1 Now there were in the church that was at Antioch, certain prophets and teachers, Barnabas, and Simeon called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene and Manaen, who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.
2 And as they were ministring to the Lord and fasting, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul, for the work to which I have called them. 3 Then having fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.
4 So being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, they went down to Seleucia, and from thence sailed to Cyprus. 5 And being at Salamis, they preached the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews; and they had also John for their attendant. 6 And having gone through the whole isle to Paphos, they found a certain magician, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was Bar-jesus. 7 Who was with the proconsul, Sergius Paulus, a prudent man. He calling to him Barnabas and Saul, desired to hear the word of God. 8 But Elymas, the magician (so is his name by interpretation) withstood them, seeking to turn away the proconsul from the faith.
9 Then Saul (who is also called Paul) filled with the Holy Ghost, 10 and fixing his eyes upon him, said, O full of all guile and all mischief, thou son of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord? 11 And now behold the hand of the Lord is upon thee; and thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun for a season. And immediately a mist and darkness fell upon him, and going about, he sought some to lead him.
12 Then the proconsul, seeing what was done, believed, being astonished at the doctrine of the Lord.
13 And Paul and those with him loosing from Paphos, came to Perga in Pamphylia; but John withdrawing from them, returned to Jerusalem. 14 And departing from Perga, they came to Antioch in Pisidia; and going into the synagogue on the sabbath-day, they sat down. 15 And after the reading of the law and the prophets, the chief of the synagogue sent to them, saying, Brethren, if ye have any word of exhortation to the people, speak.
16 Then Paul standing, and waving his hand, said, Ye men of Israel, and ye that fear God, hearken. 17 The God of this people chose our fathers, and raised the people, while sojourning in the land of Egypt, and brought them out of it with an uplifted arm. 18 And he suffered their manners in the wilderness, about the space of forty years. 19 And having destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan, he divided their land to them by lot, about four hundred and fifty years. 20 And after that, he gave them judges, until Samuel the prophet. 21 And afterward they desired a king: and God gave them Saul the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, forty years. 22 And having removed him, he raised up to them David for their king, to whom also bearing witness he said, I have found David, the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, who will do all my will.
23 Of this man's seed hath God, according to his promise, raised unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus; 24 John having first preached before his coming, the baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel. 25 And as John was fulfilling his course, he said, Whom think ye that I am? I am not he. But behold one cometh after me, whose shoes of his feet I am not worthy to loose.
26 Men, brethren, children of the stock of Abraham, and those among you who fear God, to you is the word of this salvation sent. 27 For they that dwell at Jerusalem, and their rulers, neither knowing him, nor the sayings of the prophets, which are read very sabbath-day, have fulfilled them, in condemning him. 28 And though they found no cause of death in him, yet desired they Pilate, that he might be put to death. 29 And when they had fulfilled all things that were written of him, taking him down from the tree, they laid him in a sepulchre. 30 But God raised him from the dead. 31 And he was seen many days by them who came up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are his witnesses to the people. 32 And we declare to you glad tidings, that the promise which was made to the fathers, 33 God hath fulfilled this to us their children, in raising up Jesus: as it is written also in the second Psalm, Thou art my son, this day have I begotten thee.
34 And because he raised him up from the dead, no more to return to corruption, he spake thus, I will give you the sure mercies of David. 35 Wherefore he saith also in another Psalm, Thou wilt not suffer thy Holy one to see corruption. 36 Now David, having served the will of God in his generation, fell asleep, and was added to his fathers, and saw corruption. 37 But he whom God raised, did not see corruption. 38 Be it known unto you therefore, that through this man is preached to you the forgiveness of sins. 39 And by him every one that believeth is justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses. 40 Beware therefore, lest that come upon you, which is spoken in the prophets.
41 Behold ye despisers, and wonder and perish. For I work a work in your days, a work which ye will in no wise believe, though a man declare it unto you.
42 And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the Gentiles besought them, that these words might be spoken to them on the sabbath between. 43 And when the congregation was broken up, many of the Jews and religious proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas, who speaking to them, persuaded them, to continue in the grace of God.
44 And the next sabbath almost the whole city was gathered together, to hear the word of God. 45 But the Jews seeing the multitudes, were filled with zeal, and spake against the things spoken by Paul, contradicting and blaspheming.
46 Then Paul and Barnabas speaking boldly, said, It was necessary that the word of God should be spoken to you first; but seeing ye thrust it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, behold! we turn to the Gentiles. 47 For so hath the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set Thee for a light of the Gentiles, that Thou mightest be for salvation to the ends of the earth.
48 And the Gentiles hearing it were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life, believed. 49 And the word of the Lord was spread through all that country. 50 But the Jews stirred up the devout, honourable women, and the chief men of the city, and raised a persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them out of their coasts. 51 And they shook off the dust of their feet against them, and went to Iconium. 52 And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Ghost.