New International Version

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.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

使徒行传 13:1-52

巴拿巴和扫罗接受差遣

1安提阿教会中有几位先知和教师,就是巴拿巴、绰号“黑人”的希缅古利奈路求、与分封王希律一同长大的马念以及扫罗2一天,他们正在敬拜主、禁食的时候,圣灵对他们说:“要为我把巴拿巴扫罗分别出来,好让他们做我呼召他们去做的事。” 3于是,他们禁食祷告并把手按在巴拿巴扫罗身上,然后差遣他们出去。

4二人受圣灵差遣,下到西流基,从那里乘船去塞浦路斯5他们到了撒拉米,就在当地的犹太会堂传讲上帝的道。约翰·马可做他们的助手。

6他们走遍全岛,远至帕弗,在那里遇见一个冒充先知的犹太术士巴·耶稣7这人和当地的士求·保罗总督常有来往。士求·保罗是个聪明人,他邀请了巴拿巴扫罗来,要听上帝的道。 8希腊名字叫以吕马的那个术士反对使徒,试图拦阻总督信主。 9又名扫罗保罗被圣灵充满,盯着他说: 10“你这魔鬼的儿子,充满了诡诈和邪恶,是一切正义之敌,到现在还想歪曲主的正道吗? 11现在主要亲手惩罚你,使你瞎眼,暂时不见天日!”

他顿觉眼前一片漆黑,只好四处摸索,求人领他走路。 12总督看见所发生的事,对主的道感到惊奇,就信了。

保罗传扬基督

13保罗和同伴从帕弗乘船到旁非利亚别加约翰·马可在那里离开他们回耶路撒冷去了。 14他们由别加继续前行,来到彼西底区的安提阿。在安息日那天,他们进了会堂坐下来。 15读完律法书和先知书后,会堂主管派人告诉他们:“弟兄们,如果你们有什么劝勉众人的话,请讲。”

16保罗站起来向大家挥手示意,说:“各位以色列同胞和各位敬畏上帝的外族朋友们,请听我说。 17以色列的上帝拣选了我们的祖先,让他们在埃及寄居期间人丁兴旺成为大族,后来祂伸出臂膀带领他们离开埃及18他们在旷野漂泊的那四十年间,上帝一直照顾、容忍他们。 19后来上帝又灭了迦南境内的七族,把土地分给他们作产业。 20前后历时约四百五十年。之后,上帝又为他们设立士师,直到撒母耳先知的时代。

21“后来,他们求上帝为他们立一位王,上帝就选立便雅悯支派中基士的儿子扫罗为王,执政四十年。 22之后,上帝废掉扫罗,选立大卫做王,并为他作证说,‘我找到了耶西的儿子大卫,他是合我心意的人,他必遵行我一切的旨意。’ 23上帝照自己的应许,从大卫的后裔中为以色列人立了一位救主,就是耶稣。 24在耶稣还未公开露面以前,约翰已经劝告以色列人要悔改,接受洗礼。 25约翰在工作快要完成的时候说,‘你们以为我是谁?我不是基督。在我之后来的那位,我连给祂解鞋带也不配。’

26“弟兄们,各位亚伯拉罕的子孙和敬畏上帝的外族人啊,这救恩之道原是传给我们的。 27可是耶路撒冷的人和他们的官长不知道耶稣是基督,虽然每个安息日都诵读先知的信息,却把基督判死罪。这正应验了先知们的话。 28他们虽然找不到判祂死罪的理由,却强求彼拉多将祂处死。 29祂受死的记载全部应验之后,有人把祂从十字架上取下来,安放在石墓里。 30但上帝却使祂从死里复活。 31之后有许多天,那些从加利利跟随祂上耶路撒冷的人都看见过祂,他们如今在百姓中都是祂的见证人。 32我们要报给你们一个好消息,上帝给我们祖先的应许, 33祂借着使耶稣复活已为我们做子孙的成就了。正如诗篇第二篇所说,

“‘你是我的儿子,

我今日成为你父亲。’

34圣经曾这样记载上帝使祂从死里复活、永不朽坏的事,

“‘我必将应许大卫的圣洁、

可靠的恩福赐给你们。’

35又在诗篇上说,

“‘你必不让你的圣者身体朽坏。’

36大卫在世时遵行上帝的旨意,最后死了,葬在他祖先那里,肉身也朽坏了。 37然而,上帝使之复活的那位却没有朽坏。 38所以,弟兄们,你们应该知道,赦罪的信息是借着耶稣传给你们的。 39你们靠遵行摩西律法不能被称为义人,只有信靠耶稣才能被称为义人。 40你们要当心,免得先知说的话应验在你们身上,

41“‘藐视真理的人啊,看吧!

你们要在惊惧中灭亡,

因为我要在你们的时代行一件事,

即使有人告诉你们,

你们也不会信。’”

42保罗巴拿巴离开会堂时,会堂里的人请求他们下一个安息日再来讲道。 43许多犹太人和诚心改信犹太教的外族人都跟随保罗巴拿巴,二人就与他们谈论,劝勉他们要坚定不移地信靠上帝的恩典。

44到了下一个安息日,几乎全城的人都聚集起来,要听上帝的道。 45犹太人看见那么多人聚集,充满嫉妒,便反驳保罗所讲的,诽谤他。 46保罗巴拿巴毫不畏惧地说:“上帝的道本该先传给你们,你们既然拒绝接受,认为自己不配得永生,我们现在就把这道传给外族人。 47因为主这样吩咐我们,

“‘我已使你成为外族人的光,

好把救恩带到地极。’”

48外族人听后,非常欢喜,颂赞主的道。凡被选定得永生的人都信了主。 49主的道传遍了那个地方。

50犹太人煽动虔诚的贵妇和城中显要迫害保罗巴拿巴,将二人赶出城去。 51保罗巴拿巴便当众跺掉脚上的尘土13:51 表示两不相干,参见马太福音10:14,去了以哥念52门徒满心喜乐,被圣灵充满。