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.
Safari Ya Kwanza Ya Paulo Kueneza Injili
Barnaba Na Sauli Wanatumwa
113:1 Mdo 11:19, 27; Efe 4:11; Mdo 4:36; Mt 27:32; 14:1Katika kanisa huko Antiokia ya Shamu walikuwako manabii na walimu, yaani: Barnaba, Simeoni aitwaye Nigeri, Lukio Mkirene, Manaeni aliyekuwa amelelewa pamoja na Mfalme Herode Agripa, na Sauli. 213:2 Mdo 8:29; 14:26; 9:15; 22:21Walipokuwa wakimwabudu Bwana na kufunga, Roho Mtakatifu akasema, “Nitengeeni Sauli na Barnaba kwa kazi ile maalum niliyowaitia.” 313:3 Mdo 6:6; 14:26; 1Tim 4:14; 5:22Ndipo baada ya kufunga na kuomba, wakawawekea mikono yao na wakawatuma waende zao.
Barnaba Na Sauli Waenda Kipro
413:4 Mdo 13:2, 3; 4:36; 15:39Hivyo, wakiwa wametumwa na Roho Mtakatifu, wakashuka kwenda Seleukia na kutoka huko wakasafiri baharini mpaka kisiwa cha Kipro. 513:5 Ebr 4:12; 9:20; 12:12Walipowasili katika mji wa Salami, wakahubiri neno la Mungu katika sinagogi la Wayahudi. Pia walikuwa na Yohana Marko kuwa msaidizi wao.
613:6 Mdo 8:9; Mt 7:15Walipokwisha kupita katika nchi zote hizo wakafika Pafo, ambapo walikutana na Myahudi mmoja mchawi aliyekuwa nabii wa uongo, jina lake Bar-Yesu. 713:7 Mdo 13:8, 12; 18:12; 19:38Mtu huyu alikuwa pamoja na Sergio Paulo, mtu mwenye hekima aliyekuwa msaidizi wa mwakilishi wa mtawala wa kile kisiwa. Sergio Paulo akawaita Sauli na Barnaba akitaka kusikia neno la Mungu. 813:8 Mdo 8:9; Isa 30:11; Mdo 6:7; 2Tim 3:8Lakini Elima yule mchawi (hii ndiyo maana ya jina lake), aliwapinga Barnaba na Sauli na kujaribu kumpotosha yule mkuu wa kile kisiwa aiache imani. 913:9 Lk 1; 15Ndipo Sauli, ambaye pia aliitwa Paulo, akiwa amejawa na Roho Mtakatifu, akamkazia macho Elima huyo mchawi, 1013:10 Mt 13:38; Yn 8:44; Hos 14:9akamwambia, “Ewe mwana wa ibilisi, wewe ni adui wa kila kilicho haki! Umejaa kila aina ya udanganyifu na ulaghai. Je, hutaacha kuzipotosha njia za Bwana zilizonyooka? 1113:11 Kut 9:3; 1Sam 5:6, 7; Za 32:4; Mwa 19:10, 11Nawe sasa sikiliza, mkono wa Bwana u dhidi yako. Utakuwa kipofu, wala hutaona jua kwa muda.”
Mara ukungu na giza vikamfunika, naye akaenda huku na huko akitafuta mtu wa kumshika mkono ili amwonyeshe njia. 1213:12 Mdo 13:7Yule mkuu wa kile kisiwa alipoona yaliyotukia, akaamini kwa sababu alistaajabishwa na mafundisho kuhusu Bwana.
Paulo Na Barnaba Huko Antiokia Ya Pisidia
1313:13 Mdo 13:6; 2:10; 12:12Kisha Paulo na wenzake wakasafiri toka Pafo wakafika Perga huko Pamfilia. Lakini, Yohana Marko akawaacha huko, akarejea Yerusalemu. 1413:14 Mdo 14:19, 21; 13:27, 42, 44; 16:13; 18:4; 9:20Kutoka Perga wakaendelea hadi Antiokia ya Pisidia. Siku ya Sabato wakaingia ndani ya sinagogi, wakaketi. 1513:15 Mdo 15:21; Lk 4:16; Ebr 13:22Baada ya Sheria ya Mose na Kitabu cha Manabii kusomwa, viongozi wa sinagogi wakawatumia ujumbe wakisema, “Ndugu, kama mna neno la kuwafariji watu hawa, tafadhali lisemeni.”
