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.