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Acts 12:25Acts 15:20

B. In the Gentile Lands
through the Ministry of Paul's Company

1. The Initiation

25 And 1Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerusalem, having completed the adispensing; and they took along with them bJohn, who was surnamed Mark.


2. Set Apart and Sent by the Holy Spirit

1 Now there were in aAntioch, in the local 1bchurch, 2cprophets and 3teachers: 4dBarnabas and Simeon, who was called 5Niger, and 6Lucius the Cyrenian, and 7Manaen, the foster brother of 8eHerod the tetrarch, and 9fSaul.

2 And as they were 1ministering to the Lord and fasting, the 2Holy aSpirit said, 3bSet apart for Me now Barnabas and Saul for the cwork to which I have dcalled them.

3 Then, when they had 1afasted and prayed and 2blaid their hands on them, they sent them away.

4 They then, having been sent out by the Holy 1Spirit, 2went down to Seleucia; and from there they sailed away to aCyprus.

3. The First Journey

a. To Paphos of Cyprus

5 And when they were in Salamis, they announced the aword of God 1in the 2bsynagogues of the JEWS. And they also had cJohn as their dattendant.

6 And when they had passed through the whole island as far as Paphos, they found a certain man, a amagician and Jewish bfalse prophet, whose name was Bar-jesus,

7 Who was with the 1aproconsul, Sergius Paulus, an intelligent man; the latter called Barnabas and Saul to him and sought to hear the word of God.

8 But Elymas the amagician (for so his name is translated) bopposed them, seeking to turn the proconsul away from the 1faith.

9 But Saul, who is also 1Paul, 2filled with the Holy Spirit, looked intently at him

10 And said, O you who are full of all deceit and all unscrupulousness, son of the adevil, enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease perverting the 1straight ways of the Lord?

11 And now, behold, the ahand of the Lord is upon you, and you will be blind, not seeing the sun for a time. And instantly a mist and a darkness fell upon him; and he went about and sought some to lead him by the hand.

12 Then the proconsul, seeing what had happened, believed, being astonished at the teaching of the Lord.

b. To Pisidian Antioch

(1) Preaching the Crucified and Resurrected Christ
as the Savior

13 And putting out to sea from Paphos, Paul and his companions came to aPerga of bPamphylia; and cJohn 1departed from them and returned to Jerusalem.

14 And they passed through from Perga and arrived at Pisidian aAntioch. And they went into the bsynagogue 1on the cSabbath day and sat down.

15 And after the areading of the bLaw and the Prophets, the synagogue crulers sent word to them, saying, 1Men, brothers, if you have any word of exhortation for the people, say it.

16 And Paul, rising up and motioning with his hand, said, 1Men of Israel and 2those who afear God, listen.

17 The God of this people aIsrael bchose our fathers and exalted the people during their sojourn in the land of cEgypt, and with a 1high arm He dled them out of it.

18 And for a time of about aforty years 1He carried them as a bnurse in the wilderness.

19 And when He had overthrown aseven nations in the land of Canaan, He distributed their land as an binheritance.

20 And after these things, for about 1four hundred and fifty years, He gave them ajudges until bSamuel the prophet.

21 And afterward they asked for a aking; and God gave them bSaul, the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, for forty years.

22 And when He had adeposed him, He raised up bDavid for them as king, to whom also He testified and said, I have cfound David, the son of Jesse, a man according to My 1heart, who will do all My dwill.

23 From this man's aseed, God, according to bpromise, brought to Israel a cSavior, Jesus,

24 After aJohn had proclaimed, 1prior to His public entrance, a 2baptism of brepentance to all the people of Israel.

25 Now as John was completing his course, he said, What do you 1suppose that I am? I am anot the Christ. But behold, One is coming after me, the bsandals of whose feet I am not worthy to untie.

26 1Men, brothers, sons of the race of Abraham, and 2those among you who afear God, to us the bword of this salvation has been sent forth.

27 For those dwelling in Jerusalem and their rulers, being aignorant of this One and of the 1words of the prophets which are bread every Sabbath, fulfilled them by 2judging Him.

28 And though they did anot find one cause of death in Him, they asked of bPilate that He be done away with.

29 And when they had accomplished all that was written concerning Him, they took Him down from the atree and laid Him in a btomb.

