(每日读经6/12) 使徒行传 - Acts 12.20–13.12
Now he was furious with the Tyrians and Sidonians. And they came to him with one accord; and having persuaded Blastus, the king's chamberlain, they asked for peace, because their country was fed from the king's country.
And on an appointed day Herod arrayed himself in royal clothing and sat on the judgment seat; and he delivered a public address to them.
And the populace cried out, The voice of a god and not of a man!
And instantly an angel of the Lord struck him because he did not give the glory to God; and he was eaten by worms and expired.
But the word of God grew and multiplied.
And Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerusalem, having completed the dispensing; and they took along with them John, who was surnamed Mark.
Now there were in Antioch, in the local church, prophets and teachers: Barnabas and Simeon, who was called Niger, and Lucius the Cyrenian, and Manaen, the foster brother of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.
And as they were ministering to the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, Set apart for Me now Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.
Then, when they had fasted and prayed and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.
They then, having been sent out by the Holy Spirit, went down to Seleucia; and from there they sailed away to Cyprus.
And when they were in Salamis, they announced the word of God in the synagogues of the JEWS. And they also had John as their attendant.
And when they had passed through the whole island as far as Paphos, they found a certain man, a magician and Jewish false prophet, whose name was Bar-jesus,
Who was with the proconsul, Sergius Paulus, an intelligent man; the latter called Barnabas and Saul to him and sought to hear the word of God.
But Elymas the magician (for so his name is translated) opposed them, seeking to turn the proconsul away from the faith.
But Saul, who is also Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked intently at him.
And said, O you who are full of all deceit and all unscrupulousness, son of the devil, enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease perverting the straight ways of the Lord?
And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon you, and you will be blind, not seeing the sun for a time. And instantly a mist and a darkness fell upon him; and he went about and sought some to lead him by the hand.
Then the proconsul, seeing what had happened, believed, being astonished at the teaching of the Lord.