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.
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.
Mawu a Mulungu mu Chichewa Chalero
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Barnaba ndi Saulo Atumidwa ndi Mpingo
1Mu mpingo wa ku Antiokeya munali aneneri ndi aphunzitsi awa: Barnaba, Simeoni, Lukia wa ku Kurene, Manayeni (amene analeredwa pamodzi ndi mfumu Herode), ndiponso Saulo. 2Iwo pamene ankapembedza Ambuye ndi kusala kudya, Mzimu Woyera anati, “Mundipatulire Barnaba ndi Saulo kuti akagwire ntchito imene ndinawayitanira.” 3Ndipo atasala kudya ndi kupemphera anasanjika manja awo pa iwo nawatumiza.
4Barnaba ndi Saulo motumidwa ndi Mzimu Woyera, anapita ku Selukeya ndipo kuchokera kumeneko anakwera sitima ya pamadzi kupita ku Kupro. 5Pamene anafika ku Salamisi, analalikira Mawu a Mulungu mʼMasunagoge a Ayuda. Iwo anali ndi Yohane monga wowatumikira.
6Iwo anayenda pa chilumba chonse mpaka anafika ku Pafo, kumeneko anapezanako ndi Myuda, wamatsenga amene analinso mneneri wonama dzina lake Barayesu. 7Iyeyu, amathandiza mkulu wa boma, Sergio Paulo. Mkulu wa bomayu, munthu wanzeru, anayitana Barnaba ndi Saulo chifukwa anafuna kumva Mawu a Mulungu. 8Koma Elima wamatsengayo, (Elima tanthauzo lake ndi wamatsenga), anatsutsana nawo ndipo anafuna kumuletsa mkulu wa bomayo kuti asakhulupirire. 9Koma Saulo, amenenso amatchedwa Paulo, wodzazidwa ndi Mzimu Woyera anamuyangʼanitsitsa Elima ndipo anati, 10“Iwe ndiwe mwana wa mdierekezi ndiponso mdani wa chilungamo! Ndiwe wodzaza ndi chinyengo cha mtundu uliwonse ndi kuchenjera konse. Kodi sudzaleka kupotoza njira zolungama za Ambuye? 11Tsopano dzanja la Ambuye likukutsutsa iwe. Udzakhala wosaona ndipo kwa kanthawi sudzatha kuona kuwala kwa dzuwa.”
Nthawi yomweyo khungu ndi mdima zinamugwera ndipo anafunafuna munthu woti amugwire dzanja kuti amutsogolere. 12Pamene mkulu wa bomayo anaona zimene zinachitika anakhulupirira pakuti anadabwa ndi chiphunzitso cha Ambuye.
Antiokeya wa ku Pisidiya
13Kuchokera ku Pafo, Paulo ndi anzake anayenda pa sitima ya pamadzi kupita ku Perga wa ku Pamfiliya, kumeneko Yohane anawasiya nabwerera ku Yerusalemu. 14Kuchokera ku Perga anapita ku Pisidiya wa ku Antiokeya. Pa tsiku la Sabata analowa mʼsunagoge, nakhala pansi. 15Atawerenga mawu a mʼMalamulo ndi Aneneri, akulu a sunagoge anawatumizira mawu ndi kuti, “Abale ngati muli ndi mawu olimbikitsa nawo anthuwa, nenani.”
16Atayimirira, Paulo anakweza dzanja lake ndi kuti, “Inu Aisraeli ndiponso inu a mitundu ina amene mumapembedza Mulungu, tandimverani! 17Mulungu wa Aisraeli anasankha makolo athu ndipo anawapatsa chuma chambiri pamene amakhala ku Igupto. Anawatulutsa mʼdzikomo ndi dzanja lake lamphamvu. 18Ndipo Iye anapirira khalidwe lawo mʼchipululu kwa zaka makumi anayi. 19Mulungu anawagonjetsera mitundu isanu ndi iwiri ya ku Kanaani ndipo anapereka dzikolo kwa Israeli kuti likhale lawo. 20Izi zonse zinatenga zaka 450.
“Zitatha izi, Mulungu anawapatsa oweruza mpaka nthawi ya mneneri Samueli. 21Kenaka anthu anapempha kuti awapatse mfumu, ndipo anawapatsa Sauli mwana wa Kisi, wa fuko la Benjamini amene analamulira zaka makumi anayi. 22Mulungu atamuchotsa Sauli, anayika Davide kukhala mfumu yawo. Mulungu anamuchitira umboni kuti, ‘Ndapeza Davide mwana wa Yese munthu wa pamtima panga; iye adzachita zonse zimene ine ndikufuna kuti iye achite.’
23“Kuchokera mwa zidzukulu za munthu ameneyu, Mulungu anawutsa Yesu kukhala Mpulumutsi wa Aisraeli, monga analonjezera. 24Yesu asanabwere, Yohane analalikira kwa anthu onse Aisraeli za kutembenuka mtima ndi ubatizo. 25Pamene Yohane amatsiriza ntchito yake anati: ‘Mukuganiza kuti ine ndine yani? Ine sindine ameneyo ayi, koma Iye akubwera pambuyo panga, amene ine sindine woyenera kumasula zingwe za nsapato zake.’
