Bible: Acts 14:5-23
Paul and Barnabas at Lystra
14:8 In 10 Lystra 11 sat a man who could not use his feet, 12 lame from birth, 13 who had never walked. 14:9 This man was listening to Paul as he was speaking. When Paul 14 stared 15 intently at him and saw he had faith to be healed, 14:10 he said with a loud voice, “Stand upright on your feet.” 16 And the man 17 leaped up and began walking. 18 14:11 So when the crowds saw what Paul had done, they shouted 19 in the Lycaonian language, 20 “The gods have come down to us in human form!” 21 14:12 They began to call 22 Barnabas Zeus 23 and Paul Hermes, 24 because he was the chief speaker. 14:13 The priest of the temple 25 of Zeus, 26 located just outside the city, brought bulls 27 and garlands 28 to the city gates; he and the crowds wanted to offer sacrifices to them. 29 14:14 But when the apostles 30 Barnabas and Paul heard about 31 it, they tore 32 their clothes and rushed out 33 into the crowd, shouting, 34 14:15 “Men, why are you doing these things? We too are men, with human natures 35 just like you! We are proclaiming the good news to you, so that you should turn 36 from these worthless 37 things to the living God, who made the heaven, the earth, 38 the sea, and everything that is in them. 14:16 In 39 past 40 generations he allowed all the nations 41 to go their own ways, 14:17 yet he did not leave himself without a witness by doing good, 42 by giving you rain from heaven 43 and fruitful seasons, satisfying you 44 with food and your hearts with joy.” 45 14:18 Even by saying 46 these things, they scarcely persuaded 47 the crowds not to offer sacrifice to them.
14:19 But Jews came from Antioch 48 and Iconium, 49 and after winning 50 the crowds over, they stoned 51 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 52 into the city. On 53 the next day he left with Barnabas for Derbe. 54
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, 55 to Iconium, 56 and to Antioch. 57 14:22 They strengthened 58 the souls of the disciples and encouraged them to continue 59 in the faith, saying, “We must enter the kingdom 60 of God through many persecutions.” 61 14:23 When they had appointed elders 62 for them in the various churches, 63 with prayer and fasting 64 they entrusted them to the protection 65 of the Lord in whom they had believed.