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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Acts 13:14-41

Perga in Pamphylia was a noted place, especially for a temple there erected to the goddess Diana, yet nothing at all is related of what Paul and Barnabas did there, only that thither they came (Acts 13:13), and thence they departed, Acts 13:14. But the history of the apostles? travels, as that of Christ?s, passes by many things worthy to have been recorded, because, if all had been written, the world could not have contained the books. But the next place we find them in is another Antioch,... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - Acts 13:14-15

13:14-15 From Perga they went through the country and arrived at Pisidian Antioch. They went into the synagogue on the first day of the week and sat down. After the reading of the Law and the Prophets the rulers of the synagogue sent to them with this message, "Brothers, if you have any word of exhortation to say to the people say on." One of the amazing things about Acts is the heroism that is passed over in a sentence. Pisidian Antioch stood on a plateau 3,600 feet above sea-level. To... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Acts 13:15

And after the reading of the law and the prophets ,.... Which was done every sabbath day, Acts 15:21 The five books of Moses, which are meant by the law, were divided into sections: Genesis was divided into twelve, Exodus into eleven, Leviticus into ten, Numbers into ten, and Deuteronomy into ten, which in all make fifty three sections: and so by reading one on each sabbath, and two on one day, they read through the whole law in the course of a year, and which they finished at the close of... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Acts 13:15

After the reading of the law and the prophets - A certain portion of the law and another of the prophets, was read every Sabbath; and the law was so divided as to be read over once every year. In the notes at the conclusion of Deuteronomy, I have considered this subject at large, and given a complete table of the Parashoth, sections of the law, and Haphtaroth, sections of the prophets, which are read every Sabbath in the year in the Jewish synagogues. To have an exact view of every part of... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Acts 13:15

Verse 15 15.After the lecture [reading]of the law. There is no mention made of prayers, and yet, undoubtedly, they were not omitted or foreslowed, [neglected;] but because Luke did intend to set down the sermon made there by Paul, no marvel if he reckon up those things only which did belong unto the order of teaching. And this is a notable place, out of which we learn after what sort they handled doctrine at that time among the Jews. The law and the prophets had the first place; because there... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Acts 13:1-15

The invasion of heathendom. It has been well remarked that Antioch was the true center of direct missions to the heathen world. An Ethiopian eunuch, and a Roman centurion, had indeed been gathered into the fold of Christ. But they were both closely connected with the land of Judah, and their conversion had not led to any further extension of the gospel of Christ. At Antioch the seed of Christian truth first fell in abundance upon heathen soil; from Antioch first went forth the preachers of... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Acts 13:13-15

A rapid journey by sea and land. Paphos to Perga. Perga through Pisidia to Antiochia, the northern extremity of the province. I. JOHN MARK separated and returned to Jerusalem. Probably a failure of spiritual Courage. Yet notice the change which afterwards occurred. He is, according to many, the evangelist; perhaps Jewish in feeling, and hence attaching himself more to Peter. Sign of the Jewish prejudice still at work, and the difficulties in store for the Church. II. The ... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Acts 13:13-52

Paul's missionary discourse at Antioch in Pisidia. We are introduced to one of those synagogue scenes which are of so much interest in connection with the early progress of Christianity. Here the gospel fought its foes and triumphed by the logic of love; here the seeds were sown which sprang up to cover the world with fruit. According to the ordinary practice, the officers of the synagogue invite the strangers to address the congregation. Paul rises. His address falls naturally into parts.... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Acts 13:14-41

The Christian faith. The Apostle of the Gentiles goes first to the synagogue of the Jews ( Acts 13:14 ). This partly, perhaps, because he would be most at home there and find a readier audience ( Acts 13:15 ); partly in accordance with the words of the Lord ( Luke 24:47 ). At liberty to speak by the courtesy of his countrymen, Paul preached the discourse which we have in the text concerning the faith of Christ. He shows— I. ITS BASIS IN HISTORICAL FACT . ( Acts... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Acts 13:14-41

Another faithful sermon to the Jew. It is pleasant to observe the traces, in every possible place, of the grace still held out to the Jew. It vindicates with emphasis "the long-suffering" of God, and the continuing force of the dying prayer of him whom those Jews "slew and hanged on a tree." And, though in a less degree, it is pleasant to observe how messengers and apostles, when they reach a new town, pay their first visit to the synagogue. This very thing the Apostle of the Gentiles ... read more

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