Acts 15:22–24 in Latin (left column) and Greek (right column) in Codex Laudianus, written about AD 550.
|Book||Acts of the Apostles|
|Christian Bible part||New Testament|
|Order in the Christian part||5|
Acts 13 is the thirteenth chapter of the Acts of the Apostles in the New Testament of the Christian Bible. It records the first missionary journey of Paul and Barnabas to Cyprus and Pisidia. The book containing this chapter is anonymous but early Christian tradition uniformly affirmed that Luke composed this book as well as the Gospel of Luke.
Some early manuscripts containing the text of this chapter are:
- Codex Vaticanus (AD 325–350)
- Codex Sinaiticus (330–360)
- Codex Bezae (~400)
- Codex Alexandrinus (400–440)
- Codex Ephraemi Rescriptus (~450; extant verses 2–52)
- Codex Laudianus (~550)
Old Testament references
- Acts 13:22: Psalm 89:20; 1 Samuel 13:14
- Acts 13:33: Psalm 2:7
- Acts 13:34: Isaiah 55:3
- Acts 13:35: Psalm 16:10
- Acts 13:41: Habakkuk 1:5
- Acts 13:47: Isaiah 49:6
New Testament references
This chapter mentions the following places (in order of appearance):
- Antioch, Syria
- Seleucia (Greek: σελευκεια), i.e. Seleucia Pieria, the port serving Antioch
- Cyprus: Salamis, Paphos
- Perga, Pamphylia
- Antioch, Pisidia
- Iconium, Phrygia
The first missionary journey of Paul and Barnabas took place about AD 47–48.
- Now in the church that was at Antioch there were certain prophets and teachers:
- As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, "Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them."
- So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia, and from there they sailed to Cyprus.
- Now when they had gone through the island to Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew whose name was Bar-Jesus,
- who was with the proconsul, Sergius Paulus, an intelligent man. This man called for Barnabas and Saul and sought to hear the word of God.
- But Elymas the sorcerer (for so his name is translated) withstood them, seeking to turn the proconsul away from the faith.
- Then the proconsul believed, when he saw what had been done, being astonished at the teaching of the Lord.
Luke presents Sergius Paulus as the first Gentile ruler to believe the gospel. Unlike Cornelius (Acts 10:2), there is no evidence that Sergius attended the temple or was a God-fearer. This pagan government official was amazed at the power of God and believed the truth.
- Now when Paul and his party set sail from Paphos, they came to Perga in Pamphylia; and John, departing from them, returned to Jerusalem.
This John, also mentioned in verse 5, was John Mark, the nephew of Barnabas (Acts 12:25). Whatever the trouble was between Paul and John Mark, it was enough for Paul not to want John Mark to accompany him on a later journey (Acts 15:36–39). John Mark would prove faithful later in Paul's ministry (see 2 Timothy 4:11).
- God has fulfilled this for us their children, in that He has raised up Jesus. As it is also written in the second Psalm:
- ‘You are My Son,
- Today I have begotten You.’
- And as concerning that he raised him up from the dead,
- now no more to return to corruption,
- he said on this wise,
- I will give you the sure mercies of David.
Citing Isaiah 55:3
- Related Bible parts: Psalm 2, Isaiah 55, Habakkuk 1, Matthew 1, Matthew 3, Mark 1, Luke 3, John 1, Acts 1, Acts 9, Acts 11, Acts 12, Acts 14, Acts 15, Acts 22, Acts 26, Hebrews 1, Hebrews 5
- Holman Illustrated Bible Handbook. Holman Bible Publishers, Nashville, Tennessee. 2012.
- Kirkpatrick 1901, p. 839.
- Kirkpatrick 1901, p. 838.
- John Arthur Thomas Robinson (1919–1983). "Redating the New Testament". Westminster Press, 1976. 369 pages. ISBN 978-1-57910-527-3
- Acts 13:1 NKJV
- Isaac Asimov. Asimov's Guide to the Bible. The New Testament. New York: Doubleday. 1969.
- Acts 13:2 NKJV
- Acts 13:4 NKJV
- Acts 13:6 NKJV
- Acts 13:7 NKJV
- Acts 13:8 NKJV
- Acts 13:12 NKJV
- The Nelson Study Bible. Thomas Nelson, Inc. 1997
- Acts 13:13 NKJV
- Acts 13:33 NKJV
- Acts 13:34 KJV
- Kirkpatrick, A. F. (1901). The Book of Psalms: with Introduction and Notes. The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges. Book IV and V: Psalms XC-CL. Cambridge: At the University Press. Retrieved February 28, 2019.