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Acts 13:1-52

1Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch) and Saul. 2While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” 3So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.

On Cyprus

4The two of them, sent on their way by the Holy Spirit, went down to Seleucia and sailed from there to Cyprus. 5When they arrived at Salamis, they proclaimed the word of God in the Jewish synagogues. John was with them as their helper.

6They traveled through the whole island until they came to Paphos. There they met a Jewish sorcerer and false prophet named Bar-Jesus, 7who was an attendant of the proconsul, Sergius Paulus. The proconsul, an intelligent man, sent for Barnabas and Saul because he wanted to hear the word of God. 8But Elymas the sorcerer (for that is what his name means) opposed them and tried to turn the proconsul from the faith. 9Then Saul, who was also called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked straight at Elymas and said, 10“You are a child of the devil and an enemy of everything that is right! You are full of all kinds of deceit and trickery. Will you never stop perverting the right ways of the Lord? 11Now the hand of the Lord is against you. You are going to be blind for a time, not even able to see the light of the sun.”

Immediately mist and darkness came over him, and he groped about, seeking someone to lead him by the hand. 12When the proconsul saw what had happened, he believed, for he was amazed at the teaching about the Lord.

In Pisidian Antioch

13From Paphos, Paul and his companions sailed to Perga in Pamphylia, where John left them to return to Jerusalem. 14From Perga they went on to Pisidian Antioch. On the Sabbath they entered the synagogue and sat down. 15After the reading from the Law and the Prophets, the leaders of the synagogue sent word to them, saying, “Brothers, if you have a word of exhortation for the people, please speak.”

16Standing up, Paul motioned with his hand and said: “Fellow Israelites and you Gentiles who worship God, listen to me! 17The God of the people of Israel chose our ancestors; he made the people prosper during their stay in Egypt; with mighty power he led them out of that country; 18for about forty years he endured their conduct13:18 Some manuscripts he cared for them in the wilderness; 19and he overthrew seven nations in Canaan, giving their land to his people as their inheritance. 20All this took about 450 years.

“After this, God gave them judges until the time of Samuel the prophet. 21Then the people asked for a king, and he gave them Saul son of Kish, of the tribe of Benjamin, who ruled forty years. 22After removing Saul, he made David their king. God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’

23“From this man’s descendants God has brought to Israel the Savior Jesus, as he promised. 24Before the coming of Jesus, John preached repentance and baptism to all the people of Israel. 25As John was completing his work, he said: ‘Who do you suppose I am? I am not the one you are looking for. But there is one coming after me whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.’

26“Fellow children of Abraham and you God-fearing Gentiles, it is to us that this message of salvation has been sent. 27The people of Jerusalem and their rulers did not recognize Jesus, yet in condemning him they fulfilled the words of the prophets that are read every Sabbath. 28Though they found no proper ground for a death sentence, they asked Pilate to have him executed. 29When they had carried out all that was written about him, they took him down from the cross and laid him in a tomb. 30But God raised him from the dead, 31and for many days he was seen by those who had traveled with him from Galilee to Jerusalem. They are now his witnesses to our people.

32“We tell you the good news: What God promised our ancestors 33he has fulfilled for us, their children, by raising up Jesus. As it is written in the second Psalm:

“ ‘You are my son;

today I have become your father.’13:33 Psalm 2:7

34God raised him from the dead so that he will never be subject to decay. As God has said,

“ ‘I will give you the holy and sure blessings promised to David.’13:34 Isaiah 55:3

35So it is also stated elsewhere:

“ ‘You will not let your holy one see decay.’13:35 Psalm 16:10 (see Septuagint)

36“Now when David had served God’s purpose in his own generation, he fell asleep; he was buried with his ancestors and his body decayed. 37But the one whom God raised from the dead did not see decay.

38“Therefore, my friends, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. 39Through him everyone who believes is set free from every sin, a justification you were not able to obtain under the law of Moses. 40Take care that what the prophets have said does not happen to you:

41“ ‘Look, you scoffers,

wonder and perish,

for I am going to do something in your days

that you would never believe,

even if someone told you.’13:41 Hab. 1:5

42As Paul and Barnabas were leaving the synagogue, the people invited them to speak further about these things on the next Sabbath. 43When the congregation was dismissed, many of the Jews and devout converts to Judaism followed Paul and Barnabas, who talked with them and urged them to continue in the grace of God.

44On the next Sabbath almost the whole city gathered to hear the word of the Lord. 45When the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy. They began to contradict what Paul was saying and heaped abuse on him.

