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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Acts 13:1-23 in the KJV and AWPR Versions

Acts 13 :1-23

Circa 43 - 44 A.D.

King James Version (KJV)
Alternate with Word Pictures (AWPR)

My Comments in Green 

1  Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.   (KJV)

1)  Then were certain ones, prophets and [gifted] teachers down
     upon the existing Church in Antioch:
     both Barnabus and Simeon - he being called as Niger / Black;
     and Lucius the Cyrenian;
     both Manaen - who was brought up together with 
     Herod the Tetrarch, 
     and Saul, worker - ministerial servant of the people.

As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.   (KJV)

2)   Then they, to the LORD, also fasting,
      the Holy Spirit said,  
          'Mark out from  / Separate
           then to Me both Barnabas and Saul
           into the work
           I have called them up alongside (to do).

And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.   (KJV)

3)   Then having fasted and having prayed [to GOD],
      and laying on the hands of them,
      they unbound (them)
          [they unbound Paul and Barnabas, 
           from any obligations to them] 
      - they let (them) go.

So they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed unto Seleucia; and from thence they sailed to Cyprus.   (KJV)

4)   These indeed being sent forth / dispatched and thrust out
      under the Holy Spirit,
      came and descended down into Seleucia,
      and from that place, 
      sailed from into Cyprus.  


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And when they were at Salamis, they preached the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews: and they had also John to their minister.   (KJV)

5)   And being in Salamis,  they loudly proclaimed the intelligent 
      word of GOD in the synagogue of the Judeans / Jews.

      Then they had and possessed John also, 

      as a subordinate attendant.

And when they had gone through the isle unto Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was Barjesus:   (KJV)

6)   Then, coming through the island [of Cyprus] continually
      until Paphos,
      they found a certain Magi: a false prophet, a Judean / a Jew,
      whose name (was) Bar Jesus:

Which was with the deputy of the country, Sergius Paulus, a prudent man; who called for Barnabas and Saul, and desired to hear the word of God.   (KJV)

7)   Who was accompanying the Proconsul, Sergius Paulus,
      a comprehensively perceptive and intelligent man.

      This one calling up alongside next to himself Barnabas and

      Saul, sought and strove upon to find and listen intently to the
      word of GOD.

But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation) withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith.    (KJV)

8)   But Elymas [the Arabian], the Magi,
      (because in this manner
       was interpreted / translated the name of him) stood against 
       and resisted them,
       seeking and striving to 
       turn away (and pervert) - twist through and distort thoroughly
       the Proconsul from the Faith.

Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him.   (KJV)

9)   Then Saul, he also Paul, being filled with (the) Holy Spirit,
      looking / gazing intently into him to the point of straining,

10 And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?   (KJV)

10)   Said,
           'O son of (the) Devil, 
            full and complete of all bait - deceit - fraud - guile
            and of all wicked and cunning intrigue,
            hateful and hostile enemy of righteousness,
            will you certainly not come to an end and cease 
            turning away (and perverting) - twisting through and 
            thoroughly distorting 
            the straight and level - right - true 
            ways of (the) LORD - ways of YHVeH?

11 And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee, and thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun for a season. And immediately there fell on him a mist and a darkness; and he went about seeking some to lead him by the hand.    (KJV)

11)    And now, at this present time; behold, look and see:
        The LORD's / YHVeH's   hand (is) upon you,
        and you will be blind,
        not able to see or discern the sun continually
        until a time.

        Then at that very moment - Immediately,
        a thick mist / a thick fog   and darkness
        descended and fell upon him,
        and going round about
        he strove to find and sought those who lead by the hand.

12 Then the deputy, when he saw what was done, believed, being astonished at the doctrine of the Lord.   (KJV)

12)    At that time, the Proconsul - the Governor

        [of Cyprus, Sergius Paulus, cf. verse 7]

        beholding - looking upon - seeing and perceiving
        that having happened - this (thing) having occurred,
        believed - trusted - had faith,
        being struck out of his senses 

        [as if by a heavy blow (to the head)]

        in astonishment
        upon the teaching - instruction - tutored lessons
        of the LORD / of YHVeH.

13 Now when Paul and his company loosed from Paphos, they came to Perga in Pamphylia: and John departing from them returned to Jerusalem.  (KJV)

13)   Then having brought up and carried  [/ moved] away again
        from Paphos,

  [i.e., infers he packed up and moved his tent-making business
   as well as his scrolls and other personal effects by pack animal(s)]

        those round about Paul came forth (so as to appear publicly)
        into Perga of Pamphylia.

        Then John, [surnamed Mark]
        having gone away as if blown by the wind from them,
        turned under - returned   into Jerusalem. *

14 But when they departed from Perga, they came to Antioch in Pisidia, and went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and sat down.   (KJV)

14)   Then they coming and passing through Perga
        approached and came to be present - arrived 
        into Antioch, the Pisidian.

        And coming and entering into the synagogue
        on the day of the Sabbaths,
        sat down - seated (themselves).

