Bible: Acts 14:5-23

14:5 When both the Gentiles and the Jews (together with their rulers) made 1  an attempt to mistreat 2  them and stone them, 3  14:6 Paul and Barnabas 4  learned about it 5  and fled to the Lycaonian cities of Lystra 6  and Derbe 7  and the surrounding region. 14:7 There 8  they continued to proclaim 9  the good news.

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.

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