1613:16 Mdo 12:17; 10:35Paulo akasimama, akawapungia mkono na kusema: “Enyi wanaume wa Israeli na ninyi nyote mnaomcha Mungu. 1713:17 Kut 6:6, 7; Kum 7:6-8Mungu wa watu hawa wa Israeli aliwachagua baba zetu, akawafanya kustawi walipokuwa huko Misri, kwa uwezo mwingi akawaongoza na kuwatoa katika nchi ile. 1813:18 Kum 1:31; Hes 14:33; Za 95:10; Mdo 7:36Kwa muda wa miaka arobaini alivumilia matendo yao walipokuwa jangwani. 1913:19 Kum 7:1; Yos 14:2; Za 78:55Naye baada ya kuyaangamiza mataifa saba waliokuwa wakiishi katika nchi ya Kanaani, akawapa Waisraeli nchi yao iwe urithi wao. 2013:20 Amu 2:17; 1Sam 3:19, 20; Mdo 3:24Haya yote yalichukua kama muda wa miaka 450.
“Baada ya haya, Mungu akawapa waamuzi mpaka wakati wa nabii Samweli. 2113:21 1Sam 8:5, 19; 10:1; 9:1, 2Ndipo watu wakaomba wapewe mfalme, naye Mungu akawapa Sauli mwana wa Kishi wa kabila la Benyamini, aliyetawala kwa miaka arobaini. 2213:22 1Sam 15:23, 26; 16:13; Za 89:20; Yer 3:15; Isa 44:28; 1Sam 13:14Baada ya kumwondoa Sauli katika ufalme, akawainulia Daudi kuwa mfalme wao. Mungu pia alimshuhudia, akisema, ‘Nimemwona Daudi mwana wa Yese, mtu anayeupendeza moyo wangu, atakayetimiza mapenzi yangu yote.’
2313:23 Mt 1:1; Lk 2:11; Mt 1:21; 2Sam 7:11; 22:51; Yer 30:9“Kutoka uzao wa mtu huyu, Mungu amewaletea Israeli Mwokozi Yesu, kama alivyoahidi. 2413:24 Mk 1:4; Lk 3:3Kabla ya kuja kwa Yesu, Yohana alihubiri toba na ubatizo kwa watu wote wa Israeli. 2513:25 Mdo 20:24; Yn 1:20; Mt 3:11; Yn 1:27Yohana alipokuwa anakamilisha kazi yake, alisema: ‘Ninyi mnadhani mimi ni nani? Mimi si yeye. La hasha, lakini yeye yuaja baada yangu, ambaye mimi sistahili kufungua kamba za viatu vya miguu yake.’
2613:26 Mdo 22:5; Lk 3:8; Mt 4:12; Mdo 28:28; Mt 10:6“Ndugu zangu, wana wa Abrahamu, nanyi watu wa Mataifa mnaomcha Mungu, ujumbe huu wa wokovu umeletwa kwetu. 2713:27 Mdo 3:17; Lk 24:27; Mt 1:22Kwa sababu wakaao Yerusalemu na viongozi wao hawakumtambua wala kuelewa maneno ya manabii yasomwayo kila Sabato, bali waliyatimiza maneno hayo kwa kumhukumu yeye. 2813:28 Mt 27:20-25; Mdo 3:13Ijapokuwa hawakupata sababu yoyote ya kumhukumu kifo, walimwomba Pilato aamuru auawe. 2913:29 Mt 1:22; Lk 8:31; Mdo 5:30; Lk 23:53Walipokwisha kufanya yale yote yaliyoandikwa kumhusu, walimshusha kutoka msalabani na kumzika kaburini. 3013:30 Mt 16:21; 28:6; Mdo 2:24Lakini Mungu alimfufua kutoka kwa wafu. 3113:31 Mt 28; 16; Lk 24:48Naye kwa siku nyingi akawatokea wale waliokuwa pamoja naye kuanzia Galilaya hadi Yerusalemu. Nao sasa wamekuwa mashahidi wake kwa watu wetu.
3213:32 Isa 40:9; 52:7; Mdo 5:42; 8:35; 10:36; Rum 12; 4:13; 9:4“Nasi tunawaletea habari njema, kwamba yale Mungu aliyowaahidi baba zetu 3313:33 Mdo 2:24; Za 2:7; Mt 3:17sasa ameyatimiza kwetu sisi watoto wao, kwa kumfufua Yesu, kama ilivyoandikwa katika Zaburi ya pili:
“ ‘Wewe ni Mwanangu;
leo mimi nimekuzaa.’
