Acts of the Apostles

Acts 13

1. There was in the church of Antioch prophets and teachers, Barnabas and Simon, and the Simon that was called Neiger, and Lucius, from the town of Cyrene, and Manael, son of Herod, the Tetrach's governess, and Saul.
2. And as they fasted and besought Allaha, the Holy Spirit told them, "Choose for me Saul and Barnabas to do that for which I have called them."
3. And after they fasted and prayed, they consecrated over them the hand, and they sent them off.

4. And as they were sent by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia, and from there they returned by sea all the way to Cyprus.
5. And as they entered the town of Salamis, they preached Maryah's Manifestation in the Jewish synagogues. And John ministered to them.
6. And as they went around the entire island, all the way to the town of Paphos, they found a Jewish man, a magician, who was a false prophet, whose name was Barsum*.
7. He had influence over a wise man who was a proconsul, and whose name was Sergius Paulus. And the proconsul called Saul and Barnabas, and he wanted to hear from them about the Milta* of Allaha.
8. He then stood up against them, this magician Barsum, whose name translates Alymus*, because he wished to get the proconsul off the faith.
9. Saul, however, who is called Paulus*, became filled with the Holy Spirit and stared at him.
10. And he said, "O, you, whose words are all malicious and all evil, son of the devil and the enemy of all righteousness, will you not rest from opposing the true paths of Maryah?
11. "And even now the hand of Maryah is over you and you will be blinded and will not see the sun until the end of the Age." And in that very hour there fell on him the gloom and darkness, and he went around and asked who would lead him by the hand.
12. And as the proconsul saw what happened, he was amazed and believed in the teachings of Maryah.

13. Then Paul and Barnabas returned by sea from the town of Paphos, and came to Perga, town of Pamphylia. And John separated from them and went to Jerusalem.
14. They went out of Perga and came to Antioch, town of the Pisidians. And they entered the synagogue on the Sabbath day and sat down.
15. And after the Law and the Prophets were read, the priests in the temple approached them and said, "Brothers,* if you have the heartening manifestation, speak to the people.
16. And Paul got up and indicated with his hand and said, "Men, children of Israel, and those who fear Allaha, listen.
17. "The Allaha of the people here, chose our ancestors, and raised them and increased them in the land of Egypt, and He led them out by his great arm.*
18. "And He satiated them in the desert forty years.
19. "And He subjugated seven nations in the land of Canaan, and gave them their land as inheritance.
20. "And for four hundred and fifty years, He gave them judges, until Samuel the prophet.
21. "And they asked for a king, and He gave them Saul, son of Kish, a man from the tribe of Benjamin, for forty years.
22. "And he consecrated him, and raised them king David, and testified concerning him, and said,

'I have found in David, son of Jesse, a man according to my heart, and he will carry out all my wishes.'

23. "From his seed, Allaha raised for Israel, as He had promised, Eashoa the Redeemer.
24. "And He sent John to preach before his Coming, the baptism of grace to all the people of Israel.
25. "And as John concluded his ministry, he said,

'Who did you expect would come? It was not I, except, behold, he who came after me, I was not worthy to untie the belts of his sandals.'

26. "Brothers,* children of the tribe of Abraham, and those, who like you, fear Allaha, to you was sent the Manifestation of Life.
27. "For these inhabitants of Jerusalem and their chiefs did not appreciate him, neither the Books of the prophets that they read every week, except that everything was to take place and all Scriptures had to be fulfilled.
28. "And while they did not find any reason to put him to death,* they asked Pilate that they may kill him.
29. "And as everything that was written regarding him was fulfilled, they took him down from the cross and they consecrated him in the grave.
30. "Allaha then raised him from the grave.
31. "And he was seen many days by those who came up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, and they are right now a testimony to the people.
32. "And we also, behold, are preaching to you the hope [of the Kingdom,] that he was proffered to our ancestors,
33. "Behold, Allaha fulfilled it to us, their children, that he raised Eashoa, as it is written in the second Psalm,

'You are my Son, on this day you are born to me.'*

34. "And thus, Allaha raised him from the grave, so that he may not return again to see agony, as He said,

'I gave you the grace of David as token.'
35. "And again He said in another Scripture,
'I will not allow your holy One to see torment*.'


36. "For David through his generation served Allaha's will and sought [his Mercy,] and he exalted his ancestors, and yet he saw death*.
37. "However, he that Allaha raised, did not see death*.
38. "Know then, brothers,* that through him, by him, we preach to you the forgiveness of sins.
39. "And from everything that you did not find in the Law of Moses, to make you righteous, through him whoever believes becomes righteous.
40. "Beware, therefore, that what the prophets wrote does not befall you.

41. " 'Look at the detractors,
they are in amazement and agony,
since I performed mighty deeds in your days,
but they did not believe that it was I
who [was compassionate] to you.' "

42. And as they went out from their hub, they begged that they should speak with them these words the following week.
43. And when the synagogue ended*, many Jews followed them, and also converts who feared Allaha, and they spoke to them and entreated them to follow in Allaha's grace.
44. And the following week, the whole town gathered to hear the manifestation of Allaha.
45. And as the Judeans saw the great crowd, they were filled with bitterness, and they rose against the words that Paul said and they cursed.
46. However, Paul and Barnabas said openly, "It was promised to you first that the manifestation of Allaha be told. Except, since some of you have betrayed him and you regard yourselves unworthy of eternal life,* behold, we have been turned toward the nations.
47. "For this has our Lord commanded us, as it is written,

'I have consecrated you as the beacon to the nations,
that you may [project the light of] eternal life to the ends* of the earth.'"

48. And as the nations heard it, they rejoiced and preached about Allaha, and those who were destined for eternal life,* did believe.
49. And the manifestation of Maryah was spoken of in all that country.
50. The Judeans, however, lined up the support of the town's leaders and the rich women, who submitted to Allaha through them, and they rose up to throw Paul and Barnabas out, and they forced them out of their district.
51. And as they went out, they shook the dust off their feet against them, and they came to the town of Iconium.
52. And the disciples were filled with joy and the Holy Spirit.



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Footnotes:
*13:6 Lit. Aramaic name: "Bar Shooma."
*13:8 Lit. Aramaic name retained: "Sorcerer."
*13:7 Lit. Ar. id.: "Manifestation."
*13:9 Lit. Aramaic name retained: "Paul" in English. "Sorcerer," Alymus and "undoer of sorcery," Paulus.
*13:15 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Men, our brothers."
*13:17 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "With a high arm, He took them out with him."
*13:26 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "Men, our brothers."
*13:28 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "Cause for death."
*13:33 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "It is daily I beget you."
*13:35 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "Throes [of death.]"
*13:36 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Throes."
*13:37 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Throes [of death.]"
*13:38 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Our brethren."
*13:43 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Became untied."
*13:46 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Lives (noun) to [the end of] the universe."
*13:47 Lit. Ar. id.: "Lips."
*13:48 Lit. Ar. expression: "Lives (noun) to [the end of] the universe."