Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, 1859 edition.

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BIBLE: ACTS - Chapter 13


Saul and Barnabas are sent forth by the Holy Ghost. They preached in Cyprus and in Antioch of Pisidia.

1 Now *there were in the church, which was at Antioch, prophets and teachers, among whom was Barnabas, and Simon, who was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manahen, who was the foster-brother of Herod, the tetrarch, and Saul.

2 And as they were ministering to the Lord, and fasting, the Holy Ghost said to them: Separate me Saul and Barnabas, for the work to which I have taken them.

3 Then they fasting and praying, and imposing their hands upon them, sent them away.

4 So they being sent by the Holy Ghost, went to Seleucia: and from thence they sailed to Cyprus.

5 And when they were come to Salamina, they preached the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews. And they had John also in the ministry.

6 And when they had gone through the whole island, as far as Paphos, they found a certain man, a magician, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was Bar-jesu,

7 Who was with the proconsul, Sergius Paulus, a prudent man. He, sending for Barnabas and Saul, desired to hear the word of God.

8 But Elymas, the magician, (for so his name is interpreted) withstood them, seeking to turn away the proconsul from the faith.

9 Then Saul, otherwise Paul, filled with the Holy Ghost, looking upon him,

10 Said: O thou full of all guile, and of all deceit, child of the devil, enemy of all justice, thou dost not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord.

11 And now behold, the hand of the Lord upon thee, and thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun for a time. And immediately there fell on him a mist and darkness, and going about, he sought some one to lead him by the hand.

12 Then the proconsul, when he had seen what was done, believed, marvelling at the doctrine of the Lord.

13 And when Paul, and they who were with him, had sailed from Paphos, they came to Perge, in Pamphylia. *But John departing from them, returned to Jerusalem.

14 But they passing through Perge, came to Antioch, in Pisidia: and entering into the synagogue on the sabbath-day, they sat down.

15 And after the reading of the law and the prophets, the rulers of the synagogue sent to them, saying: Ye men, brethren, if you have any word of exhortation to make to the people, speak.

16 Then Paul rising up, and with his hand bespeaking silence, said: Ye men of Israel, and you that fear God, give ear.

17 The God of the people of Israel chose our fathers, and exalted the people, when they were sojourners* in the land of Egypt, **and with a mighty arm brought them out from thence,

18 *And for the space of forty years endured their manners in the desert.

19 And destroying seven nations in the land of Chanaan, *he divided their land to them, by lot,

20 As it were, after four hundred and fifty years:* and after these things, he gave them judges, until Samuel, the prophet.

21 And afterwards *they desired a king: and God gave them Saul, the son of Cis, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, forty years.

22 *And when he had removed him, he raised them up David to be king: to whom giving testimony, he said: I have found David, the son of Jesse, a man according to my own heart, who shall do all my will.

23 Of this man's seed God, *according to his promise, hath raised up to Israel a Saviour, Jesus,

24 *John first preaching before his coming the baptism of penance to all the people of Israel.

25 And when John was fulfilling his course, he said: *I am not he, whom you think me to be: but behold he cometh after me, the shoes of whose feet I am not worthy to loose.

26 Men, brethren, sons of the race of Abraham, and whosoever among you fear God, to you the word of this salvation is sent.

27 For they who inhabited Jerusalem, and the rulers thereof, not knowing him, nor the voices of the prophets, which are read every sabbath, judging him, have fulfilled them,

28 And finding no cause of death in him, *they petitioned of Pilate, that they might put him to death.

29 And when they had fulfilled all things that were written of him, taking him down from the tree, they laid him in a sepulchre.

30 *But God raised him up from the dead the third day: who was seen for many days by those,

31 Who went up together with him from Galilee to Jerusalem: who, to this present time, are witnesses of him to the people.

32 And we declare to you that the promise which was made to our fathers,

33 This same hath God fulfilled to our children, raising up Jesus again, as in the second Psalm also is written: *Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee.

34 And to shew that he raised him up from the dead to return now no more to corruption, he said thus: *That I will give you the holy things of David sure.

35 And, therefore, in another place also he saith: *Thou shalt not suffer thy Holy One to see corruption.

36 For David, after he had served in his generation, according to the will of God, *slept: and was laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption.

37 But he whom God hath raised from the dead, saw no corruption.

38 Be it known, therefore, to you, men, brethren, that through him forgiveness of sins is preached to you: and from all the things, from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses,

39 In him every one, who believeth, is justified.

40 Beware, therefore, lest that come upon you which is said in the prophets:

41 *Behold, ye despisers, and wonder, and perish: for I work a work in your days, a work which you will not believe, if any man shall tell it you.

42 And as they went out, they desired them that on the next sabbath they would speak these words to them.

43 And when the synagogue was broken up, many of the Jews, and of the strangers who served God, followed Paul and Barnabas: who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God.

44 But the next sabbath-day, the whole city almost came together, to hear the word of God.

45 And the Jews seeing the multitudes, were filled with envy, and contradicted those things which were said by Paul, blaspheming.

46 Then Paul and Barnabas said boldly: To you it behoved us first to speak the word of God: but seeing you reject it, and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life: behold we turn to the Gentiles.

47 For so the Lord hath commanded us: *I have set thee to be the light of the Gentiles: that thou mayest be for salvation unto the utmost part of the earth.

48 And the Gentiles hearing this, were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were pre-ordained to eternal life, believed.

49 And the word of the Lord was published throughout the whole country.

50 But the Jews stirred up religious and honourable women, and the chief men of the city, and raised persecution against Paul and Barnabas: and cast them out of their borders.

51 *But they shaking off the dust of their feet against them, came to Iconium.**

52 And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Ghost.



1: about the year A.D. 42.

13: about the year A.D. 42.

17: Exodus i. 1. --- ** Exodus xiii. 21. and 22.

18: Exodus xvi. 3.

19: Josue xiv. 2.

20: Judges iii. 9.

21: 1 Kings viii. 5. and ix. 16. and x. 1.

22: 1 Kings xiii. 14. and xvi. 3.

23: Psalm lxxxviii. 21.

24: Isaias xi. 1.

25: Matthew iii. 1.; Mark i. 4.; Luke iii. 3.

28: Matthew iii. 11.; Mark i. 7.; John i. 27.

30: Matthew xxvii. 20. and 23.; Mark xv. 13.; Luke xxviii. 21. and 23.; John xix. 15.

33: Matthew xxviii.; Mark xvi.; Luke xxiv.; John xx.

34: Psalm ii. 7.

35: Isaias lv. 3.

36: Psalm xv. 10.

41: 3 Kings ii. 10.; Habacuc i. 5.

47: Isaias xlix. 6.

51: Matthew x. 14.; Mark vi. 11.; Luke ix. 5. --- ** about the year A.D. 42.