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PART III.

MISSIONS IN ASIA MINOR, MACEDONIA, AND GREECE.*

FROM THE BEGINNING OF PAUL'S FIRST MISSIONARY JOURNEY UNTIL

HIS LAST ARRIVAL IN JERUSALEM.

CHAPTER IX.

PAUL'S FIRST MISSIONARY JOURNEY.

831. BARNABAS AND SAUL SENT FORTH FROM ANTIOCH.

Acts 13:1-3.

i Now there were at Antioch, in the church that was there, prophets and teachers, Barnabas, and Symeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen the foster-brother of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. 2 And as they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. 3 Then, when they had fasted and prayed and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.

$32. PREACHING THE WORD AT SALAMIS AND PAPHOS.

Acts 13:4-12. 4 So they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, went down to Seleucia; and from thence they sailed to Cyprus. 5 And when they were at Salamis, they proclaimed the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews : and they had also John as their attendant. 6 And when they had gone through the whole island unto Paphos, they found a certain 'sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was Bar-Jesus; 7 which was with the proconsul, Sergius Paulus, a man of understanding. The same called unto him Barnabas and Saul, and sought to hear the word of God. .8 But Elymas the 1 sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation) withstood them, seeking to turn aside the proconsul from the faith. 9 But

1 Gr. Magus: as in Matt. ii. 1, 7, 16. * See Note 3

Saul, who is also called Paul, filled with the Holy Ghost, fastened his eyes on him, 10 and said, O full of all guile and all villany, thou son of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord? II And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee, and thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun 1 for 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. 12 Then the proconsul, when he saw what was done, believed, being astonished at the teaching of the Lord.

$33. AT PISIDIAN ANTIOCH.

Acts 13:13–52. 13 Now Paul and his company set sail from Paphos, and came to Perga in Pamphylia : and John departed from them and returned to Jerusalem. 14 But they, passing through from Perga, came to Antioch of Pisidia; and they went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and sat down. 15 And after the reading of the law and the prophets the rulers of the synagogue sent unto them, saying, Brethren, if ye have any word of exhortation for the people, say on. 16 And Paul stood up, and beckoning with the hand said,

Men of Israel, and ye that fear God, hearken. 17 The God of this people Israel chose our fathers, and exalted the people when they sojourned in the land of Egypt, and with a high arm led he them forth out of it. 18 And for about the time of forty years a suffered he their manners in the wilderness. 19 And when he had destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan, he gave them their land for an inheritance, for about four hundred and fifty years: 20 and after these things he gave them judges until Samuel the prophet. 21 And afterward they asked for a king: and God gave unto them Saul the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, for the space of forty years. 22 And when he had removed him, he raised up David to be their king; to whom also he bare witness, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after my heart, who shall do all my 3 will. 23 Of this man's seed hath God according to promise brought unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus; 24 when John had first preached 4 before his coming the baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel. 25 And as John was fulfilling his course, he said, What suppose ye that I am ? I am not he. But behold, there cometh one after me, the shoes of whose feet I am not worthy to unloose. 26 Brethren, children of the stock of Abraham, and those among you that fear God, to us is the word of this salvation sent forth. 27 For they that dwell in Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they knew him not, nor the voices of the prophets which are read every sabbath, fulfilled them by condemning him. 28 And though they found no cause of death in him, yet asked they of Pilate that he should be slain. 29 And when they had fulfilled all things that were written of him, they took him down from the tree, and laid him in a tomb. 30 But God raised him from the dead: 31 and he was seen for many days of them that came up with

10r, until ? Many ancient authorities read bare he them as a nursing-father in the wilderness. See Deut. i. 31. 3Gr. wills. *Gr. before the face of his entering in.

him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are now his witnesses unto the
people. 32 And we bring you good tidings of the promise made unto
the fathers, 33 how that God hath fulfilled the same unto our children,
in that he raised up Jesus; as also it is written in the second psalm,
Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee. 34. And as concerning
that he raised him up from the dead, now no more to return to corrup-
tion, he hath spoken on this wise, I will give you the holy and sure bless-
ings of David. 35 Because he saith also in another psalm, Thou wilt
not give thy Holy One to see corruption. 36 For David after he had
Tin his own generation served the counsel of God, fell on sleep, and was
laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption : 37 but he whom God raised
up saw no corruption. 38 Be it known unto you therefore, brethren,
that through this man is proclaimed unto you remission 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 a perish;

For I work a work in your days,
A work which ye shall in no wise believe, if one declare it unto

you. 42 And as they went out, they besought that these words might be spoken to them the next sabbath. 43 Now when the synagogue broke up, many of the Jews and of the devout proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas: who, speaking to them, urged 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 when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with jealousy, and contradicted the things which were spoken by Paul, and a blasphemed. 46 And Paul and Barnabas spake out boldly, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first be spoken to you. Seeing ye thrust it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, lo, 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 shouldest be for salvation unto the uttermost part of

the earth. 48 And as the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of God: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed. 49 And the word of the Lord was spread abroad throughout all the region. 50 But the Jews urged on the devout women of honourable estate, and the chief men of the city, and stirred up a persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and cast them out of their borders. 51 But they shook off the dust of their feet against them, and came unto Iconium. 52 And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Ghost.

