Barnabas and Saul on Cyprus
So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia, and from there they sailed to g Cyprus.
And when they arrived in Salamis, h they preached the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews. They also had i John as their assistant.
Now when they had gone through the island to Paphos, they found j a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew whose name was BarJesus,
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 k Elymas the sorcerer (for so his name is translated) withstood them, seeking to turn the proconsul away from the faith.
Then Saul, who also is called Paul, l filled with the Holy Spirit, looked intently at him
and said, "O full of all deceit and all fraud, m you son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease perverting the straight ways of the Lord?
"And now, indeed, n the hand of the Lord is upon you, and you shall be blind, not seeing the sun for a time." And immediately a dark mist fell on him, and he went around seeking someone to lead him by the hand.
Then the proconsul believed, when he saw what had been done, being astonished at the teaching of the Lord.
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And Joses, who was also named Barnabas by the apostles (which is translated Son of Encouragement), a Levite of the country of Cyprus.
Then Paul and Barnabas grew bold and said, "It was necessary that the word of God should be spoken to you first; but since you reject it, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, behold, we turn to the Gentiles.
And Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerusalem when they had fulfilled their ministry, and they also took with them John whose surname was Mark.
Now Barnabas was determined to take with them John called Mark.
But there was a certain man called Simon, who previously practiced sorcery in the city and astonished the people of Samaria, claiming that he was someone great.
But Pharaoh also called the wise men and the sorcerers; so the magicians of Egypt, they also did in like manner with their enchantments.
2 Timothy 3:8
Now as Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, disapproved concerning the faith.
And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, "Rulers of the people and elders of Israel:
The field is the world, the good seeds are the sons of the kingdom, but the tares are the sons of the wicked one.
You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.
1 John 3:8
He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.
Behold, the hand of the LORD will be on your cattle in the field, on the horses, on the donkeys, on the camels, on the oxen, and on the sheep - a very severe pestilence.
1 Samuel 5:6
But the hand of the LORD was heavy on the people of Ashdod, and He ravaged them and struck them with tumors, both Ashdod and its territory.
Have pity on me, have pity on me, O you my friends, For the hand of God has struck me!
For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; My vitality was turned into the drought of summer. Selah
It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.