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 

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