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Acts 14:1-28

14  And at Iconium in the same way they went into the Jews’ synagogue and so spoke that both of Jews and Greeks a great multitude believed. 2  But the disbelieving Jews stirred up and prejudiced the foreigners’ minds against the brothers. 3  So they spent a considerable time there speaking out on the Lord who attested his word of grace by giving tokens and wonders to be done through their agency. 4  But the populace of the city took sides, and some were with the Jews and some with the apostles. 5  And when there was a movement of both the heathens and the Jews, with their official heads, to mob them and stone them, 6  they, realizing the situation, took refuge in the cities of Lycaonia, Lystra and Derbe and the region around them, 7  and were preaching the gospel there. 8  And in Lystra there was sitting a certain cripple who had come lame out of his mother’s body and had never walked. 9  He was hearing Paul speaking; and he, fixing his eyes on him and seeing that he had faith to be made sound, 10  said in a loud voice “Stand up straight on your feet”; and he jumped and walked. 11  And the crowds, seeing what Paul did, raised their voices in Lycaonian, saying “The gods have taken the form of men and come down to us”; 12  and they called Barnabas “Jupiter,” and Paul “Mercury” since it was he who took the lead in speaking. 13*  And the priest of the temple of Jupiter in front of the city brought bulls and garlands to the gates with the crowds and proposed to sacrifice. 14  But the apostles Barnabas and Paul, hearing of it, tore their clothes and sprang out among the crowd crying out 15  “Gentlemen, why are you doing this? we too are men with the same limitations as yourselves, who are bringing you word to turn about from these futilities to the living God who made the skies and the earth and the sea and everything in them; 16  who in the bygone generations allowed all the nations to go their own ways— 17  and yet he did not leave himself unattested, doing good, giving you rains out of the sky and fruit-times, filling your hearts with food and cheeriness.” 18  And with saying this they barely succeeded in stopping the crowds from sacrificing to them. 19  But Jews from Antioch and Iconium came in and got the crowds on their side and stoned Paul and dragged him outside the city, supposing he was dead. 20  But while the converts encircled him he stood up and went into the city; and on the following day he went out to Derbe with Barnabas, 21  and after giving the gospel to that city and making a number of converts they returned to Lystra and Iconium and Antioch, 22  fortifying the converts’ souls, admonishing them to persist in faith and that it must be through many distresses that we come into the Reign of God. 23  And, after appointing elders for them city by city, they prayed with fastings and entrusted them to the Lord on whom they had believed, 24  and, passing through Pisidia, came to Pamphylia, 25  and spoke the word at Perga and came down to Attalia, 26  and from there sailed away to Antioch, the place from which they had been committed to God’s grace for the work they had achieved. 27  And, arriving there and bringing together the church, they reported what things God had done in connection with their work, and that he had opened a door of faith to the foreigners. 28  And they spent not a little time with the converts.

Footnotes

14:13 Lit. the temple of the Jupiter in front of