1 And there were prophets and teachers in the church at Antioch; Barnabas and Simeon called Niger [the black], and Lucius the Cyrenian, and Manaen the foster brother of Herod the Tetrarch, and Saul.
2 And while they served the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them. 3 Then having fasted and prayed and imposed hands on them, they sent them forth.
4 They, therefore, being sent forth by the Holy Spirit went down to Seleucia, and thence sailed to Cyprus; 5 and coming to Salamis, they preached the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews; and they also had John for a servant. 6 And having gone through the whole island to Paphos, they found a certain magian, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was Barjesus, 7 who was with the proconsul Sergius Paulus, an intelligent man. This man having called for Barnabas and Saul desired to hear the word of God; 8 but Elymas the magian, for so his name is interpreted, opposed them, seeking to turn away the proconsul from the faith.
9 But Saul, [called] also Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looking steadily at him 10 said, O full of all deceit and all craft, son of a devil, enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord? 11 And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon you, and you shall be blind, not seeing the sun for a season. And immediately there fell upon him a mist and darkness, and going about he sought guides.
12 Then the proconsul seeing what was done believed, and was astonished at the teaching of the Lord.
13 And those with Paul, sailing from Paphos, went to Perga in Pamphylia; but John left them and returned to Jerusalem. 14 And passing on from Perga, they went to Antioch in Pisidia, and going into the synagogue on the Sabbath they sat down. 15 And after the reading of the law and the prophets, the synagogue rulers sent to them, saying, Men and brothers, if you have any word of exhortation for the people, speak.
16 And Paul stood up, and motioning with his hand, said, Men of Israel, and you that fear God, hear. 17 The God of this people chose our fathers, and raised up the people in the exile in the land of Egypt, and brought them out of it with a high arm. 18 And when he had borne with their conduct forty years in the wilderness, 19 and had destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan, he distributed their land to them by lot. 20 And after this he gave judges four hundred and fifty years till Samuel the prophet. 21 And then they asked for a king, and God gave them Saul the son Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, forty years; 22 and removing him, he raised up for them David for a king, of whom also he said and testified, I have found David, the son of Jesse, a man after my heart, who will do all my will.
23 Of the posterity of this man, according to his promise, has God raised up to Israel a Saviour, Jesus; 24 John having preached before his coming the baptism of a change of mind to all the people of Israel. 25 And when John completed his course, he said, Who do you suppose I am? I am not [the Christ]; but behold, there comes after me one the sandal of whose feet I am not worthy to untie.
26 Men and brothers, children of the race of Abraham, and you that fear God, the word of this salvation is sent to you. 27 For those living at Jerusalem, and their rulers, not knowing him and the words of the prophets which are read every sabbath, fulfilled them by condemning [him]; 28 and [although] they found no cause of death [in him], they requested of Pilate that he might be destroyed; 29 and when they had performed all things written of him, they took him down from the cross and placed him in a tomb. 30 But God raised him from the dead, 31 and he appeared many days to those who went up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are now his witnesses to the people. 32 And we declare to you the good news of the promise made to the fathers, 33 that God has fulfilled this to us their children in raising up Jesus, as it is written also in the first psalm, You are my son, to-day have I begotten you.
34 And that he raised him from the dead never more to return to destruction, he said thus; I will give you the sure promises of David. 35 Wherefore also in another place he says, Thou wilt not suffer thy holy one to see destruction. 36 For David, having in his generation served the will of God, fell asleep, and was gathered to his fathers and saw destruction; 37 but he whom God raised up saw not destruction. 38 Be it known to you therefore, men and brothers, that through this man is preached to you the forgiveness of sins, 39 and every one who believes is justified by him from all things from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses. 40 See then that what is said by the prophets does not come upon you;
41 Behold, despisers, and wonder and perish, for I perform a work in your days, a work which you shall by no means believe even if one declares it to you.
42 And when they had gone out, [the people] requested that these words might be spoken to them on the next sabbath. 43 And the congregation being dismissed, many of the Jews and pious proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas, who gave them additional instructions, and persuaded them to continue in the grace of God.
44 And on the following sabbath almost all the city came together to hear the word of the Lord. 45 And the Jews seeing the multitudes were filled with envy, and contradicted the things said by Paul, disputing and blaspheming.
46 And both Paul and Barnabas speaking boldly said, It was necessary that the word of God should first be spoken to you; but since you cast it away, and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, behold, we turn to the gentiles. 47 For thus has the Lord commanded us; I have set you for a light of nations, that you should be a salvation even to the end of the earth.
48 And the gentiles hearing this rejoiced and glorified the word of the Lord, and as many as were appointed to eternal life believed; 49 and the word of the Lord was spread through all the country. 50 But the Jews excited the pious and honorable women, and the first men of the city, and raised a persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and cast them out from their limits. 51 And shaking off the dust of their feet against them, they went to Iconium; 52 and the disciples were filled with joy and the Holy Spirit.