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Jehovah’s Witnesses


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Acts 14:1-28

14  Now in I·co′ni·um+ they entered together into the synagogue+ of the Jews and spoke in such a manner that a great multitude of both Jews and Greeks+ became believers.  But the Jews that did not believe stirred up+ and wrongly influenced the souls of people of the nations against the brothers.+  Therefore they spent considerable time speaking with boldness by the authority of Jehovah,* who bore witness to the word of his undeserved kindness by granting signs and portents to occur through their hands.+  However, the multitude of the city was split, and some were for the Jews but others for the apostles.  Now when a violent attempt took place on the part of both people of the nations and Jews with their rulers, to treat them insolently and pelt them with stones,+  they, on being informed of it, fled+ to the cities of Lyc·a·o′ni·a, Lys′tra and Der′be and the country round about;  and there they went on declaring the good news.+  Now in Lys′tra there was sitting a certain man disabled in his feet, lame from his mother’s womb,+ and he had never walked at all.  This man was listening to Paul speak, who, on looking at him intently and seeing he had faith+ to be made well,* 10  said with a loud voice: “Stand up erect on your feet.” And he leaped up and began walking.+ 11  And the crowds, seeing what Paul had done, raised their voices, saying in the Lyc·a·o′ni·an tongue: “The gods+ have become like humans and have come down to us!” 12  And they went calling Bar′na·bas Zeus,* but Paul Her′mes,* since he was the one taking the lead in speaking. 13  And the priest of Zeus, whose [temple] was before the city,* brought bulls and garlands to the gates and was desiring to offer sacrifices+ with the crowds. 14  However, when the apostles Bar′na·bas and Paul heard of it, they ripped their outer garments and leaped out into the crowd, crying out 15  and saying: “Men, why are YOU doing these things? We also are humans+ having the same infirmities+ as YOU do, and are declaring the good news to YOU, for YOU to turn from these vain+ things to the living God,+ who made the heaven+ and the earth and the sea and all the things in them. 16  In the past generations he permitted all the nations to go on in their ways,+ 17  although, indeed, he did not leave himself without witness in that he did good,+ giving YOU rains+ from heaven and fruitful seasons, filling YOUR hearts to the full with food and good cheer.”+ 18  And yet by saying these things they scarcely restrained the crowds from sacrificing to them. 19  But Jews arrived from Antioch and I·co′ni·um and persuaded the crowds,+ and they stoned Paul and dragged him outside the city, imagining he was dead.+ 20  However, when the disciples surrounded him, he rose up and entered into the city. And on the next day he left with Bar′na·bas for Der′be.+ 21  And after declaring the good news to that city and making quite a few disciples,+ they returned to Lys′tra and to I·co′ni·um and to Antioch, 22  strengthening the souls of the disciples,+ encouraging them to remain in the faith and [saying]: “We must enter into the kingdom of God through many tribulations.”+ 23  Moreover, they appointed* older men+ for them in each congregation and, offering prayer with fastings,+ they committed them to Jehovah*+ in whom they had become believers. 24  And they went through Pi·sid′i·a and came into Pam·phyl′i·a,+ 25  and, after speaking the word* in Perga, they went down to At·ta·li′a. 26  And from there they sailed off for Antioch,+ where they had been entrusted to the undeserved kindness of God for the work they had fully performed.+ 27  When they had arrived and had gathered the congregation together, they proceeded to relate+ the many things God had done by means of them, and that he had opened to the nations the door to* faith.+ 28  So they spent not a little time with the disciples.


See App 1D.
Or, “to be saved.”
Or, “Jupiter.” Gr., Di′a; Lat., Io′vem.
Or, “Mercury.” Gr., Her·men′; Lat., Mer·cu′ri·um.
Lit., “the (one) being before the city.”
Lit., “having appointed [by extended hand].”
See App 1D.
“Word,” BD; אACVgSyp, “word of the Lord”; P74, “word of God”; J17, “word of Jehovah.”
Or, “of.”