Bible: Acts 13:44-14:20
13:44 On the next Sabbath almost the whole city assembled together to hear the word of the Lord. 1 13:45 But when the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy, 2 and they began to contradict 3 what Paul was saying 4 by reviling him. 5 13:46 Both Paul and Barnabas replied courageously, 6 “It was necessary to speak the word of God 7 to you first. Since you reject it and do not consider yourselves worthy 8 of eternal life, we 9 are turning to the Gentiles. 10 13:47 For this 11 is what the Lord has commanded us: ‘I have appointed 12 you to be a light 13 for the Gentiles, to bring salvation 14 to the ends of the earth.’” 15 13:48 When the Gentiles heard this, they began to rejoice 16 and praise 17 the word of the Lord, and all who had been appointed for eternal life 18 believed. 13:49 So the word of the Lord was spreading 19 through the entire region. 13:50 But the Jews incited 20 the God-fearing women of high social standing and the prominent men of the city, stirred up persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and threw them out 21 of their region. 13:51 So after they shook 22 the dust off their feet 23 in protest against them, they went to Iconium. 24 13:52 And the disciples were filled with joy 25 and with the Holy Spirit.
Paul and Barnabas at Iconium
14:1 The same thing happened in Iconium 26 when Paul and Barnabas 27 went into the Jewish synagogue 28 and spoke in such a way that a large group 29 of both Jews and Greeks believed. 14:2 But the Jews who refused to believe 30 stirred up the Gentiles and poisoned their minds 31 against the brothers. 14:3 So they stayed there 32 for a considerable time, speaking out courageously for the Lord, who testified 33 to the message 34 of his grace, granting miraculous signs 35 and wonders to be performed through their hands. 14:4 But the population 36 of the city was divided; some 37 sided with the Jews, and some with the apostles. 14:5 When both the Gentiles and the Jews (together with their rulers) made 38 an attempt to mistreat 39 them and stone them, 40 14:6 Paul and Barnabas 41 learned about it 42 and fled to the Lycaonian cities of Lystra 43 and Derbe 44 and the surrounding region. 14:7 There 45 they continued to proclaim 46 the good news.
Paul and Barnabas at Lystra
14:8 In 47 Lystra 48 sat a man who could not use his feet, 49 lame from birth, 50 who had never walked. 14:9 This man was listening to Paul as he was speaking. When Paul 51 stared 52 intently at him and saw he had faith to be healed, 14:10 he said with a loud voice, “Stand upright on your feet.” 53 And the man 54 leaped up and began walking. 55 14:11 So when the crowds saw what Paul had done, they shouted 56 in the Lycaonian language, 57 “The gods have come down to us in human form!” 58 14:12 They began to call 59 Barnabas Zeus 60 and Paul Hermes, 61 because he was the chief speaker. 14:13 The priest of the temple 62 of Zeus, 63 located just outside the city, brought bulls 64 and garlands 65 to the city gates; he and the crowds wanted to offer sacrifices to them. 66 14:14 But when the apostles 67 Barnabas and Paul heard about 68 it, they tore 69 their clothes and rushed out 70 into the crowd, shouting, 71 14:15 “Men, why are you doing these things? We too are men, with human natures 72 just like you! We are proclaiming the good news to you, so that you should turn 73 from these worthless 74 things to the living God, who made the heaven, the earth, 75 the sea, and everything that is in them. 14:16 In 76 past 77 generations he allowed all the nations 78 to go their own ways, 14:17 yet he did not leave himself without a witness by doing good, 79 by giving you rain from heaven 80 and fruitful seasons, satisfying you 81 with food and your hearts with joy.” 82 14:18 Even by saying 83 these things, they scarcely persuaded 84 the crowds not to offer sacrifice to them.
14:19 But Jews came from Antioch 85 and Iconium, 86 and after winning 87 the crowds over, they stoned 88 Paul and dragged him out of the city, presuming him to be dead. 14:20 But after the disciples had surrounded him, he got up and went back 89 into the city. On 90 the next day he left with Barnabas for Derbe. 91