Acts 14


Acts 14


1. Now it came to pass in Iconium that they went together into the synagogue of the Jews and spoke so powerfully that a great number of both Jews and Greeks believed.

2. But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles and poisoned their minds against the brethren.

3. For this reason, they stayed a long time, speaking boldly in the Lord, Who bore witness to the message of His grace, granting that signs and wonders be done through their hands.

4. But the multitude of the city was divided; and some were with the Jews, and some were with the apostles.

5. And when an assault was about to be made by both the Gentiles and the Jews with their rulers to insult and stone them,

6. They became aware of it; so they fled to Lyconia, into the cities of Lystra and Derbe and the surrounding region.

7. And there they preached the gospel.

8. Now in Lystra, a certain man was sitting who had never walked; he was impotent in the feet, having been crippled from his mother’s womb.

9. This man heard Paul speaking; who, after looking intently at him, and seeing that he had faith to be healed,

10. Said with a loud voice, “Stand upright on your feet.” And he leaped up and walked.

11. And when the multitude saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voices in Lyconian, saying, “The gods have become like men and have come down to us.”

12. And Barnabas they called Zeus; and Paul, Hermes, because he was the principal speaker.

13. Then the priest of Zeus, who officiated before their city, brought oxen and garlands to the gates, desiring to sacrifice with the multitudes.

14. But when the apostles, Barnabas and Paul, heard this, they ripped their own garments in disbelief, and rushed into the multitude, shouting out

15. And saying, “Men, why are you doing these things? We also are men, with the same nature as you, and we have been preaching the gospel to you, so that you will turn from these vanities to the living God, Who made heaven and earth, and the sea, and all the things in them;

16. Who in the past generations allowed all peoples to go in their own ways;

17. Though, indeed, He did not leave Himself without witness, in doing good to us from heaven by giving rain and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness.”

18. And even by saying these things, they could hardly keep the multitudes from sacrificing to them.

19. Then Jews from Antioch and Iconium came there; and after persuading the multitudes, they stoned Paul and dragged him outside the city, supposing that he was dead.

20. But while the disciples were standing around him, he arose; and he went into the city with them. And the next day, he departed with Barnabas to Derbe.

21. And after preaching the gospel to that city, and making many disciples, they returned to Lystra and Iconium and Antioch,

22. Where they established the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and declaring that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.

23. And when they had chosen for themselves elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they committed them to the Lord, on Whom they had believed.

24. And they passed through Pisidia and came to Pamphylia.

25. And when they had spoken the word in Perga, they came down to Attalia;

26. And from there they sailed to Antioch, where they had been committed to the grace of God for the work which they had fulfilled.

27. And when they arrived, they gathered the church together and declared all that God had done with them, and how He had opened a door of faith to the Gentiles.

28. And they stayed there with the disciples for a long time.



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