3413:34 Isa 55:6; 55:3Kwa kuwa Mungu alimfufua kutoka kwa wafu asioze kamwe, alitamka maneno haya:
“ ‘Nitakupa wewe baraka takatifu zilizo za hakika
3513:35 Za 16; 10; Mdo 2:27Kama ilivyosemwa mahali pengine katika Zaburi,
“ ‘Hutamwacha Aliye Mtakatifu wako kuona uharibifu.’
3613:36 Mt 9:24; 2Sam 7:12; 1Fal 2:10; 2Nya 29:28; Mdo 2:29“Kwa maana Daudi akiisha kulitumikia kusudi la Mungu katika kizazi chake, alilala; akazikwa pamoja na baba zake na mwili wake ukaoza. 3713:37 Mdo 2:24Lakini yule ambaye Mungu alimfufua kutoka kwa wafu hakuona uharibifu.
3813:38 Lk 24:47; Mdo 2:38“Kwa hiyo ndugu zangu, nataka ninyi mjue kwamba kwa kupitia huyu Yesu msamaha wa dhambi unatangazwa kwenu. 3913:39 Yn 3:15; Rum 3:28; 10:4Kwa kupitia yeye, kila mtu amwaminiye anahesabiwa haki kwa kila kitu ambacho asingeweza kuhesabiwa haki kwa sheria ya Mose. 4013:40 Hab 1:4Kwa hiyo jihadharini ili yale waliyosema manabii yasiwapate:
4113:41 Hab 1:5“ ‘Angalieni, enyi wenye dhihaka,
kwa maana nitatenda jambo wakati wenu
hata kama mtu akiwaambia.’ ”
4213:42 Mdo 13:14Paulo na Barnaba walipokuwa wakitoka nje ya sinagogi, watu wakawaomba wazungumze tena mambo hayo Sabato iliyofuata. 4313:43 Mdo 11:23; 14:22; Rum 3:24Baada ya kusanyiko la Sinagogi kutawanyika, wengi wa Wayahudi na waongofu wa dini ya Kiyahudi wakawafuata Paulo na Barnaba, wakazungumza nao na kuwahimiza wadumu katika neema ya Mungu.
44Sabato iliyofuata, karibu watu wote wa mji walikuja kusikiliza neno la Bwana. 4513:45 Mdo 18:6; 1Pet 4:4; 1The 2:16Lakini Wayahudi walipoona ule umati mkubwa wa watu walijawa na wivu, wakayakanusha maneno Paulo aliyokuwa akisema.
4613:46 Mdo 13:26; 3:26; 18:6; 22:21; 26:20; 28:28; Rum 11:11; Mt 21:41Ndipo Paulo na Barnaba wakawajibu kwa ujasiri, wakisema, “Ilitupasa kunena nanyi neno la Mungu kwanza. Lakini kwa kuwa mmelikataa, mkajihukumu wenyewe kuwa hamstahili uzima wa milele, sasa tunawageukia watu wa Mataifa. 4713:47 Lk 2:32; Isa 49:6Kwa maana hili ndilo Bwana alilotuamuru:
“ ‘Nimewafanya ninyi kuwa nuru kwa watu wa Mataifa,
ili mpate kuuleta wokovu hadi miisho ya dunia.’ ”
4813:48 Mdo 13:49; 8:25; Rum 8:29Watu wa Mataifa waliposikia haya wakafurahi na kulitukuza neno la Bwana; nao wote waliokuwa wamekusudiwa uzima wa milele wakaamini.
4913:49 Mdo 13:48Neno la Bwana likaenea katika eneo lile lote. 5013:50 1The 2:16Lakini Wayahudi wakawachochea wanawake wenye kumcha Mungu, wenye vyeo pamoja na watu maarufu katika mji, wakachochea mateso dhidi ya Paulo na Barnaba na kuwafukuza kutoka eneo hilo. 5113:51 Mt 10:14; Mdo 14:1; 19:21; 2Tim 3:11Hivyo Paulo na Barnaba wakakungʼuta mavumbi ya miguu yao ili kuwapinga, nao wakaenda Ikonio. 5213:52 Mdo 11:26; Lk 1:5Wanafunzi wakajawa na furaha na Roho Mtakatifu.