13:7 who was with the proconsul 1 Sergius Paulus, an intelligent man. The proconsul 2 summoned 3 Barnabas and Saul and wanted to hear 4 the word of God.
13:12 Then when the proconsul 5 saw what had happened, he believed, 6 because he was greatly astounded 7 at the teaching about 8 the Lord.
1 sn The proconsul was the Roman official who ruled over a province traditionally under the control of the Roman senate.
2 tn Grk “This one”; the referent (the proconsul) is specified in the translation for clarity.
3 tn Grk “summoning Barnabas and Saul, wanted to hear.” The participle προσκαλεσάμενος (proskalesameno") has been translated as a finite verb due to requirements of contemporary English style.
4 sn The proconsul…wanted to hear the word of God. This description of Sergius Paulus portrays him as a sensitive, secular Gentile leader.
7 tn The translation “greatly astounded” for ἐκπλησσόμενος (ekplhssomeno") is given by L&N 25.219.
8 tn Grk “of,” but this could give the impression the Lord himself had done the teaching (a subjective genitive) when actually the Lord was the object of the teaching (an objective genitive).