Author: Ron Graham

Book of Acts

Acts 13:13-42
—Verse by verse

This page is a verse by verse study of Acts 13:13-42. These verses describe Paul’s Synagogue Speech in Antioch Pisidia.

Paul’s Speech at Antioch Pisidia

Acts 13:13-42

¶“13Now Paul and his company set sail from Paphos, and came to Perga in Pamphylia. John departed from them and returned to Jerusalem. 14From Perga, they moved on to Antioch of Pisidia where they went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day and sat down. 15After the reading of the law and the prophets, the rulers of the synagogue sent someone to say to Paul and company, 'Brothers, if you have any word of exhortation for the people, you may speak' ” (Acts 13:13-15).

¶“16Paul stood up, and motioning with his hand said, 'Men of Israel, and you who fear God, listen. 17The God of this people Israel, chose our fathers and increased the people when they dwelt as aliens in the land of Egypt. With uplifted arm, he led them out of Egypt. 18For a period of about forty years he put up with them in the wilderness. 19When he had destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan, he apportioned their land for an inheritance. This took about four hundred fifty years. 20After that, he gave them judges until Samuel the prophet.' ” (Acts 13:16-20).

¶“21'Then they asked for a king, and God gave them Saul the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin. He reigned for forty years. When God removed Saul, he raised up David to be their king, to whom he also testified, 'I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after my heart, who will do all my will.' 23From this man’s offspring, just as promised, God has brought to Israel a Saviour, Jesus.' ” (Acts 13:21-23).

¶“24'Before the advent of Jesus, John preached the baptism of repentance to all Israel. 25As John was fulfilling that course, he used to say, 'What do you suppose that I am? I am not he, but behold, one comes after me, the sandals of whose feet I am not worthy to untie'.26Brethren, children of the stock of Abraham, and those among you who fear God, the word of this salvation is sent out to you.' ” (Acts 13:24-26).

¶“27'For those who dwell in Jerusalem, and their rulers, did not recognise him. Nor did they understand the voices of the prophets which are read every Sabbath. But they fulfilled these by condemning him. 28Though they found no cause for death, they still asked Pilate to have him killed. 29When they had fulfilled all things that were written about Jesus, they took him down from the tree, and laid him in a tomb. 30But God raised him from the dead, and 31for many days he was seen by those who came up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem. They are his witnesses to the people. 32We preach to you the good news that the promise God made to the fathers, 33has been fulfilled for their children, in that God raised up Jesus, just as it is also written in the second psalm, 'You are my Son. Today I have begotten you.' ” (Acts 13:27-33).

¶“34'Now about this fact that God raised Jesus up from the dead, no more to return to decay, God has spoken thus: 'I will give you the holy and sure blessings of David'. 35Therefore he also says in another psalm, 'You will not allow your Holy One to see decay'. 36For David served the purpose of God in his own generation. After that David fell asleep, was laid with his fathers, and saw decay. 37But Jesus, whom God raised up, saw no decay. 38Be it known to you therefore, brothers, that forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you through this man Jesus. 39By him everyone who believes is justified from all things, from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses.' ” (Acts 13:34-39).

¶“40'Beware therefore, lest what is spoken in the prophets come upon you: 41'Behold, you scoffers, marvel and perish; for I work a work in your days, a work which you will never believe though one declares it to you.' ' 42So when the Jews went out of the synagogue, the Gentiles begged that these words might be preached to them the next Sabbath.” (Acts 13:40-42).

1 A Visit to Antioch’s Synagogue

Verses 13-15

¶ "Now Paul and his company set sail from Paphos, and came to Perga in Pamphylia. John departed from them and returned to Jerusalem. From Perga, they moved on to Antioch of Pisidia where they went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day and sat down. After the reading of the law and the prophets, the rulers of the synagogue sent to them, saying, “Brothers, if you have any word of exhortation for the people, you may speak.”" (Acts 13:13-15).

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2 Paul’s Talks About David and Jesus

Verses 16-20

¶ "Paul stood up, and motioning with his hand said, “Men of Israel, and you who fear God, listen. The God of this people Israel, chose our fathers and increased the people when they dwelt as aliens in the land of Egypt. With uplifted arm, he led them out of Egypt. For a period of about forty years he put up with them in the wilderness. When he had destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan, he apportioned their land for an inheritance. This took about four hundred fifty years. After that, he gave them judges until Samuel the prophet." (Acts 13:16-20).

Verses 21-23

¶ "Then they asked for a king, and God gave them Saul the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, for forty years. When God removed Saul, he raised up David to be their king, to whom he also testified, ‘I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after my heart, who will do all my will.’ From this man’s offspring, just as promised, God has brought to Israel a Saviour, Jesus." (Acts 13:21-23).

Verses 24-26

¶ "Before the advent of Jesus, John preached the baptism of repentance to all Israel. As John was fulfilling that course, he used to say, ‘What do you suppose that I am? I am not he. But behold, one comes after me, the sandals of whose feet I am not worthy to untie.’ Brothers, children of the stock of Abraham, and those among you who fear God, the word of this salvation is sent out to you." (Acts 13:24-26).

Verses 27-33

¶ "For those who dwell in Jerusalem, and their rulers, did not recognise him. Nor did they understand the voices of the prophets which are read every Sabbath. But they fulfilled these by condemning him. Though they found no cause for death, they still asked Pilate to have him killed. When they had fulfilled all things that were written about Jesus, they took him down from the tree, and laid him in a tomb. But God raised him from the dead, and for many days he was seen by those who came up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem. They are his witnesses to the people. We preach to you the good news that the promise God made to the fathers, has been fulfilled for their children, in that God raised up Jesus. As it is also written in the second psalm, “You are my Son. Today I have begotten you.” " (Acts 13:27-33).

Verses 34-39

¶ "Now about this fact that God raised Jesus up from the dead, no more to return to decay, he has spoken thus: ‘I will give you the holy and sure blessings of David.’ Therefore he says also in another psalm, ‘You will not allow your Holy One to see decay.’ For David, after he had in his own generation served the purpose of God, fell asleep, and was laid with his fathers, and saw decay. But Jesus whom God raised up saw no decay. Be it known to you therefore, brothers, that forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you through this man Jesus. By him everyone who believes is justified from all things, from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses." (Acts 13:34-39).

3 Paul Issues a Warning

Verses 40-42

¶ "Beware therefore, lest what is spoken in the prophets come upon you: ‘Behold, you scoffers, marvel and perish; for I work a work in your days, a work which you will never believe though one declares it to you.’ ” So when the Jews went out of the synagogue, the Gentiles begged that these words might be preached to them the next Sabbath" (Acts 13:40-42).

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