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. Chapter 14.

Paul and Barnabas at Iconium (Iconium)

1 At Iconium [Or: At Iconium they went together ...] similarly they went into the Jewish synagogue and spoke to such purpose that a large body both of Jews and Gentiles became believers. 2 But the unconverted Jews stirred up the Gentiles and poisoned their minds against the Christians. 3 For some time Paul and Barnabas stayed on and spoke boldly and openly in reliance on the Lord; and he confirmed the message of his grace by causing signs and miracles to be worked at their hands. 4 The mass of the townspeople were divided, some siding with the Jews, others with the apostles. 5 But when a move was made by Gentiles and Jews together, with the connivance of the city authorities, to maltreat them and stone them, 6 they got wind of it and made their escape to the Lycaonian cities of Lystra and Derbe and the surrounding country, 7 where they continued to spread the good news.

Paul and Barnabas at Lystra (Lystra)

8 At Lystra sat a crippled man, lame from birth, who had never walked in his life. 9 This man listened while Paul was speaking. Paul fixed his eyes on him and saw that he had the faith to be cured, 10 so he said to him in a loud voice, 'Stand up straight on your feet'; and he sprang up and started to walk. 11 When the crowds saw what Paul had done, they shouted, in their native Lycaonian, 'The gods have come down to us in human form.' 12 And they called Barnabas Jupiter, and Paul they called Mercury, because he was the spokesman. 13 And the priest of Jupiter, whose temple was just outside the city, brought oxen and garlands to the gates, and he and all the people were about to offer sacrifice.

14 But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard of it, they tore their clothes and rushed into the crowd shouting, 15 [ Ex.20.11, Ps.146.6. ] 'Men, what is this that you are doing? We are only human beings, no less mortal than you. The good news we bring tells you to turn from these follies to the living God, who made heaven and earth and sea and everything in them. 16 In past ages he allowed all nations to go their own way; 17 and yet he has not left you without some clue to his nature, in the kindness he shows: he sends you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons, and gives you food and good cheer in plenty.'

18 With these words they barely managed to prevent the crowd from offering sacrifice to them.

19 Then Jews from Antioch and Iconium came on the scene and won over the crowds. They stoned Paul, and dragged him out of the city, thinking him dead. 20 The converts formed a ring round him, and he got to his feet and went into the city. Next day he left with Barnabas for Derbe.

The Return to Antioch in Syria

21 After bringing the good news to that town, where they gained many converts, they returned to Lystra, then to Iconium, and then to Antioch, 22 heartening the converts and encouraging them to be true to their religion. They warned them that to enter the kingdom of God we must pass through many hardships. 23 They also appointed elders for them in each congregation, and with prayer and fasting committed them to the Lord in whom they had put their faith.

24 Then they passed through Pisidia and came into Pamphylia. 25 When they had given the message at Perga, they went down to Attalia, 26 and from there set sail for Antioch, where they had originally been commended to the grace of God for the task which they had now completed. 27 When they arrived and had called the congregation together, they reported all that God had done through them, and how he had thrown open the gates of faith to the Gentiles. 28 And they stayed for some time with the disciples there.

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