Bible: Acts 14:8-18

Paul and Barnabas at Lystra

14:8 In 1  Lystra 2  sat a man who could not use his feet, 3  lame from birth, 4  who had never walked. 14:9 This man was listening to Paul as he was speaking. When Paul 5  stared 6  intently at him and saw he had faith to be healed, 14:10 he said with a loud voice, “Stand upright on your feet.” 7  And the man 8  leaped up and began walking. 9  14:11 So when the crowds saw what Paul had done, they shouted 10  in the Lycaonian language, 11 The gods have come down to us in human form! 12  14:12 They began to call 13  Barnabas Zeus 14  and Paul Hermes, 15  because he was the chief speaker. 14:13 The priest of the temple 16  of Zeus, 17  located just outside the city, brought bulls 18  and garlands 19  to the city gates; he and the crowds wanted to offer sacrifices to them. 20  14:14 But when the apostles 21  Barnabas and Paul heard about 22  it, they tore 23  their clothes and rushed out 24  into the crowd, shouting, 25  14:15 Men, why are you doing these things? We too are men, with human natures 26  just like you! We are proclaiming the good news to you, so that you should turn 27  from these worthless 28  things to the living God, who made the heaven, the earth, 29  the sea, and everything that is in them. 14:16 In 30  past 31  generations he allowed all the nations 32  to go their own ways, 14:17 yet he did not leave himself without a witness by doing good, 33  by giving you rain from heaven 34  and fruitful seasons, satisfying you 35  with food and your hearts with joy.” 36  14:18 Even by saying 37  these things, they scarcely persuaded 38  the crowds not to offer sacrifice to them.

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