46Then Paul and Barnabas answered them boldly: “We had to speak the word of God to you first. Since you reject it and do not consider yourselves worthy of eternal life, we now turn to the Gentiles. 47For this is what the Lord has commanded us:

“ ‘I have made you13:47 The Greek is singular. a light for the Gentiles,

that you13:47 The Greek is singular. may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.’13:47 Isaiah 49:6

48When the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and honored the word of the Lord; and all who were appointed for eternal life believed.

49The word of the Lord spread through the whole region. 50But the Jewish leaders incited the God-fearing women of high standing and the leading men of the city. They stirred up persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them from their region. 51So they shook the dust off their feet as a warning to them and went to Iconium. 52And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.

Asante Twi Contemporary Bible

Asomafoɔ 13:1-52

1Adiyifoɔ ne akyerɛkyerɛfoɔ a na wɔwɔ Antiokia asafo no mu bi ne Barnaba ne Simeon, a na wɔfrɛ no “Onipa Tuntum,” Lukio a ɔyɛ Kireneni, Manaen, a ɔne Ɔhene Herode yɛ atipɛnfoɔ, ne Saulo. 2Ɛberɛ a wɔresom Awurade na wɔredi mmuada no, Honhom Kronkron no ka kyerɛɛ wɔn sɛ, “Monyi Barnaba ne Saulo na wɔnkɔdi dwuma a ɛno enti mafrɛ wɔn no mma me.” 3Wɔdii mmuada, bɔɔ mpaeɛ, de wɔn nsa guu wɔn so, somaa wɔn.

Barnaba Ne Saulo Kɔ Kipro

4Honhom Kronkron somaa wɔn no, wɔkɔɔ Seleukia. Wɔfiri hɔ no, wɔtoaa wɔn akwantuo no so kɔduruu Kipro. 5Wɔduruu Salami no, wɔkaa Onyankopɔn asɛm wɔ Yudafoɔ hyiadan mu. Saa ɛberɛ no, na Yohane Marko ka wɔn ho sɛ ɔsomfoɔ.

6Wɔtwaam wɔ supɔ no so kɔduruu Pafo, na ɛhɔ na wɔhyiaa Yudani nkonyaayifoɔ bi a ɔfrɛ ne ho sɛ odiyifoɔ a na ne din de Bar-Yesu. 7Na nʼadamfo ne amrado a ɔwɔ supɔ no so a ne din de Sergio Paulo no. Saa amrado a na ɔnim nyansa yie no soma ma wɔkɔfrɛɛ Barnaba ne Saulo, ɛfiri sɛ, na ɔrepɛ Onyankopɔn asɛm atie. 8Nanso, nkonyaayifoɔ Bar-Yesu a, Hela kasa mu wɔfrɛ no Elima no ampene so, ɛfiri sɛ, na ɔmpɛ sɛ amrado yi bɛtie Onyankopɔn asɛm. 9Afei, Honhom Kronkron bɛhyɛɛ Saulo a ne din de Paulo no ma maa ɔhwɛɛ nkonyaayifoɔ Elima dinn kaa sɛ, 10“Ɔbonsam ba a ɔte sɛ wo! Wommpɛ ade pa biara yie. Nnaadaa ahodoɔ ahyɛ wo ma. Ɛberɛ biara, wopɛ sɛ wodane Awurade nokwasɛm ani ma ɛyɛ nkontomposɛm! 11Awurade bɛtwe wʼaso ama wʼani afira a worenhunu adeɛ firi saa ɛberɛ yi de kɔsi berɛ bi.”

Ɛhɔ ara Elima ani firaeɛ a na ɔde ne nsa rekeka sɛ ɔbɛnya obi asɔ ne mu anaa. 12Amrado no hunuu asɛm a asi no, ɔgyee Awurade asɛm no diiɛ. Awurade ho asɛm a ɔteeɛ no maa ne ho dwirii no.

Asomafoɔ No Kɔduru Antiokia

13Paulo ne nʼahokafoɔ no tenaa ɛhyɛn mu firii Pafo kɔɔ Perge a ɛwɔ Pamfilia no; ɛhɔ na Yohane a ne din baako nso ne Marko no gyaa wɔn hɔ sane kɔɔ Yerusalem. 14Wɔfiri Perge no, wɔkɔɔ Antiokia a ɛwɔ Pisidia. Ɛduruu Homeda no, wɔkɔɔ hyiadan mu kɔsomeeɛ. 15Wɔkenkan Mose Mmara no ne Adiyifoɔ no nsɛm wieeɛ no, hyiadan no mu mpanimfoɔ no soma kɔka kyerɛɛ wɔn sɛ, “Anuanom, sɛ mowɔ asɛm bi a mobɛka de ahyɛ nnipa no nkuran a, mowɔ ho kwan sɛ moka.”

