Acts 13 ©
Barnabas and Saul, being set apart with fasting and prayer, are sent forth by the Holy Ghost to the work of their calling. At Paphos Elymas the sorcerer opposing the gospel is smitten with blindness, and the deputy Sergius Paulus converted to the faith. Paul and his company come to Antioch in Pisidia: Paul preacheth Christ, and the necessity of faith in him unto justification. The Gentiles desire to hear the word again: many are converted. The envious Jews gainsay and blaspheme: the apostles profess to turn to the Gentiles, of whom many believe. The Jews raise a persecution, and expel Paul and Barnabas, who go to Iconium.
NOW athere were in the church that was at Antioch certain bprophets and teachers; as cBarnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, 1which had been brought up with dHerod the *tetrarch, and Saul.
As they eministered to the Lord, and ffasted, the Holy *Ghost said, gSeparate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.
Which was with the ndeputy of the country, Sergius Paulus, a prudent man; who called for Barnabas and Saul, and desired to hear the word of God.
Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) pfilled with the Holy *Ghost, set his eyes on him,
And now, behold, sthe hand of the Lord is upon thee, and thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun tfor a season. And immediately there fell on him a mist and a darkness; and he went about seeking some to lead him by the hand.
dThe God of this people of Israel chose our fathers, and exalted the people ewhen they dwelt as strangers in the land of Egypt, fand with an high arm brought he them out of it.
lAnd when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, ma man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.
For they that dwell at Jerusalem, and their rulers, because tthey knew him not, nor yet the voices of the prophets which uare read every sabbath day, they have vfulfilled them in condemning him.
And we declare unto you glad tidings, how that the cpromise which was made unto the fathers,
But he, whom hGod raised again, saw no corruption.
mBehold, ye despisers, and wonder, and perish: for I work a work in your days, a work which ye shall in no wise believe, though a man declare it unto you.
And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, nthe Gentiles besought that these words might be preached to them 5the next sabbath.
Now when the congregation was broken up, many of the Jews and religious *proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas: who, speaking to them, persuaded them oto continue in the grace of God.
Then Paul and Barnabas rwaxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should sfirst have been spoken to you: but seeing tye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, uwe turn to the Gentiles.