS
Andrew Murray—The Ministry of Intercession

Separated unto the Holy Ghost
"Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen . . . and Saul. "As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. "And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away. So they, being sent forth by the Holy Spirit, departed unto Seleucia" (Acts 13:1-4). In the story
Andrew Murray—Absolute Surrender

Cross References
Numbers 14:34
For forty years--one year for each of the forty days you explored the land--you will suffer for your sins and know what it is like to have me against you.'

Deuteronomy 1:31
and in the wilderness. There you saw how the LORD your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place."

Nehemiah 9:30
For many years you were patient with them. By your Spirit you warned them through your prophets. Yet they paid no attention, so you gave them into the hands of the neighboring peoples.

Psalm 95:10
For forty years I was angry with that generation; I said, 'They are a people whose hearts go astray, and they have not known my ways.'

Acts 7:36
He led them out of Egypt and performed wonders and signs in Egypt, at the Red Sea and for forty years in the wilderness.

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