30 But 1God araised Him from the dead.

31 And for many days He aappeared to those who had come up with Him from bGalilee to Jerusalem, who are now His cwitnesses to the people.

32 And we aannounce to you the gospel of the bpromise made to the fathers,

33 That God has fully fulfilled this promise to us their children in raising up Jesus, as it is also written in the second Psalm, a"You are My Son; this day have I 1begotten You.''

34 And as to His having araised Him up from the dead, no longer to return to corruption, He spoke in this way, "I will give you 1the 2holy things of David, the faithful things.''

35 Therefore He also says in another place, a"You will not 1allow Your Holy One to see corruption.''

36 Now David, having 1served his own generation by the acounsel of God, did indeed fall basleep and was 2buried with his fathers and saw corruption;

37 But He whom 1God has araised did not see corruption.

38 Therefore let it be known to you, 1men, brothers, that through this One aforgiveness of sins is announced to you;

39 And from all the things from which you were anot able to be justified 1by the law of Moses, in this One everyone who bbelieves is 2cjustified.

40 Therefore beware that what is spoken in the prophets does not come upon you:

41 a"Look, you despisers, and bmarvel, and vanish away; for I am doing a work in your days, a work which you will by no means believe, though someone tells it to you in detail.''

42 And as Paul and Barnabas were going out, the people begged that these words would be spoken to them on the next aSabbath.

43 And when the synagogue gathering had been dismissed, many of the Jews and the adevout 1bproselytes followed Paul and Barnabas, who spoke to them and urged them to ccontinue in the 2dgrace of God.

(2) Rejected by the Jews

44 And on the following Sabbath almost all the city gathered together to hear the word of God.

45 But when the aJews saw the crowds, they were filled with bjealousy and contradicted the things being spoken by Paul and cblasphemed.

46 And Paul and Barnabas spoke aboldly and said, It was necessary for the bword of God to be spoken to you cfirst. Since you thrust it away and do 1not judge yourselves dworthy of eternal life, behold, we turn to the eGentiles.

47 For so the Lord has commanded us, "I have set 1you as a alight of the Gentiles, that you would be for salvation unto the buttermost part of the earth.''

48 And the Gentiles, hearing this, rejoiced and glorified the word of the Lord; and as many as were 1appointed to eternal life abelieved.

49 And the word of the Lord was carried through the whole region.

50 But the Jews aincited the bwomen of high standing who cworshipped God, and the chief men of the city, and draised up a epersecution against Paul and Barnabas and fcast them out from their borders.

51 But they ashook off the dust of their feet against them and came to bIconium.

52 And the disciples were 1filled with ajoy and with the Holy Spirit.


c. To Iconium

1 And in aIconium they entered together 1into the 2bsynagogue of the Jews and spoke in such a way that a great multitude of both Jews and Greeks believed.

2 But the Jews who were adisobedient bstirred up and ill-affected the 1minds of the Gentiles against the cbrothers.

3 Therefore they spent a considerable amount of time speaking with aboldness in the Lord, who btestified to the word of His 1cgrace by granting 2dsigns and wonders to be done through their hands.

4 But the multitude of the city was adivided, and bsome were with the Jews and some with the apostles.

5 And when a hostile attempt was made by both the Gentiles and Jews with their rulers to treat the apostles aoutrageously and to bstone them,

d. To Lystra and Derbe of Lycaonia

6 They became aware of it and afled to the cities of Lycaonia, bLystra and cDerbe, and the surrounding region.

7 And there they aannounced the gospel.

8 And in Lystra a certain man was sitting, without strength in his feet, alame from his mother's womb, who had never walked.

9 This man heard Paul speaking, who, looking intently at him and seeing that he had afaith to be 1healed,

10 Said with a loud voice, Stand upright on your feet. And he aleaped up and began to walk.

11 And when the crowds saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voice, saying in Lycaonian, The agods have become like men and have come down to us.

12 And they called Barnabas, 1Zeus, and Paul, 2Hermes, since he was the one who took the lead in the discourse.

13 And the priest of Zeus, whose temple was before the city, brought bulls and garlands to the gates and wanted to offer a sacrifice with the crowds.