15 And after the reading of the law and the prophets the rulers of the synagogue sent unto them, saying, Ye men and brethren, if ye have any word of exhortation for the people, say on.   (KJV)

15)   Then after the reading and knowing of the Law and the Prophets,
        the rulers - elders   of the synagogue
        sent forth out up alongside with them,
        laying down definite words, saying,
           'Men.  Brothers.  If perhaps (there) is an intelligent word
            in you of calling aid and comfort to the side of
            up alongside with / up alongside next to
            the people,
            lay it before - recount (it) - utter the definite words.'


16 Then Paul stood up, and beckoning with his hand said, Men of Israel, and ye that fear God, give audience.   (KJV)

16)  Then Paul, standing up again,
       and with the hand violently shaking down / 
       and signaling with the hand,
           'Men.  Israelites, and those fearing GOD.
            Listen, and intently hear - Sh'ma!

17 The God of this people of Israel chose our fathers, and exalted the people when they dwelt as strangers in the land of Egypt, and with an high arm brought he them out of it.   (KJV)

17)        The GOD of this people, Israel, 
             outlaid / with definite words spoke - called out
             the fathers of us,
             and raised to the height - elevated - exalted
             the people in the near dwelling - denizen sojourn
             in (the) land (of) Egypt.

             And with a high [as Heaven itself] - exalted and elevated 
             Arm (of strength and power), 
             He brought them out, out of it.

18 And about the time of forty years suffered he their manners in the wilderness.   (KJV)

18)    Also just as He continually and repeatedly bore up under 
        and endured the manners or ways of them
        40 years time in the   [otherwise]  
        deserted wilderness - (uninhabited) desert:

19 And when he had destroyed seven nations in the land of Chanaan, he divided their land to them by lot.   (KJV)

19)   And took - chose and cast - pulled down
       7 ethnic nations in (the) land (of) Canaan,
       the land of them distributed and [which GOD had] given 
       (them)  by His own good will and accord by lot 
       as well as an inheritance to them. 

20 And after that he gave unto them judges about the space of four hundred and fifty years, until Samuel the prophet.   (KJV)

20)   And after these things, so as 450 years,
       He of His own good will and accord 
       gave judges continually until Samuel the prophet.

2And afterward they desired a king: and God gave unto them Saul the son of Cis, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, by the space of forty years.  (KJV)

21)   And from that there time, they asked - begged a king,
       and GOD gave them of His own good will and accord 
       Saul, son of Kish,
       a man out of the tribe - lineage of Benjamin: 40 years.

22 And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave their testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will. (KJV)

22)   And removing him from where he stood
            [in office / in position    as king],
        He raised up David into a king for them;
        to which / to whom also He said, bearing witness,
            'I found David, the (son) of Jesse,
             a man down in / according to
             the heart of Me,
             who will do - perform - bring about
             all the  will - inclinations - desires   of Me.'

23 Of this man's seed hath God according to his promise raised unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus:   (KJV)

23)  This One, from the sperm / from the seed
       down upon / according to   a Promise
       publicly declared - publicly proclaimed,
       GOD raised up 
       a Saviour - a Deliverer to Israel:  Jesus / Yeshua.

Disclaimer:  The Alternate Word Pictures with Reiterations (AWPR) translation, translation mine, should be used as a Bible Study Aid only, and it is recommended that a direct literal translation or the King James Bible be used for regular and ecclesiastical purposes, and that the AWPR be used in association only as a Bible study aid so as to help the reader / user in their Bible Studying to clarify context and Scriptural Intent, and to get the full context and understanding into the English from out of the ancient Greek in which this New Testament passage was first written.    Thanks.  -- Brianroy  

* It is my opinion that one possible and good reason that explains why John Mark returned to Jerusalem in A.D. 44 during Paul's first missionary journey, as if "blown by the wind", is that he may have gotten word as to the death of his relatives who were part of the 10,000 or more that died in Jerusalem at or near the Temple at the Spring Festival of Unleavened Bread.  Josephus relates such an event in his Wars of the Jews, book 2, Chapter 12, Section 1.



1     NOW after the death of Herod, king of Chalcis, Claudius set Agrippa, the son of Agrippa, over his uncle's kingdom, while Cumanus took upon him the office of procurator of the rest, which was a Roman province, and therein he succeeded Alexander; under which Cureanus began the troubles, and the Jews' ruin came on; for when the multitude were come together to Jerusalem, to the feast of unleavened bread, and a Roman cohort stood over the cloisters of the temple, (for they always were armed, and kept guard at the festivals, to prevent any innovation which the multitude thus gathered together might make,) one of the soldiers pulled back his garment, and cowering down after an indecent manner, turned his breech to the Jews, and spake such words as you might expect upon such a posture. At this the whole multitude had indignation, and made a clamor to Cumanus, that he would punish the soldier; while the rasher part of the youth, and such as were naturally the most tumultuous, fell to fighting, and caught up stones, and threw them at the soldiers. Upon which Cumanus was afraid lest all the people should make an assault upon him, and sent to call for more armed men, who, when they came in great numbers into the cloisters, the Jews were in a very great consternation; and being beaten out of the temple, they ran into the city; and the violence with which they crowded to get out was so great, that they trod upon each other, and squeezed one another, till ten thousand of them were killed, insomuch that this feast became the cause of mourning to the whole nation, and every family lamented their own relations.

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