Ma’asei HaShlikhim 13 – מעשי השליחים יג


1Now there were in the congregation at Antioch prophets and teachers: Bar-Naba, and Shimon who was called Niger, and Lucius from the city of Cyrene, and Mana’el, who was the son of the man who brought up Herodus the tetrarch, and Sha’ul.  2As they fasted and prayed to Elohim, The Ru’akh HaKodesh said to them, “Appoint for me Sha’ul and Bar-Naba for the work to which I have called them.”  3So, after they had fasted and prayed and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.

4Thus these two were sent forth by The Ru’akh HaKodesh, and they went down to Seleucia; and from there they sailed to Cyprus.  5And when they had entered the city of Salamis, they declared the D’var of Adoneinu in the Beit K’nessets of the Yehudim; and Yokhanan ministered to them.  6And when they had traveled the whole island as far as the city of Paphos, they found a sorcerer who was a false prophet and whose name was Bar-Shuma; 7he was a close friend to a wise man, the proconsul whose name was Sergius Sha’ulus, who called for Sha’ul and Bar-Naba and desired to hear from them the D’var HaElohim.  8But Bar-Shuma the sorcerer (whose name is interpreted Alumas) withstood them, seeking to turn away the proconsul from HaEmunah. 9Then Sha’ul, who is called Pavlos, filled with The Ru’akh HaKodesh, looked at him 10and said, “O man full of every kind of subtlety and of all evil things, son of the devil and enemy of all tzedaka, will you not cease to pervert the right ways of  יהוה  ?  

11And now the hand of  יהוה  is against you, and you shall be blind and shall not see the sun for a time.” And in that very hour there fell on him a mist and darkness; and he went about seeking someone to lead him by the hand.  12And when the proconsul saw what had happened, he was amazed and believed the teaching of  יהוה .   

13Then Pavlos and Bar-Naba sailed from the city of Paphos, and came to Perga, a city in Pamphylia; and Yokhanan separated from them and went to Yerushalayim.  14But they left Perga and came to Antioch, a city in Pisidia, and on Yom Shabbat they went into the Beit K’nesset and sat down.  15And after the reading of the Torah and the Nevi’im, the elders of the Beit K’nesset sent to them, saying, “O men and brethren, if you have a word of encouragement for the people, speak.”  16So Pavlos stood up, and lifting his hands said, O men of Yisra’el, and those of you who fear Elohim, hear my words: 17the Elohim of this people of Yisra’el chose our forefathers and exalted and multiplied them when they dwelt as strangers in the land of Mitzrayim, and with a strong arm He brought them out of it.  18And He fed them in the wilderness for forty years.  19And He destroyed seven nations in the land of Kena’an, and He gave them their land for an inheritance.  20And for a period of four hundred and fifty years he gave them shoftim until the time of Shmu’el HaNavi.  21Then they asked for a king, and Elohim gave them Sha’ul Ben Kish, a man of the tribe of Binyamin, for a period of forty years.  22And when in time Elohim took Sha’ul away, he raised up to them David to be their king, concerning whom he testified, saying, ‘I have found David Ben Yishai, a man after my own heart, to do my will’.  23Of this man’s offspring Elohim has, according to His promise, raised to Yisra’el Yeshua HaMoshi’ah, 24before whose coming, He had sent Yokhanan to declare the immersion of Teshuvah to all the people of Yisra’el.  25And as Yokhanan fulfilled his ministry, he said, ‘Who do you think I am? I am not he. But behold there comes one after me, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to loosen.’  26O men and brethren, descendants of the family of Avraham, and whoever among you reverences Elohim, to you is the D’var HaKhayim sent.  27For inasmuch as the inhabitants of Yerushalayim and their leaders did not understand Him nor the books of the Nevi’im which are read every Yom Shabbat, they condemned Him; but all the things which were written have been fulfilled.  28And though they found no cause for His death, they asked Pilatos that they might kill him.  29And when they had fulfilled all that was written of Him, they lowered him from the tree and laid him in a grave.  30But Elohim raised Him from the dead; 31and for many days he was seen by them who had come up with him from the Galil to Yerushalayim, and they are now His witnesses to the people.  32And behold, we also declare to you that that very promise which was made to our fathers, 33behold, Elohim has fulfilled it to us their children, for He has raised up Yeshua, just as it is written in the second Tehillah, ‘You are my son; this day I have fathered you.’  34And Elohim raised him from the dead, no more to return to corruption, as He said, ‘I will give you the faithful compassions of David.’  35And again He said in another place, ‘You shall not suffer your Khasid to see decay.’  36For David, after he had served his own generation according to the will of Elohim, died; though he was a greater man than his fathers, yet he saw decay.  37But he whom Elohim raised did not see decay.  38Be it known to you, therefore, brethren, that through this very One is declared to you the forgiveness of sins: 39and by Him all that trust are justified from all things, from which you could not be justified by the Torah of Moshe.  40Beware, therefore, lest that which is written in the Nevi’im may come upon you.  41‘Be careful, O you despisers, for you shall wonder and perish; for I will do a great work in your day which you will not believe even if a man tells it to you.’ 

42And  as they were leaving them, the people besought them to speak these things to them the next Shabbat.  43Now when the congregation was dismissed, a great many Yehudim, and also proselytes who feared Elohim, followed them, who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the compassion of Elohim.  44And the next Yom Shabbat the whole city gathered to hear the D’var HaElohim.  45But when the Y’hudim saw the great crowd, they were filled with envy, and they bitterly opposed the words of Pavlos, and they blasphemed.  46Then Pavlos and Bar-Naba said to them boldly, “It was necessary that the D’var HaElohim should first be spoken to you; but because you reject it, you have decided against yourselves, and you are unworthy of Khayei Olam, so behold, we turn to the Goyim.  47For so has Adoneinu commanded us, as it is written, ‘I have set you to be a light to the Goyim, that you should be for Salvation to the ends of the earth.’  48And when the Goyim heard this, they were glad and glorified Elohim; and as many as were ordained to Khayei Olam trusted.  49And  the D’var  יהוה  was published throughout all that region.  50But the Y’hudim incited the chief men of the city and the rich women who worshipped Elohim with them, so that they stirred up a persecution against Pavlos and Bar-Naba and expelled them beyond their borders.  51And as they went out, they shook off the dust of their feet upon them, and they came to the city of Iconium.  52And the Talmidim were filled with joy and with The Ru’akh HaKodesh.

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