16Afei, Paulo sɔre gyinaeɛ, nyamaa ne nsa hyɛɛ aseɛ kasaa sɛ, “Me nuanom Israelfoɔ ne amanamanmufoɔ a mowɔ ha a mosom Onyankopɔn no, montie me! 17Israel Onyankopɔn yii yɛn nananom ma wɔyɛɛ ɔman kɛseɛ ɛberɛ a na wɔte Misraim asase so no. Onyankopɔn nam ne tumi kɛseɛ so yii wɔn firii Misraim, 18na ɔhwɛɛ wɔn so wɔ ɛserɛ so mfeɛ aduanan. 19Ɔsɛee amanaman nson wɔ Kanaan asase so na ɔde asase no maa ne nkurɔfoɔ, 20maa wɔtenaa so mfeɛ ahanan ne aduonum. Yei akyi no, ɔmaa atemmufoɔ dii wɔn so kɔsii sɛ Odiyifoɔ Samuel baeɛ. 21Ɛberɛ a wɔpɛɛ sɛ wɔnya ɔhene ma ɔdi wɔn so no, Onyankopɔn de Kis ba Saulo a ɔfiri Benyamin abusua mu no maa wɔn maa ɔdii wɔn so mfeɛ aduanan. 22Onyankopɔn tuu Saulo adeɛ so na ɔde Dawid sii nʼanan mu. Asɛm a Onyankopɔn ka faa Dawid ho ne sɛ, ‘Mahunu sɛ Yisai ba Dawid ne onipa a mepɛ no; ɔyɛ onipa a ɔbɛyɛ deɛ mepɛ nyinaa.’

23“Sɛdeɛ Onyankopɔn hyɛɛ ho bɔ no, Yesu a ɔyɛ Dawid aseni no na ɔyɛɛ no Israelfoɔ Agyenkwa. 24Ansa na Yesu rebɛfiri nʼadwuma ase no, Yohane kaa adwensakyera ho asɛm kyerɛɛ Israelfoɔ sɛ, wɔnsakyera mfiri wɔn bɔne ho na wɔmma wɔmmɔ wɔn asu. 25Ansa na Yohane rebɛwie nʼasɛnka no, ɔbisaa nnipa no sɛ, ‘Mosusu sɛ meyɛ hwan? Ɛnyɛ me ne onipa a moretwɛn no no. Ɛrenkyɛre biara, deɛ moretwɛn no no bɛba, na mensɛ sɛ mɛworɔ ne mpaboa afiri ne nan.’

26“Me nuanom Abraham asefoɔ ne amanamanmufoɔ a mosom Onyankopɔn a mowɔ ha, yɛn enti na Onyankopɔn soma maa wɔde saa nkwagyesɛm yi abrɛ yɛn. 27Esiane sɛ na nnipa a na wɔte Yerusalem ne wɔn mpanimfoɔ nnim sɛ ɔno ne Agyenkwa no, na wɔnte adiyifoɔ no nsɛm a wɔkenkan no Homeda no ase no enti, wɔbuu Yesu kumfɔ, maa adiyifoɔ no nsɛm no baa mu. 28Ɛwom sɛ wɔannya afɔbusɛm bi annyina so ammu no kumfɔ de, nanso wɔsrɛɛ Pilato sɛ ɔnkum no. 29Wɔyɛɛ biribiara a Atwerɛsɛm no ka fa ne ho wieeɛ no, wɔyii no firii asɛnnua no so kɔsiee no. 30Nanso, Onyankopɔn maa ɔsɔre firii awufoɔ mu, 31ne wusɔreɛ akyi no, na ɔtaa yi ne ho adi kyerɛ wɔn a na wɔne no tu kwan firi Galilea kɔ Yerusalem no. Wɔn ne nnipa a wɔdi ne ho adanseɛ kyerɛ Israelfoɔ no.