1 Or, served his own generation by the counsel of God, fell on sleep Or, served his own generation, fell on sleep by the counsel of GodOr, vanish away 8 Many ancient authorities read the Lord. Or, railed

$34. AT ICONIUM.

Acts 14:1-7. i And it came to pass in Iconium, that they entered together into the synagogue of the Jews, and so spake, that a great multitude both of Jews and of Greeks believed. 2 But the Jews that were disobedient stirred up the souls of the Gentiles, and made them evil affected against the brethren. 3 Long time therefore they tarried there speaking boldly in the Lord, which bare witness unto the word of his grace, granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands. 4 But the multitude of the city was divided ; and part held with the Jews, and part with the apostles. 5 And when there was made an onset both of the Gentiles and of the Jews with their rulers, to entreat them shamefully, and to stone them, 6 they became aware of it, and fled unto the cities of Lycaonia, Lystra and Derbe, and the region round about: 7 and there they preached the gospel.

$35. AT LYSTRA AND DERBE, AND THE RETURN TO

ANTIOCH IN SYRIA.

Acts 14 : 8-28. 8 And at Lystra there sat a certain man, impotent in his feet, a cripple from his mother's womb, who never had walked. 9 The same heard Paul speaking: who, fastening his eyes upon him, and seeing that he had faith to be i made whole, lo said with a loud voice, Stand upright on thy feet. And he leaped up and walked. II And when the multitudes saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voice, saying in the speech of Lycaonia, The gods are come down to us in the likeness of men. 12 And they called Barnabas, 2 Jupiter; and Paul, 8 Mercury, because he was the chief speaker. 13 And the priest of 2 Jupiter, whose temple was before the city, brought oxen and garlands unto the gates, and would have done sacrifice with the multitudes. 14 But when the apostles, Barnabas and Paul, heard of it, they rent their garments, and sprang forth among the multitude, crying out 15 and saying, Sirs, why do ye these things? We also are men of like 4 passions with you, and bring you good tidings, that ye should turn from these vain things unto the living God, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea, and all that in them is: 16 who in the generations gone by suffered all the nations to walk in their own ways. 17 And yet he left not himself without witness, in that he did good, and gave you from heaven rains and fruitful seasons, filling your hearts with food and gladness. 18 And with these sayings scarce restrained they the multitudes from doing sacrifice unto them.

19 But there came Jews thither from Antioch and Iconium: and having persuaded the multitudes, they stoned Paul, and dragged him out of the city, supposing that he was dead. 20 But as the disciples

10r, saved ?Gr. Zeus. Gr. Hermes. Or, nature

stood round about him, he rose up, and entered into the city: and on the morrow he went forth with Barnabas to Derbe. 21 And when they had preached the gospel to that city, and had made many disciples, they returned to Lystra, and to Iconium, and to Antioch, 22 confirming the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that through many tribulations we must enter into the kingdom of God. 23 And when they had appointed for them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they had believed. 24 And they passed through Pisidia, and came to Pamphylia. 25 And when they had spoken the word in Perga, they went down to Attalia; 26 and thence they sailed to Antioch, from whence they had been committed to the grace of God for the work which they had fulfilled. 27 And when they were come, and had gathered the church together, they rehearsed all things that God had done with them, and how that he had opened a door of faith unto the Gentiles. 28 And they tarried no little time with the disciples.

CHAPTER X.

PAUL'S SECOND SOJOURN IN ANTIOCH AND THE COUNCIL

AT JERUSALEM.

$36. THE COUNCIL AT JERUSALEM.

Acts 15: 1–29.

[Gal. 2:1-10.] i And certain men came down i Then 1 after the space of fourfrom Judæa and taught the breth-teen years I went up again to Jeruren, saying, Except ye be circum-salem with Barnabas, taking Titus cised after the custom of Moses, also with me. 2 And I went up by ye cannot be saved. 2 And when revelation; and I laid before them Paul and Barnabas had no small the gospel which I preach among dissension and questioning with the Gentiles, but privately before them, the brethren appointed that them who ? were of repute, lest by Paul and Barnabas, and certain any means I should be running, or other of them, should go up to had run, in vain. 3 But not even Jerusalem unto the apostles and Titus who was with me, being a elders about this question. 3 They Greek, was compelled to be circumtherefore, being brought on their cised : 4 8 and that because of the way by the church, passed through false brethren privily brought in, both Phænicia and Samaria, de- who came in privily to spy out our claring the conversion of the Gen- liberty which we have in Christ tiles : and they caused great joy Jesus, that they might bring us into unto all the brethren. 4 And when bondage: 5 to whom we gave place

1 Or, in the course of ? Or, are 3 Or, but it was because of

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