14 But when the apostles, Barnabas and Paul, heard this, they atore their garments and rushed out into the crowd, crying out

15 And saying, 1Men, why are you doing these things? We also are amen of blike feeling as you, and cannounce the gospel to you that you should turn from these 2dvain things eto the fliving God, who gmade heaven and earth and the sea and all things in them;

16 Who in the generations agone by ballowed all the nations to go their ways.

17 And yet He did anot leave Himself without witness, in that He did good by giving you brain from heaven and fruitful seasons, filling your chearts with dfood and gladness.

18 And saying these things, they restrained the crowds only with difficulty from offering sacrifices to them.

19 But aJews from Antioch and Iconium came there; and having bpersuaded the crowds, they cstoned Paul and dragged him outside the city, supposing that he was dead.

20 But as the disciples surrounded him, he rose up and entered into the city. And on the next day he went out with Barnabas to aDerbe.

21 And when they had aannounced the gospel to that city and had made a considerable number of bdisciples, they returned to cLystra and to dIconium and to eAntioch,

e. Establishing the Disciples
and Appointing Elders on the Way Back

22 aEstablishing the 1souls of the disciples, exhorting them to 2bcontinue in the 3cfaith and saying that through many dtribulations we must enter into the 4ekingdom of God.

23 And when they had appointed 1aelders for them 2in every bchurch and had prayed with cfastings, they dcommitted them to the Lord into whom they had believed.

24 And they passed through Pisidia and came to aPamphylia.

25 And when they had spoken the 1word in Perga, they came down to Attalia.

f. Back to Antioch, Ending the First Journey

26 And from there they sailed away to aAntioch, where they had been commended to the 1grace of God for the work which they fulfilled.

27 And when they 1arrived and 2gathered the achurch together, they bdeclared the things that God had done with them and that He had copened a door of faith to the dGentiles.

28 And they spent no little time there with the disciples.


4. The Trouble concerning Circumcision

a. A Conference of the Apostles and Elders Held in Jerusalem

1 And certain men 1came down from aJudea and began to teach the bbrothers, 2cUnless you are 3dcircumcised according to the 4ecustom of Moses, you cannot be saved.

2 And when no little 1dissension and discussion with them came about through Paul and Barnabas, the brothers directed Paul and Barnabas and certain others among them to go up to the apostles and aelders in 2bJerusalem concerning this question.

3 They therefore, having been asent forward by the 1bchurch, passed through both Phoenicia and Samaria, telling in detail about the turning of the cGentiles; and they brought great joy to all the dbrothers.

4 And when they arrived in Jerusalem, they were areceived by the bchurch and the apostles and the elders, and they cdeclared the things that God had done with them.

5 But certain men from the asect of the 1Pharisees who had believed rose up from among them, saying, It is bnecessary to 2circumcise them and to charge them to 3keep the claw of Moses.

6 And the apostles and the elders were 1gathered together to see about this matter.

7 And when much discussion had taken place, Peter rose up and said to them, 1Men, brothers, you know that from the 2early days God achose from among you that through my mouth the bGentiles should hear the word of the cgospel and believe.

8 And God, the Knower of ahearts, bore witness to them, giving them the Holy bSpirit even cas also to us;

9 And He made ano distinction between us and them, bcleansing their 1hearts by faith.

10 Therefore why are you now atesting God by placing a 1byoke upon the neck of the disciples which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?

11 But we believe that through the 1agrace of the Lord Jesus we are bsaved in the same way also as they are.

12 And all the multitude became silent, and they listened to Barnabas and Paul arelating all the bsigns and wonders God had done among the cGentiles through them.

13 And when they 1finished speaking, aJames answered, saying, 2Men, brothers, listen to me.

14 1Simeon has related how God first visited the Gentiles to take out from them a apeople for His name.

15 And with this the words of the prophets agree, even as it is written,

16 a"After these things I will return, and I will rebuild the 1tabernacle of David which has fallen; and I will rebuild its ruins and erect it again,

17 So that the remainder of men may aseek out the Lord, even all the Gentiles 1upon whom My bname has been called,

18 Says the Lord, who is making these things known 1afrom of old.''

19 Therefore I judge that we do not harass those from the Gentiles who are aturning to God,

20 But that we write to them to abstain from the acontaminations of bidols and cfornication and what is strangled and dblood.