32“Afei, yɛwɔ ha sɛ yɛrebɛka asɛmpa no akyerɛ mo sɛ, Onyankopɔn nam sɔre a ɔmaa Yesu Kristo sɔre firii awufoɔ mu no so ama bɔ a ɔhyɛɛ yɛn nananom no aba mu. 33Yei ne deɛ wɔatwerɛ wɔ Nnwom a ɛtɔ so mmienu mu no sɛ,

“ ‘Woyɛ me ba;

ɛnnɛ, mayɛ wʼAgya.’

34Asɛm a Onyankopɔn ka faa sɔre a ɔmaa no sɔre firii awufoɔ mu na ɔrensane nkɔ porɔeɛ mu no ne sɛ,

“ ‘Mede nhyira kronkron a mehyɛɛ Dawid ho bɔ no bɛhyira wo.’

35Wɔaka no baabi nso sɛ,

“ ‘Woremma wo Kronkronni no mporɔ.’

36“Dawid ɛberɛ so, ɔsomm Onyankopɔn kɔsii sɛ ɔwuiɛ ma wɔsiee no ne nananom nkyɛn pɛɛ, na ɔporɔeɛ. 37Nanso, deɛ Onyankopɔn nyanee no firii awufoɔ mu no amporɔ.

38“Anuanom, ɛsɛ sɛ mo nyinaa te aseɛ sɛ, ɛnam Yesu so na wɔka bɔne fakyɛ ho asɛm kyerɛ mo. 39Ɛsɛ sɛ mote aseɛ sɛ, obiara a ɔgye no di no, wɔabu no bem a anka Mose mmara ntumi mmu no no. 40Monhwɛ yie na adiyifoɔ no nkɔm a wɔhyɛɛ yi amma no so:

41“ ‘Mo fɛdifoɔ!

Momma ɛnyɛ mo nwanwa na mo ho nnwiri mo!

Ɛfiri sɛ, merebɛyɛ biribi wɔ mo berɛ so,

na sɛ obi ka kyerɛ mo a,

morennye nni!’ ”

42Paulo ne Barnaba refiri asɔredan no mu no, nnipa no srɛɛ wɔn sɛ Homeda a ɛreba no, wɔmmra mmɛkyerɛkyerɛ wɔn bio. 43Nnipa no wiee nhyiamu no, Yudafoɔ ne amanamanmufoɔ bebree a wɔasakyera aba Yudasom mu no tu dii Paulo ne Barnaba akyi. Asomafoɔ no tuu wɔn fo, hyɛɛ wɔn nkuran sɛ wɔntena ase Onyankopɔn adom mu.

Asomafoɔ No Kɔ Amanamanmufoɔ Nkyɛn

44Homeda a ɛdi so no duruiɛ no, ɛkame ayɛ sɛ wɔn a wɔte kuro no mu no nyinaa bɛtiee Awurade asɛm. 45Yudafoɔ no hunuu nnipakuo no, wɔn ani bereeɛ, ma wɔsɔre gyee nsɛm a Paulo reka no ho akyinnyeɛ, kasa tiaa no.

46Nanso, Paulo ne Barnaba de akokoɔduru kɔɔ so kaa sɛ, “Mone nnipa a ɛsɛ sɛ wɔka Onyankopɔn asɛm no kyerɛ mo kane. Na sɛ moapo, na mommu mo ho sɛ nkwa a ɛnni awieeɛ ho hia mo enti a, yɛbɛgya mo hɔ akɔ amanamanmufoɔ no nkyɛn. 47Ahyɛdeɛ a Awurade de ama yɛn ne sɛ,

“‘Mɛma mo ayɛ amanamanmufoɔ nyinaa kanea;

ɛnam mo so na wɔbɛgye ewiasefoɔ nyinaa nkwa.’ ”

48Amanamanmufoɔ no tee saa asɛm yi no, wɔn ani gyeeɛ na wɔkamfoo Awurade asɛm no, na wɔn a wɔayi wɔn ama nkwa a ɛnni awieeɛ no bɛyɛɛ agyidifoɔ.

49Na Awurade asɛm no trɛɛ ɔmantam no mu nyinaa. 50Nanso, Yudafoɔ no tuu nnipa atitire a wɔwɔ kuro no mu no ne mmaa Nyamesurofoɔ a na wɔwɔ hɔ bi a wɔdi mu no aso maa wɔtaa Paulo ne Barnaba, pamoo wɔn firii ɔman no mu. 51Nanso, asomafoɔ no poroporoo wɔn nan ase mfuturo guu wɔn so firii hɔ kɔɔ Ikoniom. 52Anigyeɛ ne Honhom Kronkron hyɛɛ asuafoɔ a na wɔwɔ Antiokia no ma.