Acts 13:13-52 (Part II)
At Antioch in Pisidia
Now when Paul and his party set sail from Paphos,
they came to Perga in Pamphylia; and John,
departing from them, returned to Jerusalem.
But when they departed from Perga, they came to
Antioch in Pisidia, and went into the synagogue
on the Sabbath day and sat down.
And after the reading of the Law and the
Prophets, the rulers of the synagogue sent to
them, saying, “Men and brethren, if you
have any word of exhortation for the people, say
Then Paul stood up, and motioning with his
hand said, “Men of Israel, and you who fear God,
17 The God of this people Israel chose our
fathers, and exalted the people when they dwelt
as strangers in the land of Egypt, and with an
uplifted arm He brought them out of it.
Now for a time of about forty years He put up
with their ways in the wilderness.
And when He had destroyed seven nations in the
land of Canaan, He distributed their land to
them by allotment.
“After that He gave them judges for about
four hundred and fifty years, until Samuel the
And afterward they asked for a king; so God gave
them Saul the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of
Benjamin, for forty years.
And when He had removed him, He raised up for
them David as king, to whom also He gave
testimony and said, ‘I have found David
the son of Jesse, a man after My
own heart, who will do all My will.’
From this man’s seed, according to the
promise, God raised up for Israel a
after John had first preached, before His
coming, the baptism of repentance to all the
people of Israel.
And as John was finishing his course, he said,
‘Who do you think I am? I am not He. But
behold, there comes One after me, the sandals of
whose feet I am not worthy to loose.’
“Men and brethren, sons of the family of
Abraham, and those among you who fear God, to
you the word of this salvation has been sent.
For those who dwell in Jerusalem, and their
rulers, because they did not know Him, nor even
the voices of the Prophets which are read every
Sabbath, have fulfilled them in
And though they found no cause for death in
Him, they asked Pilate that He should be put
Now when they had fulfilled all that was written
concerning Him, they took Him down from
the tree and laid Him in a tomb.
But God raised Him from the dead.
He was seen for many days by those who came up
with Him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are His
witnesses to the people.
And we declare to you glad tidings—that promise
which was made to the fathers.
God has fulfilled this for us their children, in
that He has raised up Jesus. As it is also
written in the second Psalm:
‘ You are My Son,
Today I have begotten You.’
And that He raised Him from the dead, no more to
return to corruption, He has spoken thus:
‘ I will give you the sure
mercies of David.’
Therefore He also says in another Psalm:
‘ You will not allow Your Holy One to
“For David, after he had served his own
generation by the will of God, fell asleep, was
buried with his fathers, and saw corruption;
but He whom God raised up saw no corruption.
Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that
through this Man is preached to you the
forgiveness of sins;
and by Him everyone who believes is justified
from all things from which you could not be
justified by the law of Moses.
Beware therefore, lest what has been spoken in
the prophets come upon you:
41 ‘ Behold, you despisers,
Marvel and perish!
For I work a work in your days,
A work which you will by no means
Though one were to declare it to you.’”
Blessing and Conflict at Antioch
So when the Jews went out of the synagogue, the
Gentiles begged that these words might be
preached to them the next Sabbath.
Now when the congregation had broken up, many of
the Jews and devout proselytes followed Paul and
Barnabas, who, speaking to them, persuaded them
to continue in the grace of God.
On the next Sabbath almost the whole city came
together to hear the word of God.
But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were
filled with envy; and contradicting and
blaspheming, they opposed the things spoken by
46 Then Paul and Barnabas grew bold and
said, “It was necessary that the word of God
should be spoken to you first; but since you
reject it, and judge yourselves unworthy of
everlasting life, behold, we turn to the
For so the Lord has commanded us:
‘ I have set you as a light to the
That you should be for salvation to the
ends of the earth.’”
Now when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad
and glorified the word of the Lord. And as many
as had been appointed to eternal life believed.
And the word of the Lord was being spread
throughout all the region.
But the Jews stirred up the devout and prominent
women and the chief men of the city, raised up
persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and
expelled them from their region.
But they shook off the dust from their feet
against them, and came to Iconium.
And the disciples were filled with joy and with
the Holy Spirit.