Acts 13:1-12 (Part I)
Now in the church that was at Antioch there were
certain prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon
who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen
who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch,
As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the
Holy Spirit said, “Now separate to Me Barnabas
and Saul for the work to which I have called
3 Then, having fasted and prayed, and laid
hands on them, they sent them away.
Preaching in Cyprus
So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went
down to Seleucia, and from there they sailed to
5 And when they arrived in Salamis, they
preached the word of God in the synagogues of
the Jews. They also had John as their
Now when they had gone through the island to
Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false
prophet, a Jew whose name was Bar-Jesus,
who was with the proconsul, Sergius Paulus, an
intelligent man. This man called for Barnabas
and Saul and sought to hear the word of God.
But Elymas the sorcerer (for so his name is
translated) withstood them, seeking to turn the
proconsul away from the faith.
Then Saul, who also is called Paul,
filled with the Holy Spirit, looked intently at
and said, “O full of all deceit and all fraud,
you son of the devil, you enemy of
all righteousness, will you not cease perverting
the straight ways of the Lord?
And now, indeed, the hand of the Lord is
upon you, and you shall be blind, not seeing the
sun for a time.” And immediately a dark mist
fell on him, and he went around seeking someone
to lead him by the hand.
Then the proconsul believed, when he saw what
had been done, being astonished at the teaching
of the Lord.