Bible: Acts 14
Paul and Barnabas at Iconium
14:1 The same thing happened in Iconium 1 when Paul and Barnabas 2 went into the Jewish synagogue 3 and spoke in such a way that a large group 4 of both Jews and Greeks believed. 14:2 But the Jews who refused to believe 5 stirred up the Gentiles and poisoned their minds 6 against the brothers. 14:3 So they stayed there 7 for a considerable time, speaking out courageously for the Lord, who testified 8 to the message 9 of his grace, granting miraculous signs 10 and wonders to be performed through their hands. 14:4 But the population 11 of the city was divided; some 12 sided with the Jews, and some with the apostles. 14:5 When both the Gentiles and the Jews (together with their rulers) made 13 an attempt to mistreat 14 them and stone them, 15 14:6 Paul and Barnabas 16 learned about it 17 and fled to the Lycaonian cities of Lystra 18 and Derbe 19 and the surrounding region. 14:7 There 20 they continued to proclaim 21 the good news.
Paul and Barnabas at Lystra
14:8 In 22 Lystra 23 sat a man who could not use his feet, 24 lame from birth, 25 who had never walked. 14:9 This man was listening to Paul as he was speaking. When Paul 26 stared 27 intently at him and saw he had faith to be healed, 14:10 he said with a loud voice, “Stand upright on your feet.” 28 And the man 29 leaped up and began walking. 30 14:11 So when the crowds saw what Paul had done, they shouted 31 in the Lycaonian language, 32 “The gods have come down to us in human form!” 33 14:12 They began to call 34 Barnabas Zeus 35 and Paul Hermes, 36 because he was the chief speaker. 14:13 The priest of the temple 37 of Zeus, 38 located just outside the city, brought bulls 39 and garlands 40 to the city gates; he and the crowds wanted to offer sacrifices to them. 41 14:14 But when the apostles 42 Barnabas and Paul heard about 43 it, they tore 44 their clothes and rushed out 45 into the crowd, shouting, 46 14:15 “Men, why are you doing these things? We too are men, with human natures 47 just like you! We are proclaiming the good news to you, so that you should turn 48 from these worthless 49 things to the living God, who made the heaven, the earth, 50 the sea, and everything that is in them. 14:16 In 51 past 52 generations he allowed all the nations 53 to go their own ways, 14:17 yet he did not leave himself without a witness by doing good, 54 by giving you rain from heaven 55 and fruitful seasons, satisfying you 56 with food and your hearts with joy.” 57 14:18 Even by saying 58 these things, they scarcely persuaded 59 the crowds not to offer sacrifice to them.
14:19 But Jews came from Antioch 60 and Iconium, 61 and after winning 62 the crowds over, they stoned 63 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 64 into the city. On 65 the next day he left with Barnabas for Derbe. 66
Paul and Barnabas Return to Antioch in Syria
14:21 After they had proclaimed the good news in that city and made many disciples, they returned to Lystra, 67 to Iconium, 68 and to Antioch. 69 14:22 They strengthened 70 the souls of the disciples and encouraged them to continue 71 in the faith, saying, “We must enter the kingdom 72 of God through many persecutions.” 73 14:23 When they had appointed elders 74 for them in the various churches, 75 with prayer and fasting 76 they entrusted them to the protection 77 of the Lord in whom they had believed. 14:24 Then they passed through 78 Pisidia and came into Pamphylia, 79 14:25 and when they had spoken the word 80 in Perga, 81 they went down to Attalia. 82 14:26 From there they sailed back to Antioch, 83 where they had been commended 84 to the grace of God for the work they had now completed. 85 14:27 When they arrived and gathered the church together, they reported 86 all the things God 87 had done with them, and that he had opened a door 88 of faith for the Gentiles. 14:28 So they spent 89 considerable 90 time with the disciples.