26“Abale, ana a Abrahamu, ndiponso inu a mitundu ina amene mumaopa Mulungu, Iye watumiza uthenga wachipulumutsowo kwa ife. 27Anthu a ku Yerusalemu ndi atsogoleri awo sanazindikire Yesu, komabe pomuweruza Yesu anakwaniritsa mawu a Aneneri amene amawerengedwa Sabata lililonse. 28Ngakhale sanapeze chifukwa choti afe, anapempha Pilato kuti amuphe. 29Atachita zonse zimene zinalembedwa za Iye, iwo anamuchotsa pa mtengo ndipo anamuyika mʼmanda. 30Koma Mulungu anamuukitsa, 31ndipo kwa masiku ambiri anaonekera kwa amene anayenda naye kuchokera ku Galileya mpaka ku Yerusalemu. Iwowa tsopano ndi mboni zake kwa anthu a Israeli.
32“Ife tikukuwuzani Uthenga Wabwino; umene Mulungu analonjeza makolo athu. 33Iye wakwaniritsa zimenezi kwa ife ana awo, poukitsa Yesu kuchokera kwa akufa. Monga zinalembedwa mu Salimo lachiwiri kuti,
“Iwe ndiwe mwana wanga;
lero ine ndakhala Atate ako.”
34Zakuti Mulungu anamuukitsa kuti asawole konse, zinanenedwa mʼmawu awa:
“ ‘Ine, ndidzakupatsa madalitso opatulika ndi odalirika amene ndinalonjeza Davide.’
35Nʼchifukwa chakenso zinalembedwa mu Salimo lina kuti,
“ ‘Simudzalekerera woyera wanu kuti awole.’
36“Pakuti pamene Davide anatsiriza kutumikira Mulungu mu mʼbado wake, anamwalira, iye anayikidwa mʼmanda pamodzi ndi makolo ake ndipo thupi lake linawola. 37Koma amene Mulungu anamuukitsa kwa akufa sanawole ayi.
38“Nʼchifukwa chake, abale anga, dziwani kuti mwa Yesu chikhululukiro cha machimo chikulalikidwa. 39Kudzera mwa Iye aliyense amene akhulupirira, alungamitsidwa kuchoka ku tchimo lililonse limene silingachoke ndi Malamulo a Mose. 40Samalani kuti zimene aneneri akunena zisakuchitikireni inu:
41“ ‘Onani, inu anthu onyoza,
dabwani ndipo wonongekani,
chifukwa ine ndidzachita china chake mʼmasiku anu,
ngakhale wina atakufotokozerani!’ ”
42Pamene Paulo ndi Barnaba amatuluka mʼSunagoge, anthu anawapempha kuti adzapitirize kuyankhula zinthu zimenezi Sabata linalo. 43Atatha mapemphero, Ayuda ambiri ndi anthu odzipereka otembenukira ku Chiyuda anatsatira Paulo ndi Barnaba, iwo anayankhula ndi anthuwo ndipo anawapempha kuti apitirire mʼchisomo cha Mulungu.
44Pa Sabata linalo pafupifupi anthu onse a mu mzindawo anasonkhana kudzamva Mawu a Ambuye. 45Pamene Ayuda anaona gulu la anthu, anachita nsanje ndipo anayankhula zamwano kutsutsana ndi zimene Paulo amanena.
46Ndipo Paulo ndi Barnaba anawayankha molimba mtima kuti, “Ife tinayenera kuyankhula Mawu a Mulungu kwa inu poyamba. Popeza inu mwawakana ndi kudziyesa nokha osayenera moyo wosatha, ife tsopano tikupita kwa anthu a mitundu ina. 47Pakuti izi ndi zimene Ambuye anatilamula ife:
“ ‘Ine ndakuyika iwe ukhale kuwunika kwa anthu a mitundu ina,
kuti ukafikitse chipulumutso ku malekezero a dziko lapansi!’ ”
48Anthu a mitundu ina atamva izi, anakondwa ndipo analemekeza Mawu Ambuye; ndipo onse amene anawasankha kuti alandire moyo osatha anakhulupirira.
49Mawu a Ambuye anafalikira mʼchigawo chonse. 50Koma Ayuda anawutsa mitima ya akazi otchuka opembedza Mulungu ndi akulu a mu mzindamo. Iwo anabweretsa mazunzo kwa Paulo ndi Barnaba ndipo anawathamangitsa mʼchigawo chawo. 51Tsono iwo anasasa fumbi la ku mapazi awo powatsutsa, ndipo anapita ku Ikoniya. 52Ndipo ophunzira anadzazidwa ndi chimwemwe ndiponso ndi Mzimu Woyera.