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.

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