13Paul and the others left Paphos and sailed to Perga in Pamphylia. But John#13.13 John: Whose other name was Mark (see 12.12,25). left them and went back to Jerusalem. 14The rest of them went on from Perga to Antioch in Pisidia. Then on the Sabbath they went to the Jewish meeting place and sat down. 15After the reading of the Law and the Prophets,#13.15 the Law and the Prophets: The Jewish Scriptures, that is, the Old Testament. the leaders sent someone over to tell Paul and Barnabas, “Friends, if you have anything to say that will help the people, please say it.” 16Paul got up. He motioned with his hand and said: People of Israel, and everyone else who worships God, listen! 17The God of Israel chose our ancestors, and he let our people prosper while they were living in Egypt. Then with his mighty power he led them out,#Ex 1.7; Ex 12.51. 18and for about forty years he took care of#13.18 took care of: Some manuscripts have “put up with”. them in the desert.#Nu 14.34; Dt 1.31. 19He destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan and gave their land to our people.#Dt 7.1; Js 14.1. 20All this happened in about 450 years.#Jg 2.16; 1 S 3.20. Then God gave our people judges until the time of the prophet Samuel, 21but the people demanded a king. So for forty years God gave them King Saul, the son of Kish from the tribe of Benjamin.#1 S 8.5; 1 S 10.21. 22Later, God removed Saul and let David rule in his place. God said about him, “David the son of Jesse is the kind of person who pleases me most! He does everything I want him to do.”#1 S 13.14; 1 S 16.12; Ps 89.20. 23God promised that someone from David's family would come to save the people of Israel, and that one is Jesus. 24But before Jesus came, John was telling everyone in Israel to turn back to God and be baptized.#Mk 1.4; Lk 3.3. 25Then, when John's work was almost done, he said, “Who do you people think I am? Do you think I am the Promised One? He will come later, and I am not good enough to untie his sandals.”#Jn 1.20; Mt 3.11; Mk 1.7; Lk 3.16; Jn 1.27. 26Now listen, you descendants of Abraham! Pay attention, all you Gentiles who are here to worship God! Listen to this message about how to be saved, because it is for everyone. 27The people of Jerusalem and their leaders didn't realize who Jesus was. And they didn't understand the words of the prophets that they read each Sabbath. So they condemned Jesus just as the prophets had said. 28-29They did exactly what the Scriptures said they would. Even though they couldn't find any reason to put Jesus to death, they still asked Pilate to have him killed.#Mt 27.22,23; Mk 15.13,14; Lk 23.21-23; Jn 19.15.#Mt 27.57-61; Mk 15.42-47; Lk 23.50-56; Jn 19.38-42. After Jesus had been put to death, he was taken down from the cross#13.28,29 cross: This translates a Greek word that means “wood”, “pole”, or “tree”. and placed in a tomb. 28-29They did exactly what the Scriptures said they would. Even though they couldn't find any reason to put Jesus to death, they still asked Pilate to have him killed.#Mt 27.22,23; Mk 15.13,14; Lk 23.21-23; Jn 19.15.#Mt 27.57-61; Mk 15.42-47; Lk 23.50-56; Jn 19.38-42. After Jesus had been put to death, he was taken down from the cross#13.28,29 cross: This translates a Greek word that means “wood”, “pole”, or “tree”. and placed in a tomb. 30But God raised him from death! 31Then for many days Jesus appeared to his followers who had gone with him from Galilee to Jerusalem. Now they are telling our people about him.#Ac 1.3. 32God made a promise to our ancestors. And we are here to tell you the good news 33that he has kept this promise to us. It is just as the second Psalm says about Jesus,#Ps 2.7. “You are my son because today I have become your Father.” 34God raised Jesus from death and will never let his body decay. It is just as God said,#Is 55.3 (LXX). “I will make to you the same holy promise that I made to David.” 35And in another psalm it says, “God will never let the body of his Holy One decay.”#Ps 16.10. 36When David was alive, he obeyed God. Then after he died, he was buried in the family grave, and his body decayed. 37But God raised Jesus from death, and his body did not decay. 38My friends, the message is that Jesus can forgive your sins! The Law of Moses could not set you free from all your sins. 39But everyone who has faith in Jesus is set free. 40Make sure that what the prophets have said doesn't happen to you. They said, 41“Look, you people#He 1.5 (LXX). who make fun of God! Be amazed and disappear. I will do something today that you won't believe, even if someone tells you about it!” 42As Paul and Barnabas were leaving the meeting, the people begged them to say more about these same things on the next Sabbath. 43After the service, many Jews and a lot of Gentiles who worshipped God went with them. Paul and Barnabas begged them all to remain faithful to God, who had been so kind to them. 44The next Sabbath almost everyone in town came to hear the message about the Lord.#13.44 the Lord: Some manuscripts have “God”. 45When the Jewish people saw the crowds, they were very jealous. They insulted Paul and spoke against everything he said. 46But Paul and Barnabas bravely said: We had to tell God's message to you before we told it to anyone else. But you rejected the message! This proves that you don't deserve eternal life. Now we are going to the Gentiles. 47The Lord has given us this command,#Is 42.6; 49.6. “I have placed you here as a light for the Gentiles. You are to take the saving power of God to people everywhere on earth.” 48This message made the Gentiles glad, and they praised what they had heard about the Lord.#13.48 the Lord: Some manuscripts have “God”. Everyone who had been chosen for eternal life then put their faith in the Lord. 49The message about the Lord spread all over that region. 50But the Jewish leaders went to some of the important men in the town and to some respected women who were religious. They turned them against Paul and Barnabas and started making trouble for them. They even chased them out of that part of the country. 51Paul and Barnabas shook the dust from that place off their feet#13.51 shook the dust from that place off their feet: This was a way of showing rejection. and went on to the city of Iconium.#Mt 10.14; Mk 6.11; Lk 9.5; 10.11. 52But the Lord's followers in Antioch were very happy and were filled with the Holy Spirit.